Whats New Category: High School

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.

LibriVox offers free public domain audiobooks for download or online listening. 

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.

May Is Mystery Month…

We’ve had a lot of dark and stormy nights recently, which is the perfect atmosphere for Mystery Month! Why not curl up by that rain-spattered, lightening-illuminated window with a great mystery inspired by the master detective Sherlock Holmes?

a Study In Charlotte book coverWhen their classmate dies and the circumstances seem too suspicious to be causally dismissed, the descendants of Sherlock Holmes and and John Watson join together to solve the mystery. Step into their Connecticut boarding school and let Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes take you on a suspenseful, hair-raising, and at times amusing adventure in Brittany Cavallaro’s A Study in Charlotte.

 

 

 

Down the Rabbit Hole book coverA typical small town teen finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of crime and detective work in Peter Abrahams modern day caper Down the Rabbit Hole. Between soccer, play practice, middle school and family life, Ingrid Levin-Hill must channel the cunning and quick-witted problem solving skills of her hero, Sherlock Holmes.

 

 

 

Lock and Mori book coverWhat happens when you combine teens, mysteries, secrets and passions? Well if you’re the competitive and brilliant English teens Lock and Mori, you make a shaky pact to see who can solve the crime first, promise to share all the clues with each other, and end up not knowing who you can trust.

 

 

 

 

death cloud book coverIn 1868 Sherlock Holmes wasn’t a famous detective, in fact he was just an ordinary teenage boy spending a summer with his aunt and uncle. But when an ordinary boy with an extraordinary intellect and a tendency for finding clues finds a dead body and some sinister people, the hero of 221b Baker Street must solve the mystery or risk losing his own life. Meet the young Holmes in Andy Lane’s Death Cloud.

 

 

 

Jackaby book coverTake a detective named R. F. Jackaby who has all the brains and analytical powers of Sherlock Holmes, add a female sidekick named Abigail Rook who has all the wit and wisdom of Dr. Watson, throw in a solid dose of the paranormal, and you’ll get a strong resemblance to the original super sleuthing duo in William Ritter’s Jackaby. Check out this page turner as Jackaby and Rook hunt for a serial killer on the loose in 1892 New England.

4 Novels With Teen Characters Who Overcome Bullying

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Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
YA THOMAS, L.
Ollie, who has seizures when near electricity, lives in a backwoods cabin with his mother and rarely sees other people, and Moritz, born with no eyes and a heart defect that requires a pacemaker, is bullied at his high school, but when a physician who knows both suggests they begin corresponding, they form a strong bond that may get them through dark times.

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Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
YA SUMMERS, C.
Regina, a high school senior in the popular – and feared – crowd, suddenly falls out of favor and becomes the object of the same sort of vicious bullying that she used to inflict on others, until she finds solace with one of her former victims.

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Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz
YA MY MILLER, A.
A boy with autism teams up with the high school bully to get to the bottom of a cafeteria crime.

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The Yo-Yo Prophet by Karen Krossing
YA KROSSING, K.
Small, shy Calvin becomes the Yo-Yo Prophet when his street tricks get the attention of a bully named Rozelle.

9 Teen Novels Set in the 90’s

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Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho
YA MORACHO, C.
Althea and Oliver, who have been friends since age six and are now high school juniors, find their friendship changing because he has contracted Kleine-Levin Syndrome.

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The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley
YA FOLEY, J.
It’s 1993, and Generation X pulses to the beat of Kurt Cobain and the grunge movement. Sixteen-year-old Maggie Lynch is uprooted from big-city Chicago to a windswept town on the Irish Sea. Surviving on care packages of Spin magazine and Twizzlers from her rocker uncle Kevin, she wonders if she’ll ever find her place in this new world. When first love and sudden death simultaneously strike, a naive but determined Maggie embarks on a forbidden pilgrimage that will take her to a seedy part of Dublin and on to a life-altering night in Rome to fulfill a dying wish. Through it all, Maggie discovers an untapped inner strength to do the most difficult but rewarding thing of all– live.

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Supergirl Mixtapes by Meagan Brothers
YA BROTHERS, M.
Sixteen-year-old Maria leaves her father and grandmother in Red Hill, South Carolina, to live with her mother, an artist who lives with her young boyfriend in a tiny apartment in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

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When Love Comes to Town by Tom Lennon
YA LENNON, T.
Neil Byrne, a teenager in Dublin, Ireland, in the 1990s, comes to terms with the fact that he is gay and seeks acceptance from his friends and family.

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The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
YA ASHER, J.
Everybody wonders what their destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out. It’s 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet. Emma just got her first computer and Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on — and discover their profiles on something called Facebook, fifteen years into the future.

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
YA DANFORTH, E.
In the early 1990s, when gay teenager Cameron Post rebels against her conservative Montana ranch town and her family decides she needs to change her ways, she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center.

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Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen
YA JENSEN, C.
In 1993 in New York City, high school senior Mira uncovers many secrets, including that her father has a male lover.

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A Time of Miracles by Anne-Laure Bondoux
YA BONDOUX, A.
In the early 1990s, a boy with a mysterious past and the woman who cares for him endure a five-year journey across the war-torn Caucasus and Europe, weathering hardships and welcoming unforgettable encounters with other refugees searching for a better life.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
YA CHBOSKY, S.
A haunting coming of age novel told in a series of letters to an unknown correspondent reveals the life of Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent, it’s a story of what it’s like to grow up in high school, tracing a course through uncharted territory in the world of first dates, family dramas and new friends.

5 New Teen Novels for Back to School

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Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
YA BUXBAUM, J.
Sixteen-year old Jessie, still grieving over her mother’s death, must move from Chicago to “The Valley,” with a new stepfamily but no new friends until an anonymous fellow student emails and offers to help her navigate the school’s treacherous social waters.

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Away We Go by Emil Ostrovski
YA OSTROVSKI, E.
Youths infected with the fatal Peter Pan Virus are sent to Westing Academy where Noah Falls pins his affections on a boy who does not reciprocate, and soon tarnishes his other relationships and increases his feelings of self-loathing.

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The New Guy (and other senior year distractions) by Amy Spalding
YA SPALDING, A.
Juggling the pressures of college applications and friendships, neurotic overachiever Jules’s plans for her senior year are thrown off track when she starts dating the new guy at school and finds herself at the center of a rivalry between her high school’s newspaper and its just-launched TV news show.

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This is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer
YA STROHMEYER, S.
Addie Emerson doesn’t believe in love. Not for herself anyway. With one year left of high school, she’s more interested in snagging a full scholarship to Harvard than a full-time boyfriend. After months of research, Addie has discovered how to make anyone fall in love. All you need is the secret formula. But will her discovery be enough to win the coveted Athenian Award and all its perks? (See above, full scholarship to Harvard.) Or will she be undone by Dexter, her backstabbing lab partner, who is determined to deep-six her experiments at their exclusive private school?

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Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan
YA DINAN, K.
To his great surprise, uncool eleventh-grader Max Cobb is invited to join the Chaos Club, an exclusive group of students responsible for some of the biggest pranks at his high school.