Great Reads!

This list was accumulated by popular and new novels in the BYMS library.   It is not an official reading list- just suggestions.  Remember we have a wide range of reading levels here at Bernardo, so if one book doesn't appeal to you find another one.


Title Author Summary
A Night Divided Nielson When the Berlin Wall went up, Gerta, her mother, and her brother Fritz were trapped on the eastern side where they were living, while her father, and her other brother Dominic were in the West. Four years later, twelve-year-old Gerta sees her father on the western side and realizes he wants her to risk her life by tunneling to freedom.
Absolutely Almost Graff Albie has never been the smartest kid in his class. He has never been the tallest. Or the best at gym. Or the greatest artist. Or the most musical. In fact, Albie has a long list of the things he's not very good at. But then Albie gets a new babysitter, Calista, who helps him figure out all of the things he is good at and how he can take pride in himself.
All Fall Down Carter Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things: 1. Shis I not crazy 2. Her mother was murdered 3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay
All Four Stars Dairman Gladys Gatsby has been cooking gourmet dishes since the age of seven, only her fast-food-loving parents have no idea! Now she’s eleven, and after a crème brûlée accident (just a small fire), Gladys is cut off from the kitchen (and her allowance). She’s devastated but soon finds just the right opportunity to pay her parents back when she’s mistakenly contacted to write a restaurant review for one of the largest newspapers in the world. But in order to meet her deadline and keep her dream job, Gladys must cook her way into the heart of her sixth-grade archenemy and sneak into New York City—all while keeping her identity a secret! Easy as pie, right?
All the Answers Messner Twelve-year-old Ava finds an old pencil in her family's junk drawer and discovers, during a math test, that it will answer factual questions, so she and her best friend Sophie have a great time -- and Ava grows in selfconfidence -- until the pencil reveals a truth about her family that Ava would rather not know.
Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel Lopez Erica “Chia” Montenegro is mostly concerned with cute boys, hanging out with her friends (the Robins), and her Chia Pet collection. But when her mother is diagnosed with breast cancer, everything changes.
Because of Mr. Terrupt Buyea Seven fifth-graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed for the better by "rookie teacher" Mr. Terupt.
Book Scavenger Bertman For twelve-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it's the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger (a game where books are hidden in cities all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles). Upon her arrival, however, Emily learns that Griswold has been attacked and is now in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold himself, and might contain the only copy of his mysterious new game.
Bounders Tesler Thirteen years ago, Earth Force—a space-military agency—discovered a connection between brain structure and space travel. Now they’ve brought together the first team of cadets, called Bounders, to be trained as high-level astronauts.
Chasing Lincoln’s Killer Swanson Originally planning to kidnap Abraham Lincoln and hold him hostage, John Wilkes Booth instead assassinated Lincoln. With his coconspirators, John Wilkes Booth leads investigators on a twelve-day manhunt through Virginia, Maryland, and Washington before he is surrounded by authorities and killed.
Choosing Courage  Collier Gripping and true accounts of people who demonstrated guts and selflessness on the battlefield and in daily life to make a difference, like Jack Lucas who enlisted in WWII at age 13 and saved lives in the Iwo Jima invasion. (nonfiction)
Cinder series Meyers Cinder, a gifted mechanic and a cyborg with a mysterious past, is blamed by her stepmother for her stepsister's illness while a deadly plague decimates the population of New Beijing, but when Cinder's life gets intertwined with Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.
Counting by 7’s Sloan A New York Times Bestseller. An AMAZON Best Book of the Year 2013. A Kids' Indie Next List Top Ten Book­­ #4, Best Books of Autumn 2013. B.E.A. Buzz Book Award 2013. A Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee 2014­2015 Master List. A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. An E.B. White Read Aloud Honor Book. A Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award Nominee. A National Public Radio Best Book of the Year. In the tradition of Out of My Mind, Wonder, and Mockingbird, this is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of family.
