Young Hoosier Book
6th - 8th Grades
2000 - 2006
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
YA AWARD FAR & YA CD SPOKEN FAR & YA PLAYAWAY FAR
Matteo Alacrán was not born; he was
harvested. His DNA came from El Patrón, lord of a country called Opium -- a
strip of poppy fields lying between the United States and what was once
called Mexico. Matt's first cell split and divided inside a petri dish. Then
he was placed in the womb of a cow, where he continued the miraculous
journey from embryo to fetus to baby. He is a boy now, but most consider him
a monster -- except for El Patrón. El Patrón loves Matt as he loves himself,
because Matt is himself.
As Matt struggles to understand his existence, he is threatened by a
sinister cast of characters, including El Patrón's power-hungry family, and
he is surrounded by a dangerous army of bodyguards. Escape is the only
chance Matt has to survive. But escape from the Alacran Estate is no
guarantee of freedom, because Matt is marked by his difference in ways he
doesn't even suspect.
Romiette and Julio by
Sharon Draper YA AWARD DRA &YA PLAYAWAY DRA
A tale of forbidden love with
intentional references to Shakespeare's play, perhaps especially to its West
Side Story incarnation, with a similar focus on issues of race and gangs.
Julio Montague, a recent Texas transplant to Cincinnati, quickly falls for
``Afroqueen'' during cyber-chats on the Internet. He soon discovers his
soulmate is African-American Romiette Cappelle, who coincidentally attends
his high school. The two are destined to meet and fall in love, despite
warnings from the local gang who strongly disapproves of their romance.
of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares YA AWARD BRA & YA CD SPOKEN BRA
A pair of jeans bought at a
thrift store is shared in friendship between four girlfriends. Bridget,
Carmen, Tibby and Lena; all born in September, have been friends since
birth. Is it magic that the same jeans mysteriously fit each of their
differently shaped bodies? As these chatty teenage girlfriends prepare to
spend their first summer apart, they decide to mail the pants from one
girlfriend to the next. They pledge to obey the rules they made for
wearing the pants such as, “don’t wash the jeans”. Add together one
summer, one pair of pants, and four teenage girlfriends and you get the
“Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”.
by Jerry Spinelli YA AWARD Spinelli, J. & YA CD SPOKEN SPI
Will Leo choose the
conformity of his high school classmates, or the individuality and
nonconformity of his friend, Stargirl Caraway?
Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix YA AWARD HAD & YA PLAYAWAY HAD
When Luke is not a normal
child. He's never been to school or had a friend. He is a "shadow
child", a third child forbidden by the Population Police. In order to
survive he must hide. Then he sees Jen, another "shadow child."
She wants to live a normal life and is willing to risk anything to get
one, including leaving her own family. Will Luke risk everything too?
Fire by Sharon Draper YA AWARD Draper, S. & YA PLAYAWAY DRA
When "After he was
almost killed in an apartment fire while his mother went to buy drugs,
Gerald was raised by his aunt. Then one day, six years later, his mother
returns with her new husband and Angel, Gerald's little sister. As the
children grow up, it becomes more and more apparent that Angel needs
Gerald's protection from her father's abuse. But who will protect
Gerald?" (Description from Amazon.com)
Enchanted by Gail Levine YA AWARD Levine, G. & YA CD SPOKEN LEV
When Ella is no ordinary
girl. At her birth she was "blessed" with the gift of obedience.
She must obey every command given her. When her father
sends her off to a boarding school, her travelling companions, Hattie and
Olive soon realize how they can benefit by giving her commands. Life at
the boarding school becomes tolerable once she meets Areida, but Hattie
manages to mess that up too. With nothing left to do, Ella runs away
(having realized she never promised her father she would stay at the
school). On her journey she meets ogres, elves and even a prince or two.
Does she live happily ever after? Read the book to find out!
1999 - 1993
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