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Middle School Bully Booklist
100 Books to Read in Middle School

Link to Past Summer Reading Celebrations

Teenreads Book Reviews, Info on "soon to be released" titles, author info, booklists.
SLJ Links to many types of reading lists.
Author Websites - Great list of authors with cool websites
Reading Rants An out of the ordinary teen booklist that features reading suggestions from readers.  Select a list, like "Inquiring Minds" (unusual biographies) for great reading!
Teen angst books a celebration of teenage angst and personal discovery
Great Teen Book Lists from The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Books for the Teen Age - New York Public Library's 23 page book list of good books for teens
ATN Booklists - Almost 1,000 different booklists by topic and interest level
Teen Booklists and Book Awards American Library Association site
Celebrity favorite books From National Education Association Survey
Book Lists for Teens From the Boston Public Library
If you liked the Twilight series try...
Graphic Novels From the Internet Public Library
Series & Sequels  from the Mid Continent Public Library
What's Next Database
(Kent District Library, MI) Helps search adult fiction in series -- two or more books linked by character(s), settings, or other common traits.
Series and Sequels Young Adult Books in Series and Sequels-
What comes next?
Micheal J. Printz Award is given each year to the best teen book published that year. Like the Newbery award - but for teens.
Booklists for Young Adults on the Web
BPL Teen Lounge Book Lists from the Boston Public Library Teen Department

QueerYA  DaisyPorter.org list
 

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HISTORICAL FICTION LIST History timeline and matching books
More Historical Fiction nice annotations
Historical Fiction for Teens
Info Soup -Historical Fiction for Teens
Historical Fiction from Reading Rants

Teen Historical Fiction from Good Reads
Looking Back - Historical Fiction for Teens

Pennsylvania Young Adult Top Forty Lists
Avon Middle High Summer Reading Lists and Assignments 2007
MA Summer Reading Lists What are other schools reading?
 

Online Books from the University of Pennsylvania, a database of links to over 16,000 books available in their entirety online, searchable by author and title, browsable by author, title and subject. Also links to other databases of online books in English and specialty or foreign-language books .
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Online Books, Magazine & Newspapers - organized by the Internet Public Library
Project Gutenberg (literature in the public domain)
Online Texts from the cranky librarian (be sure to scroll over her face in the top left hand corner of the page)
Perseus Digital Library from Tufts University.  Classical Texts online.

 

Middle School Book Group Book Review

AMHS Library Booklists! (with links to our OPAC)

Bunches of Lists in Google Doc Format

100 Books to Read
in Middle School

 New books April 2010

Bully Display Book List

A List of YA Novels that Battle Bullying by Mitali Perkins

Historical Fiction booklist with links Mysteries for teens

Death and Dying Suicide Fiction

Teen Fiction about Religion  

LGBTQ  Books
 

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World War II Literature

The Book Came First!

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Author websites

Favorite Authors (and their sites):

 

Steve Kluger

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Nancy Werlin
Carolyn Mackler
Megan McCafferty
Judy Blume
Rachel Cohn
Gabrielle Zevin
E.R. Frank
Wendy Mass
David Levithan
E. Lockhart
Daniel Handler
Gigi Amateau
Lauren Myracle
Jay Asher
Ann Brashares
Lois Lowry
M.E. Kerr
Sonya Sones
Rachel Vail
Ellen Wittlinger
Meg Cabot
John Green
M.T. Anderson
Sarah Dessen
Jerry Spinelli
Rob Thomas
James Howe
Mariah Fredericks
K.L. Going
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Banned Books

Banned Books Censorship Resources
American Library Association - Banned Books Info
Banned Books of the 1990s
Forbidden Library: Banned and Challenged Books
Controversial and Banned Books
Harry Potter Banned!
The other side of the story - PABBIS (Parents against Bad Books In Schools
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    Cammie Morgan wants is a peaceful semester at Gallagher Academy‚ but despite her best intentions‚ danger seems to follow.
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    Percy Jackson and the Olympians - The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
    Percy and his friends are escorting two new half-bloods safely to camp when they are intercepted by a manticore and learn that the goddess Artemis has been kidnapped.
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    RulesRules by Cynthia Lord
    This summer, Catherine's life will be turned upside down, as she struggles to figure out what "normal" really means.
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    Bluford High: Blood Is Thicker by Paul Langan
    Sixteen-year-old Hakeem's life is turned upside down after his father is diagnosed with cancer and his family must move to Detroit.
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    The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod – Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewer
    In this thrilling sequel to Eighth Grade Bites‚ Vlad must confront secrets from the past and battle forces that once again threaten his life. Can he identify the slayer in time?  
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    Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
    When she decides to wear the hijab full time, Amal's life changes in ways she never expected.
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    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    The Hunger Games-ritual, punishment, death.  Only one can survive.
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    Kendra by Coe Booth
    When the "wrong" thing feels so right, it's hard to know what's the right decision.
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    Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers
    Vietnam. Iraq. Different generations. Different wars. But the experiences of the soldiers who fought in them are all too similar.
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    Tyrell by Coe Booth
    Tyrell is 14. Broke, homeless, with a mom who refuses to take care of his little brother and acts like the world owes her a living, Tyrell is under so much pressure, sometimes he feels like he's gonna break for sure.
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    What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
    Wanting something so much can lead you to a place that has no way out.
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    The Year My Sister Got Lucky by Aimee Friedman
    Can two New York City ballerinas survive a move to a tiny farming town named Fir Lake?
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    The Batboy  by Mike Lupica
    It is every baseball kid's dream summer job: batboy for your hometown Major League team. Yet for fourteen year-old Brian, the job means more than just the chance to hang around his idols. Baseball was the job his father loved so much, in the end he couldn't leave it. Yet he could leave his family. Now Brian sees the job as the way to win back his father.

