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Stuck at Home? Free Learning Resources for Teens

 

School’s closed, the Library’s closed, and there’s not a lot to do when you’re stuck in your house. Check out these free resources for lots of great ways to keep busy!

EBooks and EAudiobooks

MPPL’s E-Library offers a large selection of free eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, and other terrific resources  All you need is your library card! 

No Library Card? The resources below are free – No card required! 

Audible Stories is now offering free audio stories for all ages. Stream them on your computer, phone, or tablet.

Project Gutenberg is an online library of over 60,000 free ebooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks to download or read online. 

Scribd‘s library of magazines, ebooks, and audiobooks is offering users 30 days free, no credit card required.

Smashwords offers a selection of free self-published ebooks in epub, Kindle, and PDF formats. 

Read, Wonder, and Learn  – Author Kate Messner presents authors and illustrators read-alouds (ranging from picture books to young adult), mini-lessons on drawing and writing, and other activities. 

Browse OpenCulture’s index of free K-12 resources, ranging from free ebooks and audiobooks to online textbooks, world language lessons, videos and websites on a variety of academic subjects.

At-Home Learning Activities 

Get help with schoolwork and practice math or other skills with Tutor.com, available with your library card.

Free AP study tools from Fiveable 

Khan Academy offers free courses on many topics for learners at all levels, and a guide for parents and teachers using the site during school closures.

Scholastic Learn at Home features day-by-day projects for grades K-12.

Readwritethink includes activities and interactive lessons for students in grades K-12. You can filter by grade, activity, learning objective, and more. Many of the activities/lessons point to free information sources for the topic.  

Here’s a long list of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings via KidsActivities.com 

Science at Home from Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry 

Learning Resources from the Field Museum 

TED-Ed educational videos from the folks who brought you TED Talks 

Creativity / The Arts 

Daily Writing Prompts  from the New York Times 

Comic Book Tutorials for Those Staying at Home During Coronavirus from the New York Times 

Comic Artist Jarrett Lerner offers activities like Finish this Comic, blank comic pages, and drawing/writing prompts.

Artists of any age will enjoy Mo Willems Lunch Doodles, mini drawing lessons from the Kennedy Center’s “Artist in Residence at Home.”

Try your hand at Online Art Lessons from Art for Kids   

Sight Reading Factory is offering a free trial of online sight-reading practice for vocal and instrumental musicians. 

Keep Dancing with free livestream dance classes for all ages. Class times, levels, and dance styles vary. 

Looking for Something Different? 

Relax and take care of you body with a little Yoga with Adriene.

Nike Run Club‘s free app offers running workouts for a variety of abilities and distances. 

Try Breakout.Edu‘s digital escape room games for grades K-12. 

Go on a Virtual Field Trip to a zoo, national park, the Louvre Museum, or the surface of Mars!

Take a Virtual Museum Tour.

Have you canceled Spring Break travel plans? Visit a Virtual Theme Park.

If you’re an animal lover, you’ll love San Diego Zoo’s Live Cams.

Prefer sea life? Try Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Live Cams — don’t miss our favorite, the Sea Otter Cam! 

Take a screen break with these Best Podcasts for Kids in elementary, middle, and high school.

Realistic Fiction for Teen Readers

Looking for a good read that deals with real world problems?  Check out this list below for some excellent realistic fiction novels for teen readers!

The Impossible Knife of Memorythe impossible knife of memory book cover by Laurie Halse Anderson

YA ANDERSON, L.

Hayley Kincaid and her father move back to their hometown to try a “normal” life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives.

Eleanor and Park book coverEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

YA ROWELL, R.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Thirteen Reasons Why13 Reasons Why book cover by Jay Asher

YA ASHER, J.

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

the fault in our stars book coverThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

YA GREEN, J.

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

absolutelytruestoryThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

YA ALEXIE, S.

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.

monsterMonster by Walter Dean Myers

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.

okay for now book coverOkay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt

YA SCHMIDT, G.

As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him until he finds an ally in Lil Spicer–a fiery young lady. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon’s birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage.

AskPassengersAsk the Passengers by A.S. King

YA KING, A.

Imagining that she is sending love to passengers in airplanes flying overhead, Astrid Jones, a teen from a small town torn by gossip and narrow-mindedness, struggles with her family’s dysfunction and hides her love for another girl.

The Perks of Being a WallflowerThe Perks of Being a Wallflower book cover by Stephen Chbosky

YA CHBOSKY, S.

A coming of age novel about Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent. He deals with the usual teen problems, but also with the suicide of his best friend.

HateListHate List by Jennifer Brown

YA BROWN, J.

Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.

TruthAbtForeverThe Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

YA DESSEN, S.

