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Below are short descriptions of some great books that you may not know about. I selected all newer, popular books for young adults that sounded very interesting to me...hopefully to you too! There is no guarentee they are on the Accelerated Reader list that we use here in school, but after reading one you can request that it is added to the list of tests. Let me know which one you have selected to read!

Carvell, Marlene. Who Will Tell My Brother? Hyperion, 2004.
2005 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults.
Evan continues a crusade begun by his late brother to remove the Indian as their high school mascot.

Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bucking the Sarge . Wendy Lamb Books, 2004.
2005 Best Books for Young Adults.
A light-hearted take on social activism, the main character exposes his mother as a slum lord and welfare cheat (she's the "Sarge").

Fleischman, Paul. Seedfolks . HarperTrophy, 1999.
1998 Best Books for Young Adults; 2002 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults. A group of inner-city residents start planting small gardens on a trash-filled vacant lot, and bring love and beauty to their lives.

Goobie, Beth. Sticks and Stones . Orca Soundings, 2002.
2003 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adults.
Jujube Gelb is one of the many girls whose names appear on the walls of the boys' bathroom at her high school, but she is the only one to fight back, at first.

Hiassen, Carl. Hoot . Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2004.
2003 Best Books for Young Adults.
New to Florida and Trace Middle School, Ray Eberhardt is at the mercy of the local bully but he is intrigued by a strange unschooled kid whose passion for the local wildlife leads them both into a crusade against a new pancake shop that will displace a colony of burrowing owls.

Klass, David. California Blue. Scholastic Paperbacks, 1996.
1998 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults.
John's discovery of a new species of butterfly threatens the future of a mill town and sets him against his dying father.

Mankell, Henning. Secrets in the Fire. Annick Press, 2003.
Based on the true story of a young girl in Mozambique, this is the horrifying yet hopeful story of Sofia, who loses both her legs in a land mine explosion but survives through her own personal determination.

Mazer, Harry. The Last Mission. Laurel-Leaf, 1981.
2002 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults.
War ain't like in the movies - they use real bullets.

Minchin, Adele. The Beat Goes On. Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2004.
When Emma, 16, is diagnosed as HIV positive, she swears her younger cousin Leyla to secrecy. Leyla becomes involved in teaching drum lessons at a local HIV outreach center to show her support for her cousin. This takes place in England.

Morpurgo, Michael. Private Peaceful. Scholastic Press, 2004.
2005 Best Books for Young Adults.
Fifteen-year-old Tommy Peaceful and his older brother Charlie enlist in the British army and are sent to fight in the trenches in France after their noble landlord offers them a choice between joining up or having the family evicted from their home.


Bauer, Joan. Hope Was Here . Putnam Juvenile, 2002.
2001 Best Books for Young Adults; 2001 Newberry Honor Book.
When sixteen-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, to work as a 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.    

DeFelice, Cynthia. Lostman's River . HarperTrophy, 1995.
1998 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults.
Fighting greedy profiteers, Tyler MacCauley's trust in a stranger may spell doom for Lostman's River and its wildlife.

 

Hiassen, Carl. Flush. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2005.
2006 Best Books for Young Adults.
This is the story of what happens after Paine Underwood pulls the plug on the Coral Queen, gets arrested for this act, and how this spurs his family and community to take action.

Hurley, Valerie. St. Ursula's Girls Against the Atomic Bomb: A Novel. Plume, 2004.
Senior Raine Rassaby is interested in helping birds, arranging demonstrations at nuclear missile silos, and organizing a group called St. Ursula's Girls Against the Atomic Bomb.  Sent to the school counselor for guidance in her academic career, she finds instead a kindred spirit, and together they discover a lot about the world around them and a lot about themselves.

Spinelli, Jerry. Wringer. HarperTrophy, 1998.
1998 Newbery Medal Honor Book.
As Palmer comes of age, he must either accept the violence of being a wringer at his town's annual Pigeon Day or find the courage to oppose it. (LOC)

Myers, Anna. Tulsa Burning. Walker Books for Young Readers, 2004.
In 1921, fifteen-year-old Noble Chase hates the sheriff of Wekiwa, Oklahoma, and is more than willing to cross him to help his best friend, a black man, who is injured during race riots in nearby Tulsa. (LOC)

Tashjian, Janet. The Gospel According to Larry. Laurel Leaf, 2003.
2002 Best Books for Young Adults; 2005 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults.
Things spiral out of control for Josh, a loner, who masquerades as "Larry" as he espouses anti-consumerism on his anonymous Web site.

Tashjian, Janet. Vote for Larry. Sequel to The Gospel According to Larry. Gardners Books, 2005.
Not yet eighteen years old, Josh, a.k.a. Larry, comes out of hiding and returns to public life, this time to run for President as an advocate for issues of concern to youth and to encourage voter turnout. (LOC)

Turnbull, Ann. No Shame, No Fear. Gardners Books, 2003.
2005 Best Books for Young Adults.
England in 1662 was a time of great religious upheaval, when the Quakers were forbidden to meet and practice their simpler lifestyle. William, the 17-year-old son of the wealthy mayor, gives up his place in society to follow his heart when he falls in love with Susanna, a 15-year-old Quaker girl who stands by her principles even though she faces persecution and jail.

Stratton, Allan. Chanda's Secrets. Annick Press, 2004.
2005 Best Books for Young Adults; 2005 Michael L. Printz Honor Book.
Sixteen-year-old Chanda loves school and dreams of a scholarship and a life beyond her family's poverty.  But her mother is tired all the time after her little sister's death, and Chanda must fight to keep her dreams alive and conquer her fears in the face of the brutal reality of Africa's AIDS epidemic

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