• BookList for Book Share – Character Assignment:Title on the Theme: (Nature, Life, Family, Fate, and Free Will)(fiction and non-fiction)
    PS, I love you by Cecelia Ahern
    Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. 
    Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson
    Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
    Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
    Split by Swati Avasthi
    A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
    Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
    Midnight Hour Encores by Bruce Brooks
    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
    Face the Music: A Novel by Melody Carlson
    A Friend at Midnight by Caroline B. Cooney.
    The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan
    Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
    Feverby Robin Cook
    Ironman by Chris Crutcher
    The Adventures of Oliver TwisT by Charles 
    Dickens
    Just Listen: A Novel by Sarah Dessen
    A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd
    The Battle of Jericho by Sharon M. Draper
    Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper
    Don’t Look Behind You by Lois Duncan
    Strong Motionby Jonathan Franzen
    Ellen Foster by Kay Gibbons, Kay
    The Pelican Brief by John Grisham
    Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel by Arthur 
    Golden. 
    Out Of The Dust by Karen Hesse
    Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
    Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
    The Giver by Lois Lowry
    Are We There Yet? by David Levithan
    The Natural by Bernard Malamud
    All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
    Angel of Hope by Lurlene McDaniel
    Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult 
    Plain Truth: a novel by Jodi Picoult
    90 Minutes in Heaven: My True Story by Don Piper
    Half Broke Horses: A True-life novel by 
    Jeannette Walls
    Black boy: a Record of Childhood and Youth
    by Richard Wright 
    Ordinary People by Judith Guest
    A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
    The First Part Lastby Angela Johnson
    The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round 
    Things by Carolyn Mackler
    The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute
    to his White Mother by James McBride
    Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
    Luna: A Novel by Julie Anne Peters
    Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
    Anthem by Ayn Rand
    Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: 
    Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by 
    Louise Rennison.
    Mistaken Identity: Two Families, One 
    Survivor, Unwavering Hope by Don Van 
    Ryn
    A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
    One Of Those Hideous Books Where The Mother Dies by Sonya Sones
    The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
    The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
    Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred 
    Taylor
    The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette 
    Walls
    The Runner by Cynthia Voigt
    Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt
    The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
    Crossing Lines by Paul Volponi



    NATURE:

    Fever by Robin Cook. 
    When the family of a research physician succumbs to a fiendishly virulent disease, he becomes an outcast from the medical establishment, but determines to search for a cure for his daughter’s leukemia.

    The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
    Henry Fleming, a private in the Union Army, runs away from the field of war. Afterwards, the shame he feels at this act of cowardice ignites his desire to receive an injury in combat—a “red badge of courage” that will redeem him. Stephen Crane’s novel about a young soldier’s experiences during the American Civil War is well known for its understated naturalism and its realistic depiction of battle.

    Strong Motion by Jonathan Franzen
    Louis Holland falls in love with a seismologist who discovers that recent Boston earthquakes had human causes, in a novel that deals with such issues as environmental pollution, religious fundamentalism, abortion, and the threat of the apocalypse.

    The Pelican Brief by John Grisham. 
    In suburban Georgetown, a killer’s Reeboks whisper on the front floor of a posh home... In a seedy D.C. porno house, a patron is swiftly garroted to death... The next day, America learns that two of its Supreme Court justices have been assassinated. And in New Orleans, a young law student prepares a legal brief... To Darby Shaw it was no more than a legal shot in the dark, a brilliant guess. To the Washington establishment it was political dynamite. Suddenly Darby is witness to a murder -- a murder intended for her. Going underground, she finds there is only one person she can trust -- an ambitious reporter after a newsbreak hotter than Watergate -- to help her piece together the deadly puzzle. Somewhere between the bayous of Louisiana and the White House’s inner sanctums, a violent cover-up is being engineered. For someone has read Darby’s brief. Someone who will stop at nothing to destroy the evidence of an unthinkable crime.

    Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
    Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.

    LIFE:

    The Adventures of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
    Depicts the world of poverty, crime and the workhouse of 19th century London. Oliver is a foundling raised in a workhouse that falls into the hands of rogues and is trained as a pickpocket. The story follows his attempts to escape from the criminal environment. In the end the criminals are brought to justice and Oliver is adopted by the wealthy Mr. Brownlow.

    The Battle of Jericho by Sharon M. Draper 
    A high school junior and his cousin suffer the ramifications of joining what seems to be a "reputable" school club. 

    Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel by Arthur Golden. 
    Nitta Sayuri, a young Japanese woman who was taken from her home at the age of nine and sold into slavery as a geisha, discovers a rare opportunity for freedom when the outbreak of World War II forces an end to the only life she has ever known.


    Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
    The coming of summer to Appalachia's Zebulon Mountain brings a blossoming in nature as well as in the lives of reclusive wildlife biologist Deanna Wolfe, young hunter Eddie Bondo, transplanted city-girl Lusa Landowski, and a pair of elderly, feuding neighbors

    Are We There Yet? by David Levithan
    Tricked by their parents into taking a trip to Italy together, two brothers--one in high school and the other recently graduated from college--reflect on the directions of their own lives and on the distance that has grown between them.

    The Natural by Bernard Malamud
    Gifted baseball player Roy Hobbs, his career derailed by a youthful indiscretion, makes a stunning comeback in later life, but finds himself still struggling against the temptations that would bring him to ruin.

    All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
    The story of young John Grady Cole, the last of a long line of Texas ranchers, who, along with two companions, sets off on an idyllic, sometimes comic adventure, to a place where dreams are paid for in blood.

    Angel of Hope by Lurlene McDaniel
    After her older sister Heather, enthusiastic about changing the world, returns from doing medical missionary work in Uganda, seventeen-year-old Amber feels ignored and confused about her own future and decides to go back to Africa in Heather's place.

    Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult 
    When Charlotte and Sean O'Keefe learn about their daughter's illness, they wonder if they should have known about it sooner and begin to question what constitutes the value of even the most fragile life.

    90 minutes in heaven: a true story of death & Life by Don Piper
    The author, a pastor, describes his near-death experience after a car accident in 1989, explaining that he went toHeaven and was brought back to Earth by a miracle, and discusses the impact of the event on his life.

    Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison. (2001) Avon, The humorous journal of a 14-year-old British girl who tries to reduce her nose, control her mad cat, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie. (Printz Award, ALA Best Books, NYPL Editor’s Choice)

    Half Broke Horse: A True-life novel by Jeannette Walls
    Lily Casey Smith grows up breaking horses with her father and leaves home at fifteen to ride five hundred miles in order to teach in a frontier town before encountering various difficulties, marrying a rancher, and speaking out against prejudice in various parts of the U.S.

    Black boy: a Record of Childhood and Youth by Richard Wright 
    The autobiography of an African-American writer, recounting his early years and the harrowing experiences he encountered drifting from Natchez to Chicago to Brooklyn.

    FAMILY: 

    Split by Swati Avasthi
    A teenaged boy thrown out of his house by his abusive father goes to live with his older brother, who ran away from home years earlier under similar circumstances.

    Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
    Davey has never felt so alone in her life. Her father is dead—shot in a holdup—and now her mother is moving the family to New Mexico to try to recover.

    Climbing in the Los Alamos canyon, Davey meets the mysterious Wolf, who can read Davey’s “sad eyes.” Wolf is the only person who seems to understand the rage and fear Davey feels. Slowly, with Wolf’s help, Davey realizes that she must get on with her life. But when will she be ready to leave the past behind and move toward the future? Will she ever stop hurting?

    Midnight Hour Encores by Bruce Brooks
    A sixteen-year-old cellist and musical prodigy travels cross country with her father, a product of the 1960s, to meet her mother, who abandoned her as a baby.

    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
    Intense is the word for Ender's Game. Aliens have attacked Earth twice and almost destroyed the human species. To make sure humans win the next encounter, the world government has taken to breeding military geniuses -- and then training them in the arts of war... The early training, not surprisingly, takes the form of 'games'... Ender Wiggin is a genius among geniuses; he wins all the games... He is smart enough to know that time is running out. But is he smart enough to save the planet?

