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B 97284B 97284 10-Minute Plays For Kids (Applause Acting Series)
Grade Lvl: T Author: Harbison, Lawrence
Length: 112 Copyright: 2015

In 10-Minute Plays for Kids, geared to young thespians. Readers will find terrific plays by some prominent playwrights like: Sharyn Rothstein, Alex Broun, Jenny Lyn Bader, Claudia I. Haas, and Mark Harvey Levine, and more... The characters and situations portrayed are geared for the young actor in mind. Some of the plays explore relatable tales of friendship and family, while others allow the actors to take on the personas of nonhuman characters, such as fish and chess pieces. Reader's Theater ideas. Middle school students Drama. One-act plays. Student IL appropriate for grades 4-8.
10-Minute Plays For Kids (Applause Acting Series) T  
B 97037B 97037 100 Things Guys Need to Know
Grade Lvl: T Author: Zimmerman, Bill
Length: 121 Copyright: 2005

Boys need and want advice on all kinds of issues, for all kinds of problems, questions, and concerns. Often, they don’t know who or how to ask, and it seems to them that most self-help books are written for girls. Everything about this book is for and about guys. Graphic-novel-style illustrations engage even reluctant readers. Quotes from real boys, results from a nationwide survey, inspiring stories, facts, and anecdotes keep them interested. Journaling prompts invite boys to think about each topic and what it means to them—from family life to fitting in, showing emotions, bullies, school, peer pressure, failure, handling anger, and more. Positive, practical, and affirming, 100 Things is just what boys need in a world of mixed messages on what it means to be male.
100 Things Guys Need to Know T  
B 97285B 97285 33 Short Comedy Plays for Teens: Plays for Small Casts
Grade Lvl: T Author: Allen, Laurie
Length: 211 Copyright: 2011

This is a collection of plays with natural dialogue and believable situations for two to six actors. These thirty-three short plays give teenage performers a chance to portray the drama of their everyday lives. They may push boundaries, act crazy, and even discover themselves in the many true-to-life scenes and characterizations offered here. These plays permit student actors to show off their talents by creating outrageous characters in the context of situations they know so well. Sample titles include: Grounded Until Further Notice, Crazy Hairy Day, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, Prom Date, Confessions, and A Fine Line between Love and Hate. Reader's Theater ideas. Middle school students Drama. One-act plays. Student IL appropriate for grades 5-8.
33 Short Comedy Plays for Teens: Plays for Small Casts T  
B 123497B 123497 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You
Grade Lvl: S Author: Grant, Vicki
Length: 288 Copyright: 2017

Hildy and Paul come together to answer thirty-six questions on a university psychology questionnaire, one that is asking if love can be engineered. Young adult fiction. Contemporary. Romantic comedy. IL 9-12.
36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You S  
KM 13225KM 13225 57 Bus (Playaway)
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Slater, Dashka
Length: 0 Copyright: 2018

If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight. Contents include playaway, book and a 5-way splitter. Playaway runtime: 5 hours and 45 minutes. Narrative nonfiction. Historical. IL 7-12. AR 6.5. RC 6.6. Lexile 930. Iowa Teen Award 2020-2021.
57 Bus (Playaway) JS  
B 97283B 97283 Acting Scenes for Kids and Tweens: 60 Original Comedy and Drama Scenes for Young Actors
Grade Lvl: T Author: Kimmel, Mike
Length: 101 Copyright: 2017

A collection of 60 original comedy and drama scripts for upper elementary / middle school reader. The dialogues feature clean language and family-friendly, real-life scenarios. They are ideal for teaching, rehearsing, and auditioning. All scenes are gender-neutral, allowing every role in every scene to be performed by both male and female students. The scripts are varied, with shorter and longer selections, comical and more serious topics, and conversational dialogue intended to develop dialog, timing, listening and reacting skills, and vocal variety. Many scenes are educational, as well, modeling and reinforcing positive attitudes and behaviors for our youth. Reader's Theater ideas. Middle school students Drama. One-act plays. Student IL appropriate for grades 4-8.
Acting Scenes for Kids and Tweens: 60 Original Comedy and Drama Scenes for T  
B 124561B 124561 Adjustment (Book 5)
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Young, Suzanne
Length: 408 Copyright: 2017

When Tatum's boyfriend, Weston, loses his memories of her in The Program, they decide to undergo The Adjustment, where Tatum's memories of their time together are implanted into Weston's mind, but trouble lies ahead when Weston's emotions do not match the experiences. Series fiction: A Program novel, book 5. Science fiction. IL 8-12. AR 4.6. Lexile 630.
Adjustment (Book 5) JS  
KM 12758KM 12758 All American Boys (15 copies)
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Reynolds, Jason
Length: 316 Copyright: 2015

In this Coretta Scott King Honor Award–winning novel, two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension. Kit includes Audiobook CDs by Recorded Books. Young Adult. Audio CDs approximate run time: 6.5 hours. IL 9-12. AR 4.9. RC 6.7 Lexile 770. Set of 15 books.
All American Boys (15 copies) JS  
B 124581B 124581 All of This is True: A Novel
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Penaflor, Lygia Day
Length: 422 Copyright: 2018

When Long Island teens Miri, Soleil, Penny, and Jonah befriend a bestselling YA novelist, they find their deepest, darkest secrets in the pages of her next novel, with devastating consequences. Told from different perspectives as interviews, journal entries, and book excerpts. Secrets. Epistolary. Realistic fiction. IL 9-12.
All of This is True: A Novel JS  
B 125624B 125624 All Rights Reserved
Grade Lvl: S Author: Katsoulis, Gregory Scott
Length: 392 Copyright: 2017

In a world where every word and gesture is copyrighted, patented or trademarked, one girl elects to remain silent rather than pay to speak, and her defiant and unexpected silence threatens to unravel the very fabric of society. Overcoming adversity. Science fiction. Silence. IL 9-12. AR 5.4. RC 5.4. Lexile 720.
All Rights Reserved S  
B 124714B 124714 All Summer Long
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Larson, Hope
Length: 170 Copyright: 2018

Thirteen-year-old Bina has a long summer ahead of her. She and her best friend, Austin, usually do everything together, but he's off to soccer camp for a month, and he's been acting kind of weird lately anyway. So it's up to Bina to see how much fun she can have on her own. At first it's a lot of guitar playing, boredom, and bad TV, but things look up when she finds an unlikely companion in Austin's older sister, who enjoys music just as much as Bina. But then Austin comes home from camp, andhe's acting even weirder than when he left. How Bina and Austin rise above their growing pains and reestablish their friendship and respect for their differences makes for a touching and funny coming-of-age story. Coming of age. Bildungsroman. Realistic fiction. IL 5-9. AR 2.4. Lexile 250.
All Summer Long IJ  
B 124732B 124732 All That I Can Fix
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Chan, Crystal
Length: 314 Copyright: 2018

In Makersville, Indiana, people know all about fifteen-year-old Ronney--he's from that mixed-race family with the dad who tried to kill himself, the pill-popping mom, and the genius kid sister. Can Ronney figure out a way to hold it together as all his worlds fall apart? Family problems. Realistic fiction. Starred reviews. IL 8-12.
All That I Can Fix JS  
B 124579B 124579 All These Beautiful Strangers: A Novel
Grade Lvl: S Author: Klehfoth, Elizabeth
Length: 440 Copyright: 2018

One summer day, Grace Fairchild, the beautiful young wife of real estate mogul Alistair Calloway, vanished from the family's lake house without a trace, leaving behind her seven-year old daughter, Charlie, and a slew of unanswered questions. Years later, seventeen-year-old Charlie still struggles with the dark legacy of her family name and the mystery surrounding her mother. Determined to finally let go of the past, she throws herself into life at Knollwood, the prestigious New England school she attends. Charlie quickly becomes friends with Knollwood's "it" crowd. Charlie has also been tapped by the A's--the school's elite secret society well known for terrorizing the faculty, administration, and their enemies. To become a member of the A's, Charlie must play The Game, a semester-long, diabolical high-stakes scavenger hunt that will jeopardize her friendships, her reputation, even her place at Knollwood. As the dark events of past and present converge, Charlie begins to fear that she may not survive the terrible truth about her family, her school, and her own life. Family secrets. Elite society. Mystery fiction. IL 10-12.
All These Beautiful Strangers: A Novel S  
B 124756B 124756 All-American Girl
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Cabot, Meg
Length: 398 Copyright: 2002

Sophomore Samantha Madison stops a presidential assassination attempt, is appointed teen ambassador to the United Nations, and catches the eye of the very cute First Son. Realistic fiction. IL 7-12. AR 5.9. RC 6.2. Lexile 880. GR Y.
All-American Girl JS  
B 126193B 126193 Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Ha, Robin
Length: 228 Copyright: 2020

A teen graphic novel memoir about immigration, belonging, and how arts can save a life. For as long as she can remember, it's been Robin and her mom against the world. Growing up as the only child of a single mother in Seoul, Korea, wasn't always easy, but it has bonded them fiercely together. So when a vacation to visit friends in Huntsville, Alabama, unexpectedly becomes a permanent relocation, following her mother's announcement that she's getting married. Robin is devastated. Overnight, her life changes. She is dropped into a new school where she doesn't understand the language and struggles to keep up. She is completely cut off from her friends in Seoul and has no access to her beloved comics. At home, she doesn't fit in with her new step-family, and worst of all, she is furious with the one person she is closest to, her mother. Then one day Robin's mother enrolls her in a local comic drawing class, which opens the window to a future Robin could never have imagined. Asian American. Graphic novel. Memoir. Biography. IL 9-12.
Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir JS  
B 124171B 124171 American Street
Grade Lvl: S Author: Zoboi, Ibi
Length: 324 Copyright: 2017

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life. But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own. Just as she finds her footing in her strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream? Strong language used throughout novel encourages a teacher preview. Coming of age / Bildungsroman. Realistic fiction. Starred reviews. IL 9-12.
American Street S  
B 125347B 125347 Anger is a Gift
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Oshiro, Mark
Length: 463 Copyright: 2018

