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if you like Dark Romances

Are you in love with paranormal and supernatural romance stories?

Here’s a suggested list of books featuring love in the dangerous world of vampires, werewolves, fallen angels, fairies, and more!

Recommended for older teens

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The Awakening (Vampire Diaries, bk. 1) by L. J. Smith
Two vampire brothers compete for high stakes–the love of Elena Gilbert, a beautiful high school senior who is searching for excitement.

Beastly by Alex Flinn.
A modern retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” from the point of view of the Beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
(Beautiful Creatures, bk. 1)
In a small South Carolina town, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday.

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
Having fallen for a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must battle both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs and with whom.

Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
After haunting a series of people for 130 years, Helen meets a teenage boy who can see her and together they unlock the mysteries of their pasts.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, bk. 1) by Cassandra Clare
Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.

The Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Seventeen-year-old Karou, an enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters–the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.

Evermore (The Immortals, bk. 1) by Alyson Noel
Since the car accident that claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras and hear people’s thoughts, and she shies from other people until she meets Damen, another psychic teenager who is hiding even more mysteries.

Evernight (Evernight, bk. 1) by Claudia Gray
Sixteen-year-old Bianca, a new girl at the sinister Evernight boarding school, finds herself drawn to another outsider, Lucas, but dark forces threaten to tear them apart and destroy Bianca’s entire world.

Fallen (Fallen, bk. 1) by Lauren Kate
Seventeen-year-old Luce, who is suspected of killing her boyfriend, is sent to a Georgia reform school where she meets two intriguing boys and learns the truth about the strange shadows haunting her.

Firelight by Jordan Sophie
When sixteen-year-old Jacinda, who can change into a dragon, is forced to move away from her community of shapeshifters and start a more normal life, she falls in love with a boy who proves to be her most dangerous enemy.

Halo (Halo, bk. 1) by Alexandra Adornetto
When three angels are sent to Earth to do good, Bethany, the youngest and least experienced, finds herself attracted to a human boy, and the others fear she will not be strong enough to fight evil unless the power of love can help her.

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, bk. 1) by Becca Fitzpatrick
High school sophomore Nora has always been very cautious in her relationships, but she is mysteriously drawn to Patch, a new student who has a dark side she can sense.

I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
Ava can’t see or touch him, unless she’s dreaming. Most would think she’s crazy, but she knows he’s here. Jackson. The boy Ava thought she’d spend the rest of her life with. He’s back from the dead, as proof that love truly knows no bounds.

I Kissed a Zombie and Liked It by Adam Selzer
Living in the post-human era when the undead are part of everyday life, high schooler Alley breaks her no-dating rule when Doug catches her eye, but classmate Will wants to turn her into a vampire and her zombie boyfriend may be unable to stop him.

Iron King (The Iron Fey, bk. 1) by Julie Kagawa
16-year-old Meghan Chase learns that she is the daughter of a powerful faery king and descends into the world of Fey to rescue her stolen half-brother, while learning that her best friend is actually the famous Robin Goodfellow and falling in love with the icy Unseelie Prince, Ash.

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
Jessica learns that she is descended from a royal line of Romanian vampires and that she is betrothed to a vampire prince, who poses as an exchange student while courting her.

Marked by P. C. Cast
16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night, a school where she will train to become an adult vampyre–that is, if she makes it through the Change.

Need (Need, bk. 1) by Carrie Jones
After her stepfather’s death, Zara goes to live with her grandmother in a small town in Maine, where her new friends tell her that her odd stalker may be a pixie king, and that only “were” creatures can stop him from taking souls.

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (Nightshade, bk. 1)
Calla and Ren have been raised knowing it is their destiny to mate with one another and rule over their shape-shifting wolf pack, but when a human boy arrives and vies for Calla’s heart, she is faced with a decision that could change her whole world.

Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Barnes
A girl raised by werewolves must face the horrors of her past to uncover the dark secrets that the pack has worked so hard to hide.

Shade by Jerri Smith-Ready
Sixteen-year-old Aura reluctantly works at her aunt’s law firm helping ghosts with wrongful death case file suits in hopes of moving on, but it becomes personal when her boyfriend, a promising musician, dies and persistently haunts her.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, Bk. 1)
In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in his turn, has been watching her with increasing intensity.

The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause
A mysterious teenage boy harboring a dark secret helps Zoë come to terms with her mother’s terminal illness

Twilight (Twilight, bk. 1) by Stephanie Meyer
When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.

Unearthly (Unearthly, bk. 1) by Cynthia Hand
Sixteen-year-old Clara Gardner’s purpose as an angel-blood begins to manifest itself, forcing her family to pull up stakes and move to Jackson, Wyoming, where she learns that danger and heartbreak come with her powers.

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, bk. 1) by Michelle Mead
Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-intraining. Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy, where both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, gruesome pranks, and sinister plots.

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Seventeen-year-old Aislinn, who has the rare ability to see faeries, is drawn against her will into a centuries-old battle between the Summer King and
the Winter Queen, and the survival of her life, her love, and summer all hang in the balance.

