Reference Resources

heartFlorida Teens Read Nominees:  /schools/DHS/extra/file/FTR_2015-2016_Titles.pdf

Access to DHS eBooks app:  /schools/DHS/extra/file/BW_Accessing%20eBooks%20with%20the%20BryteWave%20App.pdf

Summer Learning:

Links to Learning: Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
Study for the FCAT 2.0 and End of Course Tests



Booklists and Book Awards

YALSA Teen Book Finder App

QR Code generator

2015 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults

The Carnival at Bray. By Jessie Ann Foley. Elephant Rock, $12.95 (97809895115597). Maggie has only recently moved to Ireland when tragedy strikes and her goal becomes seeing Nirvana perform in Rome.

The Crossover. By Kwame Alexander. Houghton, $16.99 (9780544107717). Josh, aka Filthy, is a twin, a talented basketball star, and a son who adores his father but discovers parents are not infallible.

The Gospel of Winter. By Brendan Kiely. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, $17.99 (9781442484894). As Aidan’s family disintegrates, he turns to Father Greg for love and comfort, an act that transforms into something dark and unexpected.

I’ll Give You the Sun. By Jandy Nelson. Dial, $17.99 (9780803734968). Artistically gifted twins, Jude and Noah, tell their compelling family story in rich alternating voices.

Jackaby. By William Ritter. Algonquin, $16.95 (9781616203535). Answering an odd help-wanted ad that cautions “Do not stare at the frog,” Abigail finds that her life is about to change in ways she couldn’t have imagined.

Noggin. By John Corey WhaleyAtheneum, $17.99 (9781442458727). Travis Coates has lost his head—literally. Dying of leukemia, he has had his noggin surgically removed and cryogenically frozen. But when he’s revived, all is not the same as it once was.

The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim. By E. K. Johnston. Carolrhoda/Lab, $17.95 (9781467710664). Dragons live everywhere and they’re threatening to exterminate a Canadian town unless dragon slayer Owen, and his bard Siobhan, come up with a plan to save them all.

Vango. By Timothee de Fombelle. Candlewick, $17.99 (9780763671969). Moments before his ordination as a priest, 19-year-old Vango, falsely accused of murder, must flee for his life.

We Were Liars. By E. Lockhart. Delacorte, $17.99 (9780385740579). Suffering from serious injuries, Cadence doesn’t remember much from the summer of her fifteenth year on Beechwood Island. Two years later, she returns to try to fill in the gaps.

The Young Elites. By Marie Lu. Putnam, $18.99 (9780399167836). An intense fantasy about Adelina, an outsider girl who is rescued by the legendary Reaper, the leader of the Young Elites. But can Adelina keep her friends and sister safe?

2015 Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers


Enz, Tammy and Biskup, Agnieszka. Batman Science: The Real-World Science Behind Batman's Gear. Illus. 2014. Capstone Young Readers, $9.95. 978-1-62370-0645.

Armored cars and utility belts—these gadgets aren’t just for Batman anymore.

Knapp, Andrew. Find Momo: A Photography Book. Illus. 2014. Quirk Books, $14.95. 978-1-59474-678-9.

Momo the border collie is hiding around the country—find him in each photo.

Prince, Liz. Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir. Illus. 2014. Zest Books, $15.99. 978-1-936976-55-3.

Liz triumphs over gender labels in this witty comic memoir.


Alender, Katie. Famous Last Words. 2014. Scholastic, Inc./Point, $18.99. 978-0-545-63997-2.

Willa is being haunted by the latest victim of a film-obsessed serial killer.

Alexander, Kwame. The Crossover. 2014. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/HMH Books for Young Readers, $16.99. 978-0-544-10771-7.

Told in rhythmic verse, the story of a basketball star who struggles to stay on top on the court while adjusting to changes at home.

Belton, Claire. I am Pusheen the Cat. Illus. 2013. Simon & Schuster/Touchstone, $14.99. 978-1-4767-4701-9.

A day in the life of an adorable cartoon cat.

Carroll, Emily. Through the Woods. Illus. 2014. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry Books, $14.99. 978-1-4424-6596-1.

Five chillingly illustrated tales of what might be waiting for you in the dark.

Quintero, Isabel. Gabi, A Girl in Pieces. 2014. Cinco Puntos Press, $11.95. 978-1-935955-95-5.

Gabi is determined to break down stereotypes imposed on her. No one is going to tell her what she can and can’t do.

Watkins, Steve. Juvie. 2013. Candlewick Press, $17.99. 978-0-7636-5509-9.

Sadie's a good girl, but after a bad decision she’s sent to juvenile detention for a crime she didn’t commit.

Wilson, G. Willow. Ms. Marvel: No Normal. Illus. by Adrian Alphona. 2014. Marvel, $15.99. 978-0-7851-9021-9.

A Muslim teen and comic fangirl suddenly finds herself with superpowers.

2014 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults

Berry, Julie. All the Truth That’s in Me. Penguin/Viking Juvenile, 2013.

Clark, Kristin Elizabeth. Freakboy. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2013.

Federle, Tim. Better Nate Than Ever. Simon & Schuster/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013.

McNeal, Tom. Far Far Away. Random House/Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013.

Rowell, Rainbow. Eleanor & Park. Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013.

Sedgwick, Marcus. Midwinterblood. Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press, 2013.

Sepetys, Ruta. Out of the Easy. Penguin/Philomel, 2013.

Smith, Andrew. Winger. Illustrated by Sam Bosma. Simon & Schuster/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013.

Sullivan, Tara. Golden Boy. Penguin/Putnam Juvenile, 2013.

Wein, Elizabeth. Rose Under Fire. Disney-Hyperion, 2013.

