12th Grade Reading List

Reading Suggestions for 12th Graders from the Weber County Library

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Good Poems
Artist/Author/Cast:
Keillor, Garrison (Author, Editor)
Call Number:
811.008 G646
Description:

Keillor offers accessible selections for people who say they don't like poetry.

Hostage Three
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lake, Nick
Call Number:
F Lake
Description:

Seventeen-year-old Amy, her father, and her stepmother become hostages when Somalian pirates seize their yacht, but although she builds a bond with one of her captors it becomes brutally clear that the price of life and its value are two very different things.

I Am Malala
Artist/Author/Cast:
Yousafzai, Malala
Call Number:
371.822 Y8288i 2013
Description:

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price.

In the Shadow of the Lamp
Artist/Author/Cast:
Dunlap, Susanne
Call Number:
YP F Dunlap
Description:

It's 1854 and sixteen-year-old Molly would give anything to change her circumstances as a lowly servant in a posh London house. So when she hears of an opportunity to join the nurses who will be traveling with Florence Nightingale to the Crimea, she jumps at the chance.

Little People and a Lost World: An Anthropological Mystery
Artist/Author/Cast:
Goldenberg, Linda
Call Number:
YP 569.9 G6188L 2007
Description:

Archaeologists discovered a small humanlike skull on Flores Island during a 2003 dig. Was this an ancestor to us all or just a very small human being?

Lost Subs: From the Hunley to the Kursk, the Greatest Submarines Ever Lost--and Found
Artist/Author/Cast:
Dunmore, Spencer; Ballard, Robert D. (Introduction by); Marschall, Ken
Call Number:
363.12365 D9226L
Description:

Beginning with a history of the first attempts at submarine invention, this book provides a chronological look at some of the best-known submarines and the men responsible for the major innovations.

Payback Time
Artist/Author/Cast:
Deuker, Carl
Call Number:
YP F Deuker
Description:

Overweight, somewhat timid Mitch reluctantly agrees to be the sports reporter for the Lincoln High newspaper because he is determined to be a writer, but he senses a real story in Angel, a talented football player who refuses to stand out on the field--or to discuss his past.

Private Peaceful
Artist/Author/Cast:
Morpurgo, Michael
Call Number:
YP F Morpurgo
Description:

When Thomas Peaceful's older brother is forced to join the British Army, Thomas decides to sign up as well, although he is only fourteen years old, to prove himself to his country, his family, his childhood love, Molly, and himself.

Revolution
Artist/Author/Cast:
Donnelly, Jennifer
Call Number:
F Donnelly
Description:

An angry, grieving seventeen-year-old musician facing expulsion from her prestigious Brooklyn private school travels to Paris to complete a school assignment and uncovers a diary written during the French Revolution.

Sabriel
Artist/Author/Cast:
Nix, Garth; Dillon, Leo (Illustrator); Dillon, Diane (Illustrator)
Call Number:
YP F Nix
Description:

Sabriel, a young mage, must travel into the Old Kingdom in search of her missing father and fight death itself.

Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network That Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bowers, Rick; Henderson, Wade (Foreword by)
Call Number:
YP 323.1196073 B7867s 201
Description:

In the 1950s and 1960s, the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission compiled secret files on more than 87,000 private citizens in the most extensive state spying program in U.S. history. Its mission: to save segregation.

Starcrossed
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bunce, Elizabeth C.
Call Number:
F Bunce
Description:

In a kingdom dominated by religious intolerance, sixteen-year-old Digger, a street thief, has always avoided attention, but when she learns that her friends are plotting against the throne she must decide whether to join them or turn them in.

Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different
Artist/Author/Cast:
Blumenthal, Karen
Call Number:
YP 92 Jobs 2012
Description:

Traces the inspiring life and career of the late founder of Apple, covering topics ranging from his struggles as an adopted child and a college dropout to his Buddhist faith and friendship with Steve Wozniak, in a portrait framed around his inspirational Stanford University commencement speech.

Stolen
Artist/Author/Cast:
Christopher, Lucy
Call Number:
F Christopher
Description:

Sixteen-year-old Gemma, a British city-dweller, is abducted while on vacation with her parents and taken to the Australian outback, where she soon realizes that escape attempts are futile, and in time she learns that her captor is not as despicable as she first believed.

Teen Esteem: A Self-direction Manual for Young Adults
Artist/Author/Cast:
Palmer, Pat; Froehner, Melissa A.
Call Number:
YP 155.518 P1755t 2010
Description:

Without patronizing or lecturing, Teen Esteem helps teenagers develop the skills needed to handle stress, peer pressure, substance abuse, anger, and more. The third edition includes new material on being different, self-acceptance, cyber-bullying, and coping with depression (in oneself and in others).

Tempest
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cross, Julie
Call Number:
F Cross
Description:

After his girlfriend Holly is fatally shot during a violent struggle, nineteen-year-old Jackson uses his supernatural abilities and travels back in time two years, where he falls in love with Holly all over again, learns that his father is a spy, and discovers powerful enemies of time who will stop at nothing to recruit him for their own purposes.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Artist/Author/Cast:
Black, Holly
Call Number:
F Black
Description:

When seventeen-year-old Tana wakes up following a party in the aftermath of a violent vampire attack, she travels to Coldtown, a quarantined Massachusetts city full of vampires, with her ex-boyfriend and a mysterious vampire boy in tow.

The Fault in Our Stars
Artist/Author/Cast:
Green, John
Call Number:
F Green
Description:

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

The Fortunes of Indigo Skye
Artist/Author/Cast:
Caletti, Deb
Call Number:
F Caletti
Description:

Indigo wants to become a full-time waitress after high school graduation, but her life is turned upside down by a large check given to her by a customer who appreciates that she cares enough to scold him about smoking.

The Good Braider
Artist/Author/Cast:
Farish, Terry
Call Number:
F Farish
Description:

Follows Viola as she survives brutality in war-torn Sudan, makes a perilous journey, lives as a refugee in Egypt, and finally reaches Portland, Maine, where her quest for freedom and security is hampered by memories of past horrors and the traditions her mother and other Sudanese adults hold dear.

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