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Watersmeet

Abbott, Ellen Jensen

Call #: Jh ABB

Fourteen-year-old Abisina escapes the escalating violence, prejudice, and religious fervor of her home town, Vranille, and sets out with a dwarf, Haret, to seek the father she has never met in a place called Watersmeet.

Dragon Heir

Chima, Cinda Williams

Call #: Jh CHI

The covenant that was meant to keep the wizard wars at bay has been stolen, and Trinity must prepare for attack. Everyone is doing their part but to Jason Haley, it seems like everyone wants to keep him out of the action….

Mortal Instruments, #1: City of Bones

Clare, Cassandra

Call #: Jh CLA

Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.

Goddess of Yesterday

Cooney, Caroline

Call #: Jh COO

Left as the sole survivor of the island where she was once a playmate for a princess, Anaxandra takes on the role as Princess Callisto herself when found by Menelaus and taken to his kingdom of Sparta and his wife, Helen.

Pellinor, #1: The Naming

Croggon, Alison

Call #: Jh CRO

A manuscript chronicles the experiences of sixteen-year-old Maerad, an orphan gifted in the magic and power of the Bards, as she escapes from slavery and begins to learn how to use her Gift to stave off the evil Darkness that threatens her world. Look for the sequels.

Young Wizards, #1: So You Want to be a Wizard              

Duane, Diane

Call #: Jh DUA

Incarceron, #1: Incarceron

Fisher, Catherine

Call #: Jh FIS

To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape. This is the first book of a new series.

Snow-Walker

Fisher, Catherine

Call #: Jh FIS

The snow-walker Gudrun came from the swirling mists and icy depths beyond the edge of the world to rule the Jarl’s people with fear and sorcery, but a small band of outlaws will fight to the death to restore the land to its rightful leader.

Ranger’s Apprentice, #1, The Ruins of Gorlan

Flanagan, John

Call #: Jh FLA

When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting him from danger. Look for additional Ranger’s Apprentice titles.

Stoneheart Trilogy: Stoneheart

Fletcher, Charlie

Call #: Jh FLE

When twelve-year-old George accidentally decapitates a stone statue in London, England, he falls into a parallel dimension where he must battle ancient “live” statues and solve a dangerous riddle. Look for the sequels.

Reckless

Funke, Cornelia Caroline

Call #: Jh FUN

Jacob and Will Reckless have looked out for each other ever since their father disappeared, but when Jacob discovers a magical mirror that transports him to a warring world populated by witches, giants, and ogres, he keeps it to himself until Will follows him one day, with dire consequences.

The Healing Wars, #1: The Shifter

Hardy, Janice

Call #: Jh HAR

Nya, a fifteen-year-old war orphan, becomes a pawn in a bigger political game when her uncanny–and dangerous–ability to draw out people’s pain and then give it to someone else turns out to be the only weapon she has to save her sister.

Icemark Chronicles, #1: The Cry of the Icemark

Hill, Stuart

Call #: Jh HIL

Princess Thirrin, a teenager, becomes the queen of Icemark after her father is killed and must take over the country’s defense, relying on help from Oskan, a witch’s son, in order to save her people. Look for additional Icemark Chronicles titles.

Faerie Path, #1: The Faerie Path

Jones, Frewin

Call #: Jh JON

Anita, an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl, is transported from modern-day London to the realm of Faerie where she discovers that she is Princess Tania, the long-lost daughter of King Oberon and Queen Titania.                Look for the sequels.

Warcraft the Sunwell Trilogy: Dragon Hunt

Knaak, Richard A.

Call #: Jh GN KNA

After the Battle of Mount Hyjal the world tries to recover from the attack of the Burning Legion.

Pendragon, #1: The Merchant of Death

MacHale, D. J.

Call #: Jh MAC

When the seemingly normal fourteen-year-old Bobby Pendragon is swept into an alternate dimension, he finds himself hailed as a savior in a place called Denduron, a territory in the throes of revolution against a magical tyrant. Look for additional titles.

Wicked Lovely

Marr, Melissa

Call #: Jh MAR

Seventeen-year-old Aislinn, who has the rare ability to see faeries, is drawn against her will into a centuries-old battle between the Summer King and Winter Queen, and the survival of her life, her love, and summer all hang in the balance.

