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Laika Teen Book Laika

Abadzis, Nick.
TEEN ABADZIS

Laika was the abandoned puppy destined to become Earths first space traveler in the Soviets Sputnik program. Abadzis masterfully blends fiction and fact in the intertwined stories of three compelling lives, giving life to a pivotal moment in modern history.




Chopsticks : [a novel] Teen Book Chopsticks : [a novel]

Anthony, Jessica, 1974-
TEEN ANTHONY

In a love story told in photographs and drawings, Glory, a brilliant piano prodigy, is drawn to Frank, an artistic new boy, and the farther she falls, the deeper she spirals into madness until the only song she is able to play is "Chopsticks."




Hanging on to Max Teen Book Hanging on to Max

Bechard, Margaret.
TEEN BECHARD

When his girlfriend decides to give their baby away, seventeen-year-old Sam is determined to keep him and raise him alone.




Hate list Teen Book Hate list

Brown, Jennifer, 1972-
TEEN BROWN

Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.




The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous Teen Book The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous

Crowley, Suzanne Carlisle
TEEN CROWLEY

Merilee leads a Very Ordered Existence. V.O.E., for short. Her schedule (which must not be altered) includes, among other entries: School (horrendous) Litter patrol (30 minutes daily) Lunch (PB&J and a pickle) Bottle return (Friday only at the Piggly Wiggly) Dame Fiona's meditation show (Saturday only, 6:00am). The V.O.E. is all about precision. Merilee does not have time for Biswick O'Connor. Merilee does not have time for Miss Veraleen Holliday. He with his annoying factoids and runny nose. She with her shining white shoes as big as sailboats. Both of them strangers who, like the hot desert wind that brings only bad news, blow into town and change everything.




Whale Talk Teen Book Whale Talk

Crutcher, Chris.
TEEN CRUTCHE

The Cutter All Night Mermen, a group of seven misfits who are members of a makeshift swim team, come together to challenge their high school's sports culture and fight for dignity in a world where a moment's inattention can bring lifelong heartache.




Before I Die Teen Book Before I Die

Downham, Jenny.
TEEN DOWNHAM

Tessa has just months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, drugs with excruciating side-effects, Tessa compiles a list. It's her To Do Before I Die list. And guess what number one is?. Released from the constraints of "normal" life, Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up. Tessa's feelings, her relationships with her father and brother, her estranged mother, her best friend, and her new boyfriend, all are painfully crystallised in the precious weeks before Tessa's time finally runs out.




If I stay :   a novel Teen Book If I stay : a novel

Forman, Gayle.
TEEN FORMAN

While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.




Looking for Alaska Teen Book Looking for Alaska

Green, John
TEEN GREEN

In a stunning debut novel, Miles "Pudge" Halter befriends some fellow boarding school students whose lives are everything but boring. Pudge falls in love with Alaska, the razor-sharp and self-destructive nucleus. But when tragedy strikes, Pudge discovers the value of loving unconditionally.




The fault in our stars Teen Book The fault in our stars

Green, John, 1977-
TEEN GREEN

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 Outsiders Teen Book The Outsiders

Hinton, S. E.
TEEN HINTON

The struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parents' death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their society.




The Lottery Rose Teen Book The Lottery Rose

Hunt, Irene.
TEEN HUNT

A young victim of child abuse gradually overcomes his fears and suspicions when placed in a home with other boys.




Flowers for Algernon book Flowers for Algernon

Keyes, Daniel.
FIC KEYES

A mentally disabled man is given the chance to try an operation that made a test-subject mouse named Algernon very smart. He doesn't notice any changes at first, but gradually he becomes a genius. And then Algernon's operation starts to wear off... This heartbreaking story told in diary form is one you will not soon forget.




Hold still Teen Book Hold still

LaCour, Nina.
TEEN LACOUR

Ingrid didn't leave a note. Three months after her best friend's suicide, Caitlin finds what she left instead: a journal, hidden under Caitlin's bed.




The Giver Teen Book The Giver

Lowry, Lois.
TEEN LOWRY

Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Now, Jonas is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now it's time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.




The sky is everywhere Teen Book The sky is everywhere

Nelson, Jandy.
TEEN NELSON

In the months after her sister dies, seventeen-year-old Lennie falls into a love triangle and discovers the strength to follow her dream of becoming a musician.




A monster calls : a novel Teen Book A monster calls : a novel

Ness, Patrick, 1971-
TEEN NESS

Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill--an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.




Jacob Have I Loved Teen Book Jacob Have I Loved

Paterson, Katherine.
TEEN PATERSO

Feeling deprived all her life of schooling, friends, mother, and even her name by her twin sister, Louise finally begins to find her identity.




Freak the Mighty Teen Book Freak the Mighty

Philbrick, W. R.
TEEN PHILBRI

At the beginning of eighth grade, learning disabled Max and his new friend Freak, whose birth defect has affected his body but not his brilliant mind, find that when they combine forces they make a powerful team. An established writer of adult suspense makes a stunning entry into children's literature with this extraordinary novel about two boys--a slow learner too large for his age, and a tiny, crippled genius--who pair up to create on formidable human force.




Cures for heartbreak Teen Book Cures for heartbreak

Rabb, M. E.
TEEN RABB

As she navigates adolescence, ninth-grader Mia must deal with her mother' s recent death and her father's illness while she searches for friendship and love in the world around her.




You are not here Teen Book You are not here

Schutz, Samantha.
TEEN SCHUTZ

Annaleah's grief over the tragic death of seventeen-year-old Brian is compounded by the fact that her friends did not like him, while his friends and both of their families knew nothing of their intimate relationship.




The lovely bones : a novel book The lovely bones : a novel

Sebold, Alice.
FIC SEBOLD

This is the tale of family, memory, love, and living told by 14-year-old Susie Salmon, who is already in heaven. Through the voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and builds out of her family's grief a hopeful and joyful story.




Between shades of gray Teen Book Between shades of gray

Sepetys, Ruta.
TEEN SEPETYS

In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author's family, includes a historical note.




A walk to remember book A walk to remember

Sparks, Nicholas.
FIC SPARKS

There was a time when the world was sweeter . . . when the women in Beaufort, North Carolina, wore dresses, and the men donned hats. . . when something happened to a seventeen year-old boy that would change his life forever.




Stargirl Teen Book Stargirl

Spinelli, Jerry.
TEEN SPINELL

Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of " Stargirl, Stargirl." She captures Leo Borlock's heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first. Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different, and Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal.




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