Guy Reads_Grades 9-12

Alexie, SThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian: Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Check the online catalog
 
 
Bacigalupi, P. Ship BreakerIn a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl. Check the online catalog
 
 
Card, Orson SEnder's Game: In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. Check the online catalog
 
 
Dashner, JThe Maze RunnerSixteen-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
 
 
De la Pena, M. Ball Don't Lie: Seventeen-year-old Sticky lives to play basketball at school and at Lincoln Rec Center in Los Angeles and is headed for the pros, but he is unaware of the many dangers--including his own past--that threaten his dream. Check the online catalog
 
 
Green, J. An Abundance of Katherines: Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships. Check the online catalog
 
 
Green, J. Looking for Alaska: Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash. Check the online catalog
 
 
Portman, FKing Dork: After stumbling upon one of his father's old books, hints and clues are revealed to a secret past that may lead to answers regarding his father's life and mysterious death. Check the online catalog
  
Tolkien, J.R. R. The Hobbit: Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return. Check the online catalog
 

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817f9UengnLThere have been many alphabet books written, but none quite like this.  In Once Upon an Alphabet, Oliver Jeffers gives every letter it's due by writing each a short story.  His usual wit and humor are present, and so are some characters from his earlier books.  While each letter has its own story, references to previous letters are made later in the alphabet, which only elevates the story as a whole.  The illustrations are deceptively simple with delicate splashes of color and add a perfect amount of playfulness to the text.  Think you know your ABCs?  Not like this!

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