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What Booklists can we brainstorm together? And what other resources are out there?



Overcoming Adversity

Need books for at-risk 7th grade boys. "In particular I have 3 at-risk boys I would like to connect with YA lit; perhaps a book that tells a story about kids like them who overcome adversity and defy the odds against them". Issues are homelessness, poverty, abusive homes.


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

Feed by M. T. Anderson

Tangerine by Edward Bloor

The Gardener by S. A. Bodeen

Christopher Paul Curtis (Bucking the Sarge, Watsons Go to Birmingham).
Angry Management (and other titles by the brilliant Chris Crutcher)
Graveyard book by Neil Gaiman
Dirt Road Home by Watt Key
Messed Up by Janet Nichols Lynch
Trash by Andy Mulligan
Walter Dean Myers
Holes by Sachar

Unwind by Shusterman

Gary Soto


YALSA Quick Picks




Book Display Idea: What Inspired These Authors?

Kate DiCamillo, Tale of Despereaux

Lois Lowry

Rachel Neumeier (author of the Griffin Mage Trilogy)



Philip Reeve

Kaja Foglio, Girl Genius Story Inspirations

Authors Top Ten Favorite Books


Best Mysteries for Tween and Teen Girls (for Colorado author)


39 Clues (series) - multiple authors
Echo Falls Mysteries by Peter Abrahams

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliet
Red Blazer Girls (series) by Michael D. Beil
Sisters Grimm (series) by Michael Buckley
Gallagher Girls (series) by Ally Carter

Christopher Killer (and others) by Alane Ferguson (Colorado author)

Girl's Best Friend by Leslie Margolis
Kiki Strike (series) by Kirsten Miller
Pish Posh by Ellen Potter
Enola Holmes (series) by Nancy Springer
Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Sammy Keyes (series) by Wendelin Van Draanen  

Gilda Joyce (series) by Jennifer Allison

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by Konigsburg
Boxcar Children (series) by Warner


Dystopian Fiction for Teens

 The Diary of Pelly D by L.J. Adlington (2005)
Anna to the Infinite Power by Ames (1981)
Feed by M T Anderson (2002)
Restoring Harmony by Joëlle Anthony (2010)
Kindling (Fire Us trilogy) by Jennifer Armstrong (2002)
X-Isle by Steve Augarde (2007, 2010)
Candor by Pam Bachorz (2009)
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (2010)

Pastword by Ian Beck (2009)

Genesis by Bernard Beckett (2005, 2009)

Exodus by Julie Bertagna (2003, 2008)
Taken by Edward Bloor (2007)
The Gardener by Bodeen (2010)
The Compound by S. A. Bodeen (2008)
The Destiny of Linus Hoppe by Anne-Laure Bondoux (2005)
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (1985)
The House of Power by Patrick Carman (1st in Atherton series) (2007)
Obernewtyn by Isabelle Carmody (1st in the Obernewtyn Chronicles) (1994)
Sharp North by Patrick Cave (2004)
The Tripods Trilogy (1st – The White Mountains) by John Christopher (1967)
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (2008)
Matched by Allyson Condie (2010)
Maze Runner by James Dashner (2009)
The Silenced by James Devita (2007)
For the Win by Cory Doctorow (2010)
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (2008)
The Sky Inside by Clare B . Dunkel (2008)
City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (2005)
The Dark Life by Kat Falls (2010)
Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer (1994)
House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (2003)
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (2010)
Truancy by Isamu Fukui (2008)
Salt by Maurice Gee (Grool, the sequel, to be released Oct. 1, 2010)
The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman (2008)
Gone by Michael Grant (2008)
Among the Hidden by Haddix (1998)
Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines (2009)
The Line by Teri Hall (2010)
Nomansland by Lesley Hauge (2010)
Rash by Peter Hautman (2006)
Never Let Me Go by Ishiguru (2005)
Epic by Connor Kostick (2007)
Children of the Dust by Louise Lawrence (1985, 2002)
Perfect by Lerangis
The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Staci Lloyd (2008, 2009)
Giver by Lois Lowry (1993)
Lake at the End of the World by Carolyn MacDonald (1992)
The Clone Codes by Patricia McKissack (2010)
The Secret Under My Skin by Janet Mcnaughton (2005)
The Declaration by Gemma Malley (2007)
Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden (1993)
Children of Time by Moulton (1989)
Winter's End by Jean-Claude Mourlevat (2008)
Vulture's Wake by Kristy Murray (2010)
The Girl Who Owned a City by O.T. Nelson (1998)
The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness (1st- The Knife of never Letting Go) (2008, 2009)
Shades Children by Garth Nix (2006)
Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien (2010)
Z for Zachariah by O'Brien (1974)
The Inferior by Peadar O’Guilin (2008)
Delirium by Lauren Olivier (Spring 2011)
Epitaph Road by David Patneaude (2010)
Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E Pearson (2008)
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (2006)
The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick (2000)
Streams of Babel, Fire Will Fall by Carol Plum-Ucci (2008, 2010)
Mortal Engines (1st in the Hungry City Chronicles) by Phillip Reeve (2002)
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (2004)
The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan (2010)
Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (2009)
Floodland by Marcus Sedgewick (2001)

Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner (2009)

The House of Stairs by William Sleator (1974)

First Light by Rebecca Stead (2007)

Big Empty by J B Stevens (2004)
Unwind by Neil Shusterman (2007)
Truesight by David Stahler Jr. (2004)
The Comet’s Curse by Dom Testa (2005)
Plague trilogy (Plague, Come Lucky April, Watchers at the Shrine) by Jean Ure (1991)
Uglies series by Westerfeld (2005)
Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn (2004)
Empty by Susanne Weyn (Fall 2010)
Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083 by Andrea White (2005)
The Storm Thief by Chris Wooding (2006)

And upcoming (for adults)
Brave New Worlds: Dystopian Stories (Spring 2011)
Ursula K. Le Guin, Cory Doctorow, Paolo Bacigalupi, Orson Scott Card, Nick Gaetano


Fresh Hell: What’s behind the boom in dystopian fiction for young readers?
by Laura Miller

Publisher's Weekly, February 15, 2010
"Children's Books: Apocalypse Now"


Hi-Lo Social Studies titles for 10th graders


Boy in the Striped Pajamas by Boyne

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez

Revolution is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine

Reaching Out by Francisco Jimenez

Wolf by the Ears by Ann Rinaldi (higher reading level but interesting issues)


Flygirl by Sherri Smith (Thanks to Gigi and Erica for finding that one!)

When the Emperor Was Divine



Sweeter the Juice (nonfiction about African-American family members passing as white)

Falling Leaves/Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter


I'm also going to send her to these sites:

Pura Belpre Award



Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults



Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers




GUYS READ: Making friends, being a loner

7th grade boy, nothing major "wrong" with his life but hasn't made a good

"hang out with" friend and feeling lonely around that



Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher

boy in the striped pajamas : a fable by John Boyne

Crunch time by Mariah Fredericks

Invisible by Pete Hautman

December boys by Michael Noonan

Freak the Mighty by W. R. Philbrick

Three clams and an oyster by Randy Powell

Percy Jackson series by Riordan

Schwa was here by Neal Shusterman

Notes from the midnight driver by Jordan Sonnenblick

Mercy on these teenage chimps by Gary Soto

Pacific Crossing by Gary Soto




The how rude! handbook of friendship & dating manners for teens : surviving the social scene by Alex J. Packer




Edgy lit for 19 year old teen girl

Little Willow



Girls, Comic-Con, and Manga - NPR story



Recommendations from a teen:


- The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer

- All of the books written by Tamora Pierce

- The Other Boelyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory (If she likes realistic history)

