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Key to abbreviations for age recommendations

I = Elementary
Y=Young Adult
L=For the Librarian
+= "and up" All ages above the one listed will find the book of interest.

Titles marked (TBP) are available in alternate format(s) through the Talking Book Program ( or; 1-800-252-9605 or 512-463-5458; For a list of all titles available, please visit


Abrahams, Peter.
Reality Check. New York: Harper Teen, 2009. (Y)
Cody has it all: A good job, a hot girlfriend, and he's the star quarterback of the football team. When summer fades to the cold days of Fall and he blows out his knee, his girlfriend Clea moves to Vermont and it seems things could not be worse. Then Clea goes missing and Cody vows to find her.

Alessio, Amy J. and Kimberly A. Patton.
A Year of Programs for Teens. Chicago: American Library Association, 2007. (L)
This professional resource features yoga and smoothies program for teens.

Alter, Stephen.
Fantasies of a Bollywood Love Thief: Inside the World of Indian Moviemaking. Orlando: Harcourt, 2007. (Y+)
Alter delves into the intricacies of Bollywood filmmaking while covering the making of Omkara, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello.

Anderson, Laurie Halse.
Wintergirls. New York: Viking, 2009. (Y) (TBP)
Lia attempts to come to terms with her friend Cassie's death as well as deal with her own issues of self worth and anorexia.

Armstrong, Kelly.
The Awakening. New York: Harper Collins, 2009. (Y+) (TBP)
Chloe finds herself imprisoned in a laboratory.

Armstrong, Kelley.
The Summoning. New York: Harper Collins, 2008. (Y+) (TBP)
Chloe and her new friends from the Lyle house, a group home for the mentally disturbed adolescents, are in danger.

Asher, Jay.
Thirteen Reasons Why. New York: Razorbill, 2007. (Y) (TBP)
After receiving thirteen cassette tapes in the mail from a classmate who committed suicide, Clay spends the night listening to Hannah's voice, trying to figure out what went wrong.

Atwater-Rhode, Amelia.
Hawksong. New York: Delacorte Press, 2003. (Y)
This book is about a centuries-long war between two shape-shifting cultures, one that can switch into hawks and one that can switch into snakes. The prince and princess of each culture agree to marry in order to bring peace to their peoples.

Austen, Jane and Ben H. Winters.
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. Philadelphia: Quirk Books, 2009. (Y) (TBP)
Jane Austen's original work turned on its side with the addition of sea monsters and man-eating hammerhead sharks.

Bakewell, Lisa.
Fitness Information for Teens: Health Tips About Exercise, Physical Well-Being, and Health Maintenance Including Facts About Conditioning, Stretching, Strength Training, Body Shape and Body Image, Sports Nutrition, and Specific Activities for Athletes and Non-Athletes. Detroit, MI: Omnigraphics, 2009. (Y)
A section of this fitness guide for teens focuses on yoga and Pilates as exercise.

Ballaesta, Laurent and Descamp, Pierre.
Planet Ocean: Voyage to the Heart of the Marine Realm. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2007. (Y+)
This book has wonderful large pictures and descriptions of underwater life. It explores regions of the Earth including the coral reefs, undersea mountains, and polar oceans.

Begum-Hossain, Momtaz.
Bollywood Crafts: 20 Projects Inspired By Popular Indian Cinema. Lewes: Guild of Master Craftsman, 2006. (Y+)
The author, a Bollywood fan and crafter, presents 20 projects inspired by ten classic Bollywood films. Synopses and trivia are included for each of the featured films.

Bellenir, Karen.
Diet Information For Teens : Health Tips About Diet And Nutrition, Including Facts About Nutrients, Dietary Guidelines, Breakfasts, School Lunches, Snacks, Party Food, Weight Control, Eating Disorders, And More. Detroit, MI : Omnigraphics, 2001. (Y)
This nutrition guide provides advice to teens on making healthy food choices and snacks, such as smoothies.

Bergan, Ronald.
Film. New York: DK Publishing, 2006. (Y)
This eyewitness companion book explores the history of film, how movies are made, and examples of the best movies.

Birkemoe, Karen.
Strike a Pose: the Planet Girl Guide to Yoga. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2007. (Y)
This yoga book includes various techniques specifically for teen girls.

