12th Grade Reading List

Reading Suggestions for 12th Graders from the Weber County Library

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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; Shusterman, Brendan (Illustrator)
Call Number:
HS F Shusterman
Description:

A teenage boy struggles with schizophrenia.

Code Name Verity
Artist/Author/Cast:
Wein, Elizabeth
Call Number:
HS F/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 an enemy robot, Abel, who is programmed to obey her commands, 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/F Green
Description:

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and 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 Nov. 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, 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. Coast Guard and North South Polar mount an expedition to solve the mystery of the vanished plane and recover the remains of the lost plane's crew.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lee, Mackenzi
Call Number:
HS F Lee
Description:

Two friends on a Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe stumble across a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt shaped by pirates, highwaymen and their growing attraction to one another.

The Glass Castle
Artist/Author/Cast:
Walls, Jeannette
Call Number:
HS/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 1988
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 362.2913092 K9367h 2018
Description:

Jarrett Krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, but Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that.

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.

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