Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah Year Eleven at an exclusive prep school in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, is further complicated for Amal when she decides to wear the hijab, the Muslim head scarf, full-time as a badge of her faith--without losing her identity or sense of style.
Peeled by Joan Bauer
High school reporter Hildy Biddle investigates a series of strange occurrences at a house rumored to be haunted. Even though her efforts make her unpopular in town, she refuses to give up until she finds out the truth.
The Tequila Worm by Viola Canales
Sofia grows up in the close-knit community of the barrio in McAllen, Texas, then finds that her experiences as a scholarship student at an Episcopal boarding school in Austin only strengthen her ties to family and her "comadres."
Stealing Freedom by Elisa Lynn Carbone
Events in the life of a young slave girl from Maryland who endures all kinds of mistreatment and cruelty, but who eventually escapes to freedom in Canada.
Before I Die by Jenny Downham
A terminally ill teenaged girl makes and carries out a list of things to do before she dies.
Lush by Natasha Friend
Struggling to cope with her father's alcoholism, 13-year-old Sam corresponds with an older student, sharing her family problems and asking for advice.
Nobody's Princess by Esther Friesner
Determined to fend for herself in a world where only men have real freedom, headstrong Helen, who will one day become queen of Sparta and Helen of Troy, learns to fight, hunt, and ride horses while disguised as a boy, and goes on an adventure throughout the Mediterranean world. Sequel: Nobody's Prize
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
Liza puts aside her feelings for Annie after the disaster at school, but eventually she allows love to triumph over the ignorance of people.
Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier
17-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 beautiful and manipulative best friend taking possession of both her heritage and the boy she likes.
Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
15-year-old Colie, a former fat girl, spends the summer working as a waitress in a beachside restaurant, staying with her eccentric Aunt Mira, and trying to explore her sense of self.
Jazmin’s Notebook by Nikki Grimes
Jazmin, who lives with her older sister in a small Harlem apartment in the 1960s, finds strength in writing poetry and keeping a record of the events in her sometimes difficult life.
Heaven by Angela Johnson What makes a person who she is? Is it her name, the people she lives with, or is blood the only link to identity? Marley, 14, suddenly confronts these questions when she discovers that the people she's been living with her entire life aren't her real parents.
Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe
Meet Jasmine: amateur forensic supersleuth. One second she's trying to enjoy her Vegas Vacation, (and meet the cute guy at the Snack Hut), the next she's tangled up in an outrageous adventure and has to outwit a crazed killer before he ends ten lives, one of them her own. Sequel: Kitty Kitty
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy When 12-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle's estate, she must join forces with Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage, to save the world from the Faceless Ones.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Frankie is not the kind of girl to take “no” for an answer. Especially when “no” means she’s excluded from her boyfriend’s all-male secret society. Not when her ex-boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places. Not when she knows she’s smarter than any of them. And when there are so many, many pranks to be done ...
Mary, Bloody Mary by Carolyn Meyer
Mary Tudor, who would reign briefly as Queen of England during the mid 16th century, tells the story of her troubled childhood as daughter of King Henry VIII.
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
Feeling like she does not fit in with the other members of her family, who are all thin, brilliant, and beautiful, 15-year-old Virginia tries to deal with her self-image, her first physical relationship, and her disillusionment with some of the people closest to her.
Spellbound by Janet McDonald
Raven, a teenage mother and high school dropout living in a housing project, decides, with the help and sometime interference of her best friend Aisha, to study for a spelling bee which could lead to a four-year scholarship.
Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, 16-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.
Ties That Bind, Ties That Break by Lensey Namioka
Ailin’s life takes a different turn when she defies the traditions of upper class Chinese society by refusing to have her feet bound.
Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
Alanna, who aspires to be a knight even though she is a girl, disguises herself as a boy to become a royal page, learning many hard lessons along her path to high adventure. This is the first book in the Song of the Lioness Quartet.
Necessary Hunger by Nina Revoyr As a star basketball player in her last year of high school, Nancy Takahiro's life is about to change forever. Nancy is not prepared for the complications that arise when she meets Raina Webber, a devoted, ferocious athlete, whose love of basketball is matched only by her talent for it.
A Break With Charity by Ann Rinaldi
In 17th -century Salem, young Susanna wants to join a special circle of girls. When she finally learns the true nature of their meetings, she must confront her own superstitions and fears.
Bloom by Elizabeth Scott
Lauren has a good life: decent grades, great friends, and the perfect boyfriend. But she finds herself attracted to Evan, a handsome loner, and starts wondering if she’s staying with her loyal boyfriend Dave simply because it’s what everyone expects.
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.
The Forestwife by Theresa Tomlinson
In England during the reign of King Richard I, 15-year-old Marian escapes from an arranged marriage to live with a community of forest folk that includes a daring young outlaw named Robert.
Like Sisters on the Homefront by Rita Williams-Garcia
Gayle is a 14-year-old mother who, when she becomes pregnant again, is sent South to do some growing up among relatives she doesn't know and doesn't particularly like. Streetwise, sullen, disrespectful, and angry, she gradually comes under the spell of her wise and very old great-grandmother.
I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade by Diane Wilson
In early 14th-century China, Oyuna tells her granddaughter of her girlhood in Mongolia and how love for her horse enabled her to win an important race and bring good luck to her family.
The Kayla Chronicles by Sherri Winston
Kayla transforms herself from mild-mannered journalist to hot-trotting dance diva in order to properly investigate her high school's dance team, and has a hard time remaining true to her real self while in the role.
Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff
Living in the projects but determined to be the first person in her family to go on to college, LaVaughn takes a job babysitting for the teenage mother of two young children, whose life is disorganized and chaotic.
When the Black Girl Sings by Bil Wright
Adopted by white parents and sent to an exclusive Connecticut girls' school where she is the only black student,14-year-old Lahni Schuler feels like an outcast, but after attending a local church where she hears gospel music for the first time, she finds her voice.
Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
In the three years since her father caught her in the back seat of a car with an older boy, 16-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.
How Not to Be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler
17-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."