unRequired Reading

Our unRequired Reading Blog features the latest picks for teens selected by library staff and volunteers.
Fri, 08/28/2009 - 4:32pm

Here are some other books you may enjoy—some are a bit creepy, some adventurous and a few with orphans and evil relatives!


The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke.

Escaping the aunt who wants to adopt only one of them, two orphaned brothers run away from Hamburg to Venice, finding shelter with a gang of street children and their leader, the thirteen-year-old “Thief Lord," while also eluding the detective hired to return them to Germany.


The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.

Fri, 09/04/2009 - 10:52am

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse.

In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.

Witness by Karen Hesse.
A series of poems express the views of various people in a small Vermont town, including a young black girl and a young Jewish girl, during the early 1920s when the Ku Klux Klan is trying to infiltrate the town.

Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy.

Fri, 08/28/2009 - 4:31pm

Here are some other books that I think you may like:


The It Girl (series) by Cecily von Ziegesar.

Jenny Humphrey, kicked out of Constance Ballard prep school for being a bad influence, decides she'll do anything to become one of the popular girls at Waverly Academy. (from School Library Journal review).


Private (series) by Kate Brian.

Fri, 08/28/2009 - 4:34pm

Here are a few more books that I think you may like:


Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech.

After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.


Ida B. : and her plans to maximize fun, avoid disaster, and (possibly) save the world by Katherine Hannigan

Fri, 01/14/2011 - 3:24pm
Until Angels Close My Eyes by Lurlene McDaniel

Did you know that Until Angels Close My Eyes in the last book of a trilogy by Lurlene McDaniel? In case you missed them, here are the first two books:

Angels Watching Over Me
Sixteen-year-old Leah is admitted to the hospital for treatment of a broken finger. Further tests indicate bone cancer. During her stay she meets Ethan, a handsome Amish boy, and is drawn to him despite the difficulties she has understanding his culture.

Fri, 08/28/2009 - 4:36pm

Although I haven't read this title, now that you've brought it to my attention, I want to!
Meanwhile, I have listed four titles below that I hope you might enjoy.

Footfree and Fancyloose: a Novel by Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain. (Rocehlle, it's the sequel to Bass Ackwards and Belly Up!)

Harper, Sophie, and Kate continue to pursue their dreams of writing, acting, and self-discovery through aid work, while their friend Becca explores college and her relationship with her boyfriend, Stuart.