- The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson

- Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty

- My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

- Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult

- Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult

- Reaching for Sun by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

- The Blue Blood Series by Melissa De La Cruz

- Outside Beauty by Cynthia Kadohata

- Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

- The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

- A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (followed by the two sequels to this book)


Here are some I haven't read yet, but thought she might like:


- How to Build a House by Dana Reinhardt

- High Dive by Tammar Stein

- Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen (this one just came out)


Here are some more ideas (a wide variety):


Shelter by Whitmore

Thicker Than Water by Jablonski

True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet by Douglas

More Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet by Douglas

Stoner and Spaz by Koertge

Monster in Me by Harrison

Before, After, and Somebody In Between by Garsee

After the Wreck by Oates

True Believer by Wolff

Make Lemonade by Wolff

Elsewhere by Zevin

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Zevin

Taken by Bloor

Beige by Castellucci

Story of a Girl by Zarr

The Book Thief by Zusak

Dead Girls Don't Write Letters by Giles



Maybe she could use a little humor fiction, also. Too much angst?


Carol Burdick



19 year old, likes Cut, Go ask Alice, It happened to Nancy, Weetzie Bat,

Crosses. Doesn't like boy main characters. Suggestions?



Ellen Hopkins titles (glass, Crank, Identical)

Notes from the Teenage Underground by Howell

Tillerman Series by Cynthia Voigt (starts with Homecoming), also by Cynthia Voigt, When She Hollers

Unwind by Shusterman

This Is All: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn by Aidan Chambers

Black-Eyed Suzie by Susan Shaw

Such a Pretty Girl and Leftovers both by Laura Wies

The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti.



Three little words : a memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Transparent : love, family, and living the T with transgender teenagers by Cris Beam

Still kicking : my journey as the first woman to play Division I college football by Katie Hnida

Rolling away : my agony with ecstasy by Lynn Marie Smith

When I was a soldier : a memoir by Valérie Zenatti

My thirteenth winter : a memoir by Samantha Abeel



Decades (50's, 60's, 70's and 80's)

Book about something from those decades rather than books themselves from those decades (altho there might be some overlap).




King of the Mild Frontier by Chris Crutcher (autobiography)

Chris Crutcher, author of young adult novels such as "Ironman" and "Whale Talk," as well as short stories, tells of growing up in Cascade, Idaho, and becoming a writer.


Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam (autobiography)


Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata


Pageant by Kathryn Lasky


Dancing with Elvis by Lynda Stephenson


Belle Prater's Boy by Ruth White


Memories of Summer by Ruth White



Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez


In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez (adult fiction)


Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis


Jazmin's Notebook by Nikki Grimes


Sonny's war by Valerie Hobbs

In the late 1960s, fourteen-year-old Cori's life is greatly changed by the sudden death of her father and her brother's tour of duty in Vietnam.


Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

As a Chicano boy living in the unglamorous town of Hollywood, New Mexico, and a member of the graduating class of 1969, Sammy Santos faces the challenges of "gringo" racism, unpopular dress codes, the Vietnam War, barrio violence, and poverty.


Long Time Passing by Adrienne Jones


Gemini Summer by Ian Lawrence


Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd


Spite Fences by Trudy Krisher


Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers


Wednesday Ways by Gary D. Schmidt


Criss cross by Lynne Rae Perkins

Teenagers in a small town in the 1960s experience new thoughts and feelings, question their identities, connect, and disconnect as they search for the meaning of life and love.


Rooster by Beth Nixon Weaver

On a small Florida orange grove in the 1960s, fourteen-year-old Kady Palmer is burdened with housework and caring for her senile grandmother and mentally handicapped neighbor, so when a rich, handsome boy from school becomes interested in her she devises a plan to spend time with him.


Semiprecious by D. Anne Love

Uprooted and living with an aunt in 1960s Oklahoma, thirteen-year-old Garnet and her older sister Opal brave their mother's desertion and their father's recovery from an accident, learning that "the best home of all is the one you make inside yourself."


