YA FIC ABB Abbott, Hailey Summer Boys
It's summer. It's hot. And it's time to hook up. Cousins Ella, Beth, and Jamie are at their family's
beach house for the summer, and they're gearing up for the wildest time of their lives. Sassy Ella
is majorly crushing on a sexy older boy -- who just happens to be her sister's new boyfriend.
Meanwhile, practical Beth is surprised when she finds herself falling for her best friend George.
And shy, creative Jamie gets her heart broken when her summer love abandons her. Three girls,
too many boys, and some seriously stormy romances...it all adds up to one unforgettable
YA FIC ABB Abbott, Hailey Next Summer
Things are heating up again. Can you handle it?
The SUMMER BOYS girls are back on the beach for another dose of sizzling drama. Can soul
mates Beth and George maintain their long-distance love affair, even while another boy is
catching Beth's eye? Will reformed bad girl Ella REALLY be able to change her wild ways? And
can shy, smart Kelsi open herself up to love again after she's had her heart broken? And what's
happening with Jamie on her summer writing program? Find out all this--and much more--in this
YA FIC ABB Abbott, Hailey After Summer
As the leaves turn golden, everyone's favorite beach girls are dealing with romantic dramas in
their respective hometowns. Tomboy Beth is worried that her true love, George, is changing --
and not for the best. Meanwhile, naughty Ella meets a boy at school who is (gasp!) an even
bigger flirt than she is. College girl Kelsi hates how her boyfriend treats her differently around his
frat posse. And shy dreamer Jamie falls hard for a pompous trust fund boy at her posh boarding
school. Everything comes to a head at an eventful Thanksgiving, and the four cousins come away
wiser about life and love.
YA FIC ABB Abbott, Hailey Last Summer
It's the last summer at Pebble Beach before everyone goes off to college. George and Beth are
no longer together, but will they make up before Beth heads off to (oh, the irony) GEORGEtown?
Kelsi has a new college boy around for the summer, but can he make her pulse flutter the way
Tim used to? Meanwhile, Ella runs into a dangerous blast from the past...can she resist him?
Between sipping homemade margaritas by the shore, and helping each other through their
romantic woes, the Tuttle girls might just make this the craziest, sweetest, most unforgettable
YA FIC ABB Abbott, Hailey Summer Girls
In SUMMER BOYS, Beth, Ella, and Kelsi ruled Pebble Beach. Now it's time for 3 new girls to rock
JESSICA: Liam is the cutest guy I've ever seen and he loves the beach as much as I do. So how
do I show him I'd make a better girlfriend than friend?
GREER I could be tanning on glam French beaches, but instead I'm "family-bonding" in Maine. At
least the boys are hot - especially Brady. So what if he has a clingy ex-girlfriend?
LARA: Just my luck. I've fallen hard for the one boy who's totally off limits. If only I could stop
YA FIC ABD Abdel-Fattah, Randa Does My Head Look Big in This?
Headstrong and witty, 16-year-old Amal, an Australian-Muslim-Palestinian decides during winter
break from her posh private school that she's ready to wear the hijab, the Muslim head scarf,
fulltime, as a testament to her faith. Amal knows she will face discrimination by classmates and
misinformed people but she is committed to her decision; her parents are initially concerned, but
ultimately rally behind her. Their worries, in fact, are well-founded: Amal attracts her share of
stares and taunts both at school and around town, but she finds strength, not only from her
convictions, but from her close-knit group of friends, who for various reasons-being Japanese,
Jewish, nerdy or body-conscious-are perceived as being outside "the norm." As Amal struggles
with her identity in a post-9/11, her faith-and an array of ever-ready quips-help her navigate an
YA FIC ALE Alexander, Jill The Sweetheart of Prosper County
Fifteen-year-old Austin Gray has not had an easy life. Her father died one rainy Christmas Eve
when his car skidded off a bridge into a lake. Since then Austin's mother has kept her close, not
allowing her to experience life for fear of another tragedy. Dean Ottmer has been Austin's worst
nightmare since fourth grade, tormenting her mercilessly. So when Dean harasses her at the No-
Jesus Christmas Parade about her flat chest ("Austin, Texas, the no-hill country"), she decides
that now is the time to change her life or spend the rest of it as the butt of his jokes. As she sets
her plan in motion, joining Future Farmers of America and making new friends, she realizes that it
is not friends or popularity that will protect her from Dean, but the confidence to stand up for
herself. Filled with quirky characters, including Charles Dickens, the rooster she decides to raise,
this is a warm, humorous story that touches on bullying and politics in a small town.
YA FIC ALM Almond, David Raven Summer
Liam lives with his father, a famous writer, and his mother, a photographer, on Britain's
Northumbrian coast. One day out wandering with his friend Max, Liam is led by a raven to a baby
left with a note and some money. When Liam and his parents visit the infant's foster family, Liam
connects immediately with two of the foster children, Crystal, a wild-child girl, and Oliver, a
refugee from Liberia. Liam's mother falls in love with the baby, and she comes to live with his
family. When Crystal and Oliver run away to Liam's secret hideaway, Oliver reveals his true
identity, and Liam is forced to explore the darkest parts of his own soul as he realizes the evil he
is capable of doing.
YA FIC AMA Amateau, Gigi A Certain Strain of Peculiar
This is the last time Mary Harold will have a panic attack at school when kids call her "the
grossest girl." If Mom won’t move back to Alabama, her thirteen-year-old daughter will just have
to drive herself 691 miles to Grandma Ayma’s farmhouse — and a whole new life. With Ayma’s
loving support, Mary Harold is soon strong enough to help Bud, the Cherokee farm manager,
wrangle the cows, and confident enough to stand up for his daughter, Dixie, a girl with a strain of
peculiar that makes her whinny and stamp like a horse to keep the world at bay. Mary Harold still
misses her mom, but has started to have dreams of the Black Warrior Forest that are offering
clues. As she listens to their message, and to her own heart, she discovers how powerful and
surprising the bonds of family can be.
YA FIC AND Anderson, Laurie Halse Prom
Ashley is (in her own words) normal-a senior from a lower-middle-class family, dating a high
school dropout, and gearing up for graduation but with no plans for college. But when the new
math teacher steals the prom money, Ashley-who swears she doesn't care-finds herself sucked
into turning nothing into the best prom ever because it means the world to her best friend, Nat.
YA FIC AND Anderson, Laurie Halse Catalyst
Kate Malone, the preacher’s daughter, learns there is more to life than her obsession about
getting into MIT when she becomes involved with her tragedy–stricken neighbors.
YA FIC AND Anderson, Jodi Lynn Peaches
During a summer at the Darlington Peach Orchard in Georgia, Murphy, Leeda, and Birdie
discover the true meaning of friendship despite their differences. Murphy, a bright, sarcastic 16-
year-old from the wrong side of town, is completing community service at the orchard. Wealthy
Leeda lives in her perfect older sister's shadow. She decides to work at her uncle's orchard on a
whim and then is too proud to change her mind. Birdie Darlington is trying to keep the farm
running despite the fact that her mother has left and her father refuses to face the desperate
straits that the business is in. As the summer progresses, the girls bond and realize that you
cannot judge someone by her financial or family situation.
YA FIC AND Anderson, Jodi Lynn The Secrets of Peaches
After a magical summer living on a peach orchard, Murphy, Leeda, and Birdie confront a series of
breakups, make-ups, and take-offs. They may have to leave one another, along with the orchard
that brought them together. But despite their heartbreak, this year's bitter endings could lead to
the sweetest of new beginnings.
YA FIC AND Anderson, Jodi Lynn Love & Peaches
After a not-quite-peachy year apart, three Georgia peaches come home to Darlington Orchard.
When Murphy chose New York City, she left her first love behind. Now, a summer in Bridgewater
means trading subway trains for pickup trucks and facing the boy she turned her back on. Leeda
expects her trip home to be over faster than her new Manhattan boyfriend can hail a cab—until a
surprising inheritance saddles her with a huge responsibility. Birdie's heart led her all the way to
Mexico, and heartbreak brings her back to the orchard. But when the Darlington family decides to
leave peach trees for palm trees, Birdie gets a crash course in letting go—and learning when to
hold on. Together for another juicy summer, carefree Murphy, perfect Leeda, and big-hearted
Birdie return to the place that allowed them to bloom. Brimming with all the charm, humor, and
heart of Peaches and The Secrets of Peaches, this satisfying conclusion to the series reunites
three unlikely best friends for a final sweet farewell.
YA FIC ARC Archer, Lily The Poison Apples
We all know the stories of Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel. But have you ever heard of
Alice Bingley-Beckerman, Reena Paruchuri, or Molly Miller? Of course you haven't. Not yet. But
here's something you should know. What these girls have in common with their fairy-tale sisters
is this: They are the stepdaughters of three very evil stepmothers. And they're not happy about it.
They think they are alone in their unhappiness until they arrive at Putnam Mount McKinsey, a
posh boarding school located in lovely, rural Massachusetts. Here is where they will plot their
revenge. But first, they have to meet. In her first novel, Lily Archer tells a knowing, unforgettable
story about how friendship just may turn out to be more happily-ever-after than family.
YA FIC ATK Atkins, Catherine ALT-Ed
Participating in a special after-school counseling class with other troubled students, including a
sensitive gay classmate, helps Susan, an overweight tenth grader, develop a better sense of
YA FIC BAU Bauer, Joan Rules of the Road
Sixteen-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.
YA FIC BAU Bauer, Joan Best Foot Forward
Jenna, spunky heroine of Bauer's award-winning Rules of the Road, makes a welcome
reappearance in this sequel. Back in Chicago after a road trip driving her tough-minded though
tender-hearted boss, Mrs. Gladstone, down to Texas to help save her shoe company from a
takeover by her sleazy son, Elden, in the previous title, 16-year-old Jenna is now happily working
at Gladstone Shoes while juggling responsibilities at school and at home. She's still wrestling with
her father's alcoholism (she called the police on him for driving drunk) and she attends Al-Alon for
support. Meanwhile, a new challenge comes into her life: Tanner, a "dangerously cute" teenager
whom she encounters when he tries to steal from the shoe store. Instead of prosecuting him, Mrs.
Gladstone hires him—and assigns Jenna to be his mentor. Interestingly, this doesn't become a
romantic relationship (Jenna meanwhile meets the perfect guy: "'He understands retail,' I said
dreamily"), but both of them learn and grow from their work experience, especially when Mrs.
Gladstone's son tries to turn the business into a discount chain and is revealed to be using
sweatshop labor in Thailand.
YA FIC BAU Bauer, Michael Gerard Don’t Call me Ishmael
By the time ninth grade begins, Ishmael Leseur knows it won't be long before Barry Bagsley, the
class bully, says, "Ishmael? What kind of wussy-crap name is that?” Ishmael's perfected the art of
making himself virtually invisible. But all that changes when James Scobie joins the class. Unlike
Ishmael, James has no sense of fear—he claims it was removed during an operation.
Now nothing will stop James and Ishmael from taking on bullies, bugs, and Moby Dick, in the
toughest, weirdest, most embarrassingly awful . . . and the best year of their lives.
YA FIC BEA Beal, Daphne In the Land of No Right Angles
Alex , a twenty-year-old American student, is spending the year in Nepal, backpacking and
photographing. As a favor to Will – her American friend – she uses one of her Himalayan treks to
seek out Maya, a young Nepali woman desperate to flee her traditional family to find work in
Kathmandu. But helping Maya has unforeseen implications. Soon Alex is embroiled in a strange
triangle with Maya and Will, where the lines between friendship, love, and lust grow more tangled
every day. Over the course of the next eight years, Alex returns to Nepal: first to visit and to
photograph, then in an attempt to help the troubled Maya. Moving between Kathmandu, New
York, and the grim houses of prostitution along Falkland Road in Bombay, Alex begins to
understand the pitfalls of trying to be both adventurer and savior in an unfamiliar world.
YA FIC BEN Benduhn, Tea Gravel Queen
First love creates a kaleidoscope of thoughts and emotions. Benduhn allows readers to peek into
the shifting world of narrator Aurin during the summer before her senior year, as she plans to
hang out with her two best friends. Kenney is obsessed with reinventing their images, and Fred
secretly lusts after straight Grant Grayson, one of the coolest guys in their high school. As
Kenney orchestrates their days, Aurin reluctantly goes along with the makeovers and agrees to
take ballroom dancing lessons at the local community center with Fred. When Aurin notices a
new girl in town, "a girl with rosewood skin and a lion's mane of short, springy, bleached yellow
curls," the predictable pattern of her life is shaken to pieces. Aurin's breath catches, her stomach
flip-flops, and she gradually realizes that she is attracted to Neila in a way that she has never
before experienced. As Aurin and Neila meet by chance and then by design, their mutual feelings
create a rift in the relationship between Aurin and Kenney, while Aurin wrestles with her new
YA FIC BEN Bennett-Wealer, Sara Rival
Brooke and Kathryn used to be best friends . . . until the night when Brooke ruthlessly turned on
Kathryn in front of everyone. Suddenly Kathryn was an outcast and Brooke was Queen B. Now,
as they prepare to face off one last time, each girl must come to terms with the fact that the
person she hates most might just be the best friend she ever had.
YA FIC BOO Boock, Paula Dare, Truth or Promise
Luisa "Louie" Angelo is rarely at a loss for words. Actress, extrovert, comedienne, she is well
suited for the legal career she is planning. When she meets strong-minded Willa, her worldview
and sense of self are forever altered with the realization that she is in love with her. Moving from
disbelief to the awareness that the love she feels for Willa is "absolutely natural," Louie must cope
with her mother's chilly suspicion, societal disapproval, and religious condemnation. When caught
by her mother in a compromising situation with Willa, Louie is torn between the truth in her heart
and the institutions that have guided her all her life. Willa, though secure with her identity, is
recovering from a disastrous relationship with another girl whose fundamentalist family accused
her of being a corrupting influence. Fearing a repeat with Louie, Willa is determined to suppress
her own vulnerability.
YA FIC BOR Borris, Albert Crash into Me
Owen, Frank, Audrey, and Jin-Ae have one thing in common: they all want to die. When they
meet online after each attempts suicide and fails, the four teens make a deadly pact: they will
escape together on a summer road trip to visit the sites of celebrity suicides...and at their final
destination, they will all end their lives. As they drive cross-country, bonding over their dark
impulses, sharing their deepest secrets and desires, living it up, hooking up, and becoming true
friends, each must decide whether life is worth living—or if there's no turning back.
YA FIC BOY Boyd, Maria Will
THE CRIME It all started when Will mooned the girls' school bus. It wasn't his finest moment. And
it's the last time William Armstrong will sully the St. Andrew's community, says Principal
THE PUNISHMENT That's when a teacher worried about Will's home situation comes up with an
idea. Why not let Will, a talented guitarist, give back to the school in a progressive manner? Why
not have him play in . . . THE SCHOOL MUSICAL?
THE MUSICAL Now Will is stuck in the school production of The Boy Friend. He's a
laughingstock, and he has to give up his weekends for a show set at a girls' finishing school.
THE PLAYERS There's the trombone-playing seventh grader who proclaims himself Will's best
friend and refuses to leave his side. Then there's the undeniably attractive leading lady. Although
she might be in love with her costar, the new football hero (and dazzling singer!).
Sharp-witted, funny, and poignant all at once, this is the story of a boy going through a difficult
time who, in a most unlikely way, discovers the person he truly wants to be.
YA FIC BRA Bradley, Alex Hot Lunch
Molly Ollinger can't stand perky Cassie Birchmeyer. When they are forced to collaborate on a
school project, their bickering escalates into a food fight in the Sunshine Day School cafeteria.
But because Sunshine Day isn't your average high school, the girls' punishment isn't detention—
it's to work in the cafeteria as lunch ladies. Ewww. They'll have to cook up a way to get along in
order to get themselves out of the kitchen. Seasoned with hilarious original songs, slams on
traditional school-lunch menus, not to mention downright tasty recipes, Hot Lunch is the best
thing to hit school lunch since Tater Tots.
YA FIC BRA Brashares, Ann The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Four best girlfriends spend the biggest summer of their lives enchanted by a magical pair of
YA FIC BRA Brashares, Ann The Second Summer of the Sisterhood
Like the summer before, Carmen, Bridget, Tibby, and Lena share their individual adventures with
the Pants collective, creating an engaging, kaleidoscopic narrative of four voices. This summer,
Tibby attends a film program in Virginia and Bridget (Bee), whose mother has died, impulsively
jets off to Alabama to get reacquainted with her estranged grandmother. Lovely Lena tries to
protect herself from the heartbreak of loving her long-distance Greek god boyfriend Kostos, and
Carmen deals (poorly) with her mother dating again and having the nerve to borrow the Pants!
YA FIC BRA Brashares, Ann Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of
Tilly, Carmen, Lena and Bee are graduating from high school and heading to college-Brown,
RISD, NYU, and Williams. In the summer before college, before getting on with "their real lives,"
the girls have the Pants to keep them connected as they go their separate ways. Brashares
provides a prologue for those new to the saga, explaining the sisterhood and the magical powers
of the Pants they share-one at a time, of course-during the summer. The Pants offer a kind of
spiritual link between the girls, providing love, security and connectedness as they face various
dramas with boys, parents, new siblings and uncertain futures. The theme of this volume is
change, as the girls understand they are leaving one life behind, but in one way or another, each
realizes that leaving home doesn't mean giving up home or friends.
YA FIC BRA Brashares, Ann Forever in Blue
With unraveled embroidery and fraying hems, the Traveling Pants are back for one last, glorious
Lena: Immerses herself in her painting and an intoxicating summer fling, fearing that the moment
she forgets about Kostos will be the moment she sees him again.
Carmen: Falls under the spell of a sophisticated college friend for whom a theatrical role means
everything and the heritage of the Pants means nothing.
Bridget: Joins a dig for an ancient city on the coast of Turkey and discovers that her archaeology
professor is available in every way except one.
Tibby: Leaves behind someone she loves, wrongly believing he will stay where she has left him.
Join Ann Brashares's beloved sisterhood once again in a dazzling, fearless novel. It's a summer
that will forever change the lives of Lena, Carmen, Bee, and Tibby, here and now, past and
future, together and apart.
YA FIC BRA Brashares, Ann 3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows
Polly, Jo, and Ama became best friends on their first day of third grade. Forgotten by their
parents, the girls left school together with plants they were to care for and help grow into willow
trees. As the plants grew, so did their friendship. For the next six years, the girls were
inseparable, caring for Jo after her brother died, giving Polly a place to go when her Mom
disappeared into her art studio, and encouraging Ama while her sister achieved academic
heights. Now they have drifted apart without knowing exactly how it happened. Jo wants to be
popular at any cost, even if the boy she likes is a player. Ama wants to rely on her brains and not
her body, even though she's won a prized scholarship to a wilderness adventure. Polly wants to
find herself, even if it means trying to reshape her body in an unhealthy way.
YA FIC BRI Brian, Kate Sweet 16
Teagan Phillips's sweet sixteen is the event of the season. Other parties have been chill, sure,
but no one at Rosewood Prep throws a bash as extravagant, exclusive, or over-the-top expensive
as Teagan. No one is as obnoxious, either. But that doesn't stop everyone from wanting to see
and be seen at her birthday. Luckily, Teagan's in for a rude (and rather ungraceful) awakening.
On the big night she falls stilettos-over-tiara into the country club wine cellar and blacks out.
When she comes to, there is a strange woman standing at the foot of the stairs. No, Teagan, this
mystery woman is not one of "the help." She is here to take you on a ride, to bring you back
through time and show you some very unpretty realities. And if you're lucky, she just might put
the sweet back in sixteen....
YA FIC BRO Brooks, Martha True Confessions of a Heartless Girl
A confused seventeen-year-old girl, a single mother and her young son, two elderly women, and
a sad and lonely man, with their own individual tragedies to bear, come together in a small
Manitoba town and find a way to a better future.
YA FIC BRO Brooks, Kevin Lucas
Caitlin lives on an island, and it is across the windswept causeway that Lucas enters her life one
unforgettable summer day. He's the perfect embodiment of freedom, honesty, and directness --
and Caitlin feels deeply drawn to him. But what does he see in her? Caught between girlhood
innocence and adult independence, Caitlin doesn't understand the petty vices and darker forces
that seem to assault her family and the world in which she lives. Then there's the awful day that
Lucas is accused of and hunted down for a crime he didn't commit. That's when Caitlin knows
she has to make a choice. That's when she realizes she has to break old allegiances in order to
do what she knows is right in her heart.
YA FIC BRO Brooks, Kevin Martyn Pig
Faced with the possibility of living with a dreadful aunt, fifteen-year-old Martyn Pig decides not to
tell authorities when his alcoholic father dies accidentally, instead asking a friend for her help in
disposing of the body.
YA FIC BRO Brown, Hobson; Taylor Materne & Caroline Says The Upper
Welcome to Wellington. Boarding school for society's elite, overachievers, and rich screwups.
No matter who you are, Wellington can be the deepest and most beautiful time of your life, or the
loneliest and most difficult. And two new girls are about to find out which it will be for them . . .
Laine Hunt is a Wellington girl by blood: She lives the country club life in Greenwich, Connecticut,
she's a field hockey star, and her turquoise eyes and blond hair turn heads wherever she goes.
But Laine has a mortal fear of failure that wakes her in the middle of the night with a fever, and
she'll do anything to avoid it. She also wants to avoid her roommate, fellow new girl Nikki Olivetti.
Nikki is not Wellington material—she comes from a new-money Long Island family who have sent
her away to save her from the bad influence of her friends back home. Nikki's a tease, a
loudmouth, and an absolute sweetheart—and she just doesn't belong. The girls couldn't have
less in common. Except, of course, they both have to learn to survive in their new world—a world
with no parents, no safety net, and no limit to how much trouble they can get into. No one ever
thinks they'll crash and burn, but someone always does.
Will the new girls make it to the upper class?
YA FIC BRU Brugman, Alyssa Walking Naked
Megan Tuw, a not-very-likable teen, is self-absorbed and ruled by peer pressure. She bullies
people in her group-her Australian high school's in-crowd-and ignores others who are "different"
or not useful. Assigned detention for rudeness to a teacher, Megan gets to know Perdita
Wiguiggan, an eccentric classmate, dubbed by her fellow students as "The Freak." As detention
progresses, Megan reluctantly recognizes Perdita's brilliance and love of poetry while Perdita
attempts to lure Megan into an unwanted intimacy that jeopardizes her standing in the group. The
conflict between Megan's loyalty to her group and her budding admiration for Perdita's.
YA FIC BRU Brugman, Alyssa Being Bindy
Bindy and her best friend, Janey, have been best friends forever, but now they are growing up,
and Janey's interest in skimpy tops, short skirts, sex, and heavy makeup is quickening, while
Bindy still enjoys television cartoons and fantasy games. Janey makes a stab at bringing Bindy
into her world, but Bindy is not there yet. She does not fit in with Janey's new friends and is
grossed out by Janey's behavior as well as confused, hurt, and angered by it. The girls fall out,
and Janey, eager to look good with the in-crowd, stands by while Bindy is teased and later
bullied. As the girls' friendship sours, the friendship between their divorced, single parents grows,
and when Bindy and Janey discover Mom and Dad in bed, they fear marriage is imminent and
they'll be forced to live together. They unite but only to break up their parents.
YA FIC BRY Bryant, Jen Pieces of Georgia
At Risk. Thirteen-year-old Georgia McCoy's name is on the list. She is not a good student, she
has only one friend, and she spends a lot of time in the nurse's office. This week, Mrs. Yocum,
the school counselor, hands Georgia a diary, promising her that if she writes down thoughts and
feelings a few times each week, Georgia will be excused from coming to Guidance for a while.
Then Mrs. Yocum asks, "Do you miss your mother? Georgia's voice comes alive as she fills the
diary with letters to her deceased mother. Although her loneliness is palpable, her perception of
the world around her is crystal clear. An inquisitive and sensitive young artist, Georgia
understands the pain and emptiness that her father feels, but still longs for the family they once
were. An anonymous gift, free membership to the Brandywine River Museum, unexpectedly
changes and expands Georgia's life. This quiet, moving tale chronicles a young girl's emotional
journey through tough times.
YA FIC BUD Budhos, Marina Tell Us We’re Home
Jaya, Maria, and Lola are just like the other eighth-grade girls in the wealthy suburb of
Meadowbrook, New Jersey. They want to go to the spring dance, they love spending time with
their best friends after school, sharing frappÉs and complaining about the other kids. But there’s
one big difference: all three are daughters of maids and nannies. And they go to school with the
very same kids whose families their mothers work for. That difference grows even bigger—and
more painful—when Jaya’s mother is accused of theft and Jaya’s small, fragile world collapses.
When tensions about immigrants start to erupt, fracturing this perfect, serene suburb, all three
girls are tested, as outsiders—and as friends. Each of them must learn to find a place for
themselves in a town that barely notices they exist.
YA FIC BUR Burgess, Melvin Doing It
Three teenaged boys enjoy talking about, thinking about, and joking about sex. Dino finally
establishes a relationship with Jackie, the prettiest girl in school, who will allow all sorts of sexual
liberties, but draws the line at intercourse. He finds another girl whom he mistakenly thinks he can
use for sex while keeping his relationship with Jackie viable. In the meantime, he witnesses his
mother passionately involved with a man who is not his father, and must deal with the results of
his own treacherous behavior as he watches his parents' marriage fall apart. Ben finds himself
steeped in a dilemma of a different sort. His 20-something drama teacher chooses him to be her
secret sexual playmate, which he first enjoys but then desperately tries to escape. Jonathon's
predicament involves his budding romance with Deborah, an overweight girl whom everyone likes
as a friend, but not a girlfriend. He has to decide whether to follow his heart, despite taunting from
YA FIC BYR Byrd, A.J. Chasing Romeo
Best Friends Forever—that's Anjenai, Kierra and Tyler. Growing up together in an Atlanta
housing project, the girls have always been there for each other. But high school is a whole new
world, and the drama is just beginning. Anjenai, Kierra and Tyler believe their bond is strong
enough to survive anything. Anything—except maybe Romeo Blackwell, the finest guy and a star
athlete in their new high school. What starts out as a small fan club soon becomes a huge
competition. And to win, Anjenai, Kierra and Tyler will have to be down for whatever. Things start
to get seriously crazy. And with all the drama, can the girls' friendship survive when Romeo finally
makes his choice?
YA FIC CAR Carbone, Elisa Jump
Jump. That is what P.K. has done. A totally wild, crazy jump from a restrictive life with her family
into a life of total adventure—rock-climbing out west with a guy she barely knows. At first,
everything's amazing. Not only are they climbing in awesomely beautiful national parks like
Yosemite but they seem awesomely made for one another. P.K. is in heaven. And then the cops
show up . . . with an arrest warrant. And P.K. has to decide who to believe: this amazing guy
whom she trusts with her life—or the cops, who want her to believe that he may take her life.