Crenshaw Applegate A story about a homeless boy and his imaginary friend that proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary.
Defy Larson Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king's army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince's guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can't prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.
Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie Sonnenblick Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life: he plays drums in the All-Star Jazz band, has a crush on the hottest girl in the school, and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey. But when Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven's world is turned upside down. He is forced to deal with his brother's illness and his parents' attempts to keep the family in one piece. Salted with humor and peppered with devastating realities, DRUMS, GIRLS, AND DANGEROUS PIE is a heartwarming journey through a year in the life of a family in crisis.
Echo Ryan An enchanted harmonica ties together the stories of three kids whose lives are changed by its music. Each character learns to face adversity and stand against injustice, as well as how to play the harmonica, in this fascinating work of historical fiction.
Endangered Schrefe When Sophie has to visit her mother at her sanctuary for bonobos, she’s not thrilled to be there. Then Otto, an infant bonobo, comes into her life, and for the first time she feels responsible for another creature. But peace does not last long for Sophie and Otto. When an armed revolution breaks out in the country, the sanctuary is attacked, and the two of them must escape unprepared into the jungle. Caught in the crosshairs of a lethal conflict, they must struggle to keep safe, to eat, and to live.
Fish in a Tree Hunt “Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”
Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School) Calonita An exciting new twisted fairy tale from the award-winning author of the Secrets of My Hollywood Life series. "Charming fairy-tale fun." -Sarah Mlynowski, author of the New York Times bestselling Whatever After series.
Fuzzy Mud Sachar Be careful. Your next step may be your last.
Girl, Stolen Henry Sixteen­year­old Cheyenne Wilder is sleeping in the back of the car while her stepmom fills a prescription for antibiotics. Before Cheyenne realizes what's happening, the car is being stolen.Griffin hadn't meant to kidnap Cheyenne and once he finds out that not only does she have pneumonia, but that she's blind, he really doesn't know what to do. When his dad finds out that
Goodbye Strange Stead As Bridge makes her way through seventh grade on Manhattan's Upper West Side with her best friends, curvaceous Em, crusader Tab, and a curious new friend, she finds the answers she has been seeking.
Half a Chance Lord When Lucy's family moves to an old house on a lake, Lucy tries to see her new home through her camera's lens, as her father has taught her -- he's a famous photographer, away on a shoot. Will her photos ever meet his high standards? When she discovers that he's judging a photo contest, Lucy decides to enter anonymously. She wants to find out if her eye for photography is really special -- or only good enough. 
Harry Potter and the Cursed  Child Rowling COMING THIS SUMMER
Hope was Here  Bauer When sixteen-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, to work as waitress and cook in the Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner's political campaign to oust the town's corrupt mayor.
I am Malala the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban Yousafzai When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, but her miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey. I am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, and of a father who encouraged his daughter to attend school in a society that prizes sons.
I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacy) Lore Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books but we are real.
I am Princess Priest Years after writing stories about a superheroine character she created with a best friend who died in a tragic car accident, 16-year-old May is shocked to see stickers, patches and graffiti images of the superheroine appearing all over town.
I Have a Bad Feeling About This Strand Henry Lambert would rather play video games than spend time in the great outdoors--but that doesn't make him a wuss. Sadly, his dad doesn't agree. Which is why Henry is being shipped off to Strongwoods Survival Camp. Strongwoods isn't exactly as advertised. It looks like the victim of a zombie apocalypse, the "camp director" is a psycho drill sergeant, and Henry's sure he saw a sign written in blood...
I Will Always Write Back Ganda This true story is based on a friendship that began in 1997 when a 12-year old girl is given a pen pal in Zimbabwe.  Neither 14-year-old Martin nor Caitlin could have predicted how much their letters would change them. (nonfiction)
In The Footsteps of Crazy Horse   Marshall The story of the life of Crazy Horse, Lakota leader and warrior who stood with Sitting Bull against the US government, as told to Jimmy Maclean, a young boy struggling to understand his own Scottish/Lakota ancestry.  
