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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007)
Sherman Alexie
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
 
Pick-Up Game: A full day of full court
Pick-Up Game: A full day of full court (2011)
Marc Aronson
A series of short stories by such authors as Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Joseph Bruchac, interspersed with poems and photographs, provides different perspectives on a game of street ball played on steamy July day at the West 4th Street court in New York City known as The Cage.
 
Fox & Phoenix
Fox & Phoenix (2011)
Beth Bernobich
Sixteen-year-old Kai, a magician's apprentice and former street tough, must travel to the Phoenix Empire, where his friend Princess Lian is studying statecraft, and help her escape so she can return home before her father, the king, dies.
 
Zombies vs. Unicorns
Zombies vs. Unicorns (2010)
Holly  Black
Twelve short stories by a variety of authors seek to answer the question of whether zombies are better than unicorns.
 
Playground
Playground (2011)
(1)
50 Cent
After beating up Maurice on the playground, Butterball is forced to see the school therapist. 
 
Leverage
Leverage (2011)
Joshua Cohen
High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny.
 
Mockingjay
Mockingjay (2010)
(1)
Suzanne Collins
Katniss Everdeen's having survived the Hunger Games twice makes her a target of the Capitol and President Snow, as well as a hero to the rebels who will succeed only if Katniss is willing to put aside her personal feelings and serve as their pawn. (Book 3 in the Hunger Games trilogy)
 
When I was Joe
When I was Joe (2010)
Keren David
After Ty and his mother are placed in a witness protection program because he can identify his friend's murderers, he finds himself adjusting, but when his grandmother is hurt in a deliberate attack designed to get him to return to London, he knows he must make a choice.
 
Blue Bloods
Blue Bloods (2007)
Melissa De la Cruz
Select teenagers from some of New York City's wealthiest and most socially prominent families learn a startling secret about their bloodlines.
 
Then
Then (2010)
Morris Gleitzman
In early 1940s Poland, ten-year-old Felix and his friend Zelda escape from a cattle car headed to the Nazi death camps and struggle to survive, first on their own and then with Genia, a farmer with her own reasons for hating Germans.
 
Born Confused
Born Confused (2002)
Tanuja Desai Hidier
Seventeen-year-old Dimple, whose family is from India, discovers that she is not Indian enough for the Indians and not American enough for the Americans, as she sees her hypnotically beautiful, manipulative best friend taking possession of both her heritage and the boy she likes.
 
Claudette Colvin: Twice toward justice
Claudette Colvin: Twice toward justice (2009)
Phillip M. Hoose
Based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin and many others, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of an important yet largely unknown civil rights figure, skillfully weaving her dramatic story into the fabric of the historic Montgomery bus boycott and court case that would change the course of American history.
 
Every You, Every Me
Every You, Every Me (2011)
David Levithan
Evan is haunted by the loss of his best friend, but when mysterious photographs start appearing, he begins to fall apart as he stars to wonder if she has returned, seeking vengeance. Incorporates strike-through text and other design elements.
 
Taken
Taken (2009)
Norah McClintock
When Stephanie is abducted and left alone in the woods, it takes all of her strength to survive.
 
Trapped
Trapped (2011)
Michael Northrop
Seven high school students are stranded at their New England high school during a week-long blizzard that shuts down the power and heat, freezes the pipes, and leaves them wondering if they will survive.
 
This Dark Endeavor
This Dark Endeavor (2011)
Kenneth Oppel
When his twin brother falls ill in the family's chateau in the independent republic of Geneva in the eighteenth century, sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein embarks on a dangerous and uncertain quest to create the forbidden Elixir of Life described in an ancient text in the family's secret Biblioteka Obsura.
 
Steel Trapp: The challenge
Steel Trapp: The challenge (2008)
Ridley Pearson
Steven "Steel" Trapp has a photographic memory, a gift that gets him embroiled in an ingenious international plot of kidnapping and bribery that may have links to terrorists.
 
Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness
Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness (2004)
Edgar Allan Poe, Gris Grimly
Here are four tales - The Black Cat, The Masque of the Red Death, Hop-Frog, and The Fall of the House of Usher - by the master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. The original tales have been ever so slightly dismembered - but, of course, Poe understood dismemberment very well. And he would shriek in ghoulish delight at Gris Grimly's gruesomely delectable illustrations that adorn every page. So prepare yourself. And keep the lights on.
 
Imani All Mine
Imani All Mine (2000)
(3)
Connie Rose Porter
A fifteen-year-old black girl's joy at giving birth. She is Tasha from Buffalo, and she is glad to be without a husband: "I know she is all mine, and I like it just like that, not having to share my baby with no one."
 
Half-Minute Horrors
Half-Minute Horrors (2009)
Susan Rich
An anthology of very short, scary stories by an assortment of authors and illustrators including Chris Raschka, Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Gaiman, Jack Gantos, and Lane Smith.
 
The Son of Neptune
The Son of Neptune (2011)
(1)
Rick Riordan
Demigod Percy Jackson, still with no memory, and his new friends from Camp Jupiter, Hazel and Frank, go on a quest to free Death, but their bigger task is to unite the Greek and Roman camps so that the Prophecy of Seven can be fulfilled. (The Heroes of Olympus book 2)
 
Dark Secrets
Dark Secrets (2011)
Anne E. Schraff
Ernesto tries to understand why Naomi puts up with physical abuse from her boyfriend Clay and finds himself intervening to protect her.
 
Fractured Fables
Fractured Fables (2010)
Jim Valentino
This book presents, in comic book format, thirty familiar fairy tales, songs, fables, and stories as retold by such acclaimed authors and illustrators as Ben Templesmith, Jim Di Bartolo, Scott Morse, and May Ann Licudine.
 
Black Boy White School
Black Boy White School (2012)
Brian F. Walker
When fourteen-year-old Anthony "Ant" Jones from the ghetto of East Cleveland, Ohio, gets a scholarship to a prep school in Maine, he finds that he must change his image and adapt to a world that never fully accepts him, but when he goes home he discovers that he no longer truly belongs there either.
 
New Teen Titans: Games
New Teen Titans: Games (2011)
Marv Wolfman
Set in the 1980s during the height of New Teen Titans popularity, this standalone hardcover features a mysterious villain playing a deadly game with New York City as the game board - and the Teen Titans as the pieces! Like something out of a time capsule, this never-before-seen epic is the New Teen Titans story from their original creators that never got told... until now!
 
Beneath a Meth Moon: An elegy
Beneath a Meth Moon: An elegy (2012)
(1)
Jacqueline Woodson
A young girl uses crystal meth to escape the pain of losing her mother and grandmother in Hurricane Katrina, and then struggles to get over her addiction.
 
Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy
Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy (2011)
Bil Wright
Sixteen-year-old Carlos Duarte is on the verge of realizing his dream of becoming a famous makeup artist, but first he must face his jealous boss at a Macy's cosmetics counter, his sister's abusive boyfriend, and his crush on a punk-rocker classmate.
 
The Replacement
The Replacement (2010)
(1)
Brenna Yovanoff
Mackie Doyle knows that he replaced a human child when he was just an infant, and when a freind's sister disappears he goes against his family's and town's deliberate denial of the problem to confront the beings that dwell under the town, tampering with human lives.
 
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