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Title: In this book an 18 year old Jamie is lonely and shy' She is overlooked by everyone' 18 year old Land

  • In this book an 18 year old Jamie is lonely and
    shy. She is overlooked by everyone. 18 year old
    Landon is popular and handsome.
  • When Landon has to decide to take chemistry or
    drama, he signs up for drama. He ends up with the
    leading role in the spring play. And oddly
    enough, Jamie ends up with the female leading
  • When seeing her on the stage, Landon realizes
    he's fallen head over heels for her. When they
    fall in love, Jamie reveals that she has cancer.
  • Landon, being in love with her realizes he only
    has one choice, but to ask for her hand in

  • Rooster is approaching the end of grade 12 in a
    high school in a small Alberta town.
  • He has friends and a girlfriend and enjoys his
    life of skipping classes, acting smart with
    teachers, and partying.
  • His teachers, guidance counselor and principal
    hold no hope for his future. But one day, near
    the end of the school year, his principal and
    counselor give him one last chance.
  • He could volunteer at the nearby recreation
    centre for adults with mental disabilities.
  • If the group of four adults, called the Strikers,
    accept him, Rooster will accompany them on their
    regular visits to a bowling alley.
  • If he succeeds in this volunteer activity, the
    administration might find a way to see him
    graduate, and, they think, he might also mature
    and discover he has a future.
  • Roosters first response is a flat No. but
    then, as seen in the excerpt, he is pressured
    into giving it a try.
  • Mrs. Helmsley the principal stared at Rooster
    for another moment, then she looked at Mrs. Nixon
    the guidance counselor, then back at Rooster.
    All right, she said finally. Get out.

  • Rooster began to lift himself from off the chair.
    Finally someone who listens to me around here.
  • But if you go now, you leave this office, you
    leave this school, and you never come back. Not
    this year, not next year, not the year after
    that. Youre through. She spoke with the power
    and clarity of a judge sentencing a criminal.
    Weve broken our backs for you in here. Weve
    put up with your bad behaviour, your poor
    performance, your disrespect. Not anymore. If you
    get off that chair and leave this office, youre
    done. Thats it.
  • Rooster froze in mid-motion. The game had changed
    to hardball, as his stepdad, Irving, would say,
    and he was woefully unprepared for it.
  • Mrs. Helmsley continued. Its not my wish to
    fill my hometown with high-school dropouts. But I
    am not going to stand here and watch you walk
    away from an opportunity to get it right, for the
    first time in your life, and say nothing. Thats
    not my style. So go now and be done for good ,or
    stick around and try to make something of
    yourself. Take your pick.
  • Rooster interacts with the bowlers at the
    recreation centre. It provides Rooster with an
    occasion to which he may or may not rise. He goes
    from resenting these unusual adult bowlers to
    becoming their protector, resenting the way they
    are treated by the infantilizing staff at the
    recreation centre and discovering that these
    adults are unusual and OK just like he is. He
    begins to see that he is their equal.

  • Twilight, is about a pair of lovers who are
    supremely star-crossed.
  • Meyer begins with a familiar YA premise (the new
    kid in school), and lulls us into thinking this
    will be just another teen novel. Bella has come
    to the small town of Forks to be with her father.
  • At school, she wonders about a group of five
    remarkably beautiful teens, who sit together in
    the cafeteria but never eat.
  • As she grows to know, and then love, Edward, she
    learns their secret. They are all rescued
    vampires, part of a family headed by saintly
    Carlisle, who has inspired them to renounce human
  • Bella adores Edward, and he returns her love. But
    Edward is having a hard time controlling the
    blood lust she arouses in him, because--he's a
  • At any moment, the intensity of their passion
    could drive him to kill her, and he agonizes over
    the danger. But, Bella would rather be dead than
    part from Edward, so she risks her life to stay
    near him, and the novel burns with the erotic
    tension of their dangerous and necessarily chaste
  • For Edward's sake they welcome Bella, but when a
    roving group of tracker vampires fixates on her,
    the family is drawn into a desperate pursuit to
    protect the fragile human in their midst.

  • Imagine you are 16 and trying to fit in. To do
    so, you decide to help some people who are trying
    to commit a crime. In Walter Dean Myers Monster,
    this is exactly what happens to Steve Harmon.
  • While on trial and in jail, Steve decides to
    record everything that happens in his journal in
    movie format.
  • How does he end up in jail? Well, he agrees to
    be the look-out for two guys robbing a
    convenience store but then he has a change of
    heart and leaves the scene before anything
  • The two guys go ahead with the robbery, however,
    and end up killing the store owner. Now Steve is
    guilty by association and on trial for a murder
    he had nothing to do with.
  • As Steve tells us about the trial in his
    journal, you start rooting for him, but will the
    jury agree? Monster makes clear that the choices
    you make can affect you for a very, very long

  • Fourteen-year-old Nick has two moms who couldn't
    be more different.
  • His biological mother, Mom, is dependable and
    careful Jo, Mom's partner, is irresponsible and
  • As the only child in his class with gay parents,
    he endures the taunts and prejudices of
  • Nick tells their story in vignettes, including
    little things, such as the teasing he gets at
    school, as well as big things, such as Mom's
    cancer and Jo's alcoholism.
  • Eventually these vignettes turn into a divorce
    story Mom finds a new partner Jo, who has no
    rights to Nick, struggles on her own