Inside Out and Back Again Lai Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life­changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and ​resettle in Alabama.
Kingdom Keepers: The Return Pearson With the defeat of the Overtakers behind them, the five teenagers known as the Kingdom Keepers should be celebrating. By all accounts they saved Disneyland from certain destruction. Why then did their mentor leave one last puzzle for them to decipher? The Keepers must solve a puzzle of the past, or be crushed under an evil that makes the Overtakers seem like gentle souls.
Loot Watson On a foggy night in Amsterdam, a man falls from a rooftop to the wet pavement below. It's Alfie McQuinn, the notorious cat burglar, and he's dying. As sirens wail in the distance, Alfie manages to get out two last words to his young son, March: "Find jewels."
Mark of the Thief Nielsen Deep in the mines of Rome, a slave discovers a magic amulet that once belonged to Julius Caesar.  The amulet gives him power, but also makes him a target. 
Matched series Condie Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her, so when Xander appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate--until Ky Markham's face appears for an instant before the screen fades to black.
Maximum Ride series Patterson Max is a tough as nails protagonist with a plight that will keep readers on the edge of their seats in this high-octane, action-adventure series.
Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 Evans To everyone at Meridian High School, fourteen-year-old Michael Vey is nothing special, just the kid who has Tourette’s syndrome. But in truth, Michael is extremely special—he has electric powers. Michael thinks he is unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor has the same mysterious powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up with their abilities, and their investigation soon brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric teens—and through them, the world.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children sreies Riggs While sixteen-year-old Jacob's grandfather Abe lies dying from a mysterious attack, he pleads with Jacob to travel to a remote island off the coast of Wales to find the orphanage where Abe grew up and discover its peculiar inhabitants who appear to be trapped in time.
Mockingbird Erskine Caitlin has Asperger's. The world according to her is black and white; anything in between is confusing. Before, when things got confusing, Caitlin went to her older brother, Devon, for help. But Devon was killed in a school shooting, and Caitlin's dad is so distraught that he is just not helpful. Caitlin wants everything to go back to the way things were, but she doesn't know how to do that. Then she comes across the word closure--and she realizes this is what she needs. And in her search for it, Caitlin discovers that the world may not be so black and white after all.
Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics Grabenstein Kyle returns to the amazing library founded by the the world-famous game designer Luigi Lemoncello to compete in the first ever Library Olympics. Sequel to Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.
One Crazy Summer Williams-Garcia In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven­year­old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp. In a humorous and breakout book by Williams­Garcia, the Penderwicks meet the Black Panthers.
Origami Yoda series Angleberger In this funny, uncannily wise portrait of the dynamics of a 6th-grade class and of the greatness that sometimes comes in unlikely packages, Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. These are his adventures at Ralph McQuarrie Middle School.
Out of My Mind Draper Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom—the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow.
Out of the Dust  Hesse In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl years of the Depression.
Pax Pennypacker Peter and Pax have been together since Pax was a kit. When Peter’s father is deployed and Peter must move and leave Pax behind, ​they set off on life changing adventures to find each other.
Rain Reign Martin Rose Howard is obsessed with homonyms. She's thrilled that her own name is a homonym, and she purposely gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose's rules of homonyms, is very special. Not everyone understands Rose's obsessions, her rules, and the other things that make her different – not her teachers, not other kids, and not her single father.
Red Queen Aveyard Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard's sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king's palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?
Roller Girl Jamieson A summer at roller-derby day camp helps a 12-year-old girl learn to re-channel her anger and let go of her former, more uncertain self. Graphic Novel
Saving Wonder Knight Having lost most of his family to coal mining accidents as a little boy, Curley Hines lives with his grandfather in the Appalachian Mountains of Wonder Gap, Kentucky. Ever since Curley can remember, Papaw has been giving him a word each week to learn and live. Papaw says words are Curley's way out of the holler, even though Curley has no intention of ever leaving.