Bolton, Patricia.
1,000 Artist Trading Cards: Innovative and Inspired Mixed Media ATCs. Gloucester, MA: Quarry Books, 2007. (Y+)
The author presents a range of ATCs, varying in composition and technique, as well as information on how to get started making ATCs.

Bowman, Robin.
It's Complicated-The American Teenager. New York: Umbrage Editions, 2007. (Y)
In this 2009 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Bowman presents intimate photographs and interviews of teenagers across demographic and socioeconomic lines, providing a traveling exhibition into the lives of various teens.

Brashares, Ann.
Girls In Pants: The Third Summer Of The Sisterhood. New York: Delacorte Press, 2005. (Y) (TBP)
In this Tayshas High School Reading List title, four teen girls transport a pair of jeans across the world to one another as they share their summer experiences with one another before they head for college.

Bray, Libba.
A Great and Terrible Beauty. New York: Delacorte Press, 2003. (Y) (TBP)
Set in Victorian England, main character, Gemma is sent from India to England, following the death of her mother. In England, she is enrolled in Spence's Girl Academy where she begins to have visions and enters into a magical realm.

Brennan, Herbie.
Faerie Wars. New York: Bloomsbury, 2003. (Y) (TBP)
In this book teens are introduced to main characters, human Henry Atherton and Prince Pyrgus of the Fairies of the Light. The story focuses on Henry's and Prince Pyrgus' attempts to return Prince Pyrgus to the fairy realm.

Bundschuh, Rick and Bethany Hamilton.
Burned: A Novel (Soul Surfer Series). Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zonderkidz, 2007. (Y)
14-year-old Bethany Hamilton learns forgiveness and experiences healing through Samoan traditions and culture after a run-in with an unpleasant kid on a surf trip to Samoa.

Burg, Ann.
All the Broken Pieces: A Novel in Verse. New York: Scholastic Press, 2009. (Y)
Matt Pin struggles to find a place in his new family after being adopted by a white American family during the Vietnam War.

Caldwell, Michaela.
The Girls' Yoga Book: Stretch Your Body, Open Your Mind and Have Fun! Toronto: Maple Tree Press, 2005. (Y)
This book provides an enjoyable approach to yoga for teen girls.

Capouya, John.
Real Men Do Yoga: 21 Star Athletes Reveal Their Secrets For Strength, Flexibility, And Peak Performance. Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications, 2003. (Y+)
Encourages teen males to give yoga a try using examples of elite athletes using yoga for strength training is featured in this book.

Carlson, Melody.
Notes from a Spinning Planet — Papua, New Guinea. Colorado Springs, CO: Waterbrook Press, 2007. (Y)
While traveling in Papua, New Guinea with her journalist aunt, Maddie learns that AIDS is ravaging the island and discovers that one person can change history.

Castellucci, Cecil.
Janes in Love. New York: DC Comics, 2008. (Y)
In this 2010 Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List title, the Janes return for another mission to spread love through random acts of art in their community.

Chryssicas, Mary Kaye.
Breathe: Yoga for Teens. New York: N.Y.: DK Pub., 2007. (Y)
This ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers guides teens through the history, art, and techniques of yoga and includes an instructional DVD.

Chryssicas, Mary Kaye.
Yoga for Teens. New York: DK Publishing, 2008. (Y)
In this companion piece to the book "Breathe: Yoga for Teens", teens can use the deck of 50 flashcards to learn yoga poses.

Connolly, Sean.
The Americas and the Pacific. Fiesole (Florence), Italy : Zak Books, 2009. (I)
This title, part of a 12-volume series, details the early history of American and Pacific peoples, including Aborigines and the Maori, up to 1200 CE.

Cooper, Evan.
Um, Like . . . Om: A Girl Goddess's Guide To Yoga. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2005. (Y)
This book introduces teenage girls to yoga, meditation, and other related activities.

Crowley, Joy.
Hunter. New York: Philomel Books, 2004. (Y)
When a plane crashes in a deserted area of New Zealand in 2003, a boy who survives has interconnecting visions with a Maori boy in 1803.

Elder, Joshua.
Mail Order Ninja, Volume 1. Los Angeles: Tokyopop, 2006. (Y)
Timmy McAllister is just a normal kid, until the day he orders his very own ninja through the mail.

Fahs, Chad.
How to Do Everything with YouTube. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2008. (Y+)
This book is a great resource to using YouTube and includes chapters on filming videos with camcorders, lighting, editing and much more.

