Whats New Category: High School

4 Novels With Teen Characters Who Overcome Bullying

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YA THOMAS, L.
Ollie, who has seizures when near electricity, lives in a backwoods cabin with his mother and rarely sees other people, and Moritz, born with no eyes and a heart defect that requires a pacemaker, is bullied at his high school, but when a physician who knows both suggests they begin corresponding, they form a strong bond that may get them through dark times.
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Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
YA SUMMERS, C.
Regina, a high school senior in the popular – and feared – crowd, suddenly falls out of favor and becomes the object of the same sort of vicious bullying that she used to inflict on others, until she finds solace with one of her former victims.
YA MY MILLER, A.
A boy with autism teams up with the high school bully to get to the bottom of a cafeteria crime.
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YA KROSSING, K.
Small, shy Calvin becomes the Yo-Yo Prophet when his street tricks get the attention of a bully named Rozelle.

9 Teen Novels Set in the 90’s

AltheaOliver

Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho

YA MORACHO, C.

Althea and Oliver, who have been friends since age six and are now high school juniors, find their friendship changing because he has contracted Kleine-Levin Syndrome.

CarnivalAtBray

The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

YA FOLEY, J.

It’s 1993, and Generation X pulses to the beat of Kurt Cobain and the grunge movement. Sixteen-year-old Maggie Lynch is uprooted from big-city Chicago to a windswept town on the Irish Sea. Surviving on care packages of Spin magazine and Twizzlers from her rocker uncle Kevin, she wonders if she’ll ever find her place in this new world. When first love and sudden death simultaneously strike, a naive but determined Maggie embarks on a forbidden pilgrimage that will take her to a seedy part of Dublin and on to a life-altering night in Rome to fulfill a dying wish. Through it all, Maggie discovers an untapped inner strength to do the most difficult but rewarding thing of all– live.

SupergirlMixtapes

Supergirl Mixtapes by Meagan Brothers

YA BROTHERS, M.

Sixteen-year-old Maria leaves her father and grandmother in Red Hill, South Carolina, to live with her mother, an artist who lives with her young boyfriend in a tiny apartment in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

WhenLoveComestoTown

When Love Comes to Town by Tom Lennon

YA LENNON, T.

Neil Byrne, a teenager in Dublin, Ireland, in the 1990s, comes to terms with the fact that he is gay and seeks acceptance from his friends and family.

FutureUs

The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

YA ASHER, J.

Everybody wonders what their destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out. It’s 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet. Emma just got her first computer and Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on — and discover their profiles on something called Facebook, fifteen years into the future.

Miseducation

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

YA DANFORTH, E.

In the early 1990s, when gay teenager Cameron Post rebels against her conservative Montana ranch town and her family decides she needs to change her ways, she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center.

Skyscraping

Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen

YA JENSEN, C.

In 1993 in New York City, high school senior Mira uncovers many secrets, including that her father has a male lover.

TimeMiracles

A Time of Miracles by Anne-Laure Bondoux

YA BONDOUX, A.

In the early 1990s, a boy with a mysterious past and the woman who cares for him endure a five-year journey across the war-torn Caucasus and Europe, weathering hardships and welcoming unforgettable encounters with other refugees searching for a better life.

Perks

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

YA CHBOSKY, S.

A haunting coming of age novel told in a series of letters to an unknown correspondent reveals the life of Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent, it’s a story of what it’s like to grow up in high school, tracing a course through uncharted territory in the world of first dates, family dramas and new friends.

5 New Teen Novels for Back to School

TellMeThreeThings

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

YA BUXBAUM, J.

Sixteen-year old Jessie, still grieving over her mother’s death, must move from Chicago to “The Valley,” with a new stepfamily but no new friends until an anonymous fellow student emails and offers to help her navigate the school’s treacherous social waters.

AwayWeGo

Away We Go by Emil Ostrovski

YA OSTROVSKI, E.

Youths infected with the fatal Peter Pan Virus are sent to Westing Academy where Noah Falls pins his affections on a boy who does not reciprocate, and soon tarnishes his other relationships and increases his feelings of self-loathing.

NewGuy

The New Guy (and other senior year distractions) by Amy Spalding

YA SPALDING, A.

Juggling the pressures of college applications and friendships, neurotic overachiever Jules’s plans for her senior year are thrown off track when she starts dating the new guy at school and finds herself at the center of a rivalry between her high school’s newspaper and its just-launched TV news show.

