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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Sherman Alexie

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.


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Audrey, Wait!
Robin Benway

TEEN BENWAY

While trying to score a date with her cute co-worker at the Scooper Dooper, sixteen-year-old Audrey gains unwanted fame and celebrity status when her ex-boyfriend, a rock musician, records a breakup song about her that soars to the top of the Billboard charts.


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The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin
Josh Berk

MYS TEEN BERK

When Will Halpin transfers from his all-deaf school into a mainstream Pennsylvania high school, he faces discrimination and bullying, but still manages to solve a mystery surrounding the death of a popular football player in his class.


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Beauty Queens
Libba Bray

TEEN BRAY

When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive and get along with each other, to combat the island’s diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.


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Going Bovine
Libba Bray

PRINTZ TEEN BRAY

Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen year-old who, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeld Jakob’s (aka mad cow) disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital in an attempt to find a cure.


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Beat the Band
Don Calame

TEEN CALAME

Paired with the infamous “Hot Dog” Helen for a health class presentation on safe sex, tenth-grader Coop tries to regain his “cool” by entering his musically challenged rock group in the “Battle of the Bands” competition.


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Call the Shots
Don Calame

TEEN CALAME

Coop is cooking up another sure-misfire scheme (big surprise), and this time the comedy plays out from Sean’s point of view. What’s the new master plan? Making a cheapo horror movie guaranteed to make Coop, Sean, and Matt filthy rich!


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Al Capone Does My Shirts
Gennifer Choldenko

HIST TEEN CHOLDENKO

A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards’ families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.


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Notes from the Blender
Trish Cook,Brendan Halpin

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.


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Carter Finally Gets It
Brent Crawford

TEEN CRAWFORD

Awkward freshman Will Carter endures many painful moments during his first year of high school before realizing that nothing good comes easily, focus is everything, and the payoff is usually incredible.


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Croak
Gina Damico

TEEN DAMICO

When 16-year-old Lex Bartleby’s anger management issues and violent impulses land her in one fight too many, she is sent to live with her uncle Mort in the Adirondacks for the summer. While there, Lex discovers that she, like the tattooed and motorcycle-riding Mort, is a Grim Reaper, responsible for drawing out the souls of the recently deceased to facilitate their passing on to the afterlife.


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I Love You, Beth Cooper
Larry Doyle

DOYLE

Recklessly announcing his love for the head cheerleader during his valedictorian commencement speech, Denis Cooverman is inducted into the wilder side of youth culture by the object of his affection, who turns out to be more than he bargained for.


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Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about The Grapes of Wrath
Steven Goldman

TEEN GOLDMAN

Mitch, a shy and awkward high school junior, negotiates the difficult social situations he encounters, both with girls and with his best friend David, after David reveals to him that he is gay.


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An Abundance of Katherines
John Green

TEEN GREEN

Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.


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Into the Wild Nerd Yonder
Julie Halpern

TEEN HALPERN

When high school sophomore Jessie’s long-term best friend transforms herself into a punk and goes after Jessie’s would-be boyfriend, Jessie decides to seek true friends among classmates who play Dungeons and Dragons.


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Bad Taste in Boys
Carrie Harris

TEEN HARRIS

Future physician Kate Grable is horrified when her high school’s football coach gives team members steroids, but the drugs turn players into zombies and Kate must find an antidote before the flesh-eating monsters get to her or her friends.


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Hoot
Carl Hiaasen

TEEN HIAASEN

Roy becomes involved in another boy’s attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.


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Repossessed
A. M. Jenkins

TEEN JENKINS

A fallen angel, tired of being unappreciated while doing his pointless, demeaning job, leaves Hell, enters the body of a seventeen-year-old boy, and tries to experience the full range of human feelings before being caught and punished, while the boy’s family and friends puzzle over his changed behavior.


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The Reformed Vampire Support Group
Catherine Jinks

TEEN JINKS

Fifteen-year-old vampire Nina has been stuck for fifty-one years in a boring support group for vampires, and nothing exciting has ever happened to them—until one of them is murdered and the others must try to solve the crime.


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My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park
Steve Kluger

TEEN KLUGER

Three teenagers in Boston narrate their experiences of a year of new friendships, first loves, and coming into their own.


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Miracle Wimp
Erik P Kraft

TEEN KRAFT

A funny novel that presents episodes from the high school life of Tom Mayo, a wisecracking misfit, who is trying to navigate his way through Wood Shop, dating, driving, and class tormentors.


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Girl, 15, Charming but Insane
Sue Limb

PB TEEN LIMB

Fifteen-year-old Jess, living with her mum, separated from her father in Cornwall, and with a best friend who seems to do everything perfectly, finds her own assets through humor.


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The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them (Ruby Oliver Quartet)
E. Lockhart

TEEN LOCKHART

A high school junior continues her quest for relevant data on the male species, while enjoying her freedom as a newly licensed driver and examining her friendship with a clean-living, vegetarian classmate.


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Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life
Bryan Lee O'Malley

GRAPHIC TEEN SCOTT

Scott Pilgrim’s life is fantastic. He’s 23 years old, in a rock band, between jobs, and dating a cute high school girl. Everything’s awesome until a seriously mind-blowing delivery girl named Ramona Flowers enters his life.


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The Teacher's Funeral : A Comedy in Three Parts
Richard Peck

TEEN PECK

In rural Indiana in 1904, fifteen-year-old Russell’s dreams of quitting school and joining a wheat threshing crew are disrupted when his older sister takes over the teaching at his one-room schoolhouse after mean old Myrt Arbuckle “hauls off and dies.”


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I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld)
Terry Pratchett

SF TEEN PRATCHETT

Fifteen-year-old Tiffany Aching, the witch of the Chalk, seeks her place amid a troublesome populace and tries to control the ill-behaved, six-inch-high Wee Free Men who follow her as she faces an ancient evil that agitates against witches.


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Withering Tights (Misadventures of Tallulah Casey)
Louise Rennison

TEEN RENNISON

Self-conscious about her knobby knees but confident in her acting ability, fourteen-year-old Tallulah spends the summer at a Yorkshire performing arts camp that, she is surprised to learn, is for girls only.


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Notes From The Midnight Driver
Jordan Sonnenblick

TEEN SONNENBLICK

After being assigned to perform community service at a nursing home, sixteen-year-old Alex befriends a cantankerous old man who has some lessons to impart about jazz guitar playing, love, and forgiveness.


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Spud
John van de Ruit

TEEN VAN DE RUIT

In 1990, thirteen-year-old John “Spud” Milton, a prepubescent choirboy, keeps a diary of his first year at an elite, boys-only boarding school in South Africa, as he deals with bizarre housemates, wild crushes, embarrassingly dysfunctional parents, and much more.


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