Summer Reading Assignments
North Country School
Our students are expected to read over the summer. Consistent reading is essential for developing vocabulary, advancing writing skills, and improving reading speed and comprehension. To help guide reading selection, we provide a list of recommended books from which to choose. This is a suggested list; students may choose other options as well. Students are expected to read a minimum of three books, and we encourage them to read many more.
In September, students will complete a writing assessment, using a book of their choice as the subject of that assignment. Students are asked to bring one of their summer reading books to school with them.
Returning ESL students are expected to read three books in English. These books can be from the lists below or of students' choosing. Graphic novels are acceptable. Returning students are expected to bring one of their summer reading books to school.
New ESL students are expected to read three books, at least one of which must be written in English. The English book(s) can be from the lists below or of students' choosing. Students are asked to bring their English summer reading book to school.
Summer Reading Assignment by Grade
Level I/II (4th - 6th grade)
To evaluate and provide a baseline of writing skills in the fall, Level I/II students will complete a brief assignment in which they will be asked to evaluate primary character development, conflict, and theme within their chosen novel. Students will be provided questions on the first day of class and work to complete their summer reading assignments over the course of the first week of school. Assignments will vary in complexity and length based on grade and skill levels. Students are expected to bring one of their summer reading books to school.
Level III (7th grade)
To evaluate and provide a baseline of writing skills in the fall, Level III students will write a 5-paragraph essay about character development, conflict, and theme. Students will be provided a template to help organize their thoughts and a revision checklist. Students will have three days to complete this assessment. Students are expected to bring one of their summer reading books to school.
Level IV (8th grade)
To evaluate and provide a baseline of writing skills in the fall, Level IV students will independently write a 5-paragraph essay about character development, conflict and theme within their chosen novel. Students will have three days to complete this assessment. Students are expected to bring at least one of their summer reading books to school.
Level V (9th grade)
To evaluate and provide a baseline of writing skills in the fall, Level V students will have 40-minutes to write an essay in class about character development. Students will receive the essay topic on the first day of class, and they will have 24 hours to structure and outline the assignment. Students are expected to bring at least one of their summer reading books to school.
Summer Reading Selections
Audacity Jones to the Rescue by Kirby Larson. Scholastic, 2016, ISBN: 9780545840569. Audie Jones finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime when she is whisked away to Washington, D.C., where sinister goings-on are afoot.
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands. Aladdin, 2015, ISBN: 9781481446518. This adventure, filled with rich suspense, mystery, and unforgettable characters, follows Christopher Rowe as he learns a mysterious cult is preying on London’s apothecaries, and the trail of murders is growing closer and closer to Blackthorn’s shop.
Crimebiters! My Dog Is Better than Your Dog by Tommy Greenwald, Illustrated by Adam Stowe. Scholastic, 2015, ISBN: 9780545773324. Jimmy suspects his dog is a crime-fighting vampire; can the canine’s superskills help track down who stole his mother’s diamond necklace? First in a series.
The Door by the Staircase by Katherine Marsh, Illustrated by Kelly Murphy. Disney-Hyperion, 2016, ISBN: 9781423134992. Orphan Mary Hayes hopes to escape the Buffalo Asylum for Young Ladies, only to find herself in peril when a mysterious woman named Madame Z adopts her.
A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans by Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder; Illustrated by Mary GrandPré, Crown Books, 2015, ISBN: 9780385392280. A story about dragons with a twist: Miss Drake (the dragon) has a new human pet!
Eddie Red, Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells Illustrated by Marcos Calo Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014, ISBN: 9780544238336. Sixth-grader Eddie is called on by the NYPD to help bust a gang of art thieves by using his photographic memory and talent for drawing. First in a series.
Fable Comics Edited by Chris Duffy. 2015, ISBN: 9781626721074. Various graphic novelists retell twenty-eight fables from different cultures and traditions in this vibrant collection of comics.
Honey by Sarah Weeks. Scholastic, 2015, ISBN: 9780545465571. When she realizes her dad may have a secret girlfriend, Melody sets out to find out who it is.
Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill; Illustrated by Francis Vallejo. Candlewick Press, 2016, ISBN: 9780763669546. This collection of poetry focuses on the process art designer Art Kane went through in order to photograph what was to become the iconic 1958 photo of American jazz greats on a stoop in Harlem.
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste. Algonquin Young Readers, 2015, ISBN: 9781616204143. Eleven-year-old Corinne must call on her courage and an ancient magic to stop an evil spirit and save her island home.
The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd. Scholastic, 2016, ISBN: 9780545552745. Emma must fulfill her Destiny Dream: to locate a legendary treasure. If she fails, she lets down not only the legacy of her ancestors but also the family business—the Boneyard Cafe.
The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier; Illustrated by Douglas Holgate Viking, 2015, ISBN: 9780670016617. Described as Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets The Walking Dead, this postapocalyptic graphic novel is sure to delight summer readers as Jack Sullivan holes up in his tree house for as long as he can.
Lola Levine Is Not Mean! by Monica Brown; Illustrated by Angela Dominquez. Little, Brown, 2015, ISBN: 9780316258364. Sports-loving Lola accidentally injures a classmate during a recess soccer game and resolves to win back her spot on the field—and her friends—by demonstrating what good sportsmanship is all about. First in a series.
My Diary from the Edge of the World by Jody Lynn Anderson. Aladdin, 2015, ISBN: 9781442483873. Dragon season and homework about Sasquatches’ involvement in American history aside, Gracie Lockwood lives in a normal, uneventful world until a Dark Cloud comes for her little brother. Can her family outrun this harbinger?
My Pet Human by Yasmine Surovec. Roaring Brook Press, 2015, ISBN: 9781626720732. An independent cat resists being tied down by a human pet in this fun tale.
Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy. David Macaulay Studio, 2014, ISBN: 9781596438743. This book investigates the mystery surrounding the great white shark.
Oona Finds an Egg by Adele Griffin Illustrated by Mike Wu Scholastic, 2016, ISBN: 9780545732796. Follow Oona Oodlethunk on her adventures in prehistoric times as she tries to find the perfect pet. First in a series.
Project Blastoff by Mark Kelly and Martha Freeman. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman, 2015, ISBN: 9781481415453. Twins Mark and Scott Kelly are about to embark on an adventure of epic proportions as they build and engineer their own rocket ship. First in a series.
School for Sidekicks by Kelly McCullough. Feiwel & Friends, 2015, ISBN: 9781250039262. At the Academy for Metahuman Operatives, superhero wannabe Evan’s wisecracks land him in double trouble: he angers the school’s director and is partnered with has-been hero Foxman. First in a series.
The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems Illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi. Disney-Hyperion, 2015, ISBN: 9781484722848. Pampered lapdog Diva and streetwise alley cat Flea strike up an unlikely friendship, finding adventure while exploring the stunning landmarks of Paris, France.
The Tapper Twins Go to War (with Each Other) by Geoff Rodkey. Little, Brown, 2015, ISBN: 9780316297790. Fraternal twins Reese and Claudia take sibling rivalry to a new level with their prank war. First in a series.
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John Illustrated by Kevin Cornell. Abrams/Amulet Books, 2015, ISBN: 9781419714917. Two pranksters team up for the greatest prank ever. First in a series.
Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins. Scholastic, 2015, ISBN: 9780545800457. After some mishaps with unpredictable magic, Nory is sent to the Dunwiddle Magic School’s Upside-Down Magic class in this funny and magical novel. First in a series.
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. Little, Brown, 2016, ISBN: 9780316381994. Robot Roz wakes up to find herself alone on a remote island.
Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard Illustrated by Julia Sarda. Scholastic/Chicken House, 2016, ISBN: 9780545853460. A giant talking beetle and cast of crazy characters help Darkus search for his missing father, a famous entomologist. First in a series.
The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan. Putnam, 2016, ISBN: 9780399173073. Amadou and his brother, Seydou, are modern-day child slaves on a cacao plantation, until Khadija arrives. The three band to make their escape from the Ivory Coast to freedom.