Six years ago, Moss Jefferies' father was murdered by an Oakland police officer. Along with losing a parent, the media's vilification of his father and lack of accountability has left Moss with near crippling panic attacks. Now, in his sophomore year of high school, Moss and his fellow classmates find themselves increasingly treated like criminals in their own school. New rules. Random lockersearches. Constant intimidation and Oakland Police Department stationed in their halls. Despite their youth, the students decide to organize and push back against the administration. When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift. Conflict with Society. Realistic fiction. African American. IL 8-12. AR 5.0. Lexile 710.
Anger is a Gift JS  
B 124510B 124510 Apple y Rain
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Crossan, Sarah
Length: 269 Copyright: 2018

When her imagined perfect life with her estranged mother begins to unravel, fourteen-year-old Apple finds comfort in reading and writing poetry. Text in Spanish.;Translation of: Apple and Rain. Family problems Fiction. Realistic. IL 9-12.
Apple y Rain JS  
B 124433B 124433 Awkward
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Chmakova, Svetlana
Length: 223 Copyright: 2015

After shunning Jaime, the school nerd, on her first day at a new middle school, Penelope Torres tries to blend in with her new friends in the art club, until the art club goes to war with the science club, of which Jaime is a member. Popularity fiction. Realistic. Graphic novel. Series: Berrybrook Middle School, book 1. IL 4-8. AR 2.8. RC 3.7. GR X.
Awkward IJ  
B 123284B 123284 Baby-sitters Club 5: Dawn and the Impossible Three
Grade Lvl: PIJ Author: Galligan, Gale
Length: 148 Copyright: 2017

As a new member of the Baby-sitters Club, Dawn tries to win the acceptance of the club's president by tackling a tough babysitting job. Graphic novel. Series fiction: Babysitter's Club, book 5. Graphic novel. IL 3-7. AR 2.7. Lexile 400.
Baby-sitters Club 5: Dawn and the Impossible Three PIJ  
B 125400B 125400 Babysitter's Club 7: Boy-Crazy Stacey
Grade Lvl: PIJ Author: Martin, Ann M
Length: 166 Copyright: 2019

Stacey and Mary Anne are baby-sitting for the Pike family for two weeks at the New Jersey shore. Things are great in Sea City: There's a gorgeous house right on the beach, a boardwalk, plenty of sun and sand... and the cutest boy Stacey has ever seen! Mary Anne thinks that Stacey should leave Scott alone and focus on the Pike kids, but Stacey's in love. Looking for reasons to hang around his lifeguard stand takes up all of her time, which means Mary Anne has to do the job of two baby-sitters. Mary Anne doesn't like it one bit! How can she tell Stacey that Scott just isn't interested without ruining their friendship and breaking Stacey's heart? Series fiction: Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels, Book 7. Graphic novel. IL 3-7.
Babysitter's Club 7: Boy-Crazy Stacey PIJ  
B 125632B 125632 Banish Your Body Image Thief: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Building Positive Body Image for Young People
Grade Lvl: IJS Author: Collins-Donnelly, Kate
Length: 239 Copyright: 2014

Written for and selected by young people and health professionals to provide 13 to 18 year olds with high-quality support, information and advice about common mental health issues and related conditions. Build positive body image with this effective workbook for young people. Body image. Cognitive therapy. Psychology. IL 4-12.
Banish Your Body Image Thief: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on B IJS  
B 125631B 125631 Banish Your Self-Esteem Thief: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Building Positive Self-Esteem for Young People
Grade Lvl: IJS Author: Collins-Donnelly, Kate
Length: 235 Copyright: 2014

Part of the Reading Well scheme. Written for and selected by young people and health professionals to provide 13 to 18 year olds with high-quality support, information and advice about common mental health issues and related conditions. Build confidence and self-esteem with this fun and effective workbook for young people. Look out - the Self-Esteem Thief is on the prowl! He's the crafty character who keeps stealing your positive self-esteem from your Self-Esteem Vault, leaving only negative thoughts and feelings about you behind. But the good news is you can banish him for good and this workbook will show you how! Packed with activities and real-life stories, this workbook shows readers what self-esteem is, how it develops, the impact it can have and how all this applies to your own self-esteem. Using cognitive behavioural and mindfulness principles and techniques, this workbook will help readers change how they think and act in order to build positive self-esteem, protect your Self-Esteem Vault and banish your Self-Esteem Thief for good! Self. Cognitive therapy. Psychology. Social emotional learning. IL 4-12.
Banish Your Self-Esteem Thief: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on IJS  
B 124061B 124061 Bat and the Waiting Game
Grade Lvl: PI Author: Arnold, Elana K
Length: 176 Copyright: 2018

For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life is pretty great. He's the caretaker of the best baby skunk in the world--even Janie, his older sister, is warming up to Thor. When Janie gets a part in the school play and can't watch Bat after school, it means some pretty big changes. Someone else has to take care of the skunk kit in the afternoons, Janie is having sleepovers with her new friends, and Bat wants everything to go back to normal. He just has to make it to the night of Janie's performance. A story of friendship starring an unforgettable boy on the autism spectrum. A great companion to A Boy Called Bat (B 123581). Realistic fiction. IL 2-6. AR 5.1. Lexile 840.
Bat and the Waiting Game PI  
B 124879B 124879 Be Prepared
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Brosgol, Vera
Length: 244 Copyright: 2018

All Vera wants to do is fit in--but that's not easy for a Russian girl in the suburbs. Her friends live in fancy houses and their parents can afford to send them to the best summer camps. Vera's single mother can't afford that sort of luxury, but there's one summer camp in her price range--Russian summer camp. Vera is sure she's found the one place she can fit in, but camp is far from what she imagined. And nothing could prepare her for all the 'cool girl' drama, endless Russian history lessons, and outhouses straight out of nightmares! Graphic novel. IL 5-9. AR 2.6. RC 3.2. Lexile 360.
Be Prepared IJ  
B 124590B 124590 Before I Let Go
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Nijkamp, Marieke
Length: 357 Copyright: 2018

Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return. Just days before Corey is to return home to visit, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated--and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town's lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she's a stranger. Corey knows something is wrong. With every hour, her suspicion grows. Lost is keeping secrets--chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter... Bipolar disorder. Suicide. Mystery. Realistic fiction. IL 9-12. AR 4.4. Lexile 630.
Before I Let Go JS  
B 123431B 123431 Before We Go Extinct: A Novel
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Rivers, Karen
Length: 252 Copyright: 2016

After Sharkey's best friend commits suicide (or was it an accident?) in front of him, he spends the summer processing his grief on an abandoned beach resort island where his dad is the caretaker. First person (point of view). Realistic fiction. IL 8-12. AR 4.6. RC 5.6. Lexile 750.
Before We Go Extinct: A Novel JS  
B 123574B 123574 Being Fishkill
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Lehrer, Ruth
Length: 312 Copyright: 2017

Born in the backseat of a moving car, Carmel Fishkill was unceremoniously pushed into a world that refuses to offer her security, stability, love. At age thirteen, she begins to fight back. Carmel Fishkill becomes Fishkill Carmel, who deflects her tormenters with a strong left hook and conceals her secrets from teachers and social workers. But Fishkill's fierce defenses falter when she meets eccentric optimist Duck-Duck Farina, and soon they, along with Duck-Duck's mother, Molly, form a tentative family, even as Fishkill struggles to understand her place in it. This fragile new beginning is threatened by the reappearance of Fishkill's unstable mother--and by unfathomable tragedy. Realistic fiction. Poverty. IL 9-12.
Being Fishkill JS  
B 97168B 97168 Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension
Grade Lvl: T Author: Ahmed, Sara K
Length: 139 Copyright: 2018

Topics such as race, gender, politics, religion, and sexuality are part of our students' lives, yet when these subjects are brought up at school teachers often struggle with how to respond. How do we create learning conditions where kids can ask the questions they want to ask, muddle through how to say the things they are thinking, and have tough conversations? How can we be proactive and take steps to engaging in the types of conversations where risk is high but the payoff could be even greater? Being the Change is based on the idea that people can develop skills and habits to serve them in the comprehension of social issues. Sara K. Ahmed identifies and unpacks the skills of social comprehension, providing teachers with tools and activities that help students make sense of themselves and the world as they navigate relevant topics in today's society. Each chapter includes clear, transferrable lessons and practical strategies that help students learn about a targeted social comprehension concept. From exploring identity and diversity to understanding and addressing biases and microaggressions, Sara demonstrates how to address real issues honestly in the classroom while honoring and empowering students. Dealing with social issues is uncomfortable and often messy, but you can build habitats of trust where kids and adults can make their thinking visible and cultivate empathy; where expression, identity, and social literacy matter. There is no magic formula for making the world a better place. It happens in the moments we embrace discomfort and have candid conversations.
Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension T  
B 125614B 125614 Belles
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Clayton, Dhonielle
Length: 434 Copyright: 2018

In a world where Beauty is a commodity only a few control, one Belle will learn the dark secrets behind her powers, and rise up to change the world. Overcoming adversity. Fantasy fiction. IL 10-12. AR 4.7. RC 4.7. Lexile 650.
Belles JS  
KM 13223KM 13223 Benefits of Being an Octopus (Playaway)
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Braden, Ann
Length: 254 Copyright: 2018

Seventh-grader Zoey Albro focuses on caring for three younger siblings and avoiding rich classmates at school until her fascination with octopuses gets her on the debate team and she begins to speak out. Contents include the playaway, a book and a 5-way splitter. Playway runtime: approximately 7 hours. IL 4-8. AR 4.9. RC 4.7. Lexile 770. Iowa Teen Award 2020-2021.
Benefits of Being an Octopus (Playaway) IJ  
B 123491B 123491 Best Possible Answer
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Kottaras, E. Katherine
Length: 263 Copyright: 2016

