Teen Book List 10th 11th and 12th Grade
THE GRAVEYARD BOOK
THE GRAVEYARD BOOK
By Neil Gaiman Call #: Newbery 2009 Gaiman
Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.
By Gordon Korman Call #: YA Korman
Cap has always been homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, but when she winds up in the hospital, he finds himself struggling with the politics of public school.
By Laurie Halse Anderson Call #: YA Anderson
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda’s freshman year of high school.
THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE
By AviCall #: YA Avi
As the only girl on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, Charlotte learns that the captain is murderous and his crew is rebellious.
RULES OF THE ROAD
By Joan Bauer Call #: YA Bauer
When Madeline Gladstone hires Jenna to be her driver and hands over the keys to her enormous white Cadillac, Jenna begins a summer-long cross-country adventure.
THE PRINCESS DIARIES
By Meg Cabot Call #: YA Cabot
14-year-old Mia, who is trying to lead a normal teen life, is shocked to learn that her father is the Prince of Genovia, and that she is a princess and the heir to the throne.
THE WARRIOR HEIR
By Cinda Williams Chima Call #: YA Chima
After learning about his magical ancestry and his own warrior powers, sixteen-yearold Jack embarks on a training program to fight enemy wizards.
AL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS
By Gennifer Choldenko Call #: J Choldenko
Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his unusual new situation as well as life with an autistic sister.
THINGS NOT SEEN
By Andrew Clements Call #: YA Clements
When Bobby wakes up and finds himself invisible, he and his parents and his new blind friend Alicia try to find out what caused his condition and how to reverse it.
By Eoin Colfer Call #: YA Colfer
In the late 19thcentury, Conor plans a daring escape from Little Saltee prison by way of a flying machine that he designs and builds to carry him to safety.
THE FACE ON THE MILK CARTON
By Caroline Cooney Call #: YA Cooney
A photograph of a missing girl on a milk carton leads Janie on a search for her real identity.
THE DARK IS RISING
By Susan Cooper Call #: J Cooper
On his 11thbirthday, Will discovers that he is the last of the Old Ones, destined to seek the six magical signs that will triumph over the evil forces of the Dark.
CATHERINE, CALLED BIRDY
By Karen Cushman Call #: J Cushman
The feisty 13-year-old daughter of a medieval English knight keeps a journal and records the events of her life, particularly her efforts to avoid being married off.
THE MAZE RUNNER
By James Dashner Call #: YA Dashner
Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.
THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER
By Sarah Dessen Call #: YA Dessen
Macy has a surprising summer that helps her pick up the pieces of her life and fit them back together after her father’s death.
THE SEA OF TROLLS
By Nancy Farmer Call #: J Farmer
After being captured by Viking Berserkers and taken to the home of King Ivar, Jack must undertake a vital quest to the home of the trolls to save his sister’s life.
ONCE UPON A MARIGOLD
By Jean Ferris Call #: J Ferris
A young inventor with a mysterious past leaves the troll who raised him, meets an unhappy princess he has loved from afar and uncovers a plot against her father.
PRINCESS OF THE MIDNIGHT BALL
By Jessica Day George Call #: J George
A retelling of the tale of twelve princesses who wear out their shoes dancing everynight, and Galen, a former soldier who follows them in hopes of breaking the curse.
THE GOOSE GIRL
By Shannon Hale Call #: J Hale
On her way to marry a prince she’s never met, Princess Anidori is betrayed by herlady-in-waiting and must become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and claim what is rightfully hers.
By Anthony Horowitz Call #: J Horowitz
After the death of his uncle, 14-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncles’ dangerous work for Britain’s intelligence agency M16.
HOUSE OF MANY WAYS
By Diana Wynne Jones Call #: YA Jones
When Charmain is asked to housesit for Great Uncle William, the Royal Wizard of Norland, she is ecstatic to leave home, but finds that his house is more than it seems.
By Lois Lowry Call #: J Lowry
Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
SLEEPING FRESHMAN NEVER LIE
By David Lubar Call #: YF Lubar
While navigating his first year of high school and awaiting the birth of his new baby brother, Scott loses old friends and gains some unlikely new ones.
By Mike Lupica Call #: YA Lupica
Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is banned from Little League because rival coaches doubt he is only twelve and he has no parents to prove otherwise.
THE HERO AND THE CROWN
By Robin McKinley Call #: Newbery 1985 McKinley
Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the Blue Sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian King and a witch woman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.
By Garth Nix Call #: YA Nix
Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen,must travel to the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.
MAXIMUM RIDE: THE ANGEL EXPERIMENT
By James Patterson Call #: YA Patterson
After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest of their group, the "birdkids," take off in pursuit and struggle to understand their own origins and purpose.
By Edith Pattou Call #: J Pattou
A young woman goes to the ends of the earth – and beyond – to rescue the man she loves in this epic fantasy.
By Gary Paulsen Call #: J Paulsen
After a plane crash, 13-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given to him by his mother.
THE GOLDEN COMPASS
By Phillip Pullman Call #: YA Pullman
Accompanied by her bear protector, Lyra sets out to prevent her best friend, and other children, from becoming the subject of experiments in the Far North.
MY FAIR GODMOTHER
By Janette Rallison Call #: YA Rallison
Savannah wants to find the perfect prom date but when a godmother who is only fairbecomes involved, Savannah finds herself in trouble in the Middle Ages.
THE LIGHTNING THIEF
By Rick Riordan Call #: J Riordan
After learning that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea, Percy Jackson becomes involved in a quest to prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
NIGHT OF THE HOWLING DOGS
By Graham Salisbury Call #: YA Salisbury
In 1975, a Boy Scout troop camping at Halape, Hawaii, find their survival skills put to the test when a massive earthquake strikes, followed by a tsunami.
FAR FROM YOU
By Lisa Schroeder Call #: YA Schroeder
A novel-in-verse about Ali’s reluctant road trip with her stepmother and new baby sister, and the terror that ensues after they end up lost in the snow-covered woods.
By Neal Shusterman Call #: YA Shusterman
When fourteen-year-old Lindsay meets Talon, who lives in the secret Downsider community that evolved in the subterranean passages of the subway built in New York in 1867, she and her new friend try to bridge the differences between their two cultures.
By Roland Smith Call #: YA Smith
A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.
DRUMS, GIRLS, AND DANGEROUS PIE
By Jordan Sonnenblick Call #: YA Sonnenblick
When his younger brother is diagnosed with leukemia, thirteen-year-old Steven tries to deal with his complicated emotions, his school life, and his desire to support his family.
THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND
By Jonathan Stroud Call #: J Stroud
Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.
By Wendelin Van Draanen Call #: YA Van Draanen
In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.
By Vivian Vande Velde Call #: J Vande Velde
While playing a total immersion virtual reality game, Giannine learns that the equipment has been damaged, and she must win the game or be damaged herself.
By Scott Westerfeld Call #: YA Westerfeld
Just before they will be transformed into beauties, Tally’s best friend runs away and
Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.
DEALING WITH DRAGONS
By Patricia Wrede Call #: J Wrede
Bored with traditional palace life, Princess Cimorene travels to the Mountains of Morning where she is befriended by a group of powerful dragons and joins in their struggle to protect their kingdom from being taken over by disreputable wizards.
THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ALFRED KROPP
By Rick Yancey Call #: J Yancey
Through a series of dangerous and violent misadventures, teenage loser Alfred Kropp rescues King Arthur's legendary sword Excalibur from the forces of