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GRADE 10 NOVELS

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GRADE 10 NOVELS ...

    CRESCENT HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL

    SENIOR HIGH “YOUNG ADULT” FICTION

    AUTHOR TITLE SUMMARY Rating Acheson Mud Girl Abi Jones is a lonely teenager who lives with her father in a

     Alison strange little house by the Fraser River. Living without cool

    clothes or a mother, Abi's odd dwelling earns her the name "Mud

    Girl."

    Adams Hitchhiker’s Guide Join hapless hero Arthur Dent in this sci-fi spoof as he travels

    Douglas the galaxy with his intrepid pal Ford Prefect, getting into horrible to the Galaxy

    messes and generally wreaking hilarious havoc.

    Aker, Don The Space En route to Mexico, to fulfill his 18th birthday wish of losing his

     virginity, Jace struggles with a school writing assignment for his Between

    grade 12 English class and learns along the way that life is never as

    straightforward as it seems.

    Alphin Elaine Counterfeit Son After suffering at his father’s hands, as well as being locked in

    the cellar while his father beat to death more than twenty boys

    over the years, Cameron sees a chance at normal life by passing

    himself off as one of his father’s murder victims.

    Alphin Elaine Simon Says An alienated, aspiring young painter who attends a boarding school

    for the arts discovers that being true to himself means opening

    the door to both pain and pleasure.

    Anderson Twisted High school senior Tyler used to be the kind of guy who faded into

    Laurie Halse the backgroundaverage student, average looks, average

    dysfunctional family. But since he was busted for doing graffiti on

    the school, and spent the summer doing outdoor work to pay for it,

    he stands out. He now attracts the attention of queen bee

    Bethany, who just so happens to be his father’s boss’ daughter,

    the sister of his biggest enemy and Tyler’s secret crush.

    Anderson Feed In this disturbing future world, teens travel to the moon for

    M.T. spring break, live in stacked-up neighborhoods with artificial blue

    sky, and are bombarded by a constant advertising and media blitz

    through their brain feeds.

    Anderson, Pox Party - Vol. 1 In this fascinating Revolution-era novel, Octavian, a black youth

    M.T. raised in a Boston household of radical philosophers, is given an

    excellent classical education. He and his mother, an African

    princess, are kept isolated on the estate, but as he grows older he

    realizes that while he is well dressed and well fed, he is a captive

    being used as part of an experiment to determine the intelligence

    of Africans.

    Anonymous Go Ask Alice The torture and hell of adolescence has rarely been captured as

    clearly as it is in this classic diary by an anonymous, addicted teen.

    Asher, Jay Thirteen Reasons When Clay Jenson plays the cassette tapes he received in a

    mysterious package, he's surprised to hear the voice of dead Why

    classmate Hannah Baker. He's one of 13 people who receive

    Hannah's story, which details the circumstances that led to her

    suicide. Clay spends the rest of the day and long into the night

    listening to Hannah's voice and going to the locations she wants

    him to visit.

    Atkins When Jeff Comes Abducted from a California rest stop and abused by his kidnapper

    Catherine for two years, Jeff, now 16, is finally released and allowed to Home

    return home.

Banks Rule of the Bone Chappie is a punked-out teenager rejected by his mother and

    Russell abusive stepfather. Out of school and in trouble with the police,

    he drifts through crash pads, doper squats, and malls until he

    finally settles in an abandoned school bus with Rose and I-Man

    both of whom will dramatically change his life.

    Bechard Hanging on to Max Sam's girlfriend is pregnant but Sam is keeping the baby. Sam

    Margaret should be planning for college and trying out for the football team

    with this best friend, Andy. Instead he's up to his ears in diapers

    and formula, caring for his baby son, Max.

    Bernardo, Innercity Girl Like G Child and Jessica became best friends in the park sandbox. But

     Sabrina instead of graduating to Barbie dolls and gymnastics lessons, the Me

    two girls are initiated into their local gangand into smoking, doing

    drugs and defending their turf. Excited, at first, to be part of a

    group that seemingly cares for her, G Child slowly sees the stakes

    escalating as allegiance and violence define her life.

