Secondary Level

Title: Sounder

Author: Armstrong, William

Level: Grades 9-12 (high interest, low vocabulary)

References: Race, Socio-Economic Status

Summary: A young boy learns the pain of humiliation and anger when his father is given an unjust jail sentence for stealing a ham from a white man. Learning to read and to discover that things do not die but become part of other things brings the youngster new hope.

“Sounder.” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 10/31/12 <http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com>

Title: The Contender

Author: Lipsyte, Robert

Grade Level: Grades 9-12

References:: Race, Socio-Economic Status

Summary: The strength here is the courage and determination of 17-year-old Alfred Brooks as he struggles to rise above the influences of his Harlem ghetto life. A novel filled with hardships and hope.

“The Contender.” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 10/31/12 <http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com>

Title: Payback

Author: Langan, Paul

Grade Level: Grades 9-12 (high interest, low vocabulary)

References: Race

Summary:
Bluford freshman Tyray Hobbs, the class bully and tormentor of Darrell Mercer, is determined to get revenge on Darrell, the only boy who ever stood up to Tyray.

“Payback.” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 10/31/12 <http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com>

Title: Skate freak

Author: Choyce, Lesley

Grade Level: Grades 9-12 (high interest, low vocabulary)

References: Socio-Economic Status

Summary:
Dorf, a skateboarder, has trouble adjusting to a new city and school and his hobby gains him the reputation of a freak, but though he earns the respect of the town’s troublemakers, he must gather his courage to make the kinds of changes he needs to really succeed.

“Skate Freak.” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 10/31/12 <http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com>

Title: Shattered

Author: Walters, Eric

Grade Level: 7-10

References: Culture, Socio-Economic Status

Summary:
Fifteen-year-old Ian must complete community volunteer service at a soup kitchen. He is rescued from a near-mugging by a homeless man named Sarge, who was a soldier in the Canadian Armed Forces and served as a peacekeeper. Sarge tells him about the Rwandan genocide and Ian tries to help this shattered man who must live with his nightmarish memories.

“Shattered.” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 10/31/12 <http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com>

red parka mary Title: Red parka Mary

Author: Peter Eyvindson ; illustrated by Rhian Brynjolson

Suitable for: Grades 4-9

References: Socio-economic Status

Summary: Whenever he passes by her house the boy can’t stop staring at Red Parka Mary with her missing teeth, and her sweaters piled on top of each other. But he finds out that she has a lot to teach him when a cup of sugar brings them together. The illustrations add a special touch to this heartwarming Christmas story.

“Red parka Mary” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 04/18/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com