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Book Talks

September 2008


Eclipse

New Mood all by Stephanie Meyer

Breaking Dawn
Monster, Walter Dean Myers (kid in jail writes a movie script about his trial)
Everlost, Neil Shusterman (life in another world after death)
Whale Talk

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes all by Chris Crutcher

Sledding Hill
Crusader, Edward Bloor (Did you like Tangerine?) (mystery/suspense)
Tuesdays With Morrie

Five People You Meet in Heaven both by Mitch Albom
Bluford High Series, different books by different authors (kids with problems)
Savage Run, C.J. Cox (mystery/suspense)




The Face on the Milk Carton

Whatever Happened to Janie? Caroline B. Cooney (mystery/romance)

The Voice on the Radio
Crackback, John Coy (sports)
Last Shot, John Feinstein (mystery in a sports setting)
Heat, Mike Lupica
When Lightning Strikes, Meg Cabot (Princess Diaries fame)
Artemis Fowl Series, Eoin Colfer (fantasy adventure)
Where My Pretty One Sleeps, Mary Higgins Clark (mystery)
Lush

Perfect Natasha Friend (family problems for teenage girls)
Inkheart, Cornelia Funke (fantasy)
Coraline, Neil Gaiman (suspense/horror)
Eagle Strike Anthony Horowitz

Skeleton Key

Out of the Dust, Karen Hesse (historical fiction: USA--Dust Bowl of 1930s)

Redwall

Salamanstrom Brian Jacques (fantasy)
The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
The Bean Trees

Pigs in Heaven Barbara Kingsolver
Silent to the Bone, E.L. Konigsburg
The Sea Wolf, Jack London (adventure)
Chronicles of Narnia (a series of books starting with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe) C.S. Lewis
Dunk, David Lubar (Jersey shore)




The Wreckers

The Smugglers Iain Lawrence

The Buccaneers
Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine
Life of Pi, Yann Martel (adventure)
Stones in Water, Donna Jo Napoli (historical fiction,WW II)
Jude, Kate Morgenroth (mystery)
Jade Green, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (ghost story)
Maximum Ride, The Angel Experiment, James Patterson
The River Between Us, Richard Peck (historical fiction—Civil War)
Truesight, David Stahler
Bartimaeus Trilogy: Amulet of Samarkind

The Golem’s Eye

Pltolmey’s Gate Jonathon Stroud (fantasy/adventure)
Light on Snow, Anita Shreve
The Witch of Blackbeard Pond, Elizabeth Speare (historical fiction—Salem Witch Trials)
Zach’s Lie

Ryan’s Run Roland Smith (suspense)
Night, Elie Wiesel (biography—Holocaust)
Uglies

Pretties Scott Westerfeld

Specials

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz


AUTHOR

TITLE







Adoff, Jaime

Jimi and Me

Anderson, Laurie Halse

Speak

Cochran, Thomas

Roughnecks

Cohn, Rachel

Pop Princess

Colfer, Eoin

Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony

Dessen, Sarah

The Truth About Forever

Devillers, Julia

How My Jounral Became a Best Seller

Draper, Sharon

Double Dutch

Feinstein, John

Last Shot

Goldschmidt, Judy

The Blog of Raisin Rodriguez

Harrison, Lisi

Sealed With a Diss

Hiaasen, Carl

Flush

Hoffman, Alice

Aquamarine

Hoh, Diane

Blindfold

Horowitz, Anthony

Ark Angel

Horowitz, Anthony

Skeleton Key

Horowitz, Anthony

Stormbreaker

Korman, Gordon

The Fugitive Factor

Lasky, Kathryn

The Capture

Lawrence, Iain

The Smugglers

Lawrence, Iain

The Wreckers

Lupica, Mike

Summer Ball

Lupica, Mike

Heat

Meyers, Stephanie

New Mood

Meyesr, Stephanie

Twilight

Morgan, Melissa

Reality Bites

Myers, Walter Dean

Slam

Myers, Walter Dean

Monster

Myers, Walter Dean

The Greatest

Myracle, Lauren

TTYL

Myracle, Lauren

TTFN

Napoli, Donna Jo

Stones in Water

Patterson, James

Maximum Ride

Pullman, Phillip

The Golden Compass

Sachar, Louis

Small Steps

Smith, Roland

Zach’s Lie

Westerfeld, Scott

Uglies

OTHER BOOKS I MIGHT WANT TO TRY

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Mrs. Bisirri’s Picks
Anderson, Jodi Lynn. Peaches. Three girls from different backgrounds are “sentenced” to work on a Georgia peach farm one summer. Fun, friendship, romance...

