Category Archives: Year: 2000s

The Misfits

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James Howe

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 274

Age Range: 11 and up

Year: 2001

Genre: Humor, Realistic

This book is about four seventh grade friends named Bobby, Addie, Joe and Skeezie who are the “Misfits” of their school. After being taunted by their peers for being different in some sort of way they decide to band together to run against the popular kids in the classroom in a political race. At first many people get upset with them, but then soft-spoken Bobby really tells what it is like to be name called all the time. At that point everybody in the school starts to take the group very seriously and gives Bobby a lot of credit.

Perfect book for any preteen or middle school age kid. It talks about bullying and stereotyping in a fun easy read. I really think all kids between 11-14 would really like this book and find it very relatable.

– Ms. Jena

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Filed under Age Range: 11 and up, Author: James Howe, Genre: Humor, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 2000s

Thirteen Reasons Why

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Jay Asher

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 288

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 2007

Genres: Realistic

Thirteen Reasons Why is a book about a teenage girl named Hannah who commits suicide and leaves behind cassettes to tell why. Clay, the boy who had a crush on her, discovers the tapes on his doorstep and his life is forever changed by finding out the thirteen reasons why Hannah took her life.

This is a powerful book that takes on a tough topic. Would be a great book for any adolescent to read to get a better understanding of the power of human relations and suicide.

– Ms. Jena

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Jay Asher, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 2000s

An Abundance of Katherines

An Abundance of KatherinesAn Abundance of Katherines

John Green

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 272

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 2008

Genre: Realistic

Right after intellectual child-prodigy Colin Singleton graduates from high school, his girlfriend (who, like the 18 young women and girls whom he claimed as girlfriends over the years, is named Katherine) breaks up with him and sends him into a total funk. His best friend, Hassan, determines that he can only be cured with a road trip. After some rather aimless driving, the two find themselves in Gutshot, TN, where locals persuade them to stay. There, Colin spends his spare time working on a mathematical theorem of love, hypothesizing that romantic relationships can be graphed and predicted.

Anyone who has enjoyed John Green books should like this one! Like most of his novels, it’s told from a male teenager’s perspective, but the female character is more well-rounded than in Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns. Our main character, Colin, loves anagrams and math, so anyone with those interests might enjoy the story.

Ms. Ashley

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: John Green, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 2000s

Firesong

Firesong

William Nicholson

Quick Stats:

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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Filed under Age Range: 13 and up, Author: William Nicholson, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Fantasy, Page Count: 400-500, Year: 2000s

The Wind Singer

The Wind Singer

William Nicholson

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Page Count: 486windsinger

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

Quick Stats:

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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Filed under Age Range: 13 and up, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Fantasy, Page Count: 400-500, Year: 2000s

Paper Towns

Paper Towns

John Green

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 320 untitled

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 2009

Genre: Realistic and Adventure

To everyone who surrounds Margo Roth Spiegelman, she is an adventurous, unconventional, and intelligent person and a highly admired someone that everyone puts on a pedestal. So when Margo sneaks into Quentin Jacobsen’s room one glorious night and involves him in her crazy exploits, he can’t help but feel as if a new page has been turned, and just maybe he can be a part of the marvelous Margo’s life.

Paper Towns is such a smart book– written for young readers, but not written down to them. There’s a fun cast of supporting characters, and the journey Margo takes them through is good for anyone wondering about who they are.

Ms. Ashley

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: John Brown, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 300-400, Year: 2000s