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CSLP Teen Bibliography

NLS Edition
This bibliography provides a list of books from the 2016 CSLP Teen Manual Bibliography that are available through the National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. All books with the prefix “DB” (audio books) and some with the prefix “BR” (braille books) are available for LBPH patrons to download through BARD.
Note: Books with an * feature diverse characters.
This bibliography was created in collaboration with CSLP and Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library staff.
All Things Olympic
*Berk, Josh. The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin. Ember, 2011. DB 71045

Will Halpin is both fat and deaf--the perfect target for bullies as he mainstreams in a Pennsylvania high school. But when a popular football player is found dead at the bottom of a coal mine during a field trip, Will figures out who pushed him. For grades 6-9.


*Bloor, Edward. Tangerine. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006. BRC01334, DB 46159

Paul Fisher's parents are avid fans of his older brother Erik's promising football career. In contrast, Paul wears extremely thick glasses because, according to Erik, Paul stared at an eclipse. When they move to Tangerine, Florida, Paul's new friendships help him uncover what he's really known all along about Erik. For grades 6-9.


Brown, Daniel James. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest For Gold in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Penguin Books, 2013. DB 77138, BRC01640, LP 19018

Recounts the accomplishments of nine working-class athletes from the University of Washington who beat elite teams at home and abroad and won the gold medal for rowing at the 1936 Nazi-orchestrated Berlin Olympics.


Cohen, Richard. By The Sword: A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai, Swashbucklers, and Olympic Champions. Modern Library, 2003. DB 57237

British Olympic fencer details the history of sword fighting from ancient Egyptian times to the twenty-first century. Includes anecdotes about noted warriors, politicians, and actors who wielded the sword; ponders the sociology of dueling--including cheating; and details the art of blade making. Some violence.


Douglas, Gabrielle and Michelle Burford. Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith. Zonderkidz, 2013. DB 76347

Autobiography of Olympic gold-medal gymnast Gabrielle Douglas. Recounts her early life in Virginia, her professional training in Iowa, and the sacrifices she and her family made to support her dream. Credits her faith and family for her success at the 2012 London games. For senior high and older readers.


*Draper, Sharon M. Out of My Mind. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2012. DB 71173

Cerebral palsy limits fifth grader Melody's physical movements and ability to speak but not her capacity to think. In an inclusion class, with the help of her university student aide, Melody figures out what she needs to truly communicate and in doing so surprises many people. For grades 4-7.



*Esquivel, Laura. Like Water for Chocolate. Anchor, 1995. BR 09187, DB 36256


When Pedro asks Mama Elena for the hand of her youngest daughter, Tita, he is offered her sister instead. By family tradition, Tita is to remain unmarried to care for her mother. Tita, a magical cook, shares recipes that, seasoned by her emotions, have an extraordinary impact on the events that follow her mother's decision. Descriptions of sex.
Gallo, Donald R., ed. Owning It: Stories About Teens with Disabilities. Candlewick, 2008. BR 17816, DB 66659

Ten tales of teens dealing with school, teachers, parents, friends, the opposite sex--and a physical or mental disability. In "See You" two legally blind classmates are bullied. "Brainiac" portrays a girl's return to college after a brain-damaging accident. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high readers.


*Hamilton, Masha. The Camel Bookmobile. Harper Perennial, 2008. DB 66417

American librarian Fiona Sweeney delivers books by camel to remote villages in Kenya. Her patrons include Kanika, a young girl eager to learn, and a shunned teenager nicknamed Scar Boy. But unreturned books threaten the service, and Fiona discovers rivalry between traditionalists and those seeking education. 2007.



*Harris, Joanne. Chocolat. Penguin Books, 2000. DB 49086


On the first Sunday in Lent, newcomers Vianne Rocher and her young daughter Anouk open a chocolate shop, La Céleste Praline, near the church in a small French village. Priest Monsieur Reynaud and Mademoiselle Rocher compete for the townspeople's attention.
Horowitz, Anthony. Oblivion. Scholastic, 2014. DB 79008

The gatekeepers have finally found one another. And only the five of them can fight the evil force that is on the rise, threatening the destruction of the world. Sequel to Necropolis (DB 69648). Some violence. For junior and senior high readers.


Khoury, Jessica. Origin. Razorbill, 2013. DB 75515

Genetically engineered to be immortal, seventeen-year-old Pia was raised in the Amazon by scientists working to create a new race. But when Pia meets Eio in a nearby village, she realizes there is more to life than living forever. Some violence. For senior high and older readers.


