Reluctant Reader Awards
1997

Top 10:


BRIAN'S WINTER by Gary Paulsen j PAU
In Hatchet, 13-year-old Brian learned to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness, armed with only a hatchet. He was rescued at the end of the summer. Brian's Winter begins where Hatchet might have ended--Brian is not rescued, but must rely on his survival skills to face his deadliest enemy--a northern winter.

DOG BREED HANDBOOK SERIES by Bruce Fogle
Check out the photos and facts about many different breeds of dogs.

Dachshund j 636.7 FOG
Covering every aspect of dog care, a full profile of the breed, day-to-day welfare, training, grooming, and exercise, this book includes full-cover photos. It also features a chapter on breeding.

Labrador Retriever  j 636.7 FOG
With more than 150 color photos, Labrador owners will find this handbook to be an invaluable assets. It is full of information about this particular breed, such as breed variations, characteristics, anatomy, and a behavior profile. readers learn about choosing the right puppy, caring for and training it, diet, grooming and showing.

Poodle j 636.7 FOG
The essential handbook to caring for a pedigreed dog, this book contains information on day-to-day care including feeding, obedience training, puppy rearing and common breed ailments, plus a chapter on breeding. Step-by-step grooming photographic sequences illustrate how to keep the dog looking neat and stylish.

FALLING UP by Shel Silverstein j 811.54 SIL
Shel Silverstein's magical tradition continues with this long-awaited companion to A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends. Here are more than 100 new poems and drawings by the master of wit and wisdom, featuring a wealth of wonderfully amusing and lovable characters, including Allison Beals and Her 25 Eels, Reachin' Richard, the clothes-dryin' Moose, and Danny O'Dare, the Dancin' Bear. 160 black & white line drawings.

HARD TIME: A REAL LIFE LOOK AT JUVENILE CRIME AND VIOLENCE by Janet Bode
Gr 7 Up--This gritty compilation examines crime from the points of view of teenagers on the inside, those on the outside, and of a handful of adults involved in the juvenile justice system. Most riveting are the stories, poetry, and reflections of the diverse young people who are incarcerated. One 17-year-old girl is in for "participating in the murder of my best friend. She said she was going to steal my boyfriend." Other elements of the book are interviews with urban and suburban high school students, facts culled from newspaper articles (and printed with their datelines), interviews with professionals involved in juvenile justice, and an action-resource list. That people from urban, suburban, poor, and middle-class environments are represented reinforces the validity of the work. Some of the text is conveyed effectively in black-and-white cartoon segments interspersed with the text, providing interest and visual unity. Overall, the book is well organized, engrossing, and informative, and it provides glimpses of hope for those wishing to leave violence behind. This book will be welcomed by YAs whose lives are touched by violence as well as the adults who are concerned about them.

HURRICANES: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST STORMS
Nothing displays the overwhelming power of nature better than a hurricane, and this extensively illustrated book reveals its mystery through gripping stories and facts. Photos and maps.

INSIDE THE BODY by Anita Ganeri
This fascinating lift-the-flap book shows where food goes after it has been eaten, how big the brain is, and how hair grows from beneath the skin. By simply peeling back its many layers, children can uncover the secret inner workings of the human body. Clearly detailed and fully labeled, Inside the Body shows how muscles, bones, and organs fit together and how each body system works. Full color.

SMALL STEPS: THE YEAR I GOT POLIO by Peg Kehret j 921 KEHRET, P., Keh
In a riveting story of courage and hope, Peg Kehret tells of months spent in a hospital when she was 12, first struggling to survive a severe case of polio, then slowly learning to walk again. Her powerful account is also full of the humor that she and four spunky roommates found in daily hospital life. 

THE ULTIMATE SPY BOOK by H. Keith Melton
With more than 700 full-color photos and illustrations, "Ultimate Spy" is the insider's guide to the secret world of espionage. Learn about famous spies throughout history and what really happened during the most daring missions.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM adapted by Bruce Coville
Nearly every child will encounter the plays of William Shakespeare, and this adaptation provides the foreknowledge that will make reading one of his best-loved plays much more rewarding. The delightful tale of how fairies magically transform the fate of two young couples has been carefully adapted by bestselling author Bruce Coville to retain the flavor and drama of the original. Full color.

YUCK!: A BIG BOOK OF LITTLE HORRORS by Robert Snedden
Youngsters will look at their homes in a whole new way after they've seen what really lurks in each room. This collection of larger-than-life photos takes an up-close look at common household stuff, such as specks of dust, bread mold and toilet paper. Cryptic clues help youngsters identify the magnified items on each spread but if the clues aren't enough, readers can lift the flaps to find the answers. Full color.

The Rest of the list:

Amend, Bill. AT LEAST THIS PLACE SELLS T-SHIRTS
A collection of comic strips from the nationally syndicated cartoon follows the misadventures of the Fox family, drawn from real-life situations faced by modern kids, from baby-sitting jobs from hell to sibling rivalry on an epic scale

Athkins, D.E. THE BRIDE. 
No reference

Atkin, S. Beth. VOICES FROM THE STREETS: YOUNG FORMER GANG MEMBERS TELL THEIR STORIES. 
First-person interviews, photographs, poetry, journal entries, and scrapbooks provide a firsthand look at the lives of former gang members, who describe life in violent, poverty-stricken neighborhoods, why they became involved with gangs, and what led them to seek a better way of life.

Base, Graeme. THE DISCOVERY OF DRAGONS. 
Victorian scientist R. W. Greasebeam presents a series of letters--by a ninth-century Viking, thirteenth-century Chinese girl, and a Prussian cartographer, among others--and colorful artwork recording the discovery of the world's most fearsome dragons. 

Bjarkman, Peter. TOP 10 BASKETBALL SLAM DUNKERS
This book contains profiles of ten professional basketball players, past and present, regarded by the author to be the best slam dunkers in the sport; each player is given two photos and two pages of text.

Block, Francesca Lia. GIRL GODDESS #9. YA Block, F. 
Nine stories about girl goddesses of every age and shape and color and size, wearing combat boots and spiky hair or dressed all in white. One girl has two moms, another has no mother at all but a strange blue skinned creature that lives in her closet. One is a rock star groupie, another loves dancing and reading poetry and having picnics in the backyard when the moon is full. These are stories about girls discovering that the world is not a simple place and that there is more than one way to live. These stories show the reader that in every girl there truly is a goddess. 

Branzei, Sylvia. PLANET DEXTER'S GROSSOLOGY. 
This is a series of books that take advantage of kids’ fascination with many GROSS topics. If it's stinky, scaly or slimy and it's on your body, Grossology can explain it all for you. It's biology without the boredom!

Brewster, Hugh. ANASTASIA'S ALBUM. 
An award-winning author uses Anastasia's own photos, watercolors, letters, and diaries, long hidden in Russian archives, to reveal an engaging portrait of Russia's last princess, her family, and their difficult exile in Siberia after the Russian revolution.

Bruce-Mitford, Miranda. THE ILLUSTRATED BOOK OF SIGNS & SYMBOLS. 302.222 BRU 
Bruce-Mitford differentiates between signs and symbols and explains the colorful array she presents by category: mythologies and religions, nature, people, and symbol system.

Cohen, Daniel. DANGEROUS GHOSTS. 
A collection of particularly scary ghost stories follows the adventures of people who have been harmed by ghosts, from a headless woman and a cannibalized sailor in bloodstained bandages to a spirit dog that bites.

Crowther, Robert. POP-UP OLYMPICS: AMAZING FACTS AND RECORD BREAKERS. 
From the fields of ancient Greece to the high-tech stadiums of today, Olympic athletes have performed amazing feats of strength and speed. Now Robert Crowther, master pop-up artist, makes tiny athletes perform at your command. Full of fascinating facts and sensational statistics -- not to mention fun flaps, pleasing pull-tabs and other great gadgets.

DANGEROUS ANIMALS: NATURE COMPANY DISCOVERY SERIES. (Time-Life publishers) 
Dangerous Animals offers an exciting look at nature with close-ups of spiders, snakes, crocodiles, etc., organized by the animals' methods of defense or predation (venom, teeth, claws, size, etc.). Dinosaurs includes an overview of periods and categories of dinosaurs, their behavior, how fossils are reconstructed, and theories about the creatures' demise

De Vries, Anke . BRUISES. 
Judith is 12 years old but unlike most girls her age finds it difficult to enjoy her life. She is a battered child who blames herself for her mother's constant physical abuse. Michael, one of her classmates, has recently suffered emotional abuse at the hands of his severely critical father. When Michael befriends Judith, he is able to slowly, cautiously lead her toward self-confidence and take his own tentative steps toward forgiving his newly repentant father. With a driving sense of drama, the two youngsters' stories unfold toward hopeful, but not sugarcoated, resolutions.

