13. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck – Young Rob has been raised differently from his neighbors, but he has common sense, he shows respect for nature and humans, and he can appreciate the sacrifice.
14. The Call of the Wild by Jack London – Buck was once a beloved family pet. When he is sold off and sent to the Canadian wilderness and eventually, Alaska, he encounters a new life, a new survival mentality that eventually leads him to follow the call of the wild.
15. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – Katniss cannot let her baby sister participate in the hunger games, so volunteers to take her sister’s place in the nationally televised fight to the death.
16. Nothing But the Truth by Avi – Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? Phillip Maloy learns the power of words in this drama about a conflict of wills and miscommunication.
17. Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick – Steven Alper’s little brother is sick. Really sick. Steven’s world, which used to revolve around 8th grade, playing drums, and getting the attention of a beautiful girl at school, must realign itself to accommodate the troubling events surrounding his brother and his family as a whole.
18.Night by Elie Wiesel – How can you live the rest of your life knowing that you survived the atrocities of the Holocaust when millions of others perished, including your own family?
19.My Brother Sam is Dead by James Collier and Christopher Collier – Torn between his family’s loyalties during the American Revolution, Tim must decide to live according to authority or according to his own passionate beliefs.
20. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank – An inspiring autobiography by the young lady who lived in hiding with her family and friends for two years during Hitler’s Nazi regime and the Holocaust.