Teen Booklist

  • Catherine, Called Birdy

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    By Cushman, Karen

    The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.

  • Diary of a Teenage Girl

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    By Carlson, Melody

    Sixteen-year-old Caitlin O'Conner keeps a six-month diary in which she records the day-to-day events of her life as well as her struggles to understand herself and God's plan for her future. (Other books in the series: It’s My Life, by Caitlin O’Connor, Falling Up, Just Ask, Meant to Be, Sold Out, Road Trip, Face the Music, I Do!, Who I Am, by Caitlin O’Connor, On My Own, by Caitlin O’Connor, A Not-so-Simple Life, It’s a Green Thing, What Matters Most) Cover image Cover image Cover image Cover image Cover image Cover image Cover image Cover image Cover image Cover image Cover image Cover image Cover image

  • Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey

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    By Haddix, Margaret PetersonIn the journal she is keeping for English class, sixteen-year-old Tish chronicles the changes in her life when her abusive father returns home after a two-year absence.
  • Fashion Disaster that Changed My Life, The

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    By Myracle, Lauren

    “Out of all the people in the world, why do I have to be the freak who went to school on the very first day of the year with a pair of PANTIES stuck by static cling to the leg of my pants?!!!” Seventh grade was supposed to be Alli’s breakout year—only her big debut ends up being a big disaster. Then queen bee Rachel Delaney takes Alli under her wing, and Alli finds herself in the inner circle of seventh-grade cool. But the inner circle is nothing like Alli expected, and ugliness lurks behind the prettiest faces. Can Alli figure out where she fits in, or will she get caught up in the glamour of running with the in crowd?

  • Get Well Soon

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    By Halpern, Julie

    When her parents confine her to a mental hospital, an overweight teenaged girl, who suffers from panic attacks, describes her experiences in a series of letters to a friend.

  • Go Ask Alice

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    By AnonymousA fifteen-year-old drug user chronicles her daily struggle to escape the pull of the drug world.
  • iDrakula

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    By Black, Bekka

    An updated version of Dracula told through a series of text messages, instant messages, e-mails, and Web browser images. Eighteen-year-old Jonathan Harker comes down with a rare blood disorder after meeting mysterious Count in Romania. His girlfriend Mina and pre-med student Abraham Van Helsing investigate the source of the disease, learning that the Count is a vampire.

  • Letters From a Slave Girl: The Story of Harriet Jacobs

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    By Lyons, Mary E.A fictionalized version of the life of Harriet Jacobs, told in the form of letters that she might have written during her slavery in North Carolina and as she prepared for escape to the North in 1842.
  • Life As We Knew It

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    By Pfeffer, Susan Beth

    Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. (Sequels: The Dead and the Gone, This World We Live In) Cover image Cover image


  • Love, Stargirl

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    By Spinelli, JerryStill moping months after being dumped by her Arizona boyfriend Leo, fifteen-year-old Stargirl, a home-schooled free spirit, writes "the world's longest letter" to Leo, describing her new life in Pennsylvania. (Sequel to Stargirl)