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Social Skills

Stephen Hawking: Quest for a Theory of Everything, by Kitty Ferguson • STEAM/Scientist (530.1 Fer)
Saying It Out Loud, by Joan Abelove • Connections (Fic Abe)
Endangered, by Eliot Schrefer • Bio, Auto, Narr & Mem (Fic Sch)Green Earth Award for Young Adults 2013/ National Book Award Finalist 2012
Half Brother, by Kenneth Oppel • Connections/Animals • (Fic Opp)
Through a Window, by Jane Goodall • STEAM/Scientists (591 Goo)
Man and his Symbols, by Carl G. Jung • STEAM/Social Sciences (291.3 J)
The Lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge • Mysteries (Fic Har)Costa Book of the Year 2015
Helen Keller, by Dennis Wepman • Bio, Auto, Narr & Mem (92 Wep)
Finding Miracles, by Julia Alvarez • Connections (Fic Alv)
Lowriders in Space, by Cathy Camper • Graphic Novels (Fic Cam)
Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson • IB Units/Lit Circle (Fic And)National Book Award Finalist

Communication: Media Literacy Skills

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley • IB Units/Lit Circle (Fic Hux)
The Doubt Factory, by Paolo Bacigalupi • Connections (Fic Bac)
Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, by Shen & Hicks • Graphic Novel (Fic Ahm)
Canto Bight, by Ahmed, Carson, Grant & Miller • Sci-Fi • (Fic Ahm)
Renegades, by Marissa Meyer • Sci-Fi (Fic Mey)
This Machine Kills Secrets, by Andy Greenberg • STEAM/Scientists (364.16 G)
Future Shock, by Alvin Toffler • Classics/Lit (Fic Tof)
Physics of the Future, by Michio Kaku • STEAM/Mythology (303.4 Kak)
Feed, by MT Anderson • Sci-Fi (Fic And)

Self-Management Skills

Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenbacher • Adventure (Fic Nif)
The Transall Saga, by Gary Paulsen • Adventure (Fic Pau)
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle • Classics (Fic L’Eng)
Science of Chaos, by Christopher Lampton • STEAM /Social Sci • (003 Lam)
Albert Einstein, by Elma Ehrich Levinger • Bio, Auto, Narr & Mem (921 E)
When Heaven and Earth Changed Places, by Le Ly Hayslip • Bio, Auto, Narr & Mem (959.704 Hay)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by JK Rowling • Fantasy (Fic Row)
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey • STEAM/Social Science
Ribbons of Time, by Frank Walllism • STEAM/Tech (902 W)
Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll • Classics (Fic Car)

Communication: Communication Skills

Contact, by Carl Sagan • Sci-Fi (Fic Sag)
The Snowden Files, by Luke Harding • Bio/Auto/Narr/Memoir (92 Sno)
The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko, by Scott Stambach • Bio/Auto/Narr/Memoir (92 Isa)
There’s No Such Place as Far Away, by Richard Bach • Connections/Animals • (813 B)
33 Things Every Girl Should Know, by Tonya Bolden • STEAM/Health Sciences (810.08 B)
Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible, by Stan Lee • Graphic Novels (Fic Lee)2017 YALSA Graphic Novel Award
The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom, • Bio/Auto/Narr/Memoir (940.53 Boo)
Bound For Glory, by Woody Guthrie • Bio/Auto/Narr/Memoir (92 Gut)
Illuminae 01, by Mamie Kaufamn and Jay Kristoff • Sci-Fi (Fic Kau)Current Evergreen Award Nominee; 2016 YALSA Sci-Fi Award
The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger • Adventure (Fic Nif)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by JK Rowling • Fantasy (Fic Row)

Communication: Social Skills

SOLD, by Patricia McCormick • Connections (Fic McC)National Book Award Finalist
The Tyrant’s Daughter, by J. C. Carelson (Fic Car)
A Man Called OVE, by Fredrick Backman • Connections (Fic Bac)
The Cellist of Sarajevo, by Galloway
Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, by Erin & Hicks • Graphic Novel • (Fic Hic)
Mind’s Eye, by Paul Fleishman • Connections (Fic Fle)
Renegades, by Marissa Meyer • Sci-Fi (Fic Mey)
Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins • Fantasy (Fic Col)
Extreme Scientists, by Donna M. Jackson • STEAM (F509.2 J)

Research Skills

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, by MT Anderson • Connections (Fic And)
Behind Rebel Lines, by Seymour Reit • Historical Fiction (2 Edm)
Brain on Fire, by Susannah Cahalan • Connections/Illness (616.8 Cah)
Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes • IB Units/Lit Circle • (Fic Key)
The Frog Scientist, by Pamela S. Turner • STEAM/Scientists (597.8 T)
The Great Scientists, by Jack Meadows • STEAM/Scientists (509.2 M)
The Measured Word on Poetry & Science, by Kurt Brown, ed. • Poetry (Poetry Bro)
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, by Annie Dillard • Naturalists (508.755 Dil)
Quantum, by Manjit Kumar • STEAM/Scientists (530.12 K)
Sea Turtle Scientist, by Stephen R. Swinburne • STEAM/Scientists (597.92 S)
Through a Window, by Jane Goodall • Bio/Auto/Narr/Memoir (591 Goo)
Timeline, by Michael Crichton • Science Fiction (Fic Cri)

