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  • The fault in our stars
    The fault in our stars
    John Green.
    Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.
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  • Beneath a meth moon : an elegy
    Beneath a meth moon : an elegy
    Jacqueline Woodson.
    "A young girl uses crystal meth to escape the pain of losing her mother and grandmother in Hurricane Katrina, and then struggles to get over her addiction"-- Provided by publisher.
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  • The Good braider : a novel
    The Good braider : a novel
    Terry Farish.
    Follows Viola as she survives brutality in war-torn Sudan, makes a perilous journey, lives as a refugee in Egypt, and finally reaches Portland, Maine, where her quest for freedom and security is hampered by memories of past horrors and the traditions her mother and other Sudanese adults hold dear. Includes historical facts and a map of Sudan.
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  • Something like normal
    Something like normal
    Trish Doller.
    When Travis returns home from Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother has stolen his girlfriend and car, and he has nightmares of his best friend getting killed but when he runs into Harper, a girl who has despised him since middle school, life actually starts looking up.
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  • Try not to breathe
    Try not to breathe
    Jennifer R. Hubbard.
    The summer Ryan is released from a mental hospital following his suicide attempt, he meets Nicki, who gets him to share his darkest secrets while hiding secrets of her own.
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  • The running dream
    The running dream
    Wendelin Van Draanen.
    When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.
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  • Exposed
    Exposed
    Kimberly Marcus.
    High school senior Liz, a gifted photographer, can no longer see things clearly after her best friend accuses Liz's older brother of a terrible crime.
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  • Compulsion
    Compulsion
    Heidi Ayarbe.
    Poised to lead his high school soccer team to its third straight state championship, seventeen-year-old star player Jake Martin struggles to keep hidden his nearly debilitating obsessive-compulsive disorder.
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  • Bitter end
    Bitter end
    Jennifer Brown.
    When seventeen-year-old Alex starts dating Cole, a new boy at her high school, her two closest friends increasingly mistrust him as the relationship grows more serious.
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  • I will save you
    I will save you
    Matt de la Pena.
    Seventeen-year-old Kidd Ellison runs away to work for the summer at a beach campsite in California where his hard work and good looks lead to friendship and love but painful past memories surface in menacing ways.
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  • Shine
    Shine
    Lauren Myracle.
    When her best friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover the culprits in her small North Carolina town.
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  • Because I am furniture
    Because I am furniture
    by Thalia Chaltas.
    The youngest of three siblings, fourteen-year-old Anke feels both relieved and neglected that her father abuses her brother and sister but ignores her, but when she catches him with one of her friends, she finally becomes angry enough to take action.
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  • Speak
    Speak
    Laurie Halse Anderson.
    A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.
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  • Boy toy
    Boy toy
    by Barry Lyga.
    After five years of fighting his way past flickers of memory about the teacher who molested him and the incident that brought the crime to light, eighteen-year-old Josh gets help in coping with his molestor's release from prison when he finally tells his best friends the whole truth.
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  • The first part last
    The first part last
    Angela Johnson.
    Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter.
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  • Split
    Split
    Swati Avasthi.
    A teenaged boy thrown out of his house by his abusive father goes to live with his older brother, who ran away from home years ago to escape the abuse.
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  • Scars
    Scars
    Cheryl Rainfield.
    Fifteen-year-old Kendra, a budding artist, has not felt safe since she began to recall devastating memories of childhood sexual abuse, especially since she cannot remember her abuser's identity, and she copes with the pressure by cutting herself.
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  • The earth, my butt, and other big, round things
    The earth, my butt, and other big, round things
    Carolyn Mackler.
    Feeling like she does not fit in with the other members of her family, who are all thin, brilliant, and good-looking, fifteen-year-old Virginia tries to deal with her self-image, her first physical relationship, and her disillusionment with some of the people closest to her.
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  • Sold
    Sold
    Patricia McCormick.
    Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi leaves her poor mountain home in Nepal thinking that she is to work in the city as a maid only to find that she has been sold into the sex slave trade in India and that there is no hope of escape.
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