10th Grade Reading List

Reading Suggestions for 10th Graders from the Weber County Library

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Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship
Artist/Author/Cast:
Freedman, Russell
Call Number:
YP 973.7092 F8535a 2012
Description:

Recounts Abraham Lincoln's brief friendship with African American leader Frederick Douglass before and during the Civil War, narrated against the backdrop of the race relations and politics of the time. A clear-sighted, carefully researched account of two surprisingly parallel lives and how they intersected at a critical moment in U.S. history.

The Alchemyst
Artist/Author/Cast:
Scott, Michael
Call Number:
YP F Scott
Description:

Having discovered the secret to eternal youth, 14th-century alchemist Nicholas Flamel and his wife are alive and well in present-day San Francisco, California. But they won't stay well if 15-year-old twins Sophie and Josh Newman don't fulfill their prophesied role of either saving or destroying the world, starting by getting back an ancient text stolen from Flamel's bookstore.

Alex & Eliza
Artist/Author/Cast:
De la Cruz, Melissa
Call Number:
YP F De la Cruz
Description:

When Alex and Eliza meet one fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.

An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793
Artist/Author/Cast:
Murphy, Jim
Call Number:
YP 614.541 M9785a
Description:

Recreates the devastation rendered to the city of Philadelphia in 1793 by an incurable disease known as yellow fever, detailing the major social and political events as well as the time's medical beliefs and practices.

As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth
Artist/Author/Cast:
Perkins, Lynne Rae
Call Number:
YP F/HS F Perkins
Description:

A teenaged boy encounters one comedic calamity after another when his train strands him in the middle of nowhere, and everything comes down to luck.

Ash Princess
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sebastian, Laura
Call Number:
HS F Sebastian
Description:

Held captive by the brutal Kaiser since age six when she witnessed her mother's murder, Theodosia, called Ash Princess, is now sixteen and prepared to reclaim the throne by any means necessary.

The Belles
Artist/Author/Cast:
Clayton, Dhonielle
Call Number:
HS F Clayton
Description:

Born one of the revered Belles in the opulent world of Orleans, where people are naturally born gray and seek the talented Belles to transform themselves with beauty, Camellia dreams of being declared the queen's favorite before her arrival at court exposes dark and dangerous realities within the palace walls.

The Bitter Side of Sweet
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sullivan, Tara
Call Number:
HS F Sullivan
Description:

Frantically working to escape punishment by their overseers, Ivory Coast child slaves Amadou and Seydou befriend a slave newcomer whose constant attempts to escape compel the brothers to plan their own flight.

Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam
Artist/Author/Cast:
Partridge, Elizabeth
Call Number:
YP 959.7043 P2752b
Description:

In over a decade of bitter fighting, it claimed the lives of more than 58,000 American soldiers and beleaguered four US presidents. More than forty years after America left Vietnam in defeat in 1975, the war remains controversial and divisive both in the United States and abroad.

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hoose, Phillip
Call Number:
HS/YP 940.53 H7894b
Description:

The true story of a group of boy resistance fighters in Denmark after the Nazi invasion.

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bagieu, Pénélope
Call Number:
GN YP/GN HS 920.72 B1445b
Description:

Profiles inspiring women—some who are world famous and some who are little known—in graphic format, including Nellie Bly, Mae Jemison, Hedy Lamarr, Josephine Baker, and Naziq al-Abid.

A Certain October
Artist/Author/Cast:
Johnson, Angela
Call Number:
HS F Johnson
Description:

Scotty compares herself to tofu: no flavor unless you add something. And it's true that Scotty's friends and her brother, Keone, make life delicious. But when a terrible accident occurs, Scotty feels responsible for the loss of someone she hardly knew, and the world goes wrong.

Darius the Great is Not Okay
Artist/Author/Cast:
Khorram, Adib
Call Number:
YP F Khorram
Description:

Clinically-depressed Darius Kellner, a high school sophomore, travels to Iran to meet his grandparents, but it is their next-door neighbor, Sohrab, who changes his life.

Discovering Wes Moore
Artist/Author/Cast:
Moore, Wes
Call Number:
YP 975.26 M8252d 2012
Description:

A military paratrooper and White House fellow contrasts events from his life with those of a fatherless friend to explore the issues that separate the outcomes of success and failure.

Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines
Artist/Author/Cast:
Fleischman, Paul
Call Number:
YP 363.7 F5965e
Description:

A summary of today's environmental challenges also counsels teens on how to decode conflicting information, explaining the role of vested interests while identifying the sources behind different opinions, helping teens make informed choices.

The Gilded Wolves
Artist/Author/Cast:
Chokshi, Roshani
Call Number:
HS F Chokshi
Description:

Keeping close secrets in the wake of the Exposition Universelle in 1889 Paris, a wealthy hotelier and treasure-hunter is tapped by a powerful order to lead an elite team on a quest to track down an ancient artifact of world-changing significance.

Girl in the Blue Coat
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hesse, Monica
Call Number:
YP F Hesse
Description:

In 1943 Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, teenage Hanneke—a 'finder' of black market goods—is tasked with finding a Jewish girl a customer had been hiding, who has seemingly vanished into thin air, and is pulled into a web of resistance activities and secrets as she attempts to solve the mystery and save the missing girl.

Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World
Artist/Author/Cast:
Jenson, Kelly
Call Number:
YP 305.42 H5424w
Description:

A scrapbook-style teen guide to understanding what it really means to be a feminist packed with contributions from a diverse range of voices, including celebrities and public figures, and featuring more than forty-four pieces, including an eight-page insert of full-color illustrations

Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck
Artist/Author/Cast:
Engle, Margarita
Call Number:
YP 811.54 E582h 2011
Description:

Quebrado has been a slave on captain Bernadino de Talavera's pirate ship for years, but when a hurricane sinks the ship and kills most of the crew, Quebrado escapes to safety and finds acceptance and refuge in a nearby village.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sánchez, Erika
Call Number:
HS Sánchez
Description:

When the sister who delighted their parents by her faithful embrace of Mexican culture dies in a tragic accident, Julia, who longs to go to college and move into a home of her own, discovers from mutual friends that her sister may not have been as perfect as believed.

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