• Peak (ELA Only)

    by Roland Smith Year Published: 2007

    Peak is a 2007 young adult fiction novel by Roland Smith about the physical and emotional challenges that face a fourteen-year-old as he climbs Mount Everest as well as tall buildings in New York City after moving from Wyoming.


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  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Advanced ELA Only)

    by Lewis Carroll Year Published: 1865

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is an 1865 English children's tale by Lewis Carroll. A young girl named Alice falls through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world of anthropomorphic creatures. 

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  • Chasing Lincoln's Killer (ELA Only)

    by James L. Swanson Year Published: 2009

    A fast-paced thriller about the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth: a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia.

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  • I Am the Cheese (Advanced ELA Only)

    by Robert Cormier Year Published: 1977

    Adam Farmer is on a journey - he has to get to Rutterburg with a parcel for his father. But as he travels, he starts to remember the events leading up to this point, memories which are also being prised out in gruelling psychiatric interviews. What is the secret of Adam Farmer? And what will happen when he finds out?

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  • Uglies (ELA Only)

    by Scott Westerfield Year Published: 2005

    Uglies is a 2005 science fiction novel by Scott Westerfeld. It is set in a future post scarcity dystopian world in which everyone is considered an "ugly," but then turned "Pretty" by extreme cosmetic surgery when they reach the age of 16.

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  • Outsiders (Advanced Class Only)

    by S.E. Hinton Year Published: 1967

    The Outsiders is a coming-of-age novel by S. E. Hinton, first published in 1967 by Viking Press. Hinton was 15 when she started writing the novel but did most of the work when she was 16 and a junior in high school. Hinton was 18 when the book was published.

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  • A Long Walk to Water (All Classes)

    by Linda Sue Park Year Published: 2010

    A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about a girl in Sudan in 2008 and a boy in Sudan in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the "lost boys" of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.

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