Explore New York! Authors N-O-P-Q

Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux. No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller. 2012.
The owner of Harlem’s National Memorial African Bookstore, Lewis Michaux, was passionate about knowledge. His bookstore became a legendary influence on people worldwide.
2013 Coretta Scott King Honor

New York Times Company. Sultans of Swat: The Four Great Sluggers of the New York Yankees. 2006.
Traces the careers of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, and Mickey Mantle from the perspective of their love of the game and their significant contributions to the Yankee’s history and tradition.

Ockler, Sarah. Bittersweet. 2014.
Hudson Avery gave up a promising career in figure skating after her parents divorced. Now she spends her time baking cupcakes and helping out in her mother’s upstate New York diner, but when she gets a chance at a scholarship and starts coaching the boys’ hockey team, she realizes that she is not through with skating after all.

Pfeffer, Susan Beth. The Dead and the Gone. 2010.
After a meteor hits the moon and sets off a series of horrific climate changes, seventeen-year-old Alex Morales must take care of his sisters alone in the chaos of New York City.

Preston, Caroline. The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: a novel in pictures. 2011.
For her graduation from high school in 1920, Frankie Pratt receives a scrapbook and her father’s old Corona typewriter. Through a kaleidoscopic array of vintage postcards, letters, magazine ads, ticket stubs, catalog pages, fabric swatches, candy wrappers, fashion spreads, menus, and more, we meet and follow Frankie on her journey in search of success and love.
2012 Alex Award

Quinonez, Ernesto. Bodega Dreams: a novel. 2000.
The book features a cast of memorable characters, including dim-witted Neno, who can’t complete a sentence without quoting a song lyric; the drug runner and possible hit man, Sapo, who would rather be flying a kite from the top of the tenement; and cameo appearances by real artists and poets. But at the heart of everything is Willie Bodega, a former Young Lord who has become the biggest drug lord of them all.


Explore New York! Authors M

Mack, Tracy. Birdland. 2003.
Thirteen-year-old Jed spends Christmas break working on a school project filming a documentary about his East Village, New York City, neighborhood, where he is continually reminded of his older brother, Zeke, a promising poet who died the summer before.

Manzano, Sonia. The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano. 2012.
In New York City’s Spanish Harlem in 1969, fourteen-year-old Evelyn is trying to spread her wings and break free from her conservative family. When her activist grandmother comes to stay, she finds life getting more complicated and dangerous.
2013 Pura Belpré Award

Marshall, Paule. Brown Girl, Brownstones. 2009.
This book centers on the daughter of Barbadian immigrants living in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Selina Boyce is caught in the middle of her parents’ differing views of her future. Her mom wants Selina to get an American education, while her dad dreams of returning to Barbados. Along with her parental woes, the heroine must deal with the poverty and racism that surrounds her.

Marsico, Katie. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: Its Legacy of Labor Rights. 2010.
New York City’s garment district was at its heyday during the Industrial Revolution. Then, tragedy struck in 1911, when hundreds of laborers – mostly women – died, primarily because of their crowded and unsafe work environment. Afterward, a trial helped bring about changes for children, women, and laborers everywhere.

McCann, Jim. Mind the Gap Volume 1: Intimate Strangers TP. 2012.
This graphic novel is a mystery taking place in New York City with a paranormal twist. Elle, in a spirit form detached from her comatose body, must not only unravel the mystery of her attacker’s identity and motive, but her entire life as well. Who can she trust, in both this world and in the gap she exists that lies between life and death?

McCreight, Kimberly. Reconstructing Amelia. 2013.
In this mystery/thriller, Kate tries to prove that her fifteen-year-old daughter, Amelia, didn’t jump from the roof of her prestigious Brooklyn private school. The story is told in alternating voices, Kate’s and Amelia’s, as well as through text messages, Facebook updates, and blog posts revealing that the teen was involved with a secret club.
2013 School Library Journal Best Books Adult Books for Teens

McCulloch, Derek. Gone to Amerikay. 2012.
In this graphic novel, Ciara O’Dwyer is a young woman raising a daughter alone in the Five Points slums of 1870; Johnny McCormack is a struggling actor drawn to the nascent folk music movement in 1960 Greenwich Village; and Lewis Healy is a successful Irishman who’s come to present-day Manhattan on his wife’s anniversary-present promise to reveal a secret.

