Leonia High School

2021 Book Chats

Review the titles listed below and when you find one you think you will enjoy reading, click on the button to sign up. Copies of these titles are available at your local library or bookseller. 

You must use your LEONIA EMAIL to sign in. 

These books are accessible to all students. Students receiving additional services through the Special Education Department or the ESL Department will be able to access additional books on the Book Chat Alternative List.

Remember, a limited number of slots are available for each title and you can only choose ONE BOOK. Thank you!

If you have any questions about your book title or the Book Chat process, contact Ms. Cicarelli  or Mr. Sernatinger or Mr. Kalender 

Created by:   Danyel Cicarelli
 
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Arts & Music Frank the Voice by James Kaplan (12)

James Kaplan brings deeper insight than ever before to the complex psyche and turbulent life behind that incomparable voice, from Sinatra's humble beginning in Hoboken to his fall from grace and Oscar-winning return in "From Here to Eternity"

 
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Dylan Murray
Daphne Duran
Staffan Garcia
sarah katz
Tommy Oberle
Dahlia Abi-Hanna
Ben MIraglia
Nicholas Cappelletti
Gian Binet
emma henry
teodora zivkovic

Arts & Music Girl in Hyacinth by Susan Vreeland (12)

A professor invites a colleague from the art Department to his home to see a painting that he has kept secret for decades. The professor swears it is a Vermeer--Why has he hidden this important work for so long? The reasons unfold in a series of stories

 
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Sofia Gjerswold-Selleck
Emily Ryu
Liv Meester
Isabella Caba
maile wright
Brianna Cottrell
James Shi
Eri Tooher
Kendall Rowe
Tiana Pekar
Jack Young
Junhao Zhang

Arts & Music Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield (12)

What’s your type? Suddenly everyone’s obsessed with fonts. Whether you’re enraged by Ikea’s Verdanagate, want to know what the Beach Boys have in common with easy Jet or why it’s okay to like Comic Sans, Just My Type will have the answer.

 

Arts & Music The Joy of Music by Leonard Bernstein (12)

Lectures and writings by Leonard Bernstein based on his Omnibus TV series

 
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Jared Hernandez
Anthony oliveri
Maximus Shami
Kai Hammond
Gabriella Colombo
Mika Cullen
Jonah Carpenter
Josh Tomas
Jude Ala
Andrew Mo
angela kwak

Arts & Music The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (12)

Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray was first published in July 1890. It tells the story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty.

 
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Sophia Sherman
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Jessica Nam
Natalia Kazbanov
Yeji Yun
Leslie Castro
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Arts & Music Traps, the Drum Wonder by Buddy Rich (12)

Mel Torm is world renowned as a leading jazz vocalist. He has performed in MGM musicals, co-wrote one of the enduring Christmas classics, ""The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire),"" and was recently profiled in Life magazine.

 
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Ellie Chun
Caetano Morales
Desmond Casteel
Adam Arriola
Ryan Kim
Nicholas Collado

Business Scam Me If You Can by Frank Abagnale (12)

Frank Abagnale reveals the methods used by the world's most skillful con artists to steal billions of dollars each year from unsuspecting Americans--and teaches five simple rules that will help us protect our money.

 
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Hagop Kalfayan
Ben Alston
Gabe Guarnieri
Artan Kabashi
Stephan Dickson
Mia Zaharov
SeongJu Kim
Ethan Terzini
Nicholas Batista
Gordon Tsang
Roland Barnes

Business Shoe Dog by Phil Knight (13)

In this instant and tenacious New York Times bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight “offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh”, illuminating his company’s early days.

 
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Zahan Cursetji
Justin Mejia
Julie Rocha
Emani Murphy
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Anthony Bobbitt
Daniel Baturin
Anjelyn Gomez
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Ryan Oliveira
Petra Ciora

Business The house of Gucci : a sensational story of murder, madness, glamour, and greed by Sara Gay Forden (12)

On March 27, 1995, Maurizio Gucci, heir to the fabulous fashion dynasty, was slain by an unknown gunman as he approached his Milan office.

 
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Kayla Brito
Lindsay Lee
Aimee Ryu
Sofia Arzeno
Elena Kuhlmey
Cornelius Sailer
Renee Kim
Jennifer Maldonado
Kendall Hall
Adan Diaz
Erika Hasebe-Wilson

ELA 11th & 12th Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (13)

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge.

