Ms. Ryan’s Book Page

Here are a list of some books Ms. Ryan has read that you may also enjoy. Or have you already read them?

Abadzis: Laika
Abbott: The Postcard
Abrahams: Down the Rabbit Hole
Abrahams: Reality Check
Adlington: Cherry Heaven
Allison: Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator (series)
Anderson: Feed
Anderson: Speak
Anderson: Chains
Armstrong: Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance
Arthur: A Candle in her Room
Asher: 13 Reasons Why
Bartoletti: The Boy Who Dared
Bartoletti: Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow
Bauer: Hope Was Here
Beil: The Red Blazer Girls
Benchley: Bright Candles
Berlin: The Puzzling World of Winston Breen
Blundell: What I Saw and How I Lied
Boring: Guinea Pig Scientists
Bradley: The President’s Daughter
Bray: A Great and Terrible Beauty (series)
Broach: Masterpiece
Cameron: Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You
Carey: Dragon’s Keep
Carvell: Sweetgrass Basket
Cassedy: Behind the Attic Wall
Christopher: The White Mountains (series)
Choldenko: If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period
Clapp: Constance
Clarke: One Whole and Perfect Day
Clements: Things Not Seen
Collier: The Empty Mirror
Collins: The Hunger Games
Coman: The Big House
Cormier: The Chocolate Wars
Danziger: The Cat Ate My Gymsuit
Desai Hidier, Tanuja: Born Confused
Dessen: This Lullaby
Dowd: Bog Child
Dowd: Solace of the Road
Dowell: Chicken Boy
Dowell: Shooting the Moon
Enderle: Man in the Moon
Farmer: House of the Scorpion
Fisher: Incarceron
Flinn: Beastly
Freitas: The Possibilites of Sainthood
Freymann-Weyr: My Heartbeat
Frost: The Braid
Garcia: Beautiful Creatures
Gardner: I, Coriander
Giblin: Good Brother, Bad Brother
Goodman: The Other Side of the Island
Grabenstein: The Crossroads
Grant: Gone
Gratz: Samurai Shortstop
Green: Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Griffin: Hannah, Divided
Griffin: The Other Shepards
Griffin: Where I Want to Be
Haddix: Running Out of Time
Hemphill: Your Own Sylvia
Henderson: Kiss Me Kill Me
Henkes: Olive’s Ocean
Hesse: Out of the Dust
Hiaasen: Hoot
Hiaasen: Scat
Igarashi: Children of the Sea
Jaramillo: La Linea
Jennings: Mystery in Mt. Mole
Jocelyn: Would You
Johnson: Suite Scarlett
Jonell: Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat
Jones: Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker
Kadohata: Kira Kira
Key: Alabama Moon
Kluger: My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park
Koertge: Shakespeare, Bats, Cleanup
Koertge: Strays
Konigsburg: Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth
Koss: The Girls
L’Engle: A Wrinkle in Time (series)
L’Engle: And Both Were Young
L’Engle: Camilla
L’Engle: The Joys of Love
Lewis: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (series)
Larbalestier: Magic or Madness (series)
Larson: Hattie Big Sky
Lee: Mysterious Benedict Society
Lester: Day of Tears
Levitin: Strange Relations
Lockhart: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks
Lockhart: Dramarama
Lowry: The Giver
Lyga: The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl
Karwoski: Quake! Disaster in San Francisco, 1906
Mack: Drawing Lessons
Malley: The Declaration
Marchetta: Jellicoe Road
Marrin: Dr. Jenner and the Speckled Monster
Marrin:Theodore Roosevelt and the Rise of Modern America
Marrin: Years of Dust
McCaffrey: Dragonsong (series)
McKay: Saffy’s Angel (series)
McGhee: Snap
McNamee: Acceleration
Meehl: Suck It Up
Meyer: Twilight (series)
Morris: Ruined
Murdoch: Princess Ben
Murphy: Wild Girls
Napoli: Bound
Napoli: Hush
Osborne: My Secret War
Park: Project Mulberry
Partridge: This Land Was Made for You and Me: the Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie
Paterson: Bread and Roses, Too
Pearson: The Adoration of Jenna Fox
Peck: Are You in the House Alone?
Perkins: Criss Cross
Petersen: Mouse Guard
Pfeffer: The Dead and the Gone
Pfeffer: Life as We Knew It
Pratchett: A Hat Full of Sky
Pratchett: The Wee Free Men
Pratchett: The Wintersmith
Pullman: His Dark Materials (series)
Pullman:The Scarecrow and his Servant
Reef: Alone in the World: Orphans and Orphanages in America
Rees: The Janus Gate: An Encounter with John Singer Sargent
Rees: Witch Child
Rennison: Angus, Thongs, and Full-frontal Snogging (series)
Resau: What the Moon Saw
Rinaldi: Or Give Me Death
Riordan: The Lightning Thief (series)
Roberts: The View from the Cherry Tree
Roseblat: Angel Girl
Rowling: Harry Potter (series)
Roy, Jennifer: Yellow Star
Ruby: Shanghai Shadows
Ruby: Steal Away Home
Runholt: The Mystery of the Third Lucretia
Salisbury: Night of the Howling Dogs
Satrapi: Persepolis
Schirripa: Nicky Deuce, Welcome to the Family
Schmidt: Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
Schmidt: The Wednesday Wars
Schrag: Stuck in the Middle: Seventeen Comics from an Unpleasant Age
Sebestyen: Girl in the Box
Selznick: Invention of Hugo Cabret
Shaw: Safe
Sheth: Keeping Corner
Sones: One of those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies
Sonneblick: Drums Girls & Dangerous Pie
Sonneblick: Zen and the Art of Faking It
Shaw: Safe
Shilman: Enthusiasm
Simmons: Pool Boy
Speare: The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Spiegelman: Maus I and II
Spinelli: Star Girl
Springer: Enola Homes (series)
Standiford: How to Say Goodbye in Robot
Swanson: Chasing Lincoln’s Killer
Tan: The Arrival
Thesman: A Sea So Far
Thompson: Creature of the Night
Thompson: Last of the High Kings
Thompson: The New Policeman
Thompson: Switchers
Urban: A Crooked Kind of Perfect
Valentine: Broken Soup
Valentine: Me, the Missing, and the Dead
Van Draanen: Flipped
Vande Velde: Remembering Raquel
Voigt: Homecoming
Weinstein: Girl Stories
Werlin: Impossible
Werlin: The Rules of Survival
Wells: When No One Was Looking
Whitcomb: A Certain Slant of Light
Whitcomb: The Fetch
White: Little Audrey
Wilson: Candyfloss
Williams: The Chosen One
Winthrop: Counting on Grace
Wittlinger: Blind Faith
Woodson: Feathers
Yancy: The Monstrumologist
Yang: American Born Chinese
Yolen: The Devil’s Arithmetic
Zevin: Elsewhere
Zink: Prophecy of the Sisters
Zusak: The Book Thief

