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  • BJ A wonderful Sharon Draper trilogy that follows friends through high school beginning with pledging a club in The Battle of Jericho. November Blues follows the friends as November finds out she is pregnant. In Just Another Hero, they are all seniors, thinking about jobs, college and what makes a hero.
  • BJ A pedophile watches the five Herbert sisters as they go to school. Which sister will he take? As he inches closer to the Herbert sisters, we forget to breathe as we turn the pages.
  • BJ Lia’s bulimic best friend Cassie is found dead in a motel room. What anorexic Lia doesn’t tell anyone is that Lia and Cassie made a pact to see who could become the skinniest. What she doesn’t tell anyone is that Cassie’s ghost is haunting her, beckoning Lia to join her.
  • Winter Girls book trailer
  • Randi Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker--his classmate and crush--who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list. Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.
  • Thirteen Reasons Why book trailer
  • BJ Imagine you wake up thinking you survived a car accident, only to find you didn’t? Mia’s family is dead but as she lies in a coma, she reflects on the loss of her family, her boyfriend, Adam, her friends and her decision ---Should I Stay or Should I go?
  • BJ Henry lives in an idyllic NE town, where trouble never comes. One night, his brother Franklin is killed by a Cambodian driving a truck. Racial tensions rise and Henry finds out on a mountain climb the true story of his brother’s death.
  • BJ Elena’s older sister Dora, is hospitalized for depression and her family falls to pieces. Elena takes it upon herself to look after Dora when she comes home and with the help of a friend finally realizes she can’t do it alone after Dora tries to commit suicide.
  • Randi Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge— he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.
  • Paper Towns book trailer
  • Randi "Are our schools safe?" It's hard to turn on the news without hearing this question, and the answer is typically "no." This novel explores what happens when bullying escalates to violence, and it challenges our definition of victimization. With thought-provoking prose, Suzanne Phillips explores the psyche of Cameron, a bullied freshman who ultimately does the unthinkable: he kills another student. Suzanne has found a way to make this seemingly dark story ultimately redemptive. But she also dares readers to look at the behavior that provokes violence as having the potential to be as dangerous as the violence itself. It's the author’s hope that will inspire readers to take a precautionary stance against bullying rather than waiting to react to it.
  • BJ Jayson Porter is 16 yrs old, half white and half black. His mother is abusive, his best friend dies, and his father is an addict. As pressure mounts, Jayson feels he only has control over whether he lives or dies.
  • The Death of Jayson Porter book trailer
  • BJ A new author, Elizabeth Scott, writes novels for teens that are fun to read. Hannah has a mom who wears next to nothing in front of a web cam to make money. Hannah has a crush on Josh, who has a girlfriend, she has a friend Finn, who annoys her but may be interested in her. Scott’s books are always loaded with boy-ignoring, boy-chasing and boy-kissing. What will happen to Hannah in Something, Maybe?
  • BJ What would you do if you killed your parents? Willow believes she is responsible for their deaths and the only way to ease the pain is cutting herself. Willow’s new friend, Guy is determined to help her.
  • Randi COULD YOU SURVIVE ON YOUR OWN, IN THE WILD, WITH EVERYONE FIGHTING AGAINST YOU? Twenty-four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives. HUNGER GAMES In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place. CATCHING FIRE Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. MOCKINGJAY, the thrilling conclusion of THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy 8.24.10
  • The Hunger Games / Catching Fire book trailers
  • Randi When seventeen-year-old Lucy discovers her family is under an ancient curse by an evil Elfin Knight, she realizes that she must perform three impossible tasks before her daughter is born to break the curse and to save them both.
