by Marilyn Nelson Year Published:the illustrated poetry collection eulogizes Emmett TIll, and African-American man who was killed in a brutal, racially motivated lynching in 1955. by Stephenie Meyer Year Published:Great love stories thrive on sacrifice. Throughout The Twilight Saga (Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse), Stephenie Meyer has emulated great love stories--Romeo and Juliet, Wuthering Heights--with the fated, yet perpetually doomed love of Bella (the human girl) and Edward (the vampire who feeds on animals instead of humans). In Breaking Dawn, the fourth and final installment in the series, Bella’s story plays out in some unexpected ways. The ongoing conflicts that made this series so compelling--a human girl in love with a vampire, a werewolf in love with a human girl, the generations-long feud between werewolves and vampires--resolve pretty quickly, apparently so that Meyer could focus on Bella’s latest opportunity for self-sacrifice: giving her life for someone she loves even more than Edward. by Katherine Paterson Year Published:Leslie helps Jess discover the secret kingdom of Terabithia and his life changes forever. by Adeline Yen Mah Year Published:The author tells the story of her painful childhood in China where she lived until the age of fourteen with her father, stepmother, and siblings, all of who considered her bad luck because her mother died shortly after giving birth to her. by Stephenie Meyer Year Published:Jake, the werewolf met in New Moon, pursues Bella with renewed vigilance. However, when repercussions from an episode in Twilight place Bella in the mortal danger that series fans have come to expect, Jake and Edward forge an uneasy alliance. The plot patterns have begun to show here, but Meyer's other strengths remain intact. The supernatural elements accentuate the ordinary human dramas of growing up. Jake and Edward's competition for Bella feels particularly authentic, especially in their apparent desire to best each other as much as to win Bella. by Katherine Paterson Year Published:Feeling deprived all her life of schooling, friends, mother, and even her name by her twin sister, Louise finally begins to find her identity. by Jean Craighead George Year Published:Escaping from an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl gets lost on the Alaskan tundra and is befriended by a wolf pack. by Jerry Spinelli Year Published:Stargirl is back, and this time she tells all - about life, about Leo, and about love! by Stephenie Meyer Year Published:Recovered from the vampire attack that hospitalized her in the conclusion of Twilight (Little, Brown, 2005), Bella celebrates her birthday with her boyfriend Edward and his family, a unique clan of vampires that has sworn off human blood. But the celebration abruptly ends when the teen accidentally cuts her arm on broken glass. The sight and smell of her blood trickling away forces the Cullen family to retreat lest they be tempted to make a meal of her. After all is mended, Edward, realizing the danger that he and his family create for Bella, sees no option for her safety but to leave. Mourning his departure, she slips into a downward spiral of depression that penetrates and lingers over her every step. Vampire fans will appreciate the subsequently dour mood that permeates the novel, and it's not until Bella befriends Jacob, a sophomore from her school with a penchant for motorcycles, that both the pace and her disposition begin to take off. Their adventures are wild, dare-devilish, and teeter on the brink of romance, but memories of Edward pervade Bella's emotions, and soon their fun quickly morphs into danger, especially when she uncovers the true identities of Jacob and his pack of friends. by Avi Year Published:A ninth-grader's suspension for singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" during homeroom becomes a national news story. by Lois Lowry Year Published:In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis. by Jerry Spinelli Year Published:In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the trill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever. by Mark Twain Year Published:Huck, in flight from his murderous father, and Jim, in flight from slavery, pilot their raft down the Mississippi River in search of freedom. by Mark Twain Year Published:The adventures of a mischievous young boy and his friends growing up in a Mississippi River town in the nineteenth century. by Jane Yolen Year Published:Hannah resents the traditions of her Jewish heritage until time travel places her in the middle of a small Jewish village in Nazi-occupied Poland. by Nancy Farmer Year Published:in a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States. by S.E. Hinton Year Published:Ponyboy is loyal to his gang - the tough boys from broken homes. Then someone is killed, and Ponyboy's world explodes. by Elizabeth George Speare Year Published:A young girl's rebellion against bigotry culminates in a terrifying witch hunt and trial. by Harper Lee Year Published:The inspiring story of a girl and her father and the courtroom trial that changed their lives. by Stephenie Meyer Year Published:Bella and Edward are madly in love. Then Bella discovers Edward's secret - he's a vampire! Will she risk her life to be with him? by Richard Adams Year Published:Chronicles the adventures of a group of rabbits searching for a safe place to establish a new warren where they can live in peace. by Gary Paulsen Year Published:For a rugged outdoor man and his family, life in northern Minnesota is a wild experience involving wolves, deer, and the sled dogs that make their way of life possible.
Books we're reading this year
by Walter Dean myers Year Published:Steve Harmon is on trial. He could get 25 to life. All for something he swears he didn't do. He's accused of being a lookout for a robbery gone wrong. During the robbery, the store owner is killed. Now Steve is facing felony murder charges. As we read about Steve's evenings in jail, we see a terrified 16 year old who is caught up in something too big for him to understand. Each day he is brought back to the court room and tries to understand what is going on. His lawyer doesn't seem very optimistic about his chances of getting off. There are too many witnesses who testify that he is involved. Told in the form of a movie script that Steve writes, we see a different Steve than the jury sees. We see that he may not be a monster after all.