The Floating Islands

Neumeier, Rachel

Call #: Jh NEU

The adventures of two teenaged cousins who live in a place called The Floating Islands, one of whom is studying to become a mage and the other one of the legendary island flyers.

Starclimber

Oppel, Keneth

Call #: Jh OPP

As members of the first crew of astralnauts, Matt Cruse and Kate De Vries journey into outer space on the Starclimber and face a series of catastrophes that threaten the survival of all on board.

Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, #1: Here There Be Dragons

Owen, James A.

Call #: Jh OWE

Three young men are entrusted with the Imaginarium Geographica, an atlas of fantastical places to which they travel in hopes of defeating the Winter King whose bid for power is related to the First World War raging in the Real World.

Inheritance, #1: Eragon

Paolini,

Call #: Jh PAO

In Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters. Look for the sequels.

Beka Cooper, #1: Terrier

Pierce, Tamora

Call #: Jh PIE

When sixteen-year-old Beka becomes “Puppy” to a pair of “Dogs,” as the Provost’s Guards are called, she uses her police training, natural abilities, and a touch of magic to help them solve the case of a murdered baby in Tortall’s Lower City. Look for the sequel.

His Dark Materials Trilogy, #1: The Golden Compass

Pullman, Philip

Call #: Jh PUL

Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North. Look for the sequels.

Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flammel, #1: The Alchemyst

Scott, Michael

Call #: Jh SCO

Fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, find themselves caught up in the deadly, struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life. Look for the sequels.

The Hobbit

Tolkien, J.R.R.

Call #: Jh TOL

Chronicles the adventures of the inhabitants of Middle-earth and Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit who brought home to The Shire the One Ring of Power. Prequel to The Lord of the Rings .

Cronus Chronicles, #1: The Shadow Thieves

Ursu, Anne

Call #: Jh URS

After her cousin Zee arrives from England, thirteen-year-old Charlotte and he must set out to save humankind from denizens of the underworld, Nightmares, Death, Pain, and a really nasty guy named Phil. Look for the sequels.

The Witches’ Kitchen

Williams, Allen

Call #: Jh WIL

When Toad wakes up dangling over a bubbling witches’ cauldron with no memory of her former life, she just manages to escape and, with the help of an imp, a fairy, and some other friends, she sets out to discover her identity.

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Chick-Lit

Bindi Babes

Dhami, Narinde

Call#: Jh DHA

Three pretty British-Indian sisters-Geena, Amber, and Jazz-enjoy getting everything they want (including new sneakers and cell phones) from their father…until their interfering aunt from India arrives.

Fresh Off the Boat

De La Cruz, Melissa

Call#: Jh DEL

After moving from the Philippines to San Francisco, scholarship student Vicenza struggles to fit in at an exclusive all-girls’ school.

The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things

Mackler, Carolyn

Call#: Jh MAC

Virginia Shreves hides her junk food, follows a fat-girl code of conduct, and secretly hooks up with a guy until she discovers a few dark secrets about her seemingly perfect Manhattan family.

Sloppy Firsts

Call#: Jh MCC

Follow the adventures of Jessica Darling a New Jersey teen who gradually becomes a confused college grad trying to make it in New York City…while dealing with her feelings for her true love.

How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend

Rallison, Janette

Call#: Jh RAL

When sixteen-year-old Giovanni and boyfriend Jesse become rival campaign managers for two dueling student-council candidates, the sparks begin to fly.

Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging

Rennison, Louise

Call#: Jh REN

Georgia Nicolson is a humorous self-obsessed teen who writes about her best friends, weird family, large cat, and embarrassing experiences with boys.

The Teashop Girls

Schaefer, Laura

Call#: Jh SCH

Annie Green, thirteen, enjoys working as a barista at her grandmother’s old-fashioned teashop with cute Jonathan until she learns that the Steeping Leaf may be forced to close.

Fantasy. Light, humorous tales of contemporary witches, ghosts, and vampires.

Avalon High

Cabot, Meg

Call#: Jh CAB

After Elaine Harrison enrolls at Avalon High she soon discovers that some of her classmates are reincarnations of characters in King Arthur’s legend, and it’s her destiny to save the modern-day Arthur.

You Are So Undead to Me

Jay, Stacey

Call#: Jh JAY

High school sophomore Megan Berry helps the undead with their unfinished business, but longs for a normal life.