    Bissinger, Friday Night The bestselling story of life in the football-driven town of Odessa,

    H. Texas, explores how the town's passion for the team inspires and Lights: A town, a

    sometimes shatters the young men who wear the Panther uniform. team and a dream

    Blank, Almost Home The streets of Los Angeles offer an escape to a group of

    Jessica teenagers. Boredom, family issues and sexual abuse led them away

    from home, and now seven teens struggle to survive on the

    streets.

    Block, Dangerous Angels Francesca Lia Block's luminous, postmodern fairy tales chronicle

    Francesca the thin line between fear and desire, pain and pleasure, cutting Lia loose and holding on in a world where everyone is vulnerable to the

    most beautiful and dangerous angel of all: love.

    Blundell What I Saw and World War II is over and Evie finds herself falling head over

    Judy heels for Peter, a young ex-GI. who served with Evie’s father. How I Lied

    Peter brings with him secrets about Evie's family and Evie finds

    herself caught in a web of lies. No one is who they seem and Evie

    has to decide who she should trust and who to betray.

    Booth, Coe Tyrell Tyrell is a teen who can't get a break. He's living (for now) with

    his spaced-out mother and little brother in a homeless shelter. His

    father's in jail. His girlfriend supports him, but he doesn't feel

    good enough for her -- and seems to be always on the verge of

    doing the wrong thing around her.

    Brashares, The Last Summer Riley and Alice, two sisters now in their twenties, and as fiercely

    Ann different as they are loyal, have spent every summer at their (Of You and Me)

    parents’ modest beach house on New York’s Fire Island. Each year,

    they return to the house and community they have known since

    they were childrenand to Paul, the boy next door. But this

    summer will change their lives forever…

    Bray Libba A Great and After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-

    old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to Terrible Beauty

    attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical

    powers and ability to see into the spirit world.

    Brian, Kate Sweet 16 Teagan is throwing hundreds of thousands of dollars into a Sweet

    16 party that she has been planning for a year. When she falls

    down the cellar stairs in search of some wine after she learns that

    her father canceled the open bar, she appears to have died. She is

    witness to her present, past, and future, but instead of three

    ghosts Teagan has just one mysterious female guide to show her

    the way.

    Brooks Kevin Candy Candy is the girl who takes average Joe out of his safe,

    comfortable world. As Joe stumbles into Candy's life of drugs,

    prostitution, and violence, he becomes more and more drawn in

    until he can't think of anything but her. Soon Candy's problems

    become Joe's problems and their lives are both in jeopardy.

    Brooks Kevin Lucas As Caitlin, fifteen, relates the events of the previous summer, she

    recalls with crystal clarity the moment when the mysterious boy

    appeared out of nowhere. His arrival brings about a series of

    incidents that exposes the ugly underbelly of the seemingly idyllic

    setting.

    Brooks, Being It was just supposed to be a routine exam. But when the doctors

    Kevin snake the fiber-optic tube down Robert Smith's throat, what they

    discover doesn't make medical sense. Plastic casings. Silver

    filaments. Moving metal parts. In his naked, anesthetized state on

    the operating table, Robert hears the surgeons' shocked

    comments: "What the hell is that?" "It's me," Robert thinks, "and

    I've got to get out of here."

    Brooks, Road of the Dead Fourteen-year-old Ruben Ford is sitting in his father's junkyard

    Kevin when he knows--knows--that his older sister, Rachel, has been

    raped and murdered. His second sight lets him see and feel things

    others can't. He knows, for instance, that his brother, Cole, is

    going to get into--and cause--trouble when he decides to go to the

    place where Rachel met her end.

    Brooks True Confessions Norah, age seventeen, is a pregnant runaway who learns about the

     Martha power of community and the challenge of any one individual to of a Heartless Girl

     weather the storms of life alone.

    Brugman, Finding Grace Having just graduated from high school, college-bound Rachel is

    Alyssa convinced that she knows "a great deal about a great many things."

    That is, until she accepts a job caring for Grace, a brain-damaged

    woman who led a fascinating, productive life before her accident.

    Rachel's search to find out more of Grace's story leads her to

    discoveries about herself as well.

    Burgess Junk After running away from their troubled homes, two English

    Melvin teenagers move in with a group of squatters in the port city of

    Bristol and try to find ways to support their growing addiction to

    heroin.