Knudsen, Michelle. Evil Librarian. Candlewick, 2014. DB 79820

When Cynthia's best friend, Annie, falls head over heels for the new high-school librarian, she is amused at first. But after meeting Mr. Gabriel, Cyn realizes something isn't quite right and races to save the entire student body. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers.


*McCracken, Elizabeth. The Giant’s House. Dial Press, 2007. BR 11421, LP 12000

In 1950 young librarian Peggy Cort meets James Sweatt. Although only eleven years old, he is already extremely tall. As they become friends and fall in love during the next nine years, James grows taller and taller, until he is 8-feet-7-inches tall and weighs 415 pounds.


Peck, Richard. Here Lies the Librarian. Puffin, 2007. DB 62441, LP 16595

Indiana, 1914. Fourteen-year-old tomboy Eleanor "Peewee" McGrath would rather repair a car in her brother's garage than read a book. But when Irene Ridpath arrives in her big car with three other librarians, Eleanor's ideas about her future change. For grades 5-8.


Peet, Mal. Keeper. Candlewick, 2007. DB 65441

In an interview with a sportswriter just two days after winning the World Cup, South American soccer star El Gato (the Cat) describes his youth in the rain forest, where a mysterious mentor, the Keeper, taught him all of his game-playing strategies. For junior and senior high readers.


Phelps, Michael. No Limits: The Will to Succeed. Free Press, 2009. DB 68428, LP 17544

Autobiography of American swimmer Michael Phelps, who won eight gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in China. Describes his Maryland upbringing with two champion-swimmer older sisters, the diagnosis of his attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and his training routine. Maintains that hard work, confidence, and perseverance are necessary for success.


Riordan, Rick. Heroes of Olympus series. Multiple titles. Disney-Hyperion, 2012-2014. BR 20223, DB 72412; BR 20245, DB 74000; BR 20253, DB 75463; BR 20369, DB 77833, LP 19421, LP 19424, LP 19425, LP 19426, LP 19526
*Stork, Francisco X. Marcelo in the Real World. Scholastic, 2011. BR 18579, DB 70277

Seventeen-year-old Marcelo Sandoval, who has autism, gets a summer job working in the mail room of his father's law firm. Exposed to real-world situations, Marcelo has encounters with his boss Jasmine that bring romance and a myriad of emotions to the surface. For junior and senior high readers. Schneider Family Book Award.

*Van Draanen, Wendelin. The Running Dream. Ember, 2012. BR 19489, DB 73998

After a school-bus accident, sixteen-year-old Jessica has her right leg amputated below the knee and is convinced she will never run again. But prosthetics, a new friend with cerebral palsy, and the support of her track team help Jessica find a way forward. For junior and senior high readers. Schneider Award.


Wrede, Patricia C. and Caroline Stevermer. Sorcery and Cecelia or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004. DB 57183

England, 1817. Two teenage cousins, Cecelia in the country and Kate in London, write to each other about their exploits--which take a sinister turn when they find themselves confronted by evil wizards. For junior and senior high readers.


Zevin, Gabrielle. All These Things I’ve Done. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2011. BR 19718, DBC05454

In a future where chocolate and caffeine are contraband, teenager Anya Balanchine struggles with the legacy of her New York City crime family--and with keeping her brother and sister safe and out of the business. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers.


Zevin, Gabrielle. Because it is My Blood. Square Fish, 2013. BR 19765

2083. After Anya Balanchine is released from the Liberty Children's Facility, where she was detained on weapons-possession charges, she tries to move on. But when old friends start calling in debts, a life of crime beckons. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers.


Gaming
Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games series. Multiple titles. Scholastic Press, 2008-2010. BR 18488, DB 68384, DB 74957(SP); BR 18554, DB 69689, DB 74971(SP); BR 19134, DB 71734, DB 74983(SP), LP 19127, LP 19128, LP 19129

Farmer, Nancy. The Land of the Silver Apples. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2009. DB 65685

Continues the adventures of the apprentice bard Jack, from The Sea of Trolls (RC 59623). Jack sets out to rescue his sister Lucy, kidnapped by the Lady of the Lake, and travels to the Land of the Silver Apples--home to elves and other magical creatures. For grades 5-8.
Fatsis, Stefan. Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius and Obsession in the World of Scrabble. Penguin Books, 2002. DB 54488

As he progresses from living-room Scrabble player to expert, the author examines the subculture of people devoted to championship tournament play. Discusses the game's history, its international variants, and its controversial elements. Some strong language.