If you like Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants…

If you like the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants… check out these titles

click here to access full pdf of this list

Children’s Room Titles

The Steps by Rachel Cohn
Over Christmas vacation, Annabel goes from her home in Manhattan to visit her father, his new wife and her half– and stepsiblings in Sydney, Australia.

Bloomability by Sharon  Creech
When her aunt and uncle takes her from New Mexico to Lugano, Switzerland to attend an international school, thirteen-year old Dinnie discovers her world expanding.

Snail Mail No More by Paula Danziger
Now that they live in different cities, 13-year-olds Tara and Elizabeth use email to “talk” about everything that is occurring in their lives and to try to maintain their closeness as they face big changes.

Aquamarine by Alice Hoffman
A love-struck mermaid named Aquamarine supplies adventure and insights to two twelve-year-old girls, life-long friends who are spending their last summer together before one of them moves away.

Flipped by Wendeline Van Draanan
In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.

Young Adult Titles

The Bridesmaid by Hailey Abbot
Having vowed as children never to marry after witnessing many disastrous weddings and obnoxious brides in their parent’s wedding planning business, 15-year old Abby is dismayed when her older sister, Carol, gets engaged and turns into “Bridezilla.”

Peaches, bk. 1 (series) by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Three teenaged girls from very different backgrounds, thrown together to pick peaches in a Georgia orchard, spend a summer in pursuit of the right boy, the truest of friends, and the perfect peach.

Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson
Eighteen-year-old Ash wants nothing to do with senior prom, but when disaster strikes and her desperate friend Nat needs her help to get it back on track, Ash’s involvement transforms her life.

Hope was Here  by Joan Bauer
When 16-year old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, to work as waitress and cook in the Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner’s political campaign to oust the town’s corrupt mayor.

Rules of the Road  by Joan Bauer
16-year old Jenna gets a job driving the elderly owner of a chain of successful shoe stores from Chicago to Texas to confront the son who is trying to force her to retire and along the way Jenna hones her talents as a saleswoman and finds the strength to face her alcoholic father.

Harley Like a Person by Cat Bauer
14-year old, Harley, an artistic teenager living with an alcoholic father and an angry mother begins to suspect that  she is adopted and begins searching for her biological parents.

The Princess Diaries (series) by Meg Cabot
14-year old Mia, who is trying to lead a normal life as a teenager in NYC, is shocked to learn that her father is the Prince of Genovia, and that she is a princess and heir to the throne.

Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier
17-year-old Dimple, whose family is from India, discovers that she is not Indian enough for the Indians and not American enough for the Americans, as she sees her hypnotically beautiful, manipulative best friend taking possession of both her heritage and the boy she likes.

Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
15-year old Colie, a former fat girl, spends the summer working as a waitress in a beachside restaurant, staying with her overweight and eccentric aunt and trying to explore her sense of self.

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
The summer following her father’s death, Macy plans to work at the library and wait for her brainy boyfriend to return from camp, but instead she goes to work at a catering business where she makes new friends and finally faces her grief.

Who Am I Without Him by Sharon Flake
Short stories about girls and the boys in their lives.

Your Eyes in Stars: A Novel by M.E. Kerr
In their small NY town, two teenaged girls become friends while helping each other make sense of their families, neighbors, and selves as they approach adulthood in the years preceding WWII.

The Girls by Amy Koss
Each of the girls in a middle-school clique reveals the strong, manipulative hold one of the group exerts on the others, and the hurt and self-doubt that it cause them.

Chicks with Sticks,  bk. 1 (series) by Elizabeth Leonard
Four teenage girls from very different social cliques at their progressive Chicago high school become friends after forming a knitting club.

Sloppy Firsts: A Novel,  bk. 1 (series) By Megan McCafferty
Devastated when her best friend moves away, 16-year old Jessica feels isolated at home and at school as she struggles to deal with her father’s obsession with her track meets, her boy-crazy peers and her own non-existent love life.

Bras & Broomsticks,  bk. 1 (series) By Sarah Mlynowski
Living in NYC with her mother and younger sister, Miri, 14-year-old Rachel tries to persuade Miri, who has recently become a witch, to help her become popular at school and to try to stop their divorced father’s wedding.

TTYL by Lauren Myracle
Chronicles, in “instant message” format, the day-to-day experiences, feelings, and plans of three friends, Zoe, Maddie, and Angela as they begin the 10th grade.

The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty
Three female students from Ashbury High write to threemale students from rival Brookfield High as part of a pen pal program, leading to romance, humiliation, revenge plots, and war between schools.

Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging  by Louise Rennison
The humorous journal of a year in the life of a 14-year old British girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood animals, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie.

Stop Pretending by Sonya Sones
It happens just like that, in a blink of an eye. An older sister has a mental breakdown and has to be hospitalized. A younger sister is left behind to cope with a family torn apart by grief and friends who turn their backs on her. But worst of all is the lost of her big sister, her confidante and her best friend, who has gone someplace no one can reach.

If you like the Hunger Games…

If you like The Hunger Games try these thrilling novels about survival in societies—both futuristic and fantastic—gone wrong!

