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Chic Reads_Grade 6-8

Brashares, A3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows: Ama, Jo, and Polly, three close friends from Bethesda, Maryland, spend the summer before ninth grade learning about themselves, their families, and the changing nature of their friendship. Check the online catalog

 

Daly, CFlirt ClubThrough notes and journal entries, best friends and self-proclaimed "drama geeks" Cisco (Izzy) and the Bean (Annie) write of the trials of middle school, as well as their efforts to attract boys by forming a FlirtClub. Check the online catalog

 

Ferris, J. Once Upon a Marigold: A young man with a mysterious past and a penchant for inventing things leaves the troll who raised him, meets an unhappy princess he has loved from afar, and discovers a plot against her and her father. Check the online catalog

 

Greenwald, L. My Life in Pink and Green: When the family's drugstore is failing, seventh-grader Lucy uses her problem solving talents to come up with a solution that might resuscitate the business, along with helping the environment. Check the online catalog

 

Han, J. The Summer I Turned PrettyBelly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, but this time things are very different. Check the online catalog

 

Harrison, LThe Clique:  Wealthy Massie is determined to exclude middle class Claire, the daughter of her father's old friend, from her seventh-grade clique at a very exclusive private school in Westchester, New York, but after Massie steals her only friend, Claire strikes back. Check the online catalog

 

Maude, RPoseurFour prep school girls clash when they try to form their own fashion label for a school assignment, but they ultimately discover that their differences make for surprisingly creative results. Check the online catalog

 

Spinelli, J. Stargirl: In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever. Check the online catalog

Nonfiction_Grades 9-12

Grades 9-12: Nonfiction

Angel, A. Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing: Forty years after her death, Janis Joplin remains among the most compelling and influential figures in rock-and-roll history. Her story—told here with depth and sensitivity by author Ann Angel—is one of a girl who struggled against rules and limitations, yet worked diligently to improve as a singer. It’s the story of an outrageous rebel who wanted to be loved, and of a wild woman who wrote long, loving letters to her mom. And finally, it’s the story of one of the most iconic female musicians in American history, who died at twenty-seven. Check the online catalog

 

Bush, J. Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope: The first daughter reveals the life of a young woman she met while on an internship with UNICEF, and how, despite living with AIDS and losing her family to HIV, she is thriving and looking forward to giving her child a better life. Check the online catalog

 

Freedman, R. The War to End All Wars: World War I: Nonfiction master Russell Freedman illuminates for young readers the complex and rarely discussed subject of World War I. The tangled relationships and alliances of many nations, the introduction of modern weaponry, and top-level military decisions that resulted in thousands upon thousands of casualties all contributed to the "great war," which people hoped and believed would be the only conflict of its kind. Check the online catalog

 

Fryd, H. Scandalous! 50 Shocking Events that You Should Know About (So You Can Impress Your Friends): Do you love a good scandal? This book includes 50 juicy pop culture, political, and entertainment-related scandals complete with photos, event synopses, and a look at why it went down in history and how it continues to influence us today. Other features include famous quotes and a section on where the players are now. Check the online catalog

 

Jones, C. Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories: Discover how Lauren Kate transformed the feeling of that one mean girl getting under her skin into her first novel, how Lauren Oliver learned to celebrate ambiguity in her classmates and in herself, and how R.L. Stine turned being the “funny guy” into the best defense against the bullies in his class. Check the online catalog

 

Larson, E. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America: Erik Larson intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction. Check the online catalog

 

Murray, L. Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard: The memoir of a young woman who at age fifteen was living on the streets, and who eventually made it into Harvard. Check the online catalog

 

Philbrick, N. Revenge of the Whale: The Truth of the Whaleship Essex: Recounts the 1820 sinking of the whaleship "Essex" by an enraged sperm whale and how the crew of young men survived against impossible odds. Based on the author's adult book "In the Heart of the Sea." Check the online catalog

 

Reef, C. The Bronte Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily and Anne: In this sometimes heartbreaking young adult biography, Catherine Reef explores the turbulent lives of these literary siblings and the oppressive times in which they lived. Brontë fans will also revel in the insights into their favorite novels. Check the online catalog

Rhodes-Courter, A. Three Little Words: A Memoir: An inspiring true story of the tumultuous nine years Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent in the foster care system, and how she triumphed over painful memories and real-life horrors to ultimately find her own voice. Check the online catalog

 

Rubalcaba, J. Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discoveries, Deductions and Debates: When did language begin? How did early humans populate the globe? By looking closely at four of the most significant hominins ever discovered, the authors explain how Turkana Boy, Lapedo Child, Kennewick Man, and Iceman have influenced debates about the nature of the earliest members of the family Hominidae. Check the online catalog

 

Schnazer, R. Witches: The Absolutely True Story of Disaster in Salem: In the little colonial town of Salem Village, Massachusetts, two girls began to twitch, mumble, and contort their bodies into strange shapes. The doctor tried every remedy, but nothing cured the young Puritans. He grimly announced the dire diagnosis: the girls were bewitched! And then the accusations began. Check the online catalog

 

Silverstein, K. The Radioactive Boy Scout: Traces a boy's fascination with science and nuclear physics, which compelled him to misrepresent himself to the government and build a reactor in his backyard, causing an environmental catastrophe in his quiet Detroit town. Check the online catalog

 

 

 

Science Fiction_Grades 9-12

Grades 9-12: Science Fiction

Collins, S. The Hunger Games: In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the games. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. Check the online catalog

 

Dashner, J. The Maze Runner: Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape. Check the online catalog

 

