Alphin, E. Perfect Shot Brian uses basketball to block out memories of his
girlfriend and her family who were gunned down a year ago, but the
upcoming murdered trial and a high school history assignment
force him to face the past.
Anderson, L. Twisted. After finally getting noticed by someone other than school
bullies and his ever-angry father, seventeen-year-old Tyler enjoys his
tough new reputation and the attentions of a popular girl, but when life
starts to go bad again, he must choose between transforming himself or
giving in to his destructive thoughts
box in the mail with 13 cassette tapes recorded by his classmate
Hannah, who committed suicide.
Bauer, M. The Running Man 14 year old Joseph reluctantly agrees to draw a portrait
of his reclusive neighbor, Tom, for a class assignment, and over time, like the
silkworms Tom raises, both men come out of their cocoons and face their fears.
Booth, Coe Tyrell Fifteen year old tyrell, who is
living in a
spaced-out mother and his younger brother, tries to avoid temptation
so he does not end up in jail like his father
Kendra with Kendra’s grandmother and went on with her life. Now
Kendra’s 14 and her grandmother wants her mother to start acting
like a mother…especially when Kendra starts getting into trouble with
Bray, Libba Going Bovine Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen-year-old diagnosed with
mad cow disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed, video-gaming
dwarf he meets in the hospital in an attempt to find a cure.
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
Brown, Jennifer Hate List 16 year old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school
shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating
herself back into high school.
Caletti, Deb The Secret Life of Prince Charming 17 year old Quinn explores the nature of
relationships and the varying trustworthiness of men.
Cameron, Peter Someday This Pain will be Useful to You 18 year old James living in NY City
with his older sister and divorced mother struggles to find direction.
Cecil Beige Kay, a quiet French Canadian teenager, reluctantly leaves
with her estranged father, an aging
Collins, S Hunger Games In a future
maintain control through an annual televised competition pitting young people
from each of the twelve districts against one another, 16 year old Katniss’s
skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takers her younger sister place.
Catching Fire By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss
Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for
themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.
Dessen, Sarah Along for the Ride Auden gets a chance to recapture the carefree teen life
she missed while her parents were going through a divorce when she goes to
spend the summer with her dad and his new family in a charming beach town and
meets fellow insomniac Eli, an intriguing loner fighting demons of his own.
Lock and Key When she is abandoned by her alcoholic mother, high school
senior Ruby winds up living with Cora, the sister she has not seen for ten years,
and learns about Cora's new life, what makes a family, how to allow people to
help her when she needs it, and that she too has something to offer others.
Just Listen Isolated from friends who believe the worst because she has not
been truthful with them, 16 year old Annabel finds an ally in classmate Owen,
whose honesty & passion for music help her to face and share what really
happened at the end of the year party that changed her life.
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 form camp, but
instead she goes to work at a catering business where she makes new friends
and finally faces her grief.
Doctorow, C Little Brother Interrogated for days by the Dept. of Homeland Security in
the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on
is released into what is now a police state, and decides to use his
expertise in computer hacking to set things right.
Dowd, Siobhan Bog Child In 1981, the height of
distracted from his upcoming A-level exams by his imprisoned brother’s hunger
strike, the stress of being a courier for Sinn Fein, and dreams of a murdered
girl whose body is discovered in a bog.
Draper, S November Blues Shortly after her boyfriend Josh is killed in a pledging
accident, November Nelson learns she is pregnant and fears she has no one to
turn to, until she finds solace in the arms of Josh's cousin
Another Hero As Kofi, Arielle, Dana, November, and
personal challenges during their last year of high school, a misunderstood
student brings a gun to class and demands to be taken seriously.
Felin, M. S. Touching Snow After her stepfather is arrested for child abuse, 13 year old
Karina’s home life improves. But while the severity of her older sister’s injuries
and the urging of younger sister, their uncle, and a friend tempt her to
testify against him, her mother, and other well meaning adults persuade her to
Ferraris, Zoe Finding Nouf The family of sixteen-year-old Nouf calls upon desert guide Nayir
ash-Sharqi to investigate her disappearance; however, when her body is found in
the desert and it is determined she died from drowning, Nayir teams up with lab
worker Katya Hijazi to find out what really happened.
Flinn, Alex Fade to Black An HIV-positive high school student hospitalized after being
attacked, the bigot accused of the crime and the only witness, a classmate
with Down Syndrome, reveal how the assault has changed their lives as they
tell of its aftermath.
Freymann-Weyr Stay With Me When her sister kills herself, 16 year old Leila goes looking for
a reason and instead, discovers great love, her family’s true history and what
her own place in it is.
After the Moment Seventeen-year-old Leigh changes high schools his senior
year to help his stepsister and finds himself falling in love with her emotionally
disturbed friend, even though he is still attached to a girl back home.
Gee, Maurice Salt Hari, a downtrodden
underclass boy, and
develop a talent to speak to animals and humans through mind control, and find
themselves thrown together on a quest to save mankind from a terrible weapon.
Giles, Gail Playing in Traffic. Shy and unremarkable, seventeen year old Matt
Lathrop is surprised and flattered to find himself singled out for the
sexual attentions of the alluring Skye Colby, until he discovers the evil
purpose behind her actions.
Going, K. L. Saint Iggy Iggy Corso, who lives in city public housing is caught physically
and spiritually between good and bad when he is kicked out of high school,
goes searching for his missing mother, and causes his friend to get involved
with the same dangerous drug dealer who deals to his parents.
Green, John Looking for Alaska Sixteen year old Miles’ first year at Culver Creek
but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal
month before graduating from his
school, Quentin “Q” Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life
until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q’s neighbor and
classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.