Fothergill, Alastair.
Planet Earth as You've Never Seen It Before. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006. (Y+)
This book is filled with vivid illustrations and historical information about regions of the world. It is divided into geographic areas including fresh water, rainforest, mountain heights, shallow seas, great forests, etc.

Ferguson Publishing.
Discovering Careers for Your Future: Film. New York: Ferguson, 2005. (Y)
This book offers a look into various jobs on a film set. Chapters cover education, salary, and job descriptions.

Gaiman, Neil and McKean, David.
The Graveyard Book. New York: HarperCollins Pub., 2008. (Y) (TBP)
After wandering into a graveyard on the night that the rest of his family was brutally murdered, a little boy called Nobody is raised by a family of ghosts. Now the killer has come back to finish the job.

Ganti, Tejaswini.
Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema. New York: Routledge, 2004. (Y+)
Ganti discusses the history of Bollywood, and addresses the current themes and trends in Hindi cinema.

Gerber, Linda.
Now and Zen. New York: Speak, 2006. (Y)
Each book in the Students Across the Seven Seas series focuses on a student studying in another country. This title features a Japanese-American girl who finds life in Tokyo to be different than she expected.

Gladwell, Malcolm.
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. Boston: Little, Brown, 2000. (Y+) (TBP)
In this 2009 ALA Outstanding Book for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners, Gladwell explains the phenomena of how small actions can cause a “tipping point” that result in dramatic societal changes.

Gold, Rozanne.
Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes For Teen Chefs. New York: Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2009. (Y)
Using fresh ingredients, teen chefs create recipes, including healthy snacks and smoothies.

Green, John.
Paper Towns. New York: Dutton Books, 2008. (Y) (TBP)
In this 2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Quentin searches for his friend Margo after she vanishes. She leaves behind a trail of clues in unlikely places, including a book.

Greenwood, Daniel R.
Action! In the Classroom: A Guide to Student Produced Video in K-12 Education. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2003. (L)
This book is a great resource for teachers and educators guiding children and teens making digital videos.

Grolier Educational.
India: A Portrait of the Country through Its Festivals and Traditions. Danbury, CT: Grolier Educational, 2001. (Y)
Part of the Fiesta! series, this book takes a look at the festivals often celebrated in India.

Halpern, Julie.
Get Well Soon. New York: Feiwel and Friends, 2007. (Y)
Depressed, Anna Bloom is sent to a mental hospital by her parents. Through letters to a friend, she describes her experiences.

Halpin, Mikki.
It's Your World—If You Don't Like It, Change It: Activism For Teenagers. New York: Simon Pulse, 2004. (Y)
This title empowers teens to get active in their community through social change.

Hamlett, Christina.
Screenwriting for Teens: The 100 Principles of Screenwriting Every Budding Writer Must Know. Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese Productions, 2006. (Y+)
The author breaks down how to write a screenplay into easy concepts.

Heuvel, Eric.
The Search. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2009. (Y+)
In this 2010 Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List title, Teen Jeroen finds a scrapbook that relates his grandmother Esther's holocaust experiences and helps his grandmother uncover what happened to her parents before they died in a Nazi concentration camp.

Hidier, Tanuja Desai.
Born Confused. New York: Scholastic Press, 2002. (Y) (TBP)
Dimple has discovered that although her family is from India, she is not Indian enough, yet at the same time she is not American enough to fit into either culture.

Hinchcliff, Jennie and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler.
Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art. Beverly, Mass.: Quarry Books, 2009. (Y+)
The authors discuss the origins of mail art as well as how the reader can participate in the mail art movement.

Ihimaera, Witi.
Whale Rider. New York: Harcourt, 2003. (Y) (TBP)
Kahu, an eight-year-old Maori girl from New Zealand, wins the respect of her grandfather and saves her tribe through a mysterious relationship with whales, particularly the ancient bull whale whose legendary rider is their ancestor.

Irving, David K. and Peter W. Rea.
Producing and Directing the Short Film and Video. Boston: Elsevier, 2006. (Y+)
This book provides information for filming on a budget, including helpful suggestions, checklists, and practical information.

Jha, Subhash K. and Amitabh Bachchan.
The Essential Guide to Bollywood. New Delhi: Roli Books, 2005. (Y+)
Encompassing the Hindi film industry from the 1940's to the present, the authors list what they believe to be the best of Bollywood, in categories such as drama, romance and thrillers.