Barker, Clive. Abarat. Highly original science fiction about a normal teenage girl’s travels through an alternate world.

Bruchac, Joseph. Code Talker. This is the story of two Navajo Marines during WWII who work for the U.S. and use their Navajo language to send coded messages.

Carr, Dennis and Elise. Welcome to Wahoo. Spoiled rich girl Victoria is forced into hiding in the middle-of-nowhere Nebraska – chick-lit with a twist.

Coy, John. Crackback. Heavy on the football scences – a real sports book.

Dessen, Sarah. Just Listen. Dessen is one of the best writers of realistic young adult novels – friendship, love, family – you will like her writing.

Draper, Sharon M. Romiette and Julio. Teens fall in love, but are harassed by a gang that objects to their interracial relationship (a modern take on Romeo and Juliet).

Friend, Natasha. Lush. Frienship, family troubles, school – all in a well-written and realistic novel.

Friesner, Esther. Nobody’s Princess. Tale about Helen of Troy as a young girl disguising herself as a boy and going on adventures – lots of action.

Graham, Rosemary. Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude. Kelsey moves to California and begins dating popular skateboarder C.J. – is this what she really wanted…

Hautman, Pete. Godless. Would anyone join a religion that is led by a 16-year-old and worships a water tower? Jason decides to find out.

Hill, Kirkpatrick. Do Not Pass Go. Deet learns to deal with a father in prison and finds out a lot about family, friends, and himself.

Koja, Kathe. Buddha Boy. An unlikely friendship develops between popular Justin and free-spirit “Buddha Boy.”

Lupica, Mike. The Big Field. Great sports author – lots of action and good stories.



Summer Ball.

Heat.

Miracle on 49th Street.

Mackey, Weezie Kerr. Throwing Like a Girl. Great sports action AND a great falling in love/fitting in story.

Meyer, Stephenie. Twilight. Just read them – I’m serious 

New Moon.

Eclipse.

Breaking Dawn.

Morgenroth, Kate. Echo. Justin witnesses the death of his brother and spirals into a psychotic state. Dark thriller.

Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. Dairy Queen. Chick lit with a sports twist about a girl who helps train a rival school’s QB and then goes out for the team herself.

Myers, Walter Dean. Monster. Hard look at a teenager in prison and his fight against the legal system.

Myracle, Lauren. TTYL. Best friends communicate through text and instant messages during their 10th grade year.

Nix, Garth. Sabriel. Excellent sci fi/fantasy about the necromancers who navigate between our world and the Land of the Dead.

Patterson, James. Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. Futuristic thriller about genetically enhanced kids with special powers. Lots of action.

Peet, Mal. Tamar: A Novel of Espionage, Passion, and Betrayal. A modern-day teen uncovers the true story of a resistance fighter during WWII through clues and coded messages.

Pena, Matt de la. Ball Don’t Lie. 17-year-old looks at basketball as his ticket out of a rough life in a bad neighborhood.

Rennison, Louise. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging. Very funny, very British, a book that will make you smile (first in a series).

Rosoff, Meg. how i live now. Well-written story of survival – a group of teenagers learn to stick together as World War Three breaks out.

Shaw, Darren. Lord Loss. A teenage boy unwittingly takes a terrifying journey to a world populated by demons, werewolves, and the like.

Shusterman, Neal. Everlost. Teenage souls caught between life and death. Allie and Nick must learn the rules and find out if escape is possible.

Smith, Roland. Peak. Teen who likes to illegally scale skyscrapers is given the opportunity to climb Mt. Everest.

Sones, Sonya. one of those hideous books where the mother dies. Humorous book about a young girl getting to know her movie star dad and making friends in L.A.

Sonnenblick, Jordan. Notes from the Midnight Driver. Humorous story of how one bad decision can change your life in unexpected ways.

Sorrells, Walter. Fake ID: A Mystery. A mother mysteriously disappears and her daughter is determined to prove she is still alive while saving her own life.

Tharp, Tim. The Knights of the Hill Country. Exciting football story with great secondary plots about life and love.



Walden, Mark. H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous Education. Students with special aptitudes for villainy are kidnapped and held here to learn their trade.

Wittlinger, Ellen. ZigZag. Another great young adult author – all of her books are good and I’ve never met a student who didn’t like them.


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