  • Impossible book trailer
  • Randi WAKE For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime. She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control. Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant.... FADE For Janie and Cabel, real life is getting tougher than the dreams. They're just trying to carve out a little (secret) time together, but no such luck. Disturbing things are happening at Fieldridge High, yet nobody's talking. When Janie taps into a classmate's violent nightmares, the case finally breaks open--but nothing goes as planned. Not even close. Janie's in way over her head, and Cabe's shocking behavior has grave consequences for them both. Worse yet, Janie learns the truth about herself and her ability. And it's bleak. Seriously, brutally bleak. Not only is her fate as a Dream Catcher sealed, but what's to come is way darker than she'd even feared... GONE Janie thought she knew what her future held. And she thought she'd made her peace with it. But she can't handle dragging Cabel down with her. She knows he will stay with her, despite what she sees in his dreams. He's amazing. And she's a train wreck. Janie sees only one way to give him the life he deserves--she has to disappear. And it's going to kill them both. Then a stranger enters her life--and everything unravels. The future Janie once faced now has an ominous twist, and her choices are more dire than she'd ever thought possible. She alone must decide between the lesser of two evils. And time is running out... He reaches toward her, his fingers black and bloody, his eyes deranged, unblinking. Janie is paralyzed. His cold hands reach around her neck, squeezing tight, tighter, until Janie has no breath left. She's unable to move, unable to think. As his grasp tightens further around Janie's neck, his face turns sickly alabaster. He strains harder and begins to shake. Janie is dying. She has no fight left in her.
  • Wake / Fade / Gone book trailer
  • Randi In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in his turn, has been watching her with increasing intensity.
  • Randi A girl who has been brought up in near isolation is thrown into a twisted web of family secrets and religious fundamentalism when her mother dies and she goes to live with relatives she never knew she had.
  • Randi GRACELING 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 of killing and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king. FIRE In a kingdom called the Dells, Fire is the last human-shaped monster, with unimaginable beauty and the ability to control the minds of those around her, but even with these gifts she cannot escape the strife that overcomes her world.
  • Graceling book trailer
  • Randi SWIM THE FLY Swim team members and best friends Matt, Sean, and Coop, set themselves the summertime goal of seeing a live girl naked, and while the chances of that happening seem very dim, Matt's personal goal to swim the one-hundred-yard butterfly to impress the new girl on the team seems even less likely to happen. SOUL ENCHILADA Eighteen-year-old Bug Smoot, having just learned that her irascible grandfather has given away both her car and her soul in a deal with the Devil, has two days to come up with a way to outsmart the Prince of Darkness and his demons.
  • BJ A great book with lists of over 700 books recommended for the young adult reader-- true classics to must-read fiction from award winners to bestsellers; there’s something for everyone.
  • BJ Roland Childs is the respected civil rights leader in 1968 Chicago and Charlie and Stitch are brothers who are very close. Charlie is the perfect son who does what his father wants and Stick is hot tempered and hates the nonviolent ways of his father. When Charlie finds out his brother has become a Black Panther, he isn’t sure who he is anymore. Is he the rock or the river, will he follow his father or his brother? A stunning book by a new author, Kekla Magoon.
  • BJ When it comes down to it, Jacqueline Woodson has packed a lot of tough topics into this airtight little story: throwaway kids, jail visits, homosexuality, Tupac's art, fatherlessness, and the hope some kids cling to that they will belong. A wonderful about three friends love of Tupac and searching for their “big purpose” one summer.
  • BJ WFM – Mina is the perfect daughter. Bound for Harvard, president of the honor society, straight A student, all while she works at her family’s dry cleaners and helps care for her hearing impaired younger sister. On the outside, Mina does everything right. On the inside, Mina knows the truth. Her life is a lie. The Fold - Joyce never used to care that much about how she looked, but that was before she met JFK—John Ford Kang, the most gorgeous guy in school. And it doesn't help that she's constantly being compared to her beautiful older sister, Helen. Great multicultural books exploring themes of acceptance and family.
  • BJ Danny has a white mother and Mexican father and is not accepted in either world. Hiss talent as a great baseball pitcher is his salvation as he gains strength, confidence, and self-awareness one summer living with his father’s family.
  • BJ Teens will laugh and cry as Sonia’s life as a Mexican American teen is explored in her California home and a visit to visit her grandmother and cousin in Mexico. You will pull for Sonia as she tries to be the lst in her family to graduate from high school and go to college as she struggles with a drunk uncle, a lazy mother, a nasty aunt, dropout brother and a father who works 2 jobs to support his family.
  • Randi Skeeter returns home to Mississippi from college in 1962 and begins to write stories about the African-American women that are found working in white households, which includes Aibileen, who grieves for the loss of her son while caring for her seventeenth white child, and Minny, Aibileen's sassy friend, the hired cook for a secretive woman who is new to town.
