Recommended Reads Grades 11-12

Great Reads for Teens in Grades 11 & 12
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Sherman Alexie (YA ALEXIE)
When he starts attending school in a nearby town, Junior Spirit becomes a “part-time” Indian, torn between one identity and another.
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In the Time of the Butterflies
Julia Alvarez (YA ALVAREZ)
Three martyred sisters, the butterflies, tell their tale of oppression, as they resisted the dictatorship in the Dominican Republic.
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Impossible Knife of Memory
Laurie Halse Anderson (YA ANDERSON)
Hayley and her father move back to their hometown to try a “normal” life, but the war horrors he saw threaten to destroy that.
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The Handmaid’s Tale
Margaret Atwood (YA ATWOOD)
Imagine a world where women’s bodies are controlled, and they are separated into strict classes…
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Red Queen [Series]
Victoria Aveyard (YA AVEYARD)
The common Red-blooded serve the Silver-blooded elite, who have superhuman abilities. But Mare, a Red, discovers she too has an ability, and leads the Red rebellion.
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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Ishmael Beah (966.404 BEA)
Ishmael, a native of Sierra Leone, recounts coming-of-age as a child soldier
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The Diviners [Series]
Libba Bray (YA BRAY)
The “roaring twenties” are on and Evie gets to move to the heart of it all—NYC. But she’s about to get swept right into murder.
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Ready Player One
Ernest Cline (YA CLINE)
In the not-so-distant future--the world has turned into a very bleak place, but luckily there is OASIS, a virtual reality world that is a vast online utopia.
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All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr (FIC DOERR)
Marie-Laure and Werner’s lives are intricately interwoven as they cope with life in Europe during WWII. This is a story of the ways that people try to be good to one another against all odds.
Neil Gaiman (YA GAIMAN)
No good deed goes unpunished. Helping a bleeding girl plunges the ordinary Richard into London’s deadly underground.
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The Fault in Our Stars
John Green (YA GREEN)
The story of two ’kindred spirits’, Hazel and Augustus, who bond over their cancer afflictions and try to find meaning in it all. Warning: have tissues on-hand.
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None of the Above
I.W. Gregorio (YA GREGORIO)
A teenage girl discovers she is something between a girl and a boy - intersex. Now her whole school has found out.
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The Summer I Turned Pretty [Series]
Jenny Han (YA HAN)
Summer Novels Series. “Belly measures her life in summers….but one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it just ends up how it should have been all along.”
Joseph Heller (YA HELLER)
Military bureaucracy and the horrors of war were never so funny!
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The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini (YA HOSSEINI)
“I thought of the life I had lived until the winter of 1975 came along & changed everything. And made me what I am today.”
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Les Miserables
Victor Hugo (YA HUGO)
The 19th century French convict Jean- Valjean struggles to escape his past and reaffirm his humanity in a world brutalized by poverty and ignorance.
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The Queen of the Tearling [Series]
Erika Johansen (YA JOHANSEN)
Kelsea is 19 now and rightful ascendant to the throne. But she’s going to need all the magical powers of the Tearling sapphire around her neck to fend off her enemies.
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Glory O'Brien's History of the Future
A.S. King (YA KING)
As high school graduation draws near, Glory begins having powerful and terrifying visions of the future as she struggles with her long-buried grief over her mother's suicide.
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The Bluest Eye
Toni Morrison (YA MORRISON)
In Ohio during the 1940s, a young African-American girl longs to be white.
Julie Murphy (YA MURPHY)
Willowdean is fat and that’s fine. But her real test of confidence is when she enters the local beauty pageant, oh horror...
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The Knife of Never Letting Go [Trilogy]
Patrick Ness (YA NESS)
Chaos Walking Trilogy. All of the women are dead, and everyone’s thoughts—even their most intimate—are blasted loud and clear. Humanity seems doomed...but Todd finds a bubble of silence.
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Everything I Never Told You
Celeste Ng (YA NG)
The death of a teen girl from a mixed-race family in 1970s Ohio forces a once tight-knit family to unravel in unexpected ways.
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All the Bright Places
Jennifer Niven (YA NIVEN)
Theodore and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower, teetering on the edge, the start of an unlikely relationship; and deep desire to heal and save one another.
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My Sister’s Keeper
Jodi Picoult (YA PICOULT)
Anna was born just to keep her sister alive via bone marrow donations. How much more will she be asked to sacrifice?
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces
Isabel Quintero (YA QUINTERO)
This “fat girl” Latina is not white enough and not Mexican enough. Meanwhile, those closest to her seem to be wrecks. Thank goodness for her poetry to give it all order.
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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [Trilogy]
Ransom Riggs (YA RIGGS)
Jacob comes to a mysterious, remote Welsh island that time seems to have forgotten. A ruined house holds odd black and white photos of strange children...and possible secrets of his family.
Rainbow Rowell (YA ROWELL)
Cath is world renowned for her awesome Simon Snow fan fiction, but can make it in the real world in her first year of college?
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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Benjamin Alire Saenz (YA SAENZ)
Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison. When he meets Dante, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.
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100 Sideways Miles
Andrew Smith (YA SMITH)
Finn Easton, sixteen and epileptic, struggles to feel like more than just a character in his father's cult-classic novels with the help of his best friend, Cade Hernandez, and first love, Julia...until Julia moves away.
Flow: the Cultural Story of Menstruation
Elissa Stein (612.662 STE)
This is a hip, hilarious and eye-opening history, talked about as never before and spanning the fascinating, the wacky, and the scary. But it’s all good!
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The Strange & Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Leslye J. Walton (YA WALTON)
Born with bird wings into a family cursed to be foolish in love, sixteen-year-old Ava delves into her family's past hoping to understand her unusual nature and learn to fit in with her peers, but she is ill-prepared for what she discovers.