    Carlson Becoming Me Sixteen-year-old Caitlin O'Conner keeps a six-month diary where

    Melody she records the day-to-day events of her life as well as her

    struggles to understand herself and God's plan for her future.

    Carmichael, Leaving Simplicity What if advertisements ruled the world? Taylor and Barrett may

    Claire be cousins, but they're from different worlds. Taylor lives in high-

    tech luxury while Barrett was raised in an ecocult called

    Simplicity. When his uncle dies, Barrett is whisked away to live

    with Taylor and her power parents. Barrett is deeply distressed by

    the "Chattering World." Here, invasive advertising screams out

    from improbable places- on the sides of cars, on the bathroom

    mirror, even on the shirts of his teachers.

    Cast P.C. Marked In 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampyres not only exist but

    are also tolerated by humans. Those whom the creatures "mark" as

    special enter the House of Night school where they will either

    become vampyres themselves, or, if their body rejects the change,

    die. To Zoey, being marked is truly a blessing, though she's scared

    at first. She has never fit into the human world and has always

    felt she is destined for something else.

    Chbosky Perks of Being A What it's like to grow up in high school? More intimate than a

    Stephen diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and Wallflower

    devastating. We may not know where he lives or to whom he is

    writing, all we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying

    to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange

    course through uncharted territory.

    Chevalier, Burning Bright Tracy Chevalier's latest novel paints a colorful, compelling portrait

    Tracy of the teeming streets, bawdy pubs, filthy factories, working-class

    homes, and the political unease generated by the French

    Revolution in this story of three children growing up in the streets

    of Georgian London.

    Cole, Thieves Like Us Jonah Wish, a brilliant computer hacker, is the newest addition to

    Stephen an elite group of teen outlaws all hired by the same mysterious

    benefactor, Nathaniel Coldhardt. Under Coldhart’s watchful eye,

    this motley crew races from a high-tech underground conference

    centre to exotic locations where they hunt for priceless ancient

    artifacts that may bring riches . . . or the secret to eternal life.

    Connolly, The Book of Lost High in his attic bedroom, David mourns the death of his mother,

    John with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have Things

    begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes

    refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy

    have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David

    is violently propelled into a strange world of his own.

    Coupland Hey Nostradamus! Using the voices of four characters deeply affected by a high-

     Douglas school shooting, though in remarkably different ways, Douglas

     Coupland explores the lingering aftermath of one horrifying event,

    and questions what it means to come through grief and to

    survive.

    Coy, John Crackback When Miles Manning, a successful high school football player,

    discovers his teammates are using steroids--and one of them is his

    best friend--he's faced with a tough decision: Is he willing to do

    what it takes to win?

    Craft Bass Ackwards For readers of the New York Times bestselling Gossip Girl and A-

    Elizabeth List series, here is a smart and highly commercial first novel about and Belly Up

    four best friends who, after graduating high school, decide to

    postpone the standard college route to pursue their creative

    dreams.

    Daher Anita Spider’s Song I was smarter. I was always smarter. A little cut-cut, drip-drip,

     Stuck in Yellowknife with her crazy blood saved and sprinkled.

    grandmother, AJ is one angry girl. She's lonely, too, and her blog

    has become her main source of contact with the world. It is there

    she reveals her innermost hurts

    Davidson, Played Ian Striver is challenged to prove himself worthy of joining his

    Dana Detroit high school's elite fraternity. He has two weeks to make

    plain and unpopular Kylie fall for him. Although he feels

    uncomfortable, he turns on his charm and asks her out. Kylie has

    never had so much attention before; though her friends try to

    convince her that Ian is a player, she develops feelings for him.

    De La Cruz, Blue Bloods Like the power brokers that are their parents and ancestors,

    Melissa members of the popular clique at New York's Duchesne School are

    Blue Bloods, continually reincarnated vampires endowed with

    beauty, charisma, and strength. The plot revolves around several

    teens, unaware of their heritage, who begin to manifest their true

    natures during a terrifying spate of vampire-to-vampire violence.

Desai Hidier Born Confused Dimple Lala doesn't know what to think. Her parents are from

    Tanuja India, and she's spent her whole life resisting their traditions.

     This is a funny, thoughtful story about finding your heart, finding

    your culture, and finding your place in America.

