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11th and 12th grade

Alender, Katie Bad Girls Don't Die YA FIC ALENDER
When fifteen-year-old Lexi's younger sister Kasey begins behaving strangely and their old Victorian house seems to take on a life of its own, Lexi investigates and discovers some frightening facts about previous occupants of the house, leading her to believe that many lives are in danger.

Barnholdt, Lauren One Night that Changes Everything YA FIC BARNHOLD
A shy high school junior spends a frenzied night trying to retrieve her private notebook from a vengeful ex-boyfriend.

Berk, Josh Guy Langman : Crime Scene Procrastinator YA FIC BERK
Sixteen-year-old Guy Langman, his best friend Anoop, and other members of the school Forensics Club investigate a break-in and a possible murder, which could be connected to the mysterious past of Guy's recently-deceased father.

Bissinger, H.G. Friday Night Lights : a Town, a Team, and a Dream YA 796.33262 BISSINGE
This true story follows the 1988 season of the Permian Panthers, a high school football team in Odessa, Texas, whose quest for the championship dramatically impact this small town.

Black, Holly The Poison Eaters, and other stories TEEN FIC BLACK
A collection of spooky short stories that includes two dark tales set in the world of Tithe, a tour of a fairy market, and the story of a girl who challenges the devil to a competitive eating match.

Bodeen, S. A. The Compound YA FIC BODEEN
After spending six years with his parents and his two sisters in an underground compound built by his father to protect them from a nuclear holocaust, Eli discovers that his father has perpetrated a monstrous hoax on them all.

Bradbury, Jennifer Shift YA FIC BRADBURY
Best friends Chris and Win head out on a West Virginia to Washington State bicycle adventure after high school graduation, at the end of which Win disappears.

Bray, Libba Beauty Queens YA FIC BRAY
When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island's other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.

Bryson, Bill A Short History of Nearly Everything YA 500 BRYSON
In his typically witty style, Bill Bryson takes his reader on an eye-opening tour of science from the Big Bang to the 21st century.

Cabot, Meg Airhead YA FIC CABOT
Sixteen-year-old Emerson Watts, an advanced placement student with a disdain for fashion, is the recipient of a "whole body transplant" and finds herself transformed into one of the world's most famous teen supermodels.

Calame, Don Call the Shots YA FIC CALAME
Sean's friends Coop and Matt are convinced they have found a way to become rich, and making a low-budget horror film is the way to do it. At first Sean is skeptical, but when he learns that his mother is pregnant and he will have to share a room with his twin sister, Cathy, to make way for the new baby, he decides to jump on board with the movie.

Caletti, Deb The Last Forever TEEN FIC CALETTI
After her mother's death, it's all Tessa can do to keep her friends, her boyfriend, her happiness from slipping away. Even the rare plant her mother entrusted to her care starts to wilt. Then she meets Henry. Though secrets stand between them, each has a chance at healing...if first, Tessa can find the courage to believe in forever.

Colfer, Chris Struck by Lightning : The Carson Phillips Journal YA FIC COLFER
Chronicles Carson Phillips' exploits as he blackmails his fellow senior classmates into contributing to a literary magazine he is publishing.

Cook, Trish Notes From the Blender YA FIC COOK
Neilly, a hot, self-assured junior nicknamed Steely Neilly after facing down ridicule when her father came out, and Declan, a quirky, brooding sophomore infatuated with Neilly and still angry about his mother's accidental death years ago, find themselves suddenly becoming siblings.

Dudley, David Caleb's Wars YA FIC DUDLEY
Fifteen-year-old Caleb's courageous commitment to justice grows as he faces a power struggle with his father, fights to keep both his temper and self-respect, and puzzles over the German prisoners of war brought to his rural Georgia community during World War II. Grade 7-11.

Ehrenreich, Barbara Nickel and Dimed : On (Not) Getting By in America YA 305.569092 EHRENREI
To find out if individuals can survive on the "wages available to the unskilled," journalist Ehrenreich spent 12 months working at a variety of minimum-wage jobs. Her experiences offer a gritty glimpse into the world of day-to-day work, a stark picture of living from hand to mouth, and a personal perspective on the politics of welfare.

Gantos, Jack Hole in My Life YA BIO GANTOS
Jack Gantos sought his own real-life adventure after leaving high school, so he agreed to help smuggle a shipment of drugs from Florida to New York without considering the consequences. He was caught and sent to federal prison for six years where he began to look for role models and guidance in the pages of the books he read.

