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Book Lists by Topic


Action Hero

Alex Rider: Stormbreaker

Artemis Fowl

The Bad Apple

The Chronicles of Prydain

Code Name Verity

The False Prince

The Fifth Wave



How to Train Your Dragon


The Lightning Thief

Little Miss Evil

The Mark of a Thief

The Maze Runner

The Neptune Project


Princess in Black

Samurai Rising

The Sisters Grimm

Spy School

The True Meaning of Smekday


All the Broken Pieces

Gracefully Grayson

Half a World Away

My Life with the Liars

The Red Thread Sisters

Rescue: Dog Whisperer



The Incredible Magic of Being


The Incredible Magic of Being

Biography, Autobiography, Memoir

Brown Girl Dreaming

Code Talker

Red Scarf Girl

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Samurai Rising

Turning Fifteen on the Road to Freedom

The Underground Abductor


  • Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • Lions of Little Rock
  • Loser
  • Restart
  • Schooled
  • Speak
  • Stargirl
  • Warp Speed

Business; Economics

Child Labor

Boys Without Names

Chu Ju's House


Civil Rights Movement (U.S.)

Brown Girl Dreaming

Lies We Tell Ourselves

Lions of Little Rock

One Crazy Summer

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

The Watsons Go to Birmingham

Civil War (U.S.)

- see Underground Railroad

Cultural Differences

Blue Jasmine

Does My Head Look Big in This?

Full Cicada Moon

The Great Wall of Lucy Lu

Inside Out and Back Again

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah

Piecing Me Together

The Porcupine of Truth

Shooting Kabul

This Side of Home

Unidentified Suburban Object


A Gift of Magic (ballet)

The Seventh Wish (Irish)

A Time to Dance (Indian - bharatanatyam)

Diseases; Serious Illness

After Ever After; Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie

Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary

Fever, 1793

The Honest Truth

The Porcupine of Truth

The Seventh Wish


A Handful of Stars

The Honest Truth

How to Steal a Dog

Stone Fox

Where the Red Fern Grows


Sprinkles and Secrets

The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet




Homeschooling / Unschooling

Surviving the Applewhites

Loss of a Friend or Family Member

Counting By 7s

The End, or Something Like That

The Girl Who Threw Butterflies



On My Honor

One of the Survivors

The Other Side of Truth

Out of the Dust

The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen

Survival Strategies of the Almost Brave

The Thing About Jellyfish


Natural Disasters

I Survived (series - Mt. Vesuvius)

Ninth Ward (Hurricane Katrina)

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere (Hurricane Katrina)

Overcoming Physical Injuries / Conditions

After Ever After


Falling Over Sideways

The Incredible Magic of Being

Long May She Reign

The Paper Cowboy

The Running Dream

A Time to Dance

People with Autism; Asperger's Syndrome

Counting by 7s



People with OCD


  • Circa Now
  • Shooting Kabul

Religious Beliefs and Practices

Does My Head Look Big in This?

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah

The Porcupine of Truth

Reversal of Fortune

Geek Girl

The Goose Girl

Hush: An Irish Princess' Tale

A Little Princess

Six Impossible Things

Revolutionary War - U.S. & Britain

Woods Runner

September 11, 2001

Nine, Ten: A September 11th Story

Towers Falling



Code Name Verity


Spy School; Evil Spy School


All the Broken Pieces (baseball)

Amazing Grace (ice skating)

Athlete vs. Mathlete (basketball)

Bionic (lacrosse)

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip

Ghost (track)

The Girl Who Threw Butterflies (baseball)

Gold Medal Summer (gymnastics)

Losers Take All (soccer)

No Summit Out of Sight (mountain climbing)

Peak (mountain climbing)

Roller Girl (roller derby)

Sliding Into Home (baseball)

Soar (baseball)

The Running Dream (track)

Ultra (long-distance running)

Underdogs (football)


The Gossip File (Dirt Diary series)


Sarah, Plain and Tall

Vincent Shadow, Toy Inventor

We Are All Made of Molecules

Super Powers

Go Big or Go Home

Hidden Talents

How to Ditch Your Fairy

The Girl Who Could Fly

The Tail of Emily Windsnap

A Tangle of Knots

The Underground Railroad

Elijah of Buxton

Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: The Underground Abductor


Vietnam - U.S. War

  • Cracker: The Best Dog in Vietnam
  • Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsburg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War


    See also Vietnam-U.S. War; WWII

Bamboo People

Samurai Rising