Great Reads for High Schoolers-

Submitted by teenspace on August 18, 2010 - 3:53pm

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
When lovable and geeky Arnold "Junior" Spirit transfers from his troubled Spokane Indian Reservation school to Reardon High, he finds that he is the only Native American in an all-white school.

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Isabel and her 5-year-old sister were wrongfully sold as slaves to an abusive Loyalist couple during the Revolutionary War. Isabel quickly learns to trust no one, as she spies for the rebels and plots her own escape.

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson
Raised as an experiment and considered property, young Octavian undergoes even greater changes with the arrival of America's own revolutionary war.

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
13 teens are each sent a box of audiotapes recorded by their classmate Hannah and mailed on the day she committed suicide. On the cassettes, Hannah says, "I'm about to tell you... why my life ended. And if you're listening to these tapes, you're one of the reasons why."

Shift by Jennifer Bradbury
Best friends Chris and Win have been planning their post-graduation cross country bicycle trek for years. But Win disappears somewhere in Montana, Chris is forced to return home alone. And Win's overprotective father-- and the FBI!-- are convinced that Chris knows something.

Graceling by Kristen Cashore
In a land of seven kingdoms, people with special talents are called Gracelings. Katsa's Grace, a talent for killing, forces her into the service of her corrupt uncle, who uses her to punish and torture his enemies. When Katsa meets a strange prince whose Grace matches her own, she realizes that her gift may not only be a curse. Book 1 of the Seven Kingdoms trilogy.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Clary Fray thought she was just another normal, if slightly geeky, kid. But normal kids don't witness invisible people committing murders with no trace, and normal kids' mothers aren't captured by horrible monsters. Now Clary has to embrace the bizarre world of the Shadowhunters in order to rescue her mother and understand her own family's secrets. Book 1 of the Mortal Instruments series.

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
When rocker Nick O'Leary asks Norah, in a New York punk club, to be his girlfriend for five minutes, bedlam and romance begins.

Mexican Whiteboy by Matt De La Pena
Sixteen-year-old Danny feels like an outsider- both in school where he is seen as Mexican, and with his family where he is seen as white. Danny finds answers for himself while spending a summer with his cousin on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Auden always did exactly what her parents expected. However, at the beginning of the summer before college, she makes the split-second decision to live with her father, now stepmother, and newborn sister-- to the shocked dismay of her mother. She quickly falls into old habits of shutting others out and driving alone all night-- but when she meets Eli, things start to change.

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
In 1906, 16-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 and discovers the truth about the death of a guest.

Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd
It is a dangerous time in Norther Ireland when Fergus, while digging peat in the mountains, makes a shocking discovery: the body of a child.

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

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
In a coma after her family is killed in a car accident, Mia observes her friends' reactions, reflects on her past, and considers her possible future, as she struggles to decide whether to live or die.

Paper Towns by John Green
When Margo Roth Spiegelman, the unattainable girl of Quentin's dreams, clibs through his bedroom window dressed as a ninja, he agrees to help her with a campaign of revenge. The enigmatic Margo leads Quentin through a series of nighttime adventures... until she disappears.

Godless by Pete Hautman
Jason questions everything about his family's Catholicism, which leads him to invent his own God and, with the help of several friends, a religion too.

The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
Teen vampire Nina, along with the other members of her support group, are not the romantic superheroes of typical vampire stories. But when one of them is killed, Nina must lead her dysfunctional crew of bloodsuckers on a mission to halt vampire persecution!

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Paul's simple high school life is confused by his desire for another boy, who seems unattainable until Paul's friends help him find the courage to pursue him.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
When Matthew shuts his girlfriend Frankie out of the secret society that he and his friends belong to-- because she is a girl-- Frankie takes action. Little do the members of the Loyal Order of the Basset Hound know that Frankie is the mastermind behind their ingenious pranks!

Sold by Patricia McCormick
Tricked by her stepfather and sold into prostitution in India, 13-year-old Lakshmi lives in a nightmare. Her only comfort is the friendship she forms with the other girls, which helps her to survive-- and eventually escape.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
In a dystopian society of men who hear each others' every thought, young Todd is surprised to hear "a hole in the Noise". This unfamiliar pocket of silence turns out to be a girl-- Viola-- whose existence proves that the whole society Todd knows is built on lies. Can Todd and Viola escape to freedom, and find the truth of his history? Book 1 in the Chaos Walking series.

Gentlemen by Michael Northrop
Mike, Tommy, Mixer, and Bones are known as troublemakers at their smalltown high school. When one of them goes missing, hes friends become suspicious of their teacher Mr. Haberman, who acts very suspiciously while teaching Crime and Punishment.

Numbers by Rachel Ward
Jem has a terrible gift-- when she looks into someone's eyes, she sees the date of his or her death. She knows how much (or little) time they have left... her mother, her new friend Spider, and all the tourists standing in line for the London Eye Ferris wheel...

Impossible by Nancy Werlin
Magic, romance, and a family curse are combined in a contemporary fairy-tale based on the song "Scarborough Fair." When Lucy reads her crazy mother's diary, she learns that she, too, is destined for madness unless she performs the three impossible tasks in the song.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Death itself narrates the unforgettable story of Liesel, a foster child in Nazi Germany, whose book stealing and storytelling support the spirits of neighbors and the Jewish man hiding in her basement.

Kampung Boy by Lat
Though written as fiction, this graphic novel shares the author's experiences growing up on a rubber plantation in Malaysia in the '70s.

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Combining three different stories, one drawn from Chinese mythology, this graphic novel explores racism and self hatred as a young boy struggles to come to terms with his heritage.

Med Head: My Knock-Down, Drag-Out, Drugged-Up Battle with my Brain by James Batterson and Hal Friedman
An account of Cory Friedman's thirteen-year nightmare with Tourette's syndrome and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Cory's life changed forever sometime before his fifth birthday. Now seventeen, he looks back and shares all the struggles he managed to survive.

The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper
A harrowing and personal memoir of growing up in Liberia during a bloody political coup. Helene's family escapes Liberia and moves to America, leaving Helene's sister behind. This coming-of-age story-- with a near-death experience-- brings Helene back to Africa in search of the family member she lost.

Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos
A popular author chronicles his young adult life as a drug user, smuggler, and convicted feon, who eventually completes college and becomes a writer.

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