Category Archives: Age Range: 13 and up

1984

19841984

George Orwell

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Page Count: 328

Age Range: 13 and up

Year: 1948

Genre: Dystopia

1984 is George Orwell’s classic dystopian nightmare novel – read and loved (or feared) by millions; the date of doom may have passed, but its vision of humanity’s possibly bleak future remains eerily plausible today, and to some readers may appear to already have manifested itself in some respects.

Anyone who likes to think about politics and nations, the way the world works, or the way humanity works, will enjoy this book. It was not written for children by any means, but could still be understood by most middle schoolers.

Mr. Coleman

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Firesong

Firesong

William Nicholson

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Page Count: 4281438096

Age Range: 13 and up

Year: 2002

Genre: Adventure. Fantasy

The third and final installment of William Nicholson’s Wind on Fire trilogy brings the epic saga of the Manth people to a head, as they break free of their former enslavers and seek a perhaps non-existent homeland. Bowman and Kestrel continue to grow older and are now young adults, with new problems and hopes and dreams.

If you enjoyed the previous books, you have to continue on to this final one. Not a let-down at all, like some endings to long stories can be.

Mr. Coleman

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The Wind Singer

The Wind Singer

William Nicholson

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Age Range: 13 and up

Year: 2002

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Realistic

The Wind Singer is the first of William Nicholson’s wonderful fantasy trilogy, but stands perfectly well on its own. A rich and interesting world with likeable characters, it deals with some sometimes heavy themes such as caste systems, family relations, and individuality.

All lovers of fantasy will enjoy this one, so will anyone who sounds interested in the more real-life themes above

Mr. Coleman

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Slaves of the Mastery

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William Nicholson

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Page Count: 434

Age Range: 13 and up

Year: 2001

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

In the second installment of William Nicholson’s trilogy, brother and sister Bowman and Kestrel are separated after their city is attacked by a far away empire. This book continues the deeper themes of the previous book, while focusing more on ideas about slavery, large empires, and other personal issues, as the characters grow older.

Anyone interested in fantasy or the above themes would like this book.

Mr. Coleman

 

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Not Your Ordinary Faerie Tale

Not Your Ordinary Faerie Tale

Christine Warren

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Page Count: 320

Age Range: 13 and up

Year: 2011

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, SciFi

You are used to reading about women dating/marrying vampires and werewolves, what about someone who promises herself to never marry anyone who isn’t fully human. On a job to investigate leprechaun, she meets someone who she can potentially fall in love with. But this person is a fae. Will she fall in love with this person? Will she change her mind about inter species dating?

Everyone who is interested in the twilight series or interested in reading about ʺINTER SPECIESʺ dating, you might be interested in this book. It’s an interesting twist on love and it’s fun.

Ms. Nancy

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A Wizard of Earthsea

A Wizard of Earthsea

Ursula K. Le Guin

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Page Count: 205

Age Range: 13 and up

Year: 1968

Genre:Fantasy

Duny is a boy living on an island. One of the best-written fantasy novels of all time, A Wizard of Earthsea tells the story of his life as he grows in knowledge not just of magic, but of the world, and himself.

Anyone who likes fantasy will like this book, but it will also appeal to those who don’t always enjoy fantasy, as it is a very original and thoughtful take on the genre, and is much deeper and more relatable to real experience than many fantasy novels.

Mr. Coleman

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Autobiography of my Dead Brother

Autobiography of my Dead Brother

Walter Dean Myers

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Page Count: 224

Age Range: 13 and up

Year: 2005

Genre: Realistic

Autobiography of my Dead Brother by Walter Dean Myers is a novel about growing up and staying true to who you are in the midst of tragedy and violence. The story takes place on the streets of a crime­ridden neighborhood in New York. Jesse, the main character, is a fifteen year old who is good at drawing and who records the world around him in his sketchbook. His best friend, Rise is a few years older. Rise starts running with a new crowd and gets involved in gang activity. He believes that he is in control of his situation, but Jesse isn’t so sure that he is. He sketches Rise and the city around them, trying to make sense of a changing world. Jesse has a lot of respect for his friend, but he also has a gut feeling that the choices Rise is making are foolish, even dangerous.

This is a great read for teens, especially guys, who feel conflicted by the decisions that others are making and/or who are in the process of navigating the pain and confusion of growing up. The novel includes cool comic illustrations scribbled in the margins, meant to be Jesse’s artwork. The way the novel is written is easy to read and easy to relate to, and it covers gang violence, drugs and crime without overdramatizing them.

Miss Rachel

 

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