  • Juli Baker devoutly believes in three things the
    sanctity of trees (especially her beloved
    sycamore), the wholesomeness of the eggs she
    collects from her backyard flock of chickens, and
    that someday she will kiss Bryce Loski.
  • Ever since she saw Bryce's baby blue eyes back
    in second grade, Juli has been smitten.
  • Unfortunately, Bryce has never felt the same.
    Frankly, he thinks Juli Baker is a little
    weird--after all, what kind of freak raises
    chickens and sits in trees for fun?
  • Then, in eighth grade, everything changes. Bryce
    begins to see that Juli's unusual interests and
    pride in her family are, well, kind of cool.
  • And Juli starts to think that maybe Bryce's
    brilliant blue eyes are as empty as the rest of
    Bryce seems to be.
  • After all, what kind of jerk doesn't care about
    other people's feelings about chickens and trees?
  • Bryce and Juli's rants and raves about each other
    ring so true that teen readers will quickly
    identify with at least one of these hilarious
    feuding egos

  • This is the actual diary of a fourteen-year-old
    girl who finds herself pregnant. It details her
    thoughts and feelings about her relationship with
    a boy two years older than she and the decisions
    her pregnancy forces her to make.
  • Edited by the same person who did Go Ask Alice,
    this diary shows the emotional ups and downs of a
    girl in Annie's situation.
  • Annie is a good girl. She is on the soccer team
    and wants to please her single mom, but when
    Danny is interested in her, he becomes her whole
  • She starts to lie about where she is, who she is
    with, and what she is doing. At first Danny
    treats her well, but when he abuses her and even
    attempts to rape her, she wants to be his
    girlfriend so badly that she makes up excuses for
    him. She begs him to take her back and then lets
    him run her life.
  • Even after he rejects her when she becomes
    pregnant, she still says she loves him. Annie
    feels that her diary is her only friend. She goes
    to a school for unwed mothers, has her baby, and
    tries to be a good mother.
  • It portrays a very realistic picture of what
    teenage pregnancy and motherhood do to a young
    girl's life.

  • Raintree Rebellion Heroine 18 year old Blake
  • Futuristic story set in Canada in the year 2370
  • Earth people living on another planet Terra
  • Toronto experienced 16 years of the Technocaust
    (apartheid against technology )
  • The technocaust banned many forms of technology
    - genetic modification, nano-and bio technology,
    satellite tracking, and artifical intelligence.
  • She returns to the city of her birth as an aide
    to a justice council charged with trying to
    address the wrongs of the technocaust.
  • While there, Blake submits the ID code from the
    microchip that was implanted in her arm by her
    parents in infancy, hoping to find out more about
    her past, and especially her father.
  • What she learns will cause her to question
    everything she knows about herself. Torn between
    a terrible anger and a search for the love and
    acceptance she has been denied her entire life,
    Blake must face a harsh choice.

  • Suburban, soccer-loving, 12-year-old Alex has
    everything going for her supportive parents and
    a nurturing alternative school where her teacher,
    Simon, is also a friend.
  • The trouble starts when a new girl, Stacy, a
    drama queen, points out that Simon is also a
  • Next, she suggests that Simon is hot for Alex,
    and vice versa.
  • You'd think that, with all the resources
    available to her, Alex could figure out a way to
    quash this.
  • She does make repeated, if vague, efforts to turn
    to her parents for advice, but they try to joke
    her out of her discomfort and suggest that Stacy
    is just "acting out" to cope with the stress of
    being the new kid.
  • The situation soon gets worsemuch worse. Stacy
    always seems to be on hand to catch Simon with
    Alex in the midst of a friendly gesture, and she
    rumor-mongers relentlessly. And when these
    allegations come to naught (although they do
    alienate Tim from Alex), she escalates her
    campaign, claiming that Simon has molested her.
  • The author makes it subtly clear that Stacy's
    compulsion to sexualize may have its roots in
    abuse. Frank, whose profession as social worker
    lends psychological authenticity to her writing.
    She provides no easy out for her characters.
    Friction is a bold, perceptive and ultimately
    unnerving account in which people get hurt.

  • Mole is a young boy who considers himself to be
    an intellectual, he doesnt have many friends,
    reads many of books and strives to be as
    different as possible from his mother and father,
    who drink, smoke and dont do much in the way of
    earning a living.
  • The Moles are the typical dysfunctional family,
    and its great to read about Adrians life, which
    he more or less lives from his bedroom in the
    family home.
  • Adrian goes through a lot on his life, and notes
    down every last
  • detail. Episodes you'll encounter on your read
  • His parents splitting up when his mum runs off
    with Creep Lucas from next door.
  • His mum coming back
  • Getting suspended from school for wearing the
    wrong colour socks
  • His dad having an affair and an illegitimate
  • His parents splitting up again
  • His mum getting married to a much younger man
  • Finally getting to be with the love of his life,
  • Breaking up with Pandora.
  • Spending his entire life trying to get back with
  • Running away from home
  • A traumatic school trip to London
  • Being forced to care for a grumpy old man named
    Bert Baxter when he joins his school volunteer
  • Having his home burnt down

