New Movies – 2011 update

Your requests for movies have been heard — here’s what’s been added in the past year.  (Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom — this list is 33 titles long!)

  • AV 331.12 LAS            Last train home           

Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year’s holiday. This mass exodus is the world’s largest human migration.

  • AV 363.34 TRO            Trouble the water           

A firsthand account of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina that documents aspiring rap artist Kimberly Rivers’ experiences and discusses the issues that remain years after the storm. Originally produced in 2008.

  • AV 363.73874 GOR            An inconvenient truth: the crisis of global warming           

           A look at the future of our planet with the threat of global warming and what to do with this climate crisis.

  • AV 500 MOD         Modern marvels : science 

The History Channel explores the wonders of modern science in 14 discs; each disc focuses on a particular topic in physics, chemistry, biology, earth science, and environmental science.

  • AV 502.3 REA            Real: Math. Science. Careers           

A supplement to the Futures Channel Real: Math.Science series. Includes a teacher’s reference guide with curriculum connections and suggested activities.

  • AV 512 ALE                        Algebra in the real world           

Algebra in the Real World will enable you to show your students the excitement, the power, the range and the results of the applications of algebra in fascinating career fields. From astronomy to forestry, sports equipment design to saving endangered species, alternative energy to farming, algebra is shown in its vital role as the tool that allows us to create, to understand, and to improve our world.

  • AV 616.1 HEA            Heartsaver first aid CPR AED   

Instructional video on emergency first aid, CPR, and the use of the AED.

  • AV 616.85 AUT            Autism, the musical           

Profiles five children with autism, their parents, and acting coach Elaine Hill as they take on the enterprise of a full-length stage production.

  • AV 631.5233 DIS            The eyes of Nye: genetically modified foods           

Is genetic engineering safe? It may be too soon to tell, but that doesn’t stop Bill Nye from exploring the benefits and risks. Students will hear from traditional wheat breeders, from researchers who analyze organic and pesticide-free crops, and from corporations engaged in genetic engineering.

  • AV 730.92 AND            Andy Goldsworthy : Rivers and tides : working with time           

Follows Andy Goldsworthy’s bohemian free spirit all over the world as he demonstrates and talks about his creative process. From his long winding rock walls and icicle sculptures to his interlocking leaf chains and multi-colored pools of flowers. Goldsworthy’s painstakingly intricate masterpieces are made entirely of materials found in nature – which threatens and often succeeds in destroying his art, sometime before it is even finished.

  • AV 738.092 CLA            Classic Maria Martinez : Native American pottery maker of San Ildelfonso  

Martinez demonstrates the traditional Native American ways of making pottery, beginning with the spreading of sacred corn before clay is gathered.


Photographers who have worked for National Geographic reflect on their art.

  • AV 822.33 HAM            Hamlet   (2009)        

The Royal Shakespeare Company production, with David Tennant and Patrick Stewart.

  • AV 822.33 MAC            Macbeth (2010)           

 A modern adaptation that relocates the bloody action to a nameless underground netherworld, based on the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Macbeth. With Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood.

  • AV 822.33 MUC            Much ado about nothing (1993)           

 A comedy about two couples who, after a few complications and misunderstandings, are happily united with the help of bumbling Constable Dogberry. Based on the play by William Shakespeare.

  • AV 843 CAC            Caché : Hidden (2005)           

 A talk show host and his wife and son seem to be living an ideal life until secretly-filmed videotapes of their private lives start to show up on their front porch. As the tapes reveal more secrets, the resulting stress and fear leads to conflict, obsession, and deceit for the couple and brings back episodes from the husband’s childhood when he wronged a young Algerian boy

  •  AV 843 CLA            The class           

 François and his fellow teachers prepare for a new year at a high school in a tough neighborhood. Armed with the best intentions, they brace themselves to not let discouragement stop them from trying to give the best education to their students. Cultures and attitudes often clash in the classroom, a microcosm of contemporary France. As amusing and inspiring as the teenaged students can be, their difficult behavior can still jeopardize any teacher’s enthusiasm for the low-paying job. François insists on an atmosphere of respect and diligence. Neither stuffy nor severe, his extravagant frankness often takes the students by surprise. But his classroom ethics are put to the test when his students begin to challenge his methods. In French with English subtitles.

  •  AV 843 IND            Indochine           

Set in French Indochina in the 1930s as the Vietnamese begin to rebel against French colonialism. Dramatizes the last years of French rule through the relationship between plantation owner Éliane, French by birth but born and raised in Indochina, and her adopted daughter Camille, an orphaned Annamese princess who becomes a Vietnamese revolutionary and representative at the Geneva Conference after having a child by French officer Jean-Baptiste, Éliane’s past lover. In French with English subtitles.

  • AV 843 RIV            Va savoir : (Who knows?)           

 While in Paris in a tour of the Italian play “Como Tu Mi Vuoi”, the lead actress Camille, who is living with the director Ugo Bassani, recalls and misses her former love Pierre. She visits his apartment and meets his partner Sonia. Meanwhile Ugo is searching for a lost play by Goldoni, and meets the charming French Dominique that helps him to find in her mother’s private library. Meanwhile, Do’s smalltime crook stepbrother Arthur seduces Sonia to steal her expensive ring. In French with English subtitles.

  •  AV 843 VAL            The valet           

Pierre Levasseur is an important CEO who is photographed with his lover, Elena, a world-famous model. In an attempt to salvage his marriage, he tries to convince his wife that Elena is not his lover, but that of François Pignon, the porter who was passing by and ended up on the photograph. To make his story believable, Levasseur convinces Pignon and Elena to move in together and to pretend to be a couple. Things get more complicated when this creates tensions between Pignon and his former flatmate Richard and his love interest Émilie. Ultimately, Levasseur’s wife discovers the truth and decides to play games with her husband.

  •  AV 863 NOR            El norte           

Beginning in the mountains of Guatemama, El Norte is the story of two brothers who leave their homeland in search of the “promised land” after their father is assassinated by the government. It is a journey filled with never-to-be forgotten dangers and hardships. A dangerous journey that makes for a better life. In Spanish with English subtitles

  • AV 938 LAS            Last stand of the 300 : the legendary battle of Thermopylae           

 Provides a detailed account of the battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C., a clash in which a small Greek army, led by three hundred Spartan soldiers, held off the vast Persian military for seven full days–fighting down to the last man.

  • AV 940.53 WWI            A new world order : Total war           

Presents recently re-discovered color archival materials that provide a unique new perspective on World War II and those who fought it. Includes footage of the war’s most critical battles and key personalities.

  • AV 940.53 WWI            Triumph and despair           

Presents recently re-discovered color archival materials that provide a unique new perspective on World War II and those who fought it. Includes footage of the war’s most critical battles and key personalities.

  • AV 940.531835 DAN            The Danish solution : the rescue of the Jews in Denmark           

When the Final Solution was attempted in Denmark the plan was averted and over 95 percent of the country’s Jewish population survived the war. Examines how and why the Jews, helped by a massive citizen-driven action, escaped the Nazi’s blueprint for their extermination.

  • AV 958.1 SEA            Search for the Afghan girl           

Photographer, Steve McCurry captured a picture of an Afghan refugee girl with haunting green eyes that would become a global symbol of wartime dignity, resilience, and survival. Since 1985 McCurry and National Geographic has been inudated with queries concerning the identity of anonymous girl. Follow the amazing story of how the National Geographic Explorer team searched for the mysterious girl with cutting-edge eye-scanning and face recognition technology to crack the ultimate “missing person” case.

  • AV 972.94 EGA            Égalité for all : Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian revolution           

Explores the history of the Haitian Revolution through music, voodoo ritual, recreations, and the works of writers and historians.

  • AV 973.91 HAT            The cats of Mirikitani : make art not war           

Eighty-year-old Jimmy Mirikitani survived the trauma of WWII internment camps, Hiroshima, and homelessness by creating art. But when 9/11 threatens his life on the New York City streets and a local filmmaker brings him to her home, the two embark on a journey to confront Jimmy’s painful past.

