Goal!: a Reading List

Are you watching the World Cup?!?  Are you excited about the big game this weekend?  Here are some movies and books you may enjoy.

Movies:

Bend It Like Beckham
     "Eighteen year-old Jesminder's parents want her to be a nice, conventional Indian girl. But she just wants to play soccer like her hero, David Beckham. For Jess, that means kicking a ball around the local park with the lads until she's spotted by Jules, who invites her to join the local women's team."

Goal!:  the dream begins
    "Santiago Munez, an immigrant from Los Angeles, is given the chance to go to England to pursue his dream of becoming a professional soccer player. This underdog must prove he has the talent, passion, and determination to triumph against all odds."

She's the Man
    "Viola becomes furious when she learns that her high school, Cornwall, has just cut the girl's soccer team. So furious, in fact, that she takes advantage of her twin brother Sebastian skipping town for a few weeks to take his place at his school, Illyria, so she can join the soccer team there. But her disguise as her brother leads to major complications when she falls in love with her soccer-playing roommate and the girl he's in love with falls in love with 'Sebastian'."

Books:

A Home on the Field:  how one championship team inspires hope for the revival of small town America by Paul Cuadros
    "A Home on the Field" is the triumphant true story of a team of Latino high school students and their coach who fought against the prejudices of their school and small Southern town to win the North Carolina state soccer championship."

Exposure by Mal Peet
    "Paul Faustino, South America's best soccer journalist, reports on the series of events that hurl Otello from the heights of being a beloved and successful soccer star, happily married to the pop singer Desmerelda, into a downward spiral, in this novel loosely based on Shakespeare's play, Othello."

Goal!:  the dream begins by Robert Rigby
"Santiago, a young Mexican American, fulfills his dream of playing soccer when a chance encounter in inner-city Los Angeles results in a trip to England to try out for the Newcastle United soccer team."

Going for the Record by Julie A. Swanson
"Seventeen-year-old Leah's chance to make the national soccer team does not seem so important when she learns that her father has cancer and may only have months to live."

Home of the Braves by David Klass
"Eighteen-year-old Joe, captain of the soccer team, is dismayed when a hotshot player shows up from Brazil and threatens to take over both the team and the girl whom Joe hopes to date."

Pele:  his life and times by Harry Harris
"In this unprecedented look at the man behind the myth–Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele–Harris charts the rise of this small-town boy as he became a living soccer legend. "

Pretty Tough by Liz Tigelaar
"Two feuding sisters from Malibu, California, take their rivalry to the soccer field when both girls make the high school team."

Soccerhead:  an accidental journey into the heart of the America game by Jim Haner
 

Tangerine by Edward Bloor
"Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight."

The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams
"Dennis' life is boring and lonely. His mother left two years ago, his truck driver father is depressed, his brother is a bully and, worst of all, "no hugging" is one of their household rules. But one thing Dennis does have is soccer—he's the leading scorer on his team. Oh, and did we mention his secret passion for fashion?"

Reading List: Dystopia

Dystopia:  an imagined future in which a worst-case scenario is explored – the opposite of Utopia.

Feed by M.T. Anderson
Imagine a society dominated by the feed, an Internet/television hybrid that is directly hardwired into the brain.  Titus never questions his world, in which corporations dominate the information stream.  But everything changes when he and his pals travel to the moon for spring break.

Taken by Edward Bloor
In 2035 kidnapping rich children has become an industry, but when thirteen-year-old Charity Meyers is taken and held for ransom, she soon discovers that this particular kidnapping is not what it seems.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss' skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.  First in a series.

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.

The 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.

Gone by Michael Grant
In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have "The Power" and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.  First in series.

Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Thirteen-year-old Bethany's parents have always been overprotective, but when they suddenly drop out of sight with no explanation, leaving her with an aunt she never knew existed, Bethany uncovers shocking secrets that make her question everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.

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

The Carbon Diaries:  2015 by Saci Lloyd
In 2015, when England becomes the first nation to introduce carbon dioxide rationing in a drastic bid to combat climate change, sixteen-year-old Laura documents this first year as her family spirals out of control.  First in a series.

