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Chapter 5:
Under the Earth

Aguiar, Nadia. Secrets of Tamarind. Feiwel and Friends, 2011. 373 p. (978-0312380304) Gr. 5–9. Four years after leaving the lost island of Tamarind, Maya, Simon, and Penny Nelson return to stop the Red Coral Project, a sinister group mining the magical mineral ophalla there and ruining the magnificent island.

Aguirre, Ann. Enclave. Feiwel and Friends, 2011. 272 p. (978-0312650087) Gr. 6+. In a post-apocalyptic future, 15-year-old Deuce, a loyal Huntress, brings back meat while avoiding the Freaks outside her enclave, but when she is partnered with the mysterious outsider, Fade, she begins to see that the strict ways of the elders may be wrong—and  dangerous.

Appelhof, Mary. Worms Eat My Garbage. Flower Press, 2nd ed., 2006. 125 p. (978-0977804511, pap.) Adult. Presents a guide to building and maintaining a home composting system, focusing on the benefit of using worms, and covers choosing a location, worm bedding, types of worms, the proper types of garbage, and other related topics.

Bacigalupi, Paolo. Ship Breaker. Little, Brown and Company, 2010. 352 p. (978-0316056199, pap.) Gr. 8+. In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.

Burger, Paul. Cave Exploring: The Definitive Guide to Caving Technique, Safety, Gear, and Trip Leadership. Falcon Guide, 2006. 128 p. (978-0762725601, pap.) Adult. Provides an introduction to cave exploration, discussing gear, clothing, and other equipment, explaining safety rules, describing the techniques of horizontal, wet, and advanced caving, and discussing caving hazards, and trip organization and leadership. Includes resources.

Cahill, Tim. Pecked to Death by Ducks. Vintage Books, 1994. 400 p. (978-0679749295, pap.) Gr. 9+. Tim Cahill relates his experiences and adventures while traveling the world, describing what it was like to sleep with grizzlies, spelunk in America’s deepest cave, and assess the cuteness of giant clams in the South Pacific.

Chesterman, Charles. The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Rocks and Minerals. Knopf, 1978. 856 p. (978-0394502694, vinyl bd.) Gr. 7+. Identification information for various characteristics of rocks and minerals found in North America, with 794 photographs.

Dashner, James. Maze Runner (Maze Runner Trilogy). Delacorte, 2010. 400 p. (978-0385737951, pap.) Gr. 6–10. Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape. Sequels include The Scorch Trials, and The Death Cure.

Dengler, Marianna. The Worry Stone. Cooper Square Publishing, 1996. 40 p. (978-0873586429). Gr. 3+. A folktale weaving three stories together through multiple generations. 

DuPrau, Jeanne. The City of Ember. Yearling, 2008. 288 p. (978-0385736282, pap.) Gr. 4–8. The 241-year-old ruined and domed city would be impossible to escape from unless one had instructions. The two 12-year-old main characters have fragments of them, and if they work together they can escape. 

Eckert, Allan W. Incident at Hawk’s Hill. Little, Brown and Company, 1995. 207 p. (978-0316209489, pap.) Gr. 5–7. A young boy leaves home and discovers friendship with a badger. Newbery Honor book.

Eckert, Allan W. Return to Hawk’s Hill. Little, Brown and Company, 2000. 192 p. (978-0316006897, pap.) Gr. 5–7. Ben is on an adventure again after getting lost. He meets more people and things that both threaten and help him.

Fisher, Catherine. Incarceron. Firebird, 2011. 464 p. (978-0142418529, pap.) Gr. 6+. To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape. The sequel is Sapphique.

Gaiman, Neil. Neverwhere. William Morrow & Co., 2003. 400 p. (978-0060557812, pap.) Adult with crossover appeal. A man goes to the aid of woman pursued by assassins and discovers an alternative City of London, a subterranean, medieval world populated by “people who fell through the cracks” from the real city above. A fantasy tale, replete with demons and wizards.

Gordon, Roderick, and Brian Williams. Tunnels (Tunnels). Scholastic, 2009. 496 p. (978-0545078818, pap.) Gr. 6–9. When Will Burrows and his friend Chester embark on a quest to find Will’s missing archaeologist father, they are led to a labyrinthine world underneath London, full of sinister inhabitants with evil intentions toward “Topsoilers” like Will and his father. First in a series that includes Deeper, Freefall, Closer, and Spiral.

Grahame, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows. Simon and Brown, 2012. 200 p. (978-1613822135, pap.) Gr. 4+. The classic tale of underground animals and their misadventures.

Greenburg, J. C. In the Garbage (Andrew Lost #13). Random House, 2006. 96 p. (978-0375835629, pap.) Gr. 5–8. Ten-year-old inventor Andrew Dubble creates a machine designed to swallow and shrink garbage, but he finds himself in trouble when the machine shrinks him, his robot Thudd, and his cousin Judy down to the size of beetles.

Larson, Gary. There’s a Hair in My Dirt!: A Worm’s Story. Harper Perennial, 1999. 64 p. (978-0060932749, pap.) Gr. 6+. A young earthworm, upset to discover a hair in his dinner dirt, gets a lesson about the realities of nature from his father, and learns about his importance in the perpetuation of life on Earth.

Pratchett, Terry. The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents. HarperCollins, 2003. 368 p. (978-0060012359, pap.) Gr. 7+. A talking cat, intelligent rats, and a strange boy cooperate in a Pied Piper scam until they try to con the wrong town and are confronted by a deadly evil rat king.

Rodda, Emily. City of the Rats (Deltora Quest #3). Scholastic, 2001. 132 p. (978-0439253253, pap.) Gr. 4+. Sixteen-year-old Lief embarks on a dangerous journey to find the seven lost gems of the magic Belt of Deltora in order to overthrow the evil Shadow Lord, who has terrorized the kingdom.

Smith, Alexander Gordon. Lockdown: Escape from Furnace 1. Square Fish, 2010. 304 p. (0312611935, pap.) Gr. 9+. When 14-year-old Alex is framed for murder, he becomes an inmate in the Furnace Penitentiary, built a mile beneath the earth’s surface, where brutal inmates and sadistic guards reign, and boys who disappear in the middle of the night sometimes return weirdly altered, but escape might just be possible.

Symes, R. F., and R. R. Harding. Crystal and Gem (Eyewitness Guides). Dorling Kindersley, 2007. 72 p. (978-0756630010) Gr. 3–9. Describes how crystals form in nature, how crystals are grown artificially, and how they are used in industry. Numerous color photos with text identify the various gemstones.

Tolkien, J. R. R. The Children of Hurin. Houghton Mifflin, 2007. 320 p. (978-0618894642) Gr. 6 +. Set in the early days of Middle-Earth, humans and elves, dwarves and dragons, and orcs and dark sorcerers clash in an epic battle between good and evil.

Tolkien, J. R. R. The Hobbit. Graphia, 2002. 320 p. (978-0618260300, pap.) Gr. 6 +. The timeless fantasy classic introduces you to Tolkien’s world. Bilbo goes on an epic adventure with his friend Gandalf the Grey.

Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings. Mariner Books, 2005. 1,178 p. (978-0618640157, pap.) Gr. 6 +. All three books in the classic fantasy trilogy.

Tolkien, J. R. R. The Silmarillion. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004. 416 p. (978-0618391110) Gr. 6 +. Essential background to the Lord of the Rings books.

Wagner, Hilary. Nightshade City (Nightshade Chronicles, Book 1). Holiday House, 2011. 262 p. (978-0823423873, pap.) Gr. 5+. Eleven years after the cruel Killdeer took over the Catacombs far beneath the human’s Trillium City, Juniper Belancourt, assisted by Vincent and Victor Nightshade, leads a maverick band of rats to escape and establish their own city.

Walker, Pam, and Elaine Wood. Ecosystem Science Fair Projects Using Worms, Leaves, Crickets and Other Stuff. Enslow Publishers, 2005. 128 p. (978-0766023673, lib. bdg.) Gr. 6+. Presents 20 experiments that investigate questions about ecosystems, and the effects of living, nonliving, and human factors on ecosystems. Includes suggestions on how to adapt the experiments for science fair projects.


Chapter 6: Under the Water

Bingham, Kelly. Shark Girl. Candlewick Press, 2010. 288 p. (978-0763646271, pap.) Gr. 6–10. After a shark attack causes the amputation of her right arm, fifteen-year-old Jane, an aspiring artist, struggles to come to terms with her loss and the changes it imposes on her day-to-day life and her plans for the future.

Brandt, Anthony, ed. The Tragic History of the Sea: Shipwrecks from the Bible to Titanic. National Geographic, 2006. 329 p. (978-0792259084). Gr. 9+. Presents a historical account of a number of shipwrecks throughout the ages from the one involving the Apostle Paul to the Titanic.

Davidson, Avelyn. Beach Biology. Children’s Press, 2008. 32 p. (978-0531154953, pap.) Gr. 5–8. Photographs, illustrations, and text introduce children to the beach environment, describing the plants, animals, and fish found on and along the world’s coasts, as well as the natural and man-made forces that shape them.