Halpern, Julie. Into the Wild Nerd Yonder. Square Fish, 2011. DB 70717

When Jessie's friends Bizza and Char suddenly turn punk before the start of their sophomore year of high school, Jessie grapples with finding her own identity and gaining new friends, like Dottie. Intrigued, Jessie discovers the world of Dungeons and Dragons. Some strong language. For senior high readers.





Klass, David. Grandmaster. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014. DB 78852

Chess club teammates harass neophyte player Daniel Pratzer until he persuades his accountant dad to enter an upcoming father-son tournament. Daniel is happily surprised to discover his dad was once a chess grandmaster--but the competition provokes old demons. For junior and senior high and older readers.


Kostick, Conor. Epic. Firebird, 2008. DB 66443

Erik and his friends live in dual worlds: in an agrarian society and in a high-tech fantasy computer game called Epic, which has real-life repercussions. With his family facing reallocation, Erik must win the game to save them and thereby change both realities. For junior and senior high readers.


Meyer, Stephanie. Twilight. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011. BR 18146 DB 62066, DB 67970(SP); BR 18147, DB 64367, DB 67971(SP); BR 18180, DB 65812, DB 67972(SP); BR 18181, DB 67238, DB 67973(SP); BR 18998, DB 71418, DB 70958(SP), LP 17391, LP 17392, LP 17393, LP 17394
Sachar, Louis. The Cardturner. Ember, 2011. DB 75148

Seventeen-year-old Alton turns cards for his wealthy uncle Lester, a champion bridge player who lost his vision to diabetes. Alton becomes intrigued by his eccentric relative, the game of bridge, and a mysterious girl. For junior and senior high and older readers.


Silver, Eve. Rush. Katherine Tegen Books, 2013. DB 78420

Sixteen-year-old Miki Jones is pulled into a game in which she and other teens must battle aliens called the Drau to save Earth--and their own lives. Violence and strong language. For senior high and older readers.



The Game of Life
Christen, Carol. What Color is Your Parachute? for Teens, Third Edition. Ten Speed Press, 2015. DB 62321

Career guide helps adolescents assess personal abilities, interests, and long-term goals and land their dream job. Offers tips on employment searches and interviews. Examines the option of continuing education after high school or not. Includes resources and profiles of successful young adults. For senior high and older readers.


Fleischman. Paul. Whirligig. Square Fish, 2010. DB 46874

Brent Bishop tries to kill himself by driving drunk but causes the death of a teenage girl instead. The dead girl's mother asks him, as restitution, to make four whirligigs with her daughter's face on them and to place them in the four corners of the country. During his summer of travel, Bishop finds that someone in each region takes comfort from the sight of his whirligig. For senior high and older readers.


Patterson, James. Daniel X: Game Over. Little, Brown and Company, 2012. DB 79257

In Tokyo, fifteen-year-old Daniel X faces two of the most dangerous aliens on the planet, who are plotting to use video games to control children and turn them into an army of doom. Sequel to Daniel X: Demons and Druids (DB 79256). For senior high and older readers.


Reeves, Ellen Gordon. Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview?: A Crash Course in Finding, Landing, and Keeping Your First Real Job. Workman Publishing Company, 2009. BR 18515, DB 69746

Provides tips for applying and interviewing for jobs and suggests involvement in networking and mentoring to discover potential employers. Addresses attention-grabbing cover letters, resume structure, interview basics, and physical preparation. Also answers frequently asked questions and discusses office etiquette. For senior high and older readers.


Chapter 8: Sports Fanatic
*Alexander, Kwame. The Crossover. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014. DB 79528

Twin fourteen-year-old basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court, as their father ignores his declining health. Told in hip-hop style verse. For senior high and older readers.


Christopher, Matt. Legends in Sports series. Multiple titles. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2005-2008. Babe Ruth: BR 16067; Dale Earnhardt Sr.: BR 16987; Jackie Robinson: BR 16958; Muhammad Ali: BR 16064
Christopher, Matt. Sports Bio Bookshelf series. Multiple titles. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 1998-2008. On the Field with…Mia Hamm: BR 16814, DB 57997
Coy, John. Crackback. Scholastic Press, 2005. DB 62753

At the start of a promising high school football season, sixteen-year-old linebacker Miles Manning faces pressures from his coach, his highly critical father, and his friend Zach, who wants him to take performance-enhancing drugs. Miles also copes with first love and a family secret. For senior high readers.