How to Ditch Your Fairy

Larbalestier, Justine

Call#: Jh LAR

In a futuristic city where almost everyone has a personal fairy with special powers, fourteen-year-old Charlie comes up with a plan to give hers the slip.

Bras & Broomsticks

Mlynowski, Sarah

Call#: Jh MLY

Fourteen-year-old Rachel Weinstein and her younger sister, Miri, inherit magical powers from their divorced mom.

Sucks to Be Me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire

Pauley, Kimberly

Call#: Jh PAU

Mina Hamilton must decide if she wants to remain a human or become a vampire like her parents.

Gorgeous

Vail, Rachel

Call#: Jh VAI

Wishing she could be beautiful like her two older sisters, ninth-grader Allison Avery makes a deal with the devil-and surrenders control of her cell phone. Sequel to Lucky.

Amateur Detectives. Mysteries with a comical voice and breezier manner.

Kiss Me Kill Me

Henderson, Lauren

Call#: Jh HEN

When Scarlett Wakefield’s longtime crush dies from anaphylactic shock immediately after kissing her, the sixteen-year-old sleuth is on the case.

Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls

Madison, Bennett

Call#: Jh MAD

High school junior, Lulu Dark, and her two best friends pursue the thief who snatched Lulu’s favorite Kate Spade knockoff…with her cell phone inside.

The Season

MacLean, Sarah

Call#: Jh MAC

It’s 1815, and feisty Lady Alexandra “Alex” Strafford-reluctant to make her debut in London society-investigates a suspicious death.

The Gallagher Girls, #1: I’d Tell You I Love You But then I’d Have to Kill you

Carter, Ally

Call#: Jh CAR

Cammie Morgan is a typical fifteen-year-old who just happens to be a student at a top-secret spy school for girls where her mom is headmistress.

Lad Lit. Guys in these books are busy dating, falling in and out of love, and dealing with family dilemmas.

24 Girls in 7 Days

Bradley, Alex

Call#: Jh BRA

It’s just two weeks before senior prom, and Jack grammar still doesn’t have a date. But his odds greatly improve when his best friends post a personal ad in the school’s online newspaper.

The Prince and the Snowgirl

Cheshire, Simon

Call#: Jh CHE

Fifteen-year-old Tom Miller likes to impersonate Prince George. But when Tom and a cute classmate are asked to compete in a national ski competition, his plan to win her over fails when the real prince shows up.

The Girlfriend Project

Friedman, Robin

Call#: Jh FRI

Now that dorky Reed Walter has turned into an irrestible hottie, he enlists his best friends to teach him how to become an expert dater.

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The Postcard

Abbott, Tony

Call#: Jh ABB

While in St. Petersburg, Florida, to help clean out his recently-deceased grandmother’s house, thirteen-year-old Jason finds an old postcard which leads him on an adventure that blends figures from an old, unfinished detective story with his family’s past.

Alexander Cold Trilogy, #1: City of the Beasts

Allende, Isabel

Call#: Jh ALL

When fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold accompanies his individualistic grandmother on an expedition to find a humanoid Beast in the Amazon, he experiences ancient wonders and a supernatural world as he tries to avert disaster for the Indians.

Crispin: The Cross of Lead

Avi

Call#: Jh AVI

Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret.

Merlin’s Dragon Trilogy, #1: Merlin’s Dragon

Barron, T.A.

Call#: Jh BAR

Basil, a small, flying lizard who is searching for others like himself, discovers that there is more to him than he knows, as he becomes engaged in Avalon’s great war between the evil Rhita Gawr and the forces of good. Look for the sequel Doomraga’s Revenge.

Maze Runner

Dashner, James

Call#: Jh DAS

Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.

Solace of the Road

Dowd, Siobhan

Call#: Jh DOW

While running away from a London foster home just before her fifteenth birthday, Holly has ample time to consider her years of residential care and her early life with her Irish mother, whom she is now trying to reach.

The Pale Assassin

Elliott, Patricia

Call#: Jh ELL

In early 1790s Paris, as the Revolution gains momentum, young and sheltered Eugenie de Boncoeur finds it difficult to tell friend from foe as she and the royalist brother she relies on become the focus of “le Fantome,” the sinister spymaster with a long-held grudge against their family.