YA FIC CAR Carlson, Melody Burnt Orange
The daughter of a pastor justifies going to drinking parties as helping others, disregarding the
feelings of real friends.
YA FIC CAR Carlson, Melody Fool’s Gold
YA FIC CAR Carlson, Melody Torch Red
YA FIC CAR Carlson, Melody Deep Green
YA FIC CAR Carlson, Melody Pitch Black
After one of their classmates kills himself, seventeen-year-old Morgan, whose faith in God was
already wavering, makes a suicide pact with some other students.
YA FIC CAR Carter, Scott William The Last Great Getaway of the
Water Balloon Boys
CHARLIE HILL, straight-A student, straight-A geek, and Most Likely to Be a Human Squid for the
Rest of His Life, is having a bad day. The worst. All he wants to do is make it through school
without being on the receiving end of a beating from Leo Gonzalez, but things don't turn out
exactly the way he planned. Just as Leo is about to rip his face off, Charlie's ex-best friend Jake
pulls up in their principal's bright red '67 Mustang. Charlie has to choose between a broken nose
and the risk of a lifetime, and for the first time in his life, he decides to take a chance. Now Charlie
and Jake are off on the open road. And when their journey of a thousand miles ends in a
courtroom far from home, Charlie will have to make the most difficult decision of all.
YA FIC CAS Castellucci, Cecil Queen of Cool
On the outside, Libby Brin is the most popular girl in school. She has the coolest friends, the
hottest boyfriend, the trendiest clothes, and the hippest parents. But on the inside, Libby is dying -
of boredom. In a moment of desperation, Libby signs up for an internship at the L.A. Zoo, much to
the dismay of her friends, who'd prefer she spend her time with them, shopping, partying, and
making fun of everyone else. To Libby, the zoo gig seems like something, anything, different to
do, even if it means she has to work with two nerds - Tina (aka "Tiny"), a little person and aspiring
actress, and Sheldon, an introverted boy with a brilliant, inquiring mind. But what happens when
Libby realizes she actually enjoys working at the zoo and may even like Tina and Sheldon? Will
the QUEEN OF COOL be forced to give up her crown?
YA FIC CAS Castrovilla, Selene The Girl Next Door
Sam and Jesse were your typical pair of best-friends-since-the-stroller teenagers. Jesse was a
popular jock, dating only the most beautiful girls in school while being the star baseball player.
Sam was his cute little misfit side-kick that was always fed up with whatever good looking,
shallow creature Jesse was dating. But then the world comes apart at the seams when Jesse is
diagnosed with a form of cancer that most likely will kill him and is given maybe a year to live.
Jesse cuts off everyone from his former life except Sam. Sam begins to focus on Jesse and
nothing else. She sleeps in his room because he is scared to die alone. She goes to Jesse's
treatments since his mom can't be bothered. She lets her grades slip. She doesn't seem to care
about anything but Jesse. He seems to be wasting away right in front of her and she is not about
to let him go. Jesse has given up and Sam must convince him to keep trying for both their sakes.
Jesse and Sam realize that they are in love and probably have been for a long time. Can Jesse
find the strength to try for Sam? Can Sam live without him when the time comes? Can she deal
with and continue her own life?
YA FIC CHA Chambers, Aidan The Toll Bridge
Taking a job as a toll-bridge collector to escape family pressures and discover who he is,
seventeen-year-old Jan meets and befriends Adam and Tess and the three test their friendship
as each faces a turning point in his and her life.
YA FIC CHA Chambers, Veronica Plus
The perfect romantic makeover story about an every-girl whose dream comes true . . .
Beatrice Wilson is our lovable Cinderella, who just got dumped by her very first boyfriend and put
on twenty-five pounds. But then she's discovered as a plus model. In the eyes of pop culture, Bee
is Jessica Alba and then some! Now she must vanquish skinny rivals, fend off sleazy photogs,
and banish jealous frenemies in her rise to superstardom. All the while, she's torn between her
first love and the surprisingly sincere up-and-coming rapper she tutors in calculus. But what's
better than finding your prince charming? Finally learning to love yourself!
YA FIC CHA Chappell, Crissa-Jean Total Constant Order
Fin can't stop counting. She's always heard a voice inside her head, ordering her to listen, but
ever since she's moved to the Sunshine State and her parents split up, numbers thump like a
metronome, rhythmically keeping things in control. When a new doctor introduces terms such as
"clinical depression" and "OCD" and offers a prescription for medication, the chemical effects
make Fin feel even more messed up. Until she meets Thayer, a doodling, rule-bending skater
who buzzes to his own beat—and who might just understand Fin's hunger to belong, and her
struggle for total constant order.
YA FIC CHO Choldenko, Gennifer If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period
Kirsten's parents are barely speaking to each other, and her best friend has fallen under the spell
of the school's queen bee, Brianna. It seems like only Kirsten's younger science-geek sister is on
her side. Walker's goal is to survive at the new white private school his mom has sent him to
because she thinks he's going to screw up like his cousin. But he's a good kid. So is his friend
Matteo, though no one knows why he’ll do absolutely anything that hot blond Brianna asks of him.
But all of this feels almost trivial when Kirsten and Walker discover a secret that shakes them
both to the core.
YA FIC CHO Chotjewitz, David Daniel Half Human and the Good Nazi
In June 1945, a U.S. soldier working as an interpreter for the Royal British Army visits the ruins of
his childhood neighborhood in Hamburg and reflects on the events that changed his life forever.
In 1933, 13-year-old Daniel, the well-to-do son of a prominent lawyer, and his working-class best
friend, Armin, are wildly enthusiastic about the Nazis' rise to power. Both boys are eager to join
the Hitler Youth, despite their parents' opposition. Daniel is horrified when his parents reveal that
his mother is Jewish. He is furious with her for being Jewish, with his father for marrying "that
Jewess," and with himself for being someone considered only half human according to the Aryan
doctrine. While Daniel's father insists his status as a decorated World War I hero will protect his
family, his mother urges her husband to emigrate. Armin, torn between loyalty to his best friend
and pressure from Nazi leadership to sever his ties with Daniel, does his best to warn him of
YA & J FIC CLE Clements, Andrew Things Not Seen
Fifteen year old Bobby learns that being invisible can be challenging, but when he meets blind
Alicia, he finds that being treated as if one is invisible is worse.
YA FIC CLE Clements, Andrew Things Hoped For
Gwen, age 17, has come to live with her grandfather in Manhattan so she can prepare for violin
auditions at the top music schools there. Then her grandfather mysteriously disappears, leaving
her a message not to tell anyone he's gone, and she meets Robert, a teenager who is also in
town for music auditions. Out shopping one day, they see the shadow of a man without being
able to see the man himself, and Robert tells her it's an invisible man; he himself has had
experience being invisible (related in Things Not Seen), he finally explains. Meanwhile, Gwen's
great-uncle, desperate for money, is trying to contact her grandfather, to get him to sell the
house, and the unscrupulous invisible man sees an opportunity to profit.
YA FIC CLE Clements, Andrew Things That Are
Alicia may be blind, but that doesn't mean she can't see what's happening right in front of her
eyes. Like how her parents try to give her freedom. Or how Bobby—now Robert—has returned to
figure out their relationship. Or even the invisible man, William, and just how dangerous he is to
Alicia, to Robert, to their whole family—or so the police say. Or is Alicia wrong this time? If her
normally sharp instincts are wrong, the results could be disastrous.
YA FIC COH Cohen, Joshua Leverage
The football field is a battlefield
There's an extraordinary price for victory at Oregrove High. It is paid on–and off–the football field.
And it claims its victims without mercy–including the most innocent bystanders.
When a violent, steroid-infused, ever-escalating prank war has devastating consequences, an
unlikely friendship between a talented but emotionally damaged fullback and a promising
gymnast might hold the key to a school’s salvation. Told in alternating voices and with
unapologetic truth, Leverage illuminates the fierce loyalty, flawed justice, and hard-won optimism
of two young athletes.
YA FIC COH Cohn, Rachel & David Levithan Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss
NAOMI AND ELY ARE BEST FRIENDS. Naomi loves and is in love with Ely, and Ely loves
Naomi, but prefers to be in love with boys. So they create their "No Kiss List" of people neither of
them is allowed to kiss. And this works fine - until Bruce. Bruce is Naomi's boyfriend, so there's
no reason to put him on the List. But Ely kissed Bruce even though he is boring. The result: a rift
of universal proportions and the potential end of "Naomi and Ely: the institution." Can these best
friends come back together again?
YA FIC COH Cohn, Rachel You Know Where to Find Me
First cousins Laura and Miles grew up like sisters. Miles thought of Laura as the golden one --
smart, beautiful, rich, and popular -- while Miles considered herself the unwanted one -- an
unattractive, underachieving outcast. Laura's suicide shatters Miles and leaves her feeling
completely alone, and sets Miles on a dangerous downward spiral. But in the strength Miles finds
in herself and in those she didn't believe cared about her, she is able to rebuild her life in
YA FIC COL Colasanti, Susane Take Me There
In one short week . . . three lives change.
Rhiannon is devastated after the breakup with her boyfriend and wants him back. Nicole's ex is
still in the picture, but she can't help having a new crush. James and Rhiannon are just friends,
though he may try to take it to the next level. Will their desire to take a mean girl down a notch
bring these three friends what they want . . . and more?
YA FIC COL Colasanti, Susane Something Like Fate
Best friends Lani and Erin couldn't be more different. Lani's reserved and thoughtful; Erin's bubbly
and outgoing. Lani likes to do her own thing; Erin prefers an entourage. There's no possible way
they could be interested in the same guy. So when Erin starts dating Jason, Lani can't believe
she feels such a deep connection with him—and it may be mutual. The more Lani fights it, the
more certain she feels that it's her fate to be with Jason. But what do you do when the love of
your life is the one person you can't have?
YA FIC COL Coleman, Michael On the Run
Fifteen-year-old Luke is a skilled thief with a perfect record until the day he is caught running from
a robbery gone wrong. He chooses to save the life of a blind girl, Jodi, rather than escape cleanly.
As a result, Luke is given a shot at freedom if he will train to be Jodi's guide in the London
Marathon. The friendship that develops between the two offers Luke one last chance to discover
just how far-and in what direction-he is willing to run. A taut, unpredictable read, this novel will
appeal to anyone who has changed course in life . . . or is trying to figure out how.
YA FIC COO Cook, Eileen What Would Emma Do?
While juggling friendship issues (her best friend isn't speaking to her), a love triangle-turned-
square (okay, maybe she shouldn't have kissed her best friend's boyfriend...but it was totally an
accident!...sort of), and escalating mayhem in her small religious town (uh-oh...what would Jesus
do?), Emma realizes she has to stop trying to please everyone around her and figure out what
she wants for herself. It's time to start asking, "What would Emma do?"
YA FIC COO Cook, Eileen Getting Revenge on Lauren
Helen Worthington and Lauren Wood, both 14, were born a day apart in the same hospital in
Michigan and seated together from kindergarten through eighth grade. It was only natural that
they would be the closest of friends—until Lauren decides that she needs a fresh start in high
school and frames Helen for naming the students who participated in the senior prank. The last
days of eighth grade are hell for Helen, and she's in heaven when her dad gets a new job and
they move to New York. However, after three years spent reinventing herself, her father gets a
grant to study at a meditation camp and Helen finds herself sent back to Terrace for her senior
year. She sets out to take her revenge on her ex-friend, which involves taking away the four most
important things to Lauren, including her boyfriend and her popularity. During the course of the
story Helen learns about the true nature of friends, relationships, and family.
YA FIC COO Cooney, Caroline Hit the Road
Sixteen-year-old Brittany acts as chauffeur for her grandmother and three other eighty-plus-year-
old women going to what is supposedly their college reunion, on a long drive that involves lies,
theft, and kidnappings.
YA FIC COS Costello, Emily VT (Vermont) (Ski Share series)
The Killington, Vermont, condo is almost slopeside, and almost stylin'. So what if one of the
bedrooms must be coed? And the resort paychecks are a joke? It's cool. The six housemates are
riding hard all day and raging hardcore all night. The windchill may be dropping, but these ski
bums, boarders, and bunnies keep heating things up — by the fire, in the hot tub...
YA FIC CRA Craft, Elizabeth & Sarah Fain Bass Ackwards and Belly Up
Harper, Becca, Sophie, and Kate are four friends on the eve of heading off to their freshman year
of college. Harper, who's been lying to her friends about being accepted into New York
University, announces that she has decided not to go to university but to write the Great
American novel instead. On the heels of Harper's announcement, Sophie decides to pursue her
dream of going to Los Angeles to try to make it as an actress. Kate decides she's not going off to
Harvard, either, and she heads to Europe on a backpacking adventure instead. Becca ends up
being the only one of the four to head off as planned to college in Middlebury, Vermont. The novel
follows each girl's adventures and angst during the first semester.
YA FIC CRA Craft, Elizabeth & Sarah Fain Footfree and Fancyloose
Follow four friends as each seeks to find her own dream in the year after high school. Finding
water in Africa, pursuing stardom in Los Angeles, writing the great American novel at home, or
becoming the star skier on a college team, each of these four young women fulfill their dreams, in
their own ways, making friendships and finding love along the way. Romance, family trials, failure,
and more attempt to hinder progress along the road to success; yet in the end, perseverance,
friendship, and loyalty pay off.
YA FIC CRA Crane, EM Skin Deep
If all the world’s a stage, Andrea Anderson is sitting in the audience. High school has its
predictable heroes, heroines, villains, and plotlines, and Andrea has no problem guessing how
each drama will turn out. She is, after all, a professional spectator. In the social hierarchy she is a
Nothing, and at home her mother runs the show. All Andrea has to do is show up every day and
life basically plays out as scripted. Then one day Andrea accepts a job. Honora Menapace–a
reclusive neighbor–is sick. As in every other aspect of her life, Andrea’s role is clear: Honora’s
garden must be taken care of and her pottery finished, and someone needs to feed her dog,
Zena. But what starts out as a simple job yanks Andrea’s back-row seat out from under her. Life
is no longer predictable, and nothing is what it seems. Light is dark, villains are heroes, and what
she once saw as ugly is too beautiful for words. Andrea must face the fact that life at first glance
doesn’t even crack the surface.
YA FIC CRO Crocker, Nancy Billie Standish Was Here
Billie Standish has pretty much no one. Her parents are too caught up in their own lives, and the
only two girls in town her age want nothing to do with her. When it looks like a nearby levee might
break, and Billie's elderly neighbor, Miss Lydia, is the only other person besides her family to stick
around, a friendship is born out of circumstance. What happens during that time, in that empty
town, is a tragedy that Billie can't bear alone. Can the love of one woman nearing the end of her
life save the life of a young woman just at the beginning of living hers?
YA FIC CRO Crowley, Cath A Little Wanting Song
CHARLIE DUSKIN loves music, and she knows she's good at it. But she only sings when she's
alone, on the moonlit porch or in the back room at Old Gus's Secondhand Record and CD Store.
Charlie's mom and grandmother have both died, and this summer she's visiting her grandpa in
the country, surrounded by ghosts and grieving family, and serving burgers to the local kids at the
milk bar. She's got her iPod, her guitar, and all her recording equipment, but she wants more: A
friend. A dad who notices her. The chance to show Dave Robbie that she's not entirely
unspectacular. ROSE BUTLER lives next door to Charlie's grandfather and spends her days
watching cars pass on the freeway and hanging out with her troublemaker boyfriend. She loves
Luke but can't wait to leave their small country town. And she's figured out a way: she's won a
scholarship to a science school in the city, and now she has to convince her parents to let her go.
This is where Charlie comes in. Charlie, who lives in the city, and whom Rose has ignored for
years. Charlie, who just might be Rose's ticket out.
YA FIC CRU Crutcher, Chris Stotan!
The story is built around the lives of Walker, Nortie, Jeff, and Lion, members of the Frost High
School swimming team who are on the brink of life-changing experiences. Stotan Week, a
grueling task taken on by the young men, causes them to rethink their own perceptions of
themselves and each other, dramatically exposing their deepest and darkest sides.
YA FIC CRU Crutcher, Chris Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
An obese boy and a disfigured girl suffer the emotional scars of years of mockery at the hands of
their peers. They share a hard-boiled view of the world until events in their senior year hurl them
in very different directions. A story about a friendship with staying power, written with pathos and
YA FIC CRU & SR Section Crutcher, Chris Whale Talk
There’s bad news and good news about the Cutter High School swim team. The bad news is that
they don’t have a pool. The good news is that only one of them can swim anyway. A group of
misfits brought together by T. J. Jones (the J is redundant), the Cutter All Night Mermen struggle
to find their places in a school that has no place for them. T.J. is convinced that a varsity letter
jacket–exclusive, revered, the symbol (as far as T.J. is concerned) of all that is screwed up at
Cutter High–will also be an effective tool. He’s right. He’s also wrong. Still, it’s always the quest
that counts. And the bus on which the Mermen travel to swim meets soon becomes the space
where they gradually allow themselves to talk, to fit, to grow. Together they’ll fight for dignity in a
world where tragedy and comedy dance side by side, where a moment’s inattention can bring
lifelong heartache, and where true acceptance is the only prescription for what ails us.
YA FIC CUM Cumbie, Patricia Where People Like Us Live
I want to shake Rita. She thinks all the screwed-up things in the world are happening somewhere
else. But bad things are happening right here. It's a routine Libby's used to by now: pack up,
move, start over, repeat. This time it's to Rubberville–population: faces, names, a few factories,
and Angie, a girl who nearly-but-not-quite gets Libby killed the first day they meet. Angie is
everything Libby wishes she were: outspoken, fearless, and happy to risk it all to have a little fun.
But one day Libby learns that behind Angie's attitude is a frightening secret. Libby faces an
impossible choice: Does she protect her friendship or her friend?
YA FIC DAL Daly, Cathleen Flirt Club
Best friends Izzy and Annie are trying to survive the horrors of middle school, and the fact that
they are drama and choir geeks is not helping the situation. Neither has ever had a boyfriend, but
crushes abound as they decide to start Flirt Club and figure out what they are doing wrong in this
department. Other girls join the after-school support group and a tight bond forms as they all
watch, learn, and attempt to understand the male species. However, dating goes south with
cheating boyfriends, crushes liking another friend, and multiple boys chasing one girl. Told in
journal entries and notes back and forth, mostly Izzy's and Annie's, the conversations are filled
with quirky, silly exchanges.
YA FIC DAV Davis, Michele Ivy Evangeline Brown and the Cadillac Motel
Evangeline hates living in the dingy Florida motel with the pink Cadillac butt sticking out of the
wall. With Pa absorbed in his drinking, she spends her days wishing that her mother was still alive
to make the motel a real home. Then Evangeline meets Farrell, the one person who understands
her. After a teacher threatens to expose their poor living conditions, the two friends decide to run
away. But when Evangeline stumbles across her mother's letters, she finds the courage she
needs to seek her true home.
YA FIC DEL De La Cruz, Melissa Au Pairs
Three teenage girls from different backgrounds work for a summer in the Hamptons as au pairs
for a wealthy family, and in spite of many ups and downs, all three end up changing for the better .
YA FIC DE De La Cruz, Melissa The Au Pairs: Skinny Dipping
Eliza, Mara, and Jacqui return for a second season of high fashion, fabulous parties, unlimited
alcohol, sex, and celebrities in New York's exclusive Hamptons. Last summer, as au pairs for the
wealthy Perry family, the girls partied their way through the season. Now Mara and Jacqui have
returned to care for the Perry children while Eliza has chosen to work at the ultra-hip nightclub,
The Seventh Circle. Sound perfect? Not quite. Eliza has broken up with the hunky gardener from
last year and has hooked up with Ryan Perry, Mara's ex-boyfriend. After all, Mara did break up
with him. The catch is that, unbeknownst to Eliza, Mara wants him back. Jacqui, the beautiful
Brazilian, has recently sworn off men-until she meets Eliza's replacement, the stunning Philippe.
Oh, yeah, it may be worth mentioning that Mrs. Perry also has her eye on him.
YA FIC DE De la Cruz, Melissa Sun-Kissed (Au Pairs series)
The gang from The Au Pairs ("a beach read without a doubt," according to PW) returns in The Au
Pairs: Sun-Kissed by Melissa de la Cruz. Mara has set up housekeeping with Ryan Perry on his
family's yacht, Jacqui plays the field, and Eliza and Jeremy seem set for happily-ever-after. Or
are they? More fun in the sun is in store.
YA FIC DE De la Cruz, Melissa Crazy Hot
This summer's not just hot...it's crazy hot.It's been a year since the hottest au pairs ever saw the
Hamptons, and they're certainly older — though not necessarily wiser. Or drama-free.Eliza,
Jacqui, and Mara thought they'd be spending the summer apart, but when Eliza's new stepmother
finds herself in need of some nannying help around the megamansion with the step-monsters,
Eliza makes a call...and Jacqui and Mara wind up with two first-class tickets to the
Hamptons.After ruling her first year at Parsons, Eliza, the up-and-coming starlet-turned-designer,
is opening her own boutique on super posh Main Street. But it's not just Eliza's career that's on
the fast track — her relationship with Jeremy is too. Too bad he's moving too fast for Eliza to
keep up.Brazilian beauty Jacqui is trying to be a good, responsible au pair. But it's tough when
there's a hot British photographer following you around, telling you to quit your job and become
an international supermodel. All she wants is to make enough money to pay for NYU...so what
happens when she gets a much bigger offer?After getting fired from her travel-writing job and
dumped at the airport by her journalist boyfriend, Mara settles for a summer chasing toddlers
once again. There's one benefit to nannying: She'll have plenty of material for the novel she's
writing about being an au pair — and an It Girl — in the Hamptons. Nothing's going to distract her
from the task...
YA FIC DEE Dee, Barbara Just Another Day In My Insanely Real Life
Lady Catrain must defend Queen Alynna from the evil Lord Valdyk. This does not sound insanely
real, does it? In fact, it is the journal writing of feisty 12-year-old Cassie, who finds solace in
writing fantasy that parallels her personal experiences. Her single mom works long hours to
support the family; Miranda, 15, is often irresponsible and sometimes angry. Cassie takes a lot of
responsibility at home, particularly regarding six-year-old Jackson, who is in need of attention.
The bane of Cassie's life is her sarcastic English teacher. She mistakenly comes to believe that
her teacher only counts the number of pages in their journals, ignoring the contents, and begins
writing a series of very funny and definitely hostile journal entries musing on such deep topics as
rubber bands and converting fractions into percents. After her best friends drop her due to the
lessening of her family's social status, Cassie reluctantly befriends overweight outcast Bess, who
shares her love of fantasy fiction.
YA FIC DEN Dent, Grace LBD: It’s a Girl Thing
Move over Georgia and Angus, the LBD is taking over! Meet Fleur, Claude, and Ronnie, the
sassy and sophisticated fourteen-year-old Brits who comprise the Les Bambinos Dangereuses,
otherwise known as the LBD. Banned from attending the ultra-cool Astlebury Music Festival by
their parents, the LBD decides to host Blackwell Live, a musical festival to showcase their
school's talent, the proceeds going to charity. After winning over their skeptical headmaster and
securing financial backing from Fleur's James Bond-obsessed father, the LBD is on their way to
planning the party of the year. The road to success is never easy and the LBD encounters many
obstacles along the way, namely Blackwell's own diva-in-training, Panama Goodyear, whose
group Catwalk is not afraid to commit extortion to get top billing. Nevertheless, in typical LBD
style, the girls keep their cool and pull off an unforgettable event.
YA FIC DEN Dent, Grace LBD: Live and Fabulous
It's been a year since the LBD (a.k.a Les Bambinos Dangereuses) saved Blackwell school with
their brilliant music festival featuring rock-god Spike Saunders. Now Ronnie, Fleur, and Claude
have zero plans for their summer break. Plus, Ronnie and her skater-punk boyfriend Jimi Steele
are on the rocks. But just when things look bleakest, salvation comes in the form of four tickets
from Spike to Astlebury-the biggest rock festival ever. Soon enough, the LBD are on their way for
a weekend of crowd surfing, festival chic, awesome music, and about a million totally lush festival
lads. In other words, the natural environment for the LBD!
YA FIC DEN Dent, Grace LBD: Friends Forever
Three friends, Les Bambinos Dangereuses, are on the outs-but not for long. Once Ronnie, Fleur,
and Claude realize that their rift is all because of evil Cressida Sleeth and Panama Goodyear,
they patch things up and carry out their plans to spend the summer in Destiny Bay. To earn their
stay, the British teens hire on as waitstaff at an exclusive hotel. After adjusting to a grueling
schedule and hard work, they begin looking forward to the Big Beach Booty Quake Party, which
is the ultimate motivation for going to Destiny Bay. But then Claude learns that she will have to
move unless her mom can come up with a sizable amount of money. A possible solution presents
itself in a modeling contest, where the winner will earn 10,000 pounds.
YA FIC DES Dessen, Sarah The Truth About Forever
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.
YA FIC DES Dessen, Sarah Someone Like You
Halley has always followed in the wake of her best friend, Scarlett. But when Scarlett learns that
her boyfriend has been killed in a motorcycle accident, and that she's carrying his baby, she's
devastated. For the first time ever, Scarlett really needs Halley. Though their friendship may be
tested by the strain, like a true friendship, it will endure.
YA FIC DES Dessen, Sarah Keeping the Moon
Fifteen-year-old Colie is spending the summer with her eccentric Aunt Mira while her mother
travels. Formerly chubby and still insecure, Colie has built a shell around herself. But her summer
with her aunt, her aunt's tenant Norman, and her friends at the Last Chance Diner; teaches her
some important lessons about friendship and learning to love yourself.
YA FIC DOR Dorfman, Joaquin Playing it Cool
"I always know what I'm doing."
So says 18-year-old Sebastian Montero, who is famous around town as a problem solver of the
subtlest kind. Want a date with the girl of your dreams? Bastian can make it happen. Have a
friend threatening suicide? Baz can talk him off the ledge. But as popular as Sebastian is, no one
really knows him. Thanks to his intricate network of favors and debts Sebastian controls the
world, manipulates it, and hides from it. It isn't until his best friend asks him to track down his
long-missing father that Sebastian is forced to face the most challenging problem of all, the
solution to which will change his life forever.
