Florida Teens Read 2011-2012 List!
Below is an annotated list of titles selected for the
2011-2012 Florida Teen Read challenge. Read at least
three of the titles below and vote for your favorite in
Avasthi, Swati. Split. New York, Knopf, 2010.
Witherspoon is kicked out of his house after he finally
hits back the father who has been abusing the family for
years. He shows up on the doorstep of his brother who
escaped the abuse five years earlier by running away.
They are safe, for now, but their mother is still living
with the monster that is their father.
Bacigalupi, Paolo. Ship Breaker. New York:
Little, Brown, 2010.
Nailer is trying to survive by taking
apart oil tankers that have run aground on the
futuristic Gulf Coast when he discovers a clipper ship
stranded by a hurricane that is full of riches. Should
he make off with his fortune, or rescue the lone
survivor, a beautiful girl who is escaping from a
traitor in her family?
Carter, Ally. Heist Society. New York:
Kat Bishop swore that scamming her
way into the prestigious Colgan School would be her last
con, but she cannot escape from her past. Her father is
accused of stealing paintings from a powerful criminal,
so Kat assembles a team of teen accomplices, travels
across Europe, and plots an impossible art heist to save
Cohn, Rachel and David Levithan. Dash & Lily’s Book
of Dares. New York: Random House, 2010.
I’ve left some clues for you. If
you want them, turn the page. If you don’t, put the
book back on the shelf, please. Lily has left a red
notebook of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf,
waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept
the dares. Is Dash the right guy? Or are Dash and Lily
only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the
notebook they pass back and forth throughout New York
City at Christmas time?
Dashner, James. Maze Runner. New York: Delacorte
Thomas awakes in the middle of a maze,
with no memory. The other boys have been searching for a
way out for two years, and when the first girl to ever
arrive bears a strange message, time is running out.
Thomas realizes he may hold the answer, if he can ever
access his memory.
Fisher, Catherine. Incarceron. New York: Dial
Claudia is outside, hoping to escape an
arranged marriage; Finn is inside the prison Incarceron
hoping to be the first to escape outside. When they both
discover a crystal key and realize they can communicate
with the other, escape for both seems more likely, but
the prison Incarceron refuses to give up its mysteries.
Gill, David Macinnis. Soul Enchilada. New York:
Greenwillow Books, 2009.
Eunice “Bug” Smoot’s grandfather sold
his soul to the devil for a 1958 Cadillac Biarritz, then
reneged on the deal from the afterlife. Now a demonic
repossession agent is after the car, and Bug’s soul.
Bug is about to lose her apartment and her job, wreck
her car, deliver a pizza to a dead guy, and fall in
love. Will she beat the Devil?
Griffin, Paul. The Orange Houses. New York: Dial
Three misunderstood teens; Tamika,
half-deaf, Jimmi, an eighteen-year-old veteran, and
Fatima, an illegal refugee from Africa, become friends
and struggle to survive in their racist, violent, and
anti-immigrant neighborhood in the Bronx.
Kwok, Jean. Girl in Translation. New York:
Riverhead Books, 2010.
When Ah-Kim (Kimberly) Chang and her
mother arrive from Hong Kong to New York, they are
forced to live in a roach infested apartment and work at
a sweatshop for hardly any pay. Kim is great at school,
but can she succeed without knowing the language or
Omolulu, C.J. Dirty Little Secrets. New York:
Walker & Co., 2010.
Lucy has a secret. Her mother is a
hoarder and her house is stuffed with garbage. When her
mother dies, Lucy is scared to call 911 because then her
secret will be out, but the mess is too big to handle on
her own. What can she do in order to return to a
Pearson, Mary. The Miles Between. New York, Henry
wants is “one fair day,” and an unauthorized road trip
offers her and three classmates from her exclusive
boarding school an opportunity to have just that.
Shusterman, Neal. Bruiser. New York:
Tennyson and Bronte alternate the story of Brewster, a
huge misfit of a student who everyone thinks is a
menace. Covered in scrapes and bruises, Brewster looks
like the poster-child for abused children; but inside
lurks the heart of someone who really cares about the
people he loves.
Small, David. Stitches. New York: W.W. Norton,
2009. (Mature reader)
In this affecting graphic memoir,
David Small tells the story of his horrific childhood
with uncommunicative and neglectful parents, who refused
to tell him that the surgery he had when he was fourteen
that removed most of his vocal cords was because of
Stratton, Allan. Borderline. New York:
Muslim Sami doesn’t get along well with
his father, and is very upset when his father doesn’t
take him on a promised trip to Toronto. When his father
is arrested in the middle of the night for being a
terrorist, Sami decides to find out the truth.
White, Kiersten. Paranormalcy. New York:
Sixteen-year-old Evie works for the
International Paranormal Containment Agency bagging and
tagging paranormals, but secretly she longs to be a
regular girl. When shape shifter Lend infiltrates the
agency, the two of them must discover why paranormals
are being murdered, and the truth behind who Evie really