McNeal, Laura and Tom McNeal. Zipped. 2003.
At the end of their sophomore year in a small town high school outside Syracuse, New York, the lives of four teenagers are woven together as they start a tough new job, face family problems, deal with changing friendships, and find love.

Medina, Meg. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. 2014.
Piddy Sanchez’s life is turned upside down when she finds out that Yaqui Delgado wants to kick her ass. While struggling to deal with the threat on her own, Piddy explores her identity, her culture, and the role of others in her life. A powerful story about bullying and resilience, set in a Queens school.
2014 Pura Belpré Author Award Winner

Mercer, Paul and Vicki Weiss, for the Friends of the New York State Library. The New York State Capital and the Great Fire of 1911. 2011.
In the early morning hours of March 29, 1911, a fire broke out in the New York State Capital at Albany. Within the building lay the entire collection of the New York State Library, almost completely reduced to ashes. The authors have included recently discovered photographs documenting the original construction of the building, beginning in 1867, as well as eyewitness accounts of its destruction.

Miller, Barnabas. Rock God: The Legend of B.J. Levine. 2012.
After moving to New York City, thirteen-year-old B.J. Levine decides he’s going to become the next big rock star, despite his lack of musical talent.

Monir, Alexandra. Timekeeper. 2013.
Philip Walker is a new student at Michele Windsor’s high school and he seems to be the love she lost when they said goodbye during her time travels. He does not remember her or the Philip Walker of 1910. Michele must thwart her nemesis and deal with Philip’s reappearance in this sequel to Timeless.

Monir, Alexandra. Timeless. 2012.
When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with her wealthy, aristocratic grandparents. There, she discovers a diary that sends her back to the year 1910.

Montalvan, Luis Carlos with Bret Witter. Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him. 2011.
The story of how two wounded warriors, one soldier and one golden retriever, who had given so much and suffered the consequences, found salvation in each other. It is a story about war and peace, injury and recovery, psychological wounds and spiritual restoration.

Moriarty, Chris. The Watcher in the Shadows. 2013.
In early 20th-century New York, as thirteen-year-old Sacha Kessler, the Inquisitor’s apprentice, faces enemies old and new that threaten him and his family, he changes his mind about learning magic.

Myers, Walter Dean. Darius & Twig. 2013.
Darius and Twig are an unlikely pair: Darius is a writer whose only escape is his alter ego, a peregrine falcon named Fury, and Twig is a middle-distance runner striving for athletic success. But they are drawn together in the struggle to overcome the obstacles that Harlem life throws at them.
2014 Coretta Scott King Honor Book
2014 Notable Children’s Book

Myers, Walter Dean. Game. 2008.
If Harlem high school senior Drew Lawson is going to realize his dream of playing college, then professional, basketball, he will have to improve at being coached and being a team player, especially after a new – white – student threatens to take the scouts’ attention away from him.

Myers, Walter Dean. Lockdown. 2010.
Reese needs to stay on track to get early release from the Progress juvenile detention facility in the Bronx.
2011 Coretta Scott King Author Honor
2015 YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Top Ten

Myers, Walter Dean. 145th Street: Short Stories. 2000.
Myers uses ten short stories to create snapshots of a pulsing, vibrant community with diverse ethnic threads.
2001 YALSA Best Books for Young Adults


New Book Friday: July 2015

July, July! Kick off this gloriously hot and lazy month with 60 new books – nonfiction, fiction, graphic novels, all sorts of awesome stuff. Remember, if you haven’t, sign up and participate in the Teen Summer Reading Club at the library!


















