When I was working part-time at a high school library this semester for grad school, I worked with teens in a different community than my own. I was also surprised at how different readers’ advisory was in a high school library as compared with the public library. It was an interesting experience I might share more about later. For now I want to share some of the new reading lists I made specifically for the high school.
The Bluford series was big with reluctant readers at this school, and they wanted more urban stories with lots of family or relationship drama. These are books that met the page requirement for book reports and were approved by teachers for class assignments, but also appealed to teens who said that the only books they ever enjoyed reading were the Bluford series. Descriptions are from WorldCat.
If you like the Bluford High series, check these out.
Saint Iggy by K.L. Going
Iggy Corso, who lives in city public housing, is caught physically and spiritually between good and bad when he is kicked out of high school, goes searching for his missing mother, and causes his friend to get involved with the same dangerous drug dealer who deals to his parents.
The Battle of Jericho by Sharon Draper
A high school junior and his cousin suffer the ramifications of joining what seems to be a “reputable” school club.
Tyrell by Coe Booth
Fifteen-year-old Tyrell, who is living in a Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-out mother and his younger brother, tries to avoid temptation and not land in jail like his father.
Hip Hop High School by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
Theresa Anderson and Devon Hampton set out to beat the SAT in order to get into a top college; however, they must also deal with the reality of street violence that could keep them both from realizing their dream.
Heaven by Angela Johnson
After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson
Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy
Eighteen-year-old Nikki’s unconditional love for Dee helps her escape from her problems. When he involves her in a murder Nikki lands in prison, confronted with hard facts that challenge whether Dee ever loved her. She can only save herself by telling the truth about Dee.
BANG! by Sharon Flake