    The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan
    Kelly Corrigan recounts her battle with breast cancer, which occurred at the same time her father was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and intermixes stories about her childhood and her unique relationship with her father.

    Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
    After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.

    Ironman by Chris Crutcher
    Bo has been at war with his father for as long as he can remember. The rage he feels gives him the energy as a triathlete to press his body to the limit, but it also translates into angry outbursts toward his teachers. Now dangerously close to expulsion from school, Bo has been assigned to Anger Management sessions with the school "truants." With an eclectic mix of hard-edged students, Bo may finally have to deal with his long-brewing hatred for his father -- before it eats away at him completely.

    Ordinary People by Judith Guest
    After spending eight months in a mental institution following a suicide attempt, seventeen-year-old Conrad returns home and finds that he must rebuild his life.

    A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
    A three-act play concerned with the tensions in a middle-class African American family living on Chicago's Southside in the 1950s.

    Ellen Foster by Kay Gibbons, Kay. (1997) Vintage.Eleven year old Ellen survives her mother's suicide, her father's abuse and an uncaring cast of relatives and foster homes with the hopeful indomitable spirit of a true heroine. (Oprah Book Club)

    The First Part Lastby Angela Johnson
    Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter.

    The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
    Feeling like she does not fit in with the other members of her family, who are all thin, brilliant, and good-looking, fifteen-year-old Virginia tries to deal with her self-image, her first physical relationship, and her disillusionment with some of the people closest to her.

    The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to his white Mother by James McBride
    An African-American male tells of hismother, a white woman, who refused to admit her true identity.

    Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
    Pulitzer Prize-winning play concerned with the despair of a sixty-three-year-old traveling salesman when he is forced to face the reality he has evaded all his life.

    One Of Those Hideous Books Where The Mother Dies By Sonya Sones. (2004) Simon & Schuster. Breezy poetic prose-style entries, Ruby describes her life with an estranged father after her mom's death. Outpourings of her feelings of isolation, loss, and grief.

    A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
    When a twist of fate makes Jamie Sullivan his date at the homecoming dance, Landon Carter never dreamed they would fall in love, but as he comes to realize his true feelings for Jamie, he learns of a terrible secret that will take his love away from him forever.

    The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
    In 1949 four Chinese women began meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong. They called their gathering theJoyLuckClub. Forty years later they look back and remember.

    Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred Taylor
    Taylor's vivid portrayal of ugly racism and the poignancy of Cassie's bewilderment and gradual toughening against social injustice and the men and women who perpetuate it, will remain with readers forever.

    The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
    The author recalls her life growing up in a dysfunctional family with an alcoholic father and distant mother and describes how she and her siblings had to fend for themselves until they finally found the resources and will to leave home.

    The Runner by Cynthia Voigt
    Bullet Tillerman runs. He runs to escape the criticism of his harsh, unforgiving father. He runs to numb the pain of his mother's inability to express her love. He is the star of the school track team, but he isn't a team man and doesn't want to be. Bullet runs for himself. Bullet is unlikely choice to be asked to coach a new, African-American team member. But in coaching Tamer Shipp, Bullet learns some things about himself -- who he is, and who he can perhaps become.

    Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt
    Now that the four abandoned Tillerman children are settled in with their grandmother, Dicey finds that their new beginnings require love, trust, humor, and courage.

    The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams.
    A play about a Southern woman who is anxious for her crippled daughter to be married.

    FATE:

    PS, I love you by Cecelia Ahern
    Holly, still struggling with her grief two months after the death of her beloved husband Gerry, begins taking steps to reclaim her life after receiving a packet of letters Gerry wrote before he died--one for each of the next ten months--in which he leaves instructions for her to perform a series of unexpected tasks.

    Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson
    Eighteen-year-old Ash wants nothing to do with senior prom, but when disaster strikes and her desperate friend, Nat, needs her help to get it back on track, Ash's involvement transforms her life.

    A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
    After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world.

    Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper
    The death of high school basketball star Rob Washington in an automobile accident affects the lives of his close friend Andy, who was driving the car, and many others in the school.