Explore New York! Authors F-G

Farnsworth, Cheri. Haunted Hudson Valley: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of New York’s Sleepy Hollow Country. 2010.
Contains accounts of paranormal activity in and around New York’s Hudson River Valley, including hauntings, ghosts, and UFOs.

Finney, Jack. Time and Again. 1995.
This novel is about an experiment that causes 20th century illustrator Si Morley to step out of the Dakota apartment building into the streets of 1882 New York.

Fredericks, Mariah. The Girl in the Park. 2012.
When the body of Wendy Gellar is found in Central Park one Sunday morning, everyone is quick to blame Wendy’s notorious partying habits. Everyone, that is, except her old friend, Rain, who takes it upon herself to find out what really led to the death of her friend.

Friedman, Aimee. The Year My Sister Got Lucky. 2008.
When Katie and Michaela Wilder move from New York City to upstate rural New York, Katie has a hard time fitting in – and getting accustomed to local culture, like friendly neighbors and cows that need to be milked. Michaela, though, becomes the town’s social belle, loving her new life and her new country friends. Can they ever be as close as they once were?

Gansworth, Eric. If I Ever Get Out of Here. 2013.
Set in 1975, this coming of age story explores the cross-cultural friendship of Lewis Blake, a Native American teen living on the Tuscarora Reservation in Western New York, and George Haddonfield, a military kid from a nearby Air Force base.

Gillies, Isabel. Starry Night. 2014.
Fifteen-year-old Wren and her three lifelong best friends are celebrating the opening of a major exhibit curated by her father at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, when Wren finds first love with her brother’s new friend, Nolan. The relationship transforms her and her life.

Godbersen, Anna. The Luxe. 2008.
In Manhattan in 1899, five teens of different social classes lead dangerously scandalous lives, despite the strict rules of society and the best-laid plans of parents and others.

Greene, Meg. Elena Kagan. 2014.
This biography of Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan covers her growing up in New York City to her roles at the White House and more.

Gregory, Kristiana. Stalked. 2011.
When Rikke Svendsen, a fifteen-year-old Danish servant, arrives at Ellis Island in 1912, she realizes that a fellow passenger is stalking her. In the chaos of immigration and trying to flee from him, she is unable to meet her family in Racine, Wisconsin, and ends up stranded in New York City.

Grimes, Nikki. Bronx Masquerade. 2002.
While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they’ve written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates.
2003 Coretta Scott King Author Award
2003 YALSA Best Books for Young Adults

Gruber, Ruth. Haven: The Dramatic Story of 1,000 World War II Refugees and How They Came to America. 2000.
Gruber, a journalist during World War II, accompanied 1,000 refugees from Nazi-controlled Europe who came to Oswego, New York, as guests of the United States government.

Explore New York! Authors C-E

Carter, Graydon and David Friend (Eds.). Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers and Swells: The Best of Early Vanity Fair. 2014.
Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter introduces these fabulous pieces written between 1913 and 1936, when the magazine published a murderers’ row of the world’s leading literary lights. Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers and Swells features great writers on great topics, including F. Scott Fitzgerald on what a magazine should be, Clarence Darrow on equality, D.H. Lawrence on women, e.e. cummings on Calvin Coolidge, John Maynard Keynes on the collapse in money value, Dorothy Parker on a host of topics ranging from why she hates actresses to why she hasn’t married … and more!

Cataneo, D.M. Eggplant Alley. 2013.
Living in the Bronx in 1970, thirteen-year-old Nicky must cope with personal and societal upheavals.

Carvell, Marlene. Who Will Tell My Brother? 2004.
During his lonely crusade to remove offensive mascots from his high school, a Native American teenager learns more about his heritage, his ancestors, and his place in the world.

Capo, Fran. It Happened in New York City: Remarkable Events that Shaped History. 2010.
This book contains accounts of notable people and events in the history of New York City, including Jenny Lind’s first concerts in 1850, the 1906 trial of Harry Thaw for the murder of architect Stanford White (called the Trial of the Century!), and the demolition of the Pennsylvania Station in 1963.

