- The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk – When Will Halpin transfers from his all-deaf school into a mainstream Pennsylvania high school, he faces discrimination and bullying, but still manages to solve a mystery surrounding the death of a popular football player in his class.
- Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah – Year Eleven at an exclusive prep school in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, would be tough enough, but it is further complicated for Amal when she decides to wear the hijab, the Muslim head scarf, full-time as a badge of her faith–without losing her identity or sense of style.
- The Skin I’m In by Sharon Flake – 13-year-old Maleeka, uncomfortable because her skin is extremely dark, meets a new teacher with a birthmark on her face and discovers how to love who she is and what she looks like.
- Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli – In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.
- Empty by K. M. Walton – Deeply depressed after her father cheated on and divorced her mother, seventeen-year-old Adele has gained over seventy pounds and is being bullied and abused at school.
- The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie – Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
- Diary of a Witness by Catherine Ryan Hyde – Ernie, an overweight high school student and long-time target of bullies, relies on his best friend Will to watch his back until Will, overwhelmed by problems at home and guilt over his brother’s death, seeks a final solution.
- It Gets Better: Coming out, overcoming bullying, and creating a life worth living – A collection of original essays and expanded testimonials written to teens from celebrities, political leaders, and everyday people.
Title: Jasper Jones
Author: Craig Silvey
Summary: In small-town Australia, teens Jasper and Charlie form an unlikely friendship when one asks the other to help him cover up a murder until they can prove who is responsible.
I started reading it because… it was on some “Best of 2011” list, so I ordered it.
I kept reading because… it was a thriller with some depth.
Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To: be accused of a crime that they didn’t commit.
Six Word Recap: Aussie town thriller with forbidden peaches.
This book reminded me of To Kill a Mockingbird because… of the small town, racist folk dealing with a horrific crime. In Jasper Jones, the main character refers to a lot of Western classic books and he compares his dad to Atticus Fitch.