The Pioneer Library System makes holding a book discussion as easy as checking out a kit! All you have to do is gather the friends and open the book. We do all the rest for you!

PLS maintains Book Discussion Kits that have everything you need to have a successful group reading experience. Each kit contains 10-12 copies of the listed book, bookmarks, a manual containing discussion questions, reviews, articles about the book, and information about the author. Each kit can be checked out for 6 weeks.

So whether your interests are fiction or nonfiction or romance or mystery - Pioneer Library System has a kit that you and your friends will enjoy.

To reserve a kit for pick-up at your hometown library call 801-4581 - Please allow 3 working days for delivery.


 

1984

1984 by George Orwell

Portrays life in a future time when a totalitarian government watches over all citizens and directs all activities. Read a sample.

 

Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Absolutely true diary of a part-time indianThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live. Read a sample.

All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school--both teetering on the edge--it's the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the "natural wonders" of the state of Indiana, and two teens' desperate desire to heal and save one another. Read a sample.

 

Ashfall

Book Jacket for AshfallAshfall by Mike Mullin

Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don’t realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano, so large that the caldera can only be seen by plane or satellite. And by some scientific measurements, it could be overdue for an eruption. For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek to seach for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel partner he meets along the way. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster. Read a sample.

Before I Fall

before i fall book jacketBefore I Fall by Lauren Oliver

They say 'live every day as if it's your last' – but you never actually think it's going to be. At least I didn't. The thing is, you don't get to know when it happens. You don't remember to tell your family that you love them or – in my case – remember to say goodbye to them at all. But what if, like me, you could live your last day over and over again? Could you make it perfect? If your whole life flashed before your eyes, would you have no regrets? Or are there some things you'd want to change...? Read a sample.

Between Shades of Gray

Book Jacket for Between Shades of GrayBetween Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Fifteen-year-old Lina is a Lithuanian girl living an ordinary life—until Soviet officers invade her home and tear her family apart. Separated from her father and forced onto a crowded train, Lina, her mother, and her young brother make their way to a Siberian work camp, where they are forced to fight for their lives. Lina finds solace in her art, documenting these events by drawing. Risking everything, she imbeds clues in her drawings of their location and secretly passes them along, hoping her drawings will make their way to her father's prison camp. But will strength, love, and hope be enough for Lina and her family to survive?  Read a sample.

Bone Gap

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Lots of people go missing in Bone Gap, but Finn O'Sullivan knows there is something much more wicked about beautiful Roza's sudden disappearance than meets the eye. Not even Finn's brother believes him. Now Finn must face the deadly man who kidnapped Roza from the cornfields alone.

Boy21

Book Jacket for Boy21Boy21 by Matthew Quick

Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He lives in broken-down Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish mob, drugs, violence, and racially charged rivalries. At home, his dad works nights, and Finley is left to take care of his disabled grandfather alone. He's always dreamed of getting out someday, but until he can, putting on that number 21 jersey makes everything seem okay. Russ has just moved to the neighborhood, and the life of this teen basketball phenom has been turned upside down by tragedy. Cut off from everyone he knows, he won't pick up a basketball, but answers only to the name Boy21--taken from his former jersey number. As their final year of high school brings these two boys together, a unique friendship may turn out to be the answer they both need. Read a sample.

Challenger Deep

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Torn between life on a ship bound for the Marianas Trench's deepest point and pretending to join the school track team, Caden Bosch takes long walks, burying himself in his own mind as he struggles with his fading allegiance to the impossible ship's captain.

Crossover

Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.

Drama

Book jacket for DramaDrama by Raina Telgemeier

Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon Over Mississippi, she's a terrible singer. Instead she's the set designer for the stage crew, and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn't know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage and offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen, and when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier! 

Dreamland Burning

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

When Rowan finds a skeleton on her family's property, investigating the brutal, century-old murder leads to painful discoveries about the past. Alternating chapters tell the story of William, another teen grappling with the racial firestorm leading up to the 1921 Tulsa race riot, providing some clues to the mystery. Read a sample.