Castle, Jennifer. You Look Different in Real Life. 2013.
Five kids in upstate New York have been the subject of documentaries recording their lives every five years. Now as teens, they spend a weekend together to try and figure out their lives.

Chance, Megan. An Inconvenient Wife. 2005.
In this gripping account of historical fiction, the author exposes the horrors women faced during the late 19th century in New York when they dared to show passion of any kind or repudiate society’s norms. Lucy Carleton suffers from a common female disorder, “hysteria”: its symptoms are headaches, excitable reactions and feelings of claustrophobia. Her cold-hearted husband, William, determined to find her a cure, brings her to several specialists, who recommend everything from an ovariotomy to several months of confinement in a private asylum.

Chartrand, Rene. Ticonderoga 1758: Montcalms’ Victory Against All Odds. 2000.
In July 1758, the British launched an expedition against the French Fort of Carillon (Ticonderoga). Lord Howe, a popular British leader, was killed before the main battle began; the Black Watch regiments were decimated; the British retreated in near panic and the fort remained in the hands of the French.

Cloonan, Becky. East Coast Rising. Volume 1. 2006.
After a pirate attack leaves him drifting at sea, young Archer joins the notorious Cannonball Joe on the East Coast’s fastest ship and finds himself facing off against the feared pirate Captain Lee and other dangers from the deep.

Cofer, Judith Ortiz. Call Me María. 2004.
Fifteen-year-old María leaves her mother and Puerto Rico to live in New York City with her father. There, though, she feels torn between two cultures. Can she learn to embrace life in the barrio?

Cohn, Rachel and David Levithan. Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares. 2010.
Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a New York City bookstore shelf. Dash finds it and the two begin a correspondence through the book, sharing dares and dreams. Will they ever connect in person?

Cook, Kevin. Kitty Genovese: the murder, the bystanders, the crime that changed America. 2014.
Kevin Cook examines the truths and myths surrounding the life and death of Kitty Genovese, a native Brooklynite who was murdered in Kew Gardens in 1964.

Cooney, Caroline B. Code Orange. 2005.
While conducting research for a school paper on smallpox, Mitty finds an envelope containing 100-year-old smallpox scabs. Has he infected himself and all of New York City?

Cooper, James Fenimore. The Last of the Mohicans.
This exciting adventure story is set during the Seven Year’s War fought between France and England in North America. Hawkeye and his American Indian companions become involved in the bloody war.

Cooper, James Fenimore. The Spy.
Written in 1821, this historical novel is Cooper’s paean to the Revolutionary War. Protagonist Harry Birch finds himself wrongly accused of selling vital information to the British.

Crane, Stephen. Maggie, a Girl of the Streets, and Other Tales of New York.
This is a compilation of thirteen stories set in New York in the late 1800s, including the story of Maggie, a girl of the tenements, whose life turns downward when she becomes involved with a boy named Pete.

Cremer, Andrea R. The Inventor’s Secret. 2014.
In an alternate nineteenth-century America that is still a colony of Britain’s industrial empire, Charlotte and her fellow refugees’ struggle to survive is interrupted by a newcomer with no memory, bearing secrets about a terrible future.

Cremer, Andrea. Invisibility. 2013.
To break his curse of invisibility, a New York City boy is helped by a girl, newly arrived from the Midwest, who is the only one who can see him.

Dabel, Jane I. A Respectable Woman: The Public Roles of African American Women in 19th-Century New York. 2008.
In the nineteenth-century, New York’s free blacks were extremely politically active, lobbying for equal rights at home and an end to southern slavery. As their activism increased, so did discrimination against them. However, the struggle for civil rights did not extend to equal gender roles, and black male leaders encouraged women to remain in the domestic sphere, serving as caretakers, moral educators, and nurses to their families and community.

Davies, Jacqueline. Lost. 2009.
In 1911 New York City, sixteen-year-old Essie Rosenfeld must stop taking care of her irrepressible six-year-old sister when she goes to work at the Triangle Shirt Waist Company, where she befriends a missing heiress who is in hiding from her family and who seems to understand the feelings of heartache and grief that Essie is trying desperately to escape.

