Based on the diary of a fifteen-year-old drug user chronicling her struggle to escape the pull of the drug world.
Josephine Alibrandi is seventeen, illegitimate, and in her final year at a wealthy Catholic school. This is the year her father comes back into her life, the year she falls in love, the year she discovers the secrets of her family's past and the year she sets herself free.
Francesca is at the beginning of her second term in Year Eleven at an all boy's school that has just started accepting girls. She still misses her old friends, and, to make things worse, her mother has had a breakdown and can barely move from her bed. But Francesca had not counted on the fierce loyalty of her new friends, or falling in love, or finding that it's within her power to bring her family back together.
At the age of nine, Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh in order to save the royal house of his homeland, Lumatere. He stands on the rock of three wonders with his friend Prince Balthazar and the prince's cousin, Lucian, and together they mix their blood. And Lumatere is safe: but then the unspeakable!
Taylor Markham is not a popular choice. She is erratic, has no people skills and never turns up to meetings. Not to mention the incident when she ran off in search of her mother and only got halfway there. But she's lived at Jellicoe School most of her life and as leader of the boarders that's her greatest asset. Especially now the cadets, led by the infamous Jonah Griggs, have arrived. The territory wars between the boarders, townies and cadets are about to recommence. But Taylor has other things on her mind a prayer tree, the hermit who whispered in her ear, and a vaguely familiar drawing in the local police station. Taylor wants to understand the mystery of her own past. But Hannah, the woman who found her, has suddenly disappeared, leaving nothing but an unfinished manuscript about five kids whose lives entwined twenty years ago on the Jellicoe Road . . .
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 different summer experiences.
Laurie Halse Anderson
Eighteen-year-old Ash wants nothing to do with senior prom, but when disaster strikes and her desperate friend, Nat, needs her help to get it back on track, Ash's involvement transforms her life.
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When seventeen-year-old Isabella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father she expects that her new life will be as dull as the town itself. In spite of her awkward manner and low expectations, she finds that her new classmates are drawn to this pale, dark-haired new girl in town. But not, it seems, the Cullen family. These five adopted brothers and sisters obviously prefer their own company and will make no exception for Bella. Bella is convinced that Edward Cullen in particular hates her, but she feels a strange attraction to him, although his hostility makes her feel almost physically ill. He seems determined to push her away - until, that is, he saves her life from an out of control car. Bella will soon discover that there is a very good reason for Edward's coldness. He, and his family, are vampires - and he knows how dangerous it is for others to get too close.
Constance's mother systematically abused her daughter, both physically and emotionally, throughout her childhood. Regularly beaten and starved, the girl was so desperate she took herself off to Social Services and tried to get taken into care. When that failed, she swallowed bleach 'because it kills all known germs and my mother always told me I was a germ'. When Constance was thirteen, her mother simply moved out, leaving her daughter to fend for herself. There was no gas, no electricity and no food. But somehow Constance found the courage to survive her terrible start in life.
Memories of mum are the only thing that make Holly Hogan happy. She hates her foster family with their too-nice ways and their false sympathy. And she hates her life, her school and the way everyone is always on at her. She's not Holly any more, she's Solace.
Fourteen-year-old Mia, who is trying to lead a normal life as a teenage girl in New York City, is shocked to learn that her father is the Prince of Genovia, a small European principality, and that she is a princess and the heir to the throne.
Mandy is picked on at school and life is miserable. Tanya is an unlikely friend, and she scares off the bullies. But when Mandy notices Tanya's habit of shoplifting, she is worried that things will only end in trouble for them both.
Ann was conceived as a bone marrow match for her leukemia suffering sister. Now a teenager, she begins to question the person she really is and the role that has been defined as hers.
Sophie Stein, 15, gets dumped, falls for a new boyfriend, outgrows him, searches for her Mr-Right-and-a-half and finds true love where she never thought to look.
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A younger sister has a difficult time adjusting to life after her older sister has a mental breakdown. A novel in verse.
In this novel in free verse and narrated by alternating characters, a teenaged girl decides to have her baby and care for it on her own after a one night stand results in pregnancy.
In a series of short interconnected poems, students at a high school nicknamed Brimstone reveal the violence existing and growing in their lives.
