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5

Easy

272 pgs, 1050L

National Book Award Finalist

Historical Memoir

Bagdasarian, Adam.  Forgotten Fire.  Dell Laurel-Leaf.  

Fuller, 10th grade

 Vahan Kenderian was the son of one of the richest families in all of Turkey.  He is living the life of royalty until the unexpected happens; he watches his family get murdered before his very own eyes.  This novel is filled with intense scenes and really takes you along his voyage as if you were accompanying him.  The one thing that I found frustrating about this book is that, in one scene I was so hooked in that I couldnt put it down and in others I didnt want to finish it.  Over all I gave this book a three out of five because it had a slow start then picked up and died off in the end.  I recommend this book to anyone looking for a short and quick read.      

Jason P., senior 

In 1915, Vahan lives a life of luxury.  Hes Armenian that has a huge house, servants and a fine community to live in.  This sense of security and life of comfort changes quickly in unethical ways.  It first tells how Turkish soldiers take away his father, which at first didnt seem too disturbing to Vahan.  Soon after that, everything fell apart.  Family is murdered, friends are murdered and just as it seems he can lose nothing more, he does.  This is a fantastic true story of survival that is hard to put down.  This book can be read by anyone.  If someone thinks they have problems, this book will make their troubles seem diminutive.

Mr. Greenlee 

One of the best books of my summer; it was always interesting, always moving.  

5

Very Easy

252 pgs, 700 L

 Bagnold, Enid. National Velvet.

 

5

Very Easy

850L

 Bauer, Joan.  Rules of the Road.  

Recommended by Blisse, tenth grade

Jenna has worked at Gladstone's Shoe Stores for a long time and knows everything there is about selling shoes. One day Mrs. Gladstone, the owner of Gladstone's Shoe Stores, asks 16-year-old Jenna to drive her cross-country from Chicago to Dallas, Texas. They stop all along the country to check in on other shoe stores, but there is a problem. Elden, Mrs. Gladstone's only child is going to inherit the company when she retires that year. What they find out is that Elden is secretly planning on selling the company to Shoe Warehouse, the only competition for selling shoes which sells bad quality, Mrs. Gladstone will not let that happen.

4

Very Easy 

930L

Bauer, Joan.  Squashed.

Recommended by Blisse, tenth grade

Every year there is a Rock River Pumpkin Weigh-In and Harvest Fair where Ellie is the only teenager ever to enter the adult division.  Adults all over compete against Ellie for the heaviest pumpkin. The only person who ever beats her is Cyril Poll, but Ellie is determined to win this year.  There is just one problem, someone is going from backyard to backyard stealing prize winning pumpkins.  Ellie wont let it happen to her and wants to find out who is taking these large vegetables.

5

Moderately difficult 

  Benchley, Peter.  The Deep. Available only in the  library.   

A newly wed couple plans there honeymoon for a Bermudian island beach house.  They also plan to dive on a shipwreck while on vacation where most all the suspense occurs.  They find an unusual liquid artifact that is encaged in a very small glass jar that everyone around town seems very interested in.  They are sent to the lighthouse keeper who knows about all the shipwrecks and what they had aboard at the time they sank.  They find out that the glass veil is filled with liquid morphine and there is about ten thousand more below the sea according to the lighthouse keeper's knowledge.  It happens that the ship was a medicinal ship for World War 2.  A local drug lord catches wind of the information and offers the couple one million dollars to uncover all the drugs and also threatens them if they do not agree.  The couple and the lighthouse keeper begin to work together to get rid of the drugs and keep them out of the drug lord's hands.  On a race for time and a complete fictionist story I recommend this story for readers who prefer fast paced books and a little on the eerie side.  Also by Peter Benchley is the widely known book Jaws who I would recommend if you liked The Deep.

6

Easy 

940L

  Berck, Judith.  No Place to Be.  Find it in the library at 362.7

Shelbie,10th grade  

This book goes from kid to kid telling you their situations and what they had to go through. This book covers every topic a reader could want to know about homeless children. It talks from the kids point of view and tells the stories exactly how the kids said it. It also tells the facts about these things too, like not only does it tell you that all these kids are homeless but it tells how many kids in New York State are homeless. This book is phenomenal. It is true stories that these kids have actually faced and how they have had to deal with things that some adults have never had to deal with, and how they had to live in places that no one would ever want to. This book is also a very easy read and doesnt have anything that is too bad for children of most ages to read. Although I would recommend that an older person read it because it may be confusing to interpret and does talk about drugs a little.

