Suggested Reading

Books Made into Movies

Books Set in Summer

Books Set in High School

Crazy Books

Nonfiction & Biographies

Books with Color

Books with Music

Tear Jerkers

Love Stories

Books with Female Heroines

Books Based on Myths


Books Made into Movies:

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a 10-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing any older.

Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
Resettled in the “Bomb City” with her mother and brother, Davey Wexler recovers from the shock of her father’s death during a holdup of his 7-Eleven store in Atlantic City.

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
In 1793 Philadelphia, 16-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.

City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
In the year 241, 12-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.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Devasted by the loss of her true love, Princess Buttercup succumbs to the even Prince Humperdinck. But after being kidnapped by a band of criminals she is rescued by none other than Westley, the true love she thought she lost.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Three brothers struggle to stay together after their parents death, as they search for an identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society in which they find themselves “outsiders.”

Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
A 13-year-old girls gains a much more sympathetic understanding of her relationship with her mother when she has to spend a day in her mother’s body.

Holes by Louis Sachar
As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.

Roomies by Sara Zarr
While living very different lives on opposite coasts, 17-year-old Elizabeth and 18-year-old Lauren become acquainted by email the summer before they begin rooming together as freshman at UC-Berkeley.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel—a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

Books Set in Summer

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
In 1793 Philadelphia, 16-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 Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
For best girlfriends spend the biggest summer of their lives enchanted by a magical pair of pants.

The Living by Matt de la Pena
After an earthquake destroys California and a tsunami wrecks the luxury cruise ship where he is a summer employee, high school student Shy confronts another deadly surprise.

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 fiancé, takes a job at a summer inn where she discovers the truth about the death of a guest. Based on a true story.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Jay Gatsby had once loved beautiful , spoiled Daisy Buchanan, then lost her to a rich boy. Now
mysteriously wealthy, he is ready to risk everything to woo her back.

Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
Sheltering an escaped German prisoner of war is the beginning of shattering experiences for a 12-year-old Jewish girl in Arkansas.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Spending the summers on her family’s private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence
struggles to remember what happened during her 15th summer.

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal  Nicholas Flamel by Michael Dylan Scott
While working at pleasant but mundane summer jobs in San Francisco, 15-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival
alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life.

Roomies by Sara Zarr
While living very different lives on opposite coasts, 17-year-old Elizabeth and 18-year-old Lauren
become acquainted by email the summer before they begin rooming together as freshman at UC-Berkeley.

Books Set in High School

Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson
18-year-old Ash wants nothing to do with senior prom, but when disaster strikes and her desperate friend, Nat, needs her help to get it back on track, Ash’s involvement transforms her life.

Deadline by Chris Crutcher
Given the medical diagnosis of one year to live, high school senior Ben Wolf decides to fulfill his greatest fantasies, ponders his life’s purpose and legacy, and converses through dreams with a spiritual guide known as “Hey-Soos.”

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
When she is abandoned by her alcoholic mother, high school senior Ruby winds up living with Cora, the sister she has not seen for ten years, and learns about Cora’s new life, what makes a family, how to allow people to help her when she needs it, and that she too has something to offer others.

Looking for Alaska by John Green
16-year-old Miles’ first year at Culver Creek
Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

Crash and Burn by Michael Hasson
Steven “Crash) Crashinsky relates his sordid ten-year relationship with David “Burn” Burnett, the boy he stopped from taking their high school hostage at gunpoint.

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
When Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, she is exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
After she dies in a car crash, teenage Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until, on the seventh day, she finally discovers a way to save herself.

Okay For Now by Jordan Sonnenblick
When his younger brother is diagnosed with
leukemia, 13-year-old Steven tries to deal with his complicated emotions, his school life, and his desire to support his family.

Zom-B by Darren Shan
When the news starts reporting a zombie outbreak in Ireland, B’s father thinks it’s a hoax-but even if it isn’t, the two of them joke, it’s only the Irish, right? That is, until zombies actually attack the school. B is forced on a mad dash through the serpentine corridors of high school, making allegiances with anyone with enough gall to fight off their pursuers. But when they come face-to-face with the ravenous, oozing corpses, all bets are off. There are no friends. No allies. Just whatever it takes to survive.”

Crazy Books

Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Cameron Smith, a disaffected 16-year-old, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeld Jakob’s (aka mad cow) disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital in an attempt to find a cure.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
In a dystopian future sociopathic youths rule the night and the authorities emulate their moral indifference in the pursuit of social order.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
A little girl falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a world of nonsensical and amusing characters.

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
Taking up where Charlie and the Chocolate Factory leaves off, Charlie, his family, and Mr. Wonka find themselves launched into space in the great glass elevator.

Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn
A lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy must either surrender his sanity to the wild wolves inside his mind or learn that surviving means more than not dying.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Possessing encyclopedia-like intelligence, unusual zookeeper’s son Pi Patel sets sail for America, but when the ship sinks, he escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain.

House of Stairs by William Sleator
Five 15-year-old orphans of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in a house of endless stairs as subjects for a psychological experiment on conditioned human response.

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Austin Szerba narrates the end of humanity as he and his best friend Robby accidentally unleash an army of giant, unstoppable bugs and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong.

Nonfiction & Biographies

Dear Bully by Laurie Halse Anderson
Presents top authors for teens as they share their stories about bullying—as silent observers on the sidelines of high school, as victims, and as perpetrators.

The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez
The true story of a high school senior whose faked pregnancy as part of a school project, rocked her community and made international headlines.

Real Justice: Young, Innocent and in Prison : The Story of Robert Baltovich by Jeff Mitchell
At twenty-five, Rob Baltovich lost the love of his life, Elizabeth Bain. That was bad enough. Then he was arrested, jailed, sent to trail for murder, convicted and sent to prison—for life.

Chew On This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know About Fast Food by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson
A behind the scenes look at the fast food industry; the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Riptide: Struggling with and Resurfacing from a Daughter’s Eating Disorder by Barbara Hale-Seubert
Chronicles the author’s grief, fear, and powerlessness as her daughter suffered and eventually died due to an eating disorder.

Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson
A telling of the wild 12-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forest of Virginia based on rare archival material, obscure trial manuscripts, and interviews with relatives of the conspirators and the manhunters.

Rapture Practice: A True Story by Aaron Hartzler
Aaron Hartzler grew up in a home where he was taught that at any moment the Rapture could happen. But as he got older he began exploring the world that he had forsaken for the Lord, seeing his first movie, starring in the school play, and experiencing his first kiss, leading him to question his own faith and his families beliefs.

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
The story of a young man from man from a well-to-do family who hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness of Mt. McKinley. Four months after abandoning his car and most of his possessions, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter.

Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff
The author details his immersion in a world of hardcore drugs, revealing the mental and physical depths of addiction, and the violent relapse one summer in California that forever changed his life, leading him down the road to recovery.

Books with Color

White Space by Ilsa Bick
A 17-year-old girl jumps between the lines of books and into the white space where realities are created and destroyed — but who may herself be nothing more than a character written into being from an alternative universe.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
In the near-future, a violent teen leads a gang through nightly terror sprees before he is caught and agrees to experimental behavior-modification therapy.

Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney
While conducting research for a school paper on smallpox, Mitty finds an envelope containing 100-year-old smallpox scabs and fears that he has infected himself and all of New York City.

Blood Red Horse by K.M. Grant
A special horse named Hosana changes the lives of two English brothers and those around them as they fight with King Richard I against Saladin’s armies during the Third Crusades.

The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel by Deborah Hopkinson
Eel, an orphan, and his best friend Florrie must help Dr. John Snow prove that cholera is spread through water, and not poisonous air, when an epidemic sweeps across their London neighborhood in 1854.

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
When 17-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life.

Curse of the Blue Tattoo by L.A. Meyer
In 1803, after being exposed as a girl and forced to leave her ship, Jacky Faber finds herself attending school in Boston, where, instead of learning to be a lady, she battles her snobbish classmates, roams the city in search of adventure, and learns to ride a horse.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Anne, an 11-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle –aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
In 1941, 15-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil.

Books with Music

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky
A haunting coming of age novel told in a series of letters to an unknown correspondent reveals the life of Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a
wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent. It’s a story of what it’s like to grow up in high school, tracing a course through uncharted territory of the world of first dates, family dramas and new friends.

Things Hoped For by Andrew Clements
17-year-old Gwen, who has been living with her grandfather in Manhattan while she attends music school, joins up with another music student to solve the mystery when her grandfather suddenly goes missing.

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Raised by a mother who’s had five husbands, 18-year-old Remy believes in short-term, no-commitment relationships until she meets Dexter, a rock band musician.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, 17-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
After the death of her father, Amy, a high school student, and Roger, a college freshman, set out on a carefully planned road trip from California to
Connecticut, but wind up taking many detours,
forcing Amy to face her worst fears and come to terms with her grief and guilt.

Under the Baseball Moon by John H. Ritter
Andy and Glory, two 15-year-olds from Ocean Beach, California pursue their respective dreams of becoming a famous musician and a professional softball player.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
When his younger brother is diagnosed with leukemia, 13-year-old Steven tries to deal with his complicated emotions, his school life, and his desire to support his family.

