I’ve been thinking of a series of reading list posts for several reasons, two of whom live in my house and are constantly looking for a more challenging read. I don’t know if any of these books have been challenged themselves, but we’ll get to those later.
So here is the first list, for anyone with a middle grader like mine who has a high-school lexile paired with the sensibilities of a tween. It’s courtesy of the ALA, the same people who bring us Banned Books Week!
YA books that won’t make you blush – All the excitement, none of the naughty.
Alender, Katie. Bad Girls Don’t Die. Hyperion Books. 2010. 978-1423108771. $8.99.
Kasey’s dolls could give Chucky a run for his money.
Bodeen, S.A. The Compound. Square Fish. 2009. 978-0312578602. $9.99.
Eli’s family survived nuclear fallout, but can they survive his father’s greatest lie?
Carter, Ally. Heist Society. Hyperion Books CH. 2011. 978-1423116615. $8.99.
Heisting priceless art and cute boys’ hearts.
Farraiolo, Jack. Sidekicks. Harry N. Abrams. 2012. 978-1419701856. $6.95.
Bright Boy isn’t so boyish anymore.
Gier, Kirsten. Ruby Red. Square Fish. 2012. 978-0312551513. $9.99.
A skipped gene leads to time travel trouble.
Griffin, Adele. Picture the Dead. Illus. Lisa Brown. Sourcebooks (Fire). 2012. 978-1402268342. $8.99.
Eternal love from the grave.
Hale, Shannon. Calamity Jack. Illus. Nathan Hale. Bloomsbury. 2010. 978-1599903736. $15.99.
Jack to the rescue!
Harrison, Lisi. Monster High. Poppy. 2011. 978-0316176217. $8.99.
Cliques like no other.
Higgins, F.E. The Bone Magician. Square Fish. 2008. 978-0312659448. $7.99.
No one is surprised when the dead start talking.
Hoffman, Alice. Green Heart. Scholastic. 2012. 978-0545141963. $9.99.
Life after a terrible tragedy.
Langan, John. Search for Safety (Bluford High). Scholastic. 2012. $5.99. 978-0545395489.
Where do you go when home is no longer safe?
Leavitt, Lindsey. Sean Griswold’s Head. Bloomsbury. 2012. 978-1591940661. $9.99.
Payton can’t wait to get inside Sean’s head.
Northrop, Michael. Trapped. Scholastic. 2012. 978-0545210133. $9.99.
Snow day gone wrong.
O’Roark, Francis Dowell. Ten Miles Past Normal. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 2012. 978-1416995869. $8.99.
How do you make a good first impression with goat poop on your shoes?
Riordan, Rick. The Lost Hero: Heroes of Olympus, Book 1. Hyperion Books CH. 2012. 978-1423113461. $9.99.
There’s a new demigod in town.
Schmidt, Gary. The Wednesday Wars. Sandpiper. 2009. 978-0547237602. $6.99.
Surviving the slings and arrows of seventh grade.
Schreiber, Ellen. Vampire Kisses: Graveyard Games, vol 1. Illus. Xian Nu Studio. Katherine Tegen Books. 2011. 978-0062026729. $9.99.
Prince Charming is a vampire!
Telgemeier, Raina. Smile. Graphix. Illus. Raina Telgemeier. 2010. 978-0545132060. $10.99.
All she wants for high school is her two front teeth.
*Van Draanen, Wendelin. The Running Dream. Ember. $9.99. 978-0375866289. $10.99.
Running away from her past and her future.
Walters, Eric. Between Heaven and Earth. Orca. 2012. 978-1554699414. $9.95.
DJ’s on the journey of a lifetime.
*Wright, Bil. Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy. Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2012. 978-1416940043. $9.99.
Watch out world of glamor, here comes Carlos!