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Anderson, Jodi Lynn – Peaches
Three teenaged girls from very different backgrounds, thrown together to pick peaches in a Georgia orchard, spend a summer in pursuit of the right boy, the truest of friends, and the perfect peach. (SLJ gr 9+)

Bauer, Joan. Rules of the Road (and sequel Best Foot Forward)
Sixteen-year-old Jenna gets a job driving the elderly owner of a chain of successful shoe stores from Chicago to Texas to confront the son who is trying to force her to retire, and along the way Jenna hones her talents as a saleswoman and finds the strength to face her alcoholic father. (SLJ gr 7+)

Benway, Robin. Audrey, Wait!
Sixteen-year-old Audrey gains unwanted fame and celebrity status when her ex-boyfriend, a rock musician, records a breakup song about her that soars to the top of the Billboard charts. (SLJ gr 9+)

Caletti, Deb. Honey Baby Sweetheart
In the summer of her junior year, sixteen-year-old Ruby McQueen and her mother, both nursing broken hearts, set out on a journey to reunite an elderly woman with her long-lost love and in the process learn many things about "the real ties that bind" people to one another. (SLJ gr8+)

Castellucci, Cecil. Beige
Katy, a quiet French Canadian teen, reluctantly leaves home to spend time with her dad, an aging punk rock legend. (SLJ gr 9+)

Cheva, Cherry. She’s So Money
Maya, a high school senior bound for Stanford University, goes against her better judgement when she and a popular but somewhat disreputable boy start a profitable school-wide cheating ring in order to save her family's Thai restaurant, which she fears will be shut down due to her irresponsible actions. (SLJ gr 7+)

Gallagher, Liz. The Opposite of Invisible
Artistic Seattle high school sophomore Alice decides to emerge from her cocoon and date a football player, which causes a rift between her and her best friend, a boy who wants to be more than just friends. (SLJ gr 8-10)

Honeyman, Kay.  The Fire Horse Girl
When Jade Moon, born in the unlucky year of the Fire Horse, and her father immigrate to America in 1923 and are detained at Angel Island Immigration Station, Jade Moon is determined to find a way through and prove that she is not cursed. (SLJ gr. 9+)

Johnson, Maureen. 13 Little Blue Envelopes
When seventeen-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life. (SLJ gr 8-10)

Kindl, Patrice.  Keeping the Castle
In order to support her family and maintain their ancient castle in Lesser Hoo, seventeen-year-old Althea bears the burden of finding a wealthy suitor who can remedy their financial problems. (gr. 7+)

Lockhart, E.The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors Plus Techniques
A high school junior continues her quest for relevant data on the male species, while enjoying her freedom as a newly licensed driver and examining her friendship with a clean-living vegetarian classmate. (SLJ gr 9+)

Lockhart, E., Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle. How to Be Bad
Told in alternating voices, Jesse, Vicks, and Mel, hoping to leave all their worries and woes behind, escape their small town by taking a road trip to Miami. (SLJ gr 9+)

Matson, Morgan. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour
After the death of her father, Amy, a high school student, and Roger, a college freshman, set out on a carefully planned road trip from California to Connecticut, but wind up taking many detours, forcing Amy to face her worst fears and come to terms with her grief and guilt. (SLJ gr 9+)

Myracle, Lauren. Peace, Love and Baby Ducks
Fifteen-year-old Carly's summer volunteer experience makes her feel more real than her life of privilege in Atlanta ever did, but her younger sister starts high school pretending to be what she is not, and both find their relationships suffering. (SLJ gr. 9+)

Rennison, Louise. Angus, thongs and full-frontal snogging: confessions of Georgia Nicolson
Presents the humorous journal of a year in the life of a fourteen-year-old British girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood animals, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie. (SLJ gr 7-9)