YA FIC DOW Dowell, Frances O’Roark The Kind of Friends We
Used to Be
Kate and Marylin are best friends forever.... Well, except for last year when they weren't friends
anymore....And except for this year when they both want to be friends again, but just don't know
how. But the thing is, even as they are trying to fix their broken friendship, they are becoming
more and more unalike. And that's becoming harder and harder to deal with. Well, it would be a
lot easier if Kate would just take some of Marylin's fashion advice. Ballet flats would look so much
better than those big black combat boots. Feminine. But Kate doesn't want to be feminine. She
wants to learn guitar and write her own songs; she wants to be the exact opposite of the middle-
school cheerleaders. And maybe if Marylin would just stick up for herself and not get bullied by
Mazie (the Meanest Cheerleader Ever) into judging anyone who's the least bit different, Marylin
and Kate could be real friends again.
YA FIC DUP DuPrau, Jeanne Car Trouble
Duff Pringle has bought his first car. (Used.) He's got six days to drive 3,000 miles cross-country
to California and start a new hi-tech job that will make him wealthy. (Sort of.) Nothing can stop
him. (Or can it?) Uh-oh . . . CAR TROUBLE. Duff's Ford Escort barely makes it a hundred miles
from home before breaking down. What's he supposed to do? He's promised his new boss he'll
be there by Monday. But he's also promised himself that he'll make this journey by car, so he can
really see the country. Using his laptop and some quick thinking, he pieces together a way to
continue his trip. What he doesn't plan on are the people he meets along the road. There's Stu, a
hitchhiker with a secret; Bonnie, an aspiring singer with a con artist for a mother; two thugs
looking for a trunkful of cash; and Moony, the terrier prone to carsickness.
YA FIC EHR Ehrenhaft, Daniel 10 Things To Do Before I Die
Sixteen-year-old Ted is doing his usual thing: hanging out at the local burger joint with his friends
Mark and Nikki. Talk turns to spring break, which has just started that day. When his friends find
out that Ted has no real plans for the time off from school, they decide to help their friend out by
compiling a list of things he needs to do. Later, when the trio determine that Ted has been
poisoned by a disgruntled, dismissed fry cook, the list becomes even more important to them.
With an estimated 24 hours left to live, Ted is supposed to accomplish all the things on his
remarkable list, including jamming and partying with his favorite band, losing his virginity, and
getting something named after him. How Ted and his friends attempt to accomplish the things on
the list—and what they learn about themselves and each other in the process—makes for a
fantastic whirlwind of a story.
YA FIC HER Ehrenhaft, Daniel Friend is Not a Verb
You know things are bad when your dreams come with a washed-up '80s soundtrack
Henry "Hen" Birnbaum's sister, Sarah, missing for over a year, has come home unexpectedly,
with no explanation at all. But he can't leave well enough alone; Hen needs to figure out why she
disappeared, even if she won't tell him. It's not like he has anything better to do. His girlfriend just
dumped him and kicked him out of their band. He can't play the bass worth crap anyway. His
social life consists of night after night of VH1 marathons with his best friend and next-door
neighbor, the neurotic Emma Wood. Hen's sure the answers to Sarah's lost year lie with Gabriel
Stern—Sarah's friend from college who also happens to be a twenty-two-year-old fugitive from
the law and Hen's bass teacher . . . too bad he can't play bass worth crap either. A month into his
quest, Hen has had countless consultations with Emma, watched approximately fifty-three reruns
of Behind the Music, and made one new Facebook friend. Unfortunately, he's no closer to any
revelations about his sister. The thing is, he's too distracted to notice it, but while Hen's been
looking for all the answers, something mind-blowing happened: He got a life.
YA FIC EPS Epstein, Robin God is in the Pancakes
Fifteen-year-old Grace Manning is a candy striper in a nursing home, and Mr. Sands is the one
patient who makes the job bearable. He keeps up with her sarcasm, teaches her to play poker . .
. and one day cheerfully asks her to help him die. At first Grace says no way, but as Mr. Sands'
disease progresses, she's not so sure. Grace tries to avoid the wrenching decision by praying for
a miracle, stuffing herself with pancakes, and running away from all feelings, including the new
ones she has for her best friend Eric. But Mr. Sands is getting worse, and she can't avoid him
YA FIC FER Ferris, Aimee Will Work for Prom Dress
Quigley Johnson has, reluctantly, given up the rest of her last year of high school to take part in
her best friend Ann's Betterment Plan, which will turn them into the best-dressed, most sought-
after, most admired girls at their senior formal. Because - hey - who doesn't want the perfect
prom, complete with a dream dress and a devastatingly handsome date? But the prom costs
money - lots of money - and even though the girls could easily have Ann's mom design their
dresses (she's only Victoria Parisi, one of the most famous designers in the world), Ann insists
that they pay their own way. And that's how Quigley gets stuck making artistic topping
masterpieces on frozen pizzas canvases, before becoming a live model for Ms. Parisi's fashion
design class, where she meets Zander. He's cute, and cool, and funny, with a killer design
sensibility (even if he can't sketch). But is he too good to be true? And what about David, the hot,
talented artist at school, who's also kind of a jerk, but won't leave Quigley alone? And Ann - she
started the Betterment Plan to improve Quigley and herself, but it seems like it's ripping their
friendship to shreds. This road to the prom dream may just end in disaster.
YA FIC FLE Fleischman, Paul Mind’s Eye
Eighty-eight-year old Elva and Courtney, an attractive sixteen-year-old with a severed spinal
chord, lie in adjacent beds in a grim Bismarck, North Dakota convalescent home. Ignored by the
world, the only resource they have left is their imagination. As Elva and Courtney go on a fantasy
trip to Italy (accompanied by Elva's long dead husband and guided by a 1910 travel book), Elva
shows Courtney a new way to envision love. But to accept it, and the gift of the imagination,
Courtney must make the trip her own--even if she destroys the art Elva holds most dear.
YA FIC FLE Fletcher, Christine Tallulah Falls
When Tallulah Addy sets out on an impulsive cross-country trip to rescue her best friend, she
doesn't anticipate getting stranded in rural Tennessee without a dime. Nor does she guess that
rescuing a dog will land her a job in the local veterinarian’s office. But there, under the wary eye
of ornery Dr. Poteet, Tallulah works harder than ever before, tending to animals of all shapes and
sizes—and unexpectedly, to wounds long-buried in herself. Tallulah swears she'll leave the first
chance she gets, yet when given the choice, it may prove harder to keep the promise to her friend
than to say good-bye to the strangers who have become her new family.
YA FIC FOG Fogelin, Adrian The Big Nothing
Justin, age 13, is going through a rough patch. His beloved brother Duane has enlisted in the
army and is being shipped out to Iraq; his father has left, perhaps for good; and his depressed
mother can barely get out of bed most days. To top it all off, Justin's best friend, Ben, has a
girlfriend, and Justin feels deserted. But there are rays of light—he forms a friendship, and
perhaps something more, with his African American classmate Jemmie, and her grandmother
starts to give him piano lessons. Justin discovers that he has a talent for music, and he begins to
understand more about relationships, too.
YA FIC FOG Fogelin, Adrian My Brother’s Hero
Ben Floyd is almost fourteen. He's ready for a change of scenery and a taste of adventure. When
an unexpected turn of events finds the Floyd family in the Florida Keys over the Christmas
vacation, Ben has a welcome opportunity to escape the neighborhood routine. Here he and his
younger brother Cody meet Mica, a know-it-all eleven year old who lives a nomadic life aboard a
boat with her marine biologist father. At first Ben resents Mica, but hanging out with her, he
experiences the excitement and the danger of the Keys and, in the process, tests the limits of his
YA FIC FOG Fogelin, Adrian Crossing Jordan
Cass and Jemmie discover they have lots in common; a talent for running, very young siblings
who cause big work, a devotion to Jane Eyre, and families who expect them never to cross the
racial line dividing them in their Florida neighborhood. Where adult prejudices and assumptions
would hold them apart, the two girls build a strong bridge of friendship, brought to an apex in the
footrace where each proves herself more dedicated to the other girl than to winning glory for
YA FIC FOR Forman, Gayle Sisters in Sanity
For sixteen-year-old Brit Hemphill, the out-of-control dream comes true when her dad enrolls her
at Red Rock, a bogus treatment center that claims to cure rebellious teen girls. At Red Rock, Brit
is forced into therapy, and her only hope of getting her life back is in the hands of an
underqualified staff of counselors. Brit's dad thinks Red Rock can save her, but the truth is it's
doing more harm than good.
YA FIC FRE Fredericks, Mariah and Nick Vaccaro The True Meaning of
When Jess and Sari, best friends since seventh grade, begin their freshman year of high school
and Sari becomes obsessed with a senior boy, Jess wonders if their friendship will survive.
YA FIC FRI Friedman, Aimee The Year My Sister Got Lucky
When Katie and Michaela Wilder are uprooted from NYC and planted in rural Fir Lake, Katie is
horrified by their new surroundings: the too-friendly neighbors, the local uniform of sandals paired
with socks, the very idea of milking a cow. But while Katie suffers through shopping withdrawal,
Michaela transforms into a small-town social firefly, flirting with the hot quarterback and soaking
up nature with her new hick-town friends. As in, people who think camping is *fun*. Does Katie
even know her sister anymore? And after Michaela hides a jaw-dropping secret from her, does
Katie even want to?
YA FIC FRI Friesen, Gayle The Isabel Factor
The sunny expectations of a counselor-in-training at her childhood camp on a Canadian island
become overcast when teen Anna's best buddy, Zoe, can't make the trip. In years past, Anna had
traveled the path of least resistance, the one right behind Zoe; but now her experiences give her
new strength and insight. Venturing forth on her own, she meets Isabel, an enigma with rainbow-
colored hair, whose blunt approach to life doesn't fit in with perfectionist Jennifer's ambitions for
their cabin to be the best at all costs. She befriends Isabel, assists the cute but infuriating swim
coach, and helps a struggling young camper. Then Zoe shows up, throwing Anna's world out of
balance, as she faces a test of character, and friendship.
YA FIC FRI Friesen, Gayle For Now
In this sequel to Losing Forever, a blended family has its share of highs and lows for fifteen-year-
old Jes as she bitterly experiences household changes. Her mother just remarried and Cal, her
stepfather, is moving into the house with his daughter. Jes is displaced to the smaller bedroom
and is overshadowed by Angela's ways—an orderly room, a macrobiotic diet, exercise, and
beauty. After Jes settles in her new room, the plans begin to change with the sudden
announcement that Jes's mother is expecting a baby. With no extra bedrooms to spare, Jes will
be back in her original bedroom, sharing it with Angela when the baby arrives. Meanwhile, Jes's
friendship with Dell and Sam shifts, and the holidays bring about changes in the traditions.
YA FIC FRE Freymann-Weyr, Garret The Kings are Already Here
With her commitment to dance under question from the head of her school's faculty and from her
mother, 15-year-old Phebe is assigned a summer break from her rigorous ballet school and sent
to Geneva, where she can stay with her father, director of an agency that aids refugees, and still
attend classes. There Phebe meets Nikolai, a teenage chess prodigy who is in a similar quandary
over his future; the two characters alternate as narrators. Convinced that only a former world
champion named Stas can turn him into a grandmaster, Nikolai has, at Stas's insistence,
extradited himself from his overbearing father-only to have Stas disappear. As they all search for
Stas, Phebe senses the limits of Nikolai's life, and by extension, the confines of dance. She
realizes she wants more than "having to choose between only failure and Brava," while Nikolai
struggles with what it means to play beautifully (like Stas) or to play to win (like his father made
YA FIC FRI Friedman, Aimee South Beach
Spring break. South Beach. ‘Nuff said. On a trip to a place where anything can happen -- and
does -- two ex-best friends discover that a chance encounter can lead to the chance of a lifetime.
HOLLY: Dream date or bad fate? She wants true love--and a break from her strict parents.
Perhaps a spring fling will do? ALEXA: Flirting with destiny or flirting with disaster? The guy of her
dreams turns out to be her friend's first love. How far is she willing to go? This year, Spring Break
is going to be scandalous!
YA FIC FRI Friesen, Gayle Losing Forever
Ninth-grader Jessica is dealing with a "shifting universe." Several years earlier, her toddler sister
died in an accident and her parents divorced. Now, her mom is remarrying, and Jessica's
unlikable, but beautiful, stepsister-to-be has begun to share her room, four weeks before the
wedding. If that's not enough, Jessica's friendship with her best friend has taken a backseat now
that Dell has a boyfriend. In the course of the story, the teen learns to accept that everything is
evolving, and that she cannot expect anything-least of all people and relationships- to stay the
YA FIC FRO Frost, Helen Keesha’s House
Keesha has found a safe place to live, and other kids gravitate to her house when they just can’t
make it on their own. They are Stephie – pregnant, trying to make the right decisions for herself
and those she cares about; Jason – Stephie’s boyfriend, torn between his responsibility to
Stephie and the baby and the promise of a college basketball career; Dontay – in foster care
while his parents are in prison, feeling unwanted both inside and outside the system; Carmen –
arrested on a DUI charge, waiting in a juvenile detention center for a judge to hear her case;
Harris – disowned by his father after disclosing that he’s gay, living in his car, and taking care of
himself; Katie – angry at her mother’s loyalty to an abusive stepfather, losing herself in long hours
of work and school. Stretching the boundaries of traditional poetic forms – sestinas and sonnets –
Helen Frost’s extraordinary debut novel for young adults weaves together the stories of these
seven teenagers as they courageously struggle to hold their lives together and overcome their
YA FIC FRO Frost, Helen Hidden
When Wren Abbott and Darra Monson are eight years old, Darra's father steals a minivan. He
doesn't know that Wren is hiding in the back. The hours and days that follow change the lives of
both girls. Darra is left with a question that only Wren can answer. Wren has questions, too.
Years later, in a chance encounter at camp, the girls face each other for the first time. They can
finally learn the truth—that is, if they’re willing to reveal to each other the stories that they’ve
hidden for so long. Told from alternating viewpoints, this novel-in-poems reveals the complexities
of memory and the strength of a friendship that can overcome pain.
YA FIC GAL Galante, Cecilia Patron Saint of Butterflies
Agnes and Honey have been best friends for as long as they can remember. But everything is
about to change, from their friendship to the only home they’ve ever known: a religious commune
called Mount Blessing. Agnes loves being a believer and following the rules of the commune, but
Honey has started to rebel. Then, when Agnes and Honey experience the outside world (on the
run, no less), their friendship is tested further. After all, when everything you’ve ever known turns
out to be a lie, how do you find the truth?
YA FIC GAU Gauthier, Gail Saving the Planet and Stuff
The summer is not starting out well for Michael, age 16. He begins working for his uncle but the
business folds and rumors are flying that Michael was fired. Then he meets his grandparents'
friends, Nora and Walt, and before he knows it, he has signed on to stay with them and work at
their zealously environmental magazine, "The Earth's Wife." Nora and Walt live what they believe:
they have a solar house, they never use air conditioning, they are vegetarians, and they expect
Michael to stay in a bedroom filled with stuff that cannot be recycled but must not go into landfill.
To top it all off, Michael has to ride an old bicycle to work. Their only saving grace is that they own
a computer; as the summer progresses, Michael discovers via e-mail that his friends' jobs that he
envied aren't ideal either. Maybe "The Earth's Wife" job isn't so bad after all. Michael can call
himself a research assistant and he might just have some talent as an investigative journalist,
despite the office politics.
YA FIC GEH Gehrman, Jody Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty
Geena can't wait to spend summer vacation with her two best girls— her friend Amber and her
cousin Hero. All three are working at the Triple Shot Betty coffee shop together, but the moment
Amber and Hero meet, the claws come out. They hate each other on sight. Geena's dreams of a
girl-bonding summer fl y out the window, and then threaten to disappear completely when a few
cute (okay, drop-dead gorgeous) guys come along to woo the Bettys. But all is not what it seems,
and in a story of mistaken identities, crazy summer high jinks, and enough romance to make
Shakespeare proud, Geena and her friends learn that when Bettys unite, they can take on the
most powerful force in their world— a hot guy.
YA FIC GEH Gehrman, Jody Triple Shot Betty’s in Love
Geena is freaking out. She's been going out with Ben for five months, their relationship is
comfortable and perfect, and then Bam! he's suddenly putting the pressure on to be way more
physical. She's not sure she's ready. Enter Mr. Rex Sands, Geena's delectably hot and brilliant
English substitute teacher (he speaks to her soul!), on whom her best friend Amber develops an
immediate crush when he stops by the Triple Shot Betty coffee shack. Amber needs Geena's
help talking to him because he is such an intellectual, so Geena finds herself writing love notes,
MySpace messages, and texts to Mr. Sands under Amber's name. And he writes back! Geena is
just doing it all for Amber (sort of), so it's not technically cheating on Ben . . . right?
YA FIC GEO George, Madeleine Looks
A glimpse into the unconventional friendship of two lonely 14-year-old girls, Looks sends readers
on an emotional roller coaster ride with its protagonists during their first year of high school. The
moment Meghan Ball sees Aimee Zorn in the nurse's office the first day of school, she senses
that this is a girl with whom she can be friends. However, despite her size, Meghan rarely
appears on her classmates' radars, and she finds it more difficult than expected to befriend the
guarded Aimee, an aspiring poet who suffers from anorexia. When Aimee forms a friendship with
duplicitous teen queen Cara Roy, Meghan redoubles her efforts to reach Aimee, knowing that
only she has the secret that can save her.
YA FIC GIN Gingras, Charlotte Pieces of Me
Mirabelle’s art teacher tells her she has talent, but what good is it doing her? Almost fifteen and
friendless, Mira is plagued by dark thoughts. Her body seems to be changing daily. Her mother is
domineering and half-crazy and her father — well, he’s her ex-father, mostly out of Mira’s life and
awkward when he’s around. Then she meets free-spirited, confident Catherine, a knockout who
makes the boys’ jaws drop. Not only is Catherine good at art like Mira, she also knows about
kissing boys. Mira has never kissed anyone and doesn’t understand the hungry way boys are
beginning to look at her. Now that Mira’s finally found someone she can talk to, her dark thoughts
are vanishing. But as her friend encourages her to come out of her shell, Mira finds that her new-
found confidence can still be shattered in an instant. Only after Mira faces a betrayal and a
tragedy can she begin to put the fragmented pieces of herself together.
YA FIC GOD Godbersen, Anna Luxe
Pretty girls in pretty dresses, partying until dawn.
Irresistible boys with mischievous smiles and dangerous intentions.
White lies, dark secrets, and scandalous hookups.
This is Manhattan, 1899.
Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan's social scene. Or so it appears.
When the girls discover their status among New York City's elite is far from secure, suddenly
everyone—from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry
Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud—threatens Elizabeth's and Diana's golden future.
With the fate of the Hollands resting on her shoulders, Elizabeth must choose between family
duty and true love. But when her carriage overturns near the East River, the girl whose glittering
life lit up the city's gossip pages is swallowed by the rough current. As all of New York grieves,
some begin to wonder whether life at the top proved too much for this ethereal beauty, or if,
perhaps, someone wanted to see Manhattan's most celebrated daughter disappear...
In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the
social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously
scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent.
YA FIC GOD Godbersen, Anna Rumors (Luxe bk 2)
After bidding good-bye to New York's brightest star, Elizabeth Holland, rumors continue to fly
about her untimely demise. All eyes are on those closest to the dearly departed: her
mischievous sister, Diana, now the family's only hope for redemption; New York's most notorious
cad, Henry Schoon-maker, the flame Elizabeth never extinguished; the seductive Penelope
Hayes, poised to claim all that her best friend left behind—including Henry; even Elizabeth's
scheming former maid, Lina Broud, who discovers that while money matters and breeding counts,
gossip is the new currency. As old friends become rivals, Manhattan's most dazzling socialites
find their futures threatened by whispers from the past. In this delicious sequel to The Luxe,
nothing is more dangerous than a scandal . . . or more precious than a secret.
YA FIC GOD Godberson, Anna Envy (Luxe bk 3)
Two months after Elizabeth Holland's dramatic homecoming, Manhattan eagerly awaits her return
to the pinnacle of society. When Elizabeth refuses to rejoin her sister Diana's side, however,
those watching New York's favorite family begin to suspect that all is not as it seems behind the
stately doors of No. 17 Gramercy Park South. Farther uptown, Henry and Penelope
Schoonmaker are the city's most celebrated couple. But despite the glittering diamond ring on
Penelope's finger, the newlyweds share little more than scorn for each other. And while the
newspapers call Penelope's social-climbing best friend, Carolina Broad, an heiress, her fortune—
and her fame—are anything but secure, especially now that one of society's darlings is slipping
tales to the eager press. In this next thrilling installment of Anna Godbersen's bestselling Luxe
series, Manhattan's most envied residents appear to have everything they desire: Wealth.
Beauty. Happiness. But sometimes the most practiced smiles hide the most scandalous secrets. .
YA FIC GOI Going, K.L. The Liberation of Gabriel King
Gabriel King is afraid of everything: spiders, the rope swing over the lake, and most of all, going
to fifth grade. Frita Wilson, his best friend, decides Gabriel needs some liberating from his fears,
so they make a list and plan to tackle each one. But one of the reasons Frita is so determined to
help Gabe is that she needs his help too. Hollowell, Georgia in 1976 isn't exactly the most
integrated place, and Frita's the only black student in school in a town with an active Ku Klux
YA FIC GOI Going, K.L. Fat Kid Rules the World
Seventeen-year-old Troy, depressed, suicidal, and weighing nearly 300 pounds, gets a new
perspective on life when a homeless teenager who is a genius on guitar wants Troy to be the
drummer in his rock band.
YA FIC GOU Gould, Peter Write Naked
Sixteen-year-old Victor, a thoughtful loner who tries to live his life “under the radar,” wants to test
out the saying “You have to be naked to write.” When he sneaks off with an old Royal typewriter
to his uncle’s cabin deep in the Vermont woods and strips off his clothes, he expects Thoreau-like
solitude. What he gets is something else—both funny and, as his high school English teacher
likes to say, “transformative.” For he discovers a face in the window watching him—Rose Anna, a
homeschooled free spirit with an antique fountain pen and a passion to save the planet. Their
unexpected encounter marks the beginning of an inspired writing partnership—and a relationship
as timeless and eager as the Vermont woods in spring.
YA FIC GRA Grab, Daphne Alive and Well in Prague New York
Matisse Osgood is a New York City girl through and through. She buys her clothes at Andy's
Cheapies, watches indie films at the Angelika, and wouldn't be caught dead on a hayride. But
when her father gets sick and Matisse's parents decide to leave Manhattan for a small town in
upstate New York, her perfect world crumbles. As Matisse trudges through life in Prague, she
dreams of waking up in her apartment on West 78 Street with a father who's well enough to walk
with her in Central Park and a mother who doesn't pretend that everything is okay. When rumors
surround Matisse at school and her father's symptoms worsen, Matisse realizes that the friends
she's making in Prague are the kind you can count on. They help Matisse find the strength to
reach out to her father, who may not be as far from her as she thought. And one particular farm
boy shows Matisse that country living is a lot more magical than she ever imagined.
YA FIC GRA Graham, Rosemary My Not So Terrible Time at the
Tracy's summer vacation couldn't start off any worse. Her father has dragged herto Farnsworth
House, a.k.a. the Hippie Hotel, on Cape Cod. It's a place where divorced parents bring their
children for quality "Together Time." Tracy dreads the whole idea, until she meets the other girls
her age at the hotel. They seem friendly and fun. But they're also great at flirting, which Tracy
definitely isn't. When Tracy meets Kevin, a cute, smart guy, she panics. With pretty friends like
Kelsey and Beka around, how can Tracy possibly interest Kevin? Then again, maybe she is
someone worth knowing, and maybe Kevin thinks so too.
YA FIC GRA Gramont, Nina de Every Little Thing in the World
Sixteen-year-old Sydney Biggs is a “good kid.” Smart, pretty, self-aware. No one doubts that
she’ll go far in life. But, lately her mother worries that Sydney is wandering down the wrong path
and getting all caught up in petty teenage rebellion and shenanigans. When Sydney and her best
friend Natalia “borrow” a car to go to a party and then get escorted home by the police, their
parents pack them up and ship them off to a hard-love wilderness camp—to stop this behavior
before it gets out of hand, before things go too far. The problem is, they already have.
Sydney—the “good kid”—is pregnant. In the wilds of Canada, where the girls are to spend the
next four weeks canoeing, camping and foraging for food, time is ticking, because Sydney isn't
sure what she wants to do about her pregnancy. And she certainly isn't expecting the other heady
issues that will confront her as she forges friendships with her adventure-mates, including a guy
who makes it no secret that he is a major thug and a teen television heartthrob with a secret of
his own, not to mention her own best friend -- who is very adamant about what Sydney should do.
YA FIC GRA Gray, Keith Ostrich Boys
Ross is dead, and Blake, Sim, and Kenny are furious. To make it right, they steal Ross's ashes
and set out from their home on the English coast for the tiny village of Ross in southern Scotland,
a place their friend had always wanted to go. What follows is an unforgettable journey with illegal
train rides, bungee jumping, girls, and high-speed police chases--all with Ross's ashes along for
the ride. As events spin wildly out of control, the three friends must take their heads out of the
sand long enough to answer the question: What really happened to Ross?
YA FIC GRE Green, John Looking for Alaska
Miles "Pudge" Halter is abandoning his safe-okay, boring-life. Fascinated by the last words of
famous people, Pudge leaves for boarding school to seek what a dying Rabelais called the
"Great Perhaps." Pudge becomes encircled by friends whose lives are everything but safe and
boring. Their nucleus is razor-sharp, sexy, and self-destructive Alaska, who has perfected the arts
of pranking and evading school rules. Pudge falls impossibly in love. When tragedy strikes the
close-knit group, it is only in coming face-to-face with death that Pudge discovers the value of
living and loving unconditionally.
YA FIC GRE Green, John An Abundance of Katherines
Colin Singleton, child prodigy, has just been dumped by Katherine XIX-the nineteenth girl named
Katherine whom Colin has loved and lost. To help him get over his anguish, Colin's friend Hassan
suggests a road trip. They end up in Gutshot, Tennessee, the final resting place of the Archduke
Franz Ferdinand and home to Lindsey Lee Wells and her mother, Hollis, who promptly hires the
two boys to record the oral histories of her employees at Gutshot Textiles. Meanwhile in his quest
to simultaneously win back Katherine XIX and make the leap from prodigy to genius, Colin
devises the Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, a mathematical formula that can
predict the future of a romantic relationship between any two people.
