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

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.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain

Follow Huckleberry Finn's adventures along the Mississippi River in this mid 19th century story about friendship and the social construsts of the time. 

Being Jazz: my life as a (transgender) teen
Jazz Jennings

Call Number: 306.768092 J54Zj 2016

Teen activist and trailblazer Jazz Jennings--named one of "The 25 most influential teens" of the year by Time--shares her very public transgender journey, as she inspires people to accept the differences in others while they embrace their own truths.

Beloved: a novel
Toni Morrison

Set in post-Civil War Ohio, Beloved is the story of Sethe, an escaped slave who has risked death in order to free herself. She lost a husband and buried a child; she is a woman of "iron eyes and backbone to match." 

Beyond Magenta: transgender teens speak out
Susan Kuklin

Call Number: 306.768 K96 2014

A groundbreaking work of LGBT literature takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens. Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves.

The Bluest Eye
Toni Morrison

Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity, Toni Morrison's virtuosic first novel asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing.

Brave New World
Aldous Huxley

A futuristic take on a "utopian" society in which humans are genetically bred and medicated to passively serve a ruling order. 

The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger

17-year-old Holden Caufield, sick of all the phonies in his life, spends an eventful day wandering around New York City.

The Color Purple
Alice Walker

Celie is a poor black woman whose father rapes and abuses her. Her letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister," a brutal man who terrorizes her. 

Ellen Hopkins

Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter, gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul - her life.

Drug Addiction

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Mark Haddon

Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.

Raina Telgemeier

Call Number: 741.5 T271d 2012

Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.

Eleanor & Park
Rainbow Rowell

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 gives the reader a glimpse of a future American society in which reading is against the law and firemen start fires to burn books. 

Fun Home: a family tragicomic
Alison Bechdel

Call Number: 741.5 B391Zb 2007

A memoir done in the form of a graphic novel by a cult favorite comic artist offers a darkly funny family portrait that details her relationship with her father--a funeral home director, high school English teacher, and closeted homosexual.

The Giver
Lois Lowry

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

GLBTQ*: The Survival Guide for Queer & Questioning Teens
Kelly Huegel

Call Number: 306.766 H887 2003

Describes the challenges faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered teens, offers practical advice, real-life experiences, and accessible resources and support groups.

Go Ask Alice

Based on the diary of a fifteen-year-old drug user chronicling her struggle to escape the pull of the drug world.

The Golden Compass
Philip Pullman

Series: His Dark Materials

Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.

Craig Thompson

Call Number: 741.5 T469h

At root, this is a love story about two have-nots in a desert society: Dodola, a young woman whose only currency is her body, and Zam, a slave boy she rescues and tries to shelter. Passages from the Qur’an provide reflection on Dodola’s and Zam’s lives as they connect, break apart, and find each other again.

The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian and theocratic state that was once the United States of America. While Offred tells the story of her daily life, she often has flashbacks, from which we can reconstruct the events that lead to the end of the United States of America.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou

Call Number: 305.896073 A584Za 1969

This memoir by Maya Angelou traces her childhood in a small, rural community during the 1930s. 

Looking for Alaska : a novel
John Green

Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

Lord of the Flies
William Golding

Lord of the Flies is a gripping adventure tale about a group of British schoolboys marooned on a tropical island. Alone in a world of uncharted possibilities, devoid of adult supervision or rules, the boys attempt to forge their own society, failing, however, in the face of terror, sin, and evil. Lord of the Flies is perhaps the most memorable tale about the end of innocence and the darkness of man's heart. When they are marooned on a deserted island, a group of English schoolboys soon lose their civilized ways.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Emily Danforth

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.

Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men tells the tragic story of two displaced migrant ranch workers, George Milton and Lennie Small, during the Great Depression in California.

Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky

"Dear friend, I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand." In his letters to a never-identified person, 15-year-old Charlie's freshman high-school year and coming-of-age ring fresh and true. The movie, starring Harry Potter's Emma Watson, will be released in 2012.

Marjane Satrapi

Call Number: 741.5944 S253ZspE 2003

A graphic novel about one girl's journe,y growing up in Iran. 

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Alvin Schwartz

Call Number: 398.25 S399s 1981

Stories of ghosts and witches, "jump" stories, scary songs, and modern-day scary stories.

Laurie Halse Anderson

A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.

Thirteen Reasons Why
Jay Asher

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

This One Summer
Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki

Rose and her parents have been going to Awago Beach since she was a little girl. It's her summer getaway, her refuge. Her friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had, completing her summer family. Butthis summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and Rose and Windy have gotten tangled up in a tragedy-in-the-making in the small town of Awago Beach. It's a summer of secrets and heartache, and it's a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.

To Kill A Mockingbird
Harper Lee

A young girl growing up in an Alabama town in the 1930s learns of injustice and violence when her father, a widowed lawyer, defends a black man falsely accused of rape.

Two Boys Kissing
David Levithan

The title of this book refers to a Guinness World Record attempt at the longest kiss by two boys. This is the basic plot of the novel, but the real stories are those of several teens whose lives intersect as the main event plays out in small-town America. The ghost narrator is a collective “we” – a generation of gay men ravaged by AIDS – who are watching the individual dramas unfold with both sadness and hope. This is a story about love – falling in love, falling out of love, not finding love anywhere, being afraid of love, and being thankful for love. Anyone who has ever opened their hearts in the hope that their infatuation will be mutual and real will find truth in these pages. Levithan works some of the same magic he did in his novel “Every Day” by reminding us that we all crave love and acceptance, no matter what our outer wrapping might be.

Whale Talk
Chris Crutcher

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.

A Wrinkle in Time
Madeleine L'Engle

Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

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