ThisBrainBoys

This is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer

YA STROHMEYER, S.

Addie Emerson doesn’t believe in love. Not for herself anyway. With one year left of high school, she’s more interested in snagging a full scholarship to Harvard than a full-time boyfriend. After months of research, Addie has discovered how to make anyone fall in love. All you need is the secret formula. But will her discovery be enough to win the coveted Athenian Award and all its perks? (See above, full scholarship to Harvard.) Or will she be undone by Dexter, her backstabbing lab partner, who is determined to deep-six her experiments at their exclusive private school?

DontGetCaught

Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan

YA DINAN, K.

To his great surprise, uncool eleventh-grader Max Cobb is invited to join the Chaos Club, an exclusive group of students responsible for some of the biggest pranks at his high school.

Teen Novels for Gamers

Cure for the Common Universe

Cure for the Common Universe by Christian McKay Heidicker

YA HEIDICKER, C.

Jaxon meets the girl of his dreams on the same day that his father ships him off to video game rehab. Now he must earn 1 million therapy points in a week, if he wants to be released from rehab in time for his date.

Leveller

The Leveller by Julia Durango

YA SF DURANGO, J.

Nixy Bauer, a sixteen-year-old self-made video-game bounty hunter, gets in over her head when she attempts to rescue a game developer’s son from a virtual trap.

GuyInRealLife

Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff

YA BREZENOFF, S.

The lives of two Minnesota teenagers are intertwined through the world of role-playing games.

DirtBikesDronesOtherWaysFly

Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly by Conrad Wesselhoeft

YA WEWWELHOEFT, C.

Seventeen year-old dirt-bike-riding daredevil Arlo Santiago catches the eye of the U.S. military with his first-place ranking on a video game featuring drone warfare, and must reconcile the work they want him to do with the emotional scars he has suffered following a violent death in his family.

Eye of Minds

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

YA SF DASHNER, J.

Michael is a skilled internet gamer in a world of advanced technology. When a cyber-terrorist begins to threaten players, Michael is called upon to seek him and his secret’s out.

DontTurnAround

Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

YA GAGNON, M.

After waking up on an operating table with no memory of how she got there, Noa must team up with computer hacker Peter to stop a corrupt corporation with a deadly secret.

readyplayerone

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

YA CLINE, E.

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the Oasis. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines – puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win – and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

Insignia

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

YA SF KINCAID, S.

Tom, a fourteen-year-old genius at virtual reality games, is recruited by the United States Military to begin training at the Pentagon Spire as a Combatant in World War III, controlling the mechanized drones that do the actual fighting off-planet.

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Free to Fall by Lauren Miller

YA SF MILLER, L.

In a near-future world where everyone is controlled by their smartphones, sixteen-year-old Rory Vaughn suddenly begins listening to the voice within–which kids are taught to ignore–and discovers a terrible plot at the heart of the corporation that makes the devices.

Rush

Rush by Eve Silver

YA SF SILVER, E.

Rochester, New York, high schooler Miki Jones is pulled into a sort of a game in which she and other teens battle real-life aliens and the consequences of each battle could be deadly.

Coda

Coda by Emma Trevayne

YA SF TREVAYNE, E.

Ever since he was a young boy, music has coursed through the veins of eighteen-year-old Anthem — the Corp has certainly seen to that. By encoding music with addictive and mind-altering elements, the Corp holds control over all citizens, particularly conduits like Anthem, whose life energy feeds the main power in the Grid. Anthem finds hope and comfort in the twin siblings he cares for, even as he watches the life drain slowly and painfully from his father. Escape is found in his underground rock band, where music sounds free, clear, and unencoded deep in an abandoned basement. But when a band member dies suspiciously from a tracking overdose, Anthem knows that his time has suddenly become limited. Revolution all but sings in the air, and Anthem cannot help but answer the call with the chords of choice and free will. But will the girl he loves help or hinder him?

InRealLife

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

YA GRAPH DOCTOROW

Immersing herself in an online role-playing game where she enjoys fantasy heroics, Anda confronts a difficult choice when she befriends a disadvantaged Chinese kid who works illegally to collect valuable objects and sell them to other players for real money.

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YA GRAPH KAWAHARA, R. V.1
An astute teen, Yuuki Asuna spends most of her time studying for her high school entrance exams. One day, she borrows her brother’s virtual reality game, ‘Sword Art Online,’ and finds herself trapped in its fantasy world. Soon, though, she learns the mechanics of the game, develops her swordplay technique and impresses a pro gamer who invites her to join the best players on the front lines. Is Asuna ready to swap her hard-earned education ethics for high-rank play in a virtual realm?

