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Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy Read Alikes

Dramarama by E. Lockhart

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Spending their summer at Wildewood Academy, an elite boarding school for the performing arts, tests the bond between teens Sadye and her best friend Demi.

King Dork by Frank Portman

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High school loser Tom Henderson discovers that "The Catcher in the Rye" may hold the clues to the many mysteries in his life.

Geography Club by Brett Hartinger

Geography Club by Brett Hartinger

A group of gay and lesbian teenagers find mutual support when they form the "Geography Club" at their high school.

Something Real by Heather Demetrios

Something Real by Heather Demetrios

Since the cancellation of her family's reality television show, seventeen-year-old Bonnie Baker, one of twelve siblings, has tried to live a normal life with real friends and a possible boyfriend, until her mother and the show's producers decide to bring "Baker's Dozen" back on the air.

Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

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Emme, Sophie, Ethan, and Carter are seniors at a performing arts high school in New York City, preparing for the senior recital and feeling the pressure to perform well and take the next step in their careers and their lives--whether they want to or not.

Reality Boy by A.S. King

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An emotionally damaged seventeen-year-old boy in Pennsylvania who was once an infamous reality television show star, meets a girl from another dysfunctional family, and she helps him out of his angry shell.

You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle

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Five teens starring in a documentary film series about their ordinary lives must grapple with questions of change and identity under the scrutiny of the camera.

The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door by Karen Finneyfrock

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Fourteen-year-old Celia, hurt by her parents' separation, the loss of her only friend, and a classmate's cruelty, has only her poetry for solace until newcomer Drake Berlin befriends her.

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

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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.

Exile by Kevin Emerson

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As band manager for the up-and-coming Danger Heart, seventeen-year-old Summer Carlson navigates a relationship with the lead singer and decides whether to act on information that could rocket the band to stardom.

Bunheads by Sophie Flack

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Hannah Ward, nineteen, revels in the competition, intense rehearsals, and dazzling performances that come with being a member of Manhattan Ballet Company's corps de ballet, but after meeting handsome musician Jacob she begins to realize there could be more to her life.

Spellbound by Janet McDonald

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Raven, a teenage mother and high school dropout living in a housing project, decides, with the help and sometime interference of her best friend Aisha, to study for a spelling bee which could lead to a college preparatory program and four-year scholarship.

Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. The only friend he had killed himself, forcing him to face high school alone. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love, until a repressed secret from his past threatens to destroy his newfound happiness.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

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Sophomore Frankie starts dating senior Matthew Livingston, but when he refuses to talk about the all-male secret society that he and his friends belong to, Frankie infiltrates the society in order to enliven their mediocre pranks.

DJ Rising by Love Maia

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Sixteen-year-old Marley Diego-Dylan's career as "DJ Ice" is skyrocketing, but his mother's heroin addiction keeps dragging him back to earth.

Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley

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Meet charming and jobless Scott Pilgrim. A bass guitarist for garage band Sex Bob-omb, the 22-year-old has just met the girl of his dreams, literally. The only catch to winning Ramona Flowers? Her seven evil exes are coming to kill him.

Audition by Stasia Ward Kahoe

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When sixteen-year-old Sara, from a small Vermont town, wins a scholarship to study ballet in New Jersey, her ambivalence about her future increases even as her dancing improves.

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

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National Book Award winner Sherman Alexie delivers a captivating, semi-autobiographical account of one Spokane Indian’s struggle against incredible obstacles. Born poor and hydrocephalic, Arnold Spirit survives brain surgery. But his enormous skull, lopsided eyes, profound stuttering, and frequent seizures target him for abuse on his Indian reservation. Protected by a formidable friend, the book-loving artist survives childhood. And then—convinced his future lies off the rez—the bright 14-year-old enrolls in an all-white high school 22 miles away.

Sleeping Freshman Never Lie by David Lubar

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While navigating his first year of high school and awaiting the birth of his new baby brother, Scott loses old friends and gains some unlikely new ones as he hones his skills as a writer.

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

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When Laurel starts writing letters to dead people for a school assignment, she begins to spill about her sister's mysterious death, her mother's departure from the family, her new friends, and her first love.

Swindle by Gordon Korman

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After unscrupulous collector S. Wendell Palamino cons him out of a valuable baseball card, sixth-grader Griffin Bing puts together a band of misfits to break into Palomino's heavily guarded store and steal the card back, planning to use the money to finance his father's failing invention, the SmartPick fruit picker.

The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson

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Jackson Greene has a reputation as a prankster at Maplewood Middle School, but after the last disaster he is trying to go straight--but when it looks like Keith Sinclair may steal the election for school president from Jackson's former best friend Gabriela, he assembles a team to make sure Keith does not succeed.

Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford

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A laugh-out-loud and surprisingly poignant novel about getting through high school, getting the girl, and getting it together.

Withering Tights by Louise Rennison

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Self-conscious about her knobby knees but confident in her acting ability, fourteen-year-old Tallulah spends the summer at a Yorkshire performing arts camp that, she is surprised to learn, is for girls only.

Starry-eyed : 16 stories that steal the spotlight edited by Ted Michael and Josh Pultz

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Sixteen star-studded YA voices explore the glamour, struggles, and backstage chaos of the performing arts, while some of the biggest stars of stage and screen share their real-life stories of how they achieved their dreams.

Fame (2010)

The inspiring story of a group of dancers, singers, musicians, and actors at the New York City High School of Performing Arts, and their spirited drive to live out their dreams of stardom. In an incredibly competitive atmosphere, each student must shine amidst the tumult of school work, deep friendships, budding romance, and self-discovery.

Glee (television show)

Optimistic high school teacher Will Schuester tries to refuel his own passion while reinventing McKinley High's Glee Club and challenging a group of outcasts to realize their star potential. Going up against McKinley's cruel high school caste system and facing harsh criticism from everyone around him, Will becomes determined to prove them all wrong.

Drumline

Halftime is party time for the gifted street drummer who snares the top spot in his university's marching band. However, he initially flounders in his new world, before realizing that it takes more than talent to reach the top.

Dead Poet’s Society

English professor, John Keating, inspires his students to live life to the fullest, exclaiming "Carpe diem, lads! Seize the day. Make your lives extraordinary!"

Freaks and Geeks (television show)

A television show about two cliques of teenagers dealing with life in high school during the 1980s. Covers everything that you remember from high school but would prefer to have forgotten.

My So-Called Life (television show)

Angela Chase is a teenage girl who struggles with the problems of growing up, high school, and family life.

Rushmore

A gifted, rebellious teenager finds himself in competition with a wealthy older man for a favorite teacher's affections.

Center Stage

The artistic director of the American Ballet Company is evaluating a tight-knit group of students as they face the growing pains of their world of dance. Managing their ambitions, romances, and heartbreaks proves to be both invigorating and painful.

Games of Love and Chance

In this French film, the viewer can share in all the affections, quarrels, and jealousies as well as the budding romance between childhood friends Krimo, who is very shy, and Lydia, the fiery blonde star, during preparations for a school production.

Colors Straight Up

A documentary of the lives of teenagers from south central Los Angeles as they struggle to stay off the streets and find a better life through "Colors United," a performing arts group for inner city kids.

Small Steps: Creating the High School for Contemporary Arts

Follow students, staff, and parents through the first four years of the High School for Contemporary Arts, an experimental "small school" housed within one of the most dangerous schools in the Bronx.