Every Hero Has a Story
For Teen Readers
This recommended reading list provides a broad list of books related to this summer’s theme of heroes and superheroes. This list includes audio, braille, and large print titles and is recommended for those reading at a 6th through 9th grade reading level up to a senior high and older reading level.
To order any of these titles, contact the library by email, mail or phone. You may also request these titles online through WolfPAC. Identification numbers for braille books begin with BR, large print books begin with LP, and audiobooks begin with DB or DBC. All audiobooks with the prefix DB or DBC and available braille books listed are linked to the Braille and Audio Reading Download site (BARD) for downloading.
Grades 6 to 9
The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson
Download The Abominables, BR 20323
Download The Abominables, DB 77549
Read by Abigail Maupin. Reading time: 4 hours, 25 minutes.
A century ago in the Himalayas, a father yeti captured the young Lady Agatha Farlingham to raise his motherless children. Now tourism threatens the peaceful, civilized yetis. Lady Agatha enlists the help of human siblings Con and Ellen to take the yetis to Agatha's English estate. 2013.
Above World, Mirage, Horizon by Jenn Reese
Download Above World, Mirage, Horizon, DB 78855
Read by Gabriella Cavallero. Reading time: 23 hours, 52 minutes.
In Above World the Coral Kampii, like legendary mermaids, live underwater, isolated from dwellers of the dry land. But when the devices that allow them to breathe start to fail, thirteen-year-old Aluna and her friend Hoku go to the forbidden place to find help. Above World Trilogy, books 1-3. 2014.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Download The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, BR 09247
Download The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, BR 10687
Download The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, DB 43591
Download The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, DB 57349
Read by John Polk. Reading time: 13 hours, 1 minute.
Read by Nick Sullivan. Reading time: 11 hours, 22 minutes.
A comprehensive edition of Twain's 1885 tale about a boy who runs away from home and floats down the Mississippi on a raft with an escaping slave. Includes four episodes originally deleted from the first edition, an introduction by Twain biographer Justin Kaplan, and an addendum of explanatory and interpretive notes. Strong language. 1996.
Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War II by Cheryl Mullenbach
Download Double Victory, DB 79302
Read by Kerry Dukin. Reading time: 8 hours, 51 minutes.
An account of the lesser-known contributions of African American women during World War II reveals how they helped lay the foundations for the Civil Rights Movement by challenging racial and gender barriers at home and abroad. 2013.
If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric L. Gansworth
Download If I Ever Get Out of Here, BR 20296
Download If I Ever Get Out of Here, DB 77429
Read by Jordan Leigh. Reading time: 10 hours, 7 minutes.
Upstate New York, 1975. Seventh-grader Lewis tries to downplay his impoverished Native American roots after being bullied. When George, an air force brat, enrolls in school, he and Lewis bond over the Beatles. But Lewis's troubles don't go away. Some strong language. 2013.
Reporter in Disguise: The Intrepid Vic Steinberg by Christine Weldon
Download Reporter in Disguise, BR 20214
Download Reporter in Disguise, DB 77351
Read by Kerry Dukin. Reading time: 2 hours, 28 minutes.
Biography of Vic Steinberg, the pseudonym for an investigative female journalist in Victorian-era Toronto, who kept her identity a mystery, dressed as a man, smoked cigars, and spent time in jails. Includes a glossary and a bibliography. 2013.
Secrets of the Book by Erin Fry
Download Secrets of the Book, DB 79499
Read by Jeff Allin. Reading time: 5 hours, 22 minutes.
Sixth-grader Spencer Lemon is chosen to protect a book that contains famous dead people who can be brought back to life. But there are other people interested in the book, and it's up to Spencer and his friends to protect the artifact and save the world. 2014.
SYLO Chronicles series by D.J. MacHale
SYLO by D.J. MacHale
Download SYLO, BR 20161
Download SYLO, DB 77104
Read by Gregory Gorton. Reading time: 11 hours, 26 minutes.
After a fellow high school football player drops dead on the field, Tucker and his friend Quinn experience a series of strange events. Then SYLO, a secret branch of the U.S. Navy, invades and quarantines their island town--and the deaths continue. SYLO Chronicles series, book 1. Some violence. 2013.
Storm by D.J. MacHale
Download Storm, DB 78436
Read by Guy Williams. Reading time: 13 hours, 18 minutes.