YA FIC GRI Griffin, Paul The Orange Houses
Meet Tamika Sykes—Mik to her friends (if she had any). She's hearing impaired and way too
smart for her West Bronx high school. She copes by reading lips and selling homework answers,
and looks forward to the time each day when she can be alone in her room drawing. She's a
tough girl who never gets close to anyone, until she meets Fatima, a teenage refugee who sells
newspapers on Mik's block. Both Mik and Fatima unite in their efforts to befriend Jimmi, a
homeless vet who is shunned by the rest of the community. The events that follow when these
three outcasts converge will break open their close-knit community and change the lives of those
living in the Orange Houses in explosive and unexpected ways.
YA FIC HAL Halpern, Julie Into the Wild Nerd Yonder
Sophomore Jessie Sloan is having a bad year. Her two closest friends are turning punk and boy-
crazed; one of them even pursues Jessie's longtime crush. To make matters worse, Jessie's
beloved older brother will soon be leaving for college. Jessie feels adrift and spends her time
sewing skirts and listening to audiobooks. The story picks up pace when class nerd Dottie
introduces Jessie to Dungeons and Dragons, which Jessie (to her surprise) actually enjoys,
leading her to a new group of friends as well as a heartfelt, if a little clichéd, crush on a cute boy
with his own nerdish tendencies.
YA FIC HAL Halpin, Brendan How Ya Like Me Now
Since his dad died, Eddie’s mom has spent all her time getting high on OxyContin, leaving Eddie
to take care of himself. When Eddie’s mom goes into rehab and his aunt and uncle take him away
to Boston, everything changes. His new school, which he attends with his cousin Alex, is
experimental: there’s a CEO instead of a principal, classes are held in an office building, and the
students, all sporting business-casual looks, are the only urban kids Eddie has ever seen outside
of a rap video. As for Alex, it’s bad enough that he has to share his bedroom with Eddie, but his
parents are on his case about including his quiet cousin in his social life as well. Alex wants to do
the right thing, but between talking to girls, playing video games, thinking about girls, laughing
with his friends, and looking at girls, when is he supposed to find time to help Eddie and “work up
to his potential” in school? Two boys find that they have a lot to learn from each other in this
touching, funny novel about finding your place and looking out for your friends.
YA FIC HAL Halverson, Deborah Big Mouth
FOURTEEN-YEAR-OLD SHERMIE THUFF is a Big Guy with a Big Dream— to become the most
famous competitive eater in the world. But every big dream has to start somewhere, and
Shermie’s determined to start his in the spotlight. If he can take first place in Nathan’s World
Famous International hot dog eating competition, fame will be his. The catch? The current record
is 53-1/2 hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes. Shermie’s personal best? Seven. Clearly, Shermie
has some training to do. . . . Only, no matter how hard he tries, he can’t get past nine measly
wieners. Then, just when Shermie’s about to crack under the pressure, he gets his biggest shake-
up of all: news that the 53-1/2 record holder is an itty-bitty, 130-pound guy. So Shermie vows to
lose his restrictive Fat Belt the only way he knows how—with the help of Gardo, a weight-cutting
fanatic determined to turn Big Shermie into a lean, mean eating-machine.
YA FIC HAN Han, Jenny The Summer I Turned Pretty
All her life, Belly (short for Isabel), her older brother Steven, and their mother Laurel have spent
the summer months with her mother's lifetime best friend, Susannah Fisher, and her two boys,
Conrad and Jeremiah, at the Fisher's beach house in Cousins Beach. Belly has always adored
Susannah, idolized Conrad, and been friends with Jeremiah. As she approaches her sixteenth
birthday, not only are Conrad and Jeremiah treating her differently, she is also being noticed by
other boys. Although Belly could vainly say "so many boys, so little time," the truth is that they
have never before seen her that way. Now that everything is changing, Belly's head is spinning.
How can she know who she really loves, and in what way? How can she sort through the
intersections between love and friendship, want and need, and the past, present and future?
YA FIC HAN Han, Jenny It’s Not Summer Without You
Belly, 16, lives all year for her summers at Cousins Beach. But when a family friend dies and the
beach house tradition is threatened, she faces the season without her second family and without
the boy she loves. In this follow-up to The Summer I Turned Pretty (S & S, 2009), Belly is still
reeling from the dissolution of her relationship with Conrad, her lifelong love, and the death of his
mother. But mourning Suzanne is even harder since Conrad has shut down, refusing to talk to
Belly or anyone else. When he suddenly leaves school without explanation, his brother,
Jeremiah, recruits Belly to help find and mend him. The trio find themselves at Cousins Beach
after all, and the memories and feelings of the past come flooding back. Complicated and fragile,
Belly's relationships with the two young men are put to new tests as she and Conrad come to
terms with their relationship, and Belly and Jeremiah begin to build a romantic bond of their own.
YA FIC HAN Han, Jenny Shug
Shug is clever and brave and true (on the inside, anyway). And she's about to become your new
best friend. Annemarie Wilcox, or Shug as her family calls her, is beginning to think there's
nothing worse than being twelve. She's too tall, too freckled, and way too flat-chested. Shug is
sure that there's not one good or amazing thing about her. And now she has to start junior high,
where the friends she counts most dear aren't acting so dear anymore -- especially Mark, the boy
she's known her whole life through. Life is growing up all around her, and all Shug wants is for
things to be like they used to be. How is a person supposed to prepare for what happens
tomorrow when there's just no figuring out today?
YA MYS HAR Harazin, S.A. Blood Brothers
Poor boy Clay and rich boy Joey have been best friends since they were seven. Now they're
about to graduate from high school, and Joey, the class valedictorian, is heading for premed at
Duke—that is, until Clay is attacked by Joey, who is flipping out from an overdose, and pushes
him in self-defense. Now Joey lies in a coma at the hospital where Clay works as an orderly,
trying to make enough money to pay his part of the rent and food at home. Everyone seems to
think Clay is responsible for Joey's condition, but what role did a sleazy ex-girlfriend of Clay's play
at the party the night before? Will Joey ever recover, and how will it affect Clay's life?
YA FIC HAR Hartinger, Brent Project Sweet Life
For most kids, fifteen is the year of the optional summer job: Sure, you can get a job if you really
want one, but it isn't required or anything. Too bad Dave's dad doesn't agree! Instead of enjoying
long days of biking, swimming, and sitting around, Dave and his two best friends are being forced
by their fathers into a summer of hard labor. The friends have something else in mind, though:
Not only will they not work over the summer, but they're determined to trick everyone into
believing they really do have jobs. So what if the lifeguard doesn't have a tan or the fast-food
worker isn't bringing home buckets of free chicken? There's only one problem: Dave's dad wants
evidence that his son is actually bringing in money. And that means Dave, Curtis, and Victor will
have to get some . . . without breaking the law and without doing any work!
YA FIC HAR Hartinger, Brent The Order of the Poison Oak
Sixteen-year-old Russell and his two best friends, Gunnar and Min, from the Goodkind High
School Gay-Straight-Bisexual Alliance sign up to be camp counselors at sleep-away camp.
Russell's looking forward to escaping the "gay kid" label he's had since founding the Alliance. On
arrival, both Russell and Min crush on 19-year-old hottie, Web, but Min ends up dating him. Russ
befriends a counselor with a scarred face, only to discover that all the campers in the first two-
week session are burn survivors. The kids are happy to be away from a society that stigmatizes
them because of their scars, and the similarity of their predicament to his is not lost on Russ.
Searching for a way to connect with his cabin full of unruly ten-year-olds, he comes up with the
Order of the Poison Oak, a secret society for outsiders.
YA FIC HAR Harvey, Sarah Plastic
At fifteen, Jack is very interested in breasts. In fact, you might say that he is obsessed. He keeps
his own picture book of breasts, hidden under his bed and documents all sizes and shapes of that
distracting female part. Distracting for him until his best friend, Leah, confesses to him that her
mother is going to give her a very special sixteenth birthday gift—breast augmentation. Suddenly
Jack's obsessive interest takes on a very different direction. What kind of a doctor would do
plastic surgery on a minor? Jack sets out on an undercover mission to find out.
YA FIC HEA Headley, Justine Chen Girl Overboard
The worst thing about having it all, is having to deal with it all - the good, the bad, and the just
plain weird. Everybody thinks Syrah is the golden girl. After all, her father is Ethan Cheng,
billionaire, and she has everything any kid could possibly desire, right down to a waterfront
mansion, jet plane, and custom-designed snowboards. But as Syrah reveals in her manga
journal, most of what glitters in her life is fool's gold. Her half-sibs hate her, her best friend's
girlfriend is threatening their friendship, and a snowboarding accident exiles her from the
mountains - the one place where she feels free and accepted for who she is, not what she has.
After Syrah rehabs her busted-up knee and broken heart, makes a new friend, uncovers a family
secret, and discovers a way to help a young girl with leukemia, she is finally able to realize her
YA FIC HEG Hegamin, Tonya Cherie M+O 4evr
There are two constants in Opal’s life: her dad’s grungy green baseball cap, and her troubled pal,
Marianne, whom Opal loves as a best friend . . . and even more. But nothing stays the same
forever. When Opal receives the horrifying news that Marianne is dead, she suddenly must live
her life and make decisions based on the needs of one person instead of two. Only with the help
of her family and the story of Hannah, a runaway slave, can Opal begin to free herself from the
weight of her memories, her ghosts, and her own truth.
YA FIC HEN Heneghan, James Payback
Thirteen-year-old Charley Callaghan is coping with some difficult changes in his life. His family
has recently moved to Vancouver from Ireland, and his mother has died of cancer. Now he is
desperately trying to fit in --in a new school, a new city, a new country--while holding a part-time
job and keeping an eye on his little sister, Annie. Charley's red hair and Irish accent at first make
him a target of the class bullies, but he is tough enough--just--to keep them at bay. So it is almost
a relief to him when the bullies find a new target, Benny Mason. As the bullying intensifies,
Charley keeps hoping that Benny will defend himself, but he fails to intervene. When the situation
turns tragic, Charley must face some difficult questions about his own part in the events. His
search for atonement leads to an unusual friendship, and an unexpected opportunity to pay back.
J & YA FIC HEN Henkes, Kevin Olive’s Ocean
Olive Barstow was in Martha Boyle's class until she was killed by a hit-and-run driver while riding
her bicycle. Martha didn't know Olive -- not really. But after Olive's mother gives her a section
from Olive's journal, Martha knows they could have been, would have been friends. And now
Martha and her family are going to visit Godbee, Martha's grandmother, on Cape Cod for the rest
of the summer -- as they do every year. The Boyles descent of Godbee's small house in a flurry
of exuberance, mini-crises, diapers, and humor all mixed together. The ocean is still there. And
the five Manning boys still live nearby. There is Jimmy Manning with his ever-present video
camera. Jimmy Manning, who gives Martha her first kiss. And Tate, who seems to follow Martha
with his eyes. And then there is Olive, who had always wanted to see the ocean, and who now
haunts Martha's thoughts and dreams.
YA FIC HIG High, Linda Oatman Sister Slam & the Poetic Motormouth
In this novel told in slam verse, best friends and aspiring poets Laura and Twig embark on a road
trip after graduating from high school, from Pennsylvania to New York City, to compete at slam
YA FIC HOB Hobbs, Valerie Letting Go of Bobby James, or, How I
Found My Self of Steam
When 16-year-old Jody's volatile young husband, Bobby James, "pops her" one across the face
with the back of his hand, Jody knows that she can't stay with him any longer—even if she's all
alone in coastal Florida, a thousand miles from her Texas home, with only twenty dollars to her
name. Instead, Jody is going to have to build a new life for herself, as recounted in her candid
first-person narrative, confided as a long, chatty letter to food-market-magnate Harris Teeter,
ostensibly to explain to him why he needs to change his coleslaw recipe. While the novel
presents itself as tracing Jody's journey toward finding her "self of steam," Jody has steam
aplenty bubbling over from page one. When she tells us, early on in the story, that "there were
just three choices to make. Left, right, or straight ahead," the reader knows that Jody doesn't
even consider a fourth choice: turning back. As Jody finds herself a job (washing dishes at
Thelma's Open 24-Hour Cafe), a place to sleep (in the empty Cinemax theater), and new friends
(pregnant teen Effaline and mentally "slow" Dooley), she also forms for herself a new, unlikely but
wonderfully likeable, family.
YA FIC HOP Hopkins, Cathy White Lies and Barefaced Truths
Best friends Cat and Becca are playing truth or dare. Becca dares Cat to tell the truth more often.
Easy-peasy, right? First Cat must admit that she wants to break up with her longtime boyfriend,
Squidge. Then she realizes she and Becca are pulling (crushing on) the same guy, Ollie. In the
game of truth or dare, friendships are tested.
YA FIC HOP Hopkins, Cathy Mates, Dates & Cosmic Kisses
Izzie Foster is cool, bright, and sassy. And when she meets the gorgeous Mark, she's on a real
high. He's divine. And he likes her! But why doesn't he call when he says he will? Desperate to
make sense of things, Izzie spends her time checking her horoscope -- and stays home, just in
case he calls. When Izzie loses her perspective and her sense of fun, best friends Lucy and
Nesta try to give her a reality check. But there are some things you'd rather not hear.
YA FIC HOP Hopkins, Cathy Mates, Dates and Inflatable Bras
A turning point is exactly what Lucy Loverling does NOT want. Everything is changing around her,
and suddenly she has to make all sorts of decisions. Everyone else knows who and what she
wants to be except her. Izzie has become friends with the glamorous Nesta, and Lucy isn't certain
she likes a threesome. Nesta and Izzie look sixteen, but Lucy, at fourteen, can still pass for a
twelve-year-old. But then one day Lucy sees the most wonderful boy crossing the street, and
things do start to change -- in all areas of her life...
YA FIC HOP Hopkins, Cathy Mates, Dates and Mad Mistakes
Izzie is restless, and eager to be greated like an adult. So she decides it's time to make some
changes. But the new Izzie comes with new problems. First there is Josh Harper, an older, cute-
but-wild boy. Then there is her mother, who is opposed to every part of the "new Izzie." How can
Izzie learn about herself and what it means to be grown-up, without upsetting everyone along the
YA FIC HOP Hopkins, Cathy Mates, Dates and Sleepover Secrets
Theresa Joanne (T.J. to her mates) is having a difficult year. First her best friend moves away,
then classmates Wendy appears to have it in for her. T.J.'s never felt more alone. Plus there's the
problem with boys. They treat her like a friend and never seem to notice that she's a girl. When
Lucy befriends T.J., things start to look up. But will Lucy's friends Nesta and Izzie also accept
her? Will they let her into their world of sleepovers, secrets, laughter, and advice?
YA FIC HOP Hopkins, Cathy Mates, Dates and Sole Survivors
Lucy seems to be out on a limb. Everybody has a boyfriend except her, and since she put Tony
on the back burner he's found someone else. Then on a spa weekend with Izzie, she meets
someone who seems just right for her. And he feels the same way about her. But after a while,
Lucy starts to feel smothered. Can someone love you too much? Maybe the life of a singleton
isn't so bad after all!
YA FIC HOP Hopkins, Cathy Mates, Dates & Tempting Trouble
When Luke, the boy that Nesta has been dating, declares passionate love for T.J., she doesn't
know what has hit her. She does her best to avoid him, but when the local schools are asked to
work together on a project, Luke is chosen as the overall coordinator and T.J. has no choice but
to report back to him on a regular basis. Misunderstandings and miscommunications threaten the
girls' friendship and split them into two camps: Lucy and Nesta, Izzie and T.J. Will their friendship
survive? And what will T.J.'s steady boyfriend, Steve, make of it all?
YA FIC HOP Hopkins, Cathy Truth or Dare: All Mates Together
Big changes are coming for Cat: post-high school plans, a big move, and her dad is finally getting
remarried. But despite having looked forward to the changes, now Cat's worried about letting go
of her old life -- and saying goodbye to her home. Cat's friends come to the rescue and organize
a sleepover. While playing truth or dare, the friends promise to always be there for each other --
no matter what happens in their lives. And as plans for the move and the wedding take shape,
Cat learns that the more things change, the more the important things stay the same.
YA FIC HOP Hopkins, Cathy Truth or Dare: Double Dare
Mac has three secret wishes: 1) Before he finds true love, he can date as many girls as possible,
2) he becomes a famous cartoonist, and 3) his parents get back together so that he can live in
London again. A double dare leads Mac into a series of dating disasters and a chance to prove
his worth as a cartoonist for a magazine. However, he discovers that success, in love and work,
sometimes comes at a high price. Is he ready to pay it?
YA FIC HOP Hopkins, Cathy Truth or Dare: Love Lottery
Becca's on a losing streak with boys and she's willing to resort to anything to have a little fun. So
on a dare, she kisses the next guy she sees: Lal Lovering, who's on holiday in Cornwall and
totally cute. But when Becca realizes she's interested in more than just a holiday fling, she
wonders if Lal can ever see through her rather overwhelming first impression. Between her own
changing feelings and her parents' disintegrating marriage, Becca starts to see what sort of
support a boyfriend can give...and just how important her friends can be.
YA FIC HOP Hopkins, Cathy Teen Queens and Has-beens
In the third entry in her Truth or Dare series, Teens, Queens and Has-Beens, author Cathy
Hopkins zooms in on Lia Axford, Ollie's younger sister (Ollie being the dreamboat from White Lies
and Barefaced Truths), just after she has moved to the town of Cornwall. When Lia garners the
attention of Jonno, "teen queen" Kaylie's crush, the queen and her cohorts lash out at Lia with
rumors and other underhanded tactics.
YA FIC HOP Hopkins, Cathy Mates, Dates & Great Escapes
A school trip to Florence seems like the perfect escape for Lucy. She wants time away from Tony,
who is pressuring her to take their relationship further. In Italy she meets an American boy and
thinks he might be the ideal way to get over Tony. He seems to be the perfect gentleman, and
Italy introduces Lucy to a world of culture and sophistication. Will she be able to move on from
Tony? Or is it a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire?
YA FIC HOR Horner, Emily A Love Story Starring My Dead Best
For months, Cass has heard her best friend, Julia, whisper about a secret project. When Julia
dies in a car accident, her drama friends decide to bring the project—a musical called Totally
Sweet Ninja Death Squad—to fruition. But Cass isn't a drama person. She can't take a summer of
painting sets, and she won't spend long hours with Heather, the girl who made her miserable all
through middle school and has somehow landed the leading role. So Cass takes off. In
alternating chapters, she spends the first part of summer on a cross-country bike trip and the rest
swallowing her pride, making props, and—of all things—falling for Heather. This is a story of the
breadth of love. Of the depth of friendship. And of the most hilarious musical one quiet suburb
has ever seen.
YA FIC HOR Horvath, Polly The Canning Season
Horvath outdoes herself in this tale of lonely, friendless Ratchet Clark, who lives with her uncaring
mother in Pensacola, FL. One night, out of the blue, Henriette packs her daughter onto the train
to spend the summer with two elderly relatives, twins Tilly and Penpen, who live in an area of
Maine so remote that servant-eating bears are a constant menace. Here, with her outlandishly
eccentric great-aunts, Ratchet hears gruesome yet darkly humorous stories of family lore while
experiencing, for the first time, some love and care. Harper, another parentless girl, soon joins
Ratchet. The approaching canning season becomes not only a metaphor for that moment in each
life when everything is ripe, but also provides Ratchet with the self-confidence found in working
with others and with a means to support herself.
YA FIC HOW Howell, Simmone Notes from the Teenage Underground
Seventeen-year-old Gem loves movies, her feminist mom, and Dodgy, her coworker in a video
store (at least she thinks she loves Dodgy). When a school trip inspires Gem to make an
underground film, her best friends Lo and Mira are quick to join the project, taking on the roles of
producer and star. The film is intended to cement the girls’ friendship as well as their superiority
over their sucker high school peers. But when the fragile balance of their friendship begins to
falter, and intentions lead to betrayals big and small, it will take great movies, bad haiku, and a
pantheon of great voices—from Dostoyevsky to Emerson to The Beatles—to help Gem find the
meaning of love, friendship, and being true to herself.
YA FIC HUR Hurwin, Davida Wills The Farther You Run
This past May, Samantha Russell lost her best friend, Juliana, to cancer. Now there is no one to
share secrets, gossip, and dreams; no reason to keep taking dance class, another passion they
shared. Then Sammie meets Mona, a virtual Jules lookalike, in summer school. The two of them
bond right away, and wind up sharing an apartment in San Francisco. It's thrilling, being out in the
world for the first time-but something is not quite right. Mona may look a bit like Jules, but Jules
didn't have a bipolar mother. She didn't have relationships that tore her apart. And, most of all,
Jules didn't know what is was like to live with someone who can't stop grieving. Sammie and
Mona have to face the most difficult things in their life-alone, and together-because the past has a
way of catching up with the present, if you're not careful.
YA FIC HYD Hyde, Catherine Ryan Diary of a Witness
Ernie and Will stick together to minimize or deflect the regular bullying aimed at them by a cruel
group of five jocks. Ernie's mom and his Uncle Max provide a caring support system, but the boy
is overweight. Will is lanky with bad skin and a mother who left him and his younger brother, Sam,
with an alcoholic father. The friends enjoy fishing together until the day Sam drowns when their
boat capsizes. Will's feelings of guilt about his brother's death and sadness about parental
neglect cause him to attempt suicide. Luckily, perceptive Ernie recognizes his friend's signals and
intervenes in the nick of time. Despite these circumstances, the bullies continue their harassment,
until Will has had enough and plans to get even with a gun. Ernie and Will are sympathetically
drawn characters who just want peace, one another's friendship, and the little joy that comes their
YA FIC HYD Hyde, Catherine Jumpstart the World
Elle is a loner. She doesn’t need people. Which is a good thing, because she’s on her own: she
had to move into her own apartment so her mother’s boyfriend won’t have to deal with her. Then
she meets Frank, the guy who lives next door. He’s older and has a girlfriend, but Elle can’t stop
thinking about him. Frank isn’t like anyone Elle has ever met. He listens to her. He’s gentle. And
Elle is falling for him, hard. But Frank is different in a way that Elle was never prepared for: he’s
transgender. And when Elle learns the truth, her world is turned upside down. Now she’ll have to
search inside herself to find not only the true meaning of friendship but her own role in
jumpstarting the world.
YA FIC KEP Kephart, Beth The Heart is Not a Size
Georgia knows what it means to keep secrets. She knows how to ignore things. She knows that
some things are better left unsaid. . . . Or are they? When Georgia and her best friend, Riley,
travel along with nine other suburban Pennsylvania kids to Anapra, a squatters' village in the
heat-flattened border city of Juarez, Mexico, secrets seem to percolate and threaten both a
friendship and a life. Certainties unravel. Reality changes. And Georgia is left to figure out who
she is outside the world she's always known.
YA FIC JAH Jahn-Clough, Lisa Country Girl, City Girl
Phoebe Sharp has long red braids. She wears old beat-up sneakers and clothes from Goodwill.
She lives with her father and brother on a small farm in Maine, where she reads fairy tales to her
goats and snaps pictures with her Instamatic camera. Phoebe doesn't have a single friend, never
mind a boyfriend—that is, not until she meets Melita. Melita arrives at the Sharps' farm in a see-
through T-shirt and strappy platform sandals that show off her drawn-on "tattoo." With her
caramel-colored skin, stylish clothes, and urban attitude, Melita seems as different from Phoebe
as two teenage girls could be. Through the summer, the girls grow to know each other. As their
friendship develops, confusing feelings also begin to emerge. Could their friendship be deepening
into something more?
YA FIC JEN Jenkins, A.M. Breaking Boxes
Charlie is a teenage loner. His parents are gone, and except for his older brother, he doesn't
need anyone, especially friends. But when Charlie ends up suspended after a school fight, he
meets Brandon, and things begin to change. Even though Brandon hangs with the rich kids,
Charlie discovers a real person underneath the phony exterior. He and Brandon shoot hoops,
cruise around in Brandon's silver Corvette, check out girls, and have serious discussions about
life. But just as they begin to open up to each other, Brandon learns something about Charlie's
family...something that makes them both question what they believe in and what friendship really
YA FIC JOH Johnson, Maureen The Bermudez Triangle
The protagonists of Maureen Johnson's novel are high school seniors dealing with relationships
and planning on their futures. Mel, Avery and Nina have been friends since childhood, but the
summer before their senior year they deal with the first of inevitable separations. The novel
follows them through their senior year, through e-mail relationships, college applications and
harassment. Various trials and tribulations of young love are explored as college camp lovers
Nina and Steve go home from their summer together to live on opposite coasts and yet hold onto
their dream of being together at Stanford. Their story is told through the e-mails and phone calls
that make up their long-distance relationship. Nina returns to school as student council president
and discovers a changed relationship with Mel and Avery. The two of them have begun a
homosexual romance, which for all the usual reasons they have to keep to themselves. For Mel
the romance is a realization of her real identity, but for Avery it is a confusion of warmth and
physical attraction that puts them into the rumor mill of the small New York town. New to their
friendship is Parker, a funny, supportive young man who provides a listening ear and platonic
shoulder for each girl at different points during their senior year. By the end, little is definitively
resolved, though each girl, as well as Parker, moves forward in understanding who they are to
each other and what their friendship means.
YA FIC JOH Johnson, Harriet McBryde Accidents of Nature
It's the summer of 1970. Seventeen-year-old Jean has cerebral palsy, but she's always believed
she's just the same as everyone else. She's never really known another disabled person before
she arrives at Camp Courage. As Jean joins a community unlike any she has ever imagined, she
comes to question her old beliefs and look at the world in a new light. The camp session is only
ten days long, but that may be all it takes to change a life forever.
YA FIC JOH Johnson, Varian My Life as a Rhombus
Homework plus strawberry ice cream equals a typical night for high school senior and math whiz
Rhonda Lee. Angling for a full scholarship to Georgia Tech, the pressure is on. And dating isnt
part of the equation. Teenage boys are only after one thing, right? She should know considering
her last boyfriend left her heartbroken . . . and pregnant. At the time, an abortion seemed like
Rhondas only option. If it was the right decision, why is she filled with anger and regret? Will she
ever trust another guy? Or forgive her overprotective father? And herself? The last person
Rhonda would ever expect to understand is Sarah Gamble, the richest and most popular girl at
their South Carolina prep school. While tutoring Sarah in trigonometry, Rhonda discovers a secret
about her that instantly draws them together.