Crutcher, Chris. Deadline. Greenwillow Books, 2009. BR 17545, DB 65481

Eighteen-year-old Ben Wolf hides his terminal illness from family and friends during his senior year of high school. Since he is now able to live without fearing consequences, Ben allows himself to fall in love, argue with a teacher, and play football. Some strong language. For senior high readers.


*Crutcher, Chris, Whale Talk. Greenwillow Books, 2009. BR 13547, DB 52057, LP 15919

Talented, multiracial teen T.J. Jones shuns organized sports but agrees to help his favorite teacher pull together a swim team. He attracts a group of misfits who become buddies and champions--earning the ire of the school jocks, whose bullying erupts into violence. Strong language and some violence. For senior high readers


*De La Peña, Matt. Ball Don’t Lie. Ember, 2007. DB 72085

California. Seventeen-year-old basketball star Sticky Reichard flashes back to his horrific childhood. Sticky struggles with grades, his girlfriend, chances of getting into college, his mom's death, and an obsessive-compulsive disorder that helps his game. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high readers.


Deuker, Carl. Gym Candy. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008. DB 66590

Football fanatic Mick Johnson, whose social and family life suffer because of his obsession, turns to steroids with hopes of improving his game. He experiences all the nasty side effects of the drug, including rage and depression--until he snaps. For senior high readers.


*Deuker, Carl. High Heat. HarperTeen, 2005. DB 57311

Seattle sophomore and baseball pitching phenom Shane Hunter finds his affluent life at an end when his father is arrested for money laundering. After he moves into city housing with his mother and sister, Shane transfers from private to public school and almost loses his love for the game. For senior high readers.


Deuker, Carl. Night Hoops. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009. DB 50476

Nick Abbot works hard in his backyard basketball court to make the high school varsity team. Neighbor Trent Dawson--a tough kid and dirty player--makes Nick's life miserable until they both realize that teamwork and friendship mean the difference between success and failure. For junior and senior high readers.


Deuker, Carl. Painting the Black. HarperTeen, 1999. DB 49130

When senior Ryan Ward befriends newcomer Josh Daniels, Ryan has no idea that Josh is a star athlete and will soon be the school hero. But after Ryan prevents Josh from assaulting a female student, he faces a moral dilemma--should he turn Josh in? For senior high readers.


Deuker, Carl. Payback Time. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012. DB 71870

Lincoln High School, Seattle. Overweight and shy Daniel "Mitch" True, sports reporter for the school newspaper, is determined to learn the real story behind Angel Marichal, a talented new football player who refuses to draw attention on the field--or to discuss his past. For junior and senior high readers.


Feinstein, John. Last Shot. Yearling, 2006. DB 60035, BRC00910, BRC01414, LP 15968

Eighth-graders Steven Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson have won a sports writing contest with a prize trip to New Orleans for the Final Four college basketball tournament. Their reporting becomes sleuthing when they discover that a talented player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game. For grades 6-9.


Feinstein, John. A March to Madness: A View From the Floor in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Back Bay Books, 1999. DB 47302

Overview of the nine basketball coaches of the collegiate Atlantic Coast Conference in the late 1990s. Describes their work and their teams and the incredible pressure they endure while trying to achieve the championship title.

Hamilton, Bethany. Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board. MTV Books, 2006. BR 19783, DB 59485

Autobiography of a Hawaiian junior-champion surfer who lost an arm in a shark attack when she was thirteen. Describes her home life and Christian upbringing. Relates the experiences of consulting a blind psychologist about her disability, and relearning the sport. For senior high and older readers.


Hautman, Pete. Rash. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2007. BR 16729, DB 65447

United Safer States of America, 2070s. Sixteen-year-old Bo Marsten is locked up for unsociable behavior like fighting. At an Arctic work camp, he's recruited to play the illegal game of football until the disgruntled warden releases him into a wilderness full of polar bears. For senior high readers. National Book Award. 2006.


*Johnson, Scott. Safe at Second. Paw Prints, 2008. DB 49426

High school junior Paulie's talented best friend Todd is being courted by pro baseball teams and plans to make avid baseball fan Paulie his personal assistant. When a line drive destroys Todd's eye, everyone thinks his baseball days are over--except Paulie. For junior and senior high readers. 1999.


*Lipsyte, Robert. Center Field. HarperTeen, 2010. DB 73065

High school junior Mike Semak lives for baseball, but he is distracted by an ankle injury, two girls, a talented new player who wants Mike's center-field position, problems at home, and a sneaking suspicion that something sinister is happening at school. For grades 6-9.