The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr
16-year-old San Franciscan Lucy Beck-Moreau once had a promising future as a concert pianist. Her chance at a career has passed, and she decides to help her 10-year-old prodigy brother, Gus, map out his own future, even as she explores why she enjoyed piano in the first place.

Tear Jerkers

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Hayley Kincaid and her father move back to their hometown to try a ‘normal’ life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives.

The Hate List by Jennifer Brown
16-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
16-year-old Hazel, a stave iV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forcers her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
Overburdened by his parents’ bickering and a bully’s attacks, 15-year-old Lucky Linderman begins
dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War, but during a visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find a new perspective.

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Abandoned by her drug-addicted mother at the age of eleven, high school student Taylor Markham struggles with her identity and family history at a boarding school in Australia

Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
Cambodian child soldier Arn Chorn-Pond defied the odds and used all of his courage and wits to survive the murderous regime of the Khmer Rouge.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
A day in the life of a suicidal teen boy saying good-bye to the four people who matter most to him.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Burdened with the dark, dangerous, and seemingly impossible task of locating and destroying Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes, Harry, feeling alone and uncertain about his future, struggles to find the inner strength he needs to follow the path set out before him.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

Love Stories

The Last Forever by Deb Caletti
After her mother’s death, it’s all Tess can do to keep her friends, her boyfriend, her happiness from
slipping away. Even the rare plant her mother
entrusted to her care starts to wilt. Then she meets Henry. Though secrets stand between them, each has a chance at healing…if first, Tessa can find the courage to believe in forever.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
When Auden impulsively goes to stay with her father, stepmother, and new baby sister the summer before she starts college, all the trauma of her parents’
Divorce is revived, even as she is making new friends and having new experiences such as learning to ride a bike and dating.

My Life Next Door by Huntly Fitzpatrick
When Samantha, the 17-year-old daughter of a wealthy, perfectionist state senator, falls in love with the boy next door, whose family is large, boisterous, and just making ends meet, she discovers a different way to live, but when her mother is involved in a hit-and-run accident Sam must make some difficult choices.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Sparks fly when American good girl Allyson
Encounters laid-back Dutch actor Willem, so she follows him on a whirlwind trip to Paris, upending her life in just one day and prompting a year of self-discovery and the search for true love.

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
When 17-year-old Ginny receives a packet of
mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life.

Every Day by David Levithan
Every morning A wakes in a different person’s body, in a different person’s life, learning over the years to never get to attached, until he wakes up in the body of Just and falls in love with Justin’s girlfriend,

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school’s rival football team, 16-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.

How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend by Janette Rallison
Giovanna rashly breaks up with her boyfriend Jesse when he refuses to help her twin brother with his campaign for Student Council president, but fixing her mistake may be more difficult for her than she realizes.

Books with Female Heroines

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

The Diviners by Libba Bray
17-year-old Evie O’Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
High School sophomore Frankie starts dating senior Matthew Livingston, but when he refuses to talk about the all-male secret society that he and his friends belong to, Frankie infiltrates the society in order to enliven their mediocre pranks.

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
In the 15th century kingdom of Britany, 17-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny.

Legend by Marie Lu
In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, 15-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.

Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a 17-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
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.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel—a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

Books Based on Myths

Love in the Time of Global Warning by Francesca Lia Block
After a devastating earthquake destroys the West Coast, causing 17-year-old Penelope to lose her home, her parents, and her 10-year-old brother, she navigates a dark world, holding hope and love in her hands and refusing to be defeated.

Abandon by Meg Cabot
A near-death experience, a horrible incident at school, and a move from Connecticut to Florida have turned 17-year-old Pierce’s life upside-down, but when she needs him most, John Hayden is always there, helping but reminding her of her visit to the Underworld.

Secret of the Sirens by Julia Golding
Upon moving to her aunt’s seaside home in the British Isles, Connie becomes part of a secret society that shelters mythical creatures, and must use her ability to communicate with these beings to protect them from evil and the incursions of humans.

Runemarks by Joanne Harris
Maddy Smith, who bears the mysterious mark of a rune on her hand, learns that she is destined to join the gods of Norse mythology and play a role in the fate of the world.

Need by Carrie Jones
Depressed after the death of her stepfather, high school junior Zara goes to live with her grandmother in a small Maine town, where new friends tell Zara the strange man she keeps seeing may be a pixie king, and that only ‘were” creatures can stop him from taking souls.

Fallen by Lauren Kate
Suspected in the death of her boyfriend, 17-year-old Luce is sent to a Savannah, Georgia, reform school where she meets 2 intriguing boys and learns the truth about the strange shadows that have always haunted her.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, 12-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue’s only gift seems to be that she makes other people’s talents stronger until she meets Gansey and realizes that together their talents are a dangerous mix.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
17-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters—the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.