Savvy Law Each member of the Beaumont family, except for Papa (he married into the family), acquires a supernatural talent (“savvy”) on his or her 13th birthday. With her 13th birthday quickly approaching, Mibs is excited to find out what her savvy will be.
Schooled Korman Homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television, tasted a pizza, or even heard of a wedgie. But when his grandmother lands in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a school counselor and attend the local middle school. While Cap knows a lot about tie­dyeing and Zen Buddhism, no education could prepare him for the politics of public school.
Sidekicked Anderson Andrew Bean might be a part of H.E.R.O., a secret organization for the training of superhero sidekicks, but that doesn't mean that life is all leaping tall buildings in single bounds. First, there's Drew's power: Possessed of super senses—his hearing, sight, taste, touch, and smell are the most powerful on the planet—he's literally the most sensitive kid in school. Then there's his superhero mentor, a former legend who now spends more time straddling barstools than fighting crime. Add in trying to keep his sidekick life a secret from everyone, including his parents, and the truth is clear: Middle school is a drag even with superpowers.
Since You’ve Been Gone Matson Quiet Emily's sociable and daring best friend, Sloane, has disappeared leaving nothing but a random list of bizarre tasks for her to complete, but with unexpected help from popular classmate Frank Porter, Emily gives them a try.
Spy School Gibbs Ben leaves his public middle school to attend the CIA's highly secretive Espionage Academy. Sequel: Spy Camp.
Steelheart Sanderson David joins the Reckoners--the only people who are trying to kill the Epics and end their tyranny.
Stormbreaker Horowitz  Alex Rider, age 14, is recruited to work for Britain's intelligence agency, MI6. First in a series.
Story Thieves Riley Life is boring when you live in the real world, instead of starring in your own book series. Owen knows that better than anyone, what with the real world’s homework and chores.
Sunny Side Up Holm Sunny isn’t sure what is wrong with her brother, but it means that she has to spend the whole summer with her grandfather in a retirement community in Florida. Thank goodness there is one other kid there – Buzz, who loves comic books and becomes her partner in adventures. But what has happened to Sunny’s brother? (Graphic novel.)
Sylo McHale When everyone is quarantined on an island off the coast of Maine, Tucker questions a secret branch of the military claiming that residents have been infected by a deadly virus. First in a series.    ​
Taken Bowman In the isolated town of Claysoot, every male is mysteriously "Heisted" on his 18th birthday, and 17-year-old Gray is determined to figure out why.
Tangerine 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 5th Wave Yancey After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother­­or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
The Boundless Oppel The Boundless, the greatest train ever built, is on its maiden voyage across the country, and first-class passenger Will Everett is about to embark on the adventure of his life! When Will ends up in possession of the key to a train car containing priceless treasures, he becomes the target of sinister figures from his past.
The Candymakers  Mass Four 12-year-olds compete in the Confectionary Association's annual contest, unexpectedly become friends, and uncover secrets.
The Contract Jeter ​A fictionalized account of a young Derek Jeter’s time in Little League and his struggle to keep up his grades and stay on the team.
The Dumbest Idea Ever! Gownley In this graphic novel, renowned comics creator Jimmy Gownley shares his adventures as he grows from an eager-to-please boy into a teenage comic book artist. (nonfiction)
The Eighth Day Salerni Jax doesn't expect much on his thirteenth birthday, but when he discovers himself in an extra day squeezed between Wednesday and Thursday that only certain people can experience, it's clear his life will never be the same. First in a series.
The Eye of Minds Dashner The lines between gaming and reality are blurred in this action packed hackfest.
The Finest Hours: The True Story of a Heroic Rescue Touigas Documents the 1952 Coast Guard mission to save the crews of two oil tankers torn in half by the force of one of New England's worst nor'easters. (nonfction)
The Great Greene Heist  Johnson When Jackson discovers his former friend Gaby is running for Student Council president against the school bully, he hatches a complex scheme to derail the bully and earn Gaby’s respect.