2014 Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

  • Brown, Jeffrey. Star Wars Jedi Academy. Scholastic, 2013; 9780545505178
  • Bruchac, Joseph. Killer of Enemies. Tu Books, 2013; 9781620141434
  • Charbonneau, Joelle. The Testing. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013; 9780547959108
  • Henderson, Elisabeth and Nancy Armstrong. 100 Questions You’d Never Ask Your Parents: Straight Answers to Teens’ Questions About Sex, Sexuality, and Health. Roaring Book, 2013; 9781596438682
  • London, Alex. Proxy. Philomel, 2013; 9780399257766
  • Lynch, Chris. Vietnam #4: Casualties of War. Scholastic, 2013; 9780545270236
  • Medina, Meg. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. Candlewick Press, 2013; 9780763658595;
  • Newman, Aline Alexander and Gary Weitzman. How to Speak Dog: A Guide to Decoding Dog Language. National Geographic, 2013; 9781426313738
  • Shen, Prudence. Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong. Faith Erin Hicks. Roaring Book Press, 2013; 9781596436596 (Graphic novel)
  • Zadoff, Allen. Boy Nobody. Little, Brown Books, 2013; 9780316199681


Audiobooks anytime, anywhere! To access our audiobooks, stop by the Library Media Center and checkout a Playaway or go to You will need a student Username and Password. See your School Library Media Specialist.

Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

  • “Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein, read by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell.  Bolinda, 2012.
  • “Crusher” by Niall Leonard, read by Daniel Weyman.  Listening Library, 2012.
  • “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever” by Jeff Kinney, read by Ramon de Ocampo.  Recorded Books, 2011.
  • “The Diviners” by Libba Bray, read by January LaVoy.  Listening Library, 2012.
  • “Inheritance” by Christopher Paolini, read by Gerard Doyle.  Listening Library, 2011.
  • “The Isle of Blood” by Rick Yancey, read by Steven Boyer.  Recorded Books, 2011.
  • “Personal Effects” by E.M. Kokie, read by Nick Podehl.  Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, 2012.
  • “Warriors Don’t Cry” by Melba Patillo Beals, read by Lisa Renee Pitts.  Tantor Audio, 2011.
  • “The Watch That Ends the Night” by Allan Wolf, read by Michael Page, Phil Gigante, Christopher Lane, Laurel Merlington, and Angela Dawe.  Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, 2011.
  • “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio, read by Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, and Kate Rudd.  Brilliance, 2011.

Project Gutenburg


Top Ten Great Graphic Novels

Citation Guides: MLA and APA

Owl Purdue - MLA Formatting Style Guide 

CF Learning Resources Center

 APA Style Guide

Electronic references
USF Libraries' Research Tools

A simple guide to the APA style of doing research papers and more.

Online Citation Format Resources

Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism

Dictionaries Links to over 300 dictionaries in 100 languages.

Merriam-Webster Online: The Merriam-Webster Dictionary online.


FCAT Explorer


FCAT Explorer and
FCAT Test Item Specifications for online practice.

The Florida Department of Education has a web site, entitled, FCAT Explorer to provide students with resources to help prepare for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT).
Log on information: Username is LAST NAME plus FIRST INITIAL
Password is 42 plus FIRST 4 LETTERS OF LAST NAME plus BIRTHDAY in mmdd format
EX: Johnny Adams March 10, 1996 would sign on like this:
username: ADAMSJ with password: 42adam0310.

If you have difficulty logging in or have questions about the program, do not hesitate to contact the Media Specialist.

College Planning

FINDS: Florida Research Model

FINDS Research Model Organizer

Collaborative Planning Worksheet (teacher resource)

Instructional Support and Resources 

Florida Teens Read

High School Ace

High School Ace: Terrific site to begin your search by subject category. Find links to PBS, CNN, NPR, the Daily SAT question, the Word of the Day, Today in History, Medical information, money conversions, and much more!


Library of Congress: A catalog of incredible resources.

Marion County Public Libraries: Home page to the Dunnellon Public Libraries

Internet Public Library: Excellent links to many reference resources, lesson plans, homework help, etc. : Digital Public Library.  A Wealth of Knowledge

Modern American Poetry Criticisms

Modern American Poetry (Criticisms: A Multimedia Companion to Anthology of Modern American Poetry.

News Sites

ABC News

BBC News


Gainesville Sun

New York Times


Ocala Star Banner

Orlando Sentinel

St. Petersburg Times

Tampa Tribune

Primary Source Documents
Library of Congress

National Archives

Digital Public Library of America

National Archives Docs Teach

Scholastic Reading Counts Book Wizard

Book Wizard

Search Engines

Dogpile: A powerful and easy-to-use search engine

AltaVista: AltaVista is a very good search engine offering links to the richest, most relevant information across multiple dimensions.
  A search engine created just for students

Search Yahoo

Search Google

Useful Sites

Cool Science
Cool Science for Curious Kids

Living things from leaves to allergies to butterflies, this is the science lover's favorite site. There is also a science suggestion page for parents. Sponsored by Howard Hughes Medical Institute.


Gale Databases
Gale Databases

Gale Databases offer an engaging online experience for information on a broad range of topics, such as global issues, opposing viewpoints, science, literature, history, and titles for suggested reading.

MCPS Destiny
MCPS Destiny

Your school library is online. Check out which books are available.

Science Buddies

The Science Fair Project Guide offers step by step information on how to do a science fair project, including examples and a self evaluation tool at the end of each step.

Smithsonian Education
Smithsonian Education

A place for kids to explore, discover, and learn -- sponsored by the Smithsonian Museums

Possible Worlds




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