 

Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

They knew their love couldn't last, but they gave it their best shot, anyway. Two teens try to make love work in 1986, struggling to stay together over the course of one school year. Read a sample.

Fault in Our Stars

book jacket for the fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love. Read a sample.

Giver

book jacket for The GiverThe Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. Lois Lowry has written three companion novels to The Giver, including Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son. Read a sample.

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A. S. King

The answers to the questions that have plagued Glory since her mother killed herself finally come to light when Glory, about to graduate from high school with no clue as to what comes next, suddenly unlocks the ability to view a single person's ancient past and distant future. Now Glory must decide what to do abut the visions that show her a world suffering from a second civil war, a powerful new leader, and the retraction of women's rights. Read a sample.

Golden Boy

Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan

Habo steps from one hell into another when the white-skinned, yellow-haired, light-eyed boy joins his family on a trip across the Serengeti. Abandoned by his dad and ridiculed or avoided by everyone but his sister, Asu, Habo knows he's the reason his family has to move. When his frightened aunt welcomes the family to Mwanza, Habo learns he's Albino; and Mwanza locals believe that Albinos' body parts brought good luck.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

book jacket for the Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxyHitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

It's an ordinary Thursday lunchtime for Arthur Dent until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly afterwards to make way for a new hyperspace bypass and his best friend has just announced that he's an alien. At this moment, they're hurtling through space with nothing but their towels and an innocuous-looking book inscribed with the big, friendly words: DON'T PANIC. The weekend has only just begun... Read a sample.

I Am Princess X

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Once upon a time, two best friends created a princess together. Libby drew the pictures, May wrote the tales, and their heroine, Princess X, slayed all the dragons and scaled all the mountains their imaginations could conjure. Once upon a few years later, Libby was in the car with her mom, driving across the Ballard Bridge on a rainy night. When the car went over the side, Libby passed away, and Princess X died with her. Once upon a now: May is sixteen and lonely, wandering the streets of Seattle, when she sees a sticker slapped in a corner window. Princess X? When May looks around, she sees the Princess everywhere: Stickers. Patches. Graffiti. There's an entire underground culture, focused around a webcomic at IAmPrincessX.com. The more May explores the webcomic, the more she sees disturbing similarities between Libby's story and Princess X online. And that means that only one person could have started this phenomenon---her best friend, Libby, who lives.

I’ll Give You the Sun

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

When tragedy tears twin brother and sister Noah and Jude apart, daredevil Jude meets an impulsive new mentor and slowly makes her way back to her shy brother, Noah, who has a knack for drawing and could never keep his eyes off the boy next door. Noah tells half the tale, while Jude chronicles the later years, with each twin holding half of a story that could change their lives for the better...if only they could see it.

In Real Life

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. It's a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It's a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. Gaming is, for Anda, entirely a good thing. But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer -- a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person's real livelihood is at stake. From acclaimed teen author Cory Doctorow and rising star cartoonist Jen Wang, In Real Life is a sensitive, thoughtful look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture-clash. Read a sample.

Jackaby

Jackaby by William Ritter

New Fiddleham, New England newcomer Abigail Rook joins an investigator of the truly bizarre when a serial killer makes Abigail and her mentor, R. F. Jackaby, wonder if the culprit could be a creature whose existence the police will stop at nothing to deny.

Love and Other Foreign Words

Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan

Well-versed in seemingly every important high school language but love, 16-year-old Josie fights to understand true love when her sister seemingly gets engaged to the wrong guy. Can Josie find a way to understand the language of love in time to embrace her own romantic surprise?

March, Book One

March, Book One by John Lewis

March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement. Book One spans John Lewis' youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.