De Maddalena, Alessandro. Sharks: The Perfect Predators. Jacana, 2008. 198 p. (978-1770095595, pap.) Gr. 7+. Contains photographs and information about sharks, focusing on their diets and predatory tactics, with discussion of their senses, mouths and teeth, digestive systems, cannibalism, attacks on humans, defenses against predators, and other topics.

Delgado, James P. Adventures of a Sea Hunter: In Search of Famous Shipwrecks. Douglas & McIntyre, 2004. 230 p. (978-1553650713) Adult. Delgado recounts the adventures he has had in his years as an underwater explorer searching for shipwrecks in the world’s oceans.

Eilperin, Juliet. Demon Fish: Travels through the Hidden World of Sharks. Pantheon, 2011. 295 p. (978-0375425127) Adult. Investigate the different ways in which individuals and cultures relate to sharks, the ocean’s top predator.

Hamilton, Bethany. Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, And Fighting to Get Back on the Board. MTV Books, 2006. 240 p. (978-1416503460, pap.) Gr. 6–9. Bethany Hamilton, a teenage surfer, lost her arm in a shark attack off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii. Not even the loss of her arm keeps her from returning to surfing, the sport she loves.

L’Engle, Madeline. The Arm of the Starfish. Square Fish, 2011. 243 p. (978-0312674885, pap.) Gr. 7+. A marine biology student reporting to his summer job on an island off Portugal finds himself at the center of a power struggle between his boss and another group of Americans.

Madigan, L. K. The Mermaid’s Mirror. Graphia, 2011. 320 p. (978-0547577357, pap.) Gr. 6+. Lena, almost 16, has always felt drawn to the waters of San Francisco Bay despite the fears of her father, a former surfer, but after she glimpses a beautiful woman with a tail, nothing can keep Lena from seeking the mermaid in the dangerous waves at Magic Crescent Cove.

Parker, Steve. The Encyclopedia of Sharks. Firefly, 2008. 224 p. (978-1554074099, pap.) Gr. 6+. A comprehensive guide to sharks that provides information on their natural history, classifications, feeding, breeding, migration, survival methods, protection and conservation, the threats posed by humans, and other related topics, with photographs, maps, diagrams, and other resources.

Porter, Sarah. Lost Voices. Harcourt, 2011. 304 p. (978-0547482507) Ages 12+. Luce has a tough life and it all changes when she is assaulted and falls into the ocean. She becomes a mermaid and starts a new life that may not be as perfect as it seems. First in a new trilogy.

Riordan, Rick. The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians). Hyperion Books for Children, 2009. 384 p. (978-1423101499, pap.). Gr. 5+. When demonic cheerleaders invade his high school, Percy Jackson hurries to Camp Half Blood, from whence he and his demigod friends set out on a quest through the Labyrinth, while the war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near.

Riordan, Rick. The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians). Hyperion Books for Children, 2011. 416 p. (978-1423101505, pap.) Gr. 5+. The final book in the Percy Jackson series. The battle against the Titans is looming and the prophesy around his 16th birthday unfolds.

Riordan, Rick. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians). Hyperion Books for Children, 2006. 400 p. (978-0786838653, pap.) Gr. 5+. Percy Jackson thought he was a loser, but really he has some special abilities that lead him to understand the identity of his father. 

Riordan, Rick. The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus). Hyperion Books for Children, 2010. 576 p. (978-1423113393). Gr. 5+. North America. Jason, Piper, and Leo, three students from a school for “bad kids,” find themselves at Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that they are demigods and begin a quest to free Hera, who has been imprisoned by Mother Earth herself. A spin-off series from the Percy Jackson series by Riordan.

Riordan, Rick. The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles). Hyperion Books for Children, 2011. 544 p. (978-1423113454, pap.) Gr. 5+. The children of Egyptologist, Carter and Sadie, go on a crazy adventure involving the Rosetta Stone as they learn about their family heritage. 

Riordan, Rick. The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) Hyperion Books for Children, 2007. 304 p. (978-1423103349, pap.) Gr. 5+. The second adventure in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Percy dreams of pal Grover in trouble, and he and his pals go on another adventure.

Riordan, Rick. The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus). Hyperion Books for Children, 2001. 544 p. (978-1423140597). Gr. 5+. The second in the Heroes of Olympus series explores the Roman camp of demigods, and we meet new as well as familiar characters.

Riordan, Rick. The Throne of Fire (The Kane Chronicles). Hyperion Books for Children, 2011. 464 p. (978-1423140566) Gr. 5+. Carter Kane and his sister must prevent the chaos snake Apophis from breaking free in a few days’ time or the world will come to an end. To have any chance of battling these Forces of Chaos, the Kanes must revive the sun god Ra. The second book in the series.