Ultra-high-achiever Viviana Rabinovich-Lowe learns something they never covered in her AP courses: that it's okay to be less than perfect, because it's our imperfections that make us who we are. Realistic fiction. IL 8-12.
Best Possible Answer JS  
B 123381B 123381 Big Nate and Friends
Grade Lvl: PIJ Author: Peirce, Lincoln
Length: 224 Copyright: 2011

Reprints "Big Nate" comic strips that follow the adventures of sixth-grader Nate Wright and his middle school friends. Humorous fiction. Big Nate Graphic Novel Series. IL 3-7. AR 2.4. RC 2.8. Lexile 300.
Big Nate and Friends PIJ  
B 123372B 123372 Big Nate Blasts Off
Grade Lvl: PIJ Author: Peirce, Lincoln
Length: 218 Copyright: 2016

After his fight with Randy Betancourt makes headlines in the school paper, Big Nate has a problem worse than detention on his hands. Realistic Fiction. Big Nate Novel Series, Book 8. IL 3-7. AR 3.3. RC 3.5. Lexile 460.
Big Nate Blasts Off PIJ  
B 123371B 123371 Big Nate in the Zone
Grade Lvl: PIJ Author: Peirce, Lincoln
Length: 216 Copyright: 2014

Sixth-grader and self-proclaimed genius Nate Wright's bad luck has turned around and suddenly he can do no wrong. Realistic Fiction. Graphic novel format. Big Nate Novel Series, Book 6. IL 3-7. AR 3.1 RC 2.5. Lexile 470.
Big Nate in the Zone PIJ  
B 123493B 123493 Big Nate Makes the Grade
Grade Lvl: PIJ Author: Peirce, Lincoln
Length: 224 Copyright: 2012

Nate Wright is known to his pals and teachers for many things, his penchant for mischief and his school record for detentions being the foremost. But beating out brainiac Gina's grades is not one of those things! In Big Nate Makes the Grade, the school life goings-on of Nate, his pals, and his long-suffering teachers are recounted in hilarious detail. Series fiction. Big Nate Graphic Novels. Middle grade fiction. IL 3-8. AR 2.8. Lexile 340.
Big Nate Makes the Grade PIJ  
B 123370B 123370 Big Nate Strikes Again
Grade Lvl: PIJ Author: Peirce, Lincoln
Length: 216 Copyright: 2010

Sixth-grader and self-proclaimed genius Nate Wright faces his all-time enemy, Gina, when they are paired to work on a research paper together and she also gets a position on his intramural team. Graphic novel format. Realistic Fiction. Big Nate Novel Series, Book 2. IL 3-7. AR 3.0. RC 2.4. Lexile 430. GR R.
Big Nate Strikes Again PIJ  
B 123380B 123380 Big Nate: Game On!
Grade Lvl: PIJ Author: Peirce, Lincoln
Length: 224 Copyright: 2013

Reprints "Big Nate" comic strips that follow the adventures of sixth-grader Nate Wright and his middle school friends through a variety of hapless sports encounters. Humorous fiction. Big Nate Graphic Novel Series. IL 3-7. AR 2.3. RC 2.8. Lexile 300.
Big Nate: Game On! PIJ  
B 123379B 123379 Big Nate: Revenge of the Cream Puffs
Grade Lvl: PIJ Author: Peirce, Lincoln
Length: 181 Copyright: 2016

A reprinting of the "Big Nate" comic strip, that follows the adventures of eleven-year-old Nate Wright and his baseball team the Cream Puffs. Humorous fiction. Big Nate Graphic Novel Series. IL 3-7. AR 2.9. RC 2.6.
Big Nate: Revenge of the Cream Puffs PIJ  
B 123377B 123377 Big Nate: Say Good-bye to Dork City
Grade Lvl: PIJ Author: Peirce, Lincoln
Length: 222 Copyright: 2015

Middle schooler Nate Wright tries to shake off his reputation as a dork by leaving his friends behind and hanging out with Marcus, the leader of the school's most notorious posse. Humorous fiction. Big Nate Graphic Novel Series. IL 3-7. AR 2.8. RC 3.2. Lexile 360.
Big Nate: Say Good-bye to Dork City PIJ  
B 123376B 123376 Big Nate: the Crowd Goes Wild!
Grade Lvl: PIJ Author: Peirce, Lincoln
Length: 222 Copyright: 2014

Nate pines over Jenny, who prefers exchange-student Artur; keeps getting into trouble with his homeroom teacher, Mrs. Godfrey; and works very hard at finding ways to goof off and do as little as possible during summer vacation. Humorous fiction. Big Nate Graphic Novel Series. IL 3-7. AR 2.9. RC 3.2. Lexile 370.
Big Nate: the Crowd Goes Wild! PIJ  
B 123375B 123375 Big Nate: Thunka, Thunka, Thunka
Grade Lvl: PIJ Author: Peirce, Lincoln
Length: 174 Copyright: 2016

A reprinting of the "Big Nate" comic strip, that follows the adventures of eleven-year-old Nate Wright, a self-proclaimed genius and the all-time record holder for detentions in school history, and his friends and family. Humorous fiction. Big Nate Graphic Novels Series. IL 3-7. IL 3-7. AR 2.8. RC 3.2. Lexile 360.
Big Nate: Thunka, Thunka, Thunka PIJ  
B 123374B 123374 Big Nate: Welcome to My World
Grade Lvl: PIJ Author: Peirce, Lincoln
Length: 174 Copyright: 2015

A reprinting of the "Big Nate" comic strip, that follows the adventures of eleven-year-old Nate Wright, a self-proclaimed genius and the all-time record holder for detentions in school history, and his friends and family. Humorous fiction. Big Nate Graphic Novels Series. IL 3-7. AR 2.8. RC 3.3. Lexile 380.
Big Nate: Welcome to My World PIJ  
B 123373B 123373 Big Nate: What's a Little Noogie Between Friends?
Grade Lvl: PIJ Author: Peirce, Lincoln
Length: 174 Copyright: 2017

Reprints "Big Nate" comic strips that follow the adventures of sixth-grader Nate Wright and his middle school friends. Humorous Fiction. Big Nate Graphic Novels Series. IL 3-7. AR 2.8. RC 3.2. Lexile 360.
Big Nate: What's a Little Noogie Between Friends? PIJ  
B 123378B 123378 Big Nate's Greatest Hits
Grade Lvl: PIJ Author: Peirce, Lincoln
Length: 373 Copyright: 2015

Reprints "Big Nate" comic strips that follow the adventures of sixth-grader Nate Wright and his middle school friends. Story collection. Humorous fiction. Big Nate Graphic Novel Series. IL 3-7. AR 3.3.
Big Nate's Greatest Hits PIJ  
B 125613B 125613 Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America
Grade Lvl: JS Author:
Length: 400 Copyright: 2019

A collection of coming-of-age short stories that reflect on the African American teenage experience in America. Overcoming adversity. Story collections. Realistic fiction. Bildungsroman. IL 9-12.
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America JS  
B 124959B 124959 Blended
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Draper, Sharon M
Length: 308 Copyright: 2018

Piano-prodigy Isabella, eleven, whose black father and white mother struggle to share custody, never feels whole, especially as racial tensions affect her school, her parents both become engaged, and she and her stepbrother are stopped by police. Blended families. Realistic fiction. IL 4-8. AR 4.0. RC 3.4. Lexile 610.
Blended IJ  
KM 13160KM 13160 Blended (Playaway)
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Draper, Sharon M
Length: 308 Copyright: 2018

Eleven-year-old Isabella's blended family is more divided than ever in this thoughtful story about divorce and racial identity. Contains book, playaway and 5-way splitter. Playaway run time: Approximately 5.5 hours. IL 4-8. AR 4.0. RC 3.4. Lexile 610.
Blended (Playaway) IJ  
B 124978B 124978 Book of Essie
Grade Lvl: S Author: Weir, Meghan MacLean
Length: 319 Copyright: 2018

Esther Ann Hicks--Essie--is the youngest child on Six for Hicks, a reality television phenomenon. She's grown up in the spotlight, both idolized and despised for her family's fire-and-brimstone brand of faith. When Essie's mother, Celia, discovers that Essie is pregnant, she arranges an emergency meeting with the show's producers: Do they sneak Essie out of the country for an abortion? Do they pass the child off as Celia's? Or do they try to arrange a marriage--and a ratings-blockbuster wedding? Meanwhile, Essie is quietly pairing herself up with Roarke Richards, a senior at her school with a secret of his own to protect. As the newly formed couple attempt to sell their fabricated love story to the media--through exclusive interviews with an infamously conservative reporter named Liberty Bell--Essie finds she has questions of her own: What was the real reason for her older sister leaving home? Who can she trust with the truth about her family? And how much is she willing to sacrifice to win her own freedom? Celebrity fiction. Coming of age. Teen girls. IL 10-12.
Book of Essie S  
KM 13095KM 13095 Boxed Books: Iowa High School Book Award 2019-2020 (12 Books)
Grade Lvl: JS Author:
Length: 0 Copyright: 2019

Collection of books nominated for 2018-2019 Iowa High School Award. Poster included. 12 Titles: Dear Martin; AR 4.8. RC 5.4. Lexile 720. End of Our Story; Forgetting; AR 4.8. RC 5.5. Lexile 740. Hate U Give; AR 3.9. RC 5.3. Lexile 590. Long Way Down; AR 4.3. RC 5.4. Lexile 720. Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women; AR 8.1. RC 8.3. Lexile 980. Renegades; AR 6.5. RC 6.6. Lexile 860. Serpent King; AR 4.4. RC 5.3. Lexile 630. Turtles All the Way Down; AR 5.6. RC 5.5. Lexile 840. Underwater; AR 4.1. RC 4.4. Lexile 600. Warcross; AR 5.6. RC 5.3. Lexile 810. When We Collided; AR 4.8. RC 5.5. Lexile 730. Four-week loan period.
Boxed Books: Iowa High School Book Award 2019-2020 (12 Books) JS  
KM 13259KM 13259 Boxed Books: Iowa High School Book Award 2020-2021 (12 Books)
Grade Lvl: JS Author:
Length: 0 Copyright: 2020

