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by Neil Gaiman

One day Coraline stumbles through a secret passage into a parallel world, a world with a house just like her own, parents just like her own. At first things seem wonderful in this world but slowly Coraline realizes that she is being cleverly lured into a very dangerous trap. Will she be able to get out in time?

Watch the movie trailer for Coraline here:

I am Not Joey PigzaLiterature Circle G-H - Mrs. Klassen Recommends
by Jack Gantos

Joey's father returns, calling himself Charles Heinz and apologizing for his past bad behavior, and he swears that once Joey and his mother change their names and help him fix up the old diner he has bought, their lives will change for the better.

Read some of the other Joey Pigza novels by this author.

Literature Circle G-H - Mrs. Klassen RecommendsInventing Elliot
by Graham Gardner

Fourteen-year-old Elliot Sutton arrives at his new high school determined he is not going to become a target for bullying; however, when a group of upperclassmen called the Guardians, who are obsessed with power, try to recruit him, Elliot must make a difficult decision.
Awards won by Inventing Elliot
  • Branford Boase Award nominee
  • Angus Book Award nominee
  • Top Ten Teen reads for 2003: The Scotsman, The Guardian and Books for Keeps
  • ALA Best YA book nominee
  • New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
  • Nutmeg Prize nominee
  • Heartland Award nominee
  • 2005 Youth Jury Award in Germany (Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis)
  • Belgium's Farniente prize shortlist (2006)
  • Holland's Kinderjury prize shortlist (2008)

Literature Circle G-H -  Mrs. Klassen RecommendsMy Side of the Mountain
by Jean Craighead George

A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains, including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship.

Awards won by My Side of the Mountain
  • Newbery Honor Book

Troy by Adele GerasTroy
by Adele Geras

The last weeks of the Trojan War find the women sick of tending the wounded, men tired of fighting, and bored gods and goddesses trying to find ways to stir things up.

Literature Circle G-H -  Mrs. Klassen RecommendsHold On
by Alan Gibbons

Annie didn't realize that she was John's lifeline. When he commits suicide she vows to uncover the truth about his life.

Literature Circle G-H -  Mrs. Klassen RecommendsPictures of Hollis Woods
by Patricia Reilly Giff

A troublesome twelve-year-old orphan, staying with an elderly artist who needs her, remembers the only other time she was happy in a foster home, with a family that truly seemed to care about her.

Awards won by Pictures of Hollis Woods
  • 2003 Newbery Medal Honor

Literature Circle G-H -  Mrs. Klassen RecommendsRight Behind You
by Gail Giles

When he was nine, Kip set another child on fire. Now, after years in a juvenile prison for the criminally insane, he is ready for a fresh start with a new name and new life. But as Kip begins to feel comfortable in his new life, he realizes that his past is always close by and waiting to spoil his happiness. (adapted from book jacket)

Awards won by Right Behind You
  • ALA Quick Pick

Literature Circle G-H -  Mrs. Klassen RecommendsFat Kid Rules the World
by K. L. Going

Seventeen-year-old Troy, depressed, suicidal, and weighing nearly 300 pounds, gets a new perspective on life when a homeless teenager who is a genius on guitar wants Troy to be the drummer in his rock band.
(language warning - some profanity)

Awards won by Fat Kid Rules the World
  • 2004 Michael L. Printz Honor Book

by Michael Grant

In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have "The Power" and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.


by Vicki Grant

Chris finds a wallet on the street and wants to return it to the owner; but when he realizes that the owner looks a lot like him, he is tempted to assume the person's identity in order to break away from the problems he faces at home.

Awards won by I.D.
  • ALA Quick Pick nominee
  • A 2008 Golden Oak Award nominee

Literature Circle G-H - Mrs. Klassen RecommendsAmong the Hidden
by Margaret Peterson Haddix

In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong.
Awards won by Among the Hidden
  • Top 10--ALA Best Books for Young Adults
  • An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
  • Nominee for the Askews Children’s Book Award in Great Britain
  • Bank Street College’s Children’s Book Committee’s "Best Children’s Books of the Year" list
  • State readers choice awards (voted on by kids):
  • California Young Readers Medal
  • Maud Hart Lovelace Award (Minnesota)
  • Nevada Young Readers' Award
  • Great Stone Face Award (New Hampshire)
  • Nutmeg Children's Book Award (Connecticut)
  • Sunshine State Young Readers' Award (Florida)
  • Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award
  • Young Hoosier Book Award (Indiana)
  • Indian Paintbrush Book Award (Wyoming)
  • Iowa Children's Choice Award

Literature Circle G-H -  Mrs. Klassen RecommendsRunning out of Time
by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Awards won by Running Out of Time
  • A Junior Library Guild Selection, 1995
  • American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, 1995
  • School Library Journal Starred Review, 1995
  • Edgar Award Nominee, 1996
  • A YALSA Quick Pick for Young Adults, 1996
  • A YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, 1997
  • Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award, 1998
  • Arizona Young Readers Award, 1998
  • Maryland Library Association Black-Eyed Susan Award, 1998
  • Starred review in School Library Journal
  • "Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies" by the National Council for Social Studies and the Children's Book Council, 1996

Literature Circle G-H -  Mrs. Klassen RecommendsThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
by Mark Haddon

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.

Awards won by The Curious Incident of the the
Dog in the Nighttime

  • 2003 Whitbread Book of the Year Award
  • 2003 Whitbread Novel Award

skate, harmonSkate
by Michael Harmon

Facing a disintegrating home life and trouble at school, teenager Ian McDermott runs away with his younger brother to Washington State in search of safety, justice, and their long-absent father.

