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Young Adult Books

Many of these selections and annotations come from the American Library Association Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

  • Books From YALSA

    Hesser, T. S. (1988). Kissing doorknobs. New York, NY: Delacorte Press.
    Tara's quirks become obsessions.
    Call# F H

    Deem, J. M. (1998). Bodies from the bog. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.
    This is how you'll look a thousand years from now.
    Call# J 569.9 D

    Paulsen, G. (1998). My life in dog years. New York, NY: Delacorte Press.
    There's no such thing as too many dogs.
    Call# J B Paulsen

    Flake, S. G. (1998). The skin I'm in. New York, NY: Hyperion.
    Can Maleeka love herself and the skin she's in?
    Call# F F

    Paulsen, G. (1998). Soldier's heart: a novel of the civil war. New York, NY: Delacorte Press.
    The brutality of war changes a farm boy into a Union soldier.
    Call# F P

    Pullman, P. (1998). Clockwork or all wound up. New York, NY: Arthur A. Levine.
    Clocks are harmless. So are stories--until they both come to life.
    Call# J F P

    Fleischman, P. (1998). Whirligig. New York, NY: Henry Holt.
    Sixteen-year-old Brent Bishop is sent on an unusual journey of repentance, building wind toys across the land.
    Call# F F / J F F (Claudia Lewis)

    Grealy, L. (1994). Autobiography of a face. New York, NY: Perennial.
    Call# 362.1969947 G786a

  • Sports Books

    Bloor, E. (1998). Tangerine.New York, NY: Scholastic.
    Soccer, football, fitting in, family secrets, and murder.
    Call# J F B / F B

    Crutcher, C. (1995). Ironman.New York, NY: Greenwillow Books.
    Anger at his father fuels seventeen-year old Bo's quest for victory in the triathalon.
    Call# F C

    Kinsella, W. P. (1982). Shoeless Joe. New York, NY: Mariner Books
    A magical tale of baseball heroes and a field of dreams.

    Spinelli, J. (1996). Crash. New York, NY: Knopf.
    Hilarious, poignant story of cocky seventh grade superjock Crash Coogan.
    Call# F S / J F S

  • Biography

    Spinelli, J. (1998). Knots on my yo-yo string: The autobiography of a kid. New York, NY: Knopf.
    A humorous account of his childhood and neighborhood.
    Call# J B Spinelli

  • Real Life

    Bauer, J. (1995). Thwonk. New York, NY: Delacorte Press.
    A young women's struggles to surmount childhood cancer and disfigurement.
    Call# F B

    Blais, M. (1996). In these girls, hope is a muscle. New York, NY: Warner Books.
    The town, the team, the dream, Amherst's high school girl's winning basketball season.

    McBride, J. (1996). Color of water: A black man's tribute to his white mother. New York, NY: Riverhead Books.
    A young African-American man describes growing up in an all-black Brooklyn housing project, one of twelve children of a white mother and black father.
    Call# 974.7100496073 M119c

  • A Little Fantasy

    Dickinson, P. (1990). Eva. New York, NY: Laurel Leaf.
    Be careful for what you wish for! That's exactly the problem caused by a personal cupid making dreams come true. Eva wonders why she has the memories of a chimpanzee after an automobile accident.

    Willis, C. (1997). Bellwether. New York, NY: Spectra.
    A sociologist who studies fads and a chaos theorist are brought together by a strange misdelivered package.

    Rowling, J. K. (1998). Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone. New York, NY: Arthur Levine Books
    Read something, fun and amusing.
    Call# J F R & R

    Willis, C. (1993). The doomsday book. New York, NY: Spectra.
    If you liked Bellwether you might want to try this, but be warned it is almost 600 pages.

    "Stranded in the fourteenth century--a time of superstition and fear--time traveler Kivrin becomes an unlikely angel of hope during history's darkest hour and awaits rescue by her comrades." The New York Times.

  • Real Fiction

    Holman, F. (1974). Slake's limbo. New York, NY: Scribner.
    A teen hiding in the New York subway tunnel ekes out a living for himself.
    Call# J F H

    Thomas, R. (1996). Rats saw God. New York, NY: Simon Pulse
    Steve York has won a National Merit scholarship, but if he is going to graduate from high school, he needs to make up credit for English. What starts out as a chore grudgingly taken on to pass a class, becomes a chance for Steve to find out who he is.

    Marsden, J. (1991). Letters from the inside. New York, NY: Bantam Doubleday.
    Through the mail, Mandy and Tracey become fast friends. They share news about their boyfriends, their siblings, and their pets. They trade stories about school and home. They confide their every hope and fear. Or do they?
    Call# M

    Williams-Garcia, R. (1998). Like sisters on the homefront. New York, NY: Puffin.
    14-year-old Gayle is forced to take her baby and New York attitude to live with country cousins.

    Block, F. L. (1991). Weetzie bat. New York, NY: HarperTrophy.
    Weetzie and her friends form a new family in Los Angeles.
    Call# F B

    Deaver, J. R. (1988). Say goodnight, Gracie.New York, NY: Harper & Row.
    Seventeen-year-old Morgan must find a way to cope with the death of her best friend, Jimmy.
    Call# F D

  • Poetry

    Morrison, L. (Ed.). (1995). Slam dunk. New York, NY: Hyperion Books for Children.
    This collection features poems about Shaquille O'Neal, Michael Jordan, Julius Erving and everything else from zone defense to nothing but net.
    Call# J 811 S

    Rosenberg, L. (Ed.). (1998). Earth shattering poems. New York, NY: H. Holt.
    Here is a collection of the world's most intense poetry, carefully selected to inspire and feed fervent feelings.
    Call# J 808.81 R