Johnson, Maureen.
13 Little Blue Envelopes. New York: HarperCollins, 2005. (Y) (TBP)
Teenager Ginny receives a mysterious packet of envelopes from her favorite aunt, which leads her on an intercontinental scavenger hunt that transforms her life. A Tayshas Reading List title.

Jones, Ella W.
Start to Finish YA Programs. New York:Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2009. (L)
This book offers several ideas for teen programs at the library.

Kelly, Jacqueline.
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. New York: Henry Holt, 2009. (Y) (TBP)
It's 1899 and Calpurnia doesn't like being cooped up in the house with "woman's" work. She would much rather be discovering new things with her grandfather out on their rural Texas land.

Klise, Kate.
Regarding the Bees: A Lesson, In Letters, On Honey, Dating, And Other Sticky Subjects. Orlando. FL: Harcourt, 2007. (Y)
Seventh graders as Geyser Creek middle school struggle with preparation for a standardized test, a spelling bee and first forays into love.

Kristen, Katherine.
Pacific Islands. Austin, TX: Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 1996. (I+)
This volume discusses the history, economy, culture, and future of the American territories in the Pacific: Guam, the Northern Marianas, and American Samoa.

Lal, Brij and Kate Fortune.
The Pacific Islands: An Encyclopedia. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2000. (Y+)
This highly authoritative reference work on the Pacific Islands by the University of Hawaii Press covers every imaginable subject from the physical environment to the people and their culture and history.

Lamba, Marie.
What I Meant. New York: Random House Children's Books, 2007. (Y)
Not only does fifteen-year-old Sang have to deal with family from India, she also has to deal with teenage drama!

Lanier, Troy.
Filmmaking for Teens: Pulling Off Your Shorts. Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese Productions, 2005. (Y)
This book is a great guide to making your first film. The authors, high school teachers, offer many helpful suggestions geared towards teens, including how to write a script, pick the film locations, and how to handle glitches.

Lattimore, Deborah Nourse.
Punga the Goddess of Ugly. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1993. (Y)
In a lush primeval forest in New Zealand, a pair of young Maori twin sisters earn the highly revered chin tattoo called a moko after bravely outwitting Punga, the wicked goddess of ugly, through their knowledge of Maori traditions.

Lillian, Jenine.
Cool Programs Under $100. Chicago: Young Adult Library Services Association, 2009. (L)
This professional book offers a variety of economical teen programs.

Limpus, Bruce.
Lights, Camera, Action!: A Guide to Video Instruction and Production in the Classroom. Waco, TX:Prufrock Press, 2002. (Y)
This book was designed for the classroom. It provides a wealth of knowledge on everything from the types of shots to capture to the various kinds of films teens can create.

Loveland, Elaina.
Creative Careers: Paths for Aspiring Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers. Los Altos, CA: SuperCollege, 2007. (Y+)
This book offers vocational guidance in the arts, through short interviews, job descriptions, and college courses.

Luby, Thia.
Yoga For Teens: How To Improve Your Fitness, Confidence, Appearance, And Health-And Have Fun Doing It. Santa Fe, NM: Clear Light Pub., 2000. (Y)
This title details the benefits of yoga while instructing teens through the exercises.

Lundi, Kristi.
Star Wars Complete Locations: Inside the World of the Entire Star Wars Saga. New York: DK Publishing, 2005. (Y)
This book contains detailed illustrations about the different worlds of the Star Wars Saga. This is a great book to help stimulate the imagination regarding alien life forms.

MacHale, D.J.
Merchant of Death: Pendragon Series. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 2002. (Y)
Popular teen Bob Pendragon discovers he can travel to different worlds.

Machiavelli, Niccolo.
The Prince. New York: Norton, 1992. (Y+) (TBP)
Much of modern political thought is based on this classic book.

Meminger, Neesha.
Shine, Coconut Moon. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2009. (Y)
After the September 11th terrorist attacks, Samar feels compelled to seek out information about the family her single mother shuns.

Meyer, Stephenie.
Twilight. New York: Little Brown, 2005. (Y) (TBP)
This book follows the love saga of Bella, a human girl who falls in love with Edward, a vampire.