After a fellow high school football player drops dead on the field, Tucker and his friend Quinn experience a series of strange events. Then SYLO, a secret branch of the U.S. Navy, invades and quarantines their island town--and the deaths continue. SYLO Chronicles series, book 2. Some violence. 2013.
Strike by D.J. MacHale
Download Strike, DB 79932
Read by Kurt Elftmann. Reading time: 12 hours, 4 minutes.
After a fellow high school football player drops dead on the field, Tucker and his friend Quinn experience a series of strange events. Then SYLO, a secret branch of the U.S. Navy, invades and quarantines their island town--and the deaths continue. SYLO Chronicles series, book 3. Some violence. 2013.
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Download Treasure Island, BR 13682
Download Treasure Island, DB 52436
Read by Erik Sandvold. Reading time: 7 hours, 38 minutes.
Two authors playfully mix practical advice and personal anecdotes to demystify the craft of writing a story or novel. Topics covered include finding inspiration, naming characters, developing a narrative voice, crafting dialogue, dealing with writer's block, and establishing good work habits. 2010.
Junior and Senior High
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
Download Go Ask Alice, BR 10978
Download Go Ask Alice, DB 44179
Read by Martha Harmon Pardee. Reading time: 4 hours, 41 minutes.
Based on the diary of a fifteen-year-old girl who turned to drugs because of her feelings of loneliness and rebellion against the world. Though she tries to stop, she dies of an overdose three weeks after her seventeenth birthday. Strong language. 1971.
The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien
Download The Hobbit, DB 48978
Download The Hobbit, DB 61051 (Spanish version)
Read by Carole Jordan Stewart. Reading time: 9 hours, 25 minutes.
Read by Maria Pino. Reading time: 10 hours, 48 minutes.
The wandering wizard Gandalf recruits Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit, to be the fourteenth member of an expedition. Hobbits prefer comfort to adventures, but Bilbo joins the quest and encounters many perils, including a dragon. 1966.
Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith
Download Lockdown, DB 72183
Read by Mark Delgado. Reading time: 7 hours, 29 minutes.
Thief Alex is framed for murder and sent deep underground to Furnace Penitentiary, where inmates are turned into vicious, unrecognizable creatures. Though no one has ever escaped, Alex and his friends tirelessly search for a way out. Some violence. 2009.
Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write by Victoria Hanley
Download Seize the Story, BR 18564
Download Seize the Story, DB 71098
Read by Kimberly Schraf. Reading time: 5 hours, 29 minutes.
Presents creative-writing tips and exercises, from freewriting to understanding the elements of fiction. Provides examples for character development, motivation, and perspective. Assesses difficult aspects of writing fiction, such as creating the setting and mood, and infusing your style and voice into the story. 2008.
Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal
Download Steve Jobs, DB 76396
Read by Carol Dines. Reading time: 6 hours, 55 minutes.
Recounts the life and career of the late founder of Apple, Steve Jobs (1955-2011). Covers his adoption and childhood, his friendship with Steve Wozniak and his dynamic relationship with Apple--as chairman, head of the Mac department, advisor, and CEO--until his death. 2012.
White Fang by Jack London
Download White Fang, BR 09693
Download White Fang, DB 51689
Read by L. J. Ganser. Reading time: 7 hours, 39 minutes.
A wolf-dog, rescued from danger and tamed by a kind master, redeems his brute nature by defending his master's family against an escaped convict. 1927.
Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd by Holly Black
Download Geektastic, DB 69853
Read by Mark Delgado. Reading time: 11 hours, 40 minutes.
Short story anthology celebrating geekdom. In Holly Black's and Cecil Castellucci's "Once You're a Jedi, You're a Jedi All the Way," a Klingon and a Jedi fight their taboo attraction at a science fiction convention. Edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2009.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Download Graceling, DB 67938
Read by Kristin Allison. Reading time: 10 hours, 41 minutes.
In a world where some people are born with an extreme and often-feared skill, Katsa struggles with hers--the "grace" of killing. When she first encounters Prince Po, whose grace is incompatible with hers, she doesn't foresee the bond that will form between them. Seven Kingdoms series, book 1. Some violence. 2008.
The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
Download The Probability of Miracles, DBC05450
Read by Mary Beth Broughton. Reading time: 8 hours, 30 minutes.
Having spent several years in and out of hospitals for a life-threatening illness, pragmatic sixteen-year-old Cam is relocated by her miracle-seeking mother to a town in Maine known for its mystical healing qualities. Gateway Award Nominee, 2013-2014. 2011.
So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld
Download So Yesterday, BR 16438
Hunter, a New York City teenager paid by corporations to spot what is "cool," combines his analytical skills with his girlfriend Jen's creative talents to find his missing boss Mandy. They thwart a plot to subvert a consumer system based on trends and profit. 2004.
Splintered by A.G. Howard
Download Splintered, DB 79333
Read by Jill Fox. Reading time: 12 hours, 22 minutes.
A descendant of the inspiration for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, sixteen-year-old Alyssa Gardner fears she is mentally ill like her mother until she finds that Wonderland is real. If she passes a series of tests to fix Alice's mistakes, she may save her family from their curse. Splintered series, book 1. 2013.
The Vampire Diaries series by L. J. Smith
The Awakening and The Struggle by L. J. Smith
Download The Awakening and The Struggle, DB 70456
Read by James Konicek. Reading time: 11 hours, 36 minutes.
First two novels in the Vampire Diaries series and the basis for the 2009 television show. In The Awakening brother vampires Stefan and Damon vie for the attention of Elena Gilbert. In The Struggle Elena's relationship with Stefan intensifies. 1991.
The Fury and Dark Reunion by L. J. Smith
Download The Fury and Dark Reunion, DB 70514
Read by James Konicek. Reading time: 12 hours, 43 minutes.
The third and fourth novels in the Vampire Diaries series. In The Fury Elena is tricked by Damon and confronts her worst fears. In Dark Reunion Elena, Stefan, and Damon join forces to fight an evil enemy. 1991.
Senior High and Older
A Brief History of Time by Stephen W. Hawking
Download A Brief History of Time, DB 26996
Read by Bob Butz. Reading time: 5 hours, 51 minutes.
The famous theoretical physicist, affected by Lou Gehrig's disease since graduate school, is best known for his inquiries into the nature of black holes. This work recaps modern physicists' attempts to understand how and why the universe exists. Hawking claims that these attempts reach ever closer to a single theory that, if complete and convincing, would enable us "to know the mind of God." Bestseller. 1988.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Download Fangirl, DB 77545
Read by Abigail Maupin. Reading time: 11 hours, 55 minutes.
Eighteen-year-old Cath's adoration of fantasy character Simon Snow leads to her penning a fanfiction story that is popular online. Offline, shy Cath is out of her comfort zone at her new college--until romance finds her. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2013.
Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith by Michelle Burford
Download Grace, Gold, and Glory, DB 76347
Read by Jill Fox. Reading time: 5 hours, 26 minutes.
Autobiography of Olympic gold-medal gymnast Gabrielle Douglas. Recounts her early life in Virginia, her professional training in Iowa, and the sacrifices she and her family made to support her dream. Credits her faith and family for her success at the 2012 London games. 2012.
Heroes by Robert Cormier
Download Heroes, BR 11993
Download Heroes, DB 64704
Read by Ray Childs. Reading time: 3 hours, 22 minutes.
Soldier Francis Cassavant returns home from World War II so disfigured that no one recognizes him. His only goal is to kill his personal enemy, Larry LaSalle, for a crime Larry committed while on leave. Everyone mistakenly considers the two men war heroes. 1998.
How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life by Dalai Lama
Download How to Practice, DB 53769
Read by Ray Childs. Reading time: 3 hours, 22 minutes.
Specific Buddhist techniques for overcoming such everyday obstacles as anger, mistrust, jealousy, and insecurity and thus gaining mental peace and compassion. Recommends developing a good heart and mind through a moral attitude and an understanding of reality. Bestseller. 2002.
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
Download I, Robot, DB 15779
Read by Bob Askey. Reading time: 7 hours, 15 minutes.
U. S. Robots and Mechanical Men Inc. headed by the strong-minded Susan Calvin, manufactures and sells intelligent, human-like robots. Nine stories illustrate how the robots are programmed with the three Laws of Robotics to serve man, despite many of the ingrained fears and prejudices humans have against them. 2007.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Download Jane Eyre, BR 10514
Download Jane Eyre, DB 47868
Read by Jennifer Mendenhall. Reading time: 20 hours, 15 minutes.
Nineteenth-century English novel about a plain and intelligent woman who becomes the governess at an estate, is caught up in the mysteries of the manor, and falls in love with the master of the house. 1997.
