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Great Books for 11th Graders


Bagdasarian, Adam. Forgotten fire.
In 1915 Vahan Kendarian is the youngest son of one of the most influential Armenian families in Turkey. But when his uncle disappears and his father is taken away, and two brothers are shot in the family garden, Vahan's world shatters.
BAGDASARIAN [On Mezzanine]

Colton, Larry. Counting coup: a true story of basketball and honor on the Little Big Horn.
A brilliant account of a teenage Native American girl who fought for honor on and off the basketball courts.
970.3 CROW [In Adult Non-fiction]

Dessen, Sarah. This lullaby.
Raised by a mother who's had five husbands, eighteen-year-old Remy believes in short-term, no-commitment relationships until she meets Dexter, a rock band musician.

Dorris, Michael. A yellow raft in blue water.
Moving backward in time, Dorris's critically acclaimed debut novel is a lyrical saga of three generations of Native American women beset by hardship and torn by angry secrets.
DORRIS [On Mezzanine]

Forman, Gayle. If I stay.
In a coma following an accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia weighs whether to live with grief or join her family in death. A gifted cellist, Mia is torn between pursuing her love for music at Julliard and her punk rock boyfriend, Adam in Oregon.

Green, John. Paper towns.
One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen enjoys his boring life until his beautiful neighbor takes him on a midnight adventure and mysteriously disappears.

Haddon, Mark. The curious incident of the dog in the night-time.
Despite his fear of people, a gifted, autistic 15 year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.

Hafiz, Dilara. The American Muslim teenager's handbook.
Written by teens for teens, covering everything from basic Islamic history to issues of drinking and dating.
YA 297.57 HAF

Letts, Billie. Where the heart is.
Abandoned by her boyfriend at a Wal-Mart in Oklahoma, Novalee Nation, 17 years old and seven months pregnant, soon discovers the treasures hiding in this small Southwest town.
LETTS [On Mezzanine]

Levithan, David. Boy meets boy.
In "this" school, the gay kids and the straight kids all get along just fine, the quarterback is a cross-dresser, and the cheerleaders ride Harleys.

Melville, Greg. Greasy rider : two dudes, one fry-oil-powered car, and a cross-country search for a greener future.
The cross-country journey of a freelance journalist and his college buddy in a dilapidated 1985 Mercedes diesel station wagon powered on vegetable oil collected from restaurant grease and dumpsters along the way.
YA 333.72 MEL

Rosen, Jared. The flip : turn your world around!
Leading thinkers and visionaries illuminate the shifts in corporations, the media, politics, medicine, beliefs, and each person's pivotal role.
YA 303.372 ROS

Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis and Persepolis 2: the story of a return.
An intelligent and outspoken only child, Satrapi -- the daughter of Marxists and great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor--bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.

Stoffels, Karlijn. Heartsinger.
In this meditation on various kinds of love, Mee travels across the country to the court of the Princess Esperanza, singing the life stories of some of the people he meets.

Williams-Garcia, Rita. Every time a rainbow dies.
After seeing a girl raped and becoming obsessed with her, sixteen-year-old Thulani finds motivation to move beyond his interest in his pigeons and his grief over his mother's death.

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