Dessen This Lullaby Remy's parents split up before she was born, her boyfriend is

    Sarah cheating on her, and her ever-hopeful mother is about to tie the

    knot for the fifth time. The teen's humorous voice is the best

    part of this heartfelt novel, which takes her through the summer

    before she starts college and, she hopes, a brand-new life.

    Dessen Lock and Key Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she’s

    Sarah been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing

    that her mother will probably never return. That’s how she comes

    to live with Cora, the sister she hasn’t seen in ten years, and Cora’s

    husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for

    Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site

    around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe,

    the promise of college and a futureit’s a dream come true. So

    why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive?

    Downham Before I Die Tessa has just months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits,

    Jenny endless tests, and drugs with excruciating side effects, Tessa

    compiles a list. It's her To Do Before I Die list.

    Eliot Eve Insatiable Insatiable is an astonishingly moving story of four teenage girls

    whose shame, fear and confusion compel them to binge, purge and

    refuse to eat in misguided attempts to feel safe and in control of

    their lives. This incredible, imaginative story is based on real case

    histories and tells a true-to-life story through character-driven

    vignettes.

    Eugenides The Virgin The Virgin Suicides takes readers through a year in the life of the

    Jeffrey Lisbon sisters, their untimely demise, the speculations of the Suicides

    neighbourhood, as well as the unravelling of the Lisbon family. A

    tender, lively story with the ending already known, but fascinating

    to see how it gets there.

Ferris Jean Bad In an attempt to please her friends, sixteen-year-old Dallas goes

    along with their plan to rob a convenience store and when her

    father refuses to allow her to come home, she is sentenced to six

    months in the Girls' Rehabilitation Center.

    Flinn, Alex Breathing Key Biscayne High School sophomore Nick is rich, handsome, and a

    good athlete and scholar. He has finally found the girl of his Underwater

    dreams in Caitlin. Unfortunately, his father's physical and verbal

    abuse has shaped Nick's ideas of how to behave in a relationship:

    he bullies, tortures, and finally hits Caitlin.

    Flock, Me & Emma In many ways, Carrie Parker is like any other eight-year-old --

    Elizabeth playing make-believe, dreading school, dreaming of faraway places.

    But even her imaginative mind can't shut out the realities of her

    abusive home or help her protect her younger sister, Emma.

    Charting an astonishing course of survival for herself and Emma,

    she hopes to transform their lives into one more like the

    storybooks she treasures.

    Fredericks, Crunch Time Leo, who along with three other juniors at his private Manhattan

    Mariah high school, has blown off traditional SAT prep courses and

    founded a private study group. The four teens--Leo, Max, Daisy,

    and Jane--move in different social orbits, but as they share the

    enormous pressures of preparing for the SAT and college

    applications, unlikely friendships and even romances form. Then

    comes the news that one student has paid another to take the

    SAT, and suspicions land on members of the study group.

    Fullerton In the Garage Anguish and loneliness, the pressure to conform versus the

     Alma yearning to be different, the ongoing need to discover one's

     identity--they're all part of the fabric of this tightly written,

    disturbing, but compelling teen novel.

    Geddes John The Sundog For a boy growing up in a northern Ontario mining town, navigating

     shifting family and community relationships can be tricky as Season

    playing the ice floes during spring break-up. After a new police

    sergeant arrives in town, adolescent life grows even less certain

    and more menacing.

    Ghent, The Book of Living The daily experiences of a high school senior, Sarah, are

     Natale punctuated by horrible flashbacks to hospital scenes. Sarah is and Dying

    mourning the death, from cancer, of her elder brother, John.

    These unpleasant memories related to his terminal illness, or do

    they?

    Gibbons Ellen Foster Ellen is at the mercy of predatory adults, with only her own wit

    Kaye and courage and the occasional kindness of others to help her

    through.

    Giles Gail Shattering Glass When Rob, the charismatic leader of the senior class, turns the

    school nerd into Prince Charming, his actions lead to unexpected

    violence.

    Giles Gail What Happened to What happened to Cass McBride? Well, she has been buried alive

    by Kyle Kirby, who blames her for his brother David's suicide. Cass McBride?