  • AV B EIN            Einstein revealed

Examines the life of Albert Einstein, following the path he took to become the world’s most renowned physicist, discusses the effects of his work on his personal life, and provides explanations and animations of his ideas and theories. Originally produced as an episode of the television program Nova in 1996.

  • AV B PER            Evita : the woman behind the myth   

A History Channel production.

  • AV F IRO            Iron jawed angels           

Dramatizes the story of activists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns who played pivotal roles in the fight to win voting rights for women.

  • AV F O            “O”           

O is Odin James, a star high school basketball player and NBA hopeful. Although the only black student at the elite Palmetto Grove Academy, he is adored by all, including the team’s coach and the Dean’s beautiful daughter, Desi. Odin’s troubled friend Hugo, the coach’s son, is deeply resentful of his father’s preference for Odin on and off the court. When Hugo plots a diobolical scheme to sow the seed of mistrust between O and Desi, it sets in motion a disturbing chain of events which erupts into a firestorm of breathtaking intensity.

  • AV F OCC            An occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge           

 As a man accused of Civil War sabotage stands on the gallows in the moments before his death, his final thoughts and memories are revealed. From a story by Ambrose Bierce.

New Fiction

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  • The Alexander Cipher            by Will Adams

A debut, rip-roaring archeological thriller about the search for the lost tomb of Alexander the Great.

  • Wintergirls            by Laurie Halse Anderson

Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend’s death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.

  • City of Thieves : a novel     by David Benioff

During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible.

  • Zenith              by Julie Bertagna

After finding that New Mungo is not the refuge they sought, Mara, leaving Fox behind, again sets out to sea with a ship full of refugees and, with the help of the “Gipsea” boy Tuck, tries to find land at the top of the world that will be safe from storms and rising water. A sequel to Exodus.

  • What I Saw and How I Lied            by Judy Blundell

In 1947, with her jovial stepfather Joe back from the war and family life returning to normal, teenage Evie, smitten by the handsome young ex-GI who seems to have a secret hold on Joe, finds herself caught in a complicated web of lies whose devastating outcome change her life and that of her family forever.

  • 3 Willows : the Sisterhood Grows            by Anne Brashares

Ama, Jo, and Polly, three close friends from Bethesda, Maryland, spend the summer before ninth grade learning about themselves, their families, and the changing nature of their friendship.

  • The Lost Symbol            by Dan Brown

Another page-turner from the author of The DaVinci Code.

  • Graceling            by Kristin Cashore

In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

  • Vengeance Child            by Simon Clark
Orphan Jay doesn’t want to hurt anyone, and nurse Laura Parris is determined to protect him. When she meets Victor Brodman, a widower, she wonders if she can finally reveal Jay’s disturbing past.
  • Crossing to Paradise               by Kevin Crossley-Holland

When fifteen-year-old Gatty, an illiterate field-girl who sings beautifully, is selected for a pilgrimage, she travels from her home on an English estate to London, Venice, and eventually Jerusalem, and experiences great changes in her circumstances and in herself.

  • Along For the Ride : a novel            by Sarah Dessen

When Auden impulsively goes to stay with her father, stepmother, and new baby sister the summer before she starts college, all the trauma of her parents’ divorce is revived, even as she is making new friends and having new experiences such as learning to ride a bike and dating.

  • Little Brother            by Cory Doctorow

After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.

  • The Red Convertible : selected and new stories 1978-2008            by Louise Erdrich

Masculine women, gorgeous sports cars rich with family history, rugged plains, river currents, stubbornness and entropy wend through this spellbinding collection of ten new and 26 previously published stories.

  • Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side            by Beth Fantaskey

Seventeen-year-old Jessica, adopted and raised in Pennsylvania, learns that she is descended from a royal line of Romanian vampires and that she is betrothed to a vampire prince, who poses as a foreign exchange student while courting her.

  • If I Stay : a novel            by Gayle Forman

While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

  • The Graveyard Book            by Neil Gaiman

Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.

  • The Ingenious Edgar Jones : a novel               by Elizabeth Garner

The skies of Oxford are aflame with meteors the night Edgar Jones is born–clearly this impoverished porter’s son is no ordinary boy. While his mother is apprehensive about her restless, inquisitive child, Edgar’s father believes without a doubt that his son is destined for greatness. As the years pass, it becomes apparent that Edgar has a unique talent: He is a born inventor, and his gift for making is matched by a fierce will.

  • Eon : Dragoneye Reborn            by Alison Goodman

Sixteen-year-old Eon hopes to become an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune and learn to be its main interpreter, but to do so will require much, including keeping secret that she is a girl.

  • The Last Child              by John Hart

Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: a warm home and loving parents; a twin sister, Alyssa, with whom he shared an irreplaceable bond. He knew nothing of loss, until the day Alyssa vanished from the side of a lonely street. Now, a year later, Johnny finds himself isolated and alone, failed by the people he’d been taught since birth to trust. No one else believes that Alyssa is still alive, but Johnny is certain that she is—confident in a way that he can never fully explain.

  • The Great Wide Sea            by M.H. Herlong

Still mourning the death of their mother, three brothers go with their father on an extended sailing trip off the Florida Keys and have a harrowing adventure at sea.

  • Dark Dude            by Oscar Hijuelos

In the 1960s, Rico Fuentes, a pale-skinned Cuban American teenager, abandons drug-infested New York City for the picket fence and apple pie world of Wisconsin, only to discover that he still feels like an outsider and that violent and judgmental people can be found even in the wholesome Midwest.

  • Sister Wife            by  Shelley Hrdlitschka

In this novel snatched from the headlines, Celeste becomes the wife of an older man, who has other wives; she wants more for herself, but rebelling would bring shame on her family.

  • The Juvie Three            by Gordon Korman

Gecko, Arjay, and Terence, all in trouble with the law, must find a way to keep their halfway house open in order to stay out of juvenile detention.

  • Unaccustomed Earth            by Jhumpa Lahiri

These eight stories by the author of The Namesake take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand, as they explore the secrets at the heart of family life.

  • The Carbon Diaries 2015            by Saci Lloyd

In 2015, when England becomes the first nation to introduce carbon dioxide rationing in a drastic bid to combat climate change, sixteen-year-old Laura documents the first year of rationing as her family spirals out of control.

  • A Lion Among Men            by Gregory Maguire

A third visit to the Land of Oz (after Wicked and Son of a Witch), this time in the company of the Cowardly Lion.

  • Cybele’s Secret                        by Juliet Marillier

Scholarly eighteen-year-old Paula and her merchant father journey from Transylvania to Istanbul to buy an ancient pagan artifact rumored to be charmed, but others, including a handsome Portuguese pirate and an envoy from the magical Wildwood, want to acquire the item, as well.

  • Hater                by David Moody

Vast numbers of the human population suddenly become irrationally violent, killing all who cross their path.  As the carnage mounts, one thing soon becomes clear: Everyone, irrespective of race, gender, age or class–has the potential to become either a Hater, or a victim. In the face of this mindless terror, all that Danny McCoyne can do is secure his family, seek shelter, and watch as the world falls apart.  But when he bolts the front door, the question remains: Is he shutting the danger out, or locking it in?

  • Dope Sick            by Walter Dean Myers

Seeing no way out of his difficult life in Harlem, seventeen-year-old Jeremy “Lil J” Dance flees into a house after a drug deal goes awry and meets a weird man who shows different turning points in Lil J’s life when he could have made better choices.

  • The Smile            by Donna Jo Napoli

In Renaissance Italy, Elisabetta longs for romance, and when Leonardo da Vinci introduces her to Guiliano de Medici, whose family rules Florence but is about to be deposed, she has no inkling of the romance–and sorrow–that will ensue.