*Lipsyte, Robert. The Contender. HarperTeen, 2003. BRC00981, DB 26357, LP 08438

A seventeen-year-old Harlem boy has a driving ambition to become a boxing champion. After long and challenging training, he learns that winning is not the only prerequisite for the title. For high school and adult readers.


*Lupica, Mike. True Legend. Puffin, 2013. DB 75549

Fifteen-year-old Drew "True" Robinson loves being the best point-guard in high school basketball. But late one night when he goes to practice alone, a ghost of a player is already there--and is amazing! The former star teaches Drew a few things about the consequences of fame. For grades 6-9.


*Martino, Alfred C. Pinned. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006. BR 16217

Seniors Ivan and Bobby compete on rival New Jersey high school wrestling teams. While vying for a state championship that would lead to college scholarships, each boy keeps a demanding training schedule and copes with family problems. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high readers.


Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. Dairy Queen. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007. DB 62782

Red Bend, Wisconsin. Fifteen-year-old D.J. Schwenk describes her decision to try out for her high school football team. Over the summer she works the family dairy farm, trains Brian Nelson--the rival team's quarterback--and discovers boys and the importance of talking. Some strong language. For senior high readers.


Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. The Off Season. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. DB 65720

In this sequel to Dairy Queen (DB 62782), D.J. is enjoying her linebacker position on the football team and her budding relationship with Brian from a rival high school. But a series of family mishaps drastically changes D.J.'s junior year. Some strong language. For senior high readers.


Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. Front and Center. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. DB 70538

Wisconsin. Happy that the football season is over, linebacker D.J., from Off Season (DB 65720), returns to her normal life. But when basketball season begins D.J. stresses about her demanding coach, college scouts, and her ex-boyfriend Brian Nelson. Some strong language. For senior high readers.

*Myers, Walter Dean. Game. HarperTeen, 2009. BR 18088, DB 67450, LP 17941

Harlem. African American high school senior Drew Lawson aims to go to college and play basketball for the NBA despite his mediocre grades. Rivalry begins when Drew's coach favors Tomas, a new white teammate from Prague. For junior and senior high readers.


*Myers, Walter Dean. The Outside Shot. Laurel Leaf, 1986. BR 06647

More basketball action as high school star Lonnie Jackson gets recruited by and earns a scholarship to a small midwestern college. Realizing that his Harlem community has not prepared him for this new environment, Lonnie struggles to adjust to college life and to the demands of his schedule. Sequel to: "Hoops." (BR 06645) For junior and senior high readers.


*Padain, Maria. Out of Nowhere. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013. DB 76493

Maine. After soccer team captain Tom is caught pulling a stupid prank against rival school Maquoit, he must perform community service: tutoring Somali refugee and fellow soccer star Saeed. When Saeed's talents spark jealousy, trouble follows. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers.


Paulsen, Gary. Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod. Mariner Books, 1995. DB 43280

Recounts the author's survival adventure: running the 1,180-mile Iditarod dogsled race across the Arctic wilderness. Enduring frostbite, sleeplessness, moose attacks, and countless trail hazards, he finishes the race eager to run another.


Pelé. Why Soccer Matters. Celebra, 2014. DB 80424, DB 79986 (SP)

International soccer legend Pele--born Edson Arantes do Nascimento in Brazil--explores the history of the sport and provides insights into soccer's role connecting and galvanizing players around the world.


*Quick, Matthew. Boy21. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013. DB 75250

High school senior Finley uses basketball to escape from the mob violence and drugs that rule his small Pennsylvania town. When his coach asks Finley to mentor a troubled teammate, the boys find they are not so different. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers.


Robinson, Jackie. I Never Had It Made: Jackie Robinson: An Autobiography. Ecco, 2003. DB 58600

Baseball legend's account of his triumphs and tragedies on the road to becoming the first African American to play major league baseball. Descended from slaves and sharecroppers, Robinson recalls struggling to overcome racial barriers before and after his 1947 debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Introduction by Hank Aaron.


*Sitomer, Alan Lawrence. The Hoopster. Paw Prints, 2008. DB 71618

Ambitious teen Andre Anderson is finally given the coveted chance to write at the magazine office where he interns. His article on racism brings fame and a few problems. Attacked by hateful bigots, Andre must overcome emotional and physical trauma. Violence and some strong language. For senior high readers.