    After asking Cass out, David finds a note she leaves for a friend in

    which she laughs about an invitation from someone so low on the

    food chain. Then David hangs himself. Told in alternating voices,

    including that of a police officer, this intense story has some

    horrifying moments; readers will feel as terrorized as Cass as she

    struggles to survive, both physically and mentally.

Giles, Gail Right Behind You When he was nine, Kip set another child on fire. Now, after years

    in a juvenile ward, he is ready for a fresh start. But the ghosts of

    his past soon demand justice, and he must reveal his painful

    secret. How can Kip tell anyone that he really is--or was--a

    murderer?

Glovach, Beauty Queen When we first meet 19-year-old Samantha, she sounds like a

    Linda normal teenager, writing in her diary about an ex-boyfriend: "I will

    never fall in love again, never, ever! Why do people like to hurt

    each other?" But a mere three months later--after moving into

    her own apartment, taking a job as a topless dancer, and becoming

    addicted to heroin--her tone takes on that of a grizzled drug

    abuser: "I've been shooting in my bony hip area... so no one can

    detect the needle points on my rear."

    Godfrey The Torn Skirt Sara Shaw has two lives. At home, she is the responsible daughter Rebecca who cleans, launders, and manages the bills for her addicted

     father. At school, aptly nicknamed "Mount Drug," she hangs out

     with a group of stoned delinquents. When her father suddenly

    abandons her, she leaves home for the back alleys of Victoria

    where she is swept into the world of runaways, pimps, prostitutes,

    and addicts.

    Goobie Beth The Dream Where At night, sixteen-year-old Skey dreams of dark tunnels. During

     the day, she is usually aware of her surroundings, a facility for Losers Go

    troubled teens where she has lived since a suicide attempt.

    Goobie Beth Hello Groin From the outside, sixteen-year-old Dylan's life looks like a

     teenager's dream: she hangs out with the popular crowd, she does

    well enough in school, she's good at sports, she's got a sexy super-

    star boyfriend, she's close with her loving family, and she makes

    good decisions. However, Dylan struggles with issues of sexuality

    and identity.

    Green, John Looking for Alaska Sixteen-year-old Miles Halter is bored, lonely, and unchallenged,

    so he decides to leave his family home in Florida for boarding

    school in Alabama. There he finds his math-genius roommate, Chip,

    and the vivacious, but already taken, Alaska Young. As the school

    year progresses, Miles's crush on Alaska intensifies, even after it

    becomes evident that her troubled past causes her to be self-

    destructive.

    Gruber, The Witch's Boy The story begins when a witch finds a baby so ugly that the note

    Michael with it reads, "the devil's child for the devil's wife." The witch has

    no business with a child, but she fancies it, so she gets a bear to

    be its nanny and a hideous djinni to tutor it. Then she continues

    her life in service to her goddess. The more the witch

    underestimates parental responsibilities, the more hurt and angry

    the boy, Lump, becomes.

    Haddon The Curious Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone, an autistic math genius, has

    Mark just discovered the dead body of his neighbor's poodle, Incident of the

    Wellington. He decides that, like his idol Sherlock Holmes, he's Dog in the Night -

    going to find the killer. Time

    Hale Book of a When Dashti, a maid, and Lady Saren, her mistress, are shut in a

    Shannon tower for seven years for Saren’s refusal to marry a man she Thousand Days

    despises, the two prepare for a very long and dark imprisonment.

    As food runs low and the days go from broiling hot to freezing

    cold, it is all Dashti can do to keep them fed and comfortable. But

    the arrival outside the tower of Saren’s two suitorsone welcome,

    and the other decidedly less sobrings both hope and great

    danger.

Harmon Skate Fifteen-year-old Ian has little patience for authority at school,

    Michael where he assumes officials view him as "just another punker with

    spiked hair and no brain." So when his drug-addicted mother's

    negligence and his own poor judgment leave him anticipating

    separation from his younger brother, Sammy, they embark on a

    160-mile hike to find the father who "skated" out of their lives.

    Harris Mark The Southpaw A story about the coming of age in America by way of the baseball

    diamond. Lefthander Henry Wiggen, six feet three, a hundred

    ninety-five pounds, and the greatest pitcher going, grows to

    manhood in a right-handed world.

