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Animal farm

Animal farm
by Orwell, George

"Animal Farm" is the most famous by far of all twentieth-century political allegories. Its account of a group of barnyard animals who revolt against their vicious human master, only to submit to a tyranny erected by their own kind, can fairly be said to have become a universal drama. Taking as his starting point the betrayed promise of the Russian Revolution, Orwell lays out a vision that, in its bitter wisdom, gives us the clearest understanding we possess of the possible consequences of our social and political acts.


Aristolte and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristolte and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
by Saenz, Benjamin Alire
YA Fiction SAE
Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.


Bleach

Bleach
Series Title: Shonen jump graphic novel
by Kubo, Tite

The noose is tightening around Ichigo. His inner Hollow can't wait to consume him, the sinister transfer student has him tapped for a mysterious job, and now powerful new enemies have landed in his hometown to destroy him.


BLOODY JACK

BLOODY JACK
Series Title: Bloody Jack Adventure
by Meyer, L.A.
YA FICTION MEY
Reduced to begging and thievery in the streets of London, a 13-year-old orphan disguises herself as a boy and connives her way onto a British warship set for high sea adventure in search of pirates.


Boy21

Boy21
by Quick, Matthew
YA Fiction QUI
Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school's varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.


Dracula

Dracula
by Stoker, Bram

Having discovered the double identity of the wealthy Transylvanian nobleman, Count Dracula, a small group of people vow to rid the world of the evil vampire.


Eleanor and Park

Eleanor and Park
by Rowell, Rainbow
YA Fiction ROW
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.


Feed

Feed
by Anderson , M.T

In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.


Fight Club

Fight Club
by Palahniuk, Chuck

Every weekend, in the basements and parking lots of bars across the country, young men with white-collar jobs and failed lives fight each other barehanded. It's the invention of Tyler Durden, and it's only the beginning of his plans for violent revenge on an empty consumer-culture world.


Gadget Girl

Gadget Girl
by Kamata, Suzanne
YA Fiction KAM
Aiko Cassidy, a fourteen-year-old with cerebral palsy, tired of posing for the sculptures that have made her mother famous, dreams of going to Japan to meet her father and become a great manga artist, but takes a life-changing trip to Paris instead


Guy in Real Life

Guy in Real Life
by Brezenoff, Steven
YA Fiction BRE
The lives of two Minnesota teenagers are intertwined through the world of role-playing games.


Identical

Identical
by Hopkins, Ellen

Sixteen-year-old identical twin daughters of a district court judge and a candidate for the United States House of Representatives, Kaeleigh and Raeanne Gardella desperately struggle with secrets that have already torn them and their family apart.


Impulse

Impulse
by Hopkins, Ellen

Three teens who meet at Reno, Nevada's Aspen Springs mental hospital after each has attempted suicide connect with each other in a way they never have with their parents or anyone else in their lives.


Inkheart

Inkheart
Series Title: Inkworld
by Funke, Cornelia Caroline.
J Fiction
Book #1: Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.


Just like that

Just like that
by Qualey, Marsha

A tragic accident ending with the death of two people her own age changes life forever for an eighteen-year-old woman.


Naruto

Naruto
Series Title: Shonen Jump graphic novel
by Kishimoto, Masashi

Growing up in a village of ninja, Uzumaki Naruto had no idea he was shunned because inside him was the spirit of the demon fox who destroyed their village over a decade ago! When his corrupt teacher Mizuki tricks him into stealing a secret scroll, Naruto learns the truth. But he's still determined to be the greatest ninja ever. But is determination enough against his powerful enemies and the forces inside him? Naruto must pass the difficult test to enter the Ninja Academy; deal with his rival, Konohamaru; and learn to get along with his new classmates, Sasuke and Sakura. Assigned to a three-person team, Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura must survive a brutal test against their upper-level ninja instructor, Kakashi. Only two can pass -- will Naruto be one of them?


Nineteen minutes

Nineteen minutes
by Picoult, Jodi

"In Sterling, New Hampshire, 17-year-old high school student Peter Houghton has endured years of verbal and physical abuse at the hands of classmates. His best friend, Josie Cormier, succumbed to peer pressure and now hangs out with the popular crowd that often instigates the harassment. One final incident of bullying sends Peter over the edge and leads him to commit an act of violence that forever changes the lives of Sterling's residents. Even those who were not inside the school that morning find their lives in an upheaval, including Alex Cormier. The superior court judge assigned to the Houghton case, Alex - whose daughter, Josie, witnessed the events that unfolded - must decide whether or not to step down?"--From source other than the Library of Congress.


