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  Cover Art: Crazy Love Abrams, Amir
Crazy Love
A young woman's first taste of love turns to obsession.
325 p. 2012
Teen Fiction Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: The Girl of his Dreams Abrams, Amir
The Girl of his Dreams
Nnce Antonio gets what he wants from a girl, he moves on. But McPherson High's hot new beauty is turning out to be Antonio's first real challenge.
364 p. 2013
Teen Fiction Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: Bronxwood Booth, Coe.
Bronxwood
"Tyrell's father is just out of jail, and Tyrell doesn't know how to deal with that...Tyrell can see the crash that's coming -- with his dad, with the rest of his family, with the girls he's seeing -- but he's not sure he can stop it. Or if he even wants to."--GoodReads.com
328 p. 2011
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: On the Flip Side Carter, Nikki
On the Flip Side
Sunday's first year of college is off to a great start, but will a hit record, video shoots, award shows and her school work be too much for her to handle? Will her long-distance boyfriend Sam be able to resist the temptation of all the single girls hitting on him while Sunday is across the country?
250 p . 2012
Teen Fiction Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: Tap Out Devine, Eric.
Tap Out
Seventeen-year-old Tony is faced with domestic problems at home, and peer pressure on the streets. He's hoping a mixed martial arts class will help him balance things out and give him the courage to live his own life.
314 p. 2012
Teen Fiction Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: Rules of Attraction Elkeles, Simone.
Rules of Attraction
Living on the University of Colorado-Boulder campus with his older brother Alex, a college student and ex-gang member, high school senior Carlos is not ready to give up his wild ways until he meets a shy classmate named Kiara and becomes unwillingly involved in a drug ring.
326 p. 2010
Teen Fiction Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: Something Like Hope Goodman, Shawn
Something Like Hope
Shavonne, a fierce, desperate seventeen year-old in juvenile lockup, wants to turn her life around before her eighteenth birthday, but corrupt guards, out-of-control girls, and shadows from her past make her task seem impossible.
193 p. 2011
Teen Fiction Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: One Way : Short Stories About Left Turns Howard, Dorsey, Jr.
One Way : Short Stories About Left Turns
Growing up in one of the toughest housing projects in Chicago, Dorsey endured and survived a life filled with left turns, including gangs, drugs, violence and prison. His stories inspire us to take a look at our lives and evaluate the 'left turns' we are making"--Page 4 of cover.
84 pages 2013
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: On the Come Up Hunter, Travis
On the Come Up
By the time DeMarco was fifteen, being locked up was better than being at home. So whenever he got hungry or cold, he'd steal something and make sure he got caught. Jasmine, his twin sister, hasn't had the luxury of vacationing in juvie. She's had to balance being an honor roll student with fighting off advances from her mother's boyfriend.
227 p. 2011
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: My Book of Life By Angel Leavitt, Martine
My Book of Life By Angel
"16-year-old Angel struggles to free herself from the trap of prostitution in which she is caught." --Provided by publisher.
246 p. 2012
Teen Fiction Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: Raising Kane Lee, Darrien.
Raising Kane
Fifteen-year-old Kane Alexander resents having to care for her two younger siblings while her father works, and when he insists Kane put her family before her social life, Kane decides to run away.
153 p. 2010
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: DJ Rising Maia, Love
DJ Rising
Sixteen-year-old Marley Diego-Dylan's career as "DJ Ice" is skyrocketing, but his mother's heroin addiction keeps dragging him back to earth.
277 p. 2012
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The other Wes Moore : One Name Two Fates Moore, Wes
The other Wes Moore : One Name Two Fates
Two kids with the same name were born blocks apart in the same decaying city within a few years of each other. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, army officer, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison.
233 p. 2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
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  Cover Art: Kick Myers, Walter Dean
Kick
Told in their separate voices, thirteen-year-old soccer star Kevin and police sergeant Brown, who knew his father, try to keep Kevin out of juvenile hall after he is arrested on very serious charges.
197 p. 2011
Teen Fiction Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: Yummy : the Last Days of a Southside Shorty Neri, Greg.
Yummy : the Last Days of a Southside Shorty
"A graphic novel based on the true story of Robert "Yummy" Sandifer, an eleven-year old African American gang member from Chicago who shot a young girl and was then shot by his own gang members."--Provided by publisher.
94 p. 2010
Teen Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: We Were Here Pena, Matt de la.
We Were Here
Haunted by the event that sentences him to time in a group home, Miguel breaks out with two unlikely companions and together they begin their journey down the California coast hoping to get to Mexico and a new life.
357 p. 2009
Teen Fiction Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: The Knife and the Butterfly Perez, Ashley Hope
The Knife and the Butterfly
After a brawl with a rival gang, sixteen-year-old Azael, a member of Houston's MS-13 gang and the son of illegal Salvadoran immigrants, wakes up in an unusual juvenile detention center where he is forced to observe another inmate through a one-way mirror.
209 p. 2012
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Boy21 Quick, Matthew
Boy21
Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school's varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.
250 p. 2012
Teen Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: See No Evil Schraff, Anne E.
See No Evil
"Loud talk preceded shouting, and then shots rang out. One boy was lying on the sidewalk. Police were not saying so, but he appeared to be dead. At school on Monday, everybody at Tubman was talking about the Grant Street shooting. As far as anybody could tell, the victim was an innocent bystander."
202 p. 2012
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Back to Me Sewell, Earl
Back to Me
This is not how Maya Rogers hoped to get famous. First her boyfriend, Misalo, dumps her, and then the revealing photos that she sent to him go viral. Maya's reputation is in shreds, and now she's getting all the wrong kind of attention from guys in her neighborhood. How did life get so out of control so fast? One answer: Viviana. Maya and her cousin were close once. But guilty secrets and long-buried resentments changed all that. Viviana wants to make Maya miserable by stealing away Misalo, but she may be stirring up more trouble than anyone can handle. At least Maya knows that her best friend Keysha always has her back. But with so much bad blood flowing, will these family ties be severed for good?
235 p. 2012
Teen Fiction Book
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