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BeckonersMac, CarrieWhen Zoe moves to a new town, she finds the line between victim and tormentor is easily crossed.yesyesfemale gangs, bullying, children of alcoholics2004
Best Night of Your (Pathetic) LifeAltebrando, TaraMary, Patrick, Winter, and Dez are determined to win the unofficial Senior Week Scavenger Hunt, but throughout the afternoon and evening Mary encounters the demons she and her friends have faced as high school "also-rans," and ponders what her college and future will bring. yesyesbullying, relationships2012
BlazeCrompton, Laurie BoyleTreated badly by Mark, on whom she had a crush, seventeen-year-old Blaze posts a comic strip featuring him as a supervillain and Mark retaliates by spreading a "sext" of Blaze, but her little brother and his friends heroically come to her aid. yescyberbullying, bullying, superheroes, comics, sexting, gossip, fathers and daughters2012
Boy 21Quick, MatthewFinley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school's varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.yesAfrican Americans, Irish Americans, gangs, friendship, basketball
BullyvilleProse, FrancineAfter the death of his estranged father in the World Trade Center on 9/11, thirteen-year-old Bart, still struggling with his feelings of guilt, sorrow and loss, wins a scholarship to the local preparatory school and there encounters a vicious bully whose cruelty compounds the aftermath of the tragedy.yesyesbullying, private schools, death, grief2007
BurnPhillips, SuzanneBullied constantly during his freshman year in high school, Cameron's anger and isolation grows, leading to deadly consequences. yesbullying, school violence, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD2008640 L
ButterLange, Erin JadeUnable to control his binge eating, a morbidly obese teenager nicknamed Butter decides to make live webcast of his last meal as he attempts to eat himself to death. yesyesobesity, eating disorders2012
Colin FischerMiller, Ashley Edward"A boy with autism teams up with the high school bully to get to the bottom of a cafeteria crime"--Provided by publisher.
yesyesautism, mystery2012
CrackedWalton, K. M.When Bull Mastrick and Victor Konig wind up in the same psychiatric ward at age sixteen, each recalls and relates in group therapy the bullying relationship they have had since kindergarten, but also facts about themselves and their families that reveal they have much in common. yesemotional problems, family problems, bullies, self-esteem, psychiatric hospitals, high school2012
Dark DudeHijuelos, OscarIn the 1960s, Rico Fuentes, a pale-skinned Cuban American teenager, abandons drug-infested New York City for the picket fence and apple pie world of Wisconsin, only to discover that he still feels like an outsider and that violent and judgmental people can be found even in the wholesome Midwest.yesbullying, gangs, drug abuse, violence, race relations2008
Do They Know I'm Running?Corbett, DavidRoque Montalvo must bring his uncle and two others from El Salvador to California through smuggling routes through Guatemala and Mexico to the U.S. border.yesinternational gangs, illegal immigration, human trafficking, Mexican criminal gangs 2010
Dough BoyMarino, PeterOverweight, fifteen-year-old Tristan, who lives happily with his divorced mother and her boyfriend Frank, suddenly finds that he must deal with intensified criticism about his weight and other aspects of his life when Frank's popular but troubled, nutrition-obsessed daughter moves in. yesweight, overweight, obesity, bullying, high schools, teasing, divorce, humor?2005
Egghead Pignat, Caroline"Will Reid is a gawky kid who wears fake turtlenecks, is obsessed by his ant farm project, and is lousy at gym. In other words, he's the perfect target for Shane, the Grade 9 bully. Katie has been Will's friend in elementary school, but defending him in the high school environment comes at an unforeseen cost - she dreads the rumours that link them in a boyfriend/girlfriend way she's never considered. Devan has been part of Shane's bullyboy team until now, when he comes to realize that it's not so smart to mindlessly back up each nasty attack of Shane's. Together the three young teens are struggling to find their way out of one of the classic dilemmas of life: how not to be a bystander to bullying, how to stand up for your friends, and how to deal with consuming rage."--Provided by publisher. yeshigh schools, conduct of life, bullies, bullying, friendship, intimatation2008
