Secondary Level

the way it is Title: The Way it Is

Author: Donalda Reid

Suitable for: Intermediate/Senior

 References: Socio-Economic Status, Race, Sex

Summary: It’s the 1960s — the time for equal rights, peace, and love. But for Ellen Manery, it’s the time to work hard and finish high school early. She’d rather be helping out at the university’s medical lab than listening to rock and roll and hanging out with the kids at her high school. Isolated and driven, Ellen feels like she was born an outsider. And what if you live in a small town, where change is slow in coming? Tony Paul knows what it’s like to be on the outside. Living on an Indian reserve near a small town, he goes to the local high school, but his heritage and the colour of his skin stand him apart. Ellen and Tony meet when Ellen’s parents decide to leave city life behind and move to the town. Right away, they are drawn to each other’s difference. Used to being on their own in high school, together they find a happiness and strength that allow them to face the sexism and prejudice around them. But can Ellen and Tony be more than friends? Are they right to think that a girl can study science and become a doctor, and that an Indian boy can go to college? Together they will find out.

“The Way It Is.” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 11/01/12 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

Nothing But The Truth and a Few White Lies Title: Nothing but the truth (and a few white lies)

Author: Justina Chen Headley

Suitable for: Grades 9-12

References: Race, Culture

Summary: Fifteen-year-old Patty Ho, half Taiwanese and half white, feels she never fits in, but when her overly-strict mother ships her off to math camp at Stanford, instead being miserable, Patty starts to become comfortable with her true self.

“Nothing but the truth (and a few white lies) ” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 05/22/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

theoriesofrelativity Title: Theories of relativity

Author: Barbara Haworth-Attard

Suitable for: Grades 7-10

References: Socio-Economic Status

Summary: Dylan is living on the streets, not through any choice of his own; he’s been cut loose by his unstable mother, and lost most contact with his two younger brothers. Disturbing, gritty, painful, hopeful–this is a story of a 16-year-old determined to survive against all odds.

“Theories of relativity” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 05/22/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

Akeelah and the Bee Title: Akeelah and the bee : a novel

Author: James Whitfield Ellison

Suitable for: Grades 7-10

References: Culture, Socio-Economic Status

Summary: Akeelah Anderson, an eleven-year-old girl from South Los Angeles, overcomes a number of obstacles to earn her way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, and manages to unite her community and change lives in the process.

“Akeelah and the bee : a novel ” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 05/22/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

Purge Title: Purge

Author: Sarah Darer Littman

Suitable for: Grades 9-12

References: Body Image

Summary: Janie Ryman hates throwing up. So why does she binge eat and then stick her fingers down her throat several times a day? That’s what the doctors and psychiatrists at Golden Slopes hope to help her discover. But first Janie must survive everyday conflicts between the Barfers and the Starvers, attempts by the head psychiatrist to fish painful memories out of her emotional waters, and shifting friendships and alliances among the kids in the ward.

“Purge” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 05/22/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

the tiffin Title: The Tiffin

Author: Mahtab Narsimhan

Suitable for: Grades 5-10

References: Culture, Socio-Economic Status

Summary: When a note placed in a delivered lunch tin (a tiffin) is lost, Kunal is separated from his mother and ends up living as a slave. While learning to deliver tiffins with the help of an old friend, Kunal hatches a plan that could reunite him with his mother and a better life.

“The Tiffin” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 05/22/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com