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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie
New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2007

National Book Award Winner

Junior is determined get off the "rez" in order to receive a better education and fulfill his dreams of a brighter future. At his new school, he quickly becomes a star player on the basketball team and makes good friends. Junior's cartoon depictions of his life, family and friends are laugh-out-loud funny and also allow the reader to better understand how real stereotypes are.


The Bluest Eye

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The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison
New York: Plume, 1994

P. Jones' Core Collection for Young Adults Recommended Books

Claudia and Frieda MacTeer live in a relatively happy home with their mother and father. When they decide to take in Pecola, a young girl who has endured her fair share of physical and emotional abuse, the MacTeer sisters come face to face with some eye-opening issues. Can they help Pecola in her struggles?


The Giver

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The Giver - Lois Lowry
New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1993

1994 Newbery Award Winner/2007 Edwards Award Winner

Jonas lives in a world free from disease, crime, death, divorce, poverty or unemployment. Upon turning twelve he is selected as Receiver of the community. Under the guidance of the Giver, Jonas will soon learn that the utopian society in which he has come to know, is not as it seems.



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Holes - Louis Sachar
New York: Random House, Inc., 1998

1999 Newbery Award Winner

Stanley Yelnats is on his way to desolate lake-less Camp Green Lake, his punishment for allegedly stealing a pair of sneakers. In an effort to "build character," every resident of Camp Green Lake is required to dig one hole five feet deep and five feet wide each day of their sentence. Is this really a character-building exercise or is something else going on? Join Stanley on his quest to uncover the mystery.


The Hunger Games

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The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
New York: Scholastic Press, 2008

2009 ALA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults

Each year Panem, a country consisting of the Capitol and 12 districts holds The Hunger Games. Two representatives, one male and one female, from each district are selected by lottery to participate while the games are broadcast to the entire country. The mission of the competition? Each competitor much, literally, fight for survival. How will Katniss, the story’s protagonist, survive these fierce games?


Left Behind

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Left Behind - Tim LaHaye
Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1995

School Library Journal Recommended Book

As Rayford Steele is piloting his 747, a panicked flight attendant informs him that a few of the passengers have suddenly disappeared. Steele soon learns that these disappearances are occurring globally and that this is the Rapture.



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Monster - Walter Dean Myers
New York: HarperCollins Publihers, 1999

2000 Printz Award Winner

16-year-old Steve Harmon has been accused as an accomplice in a murder. Written in movie-screenplay format, Steve shares his experiences of both being incarcerated and of being on trial in a court room. He is first introduced to the jury as a “monster.” Will he find a way to cope with this accusation?


Out of the Dust

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Out of the Dust - Karen Hesse
New York: Scholastic Press, 1997

2002 Printz Award Winner, 1998 Newbery Award Winner

At fourteen, Billie Jo suffers a loss so intense; one which she is not sure she will ever get passed. Between her physical and emotional healing, the pain her father is also experiencing, and the dust storms that wreak havoc on their community, her persistence and strength will amaze all readers.


The Pact

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The Pact - Jodi Picoult
New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1998

Booklist Recommended Book

Chris and Emily grew up together, have fallen in love and now Chris has lost Emily. How could this loss have been the result of anything other than an accident? Emily has many secrets, some of which Chris knows and others which he is trying desperately to understand.


Tending to Grace

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Tending to Grace - Kimberly Fusco
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004

2008 Schneider Family Book Award Winner

Cornelia Thornhill has been neglected by her mother and left with her great-aunt Agatha to raise her in the middle-of-no-where New England. Cornelia is not happy about this situation but will soon come to realize that the unlikely pair have much more in common than she thought. Can she and Agatha come together in ways that will defeat the neglect they have both suffered? Follow Corenelia in her transformational journey of self-discovery.


Paper Towns

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Paper Towns - John Green
New York: Dutton Books, 2008

2010 Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee

Quentin Jacobsen is fascinated by Margo Roth Spiegelman. So when she goes missing the day after an adventurous night they spend together, Quentin has no choice but to track her down. Through the process of his obsessive search, his eyes are opened to a side of Margo he never knew. Has she left clues and are they intended for Quentin to find?


A Step from Heaven

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A Step from Heaven - An Na
Asheville, North Carolina: Front Street, 2001

2002 Printz Award Winner

When Young Ju's parents decide to move the family to America, she couldn't have dreamt for anything better! It does not take long before she realizes the challenges that lay ahead from difficulties with the new language, to her parents working long hours at a number of different jobs, to her father's abusive relationship toward her mother and her. What life lessons can be better understood by her honest narrative that prevails throughout this coming of age tale?


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