The Beautiful Stories of Life: Six Greek Myths, Retold
These books will help kids ages 12 and up sustain the joy of reading on their own. Browse this list of new and classic books for teenagers recommended by the Quicklists Consulting Committee of the Association of Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association
, and encourage a teen to read today!
Retold by Cynthia Rylant; illustrations by Carson Ellis
In a readable, compassionate style, Rylant offers modern retellings of classic myths, such as "Pandora," "Orpheus" and "Psyche." The illustrations invite young readers into each of the stories.
Harcourt, 2009. ISBN: 9780152061845
A biography of Claudette Colvin, the very courageous teenager who stood up for her constitutional rights when she was just 16 years old. She refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus nine months before the more famous action by Rosa Parks.
Farrar/Melanie Kroupa, 2009. ISBN: 9780374313227
This historical novel, written in free verse and "cupped-hand" sonnets, is set on the home front of World War I. The themes of love and war are reflected with historical detail and universal sorrows and hopes.
By Helen Frost
Farrar/Frances Foster, 2009. ISBN: 9780374316532
Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith
A biographical love story of Charles Darwin and his cousin Emma Wedgwood, who have a successful marriage despite fundamental philosophical and religious differences. Emma, strong in her religious faith, shapes her husband's theories of evolution.
By Deborah Heiligman
Holt, 2009. ISBN: 9780805087215
Last Night I Sang to the Monster
Eighteen-year-old Zach doesn't remember much before he woke up in drug and alcohol treatment, but with the help of therapy and the many people he meets there, he starts to piece together the horrible events that led to his amnesia, and to find a way to begin recovery.
By Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Cinco Puntos, 2009. ISBN: 9781933693583
Northward to the Moon
Jane and the rest of the family set off on a car trip after her stepfather loses his job, ending up in Nevada after being given a bag full of possibly stolen money.
By Polly Horvath
Schwartz & Wade, 2010. ISBN: 9780375861109
Return to Sender
When his family hires migrant Mexican workers to help save their farm, 11-year-old Tyler befriends the oldest daughter and discovers they may not be in the country legally.
By Julia Alvarez
Knopf, 2009. ISBN: 9780375858383
When the world tilts off its axis, storytellers from around the world must gather and share their versions of folk and fairy stories to help get the world back in balance.
By Penny Blubaugh
HarperTeen, 2009. ISBN: 9780061468759
The Dream Keeper and Other Poems
Langston Hughes selected this collection of poems, first published in 1932, especially for young readers. From "The Dream Keeper" to "The Weary Blues" to "As I Grew Older," these poems reflect Hughes' pride in his race, yet provide universal themes and messages for all young people.
By Langston Hughes; illustrations by Brian Pinkney
Knopf, 1994. ISBN: 9780679844211
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