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Peter and the StarcatchersPeter and the Starcatchers 
by Barry, Dave
YA BARRY, D.

Peter, an orphan boy, and his new friend Molly fight off thieves and pirates in order to keep the a mysterious trunk away from the diabolical Black Stache and the evil “Others.”

 

Code TalkerCode Talker : A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two 
by Bruchac, Joseph
YA BRUCHAC, J.

  • After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.

 

 

Ender's GameEnder’s Game
by Card, Orson Scott
SF CARD, O.

Child-hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive.

 

I am the cheese: a novelI Am the Cheese: A Novel 
by Cormier, Robert
YA CORMIER, R.

  • A young boy desperately tries to unlock his past yet knows he must hide those memories if he is to remain alive.

 

Staying fat for Sarah ByrnesStaying Fat For Sarah Byrnes 
by Crutcher, Chris
YA CRUTCHER, C.

  • The daily class discussions about the nature of man, the existence of God, abortion, organized religion, suicide and other contemporary issues serve as a backdrop for a high-school senior’s attempt to answer a friend’s dramatic cry for help.

The Sea of TrollsThe Sea of Trolls 
by Farmer, Nancy
YA FARMER, N.

  • After Jack becomes apprenticed to a Druid bard, he and his little sister Lucy are captured by Viking Berserkers and taken to the home of King Ivar the Boneless and his half-troll queen, leading Jack to undertake a vital quest to Jotunheim, home of the trolls.

Far NorthFar North 
by Hobbs, Will
YA HOBBS, W.

After the destruction of their floatplane, sixteen-year-old Gabe and his Dene friend, Raymond, struggle to survive a winter in the wilderness of the Northwest Territories.

 

Ark angelArk Angel 
by Horowitz, Anthony
YA HOROWITZ, A.

After recovering from a near fatal gunshot wound, teenage spy Alex Rider embarks on a new mission to stop a group of eco-terrorists from sabotaging the launch of the first outer space hotel.

 

PeteyPetey 
by Mikaelsen, Ben
YA MIKAELSEN, B.

  • In 1922 Petey, who has cerebral palsy, is misdiagnosed as an idiot and institutionalized; 60 years later, still in the institution, he befriends a boy and shares with him the joy of life.

 

MonsterMonster 
by Myers, Walter Dean
YA MYERS, W.

  • While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

 

AirbornAirborn 
by Oppel, Kenneth
YA OPPEL, K.

  • Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth’s surface.

 

EragonEragon 
by Paolini, Christopher
YA PAOLINI, C.

  • In Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.

 

American ShaolinAmerican Shaolin : flying kicks, buddhist monks, and the legend of iron crotch : an odyssey in the new China 
by Matthew Polly
796.8155 POL

  • Laced with humor and illuminated by cultural insight, this coming-of-age tale explores one young American’s quest to become a kung fu master at China’s legendary Shaolin Temple.

 

King DorkKing Dork 
by Portman, Frank
YA PORTMAN, F.

  • High school loser Tom Henderson discovers that “The Catcher in the Rye” may hold the clues to the many mysteries in his life.

 

The Amulet of SamarkandThe Amulet of Samarkand 
by Stroud, Jonathan
YA STROUD, J.

  • Nathaniel, a magician’s apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.

 

Rats saw GodRats Saw God 
by Thomas, Rob
YA THOMAS, R.

  • In hopes of graduating, Steve York agrees to complete a hundred-page writing assignment that helps him to sort out his relationship with his famous astronaut father and the events that changed him from promising student to troubled teen.

 

Montmorency : thief, liar, gentleman?Montmorency : Thief, Liar, Gentleman? 
by Updale, Eleanor
YA UPDALE, E.

  • In Victorian London, after his life is saved by a young physician, a thief utilizes the knowledge he gains in prison and from the scientific lectures he attends as the physician’s case study exhibit to create a new, highly successful, double life for himself.

 

Memory boy : a novelMemory Boy : A Novel 
by Weaver, Will
YA WEAVER, W.

  • Sixteen-year-old Miles and his family must flee their Minneapolis home and begin a new life in the wilderness after a chain of cataclysmic volcanic explosions creates dangerous conditions in their city.

 

Non-Fiction

A long way gone : memoirs of a boy soldierA Long Way Gone : Memoirs of a Boy Soldier 
by Beah, Ishmael
966.404 BEA.

  • In the more than 50 violent conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. In a Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Ishmael Beah, now 26 years old, tells a story: at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he’d been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts. At sixteen, he was removed from fighting by UNICEF, and through the help of the staff at his rehabilitation center, he learned how to forgive himself, to regain his humanity, and finally, to heal.

 

Eagle blue : a team, a tribe, and a high school basketball season in Arctic AlaskaEagle Blue : A Team, A Tribe, and a High School Basketball Season in Arctic Alaska 
by D’Orso, Michael
796.3236 DOR

  • Set in the remote Arctic recesses of Alaska, the village of Fort Yukon is home to 600 people. Overwhelmingly populated by Athabascan Gwich’in Natives, Fort Yukon exists almost exclusively in the margins of American culture. The tiny population and vanishing cultural heritage of this town have one powerful link to mainstream America: their high school basketball team. The Fort Yukon Eagles, winners of six consecutive regional championships, are the pride and joy of their tribe. Each year, from November to March, the Eagles struggle through the Arctic winter’s brutal cold and near-continual darkness, in search of a championship and an identity. Michael D’Orso follows the team from day one, riding with them in planes, vans, and snowmobiles. He sees the lives of each of the players, from their family dinners to their relationship to their devoted coach, capturing it all in compassionate detail. In images and moments, D’Orso illuminates a rich and spirited heritage ignored by the rest of the world.

 

Phineas Gage : a gruesome but true story about brain sciencePhineas Gage : A Gruesome But True Story About Brain Science 
by Fleischman, John
YA 362.1974 FLE

  • The true story of Phineas Cage, a man who lived through a horrible accident that left him with a hole in his brain in 1848.

 

The perfect storm : a true story of men against the seaThe Perfect Storm : A True Story of Men Against the Sea 
by Junger, Sebastian
974.45 JUN

  • October 1991. It was “the perfect storm” a tempest that may happen only once in a century A nor’easter created by so rare a combination of factors that it could not possibly have been worse. Creating waves ten stories high and winds of 120 miles an hour, the storm whipped the sea to inconceivable levels few people on earth have ever witnessed. Few, except the six-man crew of the “Andrea Gail,” a commercial fishing boat tragically headed toward the storm’s hellish center.

 

 

In the heart of the sea : the tragedy of the whaleship EssexIn the Heart of the Sea : The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex 
by Philbrick, Nathaniel
910.916 PHI

  • Winner of the 2000 National Book Award for Non-Fiction! The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the twentieth. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with 20 crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival. Nathaniel Philbrick uses little-known documents-including a long-lost account written by the ship’s cabin boy-and penetrating details about whaling and the Nantucket community to reveal the chilling events surrounding this epic maritime disaster. An intense and mesmerizing read, In the Heart of the Sea is a monumental work of history forever placing the Essex tragedy in the American historical canon.