Outstanding Books for the College Bound

  • A YALSA recommended reading list for college bound and lifelong learners.

    These titles are available in the Leyden libraries.  



Outstanding Books for College Bound & Lifelong Learners

Arts & Humanities

  • Boy21

    by Quick, Matthew Year Published: 2013 Fiction

    Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school's varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.

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  • Lucy Variations

    by Zarr, Sara Year Published: 2013 Fiction

    "Sixteen-year-old San Franciscan Lucy Beck-Moreau once had a promising future as a concert pianist. Her chance at a career has passed, and she decides to help her ten-year-old piano prodigy brother, Gus, map out his own future, even as she explores why she enjoyed piano in the first place"--Provided by publisher.

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  • The Night Circus

    by Morgenstern, Erin Year Published: 2011 Fiction: Magicians, Circus Performers Fiction

    A circus known as Le Cirque des Rêves features two illusionists, Celia and Marco, who are unknowingly competing in a game to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters, and as the two fall deeply and passionately in love with each other, their masters intervene with dangerous consequences.

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History & Cultures

Literature & Language Arts

  • American Born Chinese

    by Yang, Gene Luen Year Published: Graphic Novel
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  • October Mourning

    by Lesléa Newman Year Published: 2012 Fiction: Hate Crimes (Verse Form)

    Relates, from various points of view, events from the night of October 6, 1998, when twenty-one-year-old Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was lured out of a Wyoming bar, savagely beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die

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  • Song of Achilles

    by Madelein Miller Year Published: 2012 Fiction: Greek Mythology, Troy

    Patroclus, an awkward young prince, follows Achilles into war, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they have learned, everything they hold dear. And that, before he is ready, he will be forced to surrender his friend to the hands of Fate. Set during the Trojan War. 'Includes a character glossary. 

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Science & Technology

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    by Rebecca Skloot Year Published: 2010 Non-Fiction

    Examines the experiences of the children and husband of Henrietta Lacks, who, twenty years after her death from cervical cancer in 1951, learned doctors and researchers took cells from her cervix without consent which were used to create the immortal cell line known as the HeLa cell; provides an overview of Henrietta's life; and explores issues of experimentation on African-Americans and bioethics.

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  • League of Denial: the NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for the Truth

    by Fainaru-Wada, Mark and Steve Fainaru Year Published: 2014 Non-Fiction

    Both ESPN investigative reporters, the authors reveal how the NFL, over a period of nearly two decades, sought to cover up and deny mounting evidence of the connection between football and brain damage.

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  • Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different

    by Blumenthal, Karen Year Published: 2012 Non-Fiction

    Chronicles the life and accomplishments of Apple mogul Steve Jobs, discussing his ideas, and describing how he has influenced life in the twenty-first century.

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Social Studies