Doyle, Larry. HUH HUH FOR HOLLYWOOD: MTVS BEAVIS AND BUTHEAD 
Having risen to Hollywood stardom, the intellectually challenged Beavis and Butt-Head reveal how they became famous, the secret behind movies that are not bad, how to get rich, and how to get lucky with women celebrities.

Ewing, Lynne. DRIVE-BY. YA Ewing, L
Jimmy is dead now -- gunned down in front of his little sister, Mina, and his brother, Tito. And Tito is left wondering: Was Jimmy in a gang after all? Ice Breaker Joe and Lamar think so.And if the missing cash isn't returned, Tito may have to pay -- with his life .What path will be choose at the crossroads? He knows one leads to safety and one to death . . . but which is which?

Fletcher, Ralph. BURIED ALIVE: THE ELEMENTS OF LOVE. 
A wonderful, touching collection of poetry reflecting the perspective of teenagers and written in their language, explores the many emotions, such as rejection, passion, discovery, and fear, felt during the period of teenage love.

Freedman, Russell. THE LIFE AND DEATH OF CRAZY HORSE. 
This biography draws on first-hand accounts of the life and personality of the great Lakota warrior Crazy Horse, combining them with a succinct but dramatic narration of the bloody conflict that ended only with the forced settlement of the last free Native American nation. Born around 1841 as a member of a freely ranging band, Crazy Horse died in 1877 as a captive of the U.S. Army. Quiet and reserved, "he wore no war paint, took no scalps, and refused to boast about his brave deeds.” writes Freedman.

Glenn, Mel. WHO KILLED MR. CHIPPENDALE? : A MYSTERY IN POEMS YA Mystery Glenn, M.
When popular Tower High English teacher Mr. Chippendale is fatally shot, everyone's a suspect. The killer could be anyone— one of his students, a colleague, or even an ex-flame. Told in a series of interlocking poems, this suspenseful story will keep readers guessing who the killer is right up until the last page. "More than a whodunit, this unique offering explores a multitude of issues in its pages."—

Gorog, Judith. WHEN NOBODY'S HOME: FIFTEEN BABY-SITTING TALES OF TERROR. 
A collection of short chilling tales follows the experiences of fifteen baby sitters who find more than their share of challenges when they accept seemingly routine sitter jobs

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. DON'T YOU DARE READ THIS, MRS. DUNPHREY. YA Haddix, M. 
Tish's journal is private and personal--and you won't be able to put it down. Tish writes candidly, and privately, about taking care of her brother, living on-and-off with her violent father, and coping with her irresponsible mother--until finally, she realizes that Mrs. Dunphrey, her new English teacher, might just be her only hope.

Hill, Grant. CHANGE THE GAME: ONE ATHLETE'S THOUGHTS ON SPORTS, DREAMS, AND GROWING UP. 
The professional basketball star traces his life and shares his views on sports, education, family life, and growing up, stressing the values of integrity, equality, and devotion to family as essential in today's materialistic, competitive world.

Hobbs, Will. FAR NORTH. YA Hobbs, W. 
Gabe, his boarding school roommate, and a Dih-nay Tribe elder are stranded in the backwoods of the Northwest Territories. A dark, bitterly cold winter is approaching. The old man's knowledge helps the boys build shelter, stay warm, and hunt for food but survival ultimately requires persistence, cooperation, and courage. The characters spark tremendous admiration.

Hoffman, Charles. BRUCE LEE, BRANDON LEE, AND THE DRAGON'S CURSE. 
The true story of the father and son who became martial arts legends--and victims of a tragic fate. Were Bruce and Brandon victims of an ancient Chinese curse? Or were they victims of king fu masters seeking revenge on the man who had revealed martial arts secrets to America? 

Jackson, Donna M. THE BONE DETECTIVES: HOW FORENSIC ANTHROPOLISTS SOLVE CRIMES AND UNCOVER MYSTERIES OF THE DEAD.
An introduction to forensic anthropology follows famous cases and the ""Iceman"" discovery, explaining how ""bone detectives"" can determine a person's vital statistics and cause of death.

Jarrow, Gail and Paul Sherman. NAKED MOLE RATS
Unlovely when compared to other rodents such as the dainty deer mouse or the massive capybara, naked mole rats have redeeming characteristics, as the authors reveal when showing that their strange physical and social manifestations allow them to survive in a harsh habitat where their "cuter" cousins would perish

Jones, Charlotte Foltz. ACCIDENTS MAY HAPPEN: FIFTY INVENTIONS DISCOVERED BY MISTAKE. 
From Wheaties to telephones, microwave ovens to yo-yos, here are the inspiring and often funny stories of 50 mistakes and misunderstandings that helped bring about life as we know it. With hilarious cartoons and wacky facts, this fascinating compendium illustrates the adage "If you don't learn from your mistakes, there's no sense making them."

