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PIECING ME TOGETHER

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Watson
Author's First Name: 
Renée
Publisher: 
Bloomsbury
Publication Date: 
2017
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Jade, a collage artist, is a scholarship student at an exclusive private high school. There she’s given opportunities to participate in a mentoring program for “at-risk” girls, and enroll in a free SAT prep class. She takes every opportunity that’s offered, while questioning the role of race and white privilege in these offerings. The police beating of a black teen at a house party in a nearby city moves Jade to assemble the diverse pieces of her life together in a public and powerful way. (14 and up. Lisa Cosgrove-Davies)

STILL LIFE WITH TORNADO

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Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
King
Author's First Name: 
A. S.
Publisher: 
Penguin (Dutton)
Publication Date: 
2016

 At sixteen, Sarah finds that she can no longer draw. Is this an existential crisis or is something else going on? Sarah's search to find the reality inside her tornado takes us into the world of domestic violence - the depths the mind will go to in order to protect itself and the almost impossible task of finding the way out.

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.

SAINT ANYTHING

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Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Dessen
Author's First Name: 
Sarah
Publisher: 
Penguin (Viking)
Publication Date: 
2015

 Sydney's golden-boy brother has a serious run-in with the law, which fractures the family's dynamic. She finds respite with her new friend Layla and her family in this thoughtful novel from a perennial favorite.

THE UNLIKELY HERO OF ROOM 13B

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Toten
Author's First Name: 
Teresa
Publisher: 
Penguin (Delacorte /Random House)
Publication Date: 
2015

 When Robyn, a fellow OCD sufferer, joins Adam's support group, there is an immediate attraction. Despite the humor and levity that pervades this novel, Adam's OCD is spiralling out of control, and his desire to fix everyone's issues may backfire spectacularly.

THE STORY OF OWEN: DRAGON SLAYER OF TRONDHEIM

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Johnston
Author's First Name: 
E. K.
Publisher: 
Carolrhoda
Publication Date: 
2014

Siobhan McQuaid is the bard who tells this tale of her friend Owen Thorskard the Dragon Slayer, who must fight to save the town from dragons and still keep up his grades. A great combination of alternative history, fantasy and teen friendship.

GABI, A GIRL IN PIECES

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Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Quintero
Author's First Name: 
Isabel
Publisher: 
Cinco Puntos
Publication Month: 
October
Publication Date: 
2014

Gabi Hernandez chronicles the highs and lows of her senior year in high school: a best friend is pregnant, another has just come out and been kicked out, her father wrestles with a meth addiction and Gabi is just trying to figure out how to be enough. Mexican enough. Thin enough. And smart enough to know herself and express herself honestly.

HE SAID, SHE SAID

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Alexander
Author's First Name: 
Kwame
Publisher: 
Amistad
Publication Date: 
2013

Omar arrives from Brooklyn and declares Claudia will succumb to his charms. Interested only in protesting the loss of arts and library funding, she ignores him. Alternate chapters expose their slowly changing opinions of each other.

 

YAQUI DELGADO WANTS TO KICK YOUR ASS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Medina
Author's First Name: 
Meg
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2013

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ELEANOR & PARK [AUDIOBOOK]

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Rowell
Author's First Name: 
Rainbow
Narrator's First Name: 
Rebecca Lowman and
Narrator's Last Name: 
Sunil Malhotra
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2013

Lowman and Malhotra perfectly voice star-crossed friends Eleanor and Park as two comic-book reading, mixed-tape-listening misfits who become lovers after having to sit next to each other on a crowded school bus. The rich narration brings the 1980's setting to life and fills it with these complex, convincing, and interesting young adults.

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