Flight #116 is Down, by Caroline B. Cooney. A jumbo jet en route to New York has crashed in the woods behind Heidi’s home. Mustering her courage, she works to help the suffering and dying victims, first alone and then with others. It is a night that changes her life.
Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson. Freshman Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so her friends won’t talk to her. She tries to stay alone, inside her own head, but even that’s not safe. There’s something she’s trying not to think about because it would force her to speak the truth.
Young Warriors, by Tamora Pierce and Josepha Sherman. Fifteen short stories written by various authors tell about teenaged warriors who defeat their enemies with cunning and skill.
Walk Softly, Rachel, by Kate Banks. Fourteen-year-old Rachel knows little about her younger brother Jake who died in a car accident when she was seven. Then she finds his journal and learns secrets that help her understand her parents and herself.
Crossing the Panther’s Path,by Elizabeth Alder. Based on a true story, this book is historical fiction set just prior to the War of 1812. Sixteen-year-old Billy Calder, son of a British soldier and a Mohawk woman, leaves school to join Tecumseh in his efforts to prevent the Americans from taking any more land from the Indians in the Northwest Territory.
Winning, by C.S. Adler. Thirteen-year-old Vicky is having a tough time at home…her mother and brother argue constantly and ignore her. She is always happy on the tennis court though and when she makes the team, she thinks she will finally shine at something. Then she realizes that her new partner Brenda is ruthless about winning and will even cheat to do so.
Promise of the Witch King,by R.A. Salvatore. Human assassin Artemis Entreri and his dark elf companion Jarlaxle have come to the monster-infested wastelands of the frozen north at the request of their dragon patron. They find themselves caught in the middle of a struggle between powerful forces that would like them dead. Will they survive?
Be More Chill, by Ned Vizzini. Jeremy Heere is a complete geek. Then he learns about a pill-sized supercomputer that when swallowed is guaranteed to bring you whatever you most desire. Soon he is one of the coolest guys in class, but he discovers that there is a dark side to handing over control of your life.
Backwater, by Joan Bauer. Stuck in a family overflowing with lawyers, Ivy Breedlove longs to be understood, to break free of unfair expectations so she sets out to find the hermit aunt no one will talk about.
A Separate Peace, by John Knowles. Set at a New England boarding school during World War II, it shines a light into the highest heights of beauty and the most profound depths of evil that young men are capable of reaching.
An Innocent Soldier, by Josef Holub. Adam, a young farmhand, is drafted into Napoleon’s army, which is marching across Europe to conquer Russia. Adam wants to escape until an aristocratic lieutenant takes him on as a personal assistant.
Day of Tears, by Julius Lester. Emma is the property of Pierce Butler and has taken care of his daughters, Sarah and Frances, since their mother left home. A rift in morals has ripped the Butler household apart: Sarah and her mother oppose slavery, while Frances and her father believe in the Southern lifestyle and treatment of blacks.
Criss Cross, by Lynne Rae Perkins. Newbery Award Winner. The lives of several teens intersect in the 1960s.
Princess in the Spotlight, by Meg Cabot. Just when Mia thought she had the whole Princess thing under control…Grandmere arranges a prime time interview, and Mia starts receiving letters from a secret admirer.
Raven of the Waves, by Michael Cadnum. The very different worlds of two remarkable young men—one aboard a Norse ship bound for plunder and the other living in an abbey in a an English village—are intertwined in this gripping historical adventure.
Princess Academy, by Shannon Hale. High on the slopes of Mount Eskel, Miri’s family has lived forever, pounding a meager living from the stone of the mountain itself. When the king divines that the next princess will come from Miri’s village, all eligible girls must attend the princess academy. Then danger comes to the academy. Newbery Honor.
The Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale. From the Grimm’s fairy tale of the princess who became a goose girl before she could become queen, Hale has woven an incredible, original and magical tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she can lead the people she has made her own.