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Back to School Novels for Teen Readers

 

absolutelytruestory

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

YA ALEXIE, S.

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

EducationBet

The Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

YA BARATZ-LOGSTED, L.

Denied an education because of both her gender and background, sixteen-year-old Elizabeth cuts her hair and alters suits belonging to Will, her wealthy patron’s grandnephew, to take his place at school while Will pursues a military career in nineteenth-century England.

 

 

DarkDaysHamburger

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk

YA MY BERK, J.

When Will Halpin transfers from his all-deaf school into a mainstream Pennsylvania high school, he faces discrimination and bullying, but still manages to solve a mystery surrounding the death of a popular football player in his class.

 

Carter Finally Gets It

Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford

YA CRAWFORD, B.

Awkward freshman Will Carter endures many painful moments during his first year of high school before realizing that nothing good comes easily, focus is everything, and the payoff is usually incredible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

QueenofSecrets

Queen of Secrets by Jenny Meyeroff

YA MEYERHOFF, J.

Fifteen-year-old Essie Green, an orphan who has been raised by her secular Jewish grandparents in Michigan, experiences conflicting loyalties and confusing emotions when her aunt, uncle, and cousin move back from New York, and her very religious cousin tries to fit in with the other football players at Essie’s high school, one of whom is Essie’s popular new boyfriend.

 

QueenGeekSocialClub

The Queen Geek Social Club by Laura Preble

YA PREBLE, L.

Seeking more of their own kind and wanting to shake things up at school, fifteen-year-old Shelby and her new best friend, Becca, start a club, but geek solidarity may not solve their problems with weird single parents, guys, or popularity.

SchoolDangerousGirls

The School for Dangerous Girls by Eliot Schrefer

YA SCHREFER, E.

Sent to a remote, run-down reform school in Colorado, fifteen-year-old Angela is placed with the better girls, but upon learning that her “dangerous” friends are being isolated and left to live as animals, she takes radical steps to join them and help them escape.

 

HowToSayGoodbye

How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford

YA STANDIFORD, N.

After moving to Baltimore and enrolling in a private school, high school senior Beatrice befriends a quiet loner with a troubled family history.

Viola

Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani

YA TRIGIANI, A.

When fourteen-year-old Viola is sent from her beloved Brooklyn to boarding school in Indiana for ninth grade, she overcomes her initial reservations as she makes friends with her roommates, goes on a real date, and uses the unsettling ghost she keeps seeing as the subject of a short film–her first.

 

FoodGirlsAndOther

Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff

YA ZADOFF, A.

Fifteen-year-old Andrew Zansky, the second fattest student at his high school, joins the varsity football team to get the attention of a new girl on whom he has a crush.

 

HowNotToBePopular

How Not to Be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler

YA ZIEGLER, J.

Seventeen-year-old Sugar Magnolia Dempsey is tired of leaving friends behind every time her hippie parents decide to move, but her plan to be unpopular at her new Austin, Texas, school backfires when other students join her on the path to “supreme dorkdom.”

ReadBetweenLines

Read Between the Lines by Jo Knowles

YA KNOWLES, J.

A collection of interrelated stories follow nine teens and one teacher through a seemingly ordinary day, with uncertainties, traumas, heartbreak, and revenge.

six months later

Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

YA RICHARDS, N.

Chloe didn’t think about it much when she nodded off in study hall on that sleepy summer day. But when she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can’t remember the last six months of her life. Before, she’d been a mediocre student. Now, she’s on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he’s her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won’t speak to her. What happened to her? And why can’t she remember?

Wildlife

Wildlife by Fiona Wood

YA WOOD, Fiona

Two sixteen-year-old girls in Australia come together at an outdoor semester of school, before university–one thinking about boys and growing up, the other about death and grief, but somehow they must help each other to find themselves.

Sick

Sick by Tom Leveen

YA LEVEEN, T.

Brian and his friends are not part of the cool crowd at Phoenix Metro High School. They’re the misfits, the troublemakers–the ones who jump their high school’s electrified fence to skip school regularly. So when the virus breaks out, they’re the only ones with a chance of surviving

DownsideCharlie

The Downside of Being Charlie by Jenny Torres Sanchez

YA SANCHEZ, J.

Struggling through a senior year of high school marked by bulimia, a dysfunctional family, and his unpopularity, Charlie wonders about his crush while finding comfort in a talent he hopes will help him escape his misery.

Book Playlist for The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

FalsePrinceThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
YA NIELSEN, J.

 

 

 

 

  1. 1. “Fooling Yourself” by Styx
    2. “Guaranteed” by Eddie Vedder
    3. “What I’ve Done” by Linkin Park
    4. “Superman” by Trevor Jackson
    5. “Everybody’s Fool” by Evanescence
    6. “Bring It On” by Alistair Griffin
    7. “Invincible” by Hedley
    8. “Anything But Ordinary” by Avril Lavigne
    9. “Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi
    10. “Big Deal” by Carolyn Arends

Listen to the Playlist:

Playlist submitted by Max.