Riordan, Rick. The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians). Hyperion Books for Children, 2008. 336 p. (978-1423101482, pap.) Gr. 5+. When the goddess Artemis disappears while hunting a rare, ancient monster, a group of her followers joins Percy and his friends in an attempt to find and rescue her before the winter solstice, when her influence is needed to sway the Olympian Council regarding the war with the Titans.

Turgeon, Carolyn. Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale. Broadway, 2011. 256 p. (978-0307589972, pap.) Gr. 8+.  A dark retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of two women from different worlds who fall in love with the same prince.


Chapter 7: History

Avi. Hard Gold: The Colorado Gold Rush of 1859, a Tale of the Old West (I Witness). Hyperion Books for Children, 2008. 240 p. (978-1423105206, pap.) Gr. 4–7.  Fourteen-year-old Early Witcomb goes out to find his uncle who went to find gold and found it, but ran into trouble. Written in a diary format.

Betrò, Maria C. Hieroglyphics: The Writing of Ancient Egypt. Abbeville Press, 1996. 251 p. (978-0789202321). Adult. Reveals the secrets of the hieroglyphic writing of the Nile Valley explaining almost 600 figures, tracing their origins and meanings, as well as their graphic stylization.

Bial, Raymond. The Underground Railroad. Sandpiper, 1999. 48 p. (978-0395979150, pap.) Gr. 3+. Pictures and information on what it was like to travel on the Underground Railroad. 

Carbone, Elisa. Stealing Freedom. Yearling, 2001. 272 p. (978-0440417071, pap.) Gr. 5–8. A novel based on the events in the life of a young slave girl from Maryland who endures all kinds of mistreatment and cruelty, including being separated from her family, but who eventually escapes to freedom in Canada.

Ferris, Jean. Underground. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007. 167 p. (978-0374372439, pap.) Gr. 8+. Charlotte Brown, a slave who is a maid at Mammoth Cave Hotel in 1839, is drawn to the adventurous spirit of 18-year-old tour guide Stephen Bishop, a slave whose knowledge of the Kentucky cave system has given him a measure of freedom, and she hopes her trust in him is not misplaced when she learns that runaway slaves are arriving at the hotel in need of help.

Fleischman, Sid. By the Great Horn Spoon. Little, Brown and Company, 1988. 193 p. (978-0316286121, pap.). Gr. 4–7. Set during the gold rush, featuring Hack and his aunt’s butler going on an adventure to discover gold.

Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. The Classic Slave Narratives. Signet Classic, 2002. 672 p. OP. Gr. 9+. Presents four classic narratives illustrating the black experience in slavery.

Hamilton, Virginia. Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom. Random House, 1996. 151 p. (978-0679879367, pap.) Gr. 4–9. Recounts the journey of black slaves to freedom via the underground railroad, an extended group of people who helped fugitive slaves in many ways.

Krull, Kathleen. Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought). Harcourt, 2000. 96 p. (978-0545088022, pap.) Gr. 4–8. Brief biographies of famous women with interesting facts about their lives. 

Landau, Elaine. Fleeing to Freedom on the Underground Railroad: the Courageous Slaves, Agents and Conductors. Twenty-First Century Books, 2006. 88 p. (978-0822534907, lib. bid.) Gr. 6–9. Use of primary sources and other stories from the Underground Railroad gives a history with realistic images and stories.

Lasky, Kathryn. True North: A Novel of the Underground Railroad. Scholastic, 2009. 288 p. (978-0545088022, pap.) Gr. 6–9. The history behind the Underground Railroad shown through two adolescent girls and the contrasts in their lives and how they help each other.

Lassieur, Allison. The Underground Railroad: An Interactive History Adventure (You Choose Books). Capstone Press, 2008. 112 p. (978-1429611831, pap.) Gr. 3–7. A “Choose Your Own Adventure”-type book where readers can take different perspectives on the Underground Railroad.

Leon, Vicki. Outrageous Women of Ancient Times. Wiley, 1997. 128 p. OP. Gr. 5+. Twenty-one outspoken women heroes’ stories celebrating women in ancient times. 

Lyons, Mary E. Letters from a Slave Boy: The Story of Joseph Jacobs. Simon Pulse, 2009. 198 p. (978-0689878688, pap.) Gr. 5+. A fictionalized look at the life of Joseph Jacobs, son of a slave, told in the form of letters that he might have written during his life in pre-Civil War North Carolina, on a whaling expedition, in New York, New England, and finally in California during the Gold Rush.

Lyons, Mary E. Letters from a Slave Girl: The Story of Harriet Jacobs. Simon Pulse, 2007. 175 p. (978-1416936374, pap.) Gr. 5+. A fictionalized version of the life of Harriet Jacobs, told in the form of letters that she might have written during her slavery in North Carolina and as she prepared for escape to the North in 1842.