Collection of books nominated for 2018-2019 Iowa High School Award. 12 Titles: The Astonishing Color of After; AR 4.8. RC 5.2. Lexile 670. Children of Blood and Bone; AR 4.8. RC 5.2. Lexile 670. Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel; AR 4.2. Lexile 590. Dry; AR 5.5. RC 5.2. Lexile 790. GR Z+. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter; AR 4.7. RC 6.5. Lexile 730. On the Come Up; AR 3.8. RC 4.2. Lexile 550. Sadie; AR 5.0. Lexile 750. Shout; AR 7.5. They Both Die at the End; AR 5.5. RC 5.6. Lexile 870. This is Not the End; A Very Large Expanse of Sea; AR 5.0. We Are Okay. AR 4.5. RC 4.8. Lexile 660. Four-week loan period.
Boxed Books: Iowa High School Book Award 2020-2021 (12 Books) JS  
KM 13096KM 13096 Boxed Books: Iowa Teen Award 2019-2020 (15 Books)
Grade Lvl: IJS Author:
Length: 0 Copyright: 2019

Collection of books nominated for 2019-2020 Iowa Teen Award. 15 Titles: Backfield Boys; AR 5.6. RC 5.5. Lexile 840. Lumberjanes Vol. 1. Beware the Kitten Holy; AR 3.5. RC 3.3. Kalahari; AR 5.3. RC 6.2. Lexile 790. Lily and Dunkin; AR 4.3. RC 4.2. Lexile 680. GR Z. One of Us is Lying; AR 5.1. RC 5.5. Lexile 730. Refugee; AR 5.3. RC 5.3. Lexile 800. Saving Red; AR 5.1. RC 5.3. Serafina and the Black Cloak; AR 5.9. RC 5.5. Lexile 850. Seventh Most Important Thing; AR 5.9. RC 5.5. Lexile 850. Shadow Cipher; AR 5.3. RC 5.7. Lexile 780. Solo; AR 4.2. RC 6.7. Lexile 640. Some Kind of Happiness; AR 3.9. RC 4.3. Lexile 580. Thing About Jellyfish; AR 5.0. RC 4.5. Lexile 740. GR Y. Top Prospect; AR 5.2. RC 4.6. Lexile 760, GR X. Ugly. AR 5.7. RC 5.7. Lexile 890. Four-week loan period.
Boxed Books: Iowa Teen Award 2019-2020 (15 Books) IJS  
KM 13260KM 13260 Boxed Books: Iowa Teen Award 2020-2021 (15 Books)
Grade Lvl: IJS Author:
Length: 0 Copyright: 2020

Collection of books nominated for 2019-2020 Iowa Teen Award. 15 Titles: The Benefits of Being an Octopus; AR 4.9. RC 4.7. Lexile 770. Craig & Fred: A Marine, a Stray Dog, and How They Rescued Each Other; AR 6.0. Lexile 840. The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives; AR 6.5. RC 6.6. Lexile 930. Five Feet Apart; AR 5.1. RC 4.7. Lexile 780. Forget Me Not; AR 4.1. RC 5.2. Lexile 670. Game Changer; AR 5.4. RC 4.6. Lexile 750. GR X. Hey, Kiddo; AR 3.5. RC 3.8. Lexile 510. Hooper; AR 3.8. Lexile 610. Illegal; AR 2.5. RC 3.6. Lexile 490. Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus; AR 4.6. RC 4.3. Lexile 700. Missing Mike; AR 5.2. Lexile 890. The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise; AR 4.7. RC 4.5. Lexile 730. Skyward; AR 5.1. RC 5.2. Lexile 680. Speak: The Graphic Novel; AR 4.0 Lexile 550. Tight. AR 3.9. RC 3.4. Lexile 600. Four-week loan period.
Boxed Books: Iowa Teen Award 2020-2021 (15 Books) IJS  
B 123572B 123572 Bubbles
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Cooper, Abby
Length: 262 Copyright: 2017

While trying to cheer up her depressed mother, twelve-year-old, biracial Sophie gets roped into doing a triathlon, as part of a school project on risk-taking, and discovers she can see people's thoughts in bubbles above their heads. Realistic fiction. IL 4-8.
Bubbles IJ  
B 126038B 126038 Captain Superlative
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Puller, J. S
Length: 245 Copyright: 2018

Janey, a quiet outsider, is inspired by the eccentric and enigmatic Captain Superlative, a masked superhero who runs through the halls of their middle school, performing radical acts of kindness. Bullying. Friendship stories. Realistic fiction. Mystery. Iowa Children's Choice Award 2020-2021. IL 4-8. AR 4.4. RC 3.4. Lexile 600.
Captain Superlative IJ  
B 123492B 123492 Chaos of Standing Still
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Brody, Jessica
Length: 406 Copyright: 2017

Ryn, eighteen, trapped by a massive blizzard in the Denver airport, meets some unique characters who help her cope with survivor's guilt on the first anniversary of her best friend's death. Realistic fiction. Contemporary Young Adult. Overcoming grief. IL 9-12.
Chaos of Standing Still JS  
B 125350B 125350 Check, Please! (Book 1)
Grade Lvl: S Author: Ukazu, Ngozi
Length: 240 Copyright: 2018

Eric Bittle may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur patisser, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. Coming of Age / Bildungsroman. *Teacher preview strongly recommended. Graphic novel series: Hockey, book 1. IL 11-12. RC 4.2. Lexile 540.
Check, Please! (Book 1) S  
B 125407B 125407 Chester and Gus
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: McGovern, Cammie
Length: 249 Copyright: 2017

Chester hopes to follow in his mother's paw prints and become a service dog, but when a family with an autistic son adopts him, it's not exactly what Chester imagined, but he'll do whatever he can to prove he's the right dog for the job. IL 4-8. AR 4.3. RC 4.2. Lexile 680.
Chester and Gus IJ  
KM 13228KM 13228 Children of Blood and Bone (Book 1) (Playaway)
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Adeyemi, Tomi
Length: 531 Copyright: 2018

Seventeen-year-old Zelie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy. Contents include playaway, book and a 5-way splitter. Playway runtime: approximately 18 hours. Fantasy fiction. Series fiction: Legacy Of Orisha, Book 1. Starred reviews. IL 8-12. AR 4.8. RC 5.2. Lexile 670. Iowa High School Book Award 2020-2021.
Children of Blood and Bone (Book 1) (Playaway) JS  
B 124728B 124728 Children of Exile (Book 1)
Grade Lvl: IJS Author: Haddix, Margaret Peterson
Length: 296 Copyright: 2016

A twelve-year-old girl raised in a foster village is returned to her biological parents, and discovers home is not what she expected it to be. Science fiction. Series: Children of Exile, Book 1. IL 6-10. AR 4.9. RC 5.3. Lexile 680.
Children of Exile (Book 1) IJS  
B 124729B 124729 Children of Refuge (Book, 2)
Grade Lvl: IJS Author: Haddix, Margaret Peterson
Length: 262 Copyright: 2017

Many surprises await twelve-year-old Edwy Watanaboneset when the Freds return him to Cursed Town, including that he has siblings in Refuge City who he will join in boarding school. Science fiction. Series: Children of Exile, Book 2. IL 6-10. AR 5.0. RC 5.3. Lexile 690.
Children of Refuge (Book, 2) IJS  
B 124908B 124908 Come November
Grade Lvl: JS Author: van Dam, Katrin
Length: 373 Copyright: 2018

It's not the end of the world, but for Rooney Harris it's starting to feel that way. It's the beginning of senior year, and her mom just lost her job. Even worse, she isn't planning to get another one. Instead, she's spending every waking moment with a group called the Next World Society, whose members are convinced they'll be leaving Earth behind on November 17. It sounds crazy to Rooney, but to her mother and younger brother it sounds like salvation. As her mom's obsession threatens to tear their lives apart, Rooney is scrambling to hold it all together. But will saving her family mean sacrificing her dreams or theirs? Realistic fiction. Cults fiction. Family problems. IL 8-12.
Come November JS  
B 124719B 124719 Complication (Book 6)
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Young, Suzanne
Length: 456 Copyright: 2018

Seventeen-year-old Tatum Masterson has no memory of being in The Program, but when she starts experiencing crashbacks she knows something terrible happened last summer, and with help of the boyfriend she lost, Tatum digs into the past and future of The Program and its handlers, and discovers the true cost of a cure. Science fiction. Series: Program, Book 6. IL 8-12.
Complication (Book 6) JS  
B 124563B 124563 Crush
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Chmakova, Svetlana
Length: 235 Copyright: 2018

Jorge seems to have it all together. He's big enough that nobody really messes with him, but he's also a genuinely sweet guy with a solid, reliable group of friends. The only time he ever really feels off his game is when he crosses paths with a certain girl... But when the group dynamic among the boys starts to shift, will Jorge be able to balance what his friends expect of him versus what he actually wants? Graphic novel. Series fiction: Berrybrook Middle School, Book 3. IL 5-9.
Crush IJ  
B 125033B 125033 Darius the Great is Not Okay
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Khorram, Adib
Length: 314 Copyright: 2018

Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He's a Fractional Persian--half, his mom's side--and his first-ever trip to Iran is about to change his life. Darius has never really fit in at home, and he's sure things are going to be the same in Iran. His clinical depression doesn't exactly help matters, and trying to explain his medication to his grandparents only makes things harder. Then Darius meets Sohrab, the boy next door, and everything changes. Soon, they're spending their days together, playing soccer, eating faludeh, and talking for hours on a secret rooftop overlooking the city's skyline. Sohrab calls him Darioush--the original Persian version of his name--and Darius has never felt more like himself than he does now that he's Darioush to Sohrab.
Darius the Great is Not Okay JS  
B 126026B 126026 Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Emmich, Val
Length: 358 Copyright: 2018