  • The Ask and the Answer : a novel             by Patrick Ness

Alternate chapters follow teenagers Todd and Viola, who become separated as the Mayor’s oppressive new regime takes power in New Prentisstown, a space colony where residents can hear each other’s thoughts. This is the sequel to The Knife of Never Letting Go.

  • Gentlemen            by Michael Northrop

When three teenaged boys suspect that their English teacher is responsible for their friend’s disappearance, they must navigate a maze of assorted clues, fraying friendships, violence, and Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” before learning the truth.

  • Why I Fight : a novel       by J. Abrams Oaks

After his house burns down, twelve-year-old Wyatt Reaves takes off with his uncle, and the two of them drive from town to town for six years, earning money mostly by fighting, until Wyatt finally confronts his parents one last time.

  • The Adoration of Jenna Fox            by Mary E. Pearson

In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.

  • Handle With Care : a novel            by Jodi Picoult

Charlotte and Sean O’Keefe are the parents of Willow, six, who has brittle-bone disease, suffering 68 broken bones in her short lifetime, including 7 before she was born. Charlotte gave up her job to care for Willow full time, doing whatever she can to prevent the inevitable breaks and trying to lessen Willow’s discomfort when they occur. After a lawyer broaches the possibility of a wrongful-birth lawsuit, which would find Charlotte’s ob-gyn (also her best friend) guilty of failing to diagnose Willow’s illness early enough for a possible abortion, the family unravels.

  • What World is Left            by Monique Polak

Anneke, a Jewish teenager, learns about a concentration camp where evil takes place and she learns to survive when sent there.

  • Nation                        by Terry Pratchett

After a devastating tsunami destroys all that they have ever known, Mau, an island boy, and Daphne, an aristocratic English girl, together with a small band of refugees, set about rebuilding their community and all the things that are important in their lives.

  • Touch                        by Francine Prose

Ninth-grader Maisie’s concepts of friendship, loyalty, self-acceptance, and truth are tested to their limit after a schoolbus incident with the three boys who have been her best friends since early childhood.

  • Alis            by Naomi Rich

Raised within the strict religious confines of the Community of the Book, Alis flees from an arranged marriage to the much older Minister of her town and her life takes a series of unexpected twists before she returns to accept her fate.

  • Rooftops of Tehran            by Mahbod Seraji

Seventeen-year-old Pasha Shahed spends the summer of 1973 on his rooftop with his best friend Ahmed, joking around one minute and asking burning questions about life the next. He also hides a secret love for his beautiful neighbor Zari, who has been betrothed since birth to another man. But the bliss of Pasha and Zari’s stolen time together is shattered when Pasha unwittingly acts as a beacon for the Shah’s secret police. The violent consequences awaken him to the reality of living under a powerful despot, and lead Zari to make a shocking choice…

  • Lament : the Faerie Queen’s Deception                        by Maggie Stiefvater

On the day of an important music competition, talented but painfully introverted and nervous Deirdre Monaghan is helped to perform by the compelling and enigmatic Luke Dillon and finds herself inexorably drawn into the mysteries and dangers of the faerie world.

  • Marcelo in the Real World            by Francisco Stork

Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.

  • Heroes of the Valley            by Jonathan Stroud

Halli Sveinsson leaves home and goes on a hero’s quest where he will discover the truth about the legends, his family, and himself.

  • Give Me Back My Legions!            by Harry Turtledove

Caesar appoints Publius Quinctilius Varus to become the new governor of Germany, and Varus sets off bolstered by three legions from the overextended Roman army. Sure that he is headed for further glory, Varus is unaware that crafty Prince Armenius, who serves in the Roman army but secretly seethes in indignation at Rome’s plans to make Germany another conquered territory, is planning a massive revolt.

  • Impossible : a novel            by Nancy Werlin

When seventeen-year-old Lucy discovers her family is under an ancient curse by an evil Elfin Knight, she realizes to break the curse she must perform three impossible tasks before her daughter is born in order to save them both.

  • The Other Half of Life : a novel based on the true story of the MS St. Louis      by Kim Albon Whitney

In 1939, fifteen-year-old Thomas sails on a German ship bound for Cuba with more than nine hundred German Jews expecting to be granted safe haven in Cuba.

  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle            by David Wroblewski

A tale reminiscent of “Hamlet” that also celebrates the alliance between humans and dogs follows speech-disabled Wisconsin youth Edgar, who bonds with three yearling canines and struggles to prove that his sinister uncle is responsible for his father’s death.

  • Threshold            by Roger Zelazny

Collected short stories from the well-loved science fiction writer.

A new look for the YHS Library online home

I hope you’ll take a few moments to look at the library home page. It’s been redesigned and upgraded to include an exciting new feature — BookLetters. It offers an appealing visual introduction to our books; a browser can read reviews, peek inside a book, and check to see if the book is available in our catalog. We can add our own content if we wish, too.

Keeping up with updates will be easy — you’ll be able to subscribe to an RSS feed, or have an email sent whenever new content is added to the site. I’ll use the blog to offer other news and links to interesting readings. I hope you’ll enjoy both sites.

New this spring!

Browse all the way through to see what’s been added to the library since February. Then come in and check something out!


158 PIN A whole new mind: why right-brainers will rule the future. Daniel Pink

The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic “right-brain” thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn’t. Drawing on research from around the world, Pink outlines the six fundamentally human abilities that are absolute essentials for professional success and personal fulfillment-and reveals how to master them. A Whole New Mind takes readers to a daring new place, and a provocative and necessary new way of thinking about a future that’s already here.

203.82 MAG Opening the doors of wonder.

Insights into the effects of religious rites of passage from 20 high-profile persons, including Catholic comedian Julia Sweeney, Hindu self-help guru Deepak Chopra, Jewish Ms. magazine founder Letty Pogrebin, Buddhist monk Robert Thurman, and Muslim Yusuf Islam (singer-songwriter Cat Stevens). In the end, Magida’s book amounts to a primer of world religions, including a brief history of each and its rites.

304.2 FUT The future of nature: writing on a human ecology from Orion magazine

A collection of writings that explore how the division between nature and the human world has led to the current ecological crisis and encourage people to take a more active interest in the environment and their place in it.

344.7305 GUN Gun control.

Contains articles that provide opposing viewpoints on the issue of gun control, discussing whether gun control is a threat to society, the meaning of the second amendment, the effectiveness of gun control regulations on crime and violence, and what measures would reduce gun violence.

363.61 STE Water Supply.

Does the world face water shortages in the near future? What are the impacts on society when access to water is denied? Does the U.S. consume and pollute too much? What do we need to do in order to forestall a global water crisis?

371.4 PIN The adventures of Johnny Bunko : the last career guide you’ll ever need. Daniel Pink

There’s never been a career guide like it—the fully illustrated story (ingeniously told in Manga form) of a young Everyman just out of college who lands his first job. Johnny Bunko is new to parachute company Boggs Corp., and he stumbles through his early days as a working stiff until a crisis prompts him to find a new job. Step by step he builds a career, illustrating as he does the six core lessons of finding, keeping, and flourishing in satisfying work.

378.1 BAE The gay and lesbian guide to college life : a comprehensive resource for lesbian, gay, bisexual, tramsgender students and their allies.

Offers gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students advice on how they can adapt to college life, with tips on finding a homosexual-friendly school, evaluating campus policies, dealing with homophobia on campus, finding support on campus, and more.


