Suggested Books for Young Readers
Students in Grades 6 – 8
The author’s experience, as one of 14,000 children moved from Cuba to a refugee camp in Miami in 1961, is told through engaging, fast-paced writing and well-developed characters. Belpré Author Honor Book
Cast a spell over your teen with twin tales of mermaids
This handsome, large-format volume combines archival photographs, original acrylic paintings and powerful first-person narrative to present the devastating story of the painful changes in life forced upon the Lakota people.
A “documentary novel” set in the 1960’s Cold War era, this title captures a girl’s fears about the world around her.
An eleven-year-old mourns the death of her father in chapters that alternate between the real world and a dreamlike hotel staffed by odd creatures. Batchelder Honor Book
In language inspired by the Nobel Prize-winner’s own poetry, Muñoz Ryan tells the stunning tale of young Pablo Neruda’s self-discovery and the development of his ideologies and artistic voice. Belpré Author Award
A lone girl sets out on a mission to retrieve lost technology in a bleak and irrational London of the future.
A plantation owner’s daughter conspires with Swedish feminist Fredrika Bremer to secure the freedom of an African-born slave. Belpré Author Honor Book
Your teen will be captivated by this tale of two outcasts stripped and stranded on a small island by their peers
This action-packed novel revolves around a 14 year old who spends the summer tending 6,000 sheep with only two horses and four dogs for company.
This swashbuckling adventure is based on the true story of Manjiro, the young fisherman believed to be the first Japanese person to visit America, who against all odds became a samurai. Newbery Honor Book
This compelling biography of Lafayette looks at the whole of his life and illuminates the role he played in the American Revolution. Sibert Honor Book
Ten-year-old Caitlin who struggles with Asperger’s Syndrome seeks closure following the murder of her brother.
Alternating between World War I and the Great Depression, this tale of the eclectic people and mysteries of Manifest, Kansas is told through a mix of letters, newspaper articles, and a fortune teller’s tales. Newbery Medal
As classmates struggle to convince a friend that life has meaning; they force each other to prove and provide meaning, with consequences that are deep, dark, and disastrous. Batchelder Honor Book & YALSA Printz Honor Book
Four friends spend their summer apart — but keep connected through an amazing pair of jeans.
Nailer, a teenage scavenger, works to take apart ancient oil tankers in a future world where he must choose between harvesting riches or saving a girl. YALSA Printz Medal
Fans of Holes won't want to miss this companion guide to everything from digging to avoiding desert scorpions.
A young refugee searches for identity, safe haven and truth in a journey from war-torn Caucasus to the freedom of France. Batchelder Award
Three books in one! This amazing book of poetry is also a beautiful picture book and a nonfiction tribute to the adaptability of life on earth.
This iconic song handsomely illustrated here serves as the framework for new understandings of the Civil Rights Movement.
Based on true events, this graphic novel, told through the eyes of a younger boy, tells the story of Robert (Yummy) as he tries to navigate the dangerous world of a Chicago neighborhood. ALA Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book