YA FIC JOH Johnston, Tony Bone by Bone by Bone
Johnston, who grew up in the South, shares a personal and thoroughly fictionalized poetic and
painful story of life in a 1950s racist home. The author introduces prepubescent narrator David,
his racist doctor father, and Malcolm, David's African American friend. Malcolm is banned from
David's home: "Rule's real simple: you ever let that nigger in, by God, I'll shoot him," proclaims
the doctor, portraying the unsettling, troubling hatred spewed by David's father, one grandmother,
and many other characters, several of whom are active Klan members. David is innocent but not
nanve, coming of age in an environment that he innately senses as inhumane. David's intellect
and reasoning are evident in his attempts to use advanced vocabulary, his memorizing skeletal
bones of the human body (demanded by his father), and his efforts to unravel mysteries of the
frightening Klan. He ponders: How can a child love and respect a volatile, hate-filled parent?
YA FIC JOR Jordan, Dream Hot Girl
Fourteen-year-old Kate knows all about tough times. Abandoned by her parents, she has been
bouncing around foster homes all her life. As Kate is watching her crush, Charles, play
basketball, she is intrusively befriended by Naleejah, a flashy dresser with "a fierce sexy strut."
Kate's true best friend, Felicia, is traveling in South Africa for the summer, so Naleejah's shallow
company feels better than nothing. Najeelah straightens Kate's hair and gives her cute clothes,
but she also draws Kate into fights and the local dope scene. Kate has worked hard to gain
distance from her own troubled past, mainly because Felicia has called out Kate's intelligence
and challenged her to become more than a cheap gangster. But with Felicia so far away, Kate
finds it nearly impossible to avoid disaster, with girlfriend Najeelah playing the chief instigator.
YA FIC KAR Karasyov, Carrie & Jill Kargman Bittersweet Sixteen
Balloons and streamers? Carvel cake? Those might be standard fair for your average birthday
party, but Whitney Blake and Sophie Mitchum are anything but average. I'm Laura Finnegan –
thrift store junkie and scholarship student at Tate, our posh all–girls high school in Manhattan. I'm
not like Whit or Soph, but that doesn't stop us from being BFFs. But then they started tuning in to
the all–Sweet Sixteen, all–the–time channel. Now tempers are flaring, Prada bags are flying, and
guys are being tossed around in vicious tug–of–war battles. Whose Sweet Sixteen will reign
YA FIC KEL Kelly, Tara Harmonic Feedback
Sixteen-year-old, music- and sound design-obsessed Drea doesn't have friends. She has, as
she's often reminded, issues. Drea's mom and a rotating band of psychiatrists have settled on "a
touch of Asperger's." Having just moved to the latest in a string of new towns, Drea meets two
other outsiders. And Naomi and Justin seem to actually like Drea. The three of them form a band
after an impromptu, Portishead-comparison-worthy jam after school. Justin swiftly challenges not
only Drea's preference for Poe over Black Lab but also her perceived inability to connect with
another person. Justin, against all odds, may even like like Drea. It's obvious that Drea can't hide
behind her sound equipment anymore. But just when she's found not one but two true friends,
can she stand to lose one of them?
YA FIC KER Kerr, M.E. Your Eyes in Stars
Kerr's (Gentlehands) eminently readable novel set during the Depression almost feels like two
books in one. Narrated by 14-year-old Jessie Myrer, the daughter of a prison warden (she dubs
him a "benevolent dictator"), the first part chronicles her blossoming friendship with a new
neighbor, Elisa Stadler, whose family has moved from Germany to Cayuta, N.Y., for her father's
professorship at Cornell. While Jessie shares with Elisa her obsession with outlaws (she has a
poster of John Dillinger on her wall), Elisa tells her new American friend about "this new leader,
Hitler, [who] was gaining popularity in Germany." As she has in the past, Kerr leavens the dark
events of the era with humor. The teen protagonists become fixated on a new prisoner, Slater
Carr, whose talents on the trumpet may well win the prison band their first Black Baa (the Bands
Behind Bars Annual Award). But things go horribly awry one day, when Carr escapes and one
citizen winds up dead, prompting Elisa's family's return to Europe. The balance of the novel
unfolds through letters exchanged between the teens.
YA FIC KER Kerr, M.E. I’ll Love You When You’re More Like Me
Two teenagers resist pressure to lead lives their parents have fashioned for them.
YA FIC KET Ketchum, Liza Blue Coyote
While searching for his lost friend, Alex not only learns the reasons behind Tito's disappearance
but also comes to accept some hidden truths about himself.
YA FIC KIN King, A.S. Please Ignore Vera Dietz
Vera's spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years
she's kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything.
So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at
school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want
YA FIC KLA Klass, David Home of the Braves
Joe Brickman, narrator and protagonist, is a multi-dimensional high school senior. He is proud of
the soccer team that he captains, despite its poor record. He is jealous and suspicious of the new
and phenomenally talented soccer player who arrives in time to take the team to the playoffs. He
is stifled into inaction when he cannot figure out how to tell his life-long pal and neighbor that he
longs for her. He is protective of his intelligent but geeky best friend, Ed the Mouse. He
recognizes that his womanizing single father is not perfect, but respects him for trying to seek
solutions to problems rather than giving in to defeats. And, although he enjoys working for his dad
at the car wash, he questions the wisdom of his choice to pay little attention to his academics and
to avoid applying for admission to college. Further, Joe is intelligent enough to realize that the
bullying that is allowed at his school is wrong and must stop. When Ed, who is trying to learn to
stand up to the "hard guys" is harassed and humiliated by them, Joe begins to fear for Ed's
mental state. Eventually, he shares his fears with Ed's dad, who acts quickly to reestablish
contact with the son from whom he has become distant.
YA FIC KLE Klein, Robin Came Back To Show You I Could Fly
Seymour Kerley is the child of separated parents who contend for his custody and allegiance. At
10, he has learned to bend with each new disappointment; he expects little from himself and from
life. He is socially a misfit and an isolate. During summer holidays, he is hidden from his father in
the tiny house of his mother's friend, an austere, childless woman. Bored and desperate, he
disobeys his guardian's strictures and ventures into the neighborhood where he meets another
troubled soul. Angie, 20, is the rebellious child of a caring upper-middle-class family. Seymour is
taken by her vivid, venturesome personality; it does not occur to him that she has a serious drug
problem and is pregnant. Angie's kindness and friendship and their offbeat outings make
Seymour feel special for the first time and allow him the strength to stand up for Angie when she's
in need--and ultimately for himself.
YA FIC KOE Koertge, Ron Margaux With an X
Margaux, a devastatingly pretty, tightly wound teenage girl who was fundamentally betrayed by
her father, uses her acid-laced tongue-along with her best friend Sara-to rule the school. Then
she meets Danny Riley, a physically unattractive but kind animal enthusiast who is "a year behind
her in school," and "a light year behind her in every other way," especially socially. Intrigued by
this decidedly uncool yet self-possessed boy who has no interest in kneeling at her altar,
Margaux begins helping him check up on newly adopted shelter animals, and learns that he is not
only scarred from a past trauma, but lives with a beloved aunt who is sick and deteriorating.
Gradually, they begin to connect, developing an unlikely yet believable friendship.
YA FIC KOE Koertge, Ron Boy Girl Boy
Larry, Teresa, and Elliot are so tight, there's no room in their circle for any more than three: boy,
girl, boy. That's just how it is. And when they graduate in a few months, they're moving to
California to begin their real lives--together. Or that's the plan, anyway. But who are they fooling?
Larry is gay and still trying to coming to terms with his sexuality. Teresa is tired of hanging out
with two boys she loves who aren't interested in being her boyfriend. And Elliot--sweet,
handsome, but not the brightest--is finally considering the idea that he may in fact like himself
more when he's not in the shadow of his two best friends.
YA FIC KOJ Koja, Kathe Buddha Boy
The risk of becoming friends with a new student perceived as a freak by everyone is a daunting
task, and Justin did it because he had to. He got paired with Jinsen, already dubbed Buddha Boy
by the kids at Rucher High, for an art project. Doubly unfair, because art was Justin's favorite
subject, and he was good at it—not surprising since his absent father was an artist. But the forced
association turned out to be fascinating rather than horrible. Jinsen was spectacular at art, and
their project time turned into eye-opening learning time. Forgotten were the flapping, oversized
dragon T-shirt, the shaved head, the begging bowl at lunchtime in the cafeteria that made Jinsen
the laughing stock of school. More serious was figuring out how to evade the bullies that beat him
up and destroyed his artwork, but which elicited only smiles and calm comments about karma
YA FIC KOJ Koja, Kathe Straydog
Rachel is happiest when she's volunteering at the animal shelter, especially after she meets the
feral collie she names Grrl: they're both angry and alone. When a teacher encourages her to write
about the dog, Rachel finds another outlet for her pain and frustration. Writing about Grrl is easy.
But teaching Grrl to trust her is a much tougher task. And when Griffin, the new boy in school,
devises a plan to bring Grrl home, Rachel finds that the dog isn't the only one who must learn to
YA FIC KOJ Koja, Kathe The Blue Mirror
Seventeen-year-old loner Maggy Klass, who frequently seeks refuge from her alcoholic mother's
apartment by sitting and drawing in a local cafe, becomes involved in a destructive relationship
with a charismatic homeless youth named Cole.
YA FIC KOJ Koja, Kathe Kissing the Bee
Senior year is flying by, the prom is approaching, and Dana, her best friend, Avra, and Avra's
boyfriend, Emil, are about to encounter the pains and pleasures of that intricate beehive called
adult life. While Dana plans on college, Avra plots escape once school is over—and plans to take
Emil along for the ride. What does Emil want? He's not saying. Dana studies bees for a biology
project, fascinated by their habits and their mythological imagery – but in real life, emotions can
sting, and while two's company, these three may just become a crowd. As Dana reminds us, in
every hive there is only one queen bee.
YA FIC KOJ Koja, Kathe Headlong
What sets Vaughn apart is the quality of our girls. We do draw from all over, girls from every kind
of background, girls for whom Vaughn is a major life experience. And not every girl is the right girl
for Vaughn. You can often tell, early on, who these girls are. The Vaughn School. Home of
domed ceilings, gleaming checkerboard floors, and the Vaughn Virgins: the upper stratum of girls
who have perfect grades, perfect lives, and perfect friends. Lily Noble is a lifer – she knows all the
rules. Then sophomore year, Hazel Tobias arrives as a scholarship student, with her model’s
looks and unconventional family, and shows Lily everything she’s been missing. Can you ever fit
in someplace you don’t want to be? As Lily befriends Hazel, both girls discover what it means to
dive deep beneath the surface – of friendship, of commitment – and to live life with all their
hearts, with all they are, headlong.
YA FIC KOR Korman, Gordon Jake Reinvented
Rick becomes friends with the popular new boy, Jake Garrett, football player and host of
superlative parties, and in the process discovers the true nature of his schoolmates and uncovers
the mystery of Jake's past.
YA FIC KOR Korman, Gordon The Juvie Three
As Gecko (real name Graham) receives his initiation at the juvenile detention center-a pillowcase
over his head and a beating by the other inmates-rescue arrives in the form of a call to the office
where Douglas Healy awaits him. Healy has a grant that allows him to take three juvenile
offenders to live with him in an apartment where they will work out their sentences in a tightly
controlled, real-world setting. He has chosen Gecko; Arjay, a young African American convicted
of murder; and Terence, a hoodlum wannabe. It is their last chance. If they blow it, they will do
hard time. When Healy is injured and taken to the hospital in a coma, the boys decide they will
carry on at the apartment as though he is still with them, knowing it is the best way to avoid going
to prison. But Gecko falls in love, Arjay joins a rock band, and Terence moves toward becoming a
gang member. How long until they are caught?
YA FIC KOR Korman, Gordon Pop
When Marcus moves to a new town in the dead of summer, he doesn't know a soul. While
practicing football for impending tryouts, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with an older man.
Charlie is a charismatic prankster—and the best football player Marcus has ever seen. He can't
believe his good luck when he finds out that Charlie is actually Charlie Popovich, or "the King of
Pop," as he had been nicknamed during his career as an NFL linebacker. But that's not all. There
is a secret about Charlie that his family is desperate to hide.
When Marcus begins school, he meets the starting quarterback on the team: Troy Popovich.
Right from the beginning, Marcus and Troy disagree—about football, about Troy's ex-girlfriend,
Alyssa, but most of all about what's good for Charlie. Marcus is betting that he knows what's best
for the King of Pop. And he is willing to risk everything to help his friend.
YA FIC KOS Koss, Amy Goldman The Not So Great Depression
Jacki, a lovable middle schooler who dreads her piano recital as much as gym, is finally starting
to see the effects of the financial crisis she keeps hearing about. When her Mom gets laid off, her
family has to consider making some major changes by reevaluating Jacki's private schooling, her
sister Brooke's college tuition, their big house, and even their presence in Los Angeles. While this
background is serious, the story has a lot of humor and a bit of romance.
YA FIC LAC LaCour, Nina Hold Still
After losing her best friend, Ingrid, to suicide, Caitlin is completely immobilized. Unable to
function, and refusing to visit a therapist, she begins the long journey to wellness alone. During
this year of heart-wrenching, raw emotion, Caitlin finds Ingrid's journal, which not only reveals her
descent into irreversible depression, but also serves as Caitlin's vehicle for renewed hope in the
YA FIC LAW Lawrence, Sara Those Girls
THOSE GIRLS are Jinx Slater and Liberty Latiffe— lovely, rich, and wild seventeen-year-olds at
the exclusive Stagmount School for Girls. They have the glittery seaside town of Brighton and an
endless flow of cash at their fingertips. Nothing—not even their vile ex-housemistress—can slow
them down in their pursuit of fun.
Then snobby new girl Stella Fox shows up and naïve Liberty falls under her spell. Jinx is
determined to win back her best friend, even if it means waging war on power-hungry Stella. But
when Jinx delves into Stella's past, she discovers there's a lot more than schoolgirl jealousy on
the line . . . This time, Jinx could lose Liberty forever.
YA FIC LEN Lenhard, Elizabeth Chicks with Sticks (It’s a Purl Thing)
Scottie does not think that learning how to knit at her aunt's funeral would end up changing her
life. However, Scottie quickly becomes addicted to knitting and soon finds out why women have
enjoyed knitting for hundreds of years. Through knitting, Scottie reunites with her old best friend
Amanda and becomes friends with two very different girls, Bella and Tay. At first they only hang
out at KnitWit, the local knitting store, but they soon start knitting at school, on the train, and even
at a baseball game. Eventually, though, fractures in the tight friendships begin to appear. Can the
knitting that brought the friends together in the first place help reunite them?
YA FIC LEN Lenhard, Elizabeth Knit Two Together (Chicks with Sticks
Scottie, Tay, Amanda, and Bella--they're an angsty artist's daughter, an indie tomboy, a trust-fund
princess, and a new-age yoga goddess. Their friendship totally defies the odds, yet last year, fate
(and a whole lot of yarn) brought them together. As the Chicks with Sticks, they survived plenty of
knitty friendship dramas. Now they're as solid as a fisherman's sweater. Or are they? As the
Chicks begin their second year together, their tight circle faces its biggest challenge yet: boys.
YA FIC LEN Lenhard, Elizabeth Knitwise (Chicks With Sticks bk 3)
For Scottie, Amanda, Bella, and Tay, life in Chicago is all about seeking shelter. They've found it
in the raggedy comfort of KnitWit, in their firelit stitch 'n bitch at Joe's, in the halls of their quirky
private school, even in the arms of boyfriends.
But now the girls are staring down the end of high school. Fueled by the stresses of college
applications and service projects, will it also mean the end of the Chicks? Or can this unlikely
foursome bind off the happy ending that only true friendship can craft?
YA MYS LES Les Becquets, Diane The Stones of Mourning Creek
When fourteen-year-old Francie befriends Ruthie, a black girl, amidst the rampant prejudice of
their small town in 1960s Alabama, she suffers greatly from the gruesome harassment of her
white peers. But Ruthie demonstrates the humanity and love that helps Francie uncover the truth
behind her mother's death and deal with her father's neglect and alcoholism.
YA FIC LEV Levine, Kristin Best Bad Luck I Ever Had
The last thing Harry "Dit" Sims expects when Emma Walker comes to town is to become friends.
Proper -talking, brainy Emma doesn't play baseball or fish too well, but she sure makes Dit think,
especially about the differences between black and white. But soon Dit is thinking about a whole
lot more when the town barber, who is black, is put on trial for a terrible crime. Together Dit and
Emma come up with a daring plan to save him from the unthinkable.
YA FIC LEV Levithan, David Love is the Higher Law
The lives of three teens—Claire, Jasper, and Peter—are altered forever on September 11, 2001.
Claire, a high school junior, has to get to her younger brother in his classroom. Jasper, a college
sophomore from Brooklyn, wakes to his parents’ frantic calls from Korea, wondering if he’s okay.
Peter, a classmate of Claire’s, has to make his way back to school as everything happens around
him. Here are three teens whose intertwining lives are reshaped by this catastrophic event. As
each gets to know the other, their moments become wound around each other’s in a way that
leads to new understandings, new friendships, and new levels of awareness for the world around
them and the people close by.
YA FIC LEV Levitin, Sonia Strange Relations
A summer in paradise. That's all Marne wants. That's all she can think of when she asks her
parents permission to spend the summer in Hawaii with Aunt Carole and her family. But Marne
quickly realizes her visit isn't going to be just about learning to surf and morning runs along the
beach, despite the cute surfer boy she keeps bumping into. For one thing, Aunt Carole isn't even
Aunt Carole anymore—she's Aunt Chaya, married to a Chasidic rabbi and deeply rooted in her
religious community. Nothing could be more foreign to Marne, and fitting into this new culture—
and house full of kids—is a challenge. But as she settles into her newfound family's daily routine,
she begins to think about spirituality, identity, and finding a place in the world in a way she never
YA FIC LIS Lisle, Janet Taylor The Crying Rocks
Joelle, 13, remembers nothing about her early years. Adopted at age five by a middle-aged
Rhode Island couple, Joelle has been told odd, painful bits of information: that she was born in
Chicago, where her mother threw her out of a third-floor window; and that somehow she made
her way to Connecticut, where an old lady kept her in a wooden crate near a train depot and sent
her out to collect cigarette stubs. Her classmate Carlos suggests she is part Narragansett Indian,
and when she studies the mural of Narragansetts at her local library, Joelle sees her
resemblance to them. Carlos, haunted by his own painful memories, plays a key role in helping
Joelle retrace the steps of colonial-era Narragansetts. He takes Joelle on hikes in the wilderness
and shows her the Crying Rocks, a site where many Native Americans perished. Connecting the
Narragansetts' suffering with tragedies occurring in their own lives, the children confront and
eventually come to accept hard truths.
YA FIC LOC Lockhart, E. The Boyfriend List
Fifteen-year-old Ruby "Roo" Oliver is having a tough year at Tate Prep. Through a series of social
debacles, she loses her best friends, her boyfriend, her dignity, and the respect of her fellow
Taters in less than two weeks' time. Following nearly half a dozen panic attacks, Roo starts to
spend some quality time on Doctor Z.'s couch, where she makes (at her shrink's urging) a list of
boyfriends past and present, official and unofficial, and starts on a journey of self-discovery.
Along the way, Ruby begins to think about patterns in her life and ways that she might be more
like her mother than she'd care to admit. Fortunately, Ruby survives her traumatic exile and lives
to tell the tale.
YA FIC LOC Lockhart, E. The Treasure Map of Boys: Noel, Jackson,
Finn, Hutch, Gideon—and me, Ruby Oliver
Ruby is back at Tate Prep, and it’s her thirty-seventh week in the state of Noboyfriend. Her panic
attacks are bad, her love life is even worse, and what’s more:
· Noel is writing her notes,
· Jackson is giving her frogs,
· Gideon is helping her cook,
· and Finn is making her brownies.
· Rumors are flying, and Ruby’s already sucky reputation is heading downhill.
Not only that, she’s also:
· running a bake sale,
· learning the secrets of heavy metal therapy,
· encountering some seriously smelly feet,
· defending the rights of pygmy goats,
· and bodyguarding Noel from unwanted advances.
Ruby struggles to secure some sort of mental health, to understand what constitutes a real
friendship, and—if such a thing exists—to find true love.
YA FIC LOC Lockhart, E. The Boy Book (a Study of Habits & Behaviors
Plus Techniques for Taming Them)
Ruby Oliver is back from her adventures in The Boyfriend List (Delacorte, 2005/VOYA April 2005)
and determined to make her junior year a better one. The good news is that she has a driver's
license, a new friend in Noel, and Nora might actually be speaking to her again. The bad news is
that several of her friends are still not speaking to her, her sessions with the shrink do not seem
to be helping her much, and her parents are certain that there are deeper issues that she needs
to explore. Ruby is a resilient young woman, however. Her new job at the zoo, her deepening
friendship with Meghan and Nora, and her entries in the book that she is writing about boys all
help her navigate the angst-ridden waters of adolescence.
YA FIC LOC Lockhart, E. Dramarama
Two theater-mad, self-invented fabulositon Ohio teenagers. One boy, one girl. One gay, one
straight. One black, one white. And Summer Drama Camp. It's a season of hormones, gold lame,
hissy fits, jazz hands, song and dance, true love, and unitards that will determine their future —
and test their friendship.
YA FIC LOC Lockhart, E. , Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle How to Be
Three girls who couldn't be more different have one goal in mind: to get the heck out of Dodge.
Well, Niceville, Florida, actually. But it might as well be called Nowheresville. Vicks is the wild-
child fry cook whose boyfriend left for college and isn't returning any of her calls; Mel, the good
girl in expensive jeans who just wants everyone to like her; and Jesse, the trailer-dwelling human
morality meter who's discovered a life-altering secret - Each has her own reason for climbing into
Jesse's mom's beat-up station wagon and hitting the highway for a weekend trip, whether she
knows it or not. Armed only with Vicks's ancient, battered copy of a guidebook called Fantastical
Florida, a map Jesse picked up with her dwindling funds, and Mel's mom's credit card, they're
Miami bound. Hearts will be broken, friendships will be tested, and a ridiculously hot stranger
could change the course of everything. And if they don't kill each other first, Vicks, Mel and Jesse
will not only have a road trip to remember, they'll have friends for life.
YA FIC LUR Lurie, April The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine
A MOTHER WHO split for another man. A father who works 24/7. An older brother who excels
at everything—and smokes a lot of weed. A best friend, of the feminine persuasion, who only
wants to be a friend, and who’s shooting a film set in cool Greenwich Village, New York. Dylan
Fontaine’s life seems to be full of drama he can’t control. But when he stars in his best friend’s
movie, Dylan discovers that, sometimes, life’s big shake-ups force you to take risks—and to step
into the spotlight.
YA FIC LYN Lynch, Chris Hothouse
If you do it right, it can be a life. The hothouse, the guys, the glory. But just like that, it can all go
up in smoke. In the beginning it was strange, ya know, because of all that we had lost. But there
was something about it that felt so good and so right, too: "I'm so proud of you, Russ." "We'll
always be here for you, man." "Heroes don't pay for nothin' in this town." It was nonstop. The
mayor shook my hand. Ladies sent food. I've never eaten so much baked ham in my life. And
now? Now the phone won't stop ringing from the crazies ready to blame me. My mom has to cry
herself to sleep. They take a firefighter, a man, and they pump him up so big. . . . But once they
start taking it away from you, they don't stop until they leave nothing on the bones. First they
needed heroes, then they needed blood.
YA FIC LYN Lynch, Chris Slot Machine
When overweight thirteen-year-old Elvin Bishop is sent to camp at St. Paul's Seminary Retreat
Center, he and his two best friends are forced to try out various sports in order to find out where
YA FIC LYN Lynch, Chris Extreme Elvin
As he enters high school, fourteen-year-old Elvin continues to deal with his weight problem as he
tries to find his place among his peers.
YA FIC MAC MacCullough, Carolyn Falling Through Darkness
Seventeen-year-old Ginny unexpectedly gets help from her father's new tenant while struggling to
cope with her guilt and confusion over the death of her daredevil boyfriend.
YA FIC MAC Mack, Tracy Birdland
Jed and his best friend Flyer are filming a documentary of their neighborhood, New York City's
East Village, for an English assignment over Christmas break. Thirteen-year-old Jed is mourning
the death of his older brother, Zeke, a fan of Charlie "Bird" Parker, who died six months ago of
diabetes. He seeks out street images that illustrate Zeke's poems, jazz-like riffs on the "mad tea
party" that surrounds them. When Jed meets a homeless girl who seems to have some
connection to Zeke, he does his best to help her, and in the process helps to heal his own
grieving heart and emotionally shattered family.
YA FIC MAC Mackler, Carolyn Tangled
Paradise wasn't supposed to suck. Not the state of being, but a resort in the Caribbean. Jena,
Dakota, Skye, and Owen are all there for different reasons, but at Paradise their lives become
tangled together in ways none of them can predict. Paradise will change them all. It will change
Jena, whose first brush with romance takes her that much closer to having a life, and not just
reading about those infinitely cooler and more exciting. It will change Dakota, who needs the
devastating truth about his past to make him realize that he doesn't have to be a jerk just
because people think he's one. It will change Skye, a heartbreakingly beautiful actress, who
must come to terms with the fact that for once she has to stop playing a role or face the
consequences. And it will change Owen, who has never risked anything before and who will take
the leap from his online life to a real one all because of a girl he met at Paradise. From confused
to confident and back again, one thing's certain: Four months after it all begins, none of them will
ever be the same.
YA FIC MAD Madigan, L.K. Flash Burnout
Fifteen-year-old Blake has a girlfriend and a friend who’s a girl. One of them loves him; the other
one needs him. When he snapped a picture of a street person for his photography homework,
Blake never dreamed that the woman in the photo was his friend Marissa’s long-lost meth
addicted mom. Blake’s participation in the ensuing drama opens up a world of trouble, both for
him and for Marissa. He spends the next few months trying to reconcile the conflicting roles of
Boyfriend and Friend. His experiences range from the comic (surviving his dad’s birth control talk)
to the tragic (a harrowing after-hours visit to the morgue). In a tangle of life and death, love and
loyalty, Blake will emerge with a more sharply defined snapshot of himself.
YA FIC MAD Madison, Bennett The Blonde of the Joke
Val, friendless and adrift, finds Francie and adopts her religious devotion to slutty ensembles and
shoplifting. Off-kilter humor, moody narration, and twisted psychology make this sardonic
exploration of suburbia thrilling—like pocketing lip gloss and walking right out of the store. In
Madison's hands, tacky becomes fabulous and wrong weirdly morphs into holy. The girls rock
conservative Sandra Dee High with gold lamé hot pants, big boobs, bigger hair, and heavy
eyeliner. They travel daily to the glimmering Montgomery Shoppingtowne Mall to perfect the black
art of stealing. Val and Francie zealously try to strip the place to its cement foundation.