520 FUR Space and astronomy : an illustrated guide to science

530 MCM Physics : an illustrated guide to science

540.22 MCM Chemistry : an illustrated guide to science

550 ADA Earth science : an illustrated guide to science

551.46 LEE Marine science : an illustrated guide to science

551.6 ALL Weather and climate : an illustrated guide to science

570.22 PRI Biology : an illustrated guide to science

574.5 RUD Environment : an illustrated guide to science

577.3 ALL Temperate forests

577.34 ALL Tropical Forests

577.37 DAY Taiga

577.4 ALL Grasslands

577.54 ALL Deserts

577.586 MOO Tundra

577.64 DAY Lakes and rivers

577.68 MOO Wetlands

577.7 DAY Oceans

597 NAT National Audubon Society field guide to North American Reptiles and Amphibians

614.5 KIE Rabies

614.5 SEH Leprosy

615.9 BRA Salmonella

616.2 ZON Legionnaires’ disease

616.3 HOR Hepatitis

616.8 SHM Meningitis

616.9 CHA Dengue fever and other hemorrhagic viruses

616.9 COL Cholera

616.9 EMM Plague

616.9 FIN Tuberculosis

616.9 KRU Trypanosomiasis

616.9 LEU Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome

616.9 MAR Malaria

616.9 SFA West Nile virus

616.9 SMI Streptococcus

616.9 SMI Streptococcus (Group B)

616.9 WAL Rocky Mountain spotted fever

616.9 YAN Lyme disease

616.95 FER Mad cow disease

616.95 KOL Gonorrhea

738.6 TOU 500 tiles : an inspiring collection of international work.

A collection of artwork featuring 500 handmade clay tiles from press-molded pieces to carved works.

813.3 POE The Tales of Poe.

Critical essays selected by Harold Bloom.

813.52 FIT Critical companion to F. Scott Fitzgerald : a literary reference to his life and work.

Offers a comprehensive overview of the life and work of F. Scott Fitzgerald, with critical analysis of his writings, an overview of his personal life, and discussion of the people associated with him, culture, and places in which he wrote and lived, and includes entries on Zelda Fitzgerald’s publications.

813.52 HEM Critical companion to Ernest Hemingway : a literary reference to his life and work.

Presents a biography of twentieth-century American writer Ernest Hemingway, contains alphabetically arranged entries that provide synopses and critical assessments of his novels, stories, poems, journalism, and nonfiction works, and discusses related people, places, and topics.

813.54 KER Jack Kerouac’s On the road.

A collection of the best current criticism of this classic novel.


92 OHE The blind side : evolution of a game. Michael Lewis.

Details the life of University of Mississippi football player Michael Oher, who was raised by a crack addicted mother and adopted at the age of sixteen by a wealthy family, and explores the rising importance and salary of the offensive left tackle in the game of football.

958.1 MOR Three cups of tea : one man’s mission to fight terrorism and build nations…one school at a time. Greg Mortenson.

Dangerously ill when he finished his climb in 1993, Mortenson was sheltered for seven weeks by the small Pakistani village of Korphe; in return, he promised to build the impoverished town’s first school, a project that grew into the Central Asia Institute, which has since constructed more than 50 schools across rural Pakistan and Afghanistan. Coauthor Relin recounts Mortenson’s efforts in fascinating detail, presenting compelling portraits of the village elders, con artists, philanthropists, mujahideen, Taliban officials, ambitious school girls and upright Muslims Mortenson met along the way.

973.92 CEL Celebrity culture in the United States.

Essays and commentaries about the American obsession with fame.


F BRU Code Talker : a novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two. Joseph Bruchac

After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.

F BUR Bloodsong. Melvin Burgess

As the only remaining member of the Volson clan, fifteen-year-old Sigurd takes a sword forged from a knife given to his father by the god Odin and embarks on a mission to reunite his country.

F CRO King of the middle march. Kevin Crossley-Holland.

Arthur de Caldicot waits eagerly in Venice for the start of the Fourth Crusade. But it’s now, when Arthur’s future should be clearest, that he feels the most doubt. Jealousies and greed threaten the Crusade, leading him to question its true mission. Back in England, his engagement to Winnie remains uncertain, as his search for his birth mother is stymied by his vicious father. And his seeing stone shows him the last days of King Arthur’s court — a great dream destroyed, but also a glorious legend rising from the ruins. Likewise in this book, Arthur becomes a man worthy of his kingly name.

F GIP Garage band. Gipi.

A graphic novel in which four troubled boys, who belong to a garage band, blow an amp while cutting their demo tape and get themselves in more trouble than they can handle when they try to replace it.

F GRI The Appeal. John Grisham

In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town’s water supply, causing the worst “cancer cluster” in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it. Who are the nine? How will they vote? Can one be replaced before the case is ultimately decided? The Appeal is a powerful, timely, and shocking story of political and legal intrigue, a story that will leave readers unable to think about our electoral process or judicial system in quite the same way ever again.

F KAD Chronicle in stone. Ismail Kadare.

Albania, that remote, unknown land, has found its voice in the novels of Kadare. In this one, the first of a forthcoming series, he takes as his subject the shattering impact of World War II as that cataclysm is lived by a small, immensely sensitive boy. After centuries of bondage to the Turks of the Ottoman Empire, Albania falls to the invading Italian fascists, then the Greeks, the Italians again, then the Nazi hordes. Amid floods, British bombing, the action of partisans, the boy undergoes another kind of turbulence, that of growing up, the inner and outer experience ringing strange harmonies.

F MCC Charmed thirds : a novel. Megan McCafferty.

In this third installment, things are looking up for Jessica Darling. She has finally left her New Jersey hometown for Columbia University; she’s more into her boyfriend, Marcus Flutie, than ever (so what if he’s at a Buddhist college in California?); and she’s making new friends who just might qualify as stand-ins for her beloved best friend, Hope. But Jessica soon realizes that her bliss might not last. Will she even make it through college now that her parents have cut her off financially? And what do the cryptic one-word postcards from Marcus really mean? With hilarious insight, the hyperobservant Jessica Darling struggles through her college years—and the summers in between—while maintaining her usual mix of wit, cynicism, and candor.

F NIX Lady Friday. Garth Nix.

Four of the seven Trustees have been defeated and their Keys taken, but for Arthur, the week is still getting worse. Suzy Blue and Fred Gold Numbers have been captured by the Piper, and his New Nithling army still controls most of the Great Maze. Superior Saturday is causing trouble wherever she can, including turning off all the elevators in the House and blocking the Front Door. Amidst all this trouble, Arthur must weigh an offer from Lady Friday that is either a cunning trap for the Rightful Heir or a golden opportunity he must seize – before he’s beaten to it!


Prof. Coll. 028.5 KEA The big book of teen reading lists : 100 great, ready-to-use book lists for educators, librarians, parents, and teens.

Contains one hundred reproducible lists of recommended books for teen readers, including fiction and nonfiction new titles and classics.

Prof. Coll. 370.154 SUL Activating the desire to learn.

Prof. Coll. 370.715 KNI Instructional coaching : a partnership approach to improving instruction.

Prof. Coll. 371.33 PIT Using Technology with classroom instruction that works.

REF 808 TUR A manual for writers of research papers, theses, and dissertations : Chicago style for students and researchers.

A guide to writing research papers, theses, and dissertations that addresses planning, finding and using sources, drafting, including tables and figures, revisions, citation practices, spelling, and the correct use of punctuation, names, terms, titles of works, numbers, abbreviations, and quotations. Includes format and submission requirements.

New Fiction – Winter 2008

Added since December . . .

F CAM Someday this pain will be useful to you, by Peter Cameron

It’s time for eighteen-year-old James Sveck to begin his freshman year at Brown. Instead, he’s surfing the real estate listings, searching for a sanctuary—a nice farmhouse in Kansas, perhaps. Although James lives in 21st-century Manhattan, he’s more at home in the faraway worlds of his favorite novelists. James’s sense of dislocation is exacerbated by his willfully self-absorbed parents, a disdainful sister, his Teutonically cryptic shrink, and an increasingly vague, D-list celebrity grandmother. Compounding matters is James’s growing infatuation with a handsome male colleague at the art gallery his mother owns, where James supposedly works at his summer job but where he actually plots his escape to the prairie.

In the tradition of The Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Peter Cameron paints an indelible portrait of a teenage hero holding out for a better grownup world. (from

F CHA Gentlemen of the road, by Michael Chabon

A pair of unlikely adventurers make their rootless way through the Caucasus Mountains, circa A.D. 950, surviving as blades and thieves for hire, until they are dragooned into service as escorts to a prince of the Khazar Empire. Usurped by his brutal uncle, the young prince burns to reclaim his throne, but doing so will require wicked cunning, outrageous daring, and fool-hardy bravado . . . not to mention an army.

