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Book List 

The Official Books Save Lives Book List Vetted by Young Readers

First Tier

Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
Drive By by Lynne Ewing
The Jacket by Andrew Clements

Second Tier

Bluford High Series 
Some of students’ favorites: Survivor, The Test, Shattered, The Bully, Promises to Keep, Lost and Found, The Gun, Brothers in Arms, Until We Meet Again, The Fallen, No Way Out, Pretty Ugly
Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos
Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson

Third Tier 

The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden
I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson
The Skin I’m In by Sharon Flake
Tears of the Tiger by Sharon Draper
Forged By Fire by Sharon Draper 
Darkness Before the Dawn by Sharon Draper
I am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Rebound by Kwame Alexander
Booked by Kwame Alexander
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Who Am I Without Him by Sharon Flake 
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Dear Justyce by Nic Stone
Hip Hop High School by Alan Sitomer
Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
Ghost Boys by Jewel Parker Rhodes
Miracle’s Boy by Jacqueline Woodson
The Hate You Give 
Boy 21 by Matthew Quick
The Battle of Jericho by Sharon Draper
November Blues by Sharon Draper 
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds 
Out of My Heart by Sharon Draper 
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper 


Perfect Chemistry Series by Simone Elkeles
Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles
Tyrell by Coe Booth
Bronxwood by Coe Booth
New Kid by Jerry Craft 
A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown
Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Sonia Rodriguez by Alan Sitomer
Homeboyz by Alan Sitomer 
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson
Dante and Aristotle Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater 
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon 
The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera 
Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany Jackson 
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coates
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter 
Hey Kiddo by by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas 
Pumpkin by Julie Murphy

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