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WE ARE THE ANTS

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Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Hutchinson
Author's First Name: 
Shaun David
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster (Simon Pulse)
Publication Date: 
2016

 Henry, bullied at school and depressed over his boyfriend's suicide, wonders how he will survive. If given the opportunity to save the world, will Henry do it, or just let the world explode, putting him out of his own misery? A gripping tale of devastation and finding hope in the most unlikley places.

THE MEMORY OF LIGHT

THE MEMORY OF LIGHT
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Stork
Author's First Name: 
Francisco X.
Publisher: 
Scholastic (Arthur A. Levine)
Publication Date: 
2016

 16-year-old Vicky Cruz is recovering from a suicide attempt, with the help of other young patients in the hospital. The descriptions of what depression feels like are powerfully realistic and have the potential to save lives.

ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Niven
Author's First Name: 
Jennifer
Publisher: 
Penguin (Anchor/Knopf/ Random House)
Publication Date: 
2015

 Violet Markey meets Theodore Finch at the top of their school’s bell tower the day they were both planning on jumping off in this heartbreaking story about love, friendship and the powerful effects of mental illness.

GLORY O'BRIEN'S HISTORY OF THE FUTURE

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Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
King
Author's First Name: 
A. S.
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
Publication Date: 
2014

When Glory and her friend Ellie develop an ability to see the past and future of others, their visions reveal a disturbing world at war and women’s freedom in the balance.

THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sales
Author's First Name: 
Leila
Publisher: 
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication Date: 
2013

Elise decides that completely transforming herself will be the only way she can survive sophomore year. When unsuccessful, her complex character weaves into a beautifully-plotted story that discloses her rescue through an unexpected source.

 

This Song Will Save Your Life

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sales
Author's First Name: 
Leila
Publisher: 
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication Month: 
September
Publication Date: 
2013
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After a failed attempt to assimilate with the high school masses, 16-year-old Elise Dumbowski contemplates suicide - only to have that backfire as well. Alone and lonely, she stumbles upon an underground dance club while walking around one night to clear her head. At the club she finds more than friendship. Standing behind the turntables, she finds her passion, talent, and ultimately, herself. This book had me at hello. Elise’s dry humor and pragmatic approach to life are a winning combination. Her voice is honest, funny and rings 100% authentic. She is a character that will connect with teen readers, wherever their place in the high school hierarchy. A thoughtfully drawn cast of secondary characters including parents and siblings who aren’t invisible, classmates who range from cruel to well-meaning to un-noticed and dance club kids rounds out this character-driven novel. Insightful writing that encapsulates big ideas in simple ways drives the novel forward and keeps the reader looking to Elise as a source for humor and honesty. I was struck by passages like “...Sometimes when you are worn down, day after day, relentlessly, with no reprieve for years piled on years, sometimes you lose everything but the ability to cry.” (p.12) “Sometimes people think they know you. They know a few facts about you, and they piece you together in a way that makes sense to them. And if you don’t know yourself very well, you might even believe they’re right.” (p. 241) “But you know better than anyone else how the Internet sees everything and nothing, all at the same time.” (p. 262) And the music! Not only do the songs and bands mentioned throughout the novel make you want to put together an iTunes playlist to put yourself in the club with Elise (even when you don’t know the song or the artist), but a list “Recommended Listening” is included after the acknowledgments that gives a full listing of title and artist to get interested readers started.

FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Quick
Author's First Name: 
Matthew
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
Publication Date: 
2013

Armed with his grandfather's Nazi pistol, Leonard decides to celebrate his eighteenth birthday by killing Asher Beal, former best friend turned bully. However, before killing Asher and himself, Leonard wants to thank his elderly neighbor and others for their kindnesses.

 

STAY WITH ME

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Freymann-Weyr
Author's First Name: 
Garret
Publisher: 
Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 
2006

In a voice both urbane and awkward, sixteen-year-old Lelia steps back and forth between adulthood and adolescence as she tries to unravel the mystery of her older sister's suicide while accepting her own sexuality.

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