Category Archives: Page Count: 100-200

Buried Onions

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Gary Soto

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Page Count: 142

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 2006

Genre: Realistic

Eddie has been trying to stay out of trouble since graduating high school. But, it’s hard when your city is wallowing in their own tears from violence and murder. It seems as if Fresno has a buried onion underneath that makes its people cry out for their dead loved ones. Eddie deals with murder, gang violence, and considering the military as his only way out from the buried onion.

Great book for those who see and experience gang violence and murder in their city. And for those looking to escape an onion as well.

Ms. Brittany

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Gary Soto, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 100-200, Year: 2000s

The Beast

The Beast

Walter Dean Myers

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Page Count: 170thCAKK53VA

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 2007

Genre: Romance

The book is about a teenage boy named Spoon from Harlem who is accepted into a New England prep school. As he makes his first visit home he realizes that things at home have changed, and that he misses his routine life back in New England. The biggest change is that he comes home to see his girlfriend Gabi, the once vibrant young woman, now a sick drug addict. Can true love prevail and will Spoon have the ability to help save Gabi?

Perfect book for all those who enjoy the classic love story about the boy who saves the girl he loves 😉

Ms. Jena

 

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The Skin I’m In

The Skin I’m In

Sharon G. Flake

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Page Count: 1710978142310385_500X500

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 1998

Genre: Realistic

The Skin I’m In is about a girl named Maleeka who is really smart. She gets teased about her clothes and about her dark skin by other kids. The meanest, most popular girl in school bullies Maleeka into doing her homework for her and makes her do things she doesn’t want to do. She says that if Maleeka does what she asks, she will give her cool clothes to wear.

When a new teacher comes to the school, Maleeka learns that she has a hidden talent and that she is a beautiful person who deserves to be treated better. Even though it’s tough, she starts sticking up for what she believes in.

I loved this book. I would recommend it for teenage girls because it deals with a lot of things that happen to girls in middle school. In the book, girls are mean and some of them are fake. It can be hard to know who your real friends are. This book is good at showing girls that they don’t have to do what other people tell them to, and that if they believe in themselves they can be happy. The author does a really good job at getting inside the character’s head, and she received the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent for the book.

Miss Rachel

 

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Sharon G. Flake, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 100-200, Year: 1990s

Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow

Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow

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Page Count: 156

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 2006

Genre: Realistic

Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow is told from the perspective of 15-year-old Doria who is being raised by her Moroccan-born mother in a suburban Parisian housing project. Her father abandoned them for another woman and family; Doria blames this on herself since she is not the son her father wanted. Doria recognizes the injustice and racism that surrounds her as a poor immigrant; she works through her anger and disillusionment as she tries to build a life for herself without being given much opportunity to do so, as her mom does the same. Doria’s honest insights are at times cynical and other times hopeful.

This book is for those who are interested in the perspective of a first-generation immigrant family. The seriousness is balanced by Doria’s smart comments and insights, making it a quick read.

Ms. A

 

 

 

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Faïza Guène, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 100-200, Year: 2000s

The Voyage of the Frog

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Gary Paulsen

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Page Count: 160

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 1990

Genre: Adventure

14 year old David sets sail on his deceased Uncle’s sailboat, The Frog. The book travels through his adventures on the water and inside himself, as he attempts not only to survive the ocean, but also his own demons.

Anyone who loves sailing, the ocean, or the outdoors will like this for its surface themes, but its deeper issues and thoughts would be meaningful for any teenager.

Mr. Coleman

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Heartbeat

Heartbeat

Sharon Creech

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Page Count: 180

Age Range: 8 and up

Year: 2004

Genre: Realistic

Told from the perspective of twelve-year-old Annie, this book tracks her thoughts and observations as she works through changes with her family and best friend, Max. For Annie, running for the pleasure of running is one constant in a year of changes. Understanding and accepting the rhythms of life is a learning process that Annie begins in this year.

Written in verse, this is a quick and fun read for anyone who enjoys or appreciates the perspective of someone else as they figure out where they stand in their relationships and in life.

Ms. Allie

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Up From Jericho Tel

Up From Jericho Tel

E. L. Konigsburg Unknown

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Page Count: 178

Age Range: 10 and up

Year:1986

Genre: Adventure, Humor, Mystery

Uninterested in the “clones” her age, perceptive 6th grader Jeanmarie Troxell befriends Malcolm Soo as they find dead animals to bury at a site they name Jericho Tel. One day, as they are digging a hole big enough for a dead Dalmation, they fall into a magical underground dimension. There they meet Tallulah, the spirit of an actress, who send them on missions of justice. The two 6th graders bond over this empowering and mysterious adventure that is all their own.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys adventures filled with peculiar, yet real and witty characters. The magic and strangeness of the mystery balances the smart use of language and genuine insights.

Ms. Allie

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Filed under Age Range: 10 and up, Author: E. L. Konisgburg, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Humor, Genre: Mystery, Page Count: 100-200, Year: 1980s