  • Ian McDermott doesn't have much going for him. He
    has basically raised himself and his young
    brother, who has fetal alcohol syndrome.
  • Their mother is a deadbeat drug addict who makes
    rare appearances in their lives.
  • At Morrison High School, things aren't much
    better the administration wants him out.
  • The thing is, Ian isn't going to take any guff
    from anyone. But one day, he loses his cool and
    ends up breaking Coach Florence's jaw.
  • The teen knows that he and Sammy have to get away
    fast before the cops catch up with him. They grab
    some meager supplies and skate out of Spokane
    toward Walla Walla to search for their estranged
  • The brothers have high hopes that their father
    will welcome them into his life, but things do
    not turn out as planned.
  • They have to survive in the wilderness

  • Sixteen-year-old Amal makes the decision to start
    wearing the hijab full- time and everyone has a
  • Her parents, her teachers, her friends, people on
    the street.
  • But she stands by her decision to embrace her
    faith and all that it is, even if it does make
    her a little different from everyone else.Can
    she handle the taunts of "towel head," the
    prejudice of her classmates, and still attract
    the cutest boy in school?
  • Brilliantly funny and poignant, Randa
    Abdel-Fattah's debut novel will strike a chord in
    all teenage readers, no matter what their beliefs.

  • Raymond Dunne is in the 10th grade. He cant
    change the fact that hes prone to sneezing,
    getting nosebleeds, and fainting.
  • He can, however, change the fact that hes not
    popular though it wont be easy. In this
    hilarious story about friendship, love, and
    loyalty, Raymond transforms himself from a lonely
    geek to the gatekeeper of an underground social
  • In the process, he befriends one of the most
    popular guys in school, sticks up for his fellow
    nerds, and works up the courage to approach the
    lovely Janice, his not-so-secret crush.
  • However, with the relentlessly strict principal
    and the equally vigilant vice-principal hot on
    his trail, how long will Raymonds underground
    club and his newfound friendships last?

  • Grade 8-10-High school senior Corey Brennan is
    looking forward to the start of a new basketball
    season, hoping that his high school will have a
    shot at the Miami all-city trophy.
  • As captain, Corey thinks of himself as the leader
    of the team, but he finds that things start
    unraveling as soon as the season starts.
  • After a lot of detective work, Corey discovers
    that the problem is a transfer student, Noah
    Travers, who will stop at nothing to make the
    starting squad.
  • His ambition leads
  • him to blackmail, tampering with a player's
    medications, and planting a gun in a teammate's
  • Eventually, Corey tricks him into admitting his
    crimes. The novel ends with one last act of
    revenge, but Noah is foiled in these efforts as
  • He is a deliciously nasty villain, with no
    redeemable qualities

  • Fourteen-year-old Luke begins to realize how much
    his views of the world and the people in it have
    changed when he wakes up from a coma after having
  • Suddenly hes seeing two worlds at once through
    a computer
  • Whats worse is theres a strange ugly creature
    on the screen, who calls himself Dreeg. His voice
    oozes into Lukes brain, offering to guide him.
  • All Lukes senses have changed All senses are
    blended. He associates days of the week with
    different colors, and music evokes tastes.
  • He has a newfound way with words and begins
    seeing his annoying older sister, Laura, as a
    series of disgusting creatures.Luke is left
    feeling frightened but intrigued. He seems to be
    getting better, but his mind is slowly being
    poisoned by Dreeg.
  • This creature offers him gifts of recovery, the
    return of his athletic ability, a dream
    girlfriend, and even the power to fly. In return,
    all Luke has to do is turn against his friends
    and join in Dreegs evil plans.

  • Desert McGraw, daughter of aging rocker Flesh,
    has moved from L.A. to begin 11th grade in a new
    school in Miami.
  • She desperately tries to avoid her father's
    fans, who have always used her (backstage
    passes), and to find real friends, but is
    uncertain about whom to trust.
  • When she meets Becca, who claims she has "no
    life," she tries to hide the truth. Eventually,
    though, Desert tells her despite the risks. Becca
    worships Flesh, but the girls get past it
  • Desert also becomes involved with Liam, a nice
    guy. Becca and Liam help her through the
    difficult affair between her father and her
    mother's personal assistant.
  • As the school year progresses, Desert's character
    grows and develops she begins to write her own
    songs and discovers her own gifts and comes to
    rely on herself to solve her problems.
  • When Becca is in trouble and possibly on the
    brink of suicide, Desert finally comes to terms
    with her self-centeredness and starts to act like
    a true friend

  • Grade 7-9--Teased by bullies in his old school,
    Elliot is determined to reinvent himself at his
    new high school by having a cool, unflappable
  • Ironically, the 14-year-old's aloofness earns the
    interest of an elite group of bullies, known as
    the Guardians, whose members target school losers
    for punishment in cruel and ritualistic ways.
  • In this psychological drama, the outwardly
    congenial Guardian leaders recruit Elliot using
    control tactics adopted from their favorite book,
    George Orwell's 1984.
  • With no way out, he passes the initiation test
    that requires him to choose a punisher and a
    victim. Elliot's outward voice alternates with an
    inner voice written in italics, depicting a
    battle between right and wrong.
  • Two valuable but tentative friendships
    disintegrate as Elliot becomes more Guardianlike,
    and the struggles with his conscience intensify.
    In an emotion-packed ending, the teen realizes
    that the strength he had in choosing not to be a
    victim is the same strength he needs to uncloak
    the Guardians.
  • Elliot is an appealing protagonist, and his need
    to fit in will strike a chord with most readers.

