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Who Am I? American Born Chinese Author: Gene Yang Summary: Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture. Presented in comic book format. Artichoke's Heart Author: Suzanne Supplee Summary: While working in her mother's beauty shop where all the best town's gossip flies free, Rosemary Goode becomes determined to lose the weight that seems to be an all too common topic and starts keeping a journal to record the year-long experience in achieving her goals, her relationships with others, and her feelings about life in her tight-knit Southern community. Beneath My Mother's Feet Author: Amjed Qamar Summary: When her father is injured, fourteen-year-old Nazia is pulled away from school, her friends, and her preparations for an arranged marriage, to help her mother clean houses in a wealthy part of Karachi, Pakistan, where she finally rebels against the destiny that is planned for her. Big Fat Manifesto Author: by Susan R. Vaught Summary: Overweight, self-assured, high school senior Jamie Carcaterra writes in the school newspaper about her own attitude to being fat, her boyfriend's bariatric surgery, and her struggles to be taken seriously in a very thin world. Born Confused Author: Tanuja Desai Hidier Summary: Seventeen-year-old Dimple, whose family is from India, discovers that she is not Indian enough for the Indians and not American enough for the Americans, as she sees her hypnotically beautiful, manipulative best friend taking possession of both her heritage and the boy she likes. Boy Proof Author: Cecil Castellucci Summary: Feeling alienated from everyone around her, Los Angeles high school senior and cinephile Victoria Denton hides behind the identity of a favorite movie character until an interesting new boy arrives at school and helps her realize that there is more to life than just the movies. The Fold Author: An Na Summary: Korean American high school student Joyce Kim feels like a nonentity compared to her beautiful older sister, and when her aunt offers to pay for plastic surgery on her eyes, she jumps at the chance, thinking it will change her life for the better. The Gospel According to Larry Author: Janet Tashjian Summary: Seventeen-year-old Josh, a loner-philosopher who wants to make a difference in the world, tries to maintain his secret identity as the author of a web site that is receiving national attention. How Not to Be Popular Author: Jennifer Ziegler Summary: Seventeen-year-old Sugar Magnolia Dempsey is tired of leaving friends behind every time her hippie parents decide to move, but her plan to be unpopular at her new Austin, Texas, school backfires when other students join her on the path to "supreme dorkdom." King Dork Author: Frank Portman Summary: High school loser Tom Henderson discovers that "The Catcher in the Rye" may hold the clues to the many mysteries in his life. Mexican Whiteboy Author: Matt de la Pena Summary: Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California. My Most Excellent Year: a Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, & Fenway Park Author: Steve Kluger Summary: Three teenagers in Boston narrate their experiences of a year of new friendships, first loves, and coming into their own. Saving Francesca Author: Melina Marchetta Summary: Sixteen-year-old Francesca could use her outspoken mother's help with the problems of being one of a handful of girls at a parochial school that has just turned co-ed, but her mother has suddenly become severely depressed. The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez Author: by Alan Lawrence Sitomer Summary: Tenth-grader Sonia reveals secrets about her life and her Hispanic family as she studies hard to become the first Rodriguez to finish high school. Wait For Me Author: An Na Summary: As her senior year in high school approaches, Mina yearns to find her own path in life but working at the family business, taking care of her little sister, and dealing with her mother's impossible expectations are as stifling as the southern California heat, until she falls in love with a man who offers a way out. What I Meant Author: Marie Lamba Summary: Having to share her home with her demanding and devious aunt from India makes it all the more difficult for fifteen-year-old Sang to deal with such things as her parents thinking she is too young to date, getting less than perfect grades, and being shut out by her long-time best friend.
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