The Declaration by Gemma Malley
In 2140 England, where drugs enable people to live forever and children are illegal, teenaged Anna, an obedient "surplus" training to become a house servant, discovers that her birth parents are trying to find her.  First in series.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson
In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
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.  First in series.

The Last Book in the Universe by W.R. Philbrick
After an earthquake has destroyed much of the planet, an epileptic teenager nicknamed Spaz begins to heroic fight to bring human intelligence back to the Earth of a distant future.

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
In the distant future, when cities move around consuming smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answer in the perilous Out-County, aided by one girl and the memory of another.  First in series.

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
Fifteen-year-old Daisy runs away to England to stay with her aunt and cousins, with whom she instantly bonds, but soon war breaks out and rips apart the family while devastating the land.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman
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 survive until they turn eighteen.

Memory Boy by Will Weaver
Sixteen-year-old Miles and his family must flee their Minneapolis home and begin a new life in the wilderness after a chain of cataclysmic volcanic explosions creates dangeroud conditions in their city.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous.  What could be wrong with that?  Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait.  Not for her license — for turning pretty.  In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time.  In just a few weeks Tally will be there.  But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty.  She'd rather risk life on the outside.  When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world-and it isn't very pretty.  The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine:  find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all.  The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.

The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn
In the near future, Kayla finds herself running for her life when she refuses to get the mandatory bar code tattoo on her seventeenth birthday – a decision that renders her a social outcast and places her family in grave danger.  First in series.

And the Winners Are…

From August 24th to September 18th more than 11,000 teens voted on their favorite book of the year.  There are lots of great titles on this list but the winner is Paper Towns by John Green.  Here is the complete list of this year’s winners:

paper.jpg Paper Towns by John Green

breaking.jpg Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

hunger.jpg The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

city1.jpg City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

identical.jpg Identical by Ellen Hopkins

graveyard.jpg The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

wake.jpg Wake by Lisa McMann

untamed.jpg Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast

history.jpg The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

graceling.jpg Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Ghost Stories

Just in time for Halloween…Ghost Stories!

Kit’s Wilderness by David Almond
Thirteen-year-old Kit goes to live with his grandfather in the decaying coal mining town of Stoneygate, England, and finds both the old man and the town haunted by ghosts of the past.

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
After fifteen-year-old Chloe starts seeing ghosts and is sent to Lyle House, a mysterious group home for mentally disturbed teenagers, she soon discovers that neither Lyle House nor its inhabitants are exactly what they seem, and that she and her new friends are in danger.

The Presence by Eve Bunting
While visiting her grandmother in California, seventeen-year-old Catherine comes in contact with a mysterious stranger who says he can help her contact a friend who died in a car crash for which Catherine feels responsible.

All the Lovely Bad Ones:  a ghost story by Mary Downing Hahn
While spending the summer at their grandmother’s Vermont inn, two prankster siblings awaken young ghosts from the inn’s distant past who refuse to “rest in peace.”

A Stir of Bones by Nina Niriki Hoffman
After discovering the secrets that lie in an abandoned house, fourteen-year-old Susan Backstrom, with the help of some new friends, has the ability to make a safe, new life for herself.

Jade Green:  a ghost story by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
While living with her uncle in a house haunted by the ghost of a young woman, recently orphaned Judith Sparrow wonders if her one small transgression causes mysterious happenings.

Sweet Miss Honeywell’s Revenge by Kathryn Reiss
Just before her mother is to remarry and her stepfamily is set to move in, twelve-year-old Zibby gradually realizes that her antique dollhouse is haunted by ghosts, one of whom is out for revenge.

Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz
When six high school students sneak into an abandoned mental institution to make a film about their night there, they do not expect the inexplicable and terrifying events that keep occurring within the crumbling, maze-like building, causing them to question themselves and, ultimately, to make different choices about the course of their lives.

Being Dead:  stories by Vivian Vande Velde
Eerie short stories of ghosts and other haunted souls.

Restless:  a ghost story by Rich Wallace
Frank, a teenaged ghost who has not been able to move on to a higher realm in the afterlife, tries to connect with his younger brother Herbie, a high school senior who has eight year old when Frank died.

A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
After benignly haunting a series of people for 130 years, Helen meets a teenage boy who can see her and together they unlock the mysteries of their pasts.

