I've read a bunch of youth lit already this summer.
1. Up and Running (Mark Patinkin's account of a little boy who gets menengitis and loses both legs...very inspiring)
2. Ana's Story (Jenna Bush's true account of a young woman living with HIV and raising her daughter. Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
3. Chinese Cinderella (Adleine Yen Mah's true story of an unwanted daughter in China) Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
4. Ice Bound (true story of Jerri Nielsen, a doctor stationed at the South Pole, who discovers she has breast cancer and has to treat herself). Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
5. Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (fiction based on the author, Sherman Alexie's life. Very good and funny! A guy who grows up on the Indian Reservation, but enrolls in an all-white high school to get a better education). Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
6. Romiette and Julio (fiction by Sharon Draper. Based on Romeo and Juliet, but modern day and inter-racial. Pretty good). Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
7. Last Exit to Normal (fiction by Michael Harmon. A teenager's dad announces he is gay and that they are moving to Montana. Really good book). Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
8. Girl Overboard (fiction by Justina Chen Headley. Snowboarding rich girl deals with absent parents, friend issues and guys. This was one of my favorites). Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
9. Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Aron Ralston's true story of a when he went hiking in Utah and his had got stuck between 2 boulders. He was stuck for 6 days before he cuts off his own hand). Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars