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White oleander : a novel book White oleander : a novel

Fitch, Janet, 1955-
FIC FITCH

The struggle to build an authentic identity lies at the heart of Astrid's life as a foster child in Los Angeles after her poet mother, who has kept Astrid isolated from the world, is imprisoned for murder.




Kit's wilderness Juvenile Book Kit's wilderness

Almond, David, 1951-
J ALMOND

Thirteen-year-old Kit goes to live with his grandfather in the decaying coal mining town of Stoneygate, England, and finds both the old man and the town haunted by ghosts of the past.




The summer before boys Juvenile Book The summer before boys

Baskin, Nora Raleigh.
J BASKIN

Twelve-year-old best friends and relatives, Julia and Eliza are happy to spend the summer together while Julia's mother is serving in the National Guard in Iraq but when they meet a neighborhood boy, their close relationship begins to change.




The summer of May Juvenile Book The summer of May

Galante, Cecilia.
J GALANTE

An angry thirteen-year-old girl and her hated English teacher spend a summer school class together, learning surprising things about each other.




Carrying Mason Juvenile Book Carrying Mason

Magnin, Joyce.
J MAGNIN

In rural Pennsylvania in 1958, when thirteen-year-old Luna's best friend Mason dies, she decides to move in with his mentally disabled mother and care for her as Mason did.




A corner of the universe Juvenile Book A corner of the universe

Martin, Ann M., 1955-
J MARTIN

The summer that Hattie turns twelve, she meets the childlike uncle she never knew and becomes friends with a girl who works at the carnival that comes to Hattie's small town. Twelve-year-old Hattie learns that living life fully means facing both the good times and the bad upon the closing of her Uncle Adam's "school"- an institution for the mentally disabled.




Sign language : a novel Teen Book Sign language : a novel

Ackley, Amy.
TEEN ACKLEY

Teenaged Abby must deal with her feelings about her father's cancer and its aftermath while simultaneously navigating the difficult problems of growing up.




The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian Teen Book The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian

Alexie, Sherman, 1966-
TEEN 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.




The princesses of Iowa Teen Book The princesses of Iowa

Backes, M. Molly.
TEEN BACKES

After being involved in a drunk driving accident in the spring, Paige Sheridan spends the summer in Paris as an au-pair and then returns to her suburban Iowa existence for her senior year of high school, where she begins to wonder if she wants more out life than being popular, having a handsome boyfriend and all the latest clothes, and being a member of the social elite.




Close to famous Teen Book Close to famous

Bauer, Joan, 1951-
TEEN BAUER

Twelve-year-old Foster McFee and her mother escape from her mother's abusive boyfriend and end up in the small town of Culpepper, West Virginia, where they use their strengths and challenge themselves to build a new life, with the help of the friends they make there.




Rival Teen Book Rival

Bennett Wealer, Sara.
TEEN BENNETT

Two high school rivals compete in a prestigious singing competition while reflecting on the events that turned them from close friends to enemies the year before.




Tangerine Teen Book Tangerine

Bloor, Edward, 1950-
TEEN BLOOR

Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.




LIE Teen Book LIE

Bock, Caroline.
TEEN BOCK

Told in several voices, a group of Long Island high school seniors conspire to protect eighteen-year-old Jimmy after he brutally assaults two Salvadoran immigrants, until they begin to see the moral implications of Jimmy's actions and the consequences of being loyal to a violent bully.




Shift Teen Book Shift

Bradbury, Jennifer.
TEEN BRADBUR

When best friends Chris and Win go on a cross country bicycle trek the summer after graduating and only one returns, the FBI wants to know what happened.




Stay Teen Book Stay

Caletti, Deb.
TEEN CALETTI

In a remote corner of Washington State where she and her father have gone to escape her obsessive boyfriend, Clara meets two brothers who captain a sailboat, a lighthouse keeper with a secret, and an old friend of her father who knows his secrets.




Girls don't fly Teen Book Girls don't fly

Chandler, Kristen.
TEEN CHANDLE

Myra, a high school senior, will do almost anything to win a contest and earn money for a study trip to the Galapagos Islands, which would mean getting away from her demanding family life in Utah and ex-boyfriend Erik, but Erik is set on winning the same contest.




The winds of heaven Teen Book The winds of heaven

Clarke, Judith, 1943-
TEEN CLARKE

Clementine and her cousin Fan both grow up in 1950s Australia but have very different lives, Clementine coming from a stable, city family and Fan from a broken, country home, and their destinies are also strikingly divergent.




Notes from the blender Teen Book Notes from the blender

Cook, Trish, 1965-
TEEN COOK

Two teenagers--a heavy-metal-music-loving boy who is still mourning the death of his mother years earlier, and a beautiful, popular girl whose parents divorced because her father is gay--try to negotiate the complications of family and peer relationships as they get to know each other after learning that their father and mother are marrying each other.




Everything I was Teen Book Everything I was

Demas, Corinne.
TEEN DEMAS

Thirteen-year-old Irene helps in her grandfather's plant nursery, makes new friends, and begins to learn what she really wants and needs after her father, having lost his job as an investment banker, moves her and her mother to his father's farmhouse upstate.




Along for the ride : a novel Teen Book Along for the ride : a novel

Dessen, Sarah.
TEEN DESSEN

When Auden impulsively goes to stay with her father, stepmother, and new baby sister the summer before she starts college, all the trauma of her parents' divorce is revived, even as she is making new friends and having new experiences such as learning to ride a bike and dating.




Dreamland : a novel Teen Book Dreamland : a novel

Dessen, Sarah.
TEEN DESSEN

After her older sister runs away, sixteen-year-old Caitlin decides that she needs to make a major change in her own life and begins an abusive relationship with a boy who is mysterious, brilliant, and dangerous.




Solace of the road Teen Book Solace of the road

Dowd, Siobhan.
TEEN DOWD

While running away from a London foster home just before her fifteenth birthday, Holly has ample time to consider her years of residential care and her early life with her Irish mother, whom she is now trying to reach.




Ten miles past normal Teen Book Ten miles past normal

Dowell, Frances O'Roark.
TEEN DOWELL

Because living with "modern-hippy" parents on a goat farm means fourteen-year-old Janie Gorman cannot have a normal high school life, she tries joining Jam Band, making friends with Monster, and spending time with elderly former civil rights workers.




November blues Teen Book November blues

Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills)
TEEN DRAPER

A teenaged boy's death in a hazing accident has lasting effects on his pregnant girlfriend and his guilt-ridden cousin, who gives up a promising music career to play football during his senior year in high school.




Return to Paradise Teen Book Return to Paradise

Elkeles, Simone.
TEEN ELKELES

In alternating chapters, Caleb and Maggie relate the struggles of being reunited after nearly a year apart when both join a group of teens affected by drunk driving, and finally facing their true feelings for one another.




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