A Girl Named Disaster

Farmer, Nancy

Call#: Jh FAR

While journeying to Zimbabwe from Mozambique, eleven-year-old Nhamo struggles to escape drowning and starvation and in so doing comes close to the luminous world of the African spirits.

Young Bond, #1: SilverFin: A James Bond Adventure

Higson, Charles

Call#: Jh HIG

This prequel to the adventures of James Bond, 007, introduces us to the young James when he’s just started boarding school in England and is about to become involved in his first adventure. Look for more adventures in this collection.

Far North

Hobbs, Will

Call#: Jh HOB

After the destruction of their floatplane, sixteen-year-old Gabe and his Dene friend, Raymond, struggle to survive a winter in the wilderness of the Northwest Territories.

Alex Rider Adventure, #1: Stormbreaker

Horowitz, Anthony

Call#: Jh HOR

After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle’s dangerous work for Britain’s intelligence agency, MI6. Look for more adventures in this collection.

Wormling, #1: The Book of the King

Jenkins, Jerry B.

Call#: Jh JEN

                                Guided by a mysterious book and invisible guardians, meek high-schooler Owen Reeder learns that there is another world besides his ordinary one, where he is destined to face an evil dragon in order to make his own world safe and whole again.

Children of the Lamp, #1: The Akhenaten Adventure

Kerr, Philips

Call#: Jh KER

When twelve-year-old twins Philippa and John discover that they are descended from a djinn, they are sent to their Uncle, who takes them to Cairo where he teaches them about their extraordinary powers. Look for more adventures in this collection.

The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy & Goth Girl

Lyga, Barry

Call#: Jh LYG

A fifteen-year-old “geek” who keeps a list of the high school jocks and others who torment him, and pours his energy into creating a great graphic novel, encounters Kyra, Goth Girl, who helps change his outlook on almost everything, including himself.

The Death Defying Pepper Roux

McCraughrean, Geraldine

Call#: Jh MCC

Having been raised believing he will die before he reaches the age of fourteen, Pepper Roux runs away on his fourteenth birthday in an attempt to elude his fate, assumes another identity, and continues to try to outrun death, no matter the consequences.

Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s        Boy

 Meyer, L.A.

Call#: Jh MEY

Reduced to begging and thievery in the streets of London, a thirteen-year-old orphan disguises herself as a boy and connives her way onto a British warship set for high sea adventure in search of pirates. Look for more adventures in this collection.

Pirates: True and remarkable adventures of Minerva Sharpe and Nancy Kington, female pirates

 Rees, Celia

Call#: Jh REE

In 1722, after arriving with her brother at the family’s Jamaican plantation where she is to be married off, sixteen-year-old Nancy Kington escapes with her slave friend, Minerva Sharpe, and together they become pirates traveling the world in search of treasure.

Emily the Strange: The Lost Days

Reger, Rob

Call#: Jh ROB

Emily the Strange has lost her memory and finds herself in the town of Blackrock with nothing more than her diary, her slingshot, and the clothes on her back.

First Light

Stead, Rebecca

Call#: Jh STE

When twelve-year-old Peter and his family arrive in Greenland for his father’s research, he stumbles upon a secret his mother has been hiding from him all his life, and begins an adventure he never imagines possible.

Treasure Island

Stevenson, Robert Lewis

Call#: Jh STE

While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, the mistress of the inn and her son find a treasure map that leads them to a notorious pirate’s fortune.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Knopp

Yancey, Richard

Call#: Jh YAN

Through a series of dangerous and violent misadventures, teenage loser Alfred Kropp rescues King Arthur’s legendary sword Excalibur from the forces of evil.

Dragonback Adventure, #1: Dragon and Thief

Zahn, Timothy

Call#: Jh ZAH

Fourteen-year-old Jack, falsely accused of a crime, pilots a spaceship to a remote planet hoping to escape capture. When another ship crashes, Jack rescues the sole survivor who it turns out can clear Jack’s name.

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 The Postcard

 Abbott, Tony

Call #: Jh ABB

While in St. Petersburg, Florida, to help clean out his deceased grandmother’s house, thirteen-year-old Jason finds an old postcard which leads him on an adventure that blends an old, unfinished detective story with his family’s past.

Reality Check

Abrahams, Peter

Call #: Jh ABRAfter a knee injury destroys sixteen-year-old Cody’s college hopes, he drops out of high school and gets a job in his small Montana town, but when his ex-girlfriend disappears from her Vermont boarding school, Cody travels to join the search.

Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator

Allison, Jennifer

Call #: Jh ALLThe summer before ninth grade, Gilda Joyce invites herself to the mansion of her cousin and his thirteen-year-old daughter, where she uses her psychic abilities to solve the mystery of the mansion’s boarded-up tower. Look for the sequels.

Rat Life

 Arnold, Tedd

Call #: Jh ARNAfter 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.

Science Fair: A Story of Mystery, Danger, International Suspense, and a Very Nervous Frog

Barry, Dave

Call #:    Jh BAR

The president of Kprshtskan plots to infiltrate the science fair at Hubble Middle School in Maryland in order to take over the United States government, but when Toby, an ordinary student, decides to win the fair, the terrorists’ plans go awry.

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin

Berk, Josh

Call #: Jh BER

When Will Halpin transfers from his all-deaf school into a mainstream Pennsylvania high school, he faces discrimination and bullying, but still manages to solve a mystery surrounding the death of a popular football player in his class.

What I Saw and How I Lied

 Blundell, Judy

Call #: Jh BLU

In 1947, with her stepfather Joe back from the war and life returning to normal, teenage Evie, infatuated with a handsome young ex-GI who seems to have a hold on Joe, finds herself caught in a web of lies whose outcome changes their lives.

Kaleidoscope Eyes

 Bryant, Jennifer

Call #: Jh BRY

In 1968, with the Vietnam War raging, thirteen-year-old Lyza inherits a project from her deceased grandfather, who had been using his knowledge of maps and the geography of Lyza’s hometown to locate the lost treasure of Captain Kidd.

Spy High, #1: Mission One

Butcher, A.J.

Call #: Jh BUT

As students at a special high school that trains them to be secret agents, six teenagers struggle to complete the training exercises as a team before being sent out into the field to sink or swim. Look for the sequels.

The Dying Breath

 Ferguson, Alane

Call #: Jh FER

When her ex-boyfriend starts stalking her, seventeen-year-old Cameryn must use her knowledge of forensic sciences to protect herself.

 

 

Closed for the Season

Hahn, Mary Downing

Call #: Jh HAH

When thirteen-year-old Logan and his family move into a run-down house in rural Virginia, he discovers that a woman was murdered there and becomes involved with his neighbor in a dangerous investigation to try to uncover the killer.

Kiss Me Kill Me

 Henderson, Lauren

Call #: Jh HEN

Longing to be part of the in-crowd at her exclusive London school, orphaned, sixteen-year-old Scarlett, a trained gymnast, eagerly accepts an invitation to a party with a disastrous outcome. Prequel to Kisses and Lies.

The Reformed Vampire Support Group

Jinks, Catherine

Call #: Jh JIN

Fifteen-year-old vampire Nina has been stuck for fifty-one years in a boring support group for vampires, and nothing exciting has ever happened to them–until one of them is murdered and the others must try to solve the crime.

The Adventures of Jack Lime

  Leck, James

Call #: Jh LEC

The case of the broken lock — The case of the daily telegraph — The case of the big dupe.

The Body of Christopher Creed

  Plum-Ucci, Carol

Call #: Jh PLU

Torey Adams, a high school junior with a seemingly perfect life, struggles with doubts and questions surrounding the mysterious disappearance of the class outcast.

Pretty Little Liars

  Shepart, Sara

Call #: Jh SHE

When one of their tightly-knit group disappears, four high school girls find their friendship difficult to maintain when they begin receiving taunting messages from someone who seems to know everything about their secrets. Look for the sequels.

From Charlie’s Point of View

 Scrimger, Richard

Call #: Jh SCR

Best friends Bernadette and Charlie begin seventh grade and help unravel the mysterious case of the Stocking Bandit.

The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery

 Springer, Nancy

Call #: Jh SPR

Enola Holmes, much younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, must travel to London in disguise to unravel the disappearance of her missing mother. Look for the sequels.

Five Ancestors, #1 Tiger

Stone, Jeff

Call #: Jh STO

Five young warrior-monk brothers survive an insurrection and must use the ancient arts to avenge their Grandmaster. Look for the sequels.