Demas, Corinne. Everything I Was. 2011.
When Irene’s father is “downsized,” her family must move from New York City’s Upper West Side to upstate New York. But what Irene is sure will be the most disastrous summer in her life becomes the start of a wonderful new life.

Donnelly, Jennifer. A Northern Light. 2004.
In 1906, sixteen-year-old Mattie, determined to attend college and be a writer against the wishes of her father and fiancé, takes a job at a summer inn where she discovers the truth about the death of a guest. This novel is based on a true story.
2004 YALSA Best Books for Young Adults

Dorfman, Ariel and Joaquín. Burning City. 2005.
Sixteen-year-old Heller Highland, who is living with his grandparents while his parents are away, burns rubber across Manhattan delivering bad news by bicycle, and as a summer heat wave melts the city, he is struck by first love.

Duble, Kathleen Benner. Quest. 2008.
Relates the events of explorer Henry Hudson’s final voyage from four points of view: that of his seventeen-year-old son aboard the ship, a younger son left in London, a crew member, and a young English woman acting as a spy in Holland.

Edmonds, Walter. Drums Along the Mohawk. 1997.
This is the story of the forgotten pioneers of the Mohawk Valley during the Revolutionary War. Combating hardships almost too great to endure, they helped give America a legend which still stirs the heart. In the midst of love and hate, life and death, danger and disaster, they stuck to the acres which were theirs, and fought a war without ever quite understanding it. An American classic since its original publication in 1936.

Explore New York! Authors A-B

Anderson, Laurie Halse. The Impossible Knife of Memory. 2014.
After five years on the road, Hayley and her father, an ex-soldier suffering from PTSD, try to make a new life in an upstate New York town. But will the past get in the way of their future?
2014 School Library Journal Best Books: Young Adult

Asbury, Herbert. The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld. 1998.
True to the title, the book is a history of crime that permeated the underbelly of New York City and its boroughs in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Some of these gangs were so vicious they would post signs warning police to stay out of their neighborhoods – or else!

Aptowicz, Cristin O’Keefe. Words in Your Face: a guided tour through twenty years of the New York City poetry slam. 2008.
A history of the New York City Poetry Slam, a performance poetry competition where participants recite their own original work before a panel of five judges selected randomly from the audience.

Auchincloss, Louis. A Voice from Old New York: a memoir of my youth. 2010.
American novelist, historian, lawyer, and essayist Louis Auchincloss reflects on his life, discussing his family, privileged upbringing, relationships, work, and more.

Avi, and Brian Floca. City of Light, City of Dark: a comic book novel. 1995.
Asterel races against time to locate a token which will prevent the Kurbs from freezing New York City.

Barrett, Andrea. The Air We Breathe. 2007.
In the fall of 1916, as U.S. involvement in World War I looms, the Adirondack town of Tamarack Lake houses a public sanitarium and private cure cottages for Tuberculosis patients. Gossip about roommate changes, nurse visits, cliques and romantic connections dominate relations among the sick – mostly poor European immigrants. The timely theme focuses on how the tragedy, betrayal and heartbreak of war extend far beyond the battlefied.

Bat-Ami, Miriam. Two Suns in the Sky. 2001.
In 1944, in Oswego, a teenager named Christine meets and falls in love with Adam, a Yugoslavian Jew living in a refugee camp, despite their parents’ conviction that they do not belong together.
2000 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction
2000 YALSA Best Books for Young Adults

Bauer, Joan. Backwater. 2005.
When Ivy begins to study her family’s history, her discoveries rattle the other members of her New York State clan.

Bauer, Joan. Peeled. 2008.
In an upstate New York farming community, high school reporter Hildy Biddle investigates a series of strange occurrences at a house rumored to be hautned.

Benway, Robin. Going Rogue. 2014.
When Maggie Silver’s parents are falsely accused of stealing priceless gold coins, she must use her safe cracking skills to try to clear their names, with help from the “team” she has formed as an undercover operative in a New York City high school.