YA FIC MAL Malcolm, Jahnna The Write Stuff
Rachel is so the It Girl. She has the looks and any guy she wants. Until Dylan. To get Dylan,
Rachel has her best friend, Hannah, write an e-mail for her. It works. Dylan thinks he's falling for
Rachel -- but he's really falling for Hannah. And now Hannah has two choices: bail on her best
friend, or risk losing Dylan forever.
YA FIC MAL Malkin, Nina Orange is the New Pink
New York City, here she comes! Babylon Edison is headed for a summer gig at Orange, the most
fabulous magazine around. She and her fellow editors will be planning stories, running photo
shoots, interviewing the hottest stars, and scoping out the coolest trends. Babyl is ready for
anything...but she doesn't expect the intense rivalries, or the added drama of a simmering crush.
With the entire city at their feet, and plenty of hot boys within reach, the girls are in for the most
exciting and scandalous summer of their lives.
YA FIC MAR Marchetta, Melina The Piper's Son
Award-winning author Melina Marchetta reopens the story of the group of friends from her
acclaimed novel Saving Francesca - but five years have passed, and now it's Thomas Mackee
who needs saving. After his favorite uncle was blown to bits on his way to work in a foreign city,
Tom watched his family implode. He quit school and turned his back on his music and everyone
that mattered, including the girl he can't forget. Shooting for oblivion, he's hit rock bottom, forced
to live with his single, pregnant aunt; work at the Union pub with his former friends; and reckon
with his grieving, alcoholic father. Tom's in no shape to mend what's broken. But what if no one
else is either?
YA FIC MAR Marsden, John Letters from the Inside
The relationship between two teenage girls who become acquainted through letters intensifies as
their correspondence reveals some of the terrible problems of their lives.
YA FIC MAS Mass, Wendy Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
Jeremy Fink has been obsessed with the meaning of life ever since a box from his father arrived
at his house five years after his father was killed in a car accident. Jeremy is determined to find
the missing keys that will open the box that supposedly contains the meaning of life. Jeremy and
his best friend Lizzy make it their summer quest to get inside the mysterious box. But after getting
into some trouble, they get stuck doing community service together, helping an antique shop
owner deliver things to different parts of the city. It turns out that these deliveries aren't always
ordered, the recipients react unexpectedly, some with anger, some with tears. As Jeremy and
Lizzy's summer adventures continue, they begin to discover the meaning of life and themselves
along with it.
YA FIC MAT Matson, Morgan Amy & Rogers Epic Detour
Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start
anew--just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy
embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always
known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old
friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country
with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At
the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back
together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road--diner
napkins, motel receipts, postcards--this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself.
YA FIC MAY Mayer, Melody The Nannies (Nannies v 1)
Good girls. Life in La Crosse couldn’t be any blah-er. Kiley’s way out? A pricey school in
California that she can only afford if she’s a resident of the Golden State. That’s why she’s on
Platinum Nanny, vying for the chance to work for a wacko rock star–or be sent home nationally
humiliated. Wild girls. Lydia has spent eight years stuck in the Amazon with her do-gooding
parents. When her aunt offers her a lifeline–babysitting in posh Bel Air–Lydia hops the next plane
to civilization. Pucci sandals, poolside cabanas, clubbing in Hollywood It spots–was there even a
question she’d accept? Now she just has to find a cute pool boy to make up for all that lost time. .
. .Wilder boys. Moving into the guesthouse of one of Beverly Hills’ most powerful families isn’t
exactly what Esme had in mind for a summer job. Neither was losing her head over Jonathan, her
new boss’s almost famous (and already hot) son. Safe to say her boyfriend isn’t going to like
this.Grab your sunglasses and welcome to The Nannies, a crazy world of Hollyweird
backstabbing and skyscraping palm trees, spoiled tots and private swim lessons. But how hard
can a nanny job be? After all, eight to four is kid time. After that? It’s our time.
YA FIC MAY Mayer, Melody All Night Long (Nannies v 5)
LYDIA KNOWS SHE blew it big-time with Billy, and winning him back is her numero uno priority
before her endless LA summer finally does come to an end. Esme can’t believe that a chica from
Echo Park is going to spend senior year at über-wealthy Bel Air High, let alone that she’ll have
her two best friends with her. Except there’s one tiny problem: the girl Esme was eager to help is
slowly stealing Esme’s life. . . . Kiley doesn’t know what she’d do without Tom to lean on. Not only
is she trying to work through her panic attacks, but she’s also been thrust into the national
spotlight at the trial of Platinum. So with all that’s going on, why can’t Kiley get the guy she met at
the all-night party out of her head?
YA FIC MAX Maxwell, Katie The Year My Life Went Down the Loo
Sixteen-year-old Emily Marie William's life seems to swirl down the loo (toilet) when she moves
from Seattle, Washington, to Piddlington-on-the-Weld, England: not only the dark side of the
universe, but a country that still has discos! While sharp-witted and clever-tongued Emily feels
slighted by the forced relocation, the situation provides mucho drama, drool-worthy love interests
and über-coolio comedy. Emily's frantic e-mails to best friend Dru portray her spiraling descent;
further exacerbated by placement in the fifth form (with younger classmates; gack!), school
uniforms, an "ancient" but overly protective father, a dim-witted but well-meaning mother, a
sexually progressive older sister, a perverted underwear drawer poltergeist, snickerers Ann and
Bee, and Tash, a promiscuous competitor in Emily's quest to win the heart of hunkalicious Aidan
(that is, if she doesn't decide to go for dishy Devon, marry heartthrob actor Oded Fehr, or forget
them all and go for Fang first). Gripping, smart-alecky, shocking (not for teacher's pets or the
faint-hearted) and at the same time tender, Emily's trials and tribulations will inspire laughter,
tears and an understanding of what it's like to be an American teenager in Britain.
YA FIC MAX Maxwell, Katie What’s French for “Eww!”
American transplant Emily Williams leaves the underwear ghost, her wacky family and the town
of Piddlington-on-the-Weld, England for exotic adventures in Paris, France. Of course, Paris will
never be the same! In this third novel of the popular Emily series (following The Year My Life
Went Down the Loo and They Wear What Under Their Kilts?), Emily turns 17 with the flair and
finesse of a herd of stampeding bulls. She relays the triumphs and tragedies of her intensive
French studies in fun but frantic e-mails to her best friend Dru. First, there are plans to spend her
birthday night alone in Paris with her dishy boyfriend, Devon. Then there's Jack, the demonic
LuvMyBaby pretend baby unit, which she's unable to unload before her plane departs for France.
Add the Gruesome Twins, fellow remedial French students, and enough trouble brews to surpass
the number of French words that Emily actually learns.
YA FIC MAX Maxwell, Katie They Wear What Under Their Kilts
Subject: Emily's Glossary for People Who Haven't Been to Scotland
Faffing about: running around doing nothing. In other words, spending a month supposedly doing
work experience on a Scottish sheep farm, but really spending days on Kilt Watch at the nearest
Schottie: Scottish Hottie, also known as Ruaraidh, the subject of much drooling and first prize in
the "Who Can Snog Him First" contest.
Mad schnoogles: the British way of saying big smoochy kisses. Will admit it sounds v. smart to
say it that way.
V.: very. Using it abbreviated is coolio to the third power.
Bunch of yobbos: a group of mindless idiots. In Scotland, can also mean sheep. You can take it
from me -- there is nothing stupider than a sheep, especially when you're trying to make them
take their liver medicine.
Stooshie: uproar, as in "If Holly thinks she can take Ruaraidh from me without causing a stooshie,
she's out of her mind!"
Sheep dip: not an appetizer.
YA FIC MAX Maxwell, Katie The Taming of the Dru
Subject: Emily’s über-Fabu Boyfriend Tips
1. Lip action matters. When selecting a guy to be your potential BF, it’s really best if you don’t
give him a concussion when trying to kiss him.
2. Bad timing sucks. If you spend months waiting for your potential BF to come home from
another country intending to throw yourself in his manly arms, make sure he’s coming home
3. Swords hurt. If you insist on challenging a BF-stealing wannabe to a duel with one, use a fake
sword rather than a real one. Sword cuts are so hard to explain to the parental units...
4. Don’t take no for an answer. Some guys need a little help seeing that you’re the best thing
since someone figured out how to get glitter in lip gloss.
YA FIC MAZ Mazer, Norma Fox Silver
Despite their different backgrounds, Sarabeth, a teenager living with her mother in a trailer and
transferring to a new school, makes friends with Grant and her affluent friends, including troubled
Patty who shares a painful secret about her uncle.
YA FIC MAZ Mazetti, Katarina God and I Broke Up
For all of her 16 years, Linnea has been a thinker. She thinks about everything from boys to zits
to why parents get divorced to whether or not God really exists and what happens when you die.
When she and Pia become best friends, Linnea becomes a talker. Whether the subject is guys,
school, the afterlife, or politics, Pia is someone she can talk to about everything. They're so close
they're like twin souls. So why did Pia have to go and kill herself? With self-deprecating candor,
Linnea recounts the year following her friend's suicide as she struggles to heal her grief.
YA FIC MCC McCaffrey, Kate In Ecstasy
Friends since kindergarten, fifteen-year-old Mia and Sophie are interested in the usual things:
clothes, parties, and especially boys. Mia knows that blonde, buxom Sophie has powers that
attract more male attention than she, so when rich, handsome Lewis finds her interesting, Mia
responds completely. Lewis and Mia share pills, weed, and sex, giving Mia both status and relief
from the pain of her parents' recent divorce. Mia loves Ecstasy, so much so that she ditches
Lewis and becomes his dealer Glenn's girlfriend. As she descends into the drug scene, Mia fights
with her parents and steals from them and others to support her habit.
YA FIC MCD McDonald, Abby Boys, Bears and a Serious Pair of Hiking
Seventeen-year-old Jenna may hail from the ’burbs of New Jersey, but environmental activism is
her life. So when the opportunity arises to spend the summer in the wilds of Canada with her
hippie godmother, Susie, this Green Teen jumps at the chance to explore this nature she’s heard
so much about — and the cute, plaid-wearing boys she’s certain roam wild and free. But after
a few unpleasant run-ins with local wildlife (from a larger-than-life moose to Susie’s sullen Goth
stepdaughter to a hot but hostile boy named Reeve), Jenna realizes that her long-held ideals, like
vegetarianism and conservation, don’t play so well with this population of real outdoorsmen. With
the help of a dusty survival guide, Jenna begins to navigate the wilderness, and those who call it
home — but can she learn to navigate the surprising turns of her heart?
YA FIC MCD McDonald, Janet Twists and Turns
Keeba and Teesha Washington have just graduated from their Brooklyn high school. Their
neighbor and friend Skye March, the local librarian, has moved from her middle-class condo into
the projects. Her theory is that for inner-city teens to be successes they need to see success.
Hoping to keep the sisters from becoming part of the unemployed "bench generation," she floats
the idea of opening a beauty salon. Since the girls are known locally for braiding hair and already
have a following, the next natural step is to become businesswomen. Through a series of events,
both fortuitous and devastating, the teens learn a number of life lessons, especially that, with the
encouragement of family and friends, anything is possible.
YA FIC MCK McKissack, Patricia A Friendship For Today
The year is 1954, the place is Missouri, and twelve-year-old Rosemary Patterson is about to
make history. She is one of the first African American students to enter the white school in her
town. Headstrong, smart Rosemary welcomes the challenge, but starting this new school gets
more daunting when her best friend is hospitalized for polio. Suddenly, Rosemary must face all
the stares and whispers alone. But when the girl who has shown her the most cruelty becomes
an unlikely confidante, Rosemary learns important truths about the power of friendship to
YA FIC MCM McMahen, Jennifer My Tiki Girl
Maggie was looking for a friend in Dahlia. She never guessed she'd find love, too. All the tenth-
grade girls hate Dahlia Wainwright—a smart, natural beauty and freaky outsider all in one. And
that's exactly what Maggie Keller is drawn to, for she herself is an outsider, having withdrawn
from the high school elite crowd after a car accident that killed her mother—an accident for which
she blames herself. But Dahlia's friendship—a manic journey into new identities and outrageous
behavior— transforms Maggie in ways she could never have imagined.
J & YA FIC MIK Mikaelsen, Ben Petey
In 1922 Petey, who has cerebral palsy, is misdiagnosed as an idiot and institutionalized; sixty
years later, still in the institution, he befriends a boy and shares with him the joy of life.
YA FIC MIL Miller, Mary Beth On the Head of a Pin
A gun accidentally goes off and leaves homecoming queen Helen Mitchell dead. Here, the author
explores the impact of the trauma on two young men peripherally involved in the incident. Josh, a
devout Catholic who witnesses the shooting, is pressured by his friends to cover up traces of their
involvement. Already wracked with guilt over another accident that left his sister in a coma, Josh
searches for redemption. Meanwhile, Michael, the victim's boyfriend, who literally slept through
the shooting, has fled from an abusive home and resettled in another city. He doesn't find out that
Helen is dead until two weeks later when her body is discovered in a shallow grave. With the help
of two supportive adults, Michael avoids becoming a murder suspect and works to uncover the
truth about what happened the night Helen was killed.
YA FIC MOR Morris, Taylor Class Favorite
"It all started three days after I officially became a woman -- the message of mass destruction
arrived. It was February 14, to be exact. Happy Valentine's Day." Sara Thurman has never
considered herself part of the popular crowd - she's got her best friend Arlene and that seems like
enough. But when Sara's mom sends a special Valentine's Day delivery to her class, all of a
sudden Sara is very famous - only for a horribly embarrassing reason! It seems everyone at
Bowie Junior High knows something about Sara that she'd rather keep to herself and the harder
Sara tries to blend in the more she ends up sticking out. Not only that, but it suddenly seems that
Arlene doesn't have time for her anymore, and she has an unbearable crush on Jason who
doesn't have any idea who she is (until now, that is). Worst of all, nothing's felt the same since
Sara's dad left home. It all has Sara wondering if things will ever return to normal -- especially if
she can't even remember what normal feels like. Sara can't figure out why it seems that everyone
else has it easier than she does - would things be better if she were popular? Sara decides that if
she can't beat 'em then she'll join 'em -- and she hatches a top secret mission to become....Class
YA FIC MUR Murphy, Pat The Wild Girls
It's 1972. Twelve-year-old Joan is sure that she is going to be miserable when her family moves.
Then she meets a most unusual girl. Sarah prefers to be called "Fox," and lives with her author
dad in a rundown house in the middle of the woods. The two girls start writing their own stories
together, and when one wins first place in a student contest, they find themselves recruited for a
summer writing class taught by the equally unusual Verla Volante. The Wild Girls brilliantly
explores friendship, the power of story, and how coming of age means finding your own answers.
YA FIC MYE Myers, Edward Far from Gringo Land
Rick Dresner is spending the summer with the Romero family, who live in a barrio in the hills of
Santo Domingo, Mexico. He'll help them build a house on their land, and in return, they'll provide
room and board and help Rick improve his Spanish. But the construction project turns out to be a
lot tougher than Rick had imagined. Language and cultural differences lead to awkwardness and
misunderstanding, especially when he falls for a rich American girl from a very different part of
town. In this new twist on the classic fish-out-of-water story, it's a middle-class white boy who's
out of his element and must change and grow to adapt to his surroundings.
YA FIC MYE Myers, Walter Dean Handbook for Boys
Jimmy and Kevin could really use a guide to life. Jimmy's fighting and Kevin's drug problem
almost land them in a juvenile detention facility until Duke offers them after-school jobs at his
Harlem barbershop. According to Duke, there are rules for everything: how to stay out of trouble,
how to succeed in life, what it takes to make it. But is it good advice or just more aggravation?
YA FIC MYR Myracle, Lauren Kissing Kate
Sixteen-year-old Lissa's relationship with her best friend changes after they kiss at a party and
Lissa does not know what to do, until she gets help from an unexpected new friend.
YA FIC MYR Myracle, Lauren TTYL
Three high school sophomores, lifelong best friends, are now facing a variety of emotional upsets
in their personal and social lives. Angela is boy crazy and emotive, but able to lend support to her
friends when they need it. Zoe is the quietest and most self-effacing, considered by some to be a
goody two-shoes but in fact headed full speed into a very dangerous relationship. Madigan is the
hothead, less certain of how to grow up than she allows anyone, including herself, to see. The
entire narrative is composed of the instant messages sent among these three, from September
into November, as they each get involved with dating, sort out how to have friendships with
others, cope with disasters that range from wardrobe issues to getting drunk, and offer one
another advice and defiance.
YA FIC MYR Myracle, Lauren TTFN
This sequel to the breakout bestseller, ttyl (a novel told entirely in instant messages), follows
Maddie, Zoe, and Angela through their next year in high school, 11th grade. There's trouble and
lots of IMs ahead for the Winsome Threesome. Angela has just found out that her family is
moving to El Cerrito, California, and she seriously doesn't know how she'll survive without her
best friends. Maddie makes some really bad moves with Clive, a pot-smoking hipster who wants
to be "friends with benefits." And Zoe finds herself falling for Doug, the sweet poet who has had a
crush on Angela forever, a crush that Angela has come to count on.
YA FIC MYR Myracle, Lauren L8r, g8r
Through their instant messages, three inseparable friends have shared the ups and downs of
high school. They've survived a flirtatious teacher, a witchy classmate, a pot-smoking smoocher,
a Care Bear-toting stalker, and much, much more. Now it's their senior year, and Angela, Zoe,
and Maddie-otherwise know as the winsome threesome-are feeling invincible. Too bad Jana, the
Queen Bee who made their sophomore year a nightmare, is on the warpath again. This time she
has it out for good girl Zoe, and it's up to Maddie and Angela to defend their friend. Not that Zoe,
who's deep in love with Doug, seems to notice. A series of pranks escalates, culminating in a
senior prom that no one will forget, even if they want to! And it will be up to Zoe to finally take
action and make sure the power of the winsome threesome prevails.
YA FIC NAD Nadin, Joanna Wonderland
Sixteen-year-old Jude has to get out of tiny Churchtown. She has to escape her outcast status at
the Royal Duchy School and her pathetic dad, who hasn’t gotten past her mum’s death. The only
bright light is drama, her way out, if only she can get into the Lab in London. It takes a lot of nerve
to apply to such a prestigious program, and Jude’s not sure she can do it. Then Judes’s
childhood best friend, Stella, returns. Stella, sexy and bold, and ten times cooler than Jude. With
Stella by her side, Jude knows she’s capable of anything. But Stella’s influence extends well
beyond the theater. She quickly creeps into every part of Jude’s life, bringing Jude the attention
she’s always craved. So even when Stella’s behavior takes a dangerous turn, Jude can’t bring
herself to abandon her best friend. And anyway, now that Stella’s back, there’s no stopping her.
YA FIC NAY Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Achingly Alice
Thirteen-year-old Alice sets long- and short-term priorities for her life as she experiences the
complexities of young love.
YA FIC NAY Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Alice in Rapture, Sort of
The summer before she enters the seventh grade becomes the summer of Alice's first boyfriend,
and she discovers that love is about the most mixed-up thing that can possibly happen to you,
especially since she has no mother to go to for advice.
YA FIC NAY Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Including Alice
Fifteen-year-old Alice finds it hard to adjust to the changes in her life when her father gets married
and her brother moves to his own apartment.
YA FIC NAY Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Alice on Her Way
It's the moment Alice has been looking forward to for years -- her sixteenth birthday is coming up,
and that means getting her driver's licence, with the freedom that entails. And before that
important milestone, there's another delicious taste of freedom awaiting Alice and her friends -- a
class trip to New York City, promising some serious partying once chaperones have gone to bed.
But sophomore year and driving lessons are a lot harder than Alice thought they would be, and
then there's the problem with her new boyfriend, who is sometimes too attached to her. The older
Alice gets, the more complicated her life seems to become.
YA FIC NAY Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Dangerously Alice
Alice has always tried to be a decent person. She gets good grades, comes home on time, and
has never really given her dad and her stepmom any reason to worry. But now that junior year of
high school has started, Alice is a little sick of people assuming she's a goody-goody, so she
decides to start shaking things up. First there are the dates with Tony, a cute senior who's a lot
more experienced than Alice. Then the fights with her stepmom about the new cat, the car, and
everything else start. But when Alice sneaks off to a party that her parents don't know about and
a near-tragedy follows, she starts to realize every choice has a consequence, and danger rarely
leads to good ones.
YA FIC NAY Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Alice in the Know
It's the summer before junior year, and Alice is looking forward to three months of excitement,
passion, and drama. But what does she find? A summer working in a local department store,
trying to stop shoplifters, and more "real life" problems than she could have ever imagined: A
good friend becomes seriously ill, Lester has more romance problems than even Alice knows
what to do with, and the gang from Mark Stedmeister's pool is starting to grow up a bit faster than
Alice is comfortable with.... Fortunately for Alice her family and friends are with her through it all,
and by the end of the summer, Alice finds she knows a whole lot more than she had in June.
YA FIC NAY Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Outrageously Alice
Now that she is setting into eighth grade, the class she used to envy, Alice discovers it isn't as
exciting as she thought. She's tired of being the same old Alice, and longs to be a bit outrageous.
Instead, she finds herself in situations that are more embarrassing then they are thrilling. She
likes dressing up as a showgirl for Halloween, but hasn't counted on what happens in the broom
closet at school. And she's delighted to be a bridesmaid, but feels awkward at the bridal shower.
Even Patrick begins to seem childish to her. Elizabeth and Pamela, however, her two best
friends, feel that life is changing too much for them. Elizabeth finds that a new a boy at school is
attracted to her, while Pamela faces a serious problem at home. Lester, too, Alice's brother, can't
quite believe he's losing his old girlfriend, Crystal. When Alice dials Miss Summers, however, the
woman her father loves, there is always the hope that this time she will get the mother she has
YA FIC NAY Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Almost Alice
Is it possible to be too good a friend -- too understanding, too always there, too much like a
doormat? Alice has always been a good friend to Pamela and Liz, a best friend to Pamela and
Liz. But she's starting to wonder where that leaves her: What am I? An ear for listening? An arm
around the shoulder? And then there's Patrick -- after ending their relationship two years ago,
he's suddenly calling again, and wants to take her to his senior prom. What does that mean? As
Alice tries to figure out who she is in relation to her friends, she learns one thing -- sometimes
friends need you more than they let on...especially when the unthinkable happens.
YA FIC NAY Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Faith, Hope & Ivy June
Ivy June Mosely and Catherine Combs, two girls from different parts of Kentucky, are
participating in the first seventh-grade student exchange program between their schools. The girls
will stay at each other’s homes, attend school together, and record their experience in their
journals. Catherine and her family have a beautiful home with plenty of space. Since Ivy June’s
house is crowded, she lives with her grandparents. Her Pappaw works in the coal mines
supporting four generations of kinfolk. Ivy June can’t wait until he leaves that mine forever and
retires. As the girls get closer, they discover they’re more alike than different, especially when
they face the terror of not knowing what’s happening to those they love most.
YA FIC NEL Nelson, Blake Rock Star, Superstar
Music is Pete's life. From playing in a jazz band to jamming at 2 AM with his guitar-playing dad,
Pete is almost never without his bass. He's sure his treasured Fender Precision bass, along with
his vow never to be a sell-out, will lead him to a record deal one day. Then he meets the Carlisle
brothers. They can't sing and they can barely play their instruments, but somehow they have a
following. And they desperately need a bass player. Pete can play circles around these amateurs,
but there's a raw power to their sound that's surprisingly appealing. He can't resist, and he joins
The Tiny Masters of Today. When the band gets a chance at real superstardom, Pete wonders if
he's ready for the big leagues. He knows the quality of the music should come first... but who
knew selling out could be so much fun? Blake Nelson's riveting novel shows the realities of life in
a band, and all the temptations that come with it.
YA FIC NEL Nelson, Blake They Came From Below.
Seventeen-year-old Emily and her best friend Reese can't wait for summer vacation on Cape
Cod. Every year, it's the same thing: high hopes that they may finally hook up with some cool
guys...and it never happens. But this year, they're sure it's going to be different. So it's totally
amazing when out of nowhere they meet two unbelievably adorable boys who are just too cute to
be true! Which, they soon discover, may be the case. A lot of odd things happen when Steve and
Dave are around. Reese figures it's because they're not from around here. So where are they
from, France? Well, not quite... Summoned from the depths of the sea by the dire threat of global
pollution, friendly aliens "Steve and Dave" have manifested themselves in human form and come
ashore in a last desperate effort to save the oceans.
YA FIC NIE Nields, Nerissa Plastic Angel
Two 13-year-old girls fight against conformity and family conflicts in this well-written and
appealing story. Told from the perspective of Randi, the daughter of a too-loose musician, the
main storyline follows Randi's best friend Gellie, the daughter of an obsessive stage mother.
Gellie is extraordinarily beautiful, working as a model and commercial actress. The two girls
discover a talent for singing and songwriting, and call themselves "Plastic Angel," hoping to have
a career as musicians. However, Gellie's mother dominates her daughter's life and adamantly
opposes their music. When Gellie wins a job in a movie at the same time the girls are hired for
their first gig, serious trouble ensues.
YA FIC NOE Noel, Alyson Kiss & Blog
What’s the best revenge when your best friend ditches you for the popular crowd? Alyson Noël
reveals all in her hot new young adult novel. As freshmen at Ocean High last year, Winter and
her best friend Sloane thought they could ditch their nerdy past, launching from invisible to cool.
But after another miserable year of standing on the sidelines they make a pact to do whatever it
takes not to go unnoticed in their sophomore year, promising each other that whoever makes it
into the cool group first will bring the other along. Once Sloane gets a taste of life on the A-list,
she slams that door in Winter’s face. Suddenly cast out of her former best friend’s life, Winter
takes revenge the modern way: by announcing all of Sloane’s dirty little secrets on an anonymous
blog. Then the blog becomes more popular than she ever dreamed and Winter must decide if her
retaliation is really worth the consequences—and if the price for popularity is one she’s willing to
pay. Once again, Alyson Noël navigates the tricky waters of the high school social scene with the
heart and humor her readers have come to love.
YA FIC NOE Noel, Alyson Faking 19
On the surface, 17-year-old Alex has it made; she is beautiful and smart. Plus, she's best friends
with M., the absolute most popular girl in school. Feeling bored with their fancy Orange County
suburban town, Alex and M. decide to check out L.A.'s glitzy nightlife scene. Pretending to be 19,
Alex and M. meet Trevor and Connor, two rich older guys. These weekend trips into the city
become the perfect distraction for Alex, who is secretly struggling with her failing senior year
grades, her absentee father, and her clueless mom. But, after the initial fun wears off for Alex,
she is forced to reevaluate her friendship with M., who is hiding some secrets beneath her perfect
YA FIC NOL Nolan, Han A Summer of Kings
It's 1963 and fourteen-year-old Esther Young is looking for excitement. Cursed with a lack of
talent in a family filled with artistic types, Esther vows to get some attention by initiating a summer
romance with a black teen accused of murdering a white man in Alabama. King-Roy Johnson
shows up on Esther's doorstep that summer, an angry young man who feels betrayed by the
nonviolent teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. Sent north by his mother to escape a lynch mob, he
meets a follower of Malcolm X's who uses radical teachings about black revolution to fuel King-
Roy's anger and frustration. But with each other's help, both Esther and King-Roy learn the true
nature of integrity and find the power to stand up for what is right and true.