  • Randi The Girl Who Fell from the Sky is part mystery, part coming of age tale. The story is set in the 1980s in a mostly black neighborhood of Portland, Ore., where 11-year-old Rachel Morse has come to live with her grandmother after an unspeakable family tragedy. (For much of the book, the characters never speak about what happened — which only adds to Rachel's isolation). Rachel, daughter of a Danish mother and an African-American father, is quite literally trying to make sense of her color, neither fully black nor fully white. Rachel is not the only narrator of this story; Durrow's tale flows from character to character as the mystery behind what happened to Rachel's family unravels.
  • Randi The letters comprising this small charming novel begin in 1946, when single, 30-something author Juliet Ashton writes to her publisher to say she is tired of covering the sunny side of war and its aftermath. When Guernsey farmer Dawsey Adams finds Juliet's name in a used book and invites articulate—and not-so-articulate—neighbors to write Juliet with their stories, the book's epistolary circle widens, putting Juliet back in the path of war stories.
  • Randi In 1953, Ray Bradbury envisioned one of the world's most unforgettable dystopian futures. The artist Tim Hamilton translates this frightening modern masterpiece into a gorgeously imagined graphic novel. Hamilton has created a striking work of art that uniquely captures Montag's awakening to the evil of government-controlled thought. Including an original foreword by Ray Bradbury
  • BJ Illustrator David Small’s dysfunctional family and life captured in graphic novel format with drawing his ultimate salvation.
  • BJ ALONG FOR THE RIDE, in which Sarah Dessen explores the hearts of two lonely people learning to connect. LOCK AND KEY, in which Sarah Dessen explores the heart of a gutsy, complex girl dealing with unforeseen circumstances and learning to trust again. Ruby can’t wait until she turns 18. Instead of yearning for independence, she is looking forward to the day when she legally will be considered an adult so no one will be able to put her in foster care. Her mother left a few months ago, and she has been living alone, trying to work and finish high school. In JUST LISTEN, the themes include the importance of honesty, the value of facing conflicts rather than avoiding them, and the vast differences between appearances and reality. Annabel Greene used to be the girl who had everything. Just like her two older sisters, Annabel is a gorgeous girl who models for local commercials and print advertisements, and she has the clothes to match. She and her best friend Sophie are invited to all the parties. But then, at a party on the last day of school, Sophie sees (or thinks she sees) Annabel messing around with Sophie's boyfriend. Suddenly, Annabel is the girl who has nothing --- no friends, no reputation. She doesn't even have her sisters to rely on
  • BJ Volponi’s novels are urban fiction at it’s best Randi Black and White "Kids who are different colors don't get to be all that tight in my neighborhood. But we get past all that racial crap," says Marcus, an African American senior whose best friend, Eddie, is white. Together, the boys are known at school as Black and White. Both are basketball stars entertaining scholarship offers from local New York City colleges, but they risk everything for more spending money. The disparate treatment each receives highlights their racial divide.
  • BJ Hopkins thick novels in verse capture the devastation of drug addiction, prostitution, incest---- teens can’t wait to read her next book, they don’t care how many pages!
  • Tricks book trailer
  • BJ Anke’s father is abusive, But not to her. He attacks her brother and sister, and mother--- she’s just a piece of BJ - Anke’s father is abusive, But not to her. He attacks her brother and sister, and mother--- she’s just a piece of furniture-Until she makes the volleyball team at school - becomes part of the team, her confidence builds. For the first time, Anke is seen and heard. Soon, she’s imagining a day that her voice will be loud enough to rescue everyone at home—including herself.
  • Randi Set in Australia in the 1940s, Eddie doesn't want to be in school, he wants to work in the mine. But his dad won't go down the coal pits and he won't let his sons go either. Nothing much happens in Burruga, except for fights at the pub. Then one Friday night a girl is found dead by the river, and every man in the town comes under suspicion.
  • BJ Reluctant readers love the Orca Series because they are slim (usually 100 pages) and explore teen themes.
  • Randi The Bluford Series is a collection of FIFTEEN young adult novels that focus on the lives of a group of high school students and their families. The series draws its name from the school which many of the characters attend: Bluford High, named after Guion "Guy" Bluford, America's first black astronaut. Set in contemporary urban America, each novel addresses complex topics relevant to the lives of today's students: family, friendship, trust, isolation, violence, and peer pressure

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