Bitton-Jackson, Livia. Hello, America: A Refugee’s Journey from Auschwitz to the New World. 2005.
In the final book of the acclaimed trilogy that includes I Have Lived a Thousand Years and My Bridges of Hope, Elli and her mother leave war-ravaged Europe behind. Arriving in New York in 1951, they seek to preserve their Jewish heritage while embracing the freedom of the new city.

Blackman, Dorothy. New York Patriots. 2007.
In New York Patriots, fifteen patriots are featured in historically true events in New York State during the Revolutionary War. Across the state, each of these courageous actions brought the country closer to the freedom its citizens so earnestly sought.

Blundell, Judy. Strings Attached. 2011.
When she drops out of school and struggles to start a career on Broadway in the fall of 1950, seventeen-year-old Kit Corrigan accepts help from an old family friend, a lawyer said to have ties with the mob, who then asks her to do some favors for him.
2015 YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

Bogaert, Harmen Meyndertsz van den et al. Journey into Mohawk Country. 2006.
This book is an illustrated version of the journal a young Dutch trader, Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert, who journeyd into the land of the Iroquois Indians in 1634, seeking to bolster the Dutch trade in what is now New York State.

Brashares, Ann. The Here and Now. 2014.
Prenna arrives in New York from 80 years in the future, where a mosquito-borne illness has left the world in ruins. She and her fellow time travelers must follow strict rules to survive in the present day.

Bray, Libba. The Diviners. 2012.
Evie O’Neill is sent from her small town in Ohio to live with her uncle in New York City. But there, the 17-year-old and her uncle get thrust into the investigation of numerous murders. *The sequel, Lair of Dreams is due out in August 2015.

Brezenoff, Steve. Brooklyn, Burning. 2011.
Sixteen-year-old Kid, who lives on the streets of Brooklyn, loves Felix, a guitarist and junkie who disappears, leaving Kid the prime suspect in an arson investigation, but a year later Scout arrives, giving Kid a second chance to be in a band and find true love.

Bronski, Peter. At the Mercy of the Mountains: True Stories of Survival and Tragedy in New York’s Adirondacks. 2008.
Recounts true stories of danger, survival, and tragedy in New York’s Adirondacks Mountains.

Brown, Teri. Born of Illusion. 2013.
Set in 1920s New York City, this is the story of budding magician Anna Van Housen, who may or may not be the daughter of Harry Houdini. She has spent her whole life playing sidekick to her faux-medium mother and trying to hide the fact she actually possesses the very abilities her mother lacks.
2015 YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

Bruchac, Joseph. Bowman’s Store: A Journey to Myself. 2001.
Bruchac, now a well-known children’s author and storyteller, relates his childhood and high school years living with his grandparents near Saratoga, NY, and his discovers of his Abenaki heritage, which he learns to honor.

Budhos, Marina Tamar. Ask Me No Questions. 2006. Fourteen-year-old Nadira, her sister, and their parents leave Bangladesh for New York City, but the expiration of their visas and the events of September 11, 2001, bring frustration, sorrow, and terror for the whole family.
2007 YALSA Best Books for Young Adults

Buckhanon, Kalisha. Upstate. 2006.
Antonio, initially a teen arrested for murder, and his sweetheart, Natasha, exchange a decade of correspondence. Both from tiny, dark apartments in Harlem, they are passionately in love, but destined to walk very different roads.


Required Summer Reading for Cold Spring Harbor Jr/Sr High School

The following books and assignments are for students attending Cold Spring Harbor Junior/Senior High School. If you click on the title, you will be brought to the relevant page in our catalog. If you click on “Assignment” you will be brought to the school’s website.

Because of the high demand for these books during the summer months, we advise you to take out the books and do the relevant assignment as soon as possible. For any students assigned to read Anna Karenina, we recommend you start reading the book immediately!

Incoming 7th Graders:

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry. Be prepared to discuss this book in September.

