Split by Swati Avasthi "A teenaged boy thrown out of his house by his abusive father goes to live with his older brother, who ran away from home years ago to escape the abuse. Hate List by Jennifer Brown "Sixteen-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 life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain. After by Amy Efaw "In complete denial that she is pregnant, straight-A student and star athlete Devon Davenport leaves her baby in the trash to die, and after the baby is discovered, Devon is accused of attempted murder.
This Gorgeous Game by Donna Freitas "Seventeen-year-old Olivia Peters, who dreams of becoming a writer, is thrilled to be selected to take a college fiction seminar taught by her idol, Father Mark, but when the priest's enthusiasm for her writing develops into something more, Olivia shifts from wonder to confusion to despair.
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Identical by Ellen Hopkins "Despite being identical twins, the struggles and pressures of being a member of a powerful family has taken their toll on the girls, but when the drugs, anger, and pain become too much for one, the other will have to step up to help restore peace and stability to the sister she loves.
Lessons from a Dead Girl by Jo Knowles "After her former friend Leah dies in an automobile accident, Laine remembers their troubled relationship, dating back to elementary school when Leah convinced Laine to 'practice' in the closet with her, and Leah controlled her every thought.
Three months after her best friend's suicide, Caitlin finds what she left instead: a journal, hidden under Caitlin's bed. The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride "After Tessa's best friend Noelle is kidnapped, Tessa becomes depressed and isolated, and even after Noelle returns two years later, neither of their lives are the same again and rediscovering their best-friendship is a struggle.
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Cut by Patricia McCormick "While confined to a mental hospital, thirteen-year-old Callie slowly comes to understand some of the reasons behind her self-mutilation, and gradually starts to get better. The Knife that Killed Me by Anthony McGowan "Paul Varderman, a secondary student in an English Catholic School, is a loner until, just as he is becoming friends with 'the freaks,' the school bully encourages Paul to join his gang and gives him a knife to carry as an incentive.
Nobel Genes by Rune Michaels "A boy whose manic-depressive mother has always told him that his father won a Nobel Prize, spends his time taking care of her and searching for clues to the identity of the Nobel Prize-winning sperm donor, eventually finding a truth he must learn to accept.
By the Time You Tead This, I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters "High school student Daelyn Rice, who's been bullied throughout her school career and has more than once attempted suicide, again makes plans to kill herself, in spite of the persistent attempts of an unusual boy to draw her out. Scars by Cheryl Rainfield "Fifteen-year-old Kendra, a budding artist, has not felt safe since she began to recall devastating memories of childhood sexual abuse, especially since she cannot remember her abuser's identity, and she copes with the pressure by cutting herself.
A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler "As Missouri fifteen-year-old Aura struggles alone to cope with the increasingly severe symptoms of her mother's schizophrenia, she wishes only for a normal life, but fears that her artistic ability and genes will one day result in her own insanity. Cloaked by Alex Flinn "Seventeen-year-old Johnny is approached at his family's struggling shoe repair shop in a Miami, Florida, hotel by Alorian Princess Victoriana, who asks him to find her brother who was turned into a frog.
A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn "Sixteen-year-old Princess Talia persuades seventeen-year-old Jack, the modern-day American who kissed her awake after a year sleep, to take her to his Miami home, where she hopes to win his love before the witch who cursed her can spirit her away. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale "Fifteen-year-old Dashti, sworn to obey her sixteen-year-old mistress, the Lady Saren, shares Saren's years of punishment locked in a tower, then brings her safely to the lands of her true love, where both must hide who they are as they work as kitchen maids.
Spindle's End by Robin McKinley "The infant princess Briar Rose is cursed on her name day by Pernicia, an evil fairy, and then whisked away by a young fairy to be raised in a remote part of a magical country, unaware of her real identity and hidden from Pernicia's vengeful powers. Storyteller by Edward Myers "Jack, a seventeen-year-old storyteller, goes to the royal city seeking his fortune and soon attracts the attention of the grief-stricken king, his beautiful eldest daughter, and his cruel young son, and he attempts to help them--and the entire kingdom--through his stories.
Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli "The gods grant immortality to the mermaid Sirena when she rescues a human man from the sea and they fall in love, but his mortality creates great conflict between love and honor when he is called to defend Greece in the Trojan War. Zel by Donna Jo Napoli "Based on the fairy tale Rapunzel, the story is told in alternating chapters from the point of view of Zel, her mother, and the prince, and delves into the psychological motivations of the characters. East by Edith Pattou "A young woman journeys to a distant castle on the back of a great white bear who is the victim of a cruel enchantment.
Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve "When her village is attacked and burned, Gwyna seeks protection from the bard Myrddin, who uses Gwyna in his plan to transform young Arthur into the heroic King Arthur. The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman "New York high school student Elizabeth gets an after-school job as a page at the "New-York Circulating Material Repository," and when she gains coveted access to its Grimm Collection of magical objects, she and the other pages are drawn into a series of frightening adventures involving mythical creatures and stolen goods. Tithe and Ironside sequel by Holly Black "Sixteen-year-old Kaye, who has been visited by faeries since childhood, discovers that she herself is a magical faerie creature with a special destiny.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore "In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.
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Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan "A young woman who has endured unspeakable cruelties is magically granted a safe haven apart from the real world and allowed to raise her two daughters in this alternate reality, until the barrier between her world and the real one begins to break down. How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier "In a world in which everyone has a personal fairy who tends to one aspect of daily life, fourteen-year-old Charlie decides she does not want hers--a parking fairy--and embarks on a series of misadventures designed to rid herself of the invisible sprite and replace it with a better one, like her friend Rochelle's shopping fairy.
Heroes of the Valley by Jonathon Stroud "When young Halli Sveinsson plays a trick on Ragnor of the House of Hakonsson, he sets in motion a chain of events that will forever alter his destiny, forcing him to leave home and go on a hero's quest where he encounters highway robbers, terrifying monsters, and a girl who may finally be his match. Impossible by Nancy Werlin When seventeen-year-old Lucy discovers her family is under an ancient curse by an evil Elfin Knight, she realizes to break the curse she must perform three impossible tasks before her daughter is born in order to save them both.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie "Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. This year's? To see a real-live naked girl for the first time--quite a challenge, given that none of the guys has the nerve to even ask a girl out on a date. But catching a girl in the buff starts to look easy compared to Matt's other summertime aspiration: to swim the yard butterfly the hardest stroke known to God or man as a way to impress Kelly West, the sizzling new star of the swim team.
Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about the Grapes of Wrath by Steven Goldman "Mitch, a shy and awkward high school junior, negotiates the difficult social situations he encounters, both with girls and with his best friend David, after David reveals to him that he is gay.
Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern "When high school sophomore Jessie's long-term best friend transforms herself into a punk and goes after Jessie's would-be boyfriend, Jessie decides to visit "the wild nerd yonder" and seek true friends among classmates who play Dungeons and Dragons. I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President by Josh Lieb "In Omaha, Nebraska, twelve-year-old Oliver Watson has everyone convinced that he's extremely stupid and lazy, but he's actually a very wealthy, evil genius, and when he decides to run for seventh-grade class president, nothing will stand in his way.
Sleeping Freshman Never Lie by David Lubar "While navigating his first year of high school and awaiting the birth of his new baby brother, Scott loses old friends and gains some unlikely new ones as he hones his skills as a writer. Pirates of the Retail Wasteland by Adam Selzer "When eighth-grader Leon decides what to do for his project in the gifted program, it involves coffee houses, pirates, and filmmaking. The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading by Charity Tahmaseb and Darcy Vance "Having left her geek status behind after earning a spot on the varsity cheerleading team, Bethany realizes that popularity has its own problems and so must use her mind to handle the rituals and rules imposed upon her by her new friends.
Spanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner "Shakespeare Shapiro navigates a senior year fraught with feelings of insecurity while writing the memoir of his embarrassing life, worrying about his younger brother being cooler than he is, and having no prospects of ever getting a girlfriend.
The Six Rules of Maybe by Deb Caletti "Scarlet, an introverted high school junior surrounded by outcasts who find her a good listener, learns to break old patterns and reach for hope when her pregnant sister moves home with her new husband, with whom Scarlet feels an instant connection. Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood by Eileen Cook "In eighth grade, Lauren publicly betrayed her best friend Helen and humiliated her so badly that Helen moved away, but as Lauren starts her senior year of high school, Helen returns with a new appearance and a plot to get revenge.
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My Invisible Boyfriend by Susie Day "In a British alternative high school, fifteen-year-old Heidi stands out in many ways, but when she invents a boyfriend--complete with online profile--her friends turn to him for advice and she must decide how far she is willing to go to find acceptance. Things I Know about Love by Kate Le Vann "Seventeen-year-old Livia Stowe travels from England to Princeton, New Jersey, to visit her brother who is studying there and to celebrate her recovery from a year-long struggle with leukemia, and while she is there she writes a blog about her experiences, which include falling in love.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver "After she dies in a car crash, teenage Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until, on the seventh day, she finally discovers a way to save herself. Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales "Sixteen-year-olds Violet and Katie, best friends since seventh grade despite differences in their family backgrounds and abilities, are pulled apart during their junior year at Massachusetts' exclusive Westfield School.
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Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford "Upon learning on Christmas Day that their rich and imperious grandmother may soon die and disown the family unless the one who offended her deeply will confess, each of the three Sullivan sisters sets down her offenses on paper.
