Reading Olympics 2020 List: High School
The 5th wave -- Yancey, Richard. (YA, 475p)
Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them.
All the bright places -- Niven, Jennifer. (YA, 388p)
Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, both teetering on the edge, it's the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the "natural wonders" of the state of Indiana, and two teens' desperate desire to heal and save one another.
All the light we cannot see: a novel -- Doerr, Anthony. (AD, 531p)
A blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
The art of racing in the rain -- Stein, Garth. (AD, 400p)
Enzo, the dog of professional race car driver Denny Swift, recalls the memories of his life and shares his insight into the human condition that he learned from observing his owner.
Because I am furniture -- Chaltas, Thalia. (YA, 352p)
The youngest of three siblings, fourteen-year-old Anke feels both relieved and neglected that her father abuses her brother and sister but ignores her, but when she catches him with one of her friends, she finally becomes angry enough to take action.
Black and white -- Volponi, Paul. (YA, 199p)
Two star high school basketball players, one black and one white, experience the justice system differently after committing a crime together and getting caught.
Borderline -- Stratton, Allan. (YA, 298p)
Despite the strained relationship between them, teenaged Sami Sabiri risks his life to uncover the truth when his father is implicated in a terrorist plot.
Brave new world -- Huxley, Aldous. (AD, 259p)
A satirical novel about the utopia of the future, a world in which babies are decanted from bottles and the great Ford is worshipped.
Briar Rose: a novel of the Holocaust -- Yolen, Jane. (RL 5, 271p)
The tale of Sleeping Beauty and the dark tale of the Holocaust twined together in a story of darkness and redemption.
Chanda's secrets -- Stratton, Allan. (RL 3.9, 193p)
Chanda Kabelo, a sixteen-year-old in a small South African town, faces down shame and stigma in her efforts to help friends and family members who are dying of AIDS.
Copper sun -- Draper, Sharon M. (YA, 314p)
Two fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.
A curse so dark and lonely -- Kemmerer, Brigid. (YA, 484p)
Eighteen for the three hundred twenty-seventh time, Prince Rhen despairs of breaking the curse that turns him into a beast at the end of each day until feisty Harper enters his life.
Dairy queen -- Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. (YA, 274p)
After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.
Darius the Great is not okay -- Khorram, Adib. (YA, 314p)
Clinically-depressed Darius Kellner, a high school sophomore, travels to Iran to meet his grandparents, but it is their next-door neighbor, Sohrab, who changes his life.
Dear Martin -- Stone, Nic. (YA, 210p)
Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.
The diviners -- Bray, Libba. (YA, 578p)
Seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.
Eleanor & Park: a novel -- Rowell, Rainbow. (YA, 336p)
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
Flash burnout: a novel -- Madigan, L. K. (YA, 332p)
Fifteen-year-old amateur photographer Blake gains self-awareness through his relationships with a girlfriend and a friend who he helps come to terms with her feelings about her homeless, methamphetamine-addicted mother.
Gabi, a girl in pieces -- Quintero, Isabel. (YA, 284p)
Sixteen-year-old Gabi Hernandez chronicles her senior year in high school as she copes with her friend Cindy's pregnancy, her friend Sebastian's coming out, her father's meth habit, her own cravings for food and cute boys, and especially, the poetry that helps forge her identity.
Girl in translation -- Kwok, Jean. (AD, 307p)
Ah-Kim Chang and her mother immigrate to Brooklyn, where they work for Kim's Aunt Paula in a Chinatown clothing factory earning barely enough to keep them alive; however, Kim's perseverance and hard work earns her a place at an elite private school where she is befriended by Annette, who helps her adjust to American culture.
I have lost my way -- Forman, Gayle. (YA, 258p)
Three teenagers, Freya, Harun, and Nathaniel feel lost in various ways and when they collide in Central Park, they begin to find purpose in their lives.
I'll give you the sun -- Nelson, Jandy. (YA, 371p)
"A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah"--Provided by publisher.
Jumped -- Williams-Garcia, Rita. (YA, 169p)
The lives of Leticia, Dominique, and Trina are irrevocably intertwined through the course of one day in an urban high school after Leticia overhears Dominique's plans to beat up Trina and must decide whether or not to get involved.
