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Bentley Upper School Library: Reading and Books

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Suggestions for the Bentley Library

Student and Faculty Recommendations

The Martian

"It is as awesome as you've heard it is!" -- Andrew Starn

The Secret Side of Empty

"It's a very very good book, a quick read, and has a very surprising ending." -- Lizzy Mintz '18

H. I. V. E.

"It's action packed" -- Adam Arega '18


"It's super good with intense visuals and a really intriguing story." ( graphic novel) -- anonymous

If I Stay

It is sad but heart-warming -- Adam Arega '18

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

It's literally the best series ever -- Adam Arega '18

The Story of Science

Joy Hakim combines history and science in a fascinating way to create a fun and informative (remember this book is informative, but not dull) three volume series; the series starts with Aristotle and ends with Einstein (and a few less known names along the way). -- Willoughby W. '18

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

It is really good and well written - AND funny!
Delia A-C '18

One Man Guy

I read it in one day. The book weaves together stories about growing up Armenian, the struggle of living in suburbia, and allowing yourself to be who you are. Full disclosure: Michael Barakiva is one of my mentors and a friend. -- Ms. Molly, faculty


A love story, a story about race, a story about immigrants, a story about America, a story about Nigeria, a story about coming of age -- this book has it all! The author is a brilliant observer of human character and writes in a style that is both entertaining and insightful - don't miss it. -- Ms. Bogas, librarian

The Hate U Give

"Angie Thomas has written a stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time." (John Green)

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major motion picture from Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.   But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.   Angie Thomas Website.

Book Lists and Award Winners

Here are some fabulous book lists to find your next great read. 
  • Alex Awards
    Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults.
  • Epic Reads 
    "Young adult books are for the young and the forever young-at-heart and here at Epic Reads, we love YA books just as much as you...possibly even more.  What can we say?  We're a little obsessed.  Browse through our YA books below, see what's publishing soon, or search for something specific using our book filter.  Happy reading!"
  • Amazing Audiobooks
    Every year, YALSA's Amazing Audiobooks committee selects and annotates an annual list of notable audio recordings significant to young adults from those released in the past two years.
  • Great Graphic Novels
    Great Graphic Novels for Teens is a list of recommended graphic novels and illustrated nonfiction for those ages 12-18, prepared yearly by Young Adult Library Services Association.
  • Morris Award
    William C. Morris YA Debut Award honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.
  • Odyssey Award
    This annual award will be given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.
  • Outstanding Books for the College Bound
    A YALSA committee of public, secondary school, and academic librarians selects the list. Revised every five years as a tool for several audiences (students preparing for college, educators, librarians, and parents) it offers opportunities for independent reading and lifelong learning.
  • Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
    Each year, YALSA's Popular Paperbacks committee creates lists of books to encourage young adults to read for pleasure.
  • Printz Award
    Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.
  • VOYA Magazine
    Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) reviews young adult literature and serves as a selection source for librarians around the world.
  • YALSA's Readers' Choice Booklist
    YALSA’s Readers’ Choice list seeks to engage a wide audience of librarians, educators, teens and young adult literature enthusiasts in choosing the most popular teen titles in a given year, as organized by broad genres.

“Dashka Slater wrote The 57 Bus for teenagers, but her audience should also include parents. The two youngsters from Oakland, Calif., whose paths cross so disastrously are both extremely likable…Slater doesn’t apologize for Richard; she just asks us to consider where he came from and to question the ingrained prejudice of a legal system that eventually locked him up for five years.”―The New York Times Book Review 

“[J]ournalist Dashka Slater’s nuanced nonfiction account of an Oakland crime involving two teens — Sasha, the victim, and Richard, the perpetrator — encourages readers to think beyond rigid, traditional social norms and the prejudices that often accompany them. . . This is a book about individuals caught within — and pushing against — the framework of culture.” ―The Chicago Tribune

The 57 Bus does what all great books do—reveals our world to us anew.” ―BookPage

“Slater provides a nuanced portrait of both teenagers and delves into the hot-button issues of gender nonconformity, bias crimes and juvenile justice.” ―The Washington Post

“A powerful story of class and race, gender and identity, justice and mercy, love and hate. Using interviews, court documents, and news accounts, Slater has crafted a compelling true-crime story with ramifications for our most vulnerable youth.” ―The Horn Book

“[A] thought-provoking tale of class, race, gender, morality and forgiveness. . . The 57 Bus will leave you with a hole in your heart and tears running down your cheeks. For a book about a horrible crime, the amount of love is remarkable.” ―The Daily Californian

“It is likely that this account will spark conversations, debates, and contemplation, perhaps leading readers to define for themselves what justice means.” ―VOYA

“[A]remarkable book about a terrible act and the consequences that followed.” ―LitHub A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of the Year