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High School - 2012 Kids' Summer Reading List

High School Fiction and Nonfiction (Grades 9-12)

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Beauty Queens, by Libba Bray (Scholastic, $18.99)

Teen beauty pageant contestants crash-land en route to their competition. They use their “can-do” Miss Teen Dream spirit to survive on what they assume is a deserted island (actually home to a government conspiracy). 396 pages.

Bitterblue, by Kristin Cashore (Dial, $19.99)

Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is queen of Monsea. Feeling disconnected from her people, Bitterblue sneaks out to observe city life; a friendship with thieves makes her reevaluate everything she’s been told. 549 pages.

Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein (Hyperion, $15)

During World War II, Queenie, a spy captured by the SS, bargains to write what she knows about the British war effort in order to postpone her execution. Her report tells the story of Maddie, the pilot who dropped her over France, then crashed. 337 pages.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone, by Laini Taylor (Little, Brown, $18.99)

Karou lives with part-human, part-animal chimaera in Prague. When she meets a deadly angel in Marrakech, she’s powerfully drawn to him. 422 pages.

The Disenchantments, by Nina LaCour (Dutton, $16.99)

Colby and Bev had planned to do a summer tour with their band, then take a gap year together in Europe. When Bev reveals she will be attending college in the fall, Colby struggles with feelings of betrayal over the course of their wild road trip. 310 pages.

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green (Dutton, $17.99)

Hazel is controlling her stage four cancer; Augustus lost a leg to osteosarcoma but now seems okay. Sexy romance and a meditation on life and death deepen this acerbic comedy. 321 pages.

The Future of Us, by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler (Razorbill/Penguin, $18.99)   

In 1996, something called “Facebook” pops up when Emma loads an AOL disk into her computer. Using Facebook, Emma and friend Josh learn about their lives fifteen years into the future. 359 pages.

I’ll Be There, by Holly Goldberg Sloan (Little, Brown, $17.99)   

When Sam’s mentally unstable father learns Sam and his brother are becoming close with Emily and her family, he takes off with the boys. After their dramatic car accident in the woods, the story shifts from romance to survival. 392 pages.

The Isle of Blood [The Monstrumologist], by Rick Yancey (Simon, $18.99)

This third (and darkest) adventure takes monstrumologist Pellinore Warthrop and his apprentice Will Henry to the Socotra, the Isle of Blood. Along the way they dodge spies, befriend literary icons, and test the boundaries of their complex relationship. 538 pages.

Legend, by Marie Lu (Putnam, $17.99)

Day is wanted by the totalitarian Republic; June is one of the Republic’s brightest prodigies with her own grudge against him. But when their paths cross, June is attracted to Day’s selflessness and courage. A perfect Hunger Games read-alike. 301 pages.

The Name of the Star [Shades of London series], by Maureen Johnson (Putnam, $16.99)

At boarding school in London, American Rory learns of nearby Jack the Ripper copycat murders. She falls in with an undercover group investigating a paranormal explanation. 370 pages.

Past Perfect, by Leila Sales (Simon Pulse/Simon, $17.99)

Chelsea works as a living history interpreter at Colonial Essex Village. This summer she traitorously falls for a Civil War interpreter at a rival reenactment park. 306 pages.

The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic, $17.99)

Puck intends to ride her mare in the annual Scorpio Races—alongside murderous water horses. Sean, a stable hand who understands the water horses better than anyone else on the island, is also desperate to win. 409 pages.

Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different, by Karen Blumenthal (Feiwel, $16.99)

A journalistic narrative engagingly relates the life of the Apple co-founder who later went on to leave an indelible mark on three additional fields: movies, music, and cell phones. 312 pages.

The Story of Us, by Deb Caletti (Simon Pulse, $16.99)

Anxious 17-year-old Cricket spends a memorable week at a beach house (with a plethora of family and soon-to-be family, friends, and dogs) before her mother gets married. 390 pages.

The Way We Fall, by Megan Crewe (Hyperion, $16.99) 

Kaelyn’s island community is hit by a mysterious virus. While Kae’s microbiologist father frantically works to diagnose the illness, normally shy Kae takes on a leadership role. 311 pages.

There Is No Dog, by Meg Rosoff (Putnam, $17.99)

The god assigned to supervise planet Earth is a lazy, self-centered teenage boy named Bob. When Bob falls for mortal Lucy, the situation on Earth goes from bad to worse. 271 pages.

This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, by Kenneth Oppel (Simon, $17.99)

When 16-year-old Konrad Frankenstein contracts a mysterious illness, his twin Victor searches for a cure through alchemy. Secrecy, deception, and a love triangle complicate the quest. 298 pages.

Why We Broke Up, by Daniel Handler, illustrated by Maira Kalman (Little, Brown, $19.99)   

In addition to her extensive break-up letter, Min is planning to drop on Ed’s doorstep a box of tokens of their relationship. The imagistic stories of each object provide insight into the couple’s flawed love. 355 pages. 

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