Sheldon, Dyan. Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
In her first year at a suburban New Jersy high school, Mary Elizabeth Cep, who now calls herself "Lola," sets her sights on the lead in the annual drama production, and finds herself in conflict with the most popular girl in school. (SLJ gr 6-10)

Shulman, Polly. Enthusiasm
Julie and Ashleigh, high school sophomores and Jane Austen fans, seem to fall for the same Mr. Darcy-like boy and struggle to hide their true feelings from one another while rehearsing for a school musical. (SLJ gr 9+)

Ziegler, Jennifer. How Not to be Popular
Seventeen-year-old Sugar Magnolia Dempsey is tired of leaving friends behind every time her hippie parents decide to move, but her plan to be unpopular at her new Austin, Texas, school backfires when other students join her on the path to "supreme dorkdom." (SLJ gr 9+)

 

Fantasy

Barnes, Jennifer. Golden
When her family moves to Oklahoma from California, high school sophomore Lissy uses her ability to see other people's auras to try to uncover and stop the sinister activities of a teacher at her new school. (SLJ gr 7+)

Billingsly, Franny. Chime
In the early twentieth century in Swampsea, seventeen-year-old Briony, who can see the spirits that haunt the marshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister's horrible injury until a young man enters their lives and exposes secrets that even Briony does not know about. (SLJ gr 7+)

Black, Holly (Urban Fantasy)Thithe: A Modern Faerie Tale
Sixteen-year-old Kaye, who has been visited by faeries since childhood, discovers that she herself is a magical faerie creature with a special destiny. (SLJ gr 9+)

Bray, Libba. A Great and Terrible Beauty
After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world. (SLJ gr 9+)

Cashore, Kristin. Graceling
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king. (SLJ gr 9+)

Hale, Shannon. Book of a Thousand Days
Fifteen-year-old Dashti, sworn to obey her sixteen-year-old mistress, the Lady Saren, shares Saren's years of punishment locked in a tower, then brings her safely to the lands of her true love, where both must hide who they are as they work as kitchen maids. (SLJ gr 5-9)

Kindle, Patrice. Owl in Love
A fourteen-year-old girl, who can transform herself into an owl, has a crush on her science teacher which leads her into interesting new relationships with both humans and owls. (gr 7+)

LeFevers, Robin.  Grave Mercy
In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts--and a violent destiny.

Mlynowski, Sarah. Frogs and French Kisses
Love spells run amok in New York City when high school freshman Rachel asks her younger sister, who is a witch, for magical help in winning the affection of heartthrob Raf Kosravi. (SLJ gr 6-8)

Stiefvater, Maggie. The Scorpio Races
Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. (SLJ gr. 8-12)

 

Lonely Girls & Girls in Pain

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect of Melinda's freshman year in high school. (SLJ gr 8+)

Dessen, Sarah.Just Listen
Isolated from friends who believe the worst because she has not been truthful with them, sixteen-year-old Annabel finds an ally in classmate Owen, whose honesty and passion for music help her to face and share what really happened at the end-of-the-year party that changed her life. (SLJ gr 9+)

Dowd, Siobhan. A Swift Pure Cry
Coolbar, Ireland, is a village of secrets and Shell, caretaker to her younger brother and sister after the death of their mother and with the absence of their father, is not about to reveal hers until suspicion falls on the wrong person. (SLJ gr 9+)

Flake, Sharon. The Skin I'm In
Thirteen-year-old Maleeka, uncomfortable because her skin is extremely dark, meets a new teacher with a birthmark on her face and makes some discoveries about how to love who she is and what she looks like. (SLJ gr 6-8)

Friend, Natasha. Perfect
Following the death of her father, a thirteen-year-old uses bulimia as a way to avoid her mother's and ten-year-old sister's grief, as well as her own. (SLJ gr 6-9)

Grimes, Nikki.Jazmin's Notebook
Jazmin, a fourteen-year-old Afro-American girl who lives with her sister in a Harlem apartment, finds strength in writing poetry and keeping a diary. (SLJ gr 6-10)