YA FIC NOL Nolan, Han When We Were Saints
This stunning YA novel by National Book Award winner Han Nolan takes on the neglected topic
of adolescent spirituality in an intense, probing story of a 14-year-old boy, Archie Caswell, who
sets out to strive toward sainthood in the company of a complex, mysterious girl who considers
herself to be the current incarnation of Saint Clare. Together, the two run away from their
concerned families and close-knit Southern community on a pilgrimage in search of
enlightenment at the Cloisters in New York City. They carry no worldly goods, trusting to the Lord
(with considerable success) to provide for all their needs. Archie alternates between moments of
rapturous ecstasy in communion with God, guilt over leaving his dying grandmother, love for
Clare that has more physical yearning in it than he is willing to admit, and increasing anxiety over
Clare's mounting fanaticism. At what point does mysticism cross over into mere insanity? What
does Jesus really ask of those who commit themselves to follow Him?
YA MYS NOR Northrop, Michael Gentlemen
Michael, Tommy, Mixer, and Bones aren't just from the wrong side of the tracks--they're from the
wrong side of everything. Except for Mr. Haberman, their remedial English teacher, no one at
their high school takes them seriously. Haberman calls them "gentlemen," but everyone else
ignores them--or, in Bones's case, is dead afraid of them. When one of their close-knit group
goes missing, the clues all seem to point in one direction: to Mr. Haberman.
YA FIC OCO O’Connell, Tyne True Love, the Sphinx, and Other
American teenagers Sam and Salah lead fairly uncomplicated lives. They breeze through classes
at their prestigious Manhattan high school, their friends and classmates all look up to them, and
they’ve never had to put much effort into attracting girls. But when their class embarks on a field
trip to Egypt, complications arise in the forms of Rosie and Octavia, two British beauties who
won’t be easily charmed. Amid luscious scenes of Egyptian culture and history, these four star-
crossed lovers will have to endure mistakes, missteps, and plenty of misunderstandings before
they can achieve their hearts’ desires.
YA FIC OLS Olsen, Sylvia Yellow Line
There comes a point in every child's life when they realize they must stand on their own, make
their own decisions, and choose to either break away from their parents' ideals or be ruled by
their parents' thoughts for the rest of their lives. For Vince that moment came when he learned
that his neighbor and best friend had befriended an Indian from the other side of the village. All of
his life he had listened to his parents and had carefully observed the separation that existed
between the whites and the Indians. But when an Indian girl starts smiling at him and waving to
him, he begins to question what he has practiced all his life and what his parents have always
told him. In only a matter of days, in the course of helping his friend cope with the problems she is
facing when her parents find out about her Indian boyfriend, Vince realizes that what he has
always believed no longer matters, and that it is not as frightening as he had imagined to stand
up for something different.
YA FIC OST Ostow, Micol What Would My Cell Phone Do?
When Aggie Eckhart's family moves from Miami, Florida, to Denville, Alaska, because of her
father's job, Aggie feels like a fish out of water. Not only is frozen Denville a far cry from sunny
Miami, but she's got no friends, her mother is driving her crazy, and she loses her cell phone
within the first month - cutting off her lifeline to civilization. But when an online search for her
phone (using the schmancy built-in GPS tracker) reveals that the cell is enjoying life up north
much more than Aggie is, she adopts a whole new outlook. No more woe-is-me, now it's all
WWMCPD (What Would My Cell Phone Do)? And before Aggie knows it, things are looking a
whole lot brighter in this charming, fun, and lighthearted YA romance.
YA FIC PAD Padian, Maria Jersey Tomatoes Are the Best
This is a hilarious and heartbreaking story of two teen girls and the summer when everything
changes for them. Both Henry and Eva are New Jersey natives and excellent athletes: Henry's a
master on the tennis court and Eva is a graceful ballerina. When opportunity knocks for both of
them the summer before their junior year in high school they throw open the door: Henry sees
freedom from her overbearing father and a chance to build her talents on the court. Eva sees the
chance to be the best as well as even more pressure to be graceful, lighter, more perfect on the
dancefloor. Soon, Eva's obsession with physical perfection leads her down the path to anorexia,
and her health issues overwhelm everything else. But through it all these two best friends know
that Jersey Tomatoes are the Best, and nothing will come between them no matter the distance.
YA MYS PAG Pagliarulo, Antonio On the Avenue (Celebutantes v 1)
The Hamilton Triplets—Madison, Park, and Lexington—are accustomed to living in the public
eye. Heiresses to a billion-dollar media empire, they have been raised in New York's most elite
social circles and, at 16, know firsthand the demands of being celebutantes. There are people to
impress, appearances to make, and paparazzi to outrun. Not to mention high school to finish.
But when fashion editor Zahara Bell is found dead in a one-of-a-kind frock from Lex's unreleased
clothing line, and then the priceless Avenue Diamond goes missing, getting to class is as far from
the triplets' minds as their first pair of Manolos. One of the girls is a suspect, and the sisters find
themselves in the middle of a scandal that could sink their reputations and their father's
companies for good. And the press is ready, willing, and able to lend a hand.
The Hamilton sisters need to stick closer than ever before. The killer is still out there, and if they
don't solve the case their threesome could become a twosome quicker than you can say Cartier.
YA MYS PAG Pagliarulo, Antonio In the Club (Celebutantes v 2)
The school year’s almost over, and Madison, Park, and Lexington Hamilton are ready to trade in
their Birkin bags for bikinis. But before vacation comes work, and the triplets have plenty of it.
Cleopatra, the newest, hottest, and most expensive club in Manhattan, is opening–and it just
happens to also be Hamilton Holdings’ latest business venture. The girls must throw the party to
end all parties. But this is one opening the sisters won’t soon forget. Before the night ends, the
body of a classmate is found with a bloody wound on the side of his head. At first glance, the
case appears to be open-and-shut. But the girls smell trouble. They know the murderer is still out
there, and they’re willing to bet their sizable inheritance that the police won’t be able to unravel
the mystery. Murder is so out, but until this crime is solved, it’s arrivederci Italia. And the Hamilton
sisters simply won’t accept that as an option.
YA MYS PAG Pagliarulo, Antonio To the Penthouse (Celebutantes v 3)
IT’S SUMMER IN the city for Madison, Park, and Lexington Hamilton. Only, these triplet
heiresses have more on their plate than hot-tubbing and the Hamptons. The Royal Crown Society
of America is one of the most exclusive private clubs in the country and the triplets have secured
membership. Even more exciting is that pop-art It girl Tallulah Kayson will unveil her newest
masterpiece at their very own inaugural luncheon. But when they run into Tallulah’s mysterious
boyfriend, Elijah Traymore, hitting on their friend Coco McCaid, something doesn’t feel right. And
when Elijah plunges to his death from the hotel penthouse, that feeling is confirmed. Elijah was
pushed, and judging from the limited edition pink cell phone found at the scene of the crime, Coco
McCaid needs a very good lawyer.
YA FIC PAR Parkinson, Siobhan Something Invisible
Thinking and talking are 11-year-old Jake's favorite things, next to football and fish. When
eccentric Stella Daly follows him home one day, convinced he could be a friend, she is right. And
Mrs. Kennedy, an elderly new neighbor, takes an interest in both children. The third big change
comes with the arrival of Jake's baby sister. At first resentful of her and his parents, he grows to
bond with Daisy. But trouble lies ahead. Jake and Stella have a falling out. Then one day the
accidental death of one of Stella's sisters alters all of the characters' lives forever .
YA FIC PAU Paulsen, Gary The Monument
Figuring she'll never get adopted because of her caramel-colored skin and crippled leg, Rocky
finds herself chosen by Emma and Fred, a kind, indulgent, alcoholic couple from Bolton, Kansas.
It's in Bolton that she finds her devoted dog, Python, who leads her to Mick, the rumpled artist
hired to design a monument to the town's war dead and the person who changes Rocky's view of
life, art, and the world. Through the drawings he makes in order to get a feel for the town's people
and history, the citizens of Bolton see themselves and their surroundings in a new light, although
they're not sure they like it.
YA FIC PAU Paulsen, Gary The Schernoff Discoveries
Harold Schernoff, 14-year-old science whiz and social nerd, has a theory for every problem, from
dating, to bullies, to making money, to sports, to how to buy a car when you're underage. When
he and his buddy team up to put his theories to the test, nothing goes according to plan. A ski
lesson becomes: Mass x Acceleration x Slope of hill = eeeAAGGHHH. As for first dates, only
Harold could mastermind such disaster. Only Harold could go fishing and get caught by the fish.
And only Gary Paulsen could write such a wonderfully funny story of friendship.
J & YA FIC PEA Pearson, Gayle Don’t Call It Paradise
Beanie in California, she hopes that Beanie's older brother has changed, but she slowly recalls a
terrible secret from the past that makes her realize just what kind of person he really is.
YA FIC PEA Pearce, Jacqueline Manga Touch
Dana is excited about her school trip to Japan despite the fact that she is surrounded by the Melly
Mob, “in- crowd” kids who make fun of her. Dana is certain she will be less of an outsider in
Japan, home of manga and anime. But she soon discovers that it’s just as difficult to fit in with a
foreign culture as it is to fit in at school. And the only other manga fan that she meets refuses to
talk to her. As Dana learns to meet people halfway and gains some friends in Japan, Melissa,
leader of the Melly Mob, makes every effort to remind her that she’s still an outsider.
YA FIC PEN de la Pena, Matt I Will Save You
Kidd is spending his summer at the beach. He'd do anything to get away from his group home
and the dark memories there of his past. He's working as a caretaker at the campsite, and he'd
be blind if he didn't notice Olivia. Blond hair, blue eyes, rich dad. The prettiest girl in Cardiff. He
might even have a chance with her, too. Until Devon appears. Kidd's best friend followed him all
the way to the beach. And he's not leaving until he teaches him a few lessons about life. And
YA FIC PER Perkins, Mitali Monsoon Summer
Jasmine “Jazz” Gardner heads off to India during the monsoon season. The family trip is her
mother’s doing: Mrs. Gardner wants to volunteer at the orphanage that cared for her when she
was young. But going to India isn’t Jazz’s idea of a great summer vacation. She wants no part of
her mother’s do-gooder endeavors. What’s more, Jazz is heartsick. She’s leaving the business
she and her best friend, Steve Morales, started—as well as Steve himself. Jazz is crazy in love
with the guy. If only he knew! Only when Jazz reluctantly befriends Danita, a girl who cooks for
her family, and who faces a tough dilemma, does Jazz begin to see how she can make a
difference—to her own family, to Danita, to the children at the orphanage, even to Steve. As India
claims Jazz, the monsoon works its madness and its magic.
YA & J FIC PHI Philbrick, Rodman Freak The Mighty (also titled
as The Mighty)
At the beginning of eighth grade, learning disabled Max and his new friend Freak, whose birth
defect has affected his body but not his brilliant mind, find that when they combine forces they
make a powerful team.
YA MYS PLU Plum-Ucci, Carol What Happened to Lani Garver
Claire McKenzie is haunted by her brief relationship with Lani Garver, a newcomer to her close
island community who changed her life.
YA FIC QUA Qualey, Marsha Just Like That
Things change so suddenly. one day Hanna has a long-term boyfriend; the next, she realizes she
doesn’t have strong feelings for him and breaks up with him. one day Hanna trusts her two best
friends completely; the next, all of that trust is toppled. And then Hanna finds herself the bearer of
a major secret: she was the last person to see two teenagers before they died in an accident on
the icy lake. she can’t tell anyone, so when Hanna finds herself drawn to Will, the elusive boy
she’s noticed around town, the kind of boy who’d increase any girl’s pulse, she doesn’t hold back.
what she learns about him will astonish her. but what she learns about herself—her friendships,
her family, her life—will affect her far more.
YA FIC RAN Randle, Kristen Breaking Rank
Seventeen-year-old Casey has some of her preconceived notions challenged when she begins to
tutor Baby, a member of a ganglike non-conformist society called the Clan.
YA FIC REI Reisfeld, Randi Oh Baby
Before heading off for college, sixteen-year-old small town girls Abby and Jamie are headed for
the big cities! Shy, innocent Abby will be a nanny for a posh New York City family, while smart,
no-nonsense Jamie works her nanny gig in sunny, celeb-studded L. A. Talk about culture shock.
And, between the eye-popping parties, hot boys, high-maintenance kids, and a heaping of drama,
the girls can barely squeeze in time for e-mail catch-ups. But their wild summers on opposite
coasts will teach Abby and Jamie things they never knew about love, lust, truth, lies, themselves .
. . and each other.
YA FIC ROR Rorby, Ginny Hurt Go Happy
Joey Willis has been deaf since the age of seven. Her mother, Ruth, has not allowed her to learn
sign language, so Joey relies on lip-reading to understand others, with limited success. A chance
encounter with Sukari, a young chimpanzee, and Charlie, the scientist who taught the chimp to
use sign language, opens a whole new world for Joey, eventually giving her the strength to defy
her mother and defend everything she holds dear.
YA FIC ROS Rostkowski, Margaret Best of Friends
Three very different teenagers, once close friends, struggle to understand the changes in their
relationships and the turmoil around them as the Vietnam War encroaches on their lives.
YA FIC ROT Rottman, S.L. Hero
After years of abuse from his mother and neglect from his father, ninth-grader Sean Parker is
headed for trouble until he is sent to do community service at a farm owned by an old man who
teaches Sean that he can take control of his own life.
YA FIC RYA Ryan, P.E. Saints of Augustine
Sam Findley and Charlie Perrin. Best friends. At least they used to be. But a year ago Sam cut
Charlie out of his life—no explanation, no discussion, nothing. Fast-forward one year, and both
Sam's and Charlie's lives are spiraling out of control. Sam has a secret he's finding harder and
harder to hide, and Charlie is dealing with an increasingly absent dad and a dealer whose threats
are anything but empty. As told in alternating chapters from Sam and Charlie during the sticky
Florida summer before their senior year, the ex-best friends are thrown together once again when
they have no one else to turn to.
YA FIC SAE Saenz, Benjamin Alire He Forgot to Say Goodbye
Ramiro Lopez and Jake Upthegrove don't appear to have much in common. Ram lives in the
Mexican-American working-class barrio of El Paso called "Dizzy Land." His brother is sinking into
a world of drugs, wreaking havoc in their household. Jake is a rich West Side white boy who has
developed a problem managing his anger. An only child, he is a misfit in his mother's shallow and
materialistic world. But Ram and Jake do have one thing in common: They are lost boys who
have never met their fathers. This sad fact has left both of them undeniably scarred and
obsessed with the men who abandoned them. As Jake and Ram overcome their suspicions of
each other, they begin to move away from their loner existences and realize that they are capable
of reaching out beyond their wounds and the neighborhoods that they grew up in. Their friendship
becomes a healing in a world of hurt.
YA FIC SAL Sales, Leila Mostly Good Girls
The higher you aim, the farther you fall….It’s Violet’s junior year at the Westfield School. She
thought she’d be focusing on getting straight As, editing the lit mag, and figuring out how to talk to
boys without choking on her own saliva. Instead, she’s just trying to hold it together in the face of
cutthroat academics, her crush’s new girlfriend, and the sense that things are going irreversibly
wrong with her best friend, Katie. When Katie starts making choices that Violet can’t even begin
to fathom, Violet has no idea how to set things right between them. Westfield girls are trained for
success—but how can Violet keep her junior year from being one huge, epic failure?
YA FIC SAN Sanchez, Alex Rainbow Boys
Three high school seniors, a jock with a girlfriend and an alcoholic father, a closeted gay, and a
flamboyant gay rights advocate, struggle with family issues, gay bashers, first sex, and conflicting
feelings about each other.
YA FIC SAN Sanchez, Alex Rainbow High
Follows three gay high school seniors as they struggle with issues of coming out, safe sex,
homophobia, being in love, and college choices.
YA FIC SAN Sanchez, Alex Rainbow Road
The final installment of this trilogy is a true winner. Even though coming out publicly resulted in
Virginia high school basketball star Jason Carrillo's losing his college athletic scholarship, it
turned him into an important role model for gay and lesbian teens. And so, when a new GLBT
high school in Los Angeles is searching for a keynote speaker for its opening ceremony, it is not
surprising that Jason is given an all-expenses-paid invitation. His boyfriend, Kyle, definitely wants
to be there, too. And Kyle's best friend-pink-haired, boy-hungry Nelson-has a car and thinks that
this would be the perfect opportunity for a post-senior-year road trip. Virginia to L.A. by car: 3000
miles and plenty of time to gain an understanding of what being gay in America is all about.
These boys are distinct personalities and genuine teens, searching for clarity and identity and
acceptance, trying to make sense of themselves and a world that can be equally bright and dark.
YA FIC SAN Sander, Scott Loring Gray Baby
At six, Clifton watched as two white police officers beat his black father to death. The official
report called it an accident. But Clifton and his mother, who was also there, know the truth. Ten
years later Clifton's life has been shaped by that horrible event. He's a social outcast, his mother
has sunk deep into alcoholism, and the only connection has with a living thing is with the dog next
door whose life is as bad as Clifton's. But then Clifton's principal comes up with the idea to have
all the students release balloons with notes attached. It's meant to build school spirit, but it also
gives Clifton an idea. What if, somehow, he was able to reach someone somewhere far away,
and actually make a connection? Maybe even have a friend. So instead of balloons he uses
bottles, and sets them afloat with notes inside down the New River. Amazingly, Clifton actually
does here from someone. His name is Swamper, he's got to be at least 70, and he lives in a
shack on the river, meaking out a living selling fish. Swamper and Clifton strike up a friendship
and it looks like Clifton may be okay after all. But then the kidnapping of a young girl that Clifton
witnesses brings back all of his old demons. How can he go to the police after what they did to his
father? And his mother, she's useless. So he turns to Swamper, and in the end, discovers truths
about his family, his life, and himself, that he never would have imagined.
YA MYS SAV Savage, Deborah Kotuku
Seventeen–year–old Wim Thorpe resists caring after the loss of her best friend, but the attractive
New Zealand historian investigating Maori connections to her home town looks exactly like a
benevolent tattooed apparition who may be showing her the way to her own truth.
YA FIC SCH Schmidt, Rene Leaving Fletchville
Brandon gives the appearance of a tough guy who isn't interested in school or in what is going on
around him. His teachers and his classmates consider him to be a goof-off when it comes to his
studies. They don't realize that he uses his reputation to his and others' advantage. He spends a
great deal of time in the principal's office where he learns a lot about his fellow students. Brandon
studies people and draws on what he learns when the time comes and the knowledge is needed.
Brandon is in the office when Leon, Winnie and Sam come in to register for school. He discovers
that they live in his building and that he and Leon are the same age. As the only black children in
the school, they draw some attention to themselves without trying, and when a group of boys
taunt young Sam with the use of a particularly offensive word, Brandon and Leon join together to
settle things. A tentative friendship grows between Brandon and Leon and when Brandon makes
an astonishing discovery about the family, the real meaning of friendship is put to the test.
YA FIC SCH Schroeder, Lisa Chasing Brooklyn
Brooklyn can't sleep. Her boyfriend, Lucca, died only a year ago, and now her friend Gabe has
just died of an overdose. Every time she closes her eyes, Gabe's ghost is there waiting for her.
She has no idea what he wants or why it isn't Lucca visiting her dreams. Nico can't stop. He's
always running, trying to escape the pain of losing his brother, Lucca. But when Lucca's ghost
begins leaving messages, telling Nico to help Brooklyn, emotions come crashing to the surface.
As the nightmares escalate and the messages become relentless, Nico reaches out to Brooklyn.
But neither of them can admit that they're being haunted. Until they learn to let each other in, not
one soul will be able to rest.
YA FIC SCO Scott, Elizabeth The Unwritten Rule
Sarah likes Ryan. Has for years. Ryan is dating Brianna, Sarah's best friend. Sarah avoids Ryan,
hides her feelings, and wallows in her guilt for desiring him. Then one night he drives her home
alone, and they kiss. Now she is torn between wanting to be with Ryan and not wanting to hurt
Brianna. Scott has written a fabulously authentic voice in Sarah. Every girl who has been torn by
betraying the unwritten rule in friendship will hear her own thoughts echoed in Sarah's. In a
meandering path, Scott brings the readers back and forth in time from eighth grade, when Sarah
first begins liking Ryan, to their senior year throughout Brianna and Ryan's relationship, to the
current dilemma of Sarah and Ryan wanting to be with one another without hurting Brianna.
YA FIC SCO Scott, Elizabeth Love You, Hate You, Miss You
Get this, I'm supposed to be starting a journal about "my journey." Please. I can see it now: Dear
Diary, As I'm set adrift on this crazy sea called "life" . . . I don't think so.
It's been seventy-five days. Amy's sick of her parents suddenly taking an interest in her.
And she's really sick of people asking her about Julia. Julia's gone now, and she doesn't want to
talk about it. They wouldn't get it, anyway. They wouldn't understand what it feels like to have
your best friend ripped away from you. They wouldn't understand what it feels like to know it's
your fault. Amy's shrink thinks it would help to start a diary. Instead, Amy starts writing letters to
Julia. But as she writes letter after letter, she begins to realize that the past wasn't as perfect as
she thought it was—and the present deserves a chance too.
YA FIC SCO Scott, Mindi Freefall
Seth McCoy was the last person to see his best friend, Isaac, alive, and the first to find him dead.
It was just another night, just another party, just another time when Isaac drank too much and
passed out on the lawn. Only this time, Isaac didn't wake up. Convinced that his own actions led
to his friend's death, Seth is torn between turning his life around . . . or losing himself completely.
Then he meets Rosetta: so beautiful and so different from everything and everyone he's ever
known. But Rosetta has secrets of her own, and Seth soon realizes he isn't the only one who
needs saving . . .
YA FIC SER Serros, Michele Honey Blonde Chica
Evie Gomez is one chill chica. She and best friend Raquel hang with the Flojos, a kick-back crew
named for their designer flip-flops. And their habit of doing absolutely nothing. But the return of
long-lost amiga mejor Dee Dee wrecks Evie and Raquel's Flojo flow. A few years in Mexico City
have transformed their shy, skinny, brunette Dee Dee into a Sangro nightmare. Dee Dee has
reinvented herself as "Dela," complete with tight designer threads, freaky blue contacts, and that
signature blonde hair. When Raquel wants precisely nada to do with the new Dela, Evie finds
herself caught between two very different friends. At heart, is Evie a Cali-casual Flojo chick or a
sexy Sangro diva? How's a chica to choose?
YA FIC SER Serros, Michele Scandalosa!
Evie Gomez finally has it all: a sweet boyfriend, two mejor amigas, and an upcoming sixteeñera
that's the talk of the school. Qué cool, no? Too bad reality has a way of ruining things. When her
grades start to slip, Evie's parents threaten to cancel her party. The good news? All she has to do
is volunteer in the community to raise her grades. The bad news? Since it's the middle of the
semester, the best remaining option is working at the Southern California Horse Reserve. Then
again...ranchero life? Charros? Maybe things will work out after all. Or maybe not. Things with
boyfriend Alex start to fizzle, party-girl palRaquel slides down a spiral of boys and booze, Dee
Dee -- who only recently re-entered Evie's life -- considers moving back to Mexico City, and to top
it all off, Evie's flirting with someone she never expected to like -- ranch hand Arturo (even with
his que fugly cowboy boots). Things can't get más complicated...can they?
YA FIC SHE Sheinmel, Alyssa The Beautiful Between
If high school were a fairy-tale kingdom, Connelly Sternin would be Rapunzel, locked not in a
tower by a wicked witch but in a high-rise apartment building by the SATs and college
applications—and by the secrets she keeps. Connelly's few friends think that her parents are
divorced—but they're not. Connelly's father died when she was two, and she doesn't know how.
If Connelly is the Rapunzel of her school, Jeremy Cole is the crown prince, son of a great and rich
New York City family. So when he sits down next to her at lunch one day, Connelly couldn't be
more surprised. But Jeremy has a tragic secret of his own, and Connelly is the only one he can
turn to for help. Together they form a council of two, helping each other with their homework and
sharing secrets. As the pair's friendship grows, Connelly learns that it's the truth, not the secrets,
that one must guard and protect. And that between friends, the truth, however harsh, is also
YA FIC SHO Shoup, Barbara Everything You Want
With high school mercifully drawing to a close, Emma's only question is, What next? And can it
please be completely unlike what happened before? Then one lucky little lotto ticket seems to
give the answer-or does it? Everything You Want is a story about what happens to an average
family when money is suddenly no object. Although Emma is bright and creative and has a
supportive family, she isn't exactly excited about life after high school. She's got her share of
unresolved issues, including a disastrous ending to her crush of a lifetime, which left her with a
broken heart and a bloody nose (how do you move on when the only boy you've ever wanted to
date punches you in the face?). Then Emma's family wins fifty million dollars in the lottery, but
instead of making everything better, it just makes everything more complicated.
YA FIC SHR Shreve, Susan Kiss Me Tomorrow
Blister was there for Jonah when he was the new student that everyone loved to hate. Blister was
there for Jonah when he lied and said he was a big TV personality. And Blister was right
alongside Jonah when he turned his lie into a real job at a television station, complete with his
very own show. But now everything has changed. Because Jonah is in trouble once again, and
he's looking to Blister to be more than just a friend....
YA FIC SHU Shulman, Polly Enthusiasm
Julie and Ashleigh are best friends and near opposites. While Julie is quiet and bookish, Ashleigh
is excitable, and in the words of Julie, an "Enthusiast." Ashleigh bounces from obsession to
obsession-for books, music groups, and fashions-while Julie is content to watch from the
sidelines. When Ashleigh becomes preoccupied with Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, she
engineers a plan to infiltrate the local boys' prep school's fall formal dance, where she is certain
both girls will find their own "Mr. Darcys." Equal parts romance and farce, this novel is an
YA FIC SHU Shusterman, Neal The Schwa Was Here
Anthony Bonana, Antsy to his friends, is an eighth grade Brooklyn youth with a story to tell about
the Schwa: a guy his age who seems to be practically invisible. As the middle child of his lively
Italian family, Antsy feels a bit difficult to notice himself sometimes, so he befriends the Schwa.
