Top 10 Best Books for Teens in 2003
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by Laurie Halse Anderson
Eighteen-year-old Kate, who sometimes chafes at being a preacher's daughter, finds herself losing control in her senior year as she faces difficult neighbors, the possibility that she may not be accepted by the college of her choice, and an unexpected death.
This sudden turn of events brings Kate's world to a standstill bringing an oppositely charged neighbor and herself to come together; finding a common understanding; and taking stock of what's truly important.
by M.T. Anderson
The future in which everyone has a mini-computer with internet access implanted in his head. For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon - a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires.
Things Not Seen
by Andrew Clements
At first it seems like any other Tuesday... until he check's the mirror to comb his hair that he notices something is missing - him.
Tying to find answers, he escapes to the library and meets Alicia, the one person who will not notice that he is invisible. She is blind.
Through Alicia Bobby learns that there is something worse than being invisible, and that is being made to feel invisible. Together they help each other work through their situations to find friendship and a new strength that they did not realize they possessed.
The House of the Scorpion
by Nancy Farmer
Matteo Alacran was not Born; He was Harvested. His DNA came from El Patron, lord of a country called Opium - a strip of poppy fields lying between the United States and what was once called Mexico. Matt is a clone, but most consider him a monster - except for El Patron.
As Matt struggles to understand his existence, he is threatened by a sinister cast of characters, including El Patron's power-hungry family, and a dangerous army of bodyguards. Escape is the only chance Matt has to survive. But escape from the Alacran Estate is no guarantee of freedom, because Matt is marked by his difference in ways he doesn't even suspect.
by E.R. Frank
Fifteen-year-old America has been nowhere, has been nobody. Separated from his foster mother. A runaway. A patient. Without love. Without hope. And, eventually, without the will to live. Until Dr. B. steps in.
Teenage America, a not-black, not-white, not-anything boy who has spent many years in institutions for disturbed, antisocial behavior, tries to piece his life together.
Son of the Mob
by Gordon Korman
Seventeen-year-old Vince's life is constantly complicated by the fact that he is the son of a powerful Mafia boss. Mom turns a deaf ear to the shady goings-on and his older brother serves as their father's loser lackey that Vince can't avoid being tainted.
Things heat up when Vince beings dating - and eventually falls in love with - Kendra, the daughter of the FBI agent determined to bring down Vince's father. Can their relationship survive what seems doomed from the start?
The Lightkeeper's Daughter
by Iain Lawrence
Three years have passed since Squid McCrae last saw her parents and the remote island where she grew up. She returns now at seventeen, a young woman with a daughter in tow. The visit, she knows, will be rough. Lizzie Island - paradise to some, a stifling prison to others - brings an onslaught of memories. It is the place of Squid’s idyllic childhood, where she and her brother, Alastair, blossomed into precocious adolescents. But Lizzie Island is also the place where Alastair died.
Now the past collides with the present as Squid’s homecoming unleashes bittersweet recollections, revelations, and accusations. But nothing is what it appears to be. No one possesses the complete truth, and no one is without blame.
Left for Dead: A Young Man's Search for Justice on the USS Indianapolis
by Peter Nelson
Just after midnight on July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. Those who survived the fiery sinking struggled to stay afloat in shark-infested waters as they waited for rescue. But the United States Navy did not even know they were missing. The Navy needed a scapegoat for this disaster. So it court-martialed the captain for "hazarding" his ship. The survivors of the Indianapolis knew that their captain was not to blame. For 50 years they worked to clear his name, even after his untimely death. But the navy would not budge - until an 11-year-old boy named Hunter Scott entered the picture. His history fair project on the Indianapolis soon became a crusade to restore the captain's good name and the honor of the men who served under him.
19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East
by Naomi Shihab Nye
Naomi Shihab Nye's childhood were spent in the worlds of both her Palestinian father and German-American mother; growing up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio.
Nourishing, haunting and hopeful, 19 Varieties of Gazelle is a collection of poetry and stories of the Middle East through the eyes of an American child, as well as of America through the eyes of Middle Easterners.
This Land Was Made For You and Me: The Life & Songs of Woody Guthrie
by Elizabeth Partridge
Before Springsteen and before Dylan, there was Woody Guthrie. With "This Machine Kills Fascists," scrawled across his guitar in big black letters, Woody Guthrie brilliantly captured in song the experience of twentieth-century America. Whether he sang about union organizers, migrant workers, or war, Woody took his inspiration from the plight of the people around him as well as from his own tragic childhood.
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