Jukes, Mavis. IT'S A GIRL THING: HOW TO STAY HEALTHY, SAFE, AND IN CHARGE 
This frank, funny, accurate, and empowering guide is a m ust-have for every girl on her way to becoming a woman. Award-winning author Mavis Jukes provides important information, tells funny stories about her own preteen experiences, and helps to assure readers that no matter how confusing their teenage years are going to be, they will survive! 

Kite, Patricia L. BLOOD-FEEDING BUGS AND BEAST
An introduction to a bevy of bedeviling bloodsuckers. Among the 15 kinds discussed are such common pests as mosquitoes, bed bugs, lice, ticks, biting flies, etc., as well as the more exotic assassin bugs, tsetse flies, vampire moths, and bats. The lucid text briefly describes the subjects' habitats, major physical characteristics, feeding methods, behavior, and their importance as vectors of human disease.

Letterman, David. DAVID LETTERMAN'S BOOK OF TOP TEN LISTS & ZESTY LO-CAL CHICKEN RECIPES. 818 LET 
Letterman's infamous "Top Ten Lists", a popular feature on his nightly talk show, The Late Show with David Letterman, are now contained in one hilarious volume

Lorbiecki, Marybeth. JUST ONE FLICK OF A FINGER
The setting is a bleak city neighborhood, but every bullied kid will understand Jack's wish. In simple free verse, he tells how he tries to stay out of trouble, but Reebo is out to get him. Jack steals his dad's revolver and wonders if his dad would care if anything happened to him. Jack's friend, Sherms, does care, and he's appalled when Jack appears with the gun. Jack is white; both his friend and his enemy are black. Sure enough, the bully confronts Jack, Sherms tries to intervene, the gun goes off, Sherms is wounded--but then everything works out all right in the end. 

Lurie, Jon. FUNDAMENTAL SNOWBOARDING 
Readers learn about the equipment, basic maneuvers, types of competitions, and more advanced stunts. Practice techniques and conditioning routines are also explained. The information is solid, and the clear photographs are eye-catching. 

Maizels, Jennie & Kate Petty. THE AMAZING POP-UP GRAMMAR BOOK. 
An introduction to parts of speech and punctuation features lavishly detailed spreads that are packed with interactive flaps, tabs, wheels, and pop-ups and highlight lively animal characters who guide readers on a fun grammatical tour.

Martin, Les. HUMBUG (The X files ). 
Scully and Mulder have to throw the rule book away when they investigate a murder in Gibsonton, Florida, where normal does not exist. The natives are circus and sideshow performers. The victim, called The Alligator Man, died a bizarre, mysterious death. And the agents' list of suspects, which grows daily, is beginning to look like a page out of Ripley's Believe It or Not. . .
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Matas, Carol. AFTER THE WAR. 
After being released from Buchenwald at the end of World War II, fifteen-year-old Ruth risks her life to lead a group of children across Europe to Palestine.

Meltzer, Milton. WEAPONS & WARFARE: FROM THE STONE AGE TO THE SPACE AGE 
From clubs and bow and arrows to machine guns and nuclear bombs, this engaging survey reveals the intricate role of weapons and warfare throughout human history. Milton Meltzer’s fascinating overview explores the social background of weapons—how and why they were developed—and the ways in which they changed warfare from prehistoric times to the present.

Merriam, Eve. THE INNER CITY MOTHER GOOSE
Commenting on political and social issues related to the conditions of the inner city and inner city life, provocative new versions of the classic Mother Goose rhymes.

Montpetit, Charles, ed. THE FIRST TIME: TRUE STORIES. Vol. 2. 
Each volume contains eight "true stories," each of which is grounded in actuality and recounts the initial sexual experience and awakenings of young adults. Sometimes shocking, sometimes poignant or tragic, and often graphic, these well-written tales run the gambit of sexual experiences: young love, gay experiences, sexual abuse, tragic consequences, embarrassment, and bliss.

Morpurgo, Michael. ROBIN OF SHERWOOD. 
In a dramatic retelling of the famous legend, a young boy dreams of Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest's most notorious outlaw, who is discovering the dangers that go along with his fame and success. 

