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The Knife of Never Letting Go

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Title: The Knife of Never Letting Go: Chaos Walking Series Book 1
Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher: Candlewick
Number of Pages:  496 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: grade 9 and up

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  13+

Language:  rare profanity, limited use of the “f” word
Sex: none
Drug/Alcohol Use:  none
Violence: extreme violence, fighting, characters are wounded and/or killed
Social Issues:  dystopian world, death of a parent, misogyny, dictatorship, genocide, colonialism, terrorism, torture
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG-13

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Lola and the Boy Next Door

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Title:  Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Penguin Group
Number of Pages: 384 (hard cover)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 14 and up

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):   17/18 – seniors in high school/freshman in college

Language:  limited profanity, limited use of the “f” word
Sex: kissing, main character has sex with boyfriend but never graphically described
Drug/Alcohol Use:  one adult character drinks and smokes marijuana, Lola’s mother is a substance abuser
Violence: none
Social Issues:  first love, dating an older person, gay parents, being yourself, dysfunctional parent
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG-13

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Hope Was Here

Title:  Hope Was Here
Author: Joan Bauer
Publisher: Penguin Group
Number of Pages:  192 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 12 – 17

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  16 years/Junior

Language:  no profanity
Sex: a kiss
Drug/Alcohol Use: none
Violence: one character is beat up off-screen
Social Issues:  parental abandonment, cancer, corrupt politicians
Suggested Movie Grade:  G

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Just Listen

Title:  Just Listen
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Speak
Number of Pages:  400 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 14 and up

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  16 years/Junior

Language:  very mild, use of the word slut
Sex: nothing overtly described
Drug/Alcohol Use:  drinking at a party
Violence: main character is assaulted and nearly date raped
Social Issues:  social ostracism, parental pressure, eating disorder, date rape, dysfunctional family
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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The Hunger Games

Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Number of Pages: 384
Advertised Age Level: Young Adult

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

Language: no profanity
Sex: minimal kissing
Drug/Alcohol Use: one character drinks heavily and is an alcoholic
Violence: extreme violence
Social Issues: dystopian world, oppression, starvation, children forced to kill each other
Suggested Movie Grade: PG-13

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Graceling

Title: Graceling
Author: Kristin Cashore
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Number of Pages: 480
Advertised Age Level: Young Adult

Age and Grade of Main Character(s): 18 years/NA

Language: no profanity
Sex: main characters have sex that is not graphically described
Drug/Alcohol Use: none
Violence: extreme – main characters are fighters and kill their enemies
Social Issues: independence, standing up for one’s self, doing what’s right, first love, protecting the weak, xenophobia, discrimination, abuse of power
Suggested Movie Grade: PG-13

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Jellicoe Road

Title: Jellicoe Road
Author: Melina Marchetta
Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 432
Advertised Age Level: Young Adult

Age and Grade of Main Character(s): 17 years/Senior in High School

Language: some profanity is used by characters, use of the “F” word
Sex: Heroine loses her virginity, not explicit, one teen gets pregnant
Drug/Alcohol Use: teens consume beer, one adult character is a drug addict
Violence: war between characters results in some non-explicit violence, fire at the school and possible death of some students
Social Issues: abandonment, parental drug abuse, death of parents, child neglect, first love, teen pregnancy, teen death
Suggested Movie Grade: PG-13

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Hail Caesar

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Title: Hail Caesar
Author: Thu-Huong Ha
Publisher: Push
Number of Pages: 304
Advertised Age Level: Young Adult

Age and Grade of Main Character(s): 17 yrs./Junior

Language: pervasive use of profanity, use of the f-word
Sex: several episodes of promiscuous sex, described in mild terms
Drug/Alcohol Use: underage characters consume alcohol and smoke marijuana
Violence: one fist fight between two characters
Social Issues: teen sex, underage drinking, drug use, promiscuous sex, death of a parent, treating girls as objects
Suggested Movie Grade: R
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