 
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Joyce Kim
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Sophia Curran
Taylar Greene
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Jack Schuller
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ELA 11th & 12th Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (12)

In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant--and that her lover is married . . .

 
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Brooke Peller
Habiba Hassan
Kierstyn Klingner
Sean Sailer
Sierra Addy
Tavishi Unnithan
Janai Hawley
Adrian Kim
Grace Jung
Anna Yan
Blerona Velic

ELA 11th & 12th Trevor Noah: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (12)

The memoir of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth.

 
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Burak Taktak
Liah Jimenez
Lathan Morse
Brandon Hwang
Jem Marchan
Sarai Leon
Alex Molina
Kenneth Rodriguez
Donghyun Lee
Aj Rana
Melany Urena

ELA 9th & 10th Color Me In by Natasha Diaz (12)

Growing up in an affluent suburb of New York City, sixteen-year-old Nevaeh Levitz never thought much about her biracial roots. When her Black mom and Jewish dad split up, she relocates to her mom's family home in Harlem and confronts her identity

 
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Rachel Kang
Daniel Kim
Christian Ahn
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hannah yun
Raquel Duran
Francesca Schneidman
Dohwan Kim
sean mccann
Christopher Maruyama

ELA 9th & 10th Felix Ever After by Kacen Callendar (12)

From Stonewall and Lambda Award–winning author Kacen Callender comes a revelatory YA novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time. Felix Love has never been in love.

 
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Alexandra Rosales
Niles Randall
Barbara Manzanarez
Sooah Cho
Nina Kang
Anna Kwak
Iman Akhtar
Julia Yan
Chloe Kim
Kate Kim

ELA 9th & 10th Pride by Ibi Zoboi (12)

Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.

 
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Sofia Queren-Sheridan
May Okamoto
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Daniel Yang
Hanhee Cho
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ELA 9th & 10th Sourdough by Robin Sloan (12)

Lois Clary is a software engineer at a robotics company with world-changing ambitions. She codes all day and collapses at night, her human contact limited to the two brothers who run a local bakery. They leave her their sourdough starter to tend to.

 
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Brian Do
Adrianna Hernandez
SeongJe Mun
Jun-Ha Gelayder
husam hassan
Nick Spady
Yutaka Uchida
Jimmy Wilson
Sam Murrin
sean labeach
Murad Sobhy

ELA The Other Americans by Laila Lalami (12)

From the Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of The Moor's Account, here is a timely and powerful novel about the suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrant--at once a family saga, a murder mystery, and a love story, informed by the treacherous fault lines

 
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Eujin Im
Hanah Kim
Jayla Vasquez
Neema Umukundwa
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Grace Cuttone
Vitor Wedemann
kayla pereira
Marina Gannon
Haruki Marshall
Rudra Patel

ELA The Silence of Bones by June Hur (12)

1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector.

 
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Alice Jang
Angella Kim
Manuella Sanchez
Julianna Chan-Espin
Raymond Hong
Yulianny Sanchez
Ava Johnson
Prianka Ramalingam
Yoo Min Whang
Isabella Jung
gavin Rex

Family & Consumer Science 32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line by Eric Ripert t (12)

In an industry where celebrity chefs are known as much for their salty talk and quick tempers as their food, Eric Ripert stands out. The winner of four James Beard Awards and co-owner and chef of a world-renowned restaurant.

 
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keyara Willliams
Marlon Jahn
Rachael Lee
Ian Shieh
Brian Shin
Jake Yang
Francesco Marino
Thomas Montelbano
Selim Sener
Derek Kim

Family & Consumer Science A La Carte by Tanita Davis (12)

Seventeen-year-old Lainey dreams of becoming a world famous chef one day and maybe even having her own cooking show. Do you know how many African American female chefs there aren’t? And how many vegetarian chefs have their own shows?

 
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Bella Berlin
Yara Sobhy
Jinbee Kang
Katerina Romanides
Narene Simuel
Chosen
Lizeth Alcantar
Malachi Williams
Giada Guzzardi
Salvatore Guzzardi
Jessica Sefer

Math Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin Mitnick and William Simon (12)

The thrilling memoir of the world's most wanted computer hacker. Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world's biggest companies -- and no matter how fast the authorities were,

 
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Songyun Noh
Sarah Peak
Caren Chung
Emily Markuske
Lauren Sailer
Yerin Byun
Maya Naik
Julia Cho
Skye Schurr
Mohammad Ismail
Marina Wong

Math Handprints on Hubble by Kathryn D. Sullivan (12)

The first American woman to walk in space recounts her experience as part of the team that launched, rescued, repaired, and maintained the Hubble Space Telescope. The Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionized our understanding of the universe.

