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The A-List by Zoey Dean
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (2009)
After by Francine Prose (school shooting) (2004)
All’s Fair in Love War and High School by Janette Rallison
Amelia’s Notebook by Marissa Moss (starting a new school)
Avalon High by Meg Cabot (fantasy)
Behaving Bradley by Perry Nedelman
Beyond Dreams: True to Life Stories of Hamilton High by Marilyn Reynolds
Big Nate on a Roll by Lincoln Peirce
The boy who owned the school: a comedy of love by Gary Paulsen
Blood on My Hands (The Thrillogy) by Todd Strasser (Sep 13, 2011)
Breaking Rank by Kristen Randle
Breathless by Jessica Warman
Buffalo Brenda by Jill Pinkwater
Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford
The Cat Ate My Gymsuit by Paula Danziger
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier (bullies)
Click Here: To Find Out How I Survived 7th Grade by Denise Vega
The Clique (series) by Lisi Harrison (mean girls, private school)
Comedy High by Stephen Manes (new school in Nevada casino)
Crash Course by Nicole Davidson
CrashBoomLove: a novel in verse by Juan Felipe Herrera
Crush by Ellen Conford
Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann
The Day They Came to Arrest the Book by Nat Hentoff
Deadline by Chris Crutcher
Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, The by E. Lockhart (Mar 25, 2008)
Don’t You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey by Margaret Peterson Haddix (neglect)
Driver’s Ed by Caroline B. Cooney
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler (self-image)
Flour Babies by Anne Fine
Freak Show by James St. James
Geography Club by Brent Hartinger
Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley
Hate List by Jennifer Brown (Oct 5, 2010) school shooting aftermath
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
Hip Hop High School by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos (ADHD)
Juanita fights the School Board by Gloria Velasquez (discrimination)
Kiss Me Tomorrow by Susan Richards Shreve (popularity, relationships)
Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
Kill You Last (The Thrillogy) by Todd Strasser (Nov 8, 2011)
Lemonade Mouth by Marc Peter Hughes
The Locker by Richie Tankersley Cusick
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Loser by Jerry Spinelli
Marked (House of Night Series) by P. C. Cast
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
Middle School Blues by Lou Kassem (starting middle school)
Mousetraps by Pat Schmatz
The Misfits by James Howe (name calling)
Names Will Never Hurt Me by Jaime Adoff
The New Boy by R.L. Stine
The New Rules of High School by Blake Nelson
No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman (detention, humor, school play)
Notes From a Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick
Nothing But the Truth by Avi (censorship)
The Only Alien on the Planet by Kristen Randle
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton (gangs)
The Pack by Elisa Lynn Carbone
Pageant by Katherine Laskey
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Players by Joyce Sweeney (basketball)
Princess Ashley by Richard Peck
Princess in Training by Meg Cabot
Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson
Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez
The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan
Right Behind You by Gail Giles
A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag by Gordon Korman
The School for Dangerous Girls by Eliot Schrefer
The Skin I'm In by Sharon Flake
A Small civil War by John Neufeld
So Hard to Say by Alex Sanchez (relationships - How do you know you're gay?)
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (date rape)
Schooled by Gordon Korman
Secret Story of Sonya Rodriguez by Alan Lawrence Sitomer (2008)
Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time by Lisa Yee (failure)
Stargirl & Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Stotan! By Chris Crutcher
Strange Times at Western High by Emily Pohl-Weary (assault)
Sweet Valley High (series) by Francine Pascal
Tangerine by Edward Bloor
The Teacher’s Funeral by Richard Peck
There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom by Louis Sachar (misfits)
Trapped by Michael Northrop
Truth or Dairy by Catherine Clark
Ttyl by Lauren Myracle
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
Vampire Academy (series) by Richelle Mead
Variant by Robison Wells
Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech
Wayside School is Falling Down by Louis Sachar (humorous school stories)
The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt
Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser
The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty
The Year they Burned the Books by Nancy Garden
Perfect Chemistry Novels
This trilogy made top 10 quick picks 3 years in a row. They are romance from a boy and girl's perspective. Lots of action, gangs, some sex HS only:
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles (Dec 23, 2008)
Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles (Aug 16, 2011)
Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles (Aug 16, 2011)
**Bluford High Series**
Various Authors: Night Fall Series
Atwood, Megan.Last Desserts. Lerner Publishing Group/Darby Creek, 2011. $7.95. 978-0-7613-7811-2.
Can Ella use her baking skills to save herself and her best friend?
Carr, Elias.The Combination. Lerner Publishing Group/Darby Creek, 2011. $7.95. 978-0-7613-7810-5.
The wrong locker combination can send you straight to hell!
Jasper, Rick.The Late Bus. Lerner Publishing Group/Darby Creek, 2011. $7.95. 978-0-7613-7812-9.
Is the new school bus driver dead?
Harris, Ashley Rae.The Prank. Lerner Publishing Group/Darby Creek, 2011. $7.99. 978-0-7613-7814-3.
Who’s next when practical jokes turn deadly?
Hoblin, Paul.Foul. Lerner Publishing Group/Darby Creek, 2011. $7.95. 978-0-7613-7813-6.
Can Rhino make the shot when lives depend on it?
Springer, Kristina.My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010. $15.99. 978-0-374-39910-8.
Tell me about your boyfriend.
Surviving South Side Series
Fontes, Justine.Benito Runs. Lerner Publishing Group/Darby Creek, 2011. $7.95. 978-0-7613-6165-7.
Benny's father returns from Iraq with PTSD.
Korman, Susan. Bad Deal. Lerner Publishing Group/Darby Creek, 2011. $7.95. 978-0-7613-6166-4.
Everyone wants what Fish is selling.
Simon, Charnan.Shattered Star. Lerner Publishing Group/Darby Creek, 2011. $7.95. 2011. 978-0-7613-6168-8.
How far will Cassie go for fame?
Simon, Charnan.Plan B. 2011. Lerner Publishing Group/Darby Creek, 2011. $7.95. 978-0-7613-6163-3.
When Lucy gets pregnant, will Luke do the right thing?
Weyn, Suzanne.Beaten. 2011. Lerner Publishing Group/Darby Creek, 2011. $7.95. 978-0-7613-6164-0.
Paige's “perfect” boyfriend is not so perfect.
Weyn, Suzanne.Recruited. Lerner Publishing Group/Darby Creek, 2011. $7.95. 978-0-7613-6167-1.
Are the offers too good to be true?
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story by Ben Carson
Freedom Writers Diary by the Freedom Writers and Erin Gruwell
We Beat the Streets by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt and Sharon Draper
Updated 08/14/09 from YALSA-BK postings
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