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An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy Provides an account of the yellow fever epidemic that swept through Philadelphia in 1793, discussing the chaos that erupted when people began evacuating in droves, leaving the city without government, goods, or services, and examining efforts by physicians, the Free African Society, and others to cure and care for the sick.


Christy
by Catherine Marshall In 1912, nineteen-year-old Christy Huddleston leaves her comfortable home to teach in a one-room schoolhouse in an isolated area of the Great Smokies.


Crash
by Jerry Spinelli Seventh-grader John "Crash" Coogan has always been comfortable with his tough, aggressive behavior, until his relationship with an unusual Quaker boy and his grandfather's stroke make him consider the meaning of friendship and the importance of family.


Downriver
by Will Hobbs Jessie and the other rebellious teenage members of a wilderness survival school team abandon their adult leader and try to run the dangerous white water of the Grand Canyon.


The Fighting Ground
by Avi Thirteen-year-old Jonathan goes off to fight in the Revolutionary War and discovers the real war is being fought within himself.


Flipped
by Wendelin Van Draanen In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and how their families have changed over the years.


Gathering Blue
by Lois Lowry A sequel to The Giver. Lame and suddenly orphaned, Kira is mysteriously removed from her squalid village to live in the palatial Council Edifice, where she is expected to use her gifts as a weaver to do the bidding of the all-powerful Guardians. See Messenger on this list, the third title in this science fiction trilogy.


A Gathering of Days
by Joan Blos The journal of a 14-year-old girl, kept the last year she lived on the family farm, records daily events in her small New Hampshire town, her father's remarriage, and the death of her best friend.


The Girls
by Amy Goldman Koss Each of the girls in a middle-school clique reveals the strong, manipulative hold one of the group exerts on the others, causing hurt and self-doubt among the girls.


Hattie Big Sky
by Kirby Larson Sixteen-year-old Hattie Brooks inherits her uncle's homesteading claim in Montana in 1917 and encounters some unexpected problems related to the war in Europe.


Hoops
by Walter Dean Myers A teenage basketball player from Harlem is befriended by a former professional player who, after being forced to quit because of a point shaving scandal, hopes to prevent other young athletes from repeating his mistake.


Lyddie
by Katherine Paterson Impoverished Vermont farm girl Lyddie Worthen is determined to gain her independence by becoming a factory worker in Lowell, Massachusetts, in the 1840s.


Memories of Summer
by Ruth White In 1955, thirteen-year-old Lyric finds her whole life changing when her family moves from the hills of Virginia to a town in Michigan and her older sister, Summer begins descending into mental illness.


Messenger
by Lois Lowry In the third title of Lowry’s science fiction trilogy that includes The Giver and Gathering Blue, teenage Matty lives with his caregiver in the Village, a place that initially seemed a refuge. However, the Village people are changing, and many have voted to build a wall to keep the newcomers out.


Miracle on 49th Street
by Mike Lupica After her mother's death, twelve-year-old Molly learns that her father is a basketball star for the Boston Celtics.


Phoenix Rising
by Karen Hesse Thirteen-year-old Nyle learns about relationships and death when fifteen-year-old Ezra, who was exposed to radiation leaked from a nearby nuclear plant, comes to stay at her grandmother's Vermont farmhouse.


Pillow of Clouds
by Marc Talbert Angry at being forced to decide which of his divorcing parents will get custody of him, Chester is further burdened with guilty feelings about the parent he is leaving behind.


Rules of the Road
by Joan Bauer Sixteen-year-old Jenna gets a job driving the elderly owner of a chain of successful shoe stores from Chicago to Texas to confront the son who is trying to force her to retire, and along the way Jenna hones her talents as a saleswoman and finds the strength to face her alcoholic father.


The Silent Storm
by Sherry Garland Thirteen-year-old Alyssa has not spoken since seeing her parents die in a hurricane, and now, three years later, another storm threatens the home she shares with her grandfather on Galveston Island.


Surviving the Applewhites
by Stephanie S. Tolan Jake, a budding juvenile delinquent, is sent for home schooling to the arty and eccentric Applewhite family’s Creative Academy, where he discovers talents and interests he never knew he had.


Touching Spirit Bear
by Ben Mikaelsen After his anger erupts into violence, fifteen-year-old Cole, in order to avoid going to prison, agrees to participate in a sentencing alternative based on the Native American Circle Justice, and he is sent to a remote Alaskan Island where an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life.


Walk Two Moons
by Sharon Creech After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.


The Wish
by Gail Carson Levine Wilma, granted her wish to be the most popular girl in school, forgets that she will graduate from eighth grade in three weeks and her popularity will vanish.


Woodsong
by Gary Paulsen For a rugged outdoor man and his family, life in northern Minnesota is a wild experience involving wolves, deer, and the sled dogs that make their way of life possible. Includes an account of the author's first Iditarod, a dogsled race across Alaska.


Series:


Alex Rider
Series by Anthony Horowitz The novels revolve around an orphan teenager, Alex Rider, being recruited by MI6 to be sent out on various missions.


A Series of Unfortunate Events
by Lemony Snicket After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.


The Redwall Series
by Brian Jaques A popular fantasy series about a kingdom of mice that has gripped the imagination of readers. In the first title Redwall, the peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of the evil rat Cluny and his villainous hordes, Matthias, a young mouse, determines to find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which, he is convinced, will help Redwall's inhabitants destroy the enemy.


Shadow Children
Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke Garner and other "thirds" (whose very existence is a capital crime) struggle to stay hidden and to gain the right to live.