YA Literature

YA Literature

UCHS BOOK CLUB SE-YA 2017 Ruta Sepetys Sabaa Tahir Angie Thomas V. ROTH Beth Revis

Rene Ahdieh Alan Gratz YA LITERATURE For the Sophisticated Reader Volunteer State Book Award The Volunteer State Book Award is sponsored annually by the Tennessee Library Association and the Tennessee Association of School Librarians. Each year, children across Tennessee are asked to read books from a list of nominated titles. The Volunteer State Book Award has four divisions--Primary (K-2nd Grade), Intermediate (Grades 3rd5th), Middle School (Grades 6-8), and high school (grades

9-12). In the spring, those students who have read or listened to at least three of the titles from the list are eligible to vote for their favorite titles. These votes are tabulated and sent to the state organization. The book with the most votes statewide wins the award. The author of the book receives a plaque and is invited to Tennessee to receive the award. (tasltn.org) 2017-2018 VSBA Titles Spotlight Middle School Pax by Sara Pennypacker Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists

in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild. At his grandfather's house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should bewith Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox. Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own. . . . 2017-2018 VSBA Title Spotlight Middle School Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff Everyone says that middle school is awful but Trent knows nothing could be worse

than the year he had in fifth grade, when a freak accident on Cedar Lake left one kid dead, and Trent with a brain full of terrible thoughts he can't get rid of. Trents pretty positive the entire disaster was his fault, so for him middle school feels like a fresh start, a chance to prove to everyone that he's not the horrible screw-up they seem to think he is. If only Trent could make that fresh start happen. 2017-2018 VSBA Title Spotlight Middle School Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans by Don Brown

A graphic novel account of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in November of 2005, when the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, and surrounding areas were flooded and more than fourteen hundred people lost their lives. Don Brown's kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both the tragedy and triumph of one of the worst natural disasters in American history. A portion of the proceeds from this book has been donated to Habitat for Humanity New Orleans. 2017-2018 VSBA Title Spotlight High School All American Boys by Jason Reynolds

and Brendan Kiely When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, his classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. 2017-2018 VSBA Title Spotlight High School Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys Set in Eastern Europe at the end of WWII, this novel tells the story of four refugees as they try to escape the

advancing Soviet Army. They find passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German ship targeted by Soviet submarines. Will they all survive the greatest maritime disaster in history? 2017-2018 VSBA Title Spotlight High School Dumplin by Julie Murphy Willowdean wants to prove to everyone in her small Texas town that she is more than just a fat girl. While grappling with her feelings for a co-worker who is clearly

attracted to her, Will and some other misfits prepare to compete in the towns beauty pageant. 2018-2019 VSBA Title Spotlight Middle School The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron Canaan is a quiet city on an idyllic world, hemmed in by high walls, but every twelve years the town breaks out in a chaos of bloody violence, after which all the people undergo the Forgetting, in which they are left without any trace of memory of themselves, their families, or their lives--but

Somehow seventeen-year-old Nadia has never forgotten, and she is determined to find out what causes it and how to put a stop to The Forgetting forever. 2018-2019 VSBA Title Spotlight Middle School Garveys Choice by Nikki Grimes Garvey's father has always wanted Garvey to be athletic, but Garvey is interested in astronomy, science fiction, reading--anything but sports. Feeling like a failure, he comforts himself with food. Garvey is kind, funny, smart, a loyal friend, and he is also overweight, teased by bullies, and lonely. When his only friend encourages him to join the school

chorus, Garvey's life changes. The chorus finds a new soloist in Garvey, and through chorus, Garvey finds a way to accept himself, and a way to finally reach his distant father by speaking the language of music instead of the language of sports. 2018-2019 VSBA Title Spotlight Middle School The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall In 1963, thirteen-year-old Arthur is sentenced to community service helping the neighborhood Junk Man after he throws a brick at the old man's head in a moment of rage, but the junk

he collects might be more important than he suspects. Inspired by the work of American folk artist James Hampton. 2018-2019 VSBA Title Spotlight High School Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Prez 2016 Michael L. Printz Honor Book New London, Texas. 1937. Naomi Vargas and Wash Fuller know about the lines in East Texas as well as anyone. They know the signs that mark them. They know the people who enforce them. But sometimes the attraction between two people is so powerful

it breaks through even the most entrenched color lines. And the consequences can be explosive. 2018-2019 VSBA Title Spotlight High School Scythe by Neal Shusterman Citra and Rowan learn that a perfect world comes only with a heavy price A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control..

