10th Grade Reading List

Reading Suggestions for 10th Graders from the Weber County Library

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45 Pounds (More or Less)
Artist/Author/Cast:
Barson, K. A.
Call Number:
YP F Barson
Description:

When Ann decides that she is going to lose 45 pounds in time for her aunt's wedding, she discovers that what she looks like is not all that matters.

Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship
Artist/Author/Cast:
Freedman, Russell
Call Number:
YP 973.7092 F8535a 2012
Description:

A clear-sighted, carefully researched account of two surprisingly parallel lives and how they intersected at a critical moment in U.S. history.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Artist/Author/Cast:
Alexie, Sherman; Forney, Ellen (Illustrator)
Call Number:
F Alexie
Description:

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Airborn
Artist/Author/Cast:
Oppel, Kenneth
Call Number:
YP F Oppel
Description:

Matt Cruse, cabin boy on the great airship Aurora, is about to have an adventure beyond his wildest dreams.

Alligator Bayou
Artist/Author/Cast:
Napoli, Donna Jo
Call Number:
YP F Napoli
Description:

Fourteen-year-old Calogero Scalise and his Sicilian uncles and cousin live in small-town Louisiana in 1898, when Jim Crow laws rule and anti-immigration sentiment is strong, so despite his attempts to be polite and to follow American customs, disaster dogs his family at every turn.

The Archived
Artist/Author/Cast:
Schwab, Victoria
Call Number:
F Schwab
Description:

When an otherworldly library called the Archive is compromised from within, sixteen-year-old Mackenzie Bishop must prevent violent, ghost-like Histories from escaping into our world.

The Betrayal of Maggie Blair
Artist/Author/Cast:
Laird, Elizabeth
Call Number:
F Laird
Description:

In seventeenth-century Scotland, sixteen-year-old Maggie Blair is sentenced to be hanged as a witch but escapes to the home of her uncle, placing him and his family in great danger as she risks her life to save them all from the King's men.

A Certain October
Artist/Author/Cast:
Johnson, Angela
Call Number:
F Johnson
Description:

Scotty compares herself to tofu: no flavor unless you add something. And it's true that Scotty's friends and her brother, Keone, make life delicious. But when a terrible accident occurs, Scotty feels responsible for the loss of someone she hardly knew, and the world goes wrong.

Crazy
Artist/Author/Cast:
Nolan, Han
Call Number:
YP F Nolan
Description:

Fifteen-year-old loner Jason lives a precarious life with his mentally ill father.

The Devil's Paintbox
Artist/Author/Cast:
McKernan, Victoria
Call Number:
YP F McKernan
Description:

In 1865, fifteen-year-old Aiden and his thirteen-year-old sister Maddy, penniless orphans, leave drought-stricken Kansas on a wagon train hoping for a better life in Seattle, but find there are still many hardships to be faced.

Discovering Wes Moore
Artist/Author/Cast:
Moore, Wes
Call Number:
YP 975.26 M8252d 2012
Description:

The author, a Rhodes scholar and combat veteran, analyzes factors that influenced him as well as another man of the same name and from the same neighborhood who was drawn into a life of drugs and crime and ended up serving life in prison, focusing on the influence of relatives, mentors, and social expectations that could have led either of them on different paths.

The Fellowship of the Ring
Artist/Author/Cast:
Tolkien, J. R. R.
Call Number:
YP F/F Tolkien
Description:

The first volume in the classic fantasy series, the Lord of the Rings, in which the quest to destroy the One Ring begins.

The Gadget
Artist/Author/Cast:
Zindel, Paul
Call Number:
YP F Zindel
Description:

In 1945, having joined his father at Los Alamos, where he and other scientists are working on a secret project to end World War II, thirteen-year-old Stephen becomes caught in a web of secrecy and intrigue.

Geronimo
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bruchac, Joseph
Call Number:
YP F Bruchac
Description:

For this new historical novel, the acclaimed author of "Sacajawea" now turns his attention to the great Apache warrior and spiritual leader.

Going Vintage
Artist/Author/Cast:
Leavitt, Lindsey
Call Number:
F Leavitt
Description:

When sixteen-year-old Mallory learns that her boyfriend, Jeremy, is cheating on her with his cyber "wife," she rebels against technology by following her grandmother's list of goals from 1962, with help from her younger sister, Ginnie.

Gold Medal for Weird
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sylvester, Kevin
Call Number:
YP 796.48 S9854g 2007
Description:

Describes unusual events or facts about the Olympic games, such as the Canadian coin hidden in the ice during the 2002 Winter Games that gave luck to the Canadian hockey team.

Grave Mercy
Artist/Author/Cast:
LaFevers, Robin
Call Number:
F LaFevers
Description:

Ismae trains as an assassin at the convent of St. Mortain. Can she really do what is asked of her?

Haunting Violet
Artist/Author/Cast:
Harvey, Alyxandra
Call Number:
YP F Harvey
Description:

Sixteen-year-old Violet Willoughby has been part of her mother's Spiritualist scam since she was nine, but during an 1872 house party in Hampshire, England, she is horrified to learn that she can actually see ghosts, one of whom wants Violet to solve her murder.

The Heart Is Not a Size
Artist/Author/Cast:
Kephart, Beth
Call Number:
YP F Kephart
Description:

Fifteen-year-old Georgia learns a great deal about herself and her troubled best friend Riley when they become part of a group of suburban Pennsylvania teenagers that go to Anapra, a squatters village in the border town of Juarez, Mexico, to undertake a community construction project.

Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck
Artist/Author/Cast:
Engle, Margarita
Call Number:
YP 811.54 E582h 2011
Description:

Quebrado has been a slave on captain Bernadino de Talavera's pirate ship for years, but when a hurricane sinks the ship and kills most of the crew, Quebrado escapes to safety and finds acceptance and refuge in a nearby village.

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