Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie, David
changes when you're a freshman in high school. Scott's is changing faster than
expected, but he still keeps his sense of humor. First, he discovers his
mother is pregnant. I saw the whole house filled from floor to ceiling with
dirty diapers. And puddles of baby puke. Then, the schoolwork starts
piling up. Wow. Homework could really swallow time. Someday, I expect to
look up from a textbook and discover that I'm fifty. Is Scott going to
survive freshman year?
For ages 12+.
Killer's Kiss, R.L.
STREET -- Where your worst nightmares live...
Delia and Karina used to be friends until they started competing with each
other for everything, from grades to boyfriends. When Delia and Karina are
both finalists for the same huge college scholarship, the competition turns
Don't let your best friend read this book!
For ages 13
The Sledding Hill, Chris
friends, Eddie and Billy, one alive and one newly dead, keep in contact by
meeting (in another reality) on the sledding hill, where they had lots of good
times before Billy departed this world for the next. The author, Chris
Crutcher, whose books have often been challenged or banned in schools in
real life, argues for intellectual freedom through the story of how
Eddie fights for high school students' rights to read books that deal with
For ages 13 and up.
So Yesterday , Scott
is a high school kid with a very cool job. Have you ever wondered how
clothes that were in style one day (think huge bellbottoms), are all of
a sudden yesterday's fashion?
Somebody has to start new trends, right? Well, there are also
other people who see the new trends on the street and report on them to the
fashion industry. That's what Hunter does. When his supervisor, Mandy,
disappears before a meeting, Hunter and Jen, the fashion innovator whose
shoelaces are what Hunter notices first, both realize they have to find and
For ages 15 and up.
Cuba 15 , Nancy
Paz's grandmother decides that the family needs to throw a quinceanero
party to celebrate her "entry into womanhood" at age 15. Violet's
father is Cuban, but her mother is Polish, and Violet, who feels herself to be
100% just American, isn't sure that a formal party where she has
to wear a dress and dance with her father in front of a hundred people is
really her style. But with the help of her friends, her mother, and her
grandmother, she learns a bit about her Cuban heritage and a lot about herself
during the months of planning for the big event.
For ages 12 and up.
Mortal Engines , Philip
was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a
small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea."
A dark mix of action, fantasy, and science fiction, this is the
first book in a trilogy. It's fast-paced, thought-provoking, and a great read
for teens and adults. If you like books like the Harry Potter books or the His
Dark Materials series, you should give this one a try. (And if you like this
the second and third books are already out, so you won't have to wait to find
out how it all ends.)
For grades 6 and up.
Big Mouth and Ugly Girl
, Joyce Carol Oates
Recommended by Laurie,
Fiction Readers' Advisor
A high school junior, Matt
has always had a big mouth, but it lands him in big trouble when he jokes about
blowing up the school. Ursula, a self-described "ugly girl", happened to overhear.
That's how she gets involved...
For grades 8 and up.
a Boy a Gun, Todd Strasser
Recommended by Michelle,
Head of Technical Services
Gary and Brendan arrive at the high school dance with guns and bombs and take hostages. Friends, teachers,
neighbors, and fellow students tell this true-to-life story.
For ages 13 and up.
Find the Young Adult Collection
on the top floor of the Main Library. The East and West Branch Libraries also
have separate collections for young adults (teens) ages 12-18.