Multcolib School Corps Picks High Interest Fiction for Students Reading Below Grade Level [9-12]

The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time Indian
The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time Indian By Alexie, Sherman Book - 2007 y ALEXIE Available in some locations

Annotation:Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Wintergirls By Anderson, Laurie Halse Book - 2009 y ANDERSON 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend's death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.

The Compound
The Compound By Bodeen, S. A. Book - 2008 y BODEEN Available in some locations

Annotation:After his parents, two sisters, and he have spent six years in a vast underground compound built by his wealthy father to protect them from a nuclear holocaust, fifteen-year-old Eli, whose twin brother and grandmother were left behind, discovers that his father has perpetrated a monstrous hoax on them all.

The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games By Collins, Suzanne Book - 2008 y COLLINS 2008 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 90 copies

Annotation:In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

Payback Time
Payback Time By Deuker, Carl Book - 2010 y DEUKER 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Overweight, somewhat timid Mitch reluctantly agrees to be the sports reporter for the Lincoln High newspaper because he is determined to be a writer, but he senses a real story in Angel, a talented football player who refuses to stand out on the field--or to discuss his past.

I Am A Taxi
I Am A Taxi By Ellis, Deborah Book - 2006 y ELLIS Available in some locations

Annotation:For twelve-year-old Diego and his family, home is a prison in Cochabamba, Bolivia. His parents farmed coca, a traditional Bolivian medicinal plant, until they got caught in the middle of the government's war on drugs and were mistakenly convicted of drug possession. Diego's parents are locked up, but he can come and go: to school, to the market to sell his mother's handknitted goods, and to work as a "taxi," running errands for other prisoners.

Incarceron By Fisher, Catherine Book - 2010 y FISHER 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape.

If I Stay
If I Stay A Novel By Forman, Gayle Book - 2009 y FORMAN 2009 Available in some locations Holds: 8 on 48 copies

Annotation:While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Will Grayson, Will Grayson By Green, John Book - 2010 y GREEN 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 17 copies

Annotation:When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other's best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.

Dark Dude
Dark Dude By Hijuelos, Oscar Book - 2008 y HIJUELOS 2008 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:In the 1960s, Rico Fuentes, a pale-skinned Cuban American teenager, abandons drug-infested New York City for the picket fence and apple pie world of Wisconsin, only to discover that he still feels like an outsider and that violent and judgmental people can be found even in the wholesome Midwest.

Impulse By Hopkins, Ellen Book - 2007 y HOPKINS Available in some locations

Annotation: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.

The First Part Last
The First Part Last By Johnson, Angela Book - 2003 y JOHNSON Available in some locations

Annotation:Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter.

Boy Meets Boy
Boy Meets Boy By Levithan, David Book - 2003 y LEVITHAN Available in some locations

Annotation:This is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl (she now prefers Infinite Darlene and is also the star quarterback), and the gay-straight alliance was formed to help the straight kids learn how to dance. When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he's found the one his heart is made for. This is a happy-meaningful romantic comedy about finding love, losing love, and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy-wonderful world.

Flash Burnout
Flash Burnout A Novel By Madigan, L. K. Book - 2009 y MADIGAN 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:"Telephoto lens. Zoom. In a shutter release millisecond, Blake's world turns upside down. The nameless woman with the snake tattoo is not just another assignment. 'That's my mom!' gasps Marissa. Saturated self-portrait: Blake, nice guy, class clown, always trying to get a laugh, not sure where to focus. Contrast. Shannon, Blake's GF. Total. Babe. Marissa, just a friend and fellow photographer. Shannon loves him; Marissa needs him. How is he supposed to frame them both in one shot?"

Tomorrow, When the War Began
Tomorrow, When the War Began By Marsden, John Book - 1995 y MARSDEN Available in some locations

Annotation:Seven Australian teenagers return from a camping trip in the bush to discover that their country has been invaded and they must hide to stay alive.

Red Ridin' in the Hood
Red Ridin' in the Hood And Other Cuentos By Marcantonio, Patricia Santos Book - 2005 j MARCANTON All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:A collection of well-known tales, retold from a Hispanic American perspective.

The Dead End
The Dead End By McCoy, Mimi Book - 2010 j MCCOY 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Casey Slater can't believe her bad luck. Instead of the perfect summer vacation she'd planned, Casey is in a remote country town, where her parents are restoring an old, creaky, creepy house. Worst of all, everyone in town thinks the house is haunted. Soon Casey thinks so, too--a vase explodes, a china cabinet falls over on its own--and it seems like the ghost doesn't want them there. Casey thought she'd be dying of boredom, but now she's scared to death!

Monster By Myers, Walter Dean Book - 1999 y MYERS Available in some locations

Annotation:While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

Ramp Rats
Ramp Rats A Graphic Guide Adventure By O'Donnell, Liam Book - 2008 jgn ODONNELL 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Graphic Guides Adventures. In graphic novel format, Marcus spends the summer teaching his young cousin to skateboard while bringing the local outlaw bikers to justice.

Pick-up Game
Pick-up Game A Full Day of Full Court Book - 2011 y PICKUP 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:A series of short stories by such authors as Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Joseph Bruchac, interspersed with poems and photographs, provides different perspectives on a game of streetball played one steamy July day at the West 4th Street court in New York City known as The Cage.

Bystander By Preller, James Book - 2009 j PRELLER 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Thirteen-year-old Eric discovers there are consequences to not standing by and watching as the bully at his new school hurts people, but although school officials are aware of the problem, Eric may be the one with a solution.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth
The Forest of Hands and Teeth By Ryan, Carrie Book - 2009 y RYAN 2009 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.

Black Box
Black Box A Novel By Schumacher, Julie Book - 2008 y SCHUMACHE 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:When her sixteen-year-old sister is hospitalized for depression and her parents want to keep it a secret, fourteen-year-old Elena tries to cope with her own anxiety and feelings of guilt that she is determined to conceal from outsiders.

Cirque Du Freak
Cirque Du Freak By Shan, Darren Book - 2001 j SHAN Available in some locations

Annotation:Two boys who are best friends visit an illegal freak show, where an encounter with a vampire and a deadly spider forces them to make life-changing choices.

The Afterlife
The Afterlife By Soto, Gary Book - 2003 y SOTO Available in some locations

Annotation:A senior at East Fresno High School lives on as a ghost after his brutal murder in the restroom of a club where he had gone to dance.

Stargirl By Spinelli, Jerry Book - 2000 y SPINELLI Available in some locations

Annotation: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.

Smile By Telgemeier, Raina Book - 2010 ygn 617.645 TELGEMEIE 2010 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 30 copies

Annotation:From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself.

What Momma Left Me
What Momma Left Me By Watson, Renee Book - 2010 y WATSON 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:After the death of their mother, thirteen-year-old Serenity Evans and her younger brother go to live with their grandparents, who try to keep them safe from bad influences and help them come to terms with what has happened to their family.

Jumped By Williams-Garcia, Rita Book - 2009 y WILLIAMSG 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:The lives of Leticia, Dominique, and Trina are irrevocably intertwined through the course of one day in an urban high school after Leticia overhears Dominique's plans to beat up Trina and must decide whether or not to get involved.

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Books to support the Common Core Standard ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1-3. For example, "Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text," and "analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme."

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