Recommended Novels: 100 to 150 pages
Use the keywords below to find novels in the Library's Catalog:
- graphic novels
Call Number: PS 3563.A7293 S56
Genre: Love Story/True Life; Summary: Mirabelle, an aspiring artist, must choose between two different men: a socially inept roadie and a wealthy entrepreneur.
The First Part Last
Call Number: PS 3553 .J646 F57 2005
Genre: True Life; Summary: Sixteen-year-old Bobby struggles to raise his infant daughter.
Call Number: PS 3553 .A447 K58 1999
Genre: True Life; Summary: Fourteen-year-old Tara’s increasingly strange compulsions take over her life.
Call Number: PN6727.C565 D38
Genre: Suspense/Graphic Novel; Summary: David grapples with murder, obsession, sex, and war in the big city.
The House on Mango Street
Call Number: PS3553.I78 H6 1994
Genre: True Life; Summary: Esperanza Cordero, a girl coming of age in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, uses poems and stories to express thoughts and emotions about her oppressive environment.
Recommended Novels: 150 to 250 pages
Call Number: PS 3553 .G356 C673 2002
Genre: Horror; Summary: Coraline enters an alternate universe that eerily mimics her own, but with sinister differences.
Girl with a Pearl Earring
Call Number: PS3553.H4367 G57
Genre: Historical Fiction; Summary: Griet, a young servant, is immortalized in Vermeer’s most famous painting.
Out of the Dust
Call Number: PZ80.O88 H47 1999
Genre: Historical Fiction; Summary: Fifteen-year-old Billie Jo describes the hardships of living on her family’s wheat farm in Oklahoma during the Great Depression.
Call Number: PS3569.H39384 P76
Genre: Suspense; Summary: Two disturbed adolescents’ obsessions with social status have disastrous consequences.
The Devil's Arithmetic
Call Number: PZ80.D48 Y65 2004
Genre: Time Travel; Holocaust; Summary: Hannah resents the traditions of her Jewish heritage until time travel places her in the middle of a small Jewish village in Nazi-occupied Poland.
Call Number: PS3562.O923 G58 2006
Genre: Science Fiction; Summary: Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
Call Number: PS3568.O855 E94 2006
Genre: Suspense/True Life: A thrice-married philanderer spends his last days lamenting his lost prowess, envying his older brother, and refusing to apologize for his many years of bad behavior.
Call Number: PZ80 .C88 M33 2002
Genre: True Life; Summary: Thirteen-year-old Callie realizes why she cuts herself while confined to a mental hospital.
Call Number: PS3551.N374 S64
Genre: True Life; Summary: A traumatic event has a devastating effect on Melinda’s freshman year in high school.
How I Live Now
Call Number: PS229 .H69 R67 2004
Genre: True Life/War Story; Summary: When fifteen-year-old New Yorker Daisy visits her aunt and cousins in England, a war breaks out that rips apart the family, leaving Daisy to take the helm.
Looking for Alaska
Call Number: PS 3553 .G82 L66 2005
pages, Suspense/True Life: Sixteen-year-old Miles searches for answers after a fatal car crash during his first year at an Alabama prep school.
Al Capone Does my Shirts
Call Number: PS 3553 .C455 A4 2004
Genre: Historical Fiction; Summary: Moose Flannigan finds trouble on Alcatraz Island where his father works as a prison guard in 1935.
Call Number: PS 3553 .C788 W434 2001
Genre: True Life/Sports; Sumamry: TJ forms the All Night Mermen, a makeshift swim team comprised of seven social misfits.
Call Number: PS 3553 .C676 T443 1997
Genre: Suspense/Crime; Summary: A teenage runaway cannot resist the charm of a serial killer.
Call Number: PS3566.A4554 F54 2005
Genre: Suspense; Summary: A waiter who enjoys spitting in people's soup starts a fighting club that quickly becomes popular.
Dreaming in Cuban
Call Number: PS3557.A66 D74 2004
Genre: True Life; Summary: This novel chronicles three generations of Cuban women who seek spiritual homes for their passionate, often troubled souls.