F FUN The Thief lord, by Cornelia Funke

Prosper and Bo are orphans on the run from their cruel aunt and uncle. The brothers decide to hide out in Venice, where they meet a mysterious character who calls himself the “Thief Lord.” Brilliant and charismatic, the Thief Lord leads a ring of street children who dabble in petty crimes. Prosper and Bo relish being part of this colorful new family. But the Thief Lord has secrets of his own. And soon the boys are thrust into circumstances that will lead them, and readers, to a fantastic, spellbinding conclusion. (from

F GRE I never promised you a rose garden, by Joanne Greenberg

The riveting story of a girl’s descent into madness and her gradual recovery with the help of an insightful therapist. This novel provides a vivid and unforgettable picture of the experience of mental illness.

F HAL Book of a thousand days, by Shannon Hale

Fifteen-year-old Dashti, sworn to obey her sixteen-year-old mistress, the Lady Saren, shares Saren’s years of punishment locked in a tower, then brings her safely to the lands of her true love, where both must hide who they are as they work as kitchen maids.

F HOR Slam, by Nick Hornsby

At the age of fifteen, Sam Jones’s girlfriend gets pregnant and Sam’s life of skateboarding and daydreaming about Tony Hawk changes drastically. Nick Hornsby is the author of the very funny adult novels About a Boy and High Fidelity.

F LEG Powers, by Ursula K. Le Guin

Young Gav can remember the page of a book after seeing it once, and, inexplicably, he sometimes “remembers” things that are going to happen in the future. As a loyal slave, he must keep these powers secret, but when a terrible tragedy occurs, Gav, blinded by grief, flees the only world he has ever known. And in what becomes a treacherous journey for freedom, Gav’s greatest test of all is facing his powers so that he can come to understand himself and finally find a true home. (from

F LEV The Realm of possibility, by David Levithan

Enter The Realm of Possibility and meet a boy whose girlfriend is in love with Holden Caulfield; a girl who loves the boy who wears all black; a boy with the perfect body; and a girl who writes love songs for a girl she can’t have.

These are just a few of the captivating characters readers will get to know in this intensely heartfelt new novel about those ever-changing moments of love and heartbreak that go hand-in-hand with high school. David Levithan plumbs the depths of teenage emotion to create an amazing array of voices that readers won’t forget. So, enter their lives and prepare to welcome the realm of possibility open to us all. Love, joy, and these stories will linger.

F MIG Baltimore, or, The steadfast tin soldier and the vampire, by Michael Mignola

When Lord Henry Baltimore awakens the wrath of a vampire on the hellish battlefields of World War I, the world is forever changed. For a virulent plague has been unleashed—a plague that even death cannot end. Now the lone soldier in an eternal struggle against darkness, Baltimore summons three old friends to a lonely inn—men whose travels and fantastical experiences incline them to fully believe in the evil that is devouring the soul of mankind. As the men await their old friend, they share their tales of terror and misadventure, and contemplate what part they will play in Baltimore’s timeless battle. Before the night is through, they will learn what is required to banish the plague—and the creature who named Baltimore his nemesis—once and for all. (from

F MYE What they found : love on 145th street, by Walter Dean Myers

Fifteen interrelated stories explore different aspects of love, such as a dying father’s determination to help start a family business–a beauty salon–and the relationship of two teens who plan to remain celibate until they marry.

F ROS Every crooked pot, by Renee Rosen

Convinced that her birthmark – a red welt over her eye – is the only reason she’s not popular and can’t find a boyfriend, Nina must find other ways to survive high school. With a string of crazy exploits that have her riding in dryers and appearing on TV, Nina proves she’ll do anything to fit in, and even more in the hope of finding love.

F RYA Esperanza rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan

Esperanza thought she’d always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico–she’d always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, & servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn’t ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances–Mama’s life and her own depend on it. (from

F SEE Snow flower and the secret fan, by Lisa See

In 19th-century China, Lily, age 7, is paired with a laotong, “old same,” in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she’s painted a poem in nu shu, a unique language that Chinese women created in order to communicate in secret, away from the influence of men. As the years pass, Lily and Snow Flower send messages on fans, compose stories on handkerchiefs, reaching out of isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. Together, they endure the agony of foot-binding, and reflect upon their arranged marriages, shared loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their deep friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart. (from

F SHE Keeping corner, by Kashmira Sheth

In India in the 1940s, thirteen-year-old Leela’s happy, spoiled childhood ends when her husband since age nine, whom she barely knows, dies, leaving her a widow whose only hope of happiness could come from Mahatma Ghandi’s social and political reforms.

F STE Amazing grace, by Danielle Steele

In the aftermath of the 1989 San Francisco earthquake, the lives of four strangers will converge. As the city staggers back to life, a chain reaction of extraordinary events will touch each of four survivors. For Sarah, the beautiful wife of a financial whiz, it begins with the discovery of a crime and a betrayal, then a strength she never knew she had. For Melanie, a Grammy-winning singer, volunteering at a refugee camp will open new worlds of possibility. And Everett, a news photographer whose career is on the skids, will be shaken by the unlikely relationship he forges with Maggie, who helps him rebuild his shattered life–and upends her own in the process. But as a year passes, and the anniversary of the earthquake approaches, more surprises are in store–as each discovers the unexpected gifts in a tragedy’s wake…and the amazing grace of new beginnings. (from

New Fiction – December 2007

•Flight: a novel, by Sherman Alexie (F ALE)
About to commit a devastating act, the young man finds himself shot back through time on a shocking sojourn through moments of violence in American history. This is Sherman Alexie at his most brilliant — making us laugh while breaking our hearts. Simultaneously wrenching and deeply humorous, wholly contemporary yet steeped in American history, Flight is irrepressible, fearless, and again, groundbreaking.

•The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao, by Junot D’az

D’az immerses us in the tumultuous life of Oscar and the history of the family at large, rendering with genuine warmth and dazzling energy, humor, and insight the Dominican-American experience, and, ultimately, the endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss.
•What is the what: the autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng : a novel, by Dave Eggers (F EGG)

Valentino Achak Deng, real-life hero of this engrossing epic, was a refugee from the Sudanese civil war-the bloodbath before the current Darfur bloodbath-of the 1980s and 90s. In this fictionalized memoir, Eggers makes him an icon of globalization.

•Playing god, by Kate Flora (F FLO)

Flora’s dazzling debut police procedural introduces Sgt. Joe Burgess, a crusty but bighearted Portland, Maine, cop. “This case has everything,” Joe says of a murder he’s investigating, “unhappy wife, angry ex. Hookers. Drugs. Money problems. Maybe blackmail.”

•World without end, by Ken Follett (F FOL)

The sequel to Pillars of the Earth, set in the same town two centuries later.

•The Thief lord, by Cornelia Funke (F FUN)

Brilliant and charismatic, the Thief Lord leads a ring of street children who dabble in petty crimes. Prosper and Bo relish being part of this colorful new family. But the Thief Lord has secrets of his own. And soon the boys are thrust into circumstances that will lead them, and readers, to a fantastic, spellbinding conclusion.
•Water for elephants, by Sarah Gruen (F GRU)

As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.

•Renfield : slave of Dracula, by Barbara Hambly (F HAM)

Hambly has retold Bram Stoker’s Dracula in the voice of a minor character, Renfield, the madman who becomes the vampire’s slave-agent in England. Renfield is confined to an insane asylum, but he still answers his Master’s calling, setting the stage for the ultimate battle between good and evil, and the living and the dead.

•Enigma, by Robert Harris (F HAR)

A gripping World War II mystery novel with a cryptographic twist, Tom Jericho is a brilliant British mathematician working as a member of the team struggling to crack the Nazi Enigma code. Jericho’s own struggles include nerve-wracking mental labor, the mysterious disappearance of a former girlfriend, the suspicions of his co-workers within the paranoid high-security project, and the certainty that someone close to him, perhaps the missing girl, is a Nazi spy.