McDaniel, Lurlene. The Time Capsule. Laurel Leaf, 2005. 215 p. (978-0553494310, pap.) Gr. 6+. Reminded of what life was once like by the opening of a first-grade time capsule, 17-year-old Alexis now faces the pressures of senior year in high school, her parents’ total focus on work, and the recurrence of her twin brother’s leukemia.

McKissack, Pat. A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, Belmont Plantation, Virginia 1859 (Dear America). Scholastic, 2011. 230 p. (978-0545242530) Gr. 5–9. Clotee, a 12-year-old slave on a Virginia plantation in 1859, teaches herself to read and write while fanning the master’s son during his daily lessons, and determines to use her secret knowledge to help her and her friends reach freedom.

Paulsen, Gary. Nightjohn. Laurel Leaf, 1995. 112 p. (978-0440219361, pap.) Gr. 6+. Twelve-year-old Sarny’s brutal life as a slave becomes even more dangerous when a newly arrived slave offers to teach her how to read.

Paulsen, Gary. Sarny: A Life Remembered. Laurel Leaf 1999. 180 p. (978-0440219736, pap.) Gr. 6+. Sequel to Nightjohn. Continues the adventures of Sarny, the slave girl whom Nightjohn taught to read, through the aftermath of the Civil War when she taught other African-Americans and lived a full life until age 94.

Pearsall, Shelley. Trouble Don’t Last. Dell Yearling, 2003. 256 p. (978-0440418115, pap.) Gr. 5–8. Samuel, an 11-year-old Kentucky slave, and Harrison, the elderly slave who helped raise him, attempt to escape to Canada via the Underground Railroad.

Plaxton, Judith. Morning Star. Second Story Press, 2011. 277 p. (978-1897187975, pap.) Gr. 5–8. Flower and her family have escaped from slavery on a plantation in the U.S. South and are making their way north on the Underground Railroad, but they must struggle with hunger, illness, and constant danger of being captured.

Sedgwick, Marcus. Revolver. Square Fish, 2011. 240 p. (978-0312547974, pap.) Gr. 7+. Finland, 1910: Fifteen-year-old Sig is shocked to see a hole in the frozen lake outside his family’s cabin and to find his father’s corpse nearby. Why did Einar steer his dog sled across the lake instead of taking the safer land route? Sig’s sister and stepmother go for help, leaving Sig alone with Einar’s body in the cabin. Soon after, an armed stranger barges in, demanding a share of Einar’s stolen gold.

Stephens, Autumn. Wild Women: Crusaders, Curmudgeons, and Completely Corsetless Ladies in the Otherwise Virtuous Victorian Era. Conari Press, 1992.  250 p. (978-0943233369, pap.) Gr. 9+. Details, facts, and quotes in this book introduce or reintroduce us to important women in history.

Thimmesh, Catherine. Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women. Sandpiper, 2002. 64 p. (978-0618195633, pap.) Gr. 5–8. Tells the story of how women throughout the ages have responded to situations confronting them in daily life by inventing such items as correction fluid, space helmets, and disposable diapers.

Woodruff, Elvira. Dear Austin: Letters From the Underground Railroad. Yearling, 2000. 137 p. (978-0375803567, pap.) Gr. 5–8. In 1853, in letters to his older brother, 11-year-old Levi describes his adventures in the Pennsylvania countryside with his African American friend, Jupiter, and his experiences with the Underground Railroad.


Chapter 8: Subcultures

Askew, Claire. Generation V: The Complete Guide to Going, Being and Staying Vegan as a Teenager. PM Press, 2011. 160 p. (978-1604863383, pap.) Gr. 8+. A guide to help teens interested in going vegan. With recipes, help with grocery shopping, and dealing with their families.

Bingham, Jane. Graffiti (Culture in Action). Heinemann-Raintree, 2009. 32 p. (978-1410934185, pap.) Gr.3+. Learn about the beginnings and the culture of graffiti.

Carle, Megan, and Jill Carle. College Vegetarian Cooking: Feed Yourself and Your Friends. Ten Speed Press, 2009. 160 p. (978-1580089821, pap.) Gr. 9+. Tips, tricks, and tasty recipes the authors use to feed themselves and their friends, in style—veggie style.

Carriger, Gail. Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate). Orbit, 2009. 384 p. (978-0316056632, pap.) Gr. 7+.  The first in the series about the adventures of soulless Alexia Tarabotti who kills a vampire at a party, thus breaching all standards of social etiquette. She teams up with werewolf Lord Conall Maccoon to solve a mystery.

