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Where Wicked Starts

by Elizabeth Stuckey-French & Patricia Henley

When stepsisters Nick and Luna suspect that a girl is being held captive, they set out to rescue her.


Throwaway Girl

by Kristine Scarrow

Since she was thirteen years old, Andy Burton has learned about survival at Haywood House, a group home for girls. Now almost eighteen, Andy must find a new home. Can she build a life for herself and find happiness?...


Blackbird Fly

by Erin Entrada Kelly & Betsy Peterschmidt

Future rock star or friendless misfit? That’s no choice at all. In this acclaimed novel by Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly, twelve-year-old Apple grapples with being different; with friends and backstabbers;...


Play Me Backwards

by Adam Selzer

A committed slacker enlists the help of his best friend (who may or may not be the devil) to get his act together in this “timelessly true to life” (Booklist) novel filled with humor, awkwardness, and honesty,...


Skinny-Dipping at Monster Lake

by Bill Wallace

Kent doesn't believe in monsters. But he knows he saw two gleaming yellow eyes beneath the surface of Cedar Lake when he and his buddies were camping at the lake. When he sneaks out alone a few nights later...


Cobwebs

by Karen Romano Young

A girl walks across the Brooklyn Bridge, a backpack full of knitting slung over her shoulder, a green fish kite in her hand.

A boy balances on the bridge's crisscross webbing, waiting for the girl to pass.

Are...


Since You've Been Gone

by Morgan Matson

Emily is about to take some risks and have the most unexpected summer ever. Hellogiggles.com says, “Basically I couldn’t be more in love with this book,” from the bestselling author of Second Chance Summer...


Ballet School Confidential: The Complete 3-Book Bundle: Love You, Hate You / I Forgot to Tell You / You're So Sweet

by Charis Marsh

This special three-book bundle follows four ballet prodigies as they face several gruelling semesters at a prestigious dance academy. Will they triumph with their self-esteem, friendships, and will to dance...


Maeve on the Red Carpet

by Annie Bryant

It's Maeve's chance to be a star -- and to see up close and personal what fame and fortune can do to a person.


The Complete History of Why I Hate Her

by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Nola wants nothing more than a summer on her own—and a job at an upscale Maine coast resort sounds ideal. She’ll have plenty of beach time between waitressing, some freedom from stresses back home, and the...


Sara's Face

by Melvin Burgess

Fame, beauty, and face transplants

Sara wants to be famous, and when legendary rock star Jonathon Heat offers to take her under his wing and pay for her cosmetic surgery, it's like a dream come true. But beauty...


Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000

by Eric Wight

Frankie Pickle returns for another imaginative adventure—drag racing! Well, not quite drag racing, but the Pine Run Derby for scouts. Frankie may not advance to the next rank with the rest of his troop if...


Maggie Bean Stays Afloat

by Tricia Rayburn

Here's what's new with Maggie Bean: At the end of her tumultuous year, Maggie Bean is a very happy, healthy girl. After months of Pound Patrollers attendance, diet, and tough swim workouts, the scale now reads...


Standing for Socks

by Elissa Brent Weissman & Jessica Sonkin

When Fara Ross puts on mismatched socks accidentally one morning, little does she know that it will ignite her political career. What begins as a wardrobe malfunction grows into an expression of freedom in footwear,...


Freaked Out

by Annie Bryant

Julia Faber's Hawaiian-themed birthday bash is the talk of Abigail Adams Junior High, but one of the Beacon Street Girls doesn't get an invitation. Should the others be loyal to their slighted friend and miss...


Crush Alert

by Annie Bryant

Meet the Beacon Street Girls...They're real, they're fun - they're just like you!

Love is in the air at Abigail Adams Junior High. There's a big dance coming up, and the BSG are having fun thinking up dream...


Burned

by Ellen Hopkins

I do know things really began to spin out of control after my first sex dream.

It all started with a dream. Nothing exceptional, just a typical fantasy about a boy, the kind of dream that most teen girls experience....


The Life and Times of Benny Alvarez

by Peter Johnson

This heartfelt story about school, friendship, and family is perfect for readers who can't get enough of such middle grade favorites as Jerry Spinelli and Gary D. Schmidt. From acclaimed author Peter Johnson,...


All Alone in the Universe

by Lynne Rae Perkins

"Before last summer Maureen and I were best friends....At least I think we were. I don't know what happened exactly. As some people who get hit by trucks sometimes say,'I didn't see anything coming.'"

When her...


Kim: Empty Inside: The Diary of an Anonymous Teenager

by Beatrice Sparks

I am so scared.

I feel like I'm silently screaming for help

and no one pays any attention of tries to hear me.

I can't control anything anymore.

It's all out to get me!

When Kim can't handle things, she eats. Then...