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    7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

    by Sean Covey Year Published: 1998 nonfiction
    Describes seven habits teenagers can cultivate to help them improve their self-images, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve goals, get along with parents, and make other positive changes in their lives.
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  • The Big Field

    by Mike Lupica Year Published:
    When fourteen-year-old baseball player Hutch feels threatened by the arrival of a new teammate named Darryl, he tries to work through his insecurities about both Darryl and his remote and silent father, who was once a great ballplayer too.
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  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    by John Boyne Year Published:
    Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.
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  • Bull Rider

    by Suzanne Williams Morgan Year Published: 2009
    When his older brother, a bull-riding champion, returns from the Iraq War partially paralyzed, fourteen-year-old Cam takes a break from skateboarding to enter a bull-riding contest, in hopes of winning the $15,000 prize and motivating his depressed brother to continue with his rehabilitation.
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  • Devil's Arithmetic

    by Jane Yolen Year Published: 1990
    Hannah resents the traditions of her Jewish heritage until time travel places her in the middle of a small Jewish village in Nazi-occupied Poland.
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  • Homecoming

    by Cynthia Voigt Year Published:
    Abandoned by their mother, four children begin asearch for a home and an identity.
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  • The Hoopster

    by Alen Lawrence Sitomer Year Published:

    Andre Anderson, an African-American teenager enjoying asummer filled with pickup basketball, a new girlfriend, and an internship at apopular magazine, becomes the target of violent bigotry when he writes apowerful article on racism.

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  • The Lightning Thief

    by Rick Riordan Year Published:
    After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.
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  • Lord of the Deep

    by Graham Salisbury Year Published:
    Working for his stepfather on a charter fishing boat in Hawaii teaches thirteen-year-old Mikey about fishing, and about taking risks, making sacrifices, and facing some of life's difficult choices.
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  • Mick Harte was Here

    by Barbara Park Year Published:
    Thirteen-year-old Phoebe recalls the death of her younger brother Mick in a bicycle accident, which might not have been fatal had he been wearing his helmet, and how she and her family reacted to the tragedy. Closes with an appeal to bikers to wear protective bicycle helmets.
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  • Miracle's Boys

    by Jacqueline Woodson Year Published:
    Twelve-year-old Lafayette's close relationship with his older brother Charlie changes after Charlie is released from a detention home and blames Lafayette for the death of their mother.
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  • Monster

    by Walter Dean Myers Year Published:
    While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.
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  • The Outsiders

    by S.E. Hinton Year Published:
    The struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parent's death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society.
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  • Payback

    by Paul Langan Year Published:
    Bluford freshman Tyray Hobbs, the class bully and tormentor of Darrell Mercer, is determined to get revenge on Darrell, the only boy who ever stood up to Tyray.
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  • Perfect

    by Natasha Friend Year Published:
    Following the death of her father, a thirteen-year-old uses bulimia as a way to avoid her mother's and ten-year-old sister's grief, as well as her own.
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  • Soldier's Heart

    by Gary Paulsen Year Published:
    Eager to enlist, fifteen-year-old Charley has a change of heart after experiencing both the physical horrors and mental anguish of Civil War combat.
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  • Standing Against the Wind

    by Traci L. Jones Year Published: 2010
    After her mother is sent to jail, eighth-grader Patrice Williams moves to Chicago to live with her aunt Mae where she attends a school filled with gangs and drug runners, applies for a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, and learns there is hope for her future.
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  • Wonder

    by R. J. Palacio Year Published: 2012
    Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunts and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
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  • Wringer

    by Jerry Spinelli Year Published:
    As Palmer comes of age, he must either accept the violence of being a wringer at his town's annual Pigeon Day or find the courage to oppose it.
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