12th Grade Reading List

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Across the Universe
Artist/Author/Cast:
Revis, Beth
Call Number:
YP F Revis
Description:

Teenaged Amy, a cryogenically frozen passenger on the spaceship Godspeed, wakes up to discover that someone may have tried to murder her.

Bog Child
Artist/Author/Cast:
Dowd, Siobhan
Call Number:
HS F/F Dowd
Description:

In 1981, the height of Ireland's Troubles, eighteen-year-old Fergus is distracted from his upcoming A-level exams by his imprisoned brother's hunger strike, the stress of being a courier for Sinn Fein, and dreams of a murdered girl whose body he discovered in a bog.

Bone Gap
Artist/Author/Cast:
Ruby, Laura
Call Number:
HS F/F Ruby
Description:

Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.

Bunheads
Artist/Author/Cast:
Flack, Sophie
Call Number:
HS F Flack
Description:

Hannah Ward, nineteen, revels in the competition, intense rehearsals, and dazzling performances that come with being a member of Manhattan Ballet Company's corps de ballet, but after meeting handsome musician Jacob she begins to realize there could be more to her life.

Burn Baby Burn
Artist/Author/Cast:
Medina, Meg
Call Number:
HS F Medina
Description:

During the summer of 1977 when New York City is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam, seventeen-year-old Nora must also face her family's financial woes, her father's absence, and her brother's growing violence.

Challenger Deep
Artist/Author/Cast:
Shusterman, Neal
Call Number:
HS F Shusterman
Description:

Caden Bosch is on a ship that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behaviour. Caden Bosch is designated the ship's artist in residence to document the journey with images. Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head. Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny. Caden Bosch is torn.

Code Name Verity
Artist/Author/Cast:
Wein, Elizabeth
Call Number:
HS F Wein
Description:

In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

The Cruel Prince
Artist/Author/Cast:
Black, Holly
Call Number:
HS F Black
Description:

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

Dear Martin
Artist/Author/Cast:
Stone, Nic
Call Number:
YP F Stone
Description:

Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.

Defy the Stars
Artist/Author/Cast:
Gray, Claudia
Call Number:
YP F Gray
Description:

Teenaged soldier Noemi and robot Abel set out on an interstellar quest to save her home planet, Earth colony Genesis.

Dream Country
Artist/Author/Cast:
Gibney, Shannon
Call Number:
HS F Gibney
Description:

Spanning two centuries and two continents, Dream Country is the story of five generations of young people caught in a spiral of death and exile between Liberia and the United States

The Fault in Our Stars
Artist/Author/Cast:
Green, John
Call Number:
HS F Green
Description:

Hazel has accepted her diagnosis until she meets Augustus at a cancer support group, forcing her to reexamine her life.

Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II
Artist/Author/Cast:
Zuckoff, Mitchell
Call Number:
HS 998.2 Z943f 2013
Description:

In November of 1942, a U.S. cargo plane crashed into the Greenland ice cap. The B-17 sent on the search-and-rescue mission got caught in a storm and also crashed, but miraculously all nine men aboard survived. A second rescue operation was launched, but the plane, the Grumman Duck, flew into a storm and vanished. The survivors of the B-17 spent 148 days fighting to stay alive while waiting for rescue by famed explorer Bernt Balchen. Then in 2012 the U.S.

The Glass Castle
Artist/Author/Cast:
Walls, Jeannette
Call Number:
362.82092 W2152g
Description:

The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.

Going Solo
Artist/Author/Cast:
Dahl, Roald
Call Number:
92 Dahl
Description:

As a young man working in East Africa for the Shell Company, Roald Dahl recounts his adventures living in the jungle and later flying a fighter plane in World War II.

The Hazel Wood
Artist/Author/Cast:
Albert, Melissa
Call Number:
HS F Albert
Description:

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get.

A Heart in a Body in the World
Artist/Author/Cast:
Caletti, Deb
Call Number:
HS F Caletti
Description:

Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother and friends, Annabelle, runs from Seattle to Washington, D.C., becoming a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to her recent trauma.

Hey, Kiddo
Artist/Author/Cast:
Krosoczka, Jarrett
Call Number:
GN HS 362.2913092 K9367h
Description:

Jarrett goes through his childhood trying to make his non-normal life as normal as possible, finding a way to express himself through drawing even as so little is being said to him about what's going on. Only as a teenager can Jarrett begin to piece together the truth of his family, reckoning with his mother and tracking down his father.

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lee Shetterly, Margot
Call Number:
HS 510.92 L4815h
Description:

An account of the previously unheralded but pivotal contributions of NASA's African-American women mathematicians to America's space program describes how they were segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws in spite of their groundbreaking successes.

The House of One Thousand Eyes
Artist/Author/Cast:
Barker, Michelle
Call Number:
HS F Barker
Description:

Life in East Germany in the early 1980's is very hard for Lena following the death of her parents and the sudden disappearance and consequent erasure of her uncle's existence by the secret service police, the Stasi. Lena is determined to unearth what happened to her beloved uncle

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