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Between Shades

Between Shades of Gray

Ruta Sepetys

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In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author's family, includes a historical note.

Bitter End

Bitter End

Jennifer Brown

When seventeen-year-old Alex starts dating Cole, a new boy at her high school, her two closest friends increasingly mistrust him as the relationship grows more serious.

 

 Dear Bully

Dear Bully

Edited by Hall and Jones

 

A collection of stories in which seventy authors share their experiences with and feelings about bullying, including selections from Lauren Kate, R. L. Stine, Melissa Walker, Laura Kasischke, Amy Reed, Kurtis Scaletta, Carolyn Mackler, and others.

Desert Angel

Desert Angel

Charlie Price

In the California desert, fourteen-year-old Angel is on the run from the man who abused her, killed her mother, and intends to kill her too.

 

Dirty Little Secrets

Dirty Little Secrets

E.J. Omololu

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When her unstable mother dies unexpectedly, sixteen-year-old Lucy must take control and find a way to keep the long-held secret of her mother's compulsive hoarding from being revealed to friends, neighbors, and especially the media.

DJ Rising

DJ Rising

Love Maia

Sixteen-year-old Marley Diego-Dylan's career as "DJ Ice" is skyrocketing, but his mother's heroin addiction keeps dragging him back to earth.

Everybody Sees the Ants

Everybody Sees The Ants

A.S. King

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Overburdened by his parents' bickering and a bully's attacks, fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War, but during a visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find a new perspective.

Glimpse

Glimpse

Carol Lynch Williams

 

Living with their mother who earns money as a prostitute, two sisters take care of each other and when the older one attempts suicide, the younger one tries to uncover the reason.

Going Underground

Going Underground

Susan Vaught

Interest in a new girl and pressure from his parole officer cause seventeen-year-old Del, a gravedigger, to recall and face the "sexting" incident three years earlier that transformed him from a straight-A student-athlete into a social outcast and felon.

How to Save a Life

How to Save a Life

Sara Zarr

Told from their own viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Jill, in grief over the loss of her father, and Mandy, nearly nineteen, are thrown together when Jill's mother agrees to adopt Mandy's unborn child but nothing turns out as they had anticipated.

iBoy

iBoy

Kevin Brooks

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Sixteen-year-old Tom Harvey was an ordinary Londoner until an attack causes fragments of an iPhone to be embedded in his brain, giving him incredible knowledge and power, but using that power against the gang that attacked him and a friend could have deadly consequences.

Legend

Legend

Marie Lu

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In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.

Lola

Lola and the Boy Next Door

Stephanie Perkins

Budding costume designer Lola Nolan has big plans for the future but is pretty content with her life right now, until the Bell twins move back in next door and Lola must deal with a lifetime of feelings for Cricket and her longtime rivalry with his twin sister.

Now is the Time for Running

Now Is the Time For Running

Michael Williams

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When soldiers attack a small village in Zimbabwe, Deo goes on the run with Innocent, his older, mentally disabled brother, carrying little but a leather soccer ball filled with money, and after facing prejudice, poverty, and tragedy, it is in soccer that Deo finds renewed hope.

Recovery Road

Recovery Road

Blake Nelson

Seventeen-year-old Maddie meets Stewart in a rehabilitation facility for drug and alcohol abuse, and they begin a relationship, which they try to maintain after they both finish treatment.

Silence of Murder

The Silence of Murder

Dandi Daley Mackall

 

Sixteen-year-old Hope must defend her developmentally disabled brother, who has not spoken a word since he was seven years old, when he is accused of murdering a beloved high school baseball coach.

Something Like Hope

Something Like Hope 

Shawn Goodman

Shavonne, a fierce, desperate seventeen-year-old in juvenile lockup, wants to turn her life around before her eighteenth birthday, but corrupt guards, out-of-control girls, and shadows from her past make her task seem impossible.

Fault in our Stars

The Fault In Our Stars

John Green

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Sixteen year old Hazel, who has cancer, meets Augustus at a kids-with-cancer support group and as they fall in love they both wonder how they will be remembered.

Future of Us

The Future of Us

Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

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Emma gets her first computer and an America Online CD-ROM in 1996, and when her best friend Josh visits and they log on, they discover themselves on Facebook fifteen years in the future.

I Beat the Odds

I Beat the Odds

Michael Oher

Michael Oher, the subject of the 2009 film "The Blind Side," recounts how he defied the odds, escaped from the inner-city Memphis ghetto, found a family to take him in, and used his football skills to build a better life for himself.

Mockingbirds

The Mockingbirds

Daisy Whitney

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When Alex, a junior at an elite preparatory school, realizes that she may have been the victim of date rape, she confides in her roommates and sister who convince her to seek help from a secret society, the Mockingbirds.

Name of the Star

The Name of the Star

Maureen Johnson

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Rory, of Boueuxlieu, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.

Things a Brother Knows

The Things a Brother Knows

Dana Reinhardt

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Although they have never gotten along well, seventeen-year-old Levi follows his older brother Boaz, an ex-Marine, on a walking trip from Boston to Washington, D.C. in hopes of learning why Boaz is completely withdrawn.

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What Can't Wait

Ashley Hope Perez

 

Marooned in a broken-down Houston neighborhood--and in a Mexican immigrant family where making ends meet matters much more than making it to college--smart, talented Marissa seeks comfort elsewhere when her home life becomes unbearable.

What Happened to Goodbye

What Happened to Goodbye

Sarah Dessen

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Seventeen-year-old Mclean begins to lose sight of who she really is after she tries to reinvent herself at each school she attends after her parents' divorce and her father moves her from town to town.

 

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  • Author: Jennifer Prall
  • Updated: Tuesday, May 01, 2012