Moriarty, Jaclyn.
Feeling Sorry for Celia. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2001. (Y)
Elizabeth's life plays out in a series of letters concerning the disappearance of her best friend, Celia, the reappearance of her father and her relationship with her mother.

Mortenson, Greg and Susan Roth.
Listen to the Wind : The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2009. (TBP)
This picture book version tells the true story of Dr. Mortenson's experience after his unsuccessful attempt to climb K2. He was saved by residents of a remote Himalayan village and returned to build them a school in appreciation of their care and friendship.

Mortenson, Greg and David Oliver Relin.
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission To Promote Peace…One School At A Time. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2009. (Y)
Mortenson recounts his rescue by Himalayan villagers, which led to his philanthropic efforts to show his gratitude to the people by building schools for the young girls of the area.

Moyle, Eunice and Sabrina Moyle.
Handmade Hellos: Fresh Greeting Card Projects from First-Rate Crafters. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2008. (Y+)
The authors provide clear instructions for completing a variety of mail-related projects, including how to make envelopes.

Norwich, John Julius.
Living in a Dream: Great Residences of the World. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993. (Y+)
This book provides fantastic pictures and information regarding some of the world's most famous buildings. Featured structures include Windsor Castle, Palace of Versailles, and Hearst Castle.

O'Dell, Scott.
Island of the Blue Dolphins. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1960. (Y) (TBP)
A young Indian girl survives alone for eighteen years in this story of personal discovery set on a beautiful deserted island off the coast of California.

Oldfield, Sara.
Rainforest. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2002. (Y+)
For each of the world's rainforests, this book provides colorful pictures and descriptions of the animals and people who live there.

Ott, Valerie A.
Teen Programs with Punch: A Month-By-Month Guide. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006. (L)
This professional resource includes the idea of using as a promotional vehicle for teen programming.

Oxford University Press.
Oxford Atlas of the World. New York: Oxford Press, 1992. (Y+)
This atlas provides information on world populations, climate, agriculture, and city density. The atlas also features things like major city roadways, states within nations, and mountain ranges and river ways.

Patmore, Chris.
Movie Making Course, Principles, Practice and Techniques: the Ultimate Guide for the Aspiring Filmmaker. Hauppauge, NY: Barron's, 2005. (Y)
This book is a comprehensive guide for those interested in making short movies.

Perkins, Mitali.
The Not-so-Star-Spangled Life of Sunita Sen. New York: Little, Brown, 2005. (Y)
13-year-old Sunita struggles with the resentment she feels towards her Indian heritage.

Perkins, Mitali.
Secret Keeper. New York: Delacorte Press, 2009. (Y)
In 1964, sixteen-year-old Ashi must live with her old-fashioned relatives when her father leaves India for opportunities in New York.

Pilobolus Dance Theatre.
Twisted Yoga. New York: SeaStar Books, 2002. (Y)
The photographed “twists” of yoga poses demonstrated by the Pilobolus Dance Theatre in this book are sure to pique the interest of teens.

The Republic. New York: Basic Book, 1968. (Y+) (TBP)
This book contains a philosophical debate about the ideal society and the people who would inhabit it.

Pletka, Bob.
My So-Called Digital Life: 2,000 Teenagers, 300 Cameras, and 30 Days to Document Their World. Santa Monica, CA: Santa Monica Press, 2005. (Y+)
This book contains photos and essays portraying the lives and feelings of high school teens, as they try to capture their lives through images.

Plum-Ucci, Carol.
Celebrate Diwali. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow, 2008. (Y)
This book discusses Diwali and the many ways it is celebrated.

Reyonlds, David West.
Star Wars Incredible Cross-Sections: The Ultimate Guide to Star Wars Vehicles and Spacecraft. New York: DK Publishing, 1999. (Y)
The pictures in this book focus on the technology surrounding the automobiles and spacecraft in the Star Wars Saga. It offers a great resource for teens who are trying to explain or create detailed drawing of the technology on their own imaginary planet.

Rowling, J.K.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. New York: A.A. Levine Book, 1998. (Y) (TBP)
In a world filled with wizard and witchcraft, Harry Potter finds out he is a wizard and attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. stone/oclc/37975719

Ruby, Laura.
Play Me. New York: HarperTeen, 2008. (Y)
High school senior Eddy leaves his girlfriend to find the mother who left him to take a bit part in a television show.