  • Elizabeth, Leeza, Hemming is left crippled after
    a car accident when a rock is thrown down from an
  • She spends months alone in the hospital for
    rehabilitation. She finds an unlikely friend in a
    hospital volunteer named Chad Kennedy (Reef to
    his friends) who, surprisingly, like her has lost
    a loved one to cancer.
  • Reef has do community service at the Halifax
    Rehabilitation Centre because of a serious crime
    he and his two friends, Jink and Bigger,
    committed one night.
  • Aker's novel explores the world of random
    violence and the toll such an act takes on the
    victim. A twist of fate draws victim and
    perpetrator together in a tenuous bond that could
    provide healing or deeper hurt.

  • A funny thing happens to Novalee Nation on her
    way to Bakersfield, California. Her deadbeat
    boyfriend, Willie Jack Pickens, abandons her in
    an Oklahoma Wal-Mart and takes off on his own,
    leaving her with just 10 dollars and the clothes
    on her back. Not that hard luck is anything new
    to Novalee, who is "seventeen, seven months
    pregnant, thirty-seven pounds overweight--and
    superstitious about sevens....
  • Still, finding herself alone and penniless in
    Sequoyah, Oklahoma is enough to make even someone
    as inured to ill fortune as Novalee want to give
    up and die.
  • Fortunately, the Wal-Mart parking lot is the
    Sequoyah equivalent of a town square, and within
    hours Novalee has met three people who will
    change her life
  • For the next two months, Novalee makes her home
    in the Wal-Mart, sleeping there at night,
    exploring the town by day.
  • When she goes into labor and delivers her baby
    there, however, Novalee learns that sometimes
    it's not so bad to depend on the kindness of
    strangers--especially if one of them happens to
    be Sam Walton, the superchain's founder.
  • Where the Heart Is oddly mixes heart-warming
    vignettes and surprising, brutal violence.
    Novalee's story is juxtaposed with occasional
    chapters chronicling Willy Jack's downward spiral
    into prison, disappointment, and degradation

  • Sam Foster is entering Grade 9 with the usual
    worries he's tall and gawky, he's constantly
    embarrassed, he tends to fall in love (or lust)
    with the nearest female.   Sam receives
    unwanted attention because of the flame-decalled
    crash helmet wedged on his head
  • What he really wants to do is to attract Madison
    Dakota, an attractive country pop singer he hears
    performing at the Hope Springs Fall Fair talent
  • However, like Cinderella, Madison slips away
    before Sam can connect with her, and he spends a
    good part of the novel involved in Operation Babe
    Find before discovering that he has actually
    known Madison for some time but under her real
    name and without a wig and makeup.
  •  Sam is the drummer in ADHD, an
    alternative/grunge trio
  • Sams situation in life is also not helped by
    his fathers being Hope Springs Highs drama
  • Sams embarrassment increases when his father
    involves him in a new band, one containing adults
    including a cross-dressing male, a situation
    guaranteed to lead to new and unflattering
    comments from the skids.
  • Sam also unwittingly becomes a poster boy
    against censorship and finds himself before the
    school board defending an English text he does
    not even like.

  • Born Confused features American-born Dimple Lala,
    the child of Indian parents who firmly believe in
    the customs and traditions of their father-land.
  • Dimple is not your typical heroine she is
    slightly overweight and battling low self-esteem
    stemming from her perfect best friend Gwyn.
  • Not quite Indian, ant not quite American,
    Dimple unsuccessfully tries to blend in riding on
    the coattails of her blue-eyed, blonde best
    friend, Gwyn.
  • The plot thickens as Dimples parents pick a
    suitable boy for her.
  • At first the boy, Karsh, seems boring and she is
    resigned not to like him. As she gets to know
    him, though, Dimple likes him more and views him
    as the artistic person he is.
  • Right on cue, Gwyn swoops in and tries to win
    Karsh, making Dimple feel used and friendless.
  • Dimple learns more about herself and how special
    she is.
  • The author integrates descriptions of Indian
    food, dress, and customs with Dimples sarcastic

  • Conception deception When is your dad not your
    dad? "You were conceived under exceptional
    circumstances." Sixteen-year-old Cassidy can
    hardly believe it. Struggling to understand that
    she is the product of a 'clean and businesslike
    arrangement,' her biological father nothing more
    than an anonymous sperm donor, Cassidy is doubly
  • Not only has her father just been diagnosed with
    a fatal disease, but he has also confessed that
    he's not really her father.
  • Suddenly Cassidy's worries about holding on to
    her popular boyfriend and her geeky interest in
    birds no longer seem important. Worse, she gets
    drunk and blurts out the news of her conception
    at a party and must face some shocking
    consequences. On top of it all, Cassidy realizes
    she may never know who she really is.

  • Four different people find themselves on the same
    roof on New Year's Eve, but they have one thing
    in commonthey're all there to jump to their
  • 1. A scandal-plagued talk-show host
  • 2. A single mom of a disabled young man,
  • 3. A troubled teen,
  • 4. An aging American musician soon unite in a
    common cause, to find out why Jess (the teen)
    can't get her ex-boyfriend to return her calls.
  • Down the stairs they go, and thoughts of suicide
    gradually subside.
  • Each character takes a turn telling the story in
    a distinctive voice. Tough questions are
    askedwhy do you want to kill yourself, and why
    didn't you do it? Are adults any smarter than
    adolescents? What defines friends and family?
  • Characters are alternately sympathetic and
    utterly despicable, talk-show-host Martin,
    particularly. The narrators are occasionally
    unreliable, with the truth coming from the
    observers instead.
  • Obviously, a book about suicide is a dark read,
    but this one is darkly humorousas Hornby usually
    is. Teens will identify with or loathe Jess and
    musician J. J., but they will also find
    themselves in the shoes of Maureen and Martin.
    This somewhat philosophical work will appeal to
    Hornby's fans but has plenty to attract new
    audiences as well

  • Like any anxious parent awaiting the birth of
    their first child, Ellen Schwartz and her husband
    Jeff were overwhelmed with optimistic dreams and
    hopes about the future.
  • Their future as a family. Jacob was perfect.
    Until at about six months they noticed that Jacob
    seemed oddly withdrawn and unresponsive. Not to
    worry they were told. Give it some time. With
    time, however, Jacob seemed only to get worse.
  • After a battery of tests doctors confirmed their
    worst nightmare their perfect baby boy had
    Canavan disease. He would never see. He would
    never walk. Or talk, or sit up on his own or feed
    himself. He would never go to school or say mommy
    or daddy. Jacob would never be able to do
    anything for himself. He is utterly helpless.
  • This this an alternately heartbreaking and
    exhilarating portrait by a mother of her severely
    disabled son, Jacob taught and continues to teach
    her and everyone around him what it means to live
    each day to the fullest.
  • Brave and candid, it includes the highs and lows,
    the buoyant hopes and shattering disappointments,
    the sorrows and joys. Lessons from Jacob is
    finally an unforgettably portrait of a courageous
    boy who sees past his own disability to embrace
    the simple and everyday beauty that if life.

  • The message on the milk carton reads, "Have you
    seen this child?"
  • Three-year-old Jennie Spring was kidnapped 12
    years earlier, but Janie Johnson, looking at the
    photo, suddenly knows that she is that child.
  • Fragments of memory and evidence accumulate, and
    when she demands to know about her early
    childhood years, her parents confess what they
    believe to be true, that she is really their
    grandchild, the child of their long-missing
    daughter who had joined a cult.
  • Janie wants to accept this, but she cannot forget
    Jennie's family and their loss. Finally, almost
    against her will, she seeks help and confides in
    her parents.

  • One of the worst abuse cases in California's
  • history came to an end on March 5, 1973.
  • Dave Pelzer begins his incredible story as
  • an abused child with his rescue in part on
  • of a series, A Child Called It.
  • Easy to read, but difficult to comprehend
  • how any mother could treat her child this
  • way.
  • Horrific Abuse
  • Besides being horribly beaten, Dave was forced to
    eat his own vomit, swallow soap, ammonia, and
    Clorox. This was just the beginning of his
    mother's "games". Dave's childhood wasn't always
    a nightmare. There were the "good years" in the
    beginning and Dave devotes a chapter describing
    the feelings of warmth and safety provided by his
    mother. By the age of 4 these feelings were
    replaced with fear, starvation, and lowliness.

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  • In Promise Me, For the past six years Myron has
    been leading a quiet life, in Livingston, N.J.
  • A new girlfriend, Ali Wilder, a 9/11 widow, is
    helping to bring him out of his shell. Concerned
    that Ali's teenage daughter, Erin, and Erin's
    friend, Aimee Biel, might fall in with the wrong
    crowd, Myron gives them his contact information
    in case either of them feels she needs help.
  • Aimee later calls him in the middle of the night
    for a lift to a friend's house, on condition that
    her request remain a secret.
  • When Aimee turns up missing in circumstances
    mirroring those surrounding another vanished
    girl, Bolitar himself becomes a suspect in her
    disappearance and must use his wits and martial
    arts skills to uncover the truth.
  • Many twists!
  • Recommended by many Rideau students

  • The narrator of this book is a 12-year-old named
    Baby, who is hovering between childhood and the
    temptations of the adult world. Her father,
    Jules, takes better care of his heroin habit than
    he does of her, and Baby learns not to depend on
  • Though they live in poverty, she collects the
    small crumbs of happiness she finds as she
    navigates the streets of Montreal's red-light
  • On the outside, Baby is whipsmart, wickedly funny
    and has a genius for survival on the inside,
    she's as needy and as fragile as any girl
    entering puberty.
  • She experiences highs and lows during stints in
    foster care and in a juvenile detention centre,
    all the while craving love and stability in her
  • Baby grows to depend on the charismatic predator
    Alphonse, a local pimp who is riveted by her
    blossoming beauty.
  • At the same time, she nurtures a tender and
    naively passionate friendship with Xavier, a
    classmate who is clueless about his girlfriend's
    double life.
  • Lullabies for Little Criminals is a powerful
    novel, of a young woman who learns to adapt to
    heartbreaking circumstances, and about the young
    man who became her parent too early.