Thinking Skills

Ancient Machines, by Michael and Mary Woods • STEAM/Tech (Woo)
The Backyard Energy Projects Handbook, by William Foster • STEAM/Tech (621.47 F)
The Book of Think, by Marilyn Burns • STEAM/Psych • (153.4Bur)
The Cartoon Guide to Physics, by Larry Gonick & Art Huffman • STEAM/Pure Science (530 Gon)
Designs for Craftsmen, by Walter Miles • STEAM/Art (745.5M)
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, by BettyEdwards • STEAM/Design
Engineering in the Ancient World, by JG Landels • STEAM/Tech (620 L)
It’s a Model World, by Suzanne Hilton • STEAM/Tech (688 H)
Number Words and Number Symbols, by Karl Menninger • STEAM/Math (510 M)
The Way Things Work, by David Macaulay • STEAM/Tech (600 Mac)
The Worst Hard Time, by Timothy Egan • Bio/Auto/Narr (978.032 Ega)

Learner Profile Books


I’ll Give you the Sun, by Jandy Nelson (Fic Nel)
Farewell to Manzanar, by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston (973 Hou)
Manzanar, Photography of Ansel Adams (940.53 A)
Starry Night, by David H.Levy (Poetry Lev)
The Man Who Counted, by Malba Tahan (793.7 Tah)
Salt to Sea, by Ruta Sepetys (Fic Sep)
Tofu Quilt, by Ching Yeung Russell (811 Ru)
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, by Kate Di Camillo (Fic Di C)


Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese (Fic Ver)
A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson (500 Bry)
Sacajawea, by Joseph Bruchac (Fic Bru)
Verse & Universe: Poems about Science and Mathematics, Kurt Brown, Editor (Poetry Bro)
George Washington Carver; Botanist, by Jack Andraka (630 Ada)
The Hive Detectives; Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe, by Loree Griffin Burns (638 B)
Hikaru No Go, by Yumi Hotta (Fic/GN)
Touching Spirit Bear, by Ben Mikaelsen (Fic Mik)


Chasing the Milky Way, by Erin E. Moulton (Fic Mou)
Breakthrough, Teen Innovator, by Jack Andraka (610.92 A)
Farenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (Fic Bra)
Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams (Fic Ada)
Honor, by Elif Shafak (Fic Sha)
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Saenz (Fic Sae)
Wrinkle in Time/The Graphic Novel, by Madeleine l’Engle/Hope Larson (F L’En/GN)
When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi (Fic Kal)
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho (Fic Coe)
The Problem of Increasing Human Energy, in Regards to Harnessing the Sun’s Energy, by Nikola Tesla (612T)


Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson (632 C)
All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr (Fic Doe)
The Force Awakens, Alan D. Foster (Fic Fos)
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom, by Lynda B Lowery (323.11 L)
Out of My Mind, by Sharon M. Draper (Fic Dra)
Taking Flight, by Michaela De Prince (92 Dep)


Love, life and elephants, by Dame Daphne J. Sheldrick
John Muir, by Sally Tolan (90 T)
The Japanese House, its Interior and Exterior, by Kiyokio & Tatsuo Ishimoto (722 I)
Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card (Fic Car 1-1)
eat, pray, love, by Elizabeth Gilbert (Fic Gil)
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho (Fic Coe)
The five people you meet in heaven, by Mitch Albom (Fic Alb)
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson (Fic Ste)
Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein (811.5 S)


Another Day in the Frontal Lobe, a brain surgeon exposes life on the inside, by Katrina Firlik (617.4 Fir)
The Prisoner of Cell 25, by Richard Paul Evans (Fic Eva)
Steve Jobs, The man who Thought Differently, by Karen Blumenthal (92 Job)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot (616.027 Skloot)
Long Walk to Freedom, by Nelson Mandela (92 Man)
Night, by Elie Wiesel (Fic Wie)
The Martian, by Andy Weir (Fic Wei)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou (813 Ang)
A Sand County Almanac, by Aldo Leopold (508 L)
Temple Grandin, by Sy Montgomery (92 Gra)
Team Moon, How 400,000 people landed Apollo 11 on the Moon, by Catherine Thimmesh (629.45 T)


The Code Talker, by Joseph Bruchac (Fic Bru)
Plains Warrior, Chief Quanah Parker and the Comanches, by Albert Marrin (973.9 Mar)
The Other Slavery, The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America, Andres Resendez (306.6 R)
The Underground Abductor, by Nathan Hale (975 H/Graphic Novel)
Abraham Lincoln, Redeemer President, by Allen C. Guelzo (973.2 G)
Black Freedom, the Non-Violent Abolitionists from 1830 – the Civil War, by Carleton Mabee (973 Mab)
Shooting Kabul, by N.H. Senzai


In My Hands, Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer, by Irene Gut Opdyke & Jennifer Armstrong
The Age of Miracles, by Karen Thompson Walker
Martin Ramirez, Framing His Life and Art, by Victor M. Espinosa
Smokejumper, A memoir by one of America’s most select airborne firefighters, by Jason A. Ramos
Khodorchur, 100 Years Later, by Raphael & Vartan Gianighian
Black Pioneers, an untold story, by William Loren Katz
Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
I am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai


Sunflower Splendor, Three Thousand Years of Chinese Poetry, co-edited by Wu-chi Liu and Irving Lo
Helen Keller, The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller
Stephen Hawking, Quest for a Theory of Everything, by Kitty Ferguson
Dreams of Trespass, Tale of a Harem Girlhood, by Fatima Mernissi
Black Elk Speaks, by John G. Neihardt
Playing in the Dark, Whiteness and the Literary Imagination, by Toni Morrison
Child Soldier, When Boys and Girls Are Used in War, by Michel Chikwanie & Jessica Dee Humphreys

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