Green, John An Abundance of Katherines YA FIC GREEN
Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.

Haugen, David Social Justice YA 303.372 SOCIAL
Discusses topics relating to social justice in the United States, including economic inequality, social justice for minorities, and policies promoting global justice.

LaCour, Nina The Disenchantments YA FIC LACOUR
Colby's post-high school plans have long been that he and his best friend Beth would tour with her band, then spend a year in Europe, but when she announces that she will start college just after the tour, Colby struggles to understand why she changed her mind and what losing her means for his future.

Langan, John Search for Safety YA FIC BLUFORD
Tells the story of Ben McKee, a new sophomore at Bluford High School. At home, Ben is living a nightmare. His mother has married Larry, an abusive man who wants nothing to do with his stepson. And when Larry loses his job and starts drinking, Ben finds himself -- and his mother -- in grave danger.

Larkin, Jillian Vixen YA FIC LARKIN
It's the Jazz Age, and 17-year-old Gloria Carmody wants to live it up. But that's not easy, as she is already engaged to the stuffy Sebastian Grey. Her inner flapper wins out, though, and Gloria is soon hanging out at a boozy Chicago club, attracted to the piano player, Jerome, who just happens to be black. Grade 9 and up.

McNeil, Gretchen Possess TEEN FIC MCNEIL
Enlisted to help in dangerous cases of demonic possession, a teenaged exorcist discovers a race of part-demons intent on raising their forefathers to the earth in human form.

Mezrich, Ben Bringing Down the House : The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions YA 364.172 MEZRICH
A group of mathematically-gifted MIT students join an underground blackjack club and manage to legally take several Las Vegas casinos for more than three million dollars. Grade 9 and up.

Northrop, Michael Trapped YA FIC NORTHROP
It’s a setup just plausible enough to give you chills. A nor’easter, which will ultimately be known as the worst blizzard in U.S. history, sweeps into a rural New England community, trapping seven kids inside their high school for days.

Paine, Thomas Common Sense YA 973.311 PAINE
Clearly and persuasively argues for American separation from Great Britain and paves the way for the Declaration of Independence.

Roskos, Evan Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets YA FIC ROSKOS
A sixteen-year-old boy wrestling with depression and anxiety tries to cope by writing poems, reciting Walt Whitman, hugging trees, and figuring out why his sister has been kicked out of the house.

Roskos, Evan From What I Remember... YA FIC ROSKOS
A sixteen-year-old boy wrestling with depression and anxiety tries to cope by writing poems, reciting Walt Whitman, hugging trees, and figuring out why his sister has been kicked out of the house.

Rowell, Rainbow Eleanor & Park YA FIC Rowell
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

S., Tina and Bolnick, Jamie Pastor Living at the Edge of the World : a Teenager's Survival in the Tunnels of Grand Central Station YA 362.74 PASTOR
Between the ages of 16 and 20, Tina S. lived in the endless labyrinth of tunnels beneath Grand Central Station, where she panhandled, robbed and sometimes prostituted herself for money for food, liquor and drugs.

Smith, Andrew Winger YA FIC SMITH
Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates.

Thomas, Piri Down These Mean Streets YA 974.71 THOMAS
The author recalls his early experiences with poverty and discrimination, his involvement with drugs and gangs, and his prison sentence for armed robbery which led to his rehabilitation and work with street gangs and drug addicts

Weintraub, Stanley Silent Night : The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce YA 940.4144 WEINTRAU
Tells the true story of the truce that spontaneously arose between German and British soldiers manning the trenches on Christmas Eve in 1914, just weeks after the start of the Great War.

Williams, Stanley "Tookie" Life in Prison YA 365.60973 WILLIAMS
The author, imprisoned on Death Row since 1981, describes life in prison, warning young readers not to make the mistakes he made.

Wright, Bil Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy YA FIC WRIGHT
Sixteen-year-old Carlos Duarte is on the verge of realizing his dream of becoming a famous make-up artist, but first he must face his jealous boss at a Macy's cosmetics counter, his sister's abusive boyfriend, and his crush on a punk-rocker classmate.

X, Malcolm The Autobiography of Malcom X YA BIO X
Malcolm X, the charismatic Black Muslim leader and anti-integrationist, recounts his transformation - from a bitter, self-destructive petty criminal into an articulate political activist - to veteran writer and journalist Alex Haley.

Zusak, Markus The Book Thief YA FIC ZUSAK
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel, a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. Grade 9 and up.