Borderline

Stratton, Allan

Call #: Jh STR

Despite the strained relationship between them, teenaged Sami Sabiri risks his life to uncover the truth when his father is implicated in a terrorist plot.

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Fever, 1793

Anderson, Laurie Halse

Call#: Jh AND

In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, #1: The Pox Party

Anderson, M. T.

Call#: Jh AND

Diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the life of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as part of a science experiment before and during the Revolutionary War. Look for the sequel.

Crispin: The Cross of Lead

 Avi

Call#: Jh Avi

Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret.

The Book of the Maidservant

Barnhouse, Rebecca

Call#: Jh BAR

In 1413, a young maidservant accompanies her deeply religious mistress, Dame Margery Kempe, on a pilgrimage to Rome. Includes author’s note on Kempe, considered by some to be the first autobiographer in the English language.

Code Talker

 Bruchac, Joseph

Call#: Jh BRU

After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to be Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.

Catherine Called Birdy

Cushman, Karen

Call#: Jh CUS

The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.

A Northern Light

Donnelly, Jennifer

Call#: Jh DON

In 1906, sixteen-year-old Mattie, determined to attend college and be a writer against the wishes of her father and fiance, takes a job at a summer inn where she discovers the truth about the death of a guest. Based on a true story.

The Firefly Letters

Engle, Margarita

Call#: Jh ENG

Based on the diaries and letters of Swedish suffragist Fredrika Bremer, who spent three months in Cuba in 1851, the story focuses on oppressed women, the privileged as well as the enslaved, in three alternating free-verse narratives.

Crossing Stones

Frost, Helen

Call#: Jh FRO

In their own voices, Muriel, Frank, Emma, and Ollie, tell of their experiences during the first World War, as the boys enlist and are sent overseas, Emma finishes school, and Muriel fights for peace and women’s suffrage.

The Silver Blade

Gardner, Sally

Call#: Jh GAR

As the Revolution descends into the ferocious Reign of Terror, Yann, a magician, uses his skills to confuse his enemies and help refugees leave France, but his true identity and the kidnapping of his true love, exposes him to great dangers.

The Eyeball Collector

Higgins, F. E.

Call#: Jh HIG

When a blackmail artist reveals a secret from the past, wealthy Hector Fitzbaudly ends up losing his social standing and fortune, prompting him to seek revenge on the man responsible for the act, the sinister Eyeball Collector.

Newes from the Dead

 Hooper, Mary

Call#: Jh HOO

In 1650, while a young medical student, prepares to assist with her dissection, Anne, a twenty-two-year-old housemaid recalls her life as she lies in her coffin, presumed dead after being hanged for murdering her child that was, in fact stillborn.

Eli the Good

House, Silas

Call#: Jh HOU

In the summer of 1976, ten-year-old Eli Book’s excitement over Bicentennial celebrations is tempered by his father’s flashbacks to the Vietnam War, family problems, as well as concern about his tough but troubled best friend, Edie.

Ashes

Lasky, Kathryn

Call#: Jh LAS

In 1932 Berlin, thirteen-year-old Gaby sees Hitler’s rise to power, her beloved literature teacher starts wearing a swastika pin, and when the family’s friend Albert Einstein leaves the country, Gaby’s parents secretly bury his writings

When My Name Was Keoko

Park, Linda Sue

Call#: Jh PAR

With national pride and occasional fear, a brother and sister face the increasingly oppressive occupation of Korea by Japan during World War II, which threatens to suppress Korean culture entirely.

Woods Runner

Paulsen, Gary

Call#: Jh PAU

From his 1776 Pennsylvania homestead, thirteen-year-old Samuel, sets out toward New York City to rescue his parents from British soldiers and Indians who kidnapped them after slaughtering most of their community.

Tamar

Peet, Mal

Call#: Jh PEE

In England in 1995, fifteen-year-old Tamar, grief-stricken by the death of her grandfather, uncovers the secrets of his life in the Dutch resistance during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, and the effects on their family.

Heart of a Samurai

Preus, Margi

Call#: Jh PRE

In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro, who dreams of becoming a samurai, learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States.

The Redheaded Princess

Rinaldi, Ann

Call#: Jh RIN

In 1542, nine-year-old Lady Elizabeth lives on an estate near London, striving to get back into the good graces of her father, King Henry VIII; she faces his death and other relatives until she is next in line to the throne in 1558.

