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How to Be Popular
 by Meg Cabot
Sixteen year old Steph finds and old book on how to be popular and decides to change her social status by following its advice.

Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
After learning about his magical ancestry and his own warrior powers, 16-year-old Jack embarks on a training program to fight enemy wizards.

Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
Adopted, multiracial, teen TJ is intellectually and athletically gifted, but shuns organized sports at his high school until he agrees to form a swim team and recruits less popular students.

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Isolated from friends who believe the worst because she has not been truthful with them, 16-year-old Annabel finds an ally in classmate Owen, whose honesty and passion for music help her to face what really happened to her.

Bang! by Sharon G. Flake
When Mann’s younger brother is killed in a random shooting, Mann’s father is so terrified about losing another son that he decides to leave Mann and his friend Kee-lee in the woods, forcing them to survive as they enact an ancient African tradition.

Wrecked by E.R. Frank
After a car accident seriously injures her best friend and kills her brother’s girlfriend, 16-year-old Anna tries to cope with her guilt and grief, while learning some truths about her family and herself.

Lucky Stars by Lucy Frank
Kira can sing like an angel, while Jake has trouble speaking at all because of a severe stutter. The pair of troubled teens find themselves, and each other, through music (and an abandoned duck).

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.

Things Left Unsaid: A Novel in Poems by Stephanie Hemphill
Afte r a lifetime of conforming to the image of what other people want her to be, Sarah must come to terms with her own identity when her best friend tries to commit suicide.

Standing Against the Wind by Traci L. Jones
As she tries to escape her poor Chicago neighborhood by winning a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, shy and studious 8th-grader Patrice discovers that she has more options in life than she previously realized.

Boy Girl Boy  by Ronald Koertge
Three troubled high school seniors, who plan to run away together from Illinois to California after graduation, try to figure out who they are and who they want to be.

Born to Rock by Gordon Korman
High school senior Leo Caraway, a conservative Republican, learns that his biological father is a punk rock legend.

The Goodness Gene by Sonia Levitin
As son of the Compassionate Director of the Dominion of the Americas, Will has been groomed for leadership in a society that values genetic fitness, but he encounters information which causes him to question that society as well as his own identity.

Every Man For Himself: 10 Short Stories About Being a Guy
An anthology of ten original short stories about such things as family problems, sexuality, and courage, written by contemporary authors for young adults.

Looking for Lucy Buick by Rita Murphy
Following the death of her favorite adoptive aunt, Lucy goes searching for her biological family who abandoned her in an old Buick 18 years before.

Prom Anonymous by Blake Nelson
Three childhood friends reunite to attend prom together and, in the process of finding dates and dresses, gain some surprising insights into themselves.

M or F? by Lisa Papademetriou & Christopher Tebbetts
Gay teen Marcus helps his friend Frannie chat up her crush online, but then becomes convinced that the crush is falling for him instead.

Chloe Leiberman (Sometimes Wong) by Carrie Rosten
Half-Jewish, half-Chinese Chloe utterly shocks her family by announcing that she hasn’t applied to any colleges, and instead wants to go to design school in London.

Undine by Penni Russon
16-year-old Undine, hearing her presumably dead father calling to her and feeling a strange force growing inside her, travels to the sea to discover the depths of her magical powers.

Small Steps by Louis Sachar
A ticket-scalping venture leads Armpit on an adventure into the worlds of entertainment, intrigue, romance, and heartbreak that will put his own life at risk to foil a plot to murder a teen diva.

Cubanita by Gaby Triana
17-year-old Isabel, eager to leave Miami and escape her overprotective Cuban mother, learns some truths about her family's past and makes important decisions about the type of person she wants to be.

Acting: A Novel by Sherri Winston
Longing to escape from her small Michigan town, 16-year-old Eve, an aspiring actress, is forced to confront both her family's and her own expectations when her twin sister announces her pregnancy.