•Interpreter of maladies, by Llumpa Lahiri (F LAH)

India is an inescapable presence in this strong first collection’s nine polished and resonant tales. Lahiri, who was born in London and grew up in Rhode Island, offers stories that stress the complex mechanics of adjustment to new circumstances, relationships, and cultures.
•The Realm of possibility, by David Levithan (F LEV)

Twenty teenagers–sensitive outsiders, cruel popular girls, body-obsessed jocks, gay teens in the throes of first love–take turns pouring their hearts onto the pages, detailing their loneliness, heartaches, hopes, and joys. All attend the same high school, and as the book progresses their stories slowly weave together to form a larger view of the school community.

•Eclipse, by Stephenie Meyer (F MEY)

The final volume of the Twilight series, about a family of benign vampires living in the Pacific Northwest.

•Fugitive pieces, by Anne Michaels (F MIC)

The story of Jakob Beer, a Polish Jew, translator, and poet who, as a child, witnessed his family’s slaughter at the hands of the Nazis. Beer himself was smuggled out of Poland by a Greek archaeologist who carried him back to Greece and kept him there in precarious safety. After the war they emigrated together to Canada. Jakob’s story is told through diaries discovered by Ben, a young man whose parents are Holocaust survivors and who is a vessel for their memories just as Jakob is the bearer of his own.

•Peak, by Roland Smith (F SMI)

A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.

•Knights of the hill country, by Tim Tharp

In his senior year, high school star linebacker Hampton Greene finally begins to think for himself and discovers that he might be interested in more than just football.

New Fiction – Fall 2007

Amirrezvani, Anita.
The blood of flowers
/ Amirrezvani, Anita. — New York : Little, Brown, c2007.

After her father dies without leaving her with a dowry, a 17th century Persian teen becomes a servant to her wealthy rug designer uncle in the court of Shah Abbas the Great, where her weaving talents prove both a blessing and curse.

Anderson, M. T.
The Pox party
/ Anderson, M. T. — Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, c2006.

Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.

Arslan, Antonia, and Brock, Geoffrey.
Skylark farm
/ Arslan, Antonia, and Brock, Geoffrey. — New York : Knopf, c2006.

A chronicle of the trials of a family struggling for survival during the Armenian genocide in Turkey, in 1915.

Bachman, Richard, and King, Stephen.
/ Bachman, Richard, and King, Stephen. — New York : Scribner, c2007.

Written in 1973 by Stephen King under the pen name Richard Bachman, this is the story of Blaze, a surprisingly sympathetic criminal. After escaping an abusive institution for boys when he was a teen, Blaze hooks up with George, a seasoned criminal. But then George is killed, and Blaze is on his own.

Barth-Grözinger, Inge.
Something remains
/ Barth-Grözinger, Inge. — New York : Hyperion Books for Children, c2006.

In 1933, as Hitler becomes Chancellor, twelve-year-old Erich and his family, who are Jewish, find they need to make changes in their everyday lives as hatred of the Jews grows.

Beddor, Frank.
The Looking Glass Wars
/ Beddor, Frank. — New York : Dial Books, c2006.

When she is cast out of Wonderland by her evil aunt Redd, young Alyss Heart finds herself living in Victorian Oxford as Alice Liddell and struggles to keep memories of her kingdom intact until she can return and claim her rightful throne.

Block, Francesca Lia.
Psyche in a dress
/ Block, Francesca Lia. — New York : Joanna Cotler Books, c2006.

A young woman, Psyche, searches for her lost love and questions her true self in a modern retelling of Greek myths.

Cabot, Meg.
Pants on fire
/ Cabot, Meg. — New York : HarperTempest, c2007.

Having become a proficient liar in order to keep everyone happy, rising high school senior Katie Ellison is stunned when her old middle school friend and local pariah Tommy Sullivan returns to town, and suddenly things start looking a lot different to her.

Card, Orson Scott.
/ Card, Orson Scott. — New York : Tor, c2006.

In a near future world, the American Empire is shattering into a civil war between the Right and the Left, devastating the country, while the peaceful majority uses all of its wits and technological ingenuity to hold the people and government together.

Castellucci, Cecil, and Rugg, Jim.
The plain Janes
/ Castellucci, Cecil, and Rugg, Jim. — New York : Minx, c2007.

When Jane has to move to the suburbs she thinks her life is over, but then she meets three friends who form a club. Still, high school is hell.

Chabon, Michael.
The Yiddish policemen’s union
/ Chabon, Michael. — New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2007.

In this alternate history-detective story, Alaska has become a safe haven for Jews after the Holocaust of World War II. Sixty years later, the territory is about to revert to native Alaskans and detective Landsman’s life is a shambles. He must contend with all the powerful forces of faith, obsession, hopefulness, evil, and salvation that are his heritage, and figure out who the murderer is.

Coelho, Paulo, and Costa, Margaret Jull.
The witch of Portobello
/ Coelho, Paulo, and Costa, Margaret Jull. — New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, c2007.

How do we find the courage to always be true to ourselves — even if we are unsure of who we are? That is the central question of this story about a mysterious woman named Athena, told by the many who knew her well — or hardly at all.

Cohn, Rachel, and Levithan, David.
Nick and Norah’s infinite playlist
/ Cohn, Rachel, and Levithan, David. — New York : Knopf, c2006.

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.

Cole, Stephen.
Thieves like us
/ Cole, Stephen. — New York : Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2006.

A mysterious benefactor hand-picks a group of teen geniuses to follow a set of clues leading to the secrets of everlasting life, secrets which they must steal and for which they risk being killed.

Conway, Celeste.
The melting season
/ Conway, Celeste. — New York : Delacorte Press, c2006.

Giselle, the sheltered daughter of two famous ballet dancers, comes to terms with her relationships with both her late father and her mother, realizing some important truths that help her move forward both in her life and with her own dancing.

Cooper, Brenda.
The silver ship and the sea
/ Cooper, Brenda. — New York : Tor, c2007.

Chelo Lee, her brother Joseph, and four other genetically enhanced children who have been abandoned on the colony world of Fremont struggle to make the dangerous, wild planet home and discover that a long-deserted space ship could hold the key to their survival.

Corrigan, Eireann.
Ordinary ghosts
/ Corrigan, Eireann. — New York : Scholastic Press, c2007.

His mother is dead and his father and brother leave, Emil is all alone at the prep school until he finds a key that leads to adventure.

Durham, David Anthony.
/ Durham, David Anthony. — New York : Doubleday, c2007.

A fantasy about the ruling family of the empire called Acacia, whose prosperity is supported by traffic in drugs and human lives. When the king is targeted by an assassin and his empire is attacked by ancient enemies, he takes desperate steps in the hope of saving his children from a grim fate.

Flinn, Alex.
/ Flinn, Alex. — New York : HarperTempest, c2006.

Despite her mother’s objections, sixteen-year-old Caitlin determines to pursue her dream of becoming an opera singer by attending a performing arts school in Miami.

Gaiman, Neil.
Fragile things
/ Gaiman, Neil. — New York : William Morrow, c2006.

A collection of more than 25 short stories follows a theme of the intersections between life and death, perception and reality, and darkness and light.

Giles, Gail.
What happened to Cass McBride?
/ Giles, Gail. — New York : Little, Brown and Company, c2006.

After his younger brother commits suicide, Kyle Kirby decides to exact revenge on the person he holds responsible.

Going, K. L.
Saint Iggy
/ Going, K. L. — Orlando : Harcourt, c2006.

Iggy Corso, who lives in city public housing, is caught physically and spiritually between good and bad when he is kicked out of high school, goes searching for his missing mother, and causes his friend to get involved with the same dangerous drug dealer who deals to his parents.