Evan goes from being a nobody to everyone's hero and a social media superstar after a chance encounter with Connor just before his suicide leads others to believe Evan was his only friend. Coming of Age / Bildungsroman. Realistic ficiton. Iowa High School Book Award 2020-2021. IL 9-12. AR 4.2. Lexile 590.
Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel JS  
KM 13240KM 13240 Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel (Playaway)
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Emmich, Val
Length: 358 Copyright: 2018

Evan goes from being a nobody to everyone's hero and a social media superstar after a chance encounter with Connor just before his suicide leads others to believe Evan was his only friend. Iowa High School Book Award 2020-2021. Contents include playaway, book and a 5-way splitter. Playaway run time: 8 hours. Coming of age / Bildungsroman. Popularity fiction. IL 9-12. AR 4.2. Lexile 590.
Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel (Playaway) JS  
B 123410B 123410 Dear Martin
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Stone, Nic
Length: 210 Copyright: 2017

Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him. Realistic fiction. IL 9-12. AR 4.8. Lexile 720. Iowa High School Award, 2019-2020.
Dear Martin JS  
B 124887B 124887 Die Young With Me: A Memoir
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Rufus, Rob
Length: 382 Copyright: 2016

An incredibly moving true story of a teenager diagnosed with cancer and how music was the one thing that helped him get through his darkest days. Memoir. Iowa HS Battle of the Books 2018-2019. IL 9-12.
Die Young With Me: A Memoir JS  
B 97256B 97256 Digital Citizenship in Action: Empowering Students to Engage in Online Communities
Grade Lvl: T Author: Mattson, Kristen
Length: 120 Copyright: 2017

Text provides readers practical ways for taking digital citizenship lessons beyond a conversation about personal responsibility so that you can create opportunities for students to become participatory citizens, actively engaging in multiple levels of community and developing relationships based on mutual trust and understanding with others in these spaces. Digital responsibility. ISTE Standards for Educators. Teaching methods and materials.
Digital Citizenship in Action: Empowering Students to Engage in Online Comm T  
B 123402B 123402 Doping in Sports: Winning at Any Cost?
Grade Lvl: JS Author: McPherson, Stephanie Sammartino
Length: 104 Copyright: 2016

Discusses the uses and consequences of performance enhancing drugs in sports. Nonfiction. IL 7-12. AR 9.1. RC 11.9. Lexile 1280.
Doping in Sports: Winning at Any Cost? JS  
B 124915B 124915 Drum Roll, Please
Grade Lvl: IJS Author: Bigelow, Lisa Jenn
Length: 306 Copyright: 2018

Melly only joined the school band because her best friend, Olivia, begged her to. But to her surprise, quiet Melly loves playing the drums. It's the only time in her life she doesn't feel like a mouse. Now she and Olivia are about to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway, jamming under the stars in the Michigan woods. But this summer brings big changes for Melly: her parents split up, her best friend ditches her, and Melly finds herself falling for a girl at camp named Adeline. To top it off, Melly's not sure she has what it takes to be a real rock n' roll drummer. Will she be able to make music from all the noise in her heart? IL 5-9. AR 4.4. RC 3.5. Lexile 630.
Drum Roll, Please IJS  
B 123446B 123446 Edge: Collected Stories
Grade Lvl: S Author: Kerr, M. E
Length: 163 Copyright: 2015

These 15 short stories capture our fears, yearnings, loneliness, self-doubts, and universal need for love and acceptance. Short story collection. Teen perspective. YA Fiction. IL 9-12.
Edge: Collected Stories S  
B 124462B 124462 El odio que das (Hate U Give)
Grade Lvl: S Author: Thomas, Angie
Length: 438 Copyright: 2017

Text in Spanish.;Translation of: The hate u give. Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does-or does not-say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life. Spanish language. Race relations. Prejudice and Racism. IL 10-12.
El odio que das (Hate U Give) S  
B 124636B 124636 El verano de Raymie Nightingale (Spanish Edition)
Grade Lvl: IJS Author: DiCamillo, Kate
Length: 233 Copyright: 2016

Hoping that if she wins a local beauty pageant her father will come home, Raymie practices twirling a baton and performing good deeds as she is drawn into an unlikely friendship with a drama queen and a saboteur. Text in Spanish.;Translation of: Raymie Nightingale. Historical fiction. Grief and loss. Family problems. IL 6-12.
El verano de Raymie Nightingale (Spanish Edition) IJS  
B 124970B 124970 End of Our Story
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Haston, Meg
Length: 280 Copyright: 2017

Bridge and Wil have been entangled in each other's lives for years, but when Wil's family suffers a violent loss their senior year of high school, Bridge and Wil discover just how much they've grown apart, but can they find their way back to each other? Iowa High School Award, 2019-2020. Realistic fiction. IL 9-12.
End of Our Story JS  
B 126227B 126227 Enough is Enough: How Students Can Join the Fight for Gun Safety
Grade Lvl: JS Author: McCann, Michelle Roehm
Length: 300 Copyright: 2019

A young activist's handbook to joining the fight against gun violence--both in your community and on a national level--to make schools safer for everyone. Social issues. Gun safety. Gun control. Student movements. School shootings. IL 9-12. Lexile 1060.
Enough is Enough: How Students Can Join the Fight for Gun Safety JS  
B 124718B 124718 Epidemic (Book 4)
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Young, Suzanne
Length: 378 Copyright: 2016

Quinlan is a closer--someone who takes on the short-term role of a deceased loved one. Her last case brought down her entire world; now she's involved in an effort to fight an epidemic. Science fiction. Series: The Program, Book 4. IL 8-12. AR 4.9. RC 6.3. Lexile 690.
Epidemic (Book 4) JS  
B 123445B 123445 Everything Must Go
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Davis, Jenny Fran
Length: 402 Copyright: 2017

Falling for a young man who has accepted a job at a hippie Quaker school, Flora leaves her elite prep school to join him, but must make the most of the situation when he fails to show up, in a story told through letters, emails, and news stories. Epistolary. YA Realistic Fiction. IL 8-12.
Everything Must Go JS  
B 123411B 123411 Expelled
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Patterson, James
Length: 296 Copyright: 2017

Expelled over the photo that was posted to his Twitter account, Will Foster, seventeen, is determined to find out who took the picture and why he and three other students were targeted. Realistic fiction. IL 9-12. AR 4.7. Lexile 680.
Expelled JS  
B 123441B 123441 Far from the Tree
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Benway, Robin
Length: 374 Copyright: 2017

Being the middle child has its ups and downs. But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Starred reviews. Realistic fiction. IL 8-12. AR 5.1. Lexile 780.
Far from the Tree JS  
B 126177B 126177 Field Guide to the North American Teenager
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Philippe, Ben
Length: 372 Copyright: 2019

When Norris, a Black French Canadian, starts his junior year at an Austin, Texas, high school, he views his fellow students as cliches from "a bad 90s teen movie." Starred reviews. Young adult. Realistic fiction. Humor. Multicultural. Moving. New experiences. IL 8-12. AR 5.9. Lexile 830.
Field Guide to the North American Teenager JS  
B 124877B 124877 First Rule of Punk
Grade Lvl: IJS Author: Perez, Celia C
Length: 310 Copyright: 2017

There are no shortcuts to surviving your first day at a new school-you can't fix it with duct tape like you would your Chuck Taylors. On Day One, twelve-year-old Mal. (MarYa Luisa, if you want to annoy her) inadvertently upsets Posada Middle School's queen bee, violates the school's dress code with her punk rock look, and disappoints her college-professor mom in the process. Her dad, who now lives a thousand miles away, says things will get better as long as she remembers the first rule of punk- be yourself. Realistic fiction. Coming of Age / Bildungsroman. Hispanic American. IL 5-9. AR 4.5. RC 4.2. Lexile 670. GR T.
First Rule of Punk IJS  
B 126025B 126025 Five Feet Apart
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Lippincott, Rachael
Length: 281 Copyright: 2019

Seventeen-year-olds Stella and Will, both suffering from cystic fibrosis, realize the only way to stay alive is to stay apart, but their love for each other is slowly pushing the boundaries of physical and emotional safety. Romance fiction. Bildungroman / Coming of Age. Iowa Teen Award 2020-2021. IL 5.1. RC 4.7. Lexile 780.
Five Feet Apart JS  
B 125612B 125612 Focused
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Gerber, Alyson
Length: 288 Copyright: 2019

Twelve-year-old Clea wants to do her homework, follow instructions, pay attention in school, and play chess on the school team, but somehow she cannot focus on whatever is in front of her. The other kids are starting to notice and make fun of her. When her worried parents take her to be tested she finds out that she has ADH, only without the hyperactivity. With the help from the psychiatrist who seems to really understand her she is determined to learn how to focus. IL 4-8. AR 4.6. RC 4.6. Lexile 750.
Focused IJ  
B 125616B 125616 For Black Girls Like Me
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Lockington, Mariama
Length: 321 Copyright: 2019

Eleven-year-old Makeda dreams of meeting her African American mother, while coping with serious problems in her white adopted family, a cross-country move, and being homeschooled. New experiences. Realistic fiction. Identity. IL 5-9. AR 3.5. RC 3.7. Lexile 500.
For Black Girls Like Me IJ  
B 126035B 126035 Forget Me Not
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Terry, Ellie
Length: 330 Copyright: 2017

When her mother breaks up with yet another boyfriend, Calliope meets Jinsong at her latest middle school, who becomes her friend despite her Tourette Syndrome and the embarrassment it can cause. As Calliope navigates school, she must also face her mother's new relationship and the fact that they might be moving,againjust as she starts to make friends and finally accept her differences. Diverse abilities. Novels in verse. Realistic fiction. Iowa Teen Award 2020-2021. IL 5-9. AR 4.1. RC 5.2. Lexile 670.
Forget Me Not IJ  
B 125312B 125312 Friendship War
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Clements, Andrew
Length: 173 Copyright: 2019

When Grace takes boxes of old buttons from a building her grandfather bought, she starts a fad at school that draws her closer to one friend, but further from another. IL 4-8. AR 5.0. RC 4.7. Lexile 770. GR U.
Friendship War IJ  
KM 13157KM 13157 Friendship War (Playaway)
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Clements, Andrew
Length: 173 Copyright: 2019

