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It's Rough Out There

Teen Life and Issues Fiction Booklist


Speak
Speak

After Melinda calls the cops on an end-of-school party, she's ostracized and bullied. It gets so bad, she can't say a word. Not to anyone. Her parents. Her teachers. Her former friends. Until finally, she has to defend herself from what made her make that call in the first place.


Hope was here
Hope was here

Hope is an ace waitress who lives with her chef aunt. They leave New York City to work at a diner in rural Wisconsin. Hope gets embroiled in local politics when G.T. Swope, the honest owner of the diner, challenges the town's corrupt but powerful mayor. The catch is: G.T. has leukemia and it's unclear how long he'll live.


The house of the scorpion
The house of the scorpion

Matt is a clone and that's the lowest of the low in Opium, a country ruled by drug lord El Patron. But because Matt is El Patron's clone, he is rescued from a cell filled with chicken feed and given a bodyguard. He teaches himself to play piano and dares to fall in love. But can he live freely in a world full of hate??


Begging for change
Begging for change

The worst isn't that Raspberry Hill's Mama ends up in the hospital after a neighborhood teen attacks her with a baseball bat. The worst is that her Daddy has started coming around with his bad smell, his drug habit and panhandling. Raspberry finds herself more worried about money than ever. If you liked Money Hungry, don't miss this sequel.


Friction : a novel
Friction : a novel

Alex loves eighth grade at her alternative school, Forest Academy. Her all-day teacher, Simon, is the best. But when Stacy, a new girl at the school, makes implications about her relationship with Simon, Alex begins to have doubts. Could it be that Simon likes her...sexually?


Shattering Glass
Shattering Glass

"Simon Glass was easy to hate . . . I guess, really, we each hated him for a different reason, but we didn't realize it until the day we killed him." Unravel the mystery of what happens when a group of alpha males decide to turn a dweeb into "class favorite" and he has his own dangerous agenda.


Born confused
Born confused

Dimple LaLa would rather not have her parents match her up with a suitable boy. She's not sure how she feels about her Indian heritage although her best friend Gwyn is fascinated by it. Dimple would rather concentrate on getting really good at photography. That is until she meets her parent's pick, Karsh. Funny, Gwyn is crazy about him, too.


The first part last
The first part last

Bobby has met the love of his life, his newborn baby, Feather. That doesn't mean it's not tough being a 16-year-old single father whose own mom won't cut him any breaks. Or that it doesn't hurt like hell that his girlfriend, Feather's mother, Nia, is gone. Find out how Bobby got to where he is and where he's taking life from there.


Cut
Cut

Callie has been sent to what she calls "Sick Minds" because she cuts herself. There she lives with girls who have drug or food problems. She can't bring herself to talk in group or individual therapy or to any of the other residents. Then another cutter is admitted and that changes everything.


The earth, my butt, and other big, round things
The earth, my butt, and other big, round things

Virginia feels like an outcast in her family. Her mother is thin and works out all the time and Bryon, her idealized brother, goes to Columbia University. Then, one day Bryon does something unthinkable and Virginia is the only one to admit how horrible it is. Can she accept his imperfection and admit that it's okay that she, too, is less than perfect?


Shooter
Shooter

Two lie dead at the high school, one a popular football player; the other is Len, the shooter, a suicide. A team of adults, including an F.B.I. agent, a psychiatrist and a risk prevention specialist, interview Len's two friends: an incest victim and an intellectual who's one of the few blacks in the school. Decide if anyone else is guilty as you read their transcripts and Len's chilling journal.


Cuba 15 : a novel
Cuba 15 : a novel

Violet Paz's grandmother wants to throw her a quinceanero, a Latin American celebration of a girl's coming of age. But when she asks her parents about Cuba they get prickly-and her grandparents get sad. How can she find out about her past, please her relatives and stay true to herself?


True believer
True believer

Written in verse, this second book in the Make Lemonade trilogy, explores LaVaughn's friendships, faith, and ambitions, and the surprising discovery about Jody, the gorgeous guy who's moved upstairs.


Miracle's boys
Miracle's boys

Seventh grader Lafayette has renamed his middle brother Newcharlie because he's come home tough and angry from serving three years in juvie. After the death of their mother and father, his oldest brother, Ty'ree, gave up going to MIT to keep the family together. On this day when Charlie messes up again, it's clear these three need each other more than ever.