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Fiction

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

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on his Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where only the only other Indian is the school mascot.

twisted

Anahita's Woven Riddle by Meghan Nuttall Sayres

In Iran, more than 100 years ago, a young girl with three suitors gets permission from her father and a holy man to weave into her wedding rug a riddle to be solved by her future husband, which will ensure that he has wit to match hers.

thirsty

Autobiography of my Dead Brother by Walter Dean Myers

Jesse pours his heart and soul into his sketchbook to make sense of like in his troubled Harlem neighborhood and the loss of a close friend.

hawksong

Born to Rock by Gordon Korman

Spending their summer at Wildewood Academy, an elite boarding school for the performing arts, tests the bond between teens Sadye and her best friend Demi.Pop.

boy2girl

Dramarama by E. Lockhart

After bad boy Sam’s mother dies, he must move from the US to London to live with his aunt. His cousin Matthew is not too happy about this, especially after Sam begins to pick fights with Matthews friends. To get even, Matthew and his gang of buddies invent an initiation rite for Sam: he must attend his first week of school dressed as a girl.

Queen of Cool

Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going

Seventeen-year-old Troy, depressed, suicidal, and weighing nearly 300 pounds, gets a new perspective on life when a homeless teenager who is a genius on guitar wants Troy to be the drummer in his rock band.

Just Listen Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger

After starting to publish a zine in which he writes his secret feelings about his lonely life and his parents' divorce, sixteen-year-old John meets an unusual girl and begins to develop a healthier personality.

Keeping the Moon

Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes

A disparate group of high school students thrown together in detention form a band to play at a school talent show and end up competing with a wildly popular local rock band.

Fat Kid Rules the World

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

High school student Nick O'Leary, member of a rock band, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-sweetheart.

Dr. Franklin’s Island

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley

Collage artist Terra, a sensitive high school senior born with a facial port-wine stain, struggles with issues of inner and outer beauty with the help of her Goth classmate Jacob.

First Part Last

Peeled by Joan Bauer

In an upstate New York farming community, high school reporter Hildy Biddle investigates a series of strange occurrences at a house rumored to be haunted.

Devilish

The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg

Jane and her friends (who are also named Jane) shake up suburbia with guerilla art projects in this graphic novel.

The Metamorphosis

Pop Princess by Rachel Cohn

Yearning to escape the small Massachusetts town where her family retreated after her sister's death, Wonder Blake gets her chance when her sister's manager offers Wonder a record contract on her sixteenth birthday.

Blood and Chocolate Spanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner

Shakespeare Shapiro navigates a senior year fraught with feelings of insecurity while writing the memoir of his embarrassing life, worrying about his younger brother being cooler than he is, and having no prospects of ever getting a girlfriend.

Heavy Metal and You The Wild Girls by Pat Murphy

When thirteen-year-old Joan moves to California in 1972, she becomes friends with Sarah, who is timid at school but an imaginative leader when they play in the woods, and after winning a writing contest together they are recruited for an exclusive summer writing class that gives them new insights into themselves and others.

Non-Fiction

Teenage Beauty: Everything You Need To Look Pretty, Natural, Sexy  & Awesome

The Crafty Diva's D.I.Y. Stylebook: a grrrl's guide to cool creations you can make, show off, and share by Kathy Cano Murillo

More than fifty fun projects, ranked from easy to moderate to difficult.

Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir

Creating Books & Boxes: Fun and Unique Approaches to Handmade Structures by Benjamin D. Rinehart

Learn how to make and embellish your own journals, books, and boxes.

Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulima D.I.Y. Girl: The Real Girl's Guide to Making Everything from Lip Gloss to Lamps by Jennifer Bonnell

You don't have to be Martha Stewart to make your own cool stuff. All you need is the inspiration and this totally hip, oh-so collectible step-by-step guide, and presto! you've got- all the jewelry you could ever wear, your very own brand of beauty products, a sassy new wardrobe, personalized birthday gifts for all your friends, a totally original bedroom and tons more! So, while shopping's fun and all, there's nothing quite like putting your original touch on things and saving some dough while you're at it. D.I.Y. Girl is the one place you'll find everything you need to do just that.

Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-shirt The Essential Guide to Making Handmade Books by Gabrielle Fox

Find your style and then express yourself in your room!

Sew Subversive: Down and Dirty DIY For the Fabulous Fashionista Have Fun with Your Room: 28 Cool Projects for Teens by Lynette Jennings

Learn how to “refashion” t-shirts into skirts, sweaters into hats and leg warmers, pants into hipbelts and more. Some projects only require scissors and an iron but more advanced sewing projects are also included.

Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-shirt Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-shirt by Megan Nicolay

Turn t-shirts that have lost their charm into awesome tops, skirts, bags and more!

Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-shirt Knitgrrl: Learn to Knit with 15 Fun and Funky Patterns by Shannon Okey

Cool beginning knitting projects, from scarves to soda can covers!

Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-shirt This I Believe II: More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman

Featuring 80 Americans--from the famous to the unknown--this series of insightful observations completes the thought that the book's title introduces. Each piece compels readers to rethink not only how they arrive at their own personal beliefs but also how they share them with others. What do you believe?