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The Schwa Was Here
3.91
There's a story I tell in trainings about a high school where teachers were given a list of students and asked to put a gold star next to students the...more
Jan 2005
Dec 26, 2007
 
Inexcusable
3.09
One of the most controversial and debated novels of 2005, this National Book Award finalist shows the awful results of passion that burns out of contr...more
not set
Dec 26, 2007
 
Tyrell
4.13
In sharp contrast to Walter Dean Myers's novels, Booth's novel is laced with the language, actions, and reactions of inner-city life of the South Bron...more
Jan 2007
Dec 26, 2007
 
Deadline
3.97
The good news is this is a great novel about life, death, and the truth that lies in between. The voice of Ben is very strong: smart, sarcastic, and a...more
Dec 2007
Dec 09, 2007
 
Quaking
3.76
Fourteen-year-old Matt (Matilda) is a Goth, but that's partially a pose to keep the world away. She uses her look, and her humor — a knife-like sarcas...more
Jan 2007
Dec 26, 2007
 
Twisted
3.82
Of this group of YA novels, this is the least "heavy" of all the books, in part because humor is the main weapon of Tyler, the main character. The voi...more
Jan 2007
Dec 26, 2007
 
Tietam Brown
3.68
Antietam Brown, aka Andy, the teen protagonist, is a true-blue coming-of-age character, falling in love for the first time, trying to fit in at a new...more
Jan 2005
Dec 26, 2007
 
I Am the Messenger
4.11
Like the late great Robert Cormier did in We All Fall Down, Zusak takes what sounds like a plot for a Stine/Pike style thriller and turns it into a br...more
Jan 2004
Dec 26, 2007
 
Such a Pretty Girl
3.88
I'll start by saying that I was struck by the similarities between this novel and my spring 2007 book Chasing Tail Lights). The journey, the choices,...more
Dec 2007
Dec 09, 2007
 
An Abundance of Katherines
3.77
The author of Printz winner Looking for Alaska spins another story about lost love which is — while more comedic and less tragic — no less moving. In...more
Jan 2006
Dec 26, 2007
 
Black and White
3.99
Marcus (Black) and Eddie (White) are high school hot shot basketball stars with their future laid out like an easy fast break in front of them: win th...more
Jan 2005
Dec 26, 2007
 
Right Behind You
4.06
(Disclosure: I blurbed this book)

From the get-go, Giles catapults readers into this story of rage and redemption. The book begins with Kip as a child...more
Jan 2007
Dec 26, 2007
 
A Room on Lorelei Street
3.55
This is a teen fiction companion to Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich. Like many teens, Zoe dreams of moving out,...more
Jan 2005
Dec 26, 2007
 
Under the Wolf, Under the Dog
3.81
Rapp spoke on the IRA panel and talked about finding "his" voice in the pages of Catcher in the Rye, and about trying now to give voice to modern day...more
Jan 2005
Dec 26, 2007
 
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
4.11
An outstanding book that uses humor to talk about hard issues of poverty, early death, and lives without hope. The story of a young Native American bo...more
Dec 2007
Dec 09, 2007
 
Who Am I Without Him?: A Short Story Collection about Girls and Boys in Their Lives
4.06
A fantastic collection of stories, each with a distinctive and authentic voice, about the life, times, and loves of inner city teens. The stories are...more
Jan 2004
Dec 26, 2007
 
Rooftop
3.81
Volponi, author of Black and White, is back on the streets with another tale of teens caught up in drugs, crime, and a shot at redemption. Like in Bla...more
Jan 2006
Dec 26, 2007
 
Jailbait
3.23
This is a dark disturbing look at a teen girl (Andi) who feels like a stranger in her family, an outcast at her school, but finds acceptance with the...more
Jan 2005
Dec 26, 2007
 
Adventures in Larryland!
3.08
You don't expect any book by any pro wrestler to have a lot of credability, but when LZ suggests that Flair didn't want to work with him, well, books...more
not set
Jan 21, 2009
 
The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver (Ruby Oliver, #1)
3.53
Who needs an annotation with a subtitle like this: 15 guys, 11 shrink appointments, 4 ceramic frogs, and me, Ruby Oliver? This is a breakthrough book...more
not set
Dec 26, 2007
 
King Dork
3.59
Like a great hit single, King Dork is filled with catchy hooks, memorable lines, and lots of attitude. While the big overarching plot stretches credib...more
Jan 2006
Dec 26, 2007
 
Chloe Doe
3.31
Following her arrest for prostitution, seventeen-year-old Chloe lands in the Madeline Parker Institute for Girls. She's cut off from her family, but m...more
Jan 2007
Dec 26, 2007
 
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
3.76
Told in alternating voices, this deliberately hip romance between two heartbroken young people bursts with energy. The novel is set entirely in one ev...more
not set
Dec 26, 2007
 
Say the Word
3.83
This is a very, very interesting book about the complicated nature of families. The cover gives away the use of thematic use of doubles: gay and strai...more
Jan 21, 2009
Dec 21, 2008
 
This Is What I Did
3.56
Interesting and readable style at work: not verse, but not prose. Use of straight dialogue but also lots of white space since the main character isn't...more
Dec 2007
Dec 09, 2007
 
Rash
3.76
This is really a novel in three parts. The first part describes Bo, a young man with a shade of rebel in his makeup, in a future society (circa 2076:...more
Jan 2006
Dec 26, 2007
 
Diva (Breathing Underwater, #2)
3.56
A sort-a-sequel to Flinn's searing YA novel debut Breathing Underwater, but this time telling the story from the girl's POV. Caitlin, who was abused b...more
Jan 2007
Dec 26, 2007
 
The Rules of Survival
3.97
Like most YA novels, this book is told by a teen (15 year old Matthew) , but the most interesting character in the book is his mother, Nikki. Nikki is...more
not set
Dec 26, 2007
 
Notes from the Teenage Underground
3.65
Set in Melbourne, Australia, this new novels spins on the axis of an oft-told story about a friendship between a small group of girls falling apart. B...more
Jan 2007
Dec 26, 2007
 
The Book Thief
4.36
A remarkable achievement from Zusak, author of the award-winning I Am the Messenger, that challenges the very idea of a young adult novel. Narrated by...more
not set
Dec 26, 2007
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