Recommended by Mayuka

When you hear "Homeless," what words come to mind? Sleeping in street, Begging for Money and Food and Dirty.  No Place to Be: Voices of Homeless Children explores the stories of 32 different homeless Children.  But this book changes your outlook on the homeless.  The children talk about why they become homeless, how they live, what a Barrack style shelter is, Family style shelter and welfare Hotel. They have problems, usually with drugs, violence and school.  They are often compared those living in developing nations: malnourished, sick and without hope.

6: Easy

163 pgs

Bernall, Misty.  She Said Yes.  

Morgan, 11th grade 

Death of a loved one is always hard, even more difficult when its your own daughter. Cassie Bernall was a typical teenage girl who struggled with her relationship with her parents, and found herself involved with the wrong crowd. It wasnt until she moved, and joined a youth group, that she found God. God gave her the inspiration to live better and pray more, she would do anything for God.. Everything changed on April 20th 1999, what seemed to be a normal day at school turned out to be the tragedy that would end Cassies life. Heartbroken Mother, Misty, wrote this book in memory of her daughter who died for her love of God.

  Binchy, Maeve.    Quentins.

Danielle, tenth grade 

Quentins was a book that really showed how much friends can help you out in life. They work as your stepping stones and allow you to succeed in life. 

      When Ella falls in love with Don, the world seems new and fresh to her. Don is the man of her dreams, but there is something that plays over and over in the back of her mind. Don is married. Not only is he married, but he has two children. Don is a very well known man since he runs one of the biggest companies in Dublin , Rice and  Richardson . So once he and Ella start being together in public, everyone knows. 

      Ella is unsure of all of this at first, she knows that Don is married, and he assures her over and over again that he and his wife live completely separate lives, so Ella plays along. But then, over the next year, many tragic things happen to Ella. She is put through so much and it is amazing how strong she comes out in the end. 

     Quentins is a very inspiring book. It shows you how even if you get involved in something that isnt that great, you can still come out on the top of it all. Also, even if one relationship ends very badly, you can always find love again.

  Binchy, Maeve.  Circle of Friends.  

An Oprah Book Club Selection

  Binchy, Maeve.  Tara Road.  

3

Very Easy

630L

Bishop, Claire.  Twenty and Ten.    

Thomas R 

This book is alright, at the beginning it is really confusing but towards the end it is alright.   This book is good for younger people because its really easy and short. It is about a school in France during the holocaust who takes in twenty little Jewish kids who are being tracked by Germans. One day while the only adult is gone Germans come to the school looking for the Jewish kids who are in hiding. The Germans interrogate the French kids for info but none of them were willing to tell. I will leave you there because I dont want to ruin it for the reader. 

Darcy, tenth grade  

Twenty and Ten is a story about a group of twenty school children during WWII. One day they are given the job of hiding ten Jewish children among them. Hardly understanding the risk involved, the kids continue living everyday life with their new Jewish friends. I give this book three stars because I think the characters arent believable. The author makes these fifth graders have grammar as a good as an English teacher. The plot of the story never takes any turns. When it comes time for the kids to hide from the Nazis, they handle the situation flawlessly and nothing goes wrong. I would recommend this book for someone who needs a quick book to read after a long one.   

Michael, ninth grade 

 Twenty and Ten was a great book with some good suspense and a little action. These Jewish kids come to a school and they live with the rest of the kids. The original kids have to share food and beds and toys and such. The Jews end up having to hide in a cave when two nazis come looking for them. They have to hide there for quite some time waiting. When sister Gabriel comes back they have hope but the nazis were still there. 

Bitton-Jackson.  I Have Lived a Thousand Years. 

6

Moderately Easy

680L

 

  Blake, Emily. Little Secrets, Playing With Fire.

  Danielle, 10th grade 

  This book really shows the typical ways of what high school is made up to be and in some ways is. It shows how cruel and unusual girls can be. One minute they could be your best friend, and then the next, you find them talking trash about you. 

         When Alisons highly sophisticated, wealthy mother, is sent to jail, Alisons life takes a downward spiral. Alison tries to find comfort in her cousin Kelly, whom she defines as her so called best friend, but in the end finds no comfort at all. 

       In the end, Alison finds herself in an even bigger hole; her life just seems to spiral down even further that thought possible. 

