Summer 2008 Booklist
Marguerite Abouet & Clément Oubrerie
The Ivory Coast in 1978 forms the backdrop for the fictional memoir of Aya, the studious, nineteen-year-old heroine, her easy-going friends Adjoua and Bintou, and their meddling neighbors and relatives, all caught up in the simple pleasures of everyday life in Yop City.
HS / GRAPHIC / AYA
Sixteen-year-old Vassar Spore's detailed plans for the next twenty years of her life are derailed when her bohemian grandmother insists that she join her in Southeast Asia for the summer, but as she writes a novel about her experiences, Vassar discovers new possibilities.
HS DISPLAY/ CORNWELL
Although her beauty queen mother has tried everything to get her daughter into the pageant scene, Bliss Cavendar has no desire to follow in her mother's footsteps and so heads off to Austin to join a Roller Derby team where her blue hair and rock-and-roll attitude will be accepted in all its brash and bold glory.
After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.
HS DISPLAY/ DOCTOROW
How to Ruin a Summer Vacation
Begrudgingly joining her estranged father on a summer vacation to Israel, spoiled American teenager Amy has her fierce spirit tested at every turn, but as she learns to shed her tough-girl persona, Amy discovers that making friends, falling in love, and connecting with her family and heritage isn't impossible after all.
In the City, where an iron-fisted Mayor's goal is perfect control through education, fifteen-year-old Tack is torn between a growing sympathy for the Truancy, an underground movement determined to bring down the system at any cost, and the desire to avenge a death caused by a Truant.
HS DISPLAY/ FUKUI
Fifteen-year-old Scarlett Marvin is stuck in New York City for the summer working at her quirky family's historic hotel, but her brother's attractive new friend and a seasonal guest who offers her an intriguing and challenging writing project improve her outlook.
HS DISPLAY / JOHNSON
How to Be Bad
E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, & Lauren Myracle
Eager to get out of their boring town for a fun weekend in Miami, three friends jump into an old station wagon and take to the road where their very different personalities and individual dreams are revealed with every wacky twist and wrong turn they make.
HS DISPLAY/ LOCKHART
The White Darkness
When the man she thinks of as her uncle takes her on a dream trip to the Antarctic wilderness, Sym's obsession with Captain Oates and his doomed expedition becomes a reality as she herself is soon in a fight for her life in some of the harshest terrain on the planet.
HS DISPLAY/ McCAUGHREAN
In West Africa in 2070, after fifteen-year-old "shadow speaker" Ejii witnesses her father's beheading, she embarks on a dangerous journey across the Sahara to find Jaa, her father's killer.
HS DISPLAY/ OKORAFOR-MBACHU
The Adoration of Jenna Fox
In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.
HS DISPLAY/ PEARSON
Streams of Babel
Six teens face a bioterrorist attack on American soil as four are infected with a mysterious disease affecting their small New Jersey neighborhood and two others, both brilliant computer hackers, assist the United States Intelligence Coalition in tracking the perpetrators.
HS DISPLAY/ PLUM-UCCI
Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet
After Luke Hunter correctly predicts his friend’s accidental death, his life becomes a storm of confusion and media frenzy as he continues to have the premonitions that have earned him the nickname “Prophet of Death.”
HS DISPLAY/ PROULX
Confessing that she is a member of a secret organization dedicated to assassinating bad guys, murder suspect Jane Charlotte lands in a psychiatric hospital, where she recounts her increasingly bizarre life as a trained killer.
HS DISPLAY/ RUFF
In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs--and, perhaps, save their own lives.
Babylon’s Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo
Babylon’s Ark traces the shared efforts of American soldiers, Iraqi staffpeople, conservationists, and ordinary citizens to safeguard the lives of the animals at the Baghdad Zoo who survived the outbreak of the Iraq war, an endeavor marked by hair-raising efforts to save a pride of lions, close a black-market zoo, and rescue Saddam's Arabian horses.
Nonfiction 590.7356 A
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah, now 25 years old, tells how at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he'd been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts.
Nonfiction 966.4 B
Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy: Inside the Mind of a Manager
H. G. “Buzz” Bissinger
Bissinger chronicles a three-game series between baseball rivals Cardinals and Cubs, focusing particular attention on the stars of the game, including Albert Pujols and Sammy Sosa.
Nonfiction 796.357 B
Elephants on Acid
Boese offers a hilarious odyssey into the world of bizarre, outrageous, and provocative scientific experiments that seek to determine what happens to an elephant that is given a dose of LSD, would the average dog summon help in an emergency, can life really be restored to the dead, and more.
Nonfiction 500 B
Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the Way We Treat Animals
This modern primer on the current state of animal rights covers a wide variety of concerns, from fur processing and animal testing to pet adoption and pet-food manufacturing, in a reference that relies on pop-culture sources and excludes disturbing photos.
HS DISPLAY/ 179.3 D
The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam
Ann Marie Fleming
This full-color biography of China's greatest magician by his great-granddaughter chronicles the extraordinary life and career of Long Tack Sam, from his youth in China's Shangdung province to his diverse roles as an acrobat, magician, comic, impresario, restaurateur, theater owner, world traveler, and more.
HS / GRAPHIC / MAGICAL
Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
Fuller’s intimate memoir of growing up in Africa during the Rhodesian civil war of 1971 to 1979 describes her childhood on farms in southern Rhodesia, Malawi, and Zambia, detailing her hardscrabble existence with an alcoholic mother, frequently absent father, and three lost siblings, as well as her fierce love for Africa.
Nonfiction 968.91 F
Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival
Retracing an epic eight-hundred-mile journey, King chronicles the hardships encountered by twelve American sailors who, in 1815, were shipwrecked on the coast of North Africa, captured, sold into slavery, and sent on a difficult odyssey through the perilous heart of the Sahara.
Nonfiction 916.4804 K
Into the Wild
Into the Wild tells the dramatic story of Chris McCandless, a young man who embarked on a solo journey into the wilds of Alaska and whose body was discovered four months later.
Nonfiction 917.98 K
Child of the Jungle: The True Story of a Girl Caught Between Two Worlds
The child of German linguists and missionaries, Sabine Kuegler spent her youth living among the Fayu tribe in the most remote jungles of West Papua, Indonesia. There, as her family struggled for acceptance among the tightly knit and fiercely loyal community, Sabine spent her time swimming with crocodiles, shooting poisonous spiders with arrows, and chewing on pieces of bat-wing in place of gum. It wasn't until her world was upended at the age of 17 that Sabine experienced true fear for the first time: she was sent off to a boarding school in Switzerland.
Nonfiction 995.1 K
American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China
In American Shaolin, Polly traces his childhood dream of studying the martial arts at the famed Shaolin Temple in China, his initial disenchantment with the tourist-trap school that turned into respect for its dedicated monk instructors, and the training that led to his eventual representation of the Temple in international competitions.
Nonfiction 796.8155 P
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Ralston, a mountaineer who survived a near-fatal accident by amputating his arm when it became trapped behind a boulder in Utah, describes how he endured more than five days of hypothermia, dehydration, and hallucinations before managing his own rescue.