Reading Recommendations from Patrick Jones, author and YA Librarian
- The Afterlife by Gary Soto [Teen Fic]
A senior at East Fresno High School lives on as a ghost after his brutal murder in the restroom of a club where he had gone to dance.
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon [Book Group Shelves - Adult Fic]
Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor’s dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.
- Tribute to Another Dead Rock Star by Randy Powell [Teen Fic]
For a tribute to his mother, a dead rock star, fifteen-year-old Grady returns to Seattle, where he faces his mixed feelings for his retarded younger half-brother Louie while pondering his own future.
- Monster by Walter Dean Myers [Teen Fic]
While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.
- Stone Cold by Pete Hautman [Teen Fic]
Sixteen-year-old Denn finds himself alienating both friends and family when he becomes obsessed with playing high-stakes poker with adult gamblers.
- The Killer’s Cousin by Nancy Werlin [Teen Fic]
After being acquitted of murder, seventeen-year-old David goes to stay with relatives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he finds himself forced to face his past as he learns more about his strange young cousin Lily.
- Tangerine by Edward Bloor [Children's Fic]
Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.
- Tex by S.E. Hinton [Teen Fic]
The love between two teenage brothers helps to alleviate the harshness of their usually parentless life as they struggle to grow up.
- Stotan! by Chris Crutcher [Teen Fic]
It’s the last swimming season for Walker, Nortie, Lion, and Jeff, and their coach is building their self-discipline in a grueling four-hour-a-day test of stamina designed to bring them to the outer edge of their capabilities. As it turns out, Stotan Week is also the week in which secrets are revealed, and the four friends must draw upon their new strengths for an endurance they never knew they’d need.