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Non-Honors Reading List
Uglies - Scott Westerfeld - Tally Youngblood lives in a futuristic society that acculturates its citizens to believe that they are ugly until age 16 when they'll undergo an operation that will change them into pleasure-seeking "pretties." Anticipating this happy transformation, Tally meets Shay, another female ugly, who shares her enjoyment of hoverboarding and risky pranks.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet - Jamie Ford - During World War II, Henry Lee, a Chinese-American boy, meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship-and innocent love-that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors.
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline - The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue to a gigantic treasure hunt, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win-and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.
Elsewhere—Gabrielle Zevin- Fifteen-year old Liz dies in a car accident and goes to a place called Elsewhere. She must try to forget her old life and live a new life as she ages backwards until she is ready to return to Earth.
Ghost Boy - Martin Pistorius - When Martin Pistorius was 12 years old, he came home from school with a sore throat. Over the next two years, his mind and body shut down, until he was left a quadriplegic who could not speak. Then, around the time he was 16, his mind started coming back to life. He tells his story in the book, Ghost Boy.
As Simple as Snow —Gregory Galloway- The story of a shy high school sophomore's unlikely love for a Goth girl (Anna Cayne) seems simple enough, but everything quickly gets complicated when Anna disappears and the narrator attempts to find out what happened to her.
Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng Lydia is dead. From the first sentence of Celeste Ng's stunning debut, we know that the oldest daughter of the Chinese-American Lee family has died. What follows is a novel that explores alienation, achievement, race, gender, family, and identity--as the police must unravel what has happened to Lydia, the Lee family must uncover the sister and daughter that they hardly knew.
The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein - A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family love, loyalty, and hope--a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.
Honors Reading List
GRADE 9 am Malala: The Girl Who
Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban-Malala
Yousafzai - the
remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the
fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school
owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and
attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love of
their daughter in a society that prizes sons.