Hurricane Song by Paul Volponi. Miles and his dad are new to NOLA when Hurricane Katrina hits and father and son must evacuate to the Superdome. Important to class: shows the complexities of father-son relationships. Important to me: reminds/teaches students about Hurricane Katrina and life in NOLA.
Vita Maglia by Brit Malorie. One of our reference librarians highly recommends this. It's a science fiction novel about a scientist who discovers a world beyond ours, a world of the soul, and how unscrupulous people are also trying to enter that world for their own nefarious purposes. There's also some mystery, adventure, and romance. It's a great read!
(Grades 8 and up) Amy's family is about their yacht when Somali pirates come aboard. They deem Amy Hostage Three (after her father and stepmother), and soon there's a gun to her head. But what no one knows is that Farouz, the pirates' interpreter, and Amy already know each other. And what Amy doesn't know about life in Somalia will open her eyes.