Wide Reading Book Suggestions
Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. 2007. Talented Arnold Spirit leaves the reservation school to go to an academically superior one located many miles away. How he copes with this change, both at school and on the reservation, is realistic, thought-provoking, and laugh-out-loud funny. National Book Award Young People’s Literature 2007; Book Sense Book of the Year 2008 Crutcher, Chris. Deadline. 2007. Eighteen-year-old Ben Wolf has been given less than a year to live, but he chooses not to tell anyone so his senior year will be as normal as possible. This surprisingly humorous story tracks that final year as Ben goes out for football, finds romance, and realizes that his secret has a serious impact on others. Johnson, Maureen. 13 Little Blue Envelopes. 2005. Ginny’s beloved, quirky Aunt Peg sends her on one more adventure when she dies, leaving Ginny a series of envelopes. The envelopes lead Ginny on a whirlwind tour of Europe where she finds answers to important questions about her aunt and about herself.
Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. 2003. An autistic boy keeps a diary of his efforts to solve the mystery of who killed his neighbor’s dog. This funny, touching novel is a revealing look into the mind of an autistic person. Alex Award 2004
Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. 2008. In the not-too-distant future, the United States has collapsed and has been replaced by the totalitarian regime, Panem. Sixteenyear-old Katniss becomes a contestant in the annual Hunger Games, a televised, gladiator-like contest where teens compete to the death. Series Herbert, Frank. Dune. First published 1965. The story of a young prince, Paul Artreides, scion of a star-crossed dynasty, and of his journey from boy to warrior to ruler of a dying planet destined to become a paradise regained.
Pratchett, Terry. Nation. 2008. Mau is caught in the tidal wave that destroyed his island, and Daphne is her ship’s only survivor of that tsunami. Together on the devastated island, they form a new nation. Michael L. Printz Honor Award 2009
Salinger, J. D. The Catcher in the Rye. First published 1951. Holden Caulfield is an alienated, disillusioned youth who drops out of school and spends three days and nights in New York City on a quest for self-discovery.
Herlong, M. H. The Great Wide Sea. 2008. Only two months after the death of their mother, Ben's father sells their house and buys a sailboat. The angry and resentful Ben, along with his two younger brothers, must go with their father on a year-long voyage around the Bahamas. Their father disappears overboard one night. The brothers must battle a terrible storm by themselves and are then stranded on a small island with little food, water or hope of rescue. An action packed survival story. Sedgwick, Marcus. Revolver. 2009. Set in 1910 just north of the Arctic Circle, the novel opens with fourteen-year-old Sig sitting alone in an isolated cabin with his dead father when a one-thumbed, vengeful man arrives, demanding stolen gold he claims he is owed by Sig's father. Michael L. Printz Honor Award 2011
Baldwin, James. Go Tell It On the Mountain. First published 1953. In 1935 Harlem, young John Grimes searches for God while struggling with his identity as the stepson of a stern, evangelist preacher.
Hornby, Nick. Slam. 2007. When fifteen-year-old skateboarder Sam "Slam" Jones learns that his ex-girlfriend is pregnant, he turns to the only person he feels can help — his hero, skating legend Tony Hawk. Since Tony is only a poster, he does not offer answers, so it is up to Sam, thrust suddenly into maturity, to figure out the right thing to do. Bradley, Alan C. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. 2009. A dead bird on a doorstep with a stamp stuck on its beak and a delicious trick on an older sister launch this funny and clever mystery. Flavia is isolated in the English countryside, busy practicing chemistry in...
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