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Scar Island

Scar Island

By Dan Gemeinhart 256 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

Great reading for middle school boys, as it's a dark cross between Holes and Lord of the Flies.
1968

1968

By Michael Kaufman 160 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

As we head into 2018, check out this excellent chronicling of the events that shaped our country 50 years ago – from the assassinations of MLK and RFK to the Tet Offensive and Vietnam War to the Apollo 8 Mission which beamed the first pictures of Earth as seen from outer space.
Flip

Flip

By Martyn Bedford 272 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

Alex Gray wakes up in Philip Garamond's body, a boy the same age who he doesn't know living miles away from where he lives. Six months have passed that he doesn't remember, and no one believes Alex is who he says he is. Students love discussing this body-swapping mystery about lost souls.
Ex-mas

Ex-mas

By Kate Brian 224 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

When Lila's parents leave her alone with her little brother for Christmas weekend, Lila thinks it will be the perfect opportunity to host her very first party and establish her popularity. Plans take a strange twist when her little brother Cooper runs away with his best friend to help save Santa from the melting ice caps. When Lila is reunited with her old beau to bring back Cooper and his best friend, Christmas romance ensues in this sweet, quick read.
Having It All

Having It All

By John Assaraf 217 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

I’ll tell you why I am recommending this book for young adults. Some of the best books I have read are on personal development, and most of these books were never mentioned to me as a teen. Assaraf is a great speaker, and his books offer practical tips on how to improve one’s life. Expose our youth to more positive books, and you’d be amazed how they become more positive and feel more in control of their own destinies.
You Can't Lead Others, Until You Lead Yourself

You Can't Lead Others, Until You Lead Yourself

By Louis Gittens 192 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

This book can be read in one sitting or studied week-by-week as a guide on how to develop as a young leader. Again, to help our teens we need to gently steer them from reading books about dystopian futures and date rape to how to contribute positively to society and grow as human beings.
The Case Of Secrets

The Case Of Secrets

By Alfred M Struthers 232 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

Ever have a reluctant reader in your classroom? Then why not give him a book about a reluctant reader who discovers a book he cannot put down? Eleven-year-old Nathan Cole discovers a very old book in his attic that has special powers and soon becomes consumed with understanding its secrets. Real page-turner for middle school boys.
Caught in the Act

Caught in the Act

By Joan Lowery Nixon 160 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

Part of The Orphan Train series that chronicles the adventures of six Irish-American siblings who have been sent from the slums of New York City to new homes on the Frontier in the years just prior to the Civil War. Written by the only four-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Best Young Adult Mystery Award.
The Golden Age

The Golden Age

By Joan London 224 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

Deeply moving historical fiction about Hungarian Jews who flee to Australia during WWII. It is a story about illness, resilience and recovery that makes for stimulating classroom discussions.
Level Up

Level Up

By Gene Luen Yang 160 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

From the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and author of American Born Chinese, comes a magical realist coming-of-age graphic novel fable, by turns whimsical and deadly serious.
The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party

The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party

By Marian Calabro 192 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

On April 14, 1846, the Donner Party set out from Springfield, Illinois, in search of a better life in the largely unsettled California territory. The trip started well but eventually questionable choices and infighting delayed the pioneers' attempt to cross the Sierra Nevada until winter. This account focuses on the children's experiences.
ttyl

ttyl

By Lauren Myracle 208 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

Follow the ups and downs of high school for the winsome threesome, three very different but very close girlfriends. Through teacher crushes, cross-country moves, bossy Queen Bees, incriminating party pics, and other bumps along the way, author Lauren Myracle explores the many potholes of teenagedom. A hit with the girls!
Spill Zone

Spill Zone

By Scott Westerfeld 224 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

The first volume of an original graphic novel series, illustrated by Alex Puvilland. Three years ago an event destroyed the small city of Poughkeepsie, forever changing reality within its borders. Uncanny manifestations and lethal dangers now await anyone who enters the Spill Zone. Got a teenage boy who doesn’t like to read? Give him this book.
Hidden Figures (Young Readers' Edition)

Hidden Figures (Young Readers' Edition)

By Margot Lee Shetterly 240 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

The young readers’ version of the book that inspired the lovely film. It is the powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program.
The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child

The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child

By Francisco Jiménez 134 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

After dark in a Mexican border town, a father holds open a hole in a wire fence as his wife and two small boys crawl through. So begins life in the United States for many people every day. And so begins this collection of twelve autobiographical stories Jimenez, who, at the age of four, illegally crossed the border with his family in 1947.

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