Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Meyers Set in the trenches of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, Fallen Angels is the story of Perry. Sent to the front lines, Perry and his platoon come face-to-face with the Vietcong and the real horror of warfare. But violence and death aren't the only hardships. As Perry struggles to find virtue in himself and his comrades, he questions why black troops are given the most dangerous assignments, and why the U.S. is there at all.
Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons 'When I was little I would think of ways to kill my daddy. I would figure out this or that way and run it down and run it down through my head until it got easy.' So it begins the tale of Ellen Foster, the brave and engaging heroine of Kaye Gibbon's novel. The story of an eleven-year-old orphan, driven to desperation by some of the wickedest relatives in literary history, this is the story of her battle for survival.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson When Melinda Sordino's friends discover she called the police to quiet a party, they ostracize her, turning her into an outcast -- even among kids she barely knows. But even worse than the harsh conformity of high-school cliques is a secret that you have to hide.
The Chocolate Warby Robert Cormier A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school's annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies.
Nothing But The Truth by Avi • Students, teachers, parents, and the national media become involved when ninth-grader Philip Malloy is suspended from school for singing "The Star Spangled Banner." A remarkable novel, told in documentary style, by the award-winning author of many contemporary young adult novels.