Russell, Rachel.
Dork Diaries. New York: Aladdin, 2009. (Y)
Nikki fights to be part of the popular crowd in her new elite school.

Salisbury, Graham.
Island Boyz: Short Stories. New York: Wendy Lamb Books, 2002. (Y) (TBP)
Eleven stories of emotional discovery written from the heart about the author's youth in Hawaii.

Schindler, Nina and Robert Barrett.
An Order of Amelie, Hold the Fries. Toronto: Annick Press, 2004. (Y)
Tim thinks he has stumbled upon the address of the dream girl he encountered on the street, but the address actually belongs to Amelie. The two begin a friendship through letters, postcards, and text messages.

Schwartz, Ellen.
I Love Yoga: A Guide for Kids and Teens. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2003. (Y)
Schwartz presents an introduction to yoga, including its history and purpose, along with step-by-step instructions for techniques.

Senker, Cath.
My Hindu Year. New York: PowerKids Press, 2008. (Y)
This book gives information on the history and traditions of India.

Shaner, Pete.
Digital Filmmaking for Teens. Boston: Thompson, 2005. (Y+)
This book offers helpful tips on making a film on a budget, including several how-to chapters.

Sheth, Kashmira.
Keeping Corner. New York: Hyperion, 2007. (Y) (TBP)
Set in India during the 1940's, a twelve year old child bride discovers that her husband has died, leaving her to find her own happiness.

Shores, Lori.
Teens in India. Minneapolis, MN: Compass Point Books, 2007. (Y)
The author covers teen culture in India, including school, work, time with family, and hobbies.

Shulman, Mark and Hazlii Krog.
Attack of the Killer Video Book: Tips & Tricks for Young Directors. New York: Annick Press, 2004. (Y)
This book is geared towards children and teens interested in making their own videos. The book provides helpful hints and tips to make quality videos.

Smith, L. J.
Night World Series Book One: Secret Vampire; Daughters of Darkness; Spellbinder. New York: Simon Pulse, 2008. (Y+)
In Book One, Poppy is diagnosed with cancer and her only hope for survival is her vampire friend. This series follows the lives of vampires, werewolves, shape shifters, and witches that all belong to the Night World that is safely hidden from the humans of the world.

Staples, Suzanne Fisher.
Shiva's Fire. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2000. (Y) (TBP)
Parvati is a young Indian girl who dances just like the Indian god Shiva.

Steinfeld, Jake
Get Strong: Body By Jake's Guide To Building Confidence, Muscles, And A Great Future For Teenage Guys. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2002. (Y) (TBP)
A well-known bodybuilder offer guidance for teen boys on how to use nutrition and fitness information in a healthful way.

Thomson, Sarah L. and Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.
Three Cups of Tea. New York, N.Y. : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2009. (I+)
This is a version of Three Cups of Tea adapted for middle school students. Photos, maps, illustrations and more are added.

Venkatraman, Padma.
Climbing the Stairs. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2008. (Y) (TBP)
Fifteen-year-old Vidya and her family must move in with her traditional Indian family.

Walker, Sally M.
Written In Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books, 2009. (Y)
The author takes the reader to an archeological dig to discover the lives of the 17th century Jamestown colony. Forensic science and other findings help scientists recreate life in the colony.

Wangu, Madhu Bazaz.
Hinduism: World Religions. New York: Facts on File, 1991. (Y) (TBP)
The book describes the history of Hinduism, as well as many of its customs and festivals.

Warren, Frank.
PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives. New York: Regan Books, 2005. (Y+)
Strangers share their secrets with Warren on anonymously mailed in post cards, many of which were constructed and decorated by hand.

Westerfeld, Scott.
The Uglies. New York: Simon Pulse, 2005. (Y) (TBP)
Tally Youngblood is approaching age sixteen where everyone in her society is given a surgery so that they conform to the ideal body type.

Wittlinger, Ellen.
Heart on My Sleeve. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2004. (Y)
Chloe and Julian explore their relationship over several years through letters and e-mails.


Bend it Like Beckham.
Beverly Hills, CA: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2003. (112 minutes) (Y+)
The desire of Jesminder's parents for her to act like a conventional Indian girl conflicts with her want to play soccer.

Bride and Prejudice.
Touchstone Home Video, 2004. (111 minutes) (Y+)
In this Bollywood adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Mrs. Bakshi is determined to find husbands for her four daughters.

