Ms. Muzaurieta’s List of Books I Read in 2008
Spring and Summer
Catalyst, Laurie Halse Anderson
A high school senior worries about college acceptance while getting caught up in a neighbor’s problems.
Miracle’s Boys, Jacqueline Woodson
A boy and his two brothers face a life of poverty after losing their parents.
The Color Purple, Alice Walker
Celie’s letters describe her abusive father and loveless marriage – as well as growing strength and independence.
The Road, Cormac McCarthy
A man and his son travel in a an ash-ridden Post-Apocalyptic world. Not a happy book, but a good read.
Tithe. Valiant. Ironside, Holly Black
Kaye discovers the world of fairy is neither imaginary nor safe, and hopes the knight Roiben will help her. A girl ends up living with some homeless teens, caught up in fairy troubles. Kaye must earn the royal Roiben’s attention.
City of Ember. People of Sparks, Jeanne DuPrau
Two teens must save the people of their Post-Apocalyptic city, and then adjust to a new home. I don’t think I’ve read the sequel yet.
Prophet of Yonwood, Jeanne DuPrau
Prequel to the Ember/Sparks books. Not as amazing, but if you want to complete the series…
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Ishmael Beah
Nonfiction. Impressed into the military at 13, orphaned, and taught to kill without remorse, Beah was finally removed from combat and sent to rehabilitation.
Gifts. Voices. Powers, Ursula K. LeGuin
Awesomely satisfying alternate world with magical abilities and the usual human troubles. New p.o.v. in each, with former character present.
Dragonflight. Dragonquest. The White Dragon, Anne McCaffrey
First of perhaps 20 books. In the first book, the dragonriders of Pern must prepare for a plague of Thread, though many people think the threat is over forever. I read all of them – it has been years since I did.
The Ever-After Bird, Ann Rinaldi
Historical fiction set in 1851. Cecilia cannot understand her family’s abolitionist beliefs; then she sees slavery first-hand.
The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie
A freshman Spokane Indian describes life on and off the reservation.
The God of Animals, Aryn Kyle
A girl tells of her father’s horse business, ailing mother, rebellious sister, and her own hopes.
The Way, Joseph Bruchac
A Koacook teen living with his mother in a small trailer studies martial arts.
Un Lun Dun, China Mieville
A girl and her friend are pulled into an alternate version of their home city. 400 quick and highly enjoyable pages.
The Talisman. Black House, Stephen King
A boy can travel between worlds and must – to save his mother and her twin, the queen; his antagonist is his uncle. Years later, the boy has grown into a man who must confront old enemies who have somehow gained access to this world.
The Ropemaker. Angel Isle, Peter Dickinson
A girl and her friends seek a Wizard who can protect their valley home. Excellent plot and character development. In sequel, another Wizard is needed 20 generations later; less plot and more magical action.
Wizard of Earthsea. The Tombs of Atuan. The Farthest Shore. Tehanu: the last book of Earthsea. Tales from Earthsea. The Other Wind, Ursula K. LeGuin
Beautifully written alternate world of travel on the ocean and wizardry. Lyrical and mythic. Excellent character development. Haunting.
Absolute Brightness, James Lecesne.
A teen tells how she cannot stand her newly-living-with-her gay cousin. Then he disappears. Great characterization; a fast read.
Mistik Lake, Martha Brooks
H.S. senior deals with her mother’s secrets and love. Told through changing point of view.
Who will tell my brother?, Marlene Carvell
H.S. senior of part Native American descent questions his school’s “Indian” mascot. Told in verse.
All Creatures Great and Small, James Herriot
Nonfiction. A country vet tells of the animals and their owners at his first job in 1937. Gentle and often humorous. Must-read for animal lovers.