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These books include no swearing, sex, drug use, or graphic violence.
Many of these authors have written other books.

 

Many titles are available as electronic downloads in audio or eBook format.  Ask at the Youth Desk for assistance or more information.

Chasing Vermeer (YA BAL, YA CD BAL)

by Blue Balliett

Eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder find themselves in the center of an international art scandal. They are drawn into this mystery, clue by clue, and must use their powers of intuition and problem solving to save the day.

The Shakespeare Stealer (YA BLA)

by Gary Blackwood

In England in the late 1500s, a young orphan boy is commanded by his master to infiltrate Shakespeare’s acting troupe in order to steal the original script of “Hamlet.”  Along the way he finds friendship, adventure, and a new passion in life.

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (YA CAR, YA CD CAR)

by Ally Carter

After staking out, obtaining, and then being forced to give up her first boyfriend, Josh, all
Cammie Morgan wants is a peaceful semester.  But that’s easier said than done when you’re a CIA legacy and go to the premier school in the world… for spies.

If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period (YA CHO, YA CD CHO)

by Gennifer Choldenko

In alternating chapters, Kirsten and Walk, seventh-graders at an elite private school share how race, money, and weight impact their lives.  They find themselves on the wrong side of their most influential classmate and uncover a long-kept secret about themselves.

Once Upon a Marigold (YA FER)

by Jean Ferris

This funny fantasy stars a runaway named Chris who is taken in by Edric, a troll. Chris is raised on Edric’s wisdom and an etiquette book found in the forest. Chris develops an interest in Princess Marigold, who he becomes best friends with through p-mail (carrier pigeons). He decides to take a job as a servant in the castle in the hopes of meeting Marigold, but there, things are a little more complicated than he imagined.

The Possibilities of Sainthood (YA FRE)

by Donna Freitas

While regularly petitioning the Vatican to make her the first living saint, fifteen-year-old Antonia Labella prays to assorted patron saints for everything from help with preparing the family’s fig trees for a Rhode Island winter to getting her first kiss from the right boy.

The Book of a Thousand Days (YA HAL)

by Shannon Hale

Fifteen-year-old Dashti, sworn to obey her sixteen-year-old mistress, the Lady Saren, shares Saren’s years of punishment locked in a tower, brings her safely to the lands of her true love, where both must hide who they are as they work as kitchen maids.

My Most Excellent Year: A novel of love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park (YA KLU)

by Steve Kluger

Three teenagers in Boston narrate their experiences of a year of new friendships, first loves, and coming into their own.

Ever (YA LEV)

by Gail Carson Levine

Teenaged Kezi faces sacrifice to the Hyte god because of a rash promise made by her father.  She meets young Olus, Akkan god of the winds, and their love propels them to try to change her fate through a series of quests.

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life (YA MAS)

by Wendy Mass

Just before his thirteenth birthday, Jeremy Fink receives a keyless locked box—set aside by his father before his death five years earlier—that supposedly contains the meaning of life.  Jeremy and his best friend Lizzy crisscross Manhattan, visiting places such as flea markets and museums, in this fast, funny urban adventure.

Dairy Queen (YA MUR, YA CD MUR)

by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

D.J. spends her summer running her family farm and secretly training (and falling for) her rival high school’s quarterback.  When she decides to try out for football herself, she becomes the talk of the town.  This book is a humorous, romantic romp with a healthy dose of football.

Airborn (YA OPP, YA CD OPP)

by Kenneth Oppel

Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl travelling with her

Airborn (continued)

chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth’s surface in this science-fiction thriller, set in an alternate Victorian world.

Criss Cross (YA PER, YA CD PER)

by Lynne Rae Perkins

Debbie is wishing something would happen.  Something good.  To her.  Soon.  In the meantime, Debbie experiences a variety of events from jeans shopping with her mother (an accomplishment in diplomacy), to learning to drive stick shift in a truck (illegally), but mostly she hangs out with her friends: Patty, Hector, Lenny, and Phil. Their paths cross. Their stories crisscross.

Holes (YA SAC, YA CD SAC)

by Louis Sachar

As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune, which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to an awful correctional camp in the Texas desert.  While digging holes to satisfy the warden, he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.

The Wednesday Wars (YA SCH)

by Gary D. Schmidt

Holling Hoodhood is a seventh-grader who must spend Wednesday afternoons with his teacher, Mrs. Baker, instead of attending religious instruction. Mrs. Baker doesn’t like Holling—he’s sure of it. Why else would she make him read Shakespeare’s plays outside class? But everyone has bigger things to worry about, like Vietnam. And Holling can’t seem to stay out of trouble no matter how hard he tries.

Peak (YA SMI, YA CD SMI)

by Roland Smith

After Peak Marcello is arrested for scaling a NYC skyscraper, he’s left with two choices: Juvenile Detention or moving in with his long-lost father. Peak quickly learns that his father’s renewed interest in him has strings attached. Big strings. He wants Peak to be the youngest person to reach the Everest summit. For a climbing addict like Peak, tackling Everest is the challenge of a lifetime. But it’s also one that could cost him his life.

Stargirl (YA SPI, YA CD SPI)

by Jerry Spinelli

In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.

Bella at Midnight: the Thimble, the Ring, and the Slippers of Glass (YA STA)

by Diane Stanley

Raised by peasants, Bella discovers that she is actually the daughter of a knight, and finds herself caught up in a terrible plot that will change her life and the kingdom forever.

Surviving the Applewhites (YA TOL)

by Stephanie S. Tolan

Jake has been expelled from school after school and a home school run by the eccentric Applewhite family is his last chance. Each and every Applewhite is an artist except for E.D., who longs for order and predictability. E.D. finds herself paired with Jake in the family’s first experiment in “cooperative education” and neither Jake nor E.D. is happy with the arrangement. The only thing they have in common is the determination to survive the outrageous Applewhite family.

Flipped (YA VAN, YA CD VAN)

by Wendelin Van Draanen

Fresh, funny, and full of truth, this story, told in alternating voices, follows the love-hate relationship between Bryce and Juli from second grade to eighth.  As they grow up, they learn more about life, their families, each other, and themselves.