Clare, Cassandra. Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices). Margaret K. McElderry, 2010. 496 p. (978-1416975878, pap.) Gr. 9 +. First book in the series, 16-year-old Tessa Gray is kidnapped by the Dark Sisters so that the Magistrate can exploit her powers.

Cohn, Rachel and David Levithan. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Ember, 2008. 183 p. (978-0375846144, pap.) Gr. 9+. Two hearbroken teens, both questioning their places in the world, meet by chance at a punk-rock club. They embark on an all-night trek to find a legendary band’s secret show, learning about life and love in the process.

Cornish, D. M. Foundling (Monster Blood Tattoo). Putnam Juvenile, 2006. 404 p. (978-0142409138, pap.) Gr. 8+. Having grown up in a home for foundlings and possessing a girl’s name, Rossamünd sets out to report to his new job as a lamplighter and has several adventures along the way as he meets people and monsters who are more complicated that he previously thought.

Cross, Kady. The Girl in the Steel Corset (The Steampunk Chronicles). Harlequin, 2011. 480 p. (978-0373210336) Gr. 9+. When 16-year-old Victorian Finley is attacked, she fights back with a power that will help her solve problems.  

Crowley, Cath. Graffiti Moon. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2012. 272 p. (978-0375869532). Gr. 9+. After her senior year is complete, Lucy wants to find Shadow, who does graffiti all over the city. She sets out to search for him and discovers someone else. 

DuPrau, Jeanne. The City of Ember. Yearling, 2008. 288 p. (978-0385736282, pap.) Gr. 4–8. The 241-year-old ruined and domed city would be impossible to escape from unless one has instructions. The two 12-year-old main characters have fragments of it, and if they work together they can escape.

Essential Survival Skills: Key Tips and Techniques for the Great Outdoors. DK Publishing, 2011. 196 p. (978-0756659981, pap.) All ages. An at-a-glance reference packed with instant-access, easy-to-understand tips to help you improve your game, your technique, and your creativity.

Foer, Jonathan Safran. Eating Animals. Back Bay Books, 2010. 368 p. (978-0316069885, pap.) Adult. Explores the many fictions we use to justify our eating habits—from folklore to pop culture to family traditions and national myth—and how such tales can lull us into a brutal forgetting.

Gore, Al. An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It. Rodale Books, 2006. 326 p. (1-594865671, pap.) Adult. Details the issues of the climate crisis that people can no longer ignore. 

Harland, Richard. Worldshaker. Simon & Schuster, 2011. 416 p. (978-1416995531, pap.) Gr. 6–10. When the grandson of Queen Victoria’s advisor realizes his world is not what it seems, he teams with mysterious lower-class revolutionaries to rock his world.

Hirshfield, Lynn. Girls Gone Green. Puffin, 2010. 208 p. (978-0142414064, pap.) Gr. 7+. Women and girls share their backgrounds on trying to live green.

Howell, Simmone. Notes from the Teenage Underground. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2007. 250 p. (978-1582348353). Gr. 9+. A teenager creatively writes an underground play with her best friends who may not be friends after all.

Hunt, Stephen. The Court of the Air. Tor Books, 2009. 608 p. (978-0765360229, pap.) Gr. 9+. When two teen orphans run away from mythical creatures and assassins, they encounter a whole world of steampunk

Hunt, Stephen. The Kingdom Beyond the Waves. Tor Books, 2010. 560 p. (978-0765360236, pap.) Gr. 9+. Chronicles the journey of archaeologist Amelia Harsh as she travels through the fabled kingdom of Clamlantis. 

Hunt, Stephen. The Rise of the Iron Moon. Tor Books, 2011. 464 p. (0-76532766X) Gr. 9+. This post-apocalyptic steampunk tale unites characters from Hunt’s other novels to save the environment. 

Kessler, Jackie Morse. Rage (Riders of the Apocalypse).  Graphia, 2011. 228 p. (978-0547445281, pap.) Gr. 6+. Sixteen-year-old Missy copes with being an outcast at school and stress at home by cutting herself with a razor blade, until Death chooses her as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and offers her a new blade.

Lappé, Frances Moore. EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, To Create the World We Want. Nation Books, 2011. 304 p. (978-1568586830) Gr. 10+. The author of this book challenges the way we think about the environmental crisis and makes teens think to reveal their hidden power.

Link, Kelly and Gavin Grant. Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories. Candlewick Press, 2011. 432 p. (978-0763648435) Gr. 9+. A collection of steampunk fiction with a variety of settings and fun stories.

Mackler, Carolyn. Vegan Virgin Valentine. Candlewick, 2006. 240 p. (978-0763626136, pap) Gr. 8+. Mara is an overachiever whose world changes when her same-age niece rocks her world.

