The Best Junior High Fiction of 2002

Calling all junior high students! Visit the Youth Services "Ask Here" Desk for help in finding these books selected especially for you. Titles marked with * are available on audio.


Alvarez, Julia. Before We Were Free. 2002.
Jr. High ALV
Told through the eyes of 12-year-old Anita de la Torre, this riveting story is based on true events in the last year 1960, of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic.
Bauer, Joan. Stand Tall. 2002.
Jr. High BAU
Tree, a six-foot-three-inch 12-year-old, copes with his parents’ recent divorce and his failure as an athlete while helping his grandfather and being a friend to the new girl at school.
Blackwood, Gary. Year of the Hangman. 2002.
Jr. High BLA
When Creighton Brown, a wild and spoiled British teen, is abducted and shipped to America, he finds himself in the company of Benjamin Franklin, who is printing a secret revolutionary newspaper. Will he spy for the British?
Clements, Andrew. Things Not Seen. 2002.
Jr. High CLE
Bobby wakes up one day and finds himself invisible! Can Alicia, a blind girl he meets at the library, help him get back to his old life?
Cooney, Caroline. Goddess of Yesterday. 2002.
Jr. High COO
Taken from her home on an Aegean island as a six-year-old girl, Anaxndra calls on the protection of her goddess while she poses as two different princesses.
Farmer, Nancy. The House of the Scorpion. 2002.
Jr. High FAR
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrón, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.
Ferris, Jean. Once Upon a Marigold. 2002.
Jr. High FER
In this fairy tale, a young man with a mysterious past leaves the troll who raised him, meets an unhappy princess he has loved from afar, and discovers a plot against her and her father.
Gaimon, Neil. Coraline. 2002.
Jr. High GAI
Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.
Giff, Patricia Reilly. Pictures of Hollis Woods. 2002. *
Jr. High GIF
Hollis Woods, an orphan living in foster care, will do anything to hold onto the only people she has ever loved - even running away!
Hiaasen, Carl. Hoot. 2002. *
Jr. High HIA
When Roy moves to a new town in Florida, he becomes involved in another boy’s attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.
Martin, Ann M. Corner of the Universe. 2002.
Jr. High MAR
In a small town in the 1960’s, Hattie discovers her own special “corner of the universe” when she befriends her newly discovered, mentally handicapped uncle, Adam.
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Blizzard’s Wake. 2002.
Jr. High NAY
In the blizzard of 1941, in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Kate helps save her stranded father, brother, and the young man who was responsible for her mother’s death.
Park, Linda Sue. When My Name Was Keoko. 2002.
Jr. High PAR
A brother and younger sister in Korea during the Japanese occupation of WWII give their stories of oppression.
Paterson, Katherine. The Same Stuff as Stars. 2002.
Jr. High PAT
With a father who is in jail and a mother who has abandoned her, 12 year-old Angel must take care of her younger brother and her elderly grandmother.
Tolan, Stephanie. Surviving the Applewhites. 2002.
Jr. High TOL
Jake, a budding juvenile delinquent, is sent for home schooling to the arty and eccentric Applewhite family’s Creative Academy, where he discovers talents and interests he never knew he had.
Woodson, Jacqueline. Hush. 2002.
Jr. High WOO
When Toswiah Green’s father, a witness to murder, testifies against fellow police officers, the family must enter the Witness Protection Program and begin a new life.