Runaround by Helen Hemphill.

In Kentucky in the 1960s, partly as revenge against her older sister for publicly embarrassing her, eleven-year-old Sassy decides to make the handsomest boy in the neighborhood her boyfriend, but first she has to find out what makes a boy like a girl, and how to know when he does.


The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

When it was first published in 1967, "The Outsiders" defied convention with its immediate, deeply sympathetic portrayal of Ponyboy and his struggle to find a place for himself in a difficult world. Thirty years later, it speaks to teenagers as powerfully as ever.


Boom! Voices of the Sixties Personal Reflections on the '60s and Today by Tom Brokaw (nonfiction/memoir)

Race, war, politics, feminism, popular culture, and music are all explored here, and we learn from a wide range of people about their lives. Tom Brokaw explores how members of this generation have gone on to bring activism and a Sixties mindset into individual entrepreneurship today.



Rat life by Tedd Arnold

After developing an unusual friendship with a young Vietnam War veteran in 1972, fourteen-year-old Todd discovers his writing talent and solves a murder mystery.


Our time on the river by Don Brown

Two brothers take a river trip by canoe in advance of the elder brother being shipped out to Vietnam.


The life history of a star by Kelly Easton

For more than a year, fourteen-year-old Kristin uses her diary to record her confused thoughts about the physical changes brought on by adolescence and the emotional strain on her family of living with the "ghost" of her beloved older brother who was physically and mentally destroyed while serving in Vietnam.


Clay Marble by Minfong Ho


When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt


Search and destroy by Dean Hughes

Recent high school graduate Rick Ward, undecided about his future and eager to escape his unhappy home life, joins the army and experiences the horrors of the war in Vietnam.


Postcards to father Abraham by Catherine Lewis

When sixteen-year-old Meghan loses her leg to cancer and her brother to Vietnam, she expresses intense anger in postcards which she writes to her idol, Abraham Lincoln.


Stuck in the 70's by D.L.Garfinkle

A spoiled, rich, seventeen-year-old girl is mysteriously transported from 2006 Los Angeles back to 1978, where she meets Tyler, a super-smart high school senior who promises help her return her to 2006 if she will give him some lessons on how to be popular.


Greetings from Planet Earth by Barbara Kerley


In 1977, as twelve-year-old Theo struggles with a science class project on space exploration, questions emerge about why his father never returned from Vietnam and why Theo's mother has been keeping secrets for many years.



Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden (published in 1982)


Pepperland by Mark Delaney

Struggling to come to terms with the death of her mother in the late 1980s, sixteen-year-old Beatles fan Star Cochran hopes to find closure by delivering to John Lennon a letter her mother wrote to him in 1964 but never sent.








My Brother's Keeper by McCormick

Rx by Lynn

The Beast by Myers

Bottled Up by Murray

Go Ask Alice




America by Frank

Raiders Night by Lipstye has steroid use in it



Loss of Parent

We need a Booklist for teens about loss of a parent/mother, particularly for young teen girls.


Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens: 100 Practical Ideas by Alan D. Wolfelt NF


Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech


This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen


One of those hideous books where the mother dies by Sonya Sones


The tree shepherd's daughter by Gillian Summers (fantasy)


Firmament (father) Bowler YA


Pieces of Georgia (parents) Bryant YA


Alone At Ninety Foot (mother) Holubitsky YA


The Key to the Golden Firebird (father) Johnson YA


Swallowing Stones McDonald YA


Missing Girls (mother) Metzger YA


The Spying Game (father) Moon YA


Blizzards Wake (mother) Naylor YA


A Dance of Sisters (mother) Porter YA


Under the wolf, under the dog (mother) Rapp YA


Sky Rider (mother) Springer YA


Going for the Record (father) Swanson YA


Dead Birds Singing (mother) Talbert YA


Dancing Through the Shadows (mother) Tomlinson YA


November Ever After (mother) Torres YA


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