 
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Emma Beckerman
Allison Kuruc
Anna Chang
Seohui Jeong
Tamara Hillman
Elliot Mun
Hannah Pak
Michelle Pak
Abigail Jung
Bettina Ventura
Jazmin Restrepo Pizarro

Math In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World by Ian Stewart (12)

Most people are familiar with history's great equations: Newton's Law of Gravity, for instance, or Einstein's theory of relativity. But the way these mathematical breakthroughs have contributed to human progress is seldom appreciated.

 
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Saffron Ant-Levine
Milosz Fecko
Maxim Vyshnevsky
Max V
Aron Choe
Camille Leveque
john ortiz
Jack Armstrong
steff harilaou
Lewis Macasaet
Joshua Kennedy
Dimitry Adjepong

Math Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous by Andy Greenberg (12)

A chilling, globe-spanning detective story, tracking an elite group of Russian hackers and the future of global warfare In 2014, the world witnessed the start of an escalating series of cyberattacks.

 
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Robert Slater
Maggie Riedel
William Kim
Ben Leynse
Alberto Sciuto
Huizhen Piao
Rachel Su
Yewon Lee
Matthew Kalender
Owen Belci
Ryan Zurich

Math Slay by Brittney Morris (12)

Everyone sees Kiera Johnson as a math tutor, an honor student, and one of the few black students attending a mostly white school. Kiera has another identity: She is the creator of an online game. Readers will turn the page to see how Kiera reacts.

 
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Jan Voda
Lynette Kim
Max Lisnyansky
Julian Collu
Youmna Hajjam
Marcus Kim

Math The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino (12)

Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day to extort money from her, threatening both her and her teenaged daughter Misato, the situation quickly escalates.

 
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Sieyoung Kim
Erica Zhang
Patricia Kim
Brielle Guerrido
Alison Yamamoto
Eva Tartakovsky
Ethan Choi
Gordon Looi
Nicole Hammer
Olivia Yau

Math The Grapes of Math: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life by Alex Bellos (12)

A dazzling new book that turns even the most complex math into a brilliantly entertaining narrative. From triangles, rotations and power laws, to cones, curves and the dreaded calculus, Alex takes you on a journey of math discovery with his signal.

 
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Ananya Brinton
Aidan Masi
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Andy Li
Zain Hasan

Math The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa (12)

Yoko Ogawa's The Housekeeper and the Professor is an enchanting story about what it means to live in the present, and about the curious equations that can create a family. He is a brilliant math Professor with a peculiar problem.

 
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Grace Jung
Olivia Aloi
Sasha Raskin
Olivia Grandelis
Aaron Jacobowitz
Georgiana Stamboulos
Brandon Cubillos
Julia Vazquez
Nick Lien
Shant Shirinian
Oliver King

Math The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity to Infinity by Steven Strogatz (12)

A world-class mathematician and regular contributor to the New York Times hosts a delightful tour of the greatest ideas of math, revealing how it connects to literature, philosophy, law, medicine, art, business, even pop culture in ways we never imagined

 
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Hye-won Kim
Ellen Kim
Abielle Ahn
Patrick Sarama
Daniel Chong
Veerraj Parmar

Math The Map of Knowledge by Violet Moller (12)

The Map of Knowledge follows three key texts—Euclid's Elements, Ptolemy's The Almagest, and Galen's writings on medicine—on a perilous journey driven by insatiable curiosity about the world. The Map of Knowledge is an endlessly fascinating book . . .

 
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David Chung
Omer Akkaya
Francesca Villavicencio
Daniel Ko
Harry Skountzos
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Math The Unfinished Game by Keith Devlin (12)

In the early seventeenth century, the outcome of something as simple as a dice roll was consigned to the realm of unknowable chance. Mathematicians largely agreed that it was impossible to predict the probability of an occurrence.

 
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Blake Klein
Arvind Unnithan
Joaquin Carranza
Minjun Lee
Chloe Hong
Jane Yoo
Matthew Chang
Julian Kim
Gloria Park
Daniel Lien
Kyrie Mataga

PE/Health Leader Eat Last by Simon Sinek (12)

Simon Sinek's books have helped organizations around the world inspire their people to reach new heights. He has presented his ideas to Fortune 100 companies and small startups; to non-profit organizations and members of Congress.