Sweethearts by Sara Zarr "After losing her soul mate, Cameron, when they were nine, Jennifer, now seventeen, transformed herself from the unpopular fat girl into the beautiful and popular Jenna, but Cameron's unexpected return dredges up memories that cause both social and emotional turmoil. The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd "The summer after graduating from an Iowa high school, eighteen-year-old Dade Hamilton watches his parents' marriage disintegrate, ends his long-term, secret relationship, comes out of the closet, and savors first love.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky "In a thought-provoking coming-of-age novel, Charlie struggles to cope with complex world of high school as he deals with the confusions of sex and love, the temptations of drugs, and the pain of losing a close friend and a favorite aunt. Down to the Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole "Laura, a seventeen-year-old Cuban American girl, is thrown out of her house when her mother discovers she is a lesbian, but after trying to change her heart and hide from the truth, Laura finally comes to terms with who she is and learns to love and respect herself.
Geography Club by Brent Hartinger "A group of gay and lesbian teenagers finds mutual support when they form the 'Geography Club' at their high school.
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A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner "As she tries to sort out her feelings of love, seventeen-year-old Cass, a spunky math genius with an introverted streak, finds a way to memorialize her dead best friend. Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher "With his mother working long hours and in pain from a romantic break-up, eighteen-year-old Logan feels alone and unloved until a zany new student arrives at his small-town Missouri high school, keeping a big secret. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan "When Paul falls hard for Noah, he thinks he has found his one true love, but when Noah walks out of his life, Paul has to find a way to get him back and make everything right once more.
Wide Awake by David Levithan "In the not-too-distant future, when a gay Jewish man is elected president of the United States, sixteen-year-old Duncan examines his feelings for his boyfriend, his political and religious beliefs, and tries to determine his rightful place in the world. The Straight Road to Kylie by Nico Medina "When out-and-proud Jonathan sleeps with a girl at a party after getting drunk, the rumor mill is abuzz at school and now every girl wants to get their hands on him, but when the most popular girl in school approaches with a strange proposition, Jonathan has to consider her real motives.
Hero by Perry Moore "Thom Creed, the gay son of a disowned superhero, finds that he, too, has special powers and is asked to join the very League that rejected his father, and it is there that Thom finds other misfits whom he can finally trust. Kissing Kate by Lauren Myracle "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. Freak Show by James St. James "Having faced teasing that turned into a brutal attack, Christianity expressed as persecution, and the loss of his only real friend when he could no longer keep his crush under wraps, seventeen-year-old Billy Bloom, a drag queen extraordinaire, decides the only way to become fabulous again is to run for Homecoming Queen at his elite, private school near Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The God Box by Alex Sanchez "When openly gay Manuel transfers to Paul's high school, Paul, a born-again Christian, begins to question his own sexuality and reexamine his whole life. Avalon High Coronation series by Meg Cabot "Ellie and Will are trying to have a normal life now that they know Will is probably King Arthur reincarnated, but according to an ancient prophecy, Will may still be in danger. Nightschool series by Svetlana Chmakova "Schools may lock up for the night, but class is in session for an entirely different set of students.
In the Nightschool, vampires, werewolves, and weirns a particular breed of witches learn the fundamentals of everything from calculus to spell casting. Alex is a young weirn whose education has always been handled through homeschooling, but circumstances seem to be drawing her closer to the Nightschool. Will Alex manage to weather the dark forces gathering? Then, Hiro Sakurai shows up, with a secret that Miki desperately wants to know.
Then she starts to fall for him and nothing, even Hiro himself, can stop her. Vampire Knight series by Matsuri Hino "Cross Academy is attended by two groups of students: the day class and the night class. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the guardians of the school, protecting the day class from the Academy's dark secret: the night class is full of vampires!
Naruto series by Masashi Kishimoto "In another world, ninja are the ultimate power--and in the village of Konohagakure live the stealthiest ninja in the world. But twelve years ago Konohagakure was attacked by a fearsome threat--a nine-tailed fox demon which claimed the life of the Hokage, the village champion. Today, peace has returned, and a troublemaking orphan named Uzumaki Naruto is struggling to graduate from the ninja Academy.
His goal: to become the next Hokage. But unknown to Naruto and his classmates, within him is a terrifying force Kitchen Princess series by Miyuki Kobayashi "Najika left the rural orphanage she knows as home to attend Seika Academy in Tokyo in the hopes of finding a boy who touched her heart years earlier. Nobody in her class thinks she should be there except two brothers, Daichi and Sora, who recognize Najika's magical talent for cooking.
Luckily Light's father is the head of the Japanese National Police Agency and leaves vital information about the case lying around the house. With access to his father's files, Light can keep one step ahead of the authorities. But who is the strange man following him, and how can Light guard against enemies whose names he doesn't know?
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