Category Archives: Age Range: 14 and up

Letting Ana Go

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Anonymous

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 279

Age Range: 14 and up

Year: 2013

Genres: Realistic

Letting Ana Go is the journal of a 16 year old girl who develops an eating disorder after her parents divorce. She is on the cross country team at school, and is one of their fastest runners. She starts restricting her calories and running extra miles to keep up with one of her best friends who is trying to lose weight for a ballet audition, and she believes that her boyfriend will dump her if she isn’t perfect. This book is an inside look at how an eating disorder can take hold and disrupt a person’s life, and it shows how quickly you can lose control.

Anorexia is a deadly disease, but because our culture idolizes rail-thin models, a lot of young girls don’t realize that they are harming themselves if they don’t eat enough, and they feel proud of themselves for having control over their bodies. I would recommend this book to young girls who are worried about their bodies or who feel like they need to be skinny to be happy and to have friends. I would also recommend it to people who know somebody who might have an eating disorder because this book might help you to understand what they are going though. By reading Ana’s journal, you get to see how hard it really is to get better once you have started. The book is tragic, but very honest.

– Miss Rachel

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Wildfire

Wildfire

Karsten Knight

Quick Stats:Wildfire

Page Count: 393

Age Range: 14 and up

Year: 2011

Genre:Fantasy

This book is the first in a series of three about a girl named Ashline Wilde who finds out that she is an ancient Polynesian goddess reincarnated in a super sarcastic, boy crazy, tennis champion, fiercely independent teenage body. Ashline gets into a fight at her school and gets transferred to a private school out of state, where she meets some other kids who notice the same things that Ashline notices — things that only gods and goddesses are aware of. Everybody else’s knows what their power is, but Ashline is still getting used to hers and doesn’t know how to use it. Meanwhile, she starts falling for this guy who has finished high school already, and her older sister starts messing with her new life, trying to convince Ashline to leave all the mortals behind.

This book is awesome! Girls might like it more just because the main character is female and her perspective is one that a lot of girls can probably relate to. This book is action-packed with dangerous humans, dangerous gods, jerk boys, jealous girls, a suspicious headmaster, phantoms, a blind siren with the voice of an angel, and a MASQUERADE BALL! What!?!? I repeat, this book is awesome.

Miss Rachel

 

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams

Quick Stats:

Age Range: 14 and uph

Page Count: 224

Year: 1979

Genre: Humor, Scifi

This funny spoof on sci-fi novels is one of the most classic humorous books ever written. Arthur Dent is a very normal man living in England, until one day his house is slated for demolition in order to build a highway bypass. Will Earth suffer a similar fate? Arthur travels throughout the whole galaxy on a quest to discover the answer to life, the universe, and everything.

Anyone with a good sense of humor will like this book, although it is probably better suited towards 8th graders and older. Definitely not intended for children, but accessible and enjoyable to teens nonetheless.

Mr. Coleman

 

 

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Love in the Time of Global Warming

Love in the Time of Global Warming
Francesca Lia Block

Quick Stats:
Page Count: 230Unknown-2
Age Range: 14 and up
Year: 2013
Genre: Adventure, Dystopia, Fantasy

“The Earth Shaker” has wiped Los Angeles of all evidence of civilization, leaving Pen alone to survive in the ruins. She then begins to search for her family, an adventure that parallels The Odyssey and leads her to finding companions in Hex, Ez, and Ash. The story alternates between Pen’s flashbacks and the group’s journey toward Las Vegas, telling of family bonds and the will to survive.

For anyone who is interested in Greek mythology, the modern parallels to The Odyssey are enjoyable to read through. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in dystopian novels and is looking for a change of pace from 1984 and Brave New World to a more fantastic, poetic writing style.

Ms. Kristina

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Enrique’s Journey

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Let’s see where it goes

Enrique’s Journey
Sonia Nazario

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 210
Age Range: 14 and up
Year: 2006
Genre: Non-fiction

Nazario tells the true immigrant narrative of a Honduran boy’s journey to find his mother in America. The hard-to-believe story encompasses the narratives of many other immigrants into the U.S. This story brings up many great themes like parent-child conflict, family responsibility, separation, and assimilation into new cultures.

This book is good for older middle school and high school students. Many students can relate to Enrique’s immigration story.

-Julio Zelaya

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Homeland

Homeland
Cory Doctorow

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Quick Stats:

Page Count: 400
Age Range: 14 and up
Year: 2013
Genre: Realistic

Series: Sequel to Little Brother

Marcus Yallow is renowned in the cyber community for his skills as a hacker. When he comes up on 800,000 documents exposing corruption and lies perpetrated by the U.S. government, he knows he must overcome his fears and his sense of self-preservation in order to change the way we use technology forever.

This book would be suitable for young adults interested in politics, government, and technology. It is not an easy text, but would be very rewarding for reading together with a fluent adult.

-Katie

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The Fault in Our Stars

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Be ready to cry. Like, so much.

The Fault in Our Stars
John Green

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 336
Age Range: 14 and up
Year: 2012
Genre: Realistic

Hazel is young high school girl who has survived cancer. When her doctor sends her to a support group, she meets Augustus who also has survived cancer. They fall in love and spend a lot of time together. Hazel is obsessed with a book called An Imperial Infliction which is also about cancer survivors.

This is a reminder to what goes into living with cancer. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an emotional read. Any student wants to read an emotional love story will enjoy this book but be ready to shed some tears!

-Miss Jenny

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