Booked by Kwame Alexander. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, ISBN: 9780544570986. The thrill of a soccer tournament, the pressure of family expectations, the social minefield of crushes and bullies, and the beauty of words are all explored in this exciting, extraordinary novel in verse.
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015, ISBN: 9780374300227. A group of teenagers in Denmark resist the Nazi invasion of their country and inspire others to follow suit in this award-winning nonfiction book.
Dead to Me by Mary McCoy. Disney-Hyperion, 2015, ISBN: 9781423187127. Veronica Mars meets L.A. Confidential as sixteen year-old Alice tries to piece together the events that lead to her older sister winding up in a coma.
Dream On, Amber by Emma Shevah. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky, 2015, ISBN: 9781492622505. Amber’s father left when she was little, so now she fills in the frustrating gap in her life with imagined conversations to help her deal with art projects, bullies, and little sisters.
Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary by Gail Jarrow. Calkins Creek, 2015, ISBN: 9781620915974. Learn about this dreaded disease that ravaged our country early in the twentieth century in this nonfiction title that reads like a medical mystery.
Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods by Hal Johnson Illustrated by Tom Mead. Workman Publishing, 2015, ISBN: 9780761184614. This reworking of American tall tales features stories of fearsome legendary creatures of the wooded wilds of early North America, including the snoligoster, the hodag, and the hoop snake. Glow-in-the-dark illustrations add to the alternately fun and creepy tone of this collection of stories.
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books, 2015, ISBN: 9780399162596. Ally struggles to hide her dyslexia by continually getting into trouble, until a substitute teacher discovers what she is really hiding.
The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, 2014, ISBN: 9780545525527. Jackson Greene vowed never to get involved in another middle-school con, but he is put to the test when the girl of his dreams runs for class president.
Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, 2015, ISBN: 9780545638265. After leaving her tower for the first time, Rapunzel joins Jack Beanstalker on a perilous journey through the lands of Tyme. First in a series.
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar. Candlewick Press, 2016, ISBN: 9780763679224. Carol is stuck in the New Mexican desert one summer with her family and her grandfather, who suffers from dementia. Her world is rocked by the stories he tells her during that time.
I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora. Roaring Brook Press, 2014, ISBN: 9781596437425. Over summer break, Lucy, Elena, and Michael launch a campaign to make a beloved teacher’s favorite book “go viral.”
The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. Scholastic, 2014, ISBN: 9780545522250. Despite his father’s warnings about the dangers of magic, Callum enrolls in the Magisterium and begins to learn about himself and his own bewildering powers.
Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff. Philomel Books, 2015, ISBN: 9780399164064. Trent blames an unfortunate event for his misfortunes and tries to turn things around. He is able to make that turn when he meets Fallon, and together they help him find the healing and redemption he seeks.
The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson. Random House/Delacorte, 2014, ISBN: 9780385376150. When plucky machinist Piper saves Anna after a meteor shower, both girls stow away on an armored train to escape the man chasing them.
Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen. Scholastic, 2015, ISBN: 9780545561549. Nic, a slave in the mines of ancient Rome, escapes after discovering a magical amulet. First in a series.
Masterminds by Gordon Korman. Balzer + Bray, 2015, ISBN: 9780062299963. After living in a perfect town his whole life, Eli discovers there are secrets that will change everything. First in a series.
Me & Miranda Mullaly by Jake Gerhardt. Viking, 2016, ISBN: 9780451475404. Three boys all trying to gain the attention of the same girl become rivals in this hilarious tale of misunderstandings.
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin. Roaring Brook Press, 2015, ISBN: 9781596439528. From the Oval Office to the editor’s office of the New York Times, Sheinkin tells a gripping tale of government secrecy and manipulation that is still relevant today.
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier. Abrams/Amulet Books, 2014, ISBN: 9781419711442. Molly and Kip are orphaned and must find a way to take care of themselves. Molly finds work as a maid but soon discovers the family is being haunted, and she and her brother are soon targeted by the Night Gardener as well.
The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky, 2016, ISBN: 9781492623243. Saki Yamamoto does not want to spend her summer vacation visiting her grandma’s small village. Things get more interesting than she expected when she unintentionally invokes a death curse, and she must enter the dangerous spirit world at the Night Parade to break the curse.
