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The 5th Wave

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Title: The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Number of Pages:  480 (hard cover)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 12 and up

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  16+

Language:  some profanity
Sex: minimal kissing
Drug/Alcohol Use:  none
Violence: extreme violence, prevalent death as humans are subject to complete genocide
Social Issues:  alien invasion, death of parents, destruction of humanity, plague, dystopian world
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG-13

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This Is What Happy Looks Like

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Title:  This Is What Happy Looks Like
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Your Readers
Number of Pages: 404
Advertised Age Level: Ages 13-17

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):   17

Language:  no profanity
Sex: kissing
Drug/Alcohol Use:  none
Violence: main character punches someone
Social Issues:  first love, fame, illegitimacy
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG

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The Second Base Club

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Title: The Second Base Club
Author: Greg Trine
Publisher: Square Fish
Number of Pages:  224 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 14-18

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  16 – 10th grade

Language:  limited profanity
Sex: kissing, very vague references to sex
Drug/Alcohol Use:  drinking at a party, boys put “date rape” drugs into girls’ drinks
Violence: main character is attacked
Social Issues:  sexual urges, date rape, being one’s self
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG-13

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The Raven Boys

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Title:  The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Number of Pages: 416 (hardcover)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 13-17 years

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):   17, juniors in high school

Language:  limited profanity, use of the “f” word
Sex: none – one character dreams about kissing another
Drug/Alcohol Use:  references to one main character drinking beer and getting drunk
Violence: one character suffers child abuse, one character is robbed at gunpoint, one character frequently gets into fist fights
Social Issues:  child abuse, death of parent, magic, wealth versus poverty, murder
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG

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Easy

Title:  Easy
Author: Tammara Webber
Publisher: Penguin Group
Number of Pages: 336 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 18 and up

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):   Sophomore in college

Language:  some profanity, use of the “f” word
Sex: yes – sensual (not explicit) descriptions of sex, characters are not virgins, one character is nearly raped
Drug/Alcohol Use:  drinking at a party
Violence: main character is assaulted and nearly raped, several fights between male characters, attack and murder of a parent although not described
Social Issues:  rape and sexual assault, self-identity, breaking up with significant other, self-defense, overcoming tragedy
Suggested Movie Grade:  R

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Code Name Verity

Title:  Code Name Verity
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Number of Pages:  352 (hardcover)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 14-17

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  not specified – early 20s

Language:  no profanity
Sex: no sex
Drug/Alcohol Use:  drinking of cognac socially
Violence: intense allusions to torture, war setting, characters are killed in action, one character is guillotined
Social Issues:  horror of war, valor and heroism, feminism, friendship, self-sacrifice
Suggested Movie Grade:  R for violence

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When You Were Mine

Title:  When You Were Mine
Author: Rebecca Serle
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Number of Pages:  352
Advertised Age Level: Ages 14 to 17

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  17 years/12th grade

Language:  some profanity, use of the “F” word
Sex: kissing, references to losing virginity but nothing described, one adult is involved in a sex scandal but nothing described
Drug/Alcohol Use:  characters drink at a party, some get drunk
Violence: one boy punches another boy
Social Issues:  first love, boyfriend stealing, loss of best friend, suicidal tendencies, parental adultry, death of teenager
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG-13

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Knights of the Hill Country

Title:  Knights of the Hill Country
Author: Tim Tharp
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Number of Pages:  233
Advertised Age Level: Ages 12 and up

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  17/12th grade

Language:  very small amount of mild profanity
Sex: kissing
Drug/Alcohol Use:  one main character drinks and gets drunk although the protagonist does not
Violence: fighting, one character points a gun at another boy
Social Issues:  absentee father, troubled teen, friendship and loyalty, peer pressure, self-esteem
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG

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A Certain Slant of Light

Title:  A Certain Slant of Light
Author: Laura Whitcomb
Publisher: Graphia
Number of Pages:  282
Advertised Age Level: Ages 12 and up

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  unknown

Language:  profanity, use of the “F” word
Sex: main characters consummate their relationship with limited description
Drug/Alcohol Use:  one character has a history of drug abuse
Violence: domestic violence, frightening episode caused by natural disaster
Social Issues:  dysfunctional family, suicide, drug abuse, misunderstanding involving an inappropriate relationship with a teacher
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG-13

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Flipped

Title: Flipped
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Number of Pages: 224
Advertised Age Level: Young Adult

Age and Grade of Main Character(s): 13/8th grade

Language: no profanity
Sex: none at all
Drug/Alcohol Use: adults drink wine at a party
Violence: none
Social Issues: first love, unrequited love, standing up to friends, lying, discovery of parental fallibility, family member with a mental disability
Suggested Movie Grade: G

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