The Key to Extrodinary Lloyd Everyone in Emma's family is special. Her ancestors include Revolutionary War spies, brilliant scientists, and famous musicians--every single one of which learned of their extraordinary destiny through a dream.
The Last Dragonslayer: The Chronicles of Kazam Fforde In the good old days, magicians did everything but these days, Jennifer Strange's magician employment agency is drying up. The arrival of a dragon will change all of that...
The London Eye Mystery  Dowd Ted and Kat's cousin Salim disappears from the London Eye ferris wheel, and they must find him.
The Making of a Navy SEAL Webb Brandon Webb discusses his life with a focus on his training to become a Navy SEAL.
The Martian Weir Astronaut Mark Watney is stuck on Mars. Now he must overcome starvation, storms, injuries and oxygen issues to survive long enough to see if he can even be rescued. 
The Marvels Selznick Two stories. The first is an illustrated story that begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, who survives a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The second story, told in prose, takes place in the 1990s. Joseph runs away from school to his uncle's house in London, where he finds many mysteries to solve.
The Misfits  Howe Four misfit students who have been teased for years decide to run for student council on a “no name-calling” platform: funny and touching.   
The One and Only Ivan Applegate The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield's father promised he wouldn't go away to fight—but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn't know where his father might be, other than that he's away on a special, secret mission. Then, while shining shoes at King's Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father's name on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor. Bewildered and confused, Alfie realizes his father is in a hospital close by—a hospital treating soldiers with shell shock. Alfie isn't sure what shell shock is, but he is determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place.
The Ruins of Gorlan Flanagan They have always scared him in the past—the Rangers, with their dark cloaksand shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger's apprentice. What he doesn't yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied. . . .
The Rule of Three Walters A teen's suburban neighborhood bands together for survival in a world hit by a catastrophic blackout.
The Running Dream Van Draanen Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She’s not comforted by the news that she’ll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run?
The Seventh Most Important Thing Pearsall In 1963, thirteen-year-old Arthur is sentenced to community service helping the neighborhood Junk Man after he throws a brick at the old man's head in a moment of rage, but the junk he collects might be more important than he suspects. Inspired by the work of American folk artist James Hampton.
The Shadow Queen Redwine A dark epic fantasy inspired by the tale of Snow White, from C. J. Redwine, the author of the Defiance series. Perfect for fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses and Cinder.
The Sword of Summer Riordan In this first book of the series Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Magnus Chase, a homeless boy living in Boston, finds out he is the son of a Norse God.
The Testing Charbonneau It’s graduation day for 16-year-old Malencia Vale, and the entire Five Lakes Colony (the former Great Lakes) is celebrating. All Cia can think about—hope for—is whether she’ll be chosen for The Testing, a United Commonwealth program that selects the best and brightest new graduates to become possible leaders. When Cia is chosen, her father tells her about his own nightmarish memories of The Testing. Armed with his dire warning, she bravely heads off to Tosu City, far away from friends and family, perhaps forever. Danger, romance—and sheer terror—await.
The Thing About Jellyfish Benjamin 2015 National Book Award finalist! ​After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting­things don't just happen for no reason. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory­­even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy's achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe...and the potential for love and hope right next door.
The Truth about Twinkie Pie Yeh When twelve-year-old GiGi and her big sister DiDi move to Long Island from South Carolina so GiGi can attend a fancy new private school, GiGi makes new friends, but then discovers a family secret that turns her life upside-down.
The War that Saved My Life Bradley A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.
Twerp Goldblatt Julian Twersky isn't a bad kid. He's just made a big mistake. So when he returns to school after a weeklong suspension, his English teacher offers him a deal: if he keeps a journal about the incident that got him and his friends suspended, he can get out of writing a report on Shakespeare. Julian jumps at the chance. And so begins his account of life in sixth grade--lurking in the background, though, is the one story he can't bring himself to tell, the one his teacher most wants to hear.