 
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Hari Jang
Devin Daproza
niko gonzalez
Dani Decastro
Damir James
Jamie McPartland

PE/Health Little Girls in Pretty Boxes by Joan Ryan (12)

Welcome to the world of women's gymnastics and figure skating—the real world that happens away from the cameras, at the training camps and in the private lives of these talented teenage competitors. From starvation diets and debilitating injuries to the b

 
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Angelica Jordao
Elizabeth Baksh
Ava Hintze
Natalia Madrid
Christian Song
Luccia Nunez
Kohar Kalfayan

PE/Health Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven (12)

The author shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change t

 
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Sydnei Dudley
Toby Jin
Jeila Seals
Ryan Calderaro
Greg Kaylfayan

PE/Health Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (12)

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the

 
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Sevyn Lord
Daniel Hussein
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Kaitlyn Kim
Joseph Kang
Yasmin Izquierdo
Abigail Lee

PE/Health The Miracle of Saint Anthony by Adrian Wojnarowski (12)

In The Miracle of St. Anthony, acclaimed sports journalist Adrian Wojnarowski follows legendary coach Bob Hurley through a gripping season, as he struggles to lead a troubled team to glory through his unparalleled understanding of the game

 
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Marcel Astrakhan
Alex Sanchez*
Maceo Irizarry
Devin Marinez
Mateo Alcantar

PE/Health The Power of Moments by Chip Heath & Dan Heath (12)

The Power of Moments is about why certain brief experiences can jolt us and elevate us and change us—and how we can learn to create such extraordinary moments in our life and work.

 
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Joe Miraglia
Arcel Martinez, Jr.
Saher Reda
Ekaterini Gialias
Emma Reilly
Jeremiah Hanley
Max Osipov
John Maldonado

Science Better by Atul Gawande (12)

The struggle to perform well is universal: each one of us faces fatigue, limited resources, and imperfect abilities in whatever we do. But nowhere is this drive to do better more important than in medicine, where lives are on the line with each decision

 
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Margaret Liu
Mina Trimarchi
Anna Park
Logan Capil
Richard Noh
Hasung Jun

Science Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking (12)

Stephen Hawking was recognized as one of the greatest minds of our time and a figure of inspiration after defying his ALS diagnosis at age twenty-one. He is known for both his breakthroughs in theoretical physics as well as complex connections

 
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Sofia Principe
Noelle Terrell
Daniel Rios
Nathasha Leyva-Yong
Matthew Del Valle
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Science Code Girls by Liza Mundy (12)

Code Girls is the true story of the young American women who cracked German and Japanese military codes during World War II. More than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II, recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy.

 
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Clarissa Cahill
Rachel Yoo
Yoselina Tejada

Science Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's at Stake for American Power by Mark Shapiro (12)

The book explains different toxic chemicals in tainted pet foods to toys. These secret ingredients in everyday products have been linked to rising rates of infertility, endocrine system disruptions, neurological disorders, and cancer.

 
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Danyoung Kang
Jae Choi
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Jonah Kim
Madison Stover
George Tatta
Katiushka Lebron Rivera
John Che
Ashley Na
Chu Yun Noh
Yechan Lee

Science How To Become An Accidental Genius Elizabeth MacLeod and Frieda Wishinsky (12)

Don't be afraid to try! Make connections! Be persistent! Ask questions and never take no for an answer! Learn the secrets and amazing stories of successful inventors!

 
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Prashant Gangesar
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Kadir Duncan
Arya Ramalingam

Science Physics of the Future by Robert Harris (12)

"Space elevators. Internet-enabled contact lenses. Cars that fly by floating on magnetic fields. This is the stuff of science fiction—it’s also daily life in the year 2100.

 
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Dohyoung Kim
Ryan Chung
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Kyle Yoo
Daniel Kalfayan
Maxwell Lye

Science The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman (12)

Anyone who designs anything to be used by humans -- from physical objects to computer programs to conceptual tools -- must read this book, and it is an equally tremendous read for anyone who has to use anything created by another human.