Arial, 10th grade 

Alison has it all, the looks, the clothes, and the friends. That is until her mother goes to jail and her best friend/cousin turns on her. It seems like everyone is out to get her and her life is flying into a downward spiral. All the characters in this book put up this perfect faade, but at home all of them have problems. With feuding families throwing words like fire, its hard to believe anyone will come out and not be burned. This book is good it shows that even perfect people have not so perfect secrets.

6

Moderately Easy

730L

Arial

  Blake, Emily. Little Secrets, No Accident.

 Revenge and surprises are the theme of this sequel. Everyone is out to get each other. Family members are practically at each others throats. And all everyone is trying to figure out is the truth through all the secrets.  The book is pretty suspenseful and kept me reading. But the endings just stop. She should have made them a big book instead of a bunch of really tiny ones. 

5 

Easy

650L

  Blume, Judy.  Tiger Eyes.  New York: Macmillan Children's Group.

Shelbie M., eighth grade 

This is a great book. It is a story about a teenage girls family that owns a store underneath their house.  One night while her dad is working, a man comes in to rob their store, shooting and killing her dad.  The book shows what she, her younger brother and her mom deal with it and what it takes to get back on their feet after such a tragedy.  Will her mom end up selling the store and house she grew up in, because they cant stand to be in the store any more?  Will they ever end up as a functional family again?  Or will they always dwell on there dads death?  You will have to read the book so you can find out.  

310 pgs, 1150L

Bohjalian, Chris.  Midwives. 

Bolao, Roberto.  The Savage Detectives.  FSG Publishing

Kyle S. 

This novel spans the life of two poets and their travels throughout the world during the last quarter of the century.  The whole novel is numerous, fragmented statements, told by the hundreds of people they influenced throughout their seemingly pointless quest.  Yet, it is more than the story of two men.  This book is the voice of a whole generation of writers, poets, and artists.  The story can seem painful at times, but this is nothing more than a representation of real life.  Also, the story may seem to halt, or go in a complete unnecessary direction, but in the end, it is an intense tale that should not be missed.  However, this is a very graphic book, and is only for mature students.

6: Easy

148 pgs

Boyne, John.  The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. 

Onaca, 9th grade

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas was a wonderfully simplistic book. It takes place in Germany while Hitler is in control and there are concentration camps all over. The main character is a young, terribly nave boy that has no idea what is actually going on around him. We see the world through his eyes, and it makes it all the more horrible. This book is one that, despite its utter simplicity sticks with you for a long time after you read it.  

234 pgs, 880L

  Bradbury, Ray.  Dandelion Wine. 

Maggie, 9th grade

5: Easy

148 pgs  890L

  Bradbury, Ray.  Fahrenheit 451.  

Marie, 11th Grade

When I picked this book, I was looking for a short read. I didnt really care if I liked it or not. By surprise, though I really ended up loving this book. It takes place in the future and life is much different. The main theme was books are bad. Firefighters, who once put out fires, now start them. Anyone caught with books would be in serious trouble. The main character of the book is a firefighter. The twist is he has books. The book tells the story of him realizing books arent bad and that they need to be saved.  Overall not a bad book.

890L

  Bradbury, Ray.  The Illustrated Man.  

820L

  Bradbury, Ray.  Something Wicked This Way Comes. 

National Book Winner / Most Honored

Bradley, David.  The Chaneysville Incident.  

The legend says something happened in Chaneysville. The Chaneysville Incident is the powerful story of one mans obsession with discovering what that something wasa quest that takes the brilliant and bitter young black historian John Washington back through the secrets and buried evil of his heritage. Returning home to care for and then bury his fathers closest friend and his own guardian, Old Jack Crawley, he comes upon the scant records of his familys proud and tragic history, which he drives himself to reconstruct and accept. This is the story of Johns relationship with his family, the town, and the woman he loves; and also between the past and the present, between oppression and guilt, hate and violence, love and acceptance.

 

7

Moderately difficult 

630 pgs, 1120L

Bradley, Marion Zimmer.  The Mists of Avalon.  New York: Ballantine.  Available only in the  library.   

Recommended by Jen, junior  

5

Easy

600L

Female Relationships

Brashares, Ann.  The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.   Available only in the  library.   

Arial, ninth grade 

       Bridget, Tibby, Lena, and Carmen are four best friends who share their love for each other even when they are apart. From the time they were born these four were meant to be friends. All their lives the four of them spent the summers together, up until their sophomore year. For the first time in their, lives the friends are getting ready to spend a summer apart.  On the day of their farewell they are all sitting in Carmens room when Tibby spots a pair of pants that Carmen was getting ready to throw away.  After Tibby tries them on and they fit like a dream, the other girls try them on also.  Although the girls are, all different shapes and sizes the pants fit all of them perfectly. Then they realized these were no ordinary pants. This is a cute book about teenage relationships. The girls rarely interacted and thats annoying about the book; but the author has vivid detail and real life situations.   