Uglies Westerfield In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty. But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world -- and it isn't very pretty. First in the Uglies trilogy.
Unbroken: the Young Adult Adaptation Hillenbrand Adapted from the best­selling adult book of the same name, this riveting account tells the story of Louis Zamperini, a thief turned track star, Olympian, airman, castaway, and prisoner of war. Born to Italian immigrants in 1917, Zamperini was heading down a path of crime (stealing, fighting) until his older brother Pete stepped in, encouraging him to join the track team. It wasn't long before Zamperini was winning every race, eventually going on to the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The book
details how the 1940 Olympics were canceled due to World War II and describes how Zamperini was drafted into the U.S. Air Force. Writing in a gripping, intense tone, Hillenbrand relates how tragedy
struck when Zamperini's plane was shot down and he and two other men spent 47 days in a life boat in the Pacific Ocean, fighting sharks, starvation, and dehydration, before being captured by the Japanese navy as prisoners of war.
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere Lamana At the end of August 2005, ten-year-old Armani is looking forward to her birthday party in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, where she and her extended family live, but Hurricane Katrina is on the way, bringing destruction and tragedy in its wake.
Warp Speed  Yee Marley is just trying to get by in school, hanging out with his nerd friends and looking forward to the Star Trek convention.  Unfortunately, Digger Ronster, the biggest bully in school, is about to make his life much more interesting.
Wednesday Wars Schmidt In this Newbery Honor­winning novel, Gary D. Schmidt offers an unforgettable antihero. The Wednesday Wars is a wonderfully witty and compelling story about a teenage boy’s mishaps and adventures over the course of the 1967–68 school year in Long Island, New York. Meet Holling Hoodhood, a seventh­grader at Camillo Junior High, who must spend Wednesday afternoons with his teacher, Mrs. Baker, while the rest of the class has religious instruction. Mrs. Baker doesn’t like Holling—he’s sure of it. Why else would she make him read the plays of William Shakespeare outside class? But everyone has bigger things to worry about, like Vietnam. His father wants Holling and his sister to be on their best behavior: the success of his business depends on it. But how can Holling stay out of trouble when he has so much to contend with? A bully demanding cream puffs; angry rats; and a baseball hero signing autographs the very same night Holling has to appear in a play in yellow tights! As fate sneaks up on him again and again, Holling finds Motivation—the Big M—in the most unexpected places and musters up the courage to embrace his destiny, in spite of himself.
When You Reach Me Stead Four mysterious letters change Miranda’s world forever. By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda’s mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then Miranda finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper. The notes keep coming and each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death.
Zero Day Gangsei Eight years ago, Addie Webster was the victim of the most notorious kidnapping of the decade. Addie vanished—and her high-profile parents were forced to move on. Mark Webster is now president of the United States, fighting to keep the oval office after a tumultuous first term. Then the unthinkable happens: the president's daughter resurfaces. Addie is brought back into her family's fold, but who is this sixteen-year-old girl with a quiet, burning intelligence now living in the White House? There are those in the president's political circle who find her timely return suspicious. When a national security advisor approaches Darrow Fergusson, Addie's childhood best friend and the son of the president's chief of staff, he doesn't know what to think. How could the girl he's missed for all these years be a threat to national security? Still, at the risk of having his own secrets exposed, Darrow agrees to spy on Addie. He soon realizes that his old friend is much more than the traumatized victim of a sick political fringe group. Addie has come with a mission...but will she choose to complete it?
Zero Tolerance Mills Seventh-grader Sierra Shepard has always been the perfect student, so when she sees that she accidentally brought her mother's lunch bag to school, including a paring knife, she immediately turns in the knife at the school office. Much to her surprise, her beloved principal places her in inschool suspension and sets a hearing for her expulsion, citing the school's ironclad no-weapons policy. While there, Sierra spends time with Luke, a boy who's known as a troublemaker, and discovers that he's not the person she assumed he would be--and that the lines between good and bad aren't as clear as she once thought.