Teen Booklist

  • Going Bovine

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    By Libba Bray

    The odyssey of Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen year-old who, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob's (aka mad cow) disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed dwarf boy he meets in the hospital, in an attempt to find a cure, guided only by clues from a pink-haired angel. A funny, weird, unusual and touching story.

    
    
    
      
    
    
  • If I Stay

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    By Gayle Forman

    While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

    
    
    
      
    
    
  • Jellicoe Road

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    By Melina Marchetta

    Abandoned by her drug-addicted mother at the age of eleven, high school student Taylor Markham struggles with her identity and family history at a boarding school in Australia.

    
    
    
      
    
    
  • Just Listen

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    By Sarah Dessen

    Isolated from friends who believe the worst because she has not been truthful with them, sixteen-year-old Annabel finds an ally in classmate Owen, whose honesty and passion for music help her to face and share what really happened at the end-of-the-year party that changed her life.

    
    
    
      
    
    
  • Just One Day

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    By Gayle Forman

    Sparks fly when American good girl Allyson encounters laid-back Dutch actor Willem, so she follows him on a whirlwind trip to Paris, upending her life in just one day and prompting a year of self-discovery and the search for true love.

    
    
    
      
    
    
  • Love Letters to the Dead

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    By Eva Dellaira

    When Laurel starts writing letters to dead famous people for a school assignment, she begins to spill about her sister's mysterious death, her mother's departure from the family, her new friends, and her first love.

    
    
    
      
    
    
  • Maybe One Day

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    By Melissa Cantor

    Zoe thought that being cut from her ballet program was the worst thing that could happen, but when her best friend Olivia is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, Zoe quickly learns that not being able to dance is the least of her problems.

    
    
    
      
    
    
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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    By Jesse Andrews

    Greg and Earl, two high school social outcasts, spend their free time making their own (terrible) versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics. This twosome made movies for themselves, until Rachel came along, a girl diagnosed with leukemia. When she decides to stop treatment, Greg and Earl make her a film that forces them to step into the social spotlight and take a stand.

    
    
    
      
    
    
  • OCD, The Dude, and Me

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    By Lauren Roedy Vaughn

    Danielle stands out even at her alternative high school--in appearance and attitude--but when her scathing and sometimes raunchy English essays land her in a social skills class, she meets Daniel, another social misfit who may break her resolve to keep everyone at arm's length.

    
    
    
      
    
    
  • Side Effects

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    By Amy Goldman Koss

    Isabelle, not quite 15, is living a normal life of fighting with her younger brother, being disgusted with her parents, and hoping to be noticed by a cute guy. Everything changes in an instant when she is diagnosed with lymphoma—and even her best friend, Kay, thinks Izzy is going to die. But she doesn’t, and her humor—sardonic, sharp, astute—makes her a character you’ll always remember.