My Booklist

  • The following books are popular and current "Young Adult Novels".  We may have classroom copies or you can check with Mrs. Eichelberger if you'd like multiple copies for you and your friends! 

Contemporary Issues

  • Black Tuesday

    by Susan Colebank Year Published:
    An over-achieving Phoenix high school student's life changes dramatically when she is responsible for a car crash that kills a child, and she goes from honors classes and tennis team captain to doing community service and rebelling against her controlling mother.
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  • Breathing Underwater

    Breathing Underwater

    by Alex Flinn Year Published:
    Sent to counseling for hitting his girlfriend, Caitlin, and ordered to keep a journal, sixteen-year-old Nick recounts his relationship with Caitlin, examines his controlling behavior and anger, and describes living with his abusive father.
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  • Diva


    by Alex Flinn Year Published:
    Despite her mother's objections, sixteen-year-old Caitlin determines to pursue her dream of becoming an opera singer by attending a performing arts school in Miami.
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  • Grief Girl: my true story

    Grief Girl: my true story

    by Erin Vincent Year Published:
    Author Erin Vincent describes her life after her parents were both killed in a car accident, leaving her parentless at the age of fourteen with a seventeen-year-old sister and a three-year-old brother; and gives a description of the stages of grief she experienced.
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  • My Sister's Keeper

    My Sister's Keeper

    by Jodi Picoult Year Published:
    Conceived to provide a bone marrow match for her leukemia-stricken sister, teenage Anna begins to question her moral obligations in light of countless medical procedures and decides to fight for the right to make decisions about her own body.
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  • Nineteen Minutes

    Nineteen Minutes

    by Jodi Picoult Year Published:
    "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. She's torn between presiding over the biggest case of her career and knowing that doing so will cause an even wider chasm in her relationship with her emotionally fragile daughter. Josie, meanwhile, claims she can't remember what happened in the last fatal minutes of Peter's rampage. Or can she? And Peter's parents, Lacy and Lewis Houghton, ceaselessly examine the past to see what they might have said or done to compel their son to such extremes. Rich with psychological and social insight, Nineteen Minutes is a riveting, poignant, and thought-provoking novel that has at its center a haunting question. Do we ever really know someone?"--From source other than the Library of Congress
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  • The Contender

    by Robert Lipsyte Year Published:
    Against great odds, a black high school drop-out trains to become a championship boxer.
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  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    by Stephen Chbosky Year Published:
    A series of letters to an unknown correspondent reveals the coming-of-age trials of a high-schooler named Charlie
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  • The Truth About Forever

    The Truth About Forever

    by Sarah Dessen Year Published:
    The summer following her father's death, Macy plans to work at the library and wait for her brainy boyfriend to return from camp, but instead she goes to work at a catering business where she makes new friends and finally faces her grief.
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  • Whirligig


    by Paul Fleischman Year Published:
    Convicted of DUI and manslaughter, Brent was responsible for an 18-year-old girl's death. He is a murderer, but all Brent feels is numb. His life becomes an afterlife, just going through the motions. Then comes the restitution hearing with Lea Zamora's mother. His parents think that she wants money and bring along their checkbook. But Mrs. Zabora has something else in mind. Build four whirligigs, she says, and on each put a likeness of Lea smiling. Then set them up in Washington, California, Florida, and Maine--the corners of the United States--so Lea can continue to give joy to others. Brent's parents protest. There are a million reasons why he can't go, and the offender has to accept restitution voluntarily. But as Brent ponders the proposal, something inside him smiles. Here is the chance he's been waiting for, the chance to get away from his old life and try to atone for what he has done. So Brent stops all the arguing. "I'll do it," he says. "I'll do it." Nobody writes quite like Paul Fleischman. -- Description by: Tom Reynolds
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  • Copper Sun

    Copper Sun

    by Sharon Draper Year Published:
    Two fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.
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  • The Kite Runner

    The Kite Runner

    by Khaled Hosseini Year Published:
    Amir, haunted by his betrayal of Hassan, the son of his father's servant and a childhood friend, returns to Kabul as an adult after he learns Hassan has been killed, in an attempt to redeem himself by rescuing Hassan's son from a life of slavery to a Taliban official.
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  • The Syringa Tree

    The Syringa Tree

    by Pamela Gien Year Published:
    Chronicles the relationship that spans four generations between two South African families--one black and one white--and two children born into the same household.
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  • After


    by Francine Prose Year Published:
    In the aftermath of a nearby school shooting, a grief and crisis counselor takes over Central High School and enacts increasingly harsh measures to control students, while those who do not comply disappear.
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  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    by John Boyne Year Published:
    Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.
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  • Weedflower


    by Cynthia Kadohata Year Published:
    After twelve-year-old Sumiko and her Japanese-American family are relocated from their flower farm in southern California to an internment camp on a Mojave Indian reservation in Arizona, she helps her family and neighbors, becomes friends with a local Indian boy, and tries to hold on to her dream of owning a flower shop.
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  • A Summer to Die

    by Lois Lowry Year Published:

    Thirteen-year-old Meg envies her sister's beauty and popularity. Her feelings don't make it easier for her to cope with Molly's strange illness and death.

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  • Echo


    by Francesca Block Year Published:
    Jealous of her perfect mother and ignored by her artist father, Echo seeks attention and healing from a variety of people living in beautiful Los Angeles.
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  • Peeps: a novel

    Peeps: a novel

    by Scott Westerfield Year Published:
    Cal Thompson is a carrier of a parasite that causes vampirism, and must hunt down all of the girlfriends he has unknowingly infected.
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  • Sweetblood


    by Pete Hautman Year Published:
    After a lifetime of being a model student, sixteen-year-old Lucy Szabo is suddenly in trouble at school, at home, with the "proto-vampires" she has met online and in person, and most of all with her uncontrolled diabetes.
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  • Tantalize


    by Cynthia Leitich Smith Year Published:
    When multiple murders in Austin, Texas, threaten the grand re-opening of her family's vampire-themed restaurant, seventeen-year-old, orphaned Quincie worries that her best friend-turned-love interest, Keiren, a werewolf-in-training, may be the prime suspect.
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  • Thirsty

    by No Author Text Year Published:
    From the moment he knows that he is destined to be a vampire, Chris thirsts for the blood of people around him while also struggling to remain human.
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  • Turnabout


    by Margaret Haddix Year Published:
    It isn't natural for you to be younger than your great-grandchildren. We messed around with nature, and we shouldn't have. Melly and Anny Beth both lived normal lives throughout the 20th century. But in 2000, when they are old and ready to die, they are selected to participate in Project Turnabout and are given an injection to make them grow younger.
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  • Twilight


    by Stephanie Meyer Year Published:
    Seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, where 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.
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