EndgameGarden, NancyFifteen-year-old Gray Wilton, bullied at school and ridiculed by an unfeeling father for preferring drums to hunting, goes on a shooting rampage at his high school.yesyesbullying, high school, family problems2006
EnvyOlsen, GreggFifteen-year-old twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan of Port Gamble, WA, known as "Empty Coffin" because of a local legend, investigate a former friend's Christmas suicide and, along the way, discover a secret from their own past.yesyestwins, sisters, suicide, mystery, cyberbullying, stalking, psychic ability2011
Everybody Sees the AntsKing, A. S.Overburdened by his parents' bickering and a bully's attacks, fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War, but during a visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find a new perspective. yesyesbullying, missing persons, murder, family problems2011
ExposureMurdoch, PatriciaTired of being bullied and not fitting in, Julie gets a change for revenge when her brother captures her chief tormentor, Dana, in a compromising position, but she learns that getting even doe not feel as good as she thought it would.yesyesbullying, revenge2006
Forgive Me, Leonard PeacockQuick, MatthewA day in the life of a suicidal teen boy saying good-bye to the four people who matter most to him.yes yessuicide, teen suicide, sexual abuse, bullying2013
Four SecretsWilley, MargaretThrough journal entries required by their social worker at a juvenile detention center, middle-schoolers Katie, Nate, and Renata relate how they came to kidnap their tormentor, Chase, a star athlete from the town's most prominent family, who surprisingly became their willing victim. yesyessecrets, best friends, friendship, kidnapping, bullies, diaries, juvenile detention2012
Girl, StolenHenry, AprilWhen an impulsive carjacking turns into a kidnapping, Griffin, a high school dropout, finds himself more in sympathy with his wealthy, blind victim, sixteen-year-old Cheyenne, than with his greedy father. yesyeskidnapping2010
Give a Boy a GunStrasser, ToddEvents leading up to a night of terror at a high school dance are told from the point of view of various people involved. yesyesschool shootings, high school2000760 L
Good Girl's Guide to Getting Kidnapped, TheMurray, Yxta MayaFifteen-year-old Michelle Pena, born into a powerful Mexican American gang family, ties to reconcile her gangster legacy with the girl she has become--a nationally ranked runner and academic superstar.yesMexican Americans, gangs, running, sports, academic success2010
Hate ListBrown, JenniferSixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain. yesyesfamilies, emotional problems, forgiveness2009
HomeboyzSitomer, Alan LawrenceSeventeen-year-old Teddy Anderson, who is known on the streets as T-Bear, decides to seek revenge on the person responsible for his little sister's death, which was caused by a stray bullet from a semiautomatic handgun.yesnorevenge, violence, mentoring2007
JerichoDraper, Sharonyes
JumpedWilliams-Garcia, RitaThe lives of Leticia, Dominique, and Trina are irrevocably intertwined through the course of one day in an urban high school after Leticia overhears Dominique's plans to beat up Trina and must decide whether or not to get involved.yesyesgirl gangs, hi-low, easy read, teen violence, friendships, bullying2009
Just Another HeroDraper, SharonyesyesSchool shooting2009
Juvie Three, TheKorman, GordonGecko, Arjay, and Terence, all in trouble with the law, must find a way to keep their halfway house open in order to stay out of juvenile detention. yesyesgroup homes, friendship, juvenile delinquents, cooperativeness2008
Knife that Killed Me, TheMcGowen, AnthonyPaul Varderman, a secondary student in an English Catholic School, is a loner until, just as he is becoming friends with "the freaks," the school bully encourages Paul to join his gang and gives him a knife to carry as an incentive.yesnoCatholic schools, gangs, bullying, England2010
League, TheHeldring, ThatcherFourteen-year-old Wyatt, hoping to impress a girl and ward off a bully, decides to join his older brother's summer football league, "The League of Pain," against the advice of his parents, who think golf is the right sport for him. yesyesbullies, self-perception, family life, golf, football2013