Goonan, Kathleen Ann.
In war times
/ Goonan, Kathleen Ann. — New York : Tor, c2007.

In an alternate-universe novel about World War II, Sam Dance vows he will do anything he can to stop the war. He is seduced by a mysterious female physicist, who has devised a machine that will end the war, perhaps even end the human predilection for war forever.

Greif, Jean-Jacques.
The fighter
/ Greif, Jean-Jacques. — New York : Bloomsbury, c2006.

Moshe Wisniak, a poor Polish Jew, uses his physical strength and cleverness, plus luck, to help him survive the horrors he is subjected to in the concentration camps of World War II. Based on the life of Moshè Garbarz.

Gruen, Sara.
Water for elephants
/ Gruen, Sara. — Chapel Hill, NC : Algonguin Books Of Chapel Hill, 2006.

An old man, all but forgotten in the modern world, replays in his mind the adventures of his youth, when he ran away with the circus, met the woman of his dreams, and learned about the faithfulness of elephants.

Haig, Matt.
The dead fathers club
/ Haig, Matt. — New York : Viking, 2007, c2006.

Introduced to the Dead Fathers Club of murdered men by the ghost of his late father, 11-year-old Philip Noble learns that his uncle, who has designs on Philip’s mother, murdered Philip’s father in order to get his hands on the family pub.

Hemingway, Amanda.
The poisoned crown
/ Hemingway, Amanda. — New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, c2007.

An exceptional teenage boy possessing extraordinary powers, Nathan races against time to collect three Grail relics before his own world, as well as the parallel worlds into which he dreams himself, can be devastated by evil witchcraft.

Hinton, S. E.
Some of Tim’s stories
/ Hinton, S. E. — Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c2007.

A collection of 14 interconnected short stories captures the lives of adults lost in a world of missed opportunities and connections, in a volume that chronicles the larger saga of two cousins, Terry and Mike, whose paths lead to very different futures.

Hoffman, Mary.
The falconer’s knot
/ Hoffman, Mary. — New York : Bloomsbury Children’s Books, c2007.

Silvano and Chiara, teens sent to live in a friary and a nunnery in Renaissance Italy, are drawn to one another and dream of a future together, but when murders are committed in the friary, they must discover who is behind the crimes before they can realize their love.

Jinks, Catherine.
Evil genius
/ Jinks, Catherine. — Orlando : Harcourt, 2007, c2005.

Child prodigy Cadel Piggot, an antisocial computer hacker, discovers his true identity when he enrolls as a first-year student at an advanced crime academy.

Johnson, Maureen.
/ Johnson, Maureen. — New York : Razorbill, c2006.

Jane Jarvis, a senior at a Catholic girl’s school in Providence, Rhode Island, tries to save her best friend by making a pact with a demon–in the form of a cupcake-eating, very friendly teenage girl.

Johnson, Peter.
What happened
/ Johnson, Peter. — Asheville, N.C. : Front Street, c2007.

When Duane is involved in a hit and run accident during a snowstorm, passengers Kyle and his younger brother must face Duane’s powerful father, a man whose hatred of their own absent father may lead him to harm the boys.

Jolin, Paula.
In the name of God
/ Jolin, Paula. — New Milford, Conn. : Roaring Brook Press, c2007.

Determined to follow the laws set down in the Qur’an, seventeen-year-old Nadia becomes involved in a violent revolutionary movement aimed at supporting Muslim rule in Syria and opposing the Western politics and materialism that increasingly affect her family.

Jones, Lloyd.
Mister Pip
/ Jones, Lloyd. — New York : Dial Press, 2007, c2006.

One white man, the eccentric Mr. Watts, chooses to stay behind when war shatters a tropical island. He sweeps out the ruined schoolhouse and begins to read to the children each day from Charles Dickens’ classic Great Expectations. His actions transform the lives of his listeners.

Joyce, Graham.
/ Joyce, Graham. — New York : Viking, c2007.

Matt is having a rough time after the traffic accident in which his brother is killed and the girlfriend is scarred so he decides to recreate the accident to remember so he can get on with his life.

Kadohata, Cynthia.
/ Kadohata, Cynthia. — New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2007.

A young soldier in Vietnam bonds with his bomb-sniffing dog.

Kerr, M. E.
Someone like summer
/ Kerr, M. E. — New York : HarperTeen, c2007.

An upper-middle-class white girl from Long Island and an immigrant worker from Colombia fall in love despite objections from both their families and their community.

Khadra, Yasmina, and Cullen, John.
The sirens of Baghdad
/ Khadra, Yasmina, and Cullen, John. — New York : Nan A. Talese, c2007.

Forced to leave the university when the Americans invade Iraq, a young man from a small desert village heads for Baghdad to join the resistance, until a top secret mission forces him to reconcile a proposed terrorist act with his own moral principles.

Klein, Lisa M, and Shakespeare, William.
/ Klein, Lisa M, and Shakespeare, William. — New York : Bloomsbury, c2006.

In a story based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia tells of her life in the court at Elsinore, her love for Prince Hamlet, and her escape from the violence in Denmark.

Kostick, Conor.
/ Kostick, Conor. — New York : Viking, 2007, c2004.

On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, fourteen-year-old Erik pursuades his friends to aid him in some unusual gambits in order to save Erik’s father from exile and safeguard the futures of each of their families.

Kurland, Lynn.
When I fall in love
/ Kurland, Lynn. — New York : Jove, c2007.

While on vacation in England, Jennifer McKinnon wakes up eight hundred years into the past where she discovers that chivalry is alive and well when a handsome knight comes to her rescue and vows to help her return home.

Leavitt, Martine.
Keturah and Lord Death
/ Leavitt, Martine. — Asheville, NC : Front Street, c2006.

When Lord Death comes to claim sixteen-year-old Keturah while she is lost in the King’s Forest, she charms him with her story and is granted a twenty-four hour reprieve in which to seek her one true love.

Lester, Julius.
/ Lester, Julius. — Orlando : Harcourt, c2007.

Cupid, the spoiled and mischievous god of love, is attracted to and marries the beautiful mortal, Psyche, and both learn many lessons about the nature of love.

Lipsyte, Robert.
Raiders night
/ Lipsyte, Robert. — New York : HarperTempest, c2006.

Matt Rydeck, co-captain of his high school football team, endures a traumatic season as he witnesses the rape of a rookie player by teammates and grapples with his own use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Lockhart, E.
/ Lockhart, E. — New York : Hyperion Books for Children, c2007.

Spending their summer at Wildewood Academy, an elite boarding school for the performing arts, tests the bond between teens Sadye and her best friend Demi.

Lourie, Richard.
A hatred for tulips
/ Lourie, Richard. — New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, c2007.

In modern-day Amsterdam, an elderly man named Joop describes his desperate efforts to feed his starving family during the Nazi occupation of World War II and reveals how his struggle to provide for them set in motion a horrifying chain of events.

Lyga, Barry.
The astonishing adventures of Fanboy & Goth Girl
/ Lyga, Barry. — Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2006.

A fifteen-year-old “geek” who keeps a list of the high school jocks and others who torment him, and pours his energy into creating a great graphic novel, encounters Kyra, Goth Girl, who helps change his outlook on almost everything, including himself.

Lynskey, Edward C.
The Blue Cheer
/ Lynskey, Edward C. — Holicong, PA] : PointBlank, c2007.

Frank Johnson moved to Scarab in hopes of lazy days and tranquil mountains, but that is not what he found; now he is determined to bring the racist group Blue Cheer to justice, any way he can.

McCaughrean, Geraldine, and Rostand, Edmond.
/ McCaughrean, Geraldine, and Rostand, Edmond. — Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2006.

Ashamed of his ugliness, long-nosed Cyrano de Bergerac, a brilliant 17th-century poet and expert swordsman in the French army, helps a rival woo and win Roxane, the beautiful cousin Cyrano loves in silence.

McClintock, Norah.
/ McClintock, Norah. — Custer, WA : Orca Book Publishers, c2006.

