Steve Harmon is a sixteen year old amateur filmmaker and he’s on trial. On trial for the murder of a Harlem drugstore owner. The only thing that keeps him going is writing his day to day experiences in trial and jail through a screen play. Although, the question the prosecution asks doesn’t leave him. Is he really a monster? Monster is Steve’s discovery of that answer.
Melinda is friendless in her freshman year at Merryweather High. She called the police at the end of the summer party. She is completely isolated from everyone else. She actually stop talking all together. Throughout the novel, she tries to understand what really happened at that party and who is really to blame.
Like everyone else, Titus has a feed, a little Internet implant linked directly into his brain. The feed knows everything. It knows that Titus is bored of the moon and is trying to direct him to the biggest party it can find. It occasionally slips in advertisements for latest thing and where to immediately obtain it. That big party is where Titus meets Violet. She’s so different than everyone else with their eyes closed IMing each other through the feed.
Between Sea and Sahara is the journals of Eugène Fromentin, a 19th century French painter and writer. His journals focus on his travels throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa. As much as Fromentin was a painter,his journals focused on the people and places he saw while he travelled not specifically what he painted. Fromentin’s journals delved from the strangers he met while traveling to France’s colonization of the area.
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist is about that one night when these two teenagers run around New York together. Nick and Norah happen upon each other at a party. One event after another and they end up on their first date. The rest of their night is a wild chase after the perfect band and the perfect venue as they try to figure out where they really belong.
In Athletic Shorts, Chris Crutcher writes six different about six different characters dealing with death, love, bigotry, their coming of age, and them understanding themselves better. Each story uses sports as a medium to discuss these really huge themes.
The Chocolate War is the story of Trinity High’s annual fund raising chocolate sale. No where within the school seems safe enough to escape the peer pressure and bullying. The bullies in Trinity take on many faces from the not-so-secret club, The Vigils, to the principle, Brother Leon. It would seem impossible for any boy to escape the demands of those in power.
Slaughterhouse-Five is the story of Billy Pilgrim. He serves in World War II, surviving the bombing of Dresden. After the war, he makes a living as an optometrist. On his wedding night, he is kidnapped by aliens an taken to their home planet. There he tells the aliens his story and what happened to him.
It’s England in the 1520s. Henry VIII is married to his first wife and Thomas Cromwell has just been luck enough to become Cardinal Wolsey’s clerk. The whispers of the castle are Wolsey’s business and soon they become Cromwell’s. As Cromwell ascends the ranks, so does the reader. And as the King loses his grasp on his ability to govern his nation and his personal affairs, Cromwell rises to control parliament.
It’s the 1980s and Eleanor is new in school. Her crazy red hair and silent demeanor keep the kids at school away. Through her eyes, Park seems so cool. Park’s worked hard to keep a low profile while in high school as well. On that fateful day when they sit next to each other on the bus, neither of them speaks. Day after day this silence goes on until one day he speaks. I think it was said best, “ They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you’re 16, and you have nothing and everything to lose.” Though, Eleanor’s home life may just take that away from them.
The Outsiders focuses on Ponyboy, who is a Greaser just like the rest of his friends. These boys aren’t seen as cool kids in their school. In fact, the Socs, the gang of rich kids, enjoy beating up the Greasers for sport. Getting in a physical altercation with the Socs is a part of Ponyboy’s daily routine. On one night, things go too far and the future of the Greasers change forever.
Telegraph Avenue begins at the end of the summer of 2004 and perhaps the end of Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe’s friendship. They’re longtime friends, bandmates, and co-owners of Brokeland Records. Their wives, Gwen Shanks and Avia Roth-Jaffe, are Berkley Birth Partners. When the fifth richest black man in America, Gibson Goode, beings to build a meaga-store near Telegraph, Nat and Archy know it means doom for their beloved street. Avia and Gwen find themselves in the middle of a battle over their profession.
Shades of Grey is about Chromatacia, a society where everyone has a color and every color has a place. The placement and treatment of a certain color is organized by the prism. All Eddie Russets wants is to move up. He hopes that he can use his red perception to marry into a powerful family. The plan quickly dissipates as he relocated to a new position. Eddie soon discovers there is more to this society than he’s been told.
After many years as the head monarch and troubles that follow it, Britain’s Queen needs some cheering up. Unexpectedly, she’s given the opportunity to visit her former yacht, Britannia, in Edinburgh. The Queen hides beneath a skull bedazzled hoodie to escape the palace walls. Her lady-in-waiting, a butler, an equerry, a girl from the stables, a dresser, and a clerk work together to find her and bring her back to the palace before a scandal develops.