From their experiments on just how invisible the Schwa can be, to walking fourteen huge Afghan
dogs named after the Sins and the Vices for the scariest old man in the neighborhood, to falling in
love with the same girl, Antsy and the Schwa grow closer and then apart. But throughout their
misadventures, Antsy remains stubbornly set on finding out how the Schwa's mother disappeared
because he worries that the Schwa, too, might totally disappear and that is something he is
determined to prevent.
YA FIC SHU Shusterman, Neal Antsy Does Time
It was a dumb idea, but one of those dumb ideas that accidentally turns out to be brilliant–which,
I’ve come to realize, is much worse than being dumb. My name’s Antsy Bonano–but you probably
already know that–and unless you got, like, memory issues, you’ll remember the kid named the
Schwa, who I told you about last time. Well, now there’s this other kid, and his story is a whole lot
stranger. It all started when Gunnar Ümlaut and I were watching three airborne bozos struggle
with a runaway parade balloon. That’s when Gunnar tells me he’s only got six months to live.
Maybe it was because he said he was living on borrowed time, or maybe it was just because I
wanted to do something meaningful for him, but I gave him a month of my life . . .
YA FIC SIM Simmons, Michael Pool Boy
When his father is arrested for insider trading and his family loses all their money, Brett Gerson
takes a job as an assistant to a 70-something pool cleaner in his former wealthy California
neighborhood and learns some valuable life lessons.
YA FIC SLO Sloan, Brian Tale of Two Summers
A ten-year best friendship is put to the test when Chuck and Hal spend their first summer apart
falling for two questionable mates: a sexy Saudi songstress and a smokin' hot French punk. As
Chuck heads off to summer theater camp and Hal stays in their hometown, learning how to drive,
they keep in touch via blogging, reporting to each other about their suddenly separate lives and
often ridiculous romantic entanglements. As both their relationships take some unexpected turns,
Hal and Chuck struggle to come to terms with their growing differences while trying to keep their
YA FIC SMI Smith, Andrew Ghost Medicine
The summer before Troy Stotts turns seventeen, his mother dies. Troy and his father barely
speak, communicating instead by writing notes on a legal pad by the phone. Troy spends most of
his time with his closest friends: Tom Buller, brash and fearless, the son of a drunk; Gabe
Benavidez, smart enough to know he’ll never take over the family ranch; and Gabe’s sister, Luz,
whose family overprotects her, and who Troy has loved since they were children. Troy and his
friends don’t want trouble. They want this to be the summer of what Troy calls “ghost medicine,”
when time seems to stop, so they won’t have to face the past or the future. But before the
summer is over, their paths will cross in dangerous and fateful ways with people who will change
their lives: Rose, a damaged derelict who lives with a flock of wild horses and goats; and Chase
Rutledge, the arrogant sheriff’s son. Troy and his friends want to disappear. Instead, they will
become what they least expect —brothers, lovers, heroes, and ghosts.
YA FIC SON Sonnenblick, Jordan Notes From the Midnight Driver
Having seriously messed himself up by getting drunk and decapitating a garden gnome with his
mom's car, sixteen-year-old Alex is assigned to a nursing home for his community service
sentence: one hundred hours with Sol Lewis, the crankiest, most unapproachable member of the
old folks' community. Alex relates the events of his epic junior year with first-person fervor.
Getting past the accident, there's his parents' divorce (which precipitated his ill-fated night ride);
his mixed emotions about his best friend, kung fu master Laurie; his attempts to keep up with his
high school jazz band. Then there's Sol. Mr. "Gotcha!" gets under Alex's skin—then into his heart.
YA FIC STA Standiford, Natalie How To Say Goodbye In Robot
Because of her father's academic career, Beatrice Szabo's family has moved multiple times, most
recently from Ithaca, NY, to Baltimore. In order to protect herself from the emotional fallout
caused by the constant moves and her parents' troubled relationship, she has invented a cold,
emotionless persona for herself called Robot Girl. When she begins her senior year at a small
private school, she enters a class where the students have known one another since
kindergarten. She finds herself drawn to outcast Jonas Tate, aka Ghost Boy, who introduces her
to the Night Light show, a local late-night radio show. They form an intense friendship,
complicated by Jonas's obsession with his mentally disabled twin brother, whom his father had
told him died in an automobile accident years before. When Jonas discovers that Matthew is
actually alive and in a local institution, events gradually spiral out of control as Jonas plots to
liberate him. Beatrice begins to realize that her deep love and friendship for Jonas cannot help
him overcome all of his emotional difficulties.
YA FIC STA Stauffacher, Sue Harry Sue
Harry Sue Clotkin is tough. Her mom's in the slammer and she wants to get there too, as fast as
possible, so they can be together. But it's not so easy to become a juvenile delinquent when
you've got a tender heart. Harry Sue's got her hands full caring for the crumb-snatchers who take
up her afternoons at the day care center, and spending time with her best friend Homer, a
quadriplegic who sees life from a skylight in the roof of his tree house. When Harry Sue finds an
unlikely confidante in her new art teacher, her ambitions toward a life of crime are sidelined as
she comes to a deeper understanding about her past--and future.
YA FIC STO Stork, Francisco X The Last Summer of the Death Warriors
When Pancho arrives at St. Anthony's Home, he knows his time there will be short: If his plans
succeed, he'll soon be arrested for the murder of his sister's killer. But then he's assigned to help
D.Q., whose brain cancer has slowed neither his spirit nor his mouth. D.Q. tells Pancho all about
his "Death Warrior's Manifesto," which will help him to live out his last days fully—ideally, he says,
with the love of the beautiful Marisol. As Pancho tracks down his sister's murderer, he finds
himself falling under the influence of D.Q. and Marisol, who is everything D.Q. said she would be;
and he is inexorably drawn to a decision: to honor his sister and her death, or embrace the way of
the Death Warrior and choose life.
YA FIC STR Strasser, Todd Can’t Get There From Here
This gritty portrayal of the lives of homeless teenagers conveys the hopelessness of runaways
and throwaway children with convincing realism. Fifteen-year-old "Maybe" lives with her friends
on the streets of New York. They reject even the relative comfort of homeless shelters as they
have rejected their own names, choosing street names such as Rainbow, Maggot, and Jewel.
Maybe chooses freedom from all rules over any kind of security, but the story makes it clear that
her total freedom ultimately leads to early death or slavery to adult predators. When she finally
decides to try to help Tears, the 12-year-old newest member of her tribe, Maybe begins to find
her own salvation.
YA FIC TAT Tate, Nikki No Cafes in Narnia
Thirteen-year-old Heather Blake's world seems to be falling apart. She has moved with her family
from the city of Toronto the small island of Tarragon in British Colombia. As a want-to-be-writer
who refers to her alter ego as "writer girl," Heather chronicles her attempts to make new friends,
deal with serious family illnesses, and cope with others who know too much about her problems.
Resilient Heather finds ways of coping in her world turned upside down. Heather joins a local
creative writing group where she develops feedback on her writing and friendships. Although
Heather is immediately intimidated by the group's mystery writer, she recognizes a budding
interest in Matt, who by chance knows information that Heather needs for a local criminal
investigation that she and her neighbor have been examining.
YA FIC TAY Taylor, Brooke Undone
When Kori Kitlzer, the “dark angel” of the 8th grade, tells Serena Moore that they are more alike
than she thinks, Serena is instantly intrigued. As their friendship solidifies and their lives entwine,
Serena tries to become more like the fearless, outspoken, and ambitious Kori. Soon Serena
doesn’t know where she begins and Kori ends. But when a twist of fate yanks Kori away from
Serena, she will need to find a way to complete her best friend’s life left undone.
YA FIC TAY Taylor, William Pebble in a Pool
This well-written coming-of-age story will engage mature gay, curious, and questioning teens.
Raunchy, ribald, and eventually rollicking, Taylor's novel follows Everton High School senior Paul
Carter from the day he stands as an ally for Spike Messenger, the student murdered for being
flamboyantly gay. Quickly ostracized at school, this eldest son of an abusive, Christian
fundamentalist minister is beaten and disowned by nightfall. Seeking shelter at the gas station
where he has been working since age fifteen to pay his way at home, Paul encounters Steve
Peterson, the technologically challenged furniture artist who rents a workshop behind the Singh's
station. Thirteen years his elder, Steve nurtures Paul into adulthood, encouraging a wider world-
view, tolerance, and vices en route.
J & YA FIC TOD Todd, Pamela Pig and the Shrink
Seventh-grader Tucker needs to come up with a winning science fair project in a hurry, so he
uses his fat friend Angelo as an experimental subject and in the process learns about more than
YA FIC TRA Tracy, Kristen The Reinvention of Bessica Letter
After an unfortunate incident at the hair salon, Bessica is not allowed to see her best friend,
Sylvie. That means she's going to start middle school a-l-o-n-e. Bessica feels like such a loser.
She wants friends. She's just not sure how to make them. It doesn't help that her beloved
grandma is off on some crazy road trip and has zero time to listen to Bessica. Or that Bessica has
a ton of homework. Or that gorgeous Noll Beck thinks she's just a kid. Or that there are some
serious psycho-bullies in her classes. Bessica doesn't care about being popular. She just wants
to survive—and look cute. Is that too much to ask when you're eleven?
YA FIC TRE Trembath, Don Rooster
Since the death of his father seven years ago, 17-year-old Rooster has developed an anti-
authority attitude. The only subject he enjoys is writing. He is given one last chance to earn a
diploma when his principal appoints him to mentor the "Strikers," a bowling team made up of four
special-needs adults. Their caregiver would like them to qualify for the Special Olympics, but they
lack the discipline to succeed. Not only is Rooster hesitant to lead the group, but he is also paired
up with the principal's bossy, straight-A daughter, Elma, who challenges everything he does. Can
he follow through with the Strikers? Will he graduate or will he screw everything up again?
YA FIC TRI Triana, Gaby The Temptress Four
For the past three months, four friends have planned to cruise to the Bahamas on the day after
they graduate from high school. But Fiona, the narrator, cannot get out of her head what the
fortune teller at the fair told them: one of them will not be coming home. Nothing about the trip
happens the way Fiona pictured it. Each girl celebrates this time between the past and future in a
different way, creating tensions between the friends and heightening the sense of fear that
nothing will ever be the same again. Timid Yoli spends a night out without telling her friends
where she went. Farseeing Alma pushes Fiona to see her relationship with her boyfriend for what
it really is. The foursome—friends Fiona, Alma, Killian, and Yoli—splinters and reforms, and then
the fortune teller's words strike the future into being.
YA FIC VIV Vivian, Siobhan A Little Friendly Advice
Ruby's turning sixteen . . . but the day doesn't turn out to be as sweet as it's supposed to be. Her
long-lost father shows up, and Ruby doesn't want to have anything to do with him. Instead, she
wants to hang out with her friends--loyal Beth, dangerous Katherine, and gossipy Maria. They
have plenty of advice for her--about boys, about her dad, about how she should look and what
she should be feeling. But really, Ruby doesn't know what to think or feel. Especially when a new
boy comes into the picture . . . and Ruby discovers some of her friends aren't as truthful as they
YA FIC VIV Vivian, Siobhan Same Difference
Emily is ready for a change. She's been in the same town with the same friends for a long
time...and none of them really understand her art. But when she goes to Philadelphia for a
summer art institute, she suddenly finds like-minded people. One in particular, Fiona, intrigues
and challenges her. But there are some things Emily is going to have to find out for herself -- like
what the balance is between life and art, and which is more important when push comes to
TWEEN FIC VOI Voigt, Cynthia Bad Girls
After meeting on the first day of school, Margalo and Mikey help each other in and out of trouble,
as they try to maintain a friendship while each asserts her independence.
J & YA FIC VOI Voigt, Cynthia Bad Girls in Love
Shawn Macavity. While this name may mean nothing to you, it means a lot to Mikey Elsinger.
That's the name of a guy who's unbelievably cool and handsome, not to mention the star of the
eighth-grade play, and Mikey wants him to notice her. While Mikey goes after Shawn full-force,
like the bad girl she is, her best friend and co-bad girl, Margalo Epps, hides a secret crush on her
teacher. With the school dance fast approaching and life growing increasingly complicated, will
Mikey and Margalo ever figure out that funny thing called love?
YA FIC VOI Voigt, Cynthia Bad Girls, Bad Girls, Whatcha Gonna Do?
It's not easy being Mikey Elsinger and Margalo Epps in ninth grade. It seems like things are
changing. Now some people want to sit at the same lunch table with them, and some even ask
them for advice. What are the two friends to make of this strange behavior? Frankly all the
attention cuts into the little time they have together and distracts attention from their own
interests, like tennis and drama, and their own problems, like cheating in tennis and things not
going the way Margalo plans they will in drama. In the opinion of these two bad girls, ninth grade
can't end fast enough! But no matter how bad things get, one thing's for sure: They'll have each
YA FIC WAL Walliams, David The Boy in the Dress
Everybody needs friends— especially a boy in a dress!
Dennis' life is boring and lonely. His mother left two years ago, his truck driver father is
depressed, his brother is a bully and, worst of all, “no hugging” is one of their household rules.
But one thing Dennis does have is soccer—he's the leading scorer on his team. Oh, and did we
mention his secret passion for fashion? When Dennis' friend Lisa discovers his stash of Vogue
magazines, she convinces him to vamp it up and wear a dress to school. But in class, his
hilarious hijinks as “Denise” are brought to a screeching halt when the headmaster discovers his
secret and delivers the worst punishment of all—Dennis is expelled from school and therefore
forbidden to play in the soccer Final Cup! Can the team win the most important game of the year
without their star player? And, more importantly, will Dennis gain the love and respect of his
friends and family, even in a dress?
YA FIC WAL Wallington, Aury Pop!
Marit has decided: It's time to lose it. Being a virgin is getting in the way of holding on to a
boyfriend. So who better to get it over with than her best guy friend, Jamie? They've known each
other forever. It's pressure-free. But doing the deed changes everything. Jamie falls for Marit! Not
only does he ruin her chances with the guy she had in her sights, now she's in danger of losing
her friends too. If only there was a way to un-do it!
YA FIC WAL Walters, Eric Stuffed
After watching a documentary about Frankie's, a fast food restaurant, and being stimulated to
"liven" up his computer science paper on the impact of the Internet and e-mail, Ian plans a
boycott of the restaurant in order to send a message to Frankie's about not only their unhealthy
menu, but also the tactics they use to entice eaters. By blitzing his IM and e-mail contacts and
having his two best friends, Julia and Oswald, do the same, within hours thousands of people
have heard the message. The ripples are quickly so far-reaching that Ian receives a cease-and-
desist letter from the law firm representing Frankie's. Given a no-win offer to avoid a lawsuit, the
most useful help comes not from Ian's high-powered lawyer parents, but from someone he least
expects. In this new entry in the Orca Soundings Series, Walters offers up an entertaining story
he admits in an opening author's note was inspired by his viewing of the documentary Super Size
YA FIC WAL Walter, Gregory Fouling Out
Craig's mom thinks his friend Tom is trouble and doesn't like her son hanging out with him. But
Craig and Tom have been friends since second grade, and although Tom's behavior is a little out
there, he is a lot of fun and Craig finds himself constantly pulled into his schemes. When Tom
takes his dad's gun and tries to get Craig to go squirrel hunting in the park with him, Craig's better
judgment tells him not to, but still he gives in. The squirrel-hunting incident goes awry and instead
of a squirrel, Tom ends up shooting a bullet through a neighbor's back window. The whole town is
immediately thrown into an uproar, thinking the shooting is a racially motivated hate crime. Upset
with the shooting incident and fearful of what Tom is capable of doing the next time, Craig tries to
distance himself from his long-time friend. Their friendship is put to the ultimate test when Tom
runs away and the details of his abusive home life are revealed. Will Craig try to find Tom, and
how far will he go to help his friend?
YA SF WEB Weber, Lori Strange Beauty
Penelope, increasingly frustrated with her best friend's focus on her looks and getting the
attention of a boy, has a close bond with her 85-year-old grandmother. While helping Penelope
with an assignment to research and write about something exciting in her family history,
Penelope's grandmother unveils a mysterious story involving gypsies and the old woman living
down the street who is known to the local kids as the Queen of Sheba; they thrive on taunting and
ridiculing her. Penelope comes to learn the truth about the Queen's life and the hardships she
has had to endure. When Penelope's grandmother dies suddenly, Penelope is left to discover
some of the story that was left unshared and find out how her grandmother and the Queen were
YA FIC WEL Wells, Pamela The Heartbreakers
Best friends Sydney, Kelly, Alexia and Raven have seen each other through everything...until
three of the girls are dumped by their respective boyfriends...on the same night! Reeling from this,
the girls decide to create a list of rules to help them avoid future heartache. But soon they find out
that while breaking up is hard to do, sometimes staying broken up is even harder!
YA FIC WEL Wells, Pamela The Heartbreakers: Love Rules
When three high school friends experience breakups on the same night, a fourth writes "The
Break up Code," which all agree to follow as they try to get over the bad relationships and get
back in touch with themselves and one another.
YA FIC WER Werlin, Nancy Are You Alone on Purpose?
When two lonely teenagers, one the son of a widower rabbi and the other the sister of an autistic
twin, are drawn together by a tragic accident, they discover they have more in common than they
YA FIC WHE Whelan, Gloria A Time to Keep Silent
Thirteen-year old Clair Lothrop’s world is falling apart. Her mother has died. Her father spends his
evenings shut into his study. In a desperate attempt to get her father’s attention, Clair stops
talking.Clair’s vow of silence gets her father’s attention, but not in the way she had hoped. Her
father, who is the pastor of a large metropolitan church, resigns to begin a mission in the remote
woods of northern Michigan, taking Clair with him. Clair is furious at having to leave her friends.
The woods are frightening. Her new house is a tumble-down shack where raccoons and mice
have made their home. But everything changes when Clair meets Dorrie, a girl her age who is
hiding out in the woods from her hateful grandmother and her violent father. With her goat,
Guinevere, and her knowledge of nature, Dorrie is a survivor. Through this surprising new
friendship, Clair finds strength and courage she didn’t know she had…
YA FIC WIE Wiess, Laura Leftovers
Blair and Ardith are best friends who have committed an unforgivable act in the name of love and
justice. But in order to understand what could drive two young women to such extreme measures,
first you'll have to understand why. You'll have to listen as they describe parents who are
alternately absent and smothering, classmates who mock and shun anyone different, and young
men who are allowed to hurt and dominate without consequence. You will have to learn what it's
like to be a teenage girl who locks her bedroom door at night, who has been written off by the
adults around her as damaged goods. A girl who has no one to trust except the one person she's
forbidden to see. You'll have to understand what it's really like to be forgotten and abandoned in
America today. Are you ready?
YA FIC WIL Williams, Lori Aurelia When Kambia Elaine Flew in from
Shayla tells of her friendship with Kambia, who is afraid of Wallpaper Wolves, Memory Beetles,
and Lizard People, stories Shayla thinks are just childish games. But then she starts to notice
Kambia’s ragged clothes and the bruises on her body. Although Shayla begins to take Kambia’s
fears seriously, she has problems of her own, including her family’s deterioration since her
teenaged sister went away with an older man who everyone in their Houston neighborhood
knows is a “dummy.”
YA FIC WIL Williams-Garcia, Rita No Laughter Here
Best friends Akilah and Victoria are usually inseparable. When Victoria and her family leave for
an extended vacation to Nigeria during the summer before fifth grade, Akilah waits every day for
some sign of Victoria's return. Akilah is overjoyed to see Victoria again, but something is wrong.
Victoria no longer raises her hand in class, she does not play during recess, and she is not talking
to Akilah. Victoria hides a terrible secret that Akilah uncovers after much prodding. It is so
terrifying that no girl or woman should ever have to bear the secret alone.
YA FIC WIL Wilson, Jacqueline Kiss
HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT. Sylvie is sure Carl loves her, so why hasn’t he kissed her?
Sylvie and Carl have always been best friends, and Sylvie’s always dreamed that they’d get
married someday. But when she begins to realize that Carl may be more interested in boys than
girls, Sylvie struggles to hold on to the pieces of her shattered dreams.
YA FIC WIN Winton, Tim Lockie Leonard Scumbuster
When Lockie Leonard wipes out on a huge wave, he is thrown into a friendship with the weird, but
extremely intelligent "Metal Head," Geoff "Egg" Eggleston, who joins Lockie in his crusade to
clean up the pollution in his coastal Australian town's harbor.
YA FIC WIT Wittlinger, Ellen Sandpiper
Sandpiper Hollow Ragsdale has a bad reputation. At first she just wanted a boyfriend, but now
she's had a dozen and doesn't know what she saw in any of them. When one of Sandy's exes,
Derek, starts harassing her, a mysterious boy called the Walker comes to her aid. Walker spends
his days wandering through town. When Sandy begins to walk with him, he evades her questions,
unwilling to reveal anything about himself. She's interested but wary -- why is Walker so
secretive? As Derek's aggressions turn dangerous, Sandy and Walker are forced to confront the
pain of their pasts, which each of them would rather forget.
YA FIC WIT Wittlinger, Ellen Blind Faith
After Liz Scattergood's grandmother, Bunny, dies, Liz's mother spirals into a deep depression.
She barely gets out of bed, let alone does any work in her pottery studio like she used to. Then
Liz's mom starts attending a spiritualist church, where she believes she can communicate with
Bunny through a medium. Liz thinks it's weird, but she agrees to go along -- maybe it's a way for
her and her mother to bond. But for Liz's atheist dad, the spiritualist church has the opposite
effect -- it drives him away from her mom and their family. Without anyone to talk to, Liz turns to
her new neighbor, Nathan. He's dealing with his own mother's terminal cancer, and together, Liz
and Nathan help each other cope in the wake of loss.
YA FIC WIT Wittlinger, Ellen Razzle
Razzle Penney, an oddball teen who works at the town dump, befriends Ken Baker when he and
his parents first move to Cape Cod. Ken is drawn to Razzle's eccentricities, and she inspires the
best photographs he has taken. However, she also introduces him to her nemesis, Harley, a boy-
crazy beauty who gets what she wants and she wants Ken. As Ken's friendship with Razzle and
his relationship with Harley both stumble, Razzle's mother comes back to town, with a revelation
about Razzle's past that devastates her. Razzle wants to turn to Ken but finds that he, too has
hurt her, and she may never be able to forgive him.
YA FIC WIT Wittlinger, Debra Hard Love
After starting to publish a zine in which he writes his secret feelings about his lonely life and his
parents' divorce, sixteen-year-old John meets an unusual girl and begins to develop a healthier
YA FIC WOO Wooding, Chris Crashing
Sixteen-year-old Jay wants to throw a party to celebrate the start of the summer. He wants to
spend time with his friends before they all drift apart. He wants to make himself known to Jo, the
girl he's had a crush on for years. He wants to bring everyone together. But quickly things start
going wrong. Friends turn on each other. The past comes back with a vengeance. And the party
is crashed by some locals who want to drag Jay to a place he'd vowed he'd never go again.
YA FIC WOO Woodson, Jacqueline I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This
Two girls: one white, one black; one abused, one protected, both missing their mothers. An
unlikely friendship ignites between the two, and, in sharing their differences, both of their lives are
YA FIC WOO Woodson, Jacqueline After Tupac and D Foster
As they search for their Big Purpose in life, one of the three girls who call themselves Three the
Hard Way narrates the tale of Neeka, D, and herself in a Queens neighborhood during the mid-
1990s as they become teenagers. The music and tribulations of Tupac weave in and out of the
narrative, but most of all it is the story of D, who appears one day and becomes part of a tight-knit
friendship. D's story emerges in carefully guarded bits and pieces: She has been bounced among
foster homes, her mother taking her when she is able. D feels a connection with Tupac, whose
songs about pain echo the craziness of D's life. When D is with her "girls," her life is the best it
has ever been, but the summer before Tupac is killed, her mama comes to take her away.
YA FIC WYN Wynne-Jones, Tim Blink & Caution
Blink, man, what were you thinking? Sneaking into the hotel for a hot breakfast — hot scraps
of someone else’s breakfast, really. Couldn’t you just feel that it was a wrong place/wrong time
scenario? Even before you heard the banging and saw those dudes in suits jet it out of room
1616? Now you’re not only witness to a crime; you’re linked to it, thanks to the smartphone you
were stupid enough to jack from the room.
And then there’s Caution. As in “Caution: Contents Under Pressure.” She’s also on the run, from
a skeezy drug-dealer boyfriend and from a nightmare in her past that won’t let her go. The last
thing she needs right now is some skinny-ass street punk spouting crazy conspiracy theories, but
something about Blink tugs at her heart — a heart she thought deserved not to feel.
YA FIC YOL Yolen, Jane Armageddon Summer
Fourteen-year-old Marina and sixteen-year-old Jed accompany their parents' religious cult, the
Believers, to await the end of the world atop a remote mountain, where they try to decide what
they themselves believe.
YA FIC ZAR Zarr, Sara Sweethearts
As children, Jennifer Harris and Cameron Quick were both social outcasts. They were also one
another's only friend. So when Cameron disappears without warning, Jennifer thinks she's lost
the only person who will ever understand her. Now in high school, Jennifer has been transformed.
Known as Jenna, she's popular, happy, and dating, everything "Jennifer" couldn't be---but she still
can't shake the memory of her long-lost friend. When Cameron suddenly reappears, they are
both confronted with memories of their shared past and the drastically different paths their lives
YA FIC ZIN Zindel, Paul Pardon Me, You’re Stepping On My Eyeball
Fifteen-year-old "Marsh" Mellow thinks the whole world hates him. Then he meets Edna
Shinglebox, a classmate who looks as freaky and depressed as he is. Even though Marsh writes
hate letters, carries around a raccoon in his coat pocket, and insults Edna constantly, Edna still
likes him. After embarking on an incredible adventure that takes them halfway across the country,
Edna and Marsh are surprised by what they learn about themselves and each other.
YA FIC ZIN Zindel, Paul Pigman
Meet Mr. Pignati, a lonely old man with a beer belly and an awful secret. He's the Pigman, and
he's got a great big twinkling smile. When John and Lorraine, two high school sophomores, meet
Mr. Pignati, they learn his whole sad, zany story. They tell it right here in this book — the truth,
and nothing but the truth — no matter how many people it shocks or hurts.
YA FIC ZIN Zindel, Paul A Begonia for Miss Applebaum
Applebaum is terminally ill, fifteen-year-old Henry and his friend Zelda accompany her on her
excursions to the colorful parts of New York City and join her in confronting death with quiet