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty. Disney-Hyperion, 2015, ISBN: 9781484709016. At the turn of the century, a twelve-year-old secretly living in the basement of the Biltmore Estate solves an ancient evil and unravels her family history.
Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart. Scholastic, 2016, ISBN: 9780545665773. Bears, bandits, and raging rapids can’t stop Joseph from searching for what’s left of his family— his beloved horse, Sarah—across the American Northwest frontier.
Tesla’s Attic by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman. Disney-Hyperion, 2014, ISBN: 9781423148036. When Nick holds a yard sale to get rid of the junk in the attic of his new home, he realizes too late that all the objects have mysterious powers and he needs to get them back. First in a series.
For Ages 12-18
The following titles, from the Young Adult Division of the American Library Association, span a range of reading and maturity levels. We encourage adults to take an active role in helping students select books from the lists above and below that fit students' reading abilities and interests.
100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith. Simon & Schuster, ISBN: 9781442444959. Finn feels trapped in his writer father’s novel until he meets Julia and takes a road trip with surprising results.
The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp. Tor, ISBN: 9780765335494. After being mistaken for his master, the notorious highwayman Whistling Jack, Kit Bristol and his horse Midnight are thrown into a world of magic they thought only existed in fairy tales.
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, ISBN: 9781481422345. Westerfeld offers two novels in one. The first is the story of 18-year-old Darcy, who has just sold her first novel for publication. The second is the novel itself, an enthralling paranormal romance.
Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho. Viking, ISBN: 9780670785391. When Oliver heads to New York to participate in a clinical study regarding his rare sleep disorder, his estranged friend Althea follows, but it might be too late to save their relationship.
And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard. Delacorte, ISBN: 9780385740579. Emily’s boyfriend Paul kills himself in front of her. Now in boarding school, she uses the spirit of Emily Dickinson to slowly reveal her hidden truths through her own poetry.
Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs. Candlewick, ISBN: 9780763667917. Spending the summer before her senior year at a camp for gifted students, Gloria struggles with the recent death of her beloved grandmother as she strives to make new friends.
The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley. Elephant Rock, ISBN: 97809895115597. Maggie has only recently moved to Ireland when tragedy strikes and her goal becomes seeing Nirvana perform in Rome.
Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn. St. Martin’s/Griffin, ISBN: 9781250044594. After two years in juvenile detention, Jamie’s sister Cate has been released, threatening the boy’s sanity as he seeks the truth about their shared past.
Conversion by Katherine Howe. Putnam, ISBN: 9780399167775. Colleen struggles to figure out what is at the root of the mystery illness plaguing students at her school.
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. Houghton, ISBN: 9780544107717. Josh, aka Filthy, is a twin, a talented basketball star, and a son who adores his father but discovers parents are not infallible.
The Devil’s Intern by Donna Hosie. Holiday, ISBN: 9780823431953. The Devil has an intern. Who knew? His name is Mitchell and he thinks he may have found a way out of hell. Or has he? The Devil’s in the details.
Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire. Candlewick, ISBN: 9780763672201. When Elena, a Russian peasant, and privileged Ekaterina meet, an enchanted adventure begins.
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour. Dutton, ISBN: 9780525425885. When Emi discovers a mysterious letter at the estate sale of a Hollywood film legend, she must move beyond her carefully crafted world to track down a decades-old secret.
Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen. Candlewick, ISBN: 9780763660383. Think librarians are a yawn? Then you haven’t met Mr. Gabriel, the new librarian at Cynthia’s school. He’s not dull; he’s a demon!
Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders by Geoff Herbach. Sourcebooks/Fire, ISBN: 9781402291418. Paperback edition title is Gabe Johnson Takes Over ($9.99; 9781492608653. When the school’s band program is cut to fund the cheerleader dance team, Gabe, the band’s “fat kid,” decides to make a stand.
Free to Fall by Lauren Miller. HarperTeen, ISBN: 9780062199805. When Rory is accepted to the prestigious Theden Academy, she discovers a biotech conspiracy that could change civilization. The question: will she survive her discovery?
