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FICTION ABOUT FITTING IN, BEING DIFFERENT AND FINDING YOUR IDENTITY
Laurie Halse Anderson
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect
of Melinda's freshman year in high school.
Participating in a special after-school counseling class with other
troubled students, including a sensitive gay classmate, helps Susan,
an overweight tenth grader, develop a better sense of herself.
, a six-foot-three-inch twelve-year-old, copes with his parents'
recent divorce and his failure as an athlete by helping his
grandfather, a Vietnam vet and recent amputee, and Sophie, a new girl
Life in the Fat Lane
Sixteen-year-old Lara, winner of beauty pageants and
is distressed and bewildered when she starts gaining weight and
becomes a fat girl.
Although he tries to make a home with his older sister and her
boyfriend after his mother's death, twelve-year-old Runt feels like an
outsider until a young cancer patient and his family show him how life
can become more meaningful.
J.T. Jones is stuck with the task of creating a swim team made up of
all the geeks from his high school, including him. Can he make the
team a success?
A group of gay and lesbian teenagers form the “Geography Club” after
school, the only place they can be themselves.
Doug and Andy are unlikely best friends--one a loner obsessed by his
model trains, the other a popular student involved in football and
theater--who grew up together and share a bond that nothing can sever.
Four students who do not fit in at their small-town middle school
decide to create a third party for the student council elections to
represent all students who have ever been called names.
Alice, I Think
Fifteen-year-old Alice keeps a diary as she struggles to cope with the
embarrassments and trials of family, dating, school, work,
, and a serious case of "outcastitis."
Flowers for Algernon
The experimental operation to increase Charly's intelligence works,
and he suddenly understands that people have been laughing at him
instead of with him all along.
A high school girl who has been bullied and tormented by her peers
deals out a deadly revenge.
All the school losers turn to
"Savior" Sherwood to protect them
from Jerry Whitman and his extortion ring. But what is a loser,
really? This funny, feisty novel delivers some surprises and poses big
questions about being true to yourself.
What Happened to Lani Garver
The close-knit residents of Hackett Island have never seen anyone
quite like Lani Garver. Everything about this new kid is a mystery:
Where does Lani come from? How old is Lani? And most disturbing of
all, is Lani a boy or a girl?
The Body of Christopher Creed
Torey Adams, a high school junior with a seemingly perfect life,
struggles with doubts and questions surrounding the mysterious
disappearance of the class outcast.
Two high school
loners create a terrible plan for revenge on those who
Even though his classmates from first grade on have considered him
strange and a loser, Daniel Zinkoff's optimism and exuberance and the
support of his loving family do not allow him to feel that way about
In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of
nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student
Seventh-grader John "Crash" Coogan has always been comfortable with
his tough, aggressive behavior, until his relationship with an unusual
Quaker boy and his grandfather's stroke make him consider the meaning
of friendship and the importance of family.
The Gospel According to Larry
Seventeen-year-old Josh, a loner-philosopher who wants to make a
difference in the world, tries to maintain his secret identity as the
author of a web site that is receiving national attention.
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
Kimberly Holt Willis
During the summer of 1971 in a small Texas town, thirteen-year-old
Toby and his best friend Cal meet the star of a sideshow act,
600-pound Zachary, the fattest boy in the world.
Virginia Euwer Wolff
Sixteen-year-old learning-disabled Nick struggles to endure a life in
which the other kids make fun of him, he has to take special classes,
his date for the prom makes an excuse not to go with him, and he is
haunted by the memory of his older sister who drowned while he was
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