    Hartnett, Surrender In the desolate town of Mulyan, a well-behaved young boy plays

    Sonya with a toy car atop the fence surrounding his front yard. A very

    different sort of boy--sun baked, unkempt, and dangerous--

    appears on the street side to scratch his name in the wood and

    taunt the young boy to move beyond his boundaries. So begins the

    eerie relationship between Gabriel and Finnegan: the first, an

    isolated child in a profoundly dysfunctional family with an ugly

    history; the second, a cruel and destructive yet wildly freeing

    force. The two determine to be each other's reflection: one all

    good, the other all bad.

    Harvey The Lit Report Julia and Ruth have been friends since they met in Sunday school

     Sarah at the age of four. They have been inseparable ever since. When

    Ruth becomes pregnant, Julia comes up with a plan that will help

    conceal the pregnancy from everyone.

    Hautman, Rash It's late in the twenty-first century, and the United Safer States Pete of America (USSA) has become a nation obsessed with safety.

    When Bo's temper flares out of control and he's sentenced to

    three years of manual labor, he's forced to live and work in a

    factory in the Canadian tundra. The warden running the place is

    totally out of his mind, and cares little for his inmates' safety. Bo

    will have to decide what's worse: a society that locks people up for

    road rage, or a prison where the wrong move could make you polar

    bear food.

    Hautman, Godless Fed up with his parents' boring old religion, agnostic-going-on-

    Pete atheist Jason Bock invents a new god -- the town's water tower.

    He recruits an unlikely group of worshippers: his snail-farming

    best friend, Shin, cute Magda Price, and the violent and

    unpredictable Henry Stagg. As their religion grows, it takes on a

    life of its own. While Jason struggles to keep the faith pure, Shin

    obsesses over writing their bible, and Henry schemes to make the

    new faith even more exciting -- and dangerous.

    Hawarth-Theories of When Dylan is kicked out of his house and lands up on the street,

     Attard his day-to-day survival is portrayed in brutally real terms. Relativity

    Barbara

    Haworth-A is for Angst This is the teen alphabet according to 14-year-old Theresa

     Attard Tolliver. Growing up is complicated for a girl who can’t quite decide Barbara if Barbie dolls are age appropriate (and what’s with those perfect

    plastic Barbie boobs?) and who spends a great deal of time

    deconstructing the high school class system.

    Heggum Lisa All Sleek and These stories range from lighthearted to mysterious to tragic.

     Together they create a well-rounded portrait of the mundane Skimming

    horror of adolescence in ways that frequently jolt expectations.

    Hopkins Crank Seventeen-year-old Kristina Snow is introduced to crank, or

    Ellen crystal meth, on a trip to visit her wayward father. Caught up in a

    fast-paced, frightening, and unfamiliar world, she morphs into

    "Bree" after she "shakes hands with the monster‖. This is a page-

    turner and a stunning portrayal of a teen's loss of direction and

    realistically uncertain future.

    Hornby Nick Slam Sam is an ordinary 15-year-old kid who loves to skateboard. But

    then he is blindsided: his girlfriend gets pregnant, and he lands in

    the middle of his mum's nightmare (she had Sam when she was 16).

    Hrdlitschka Gotcha It's ''bead season'' at slippery rock high. This year the bead-

    Shelley snatching grad game called ''Gotcha'' has been banned as an

    official school activity because the teachers have decided to put

    an end to a dangerous tradition. After paying an entry fee the

    players are given a bead and someone's name. The object of the

    game is snatch the bead of your victim, but this game has far

    reaching effects.

    Hughes Pat Open Ice Hockey is more than Nick's favorite sportit has become the very

    framework of his life. His friends are all players, his hot new

    girlfriend's a huge fan, and his hopes for college hang on securing

    an athletic scholarship. So when his physician, coach, and family all

    agree, following his fourth concussion, that the 16-year-old star

    should stop playing the game, it means major upheaval in his life.

    Huston The Shotgun Rule Four teenage boys, out of school and experimenting with drugs,

    Charlie booze and looking for trouble, find it fast when they break into

    the home of the notorious Arroyo brothers to retrieve a stolen

    bicycle. In the process, they stumble on the Arroyo family's main

    operation, a meth lab. In a classic moment of naïve bravado, they

    steal part of the stash, setting off a downward spiral of events

    that will reopen the door to the town's dark past.