McCormick, Patricia. Cut
While confined to a mental hospital, thirteen-year-old Callie slowly comes to understand some of the reasons behind her self-mutilation, and gradually starts to get better. (SLJ gr 8+)

Woods, Brenda. Emako Blue
Monterey, Savannah, Jamal, and Eddie have never had much to do with each other until Emako Blue shows up at chorus practice, but just as the lives of the five Los Angeles high school students become intertwined, tragedy tears them apart. (SLJ gr 8+)

Woodson, Jacqueline. If You Come Softly
After meeting at their private school in New York, fifteen-year-old Jeremiah, who is black and whose parents are separated, and Ellie, who is white and whose mother has twice abandoned her, fall in love and then try to cope with people's reactions. (SLJ gr 7+)

Zarr, Sara.  Story of a Girl
In the three years since her father caught her in the back seat of a car with an older boy, sixteen-year-old Deanna's life at home and school has been a nightmare, but while dreaming of escaping with her brother and his family, she discovers the power of forgiveness. (SLJ gr. 9+)

 

 

Rocked by Romance

Castallucci, Cecil. Boy Proof
Feeling alienated from everyone around her, Los Angeles high school senior and movie fanatic Victoria Denton hides behind the identity of a favorite movie character until an interesting new boy shows up at school and helps her realize that there is more to life than just the movies. (SLJ gr 8+)

Elkeles, Somone. Perfect Chemistry
When wealthy, seemingly perfect Brittany and Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, develop a relationship after Alex discovers that Brittany is not exactly who she seems to be, they must face the disapproval of their schoolmates--and others. (SLJ gr. 10+)

Fitzpatrick, Becca.  Hush, Hush
High school sophomore Nora has always been very cautious in her relationships, but when Patch, who has a dark side she can sense, enrolls at her school, she is mysteriously and strongly drawn to him, despite warnings from her best friend, the school counselor, and her own instincts.

Flake, Sharon. Who Am I Without Him: Short Stories About Girls and the Boys In Their Lives (SLJ gr 7+)

Green, John.  The Fault in Our Stars
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Han, Jenny. The Summer I Turned Pretty
Belly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, but this time things are very different. (SLJ gr 7-10)

McCafferty, Meg. Sloppy Firsts
Devastated when her best friend moves away, sixteen-year-old Jessica Darling feels isolated at school and at home, as she struggles to deal with her father's obsession with her track meets, her boy-crazy peers, and her own nonexistent love life. (high school/adult)

Perkins, Stephanie. Anna and the French Kiss
When Anna's romance-novelist father sends her to an elite American boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school, she reluctantly goes, and meets an amazing boy who becomes her best friend, in spite of the fact that they both want something more. (SLJ gr. 9+)

Rowell, Rainbow.  Eleanor & Park
"Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits — smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try."

Snadowsky, Daria. Anatomy of a Boyfriend
In her last semester at a private school in Fort Myers, Florida, seventeen-year-old Dom finds her life transformed by her first boyfriend, Wes, a track star at the public school her best friend attends. (SLJ gr 9+)

Sones, Sonya. What My Mother Doesn't Know
Sophie describes her relationships with a series of boys as she searches for Mr. Right. (SLJ gr 6-8)

Wilson, Jacqueline. Girls in Love
Starting ninth grade puts Ellie under enough pressure, but when her two best friends, goth Nadine and glam Magda get boyfriends, Ellie is desperate, so she makes one up. Funny little lists of nine things: nine wishes; nine dreams; and nine most embarrassing moments are sprinkled throughout. Another British import along the lines of Angus Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging. First in a series of four. (SLJ gr 6-9)

Wittlinger, Ellen. Heart on My Sleeve
From the end of high school to the beginning of college, Chloe and Julian deal with major changes in their families and friendships and explore their feelings for each other through emails, letters, and a visit.