Fourteen and Up, 2010 List
Aspiring football player Marcus, glad to learn fearlessness from former NFL great Charlie Popovich, soon realizes Charlie’s erratic behavior and his family’s attempt at secrecy are part of the cost of success in this energetic and provocative look at the popular sport.
Guided by the last diary (appearing in handwritten inserts) of her best friend, Ingrid, who committed suicide, high school junior Caitlin makes the painful journey from isolation toward healing.
The events of September 11, 2001, affect three New York City teens differently. Its aftermath, however, unites them in an unexpected relationship.
In 1968 Chicago, Sam, the son of a civil rights leader espousing nonviolence, faces difficult decisions when his beloved older brother becomes a Black Panther. Compelling family drama in the midst of a highly-charged and often brutal political era.
A gripping tale set in 1865 follows orphans, Aidan, 15, and his sister, Maddy, 13, struggling to overcome the harsh realities of survival on the American frontier as they travel west to find a better life. Compelling characters and vivid description add depth to the adventure-filled plot.
Johanna has fantasized about Reeve for a long time, and when Reeve finally pays attention to her, Johanna ignores Reeve’s unstable behavior. Peters chillingly portrays the victim of an abusive relationship.
Sammy willingly plays guitar for a dreadful band because it performs his songs. When his retired jazz pianist grandfather and artist girlfriend finally convince him to follow his passion, he decides to risk present rejection in hope of future fulfillment.
Picturebook illustrator David Small reveals his dysfunctional, diseased childhood in this powerful memoir. Complete with creepy hospital corridors, parental secrets, and weird relatives, this graphic novel will evoke feelings of sympathy, dread, and awe that he survived to have a successful career.