Click here to get a pdf of this list!

Children’s Room Titles

City of Ember, bk 1.(Ember series) by Jeanne DuPreau
In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.

Among the Hidden, bk. 1 (Shadow Children Sequence) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family’s farm, until another “third” convinces him that the government is wrong


Young Adult Titles

Feed  by M. T. Anderson
In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.

Exodus by Julie Bertagna
In the year 2100, as the island of Wing is about to be covered by water, fifteen-year-old Mara discovers the existence of New World sky cities that are safe from the storms and rising waters, and convinces her people to travel to one of these cities in order to save themselves.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer
In futuristic Satellite City, fourteen-year-old Cosmo Hill escapes from his abusive orphanage and teams up with three other people who share his unusual ability to see supernatural creatures. Together they determine the nature and purpose of the swarming blue Parasites that are invisible to most humans.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.


The Silenced by James DeVita
Consigned to a prison-like Youth Training Facility because of her parents’ political activities, Marena organizes a resistance movement to combat the restrictive policies of the ruling Zero Tolerance party.


Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
After being interrogated by the Department of Homeland Security after a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, Marcus is released into what is now a police state and uses his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the U. S.

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding
A plane wreck deposits a group of boys, aged six to twelve, on an isolated tropical island. Their struggle to survive and impose order on their existence quickly evolves from a battle against nature into a battle against their own primitive instincts.

The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman
Born in the eighth year of Enclosure, a future world controlled by The Corporation, Honor’s scientist parents are taken away when they have an illegal second child. It is up to Honor and her friend Helix to uncover a terrible secret about their Island.

Gone, bk. 1  (Gone series) by Michael Grant
In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have “The Power” and those who do not.

Rash by Peter Hautman
In a future society that has decided it would “rather be safe than free,” sixteen-year-old Bo’s anger control problems land him in a tundra jail where he survives with the help of his running skills and an artificial intelligence program named Bork.

Epic by Conor Kostick
On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, 14-year-old Erik persuades his friends to aid him in some unusual gambits in order to save Erik’s father from exile and safeguard their families.

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Lowry’s unforgettable tale introduces 12-year-old Jonas, who is singled out by the Community to be trained by The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of true pain and pleasure. Now it’s time for Jonas to receiver the truth.

The Declaration by Gemma Malley
In 2140 England, where drugs enable people to live forever and children are illegal, teenaged Anna, an obedient “Surplus” training to become a house servant, discovers that her birth parents are trying to find her.

Life As We Knew It  by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Through journal entries, sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family’s struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.

Mortal Engines, bk 1 (Hungry City Chronicles) by Phillip Reeve
In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a 15-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answers in the perilous Out-Country, aided by one girl and the memory of another.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman
In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives “unwound” and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs–and, perhaps, save their own lives.

Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow series) by John Marsden
Returning from a camping trip in the Australian bush, Ellie and her six friends are shocked to learn that their country has been invaded and that everyone in their home town has been taken prisoner.

Uglies (Uglies series) by Scott Westerfeld
In an image-obsessed future in which every 16-year-old goes under the knife to become a “pretty,” authorities threaten to withhold Tally’s cosmetic makeover unless she agrees to spy on a colony of rebel teens who defy the forced conformity and shallow concepts of beauty.


Science Fair Resources

2012 Science Fair Packet of Information – Nichols Middle School

Science Fair Resources:

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College Bound Resources

College Answer
Sallie Mae, a leading financial aid lender, offers comprehensive information on college planning and loan preparation process, as well as interactive tools to analyze your financial opportunities.

College Board
Authoritative resource for information and tools on finding a college, the admissions process, and financial aid for students, parents, and professionals.

A U.S. Department of Education and student-collaborative site with information and resources about planning, preparing and paying for education beyond high school. Guides and videos provide insight and advice from real college students and graduates.

Customizable online resource to help students and their families select a college, apply online for admission, and plan to finance higher education in private and public colleges and universities within Massachusetts. Free registration.

National Application Center
Provides guidelines, search tools, and online applications for students and their families, as well as professional tools for counselors and admissions officers, to help them through the college and career preparation process

Comprehensive and reliable information on finding compatible college and graduate schools, the admission process, test preparation, and scholarsips.

Student Gateway to the U.S. Government
One-stop directory to government information and resources for college students and their families

College Planning Websites

Adventures in Education (AIE)
College planning resources, financial aid information, career guidance, and money management tips for students and families.

About.com: College Admissions
Advice and resources on the college admissions and application process, student success, and the transition from high school to college from a former college admissions guide and English professor.

Provides middle schoolers to adults extensive information on the value of continuing education after high school, how to prepare for college, the myths vs. realities about college and the availability of financial aid for college.

Mapping Your Future
Resources for students and families, including career selection, early awareness, college planning, and money management tools

College, career, and life planning guides for high school students, counselors, and parents to help them plan
their futures.

Preparing for Your Education
Financial guidance, practical tips, and student timeline and planner for elementary students through college graduates preparing for education beyond high school.


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