5

Easy

610L

  Brashares, Ann.  Second Summer of the Sisterhood.   Available only in the  library.   

Christina, senior 

     This book is the sequel to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. The four best friends who last year found a pair of pants that fit perfectly to each one of them, even though all being built differently. Summer came and the girls had to go their separate ways, but to keep in touch they decided to pass around the pants. In this book the girls are at it again with new places to go and new things for the pants to work their magic on. This was a great book and I highly recommend it for your reading pleasure. 

Melissa, senior 

This is the last summer while the girls, Tibby, Lena, Bridget, and Carmen are still in high school.  At the end of this summer the girls turn into high school seniors and start making life changing decisions.  During this summer, Bridget discovers old friendships, learns quite a bit about her deceased mother, and her grandmother she hasnt seen since she was very little.  Tibby went to camp for video production with hopes to someday make her own movie.  Lena fell in love with Kostos, her Greek man, for the second time, and Carmen is trying to cope with her mother falling in love with a man who isnt her father and could potentially start a new life with him.  The girls continue the tradition of the pants and send them from one place to another bringing the girls good luck.       

5

Easy

670L

  Brashares, Ann.  Girls In Pants.  Available only in the  library.   

Christina, senior 

This is the third summer with the traveling pants. This year will be the girls last summer together. In the fall they will all being attending college. All four girls have major things to overcome in this book each time making them realize how important change can be. With many new things coming there way the girl learn to adjust to the changes, but one thing will never change their friendship. Even when they are away from one another the pants brings them all together. 

Melissa, senior 

High school is over and college will begin in the fall, but until then these four girls, Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget have the whole summer to relax and spend time together.  Carmen takes a job helping Lenas grandmother from Greece.  Bridget goes to soccer camp to be a coach and counselor.  Lena takes an art class without her fathers permission and Tibby decides dating her best friend really isnt such a bad idea.  The girls get to see each other and spend time together throughout the whole summer, but the weekend before they all leave for college, they rent a beach house.  When at the beach house, the four of them realize they are adults now and are going to start a new chapter of their lives.  Goodbyes are said and off they go, but will the pants be around next summer?      

7

Moderately difficult 

(because of length) 

  Brin, David.  Glory Season. 

Mr. Greenlee

     On this planet, most of the women belong to clans made up of clones - groups whose members look the same and often think the same and feel the same.  Occasionally, a natural birth occurs, like the heroines of this book.  When they reach maturity, they leave the clan to seek their fortunes.  

     This book is interesting reading just to see how differently a society could be structured, but the adventures that result are only so-so; some of them seem unnecessary to the plot and drawn-out.  Still, it wasn't a bad book, and one worthy of sampling or reading through.  

7

Moderately difficult 

320 pgs, 910L

  Brin, David.  The Postman. 

Joe R., 10th grade 

This novel was very interesting. It tells the story of nuclear war which, essentially, sends the work to a primitive age. The main character is on his own trying to survive when a gang of looters raids him. When he comes across a primitive village he comes up with the idea of delivering mail like the U.S. Postal Service does today. Although a good story, there is some boring reading in the middle.

  Mr. Greenlee

This novel was close enough to the movie to hook me in, and different enough to keep me interested.  

284 pgs, 890L

Newberry Medal Book

  Brink, Katie.  Caddie Woodlawn. 

8

Moderately difficult 

890L

  Brnte, Charlotte.  Jane Eyre.   Available only in the  library; abridged version in the English Room.  

 Jane Eyre, a small, plain-faced, but intelligent and passionate English orphan is living with her mother's brother's family. The brother, surnamed Reed, died shortly after adopting Jane. His wife, Mrs. Sarah Reed, and their three children -- John, Eliza, and Georgiana -- neglect and abuse Jane, until...

 

10

For Advanced Readers 

1380L

  Bronte, Emily.  Wuthering Heights.   Available only in the  library; abridged version in the English Room.  

characters 

a rich girl with a wild spirit is drawn to a gypsy orphan.  her brother tries to thwart their relationship, but the damage he can do is nothing compared with the hurt they can cause themselves...

 

Pulitzer Prize

Brooks, Geraldine. M.