March, Book Two

March, Book Two by John Lewis

Now, March brings the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world. After the success of the Nashville sit-in campaign, John Lewis is more committed than ever to changing the world through nonviolence - but as he and his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the deep south, they will be tested like never before. Faced with beatings, police brutality, imprisonment, arson, and even murder, the young activists of the movement struggle with internal conflicts as well. But their courage will attract the notice of powerful allies, from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy... and once Lewis is elected chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, this 23-year-old will be thrust into the national spotlight, becoming one of the "Big Six" leaders of the civil rights movement and a central figure in the landmark 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Matched

book jacket for MatchedMatched by Ally Condie

Matched is the first book in an utterly compelling series by Ally Condie. On her seventeenth birthday, Cassia meets her Match. Society dictates he is her perfect partner for life. Except he's not. In Cassia's society, Officials decide who people love. How many children they have. Where they work. When they die. But, as Cassia finds herself falling in love with another boy, she is determined to make some choices of her own. And that's when her whole world begins to unravel . . . Read a sample.

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25

Book jacket for Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

To everyone at Meridian High School, fourteen-year-old Michael Vey is nothing special, just the kid who has Tourette's syndrome. But in truth, Michael is extremely special--he has electric powers. Michael thinks he is unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor has the same mysterious powers. With the help of Michael's friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up with their abilities, and their investigation soon brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric teens--and through them, the world. Read a sample.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

book jacket for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island.

 An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

 It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow--impossible though it seems--they may still be alive. 

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows. Read a sample.

Nimona

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

A shape-shifter sidekick named Nimona teams with the villainous Lord Ballister Blackheart to show the kingdom the wicked truth behind Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin's seemingly heroic ways, desperate to reveal the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics for what it really is.

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen

It's robots versus cheerleaders when a fight over funding threatens unlikely good friends Nate and Charlie. While Nate, the robotics club president, wants the money to go toward a robotics competition, basketball team captain Charlie thinks the cheerleaders should use the money for new uniforms.

Okay for Now

book jacket for Okay for NowOkay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him. So begins a coming-of-age masterwork full of equal parts comedy and tragedy from Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt. As Doug struggles to be more than the "skinny thug" that his teachers and the police think him to be, he finds an unlikely ally in Lil Spicer—a fiery young lady who "smelled like daisies would smell if they were growing in a big field under a clearing sky after a rain." In Lil, Doug finds the strength to endure an abusive father, the suspicions of a whole town, and the return of his oldest brother, forever scarred, from Vietnam. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon's birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage. In this stunning novel, Schmidt expertly weaves multiple themes of loss and recovery in a story teeming with distinctive, unusual characters and invaluable lessons about love, creativity, and survival. Read a sample.

Outsiders

book jacket for The OutsidersThe Outsiders by S. E. Hinton.

Ponyboy can count on his brothers and his friends, but not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids who get away with everything, including beating up greasers like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect—until the night someone takes things too far. Written forty-five years ago, S. E. Hinton's classic story of a boy who finds himself on the outskirts of regular society remains as powerful today as it was the day it was written. Read a sample.

Prisoner of Night and Fog

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

A handsome Jewish reporter turns Gretchen Muller's life upside down when Gretchen, Adolf Hitler's beloved and protected niece, learns that an unknown comrade may be responsible for her late father's death. Soon Gretchen much reconsider everything she thought she knew about seemingly amicable Uncle Dolf as she faces the deadly truth.

Proxy

Proxy by Alex London

Having a Proxy to take the fall for every mistake Knox has ever made seemed like a dream come true at first. Then his Proxy, Syd, is sentenced to death for killing Knox's friend, when it was Knox who drove the car crash that led to death. Now Knox and Syd are on the run. They soon find a band of rebels and seek a way to pay some hefty debts. Read a sample.

Raven Boys

book jacket for The Raven BoysRaven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them-not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain. He has it all-family money, good looks, devoted friends-but he's looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys. Read a sample.