Stickers, Silly Bandz, Rainbow Looms, fidget spinners . . . buttons?! A brand-new school story about friendship and fads. When Grace takes boxes of old buttons from a building her grandfather bought, she starts a fad at school that draws her closer to one friend, but further from another. Contains book, playaway and a 5-way splitter. Playaway run time: Approximately 4 hours. IL 4-8. AR 5.0. RC 4.7. Lexile 770. GR U.
Friendship War (Playaway) IJ  
B 123567B 123567 Georgia Rules
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Stevenson, Nanci Turner
Length: 261 Copyright: 2017

The story of a girl who moves to a new town and meets an unforgettable family--one that will change her and her mother's lives forever. Bildungsroman / Coming of Age. Realistic fiction. IL 4-8.
Georgia Rules IJ  
B 123408B 123408 Ghost
Grade Lvl: IJS Author: Reynolds, Jason
Length: 181 Copyright: 2016

Book 1 in Track series. Ghost, a naturally talented runner and troublemaker, is recruited for an elite middle school track team. He must stay on track, literally and figuratively, to reach his full potential. Iowa Teen Award 2018-2019. Realistic fiction. IL 5-10. AR 4.6. RC 4.5. Lexile 730.
Ghost IJS  
KM 13029KM 13029 Ghost (Playaway) (Book 1)
Grade Lvl: IJS Author: Reynolds, Jason
Length: 0 Copyright: 2016

Ghost, a naturally talented runner and troublemaker, is recruited for an elite middle school track team. He must stay on track, literally and figuratively, to reach his full potential. Iowa Teen Award 2018-2019. Realistic fiction. Series fiction: Track, book 1. IL 5-10. AR 4.6. RC 4.5. Lexile 730. Contains 1 playaway, 1 book and one 5-way splitter. Run time for playaway approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes. A four week loan period. Copy B 123408 in lending.
Ghost (Playaway) (Book 1) IJS  
B 126050B 126050 Girls Like Us
Grade Lvl: S Author: PInk, Randi
Length: 310 Copyright: 2019

This historical novel presents a story of unplanned teen pregnancies in a time where abortion was not a viable option and pregnant teens, especially in small Southern towns, were shunned or hidden away to have their babies. US History fiction. Teen pregnancy. Multicultural. Realistic fiction. IL 10-12.
Girls Like Us S  
KM 12945KM 12945 Give Me Some Truth (Playaway)
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Gansworth, Eric L
Length: 0 Copyright: 2018

Carson Mastick is entering his senior year of high school and desperate to make his mark, on the reservation and off. A rock band -- and winning the local Battle of the Bands, with its first prize of a trip to New York City -- is his best shot. But things keep getting in the way. Small matters like the lack of an actual band, or the fact that his brother just got shot confronting the racist owner of a local restaurant. Maggi Bokoni has just moved back to the reservation from the city with her family. She's dying to stop making the same traditional artwork her family sells to tourists (conceptual stuff is cooler), stop feeling out of place in her new (old) home, and stop being treated like a child. She might like to fall in love for the first time too. Carson and Maggi -- along with their friend Lewis -- will navigate loud protests, even louder music, and first love in this stirring novel about coming together in a world defined by difference. Alternating point of view. Realistic fiction. Bildungsroman / Coming of Age. Contains 1 hardcover book, 1 playaway and a 5-way splitter. Playaway run time: 14 hours and 21 minutes. IL 9-12. Lexile 760.
Give Me Some Truth (Playaway) JS  
KM 13201KM 13201 Go! Decode Set 1
Grade Lvl: JST Author:
Length: 0 Copyright: 2016

Go! Decode Set 1 is the first of the phonics-based libraries featuring decodable text for teens. The series is useful for teen readers who are developing their decoding skills and newcomers with no prior English language skills. The books showcase phonics beginning with CVC words and progressing through long vowels, consonant digraphs, vowel diphthongs, and multisyllabic words. The kit features three levels that move progressively through phonic skills, provides accessible texts with engaging, teen-centric content (fiction and nonfiction), and progress monitoring for each text. The kit includes 72 books (3 each of 24 titles), three levels with fiction and nonfiction included in each level, and a 152-page teacher’s guide with lesson plans, book quizzes, and reproducible activities. Skills for Decode [1]: single consonants, short vowels, CVC words, plural and inflection -s, soft and hard c and g, CVCC words, open syllable long vowels, long vowels in CVCe words, beginning consonant blends, y used as a vowel and pronounced long e or i.
Go! Decode Set 1 JST  
KM 13202KM 13202 Go! Develop Set 2
Grade Lvl: JST Author:
Length: 0 Copyright: 2016

Go! Develop Set 2 is the second of the phonics-based libraries featuring decodable text for teens. The series is useful for teen readers who are developing their decoding skills and newcomers with no prior English language skills. The books showcase phonics beginning with CVC words and progressing through long vowels, consonant digraphs, vowel diphthongs, and multisyllabic words. The kit features three levels that move progressively through phonic skills, provides accessible texts with engaging, teen-centric content (fiction and nonfiction), and progress monitoring for each text. Includes 72 books (3 each of 24 titles), three levels with fiction and nonfiction included in each level, and a 152-page teacher’s guide with lesson plans, book quizzes, and reproducible activities. Skills for Develop set 2: All of Decode set 1 skills, long vowels in CVC words with beginning consonant blends, final consonant blends, common long vowel pairs, y to i and add -es plural; beginning, middle, and final consonant digraphs, silent letters such as in kn, and plural endings -s and -es.
Go! Develop Set 2 JST  
B 125445B 125445 Good Kind of Trouble
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Ramee, Lisa Moore
Length: 358 Copyright: 2019

An incredibly promising #ownvoices middle grade debut in the vein of Black-ish, about twelve-year-old Shayla, who is just trying to get through middle school without making waves, until she realizes that some things are important enough to be worth the trouble. School stories. Black lives matter movement. IL 5-8. AR 4.5. Lexile 720.
Good Kind of Trouble IJ  
B 125349B 125349 Green: A Novel
Grade Lvl: S Author: Graham-Felsen, Sam
Length: 301 Copyright: 2018

In 1992 Boston, Dave, a white boy at a mostly black middle school, befriends Marlon, a youth who lives in public housing and who confounds Dave's assumptions about black culture before their bond is tested by girls, family secrets, and national violence. Alex Award, 2019. Coming of Age / Bildungsroman. Race relations. IL 10-12.
Green: A Novel S  
B 125471B 125471 Guts
Grade Lvl: IJS Author: Telgemeier, Raina
Length: 211 Copyright: 2019

Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it's probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she's dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina's tummy trouble isn't going away... and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What's going on? Coming of age. Graphic novel. IL 5-10. Lexile 480.
Guts IJS  
B 124853B 124853 Harbor Me
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Woodson, Jacqueline
Length: 176 Copyright: 2018

It all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat--by themselves, with no adults to listen in. There, in the room they soon dub the ARTT Room (short for "A Room to Talk"), they discover it's safe to talk about what's bothering them--everything from Esteban's father's deportation and Haley's father's incarceration to Amari's fears of racial profiling and Ashton's adjustment to his changing family fortunes. When the six are together, they can express the feelings and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world. And together, they can grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives. Starred reviews. IL 5-8. AR 4.1. Lexile 630.
Harbor Me IJ  
B 124935B 124935 Hate U Give
Grade Lvl: S Author: Thomas, Angie
Length: 444 Copyright: 2017

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does-or does not-say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life. Iowa High School Award, 2019-2020. Strong language and content throughout. Teacher preview strongly recommended. See KM 12759 for access to multiple copies. IL 10-12. AR 3.9. RC 5.3. Lexile 590.
Hate U Give S  
KM 12759KM 12759 Hate U Give (15 Books)
Grade Lvl: S Author: Thomas, Angie
Length: 444 Copyright: 2017

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does-or does not-say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life. Young Adult. AR 3.2. RC 5.3. Lexile 590. IL 10-12. Set of 15 books. Also see lending title: B124935. Teacher preview strongly recommended due to strong language and nature of the content.
Hate U Give (15 Books) S  
B 124985B 124985 Heart in a Body in the World
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Caletti, Deb
Length: 355 Copyright: 2018

Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother and friends, Annabelle, eighteen, runs from Seattle to Washington, D.C., becoming a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to her recent trauma. Starred reviews. Massacre survivors. School shootings. Trauma. Social action. Grief. IL 7-12. Lexile 680.
Heart in a Body in the World JS  
B 125455B 125455 Heroine
Grade Lvl: JS Author: McGinnis, Mindy
Length: 418 Copyright: 2019

When a car crash sidelines Mickey just before softball season, she has to find a way to hold on to her spot as the catcher for a team expected to make a historic tournament run. Behind the plate is the only place she's ever felt comfortable, and the painkillers she's been prescribed can help her get there. The pills do more than take away pain; they make her feel good. With a new circle of friends--fellow injured athletes, others with just time to kill--Mickey finds peaceful acceptance, and people with whom words come easily, even if it is just the pills loosening her tongue. But as the pressure to be Mickey Catalan heightens, her need increases, and it becomes less about pain and more about want, something that could send her spiraling out of control. Realistic fiction. IL 8-12. AR 5.7. Lexile 900.
Heroine JS  
B 124733B 124733 Hey, Kiddo
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Krosoczka, Jarrett
Length: 314 Copyright: 2018

In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett's life. His father is a mystery. Jarrett doesn't know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents, two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along. Jarrett goes through his childhood trying to make his non-normal life as normal as possible, finding a way to express himself through drawing even as so little is being said to him about what's going on. Only as a teenager can Jarrett begin to piece together the truth of his family, reckoning with his mother and tracking down his father. Hey, Kiddo is an important memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive. Starred reviews. Memoir. Substance abuse and family problems. Overcoming adversity. Graphic novel. IL 9-12. Lexile 510. 2020 Newbery Award. Iowa Teen Award 2020-2021.
Hey, Kiddo JS  
KM 13226KM 13226 Hey, Kiddo (Playaway)
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Krosoczka, Jarrett
Length: 314 Copyright: 2018