Mancusi, Mari. Girls That Growl (A Blood Coven Vampire Novel). Berkley Trade, 2007. 256 p. (978-0425217160, pap.). Gr. 9+. A vampire teenage drama involving a former vampire slayer and the trials and tribulations of being in the Blood Coven. First in a series. 

Moore, Alan. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1. America’s Best Comics, 2002. 176 p. (978-1563898587, pap.) Gr. 9+. Comic novel that unites literary characters who solves mysteries in the steampunk genre.

Nichols, Travis. Punk Rock Etiquette: The Ultimate How-to Guide for DIY, Punk, Indie, and Underground Bands. Roaring Book Press, 2008. 144 p. (978-1596434158, pap.) Gr. 8+. Gives all the steps on how to form your own band, pick a name, as well as all the necessities of being a punk rocker. 

Nix, Garth. Mister Monday (Keys to the Kingdom).  Scholastic Paperback, 2003. 368 p. (978-0439551236, pap.) Gr. 5–8. Arthur Penhaligon is supposed to die at a young age but is saved by a key that is shaped like the minute hand of a clock. The key causes bizarre creatures to come from another realm, bringing with them a plague. A man named Mister Monday will stop at nothing to get the key back. First in a seven-part book series.

Oppel, Kenneth. Airborn. HarperCollins, 2005. 544 p. (978-0060531829, pap.) Gr. 6–10. 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. Sequels include Skybreaker and Starclimber.

Pfeffer, Susan Beth. Life As We Knew It. Graphia, 2008. 360 p. (978-0152061548, pap.) Gr. 7+. Through journal entries, 16-year-old Miranda describes her family’s struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. Sequels include The Dead & The Gone and This World We Live In.

Poe, Edgar Allen. Steampunk: Poe. Running Press Kids, 2011. 264 p. (978-0762441921) Gr. 7+. A collection of Poe stories illustrated with the influence of steampunk.

Rau, Dana Meacham. Going Vegetarian: A Healthy Guide to Making the Switch. Compass Point Books, 2012. 64 p. (978-0756545222, lib. bdg.) Gr. 6–9. Learn about the benefits and challenges of a diet that does not include red meat, poultry, or fish. Helpful tips, delicious vegetarian recipes, and how-tos will make the switch so much easier.

Reeve, Philip. Larklight (Larklight). Bloomsbury Publishing, 2009. 416 p. (978-1408800607, pap.) Gr. 6–10. Art and Myrtle live in Larklight in a world where Britain controls the American colonies as well as some planets. The siblings are brought into an adventure of space pirates, robots, and aliens.

Rosoff, Meg. How I Live Now. Wendy Lamb, 2006. 194 p. (978-0553376050, pap.) Gr. 7+. To get away from her pregnant stepmother in New York City, 15-year-old Daisy goes to England to stay with her aunt and cousins, with whom she instantly bonds, but soon war breaks out and rips apart the family while devastating the land.

Shelley, Mary. Steampunk: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Running Kids Press, 2012. 384 p. (978-0762444274) Gr. 7+. Steampunk art by Zdenko Basic and Manuel Sumberac transforms the classic tale.

Slade, Arthur. The Hunchback Assignments. Wendy Lamb Books, 2010.  288 p. (978-0375854033, pap.) Gr. 6–10. A young hunchback is rescued from a traveling show and brought into a secret protection agency in this steampunk novel.

Smith, Sharon J. The Young Activist’s Guide to Building a Green Movement and Changing the World. Ten Speed Press, 2011. 224 p. (978-1580085618, pap.). Gr. 8+. A practical guide to living green and how many teens have already started changing the world.

Telep, Trisha, ed. Corsets and Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances. Running Kids Press, 2011. 448 p. (978-0762440924, pap.) Gr. 8+. A collection of 13 stories set during the Victorian era, including tales of steam-powered machines, family secrets, and love.

Verne, Jules. 20,000 Leagues under the Sea. Qualitas Classics, 2012. 450 p. (978-1897093696, pap.) Gr. 6+. The classic science fiction novel first published in 1869. Captain Nemo and his submarine are swept up in a year long voyage. 

Waclawek, Anna. Graffiti and Street Art. Thames & Hudson, 2011. 208 p. (978-0500204078, pap.) Gr. 9+. Provides a history of graffiti and street art in urban environments around the world.

Wells, H. G. The Time Machine. Dover Publications, 1995. 80 p. (978-0486284729, pap.) Gr. 8+. Wells’s first novel about a time traveler who travels to a world where divided classes represent a world of capitalism gone wrong.

