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Crank

by Ellen Hopkins

Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact...


Perfect

by Ellen Hopkins

What would you give up to be perfect? Four teens find out in the New York Times bestselling companion to Impulse.

Everyone has something, someone, somewhere else that they’d rather be. For four high school...


Soul Catcher

by Katia Lief

"Awesome and revealing."* Fifteen-year-old Kate Steiner is not sure why she is suddenly boarding at an East Coast school for troubled kids, though there is evidence that her lawyer parents are having marital...


If I Grow Up

by Todd Strasser

"WHEN YOU GREW UP IN THE PROJECTS, THERE WERE NO CHOICES. NO GOOD ONES, AT LEAST."

In the Frederick Douglass Project where DeShawn lives, daily life is ruled by drugs and gang violence. Many teenagers drop...


Beneath a Meth Moon

by Jacqueline Woodson

Laurel Daneau has moved on to a new life, in a new town, but inside she's still reeling from the loss of her beloved mother and grandmother after Hurricane Katrina washed away their home. Laurel's new life is...


Jay's Journal

by Anonymous & Beatrice Sparks

Jay was a sweet, bright high school student who cared about his grades and his friends. He had ambitions. He was happy. And he thought he could handle anything.

He was wrong.

When Jay falls in with a crowd that's...


wtf

by Peter Lerangis

Two parties, six alternating points of view, and three letters that say it all: WTF! Now in a larger trim size, the gripping tale of an action-packed twenty-four hours.

Jimmy’s the driver. Cam’s the connection....


Autobiography of My Dead Brother

by Walter Dean Myers & Christopher Myers

The thing was that me and Rise were blood brothers, but sometimes I really didn't know him. . . .

As Jesse fills his sketchbook with drawings and portraits of Rise, he tries to make sense of the complexities...


A Sudden Silence

by Eve Bunting

Jesse Harmon is tortured by guilt because he survived the hit-and-run accident that killed his brother, Bry. His guilt is compounded when he finds he is attracted to Bry's girlfriend, Chloe. Together Jesse...


Gym Candy

by Carl Deuker

“Look, Mick,” he said, “you’re going to find out from somebody in the gym, so you might as well find out from me. Those supplements you’re taking? They might get you a little bigger, but just a little....


Bottled Up

by Jaye Murray

Pip’s desperate to escape his life—he’s been skipping classes, drinking, getting high. Anything and everything to avoid his smug teachers, his sweet but needy little brother, his difficult home life. Now...


Rx

by Tracy Lynn

Thyme Gilchrest is an honors student.

Thyme Gilchrest is popular.

Thyme Gilchrest is on student council.

Thyme Gilchrest is a drug dealer.

Like piecing together a logic puzzle, Thyme has organized a complex...


Bleed Like Me

by C. Desir

From the author of Fault Line comes an edgy and heartbreaking novel about two self-destructive teens in a Sid and Nancy–like romance full of passion, chaos, and dyed hair.

Seventeen-year-old Amelia Gannon (just...


In Ecstasy

by Kate McCaffrey

Mia and Sophie have been best friends forever — but that's all about to change. Experimenting with alcohol, flirting with boys, and dabbling in drugs, their lives quickly spiral out of control. There is little...


Head of the River

by Pip Harry

Nine rowers, 2,000 grueling yards, and one chance for glory

 

Tall, naturally talented, and the offspring of Olympians, superstar siblings Leni and Cristian Popescu are set to row Harley Grammar to victory...


Destroy

by Jason Myers

Discover how Jason Myers’s fan favorite character, internationally bestselling author James Morgan, got his start in this digital enovella set in the world of Exit Here.

In Destroy, James deals with writer’s...


Goodness Falls

by Ty Roth

In GOODNESS FALLS, quarterback T.J. Farrell suffers a blow to the head on the final play of the regular season, but with a history of concussions and fearful of a medical benching for the playoffs, T.J. tries...


Up Country

by Alden R. Carter

Carl knows he?s playing with fire every time he fixes up a stolen car stereo to resell. But he needs the money; how else is he going to get away from his boozing mom and her endless parade of ?classy guys??...


Niggology The Novel

by Shawn Eckles

"Niggology The Novel" by Shawn Eckles presents from age seven to twenty-five the life of a nameless American Black "dope boy" or "street hustler" or your neighborhood drug dealer. The novel is 95 percent the...


Junk

Carnegie Medal 1996

by Melvin Burgess

The love story of two runaway teenagers, Gemma and Tar, and their struggles with heroin addiction.

Melvin Burgess’ most ambitious and complex novel is a multi-faceted and vivid depiction of a group of young...