LeverageCohen, Joshua C.High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny. yesyesfootball, gymnastics2011
List, The Vivian, SiobhanEvery year at Mount Washington High School somebody posts a list of the prettiest and ugliest girls from each grade--this is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, and how they are affected by the list. yesyeslabeling2012
Living Dead GirlScott, Elizabethyesyeskidnapping2008
Mockingbirds, TheWhitney, DaisyWhen Alex, a junior at an elite preparatory school, realizes that she may have been the victim of date rape, she confides in her roommates and sister who convince her to seek help from a secret society, the Mockingbirds. yrsyesdate rape, vigilantism, school politics2011
MuchachoJohnson, LouanneLiving in a neighborhood of drug dealers and gangs in New Mexico, high school junior Eddie Corazon, a juvenile delinquent-in-training, falls in love with a girl who inspires him to rethink his life and his choices. yesyesMexican Americans, high school, se;f-perception, juvenile deliquents, drug dealers, gangs, romance2009
No Safety in NumbersLorentz, Dayna
November BluesDraper, Sharonyes
Period. 8Crutcher, ChrisPeriod 8 has always been a safe haven and high school senior Paulie "The Bomb" Baum a constant attendee, but as Paulie, Hannah, their friends, and a sympathetic teacher try to unravel the mystery of a missing classmate, the ultimate bully takes aim at the school.yesbullying, kidnapping, clubs, sexual abuse, schools, mystery2013
Playground: The Mostly True Story of a Former Bully50 CentAfter beating up Maurice on the playground, Butterball is forced to see the school therapist. yesyesfamilies, social work, bullies2011
Poison IvyKoss, Amy GoldmanIn a government class three popular girls undergo a mock trial for their ruthless bullying of a classmate. yesbullying, popularity, mock trials, schools 2008840 L
Price of Loyalty, TheCastan, MikeMexican American middle-schooler Manny finds himself caught between going along with his friends who are set on forming a gang and cutting his ties to them and following his own inclination to stay out of trouble.yesyesgangs, high-low, peer pressure, values2011
QuadWatson, C. G.Interweaves the stories of Muir High School's various groups of students--from the "jocks" to the "drama queens"--as they clash over everything from cheating on tests to cheating in relationships, with the ultimate clash that comes when one student reaches the breaking point.Ovittnopopularity, school shootings2007
Rape GirlKlein, AlinaValerie struggles to deal with emotional, social, and legal issues after she is raped by someone she knows. yesyesrape, date rape, teen violence2012
ScrawlShulman, MarkWhen eighth-grade school bully Tod and his friends get caught committing a crime on school property, his penalty--staying after school and writing in a journal under the eye of the school guidance counsellor--reveals aspects of himself that he prefers to keep hidden. yesbullies, poverty, diaries, schools, self-perception2010650 L
SendBlount, PattyAll Dan wants for his senior year is to be invisible. This is his last chance at a semi-normal life. Nobody here knows who he is. Or what he's done. But on his first day at school, instead of turning away like everyone else, Dan breaks up a fight. Because Dan knows what it's like to be terrorized by a bully. He used to be one. yesyesbullying, cyberbullying2012
Shattering GlassWhen Rob, the charismatic leader of the senior class, turns the school nerd into Prince Charming, his actions lead to unexpected violence. yespopularity, high schools, schools, violence2002590 L
ShineMyracle, LaurenWhen her best friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover the culprits in her small North Carolina town.yesyeshate crime, gay bashing, family problems, religious hypocrisy, bullying, assault2011
ShooterMyers, Walter DeanWritten in the form of interviews, reports, and journal entries, the story of three troubled teenagers ends in a tragic school shooting. yesyesschool shootings, family problems, bullies, bullying, school violence, emotional problems2004
SkudFoon, DennisFour young men attempt to make their way through their last year in high school, focusing on trying to become men while coping with violent situations. yesteens, violence, maturation, coming of age2003
