Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. A poverty-stricken Irish family tries to survive in spite of many hardships and tragedies. Boy by Roald Dahl. The author’s fascinating and horrifying tales of his English childhood.
Bad Boy by Walter Dean Myers. How a “bad boy” becomes a well-known writer.
Open by Andre Aggasi. The candid memoir was written by the famous tennis champion.
The Greatest: Muhammad Ali by Walter Dean Myers. A biography of the world’s greatest boxer.
Rafa: My Story by John Carlin and Rafael Nadal Shoe Dog by Phil Night.
March (Trilogy) by John Lewis Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle The Complete Maus (Books 1 & 2) by Art Spiegelman It Was the War of the Trenches by Jacques Tardi The Photographer by Emmanuel Guibert Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redness The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long The Age of Bronze Volume 1: A Thousand Ships by Eric Shanower Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography by Sid Jacobsen and Ernie Colon The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks Thoreau at Walden by John Porcelain Primates: The Fearless Scince of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas by Jim Ottaviano and Maris Wicks The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer by Sydney Padua Che by Spain Rodriguez Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges Still I rise: A Graphic History of African Americans by Roland Laird, Charles, R. Johnson The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media by Brooke Gladstone and Josh Neufeld Journey into Mohawk Country by George O'Connor American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang Marathon by Boaz Yakin Dignifying Science: Stories about Women Scientists by Jim Ottaviano, Mary Fleener, Donna Barr, et.
A Walk in the Woodsby Bill Bryson. This book has a strong focus on nature, especially camping, but with a humorous twist. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer. A terrifying real story about the dangers of high altitude climbing, in this case, Mt. Everest.
Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand. Three men work together to turn a rough, undersize horse into the fastest horse in racing history. Timeline by Michael Crichton. A group of archaeologists go back in time to 14th century France.
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. A thoughtful meditation on the meaning of life and how to appreciate it.
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. A high school girl falls in love with a vampire and puts herself and others at risk.
Other Titles: Winger by Andrew Smith Uglies by Scott Westerfeld The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton Ball Don't Lie by Matt De La Pena The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Warcross by Marie Lu
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko. Set in Alcatraz Prison, the hero tries various schemes to help his sister.
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. A young girl adopts a dog and finds new friends.
Crash by Jerry Spinelli. A boy who is a football fanatic becomes a more caring person.
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers. A realistic novel about a group of young soldiers who are sent to Vietnam.
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. A boy's adventures in the wilderness
Heat by Mike Lupica. Michael is a star baseball player who cannot prove he is twelve years old and therefore able to pitch for his team.
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. A realistic book with an environmental theme where two friends try to save an endangered owl.
QB1 by Mike Lupica. Jake lives in his father's and older brother's shadow until he becomes the starting quarterback on his high school team.
Rumblefish by S. E. Hinton. Rusty James gets involved with street gangs with explosive results.
Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiassen. Richard and Will brave storms, wildlife, and violence to find their missing cousin.
Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper. The death of a high school basketball star in a car accident affects the lives of all his friends.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Hazel, a young terminal cancer patient, meets Augustus, a new boy in her support group, and her life suddenly changes.
The Watsons go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis. The hilarious Watson family go south to Birmingham where they get caught up in historic Civil Rights events.
What Did Joey Do? By Jack Gantos. A humorous book about a boy trying to live with a very dysfunctional family.
Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie Abundance of Katherines by John Green Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini Deadline by Chris Crutcher I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I want to be your Class President by Josh Lieb I love you, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle King Dork by Frank Portman Slam by Nick Hornby Someday this Pain will be Useful to You by Peter Cameron Spanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner If I Grow Up by Todd Strasser Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky Paperboy by Vince Vawter Ghost by Jason Reynolds George by Alex Gino Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis