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David Tung Can't Have a Girlfriend until He Gets into an Ivy League College by
David Tung, like many young Chinese Americans, must balance the expectations of his parents with the absurdities of being a modern American teen. When he's not working at his family's restaurant, he's scheming ways to climb his school's GPA rankings. No time for dances, hobbies, and definitely not girls. On the weekends, however, David attends Chinese school in the heart of New York's Chinatown. Here he escapes his sheltered existence and gets a taste of what other Chinese youth-those not lucky enough to live in posh suburbs-must contend with. And here, where he least expects it, he might even find love. David's story starts out fairly conventional but becomes much more impactful as it shifts to the goings on at his Chinese school. Lin explores the different lives of David's friend group, highlighting the pressure one character has to join a Chinese street gang and the precarious housing situation another faces as a recent immigrant to the U.S. David's self-deprecating humor wraps up these observations into a hilarious package.
The invasion begins--but not as you'd expect. It begins with rain. Rain that carries seeds. Seeds that sprout--overnight, everywhere. These new plants take over crop fields, twine up houses, and burrow below streets. They bloom--and release toxic pollens. They bloom--and form Venus flytrap-like pods that swallow animals and people. They bloom--everywhere, unstoppable. Or are they? Three kids on a remote island seem immune to the toxic plants. Anaya, Petra, Seth. They each have strange allergies--and yet not to these plants. What's their secret? Can they somehow be the key to beating back this invasion? They'd better figure it out fast, because it's starting to rain again.
Rewire Your Anxious Brain for Teens by
Anxiety is a huge problem among today's teens-that's why teens need tangible tips and tools they can use every day to manage fears, stress, and worry. In Rewire Your Anxious Brain for Teens, four anxiety specialists offer practical and essential skills grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), neuroscience, and mindfulness to help teen readers "rewire" their anxious brain and get back to living their lives.
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Young Adult Library Services Association
Y10-Y13 Pleasure Reading Lists
These lists come from Nancie Atwell, Global Teacher Prize winner and leading expert on teen literacy.
Cult of Pedagogy YA Book Suggestions
Cult of Pedagogy shares a list of titles that are "a list that covers so many genres and has the potential to turn so many students into lifelong readers."
Y7-Y10 Pleasure Reading Lists
Student recommendations from Nancie Atwell's Center for Teaching and Learning. Scroll through to find your approximate year group.
99 Book Recommendations from John Green
Favorite author John Green provides some top suggestions to read.
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Outlandish books for outlandish readers.
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How Long to Read?
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Books and Authors
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Award Winners & Nominees
Alex Award Winners and Nominees
Check out these Alex Award titles we have for you in the library. Typically, these books "can't miss" for most older teen readers. PLEASE NOTE, these books are written for adults, so content must be a consideration for younger readers.
Printz Award Winners and Nominees
Excellence in Young Adult literature. These titles are excellent stretch books for many Y8 readers and above. Warning: there may be uncomfortable content.
Excellence for debut Young Adult writing.
Pulitzer Prize in Fiction
Distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life.
The Man Booker Prizes
The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for five decades.
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Policies and Privileges
It is your responsibility to bring your school ID card each day.
Students, you must use your school ID cards for access to all services provided in the Library. All items to check out include print materials and equipment such as E-readers; you must have your ID to do so. You can also use your student ID card for photocopying and printing.
Beyond that simple statement, it gets even easier:
- Respect your Library space
- Respect other students in your Library
- Respect everything and everyone in your Library
Secondary Checkout Limits
We encourage--and expect--secondary students to choose and manage their reading. This policy is firm.
Year 7-9 Students
- Up to 6 items per student
- Up to 2 OverDrive titles per student
Year 10-13 Students
- Up to 10 items per student
- Up to 2 OverDrive titles per student
Primary Students (Y4-Y6)
- 2 print items per student
- Must be arranged through Primary Librarians
We invite you to enjoy the Secondary Library, so please do visit us. To browse, ask questions, seek guidance to support your child's reading, or simply to learn about our space is something we hope you do.
The ideal time to visit the Secondary Library is after school hours between 3:00-4:30. We reserve the school hours (7:30-3:00) for student and teacher use. The library is a classroom, so your understanding is appreciated.
Because this is a teaching and learning space, we ask that you follow the same, simple expectations we have for the students. When visiting the library, please model and support these standards. It is helpful for students to see.
- Please wear your Parent ID badge prominently; we need to know who you are.
- Please engage in a book, magazine, newspaper, or browse our collection.
- You are also invited to chat with the librarians seeking insight or support for your children.
- Please take care of all phone communication needs (calls and texts) before entering.
- Turn off and tuck away your devices.
- Please enjoy your coffee and snacks in the Cafeteria or at the Rooftop Café, not in the Library.
- Parents who are with their Primary students are asked to use the Primary Library.
- If you are simply waiting for your child to finish classes or CCAs or need a place to socialize, we ask that you do so at the Rooftop Café or in the Cafeteria.
- 1 Chinese print item per parent
- 1 English print item per parent
- Parents may not check out items in their child's name
- We expect the students to learn how to manage and maintain their reading as they grow older.
|Books (print & digital)
|Magazines and Journals
|Audio-Visual (Audiobooks, DVDs, etc.)
*Rather than charging fees for most overdue materials, we ask that you return or renew items. You will not be allowed to check out any additional items if you owe a fine or have anything overdue. The rule of thumb: if you expect to check something out, take care of your obligations.
**If a missing or damaged item is part of a set and we are not able to replace the missing portion, then you need to pay for the replacement of the entire set, which means the cost may be significantly higher. This applies to both books and AV materials.