Fourteen and Up, 2008 List
When sixteen-year old Australian-Palestinian Amal decides to wear the traditional Muslim head scarf, she faces many emotional, practical, and social issues. Humorous and unpreachy, this contemporary story is full of music, fashion and chatter.
To avoid the hopelessness endemic to his tribe and family, Arnold (aka Junior) makes a tough choice to attend high school off the “rez.” Cartoons that he draws in his diary reveal his struggle with both racist white classmates and angry Indian friends.
This important work explores the history of prejudice, making the case that racial definitions have changed through time and that contemporary classifications are more fluid than we think.
In plain but inspiring prose, this heart-rending account of a boy soldier's life during the civil war in Sierra Leone is distinguished by a matter-of-fact approach to horrific circumstances which makes the events powerfully real.
As the anesthesia wears off in the middle of a routine endoscopy, Robert inadvertently discovers his insides are not normal or even human. This edge-of-the-seat thriller combines Robert’s search for identity with nonstop action and a thought-provoking conclusion.
During her summer working and falling in love at Mistik Lake in Manitoba, Odella uncovers secrets about her employer, her mother, and her great-aunt, revelations that unexpectedly change her life.
Jade, an anxious 17-year-old, finds solace in caring for the elephants at the Seattle Zoo even as her parent's marriage comes undone and her attraction to Sebastian, a single father, grows.
Set in upscale Manhattan after September 11, 2001, this first-person account finds eighteen-year-old James curious about another man while his strained relationships with his parents create a counterpoint filled with longing and despair.