Anderson, Laurie Halse. Fever, 1793
In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.
Armstrong, William. Sounder
Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read and with the help of his devoted dog Sounder.
Auch, Mary Jane. Ashes of Roses
Sixteen-year-old Margaret Rose Nolan, newly arrived from Ireland, finds work at New York City's Triangle Shirtwaist Factory shortly before the 1911 fire in which 146 employees died.
Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice
Wealthy Mr. Darcy and spirited Elizabeth Bennett dislike each other at first sight, and each must contend with their pride and prejudices while Elizabeth's mother plots economically advantageous marriages for all her daughters.
Bauer, Joan. Backwater
While compiling a genealogy of her family of successful attorneys, sixteen-year-old history buff Ivy Breedlove treks into the mountain wilderness to interview a reclusive aunt with whom she identifies and who in turn helps her to truly know herself and her family.
Blackwood, Gary. The Shakespeare Stealer
A young orphan boy is ordered by his master to infiltrate Shakespeare's acting troupe in order to steal the script of "Hamlet," but he discovers instead the meaning of friendship and loyalty.
Bruchac, Joseph. Code Talker
At the age of six Ned Begay was sent to boarding school where he was taught English and forbidden to speak Navajo.But then he enlisted in Marines during WWII where he and other Navajos sent coded messages in their native language. Now he tells his story about combat in Hawaii, Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal and other islands in the Pacific to his grandchildren .
Cabot, Meg. All-American Girl
A sophomore girl stops a presidential assassination attempt, is appointed Teen Ambassador to the United Nations, and catches the eye of the very cute First Son.
Card, Orson Scott. Ender’s Game
An expert at simulated war games, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin believes that he is engaged in one more computer war game when, in truth, he is commanding the last Earth fleet against an alien race seeking Earth's complete destruction.
Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bud Not Buddy
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.
Erdrich. Louise. The Birchbark House
Omakayas, a seven-year-old Ojibwe girl lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847 and learns about her past.
Fletcher, Susan. Walk Across the Sea
In late nineteenth-century California, when Chinese immigrants are being driven out or even killed for fear they will take jobs from whites, fifteen-year-old Eliza Jane McCully defies the townspeople and her lighthouse-keeper father to help a Chinese boy who has been kind to her.
Greene, Betty. Summer of My German Soldier
Sheltering an escaped prisoner of war is the beginning of some shattering experiences for a twelve-year-old Jewish girl in Arkansas.
Hobbs, Will. Leaving Protection
Sixteen-year-old Robbie Daniels, happy to get a job aboard a troller fishing for king salmon off southeastern Alaska, finds himself in danger when he discovers that his mysterious captain is searching for long-buried Russian plaques that lay claim to Alaska and the Northwest.
Holt, Kimberly Willis. Part of Me: Stories of a Louisiana Family
Ten stories connect generations of a family living in the Louisiana bayous. Books and stories also connect the family starting with Rose who came from rural Texas to live with her estranged grandfather in 1939 and who lies about her age so she can drive the bookmobile to her great grandson Kyle who hates reading but who needing a summer job, finds one in the library.
Horowitz, Anthony. Stormbreaker
After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, MI6.
Horvath, Polly. Everything On A Waffle
Eleven-year-old Primrose Squarp tells of her parents’ disappearance at sea, and her living arrangement with her Uncle Jack. Primrose's only refuge is at a local restaurant, where the owner, Miss Bowzer, serves everything on waffles; and I mean everything: bacon, eggs, steak, chili—even waffles!
Ives, Dave. Scrib
In 1863, a 16-year-old boy nicknamed Scrib travels around the West making his living writing and delivering letters, an occupation that leads to him nearly getting killed, being jailed as a criminal, joining up with the notorious Crazy James Kincaid, and delivering a letter from President Abraham Lincoln to a Paiute Indian.
Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody. Lily B On the Brink of Cool
13-year-old Lily has the most boring life in the world. Her dad never drives a mile over the speed limit and her mom actually makes the beds in hotels so the maid won’t think they’re untidy. Lily knows that she’ll never become a famous writer with a boring family like that, so when she has a chance to spend time with the glamorous LeBlancs’, she jumps for it, even though her parents and even her best friend do not approve.
Kindl, Patrice. Goose Chase
Rather than marry a cruel king or a seemingly dim-witted prince, an enchanted goose girl endures imprisonment, capture by several ogresses, and other dangers, before learning exactly who she is.
Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted
In this novel based on Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that makes her obey any order given her, including who she should marry.
Lewis, C.S. The Chronicles of Narnia - Seven books in this series.
Luddy, Karon. Spelldown: The Big-Time Dreams of a Small-Town Word Wiz
In 1969, in the town of Red Clover, South Carolina, eighth-grader Karlene makes it to Shirley County Spelldown. Despite having a father who "can't seem to stay with the Twelve Step Program," a budding crush on Billy Ray and her fear of choking up has the support of her hard-working mother and a zany Latin teacher who opens up new worlds for her to make it to the state spelling bee and beyond. Some language
McCaffrey, Anne. Dragonsong
Forbidden by her father to indulge in music in any way, a girl on the planet Pern runs away, taking shelter with the planet's fire lizards who, along with her music, open a new life for her.
McKinley, Robin. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast
Kind Beauty grows to love the Beast at whose castle she is compelled to stay and through her love releases him from the spell which had turned him from a handsome prince into an ugly beast.
Morpurgo, Michael. Private Peaceful
When Thomas, Peaceful's older brother is forced to join the British Army during WW I, 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.
Oppel, Kenneth. Airborn
Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface.
Patterson, Katherine. Jacob Have I Loved
Feeling deprived all her life of schooling, friends, mother, and even her name by her twin sister, Louise finally begins to fight back.
Paulsen, Gary. Mr. Tucket
In 1848, while on a wagon train headed for Oregon, fourteen-year-old Francis Tucket is kidnapped by Pawnee Indians and then falls in with a one-armed trapper who teaches him how to live in the wild.
Peck, Richard. A Long Way from Chicago
A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother.
Peck, Richard. A Year Down Yonder
During the recession of 1937, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice is sent to live with her feisty, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois and comes to a better understanding of this fearsome woman.
Peck, Richard. The Teacher’s Funeral
In rural Indiana in 1904, fifteen-year-old Russell's dreams of quitting school and joining a wheat threshing crew are disrupted when his older sister takes over the teaching at his one-room schoolhouse after mean, old Myrt Arbuckle "hauls off and dies."
Pratchett, Terry. Only You Can Save Mankind
Johnny Maxwell, 12, thinks he's a loser. His parents are on the verge of splitting up and he's not very good at the computer games that his friends like. But when his friend gives him a copy of the game Only You Can Save Mankind strange things start to happen, like it's hard to tell the difference between what is real and what's a game.
Shaw, Tucker. Flavor of the Week
Cyril, an overweight boy who is good friends with Rose but wishes he could be more, helps his best friend Nick woo her with culinary masterpieces which Cyril himself secretly creates. Includes recipes from the story. Includes a great recipe for cookies!
Sheldon, Dyan. Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
In her first year at a suburban New Jersey high school, Mary Elizabeth Cep, who now calls herself "Lola," sets her sights on the lead in the annual drama production, and finds herself in conflict with the most popular girl in school.
Spinelli, Jerry. Stargirl
Van Draanen, Wendelin. Flipped
In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.
Westerfeld, Scott. Uglies
Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that? Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license -- for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there. But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world -- and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.
Wrede, Patricia. Dealing with Dragons
Bored with traditional palace life, a princess goes off to live with a group of dragons and soon becomes involved with fighting against some disreputable wizards who want to steal away the dragons' kingdom.