The summer following her father’s death, Macy plans to work at the library and wait for her brainy boyfriend to return from camp, but instead she goes to work at a catering business where she makes new friends and finally faces her grief.

LoveLettersDeadLove Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

YA DELLAIRA, A.

When Laurel starts writing letters to dead people for a school assignment, she begins to spill about her sister’s mysterious death, her mother’s departure from the family, her new friends, and her first love.

WhatWeSawAtNightWhat We Saw at Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard

YA MITCHARD, J.

After glimpsing an older man in a room with a dead girl, sixteen-year-old Allie, who has a life-threatening allergy to sunlight, discovers she is the lone key to stopping a serial killer.

Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer

YA MAZER, H.

Wounded in Iraq while his Army unit is on convoy and treated for many months for traumatic brain injury, the first person Ben remembers from his earlier life is his autistic brother.

When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

YA REYNOLDS, J.

Ali lives in Bed-Stuy, a Brooklyn neighborhood known for guns and drugs, but he and his sister, Jazz, and their neighbors, Needles and Noodles, stay out of trouble until they go to the wrong party, where one gets badly hurt and another leaves with a target on his back.

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Gripcurveball the year I lost my grip book cover 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.

Swim the FlySwim the Fly book cover by Don Calame

YA CALAME, D.

Fifteen-year-old Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Coop and Sean, always set themselves a summertime goal. This year’s goal is to see a real-live naked girl for the first time. Given that none of the guys has the nerve to even ask a girl out on a date this is quite a challenge. But catching a girl in the buff starts to look easy compared to Matt’s other summertime aspiration: to swim the 100-yard butterfly as a way to impress Kelly West, the sizzling new star of the swim team.

Winger book coverWinger by Andrew Smith

YA SMITH, A.

Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates.

jkt_9780545334747.inddTake a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

YA EULBERG, E.

Emme, Sophie, Ethan, and Carter are seniors at a performing arts high school in New York City, preparing for the senior recital and feeling the pressure to perform well and take the next step in their careers and their lives–whether they want to or not.

13 Little Blue Envelopes13 Little Blue Envelopes book cover by Maureen Johnson

YA JOHNSON, M.

When seventeen-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life.

 

Consumed by Basketball?

Are you enjoying March Madness? Want to find a novel that centers on basketball? Check out our list below!

TrueLegendTrue Legend by Mike Lupica

YA LUPICA, M.

Fifteen-year-old Drew “True” Robinson loves being the best point-guard prospect in high school basketball, but learns the consequences of fame through a former player, as well as through the man who expects to be his manager when True reaches the NBA.

 

SwaggerSwagger by Carl Deuker

YA DEUKER, C.

High school senior point guard Jonas Dolan is on the fast track to a basketball career until an unthinkable choice puts his future on the line.

 

The Pick-Up Game: a full day of full courtPick-Up Game book cover edited by Marc Aronson and Charles R. Smith Jr.

YA SS PICK-UP

A series of short stories by such authors as Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Joseph Bruchac, interspersed with poems and photographs, provides different perspectives on a game of streetball played one steamy July day at the West 4th Street court in New York City known as The Cage.

 

ThrowingStonesThrowing Stones by Kristi Collier

YA COLLIER, K.

In 1923, in Pierre, Indiana, fourteen-year-old Andy realizes a dream when he makes the high school basketball team, but when an accident keeps him from playing, he ventures into journalism and begins to understand the meaning of sportsmanship.

 

BoxOutBox Out by John Coy

YA COY, J.

High school sophomore Liam jeopardizes his new position on the varsity basketball team when he decides to take a stand against his coach who is leading prayers before games and enforcing teamwide participation.

DoubleExposureDouble Exposure by Bridget Birdsall

YA BIRDSALL, B.

Fifteen-year-old Alyx Atlas starts school in a new state with a new identity–as a girl in Milwaukee–but a bully on the basketball court threatens to reveal that Alyx is an intersex person, which could disqualify Alyx and the team from playing in the state championship game.

 

BoostBoost by Kathryn Mackel

YA MACKEL, K.

Thirteen-year-old Savvy Christopher is 6’2″ and a talented basketball player; her big sis, Callie, is a cheerleader. When an injury ruins their dad’s golf career, the family moves from their swanky New Mexico home to an aunt’s sheep farm in Rhode Island. Savvy is thrilled when she makes the exclusive 18-and-under basketball team The Fire; getting to play on a great travel team makes up for having to share a room with Callie, being teased about her height, and having to work on the sheep farm. But when steroids are found in Savvy’s gym bag, she’ll have to fight for her spot on the team.

 

SlamSlam! by Walter Dean Myers

YA MYERS, W.

Seventeen-year-old “Slam” Harris is counting on his basketball talents to get him out of the inner city and give him a chance to succeed in life, but his coach sees things differently.

