8th Grade

Monster

Walter Dean Myers ; illustrations by Christopher Myers.

Action/Adventure

Winner of the Printz AwardWinner of the Coretta Scott King AwardNational Book Award FinalistSteve Harmon's black. He's in jail, maybe forever. He's on trial for murder. And he's sixteen years old. Steve: "Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I'll call it what the lady prosecutor called me . . . MONSTER.


Hatchet

Gary Paulsen.

Action/Adventure

On his way to visit his recently divorced father in the Canadian mountains, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is the only survivor when the single-engine plane crashes. His body battered, his clothes in shreds, Brian must now stay alive in the boundless Canadian wilderness. More than a survival story, Hatchet is a tale of tough decisions. When all is stripped down to the barest essentials, Brian discovers some stark and simple truths: Self-pity doe...


The sisterhood of the traveling pants

Ann Brashares.

Literary Fiction

Read by Angela GoethalsApprox. 6.6 hours4 cassettes Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn't look all that great; they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them. But Tibby says they're great. She' d LOVE to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they're fabulous. Lena decides they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody...


The maze runner

James Dashner.

Science Fiction, Thriller

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade--a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every ...


Prime baby

Gene Luen Yang ; colors by Derek Kirk Kim.

Graphic Novels, Science Fiction, Humor

From the pages of the "New York Times" and the pen of Printz Award winner Gene Luen Yang comes a tale of math, aliens, and new siblings. Young adult.


Shiver

Maggie Stiefvater.

Paranormal, Romance

From a dazzlingly talented young writer, a haunting and original supernatural romance in the vein of TWILIGHT. For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being hum...


I am a genius of unspeakable evil and I want to be your class president

Josh Lieb.

Humor

Family Guy meets Election in this hilarious young adult debut! Twelve-year-old Oliver Watson's got the IQ of a grilled cheese sandwich. Or so everyone in Omaha thinks. In reality, Oliver's a mad evil genius on his way to world domination, and he's used his great brain to make himself the third-richest person on earth! Then Oliver's father-and archnemesis-makes a crack about the upcoming middle school election, and Oliver takes it as a personal ch...


The compound

S.A. Bodeen.

Action/Adventure, Thriller, Science Fiction, Mystery

Eli and his family have lived in the Compound for six years. The world they knew is gone. Eli's father built the Compound to keep them safe. Now, they can't get out. He won't let them. The Compound is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.


To be a slave

[compiled by] Julius Lester ; illustrated by Tom Feelings.

African American, History, Nonfiction

Readers learn about the lives of countless slaves and former slaves, who tell about their forced journeys from Africa to the United States, their work in the fields and houses of their owners, and their passion for freedom. Illustrations.