  • After rescuing his baby brother from an open
    window's ledge, 15-year-old David Case concludes
    "just two seconds were all that stood between
    normal everyday life, and utter, total
  • Convinced that Fate is toying with him, David
    tries to elude detection by creating a new
    identity, starting with his name and his
    wardrobe. Eventually, he refuses to return home
    and plunges into an affair with an older girl.
  • He thinks fate is out to get him.

  • This sequel to Holes focuses on Armpit, an
  • African-American
  • It's two years after his release, and the 16-year
  • old is still digging holes, although now getting
  • paid for it, working for a landscaper in his
  • hometown of Austin, TX.
  • He's trying to turn his life around, knowing
    that everyone
  • expects the worst of him and that he must take
  • steps to keep
  • Then X-Ray, his friend and fellow former detainee
    at the
  • juvenile detention center, comes up with a
  • scheme involving scalping tickets to a concert by
  • teenage pop star Kaira DeLeon, Armpit fronts
    X-Ray the
  • money. He takes his best friend and neighbor,
    Ginny, a
  • 10-year-old with cerebral palsy, to the concert
    and ends

  • Janie Johnson first saw her face on a milk carton
    one year ago.
  • Reeve Shields, her boyfriend, is now a college
    freshman and dreams of being a talk-show DJ. As
    he stares at the microphone in the control room
    of the campus radio station, the story of Janie's
    kidnapping at the age of three begins to slide
    out of his mouth and into the airwaves of Boston.
  • Janie, in the meantime, is trying to recover from
    six months of nonstop confusion in her life,
    having recently learned about her past.
  • When she accompanies her newfound sister and
    brother on a trip to visit colleges (and see her
    boyfriend) in Boston, Reeve's voice on the radio
    makes their tumultuous lives veer in a completely
    new direction.

  • Jeremy Heere, hopeless nerd, wants to date
    beautiful Christine Caniglia. He knows she's way
    out of his league, until he acquires a squip,
    which guides him through a physical and mental
  • Following the squip's instructions on how to
    dress, speak, kiss, act and exercise, Jeremy
    rises above his geek status and becomes --- dare
    he say it --- popular.
  • This, of course, comes with a few problems.
    Computers, for all their quantum mechanics, can't
    quite get the hang of human emotions, like love
    and friendship.
  • They can't understand why Jeremy wants to take
    his geeky best friend Michael to a party
    featuring the hottest girls in school.
  • And while they may tell Jeremy what to say to
    Christine, they can only calculate so many
    possible outcomes of the conversation. Jeremy's
    squip eventually leads him to disaster, and he
    has to figure out what he's going to do all on
    his own.
  • The larger-than-life characters fit in perfectly
    with the idea of a pill-sized computer running
    Jeremy's life at Leni Lenape High School.

  • The controversial novel about the murder of one
    child by anotherLooking for JJ is a fictional
    novel about the murder of a child by another
    child the same age. It's already won the
    Booktrust Teenage Prize and has now been
    shortlisted for this year's Carnegie Children's
    Book Award.

  • Why would a 10-year-old girl kill her best
  • And how should the justice system treat such a
  • Moving from place to place in order to find
    modeling employment, often leaving Jennifer with
    her Gram or even alone, Jennifer's beautiful
    mother Carol finally seems to settle down in
  • Jennifer begins an almost normal life, enjoying
    school and the friends (outgoing, bossy Michelle
    and mouse-like Lucy.)
  • Jennifer's world unravels slowly as she realizes
    that her mother is modeling for pornographic
    photos and may even be a prostitute. She and her
    two friends are determined to punish Lucy's two
    brutish older brothers for their rude remarks
    about Jennifer's mother
  • Once there, however, they find incriminating
    photos of Carol, and, in an overwhelming rush of
    loss and anger, Jennifer hits Michelle with a
    baseball bat and, assuming that she is dead,
    covers her with branches before she returns home.
  • Of course, Jennifers actions are discovered, and
    the parents and police find Michelle dead,
    perhaps the victim of the feral cats that live in
    the park.
  • In Looking for JJ, Jennifer, now 17, and
    estranged from her greedy, grasping mother, has
    been released from prison to begin a new life.
  • Known as Alice, she lives in terror of being
    found out as the newspapers rehash the story
    because of her supposed release, which actually
    happened six months earlier.
  • Betrayed by a newshound and her own mother, Alice
    is forced to move again to another safe house.
    The story ends with her safe arrival at a
    university residence as Kate Rickman, where she
    has to give up all her former supports (Rosie,
    Frankie and herself as Alice) to begin again.

  • Twelve-year-old Danny Walker is an average kid
    who loves basketball. Despite his small stature
    he hopes to someday play on the same travel team
    as his dad, Richie Walker, who led the team to
    the national championship when he was Danny's
  • Danny's hopes are dashed, however, when he is
    deemed "too small" to play on the travel team by
    his dad's childhood adversary, Mr. Ross, who
    seems to want a winning team based mostly on
    physical strength rather than wit.
  • Then his dad comes up with a great idea ---
    Danny can have his own travel team! Danny is at
    first a little skeptical that his dad can coach a
    seventh-grade travel team, especially since he
    has had trouble keeping jobs due to a near-fatal
    car accident that left him unable to play pro
    basketball again.
  • Richie, however, is determined to prove that he
    can help his son fulfill his goal and fight his
    own inner demons. There's also the problem of
    finding enough talented players, but with the
    help of Danny's friends they are able to do just
  • Most of all though is the much-needed strength
    to endure all the obstacles that seem to be
    keeping them from their ultimate goal --- winning
    the state championship.

