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Take a reading challenge!
Read 10 books in any 10 separate reading challenge categories this year and win a small prize!
Read the most books in different categories by the end of 2020 and win a $25 Amazon gift card!
**We meet in the Library the last Wednesday of every month to discuss our progress! See Ms. Ross or Ms. Coppola or text @2020chall to the number 81010 to get updates about our meetings**
June 8, 2017
National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and acclaimed graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang is challenging readers to step out of their comfort zone and explore books in voices, genres, and formats they would not normally read.
The Library Squad encourages you to broaden your literary horizons and take the challenge this summer!
On social media? Post a picture of the book you choose with the hashtag #ReadingWithoutWalls and encourage others to take the challenge too!
Don't know where to start? Check out these lists of books in our library for ideas!
Factory Girls by Examines the lives of female migrant factory workers in China, focusing on the experiences of two young women and including the author's story of her family's migration within China and to the West.
Publication Date: 2009-08-04
The Hate U Give by Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does-or does not-say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
Publication Date: 2017-02-28
Challenger Deep by
Publication Date: 2015-04-21
A teenage boy struggles with schizophrenia
Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Sixteen-year-old Carlos Duarte is on the verge of realizing his dream of becoming a famous make-up artist, but first he must face his jealous boss at a Macy's cosmetics counter, his sister's abusive boyfriend, and his crush on a punk-rocker classmate.
Publication Date: 2011-07-26
In the Time of the Butterflies by Gives a fictionalized account of four sisters in the Dominican Republic under the dictatorship of General Trujillo.
Publication Date: 1995-08-01
I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree by The author tells of her experiences in eight concentrations camps as a young Jewish woman in World War II Germany, and shares the story of how she and her husband met and fell in love in spite of their situation, and how they were saved by being put on the list to work at Oskar Schindler's factory.
Publication Date: 2005-06-01
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Native American is the school mascot.
Publication Date: 2007-09-12
If I Was Your Girl by Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a big secret, so when she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew.
Publication Date: 2016-05-03
The Other Wes Moore by The author, a Rhodes scholar and combat veteran, analyzes the various sociocultural factors that influenced him as well as another man of the same name and from the same neighborhood who was drawn into a life of drugs and crime and ended up serving life in prison, focusing on the influence of relatives, mentors, and social expectations that could have led either of them on different paths.
Publication Date: 2010-04-27
The Hot Zone by Tells the dramatic story of U.S. Army scientists and soldiers who worked to stop the outbreak of a deadly and extremely contagious virus in 1989.
Publication Date: 1995-07-20
Death's Acre by A forensic anthropologist traces his work at his Tennessee "body farm" lab and cites his contributions to the investigations of several murder cases, as well as his theories about such famous cases as the Lindbergh kidnapping.
Publication Date: 2003-10-27
Longitude by Story of John Harrison's forty-year quest to build the chronometer, the clock that enabled sailors to measure longitude, saving lives and fortunes.
Publication Date: 1996-10-01
Deep by Explores the extreme sport of freediving, and examines it from a scientific aspect, especially human physiology and human relationship to the ocean.
Publication Date: 2014-06-24
Symphony for the City of the Dead by An account of the Siege of Leningrad reveals the role played by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich and his Leningrad Symphony in rallying and commemorating their fellow citizen
Publication Date: 2015-09-22
Bad Girls by Looks at twenty-six infamous females from throughout history, including Bloody Mary, Calamity Jane, and Bonnie Parker among others.
Publication Date: 2013-02-01
The Soul of an Octopus by Presents an investigation into the emotional and physical world of the octopus.
Publication Date: 2015-05-12
Samurai Rising by Chronicles the life and career of samurai Minamoto Yoshitsune, discussing his exile as a child, running away as a teenager, becoming a military genius and more.
Publication Date: 2016-02-02
Plant vs. Meats by Examines the nutritional, historical, and ethical aspects of food consumption, discussing popular diets, providing facts about farming and the future of food, and encouraging readers to make informed, personal food choices.
Publication Date: 2016-04-01
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors he feels are responsible for history's broadest patterns.
Publication Date: 1999-04-17
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Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Sixteen-year-old Gabi Hernandez chronicles her senior year in high school as she copes with her friend Cindy's pregnancy, friend Sebastian's coming out, her father's meth habit, her own cravings for food and cute boys, and especially, the poetry that helps forge her identity. Written in prose and poetry.
Publication Date: 2014-10-14
The Plain Janes by Graphic novel. When transfer student Jane is forced to move from the big city to suburbia, she thinks that her life is over until she meets three other girls named Jane who decide to form a secret art gang and turn the town and high school upside down.
Publication Date: 2007-05-02
Karma by Fifteen-year-old half Hindu, half Sikh Maya, having traveled from Canada to New Delhi to put her mother's ashes in their final resting place, finds herself in the middle of chaos after Indira Gandhi is assassinated and must disguise her identity and rely on a boy she just met in order to be reunited with her father and remain safe.
Publication Date: 2011-03-31
The Arrival by In this wordless graphic novel, a man leaves his homeland and sets off for a new country, where he must build a new life for himself and his family.
Publication Date: 2007-10-01
Plotted by Offers detailed maps and visual representations of the physical spaces of such literary works as "The Odyssey," "Robinson Crusoe," "The life of Frederick Douglas," "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "The Library of Babel," and "Watership Down."
Publication Date: 2015-10-20
American Born Chinese by Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture. Presented in comic book format.
Publication Date: 2006-09-05