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Summer Reading Suggestions 2017

Posted by JainaL on Friday, Jun 23, 2017 - 3:32 PM

Summer Reading Suggestions for Incoming 9th Graders

 

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Fiction

Backlash
by Sarah Darer Littman
In this page-turner, a case of cyberbullying goes deeper than anybody dared to think.

 

Dreamland Burning
by Jennifer Latham
A teenager finds a skeleton on her property, potentially a victim of race riots 100 years earlier.

 

Everything that Makes You
by Moriah McStay
In alternating chapters, a girl experiences her high school life in two ways: one in which she is disfigured from a childhood accident, and another where her life is "normal."

 

Life as We Knew It
by Susan Beth Pfeffer
After a comet hits the moon, a Pennsylvania struggles to survive through weather changes, food shortage, and disease outbreak.

 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
A teenager travels to Wales to explore the truth behind his grandfather's tall tales, leading him to an abandoned orphanage full of secrets.

 

Noggin
by John Corey Whaley
A deceased teenager returns to high school after receiving one of the first successful head transplants. 

 

The Outliers
by Kimberly McCreight
In this page-turning thriller, a girl sets out to rescue her friend after receiving a cryptic text message. 

 

Shelter
by Harlan Coben
When his girlfriend vanishes, Mickey sets out to find her, leading him to learn she has some secrets. 
 

 

Nonfiction

The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century
by Sarah Elizabeth Miller
"Lizzie Borden took an axe..." Or did she? Using primary sources, the author leads the reader on a journey to separate truth from fiction in this famous murder case. 

 

Can I See Your I.D.?: True Stories of False Identities
by Chris Barton
Tales of people using false identities, either for safety or to con others. 

 

The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: a Doll's History and Her Impact on Us
by Tanya Lee Stone
A history of Barbie, from her beginnings as a feminist icon, to her role in promoting negative body image, and everything in between. 

 

March: Book One
by John Lewis
The first book in a graphic novel trilogy about the life of Congressman and Civil Rights leader, John Lewis.
 

 

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik
This quirky biography uses photos, memes, and more to tell the story of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 

 

The Other Wes Moore
by Wes Moore
Two students, both named Wes Moore, grow up two blocks from each other, yet end up in very different places: one a Rhodes Scholar and one a prisoner. 

 

Unlikely Heroes: 37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal Kingdom
by Jennifer S. Holland
Stories of animal heroes, including a pod of dolphins who shielded swimmers from a shark attack, and a cat who risked his life to save a kitten from a tornado. 

 

What If?: Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
by Randall Munroe
The author of the web comic xcdc finds legitmate scientific answers to outlandish questions, such as how fast you can drive over a speed bump and live, and how long humanity would last in the face of a robotic apocalypse. 

 

Summer Reading Suggestions for Incoming 8th Graders

 

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Narrative

Booked
by Kwame Alexander
A 12-yr-old soccer player hates reading, but learns to embrace his talent for words. Told in verse.

 

Drama
by Raina Telgemeier
Graphic novel about the drama that unfolds backstage during a middle school play. 

 

Life As We Knew It
by Susan Beth Pfeffer
A family in rural Pennsylvania struggles to survive food shortage, deadly weather changes, and more after a comet hits the moon. 

 

Lily and Dunkin
by Donna Gephart
An unlikely friendship forms between Lily, a transgender girl, and Dunkin, a bipolar basketball player. 

 

A Monster Calls
by Patrick Ness
A boy's surpressed emotions come to life as a destructive monster. 

 

Nine, Ten: a September 11 Story
by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Four students's lives intersect on September 11th, 2001. 

 

Rhyme Schemer
by K.A. Holt
A novel told in verse about the journey of Kevin, who goes from bully to poet.

 

Rory's Promise
by Michaela MacColl
Rory, determined to keep her family together, follows her little sister out West on an orphan train. 

 

Non-Narrative

Can I See Your I.D.? True Stories of False Identities
by Chris Barton
Stories of different people who went undercover, either for personal safety or personal gain. 

 

How They Croaked: the Awful Ends to the Awfully Famous
by Georgia Bragg
The lives- and deaths- of famous people throughout history. 

 

The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: a Doll's History and Her Impact on Us
by Tanya Lee Stone
The rise and fall of Barbie, from feminist inspiration to "bad influence." 

 

Primates: the Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birut Galdikas
by Jim Ottaviani
Graphic novel about the lives of three anthropologists who risked it all for the world to see primates- and humans- differently. 

 

Unlikely Heroes: 37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal Kingdom
by Jennifer S. Holland
Stories of animal heroes, including a pod of dolphins who shielded swimmers from a shark attack, and a cat who risked his life to save a kitten from a tornado. 
 

Who Wins? 100 Historical Figures Go Head-to-Head and You Decide the Winner!
by Clay Swartz
History as you've never seen it before! In this interactive book, learn facts about 100 historical figures, then place them in unusual battles. 

Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem
by Rosalyn Schanzer
How a mysterious illness turned into a witch hunt. 