  • Melinda Sordino, a student with good grades and
    great friends, has made some mistakes.
  • At the end of a summer party she calls the cops,
    yet when they arrive she doesnt tell them
  • Back at school the next year, her friends wont
    speak to her, and people she doesnt even know
    hate her as the fink who wrecked everybodys
    party, and her grades start dropping.
  • Her relationship with her parents (which is
    characterized by post it notes) deteriorates
    quickly. She becomes sullen, and withdrawn.
    However this picture is not the whole story.
  • Her parents know something is wrong but cannot
    get her to open up. Her only hope is her art
    teacher he realizes something is very wrong and
    through the assignments he gives her tries to
    draw her out.
  • This is a story of a girl who is abused (she was
    raped by a senior at the summer party), and who
    doesnt know how to talk about it, but in keeping
    it inside she is self -destructing.
  • Can Melinda find her voice and speak of her
    sorrow, or will her silence destroy her?

  • Prom. Most teenagers spend months, maybe even
    years, dreaming about this magical night. The
    dresses! The limos! The dates! Ashley Hannigan,
    however, is not like most teens. She couldn't
    care less about prom.
  • Ashley is a self-described "normal kid."
  • Instead of focusing on prom, Ashley is trying to
    get through her senior year at Carceras High
    School. She juggles work, family, a boyfriend,
    and friendships in addition to schoolwork and
    never-ending detentions.
  • It's not easy. Work involves dressing up in a
    rat costume and serving pizza to screaming kids
    at the EZ-CHEEZ-E restaurant. Ashley's boyfriend,
    TJ, has a habit of mysteriously disappearing. And
    her family is made up of three rowdy, younger
    brothers, a father who's always involved with
    home projects that are never completed, and a
    mother who always seems to be pregnant!Ashley's
    world sounds as hectic as it is, but she also has
    a lot of friends at Carceras High School who are
    obsessed with prom. At the center of the
    obsession is Ashley's best friend and next-door
    neighbor, Natalia Shulmensky.
  • Natalia, the head of the prom committee, is
    crushed when the faculty advisor is busted for
    stealing the prom money.
  • In a strange twist of events, Ashley, the
    "anti-prom queen," finds herself at the helm of a
    last-minute attempt to pull off the prom on a low
    budget. T
  • hrough her efforts to help her best friend,
    Ashley starts to look at things in her life
    differently and learns more about herself than
    she can imagine.

  • Imogene Yeck, former gang member and current
    fairy butt-kicker, is the cool "blue girl" at the
    center of Charles de Lint's latest urban fantasy
  • Seventeen-year-old Imogene jumps at the chance
    to lose her bad girl reputation when her family
    moves to a new town. She purposely lays low at
    Redding High, only making friends with Maxine, a
    shy, studious girl who is Imogene's opposite in
    every way.
  • Despite a few run-ins with the ruling football
    jock and his cheerleader girlfriend, Imogene
    keeps her temper in check and even lends some of
    her bravado to Maxine, who begins to come out of
    her straight-A shell.
  • Things are going well for the new friends--until
    the day Imogene meets Adrian, the benign ghost of
    a boy who died in the school's parking lot.
    Adrian and Imogene's unusual connection attracts
    the unwelcome attention of Redding High's
    resident Little People, or fairies.
  • Affronted by streetwise Imogene's lack of belief
    in them, the fairies set into motion a malevolent
    prank that will not only turn Imogene completely
    blue from head to toe, but pit her, Adrian and
    Maxine against some of the most frightening
    beings of the Otherworld--the soul-sucking
  • Although the action builds slowly, the final
    scene, involving a bucket of blue paint, a knife
    fight, and green monster blood, is absolutely
    worth it.

  • Sequel to Rules of the Road
  • The 17-year-old still likes to be in control is
    thrown for a loop when her elderly employer, Mrs.
    Gladstone, hires a young man caught stealing from
    the shoe store where she works
  • She appoints Jenna as his supervisor. The teen
    is still dealing with many issues in her own
    life, including an alcoholic father and a beloved
    grandmother whose Alzheimer's disease is
  • Just as it seems that her life is as complicated
    as she can handle, she discovers that Mrs.
    Gladstone's son has been secretly utilizing
    unethical overseas labor tactics to cut costs and
    downgrade the quality of the shoes.
  • Bauer's strength in characterization is amply
    evident here.

  • Eleven-year-old Peter finds out he is adopted,
    strives to gain glimmers of affection from his
    stoic, insensitive parents
  • He is killed by a car when he runs out of their
    home in a tearful rage. "Peter always acted
    without thinking," says his mother at his
  • But life is not over yet Peter is granted three
    chances to get it right before he is permanently
  • In the process he learns to make friends,
    communicate clearly with his parents about his
    anxieties and follow his dream of being an artist
    even though his mother finds it a "waste of time"
    and his father thinks he should do something more
  • Peter is likable, creative and admirable in his
    ability to change his behavior.
  • The author examines the idea of time travel and
    of consciously tampering with the future.
  • When a silly conflict arises because Peter
    thoughtlessly predicts the future (having lived
    through the same days several times), its
    resolution is simple and emotionally truthful.