 
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Shinya Uchida
Alexander Rodriguez
Mark Portrick
Kenny Arias
Daniel Alley
Elijah Hernandez
Lola Fernandez

Science The Fossil Hunter by Shelley Emling (13)

"At a time when women were excluded from science, a young girl made a discovery that marked the birth of paleontology and continues to feed the debate about evolution to this day. Mary Anning was only twelve years old when, in 1811, she discovered the fi

 
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Irene Jee
Carson Wake
Christian Vega
Luiza Tertuliano
Heidi Wong
Zach Wood

Science Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz (12)

When a cardiologist is invited to Los Angeles Zoo to help a monkey in heart failure, she finds herself collaborating with the head veterinarian. They noticed there was a discrepancy in their medical knowledge, where each had valuable information to share

 
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Yunjae Park
Marissa DiMeglio
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Social Studies The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After Clemantine Wamariya & Elizabeth Weil (12)

The plot provided by the universe was filled with starvation, war and rape. I would not—could not—live in that tale.” Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers and when neighbors began to disappear.

 
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Roshni Unnithan
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Ruby DeFilippis
Melanie Mendoza
Maddox Finkelstein
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Caroline Kim
Jenny Shaba
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Social Studies Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond (12)

"In this ""artful, informative, and delightful"" (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food produc

 
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Kevin Shin
Isabella Tarabola
Nozomi Sakuramoto
Adam Ignacio
Egor Smirnov
Jahniel Vasquez
Kohen Harris
daniella ruiz
Gabriel Vega
Derik Palma

Social Studies Hardball by Chris Matthews (12)

Chris Matthews has spent a quarter century on the playing field of American politics—from right-hand man of Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill to host of NBC's highest rated cable talk show Hardball. In this revised and updated edition of his political clas

 
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Ethan Hernandez
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D'Andre Perry
Sean Lee
Rudy Calderon
Shakti Parmar

Social Studies Just Mercy (YA Version) by Bryan Stevenson (5)

Just Mercy is Bryan Stevenson’s account of his decades-long career as a legal advocate for marginalized people who have been either falsely convicted or harshly sentenced. Please read the YA version.

 
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Sarah Jewel Ahn
Noah Marcovich
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Social Studies Just Mercy (YA Version) by Bryan Stevenson (7)

Just Mercy is Bryan Stevenson’s account of his decades-long career as a legal advocate for marginalized people who have been either falsely convicted or harshly sentenced. Though the book contains profiles of many different people, the central storyline i

 
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Mya Galan
Beckett Chun
Hana Choi
Isaac Jung
Eden Maciariello
Kylie Lederman

Social Studies On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed (12)

Weaving together American history, dramatic family chronicle, and searing episodes of memoir, Annette Gordon-Reed’s On Juneteenth provides a historian’s view of the country’s long road to Juneteenth.

 
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Hannah Jacobowitz
Ibrahim Tarabichi
Logan Sweet
Richard Cho
Dean Hussein
Daniel Suh
Samuel Harshman-Smith
Julian Alejandro
Declan Rex
Jonathan Sanchez
Nicholas Palermo

Social Studies The Boy Who was Raised as a Dog by Bruce Perry (13)

How does trauma affect a child's mind--and how can that mind recover? In the classic The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, Dr. Perry explains what happens to the brains of children exposed to extreme stress and shares their lessons of courage and humanity.

 
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Hye-lin Kim
Nili Kanovsky
Lea Lee
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Shannon Brenner

Social Studies The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya & Elizabeth Weil (2)

Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbors began to disappear, and when she heard the loud, ugly sounds her brother said were thunder. In 1994, she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, f

 
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Ioanna Thliveros
Julia Berman

Social Studies The Ugly Resistance by Alexander Lee (12)

"The Ugly Renaissance is a delightfully debauched tour of the sordid, gritty reality behind some of the most celebrated artworks and cultural innovations of all time. Tourists today flock to Italy by the millions to admire the stunning achievements of th

 
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Erica Eun
Gustavo Iglesias-Octaviani
maria vitrenko
Ryan Kwon
lilain defilippis
Stanley Araujo
Omar Alley
Helen Pineda
Albrielys Dominguez
Doil Kim
Jonatha oliveira

Social Studies This is the Fire by Don Lemon (12)

Don Lemon brings his experience as a reporter and a Black man to today’s most urgent question: How can we end racism in America in our lifetimes? In an urgent, deeply personal, riveting plea, he shows us all how deep our problems lie, and what we can do

 
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Katie Chu
Yvonne Chu
Eliana Lee
Yena Choe
Rebekah Kim
Tiziana Villavicencio
Vannia Salazar
Leo Suzuki
Patrice Pascual
RJ Laban
Nicholas Imbrett
Rai Iwasa

Social Studies Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom by Linda Blackmon Lowery (12)

As the youngest marcher in the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Lynda Blackmon Lowery proved that young adults can be heroes. Jailed eleven times before her fifteenth birthday, Lowery fought alongside Martin Luther King, Jr.