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Newest Teen Books: January 2017

Posted by JainaL on Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016 - 5:19 PM

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Newest Teen Books: Fall 2016

Posted by JainaL on Tuesday, Oct 11, 2016 - 12:35 PM

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Newest Teen Books: July 2016

Posted by JainaL on Thursday, Jul 21, 2016 - 3:51 PM

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Newest Teen Books: Early Summer 2016

Posted by JainaL on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 3:31 PM

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Newest Teen Books: Spring 2016

Posted by JainaL on Friday, Mar 18, 2016 - 11:12 AM

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Newest Teen Books: Fall 2015

Posted by JainaL on Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015 - 2:47 PM

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Newest Teen Books: August 2015

Posted by JainaL on Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 - 12:52 PM

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Newest Teen Books: Summer 2015

Posted by JainaL on Thursday, Jul 9, 2015 - 10:15 AM

Check out all the new teen books available at The Westport Library!

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New Teen Books 2015!

Posted by JainaL on Thursday, Jan 8, 2015 - 1:19 PM

Boy on the Edge
by Fridrik Erlings
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Henry is sent to live at a home for troubled boys on the Icelandic coast, where he works on his issues of rage and loneliness. 

The Casquette Girls
by Alys Arden
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When Adele and her father return to New Orleans after a hurricane, they find the city all but abandoned, with the exception of ghosts. 

Complicit
by Stephanie Kuehn
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Jamie's mother was murdered when he was six, about seven years later his sister Cate was incarcerated for burning down a neighbor's barn, and now Jamie, fifteen, learns that Cate has been released and is coming back for him, blaming him for all the bad things that led to her arrest.

Don't Even Think About It
by Sarah Mlynowski
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What happens when a group of Tribeca high school kids go in for flu shots . . . and end up being able to read each others' minds.

The Doubt Factory
by Paolo Bacigalupi
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When a radical band of teen activists claims that Alix's powerful father covers up wrongdoing by corporations that knowingly allow innocent victims to die in order to make enormous profits from unsafe products, she must decide if she will blow the whistle on his misdeeds

Even in Paradise
by Chelsey Philpot
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When Julia Buchanan enrolls at the prestigious St. Anne's boarding school, she gets caught up in the glamour- and tragedy- of her classmate from a famous family.

The Girl from the Well
by Rin Chupeco
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Okiku has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the innocent ghosts of the murdered-dead and taking the lives of killers with the vengeance they are due, but when she meets Tark she knows the moody teen with the series of intricate tattoos is not a monster and needs to be freed from the demonic malevolence that clings to him.

The Gospel of Winter
by Brendan Kiely
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Managing the challenges of his fractured family by taking Adderall, sneaking drinks, and confiding in an abusive priest, Aidan finds support from new friends including a crush, a wild girl, and a swim-team captain with his own secrets.

Grandmaster: a Novel
by David Klass
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A father-son chess tournament reveals the dark side of the game. 

How it Went Down
by Kekla Magoon
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When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson is shot to death, his community is thrown into an uproar because Tariq was black and the shooter, Jack Franklin, is white, and in the aftermath everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events agree.

Kiss Kill Vanish
by Jessica Martinez
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A teenage girl flees her opulent life in Miami when she witnesses her boyfriend commit a murder that was ordered by her father.

Light: a Gone Novel
by Michael Grant
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Answers to every mystery of the FAYZ are revealed, unexpected heroes emerge as sacrifices are made, and the Darkness is finally conquered by a force even more powerful than itself in this conclusion to the Gone series.

Otherbound
by Corinne Duyvis
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A seventeen-year-old boy finds that every time he closes his eyes, he's drawn into the body of a mute servant girl from another world--a world that's growing increasingly more dangerous, and where many things are not as they seem.

Perfectly Good White Boy
by Carrie Mesrobian
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After losing his virginity to an older girl who dumps him at the end of summer, Sean decides to join the Marines, but first he must get through his senior year of high school.

Pointe
by Brandy Colbert
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Four years after Theo's best friend, Donovan, disappeared at age thirteen, he is found and brought home and Theo puts her health at risk as she decides whether to tell the truth about the abductor, knowing her revelation could end her life-long dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.

The Stepsister's Tale
by Tracy Barrett
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Jane cares for her mother and sister until her stepfather dies, leaving nothing but debts and Jane's spoiled stepsister behind, but a mysterious boy from the woods and an invitation to a royal ball are certain to change her fate.

The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean
by David Almond
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Trapped in his bedroom by a father who fills his mind with mysterious tales and warnings, Billy Dean goes outside for the first time when his father disappears, and he discovers his abilities to heal the living and contact the dead.

The Twyning
by Terence Blacker
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This is the story of a rat and a boy whose fates become inextricably linked as their two worlds collide. 

When I Was the Greatest
by Jason Reynolds
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Ali lives in Bed-Stuy, a Brooklyn neighborhood known for guns and drugs, but he and his sister, Jazz, and their neighbors, Needles and Noodles, stay out of trouble until they go to the wrong party, where one gets badly hurt and another leaves with a target on his back.

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