Fourteen and Up, 2010 List
When Carter enters high school, girls, sports and academics are all mysterious. Carter’s inane choices elicit laugh-out-loud repsonses from both readers and his savvy older sister as she tries to change him from clueless to clever.
Inside a juvenile detention center, Devon slowly comes to understand that she has given birth to a baby and abandoned it in a dumpster. How she has deceived herself and how she will atone for her actions creates a surprising psychological journey.
Adoring both emo-core guitarist Adam and her close-knit family, aspiring classical cellist Mia sees her life change in an instant. Parents and brother dead in a car accident, she views both her past and present in an unconsicious state. Should she “stay” or “go?”
Questioning the sacrifices of World War I, women without the right to vote, and marriage, Muriel, 18, eventually rejects her community’s expectations. Her poetical words meander like a stream, running around the circular stone forms of her family and friends whose words appear on adjoining pages.
As the summer passes, Belly realizes that her family’s ritual of sharing a beach house with close friends has ended. The evocative description of summers past and present, and the evolution of childhood freindships to something more create a profound and poignant novel surpassing the typical beach story.
A carefully concealed port-wine stain on her cheek and a sarcastic father have controlled collage creator Terra’s perception of herself. She meets Asian-born adoptee Goth, Jacob, who shows her geocaching and encourages her to unpeel her personality’s carefully constructed layers.
This thoroughly researched, engaging portrayal of Charles Darwin’s marriage reveals the depth of his relationship with his wife Emma, a woman whose views sometimes vexed him but whose love always comforted him. Admiring her intelligence and her faith, he consulted her about all matters, both personal and professional.
Sage is an unforgettable transgendered MTF teen. Logan, the “everyman” who falls for her, painfully discovers her secret in this entirely realistic and heart-wrenching novel.
A New York Times reporter examines a remarkable and historic year in this well-documented, chronological presentation. Outstanding photographs, quotations, and news articles bring alive events that shaped culture and politics that defined an era.