A message from Ms. Ryan

People always ask me why I like to read teen novels so much. I mean, aren’t I supposed to be an adult? What’s wrong with me? Why have I not moved onto more sophisticated literature — books with advanced vocabulary and complicated themes?

Well, here’s my answer. Literature for teenagers is sophisticated! It does have advanced vocabulary and complicated themes. It makes me laugh, it makes me cry. It distracts me when I’m supposed to be doing more “adult” things like cleaning the kitchen floor or going to the gym.

Certain novels from the past few years jump to mind: Where I Want to Be by Adele Griffin, What the Moon Saw by Laura Resau, Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier, all the Gilda Joyce books by Jennifer Allison, all the Enola Holmes books by Nancy Springer, American Born Chinese by Gene Yang, Emil and Karl by Yankev Glatshteyn, I could go on and on, and I know some of you could, too!

So I’ve decided to keep a partial list of the books I’m reading. I might go back and cover some of my favorites from time to time, too, when I have a chance. I really want to get your opinions on these books, too, so please comment on my posts or recommend a book that you think should be up here.

Look forward to hearing from you!

Ms. Ryan

1 Comment

  1. Katie O'Neal said,

    September 18, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Hi Ms. Ryan,
    Mr. Sorensen asked me to ask you if my book was appropiate for our historical fiction section, if you approve so does he. It’s called A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer, on the back, the description is: Nhamo is a Shoma girl living in a traditional Mozambican village in 1981. When her family tries to force her into marrying a cruel man, she flees to Zimbabwe where she hopes to find her father. But what should have been a short boat trip across the border turns into a year-long adventure filled with challenges and danger.
    Thank You,
    Katie O’Neal


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