    James Brian Pure Sunshine It's not about the drugs. It's not about the girls or the fights or

    the fading streetlights. It's about two nights that weren't going

    to be different from the rest, but then took a turn. It's about

    trying to find out who you are and who your real friends are.

    James Brian Perfect World All Lacie Johnson wants to do is escape from the pain that engulfs

    her: the pain of her father's grizzly suicide, the pain of

    pretending to be what she's not, and the pain of having to

    constantly please her shallow best friend, Jenna.

    James Brian Dirty Liar Benji has moved from his alcoholic mother's trailer--but more

    important away from her abusive boyfriend--to live with his

    distant and controlling father and his wife. Benji, who keeps a

    journal to try to name and define his demons, calls both his former

    girlfriend and Rianna, the new girl he clings to, his angels. He

    hopes that somehow, in some way, they will save him.

    Johnson, The First Part Rarely do we see teen pregnancy from the father's perspective.

    Angela Alternating between "then," when Nia told him on his sixteenth Last

    birthday that he was going to be a father, and "now," as he

    struggles to raise his daughter alone, we witness Bobby coming to

    grips with responsibility as he struggles to do the right thing.

Jones, Nailed Bret does most things the hard way, according to his father, and

    Patrick the teen is sure his dad hates him. He's more interested in acting

    than sports and covers his long green-tinted hair with a fedora. It

    takes Bret most of his junior year to understand what his dad

    always told him: the nail that sticks out the farthest gets

    hammered hardest.

    Jordan Eye of the World The villagers of Emond's Field ignore rumors of war in the western

    Robert lands until a savage attack by troll-like minions of the Dark One

    forces three young men to confront a destiny that could mean the

    end of their world.

    Juby, Susan Another Kind of This is a wonderful page-turner of a book that so graciously tells

     about a young man’s dedication to his goals while he searches for Cowboy

    acceptance, and about how a young woman’s lack of direction and

    goals leads her into the devastating world of drugs and alcohol.

    Kay Guy The Summer Tree Five university students, Kimberly, Dave, Jennifer, Kevin, and Paul,

     Gavriel meet a wizard who takes them to the heart of all worlds, Fionavar,

     where they discover who they were truly meant to be.

    Kidd Sue Secret Life of Fourteen-year-old Lily is on the run with black servant Rosaleen,

    Monk fleeing both Lily's abusive father T. Ray and the police who Bees

    battered Rosaleen for defending her new right to vote.

Kizer Amber One Butt Cheek at Gert Garibaldi isn't one of those people who believe high school is

    the best part of life. She has a whole notebook full of rants about a Time

    high school, and she's fully aware of how ridiculous the experience

    is, thank you very much. Gert just wants to survive the next three

    years, one butt cheek at a time.

    Klein Lisa Ophelia In this reimagining of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, it is Ophelia

    who takes center stage. A rowdy, motherless girl, she grows up at

    Elsinore Castle to become the queen’s most trusted lady-in-

    waiting. Ambitious for knowledge and witty as well as beautiful,

    Ophelia learns the ways of power in a court where nothing is as it

    seems. When she catches the attention of the captivating Prince

    Hamlet, their love blossoms in secret. But bloody deeds soon turn

    Denmark into a place of madness, and ultimately, Ophelia must

    choose between her love for Hamlet and her own life.

    Kuipers, Life on the Claire and her mother are running out of time, but they don't know

     Alice it. Not yet. Claire is wrapped up with the difficulties of boys, Refrigerator Door

    school, friends, identity; Claire's mother, a single mom, is rushed

    off her feet both at work and at home. They rarely find

    themselves in the same room at the same time, and it often seems

    that the only things they can count on are notes to each other on

    the refrigerator door.

    Langston Finding Cassidy "You were conceived under exceptional circumstances," 16-year-

     Laura old Cassidy's father has just told her. Struggling to understand

    that she is the product of a "clean and businesslike arrangement,"

    her biological father an anonymous sperm donor, Cassidy is doubly

    devastated. Not only has her father just been diagnosed with a

    fatal disease, but he has also confessed that he's not really her

    father.

    Lecesne Absolute Phoebe's life changes--both for better and worse--when her

    James cousin, Leonard moves into their basement. Phoebe has never met Brightness

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