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Alexie, Sherman. The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian.
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.

Bausum, Ann. Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement.
Freedom Riders compares and contrasts the childhoods of John Lewis and James Zwerg in a way that helps young readers understand the segregated experience of our nation's past.
J323.092 BAU

Bradley, James. Flags of our fathers.
An account of the young Marines who came together during the battle of Iwo Jima to raise the American flag in a moment that has been immortalized in one of the most famous photographs of World War II.
940.5426 BRA [Located in Non-Fiction, Main Floor]

Brashares, Ann. The sisterhood of the traveling pants.
During their first summer apart, four teenage girls, best friends since earliest childhood, stay in touch through a shared pair of secondhand jeans that magically adapts to each of their figures and affects their attitudes to their summers.

Cohn, Rachel. Gingerbread.
After being expelled from a fancy boarding school, Cyd Charisse's problems with her mother escalate after Cyd falls in love with a sensitive surfer and is subsequently sent from San Francisco to New York City to spend time with her biological father.

Cormier, Robert. The chocolate war.
A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school's annual fund-raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies.

Gantos, Jack. Hole in my life.
The author relates how, as a young adult, he became a drug user and smuggler, was arrested, did time in prison, and eventually got out and went to college, all the while hoping to become a writer.
B GANTOS JACK GAN [Located on the Mezzanine in Adult Biographies]

Going, K. L. Fat kid rules the world.
Seventeen-year-old Troy, depressed, suicidal, and weighing nearly 300 pounds, gets a new perspective on life when a homeless teenager who is a genius on guitar wants Troy to be the drummer in his rock band.

Gottlieb, Lori. Stick figure: a diary of my former self.
The author shares her childhood diaries, chronicling her experiences as an eleven-year-old anorexic.
616.85262 GOT [Located in Non-Fiction, Main Floor]

Mah, Adeline Yen. Chinese Cinderella: the true story of an unwanted daughter.
Yen Mah is only an infant when her father remarries after her mother's death. As the youngest of her five siblings, Wu Mei suffers the worst at the hands of her stepmother Niang.
B MAH ADELINE MAH [Located on the Mezzanine in Adult Biographies]

Muharrar, Aisha. More than a label: why what you wear and who you're with doesn't define who you are.
Drawn from a survey of more than one thousand teenagers, first-person stories help to address the problems inherent in labeling people.
305.23 MUH [Located in the Non-Fiction Collection on the Main Floor]

Na, An. A step from heaven.
A young Korean girl and her family find it difficult to learn English and adjust to life in America.

Nelson, Marilyn. Carver: a life in poems.
The life of George Washington Carver, a man born into slavery who went on to the Tuskegee Institute.
J811.54 NEL

Nye, Naomi Shihab. Habibi.
14 year-old Liyana Abboud, and her family move from St. Louis to a new home between Jerusalem and the Palestinian village, where they face many changes and must deal with the tensions between Jews and Palestinians.

Plum-Ucci, Carol. What happened to Lani Garver.
Sixteen-year-old Claire is unable to face her fears about a recurrence of her leukemia, her eating disorder, her need to fit in with the popular crowd on Hackett Island, and her mother's alcoholism until the enigmatic Lani Garver helps her get control of her life at the risk of his own.

White, Ruth. Memories of Summer.
In 1955, thirteen-year-old Lyric finds her whole life changing when her family moves from the hills of Virginia to a town in Michigan and her older sister Summer begins descending into mental illness.

Wolff, Virginia Euwer. True believer.
Living in the inner city amidst guns and poverty, fifteen-year-old LaVaughn learns from old and new friends, and inspiring mentors, that life is what you make it--an occasion to rise to.

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