Incoming 8th Graders:

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine. Be prepared to discuss this book in September.

English 9:

Read ONE of the three books, and complete the Assignment.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Sold by Patricia McCormick

English 10/10 Honors:

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. Be prepared to discuss this book in September.

English 11 Regents

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. Be prepared to discuss this book in September.

A.P. Language and Composition (11th Grade)

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien AND selected essays from The Best American Essays of the Century, edited by Joyce Carol Oates. Complete the accompanying written assignment. The essays to be read are listed in the written assignment. Be prepared to discuss both books in September.

Introduction to College English

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. Complete the written assignment. Be prepared to discuss this book in September. *Assignment currently not on High School’s website, 6/8/2015

A.P. Literature and Composition

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (Norton Critical Edition) and complete the accompanying written assignment. Be prepared to discuss this book in detail in September.

A.P. American History

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Complete assignment.

A.P. World History (9th Grade)

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond. Complete assignment.

New Book Friday: June 2015


Also, if you click on a book cover, you’ll not only get the library record for the book, but for the e-book as well if it’s available. Cool, huh?




















Don’t forget, our summer reading club starts on Monday, June 29th! Sign up in person at the library!

2015 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees

Vote for your favorites, starting August 15th, here!  The Teens’ Top Ten books will be announced the last week of October. Clicking on the cover will bring you to the title in the catalog – books are available in a variety of format, including Playaways, eBooks, and more!

Alsaid, Adi. Let’s Get Lost. 2014. 338p.
As Leila struggles to come to terms with her new life, she grasps for the only thing she knows is real, the northern lights. On her cross-country trip to see them, she meets four people that not only change her, but change because of her.

Armentrout, Jennifer L. Don’t Look Back. 2014. 369p.
Samantha’s mind is a blank slate after she disappeared with her best frenemy, Cassie. However, when Cassie’s dead body turns up, Samantha’s memories are the only clue to what happened that night. Unfortunately, Sam not having any memories may be the only thing keeping her alive.

Blackburne, Livia. Midnight Thief. 2014. 376p.
Kyra, a highly skilled seventeen-year-old thief, joins a guild of assassins with questionable motives. Tristam, a young knight, fights against the vicious Demon Riders that are ravaging the city.

Blake, Kendare. Mortal Gods. 2014. 348p.
For the first time ever, Cassandra and Athena have a mutual goal: to kill the remaining gods and goddesses that have taken refuge on Mount Olympus. If they could just figure out how to work together, they might be able to accomplish it.

Clare, Cassandra. The Bane Chronicles. 2014. 507p.
Magnus Bane, the mysterious High Warlock of New York, has been alive for a long time and has a mysterious past unknown to most of his companions. In this thrilling novel, secrets and stories are revealed, of lovers, of adventures, and of friendships.

Cremer, Andrea. The Inventor’s Secret. 2014. 373p.
In a steampunk world, after the British Empire won the Revolutionary War, a young Patriot named Charlotte finds a boy in the woods, running from British war machines. When he claims he cannot remember anything, she and the other rebels decide to find his true origin by going to the heart of the Empire: New York.

Dellaira, Ava.Love Letters to the Dead. 2014. 327p.
When Laurel starts writing letters to dead people for a school assignment, she begins to spill about her sister’s mysterious death, her mother’s departure from the family, her new friends, and her first love.

Despain, Bree. Into the Dark: The Shadow Prince. 2014. 481p.
Haden, the disgraced son of Ren Hades, King of the Underworld, has been chosen to go to the surface and bring back Daphne Vince, his boon. Daphne’s alcoholic rock star father is giving her the chance she has dreamed of to further her music career, but in California, further away from home than she’s ever been. Their fates are entwined, and they’re about to meet for the first time.

Han, Jenny. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. 2014. 355p.
Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

Howard, A.G. Unhinged. 2014. 387p.
Finally back in the “real world” all Alyssa has left is to ignore her darker side and enjoy the normality of high school and her life with Jeb. But does Wonderland leave her alone? Can the Red Queen let Alyssa get away with what she has done? Everything would be easier if Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest.