2018-2019 VSBA Titles Spotlight High School Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed Naila's conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing- She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up-but they will choose her husband. Naila's vacation to visit relatives in Pakistan turns into a nightmare when she discovers her parents want to force her to marry a man she's never met.

Supporting the CurriculumMiddle The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti Novel based on the true story of a Hitler Youth. In October 1942, seventeen-year-old Helmuth Hubener, imprisoned for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets, recalls his past life and how he came to dedicate himself to bring the truth about Hitler and the war to the German people. Subjects: History, English

Supporting the CurriculumMiddle The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming by J. Anderson Coats Jane is excited to be part of Mr. Mercer's expedition to bring orphans and Civil War widows to Washington Territory, but life out West isn't at all what she expected. Subjects: History, English Supporting the CurriculumMiddle We Will Not Be Silent:

The White Rose Student Resistance Movement that Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman The true story of the White Rose, a group of students in Nazi Germany who were active undercover agents of the resistance movement against Hitler and his regime. Subjects: History, English Supporting the CurriculumMiddle Night on Fire by Ronald Kidd When Billie hears about a group calling themselves the Freedom Riders

passing through Anniston to protest segregation on buses, she thinks change could be coming. But instead of embracing change, Billie's town responds with violence, and she finds herself at Forsyth & Sons Grocery watching a bus burn. Shocked by the actions of people she thought she knew, she realizes that Freedom has a cost. But is she brave enough to stand up and fight for it? Subjects: History, English Supporting the CurriculumMiddle The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

In 1963, thirteen-year-old Arthur is sentenced to community service helping the neighborhood Junk Man after he throws a brick at the old man's head in a moment of rage, but the junk he collects might be more important than he suspects. Inspired by the work of American folk artist James Hampton. Subjects: Art, History, English Supporting the CurriculumHigh The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful.

A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you've been created for. As the Empire begins to fracture and Rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life--and the empire. Subjects: Science, English, Psychology Supporting the CurriculumHigh Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (VSBA 2017; National Book Award Winner)

Caden Bosch is on a ship that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior. Caden Bosch is designated the ship's artist in residence to document the journey with images. Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head. Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny. Caden Bosch is torn. Subjects: English, Heath, Psychology, Art

Supporting the CurriculumHigh Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation) by Daniel James Brown Out of the depths of the Great Depression comes the astonishing tale of nine working-class boys from the American West who at the 1936 Olympics showed the world what true grit really meant. With rowers who were the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washingtons eight-oar crew was never expected to defeat the elite East Coast teams, yet they did, going on to shock the world by challenging the German boat rowing for Adolf Hitler. Subjects: English, History, P.E.

Supporting the CurriculumHigh All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (VSBA 2017-2018; 2016 Coretta Scott King Honor Book) Subjects: History, English Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Prez (VSBA 2018; Michael L. Printz Honor) Subjects: History, English Whats Hot in YA-Middle Fish Girl by Donna Jo Napoli Fish Girl, a young mermaid living in a

boardwalk aquarium, has never interacted with anyone beyond the walls of her tank until a chance encounter with an ordinary girl, Livia. Their growing friendship inspires Fish Girl's longing for freedom, independence, and a life beyond the aquarium tank. Whats Hot in YA-Middle Theodore Boone Series by John Grisham Thirteen-year-old Theodore Boone, who knows every judge, police officer, and court clerk in the small town of

Strattenburg, finds himself involved in a murder trial because of knowledge he might have about a cold-blooded killer. Whats Hot in YA-Middle Bone Jack by Sara Crowe Ash Tyler hopes to make his psychologically scarred father proud by training for his town's Stag Chase, but when he meets the mysterious Bone Jack, dark energies take root and the world as he knows it is upended.

Whats Hot in YA-Middle Sisters by Raina Telgemeier Raina can't wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren't quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she's also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn't improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture and later, something doesn't seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all.

Whats Hot in YA-High Superheroes: Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo; Batman by Marie Lu (Jan 2018); Catwoman by Sarah J. Maas (Aug 2018); Superman by Matt De La Pena (2019) Questioning Humanity: The Diabolic by S.J Kincaid; This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab; Scythe by Neal Shusterman; Renegades by Marissa Meyer; Female of

the Species by Mindy McGinnis Whats Hot in YA-High Fairy Tale Retelling: The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine; Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones; Cinder by Marrisa Meyer; Hunted by Meagan Spooner; Wrath and the Dawn by Rene Ahdieh; Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (March 2018)

Fantasy: Sarah J. Maas; Leigh Bardugo; Caraval by Stephanie Garber Realistic Fiction: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas; Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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