 
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Christopher Wang

Social Studies Two Dollars a Day; Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn Edin and H. Luke Shaefer (12)

A revelatory account of poverty in America so deep that we, as a country, don't think it exists. the number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day, has skyrocketed to 1.5 million American households, including about 3 million children.

 
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Elai Kindler
Tiffany Bello
Drew Lederman
Jaden Kwon
Andrew Lee
Joshua Jang
Hannah Pinchasov
Maya de Klerk
Alper Kinac
Zuellie Ponce
Jayden Jin
Aaron Kim

Social Studies What Went Wrong?: Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response by Bernard Lewis (12)

For many centuries, the world of Islam was in the forefront of human achievement--the foremost military and economic power in the world, the leader in the arts and sciences of civilization. Christian Europe, a remote land beyond its northwestern frontier,

 
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Ethan Coskay
Arman Vigna
Alex Cooper
Stefan Dimitrijevic
Kaixiang Loke
David Fishkin
Arielle Fronimos
fred donnelly
Jelys Emmanuel
Bradley Araujo
Hugo Soto
Matthew Priblo

World Language Breaking Through by Francisco Jiménez (12)

At 14, Jimenez and his family are caught by immigration officers and forced to leave their California home, but soon find their way back. Explores prejudice and challenges while also relaying universal experiences of school, dances, and romances.

 
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Maria Jose Melendez
Mia Rosario
Lauren Herrera
Tiara Quiles
Isabella Eldik
Nicole Anez
Jade Reid
samara spence
Matthew Wilds
Jonathan Policastro
Zoë Beck

World Language Imperium by Robert Harris (12)

Robert Harris lures readers back in time to the compelling life of Roman Senator Marcus Cicero. The re-creation of a vanished biography written by his household slave and right-hand man.

 
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Ean Soh
Liam Waterson

World Language M. Ibrahim et les fleurs du Koran by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (12)

Paris in the 1960s. Thirteen-year-old Moses lives in the shadow of his less-than loving father. When he's caught stealing from wise old shopkeeper Monsieur Ibrahim, he discovers an unlikely friend and a whole new world. Together they embark on a journey

 
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Teo Shimizu
Laila Springob
Remi Do
Ashiyah James
Soleil Sanchez
Thomas Motais
Achilles Porter

World Language My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor (12)

The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the US Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon (Memoir)

 
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jordan mcpartland
Griffin Lawrence
Aidan Yom

World Language My Family Divided by Diana Guerrero and Erica Muñoz (12)

Before landing a spot on the megahit Netflix show Orange is the New Black; before wow-ing audiences as Lina on Jane the Virgin; and before her incredible activism and work on immigration reform, Diane Guerrero was a young girl living in Boston. One day, w

 
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Andrew Cho
Isabella Sciuto
Jaden Marchan
Lynah Mutabazi
I’m choosing this book
Stav Fronimos
Kivanc Yavuz
Elad Fronimos
Jayden Tejada
Geonwoo Kim
Lucas Rosario
Madeleine Choe
julia robles

World Language Waiting by Ha Jin (12)

In Waiting, Ha Jin portrays the life of Lin Kong, a dedicated doctor torn by his love for two women: one who belongs to the New China of the Cultural Revolution, the other to the ancient traditions of his family's village.

 
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Zhicheng Han
Daeun Joung
Ashley Cho
Rana Iwasa
Sheen Lee
Eugene Lee
Jakob Kim
Isabella Gregory

World Language Warrior Girl by Pauline Chandlerline Chandler (12)

A war-torn country waiting for a hero. An ebony box holding the key to a young orphan's life. A determined young woman who hears voices promising that she will save her beloved France. And another with no voice to say that her future is in peril.

 
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Evangelos Chambarry
Eric Kim
Kyle Lee
Nicholas Chambarry
Eunice Park
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Angel Martinez
Helen Molina
Skender Capani
Euben Kim
Sasha Nyagu
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