Reading Lists

Action, Adventure, True Crime (RD 80 and 90)

Beat the reaper : a novel

Bazell, Josh

Back Bay Books 2009

The carefully orchestrated life of Manhattan emergency room doctor and witness-protection program participant Peter Brown unravels in the course of a high-stakes day that begins with a mugging, an elevator encounter with a sexy pharmaceutical rep, and a new patient who knows him from his previous existence.

City of bones

Clare, Cassandra

M.K. McElderry Books 2008

Suddenly able to see demons and the Shadowhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.

The Hunger Games

Collins, Suzanne


In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

Dirty money Honey

Hilton, Erica, Santiago, Nisa, K, Kim

Melodrama Pub. 2011

Honey works as a blackjack dealer in Las Vegas. After planning she and some friends high-jack an armored truck in broad daylight. Who will take the fall for the caper?

No choirboy : murder, violence, and teenagers on death row

Kuklin, Susan

Henry Holt and Co. 2008

In their own voices--raw and uncensored--inmates sentenced to death as teenagers talk about their lives in prison, and share their thoughts and feelings about how they ended up there. Susan Kuklin also gets inside the system, exploring capital punishment itself and the intricacies and inequities of criminal justice in the United States.

Where there's Smoke

Little, Terra

Urban Books 2009

In the beginning, there was a drug dealer named smoke, and Breanne Phillips was one of his most faithful customers. She was smoking crack to block out an existence she couldn't escape from, and Smoke was hungry enough to take anything she had to offer in exchange for his magic rocks.


Myers, Walter Dean, Amistad, HarperCollins (Firm)

Amistad 2010

Teenage Reese, serving time at a juvenile detention facility, gets a lesson in making it through hard times from an unlikely friend with a harrowing past.

Miracle in the Andes : 72 days on the mountain and my long trek home

Parrado, Nando, Rause, Vince

Three Rivers Press 2006

Nando Parrado regained consciousness to discover that the plane carrying his rugby team, as well as family members and supporters, had crashed deep in the Andes. Many were dead or dying, among them his own mother and sister. Those who remained were stranded on a glacier at nearly 12,000 feet, with no supplies and no means of summoning help. They struggled to endure freezing temperatures, deadly avalanches, and then the devastating news that the search for them had been called off. Nando's thoughts turned to his father, who he knew must be consumed with grief, and he resolved that he must get home or die trying--so an ordinary young man, with no disposition for leadership or heroism, led an expedition across 45 miles of frozen wilderness. Thirty years later, Nando provides a revealing look at life at the edge of death and a meditation on the limitless redemptive power of love.--From publisher description.

Deck Z : the Titanic

Pauls, Chris, Solomon, Matt

Chronicle Books 2012

"The year is 1912. Theodore Weiss, a German scientist, has discovered a strange new plague that ravages its victims, transforming them into soulless, flesh-hungry monsters"--P. [4] of cover.


Paulsen, Gary

Bradbury Press 1987

After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parent's divorce.

True grit

Portis, Charles, Tartt, Donna

Overlook Press 2010

Mattie Ross is just fourteen years of age when a coward going by the name of Tom Chaney shoots her father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robs him of his life, his horse, and $150 in cash money. Mattie leaves home to avenge her father's blood. With the one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, the meanest available U.S. Marshal, by her side, Mattie pursues the homicide into Indian Territory.

The yellow birds : a novel

Powers, Kevin

Little, Brown and Co. 2012

In the midst of a bloody battle in the Iraq War, two soldiers, bound together since basic training, do everything to protect each other from both outside enemies and the internal struggles that come from constant danger. This novel written by a veteran of the war in Iraq, is the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive. "The war tried to kill us in the spring." So begins this powerful account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. Bound together since basic training when Bartle makes a promise to bring Murphy safely home, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for. In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger. As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare, Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes actions he could never have imagined. In addition the novel also offers insight into the effects of a hidden war on mothers and families at home.

But I trusted you : and other true cases

Rule, Ann

Pocket Books 2009

Trust. It's the foundation of any enduring relationship between friends, lovers, spouses, and families. But when trust is placed in those who are not what they seem, the results can be deadly. Ann Rule, who famously chronicled her own shocking experience of unknowingly befriending a sociopath in The Stranger Beside Me, offers a riveting, all-new collection from her true-crime files, with the lethally shattered bonds of trust at the core of each blood-soaked account.

Heart full of lies : a true story of desire and death

Rule, Ann

Pocket Books 2004

About the inexplicable and violent death of Hawaiian Airlines Pilot Chris Northon in a lonely campground in Wallowa County, Oregon.


Sedgwick, Marcus, Roaring Brook Press, R.R. Donnelley and Sons Company

Roaring Brook Press 2010

Finland, 1910: Fifteen-year-old Sig is shocked to see a hole in the frozen lake outside his family's cabin and to find his father's corpse nearby. Why did Einar steer his dog sled across the lake instead of taking the safer land route? Sig's sister and stepmother go for help, leaving Sig alone with Einar's body in the cabin. Soon after, an armed stranger barges in, demanding a share of Einar's stolen gold from when the two men knew each other during the Alaska Gold Rush.

Chasing Lincoln's killer

Swanson, James L.

Scholastic Press 2009

Recounts the escape of John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln's assassin, and follows the intensive twelve-day search for him and his accomplices.

Lifestyles of the rich and shameless

Swinson, Kiki, Noire

Kensington Pub. 2011

In "Shamelessly rich," heiress Megan Rich suddenly loses her inheritance and must make a life-changing choice; and in "Puttin' Shame In The Game," three women scheme to seduce New York police officer Noble for his riches.

Heartbreak of a hustler's wife : a novel

Turner, Nikki

One World Trade Paperbacks 2011

Yarni Taylor is a successful corporate attorney who wants nothing more than her husband, Des, to renounce his hustlin' ways and commit to his life as a pastor, especially after someone tries to kill him. But Des isn't ready to abandon his old habits just yet. He has to find out who is behind the murder attempt, and he wonders if the brazen robbery that took place during one of his church services is related in any way. But before he or Yarni can regain their footing, a young woman shows up on their doorsteps, Desember Day, the eighteen-year-old daughter Des never knew he had. And, unfortunately, she takes after her father, so trouble isn't far behind. With their lives on the line, Yarni must sacrifice everything and take it out of the office and back to the streets to save her husband and her family from their checkered but intricately connected pasts.--From back cover.


Woods, Teri

Grand Central Pub. ; Little, Brown [distributor] 2009

"From his experience and skill as a young car thief, James Bernard Jr. a.k.a. Dutch, recognized the opportunity to become the ruler of the streets and seized it. Feared by all, and completely fearless, Dutch and his dangerous clique took over the lucrative heroine business of a local African drug lord, Kazami. With both the protection and respect of the Italian Mafia, Dutch became the most terrifying force on the streets. District Attorney Anthony Jacobs is determined to bring Dutch and his crew to their knees, and he thinks he can with his group of witnesses that have agreed to testify against the criminal. But an unheard of turn of events causes the DA's job to get that much harder." -- from publisher's website.

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