  • Thirteen-year-old Jules can't believe that her
    loving father would simply walk out after a
    particularly angry fight with her mother and not
    even leave a way for Jules to reach him.
  • In between landing the role of Lyra in a
    theatrical production and having troubles with
    her best friend at school, Jules slowly learns
    the truth.
  • Shortly before Jules's parents' wedding, her
    mother had had a one-night stand, resulting in
    Jules's conception, and her father has only just
    found out.
  • Furious, he sues for damages, including the
    costs, with interest, that he has incurred in
    bringing up Jules. The case appears in the paper
    with Jules's identity masked as "Child X"
    shortly thereafter, a newspaper reporter
    interviews Jules about her role as Lyra, and
    Jules improbably reveals that she is Child X.
  • Soon Jules is at the center of a media circus,
    and her plight only worsens when she flips on a
    TV talk show just in time to watch a guest inform
    viewers that Jules's natural father is in fact
    her uncle.

  • This is the story of Charley, a child of divorce
    who is always forced to choose between his mother
    and his father.
  • He grows into a man and starts a family of his
    own. But one fateful weekend, he leaves his
    mother to secretly be with his father and she
    dies while he is gone.
  • This haunts him for years. It unravels his own
    young family. It leads him to depression and
    drunkenness. One night, he decides to take his
  • But somewhere between this world and the next, he
    encounters his mother again, in their hometown,
    and gets to spend one last day with her the day
    he missed and always wished he had.
  • He asks the questions many of us yearn to ask,
    the questions we never ask while our parents are
  • By the end of this magical day, Charley discovers
    how little he really knew about his mother, the
    secret of how her love saved their family, and
    how deeply he wants the second chance to save his

  • Simone, 16, has always known she was adopted but
    has never had any real desire to meet her birth
    mother despite the fact that she knows her
    parents keep in touch.
  • Her family is perfect - Sure, she looks different
    and has different talents from her parents and
    younger brother, but that has never mattered.
    That all changes when Rivka calls and wants to
    meet her.
  • What had begun as a normal school year changes as
    Simone must come to terms with who she is and how
    she fits into both families.
  • When she then learns that Rivka is dying, it
    becomes a year that challenges her belief in God,
    a belief she did not know she had.
  • It becomes a year that strains the bonds of
    friendships and family ties, both old and new. It
    becomes a year of her first boyfriend, and a year
    in an impossible life.
  • It also has strong subplots that deal with
    friendship with boyfriend/girlfriend
    relationships, both good and bad with standing
    up for what one believes is right and with
    struggling to keep up with academics and fit in
    at school when things seem to be falling apart on
    a personal level.

  • 12-year-old Nicky Dillon, while snowshoeing hear
    a small cry that they presume is from a cat. It
    is followed by the sounds of a car door slamming
    and then an engine revving along a road in the
  • A moment later they discover that what they had
    thought was a cat is actually a newborn baby,
    left in a sleeping bag to die in the woods in the
  • Nicky's mom and baby sister died together in a
    car accident two years earlier. Dad gave up his
    job with a prestigious architectural firm in
    Manhattan, and moved with Nicky to a secluded
    house in an obscure village where they knew
    absolutely no one.
  • There he has built furniture, some of which he
    occasionally sells, while sleepwalking through
    the tasks of being a father.
  • Father and daughter rescue the baby, deliver the
    child to the nearby hospital and then settle in
    for what Nicky expects will be another incredibly
    pathetic Christmas in their clunky old house in
    the woods.
  • A 19-year-old stranger appears at the secluded
    homestead - a young woman who claims to be
    interested in purchasing a table as a Christmas
    present. She faints, and it becomes clear that
    she is the infant's mom.
  • The storm continues, and soon she will be
    snowbound in the Dillons' small house with Nicky
    and dad
  • Will dad, who loathes the young mother for her
    role in the attempted infanticide, turn her in to
    the police as soon as the roads are clear? Will
    Nicky, who is desperate for a female role model
    in her life, see the older teen as someone to
    emulate or scorn?

  • At First Sight
  • 37-year-old Jeremy Marsh ended up falling in love
    with Lexie Darnell, the 30-year-old town
    librarian. Now Lexie is pregnantbut it's true
    love (and a portable job) that's allowing divorcé
    Jeremy to move down so they can marry and build a
    life together.
  • The book centers on the tension-filled runup to
    the wedding. Sparks pulls out all the smalltown
    stopspsychic grandmother, meddling mayor, sullen
    townie ex, jealous best
  • Jeremy starts to experience writer's block (he is
    a columnist)
  • More compelling are the mysterious e-mails Jeremy
    receives that suggest Lexie may not be telling
    the truth (about who the father is, for one
    thing), and the character of Lexie's psychic
    grandmother, Doris, who has correctly predicted
    the sex of every child born in the town.
  • As the wedding gets closer (and house renovations
    suck more and more money from Jeremy's dwindling
    savings), Jeremy and Lexie have some serious
    talking to do.
  • Sparks throws in a substantial zinger at the end.
    It's majorly manipulative and totally effective.
    Have plenty of tissues on hand.