The Joys of Love by Madeleine L’Engle
Download The Joys of Love, BR 18238
Download The Joys of Love, DB 67472
Read by Gabriella Cavallero. Reading time: 6 hours, 30 minutes.
After graduating from college in 1946, Elizabeth pursues her dream of acting and lands an apprenticeship in a summer theater company. She falls in love with an aspiring director, not realizing how much her friendship with a fellow apprentice means to her. 1950.
Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela
Download Long Walk to Freedom, BR 09951
Download Long Walk to Freedom, DB 39555
Read by Ralph Lowenstein. Reading time: 26 hours, 54 minutes.
Memoirs of the South African leader who spent twenty-seven years in prison for opposing apartheid. Son of a tribal chief, Mandela had a traditional country childhood and a college education. As a leader of the African National Congress, he began talks that led to the mitigation of apartheid. Released from prison in 1990, he became president in 1994, with blacks voting for the first time. Bestseller. 1994.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Download Lord of the Flies, BR 09480
Download Lord of the Flies, DB 48388
Read by Christopher Walker. Reading time: 7 hours, 18 minutes.
With horrifying implications, a group of English boys are wrecked on a desert island and have to establish their own system of government. 1997.
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Download Oliver Twist, DB 22868
Read by Patrick Horgan. Reading time: 17 hours, 15 minutes.
The story of an orphan boy from an English workhouse who falls into the hands of rogues and is trained as a pickpocket. 1984.
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Download The Phantom of the Opera, DB 27821
Read by Ronald B. Meyer. Reading time: 8 hours, 20 minutes.
The story of a demented musician hiding in the labyrinth of the Paris Opera House. Known as the Phantom of the Opera, the creature masterminds a series of mysterious and terrifying events to further the career of a beautiful young singer. 1986.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Download Pride and Prejudice, BR 11521
Download Pride and Prejudice, DB 50549
Download Pride and Prejudice, DB 70966 (Spanish Version)
Read by Jennifer Mendenhall. Reading time: 12 hours, 8 minutes.
Read by Maria Pino. Reading time: 14 hours, 25 minutes.
A classic novel of social customs in late eighteenth-century England. Depicts the personality clash between Elizabeth Bennet, one of five daughters of a country gentleman, and prosperous, aristocratic landowner Fitzwilliam Darcy, which eventually develops into courtship. 1813.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Download The Princess Bride, DB 58817
Read by Bruce Nelson. Reading time: 14 hours, 32 minutes.
The most beautiful woman in the world falls in love with Westley, the perfect man. Their pending romance, however, is interrupted by fate and the wicked prince Humperdinck, ruler of Florin. Thirtieth anniversary edition of the classic fairy tale spoof features a 2003 introduction. 1973.
Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Download Throne of Glass, BR 19817
Download Throne of Glass, DB 76152
Read by Theresa Conkin. Reading time: 13 hours, 34 minutes.
After serving a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, assassin Celaena Sardothien receives an offer from Crown Prince Dorian. She will be freed--if she acts as his champion in a new royal assassin competition. Throne of Glass series, book 1. Violence. 2012.
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Download Crown of Midnight, BR 20287
Download Crown of Midnight, DB 77500
Read by Madelyn Buzzard. Reading time: 13 hours, 45 minutes.
Assassin Celaena Sardothien hides her true feelings about working for the king of Adarlan. But when tragedy strikes, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Sequel to Throne of Glass (BR 19817, DB 76152). Throne of Glass series, book 2. Violence and some descriptions of sex. 2013.
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Download Heir of Fire, BR 20518
Download Heir of Fire, DB 79580
Read by Erin Jones. Reading time: 18 hours, 1 minute.
Royal assassin Celaena must travel to a new land to confront a truth about her heritage and her power, while brutal and monstrous forces gather on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Sequel to Crown of Midnight (BR 20518, DB 77500). Throne of Glass series, book 3. Violence and some descriptions of sex. 2014.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Download Wuthering Heights, BR 11902
Download Wuthering Heights, DB 25178
Read by Dale Hodges. Reading time: 14 hours, 47 minutes.
This classic nineteenth-century English novel, set in the wild moor country of Yorkshire, is about Heathcliff, a foundling raised in the Earnshaw home, who passionately loves Catherine. He dedicates his life to the realization of that love and revenge on those who oppose him. 1965.