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How I Made It to Eighteen: A Mostly True Story
Autobiographical graphic novel, written and drawn by the author. Engaging story of author's near-nervous-breakdown and time spent in a mental hospital ...more
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 16, 2010
Mortal Engines (The Hungry City Chronicles, #1)
Our world has changed, and now large cities (some familiar to us, some not) survive by chasing down small cities, villages, and towns in order to EAT ...more
Oct 2010
Nov 22, 2010
Walter Dean Myers has spent a lot of time with teenagers, inside and outside of juvenile detention centers, and it shows. This book about 14-year-old ...more
Mar 02, 2010
Mar 03, 2010
Sig is 14, and still a boy, living with his family in the far north, where life is cold and difficult. His father has just died -- fallen through the ...more
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 16, 2010
A Curse Dark as Gold
I thought this book was going to be merely a re-telling of the Rumplestiltskin tale, as fairy tale re-tellings are so popular in the young adult genre ...more
Jul 22, 2009
Jul 22, 2009
Suite Scarlett (Scarlett, #1)
Scarlett is 15 - well, she turns 15 at the beginning of the book - and lives in a hotel in NYC with her family. (They live in a hotel because they own ...more
Nov 15, 2010
Nov 19, 2010
Destroy All Cars
James Hoff is the kind of teenager I love running across in teen books - one who cares about something other than himself. James cares passionately ab ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 28, 2009
Going Bovine
A very interesting, strange book. If you march to the beat of your own drummer and perhaps want something a little different than the usual teen book, ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 28, 2010
The Vast Fields of Ordinary
Dade wants something...more. If only he knew what, and if only he knew how to get it. Instead he has an unsatisfying non-relationship with Pablo and a ...more
Feb 2010
Feb 03, 2010
Realistic, contemporary, young adult fiction."Shifty" is the nickname of the main character, so named because he can get out of anything: chores, extr ...more
May 2009
May 08, 2009
I must admit, I love Gary D. Schmidt's writing style. Which made me biased to this book even before I read it. It turned out to be an amazing and orig ...more
May 2009
May 26, 2009
Rosie and Skate
Rosie and Skate are sisters. Their dad is in jail -- he is an alcoholic and does stupid things when he drinks too, too much. The chapters alternate be ...more
Feb 2010
Feb 11, 2010
Skunk Girl
Nina is a Pakistani-American girl. Her parents are pretty conservative, especially about what she can do. But Nina lives in a small town, where findin ...more
Jun 2009
Jun 11, 2009
Give Up the Ghost
Cass is bitter and unhappy. She deeply dislikes all of her classmates, her teachers, her mother, and her life. Cass can talk to ghosts. It started whe ...more
Mar 02, 2010
Mar 03, 2010
The Sky is Everywhere
Lennie was always the quiet sister, follower of her older, more out-going sister, as she puts it, "a companion pony to the race-horse." Until her sist ...more
Dec 2010
Dec 03, 2010
Savvy (Savvy, #1)
When a Beaumont turns 13, he or she gets a "savvy." A savvy is sort of like a magical power, but they are hard to control, sometimes dangerous, and co ...more
May 2009
May 11, 2009
The Secret Year
Colt and Julia were having a secret "love affair." They met under the bridge by the river, hung out in the back seat of her car, told no one -- not be ...more
May 2010
May 25, 2010
The Golden Door (The Three Doors Trilogy #1)
The first book in a planned trilogy, The Golden Door is fast-paced fantasy for younger or reluctant readers. Rye is the youngest of three brothers fro ...more
Sep 08, 2012
Sep 11, 2012
Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about The Grapes of Wrath
Mitchell is your average high school geek. He's a pretty decent guy, not too popular, but not a social outcast. He has one friend: David. Then David t ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 06, 2009
Marcelo in the Real World
Marcelo has a different way of thinking. And he hears music that no one else can hear. He does well at his school where he gets to work with horses an ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 06, 2009
Between Shades of Gray
For those of you who like your horror in the "this really happened" vein, here is a painful, very well-written account of a Lithuanian family deported ...more
Jul 21, 2011
Jul 22, 2011
Rucker Park Setup
If you like basketball, particularly street ball, this is the book for you. The pages are packed with basketball talk and basketball action. Mackey an ...more
Jun 2009
May 26, 2009
Crutcher does an amazing job with Ben Wolf, his dying, 18-year-old character. Although this book may make you a little weepy, I don't think that is wh ...more
Jan 03, 2011
Jan 06, 2011
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
I thought this book rocked. But then, I really like strong female lead characters. Katsa is a good one. She is one of the Graced - which means that sh ...more
May 2009
May 11, 2009
What makes a kid turn into a bully? There is not one easy answer to that question and 50 Cent does a good job showing us the mind of Butterball, his 1 ...more
Dec 2011
Dec 01, 2011
Hunger (Riders of the Apocalypse, #1)
I liked Hunger well enough. It is an interesting and original premise - a girl suffering from anorexia is chosen to be one of the Riders of the Apocal ...more
Jul 2012
Jul 18, 2012
A Small White Scar
Historical, young adult fiction. Will wants to get off of his father's ranch in Colorado and strike out to become a man in his own right. The path sta ...more
May 2009
May 08, 2009
Fire from the Rock
I learned quite a bit - and got a feel for - the times and troubles surrounding school desegregation in the South. It is difficult for many modern peo ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 20, 2009
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
This is the third book that began with "The Hunger Games" and continued with "Catching Fire." I stayed up half of the night to read it, even though I ...more
Aug 21, 2010
Sep 07, 2010
Messed Up
R.D. is Mexican-American-Native American, from the poor side of town, and two years behind in school (15 and still in junior high!). But he's not real ...more
May 2010
May 25, 2010
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