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    Eleventh grade burns

    Eleventh grade burns
     

    by Heather Brewer
    Another year at Bathory High goes bad for Vlad Tod when his former friend Joss, now a vampire slayer, returns to town, a mysterious and powerful new vampire, Dorian, arrives with a thirst for Vlad's blood, and archenemy D'Ablo brings Vlad's Uncle Otis totrial.

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    Fallen  

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    by Lauren Kate
    Ever since she can remember, Luce has been haunted by strange shapes - shadows - that she sees in corners, on ceilings, all around her. At her new school, the shadows seem stronger than ever. But there's one bright spot - Daniel Grigori. Daniel captures Luce's attention the moment she sees him. Luce has to find out Daniel's secrets . . . even if it kills her.

    The book is the first of a four part series and is already optioned by Disney for movie rights.
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    The hunchback assignments

     The hunchback assignments
    by Arthur Slade
    In Victorian London, fourteen-year-old Modo, a shape-changing hunchback, becomes a secret agent for the Permanent Association, which strives to protect the world from the evil machinations of the Clockwork Guild.

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    Million-dollar throw

     Million-dollar throw
     

    by Mike Lupica
    Nate Brodie is nicknamed Brady, not only for his arm, but also because he's the biggest Tom Brady fan. When he wins the chance to win a million dollars by throwing a pass through a target at a Patriot's game, Nate should be excited, but all he feels is pressure to succeed.
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    Going Bovine

     

    Going Bovine
     

    by Libba Bray
    All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school--and life in general--with a minimum of effort. It's not a lot to ask. But that's before he's given some bad news: he's sick and he's going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure--if he's willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most.
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    Waiting for you

     Waiting for you
    by Susane Colasanti
    At the beginning of her sophomore year, Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, more importantly, a boyfriend. So when the handsome and popular Derek asks her out, Marisa thinks her long wait for happiness is over. But several bumps in the road- including her parents unexpected separation, a fight with her best friend, and a shocking disappointment in her relationship with Derek- test Marisa's ability to maintain her new outlook. Only the anonymous DJ, whose underground podcasts have the school's ear, seems to understand what Marisa is going through. But she has no idea who he is -or does she?

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    Skinned

     Skinned
     

    by Robin Wasserman
    After a horrible accident, Lia Kahn's wealthy family has access to the most cutting-edge technology to save her: the download. Lia is alive, but in a new body that only looks human.

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    Fire

     

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    by Kristin Cashore
    In a kingdom called the Dells, Fire is the last human-shaped monster, with unimaginable beauty and the ability to control the minds of those around her, but even with these gifts she cannot escape the strife that overcomes her world.

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    Swim the fly

    Swim the fly
     

    by Don Calame
    Fifteen-year-old Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Coop and Sean, always set themselves a summertime goal. This year's? To see a real-live naked girl for the first time--quite a challenge, given that none of the guys has the nerve to even ask a girl out on a date. But catching a girl in the buff starts to look easy compared to Matt's other summertime aspiration: to swim the 100-yard butterfly (the hardest stroke known to God or man) as a way to impress Kelly West, the sizzling new star of the swim team.

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    Catching Fire

     

    Catching Fire
     

    by Suzanne Collins
    By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.

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    If I stay

     

    If I stay
     

    by Gayle Forman
    One moment, Mia is laughing with her mother as they, and her dad and brother are driving down the highway. The next moment, she is in a coma yet somehow able to see that her family is dead and that she is in the hospital, hovering between life and death. Can her best friend, Kim, and her boyfriend, Adam, whose voices mix in her head with vivid flashbacks, convince her to try to go on living?

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    Tenth Grade Bleeds

     

    Tenth Grade Bleeds
     

    by Heather Brewer
    Having made it through the eighth grade, Vlad Tod enters freshman year--and it sucks as much as the previous year. A trip to Siberia gives study abroad a whole new meaning as Vlad connects with other vampires and advances his mind-control abilities. Sequel to Eighth grade bites and Ninth grade slays.
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    Wintergirls

     

    Wintergirls
     

    by Laurie Halse Anderson
    Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend's death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.