Recommended Novels: 250 to 350 pages
Blood and Chocolate
Call Number: PS 490 .K678 B566 2007
Genre: Fantasy/Love Story; Summary: A teenage werewolf must battle her packmates after she falls in love with a human boy.
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
Call Number: PS 3553 .C788 S8 1993
Genre: True Life:; Summary An obese boy and disfigured girl suffer the emotional scars of years of mockery at the hands of their peers.
My Dreams Out in the Street
Call Number: PS3551.D3997 M9
Genre: True Life/Love Story; Summary: Rita, a homeless junkie, searches the streets of San Francisco for her husband who mysteriously disappeared one day.
Bucking the Sarge
Call Number: PS 3553 .C878 B9 2004
Genre: Humor; Summary: Fourteen-year-old Luther runs the Happy Neighbor Group Home For Men in Flint, Michigan, while dreaming of getting away from his mother and going to college.
The Secret Life of Bees
Call Number: PS3611.I44 S38 2002
Genre: True Life; Summary: Fourteen-year-old Lily Owen, neglected by her father and isolated on their Georgia peach farm, flees to South Carolina to solve the mystery of her dead mother’s past.
Call Number: PS 230 .M66 M94 2004
Genre: True Life/Crime; Summary: While on trial as an accomplice to murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and the courtroom in movie script style.
The Chocolate War
Call Number: PZ80 .C46 C67 2000
Genre: Suspense/Bullying; Summary: A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school’s annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies.
Call Number: PS3560.I6 W34 2000
Genre: Love Story/Suspense; Summary: Lin Kong misses countless opportunities in life by trying to do his duty as defined by his traditional Chinese parents and the Communist Party in China.
Gil’s All Fright Diner
Call Number: PS3613.A78638 G55
Genre: Horror/Humor; Summary: When their truck runs out of gas, Earl and Duke wind up at an all-night diner in Rockwood, a small desert town that has a bit of a zombie problem.
The Farming of Bones
Call Number: PS3554.A5815 F37
Genre: Historical Fiction; Summary: Amabelle experiences violence and loss while living under an oppressive regime in the Dominican Republic in 1937.
Ball Don't Lie
Call Number: PS 3566 .P453 B355 2005
Genre: True Life/Sports; Summary: Seventeen-year-old Sticky's past jeopardizes his dream of playing professional basketball.
How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents
Call Number: PS3551.L845 H66 2005
Genre: True Life; Summary: Fifteen tales vividly chronicle a Dominican family's exile in the Bronx, focusing on the four Garcia daughters' rebellion against their immigrant elders.
Recommended Novels: 350 pages or more
I am the Messenger
Call Number: PS 3553 .Z83 I36 2005
Genre: Suspense; Summary: After capturing a bank robber, nineteen-year-old cab driver Ed begins receiving mysterious messages that direct him to addresses where people need help.
A Great and Terrible Beauty
Call Number: PS 3553 .B739 G743 2004
Genre: Fantasy; Summary: Sixteen-year-old Gemma goes to a finishing school in Victorian England, where she taps into her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world.
Call Number: PN6727.T467 B53
Genre: Love Story/Graphic Novel; Summary: Craig is lost, lonely, and confused until he meets Raina and her clique of friendly misfits at a religious camp.
The Lovely Bones
Call Number: PS3619.E26 L68
Genre: Suspense/Crime; Summary: Fourteen-year old Susie Salmon relates the horrid details of her death, and her family’s grief, while watching from heaven.
The Work of Wolves
Call Number: PS3563.E93 W67
Genre: Suspense/True Life: Carson, a loner and horse-trainer, gets dangerously involved with the wife of his wealthy neighbor, Magnus.
Call Number: PS3556.R352 C67 2002
Genre: True Life/Humor; Summary: The Lambert family is quirky, bitter, and out of control.
Gardens in the Dunes
Call Number: PS3569.I44 G37
Genre: Historical Fiction; Summary: A cosmopolitan white woman adopts Indigo, an orphaned American Indian girl from Arizona.
In the Time of the Butterflies
Call Number: PS3551.L845 I5 1995
Genre: True Life; Summary: a tale of courage and sisterhood set in the Dominican Republic during the rise of the Trujillo dictatorship.