The March family is well known to readers through Louisa May Alcotts Little Women heres what happened to the father in the Civil War. 

 

 

Brooks.  World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.

  Andrew, 11th grade 

World War Z is a retelling of the fictional Zombie War told from the perspective of a reporter listening to the stories of exemplary individuals who survived the catastrophe. It is a great read and aside from subject matter I would greatly recommend it to anyone who likes a good action story.

  Mr. Greenlee

This novel was close enough to the movie to hook me in, and different enough to keep me interested.  

5

Easy 

640L

  Brooks, Kevin. Candy.

Arial, 10th grade

 Joe has a pretty average life. Average family, average school, just an ordinary kid; that is until he meets Candy. Candy is in another world from him completely, filled with drugs, sex, violence and deceit. Candy and Joe just seem to flow together. But Candys drug dealer doesnt seem to think so. Can Joe help Candy get out of the horrid life she has fallen into, or will he end up killed in the process? The beginning of this book starts out slow.  Kevin Brooks writes books with a good story line but way too much detail to the point of being frustrating. Candy was a gripping novel that tugs on emotions and is definitely a page turner. It puts two different worlds together into one story.

Danielle, tenth grade

      In this book, it shows the reader how some teens get their lives really messed up. It really shows you the concept of how kids that come from even well put together families, can get so caught up in bad things, that they just leave. 

     When Joe meets Candy, he is dumbstruck by how beautiful she is. After meeting her, he cant seem to keep her from his thoughts.

     When Joe figures out Candys secret, he tries so hard to help her out of her problems. Endangering the lives of so many that he cared about, candys, his sisters, his sisters boyfriend, and even his own.

    When I read this book, it amazed me at how much this boy was risking for a girl that he hardly even know. In the book, he couldnt even explain it himself. It just goes to show you another thing, how caring some people can be. I really liked that.  

6

Somewhat Easy

970L

  Brooks, Kevin. Lucas.

Danielle, ninth grade

Over the summer, Cait met someone that would change her life forever. Lucas is the kind of person that Cait strives to be. During the time that she spends with Lucas, the more Cait realizes that the people around her have something against him.

    Over the course of the summer, the kids on the Island decide that they dont really like Lucas. Throughout the summer they set him up with different things to try and get him caught up with the police and arrested.  

    Lucas tells Cait that, They dont know what I am. So that makes them afraid of me. That quote seems to make a lot of sense to me. It seems very true. Most of the time you see that in schools when a new kid comes. The kids kind of stay away from them for a while and try to see what they are like. Then after they find out, they start talking to them and hanging out with them if they like them. 

    When a group of local kids drive Lucas too far, Caits life goes downhill, and her life is changed forever. People always seem to find a way to put other people down. The can find the smallest things wrong with them.

    This was a pretty good book. I recommend this book to anyone who likes books that teach people a lesson. Or to people who like books that have those really sad moments in them and the life changing moments.

6 

Somewhat Easy

  Brooks, Terry.  Elfstones of Shannara.  New York: Ballantine.

Mr. Greenlee

A fast-paced knock-off of Tolkien for those who would like to read it but want something easier or for those whove read Tolkien and want more and dont mind somebody that flagrantly copies. 

3

very easy

223 pgs, 910L

  Bruchac, Joseph.  Code Talkers.  Scholastic.      

Fuller, 10th grade 

        The Navajo Natives dominated the United States since long before the English settled in the 13 colonies.  No one wouldve thought that, even with the modern technology of today, they would be able to help us win a war.  Kii Yahzi was a young man aged at about seventeen years old living on an Indian reservation and going through rough times.  He wanted to get out of that town and he wanted to do it fast.  His answer to that along with hundreds of other code talkers, was to join the United States Army and fight in World War Two.  These men would use their native language to disguise their conversations in front of the Japanese enemies.  This novel shows the struggle of the Navajo Indians in average life and on the field as well.  Many soldiers were very racist against these young, inexperienced men, and made their lives miserable as much as possible.  However, through all the mean pranks and cold shoulders, Navajo showed their pride and brought the Americans to the top and won the war.

9

 difficult 

1530L

Pulitzer Prize Winner

Buck, Pearl.   The Good Earth.    Available only in the  library.   

Mr. Greenlee

She was bought like a slave, but she became more than that.  Together, they endured what most people can't imagine.  

4

Easy 

  Buckley, Michael.  The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy-Tale Detectives. 

