Teen Read Week
Teen Read Week is October 14-20. It's an annual celebration of teen books sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association. This year, the theme is "It Came from the Library." Check out these books that have been made into movies!
|Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women. Penguin Books, 1989. The charming story of four little women -- Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth -- as they endure hardships and enjoy adventures in Civil War New England.|
|Babbitt, Natalie. Tuck Everlasting. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1975. The Tuck family is faced with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing older.
|Carroll, Lewis. Alice in Wonderland. Scholastic, 2001. A little girl falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a world of nonsensical and amusing characters.
|Chbosky, Stephen. The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Pocket Books, 1989. In this coming of age story, Charlie writes letters to tell what it's like growing up in high school.
|Cohn, Rachel and David Levithan. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Knopf, 2006. High school student Nick O'Leary, member of a rock band, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-sweetheart.
|Crichton, Michael. Jurassic Park. Knopf, 1990. State-of-the-art technology and suspense combine when an island off Costa Rica secretly prepares for the world's most ambitious theme-park -- a dinosaur preserve.
|Ende, Michael. The Neverending Story. Dutton Children's Books, 1983. Shy, awkward Bastian is amazed to discover that he has become a character in the mysterious book he is reading and that he has an important mission to fulfill.|
|Flinn, Alex. Beastly. HarperTeen, 2007. A modern re-telling of "Beauty and the Beast" from the point of view of the beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form.|
|Hickam, Homer H. Rocket Boys: A Memoir. Delta, 1998. A powerful story of coming-of-age at the dawn of the 1960s, a mother's love and a father's fears, and a group of young men who dreamed of launching rockets into outer space -- and who made those dreams come true.|
|Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders. Penguin Books, 2006. The struggle of three boys to stay together after their parents' death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society.|
|Kinney, Jeff. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal. Amulet Books, 2007. Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive. When Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.|
|London, Jack. White Fang. Scholastic, 2001. The adventures in the northern wilderness of a dog who is part wolf and who eventually makes his peace with man.|
|Lore, Pittacus. I am Number Four. Harper, 2011. In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien.|
|Paolini, Christopher. Eragon. Knopf, 2003. In Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves and monsters.|
|Pullman, Phillip. The Golden Compass. Knopf, 1995. 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.|
|Sachar, Louis. Holes. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998. 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.|
|Thackeray, William Makepeace. Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero. Knopf, 1991. This social satire that exposes the greed and corruption raging in England during the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars traces the changing fortunes of the scheming opportunistic Becky Sharp and her foil, the faithful, naive Amelia Sedley.|
|Van Draanen, Wendelin. Flipped. Knopf, 2001. In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.|
|Wiseman, Rosalind. Queen Bees & Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence. Crown Publishers, 2002. With its revealing look into the secret world of teenage girls and cliques, enlivened with the voices of dozens of girls and a much-needed sense of humor, this book will equip you with all the tools you need to build the right foundation to help your daughter make better choices and empower her during this baffling, tumultuous time of life.
|Zevin, Gabrielle. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2007. After a nasty fall, Naomi realizes that she has no memory of the last four years and finds herself reassessing every aspect of her life.|