Hornsby, Nick Slam At the age of 15, Sam Jone’s girlfriend gets pregnant and Sam’s life of
skateboarding and daydreaming about Tony Hawk changes drastically.
Hyde, C. Becoming Chloe A gay teenage boy and a fragile teenage girl meet while
living on the streets of NYC and eventually decide to take a road trip
Johnson, Peter What Happened When Duane is involved in a hit and run accident during a
snowstorm, passengers Kyle and his younger brother must face Duane’s
powerful father, a man whose hatred of their own absent father may lead
him to harm the boys.
L. Feathered. While on
spring break in
best friends Anne and Michelle accept the wrong ride and Michelle is lost—
unnoticed except when classmates ask her to write love notes for them, but she
doesn’t want to have a Cyrano role forever.
Labalestier, J. Liar Compulsive liar Micah promises to tell the truth after revealing that her
boyfriend has been murdered.
Lockhart, E. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
MacCullough, C. Stealing Henry The experiences of high-schooler, following her decision to
take her 8 year old half brother from his abusive father and their oblivious
mother, are interspersed with the earlier story of her mother.
McCormick, P. Purple Heart While recuperating in a
18 year old soldier Matt struggles to recall what happened.
Sold A novel in
vignettes, in which Lakshmi, a 13 year old girl from
McKissack, F. Shooting Star Jumo starts taking performance enhancing drugs in order to
be an even better high school football player.
Miller, Mar Beth On the Head of a Pin While drinking alcohol and playing with a loaded gun
at a party, a teenage boy accidentally shoots and kills another student
and then tries to conceal her death.
Morgenroth, K. Echo After Justin witnesses his brother’s accidental shooting death, he must
live with the repercussions, as the same horrific day seems to happen over and
Morrison, Toni A Mercy Reveals what lies beneath the surface of slavery. But at its heart it is the ambivalent, disturbing story of a mother who casts off her daughter
in order to save her, and of a daughter who may need to exorcise that
Sula At its center—a friendship between 2 women, a friendship whose
intensity first sustains, then injures. Sula and Nel—both black, both smart
raised in a small
their girlhood years they share everything—until Sula gets out of the bottom,
member of the Civilian Affairs Battalion, and his time there profoundly
The Glory Field A novel about the perseverance and courage of one
African American Family. A family whose history saw its first ancestor
shackled, and brought to this country from
Autobiography of My Dead Brother Jesse pours his heart and soul into
sketchbook to make sense of life in his troubled
the loss of a close friend.
Northrop, Michael Gentlemen. When 3 teen boys suspect that their English teacher is
responsible for their friend’s disappearance, they must navigate a maze of
Pearson, M. The Adoration of Jenna Fox In the not-too distant future, where
biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but
illegal, a 17 year old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from
memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.
Pfeffer, S. Life as We Knew It Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda
describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing
worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.
The Dead and the Gone After a meteor hits the moon and sets off a series
of horrific climate changes, 17 year old Alex Morales must take care of his
sisters alone in the chaos of NY City.
Pierce, Tammy Trickster’s Choice (Fantasy) Aly, 16, daughter of Alana, longs to follow in her
fathers footsteps as a spy, but her parents refuse to allow it. Annoyed, she
sails off in her boat, only to be captured by pirates and sold into slavery.
Trickster’s Queen (Fantasy) Aly fails to foresee the dangers that await as she
uses her magic to safeguard Dave and her younger siblings, despite knowing
that her 13 year old charge might be queen of the Copper Isles when the
colonial rulers are defeated
Nineteen Minutes The people of
changed after a shooting at the high school leaves ten people dead, and the
judge presiding over the trial tries to remain unbiased, even though her
daughter witnessed the events and was friends with the assailant
course of her career and personal life, leaves her job for an open-ended stay at
her great-aunt's home in
embroiled in the case of a young, unmarried Amish woman accused of killing her
fourteen-year-old daughter Trixie, and an unfaithful wife, turns a blind eye to
Trixie's first broken heart and wife Laura's affair, but the feelings of rage he
has buried for years come to the surface when Trixie is raped at a party and
accuses her former boyfriend.
Sonnenblick, J. Notes from the Midnight Driver After being assigned to perform
community service at a nursing home, sixteen-year old Alex befriends a
cantankerous old man who has some lessons to impart about jazz guitar
playing, ove, and forgiveness.
Stein, Tammar Light Years: A Novel Maya Laor leaves her home in
boyfriend in a suicide bombing.
K The Help Skeeter returns home to
to write stories about the African-American women that are found working in
white households, which includes Aibileen, who grieves for the loss of her son
while caring for her seventeenth white child, and Minny, Aibileen's sassy friend,
the hired cook for a secretive woman who is new to town.
Stork, Francisco Marcelo in the Real World Marcelo, a 17 year old boy on the high-functioning
end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges.
Vizzini, Ned It’s Kind of a Funny Story A humorous account of a NYC teenager’s battle
with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital.
Volponi, Paul Rooftop Still reeling from seeing police shoot his unarmed cousin to death
on the roof of a NYC housing project, 17 year old Clay is dragged into the
whirlwind of political manipulation that follows.
Black and White Two star high school basketball players, one black and
on white, experience the justice system differently after committing a
Williams-Garcia Jumped The lives of Leticia, Dominique, and Trina are irrevocably
intertwined through the course of one day in an urban high school.
Zusak, Markus I Am the Messenger After capturing a bank robber, 19 year old cab driver
Ed Kennedy begins receiving mysterious messages that direct him to
addresses where people need help, and he begins getting over his lifelong
feeling of worthlessness.