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NYPL_YA Realistic Fiction

The Outsiders
The Outsiders By Hinton, S. E. (Book - 2006 ) FIC H and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 5

Annotation: A story told by a seventeen-year-old boy about the physical violence and mutual hatred between gangs of the rich and the poor, and the fumbling search by teen-agers of the urban slums for personal dignity and a place in the world.

Ghetto Cowboy
Ghetto Cowboy A Novel By Neri, Greg (Book - 2011 ) FIC N and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Twelve-year-old Cole's behavior causes his mother to drive him from Detroit to Philadelphia to live with a father he has never known, but who soon has Cole involved with a group of African-American "cowboys" who rescue horses and use them to steer youths away from drugs and gangs.

The Summer of Firsts and Lasts
The Summer of Firsts and Lasts By McVoy, Terra Elan (Paperback - 2012 ) FIC M and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:When teenaged sisters Daisy, Violet, and Calla spend their last summer together at Camp Callanwolde, the decisions they make--both good and bad--bring challenges to their relationship as well as opportunities to demonstrate their devotion to one another.

Monster
Monster By Myers, Walter Dean, 1937- (Paperback - 2008 ) FIC M and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

Whip It
Whip It By Cross, Shauna (Paperback - 2009 ) FIC C and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation: When sixteen-year-old rebel Bliss Cavendar, who is miserable living in a small Texas town with her beauty pageant obsessed mother, secretly joins a roller derby team under the name "Babe Ruthless," her life gets better, although infinitely more confusing.

Branded
Branded By Walters, Eric, 1957- (Paperback - 2010 ) FIC W and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Ian discovers the secret history of the company that made uniforms for his school.

The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time Indian
The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time Indian By Alexie, Sherman, 1966- (Book - 2009 ) FIC A and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 2

Annotation: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.

To Kill A Mockingbird
To Kill A Mockingbird By Lee, Harper (Paperback - 2010 ) CLASSICS FIC L and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 55

Annotation:The book follows three years in the life Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus--three years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman.

What Happened to Goodbye
What Happened to Goodbye By Dessen, Sarah (Book - 2011 ) FIC D and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Following her parents' bitter divorce as she and her father move from town to town, seventeen-year-old Mclean reinvents herself at each school she attends until she is no longer sure she knows who she is or where she belongs.

A La Carte
A La Carte By Davis, Tanita S. (Book - 2011 ) FIC D and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Lainey, a high school senior and aspiring celebrity chef, is forced to question her priorities after her best friend (and secret crush) runs away from home.

It's Not Summer Without You
It's Not Summer Without You By Han, Jenny (Paperback - 2011 ) FIC H and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 1

Annotation:Teenaged Isobel "Belly" Conklin, whose life revolves around spending the summer at her mother's best friend's beach house, reflects on the tragic events of the past year that changed her life forever.

I Am J
I Am J By Beam, Cris (Book - 2011 ) FIC B and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:J, who feels like a boy mistakenly born as a girl, runs away from his best friend who has rejected him and the parents he thinks do not understand him when he finally decides that it is time to be who he really is.

Shine
Shine By Myracle, Lauren, 1969- (Book - 2011 ) FIC M and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:When 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.

Why We Broke up
Why We Broke up By Handler, Daniel (Book - 2012 ) FIC H and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Sixteen-year-old Min Green writes a letter to Ed Slaterton in which she breaks up with him, documenting their relationship and how items in the accompanying box, from bottle caps to a cookbook, foretell the end.

Speak
Speak By Anderson, Laurie Halse (Paperback - 2011 ) FIC A and more… Available to borrow in some locations

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

Guitar Notes
Guitar Notes By Amato, Mary (Book - 2012 ) FIC A and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 1

Annotation:Tripp, who plays guitar only for himself, and Lyla, a cellist whose talent has already made her famous but not happy, form an unlikely friendship when they are forced to share a practice room at their high school.

Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)
Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) By Mlynowski, Sarah (Paperback - 2012 ) FIC M and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Sixteen-year-old April, a high school junior, and her friend Vi, a senior, get a crash course in reality as the list of things they should not do becomes a list of things they did while living parent-free in Westport, Connecticut, for the semester.

Silent to the Bone
Silent to the Bone By Konigsburg, E. L. (Paperback - 2004 ) FIC K and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation: When he is wrongly accused of gravely injuring his baby half-sister, Nikki, thirteen-year-old Branwell loses his power of speech, and only his friend Connor is able to reach him and uncover the truth about what really happened.

All-American Girl
All-American Girl By Cabot, Meg (Paperback - 2008 ) FIC C and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 2

Annotation:A sophomore girl stops a presidential assassination attempt, is appointed Teen Ambassador to the United Nations, and catches the eye of the very cute First Son.

Miracle's Boys
Miracle's Boys By Woodson, Jacqueline (Book - 2010 ) FIC W and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 4

Annotation:Twelve-year-old Lafayette's close relationship with his older brother Charlie changes after Charlie is released from a detention home and blames Lafayette for the death of their mother

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