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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...


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....


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...


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

A 100 "Best of the Best" ALA Best Books for Young Adults of the Last 25 Years, Up Country is a heart-wrenching, powerful story from an exceptionally talented writer. 

Carl knows he's playing with fire every...


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...


The Gospel of Winter

by Brendan Kiely

“In a lyrical and hard-hitting exploration of betrayal and healing, the son of a Connecticut socialite comes to terms with his abuse at the hands of a beloved priest” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

As...


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...


When I Was the Greatest

by Jason Reynolds & Michael Frost

In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head—even if you’re totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut that Publishers Weekly calls “a funny and rewarding...


A Harmless Drug

by David Ritchie

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Two boys, Oscar and Johnny, begin to experiment with drugs in an attempt to maintain their "Cool Group Status." They consider Marijuana entry level and harmless, disregarding any caution in its use....


The Mission

by Jason Myers

Kaden Norris's life is shattered when his older brother-- his best friend and hero-- is killed in Iraq. He decides to fulfill his brother's last wishes left to him in a letter, urging him to break out of his...


wtf

by Peter Lerangis

Two parties, six alternating points of view, and three letters that says it all--WTF!


Beautiful

by Amy Reed

When thirteen-year-old Cassie moves to a suburb of Seattle, she is determined to leave her boring, good-girl existence behind. She chooses some dangerous new friends and is quickly caught up in their fast-paced...


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...


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...


Dust City

by Robert Paul Weston

Ever since his father's arrest for the murder of Little Red Riding Hood, teen wolf Henry Whelp has kept a low profile in a Home for Wayward Wolves . . . until a murder at the Home leads Henry to believe his...


Baygirl

by Heather Smith

When Kit's alcoholic fisherman father loses his job, the family is forced to leave the Newfoundland outport they call home.