2012 2011-2012 … Hoffman Estates High School After In complete denial of her pregnancy, Devon, a straight-A student and star athlete, leaves her baby in the trash to die. Later, Devon is accused of attempted murder. Through flashbacks, Devon shares her detention experience. By Amy Efaw Beastly A modern retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" from the point of view of the Beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form. By Alex Flinn Before I Die Tessa has just months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, and drugs with excruciating side effects, Tessa makes a “To Do Before I Die” list. All of her relationships crystallize before time runs out. By Jenny Downham Carter Finally Gets It Awkward freshman Will Carter endures many painful moments during his first year of high school before realizing that nothing good comes easily, focus is everything, and the payoff is usually incredible. By Brent Crawford Columbine Drawing on hundreds of interviews, thousands of pages of police files, FBI psychologists, and the boys' tapes and diaries, Cullen gives a complete account of the Columbine tragedy. By Dave Cullen The Compound After his parents, two sisters, and he have spent 6 years in a vast underground compound built by his wealthy father to protect them from a nuclear holocaust, 15 year-old Eli, whose twin brother and grandmother were left behind, discovers that his father has perpetrated a monstrous hoax on them all. By S. A. Bodeen Flash Burnout With photography as the background, Marissa and Blake’s friendship is put to the test after Blake unknowingly takes a picture of Marissa’s long-lost meth addicted mother. Blake’s experiences range from the comic to the tragic. By L. K. Madigan Ghosts of War This is the true story of Ryan Smithson who enlisted in the army right after 9-11. After marrying his high school sweetheart, he went to Iraq as an equipment operator of bulldozers. He returned home but experienced recurring episodes of PTSD. By Ryan Smithson Going Bovine Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen year-old is diagnosed with Creutzfeld Jakob's (aka mad cow) disease. He sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf that he met in the hospital. Is this trip worth taking in his attempt to find a cure? By Libba Bray How to Build a House Seventeen-year-old Harper Evans hopes to escape the effects of her father's divorce on her family and friendships by volunteering her summer to build a house in a small Tennessee town devastated by a tornado. By Dana Reinhardt If I Stay In a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death. This book is about the power of love, and the choices we must make. By Gayle Forman The Looking Glass Wars When she is cast out of Wonderland by her evil Aunt Redd, young Alyss Heart finds herself living in Victorian Oxford as Alice Liddell. She struggles to keep memories of her kingdom intact until she can return and claim her rightful throne. By Frank Beddor Love is the Higher Law Three New York City teens express their reactions to the bombing of the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001, and its impact on their lives and the world. They come to new friendships, understandings, and levels of awareness for the world around them and the people they hold close. By David Leviathan The Maze Runner In this action-packed thriller, 16 year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape. He must learn about the society the others created before he arrived to discover an escape route. By James Dashner Mexican WhiteBoy Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and halfwhite while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California By Matt de la Pena Reality Check Check After a knee injury destroys sixteen-yearold Cody's college hopes, he drops out of high school to get a job in his small Montana town. When his ex-girlfriend disappears from her Vermont boarding school, Cody travels cross-country to join the search. By Peter Abrahams Shiver In all the years she watched the wolves in the woods by her house, Grace was drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf. He too had watched her with increasing intensity. He must fight to stay human before he returns to his other form. By Maggie Stiefvater Story of a Girl In the three years since her father caught her in the back seat of a car with an older boy, sixteen year old Deanna’s life has been a nightmare. While dreaming of escaping with her brother and his family, she discovers the power of forgiveness. By Sara Zarr Tweak This graphic, detailed memoir painfully depicts the author's addiction to methamphetamines and his tortuous, tentative journey to health. His flashbacks tell of the drug underworld and how he dragged others and himself into a pit of despair. By Nic Sheff Why I Fight After his house burns down, twelve-year-old Wyatt Reaves takes off with his uncle. The two of them drive from town to town for six years, earning money mostly by fighting, until Wyatt finally confronts his parents one last time in this coming-of-age novel. By J. Adams Oaks Wish you were Dead Madison, a senior at a suburban New York high school, tries to uncover who is responsible for the disappearance of her friends, popular students mentioned in the posts of an anonymous blogger, while she, herself, is being stalked online and in-person. By Todd Strasser World War Z This is the story of the world’s desperate battle against the zombie threat. It contains the testimony of smugglers, intelligence officials, military personnel and others who are struggling to defeat the zombies in the decade long war. By Max Brooks The Abraham Lincoln Book List is •selected by Illinois students in grades 9-12. •named for one of Illinois' most famous residents who was an avid reader and noted author. •sponsored by the Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA). •designed to encourage high school students to read for personal satisfaction and become familiar with authors of young adult and adult books. Click to access the HEHS online catalog. After you’ve read a book, submit an online review. You will be entered into our drawing to win a sweet treat, and we’ll notify your English teacher who may give you extra credit!