Peak by Roland Smith
After fourteen-year-old Peak Marcello is arrested for scaling a New York City skyscraper, he's left with two choices: wither away in juvenile detention or go live with his long-lost father, who runs a climbing company in Thailand. But Peak quickly learns that his father's renewed interest in him has strings attached. Big strings. He wants Peak to be the youngest person to reach the Everest summit — and his motives are selfish at best. Even so, for a climbing addict like Peak, tackling Everest is the challenge of a lifetime. But it's also one that could cost him his life. He encounters the dangers of climbing, experiencing physical and emotional challenges that bring him to critical decisions testing his strength and maturity.
Roland Smith has created an action-packed adventure about friendship, sacrifice, family, and the drive to take on Everest, despite the incredible risk.
National Outdoor Book Award
Booklist Editor’s Choice, 2007
ALA 2008 Best books for Young Adults
ALA 2008 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
Legend by Marie Lu
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
- Good Reads summary
2011 Booklist -- Starred Review
2011 Kirkus Reviews -- Starred Review
2014 Young Reader's Choice Award -- Intermediate/Grades 7-9 (Nominee)
2015 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award -- Grades 4-8 (Winner)
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Imagine a year without Christmas -- no crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That’s just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they’ll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty; they won’t be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren’t even going to have a tree. They won’t need one because come December 25 they’re setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. As this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences—and isn’t half as easy as they’d imagined.
A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition.
- Amazon summary
Most of the students in Book Club are voracious readers and want to gobble up the rest of the series they have been reading. We will have book talks and discussions about books we have read as well as books we want to read and take time to enjoy our love of books.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.
As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion. -- Barnes and Noble overview
2015 Goodreads Choice Award for Debut Goodreads Author
Nominated for the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction
Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson
Deborah Hopkinson weaves together the voices and stories of real Titanic survivors and witnesses to the disaster -- from the stewardess Violet Jessop to Captain Arthur Rostron of the Carpathia, who came to the rescue of the sinking ship. Packed with heart-stopping action, devastating drama, fascinating historical details, loads of archival photographs on almost every page, quotes from primary sources, and painstaking back matter, this gripping story follows the Titanic and its passengers from the ship's celebrated launch at Belfast to her cataclysmic icy end. -Barnes & Noble overview
Sibert Honor Book
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist
ALA Notable Children's Book
IRA Teacher's Choice
Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Book of the Year
Cybils Award Finalist