Smith, Roland. Peak. Harcourt, 2008. BR 17994, DB 64746

A New York City SWAT team arrests fourteen-year-old Peak Marcello for scaling a skyscraper. A judge places Peak on probation and allows him to accompany his father, a famous mountain climber, to Tibet, where Peak hopes to be the youngest person to climb Mount Everest. For grades 6-9.


Strasser, Todd. How I Changed My Life. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1995. DB 43121

In alternating chapters, high school students Bo and Kyle discuss a period of change in their lives. At loose ends after a knee injury, former football captain Kyle tries out for the school play. This displeases his girlfriend, Chloe, but delights Bo, the stage manager, who develops a crush on Kyle. For junior and senior high readers.


*Trueman, Terry. Cruise Control. HarperTeen, 2005. BR 15839

Basketball star Paul's senior year seems perfect but his misdirected anger could ruin everything. He's upset with his father for abandoning the family and struggles to accept brother Shawn's severe cerebral palsy. Companion to Stuck in Neutral (BR 14082). Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers.


*Volponi, Paul. Black and White. Speak, 2006. BR 16593, DB 62540

Long Island. Black Marcus Brown and white Eddie Russo, best friends and high school basketball stars, stick up people for easy money. When a holdup leads to an accidental shooting, the two find unequal justice in a biased system. Strong language and some violence. For senior high readers.


*Volponi, Paul. Homestretch. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2009. BR 19262

Five months after his mother dies in a car accident, Gaston (Gas) Giambanco runs away from his drunken, abusive father. Working at a racetrack stable for a corrupt boss who exploits illegal Mexican workers, Gas comes to terms with his feelings and sense of honor. Some strong language. For grades 6-9.


*Wallace, Rich. Wrestling Sturbridge. Laurel Leaf, 1997. BR 10908, DB 59372

In the small town of Sturbridge, Pennsylvania, high school wrestling is a big deal. Ben, a senior, wants to become state champion, but he will have to beat out at least one of his three higher-ranked best friends to do it. For junior and senior high readers.


Weaver, Will. Checkered Flag Cheater. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010. BR 19374, DB 73349

Trace Bonham, a teenaged professional stock-car racer, blows away the competition at every event. But with each victory Trace is increasingly aware that his winning is due to more than just his driving skills. Sequel to Super Stock Rookie (BR 19373). For senior high readers.


Chapter 9: Mind and Body Wellness
Gold, Rozanne. Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs. Bloomsbury, 2009. DB 72405

Teen guide to cooking simple meals and snacks using fresh, healthy ingredients. Includes step-by-step instructions and sample menus for special occasions that use seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs. For junior and senior high and older readers.


*Grimes, Nikki. Bronx Masquerade. Speak, 2003. BR 14623, DB 55776

Tough students at a Bronx high school reveal their innermost thoughts, dreams, and fears during the monthly English class's Open-Mike Fridays. Through their expressions of rap, free verse, and rhymes, the students learn they are more alike than they are different. For junior and senior high readers. Coretta Scott King Award.


Hanley, Victoria. Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write. Prufrock Press, 2011. BR 18564, DB 71098

Presents creative-writing tips and exercises, from freewriting to understanding the elements of fiction. Provides examples for character development, motivation, and perspective. Assesses difficult aspects of writing fiction, such as creating the setting and mood, and infusing your style and voice into the story. For junior and senior high readers.


Kephart, Beth. Undercover. HarperTeen, 2009. BR 17831

Sophomore loner Elisa has a talent for observing the world and operates a business ghostwriting love letters for guys. As her parents' marriage disintegrates, Elisa escapes by ice-skating on the local pond. Theo, a client, begins joining her and they fall in love. For senior high readers.


Levine, Gail. Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly. HarperCollins, 2006. BR 17206

Newbery Honor author of fiction provides advice, tips, and exercises to encourage aspiring writers. Covers story writing--from coming up with an idea and developing characters and plot to finding a publisher. Recommends practicing a lot and saving everything you write. For grades 5-8.


Madaras, Lynda. What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Girls. William Morrow, 2007. BR 12992, DB 51806

Provides an overview of puberty and discusses changes that take place in a girl's shape, size, reproductive organs, menstrual cycle, and sexuality. Also discusses puberty in boys. For junior and senior high and older readers.


Pollan, Michael. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat, Young Readers Edition. Dial, 2009. DB 70342

Believing that information will help eaters make healthy choices, the author describes learning how food arrives on our tables. Recounts hunting for boars; gathering mushrooms; and traveling to industrial farms, cattle feedlots, and slaughter factories. Some violence. For grades 6-9.

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