Summer Reading List for Juniors 2012-2013
Deception Point by Dan Brown (the author of Angels and Demons and The Davinci Code)
When a NASA satellite discovers a rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton is called to verify its authenticity and uncovers the unthinkable—scientific trickery that threatens to plunge the world into controversy. Chased by a team of assassins, Rachel’s only hope for survival is to discover who is behind this masterful plot. The truth may be the most shocking deception of all.
I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak
After capturing a bank robber, nineteen-year-old cab driver Ed Kennedy begins receiving mysterious messages that direct him to addresses where people need help, and he begins getting over his lifelong feeling of worthlessness.
Insurgent by Veronica Ross (Book 2 of the Divergent Series)
One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
After learning that he is one of the reasons why a classmate (Hannah) committed suicide, Clay Jensen is forced to listen to a recording of Hannah’s voice and follow a map of important places to learn the truth of her pain and just how he was involved.
Nailed by Patrick Jones
An outcast in a school full of jocks, sixteen-year-old Bret struggles to keep his individuality through his interest in drama and music, while trying to reconnect with his father.
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay
Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old Jewish girl is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment, thinking she will be back within a few hours. Paris, May 2002: On Vel’d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France’s past. Through her investigation, the histories of Sarah and Julia collide in mysterious ways.
Matched by Ally Condy
Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen turns to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion. Anyone who loved Hunger Games will love this novel!
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
Sterling is an ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens—until the day its complacency is shattered by an act of violence at the local high school. The girl who should be the state’s best witness can’t remember what happened before her very own eyes---or can she?
Frankenstein: Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz
Every city has its secrets, but none as terrible as this. He is Deucalion, a tattooed man of mysterious origin, a sleight-of-reality artist who has traveled the centuries with a secret worse than death. He arrives in New Orleans as a serial killer stalks the streets, a killer who carefully selects his victims for the humanity that is missing in himself. Deucalion’s path will lead him to cool, tough police detective Carson O’Connor and her devoted partner, Michael Maddison, who are tracking the slayer but will soon discover signs of something far more terrifying: an entire race of killers who are much more–and less–than human and, deadliest of all, their deranged, near-immortal maker: Victor Helios–once known as Frankenstein.
Left to Tell by Imaculee Ilibagiza
In 1994 the author’s world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. The triumphant story of this remarkable young woman’s spiritual journey through the darkness of genocide will inspire anyone whose life has been touched by fear, suffering, and loss.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.