In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett's life. His father is a mystery, Jarrett doesn't know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents, two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along. Jarrett goes through his childhood trying to make his non-normal life as normal as possible, finding a way to express himself through drawing even as so little is being said to him about what's going on. Only as a teenager can Jarrett begin to piece together the truth of his family, reckoning with his mother and tracking down his father. Hey, Kiddo is an important memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive. Starred reviews. Memoir. Substance abuse and family problems. Graphic novel.Contents include playaway, book and a 5-way splitter. Playaway run time 2 hours and 50 minutes. IL 9-12. Lexile 510. Iowa Teen Award 2020-2021. Newbery Award 2020.
Hey, Kiddo (Playaway) JS  
B 125454B 125454 High: Everything You Want to Know about Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Sheff, David / Sheff, Nic
Length: 262 Copyright: 2019

Just Say Know! With drug education for children more important than ever, this nonfiction book draws on the experiences of the NY Times bestselling father/son team of David and Nic Sheff to provide all the information teens and tweens need to know about drugs, alcohol, and addiction. Health and wellness. Includes back matter. Narrative nonfiction. IL 7-12.
High: Everything You Want to Know about Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction JS  
KM 13155KM 13155 High: Everything You Want to Know about Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction (Playaway)
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Sheff, David / Sheff, Nic
Length: 262 Copyright: 2019

Just Say Know! With drug education for children more important than ever, this nonfiction book draws on the experiences of the NY Times bestselling father/son team of David and Nic Sheff to provide all the information teens and tweens need to know about drugs, alcohol, and addiction. Contains book, playaway and a 5-way splitter. Playaway run time: 4 hours and 30 minutes. Health and wellness. Includes back matter. Narrative nonfiction. IL 7-12.
High: Everything You Want to Know about Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction (Play JS  
B 125619B 125619 Holding Up the Universe
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Niven, Jennifer
Length: 391 Copyright: 2016

A boy with face blindness and a girl who struggles with weight fall in love. A heart-wrenching story about what it means to see someone--and love someone--for who they truly are. Overcoming adversity. Realistic fiction. Romance. IL 9-12. AR 4.9. RC 5.7. Lexile 770.
Holding Up the Universe JS  
DVD 2955DVD 2955 How to Quit Juuling and Vaping
Grade Lvl: IJS Author:
Length: 20 Copyright: 2019

Most kids who vape and Juul (currently more than 3.5 million American teens) are beginning to understand the health risks of nicotine addiction and exposure to carcinogens from vaping. Being “on the Juul is definitely not cool.” The program clearly describes several quitting methods including cold turkey, tapering and nicotine replacement therapy. Teens using these methods inform viewers of what works and what doesn’t and why. Close Captioned. To access the DVD Guide, go to Keystone's webpage (www.keystoneaea.org), click on the Educators link, Search Media Library, then click on the Teacher Guides link and follow the directions provided. Health education. IL 6-12.
How to Quit Juuling and Vaping IJS  
B 123451B 123451 I See Reality: Twelve Short Stories About Life
Grade Lvl: JS Author:
Length: 290 Copyright: 2016

Through prose and comics alike, these heart-pounding short stories for young adults ask hard questions about a range of topics from sexuality and addiction to violence and immigration. Here is the perfect tool for starting tough discussions or simply as an introduction to realistic literary fiction. In turns funny, thought-provoking, and heartbreaking. Short story collection. YA Fiction. Lexile 790.
I See Reality: Twelve Short Stories About Life JS  
B 124901B 124901 If I Was Your Girl
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Russo, Meredith
Length: 280 Copyright: 2016

Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a big secret, so when she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew. Transgender fiction. Realistic. IA HS Battle of the Books 2018-2019. IL 9-12. AR 5.2. RC 5.7. Lexile 770.
If I Was Your Girl JS  
B 124863B 124863 Invisible Emmie
Grade Lvl: PI Author: Libenson, Terri
Length: 185 Copyright: 2017

Crushes. Humiliation. Drama. Middle school. This is the story of two totally different girls--quiet, shy, artistic Emmie and popular, outgoing, athletic Katie--and how their lives unexpectedly intersect one day, when an embarrassing note falls into the wrong hands. Multiple point of view. Realistic fiction. IL 4-8. AR 3.8. RC 4.3.
Invisible Emmie PI  
B 124735B 124735 Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Stambach, Scott
Length: 326 Copyright: 2016

Seventeen-year-old Ivan Isaenko is a life-long resident of the Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children in Belarus. Born severely deformed, yet mentally keen with a frighteningly sharp wit, strong intellect, and a voracious appetite for books, Ivan is forced to interact with the world through the vivid prism of his mind. For the most part, every day is exactly the same for Ivan. That is until the seventeen-year-old Polina arrives at the hospital. At first, Ivan resents Polina. She steals his books. She challenges his routine. The nurses like her. But eventually, he is drawn to her and the two forge a romance that is tenuous and beautiful and everything they never dared dream of. And now Ivan wants something, whereas before he survived by being utterly detached from things and people: Ivan wants Polina to live. Iowa High School Battle of the Books 2018-2019. Realistic fiction. Contemporary fiction. IL 9-12.
Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko JS  
B 125346B 125346 It Wasn't Me
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Levy, Dana Alison
Length: 327 Copyright: 2018

When Theo's photography project is vandalized, the five students nearby all claim it was not them, so Theo's favorite teacher suggests they all spend vacation week together and get to the truth. First person point of view. Mystery. Humor. IL 5-8. AR 5.0. Lexile 740. GR Y.
It Wasn't Me IJ  
B 124750B 124750 Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Blake, Ashley Herring
Length: 310 Copyright: 2018

When a tornado rips through town, twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen's house is destroyed and her family of five is displaced. Ivy feels invisible and ignored in the aftermath of the storm--and what's worse, her notebook filled with secret drawings of girls holding hands has gone missing. Mysteriously, Ivy's drawings begin to reappear in her locker with notes from someone telling her to open up about her identity. Ivy thinks--and hopes--that this someone might be her classmate, another girl for whom Ivy has begun to develop a crush. Will Ivy find the strength and courage to follow her true feelings? LGBTQIA. Realistic fiction. Identity. IL 5-8. AR 4.9. RC 4.5. Lexile 740.
Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World JS  
B 125482B 125482 Just Jaime
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Libenson, Terri
Length: 247 Copyright: 2019

Friends. Frenemies. Middle school... The last day of seventh grade has Jaime and Maya wondering who their real friends are. Jaime knows something is off with her friend group. They've started to exclude her and make fun of the way she dresses and the things she likes. At least she can count on her BFF, Maya, to have her back . . . right? Maya feels more and more annoyed with Jaime, who seems babyish compared to the other girls in their popular group. It's like she has nothing in common with Jai anymore. Are their days as BFFs numbered? Graphic novel format. Reluctant reader. Multiple point of view novel. Realistic fiction. IL 4-8. AR 3.6.
Just Jaime IJ  
B 123350B 123350 Kids Like Us
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Reyl, Hilary
Length: 282 Copyright: 2017

Martin is an American teen on the autism spectrum living in France with his mom and sister for the summer. He falls for a French girl who he thinks is a real-life incarnation of a character in his favorite book. Over time Martin comes to realize she is a real person and not a character in a novel while at the same time learning that love is not out of his reach just because he is autistic. Starred reviews. IL 9-12.
Kids Like Us JS  
B 125485B 125485 Last Bus to Everland
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Cameron, Sophie
Length: 327 Copyright: 2019

A novel of magic, adventure, and what it means to truly belong. Brody Fair feels like nobody gets him: not his overworked parents, not his genius older brother, and definitely not the girls in the projects set on making his life miserable. Then he meets Nico, an art student who takes Brody to Everland, a 'knock-off Narnia' that opens its door at 11:21pm each Thursday for Nico and his band of present-day misfits and miscreants. Here Brody finds his tribe and a weekly respite from a world where he feels out of place. But when the doors to Everland begin to disappear, Brody is forced to make a decision: He can say goodbye to Everland and to Nico, or stay there and risk never seeing his family again. Magical realism. Fantasy. IL 8-12.
Last Bus to Everland JS  
KM 13154KM 13154 Last Bus to Everland (Playaway)
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Cameron, Sophie
Length: 327 Copyright: 2019

A novel of magic, adventure, and what it means to truly belong. Brody Fair feels like nobody gets him: not his overworked parents, not his genius older brother, and definitely not the girls in the projects set on making his life miserable. Then he meets Nico, an art student who takes Brody to Everland, a 'knock-off Narnia' that opens its door at 11:21pm each Thursday for Nico and his band of present-day misfits and miscreants. Here Brody finds his tribe and a weekly respite from a world where he feels out of place. But when the doors to Everland begin to disappear, Brody is forced to make a decision: He can say goodbye to Everland and to Nico, or stay there and risk never seeing his family again. Contains book, playaway and a 5-way splitter. Playaway run time: 8 hours and 30 minutes. IL 8-12.
Last Bus to Everland (Playaway) JS  
B 123463B 123463 Last True Love Story
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Kiely, Brendan
Length: 279 Copyright: 2016

Hendrix and Corrina bust Hendrix's grandfather out of assisted living, and leave LA for New York in pursuit of freedom, truth, and love. Realistic fiction. Bildungsroman / Coming of Age. IL 9-12. Lexile 900.
Last True Love Story JS  
B 124592B 124592 Leah on the Offbeat
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Albertalli, Becky
Length: 343 Copyright: 2018

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat--but real life isn't always so rhythmic. She's an anomaly in her friend group: the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she's bisexual, she hasn't mustered the courage to tell her friends--not even her openly gay BFF, Simon. So Leah really doesn't know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It's hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting--especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended. Sequel to: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. (B 120577 or Playaway KM 12923) LGBTQIA. Secrets. Realistic fiction. IL 9-12. AR 3.7. RC 3.7. Lexile 500.
Leah on the Offbeat JS  
B 125310B 125310 Lety Out Loud
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Cervantes, Angela
Length: 197 Copyright: 2019