 

 

EdenvilleOwlsEdenville Owls by Robert B. Parker

YA PARKER, R.

Fourteen-year-old Bobby, living in a small Massachusetts town just after World War II, finds himself facing many new challenges as he tries to pull together his coachless basketball team, cope with new feelings for his old friend Joanie, and discover the identity of the mysterious stranger who seems to be threatening his teacher.

 

 

BallDontLieBall Don’t Lie by Matt de la Peña

YA PENA, M.

Seventeen-year-old Sticky lives for basketball and plays at school and at the Lincoln Rec Center in Los Angeles but he is unaware of the many dangers–including his own past–that threaten his dream of playing professionally.

 

 

Boy21Boy21 by Matthew Quick

YA QUICK, M.

Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school’s varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.

 

 

FinalFourThe Final Four by Paul Volponi

YA VOLPONI, P.

Four players at the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament struggle with the pressures of tournament play and the expectations of society at large.

 

LearningtheGameLearning the Game by Kevin Waltman

YA WALTMAN, K.

When he and his high-school basketball teammates steal from a fraternity house in their small Indiana town, Nate contends with his guilt, his loyalty to his friends, and his desire to help his older brother who comes under suspicion for the crime.

Getting Revenge

In the mood to read about justice being served?  Check out these teens novels centered on characters getting revenge in some way or another.

Alice in ZombielandAlice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

YA SHOWALTER, G.

To avenge the death of her parents and sister Ali must learn to fight the undead, and to survive she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has his own secrets, which might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.

tenTen by Gretchen McNeil

YA MCNEIL, G.

Ten teens head to a house party at a remote island mansion off the Washington coast . . . only for them to be picked off by a killer one by one.

sharptimeThe Sharp Time by Mary O’Connell

YA O’CONNELL, M.

In the week following her mother’s death in a freak accident, eighteen-year-old Sandanista Jones finds small measures of happiness even as she fantasizes about an act of revenge against an abusive teacher at her high school.

furyFury by Elizabeth Miles

YA MILES, E.

When high school junior Emily hooks up with her best friend’s boyfriend and football quarterback Chase’s life spirals out of control, three mysterious Furies–paranormal creatures that often assume the form of beautiful women–come to town to make sure that Emily and Chase get what they deserve.

falconerThe Falconer by Elizabeth May

YA MAY, E.

In 1844 Edinburgh eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron is neither an ordinary debutante, nor a murderess–she is a Falconer, a female warrior born with the gift for hunting and killing the faeries who prey on mankind and who killed her mother.

burn4burnBurn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

YA HAN, J.

Three teenaged girls living on Jar Island band together to enact revenge on the people that have hurt them.

whathappenedcassWhat Happened to Cass McBride? by Gail Giles

YA GILES, G.

After his younger brother commits suicide, Kyle Kirby decides to exact revenge on the person he holds responsible.

SeasonoftheWitchSeason of the Witch by Mariah Fredericks

YA FREDERICK, M.

A girl who is bullied experiments with witchcraft in order to get revenge on her attackers.

KarmaClubThe Karma Club by Jessica Brody

YA BRODY, J.

When high school senior Maddy catches her boyfriend cheating on her, she devises a complicated plan to get revenge.

 

 

tempestuous

Tempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

YA ASKEW, K.

When a bad snow storm leaves workers stranded at the mall, former “it girl” Miranda decides it is the perfect time to seek revenge against the catty clique that abandoned her.

PoisonApplesThe Poison Apples by Lily Archer

YA ARCHER, L.

At an elite Massachusetts boarding school, three fifteen-year-old girls of very different backgrounds discover a common bond and form a club to plot revenge against their evil stepmothers.

ExtremitiesExtremities: Stories of Death, Murder, and Revenge by David Lubar

YA SS LUBAR, D.

“A group of high school girls takes revenge on their sadistic gym teacher in the most fitting way possible. Two stowaways find themselves on a ship for the dead. An ancient predator stalks the wrong victim. Here are thirteen tales of death, murder, and revenge.

mortaldangerMortal Danger by Ann Aguirre

YA AGUIRRE, A.

Agreeing to join the mysterious Kian’s magical faction to exact revenge on a group of bullies who have tormented her, Edie transforms into a beautiful girl and begins to sabotage the bullies’ inner circle only to discover dark truths about Kian’s world.

ThousandPiecesofYouA Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

YA SF GRAY, C.

When eighteen-year-old Marguerite Caine’s father is killed, she must leap into different dimensions and versions of herself to catch her father’s killer and avenge his murder.

truancyTruancy by Isamu Fukui

YA SF FUKUI, I.

In the City, where an iron-fisted Mayor’s goal is perfect control through education, fifteen-year-old Tack is torn between a growing sympathy for the Truancy, an underground movement determined to bring down the system at any cost, and the desire to avenge a death caused by a Truant.

