Month: October 2014

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Achieving Dreams–Inspirational Teen Reads

Running DreamThe Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

YA VAN DRAANEN, W.

When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.

StargirlStargirl by Jerry Spinelli

YA SPINELLI, J.

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.

CardturnerThe Cardturner by Lois Sachar

YA SACHAR, L.

When his wealthy uncle, a champion bridge player who has lost his vision, asks seventeen-year-old Alton to be a cardturner for him, Alton has no idea how much he will ultimately learn from his eccentric relative. Includes appendix by Syd Fox with information about bridge.

DairyQueenDairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

YA MURDOCK, C.

After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school’s rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.

deadlineDeadline by Chris Crutcher

YA CRUTCHER, C.

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.”

CurveballCurveball: the Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

YA SONNENBLICK, J.

After an injury ends former star pitcher Peter Friedman’s athletic dreams, he concentrates on photography which leads him to a girlfriend, new fame as a high school sports photographer, and a deeper relationship with the beloved grandfather who, when he realizes he’s becoming senile, gives Pete all of his professional camera gear.

SharkGirlShark Girl by Kelly Bingham

YA BINGHAM, K.

After a shark attack causes the amputation of her right arm, fifteen-year-old Jane, an aspiring artist, struggles to come to terms with her loss and the changes it imposes on her day-to-day life and her plans for the future.

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovernsay what you will book cover

YA MCGOVERN, C.

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can’t walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized. When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other’s lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.

LockKeyLock and Key by Sarah Dessen

YA DESSEN, S.

When she is abandoned by her alcoholic mother, high school senior Ruby winds up living with Cora, the sister she has not seen for ten years, and learns about Cora’s new life, what makes a family, how to allow people to help her when she needs it, and that she too has something to offer others.

Hatchet by Gary Paulsenhatchet book cover

YA PAULSEN, G.

After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce.

 

 

Reviews by You!

Maze RunnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner

YA SF DASHNER, J.

This book is a great book for people that enjoy action and adventure. It’s full of great details and has a wonderful storyline.

Review by David

TeashopGirlsThe Teashop Girls by Laura Schaefer

YA SCHAEFER, L.

Overall, this book is really good! I would give it 8.5 out of 10 stars!

Review by Marissa

Divergent book coverDivergent by Veronica Roth

YA ROTH, V.

I liked how Roth used terms that had common meanings but not commonly used. I also liked how she had a person go from one thing to another but she didn’t really change the person’s personality.

Review by Micaela

MangoShapedSpaceA Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

YA MASS, W.

This book is about a girl named Mia and her beloved cat, Mango. Mia has synesthesia, a disorder where someone sees colors or shapes related to the sense. It is a journey Mia must take to discover herself and others while holding onto her past.

Review by Audrey

grimmlegacyThe Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

YA SHULMAN, P.

A great book that keeps you on the edge of your seat. There’s good vs evil, mystery and love, throughout the book. You discover magic is real and magic can do some really terrible things.

Review by Kyra

Red scarf girlRed Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang

YA 951.056 JIA

I really liked the book Red Scarf Girl. It was about what one girl experiences in the Chinese cultural revolution. It was a lot more interesting than I thought it would be. The author goes into great detail about her experiences and how they impacted her. It was a really touching book.

Review by Rachel

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow RowellEleanor and Park book cover

YA ROWELL, R.

This book is a marvelous, easy read. Park and Eleanor’s romance blooms and so will your love for this book. Must-read for those who love a heartwarming story. Highly recommend to all!

Review by Sarah

ChampionChampion by Marie Lu

YA SF LU, M.

This book was amazing with a lot of action and suspense. I would rate it a 10 out of 10. This book was amazing because of the climax building up.

Review by Gabby

The Fault in Our Stars by John Greenthe fault in our stars book cover

YA GREEN, J.

Great story! Leaves the reader feeling emotions like sadness and laughter all in one epic romance. I enjoyed it and recommend it to almost anyone that hasn’t read it yet. This story definitely deserves its popularity. 5 stars.

Review by Erin

eliteThe Elite by Kiera Cass

YA CASS, K.

The Elite, the second book in The Selection series, was just as interesting and intricate as the first book. It was a perfect continuation of the first book and kept me reading. I couldn’t put it down and was impatient for the next one.

Review by Cassidy