Westerfeld, Scott. Leviathan. Simon Pulse, 2010. 464 p. (978-1416971740, pap.). Gr. 7+. In an alternate 1914 Europe, 15-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically engineered beasts. Sequels include Behemoth and Goliath.

Wiseman, John. SAS Survival Guide. Collins Reference, rev. ed., 2010. (978-0061992865, pap.) Adult. A survival guide from the Special Air Service offers a complete course on how to be prepared for any type of emergency—from natural disasters to terrorist attacks to wilderness adventures—explaining how to adapt successfully to various climates, how to identify edible plants, and how to build a fire, with tips on first aid, campcraft, emergency preparation, and more.


Chapter 9:

Asher, Jay and Carolyn Mackler. The Future of Us.  Razorbill, 2012. 356 p. (978-1595145161, pap.) Gr. 8+. It’s 1996 and Josh and Emma are experimenting with an AOL CD sent to them to sample when they log in to find their Facebook pages from 15 years in the future. They are forced to make some different decisions to try to change their future. 

Bell, Cathleen. Little Blog on the Prairie. Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers, 2011. 276 p. (978-1599906775, pap.) Gr. 5–8. Thirteen-year-old Genevieve’s summer at a frontier family history camp in Laramie, Wyoming, is filled with surprises, which she reports to friends back home on the cell phone she sneaked in, and which they turn into a blog.

Carlson, Dale. Who Said What? Philosophy Quotes for Teens. Bick Publishing House, 2003. 224 p. (978-1884158285, pap.) Grades 7+. A book of quotes compiled by an award-winning author. 

Cohn, Rachel, and David Levithan. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Knopf, 2008. 183 p. (978-0375846144, pap.) Gr. 9+. High school student Nick O’Leary, member of a rock band, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-sweetheart.

Ephron, Delia. The Girl with the Mermaid Hair. HarperTeen, 2010. 320 p. (0-061542601) Gr. 7–10. A vain teen, Sukie, is given a magical mirror that helps her see the truth.

Hamlett, Christina. Screenwriting for Teens: The 100 Principles of Screenwriting Every Budding Writer Must Know. Michael Wiese Productions, 2006. 288 p. (978-1932907186, pap.). Gr. 8+. This guide for budding screenwriters provides tips for how to write dialogue, plot, and characters, including specific information on genres such as horror, romance, and westerns.

Hanley, Victoria. Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write. Prufrock Press, 2011. 228 p. (978-1877673818, pap) Gr. 6+. This resource presents the elements of fiction, from creating believable dialogue to executing an exciting plot, through real story excerpts. Packed with tips, tricks, and writing exercises.

Hernandez, Mario. Citizen Rex. Dark Horse, 2011. 136 p. (978-1595825568) Gr. 12+.Twenty years ago, a lifelike robot named CTZ-RX-1, or Rex, was arrested and deactivated after being involved in a scandal. Now, Rex is back. When gossip blogger Sergio Bauntin reports about the robot’s activities, he must contend with the city’s underworld power players, who sell black market robotic body parts and do not want the story to get out.

Lanier, Troy and Clay Nichols. Filmmaking for Teens: Pulling Off Your Shorts. Michael Wiese Productions, 2nd ed., 2010. 200 p. (978-1932907681) Gr. 7+. This book covers all the bases of making movies along with advice and encouragement from the authors. 

Lusted, Marcia Amidon. Social Networking: MySpace, Facebook & Twitter. Essential Library, 2011. 112 p. (978-1617148118, lib. beg.) Gr. 6+. Learn about the ins and outs of all the top social networking websites.

Mazer, Anne, and Ellen Potter. Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook. Flash Point, 2010. 288 p. (978-1596436282) Gr. 5+. (978-1596436282, pap.) Gr. 5–9.  Two authors tackle the aspects of writing in a fresh and funny way. 

McDonald, Kathleen. How to Meditate: A Practical Guide. Wisdom Publications, 2005. 269 p. (978-0861713417, pap.) Adult. An introduction to meditation that discusses what it is, establishing a practice, common problems, analytical meditations, visualization, prayers, and other related topics.

Selfridge, Benjamin. A Teen’s Guide to Creating Web Pages and Blogs. Prufrock Press, 2009. 148 p. (978-1593633455, pap.) Gr. 7+. Step-by-step instructions help teens create personal web pages and blogs, with tips on how to design and update a unique, creative website while protecting themselves and their identities from online hackers and predators.

Wood, Maryrose. Why I Let My Hair Grow Out. Berkley Trade, 2007. 218 p. (978-0425213803, pap.) Gr. 8+. Morgan and her boyfriend broke up, and, in response, she cuts her hair and dies it bright orange. Her parents send her to Ireland, where she gets pulled into a fantasy world that helps her do some growing up.


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