Rot & Ruin

Book jacket for Rot & Run& Ruin by by Jonathan Maberry

This is no ordinary zombie story. In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn't want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed outwithout alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he's never met. Incredibly funny and poignant, this twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out storywrapped in a geek romanceis a knockout of a debut novel by Becky Albertalli.

Speak

book jacket for SpeakSpeak by Laurie Halse Anderson

"Speak up for yourself--we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication. In Laurie Halse Anderson's powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself. Read a sample.

Stargirl

book jacket for SpeakStargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Leo Borlock follows the unspoken rule at Mica Area High School: don't stand out--under any circumstances! Then Stargirl arrives at Mica High and everything changes--for Leo and for the entire school. After 15 years of home schooling, Stargirl bursts into tenth grade in an explosion of color and a clatter of ukulele music, enchanting the Mica student body. But the delicate scales of popularity suddenly shift, and Stargirl is shunned for everything that makes her different. Somewhere in the midst of Stargirl's arrival and rise and fall, normal Leo Borlock has tumbled into love with her. Read a sample.

Steelheart

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Only the normal human Reckoners have the courage and ability to battle the normal men and women who were once granted spectacular powers by the burst that struck the sky ten years ago. They call the gifted the Epics. The Epics longed for power, and they gladly took it. Now David seeks revenge for his father's death. He looks to join the Reckoners and assassinate Steelheart, the Epic whom David holds responsible for his father's death. Read a sample.

The Last Man to Hit .400

The Last Man to Hit .400 by Stanley W. Beesley

It's the last month of the Major League Baseball season, and promising journalist Sylvia Kerrigan knows if lifetime .259 hitter Paul Demeter finishes with a .400 batting average, someone will nab the story. She aims to be that writer. She is talented but young. What qualifies her for the scoop? Easy. This unlikely hero, this man who abandoned his family? This Paul Demeter? He is her old man.

The Scorpion Rules

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Four centuries after an artificial intelligence named Talis conquered the world, the United Nations keeps the peace by holding the world leaders' children hostage. If war breaks out, thechildren die. Talis's hostage, Crown Princess Greta, is resigned to the death that will claim her if she fails to reach her 18th birthday. But a hostage boy from a new American alliance stirs rebellion in Greta when he takes a stand. Read a sample.

 

The Young Elites

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

White hair and a distinctive scar are the least of blood plague survivor Adelina Amouteru's worries when her special powers exile her from her family and send her to a secret society of fellow Young Elites committed to saving the innocent. The Kenettra soldiers believe the Young Elites to be monsters wielding demonic powers. If Adelina is not careful, her own power could cause far more harm than she imagined. Read a sample.

Thirteen Reasons Why

book jacket for Thirteen Reasons WhyThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker - his classmate and crush - who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and learns the truth about himself-a truth he never wanted to face. Read a sample.

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Scout Finch, daughter of the town lawyer, likes to spend her summers building treehouses, swimming, and catching lightning bugs with her big brother Jem. But one summer, when a black man is accused of raping a white woman, Scout's carefree days come to an end. In the county courtroom, she will join her father in a desperate battle against ignorance and prejudice. Read a sample.

 

Understanding Comics

Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

Scott McCloud, a twelve-time Harvey and Eisner Award nominee, uses a comic book to explain and analyze the medium of comic books themselves, showing how words, lines, colors, symbols, panels and pictures all come together to create a unique and one-of-a-kind storytelling experience. Looking back at the 3000 year history of the art form, McCloud shows how this unique genre is just as important and valid as film and prose in his own funny and profound manner.

Wolf by Wolf

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

The first book in a duology about an alternate version of 1956 where the Axis powers won WWII, and hold an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents to commemorate their victory. Read a sample.

 

Zebra Forest

Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Geirtz

Annie and Rew live for telling stories in the Zebra Forest, and when a prison escapee comes calling for real, they find themselves falling headfirst into adventure.