Classic Bollywood Music Videos.
Sonic Wave International, 2008. (92 minutes) (Y+)
This pressed on demand video features a variety of classic and vintage Bollywood music videos.

Globe Trekker: New Zealand.
Pilot Productions, 2007. (60 minutes) (Y+)
Ian Wright and Zay Harding explore Auckland, the hot springs of Rotorua, the Bay of Islands, Christchurch, Queenstown, Wellington, and Lake Te Anau.

Globe Trekker: Tahiti and Samoa.
Escapi New Media Studios, [2004], ©2002. (60 minutes) (Y+)
Ian Wright and Zay Harding explore Bora Bora, Tahiti, Tubuai, Rangiroa and Samoa.

Hidden Hawaii – National Parks Collection.
National Geographic, 2009. (50 minutes) (Y+)
Documents a month-long expedition exploring coral reefs, shallow water environments, and rare species of Hawaii's marine sanctuary, Papahanamokuakea. Marine National Monument.

I Have Found It.
New York: Kino on Video, 2005. (152 minutes) (Y+)
A modern-day Bollywood adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility.

Island Girl Dance Fitness Workout for Beginners: Basic Hula with Kili.
Naturaljourneys, 2004. (40 minutes) (Y+)
On the beautiful beaches of Hawaii, Kili leads a spellbinding Hula workout for beginners.

Jab We Met.
Rahway, NJ: Viva Entertainment, 2007. (142 minutes) (Y+)
On a train hoping to forget his first love, Aditya meets Geet, and together the two explore Northern India.

Kashmir Ki Kali.
New Delhi: Moser Baer India Ltd., 2008. (168 minutes) (Y+)
Rajivlal rejects his mother's choice in an arranged marriage and falls for a girl whose father does not approve of him.

London: Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, 2002. (224 minutes) (Y+)
A tale of 19th century Indian farmers standing up to a British captain.

Living Landscapes HD: Hawaii.
[Sebastopol, Calif.] : (BluRay) (60 minutes) (Y+)
The beauty and magic of Hawaii tropical landscapes, from beaches & waterfalls to sunrises & sunsets accompanied by music and without narration.

The Namesake.
Beverly Hills, CA: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2007. (122 minutes) (Y+)
Based on the novel of the same name, a young Indian-American struggles with his ethnic identity while romancing two different women.

Mumbai: Eros International, 2006. (200 minutes) (Y+)
Inspired by Indian folktales, Paheli is a story of love and magical realism.

Service Learning: You Can Make a Difference.
Mount Kisco, NY : Human Relations Media, 2010. (21 minutes)
This video and the accompanying teacher's guide explore service learning projects and the young people behind them, and discusses how to implement a successful service learning project in a school.

The Story of India.
Alexandria, VA: Distributed by PBS Home Video, 2008. (330 minutes) (Y+)
Covers the history of India, with a focus on its people and culture.

Teen Yoga: A Complete Yoga Program For Teen Health, Strength & Beauty.
[S.l.]: Distributed by Hannover House, 2008. (55 minutes) (Y)
Teens can follow along with Allie La Force, Miss Teen USA 2005, through this 55-minute power yoga class, which features a lifestyles section on diet and fitness and 16 yoga poses.

Audio recordings

Asher, Jay.
Thirteen Reasons Why. New York: Random House/Listening Library, 2007. (Y)
Through the exchange of thirteen cassette tapes, high school student Clay Jenkins listens to the voice of Hannah, his fellow classmate who has committed suicide. Clay spends a heart-wrenching night traveling across town as he listens to Hannah recount the events that lead to her death. This ALA Best Book for Young Adults is a poignant story with a powerful message of the importance of community and reaching out to others.

Various Artists.
The Best of Bollywood: 15 Classic Hits from the Indian Cinema. Santa Monica, CA: Universal Music, 2003. (Y+)
This CD features Bollywood songs in Hindi.

Various Artists.
The Essential Guide to Bollywood. [London]: Union Square Music, 2007. (Y+)
Music from Bollywood films featuring heroes, heroines, and lovers.

Various Artists.
The Rough Guide to Bollywood Gold. Rough guide. [England]: World Music Network, 2007. (Y+)
Songs relate the love triangles, glitz, melodrama, and comedy of Bollywood.

Texas Teens Read 2011! Programming Manual / Going Global, Staying Connected!
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