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Call Number: JUV. PZ7.W8388 Bel 2014
Publication Date: 2014-09-30
Jam Gallahue, fifteen, unable to cope with the loss of her boyfriend Reeve, is sent to a therapeutic boarding school in Vermont, where a journal-writing assignment for an exclusive, mysterious English class transports her to the magical realm of Belzhar, where she and Reeve can be together.
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.1.K5362 Dar 2018
Publication Date: 2018-08-28
Clinically-depressed Darius Kellner, a high school sophomore, travels to Iran to meet his grandparents, but it is their next-door neighbor, Sohrab, who changes his life.
Day of Tears by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.L5629 D3 2005
Publication Date: 2005-04-13
Emma has taken care of the Butler children since Sarah and Frances's mother, Fanny, left. Emma wants to raise the girls to have good hearts, as a rift over slavery has ripped the Butler household apart. Now, to pay off debts, Pierce Butler wants to cash in his slave "assets", possibly including Emma.
The Fault in Our Stars by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.G8233 Fau 2012
Publication Date: 2012-01-10
Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.
The First Part Last by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.J629 F52 2003
Publication Date: 2003-06-01
Bobby is your classic urban teenaged boy -- impulsive, eager, restless. On his sixteenth birthday he gets some news from his girlfriend, Nia, that changes his life forever. She's pregnant. Bobby's going to be a father. Suddenly things like school and house parties and hanging with friends no longer seem important as they're replaced by visits to Nia's obstetrician and a social worker who says that the only way for Nia and Bobby to lead a normal life is to put their baby up for adoption.
A Friendship for Today by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.M478693 Fri 2007
Publication Date: 2007-01-01
The year is 1954, the place is Missouri, and twelve-year-old Rosemary Patterson is about to make history. She is one of the first African American students to enter the white school in her town. Headstrong, smart Rosemary welcomes the challenge, but starting this new school gets more daunting when her best friend is hospitalized for polio. Suddenly, Rosemary must face all the stares and whispers alone. But when the girl who has shown her the most cruelty becomes an unlikely confidante, Rosemary learns important truths about the power of friendship to overcome prejudice.
The Hate U Give by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.1.T448 Hat 2017
Publication Date: 2017-02-28
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life
I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.S24828 Iam 2014
Publication Date: 2014-08-05
Portrait of two Muslim sisters, once closely bonded, but now on divergent paths as one embraces her religion and the other remains secular.
Kinda Like Brothers by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.B64632 Ki 2014
Publication Date: 2014-08-26
When his mother takes in a twelve-year-old foster boy, Jarrett is forced to share his room and his friends with the new boy.
Love Letters to the Dead by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.D3847 Lo 2014
Publication Date: 2014-04-01
When Laurel starts writing letters to dead people for a school assignment, she begins to spill about her sister's mysterious death, her mother's departure from the family, her new friends, and her first love.
Middle Passage by
Call Number: JUV. ND237.F32 A4 1995
Publication Date: 1995-11-01
A powerful visual record & concise narrative of the slave trade that describes life in Africa & horrifying details of slave ships.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.D2136 Mi 2012
Publication Date: 2012-02-07
In the early 1990s, when gay teenager Cameron Post rebels against her conservative Montana ranch town and her family decides she needs to change her ways, she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center.
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.M992 M6 1999
Publication Date: 1999-04-21
While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.P64268 My 2012
Publication Date: 2012-08-14
With his family still grieving over his sister's death in a terrorist bombing seven years earlier, twelve-year-old Jamie is far more interested in his cat, Roger, his birthday Spiderman T-shirt, and keeping his new Muslim friend Sunya a secret from his father.
The Red Pencil by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.5.P56 Re 2014
Publication Date: 2014-09-16
After her tribal village is attacked by militants, Amira, a young Sudanese girl, must flee to safety at a refugee camp, where she finds hope and the chance to pursue an education in the form of a single red pencil and the friendship and encouragement of a wise elder.
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.L87734 R8 2006
Publication Date: 2006-04-01
Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with a young paraplegic.
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.M9955 Sh 2011
Publication Date: 2011-05-01
When her best guy friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover who in her small town did it. Richly atmospheric, this daring mystery mines the secrets of a tightly knit Southern community and examines the strength of will it takes to go against everyone you know in the name of justice.
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.A54385 Sp 2009
Publication Date: 2009-03-19
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.
The Thing about Jellyfish by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.1.B453 Th 2015
Publication Date: 2015-09-22
Twelve-year-old Suzy Swanson wades through her intense grief over the loss of her best friend by investigating the rare jellyfish she is convinced was responsible for her friend's death.
Thirteen Reasons Why by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.A8155 Th 2008
Publication Date: 2007-10-18
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.
Call Number: JUV. PZ5 .U56 2018
Publication Date: 2018-09-18
In this stunning anthology, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp teams up with fellow disabled authors to create a collection of fictional stories that dispense with the tired, broken stereotypes - and reclaim narratives and identities. By weaving together tales of interstellar war, an enchanted carnival, or a dating debacle, Unbroken celebrates the varied experiences of disabled teens, including teens of color and of diverse genders and orientations, without obscuring the realities of their disabilities. At turns hilarious and heart-stopping, these short stories share a common thread - one that has bent over time but will never break.
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.A54385 Wi 2009
Publication Date: 2009-03-19
Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend's death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.