    Don’t Look Behind You by Lois Duncan
    Seventeen-year-old April finds her comfortable life changed forever when death threats to her father, a witness in a federal case, force her family to go into hiding under assumed names and flee the pursuit of a hired killer.

    The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
    "Somewhere," muses Noah Calhoun, while sitting on his porch in the moonlight, "there were people making love." The Notebook, a Southern-fried story of love-lost-and-found-again, revolves around a single time-honored romantic dilemma: will beautiful Allison Nelson stay with Mr. Respectability (to whom she happens to be engaged), or will she choose Noah, the romantic rascal she left so many years ago?

    Mistaken Identity: Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope by Don Van Ryn
    Two families, who became part of a national news story when it was discovered that their daughters were misidentified after a tragic car accident, leaving one family grieving while another cared for a comatose child, share how their faith helped them overcome the emotional upheaval of the accident and its aftermath.

    FREE WILL:

    Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
    Based on the diary of a fifteen-year-old drug user chronicling her struggle to escape the pull of the drug world.

    Speak by Laurie Halsey Anderson. 
    When Melinda is blamed for calling 911 at a summer party ''with beers and seniors'' she is outcast. So she stops talking. Finally, she makes herself heard. (Nat’l Book Award Finalist, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Booklist Editor’s Choice, Printz Honor Book) 

    Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
    After finally getting noticed by someone other than school bullies and his ever-angry father, seventeen-year-old Tyler enjoys his tough new reputation and the attentions of a popular girl, but when life starts to go bad again, he must choose between transforming himself or giving in to his destructive thoughts.

    Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
    Follows the wild adventures of Weetzie Bat and her Los Angeles friends, Dirk, Duck, and My-Secret-Agent-Lover-Man.

    Face the Music: A Novel by Melody Carlson
    Chloe, Allie, and Laura divide their time between school and touring with a Christian band, but when Chloe falls for a handsome lead singer of another band and a death hits close to home, trusting God becomes her major challenge. 

    A Friend at Midnight by Caroline B. Cooney
    After rescuing her younger brother abandoned at a busy airport by their divorced father, fifteen-year-old Lily finds her faith in God sorely tested as she struggles to rescue herself from the bitterness and anger she feels.

    Just Listen: A Novel by Sarah Dessen
    Isolated from friends who believe the worst because she has not been truthful with them, sixteen-year-old Annabel finds an ally in classmate Owen, whose honesty and passion for music helps her to face and share what really happened at the end-of-the-year party that changed her life.

    A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd
    Coolbar, Ireland, is a village of secrets and Shell, caretaker to her younger brother and sister after the death of their mother and with the absence of their father, is not about to reveal hers until suspicion falls on the wrong person.

    Out Of The Dust by Karen Hesse. (1999) Scholastic. Her mother is dead and father is dying, but Billie Jo, 14, is strong and has the courage to flee the dust of the homestead and jump a train west, where she finds hope. (Newbery Award, ALA Notable)

    Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
    The author describes her two-year stay at a psychiatric hospital renowned for its famous clientele and for its progressive methods of treatment.

    The Giver by Lois Lowry
    Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

    Luna: A Novel by Julie Anne Peters
    Fifteen-year-old Regan's life, which has always revolved around keeping her older brother Liam's transsexuality a secret, changes when Liam decides to start the process of "transitioning" by first telling his family and friends that he is a girl who was born in a boy's body.

    Plain Truth: a novel by Jodi Picoult
    Philadelphia defense attorney Ellie Hathaway, unsatisfied with the course of her career and personal life, leaves her job for an open-ended stay at her great-aunt's home in Paradise, Pennsylvania, arriving just in time to become embroiled in the case of a young, unmarried Amish woman accused of killing her newborn baby.

    Anthem by Ayn Rand
    In a future world, only one man dares to think, strive, and love as an individual in the midst of a paralyzing collective humanity.

    Crossing Lines by Paul Volponi
    Adonis, a football hero and boyfriend to one of the prettiest girls at school, goes along with the team when they target Alan, a new kid who wears lipstick and joins the fashion club, but he must choose between being popular and doing the right thing when his buddies come up with a plan to humiliate Alan