Literature Circle G-H -  Mrs. Klassen RecommendsShadows on the Sea
by Joan Hiatt Harlow

In 1942 fourteen-year-old Jill goes to stay with her grandmother on the coast of Maine, where she is introduced to the often gossipy nature of small-town life, and discovers that the war is closer than she thought.

Awards won by Shadows on the Sea
  • South Carolina Junior Book Award Nominee (2006-2007)

Literature Circle G-H -  Mrs. Klassen RecommendsHobo Jungle (Our Canadian Girl)
by Dorothy Joan Harris

It's 1939 and Ellen's family has been hit hard by the Depression. When she meets Will, she learns the true meaning of generosity and sharing

girl, stolen, henryGirl, Stolen
by April Henry

When an impulsive carjacking turns into a kidnapping, Griffin, a high school dropout, finds himself more in sympathy with his wealthy, blind victim, sixteen-year-old Cheyenne, than with his greedy father.

Literature Circle G-H -  Mrs. Klassen RecommendsKing of the Wind
by Marguerite Henry

Sham and the stable boy Agba travel from Morocco to France to England where, at last, Sham's majesty is recognized and he becomes the "Godolphin Arabian," ancestor of the most superior Thoroughbred horses.

Awards won by King of the Wind

  • Newbery Medal (1949)
  • A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book (1949)
  • Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice (1951)

Literature Circle G-H -  Mrs. Klassen RecommendsOlive's Ocean
by Kevin Henkes

On a summer visit to her grandmother's cottage by the ocean, twelve-year-old Martha gains perspective on the death of a classmate, on her relationship with her grandmother, on her feelings for an older boy, and on her plans to be a writer.

Awards won by Olive's Ocean
  • 2004 Newbery Honor

Literature Circle G-H -  Mrs. Klassen RecommendsThe Outsiders
by S.E. Hinton

Three brothers struggle to stay together after their parents' death, as they search for an identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society in which they find themselves "outsiders."

Awards won by The Outsiders
  • ALA Popular Paperbacks

Literature Circle G-H -  Mrs. Klassen RecommendsFar North
by Will Hobbs

After the destruction of their floatplane, sixteen-year-old Gabe and his Dene friend, Raymond, struggle to survive a winter in the wilderness of the Northwest Territories of Canada.

Awards won by Far North
  • Best Books for Young Adults, American Library Association (ALA)
  • Top Ten Young Adult Books for l996 (ALA)
  • One of the "100 Best of the Best" Young Adult Books of the 20th Century (ALA)
  • Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers (ALA)
  • Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)
  • Winner, Western Writers of America Spur Award
  • Young Adult Choices, International Reading Association (IRA)
  • Books for the Teenage, New York Public Library
  • Winner, Colorado Book Award (Colorado Center for the Book)
  • VOYA "Books in the Middle" Outstanding Titles of l996

adventure and survival -  outdoors - Mrs. Klassen Recommends
by Will Hobbs

When some teens steal their counselor's truck and river raft and set off down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, they don't have a permit or experience. Furthermore, they are embarking on the trip at a dangerous time of year. Things go very wrong before the trip is over.
The sequel to this book is River Thunder

Awards won by Downriver
  • Best Books for Young Adults, American Library Association (ALA)
  • One of the "100 Best of the Best" Young Adult Books of the past 25 years (ALA)
  • One of the "100 Best of the Best" Young Adult Books of the 20th Century (ALA)
  • Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers (ALA)
  • Pick of the Lists, American Booksellers
  • Winner, California Young Reader Medal
  • Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library
  • Winner, Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award

facloner's knotThe Falconer's Knot
by Mary Hoffman

Silvano and Chiara, teens sent to live in a friary and a nunnery in Renaissance Italy, are drawn to one another and dream of a future together, but when murders are committed in the friary they must discover who is behind the crimes before they can realize their love.
by the same author: the Stravaganza series

Awards won by Falconer's Knot
  • Outstanding International Books for 2008. (United States Board on Books for Young People
  • French translation, Rouge Crime, won the Prix Polar Jeunesse 2009.
  • Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize
  • Nominated for the Malice Domestic Agatha Award for the best novel in the children's/young adult category.

I am DavidI Am David
by Anne Holm

After escaping from an Eastern European concentration camp where he has spent most of his life, a twelve-year-old boy struggles to cope with an entirely strange world as he flees northward to freedom in Denmark.

Watch a trailer for the movie based on this book on the right.

Literature Circle G-H -  Mrs. Klassen RecommendsEagle Strike
by Anthony Horowitz

After a chance encounter with assassin Yassen Gregorovich in the South of France, teenage spy Alex Rider investigates international pop star and philanthropist Damian Cray whose new video game venture hides sinister motives involving Air Force One, nuclear missiles, and the international drug trade.

Find out more about Alex Rider

by Anthony Horowitz

After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, MI6.

Literature Circle G-H - Mrs. Klassen RecommendsSweetgrass
by Jan Hudson

Living on the western Canadian prairie in the nineteenth century, Sweetgrass, a fifteen-year-old Blackfoot Indian girl, saves her family from a smallpox epidemic and proves her maturity to her father.

Awards won by Sweetgrass
  • CLA Children's Book of the Year (1984)

Literature  Circle G-H - Mrs. Klassen RecommendsThe Keeper of the Isis Light
by Monica Hughes

Sixteen-year-old Olwen, who lives alone on the planet Isis with her faithful robot, falls in love with an arrival from earth and complications ensue.

Awards won by Keeper of the Isis Light
  • Phoenix Award (2000)
  • ALA Best Books for Young Adults (1981)

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