11th Grade Reading List

Reading Suggestions for 11th Graders from the Weber County Library

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A Curse Dark as Gold
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bunce, Elizabeth C.
Call Number:
YP F Bunce
Description:

Charlotte faces an uphill battle to keep her woolen mill running, with a huge mortgage and...a curse?

Amber House
Artist/Author/Cast:
Moore, Kelly; Reed, Tucker; Reed, Larkin
Call Number:
F Moore
Description:

After her grandmother's death Sarah Parsons, nearly sixteen, delights in exploring her family's centuries-old Maryland estate with new friend Jackson, but soon she is having vivid visions of her ancestors, one of whom may be a threat to Sarah's autistic brother, Sam.

An Earthly Knight
Artist/Author/Cast:
McNaughton, Janet
Call Number:
YP F McNaughton
Description:

In 1162 Scotland, 16-year-old Lady Jeanette hopes of redeeming her family's station through marriage. Yet she is haunted by the memory of a compelling young man from home--a man with a dark and terrible secret.

Between Shades of Gray
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sepetys, Ruta
Call Number:
F Sepetys
Description:

In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author's family, includes a historical note.

Bog Child
Artist/Author/Cast:
Dowd, Siobhan
Call Number:
F Dowd
Description:

In 1981, the height of Ireland's "Troubles," eighteen-year-old Fergus is distracted from his upcoming A-level exams by his imprisoned brother's hunger strike, the stress of being a courier for Sinn Fein, and dreams of a murdered girl whose body he discovered in a bog.

Bunheads
Artist/Author/Cast:
Flack, Sophie
Call Number:
F Flack
Description:

Hannah Ward, nineteen, revels in the competition, intense rehearsals, and dazzling performances that come with being a member of Manhattan Ballet Company's corps de ballet, but after meeting handsome musician Jacob she begins to realize there could be more to her life.

Code Name Pauline: Memoirs of a World War II Special Agent
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cornioley, Pearl Witherington
Call Number:
YP 940.54 C8182c 2013
Description:

Pearl Witherington Cornioley, one of the most celebrated female World War II resistance fighters, shares her remarkable story in this firsthand account of her experience as a special agent for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE).

Copper Sun
Artist/Author/Cast:
Draper, Sharon M.
Call Number:
F Draper
Description:

Two fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.

Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers
Artist/Author/Cast:
Stone, Tanya Lee
Call Number:
YP 940.541273 S8812c 2013
Description:

Examines the role of African-Americans in the military through the history of the Triple Nickles, America's first black paratroopers, who fought against attacks perpetrated on the American West by the Japanese during World War II.

Dairy Queen
Artist/Author/Cast:
Murdock, Catherine Gilbert
Call Number:
F Murdock
Description:

Sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for football after spending the summer training the rival team's quarterback.

Dark Water
Artist/Author/Cast:
McNeal, Laura
Call Number:
YP F McNeal
Description:

Living in a cottage on her uncle's avocado ranch since her parents' messy divorce, fifteen-year-old Pearl Dewitt meets and falls in love with an illegal migrant worker, and is trapped with him when wildfires approach his makeshift forest home.

Drama High
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sokolove, Michael Y.
Call Number:
370.92 S6838d 2013
Description:

Explores the life, career, and influence of Levittown, Pa., high school teacher and theater director Lou Volpe, focusing on his last school years and following a group of student actors as they work through dramas, both on stage and off.

Epitaph Road
Artist/Author/Cast:
Patneaude, David
Call Number:
YP F Patneaude
Description:

In 2097, men are a small and controlled minority in a utopian world ruled by women, and fourteen-year-old Kellen must fight to save his father from an outbreak of the virus that killed ninety-seven percent of the male population thirty years earlier.

Every Bone Tells a Story
Artist/Author/Cast:
Rubalcaba, Jill; Robertshaw, Peter
Call Number:
930.1 R8942e 2010
Description:

When did language begin? How did early humans populate the globe? By looking closely at four of the most significant hominins ever discovered, the authors explain how Turkana Boy, Lapedo Child, Kennewick Man, and Iceman have influenced debates about the nature of the earliest members of the family Hominidae.

Eyes of the Emperor
Artist/Author/Cast:
Salisbury, Graham
Call Number:
F Salisbury
Description:

Following orders from the United States Army, several young Japanese American men train K-9 units to hunt Asians during World War II.

Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students
Artist/Author/Cast:
Fogarty, Mignon; Haya, Erwin (Illustrator)
Call Number:
YP 428.2 F6552g 2011
Description:

For beginners to more advanced students, this guide covers it all: the parts of speech, sentences, and punctuation are all explained clearly and concisely with the warmth, wit, and accessibility Grammar Girl is known for. 

Guinea Pig Scientists: Bold Self-experimenters in Science and Medicine
Artist/Author/Cast:
Boring, Mel; Dendy, Leslie; Mordan, C. B. (Illustrator); Mordan, C. (Illustrator)
Call Number:
YP 616.027 D3915g 2005
Description:

Stories of ten men and women, from the 1770s to the present, who devoted their lives, and sometimes risked them, to answer some of the big questions in science and medicine.

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

For thirteen years, Ben Tomlin was an only child. But all that changes when his mother brings home Zan -- an eight-day-old chimpanzee.

Impossible
Artist/Author/Cast:
Werlin, Nancy
Call Number:
F Werlin
Description:

When seventeen-year-old Lucy discovers her family is under an ancient curse by an evil Elfin Knight, she realizes to break the curse she must perform three impossible tasks before her daughter is born in order to save them both.

Looking for Alaska
Artist/Author/Cast:
Green, John
Call Number:
F Green
Description:

Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

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