Mowry, Jess. GHOST TRAIN. 
When an out-of-control train nearly crashes through Remi's window on his first night in his new home in California, the young Haitian refuge solicits the help of his fast-talking, street-smart neighbor, Niya, to help him solve the mystery of the ghostly night train

Myers, Walter Dean. SLAM. YA Myers, W. 
Seventeen-year-old Greg "Slam" Harris can do it all on the basketball court. He's seen ballplayers come and go, and he knows he could be one of the lucky ones. Maybe he'll make it to the top. Or maybe he'll stumble along the way. Slam's grades aren't that hot. And when his teachers jam his troubles in his face, he blows up. Slam never doubted himself on the court until he found himself going one with his future.

Nance, John. PANDORA'S CLOCK. NAN 
An American professor dies while traveling on a 747 from Frankfort to New York. Did he die of a deadly experimental virus? Captain John Holland must get his flight to safety--even though the whole world considers those aboard fatally infectious. He discovers that every country, including the U.S., is refusing him entry. Where and when can he land?

Osofsky, Audrey. FREE TO DREAM: THE MAKING OF A POET: LANGSTON HUGHES 
From alienated beginnings in predominantly white Kansas towns emerged one of the great voices of the Harlem Renaissance. This lyric portrait of one of America's finest poets transcends conventional biography to touch the hearts of young readers.

Ousseimi, Maria. CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE: GROWING UP IN A WAR ZONE. 
Ousseimi presents some stark realities of what it's like to live in a war zone in five areas: Lebanon, El Salvador, Mozambique, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Washington, D.C.

Paulsen, Gary. PUPPIES, DOGS AND BLUE NORTHERS: REFLECTIONS ON BEING RAISED BY A PACK OF SLED DOGS. YA 798.8 Paulsen, G. 
Gary Paulsen brings his love and knowledge of the sport of Iditarod racing to readers in this memoir about the life of a litter of pups who are born to pull sleds across the snowy frontier–and the marvel he experiences as he watches them grow and learn

Perl, Lila and Marion Blumenthal Lazan. FOUR PERFECT PEBBLES: A HOLOCAUST STORY
The six-year ordeal of the Blumenthal family is chronicled in this memoir of Jewish life during the Holocaust from a little girl's perspective. Harrowing and often moving account of the co-author's family's struggle to survive the Holocaust. Opening in Bergen-Belsen, the story retraces the events leading up to the Blumenthals' imprisonment there. After three years as displaced persons, Marion and her mother and brother finally arrived in the U.S., where there were new adjustments to be faced.

Platt, Richard. STEPHEN BIESTY'S INCREDIBLE EXPLOSIONS
How is a space ship put together? What is really going on in the ground under your feet? How does a windmill work? Taking its title from the first artwork in the book, an exploded view, the book goes on to present each subject in an unusual way. It may be cross-sectioned, viewed from a fish-eye perspective or illustrated inside-out to show what's going on. The pictures are accompanied by informative text which explains what it happening. A strange alien can be found in every scene.

Reid, Lori. THE ART OF HAND READING. 133.6 REI 
Clear explanations on everything you should know about this entertaining art are enhanced by dozens of detailed photographs. Step-by-step instructions and beautiful, full color photographs make this the perfect guide for the novice or seasoned seeker of future knowledge

Reybold, Laura. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE DANGERS OF TATOOING AND BODY YA 617.9 Reybold, L.
Reybold's cautionary look at the risks and consequences involved in getting a tattoo or having your body pierced may prove eye-opening to young adults contemplating either experience. Brief histories of tattooing and body piercing are followed by some very specific information, not the least being the fact that any tattoo or piercing will be with you for life, "leaving at least a scar or hole." 

Reynolds, Marilyn. TELLING.
No reference

Rossiter, Sean. HOCKEY THE NHL WAY: THE BASICS 
To be a great hockey player, you've got to know the basics--and who better to learn them from than the NHL pros? Open this Official Book of the NHL and learn from watching greats like Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky, and others. Action photos of kids, along with instructions for every step of the way, take the guesswork out of technique and positioning.. 

Sanderson, Peter. MARVEL UNIVERSE. 
Readers take a guided tour through the vast cosmos known as the Marvel Universe and meet the super heroes--Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four--and the super-villains--Green Goblin, Magneto, Glactis, Doctor Doom--whose adventures have thrilled fans. 

Shusterman, Neal. MINDQUAKES: STORIES TO SHATTER YOUR BRAIN. YA Schusterman, N.
A collection of spooky tales includes the stories of an autistic boy who paints frighteningly real pictures, a vain teenager who subscribes to an unorthodox medical procedure, and a pair of siblings whose practical joke backfires.