Love Gone Wrong in Teen Fiction

Is all the love in the air just too much for you this week?  Need a break from all the love stories?  Check out some of  these teen novels where love goes wrong:

An Abundance of Katherines book coverAn Abundance of Katherines by John Green

YA GREEN, J.

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.

AudreyWaitAudrey Wait! by Robin Benway

YA BENWAY, R.

While trying to score a date with her cute co-worker at the Scooper Dooper, sixteen-year-old Audrey gains unwanted fame and celebrity status when her ex-boyfriend, a rock musician, records a breakup song about her that soars to the top of the Billboard charts.

BoyfriendListThe Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

YA LOCKHART, E.

A Seattle fifteen-year-old explains some of the reasons for her recent panic attacks, including breaking up with her boyfriend, losing all her girlfriends, tensions between her performance-artist mother and her father, and more.

 

breakup bibleThe Breakup Bible by Melissa Kantor

YA KANTOR, M.

Jennifer thinks she and Max are the perfect couple, until he decides he just wants to be friends.

brokenheartsBroken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn

YA FINN, K.

Devastated after a painful breakup, Gemma faces a Hamptons summer near a former best friend she wronged years earlier, a risk that compels her to assume a different identity and pursue a relationship with her former friend’s brother.

DeliriumDelirium by Lauren Oliver

YA OLIVER, L.

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 right before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.

Field Guide for HeartbreakersA Field Guide for Heartbreakers by Kristen Tracy

YA TRACY, K.

When seventeen-year-old high school students Veronica and Dessy go to Prague to attend a summer writer’s program for college students, they experience romance, conflicts, and, ultimately, the strengthening of their friendship.

FlashBurnoutFlash Burnout by L.K. Madigan

YA MADIGAN, L.

After he takes a photograph of a woman who is living on the streets and discovers it to be the meth-addicted mother of his closest friend Marissa, Blake finds himself spending more time with Marissa than with his girlfriend.

furyFury by Elizabeth Miles

YA MILES, E.

When high school junior Emily hooks up with her best friend’s boyfriend and football quarterback Chase’s life spirals out of control, three mysterious Furies–paranormal creatures that often assume the form of beautiful women–come to town to make sure that Emily and Chase get what they deserve.

Going VintageGoing Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

YA LEAVITT, L.

When sixteen-year-old Mallory learns that her boyfriend, Jeremy, is cheating on her with his cyber “wife,” she rebels against technology by following her grandmother’s list of goals from 1962, with help from her younger sister, Ginnie.

HeartbreakersThe Heartbreakers by Pamela Wells

YA WELLS, P.

When three high school friends experience breakups on the same night, a fourth writes “The Break up Code,” which all agree to follow as they try to get over the bad relationships and get back in touch with themselves and one another.

KarmaClubThe Karma Club by Jessica Brody

YA BRODY, J.

When high school senior Maddy catches her boyfriend cheating on her, she devises a complicated plan to get revenge.

MatchedMatched book cover by Ally Condie

YA CONDIE, A.

All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia as she turns 17, whom to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn’t be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky’s face show up on her match disk as well?

Naomi and Elys No Kiss ListNaomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

YA COHN, R.

Although they have been friends and neighbors all their lives, straight Naomi and gay Ely find their relationship severely strained during their freshman year at New York University.

NaughtListThe Naughty List by Suzanne Young

YA YOUNG, S.

Head cheerleader Tessa runs the ultra-secret SOS, or Society of Smitten Kittens, that spies on her fellow-students’ cheating boyfriends, until her own boyfriend is implicated.

OpheliaOphelia by Lisa M. Klein

YA KLEIN, L.

In a story based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia tells of her life in the court at Elsinore, her love for Prince Hamlet, and her escape from the violence in Denmark.

Secret SisterhoodThe Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten

YA WEINGARTEN, L.

When her boyfriend ends their relationship, high school sophomore Lucy thinks she will never recover from the heartbreak until she meets three magical girls who say they can heal her, but at a cost.

secretyearThe Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard

YA HUBBARD, J.

Reading the journal of the high-society girl he was secretly involved with for a year helps high school senior Colt cope with her death and come closer to understanding why she needed him while continuing to be the girlfriend of a wealthy classmate.

StolenCarStolen Car by Patrick Jones

YA JONES, P.

Fifteen-year-old Danielle desperately wants to escape life with her mother and a series of “Dad-wannabes,” so when best friends Ashley and Evan help her see that bad-boy Reid is lying and using her, Danny steals Reid’s car and takes Ashley on a road trip.

thwonkThwonk by Joan Bauer

YA BAUER, J.

A cupid doll comes to life and offers romantic assistance to A.J., a teenage photographer suffering from unrequited love.