King of scars -- Bardugo, Leigh. (YA, 514p)
Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country's bloody civil war -- and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka's coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army. Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him.
A lesson before dying -- Gaines, Ernest J. (AD, 256p)
Tells the story of a young African-American man sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit, and a teacher who tries to impart to him his learning and pride before the execution.
Marcelo in the real world -- Stork, Francisco X. (YA, 312p)
Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.
The night circus: a novel -- Morgenstern, Erin. (AD, 516p)
A circus known as Le Cirque des Reves features two illusionists, Celia and Marco, who are unknowingly competing in a game to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters, and as the two fall deeply and passionately in love with each other, their masters intervene with dangerous consequences.
Noggin -- Whaley, John Corey. (YA, 340p)
After dying at age sixteen, Travis Coates' head was removed and frozen for five years before being attached to another body, and now the old Travis and the new must find a way to coexist while figuring out changes in his relationships.
The poet X -- Acevedo, Elizabeth. (YA, 361p)
Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.
Pointe -- Colbert, Brandy. (YA, 333p)
Four years after Theo's best friend, Donovan, disappeared at age thirteen, he is found and brought home and Theo puts her health at risk as she decides whether to tell the truth about the abductor, knowing her revelation could end her life-long dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.
The Port Chicago 50: disaster, mutiny, and the fight for civil rights -- Sheinkin, Steve. (RL 6.7, 200p)
Describes the fifty black sailors who refused to work in unsafe and unfair conditions after an explosion in Port Chicago killed 320 servicemen, and how the incident influenced civil rights.
The Scar Boys: a novel -- Vlahos, Len. (YA, 237p)
Written as a college admission essay, eighteen-year-old Harry Jones recounts a childhood defined by the hideous scars he hid behind, and how forming a band brought self-confidence, friendship, and his first kiss.
Seafire -- Parker, Natalie C. (YA, 374p)
Follows Caledonia Styx, captain of her own ship, the Mors Navis, and its all-female crew as they strive to defeat the powerful fleet of Aric Athair, the vicious warlord who has taken their homes and families.
Seraphina -- Hartman, Rachel. (YA, 515p)
In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.
Ship breaker -- Bacigalupi, Paolo. (YA, 326p)
In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.
Slaughterhouse-five, or, The children's crusade: a duty-dance with death -- Vonnegut, Kurt. (AD, 205p)
A fourth-generation German-American is tortured by his memories of the firebombing of Dresden in 1944 which he witnessed while a prisoner or war.
Sold -- McCormick, Patricia. (YA, 263p)
A novel in vignettes, in which Lakshmi, a thirteen-year-old girl from Nepal, is sold into prostitution in India.
Stitches: a memoir -- Small, David. (AD, 329p)
A graphic novel that chronicles the life of American author and illustrator David Small, detailing his sickly childhood and teenage years, relationship with his parents, his cancer, and more.
Three little words: a memoir -- Rhodes-Courter, Ashley. (YA, 304p)
Ashley Rhodes-Courter provides an account of her life, focusing on the nine years she spent in Florida's foster care system after being removed from her mother at the age of three, and explaining how her life changed after she was adopted.
Two can keep a secret -- McManus, Karen M. (YA, 327p)
While true-crime afficionado Ellery and her twin brother are staying with their grandmother in a Vermont community known for murder, a new friend goes missing and Ellery may be next.
War brothers: the graphic novel -- McKay, Sharon E. (YA, 163p)
A graphic novel adaptation of the author's novel about a group of boys in Uganda who are kidnapped and forced to join the Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA, and their desperate escape, only to return home to discover that their friends and family are afraid of them.
We were liars -- Lockhart, E. (YA, 256p)
Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.
What if it's us -- Albertalli, Becky. (YA, 437p)
Told in two voices, when Arthur, a summer intern from Georgia, and Ben, a native New Yorker, meet it seems like fate, but after three attempts at dating fail they wonder if the universe is pushing them together or apart.
Winger -- Smith, Andrew. (YA, 438p)
Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates.
The Young Elites -- Lu, Marie. (YA, 368p)
Adelina Amouteru survived the blood fever, a deadly illness that killed many, but left others with strange markings and supernatural powers. Cast out by her family, Adelina joins the secret society of the Young Elites and discovers her own dangerous abilities.