Smith, Miranda. LIVING EARTH 
No reference 

Solin, Sabrina. SEVENTEEN GUIDE TO SEX AND YOUR BODY. 613.9 SOL 
A comprehensive learning tool for young adults facing the period of life when their bodies change and mature presents informative facts about such important issues as pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, drugs, eating disorders, and more.

Steiber, Ellen. SHAPES. (The X files) 
A Montana rancher shoots a snarling, bloodthirsty beast on hisproperty'only to find that he's killed a Trego Indian from the neighboring reservation. When FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully investigate, they're forced to a single, outrageous conclusion: The Trego man and the wild beast are one and the same. Is there a more logical explanation'or have Mulder and Scully uncovered a terrifying tribal secret?

Steiber, Ellen. SQUEEZE. (The X files) 
When a serial killer strikes a fourth time leaving no trace of how he entered or escaped from the scene of the crime, FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are called in to investigate. Soon, all evidence points to the impossible: a murderer who has been squeezing through air ducts and chimneys since 1903. Can Mulder and Scully stop him before he strikes again?

Sturgis, Alexander. OPTICAL ILLUSIONS IN ART. 
This vivid introduction to the use of illusion in art makes often complex visual effects understandable and fun. 

Sullivan, George. GLOVEMEN: TWENTY-SEVEN OF BASEBALL'S GREATEST
An introduction to the difficult and often-unappreciated role of baseball shortstops explains the high levels of skill that accompany seemingly easy plays and profiles twenty-seven of the game's top glovemen.

Sweeney, Joyce. FREE FALL
Four high school boys are lost for 24 hours in an underground cave in this suspenseful adventure story. Seventeen-year-old Neil and his friend Randy grudgingly allow Neil's younger brother, David, and his friend Terry to join them on a road trip into Florida's Ocala National Forest for an afternoon of spelunking. None of the boys has told his parents, much less asked for permission, and with only vague directions, few exploring skills and fewer supplies, it's only a matter of time before crisis strikes. How the boys ration food, plan escape routes, cope with injuries, snakes and other unfriendly wildlife all make for gripping reading.
 
Tanaka, Shelley. ON BOARD THE TITANIC: WHAT IT WAS LIKE WHEN THE GREAT LINER SANK 
  j 910 TAN
The sinking of the great liner Titanic in 1912 is lavishly illustrated by a student of the wreck and is recounted from the perspective of seventeen-year old Jack Thayer and twenty-two-year old Harold Bride, who were both saved by getting themselves onto a life raft.

Thomas, Rob. RATS SAW GOD. YA Thomas, R. 
Having failed English, eighteen-year-old Steve York must generate a paper to get credit and chooses to think and write about his own sophomore and junior years of high school, during which he experienced his first love and struggled with family relationships 

Vancil, Mark. NBA BASKETBALL OFFENSE BASICS. 
Explains the basic skills required of an effective offensive basketball player. Dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding, and team play are all described, and drills that can be used to further one's abilities in each area are demonstrated. Full-color photographs of NBA stars in action and ethnically diverse youngsters of both sexes going through the drills are included.

Wallace, Rich. WRESTLING STURBRIDGE YA Wallace, R
The gripping story of a group of teenage wrestlers captures the trials and tribulations of sports and of growing up. As the second-best 135-pound wrestler in his high school, Ben watches as a friend's future becomes brighter and his turns dim. Eager to leave his hometown of Sturbridge, Pennsylvania--and to avoid a dismal future working in a cinder block factory--Ben looks for a way out. 

Willey, Margaret. FACING THE MUSIC. 
Lisa Franklin's troubles seem to melt away when she sings. Since joining a high school band, she feels like a new person: strong and self-confident. Not like the person who has felt miserable since her mother died four years ago. But Lisa's brother, Mark, isn't so happy about her singing with the band--it's his band, his friends.

Willson, Quentin. THE ULTIMATE CLASSIC CAR BOOK
Detailing more than one hundred classic cars with close-up gallery photographs, a comprehensive history highlights each model's production figures, competition successes, mechanical and body modifications, and more. 

Windsor, Patricia. THE BLOODING. 
A dark, psychological drama is infused with the supernatural and reveals the painful lengths an adolescent girl is willing to go to in order to claim her own identity. Maris' summer job as an au pair in England starts out well. But when she discovers the truth about her employer, the truth about his transformations and his plans for her, Maris must make the most terrifying decision of her life.