Emily

Life for the Grimm sisters, Sabrina and Daphne, hasnt always been a breeze.  Since the disappearance of their parents the girls have been adopted by many different families.  Each time they were sent to someone new they find that the people are either crazy or just plain mean, so they ran away.  This time Ms. Smirt, the orphanage owner, really outdid herself.  She was sending the girls to their Grandma, a woman their parents had told them was dead.  Could this just be another recap of the homes before, or is Grandma going to be the real deal.

4

Easy 

  Buckley, Michael.  The Sisters Grimm: The Usual Suspects.   

Jane L. F., eighth grade 

  The Sisters Grimm is a book that brings mystery, magic, and comedy together.  It is obvious that the author has a sense of humor, and a wild imagination.  The characters have their own wild personalities and dont leave you bored.   This page turner introduces new characters, but not enough to make you wonder who is who.  Each chapter has a surprise waiting for you at the end, so you can imagine what it is like at the end.

      The girls in this story have recently moved In with their grandmother (the first book) and are still adjusting to their new environments.  Although this is not your average move, because the town is filled with fairy tail characters, or everafters as they call them selves!  The youngest sister has Snow White for a teacher, and the eldest had the Queen of Hearts.  Sabrina (the eldest) and Daphne (the younger sister) have had their parents kidnapped by everafters, so Sabrina is skeptical of all of them.  She thinks of all of them as suspects, and it makes her move even harder.  With her parents kidnapped, strange things happening in the town, Sabrina wishes she could have just moved to a normal town!

4

Easy

510L

  Bunting, Eve.  Blackwater.   Available only in the  library.   

Cassie, ninth grade 

Anyone who likes action stories or a story about a boy who gets in a jam would definitely like this book.  The reader should be about 8 years or older depending on how they are matured and how much they like action books.  The book is written so you can see the view of life that a teenage boy Brodie gets through his rough time in life.  Right of the bat the book had a situation with Brodie's cousin.  After that it just kept getting juicier with lots of tragic, exciting, tense and scary emotions flying all haywire.  There are calm times that let you take a breath of reality before you jump in for more excitement which is really cool to feel the emotions change so drastically through out most of the book.  

5

Easy 

630L

Bunting, Eve.  Jumping the Nail.  New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 

Hailey A., 8th grade   

This book is one of my favorite books. It is thrilling, romantic, and you wont be able to put it down. This book is about a girl, Drew, who has to make some decisions and help out her friends through some very exhilarating choices.

 

Jessica, 8th Grade 

It is the choice of whether to believe or to forget.  Elisa and her boyfriend Scooter plan on jumping the nail to show there love for each other. The nail is a 90-foot cliff that leads into an unknown darkness. Some say that a little drown girl is still down there in her car, which she drove off the nail. Dru and her boyfriend Mike know that the jumping will not end until someone has died.  The main character Dru is stuck between to decisions, letting people jump the nail or telling an adult and tattle on everybody. When Scooter and Elisa jump will it be a miracle or a tragedy, and will it take a death to end the jumping craze the kids have?

Marie 

Dru just got out of school and is planning to have a great summer before she goes off to college.  Her best friend Elisa is planning to jump of the nail with her boyfriend Scooter. The nail is actually a tall cliff outside of their town. After the jump, Elisa is paranoid and thinks there are people down in the water calling for her. Dru tries to calm her down and get her away from Scooter, who wants her to jump again. All while this is happening, Dru is having problems with herself. She cant decide if she wants to go to college or stay with the love of her life.

Michael, 10th grade 

      Jumping The Nail was a great book for teenagers either boy or girl. It is about a spot where kids jump of a 90 foot cliff into the water. No one had done it since ten years ago when girl hit the rocks and got completely messed up. Dru is the main character and her and her boyfriend Mike are against it. When a crazy kid named Scooter starts the jumping back up everyone starts to do it. Dru knows the jumping wont stop until someone is hurt or killed but she dont know how to stop it before that. 

4

 Easy 

  Burnett. Secret Garden.   Available only in the  library.   

Mr. Greenlee

If you are a fan of one of the many film versions, this  should inspire  you to check out the novel as well.  

6

Somewhat Easy 

Drama, Southern small town

  Burns. Cold Sassy Tree.  Available only in the  library.   

Mr. Greenlee

Reading this novel was just  passing my time.  It's pleasant, but trite and full of dramatic clichs, like the main character deciding to walk across a train trestle - then, naturally, they hear the train coming.  

6

Somewhat Easy

Adventure

Burroughs. Tarzan of the Apes.

  

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