10th Grade Reading List

Reading Suggestions for 10th Graders from the Weber County Library

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Runner
Artist/Author/Cast:
Deuker, Carl
Call Number:
F Deuker
Description:

Living with his alcoholic father on a broken-down sailboat on Puget Sound has been hard on seventeen-year-old Chance Taylor, but when his love of running leads to a high-paying job, he quickly learns that the money is not worth the risk.

Rutka's Notebook: A Voice from the Holocaust
Artist/Author/Cast:
Vashem, Yad (Prepared for Publication by); Time Magazine Editors (Editor); Knauer, Kelly (Editor); Laskier, Rutka
Call Number:
YP 92 Laskier 2008
Description:

More than sixty years after her 1943 death in Auschwitz, the words of fourteen-year-old Rutka Laskier, a young Jewish girl from Bedzin, Poland, recreate the everyday lives of the Polish Jews of her town caught up in the Holocaust.

Shadow and Bone
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bardugo, Leigh
Call Number:
YP F Bardugo
Description:

Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.

Ship Breaker
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bacigalupi, Paolo
Call Number:
F Bacigalupi
Description:

Scrap metal scavenger Nailer discovers a beached clipper ship and its only survivor, a wealthy heiress.

Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence
Artist/Author/Cast:
Kiernan, Denise; D'Agnese, Joseph
Call Number:
YP 923.2 K4752s 2009
Description:

Presents the lives, deaths, and scandals involving the fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence, including John Adams, John Hancock, and Thomas Jefferson.

Spite Fences
Artist/Author/Cast:
Krisher, Trudy B.
Call Number:
YP F Krisher
Description:

As she struggles with her troubled relationship with her mother during the summer of 1960, a young girl is also drawn into the violence, hatred, and racial tension in her small Georgia town.

Team Human
Artist/Author/Cast:
Larbalestier, Justine; Brennan, Sarah Rees
Call Number:
F Larbalestier
Description:

Residing in New Whitby, Maine, a town founded by vampires trying to escape persecution, Mel finds her negative attitudes challenged when her best friend falls in love with one, another friend's father runs off with one, and she herself is attracted to someone who tries to pass himself off as one.

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.

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, saying the wrong thing can lead to banishment “ or worse. Accused of being a witch, sixteen-year-old Maggie Blair is sentenced to be hanged.

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.

The Fellowship of the Ring
Artist/Author/Cast:
Tolkien, J. R. R.; Lee, Alan (Illustrator)
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.

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.

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.

The Mysteries of Beethoven's Hair
Artist/Author/Cast:
Martin, Russell; Nibley, Lydia
Call Number:
YP 780.92 M3827m 2009
Description:

A lock of Ludwig van Beethoven's hair was cut off his head on his deathbed in 1827. It ended up in Nazi-occupied Denmark in 1943. In 1994, it was sold at auction to two men who studied the hair for forensic evidence of Beethoven's deafness and cause of death.

The Raft
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bodeen, S. A.
Call Number:
F Bodeen
Description:

Robbie's last-minute flight to the Midway Atoll proves to be a nightmare when the plane goes down in shark-infested waters. Fighting for her life, the co-pilot Max pulls her onto the raft, and that's when the real terror begins.

The Red Necklace: A Story of the French Revolution
Artist/Author/Cast:
Gardner, Sally
Call Number:
YP F Gardner
Description:

In the late eighteenth-century, Sido, the twelve-year-old daughter of a self-indulgent marquis, and Yann, a fourteen-year-old Gypsy orphan raised to perform in a magic show, face a common enemy at the start of the French Revolution.

The Wicked and the Just
Artist/Author/Cast:
Coats, J. Anderson
Call Number:
YP F Coats
Description:

In medieval Wales, follows Cecily whose family is lured by cheap land and the duty of all Englishman to help keep down the "vicious" Welshmen, and Gwenhwyfar, a Welsh girl who must wait hand and foot on her new English mistress.

Tree Shaker: The Story of Nelson Mandela
Artist/Author/Cast:
Keller, Bill
Call Number:
YP 92 Mandela 2008
Description:

The story of Nelson Mandela, who challenged apartheid in South Africa.

Underground
Artist/Author/Cast:
Ferris, Jean
Call Number:
YP F Ferris
Description:

Used to being sold, Charlotte is unfazed by her new position at Mammoth Cave Hotel, until she meets Stephen.

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