The Land

Taylor, Mildred D.

Call#: Jh TAY

After the Civil War, Paul, the son of a white father and a black mother, finds himself caught between the two worlds of colored folks and white folks as he pursues his dream of owning land of his own.

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Feed

M.T Anderson

Call #: Jh AND

In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble

Candor

Pam Bachorz

Call #: Jh BAC

For a fee, “model teen” Oscar Banks has been secretly- and selectively- sabotaging the subliminal messages that program the behavior of the residents of Candor, Florida. Until his attraction to a rebellious new girl threatens to expose his subterfuge.

Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury

Call #: Jh BRA

A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed , but one of the book burners suddenly realizes their merit.

The Supernaturalist

Eion Colfer

Call#: Jh COL

In futuristic Satellite City, 14-year old Cosmo Hill Escapes from his abusive orphanage, teams up with three other people, and together they determine the nature and purpose of the swarming blue parasites that are visible to most humans

The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

Call#: Jh COL & Tn COL

In a future North America, rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual survival competition pitting young people from 12 districts. 16-year-old Katniss is put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place

The Maze Runner

James Dashner

Call#: Jh DAS & Tn DAS

Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.

City of Ember

Jeanne DuPrau

Call#: J DUP

In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.

Dark Life

Kat Falls

Call#: Jh FAL

When fifteen-year-old Ty, who has always lived on the ocean floor, joins Topside girl Gemma in the frontier’s underworld to seek and stop outlaws who threaten his home, they learn that the government may pose an even greater threat.\

House of the Scorpion

Nancy Farmer

Call#: Jh FAR

In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Padron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.

Incarceron

Catherine Fisher

Call#: Jh FIS & Tn FIS

To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape.

Hunger: A Gone Novel

Michael Grant

Call#: Jh GRA

Conditions worsen for the remaining young residents of a small California coastal town isolated by supernatural events when their food supplies dwindle and the Darkness underground awakens.

Shadow Children 1: Among the Hidden

Margaret Peterson Haddix

Call#: Jh HAD

In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family’s farm, until another “third” convinces him that the government is wrong.

Rash

Pete Hautman

Call#: Jh HAU

In a future society that has decided it would “rather be safe than free,” sixteen-year-old Bo’s anger control problems land him in a tundra jail where he survives with the help of his running skills and an artificial intelligence program named Bork.

The Giver

Lois Lowry

Call#: Jh LOW NEWBERRY

In a utopian society, twelve-year-old, Jason, makes a choice that changes his predictable life.

Birthmarked

Caragh M. O’Brien

Call#: Jh OBR

In a future world baked dry by the sun and divided into those who live inside the wall and those who live outside it, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone is forced into a difficult choice when her parents are arrested and taken into the city.

The Clone Codes

Pat McKissack

Call#: Jh MCK

On the run from a bounty hunter, thirteen-year-old Leanna learns amazing truths about herself and her family as she is forced to consider the value of freedom and what it really means to be human in 2170 America.

Life As We Knew It

Susan Beth Pfeffer

Call#: Jh PFE

Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family’s struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.

The Last Book in the Universe

W.R. Philbrick

Call#: J PHI

After an earthquake has destroyed much of the planet, an epileptic teenager nicknamed Spaz begins the heroic fight to bring human intelligence back to the Earth of a distant future.

Fever Crumb

Philip Reeve

Call#: Jh REE

Foundling Fever Crumb has been raised as an engineer although females in the future London, England, are not believed capable of rational thought, but at age fourteen she and begins to learn startling truths about her past while facing danger in the present.

Unwind

Neal Shusterman

Call#: Jh SHU

In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives “unwound” and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs–and, perhaps, save their own lives.

Lockdown: Escape From Furnace

Alexander Gordon Smith

Call#: Jh SMI

When fourteen-year-old Alex is framed for murder, he becomes an inmate in the Furnace Penitentiary, where brutal inmates and sadistic guards reign, boys who disappear sometimes return weirdly altered, and escape might just be possible.

Double Helix

Nancy Werlin

Call#: Jh WER

Eighteen-year-old Eli discovers a shocking secret about his life and his family while working for a Nobel Prize-winning scientist whose specialty is genetic engineering

The Uglies

Scott Westerfeld

Call#: Jh WES & Tn WES

Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally’s best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.

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