Bibliography Information
Genre
Description
Thoughts/ Connections/Questions
Grisham, J. (2010). Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer. New York: Penguin Group.
YA Mystery
A young middle school boy solves legal dilemmas for his peers. However, a big murder trail takes place in this town in the court house he is familiar with. So, he gets involved in solving the case as to whether the man on trial actually killed his wife.
This novel describes a legal trial and defines specific legal terms. Anyone interested in law may be interested. Also, involves concepts concerning illegal aliens and immigration.
Neri, G. (2010). Yummy the Last Days of a Southside Shorty. New York: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
YA
Fiction
A fictional account of a real incident that occurred in Chicago in 1994. Graphic novel depicting young children involved in gang wars.
This novel is based on a true occurrence and pulled me into the reality of gang life. It made me wonder how teens involved in this lifestyle can ever rise above it.
Strausser, T. (2009). Wish You Were Dead. New York: Egmont.
YA
Fiction
This is High School, USA at its best with a mystery. The popular kids are disappearing because someone wants revenge for the way that the popular kids have treated the other students.
I read this book because I liked Todd Strausser’s book If I Grow Up, but it does not compare. This was not my favorite, but some girls in my class will like the underlying romance that is present.
Crutcher, C. (2007). Deadline. New York: Greenwillow Books.
YA
Fiction
A high school senior gets news from his doctor that he only has a year to live. He has to decide whether to tell other people or keep it a secret.
This books makes me wonder what I would do if I only had a short time left to live. It is a boy book, and many male students enjoy this book.
Krakauer, J. (1997). Into The Wild. New York: Anchor Books.
Nonfiction
A young man abandons his “well to do” life and sets off on a journey of discovery. He hitchhikes to Alaska and goes alone into the wilderness. He encounters risks along the way.
While this man may have died alone in the wilderness, he died doing what he wanted. He gave $25,000 to charity and left on an adventure. (Boy book)
Deuker, C. (2007). Gym Candy. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
YA
Fiction
A high school football star resorts to using enhancement drugs to improve his game. The end provides a twist.
This is a good book for any adolescent whose parents have pushed them too hard to be the best. It shows how teens can get sucked into wanting to impress others.
Hopkins, E. (2004). Crank. New York: Simon Pulse
Fiction written in verse
This is a story about a teenager who becomes addicted to drugs, and her entire life changes. It is written in verse.
I especially like Hopkins’ books because I got to meet her and hear her talk about the truth behind these books. They depict her daughter’s struggles.
Hopkins, E. (2004). Impulse. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books.
Fiction written in verse
Three teens that have struggles have turned to suicide as a result.
I like reading something that depicts the lives of three different teens. It is sad that teens think suicide is the only answer to problems.
Hopkins, E. (2004). Glass. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books.
Fiction written in verse
A continuation of the drug addicted teen who now becomes pregnant. The drug is compared to a monster.
This is the sequel to Crank. This text is also written in verse.
Hopkins, E. (2004). Burned. New York: Simon Pulse.
Fiction written in verse
A girl is sent to live in Nevada after her father realizes she is not living the life he would have her live. While she discovers love there, she also goes back to her old ways.
Once again Ellen Hopkins is able to capture a teen’s true feelings of what is means to be in love.
Asher, J. (2007). Thirteen Reasons Why. New York: Penguin Group.
YA
Fiction
A girl struggles with being an outcast. She creates 13 tapes giving her reasons then commits suicide.
Through dispersing these tapes, she is giving others reasoning for her decision to commit suicide.
Eugenides, J. (1993) The Virgin Suidcides. New York: Picador.
YA
Fiction
Five girls in a quiet suburb in Detroit commit suicide in one single year. The boys from that neighborhood try to discover the mystery as to why this has occurred.
The boys loved these girls and by discovering and reading things from the girls, they find that they love the girls even more. The city seems to ignore the situation, but the boys want to understand what has occurred.
Brown, J. (2009). Hate List. New York: Little, Brown, and Company.
YA
Fiction
A girl and boyfriend arrive to school one day, and the boyfriend starts a shooting rampage which the girlfriend attempts to stop. She returns to school months later where she has to face to her peers and carry on with her life.
This book made me cry. The main character and her boyfriend created a hate list. While it may have been a joke to her, the boyfriend took it seriously. This was the list of people he went after when he went on the killing spree at the high school.
van Diepen, A. (2007) Snitch. New York: Simon Pulse.
YA
Fiction
This story depicts the real side gang life. A girl did not want to be involved until a boy she falls in love with is in deep in gang life.
This book presents a realistic view of gang life and how people can be disposable.
Johnson, A. (2003). The First Part Last. New York: Simon & Schuster
YA
Fiction
A young boy and girl experience a pregnancy and have to decide if they want to keep the baby, or put it up for adoption.
Teen pregnancy and the decisions and expectations surrounding this.