StickSmith, AndrewThirteen-year-old Stark "Stick" McClellan's brother has always defended him against those who tease him for his thinness and facial deformity, so when Bosten, having admitted he is gay, must leave home and their abusive parents, Stick sets out to find him.yesgay teens, runaways, child abuse, brothers, birth defects2011
Tap OutDevine, EricFrom the Publisher: Seventeen-year-old Tony Antioch lives in Pleasant Meadows, a trailer
park where questions aren't asked since everyone already knows the
answers from their own experience. He dreams of rescuing his mother from
her constant stream of abusive boyfriends but in reality can barely
duck the punches that are aimed at himself. When Tony is coerced into joining his friend Rob's Mixed Martial Arts
class, he is surprised to find that he has a talent that he actually
wants to develop. But with a meth-dealing biker gang that is hungry for
recruits and a vicious cycle of poverty and violence that precedes him,
Tony is going to need a lot more than blood and guts to find a way out. Gritty, powerful, and unapologetic, Tap Out explores what it takes to
stay true to oneself and the consequences of the choices made along the
way in order to do so.
yesmartial arts, trailer parks, bikers, gangs, meth addicts, child abuse, spousal abuse2012
Thousand WordsBrown, JenniferTalked into sending a nude picture of herself to her boyfriend while she was drunk, Ashleigh became the center of a sexting scandal and is now in court-ordered community service, where she finds an unlikely ally, Mack.yessexting, cyberbullying, community service, dating2013
Violence 101Wright, DenisIn a New Zealand reformatory, Hamish Graham, an extremely intelligent fourteen-year-old who believes in the compulsory study of violence, learns that it is not always the answer.yesnoviolence, race relations, New Zealand, reform school2007
When We Wuz FamousTakoudes, GregFrancisco Ortiz, a handsome straight-A student and gifted basketball player from the barrio, wins a full scholarship to an elite boarding school. His future seems promising. But soon after Francisco moves into the dorm, his new classmates assume the worst of him. Things are even more complicated when Francisco realizes that back home in the hood, he no longer fits in, though his friends still rely on him to solve their problems.yesidentity, boarding schools, basketball, gangs, Spanish Harlem2013
Why I FightOaks, J. AdamsAfter his house burns down, twelve-year-old Wyatt Reaves takes off with his uncle, and the two of them drive from town to town for six years, earning money mostly by fighting, until Wyatt finally confronts his parents one last time.yesyesfighting, emotional problems, crime2009
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your AssMedina, Meg"Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass." That’s what some girl tells Piddy Sanchez one morning before school. Too bad Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui Delgado is, let alone what she’s done to piss her off. All Piddy knows is that Yaqui hates her - and she better watch her back because Yaqui isn’t kidding. At first Piddy just focuses on trying to find out more about the father she’s never met and how to balance honors courses with her job at the neighborhood hair salon. But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui starts to take over Piddy’s life. yesyesethnic identity, class conflict, body image, and domestic violence, 2013
BronxwoodBooth, CoeSixteen-year-old Tyrell, accustomed to being the man of the family, has mixed feelings when his father comes home from jail, but he knows he cannot just go back to being a little boy, especially after losing his younger brother to foster care, getting involved with drug dealers, learning about his mother's infidelity, and developing a relationship with Jasmine.family life, African Americans, drugs, Bronx2011780 L
Variant Wells, RobisonAfter years in foster homes, seventeen-year-old Benson Fisher applies to New Mexico's Maxfield Academy in hopes of securing a brighter future, but instead he finds that the school is a prison and no one is what he or she seems. boarding schools, Lord of the Flies tie-in, science fiction 2011
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