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Awesome Summer Reads for Teens 2009 by the Petaluma Library

The Petaluma Teen Librarian went to Kenilworth Middle School to highlight our summer reading program, our teen volunteer program and a few books.  Here are the books they shared with the students.  They picked funny short stories, biographies, thrillers, mysteries, adventure so there is something for everyone.

Bodies from the Ice:  Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past by James M. Deem
The Ranger’s Apprentice #1:  The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
Deep and Dark and Dangerous:  a ghost story by Mary Downing Hahn
Knucklehead:  tall tales & mostly true stories about growing up Scieszka by Jon Scieszka
Team Moon:  how 400,000 people landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh
Lay-ups and long shots:  an anthology of short stories by Joseph Bruchac, et al.
Peeled by Joan Bauer
Second Sight by Gary Blackwood
Oddest of All by Bruce Coville
Good Brother, Bad Brother by James Giblin
The Black Book of Secrets by F.E. Higgins
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson
Coraline:  graphic novel by Craig P. Russell
The Comet’s Curse by Dom Testa

GLBTQ Reading List

Looking for a different kind of romance?  Love comes in all forms.  Check out one of these books featuring gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and queer young people.  If you see a (*)  the author has written other books about gay teens.

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn*
Down to the Bone by Mayra Dole
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden*
Geography Club by Brent Hartinger*
Totally Joe by James Howe*
Deliver Us From Evie by M.E. Kerr*
My Most Excellent Year:  a novel of love, Marry Poppins & Fenway Park by Steve Kluger*
Absolutely, Positively Not by David Larochelle
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan*
The Straight Road to Kylie by Nico Medina
Hero by Perry Moore
Kissing Kate by Lauren Myracle*
Luna by Julie Anne Peters*
Saints of Augustine by P.E. Ryan
Empress of the World by Sara Ryan*
Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez*
The Hookup Artist by Tucker Shaw
Freak Show by James St. James
What They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson
Heart on My Sleeve by Ellen Wittlinger*

Fantasy Series for High School Readers

Here are some series that will appeal to the fantasy reader.  Let us know what you think!

Darkest Powers Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong
The Summoning
Kiesha-ra Series by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Hawksong
Shannara by Terry Brooks
Sword of Shannara
Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
Dragonflight
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
The Golden Compass
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Fellowship of the Ring
Alfred Kropp Series by Richard Yancey
The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp

Science Fiction Series for High School Readers

Hitchhiker’s Guide by Douglas Adams
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov
Foundation
Ender’s Saga by Orson Scott Card
Ender’s Game
Foreigner Universe by C.J. Cherryh
Foreigner:  a novel of first contact
Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness
The Knife of Never Letting Go
The Hungry City Chronicles by Philip Reeve
Mortal Engines
Succession by Scott Westerfeld
The Risen Empire
Uglies Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld
Uglies

Science Fiction for Middle School Readers

Do you enjoy science fiction?  These books may be for you! 

Star Wars:  Jedi Academy by Kevin J. Anderson
     Jedi Search 
Giodeon Trilogy by Linda Buckley-Archer
    Gideon the Cutpurse 
Tripods by John Christopher
     When the Tripods Came (prequel)
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
     Shadow Children
Maximum Ride by James Patterson
     Maximum Ride:  the Angel Experiment
Hungry City Chronicles by Philip Reeve
     Mortal Engines 

Fantasy Series for Middle School Readers

Do you like fantasy books?  Do you enjoy reading books that are part of a series?  If so this list is for you.  Let us know what you think!

Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl
Pellinor Series by Alison Croggon
The Naming
Sea of Trolls Trilogy by Nancy Farmer
Sea of Trolls
Warriors by Erin Hunter
Into the Wild
Redwall Series by Brian Jacques
Redwall
Dragonriders by Pern by Anne MacCaffrey
Dragonflight
Pendragon Quartet by D.J. MacHale
Merchant of Death
Wind of Fire Trilogy by William Nicholson
The Wind Singer
Keys to the Kingdom by Garth Nix
Mister Monday
Wee Free Men Triology by Terry Prachett
Wee Free Men
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
The Golden Compass
Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan
The Lightning Thief
Secrets of the Immortal Flamel Series by Michael Dylan Scott
The Alchemist
Alfred Knopp Series by Richard Yancey
The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp