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Dreamland : a novel Teen Book Dreamland : a novel

Dessen, Sarah.

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

Inconvenient Teen Book Inconvenient

Gelbwasser, Margie.

While fifteen-year-old Russian-Jewish immigrant Alyssa tries desperately to cope with her mother's increasingly out-of-control alcoholism by covering for her and pretending things are normal, her best friend Lana attempts to fit in with the popular crowd at their high school.

Looking for Alaska : a novel Teen Book Looking for Alaska : a novel

Green, John, 1977-

Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

Stay with me Teen Book Stay with me

Griffin, Paul, 1966-

Fifteen-year-olds Mack, a high school drop-out but a genius with dogs, and Ce?ce, who hopes to use her intelligence to avoid a life like her mother's, meet and fall in love at the restaurant where they both work, but when Mack lands in prison he pushes Ce?ce away and only a one-eared pit-bull can keep them together.

Torn Teen Book Torn

Guerra, Stephanie.

High school senior Estelle Chavez's life in South Bend, Indiana centers on helping her mother raise her younger brother and sister, AP classes, and soccer until a new student, Ruby, draws her into a friendship that includes sneaking out out of the house, dating college boys, and worse.

Where I belong Teen Book Where I belong

Heasley, Gwendolyn.

When sixteen-year-old Corinne Corcoran's father loses his job, she is forced to give up her privileged Manhattan lifestyle and move to Broken Spoke, Texas, where she discovers that life is more than shopping sprees and country clubs.

Stupid fast Teen Book Stupid fast

Herbach, Geoff.

Just before his sixteenth birthday, Felton Reinstein has a sudden growth spurt that turns him from a small, jumpy, picked-on boy with the nickname of "Squirrel Nut" to a powerful athlete, leading to new friends, his first love, and the courage to confront his family's past and current problems.

Like Mandarin Teen Book Like Mandarin

Hubbard, Kirsten.

When shy, awkward fourteen-year-old Grace Carpenter is paired with the beautiful and wild Mandarin on a school project, an unlikely, explosive friendship begins, but all too soon, Grace discovers that Mandarin is a very troubled, even dangerous, girl.

Lemonade Mouth Teen Book Lemonade Mouth

Hughes, Mark Peter.

A disparate group of high school students thrown together in detention form a band to play at a school talent show and end up competing with a wildly popular local rock band.

The first part last Teen Book The first part last

Johnson, Angela, 1961-

Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter.

Please ignore Vera Dietz Teen Book Please ignore Vera Dietz

King, A. S. (Amy Sarig), 1970-

When her best friend, whom she secretly loves, betrays her and then dies under mysterious circumstances, high school senior Vera Dietz struggles with secrets that could help clear his name.

Black, white, other Teen Book Black, white, other

Lester, Joan Steinau, 1940-

Twenty miles from Oakland, California, where fires have led to racial tension, multi-racial fifteen-year-old Nina faces the bigotry of long-time friends, her parents' divorce, and her brother's misbehavior, while learning of her great-great grandmother Sarah's escape from slavery.

Seth Baumgartner's love manifesto Teen Book Seth Baumgartner's love manifesto

Luper, Eric.

After his girlfriend breaks up with him and he sees his father out with another woman, high school senior Seth Baumgartner, who has a summer job at the country club and is preparing for a father-son golf tournament, launches a podcast in which he explores the mysteries of love.

Hothouse Teen Book Hothouse

Lynch, Chris.

Teens D.J. and Russell, life-long friends and neighbors, had drifted apart but when their firefighter fathers are both killed, they try to help one another come to terms with the tragedy and its aftermath.

Angry young man Teen Book Angry young man

Lynch, Chris.

Eighteen-year-old Robert tries to help his half-brother Xan, a seventeen-year-old misfit, to make better choices as he becomes increasingly attracted to a variety of protesters, anarchists, and the like.

Messed up Teen Book Messed up

Lynch, Janet Nichols, 1952-

Fifteen-year-old RD is repeating the eighth grade, planning to have an easy year, but after his grandmother walks out her boyfriend is no longer able to care for him, which leaves RD to fend for himself while avoiding being caught.

37 things I love (in no particular order) Teen Book 37 things I love (in no particular order)

Magoon, Kekla.

Fifteen-year-old Ellis recalls her favorite things as her mother's desire to turn off the machines that have kept Ellis's father alive for two years fill the last four days of her sophomore year with major changes in herself and her relationships.

The piper's son Teen Book The piper's son

Marchetta, Melina, 1965-

After his favorite uncle's violent death, Tom Mackee watches his family implode, quits school, and turns his back on music and everyone who matters, and while he is in no shape to mend what is broken, he fear that no one else is, either.

Second chance summer Teen Book Second chance summer

Matson, Morgan.

Taylor's dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains. Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven't actually gone anywhere.

The decoding of Lana Morris Teen Book The decoding of Lana Morris

McNeal, Laura.

For sixteen-year-old Lana life is often difficult, with a flirtatious foster father, an ice queen foster mother, a houseful of special needs children to care for, and bullies harrassing her, until the day she ventures into an antique shop and buys a drawing set that may change her life.

Dark water Teen Book Dark water

McNeal, Laura.

Living in a cottage on her uncle's southern California avocado ranch since her parent's messy divorce, fifteen-year-old Pearl Dewitt meets and falls in love with an illegal migrant worker, and is trapped with him when wildfires approach his makeshift forest home.

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