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The crossover
The crossover

by Kwame Alexander (2014)

 


The
              absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian

by Sherman Alexie (2008)

 


Go ask Alice
Go ask Alice

by Anonymous (1971)

 


I am not Esther
I am not Esther

by Fleur Beale (1998)

First book in the I am not Esther series


The thing about jellyfish
The thing about jellyfish

by Ali Benjamin (2015)

 


Shark girl
Shark girl

by Kelly Bingham (2007)

First book in the Shark girl series


Martyn Pig
Martyn Pig

by Kevin Brooks (2002)

 


Walking naked
Walking naked

by Alyssa Brugman (2002)

 


See you in the cosmos
See you in the cosmos

by Jack Cheng (2017)

 


Stolen
Stolen

by Lucy Christopher (2009)

 


The chocolate
              war
The chocolate war

by Robert Cormier (1974)

 


April and Rain April and Rain

by Sarah Crossan (2014)

 


Moonrise
Moonrise

by Sarah Crossan (2017)

 


One
One

by Sarah Crossan (2015)

 


The weight of
              water
The weight of water

by Sarah Crossan (2012)

 


No and me No and me

by Delphine de Vigan (2007)

 


The happiest refugee
The happiest refugee

by Anh Do (2010)

 


Revolution Revolution

by Jennifer Donnelly (2010)

 


Before I die Before I die

by Jenny Downham (2007)

 


Monkey
              taming
Monkey taming

by Judith Fathallah (2006)

 


If I stay
If I stay

by Gayle Forman (2009)

First book in the If I stay series


Inventing Elliot
Inventing Elliot

by Graham Gardner (2003)

 


Butterflies
Butterflies

by Susanne Gervay (2001)

 


The fault in our stars
The fault in our stars

by John Green (2012)

 


Deadly, unna?
Deadly, unna?

by Phillip Gwynne (1998)

First book in the Deadly, unna? series


The
              curious incident of the dog in the night-time
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time

by Mark Haddon (2003)

 


The simple
              gift
The simple gift

by Steven Herrick (2000)

 


The outsiders
The outsiders

by S.E. Hinton (1967)

First book in The outsiders series


A song only
              I can hear
A song only I can hear

by Barry Jonsberg (2018)

 


Please ignore Vera Dietz
Please ignore Vera Dietz

by A.S. King (2010)

 


Butter
Butter

by Erin Lange (2012)

 


We were liars
We were liars

by E. Lockhart (2014)

 


Looking for
              Alibrandi
Looking for Alibrandi

by Melina Marchetta (1992)

 


Saving
              Francesca
Saving Francesca

by Melina Marchetta (2003)

First book in the Saving Francesca series


One of us is
              lying
One of us is lying

by Karen M. McManus (2017)

First book in the Bayview High series


Lucky caller
Lucky caller

by Emma Mills (2020)

 


Monster
Monster

by Walter Dean
Myers (1999)

 


A monster calls
A monster calls

by Patrick
Ness (2011)

 


A child called It
A child called It

by Dave Pelzer (1995)

First book in A child called It series


My sister's keeper
My sister's keeper

by Jodi Picoult (2004)

 


How I live now
How I live now

by Meg Rosoff (2004)

 


Eleanor and
              Park
Eleanor and Park

by Rainbow Rowell (2012)


Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the
              universe
Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe

by Benjamin Alire
Saenz (2012)

 


Feather boy
Feather boy

by Nicky
Singer (2002)

 


Drums,
              girls, and dangerous pie
Drums, girls, and dangerous pie

by Jordan Sonnenblick (2004)

 


Stargirl
Stargirl

by Jerry Spinelli (2000)

First book in the Stargirl series


Popular
Popular

by Maya Van Wagenen (2014)

 


Six impossible things
Six impossible things

by Fiona
Wood (2010)

 


Refugee
              boy
Refugee boy

by Benjamin Zephaniah (2001)

 


Memoirs of
              a teenage amnesiac
Memoirs of a teenage amnesiac

by Gabrielle Zevin (2007)

 



If you want more


Simon vs
              the homo sapiens agenda Simon vs the homo sapiens agenda

by Becky Albertalli (2015)

First book in the Simon series


Shout
Shout

by Laurie Halse Anderson (2019)




Thirteen reasons why
Thirteen reasons why

by Jay Asher (2007)

 


The perks
              of being a wallflower
The perks of being a wallflower

by Stephen Chbosky (1999)

 


Toffee Toffee

by Sarah Crossan (2019)

 


Winter town
Winter town

by Stephen Emond (2011)

 


The other side of summer
The other side of summer

by Emily Gale (2016)

 


Ruby red
Ruby Red

by Linzi Glass (2007)

 


Amelia Westlake
Amelia Westlake

by Erin Gough (2018)

 


Dear Vincent
Dear Vincent

by Mandy Hager (2013)

 


A place like
              this
A place like this

by Steven Herrick (1998)

 


Megan
Megan

by Mary Hooper (1999)

First book in the Megan series


Red tears
Red tears

by Joanna Kenrick (2007)

 


The moth diaries
The moth diaries

by Rachel Klein (2002)

 


Puberty blues
Puberty blues

by Kathy Lette & Gabrielle Carey (1979)

 


Letters from the inside
Letters from the inside

by John Marsden (1991)

 


Beautiful monster
Beautiful monster

by Kate McCaffrey (2010)

 


In ecstasy
In ecstasy

by Kate McCaffrey (2008)

 


Rose by
              any other name
Rose by any other name

by Maureen McCarthy (2006)

 


Cut
Cut

by Patricia McCormick (2000)

 


Big Mouth
              and Ugly Girl
Big Mouth and Ugly Girl

by Joyce Carol Oates (2002)

 


Peeling the onion
Peeling the onion

by Wendy Orr (1996)

 


Come clean
Come clean

by Terri Paddock (2004)

 


Bruised
Bruised

by Siobhan
Parkinson (2011)

 


Ketchup
              clouds
Ketchup clouds

by Annabel Pitcher (2012)

 


A voice in
              the distance
A voice in the distance

by Tabitha Suzuma (2008)

 


Keep your
              hair on
Keep your hair on

by Elizabeth Vercoe (2003)

 


Make
              lemonade
Make lemonade

by Virginia Euwer Wolff (1993)

First book in the Make lemonade series



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