Books About Criminal Minds
Bad by Jean Ferris, Y Fiction Ferris
In an attempt to please her friends, sixteen-year-old Dallas goes along with their plan to rob a convenience store and when her father refuses to allow her to come home, she is sentenced to six months in the Girls' Rehabilitation Center.
Black and White by Paul Volponi, Y Fiction Volponi
Two star high school basketball players, one black and one white, experience the justice system differently after committing a crime together and getting caught.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion by Goro Taniguichi, Y Graphic Taniguichi
In the year 2010, the Holy Empire of Brittania declared war on Japan. Powerless to stop them, Japan surrendered in less than a month. Freedom was lost and Japan was renamed "Area 11" and its people became known as "Elevens." Lelouch is a Brittanian and his friend Suzaku, born an eleven, has achieved the status of honorary Brittanian. As a boy Lelouch vowed to crush his own government, but now seven years later and in high school, he's accepted that he can't change anything. That is until he meets a mysterious girl that gives him the power to control people's minds - the power of Geass! He dons a mask and becomes the ruthless terrorist known only as Zero, destroying any who might stand in his path - including his boyhood friend Suzaku!
Code Geass: Suzaku of the Counterattack by Goro Taniguichi, Y Graphic Taniguichi
Suzaku of Japan and Lelouch of Brittania were boyhood friends. Then the Holy Empire of Britannia invaded Japan and conquered the country, declaring it was now known as "Area 11." Freedom was taken away and the proud Japanese people became known as Elevens. Seven years later, Lelouch and Suzaku, now honorary Brittanians, are in high school, resigned to the fact that they can do little to change the world around them. That is until he meets a mysterious girl that gives him the power to control people's minds - the power of Geass! He dons a mask and becomes the ruthless terrorist known only as Zero. But what of Suzaku? This manga series focuses on Suzaku's side of the story, depicting events from the Geass story previously unknown with plently of shocking twists and surprises!
Compound by S.A. Bodeen, Y Fiction Bodeen
After his parents, two sisters, and he have spent six years in a vast underground compound built by his wealthy father to protect them from a nuclear holocaust, fifteen-year-old Eli, whose twin brother and grandmother were left behind, discovers that his father has perpetrated a monstrous hoax on them all.
Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba, Y Graphic Ohba
Light tests the boundaries of the Death Note's powers as L and the police begin to close in. Luckily Light's father is the head of the Japanese National Police Agency and leaves vital information about the case lying around the house. With access to his father's files, Light can keep one step ahead of the authorities. But who is the strange man following him, and how can Light guard against enemies whose names he doesn't know?
The Declaration by Gemma Malley, Y Fiction Malley
It's the year 2140 and Longevity drugs have all but eradicated old age. A never-aging society can't sustain population growth, however…which means Anna should never have been born. Nor should any of the children she lives with at Grange Hall. The facility is full of boys and girls whose parents chose to have kids—called surpluses—despite a law forbidding them from doing so. These children are raised as servants, and brought up to believe they must atone for their very existence. Then one day a boy named Peter appears at the Hall, bringing with him news of the world outside, a place where people are starting to say that Longevity is bad, and that maybe people shouldn't live forever. Peter begs Anna to escape with him, but Anna's not sure who to trust: the strange new boy whose version of life sounds like a dangerous fairy tale, or the familiar walls of Grange Hall and the head mistress who has controlled her every waking thought?
Gem X by Nicky Singer, Y Fiction Singer
Sixteen-year-old Maxo Strang, the most perfect human ever made, suddenly discovers a "crack" in his face, which leads him to expose his community's dark underworld of secret scientific research and the city's corrupt supreme leader.
Holes by Louis Sachar, Y Fiction Sachar, Y Books on CD Sachar, Y Books on TAPE Sachar
As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.
Naoki Urasawa's Monster by Naoki Urasawa, Y Graphic Urasawa
An ice-cold killer is on the loose, and brilliant Dr. Kenzo Tenma is the only one who can stop him! Conspiracies, serial murders, and a scathing indictment of hospital politics are all masterfully woven together in this compelling manga thriller. Tenma springs to action when he discovers that Johan, the boy whose life he saved nine years ago, has grown up to become a serial murderer. Attempting to track down Johan's twin sister Anna, Tenma discovers that Johan's connections to government officials run just as deep as his connection to Anna. Now Tenma realizes that this monster is far more powerful than he could have ever imagined.
Monster by Walter Dean Myers, Y Fiction Myers
While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.
Omega Place by Graham Marks, Y Fiction Marks
Seventeen-year-old Paul Hendry runs away from home and joins Omega Place, a radical organization intent on upsetting England's country-wide closed-circuit surveillance system, but soon discovers that the other members of the group may not be entirely altruistic.
Privilege (Private series spinoff)by Kate Brian, Y Fiction Brian
Ariana Osgood rules exclusive Easton Academy--until she was arrested for murdering Thomas Pearson. She's spent the past two years at the Brenda T. Trumbull Correctional Facility for Women plotting her escape and is determined to get a second chance at the glamorous life she left behind. And Ariana will do anything to get her way....
Psion by Joan D. Vinge
Rag and Bone Shop by Robert Cormier, Y Fiction Cormier
Trent, an ace interrogator from Vermont, works to procure a confession from an introverted twelve-year-old accused of murdering his seven-year-old friend in Monument, Massachusetts.
Shock Point by April Henry, Y Fiction Henry
Fifteen-year-old Cassie Streng is determined to expose her stepfather after learning that he is giving a dangerous experimental drug to his teenaged psychiatric patients, but he sends her to a boot camp for troubled teens in Mexico in order to keep her quiet.
Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen, Y Fiction Mikaelsen
After his anger erupts into violence, Cole, in order to avoid going to prison, agrees to participate in a sentencing alternative based on the native American Circle Justice, and he is sent to a remote Alaskan Island where an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life.
Truancy by Isamu Fukui, Y Fiction Fukui
In the City, where an iron-fisted Mayor's goal is perfect control through education, fifteen-year-old Tack is torn between a growing sympathy for the Truancy, an underground movement determined to bring down the system at any cost, and the desire to avenge a death caused by a Truant.
Uglies (Uglies series) by Scott Westerfeld, Y Fiction Westerfeld, Y Books on CD Westerfeld
Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that?Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license -- for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world -- and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.
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