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You by Charles Benoit "Fifteen-year-old Kyle discovers the shattering ramifications of the decisions he makes, and does not make, about school, the girl he likes, and his future. Deadline by Chris Crutcher "Given the medical diagnosis of one year to live, high school senior Ben Wolf decides to fulfill his greatest fantasies, ponders his life's purpose and legacy, and converses through dreams with a spiritual guide known as 'Hey-Soos. Happyface by Stephen Emond "After going through traumatic times, a troubled, socially awkward teenager moves to a new school where he tries to reinvent himself.
The Last Exit to Normal by Michael Harmon "Yanked out of his city life and plunked down into a small Montana town with his father and his father's boyfriend, seventeen-year-old Ben, angry and resentful about the changed circumstances of his life, begins to notice that something is not quite right with the little boy next door and determines to do something about it.
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Slam by Nick Hornby "At the age of fifteen, Sam Jones's girlfriend gets pregnant and Sam's life of skateboarding and daydreaming about Tony Hawk changes drastically. The Deathday Letter by Shaun David Hutchinson "After receiving the letter that says he will be dead within twenty-four hours, fifteen-year-old Ollie and his two best friends, Shane and would-be girlfriend Ronnie, set out to fulfill as many of Ollie's hopes as they can. Juvie Three by Gordon Korman "Gecko, Arjay, and Terence, all in trouble with the law, must find a way to keep their halfway house open in order to stay out of juvenile detention when their group leader winds up in the hospital with a case of amnesia.
As Easy as Falling off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins "A teenaged boy encounters one comedic calamity after another when his train strands him in the middle of nowhere, and everything comes down to luck. Smiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli "Will Tuppence's life has always been ruled by science and common sense but in ninth grade, shaken up by the discovery that protons decay, he begins to see the entire world differently and gains new perspective on his relationships with his little sister and two closest friends.
Adios, Nirvana by Conrad Wesselhoeft "As Seattle sixteen-year-old Jonathan helps a dying man come to terms with a tragic event he experienced during World War II, Jonathan begins facing his own demons, especially the death of his twin brother, helped by an assortment of friends, old and new.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne "Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in , Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence. The King's Arrow by Michael Cadnum "In England's New Forest on the second day of August, , eighteen-year-old Simon Foldre, delighted to be allowed to participate in a royal hunt as squire to the Anglo-Norman nobleman Walter Tirel, finds his future irrevocably altered when, during the hunt, he witnesses the possible murder of King William II.
Annexed by Sharon Dogar "A retelling of the story of Anne Frank imagines life in the secret annex from the perspective of Peter, who overcomes an initial loathing for the precocious young diarist before falling in love with her and questioning his faith in light of frightening persecutions. Once by Morris Gleitzman " After living in an Catholic orphanage for nearly four years, a naive Jewish boy runs away and embarks on a journey across Nazi-occupied Poland to find his parents.
Heart of a Samurai : Based on the True Story of Nakahama Manjiro by Margi Preus "In , rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro, who dreams of becoming a samurai, learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States. Sovay by Celia Rees "In England, the rich and beautiful Sovay, disguised as a highwayman, acquires papers that could lead to her father's arrest for treason, and soon her newly-awakened political consciousness leads her and a compatriot to France during the Revolution.
I had seen Castles by Cynthia Rylant "Now an old man, John is haunted by memories of enlisting to fight in World War II, a decision which forced him to face the horrors of war and changed his life forever. Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli "A street child, known to himself only as Stopthief, finds community when he is taken in by a band of orphans in Warsaw ghetto which helps him weather the horrors of the Nazi regime.
In the Middle of the Night by Robert Cormier "Sixteen-year-old Denny lives in the shadow of a deadly accident with which his father was connected when he was Denny's age, a disaster for which some of the survivors still blame his father. The Enemy by Charlie Higson "After a disease turns everyone over sixteen into brainless, decomposing, flesh-eating creatures, a group of teenagers leave their shelter and set out of a harrowing journey across London to the safe haven of Buckingham Palace.
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A Novel Idea by Aimee Friedman "Excited about the new book club she has organized, Norah is pleased with the diverse group that shows up and suddenly falls for one of the guys in the mix, but having no idea how to show him that she is interested in him, Norah decides to use their mutual interest in literature to get the romance rolling in the right direction. Cupidity by Caroline Goode "When the gods of Mount Olympus send Cupid to an Ohio high school to help make the dreams of seventeen-year-old Laura Sweeney come true, things get a bit out of control when the old matchmaking tricks go awry.
Puppy Love by Nancy Krulik "Alana, a senior in high school, whose relationship with her boyfriend seems to be changing now that he is a freshman in college, wonders if the handyman she met while on her dog-walking job might be a better match for her. Love Off-Limits by Whitney Lyles "Natalie, who writes a romantic advice column in the school newspaper, becomes attracted to her editor, Matt, who is also her boyfriend Jeremy's best friend.
The Boy of my Dreams by Dyan Sheldon "Mike and her best friend Hope breathlessly await meeting the guys of their dreams and falling in love, but after Mike thinks that she has found the perfect boy there seems to be some question of whether he is her destiny. Candor by Pam Bachorz "For a fee, 'model teen' Oscar Banks has been secretly--and selectively-- sabotaging the subliminal messages that program the behavior of the residents of Candor, Florida, until his attraction to a rebellious new girl threatens to expose his subterfuge.
Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill "On the planet Mars, sixteen-year-old Durango and his crew of mercenaries are hired by the settlers of a mining community to protect their most valuable resource from a feral band of marauders. Moore at her estate close to The Line, an invisible border of the Unified States, but then Rachel finds a mysterious recorded message that can only have come from the other side. The voice is asking for help.