Pratt Picks


Young Adult - Teens and Violence

Thirteen Reasons Why
Thirteen Reasons Why (2008)
Jay Asher
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.
Split (2010)
Swati Avasthi
A teenaged boy thrown out of his house by his abusive father goes to live with his older brother, who ran away from home years ago to escape the abuse.
Hate List
Hate List (2009)
Jennifer  Brown
Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.
Dreamland (2000)
Sarah  Dessen
After her older sister runs away, sixteen-year-old Caitlin decides that she needs to make a major change in her own life and begins an abusive relationship with a boy who is mysterious, brilliant, and dangerous.
Battle of Jericho
Battle of Jericho (2003)
Sharon Draper
A high school junior and his cousin suffer the ramifications of joining what seems to be a reputable school club.
Bang! (2005)
Sharon Flake
A teenage boy must face the harsh realities of inner city life, a disintegrating family, and destructive temptations as he struggles to find his identity as a young man.
Breathing Underwater
Breathing Underwater (2001)
Alex Flinn
Sent to counseling for hitting his girlfriend, Caitlin, and ordered to keep a journal, sixteen-year-old Nick recounts his relationship with Caitlin, examines his controlling behavior and anger, and describes living with his abusive father.
The Outsiders
The Outsiders (1967)
S. E.  Hinton
The struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parent's death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society.
A Long Way Gone
A Long Way Gone (2007)
Beah Ismael
This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived. Ishmael Beah, now 25 years old, tells how at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he'd been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts.
Things Change
Things Change (2004)
Patrick Jones
Sixteen-year-old Johanna, one of the best students in her class, develops a passionate attachment for troubled seventeen-year-old Paul and finds her plans for the future changing in unexpected ways.
Raiders Night
Raiders Night
Robert Lipsyte
Matt Rydeck, co-captain of his high school football team, endures a traumatic season as he witnesses the rape of a rookie player by teammates and grapples with his own use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Call Number: 2006
Sunrise Over Fallujah
Sunrise Over Fallujah (2008)
Walter Dean Myers

"Operation Iraqi Freedom," that's the code name. But the young men and women in the military's Civil Affairs Battalion have a simpler name for it: WAR.

The Scopions
The Scopions (1988)
Walter Dean Myers
In this tragic and utterly authentic 1989 Newbery Honor Book about two friends in contemporary Harlem, Myers has captured the street milieu well, and the characters and the events ring all too true. . . . A dishearteningly effective tale of poverty and inverted values. --Booklist.
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shortie
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shortie (2010)
G. Neri
A graphic novel based on the life and death of Robert "Yummy" Sandifer, an 11-year-old gang member from Chicago's Southside who was killed by his own gang members.
Rage: A Love Story
Rage: A Love Story (2009)
Julie Anne Peters
At the end of high school, Johanna finally begins dating the girl she has loved from afar, but Reeve is as much trouble as she claims to be as she and her twin brother damage Johanna's self-esteem, friendships, and already precarious relationship with her sister.
Patterson Heights
Patterson Heights (2009)
Felicia Pride
Avery Washington has spent his entire life in Patterson Heights, a Baltimore neighborhood with a mean rep, but a good place to grow up. But when his older brother, Rashid, ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time, Avery's life changes forever.
How I Live Now
How I Live Now (2004)
Meg Rosoff
To get away from her pregnant stepmother in New York City, fifteen-year-old Daisy goes to England to stay with her aunt and cousins, with whom she instantly bonds, but soon war breaks out and rips apart the family while devastating the land.
The Hoopster
The Hoopster (2005)
Alan Lawrence Sitomer
Andre Anderson is a black teenager who loves to play basketball, When he is viciously attacked, it calls his whole world into question--even his deadly jumpshot.
Snitch (2007)
Allison Van Diepen
Julia DiVino tries hard not to get mixed-up with the gangs at South Bay High School, but when Eric Valienté enters into her life, everything changes.
Response (2009)
Paul Volponi
When an African American high school student is beaten with a baseball bat in a white neighborhood, three boys are charged with a hate crime.