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Almost Perfect By Brian Katcher
Logan Witherspoon recently discovered that his girlfriend of three years cheated on him; things start to look up when a new student breezes through the halls of his small-town high school. Sage Hendricks befriends Logan at a time when he no longer trusts or believes in people. Sage has been homeschooled for years, and her parents have forbidden her to date anyone, but she won’t tell Logan why. She eventually does disclose her big secret: she’s actually a boy. Enraged, frightened, and feeling betrayed, Logan disowns and lashes out at Sage; he has no idea how rocky the road back to friendship will be.
Berlin Boxing Club By Robert Sharenow
Fourteen-year-old Karl Stern has never thought of himself as a Jew. But to the bullies at his school in Nazi era Berlin, it doesn't matter that Karl has never set foot in a synagogue or that his family doesn't practice religion. Demoralized by relentless attacks on a heritage he doesn't accept as his own, Karl longs to prove his worth to everyone around him. Can Karl balance his love of boxing with his obligation to keep his family out of harm’s way?
Between Shades of Gray By Ruta Sepetys
Fifteen-year-old Lina is a Lithuanian girl living an ordinary life--until Soviet officers invade her home and tear her family apart. Separated from her father and forced onto a crowded train, Lina, her mother, and young brother make their way to a Siberian work camp, where they are forced to fight for their lives. Lina finds solace in her art, documenting these events by drawing. Risking everything, she imbeds clues in her drawings of their location and secretly passes them along, hoping they will make their way to her father's prison camp. But will the family be strong to survive?
Carter Finally Gets It By Brent Crawford
Join Carter for his freshman year, where he’ll search for sex, love, and acceptance anywhere he can find it. In the process, he’ll almost kill a trombone player, face off against his greatest nemesis, get caught up in a messy love triangle, suffer a lot of blood loss, narrowly escape death, run from the cops (twice), meet his match in the form of a curvy drill teamer, and surprise everyone, including himself.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone By Laini Taylor
Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth has grown dangerously low, and in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war. Meet Karou, who fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? She’s about to find out herself.
Divergent By Veronica Roth
In Beatrice’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (honesty), Abnegation (selflessness), Dauntless (bravery), Amity (peacefulness), and Erudite (intelligence). On an appointed day each year, sixteen-year-olds select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is; she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
How to Save a Life By Sara Zarr
Jill MacSweeny just wishes everything could go back to normal. But ever since her dad died, she's been isolating herself from her boyfriend and friends and everyone who wants to support her. When her mom decides to adopt a baby, it feels like she's somehow trying to replace a lost family member with a new one.
Mandy Kalinowski understands what it's like to grow up unwanted--to be raised by a mother who never intended to have a child. When Mandy becomes pregnant, one thing she's sure of is that she wants a better life for her baby. Will she ever find someone to care for her, too?
Lockdown By Walter Dean Myers
What's it like in juvie jail? Enter the world of fourteen-year-old Reese, who's locked up at Progress juvenile detention facility. Can he get a second chance?
Lola and the Boy Next Door By Stephanie Perkins
For budding costume designer Lola Nolan, the more wild and zany the outfit the better. But even though Lola's style is outrageous, she's a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. Everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins move back into the house next door. When the family returns and Cricket - a gifted inventor and engineer - steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. The story opens with a horrific family tragedy which sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar; they may have been dangerous and quarantined on the deserted island for a good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
The Name of the Star By Maureen Johnson
The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London boarding school, but for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago. Why did only Rory see the suspect when no one else did? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.
Scorpio Races By Maggie Stiefvater
Some race to win. Others race to survive. It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die. At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them. Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn't given her much of a choice; she is in no way prepared for what she will have to encounter.
Where She Went By Gayle Forman
It's been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever. Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future-and each other.