Nothing

Nothing
by Teller, Janne
YA Fiction TEL
When thirteen-year-old Pierre Anthon leaves school to sit in a plum tree and train for becoming part of nothing, his seventh grade classmates set out on a desperate quest for the meaning of life.


PIRATES!

PIRATES!
by Rees, Celia
YOUNG ADULT FICTION
In 1722, after arriving with her brother at the family's Jamaican plantation where she is to be married off, 16-year-old Nancy Kington escapes with her slave friend, Minerva Sharpe, and together they become pirates traveling the world in search of treasure.


Piratica

Piratica
Series Title: Piratica
by Lee, Tanith
YOUNG ADULT FICTION
The daughter of the Pirate Queen regains her memory after 6 years of amnesia, and escapes boarding school to a life of adventure!


Please Ignore Vera Dietz

Please Ignore Vera Dietz
by A. S., King
YA Fiction KIN
When her best friend, whom she secretly loves, betrays her and then dies under mysterious circumstances, high school senior Vera Dietz struggles with secrets that could help clear his name.


Shift

Shift
by Bradbury, Jennifer
YA Fiction
When best friends Chris and Win go on a cross country bicycle trek the summer after graduating and only one returns, the FBI wants to know what happened.


Starcrossed

Starcrossed
by Collison, Linda
YOUNG ADULT FICTION
A girl runs away to a ship from boarding school after her father's death, finding herself caught in piratical adventures.


Stormbreaker

Stormbreaker
Series Title: Alex Rider Adventures
by Horowitz, Anthony
YA Fiction
Book #1: After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, MI6.


The 10pm Question

The 10pm Question
by DeGoldi, Kate
YA Fiction DEG
Twelve-year-old Frankie Parsons has a quirky family, a wonderful best friend, and a head full of worrying questions that he shares with his mother each night, but when free-spirited Sydney arrives at school with questions of her own, Frankie is forced to face the ultimate ten p.m. question.


The Beginning of Everything

The Beginning of Everything
by Schneider, Robin
YA Fiction SCH
Star athlete and prom king Ezra Faulkner's life is irreparably transformed by a tragic accident and the arrival of eccentric new girl Cassidy Thorpe.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
by Haddon, Mark
YA Fiction HAD
Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy,decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.


The field guide

The field guide
Series Title: The Spiderwick chronicles
by DiTerlizzi, Tony

When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda's worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences.


The lion, the witch and the wardrobe

The lion, the witch and the wardrobe
Series Title: The Chronicles of Narnia
by Lewis, C.S.

Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.


The outsiders

The outsiders
by Hinton, S.E.
YA Fiction HIN
The struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parent's death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society.


The Spectacular Now!

The Spectacular Now!
by Tharp, Tim
YA Fiction THA
In the last months of high school, charismatic eighteen-year-old Sutter Keely lives in the present, staying drunk or high most of the time, but that could change when starts working to boost the self-confidence of a classmate, Aimee.


The tale of Despereaux

The tale of Despereaux
by DiCamillo, Kate

The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.


Thirteen reasons why

Thirteen reasons why
by Asher, Jay

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.


Twilight

Twilight
Series Title: Twilight
by Meyer, Stephenie

When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.


We Were Liars

We Were Liars
by Lockhart, E.
YA Fiction LOC
Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer. Each summer the wealthy, seemingly perfect Sinclair family meets on their private island. Cadence, Johnny, Mirren, and Gat are a unit, especially during "summer 15," marking their fifteenth year on Beechwood-- the summer that Cady and Gat fall in love. Cady became involved in a mysterious accident, in which she sustained a blow to the head, and now suffers from debilitating migraines and memory loss. When she returns to Beechwood during summer 17 issues of guilt and blame, love and truth all come into play.


Where Things Come Back

Where Things Come Back
by Whaley, John Corey
YA Fiction WHA
Seventeen-year-old Cullen's summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin's death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother's sudden disappearance.


Winger

Winger
by Smith, Andrew
YA Fiction SMI
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.