Football Reads for Teens

HitCount

Hit Count by Chris Lynch

YA LYNCH, C.

Arlo Brodie loves being at the heart of the action on the football field, and while his dad cheers him on, his mother quotes head injury statistics and refuses to watch, but Arlo’s winning plays, the cheering crowds, and the adrenaline rush are enough to convince him that everything is OK–in spite of the pain, the pounding, the dizziness, and the confusion.

RevengePlaybook

The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen

YA ALLEN, R.

Four girls, who each have their own personal reasons for wanting revenge, come together to complete the fourteen dares on a list before the rookie members of the football team can accomplish the same goal.

CallMeByName

Call Me By My Name by John Ed Bradley

YA BRADLEY, J.

Growing up in Louisiana in the late 1960s, where segregation and prejudice still thrive, two high school football players, one white, one black, become friends, but some changes are too difficult to accept.

WalkOn

The Walk On by John Feinstein

YA FEINSTEIN, J.

After moving to a new town his freshman year in high school, Alex Myers is happy to win a spot on the varsity team as a quarterback but must deal with idea of not playing for two years since the first-string quarterback is not only a local hero, he is also the son of the corrupt head coach.
IfYoureReadingThis

If You’re Reading This by Trent Reedy

YA REEDY, T.

For a responsible sixteen-year-old, Michael Wilson has a lot of problems–his father was killed in Afghanistan in 2005, his overworked and overprotective mother will not talk about their situation, and does not want him playing football, and he has suddenly started to receive letters that his father wrote before his death.

AlwaysACatch

Always a Catch by Peter Richmond

YA RICHMOND, P.

After he joins the new football team, Jack, a new junior and a skilled piano player at a preparatory boarding school, must decide how far he is willing to go to fit in with his new teammates, and how much he is willing to compromise himself to play the kind of music the school expects him to.

League

The League by Thatcher Heldring

YA HELDRING, T.

Fourteen-year-old Wyatt, hoping to impress a girl and ward off a bully, decides to join his older brother’s summer football league, “The League of Pain,” against the advice of his parents, who think golf is the right sport for him.

Muckers

Muckers by Sandra Neil Wallace

YA WALLACE, S.

Felix O’Sullivan, standing in the shadow of his dead brother, an angry, distant father, and racial tension, must lead the last-ever Muckers high school football team to the state championship before a mine closing shuts down his entire town.

Stupid Fast

Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach

YA HERBACH, G.

Just before his sixteenth birthday, Felton Reinstein has a sudden growth spurt that turns him from a small, jumpy, picked-on boy with the nickname of “Squirrel Nut” to a powerful athlete, leading to new friends, his first love, and the courage to confront his family’s past and current problems.

Catching Jordan

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

YA KENNEALLY, M.

Jordan Woods, captain and quarterback of her high school football team, seeks an athletic college scholarship, but when Ty Green joins the team and takes her position, her scholarship chances and her camaraderie with the team are threatened.

Teen Novels For Anyone Who Loves Swimming

Swim the Fly

Swim the Fly by Don Calame

YA CALAME, D.

Fifteen-year-old Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Coop and Sean, always set themselves a summertime goal. This year’s goal is to see a real-live naked girl for the first time. Given that none of the guys has the nerve to even ask a girl out on a date this is quite a challenge. But catching a girl in the buff starts to look easy compared to Matt’s other summertime aspiration: to swim the 100-yard butterfly as a way to impress Kelly West, the sizzling new star of the swim team.

FatBoySwim

Fat Boy Swim by Catherine Forde

YA FORDE, C.

Fourteen-year-old Jimmy Kelly is “Fat Boy Fat,” the largest kid in his Scottish community, who is made to feel useless at everything. Only his family knows he’s a whiz in the kitchen, and Jimmy’s determined to keep it that way. After all, what would people say if they discovered that “Big Blob Kelly” had one special talent and it involved food? So when GI Joe, the toughest coach at school, finds out his secret, Jimmy’s sure he’s doomed. But, Coach proposes a deal: If Jimmy helps him, Coach will help Jimmy . . . swim. With each stroke Coach teaches him, Jimmy feels like he’s getting closer to recognizing the Shadow Shape that’s been haunting his dreams. And closer to Ellie, whose chocolate brown curls look good enough to eat. Coach and Ellie know there’s more to Jimmy than meets the eye. Now it’s time for Jimmy to stop hiding and realize it himself.

Matter of Heart

A Matter of Heart by Amy Dominy

YA DOMINY, A.

Sixteen-year-old Abby Lipman is on track to win the state swim championships and qualify for the Olympic trials when a fainting incident at a swim meet leads to the diagnosis of a deadly heart condition and forces her to discover who she is without the one thing that has defined her entire life.

WhaleTalk

Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher

YA CRUTCHER, C.

Intellectually and athletically gifted, TJ, a multiracial, adopted teenager, shuns organized sports and the gung-ho athletes at his high school until he agrees to form a swimming team and recruits some of the school’s less popular students. The Cutter All Night Mermen, a group of seven misfits who are members of a makeshift swim team, come together to challenge their high school’s sports culture and fight for dignity in a world where a moment’s inattention can bring lifelong heartache.

RushForGold

Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics by John Feinstein

YA MY FEINSTEIN, J.

Two teenaged aspiring journalists who are dating solve a mystery at the 2012 Olympic Games, while one simultaneously competes for a gold medal in swimming.

Breathless

Breathless by Jessica Warman

YA WARMAN, J.

At boarding school, Katie tries to focus on swimming and becoming popular instead of the painful memories of her institutionalized schizophrenic older brother.

11 Teen Novels for Soccer Fans

LosersTakeAll

Losers Take All by David Klass

YA KLASS, D.

At a sports-crazy NJ high school where all kids must play on a team, a group of rebels start a soccer team designed to undermine the jock-culture of the school.

LastChanceFirst

Last Chance for First by Tom Hazuka

YA HAZUKA, T.

A star high school soccer player needs to cope with parents who compare him to his perfect brother, his best friend and co-captain of the team who is thrown off for drinking, a difficult, if not sadistic, coach, and an eccentric, unpredictable girlfriend–and still get the team to the State championships.

ShotsGoal

Shots on Goal by Rich Wallace

YA WALLACE, R.

While pursuing his goal of helping his soccer team win the league championship, fifteen-year-old Bones tries to deal with his resentment of his best friend, on whose girlfriend he has a crush.

OutNowhere

Out of Nowhere by Maria Padian

YA PADIAN, M.

Performing community service for pulling a stupid prank against a rival high school, soccer star Tom tutors a Somali refugee with soccer dreams of his own.

Keeper

Keeper by Mal Peet

YA PEET, M.

In an interview with a young journalist, World Cup hero, El Gato, describes his youth in the Brazilian rain forest and the events, experiences, and people that helped make him a great goalkeeper and renowned soccer star.

Exposure

Exposure by Mal Peet

YA PEET, M.

Paul Faustino, South America’s best soccer journalist, reports on the series of events that hurl Otello from the heights of being a beloved and successful soccer star, happily married to the pop singer Desdemona, into a downward spiral, in this novel loosely based on Shakespeare’s play, Othello.

Compulsion

Compuls1on by Heidi Ayarbe

YA AYARBE, H.

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.

Kick

Kick by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman

YA MYERS, W.

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.

Tangerine

Tangerine by Edward Bloor

YA BLOOR, E.

Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.

GoingForRecord

Going for the Record by Julie A. Swanson

YA SWANSON, J.

Seventeen-year-old Leah’s chance to make the national soccer team does not seem so important when she learns that her father has cancer and may only have months to live.

Breakaway

Breakaway by Kat Spears

YA SPEARS, K.

When Jason Marshall’s younger sister passes away, he knows he can count on his three best friends and soccer teammates–Mario, Jordie, and Chick–to be there for him. With a grief-crippled mother and a father who’s not in the picture, he needs them more than ever. But when Mario starts hanging out with a rough group of friends and Jordie finally lands the girl of his dreams, Jason is left to fend for himself while maintaining a strained relationship with troubled and quiet Chick. Then Jason meets Raine, a girl he thinks is out of his league but who sees him for everything he wants to be, and he finds himself pulled between building a healthy and stable relationship with a girl he might be falling in love with, grieving for his sister, and trying to hold onto the friendships he has always relied on.

NowTimeRunning

Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams

YA WILLIAMS, M.

When soldiers attack a small village in Zimbabwe, Deo goes on the run with Innocent, his older, mentally disabled brother, carrying little but a leather soccer ball filled with money, and after facing prejudice, poverty, and tragedy, it is in soccer that Deo finds renewed hope.