Must Read Books

The True Meaning of Smekday
The True Meaning of Smekday
Adam Rex

This brilliant book tells the story of Gratuity Tucci who's mom gets abducted by aliens called the Boov.  The Boov then invade the Earth and rename it "Smekland" and make everyone move to Florida.  Gratuity however wants to find her mom and manages to sneak away in her mom's hatchback with a cat named "Pig."  She begins a pretty amazing adventure, befriending a rogue Boov, named "J.Lo" who helps her fix up the car and we learn more about the humerous Boov civilization.  Then another group of aliens comes to invade and the real fun begins.

Jul 19, 2011
Julie Chibbaro

Sixteen-year-old Prudence has lost her brother to a tragic accident, her father is missing from the Spanish Civil War and her best friend has moved away.  What interests her the most is finding out why people die and if it can be prevented.  She leaves school to work as an assistant for the New York Department of Health.  The case she has been assigned is to find what has caused numerous families to suffer from typhoid fever.  Prudence helps not only to find the source but her true passion.

Jul 7, 2011
Unwind - Neal Shusterman
Neal Shusterman

15 year old Connor finds out that he has been sentenced by his parents to be unwound.  It is a future where after a war over abortion was fought, a gruesome compromise was made.   No one is allowed to get an abortion, however all births can be retroactively "undone" through a process called unwinding between the ages of 13 to 17.  An unwind does not technically die, because they have found a way to recycle every human tissue and organ into another human being.  Unwinds are then said to live on, but in a "divided state."  Connor soon meets up with other runaway Unwinds and they must work together to escape and fight the tyrannous unwinding system.  If they can make it to age 18 they will be safe.

Jun 12, 2011
Corneilia Funke

Genre: Fantasy. Jacob Reckless has been visiting Mirrorworld just like his father did before him. Will, Jacob's brother, follows him into the dimension and is enchanted by the Dark Fairy, who slowly turns Will to stone. In order to save his brother from the Dark Fairy's spell, Jacob must team up with a shapeshifter named Fox and Will's girlfriend, Clara. Together with Will, the group travels Mirrorworld in search for a cure.

Jun 9, 2011
Adam Canfield of the Slash
Michael Winerip

In his book Adam Canfield of the Slash, Pulitzer-Prize winner Michael Winerip brings his journalistic know-how to the middle-school stage. During Adam Canfield’s first year as editor of Harris Elementary-slash-Middle School’s paper, appropriately named The Slash, he and his co-editor Jennifer uncover a juicy secret concerning the school’s much-hated principal, Mrs. Marris. With the help of a third-grade cub reporter named Phoebe, Adam, Jennifer, and the rest of The Slash team make the November issue the school’s most memorable to date.

Apr 5, 2011
When You Reach Me
Rebecca Stead

12-year-old Miranda is receiving letters from an unknown source who seems to know things before they happen. What's even more concerning is that the author of these letters claims he or she is trying to save the life of one of Miranda's friends. Which friend is in danger? And will the author of the letters succeed? When You Reach Me won the Newbery Award in 2009. It is a coming-of-age novel about time travel and friendship.

Mar 8, 2011
Three Black Swans
Caroline B. Cooney

As part of a school assignment, Missy tells everyone she has found her long-lost identical twin--her cousin Claire.  When she realizes that her hoax is much closer to the truth, she turns not only her and Claire's lives upside down but also that of a complete "stranger."

Feb 22, 2011
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Maze Runner
James Dashner

I thought the writing was horrendous at first, but once I got into the story it became very easy to ignore all of Dashner's over use of annoying adjectives. It is easy to get swept into the mystery of why Thomas and 60 other teenage boys have woken up with no memory at different times to find themselves locked into a gigantic maze with a glade in the middle. No one has been able to solve the maze yet, but the gladers as they call themselves are determined to find a way out. Then an unconscious girl arrives in their weekly supply box telling them that there will be no more supplies and that she was the last person who would be joining their group.

Feb 16, 2011
Blank Confession
Pete Hautman

Shayne Blank, the new kid in school, walks into the police station to "confess" to possibly killing someone.  On his first day of school, Shayne comes to the aid of Mikey, the smallest kid in school, when he is threatened by Jon Brande, the school drug dealer.  In alternating voices between Mikey and Shayne's confession, the reader finds out what really happened that caused the confession.  A fast-paced book that makes you want to keep reading.

Feb 16, 2011
Ship Breaker
Paolo Bacigalupi

Ship Breaker is the story of Nailer, a young man who ekes out an existence by scavenging copper from wrecked oil tankers.  When a huge storm destroys a ship, Nailer and his friend Pima attempt to make their Lucky Strike to get out of their impoverished situations.  What they find on the ship and Nailer's decision what to do about the situation leads him on a life-or-death decision.  A fast-paced story about survival, family, and loyalty.  The 2011 Printz Award winner for excellence in young adult literature.

Jan 27, 2011