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero. Cinco Puntos, ISBN: 9781935955948. Seventeen-year-old Latina Gabi feels her life comes straight out of a telenovela. This is the drama-filled diary of her tumultuous senior year.
Girls Like Us by Gail Giles. Candlewick, ISBN: 9780763662677. Special education grads Quincy and Biddy move in together and forge an unlikely friendship as they attempt to navigate the challenges of living in the real world.
The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman. Delacorte, ISBN: 9780385743457. Tragic deaths, loves lost, and superstitious beliefs lead Rowan on a journey not only to save herself, but also her friends and family.
Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A. S. King. Little, Brown, ISBN: 9780316222723. Beware of drinking liquefied bats! Glory O’Brien does and suddenly finds she can see the past and future of everyone she encounters. Everyone except herself. What does her future hold?
The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, ISBN: 9781442484894. As Aidan’s family disintegrates, he turns to Father Greg for love and comfort, an act that transforms into something dark and unexpected.
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. Dutton, ISBN: 9780525426035. Poor confused Austin is in love with both his girlfriend Shann and his best friend Robby. Meanwhile the two boys unwittingly set in motion a chain of events that unleashes giant, carnivorous praying mantises.
Half Bad by Sally Green. Viking, ISBN: 9780670016785. Sixteen-year-old Nathan is a Half Code, and must find his elusive father and receive three gifts from him before his seventeenth birthday—or he will die.
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. Bloomsbury, ISBN: 9781619630659. This third installment in the Throne of Glass series finds Celaena Sardothien in a foreign country where she must learn how to control her magic.
How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon. Holt, ISBN: 9780805098693. A community grapples with the shooting death of 16-year-old Tariq. How did it happen?
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. Dial, ISBN: 9780803734968. Artistically gifted twins, Jude and Noah, tell their compelling family story in rich alternating voices.
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson. Viking, ISBN: 9780670012091. Haley’s former soldier father, who self-medicates with drugs and alcohol, suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. How can she possibly help him?
In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo. Illus. by Jim Di Bartolo. Scholastic, ISBN: 9780545561440. Five lives are intertwined and forever altered by the mysterious events of a single summer.
Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan. Candlewick, ISBN: 978-0-7636-7061-0. When Patrick’s family moves into a house in Ireland, they discover it’s haunted and the ghost is taking possession of Patrick’s twin brother. How can Patrick stop it?
Jackaby by William Ritter. Algonquin, ISBN: 9781616203535. Answering an odd help-wanted ad that cautions “Do not stare at the frog,” Abigail finds that her life is about to change in ways she couldn’t have imagined.
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. Holt, ISBN: 9780805099232. When 17-year-old Princess Lia flees an arranged marriage, the prince she has jilted sets off in pursuit. But so, too, does a trained assassin. Who will find Lia first?
Lost Girl Found by Leah Bassoff and Laura DeLuca. Groundwood, ISBN: 9781554984169. Her village in war-torn Sudan destroyed, Poni walks to a refugee camp, where she must make difficult choices to survive.
A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller. Viking, ISBN: 9780670014682. In 1909 London, 17-year-old Victoria must figure out just how much she is willing to sacrifice to pursue her dream of becoming an artist.
Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers. Harcourt, ISBN: 9780547628400. Annith, a trained assassin loyal to Death, takes matters into her own hands to help her country at war.
Noggin by John Corey Whaley. Atheneum, ISBN: 9781442458727. Travis Coates has lost his head—literally. Dying of leukemia, he has had his noggin surgically removed and cryogenically frozen. But when he’s revived, all is not the same as it once was.
Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, ISBN: 9781442483583. There are whispers of a wish-granting ghost in the slaughterhouse where 16-year-old Wen assists her doctor father. Are they true?
Revolution by Deborah Wiles. Scholastic, ISBN: 9780545106078. The Freedom Summer of 1964 has come to Greenwood, Mississippi, and Sunny becomes involved with the movement in this unusual half-documentary novel.
Road Rash by Mark Huntley Parsons. Knopf, ISBN: 9780385753425. Drummer Zach has the best summer of his life when he goes on the road with his band, Bad Habit.
Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper. Little, Brown, ISBN: 9780316404518. All 16-year-old Avery Roe wants is to become the next witch of Prince Island. But what is she prepared to sacrifice to make that wish come true?
The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos. Egmont, ISBN: 9781606844397. Harry bears the physical and emotional scars of a terrible childhood accident, but finds relief and rescue in his band, The Scar Boys.
She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick. Roaring Brook, ISBN: 9781596438019. Laureth, a blind teenager, impulsively decides to journey to America to look for her writer father, who has gone missing from their British home.
The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E. K. Johnston. Carolrhoda/Lab, ISBN: 9781467710664. Dragons live everywhere and they’re threatening to exterminate a Canadian town unless dragon slayer Owen, and his bard Siobhan, come up with a plan to save them all.
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. Candlewick, ISBN: 9780763665661. Ava Lavender, a girl born with wings, narrates a modern folktale featuring four generations of women in her star-crossed family.
Stranger by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith. Viking, ISBN: 9780670014804. All electronics now useless, the world is a dark and dangerous place. Ross must decide whether to run or confront the tyrant coming for him and his secret.
Sway by Kat Spears. St. Martin’s/Griffin, ISBN: 9781250051431. High school senior Jesse, also known as Sway, could sell a cape to Superman. He’s a high school fixer, so who could guess his untouchable heart might get broken?
Tease by Amanda Maciel. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, ISBN: 9780062305305. Sara Wharton is a bully but not, she insists, a murderer. But Emma Putnam is dead from a suicide—she was literally bullied to death—and Sara has been criminally charged.
Threatened by Eliot Schrefer. Scholastic, ISBN: 9780545551434. Hired by a professor to help him research chimpanzees, Luc is left alone in the jungle when the professor vanishes, setting of a struggle for survival.
A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen, ISBN: 9780399257100. When an accident leaves Veda, a classical dancer in India, a below-knee amputee, she becomes determined not to give up her passion.
Trouble by Non Pratt. Simon & Schuster, ISBN: 9781442497726. Hannah is pregnant, but who is the father? Aaron, the new boy in school, certainly isn’t the father, and yet he volunteers to play the part.
The Tyrant’s Daughter by J. C. Carleson. Knopf, ISBN: 9780449809976. Laila’s father, the king of an unnamed Middle Eastern country, was killed in a coup. Now living in exile, Laila searches for the truth about her family’s past and its prospective future.
The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin. Soho Teen, ISBN: 9781616953607. Sensationally popular 18-year-old artist Addison Stone has died and this faux biography recounts her story in the form of interviews, photographs, and examples of her art.
Vango: Between Sky and Earth by Timothee de Fombelle. Candlewick, ISBN: 9780763671969. Moments before his ordination as a priest, 19-year-old Vango, falsely accused of murder, must flee for his life.
The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer. Knopf, ISBN: 9780385753784. When their school decides to host a reality TV show of dubious distinction, four students band together to save the school and its students from commercial exploitation.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. Delacorte, ISBN: 9780385741262. Suffering from serious injuries, Cadence doesn’t remember much from the summer of her fifteenth year on Beechwood Island. Two years later, she returns to try to fill in the gaps.
When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds. Atheneum, ISBN: 9781442459472. Ali and brothers Noodles and Needles are neighbors. While those on the street accept Needles (who suffers from Tourette’s, the three boys—attending a forbidden party—discover that not everyone is so forgiving.
Wildlife by Fiona Wood. Little, Brown, ISBN: 9780316242097. Classmates and new friends Sibylla and Lou spend a semester in the wilderness and see their lives changed.
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski. Farrar, ISBN: 9780374384678. Life as a general’s daughter has trained Kestrel to be a brilliant strategist. As she prepares to decide between the military and marriage, an impulsive investment at a slave market results in unexpected consequences.
The Young Elites by Marie Lu. Putnam, ISBN: 9780399167836. An intense fantasy about Adelina, an outsider girl who is rescued by the legendary Reaper, the leader of the Young Elites. But can Adelina keep her friends and sister safe?