Stuck at home over Spring Break? Or maybe you’re just looking for a new page turner. It’s time to treat yourself to a good read. Whether you’re a history buff, mystery seeker, or into sci-fi, we’ve got the books for you!
For the History Buffs
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
Samantha, a Chinese girl dreaming of being a musician, and Annamae, a runaway slave, escape for a new life. Under disguise as males, they follow the Oregon Trail to the California gold rush of 1849. Will they survive the dangers and setbacks?
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Narrated by Death himself, the story is about a young girl living with a foster family during the beginning of World War II. Follow Liesel as she learns the power and danger of words as she navigates life in Nazi Germany.
For the Amateur Detective
Paper Towns by John Green
Before our stars had faults, there were paper towns. Q has been in love with his neighbor since she moved in, so when she runs away he searches for. Finding clues she left behind, he and his friends are lead on a path that changes the way Q thinks about his manic pixie dream girl. This book will keep you guessing as you try to piece together the mystery along with Q. Another reason to read the book: the movie comes out this July!
Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano
Nominated for this years Edgar Awards, Nearly Gone is about Nearly, a high schooler with an obsession with reading personal ads. Deciphering the ads of a serial killer targeting her students, Nearly herself becomes a suspect. Will she solve the case, or become a victim?
For the Wild Imaginations
The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
Hogwarts isn’t the only place to learn magic. Ceony is a recent graduate of Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, and has begun her apprenticeship in the field of paper magic. When her teacher’s heart is stolen by a dark magician, Ceony must go on an adventure to save it.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
A well loved classic, Ender’s Game explores the battles of Ender Wiggin, not only in the war against aliens, but against himself. Ender faces conflicts with identity, isolation, and manipulation, all the while being trained in space. If you’ve seen the movie, the book is definitely still worth checking out. There’s a level of depth and subplots that will immerse even those who aren’t fans of science fiction.
It Could Happen…
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Junior lives on the Spokane Indian Reservation, and realizes the disadvantages the reservation school faces. Breaking the cycle he sees on the reservation, Junior decides to attend the local, all-white high school. Facing racism and judgement from those on the rez, Junior navigates high school with a split identity, becoming a part-time Indian only on the rez.
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Living with her father, who faces PTSD from his time in Iraq, Hayley hasn’t had a settled life. But will her life become normal when they move to her father’s home town, or will her father be pushed over the edge?
It Really Happened
Teen Angst? Naaah… by Ned Vizzini
A collection of short, personal essays, Teen Angst? Naaah… provides a humorous look at teenage years through It’s Kind of a Funny Story author, Ned Vizzini.
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
An incredible story of taking a stand, Malala Yousafzai shares her experiences with terrorism in northern Pakistan.
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