10th Grade Reading List

Reading Suggestions for 10th Graders from the Weber County Library

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Is the End of the World Near?: From Crackpot Predictions to Scientific Scenarios
Artist/Author/Cast:
Miller, Ron
Call Number:
YP 001.9 M6496i 2012
Description:

Introduces end of the world scenarios, including self-destruction through nuclear war or continued environmental exploitation, humanity wiped out by a pandemic, or an asteroid or comet strike destroying Earth.

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.

Numbers
Artist/Author/Cast:
Ward, Rachel
Call Number:
F Ward
Description:

Fifteen-year-old Jem knows when she looks at someone the exact date they'll die.

Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science
Artist/Author/Cast:
Fleischman, John
Call Number:
YP 362.197481 F5965p
Description:

Gage, foreman of a railroad construction gang, survived an iron rod being blasted through his brain in 1848, and the subsequent study of him contributed to the modern understanding of the central nervous system.

Photo By Brady: A Picture of the Civil War
Artist/Author/Cast:
Armstrong, Jennifer
Call Number:
973.73 A7364p 2004
Description:

The story of the Civil War as seen through the lenses of the field photographers hired by Matthew Brady, who traveled with troops and made visual records of what they saw.

Photography: An Illustrated History
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sandler, Martin W.
Call Number:
YP 770.9 S2175p
Description:

Presents the history of photography from the daguerreotypes of the mid-1800s to its acceptance as an art form and more.

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.

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 protege 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.

The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim
Artist/Author/Cast:
Johnston, E. K.
Call Number:
YP F Johnston
Description:
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.

Unnatural Creatures
Artist/Author/Cast:
Gaiman, Neil; Headley, Maria Dahvana; Morrow-Cribbs, Briony (Illustrator)
Call Number:
YP 808.831 U5898 2013
Description:

A number of stories featuring unnatural creatures along with several other creatures who are either unlikely, impossible, or do not exist at all.

We Were Liars
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lockhart, E.
Call Number:
F Lockhart
Description:
Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hemphill, Stephanie
Call Number:
YP F Hemphill
Description:

A fictionalized account, told in verse, of the Salem witch trials, told from the perspective of three young women living in Salem in 1692.

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