Lu, Marie. The Young Elites. 2014. 355p.
Scarred and cast out after surviving the blood plague, Adelina finds a place for herself among the Young Elites who use their magic to advocate on behalf of young innocents and who are targeted by the soldiers of the Inquisition Axis.

Maas, Sarah J. Heir of Fire. 2014. 565p.
Royal assassin Celaena must travel to a new land to confront a truth about her heritage, while brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world.

Matson, Morgan. Since You’ve Been Gone. 2014. 449p.
Emily and Sloane are the bestest friends having an amazing summer, until one day Sloane disappears. Sloane leaves behind a to-do list of 13 tasks Emily would normally never try without Sloane by her side. With the help of Frank Porter, and a few other friends, will Emily finish the list?

Nielson, Jennifer A. The Shadow Throne. 2014. 317p.
War is on the horizon in Carthya, and Jaron needs to protect his country. However, the ruler of Avenia has also captured Jaron’s best friend and love, Imogen. Jaron needs to save both his friend and his country, but everything that possibly could go wrong, does go wrong.

Novak, Ali. My Life with the Walter Boys. 2014. 358p.
As the perfect girl who had everything scheduled, always looked nice and studied hard, Jackie couldn’t predict her parents’ accident. She also didn’t see her future consisting of moving from New York to Colorado and living with twelve boys. How can she cope with her parents’ death and a dramatic change in lifestyle while still being the perfect girl she was?

Pearson, Mary E. The Kiss of Deception. 2014. 489p.
As Lia tries to run from her bounty hunters, she begins uncovering one of her kingdom’s deceptive secrets, hidden by the years passed. Meanwhile, she begins falling in love with two men who are not what they seem to be…

Rutkoski, Marie. The Winner’s Curse. 2014. 355p.
When Kestral, aristocratic girl who is a member of a warmongering and enslaving empire purchases a slave, its an act that sets in motion a rebellion that might overthrow her world as well as her heart.

Scott, Victoria. Fire & Flood. 2014. 305p.
Relocating with her family to the middle of nowhere to alleviate the symptoms of her brother’s baffling, life-threatening illness, Tella receives a mysterious invitation to compete in a brutal survivalist competition for the cure to her brother’s disease.

Shine, Joe. I Become Shadow. 2014. 296p.
Abducted at age fourteen and trained by the F.A.T.E. Center to become a Shadow, guardian of a future leader, Ren Sharpe, now eighteen, is assigned to protect college science student Gareth Young, but with help from her secret love and fellow Shadow, Junie, she learns that F.A.T.E. itself is behind an attack on Gareth.

Smith, Andrew. Grasshopper Jungle. 2014. 388p.
In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend Robby have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things. This is the truth. This is history. It’s the end of the world. And nobody knows anything about it.

Smith, Jennifer E. The Geography of You and Me. 2014. 337p.
Stuck in an elevator during a blackout in New York City, Lucy and Owen manage to escape and spend the rest of the blackout bonding on the darkened streets, a night they remember with longing when their respective lives separate them.

Stone, Juliana. Boys Like You. 2014. 274.
When Monroe Blackwell, who is spending the summer at her grandmother’s Louisiana bed-and-breakfast, meets Nathan Everets, who has a court-appointed job there, they share, and begin to recover from, their respective feelings of loss and guilt.

Sundquist, Josh. We Should Hang Out Sometime. 2014. 326p.

When I was twenty-five years old, it came to my attention that I had never had a girlfriend. At the time, I was actually under the impression that I was in a relationship, so this bit of news came as something of a shock. Why was Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down each of the girls he had tried to date since middle school and asked them straight up: What went wrong?

Talley, Robin. Lies We Tell Ourselves. 2014. 368p.
In 1959 Virginia, Sarah, a black student who is one of the first to attend a newly integrated school, forces Linda, a white integration opponent’s daughter, to confront harsh truths when they work together on a school project.