David knows about the murder of his stepfather.

McLaughlin, Emma, and Kraus, Nicola.
/ McLaughlin, Emma, and Kraus, Nicola. — New York : Atria Books, c2007.

Thirteen years after the love of her life abruptly leaves town hours before the senior prom only to become the world’s biggest recording star, twenty-nine-year-old Kate Hollis decides to resolve her lingering resentment by confronting him during a home visit.

Min, Anchee.
The last empress
/ Min, Anchee. — Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2007.

Follows the last empress of China, as Empress Orchid copes with tragic personal losses as she struggles to save her crumbling empire.

Morrison, Grant, and others

All-Star Superman. / Morrison, Grant, and others. — New York : DC Comics, c2007.

Presents a new version of the story of Superman, following his activities as a superhero and his interactions with Lois Lane, Jimmy Olson, and Lex Luthor.

Myers, Walter Dean.
Street love
/ Myers, Walter Dean. — New York : Amistad/HarperTempest, c2006.

This story told in free verse is set against a background of street gangs and poverty in Harlem in which seventeen-year-old African American Damien takes a bold step to ensure that he and his new love will not be separated.

Naslund, Sena Jeter.
Abundance: a novel of Marie Antoinette
/ Naslund, Sena Jeter. — New York : William Morrow, c2006.

A fictional tale of the life of Marie Antoinette presents the story of a teenage empress’s daughter who is forced to leave her family home to marry the future king of France and who rebels against the formality and rigid protocol of court life.

Nelson, Blake.
Paranoid Park
/ Nelson, Blake. — New York : Viking, c2006.

A sixteen-year-old Portland, Oregon skateboarder, whose parents are going through a difficult divorce, is engulfed by guilt and confusion when he accidentally kills a security guard at a train yard.

Odom, Mel.
The quest for the trilogy
/ Odom, Mel. — New York : Tor, c2007.

Warned by the old wizard Craugh about an ancient threat known as Kharrion’s Wrath that endangers the entire world, Juhg must search through the secrets contained in the journals of his absent mentor Wick, as well as in a trilogy of missing books, to find the key to salvation.

Parker, Robert B.
Edenville Owls
/ Parker, Robert B. — New York : Sleuth/Philomel Books, c2007.

Fourteen-year-old Bobby, living in a small Massachusetts town just after World War II, finds himself facing many new challenges as he tries to pull together his coachless basketball team, cope with new feelings for his old friend Joanie, and discover the identity of the mysterious stranger who seems to be threatening his teacher.

Peet, Mal.
/ Peet, Mal. — Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, c2007.

In England in 1995, fifteen-year-old Tamar, grief-stricken by the puzzling death of her beloved grandfather, slowly begins to uncover the secrets of his life in the Dutch resistance during the last year of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, and the climactic events that forever cast a shadow on his life and that of his family.

Pyle, Kevin C.
/ Pyle, Kevin C. — New York : Henry Holt, c2007.

Dean and his friends have turned the woods behind their housing development into an area of operations for their army fantasy and spend hours lost in episodes of intrigue and danger. A scary encounter with a homeless man in the woods one night, however, changes everything.

Rowling, J. K.
Harry Potter and the deathly hallows / Rowling, J. K, and Mary GrandPré, , ill. — New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, c2007.

Burdened with the dark, dangerous, and seemingly impossible task of locating and destroying Voldermort’s remaining Horcruxes, Harry, feeling alone and uncertain about his future, struggles to find the inner strength he needs to follow the path set out before him.

Russell, Karen.
St. Lucy’s home for girls raised by wolves
/ Russell, Karen. — New York : Knopf, c2006.

Presents ten short stories set in the Florida Everglades and starring children who must survive against incredible odds.

Seliy, Shauna.
When we get there
/ Seliy, Shauna. — New York : Bloomsbury USA, c2007.

In the coal-mining town of Banning, Pennsylvania, over the course of the winter of 1974, 13-year-old Lucas, the youngest member of an Eastern European family, embarks on a search to find his missing mother, who vanished without explanation.

Simmons, Michael.
The rise of Lubchenko
/ Simmons, Michael. — New York : Razorbill, c2006.

Suspecting that his father’s business partner is selling smallpox virus to terrorists and murdering anyone who gets in his way, sixteen-year-old Evan Macalister once again travels to France with his friends, Ruben and Erika, to search for the mysterious Lubchenko, the elusive spymaster whose help they need to avert a major disaster.

Skelton, Matthew.
Endymion Spring
/ Skelton, Matthew. — New York : Delacorte Press, c2006.

Having reluctantly accompanied his academic mother and pesky younger sister to Oxford, twelve-year-old Blake Winters is at loose ends until he stumbles across an ancient and magical book, secretely brought to England in 1453 by Gutenberg’s mute apprentice to save it from evil forces, and which now draws Blake into a dangerous and life-threathening quest.

Sones, Sonya.
What my girlfriend doesn’t know
/ Sones, Sonya. — New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2007.

Fourteen-year-old Robin Murphy is so unpopular at high school that his name is slang for “loser,” and so when he begins dating the beautiful and popular Sophie her reputation plummets, but he finds acceptance as a student in a drawing class at Harvard.

Stroud, Jonathan.
The golem’s eye
/ Stroud, Jonathan. — New York : Hyperion Books for Children, c2004.

In their continuing adventures, magician’s apprentice Nathaniel, now fourteen years old, and the djinni Bartimaeus travel to Prague to locate the source of a golem’s power before it destroys London.

Stroud, Jonathan.
Ptolemy’s gate
/ Stroud, Jonathan. — New York : Miramax Books/Hyperion Books For Children, c2006.

Dangerous adventures continue for the djinni Bartimaeus and his master, seventeen-year-old Nathaniel, a powerful magician who is serving as England’s minister of information.

Tolkien, J. R. R, and Tolkien, Christopher.
The children of Hurin
/ Tolkien, J. R. R, and Tolkien, Christopher. — Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2007.

A fantasy adventure saga set in the early days of Middle-Earth features humans and elves, dwarves and dragons, orcs and dark sorcerers clashing in an epic battle between good and evil.

Turtledove, Harry.
The gladiator
/ Turtledove, Harry. — New York : Tor, c2007.

The Soviet Union won the Cold War; now, more than a century later, the world’s gone communist and capitalism is a bad word. The biggest excitement in Gianfranco’s life is a war game called Gladiator. Then, abruptly the shop that supplies the game is shut down and the proprietors disappear. Why do the Security Police want so desperately to find them?

Wahl, Mats, and Tucker, Katarina Emilie.
The invisible
/ Wahl, Mats, and Tucker, Katarina Emilie. — New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2007.

A Swedish teenager is assaulted and killed, but returns as a ghost to find his killer.

Westerfeld, Scott.
The last days
/ Westerfeld, Scott. — New York : Razorbill, c2006.

As an ancient evil stirs beneath the streets of New York City, infecting rats and people like a plague, five quirky teens come together to form a “New Sound” band whose music seems to have paranormal power.

Westerfeld, Scott.
/ Westerfeld, Scott. — New York : Razorbill, 2006, c2005.

Cal Thompson is a carrier of a parasite that causes vampirism, and must hunt down all of the girlfriends he has unknowingly infected.

Wiess, Laura.
Such a pretty girl / Wiess, Laura. — New York : Pocket Books/MTV Books, c2007.

Haunted by flashbacks, fifteen-year-old Meredith learns that three years in prison has not changed the abusive father who molested her.

Yang, Gene, and Pien, Lark.
American born Chinese
/ Yang, Gene, and Pien, Lark. — New York : First Second, c2006.

Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture. Presented in comic book format.
Zarr, Sara.
Story of a girl
/ Zarr, Sara. — New York : Little, Brown, c2007.

In the three years since her father caught her in the back seat of a car with an older boy, sixteen-year-old Deanna’s life at home and school has been a nightmare, but while dreaming of escaping with her brother and his family, she discovers the power of forgiveness.