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    Evermore

     

    Evermore
     

    by Alyson Noel
    The first book in the new Immortals series. "Since the accident in which her entire family died, Ever can read people's minds and see their auras. Until she meets hot, sexy Damon. If you liked the love story angle of the Twilight series, you've got to read this book. If you liked the vampire angle of Twilight, well, let's just say this is a little different... but you won't be disappointed!" - ALD Teen Internet Librarian

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    Hunger Games

     

    Hunger Games
     

    by Suzanne Collins
    In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

    The rest of the trilogy includes Catching Fire and Mockingjay.

     |View the Trailer



    Perfect chemistry

     

    Perfect chemistry
     

    by Simone Elkeles
    When wealthy, seemingly perfect Brittany and Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, develop a relationship after Alex discovers that Brittany is not exactly who she seems to be, they must face the disapproval of their schoolmates--and others.

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    Cracked Up to Be

     

    Cracked Up to Be
     

    by Courtney Summers
    Parker Fadley has quite the cheerleading squad, she's dumped her perfect boyfriend, and she's failing school. Her parents are on a constant suicide watch and her counselors think she's playing games. What they don't know is the real reason behind Parker's change in behavior.
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    Graceling

     

    Graceling
     

    by Kristin Cashore
    Lady Katsa is born with a Grace (super talent) of killing and her uncle, the king, makes her his brute squad. When she meets Po, a rival kingdom's Graceling, she becomes more powerful as a woman of justice, self knowledge, and romance.

    Read Fire and don't miss Cashore's article about writing in Horn Book magazine.

     |View the Trailer



    Wake

     

    Wake
     

    by Lisa McMann
    For 17-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche--she is a participant.

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    3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows

     

    3 Willows
     

    by Ann Brashares
    Summer is a time to grow ...It is a new summer. And a new sisterhood. Come grow with them.
    3 girls attend the same high school that the original Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants girls went to.

    Try this link for the Sisterhood Facebook page.

     |View the Trailer


    Found

     

    Found
     

    by Margaret Peterson Haddix
    When thirteen-year-olds Jonah and Chip, who are both adopted, learn they were discovered on a plane that appeared out of nowhere, full of babies with no adults on board, they realize that they have uncovered a mystery involving time travel and two opposing forces, each trying to repair the fabric of time.

     |View the Trailer


    Impossible

     

    Impossible
     

    by Nancy Werlin
    Inspired by the ballad Scarborough Fair, popularized by Simon & Garfunkel, this riveting novel combines suspense, fantasy, and romance. It tells the story of a teenage girl who has nine months to break an ancient curse in order to save both herself and her unborn daughter.

     |View the Trailer

     


    Paper Towns

     

    Paper Towns
     

    by John Green
    When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

     |View the Trailer


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    Gone

     

    Gone
     

    by Michael Grant
    In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have "The Power" and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.

    Read the rest of the trilogy: Hunger and Lies.

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    Battle of the Labyrinth

     

    Battle of the Labyrinth
     

    by Rick Riordan
    Time is running out for Percy. War between the gods and the Titans is drawing near. Even Camp Half-Blood isn't safe, as Kronos's army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop them, Percy and his friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth -- a sprawling underground world with surprises and danger at every turn.

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    Deadline

     

    Deadline
     

    by Chris Crutcher
    Given the medical diagnosis of one year to live, high school senior Ben Wolf decides to fulfill his greatest fantasies, ponders his life's purpose and legacy, and converses through dreams with a spiritual guide known as "Hey-Soos."

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    First daughter : extreme American makeover

     

    First daughter
     

    by Mitali Perkins
    Sameeras dad is in the race for the White House and one of the campaign perks she enjoys is a total makeover. But some of the campaign staffers think the candidates dark-skinned, adopted daughter could hurt his chances if she doesnt try to be more American.

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    The astonishing adventures of Fanboy

     

    The astonishing adventures of Fanboy
     

    by Barry Lyga
    When Fanboy meets Kyra, a.k.a. Goth Girl, he finds an outrageous, cynical girl who shares his love of comics as well as his hatred for jocks and bullies.

     View the trailer

     


    The book thief

     

    The book thief
     

    by Markus Zusak
    It's just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . .

     |View the Trailer
     


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    • Learn Out Loud - Learn Out Load is the Internet's largest directory of free audio learning resources. The site also offers educational videos and podcasts.
    • Librivox - There are nearly 2,000 free audio books available on this site. Librivox is attempting to make an audio recording of all of the books in the public domain, so new books are constantly being added.
    • Lit 2 Go - A nice collection of free stories and poems from the Florida Educational Technology Clearinghouse. Users can download MP3 files or play MP3 files on their computer and read along as they listen.
    • Literal Systems - A modest selection of free audio classics. New books are added each quarter.
    • Naropa Poetics Audio Archives - The Naropa University Archive Project features more than 5,000 hours of poetry recordings.
    • Podio Books - Free audio books that can be delivered to you on a schedule that you set up. More than 200 modern titles are currently available.
    • Poet Scoop - Poet Scoop offers hundreds of free MP3 recordings from spoken word artists. The site also includes videos of poets reading their work.
    • Simply Audio Books - This site offers free classic audio books. A new download is available every month.
    • Spoken Alexandria Project - This Creative Commons library provides free AAC, Ogg Vorbis, and MP3 audio books. Classics and modern works are available.

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