Grade 12

Venom

Beware! Poisonous things are all around you. Author Marilyn Singer brings kids the coolest info on creatures that can harm or even kill with a bite or sting Read More →

  • Lexile: 1100
  • ATOS: 7.8
  • Dewey: 592

Volunteering Smarts: How to Find Opportunities, Create a Positive Experience, and More

From the Series USA TODAY Teen Wise Guides: Lifestyle Choices

Volunteering. So you want to get out there and do something? Help someone in need, make a difference, change the world? There are numerous volunteering opportunities out there. Did you know… Read More →

  • Lexile: 980
  • Dewey: 302'.14

Vortex

From the Series Day of Disaster

Blair and her brothers are driving home from a disastrous road trip when their day suddenly gets a whole lot worse. After facing down a tornado, their car is barely functioning, and the same… Read More →

  • Lexile: 530
  • ATOS: 4.1
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Votes of Confidence, 2nd Edition: A Young Person's Guide to American Elections

Every two years, media coverage of American elections turns into a horse-race story about who's leading the polls and who said what when. Give young adult readers clear explanations about how… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1310
  • Dewey: 324.60973

Vote!: Women's Fight for Access to the Ballot Box

August 18, 2020, marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, which prohibited states and the US government from denying citizens the right to vote on the basis… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1080
  • Dewey: 324.6/230973

Walden, and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

From the Series First Avenue Classics ™

In these two American literary classics, Henry David Thoreau offers readers his experiences and thoughts on how to live a more fulfilling life and stand up for what is right. Having spent two… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1340
  • ATOS: 8.7
  • Dewey: 818'.303

Wall of Water

From the Series Day of Disaster

When Alexandra's dad gets a new job in Hawaii, her parents promise that life there will be paradise. But what they couldn't predict is a natural disaster of epic proportions. A tsunami slams… Read More →

  • Lexile: 570
  • ATOS: 4.0
  • Dewey: [Fic]

War and Peace

From the Series First Avenue Classics ™

Part historical fiction, part philosophical treatise, and part romance novel, this genre-transcending epic follows the increasingly intertwined fates of the children of five prominent Russian… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1180
  • ATOS: 10.1
  • Dewey: 891.73/3

War Games

From the Series Lorimer SideStreets

Ryan Taber's father is about to deploy for his first tour of duty with the Canadian army in Afghanistan. Ryan lives his days on an army base in Alberta, and spends his evenings at the… Read More →

  • Lexile: 760
  • Dewey: [Fic]

War of the Currents: Thomas Edison vs Nikola Tesla

From the Series Scientific Rivalries and Scandals

In the early 1880s, only a few wealthy people had electric lighting in their homes. Everyone else had use more dangerous lighting, such as gas lamps. Eager companies wanted to be the first to… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1060
  • Dewey: 333.793'2

Warrior Zone

From the Series Reality Show

When Fiona enters a physical feats TV competition, she is excited to see how she matches up against other athletes from around the country. She works hard and beats out many of her… Read More →

  • Lexile: 660
  • ATOS: 4.4
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Wasted

From the Series Lorimer SideStreets

If there's one person Jacob is never going to be like, it's his alcoholic father. But Jacob is brought face-to-face with his own addictions when his father ends up in the hospital. Certain… Read More →

  • Lexile: 970
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Waves: Principles of Light, Electricity, and Magnetism

From the Series Secrets of the Universe

Did you know that both electricity and light move in waves, like water does? What does electricity have to do with magnets? From Benjamin Franklin and Charles de Coulomb to Georg Ohm and… Read More →

  • ATOS: 7.3
  • Dewey: 539.2

Wayne Gretzky

From the Series Sports Heroes and Legends

Think you know all there is to know about Wayne Gretzky? Well, did you know that: He started playing hockey professionally at age seventeen? He scored at least one goal in each of the first… Read More →

  • ATOS: 6.0
  • Dewey: 796.962092

We Are Not Beasts of Burden: Cesar Chavez and the Delano Grape Strike, California, 1965-1970

From the Series Civil Rights Struggles around the World

"The only way we could win was to keep fighting for a long time...the only way we could win was by staying with it."—Cesar Chavez As the sun rose on September 8, 1965, in Delano, California… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1150
  • ATOS: 9.1
  • Dewey: 331.892'83480979488

Weight and Health

From the Series Twenty-First Century Medical Library

By some estimates, 25 percent of young people in the United States are either overweight or obese, a figure that has doubled in the last 30 years. In that time, the physical activities in our… Read More →

  • Dewey: 618.92'398

We Stand as One: The International Ladies Garment Workers Strike, New York, 1909

From the Series Civil Rights Struggles around the World

"Girls, from the bottom of my heart, I beg you not to go back to work. We are all poor, many of us are suffering hunger, none of us can afford to lose a day's wages. But only by fighting for… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1090
  • Dewey: 331.892'88709747109041
Fall 2020

We Three

From the Series Lorimer Real Love

Jasbina "Jassie" Dhillon is at summer camp to address concerns over her struggles at school and her lack of close friends. To Jasbina's surprise, she quickly makes two new friends, Ams and… Read More →

  • Lexile: 600
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Whale Quest: Working Together to Save Endangered Species

Decades of commercial whaling nearly decimated a variety of whales considered a keystone species. Keystone species are indicators of the overall health of Earth's habitats. While whales have… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1150
  • ATOS: 8.0
  • Dewey: 599.5

What Can't Wait

“Another day finished,gracias a Dios.” Seventeen-year-old Marisa’s mother has been saying this for as long as Marisa can remember. Her parents came to Houston from Mexico. They work hard… Read More →

  • Lexile: 680
  • ATOS: 7.0
  • Dewey: [Fic]

What Girls Are Made Of

A 2017 National Book Award for Young People's Literature Finalist When Nina Faye was fourteen, her mother told her there was no such thing as unconditional love. Nina believed her. Now she'll… Read More →

  • Lexile: 900
  • ATOS: 5.8
  • Dewey: [Fic]

What I Came to Tell You

Since his mother died earlier this year, Grover Johnston (named after a character in Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward Angel) has watched his family fall to pieces as his father throws himself… Read More →

  • Lexile: 770
  • ATOS: 5.0
  • Dewey: [Fic]
Fall 2020

What Makes You Beautiful

From the Series Lorimer Real Love

Logan knows he likes boys, but has not come out, and no one knows that he likes to sometimes wear girls' clothes and makeup. Then Logan starts at a school for the arts. There he meets Kyle… Read More →

  • Lexile: 630
  • Dewey: [Fic]
Spring 2021

When Dogs Heal: Powerful Stories of People Living with HIV and the Dogs That Saved Them

The best medicine may not always be found at a pharmacy or in a doctor’s office. Sometimes it comes in the form of a four-legged friend. Three well-known leaders in their fields—award-winning Read More →

  • Lexile: 970
  • Dewey: 362.19697/920092 [B]