Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian
Junior leaves the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white high school, where the only other Native American is the school mascot. Is he choosing his own destiny or betraying his heritage?
Fifteen-year-old Tyrell, who is living in a Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-out mother and his younger brother, tries to avoid temptation so he does not end up in jail like his father.
Bradbury, Jennifer. Shift
Chris and Win take a bicycle trip across America after graduation, but only one returns and that person is pressured to reveal what really happened.
Through Charlie’s letters, learn what it’s like to grow up in a high school and share the world he knows.
Conor Broekhart spends his days dreaming of flying hot air balloons and inventing flying machines until murder sends him to prison to labor in the diamond mines.
There's been another major terrorist attack and the Department of Homeland Security has clamped down big time. It's up to Marcus, computer geek, to save everyone from this police state.
Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard. YA Fic Gaiman,
Quentin idolizes next door neighbor, Margo Roth Spiegelman. When she includes him in a wild night of revenge and then disappears, Q must follow the clues to find her.
Facing a disintegrating home life and trouble at school, teenager Ian McDermott runs away with his younger brother to Washington State in search of safety, justice, and their long-absent father.
The guilt that Marcus feels because he couldn't keep his father from beating his brother Enrique compels him to go along when Enrique seeks answers - and maybe revenge.
Tired of taking abuse for being a light-skinned Cuban in his drug-infested Harlem neighborhood, Rico follows a friend to rural Wisconsin, where he struggles with his Latino identity.
Korman, Gordon. Pop
Lonely after a midsummer move to a new town, high-school quarterback Marcus Jordan becomes friends with a retired professional linebacker whose erratic behavior confuses him, until Marcus discovers that the player is actually suffering from a neurological disease.
Matt Rydek, co-captain of his high school football team, endures a traumatic season as he witnesses the rape of a rookie player by teammates and grapples with his own use of performance-enhancing drugs.
While navigating his first year of high school and awaiting the birth of his new baby brother, Scott loses old friends and gains some unlikely new ones as he hones his skills as a writer.
A fifteen-year-old “geek” who keeps a list of the high school jocks and others who torment him, and pours his energy into creating a great graphic novel, encounters Kyra, Goth Girl, who helps change his outlook on almost everything, including himself.
A boy, who believes his grandfather to be a spy who turned against England and then disappeared, tracks down his grandfather to find out the truth.
Pursued by a power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony's true past while seeking a way to warn the ship bringing new hopeful settlers from Old World.
When a sadistic high school student tries to cover up a murder by brutally beating an innocent girl, his mentally-challenged but psychically-gifted brother, Mason, uses his powers to bring about justice in their Louisiana town.
During 1967, when all his classmates go to Catechism or Hebrew school on Wednesday afternoons, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom reading the plays of William Shakespeare and learning the value of the world he lives in.
Two star high school basketball players, one black and one white, experience the justice system differently after committing a crime together and getting caught.
compiled by Laura Panter, December 2009