A series of poems expresses the views of various people in a small Vermont town, including a young black girl and a young Jewish girl, during the early 1920s when the Ku Klux Klan is trying to infiltrate the town.
This is a lyrical story, written in verse, that celebrates friendship and individuality from the author of 'Noughts and Crosses'.
Char is seventeen, she's in her last year of school. She's in a mess. She cannot remember when she felt like this. It didn't happen all at once but like the tallest tree which grows, slowly but steadfast, until it gets ripped out by the roots in a storm and flays mightly in the wind until it gives in.
Life for Harry means swimming in Pearce Swamp, eating chunks of watermelon, surving schoolyard battles, and racing through butterflies in Cowpers Paddock. In his town there's Linda, who brings him the sweetest ever orange cake, and Johnny, whose lightning fists draw blood in a blue, and there's a mystery that Harry needs to solve before he can find a way out.
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A young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous poems mean to him, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem to express something that he hasn't been able to talk about, something that he is very sad about. A novel in blank verse.
Andrew (Andrew Fusek) Peters
Different poetic voices piece together a powerful drama in which the best and the worst happens. It just happens. The twists are bitter and the only hope is hope itself.
All the girls want to be style queens - except Dawn. Problem is, she is not really sure what she wants. But as everything in her life starts to change, Dawn learns that sometimes not having the answers isn't such a bad thing after all.
Claire and her mother are running out of time, but they don't know it. They rarely find themselves in the same room at the same time, and it often seems that the only thing they can count on are notes to each other on the refrigerator door. When home is threatened by a crisis, their relationship experiences a momentous change. Forced to reevaluate the delicate balance between their personal lives and their bond as mother and daughter, Claire and her mother find new love and devotion for one another deeper than anything they had ever imagined.
A terminally ill teenaged girl makes and carries out a list of things to do before she dies.
Tania Kelly Roxborogh
NZ YF ROX
Ruth has just left home, just started university and is falling in love for the first time. The future looks bright. But when her boyfriend, Anton, begins asking probing questions about her scars, she is unable to block out the trauma from her past. She recalls her stay in hospital as a ten-year-old, the feelings of abandonment, the borderland she occupied. And for Ruth, some tough questions finally insist on answers.
Seven Australian teenagers return from a camping trip in the bush to discover that their country has been invaded and they must hide to stay alive.
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In the bitter cold of an unrelenting winter Tomas and his son, Peter, arrive in Chust and despite the inhospitability of the villagers settle there as woodcutters. Tomas is churlish - taciturn at the best of times. He digs a channel of fast-flowing waters around their hut so they have their own little island kingdom. Peter doesn't understand why his father has done this, nor why, all his life they've moved from place to place, or why his father carries a long battered box everywhere they go, and why he is forbidden to know its mysterious contents. But when a band of gypsies comes to the village Peter's drab existence is turned upside down. He is infatuated by the beautiful gypsy princess, Sofia, intoxicated by their love of life and drawn into their deadly quest.
Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called Out-With in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.
The story follows Myrina's initiation in the Moon Riders, and then how she and her fellows become embroiled in the bitter battle for Troy. Although they have no real links with the Trojans, they have other disputes to settle with the Acheaens, such as the pillaging of their villages and slaughtering of their people.;"When a young Amazon woman, Myrina, becomes one of the warrior priestesses known as the Moon Riders, she is well prepared to perform their sacred dances, hunt and fight when necessary. But the Moon Riders who inhabit the plains of Troy are drawn into the troubles of the city."
Halley's junior year of high school includes the death of her best friend Scarlett's boyfriend, the discovery that Scarlett is pregnant, and Halley's own first serious relationship.
Alan Lawrence Sitomer
When he gets a summer internship at a magazine writing feature articles, Andre Anderson, an African-American teenager, finds his life forever changed by a random act of violence--one which he must learn to overcome in order to realize his dreams.
Joyce Carol Oates
When sixteen-year-old Matt is falsely accused of threatening to blow up his high school and his friends turn against him, an unlikely classmate comes to his aid.;"Matt Donaghy is the class joker and Ursula Riggs is the misfit loner. Neither knows the other. But when Matt is arrested on a charge of threatening to blow up the school and massacre the students, Ursula is the only one who sees through the hysteria and hypocrisy, and corroborates Matt's story."
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