Lu, M. Legend: In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy. Check the online catalog

Meyer, M. Cinder: As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story. Check the online catalog

 

Oliver, L. Delirium: Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love. Check the online catalog

 

Roth, V. Divergent: In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all. Check the online catalog

 

Westerfeld, S. Uglies: Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all. Check the online catalog

Nonfiction_Grades 6-8

Bausum, A. Marching to the Mountaintop: How Poverty, Labor Fights, and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Hours: Explores how the media, politics, the civil rights movement, and labor protests all converged to set the scene for one of Dr. King's greatest speeches and for his tragic death on April 4, 1968, in Memphis. Check the online catalog

 

Bernstein, R. A Girl Named Faithful Plum: The True Story of a Dancer from China and How She Achieved Her Dream: Tells the true story of Zhongmei Li, an eleven-year-old girl in 1977 who won one of twelve spots at the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy, and whose determination to remain in the school impressed teachers and students alike; and discusses how Zhongmei, whose name means Faithful Plum, went on to form her own dance company which debuted in New York when she was in her late twenties. Check the online catalog

 

Bowers, R. Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement: The compelling story of how state spies tried to block voting rights for African Americans during the Civil Rights era. This book sheds new light on one of the most momentous periods in American history. Check the online catalog

 

Bragg, G. How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous: Over the course of history men and women have lived and died. In fact, getting sick and dying can be a big, ugly mess-especially before the modern medical care that we all enjoy today. How They Croaked relays all the gory details of how nineteen world figures gave up the ghost. Readers will be fascinated well past the final curtain, and feel lucky to live in a world with painkillers, X-rays, soap, and 911. Check the online catalog

 

Engle, M. The Lightning Dreamer: In free verse, evokes the voice of Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda, a book-loving writer, feminist, and abolitionist who courageously fought injustice in nineteenth-century Cuba. Includes historical notes, excerpts from her writings, biographical information, and source notes. Check the online catalog

 

Hoose, P. Moonbird:  A Year on the Wind with the great survivor B95: Examines B95, a red knot bird that has flown the distance to the moon and halfway back during its lifetime. Check the online catalog


Janeczko, P. The Dark Game: True Spy Stories: A collection of true spy stories from throughout the history of the United States, discussing personalities, missions, traitors, technological advances, and more. Check the online catalog   

 

Montgomery, S. Temple Grandin: How the Girl who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World:An authorized portrait about Grandin's life with autism and her groundbreaking work as a scientist and designer of cruelty-free livestock facilities describes how she overcame key disabilities through education and the support of her mother. Check the online catalog

 

Murphy, J. Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure: This is the story of a killer that has been striking people down for thousands of years: tuberculosis. The “biography” of this deadly germ, an account of the diagnosis, treatment, and “cure” of the disease over time, and the social history of an illness that could strike anywhere but was most prevalent among the poor are woven together in an engrossing, carefully researched narrative. Check the online catalog

 

Sandler, M. The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure: To save hundreds of whalers trapped by ice floes, three men attempted the impossible--trekking 1,500 miles through the Alaskan wilderness, in winter. Author Martin W. Sandler takes us on every step of their riveting journey, facing blizzards, killing cold, injured sled dogs, and setbacks to test the strongest of wills. Check the online catalog

 

Sheinkin, S. Lincoln’s Grave Robbers: A dramatic account of the 1875 attempt to steal the 16th president's body describes how a counterfeiting ring plotted to ransom Lincoln's body to secure the release of their imprisoned ringleader and how a fledgling Secret Service and an undercover agent conducted a daring election-night sting operation. Check the online catalog

 

Swanson, J. Chasing Lincoln’s Killer:Based on rare archival material, obscure trial manuscripts, and interviews with relatives of the conspirators and the manhunters, this is a fast-paced thriller about the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth: a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia. Check the online catalog

 

Walker, S. Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917: Recounts the story from World War I in which two towns were leveled and almost two thousand people killed following the collision of two warships in Halifax Harbour and a blizzard that dumped over a foot of snow in the area. Check the online catalog

 

Mystery_Grades 6-8

Abrahams, P. Into the Dark: an Echo Falls Mystery: Thirteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes aficionado Ingrid Levin-Hill tries to clear her grandfather's name when he is accused of murdering an environmental activist found dead on his farm. Check the online catalog

 

Dowd, S. London Eye Mystery: When Ted and Kat's cousin Salim disappear from the London Eye ferris wheel, the two siblings must work together--Ted with his brain that is "wired differently" and impatient Kat--to try to solve the mystery of what happened to Salim.Check the online catalog

 

Grisham, J. Theodore Boone: the Abduction: When his best friend disappears from her bedroom in the middle of the night, thirteen-year-old Theo uses his legal knowledge and investigative skills to chase down the truth and save April. Check the online catalog

 

Kehret, P. Abduction!: Thirteen-year-old Bonnie has a feeling of foreboding on the very day that her six-year-old brother Matt and their dog Pookie are abducted, and she becomes involved in a major search effort as well as a frightening adventure. Check the online catalog

 

Summy, B. I So Don’t Do Mysteries: When thirteen-year-old Sherry is visited by the ghost of her mother, asking Sherry to help solve a case involving rhinoceros poaching at the San Diego Wild Animal Park, Sherry's involvement not only helps save the rhinos, but it also brings mother and daughter closer together than ever before. Check the online catalog

 

Van Draanen, W. Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things: While on her first hiking and camping trip, thirteen-year-old Sammy tries to solve a mystery involving endangered condors while avoiding scorpions, ticks, and embarrassment. Check the online catalog