Lety Muñoz's first language is Spanish, and she likes to take her time putting her words together. She loves volunteering at the Furry Friends Animal Shelter because the dogs and cats there don't care if she can't always find the right word. When the shelter needs a volunteer to write animal profiles, Lety jumps at the chance. But grumpy classmate Hunter also wants to write profiles -- so now they have to work as a team. Hunter's not much of a team player, though. He devises a secret competition to decide who will be the official shelter scribe. Whoever helps get their animals adopted the fastest wins. The loser scoops dog food. Lety reluctantly agrees, but she's worried that if the shelter finds out about the contest, they'll kick her out of the volunteer program. Then she'll never be able to adopt Spike, her favorite dog at the shelter! IL 4-8. AR 4.5. Lexile 720.
Lety Out Loud IJ  
B 126215B 126215 Lila and Hadley
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Keplinger, Kody
Length: 245 Copyright: 2020

Hadley is an angry girl: angry at her mother for embezzling money, angry at her estranged older sister, Beth, whom she has to live with while her mother is in jail, angry at having to move to Kentucky away from her friends, and angry at the world because she has retinitis pigmentosa and is slowly going blind. But then she meets Lila, a rescued pit bull who has not responded to anyone else, so if Hadley can train Lila, maybe the dog can get adopted into her forever home, and just maybe Lila can help Hadley deal with her own problems. Realistic fiction. IL 5-8. AR 4.3. Lexile 690.
Lila and Hadley IJ  
B 124965B 124965 Lily and Dunkin
Grade Lvl: IJS Author: Gephart, Donna
Length: 338 Copyright: 2018

Lily Jo McGrother, born Timothy McGrother, is a girl. But being a girl is not so easy when you look like a boy. Especially when you're in the eighth-grade. Norbert Dorfman, nicknamed Dunkin Dorfman, is bipolar and has just moved from the New Jersey town he's called home for the past thirteen years. This would be hard enough, but the fact that he is also hiding from a painful secret makes it even worse. One summer morning, Lily Jo McGrother meets Dunkin Dorfman, and their lives forever change. Iowa Teen Award, 2019-2020. Realistic fiction. Transgender. Mental health. IL 6-10. AR 4.3. RC 4.2. Lexile 680.
Lily and Dunkin IJS  
B 126092B 126092 Look Both Ways: A Tale Told In Ten Blocks
Grade Lvl: IJS Author: Reynolds, Jason
Length: 188 Copyright: 2019

A collection of ten short stories that all take place in the same day about kids walking home from school. Adventure. Realistic fiction. IL 5-9. AR 4.8. RC 4.6. Lexile 750.
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told In Ten Blocks IJS  
KM 12951KM 12951 Losers Bracket (Playaway)
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Crutcher, Chris
Length: 0 Copyright: 2018

When it comes to family, Annie is in the losers bracket. While her foster parents are great (mostly), her birth family would not have been her first pick. And no matter how many times Annie tries to write them out of her life, she always gets sucked back into their drama. Love is like that. But when a family argument breaks out at Annie's swim meet and her nephew goes missing, Annie might be the only one who can get him back. With help from her friends, her foster brother, and her social service worker, Annie puts the pieces of the puzzle together, determined to find her nephew and finally get him into a safe home. Alternative family. Realistic fiction. Contains 1 hardcover book, 1 playaway, and a 5-way splitter. Playaway run time: 5 hours and 30 minutes. IL 7-12. AR 5.0. RC 6.2. Lexile 790.
Losers Bracket (Playaway) JS  
KM 13050KM 13050 Lu (Playaway) (Track, Book 4)
Grade Lvl: IJS Author: Reynolds, Jason
Length: 0 Copyright: 2018

Lu knows he can lead Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and the team to victory at the championships, but it might not be as easy as it seems. Suddenly, there are hurdles in Lu's way--literally and not-so-literally--and Lu needs to figure out, fast, what winning the gold really means. Contains 1 playaway, 1 book, and one 5-way splitter. Run time of playaway: approximately 5 hours. Series fiction: Track, book 4. IL 5-10. AR 4.0.
Lu (Playaway) (Track, Book 4) IJS  
B 124705B 124705 Lumberjanes: A Bird's-Eye View (Book 7)
Grade Lvl: PIJ Author: Watters, Shannon / Leyh, Kat
Length: 112 Copyright: 2017

The High Council is coming to camp and counselor Jen is determined to make everything perfect, even though a storm is brewing and kittens from the boys' camp are manifesting magical powers. It's every Lumberjane on deck as the girls do their best to prep the grounds for inspection . . . but there are some storms no one can prepare for. Series: Lumberjanes, Book 7. IL 3-8. Lexile 290.
Lumberjanes: A Bird's-Eye View (Book 7) PIJ  
B 124701B 124701 Lumberjanes: A Terrible Plan (Book 3)
Grade Lvl: PIJ Author: Stevenson, Noelle
Length: 103 Copyright: 2016

Trying to take advantage of the first quiet day at camp on a while, Mal and Molly's date takes a bizarre turn with the appearance of the bear woman! Back at camp Jo, April, and Ripley must stay on their toes as they try to earn every badge possible which ends up being a lot harder than any of them ever planned. Series: Lumberjanes, Book 3. IL 3-8. AR 4.3. Lexile 810.
Lumberjanes: A Terrible Plan (Book 3) PIJ  
B 124703B 124703 Lumberjanes: Band Together (Book 5)
Grade Lvl: PIJ Author: Stevenson, Noelle / Ellis, Grace
Length: 112 Copyright: 2016

The Lumberjanes meet rock n' roll mermaids! Excited for the annual Bandicoot Bacchanal, Ripley recruits her friends to help her get ready for the dance. But before the Lumberjanes know it, something mysterious begins to bubble to the surface of the lake near camp! Will the Lumberjanes be able to bring peace to the lake in time for the Bacchanal? Series: Lumberjanes, Book 5. IL 3-8. AR 3.7. Lexile 780.
Lumberjanes: Band Together (Book 5) PIJ  
B 124699B 124699 Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy (Book 1)
Grade Lvl: PIJ Author: Stevenson, Noelle / Ellis, Grace
Length: 128 Copyright: 2015

Best friends Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley spend a fun summer at Lumberjane scout camp where they encounter yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons while solving a mystery that holds the fate of the world in the balance. Series: Lumberjanes, Book 1. Graphic novel. IL 3-8. AR 3.5. RC. 3.3. Iowa Teen Award, 2019-2020.
Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy (Book 1) PIJ  
B 124700B 124700 Lumberjanes: Friendship to the Max (Book 2)
Grade Lvl: PIJ Author: Stevenson, Noelle / Ellis, Grace
Length: 112 Copyright: 2015

Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are not your average campers, and Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types is not your average summer camp. Between the river monsters, magic, and the art of friendship bracelets, this summer is only just beginning. Join the Lumberjanes as they take on raptors and a sibling rivalry that only myths are made of. Series: Lumberjanes, Volume 2. Graphic novel. IL 3-8. AR 3.4. RC 3.3.
Lumberjanes: Friendship to the Max (Book 2) PIJ  
B 124707B 124707 Lumberjanes: On a Roll (Book 9)
Grade Lvl: PIJ Author: Watters, Shannon
Length: 112 Copyright: 2018

When the Yetis are kicked out of their treehouse, it's up to the Roanokes to win their home back from the Sasquatches that took it over by beating them at roller derby. Series: Lumberjanes, Book 9. Graphic novel. IL 3-8.
Lumberjanes: On a Roll (Book 9) PIJ  
B 124702B 124702 Lumberjanes: Out of Time (Book 4)
Grade Lvl: PIJ Author: Stevenson, Noelle / Ellis, Grace
Length: 102 Copyright: 2016

Jen just wants to have a normal lesson with her cabin, teaching Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley the basic survival skills needed without any supernatural intervention when a blizzard hits camp! Separated from her girls, Jen finds herself in more trouble than ever...until a mysterious stranger swoops in to save the day. Who is this taxidermist? What is her relationship to Rosie? Join Jen as she finds a way back to her girls, and a way to save the day! Series: Lumberjanes, Volume 4. IL 3-8. AR 3.5. Lexile 390.
Lumberjanes: Out of Time (Book 4) PIJ  
B 124704B 124704 Lumberjanes: Sink or Swim (Book 6)
Grade Lvl: PIJ Author: Stevenson, Noelle / Ellis, Grace
Length: 112 Copyright: 2017

A crazy storm is coming and the Lumberjanes have to help their counselor Seafarin' Karen get her boat back from some renegade selkies. Knot On Your Life! Camp is about more than just crafts and acquiring badges when you're a Lumberjane. When April, Jo, Mal, Molly, and Ripley all decide to learn more about the mysterious Seafarin' Karen, things take a turn for the strange. Shapeshifters, strange portals, and friendship to the max make for one summer camp that never gets boring! Series: Lumberjanes Graphic Novels, Book 6. IL 3-8. AR 3.7. Lexile 350.
Lumberjanes: Sink or Swim (Book 6) PIJ  
B 124706B 124706 Lumberjanes: Stone Cold (Book 8)
Grade Lvl: PIJ Author: Watters, Shannon
Length: 112 Copyright: 2018

Excited to have Barney starting their first week at the camp, the Roanokes run over to the Zodiac cabin, only to find everyone turned to stone! Between strange shadows and Diane being back, it looks like April, Jo, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are going to have their hands full trying to find a cure for their friends . . . as long as they don't look the wrong thing in the eye first. Series: Lumberjanes, Book 8. Graphic novel. IL 3-8. Lexile 370.
Lumberjanes: Stone Cold (Book 8) PIJ  
B 124896B 124896 Making Friends (Book 1)
Grade Lvl: PIJ Author: Gudsnuk, Kristen
Length: 261 Copyright: 2018

Sixth grade was SO much easier for Danny. All her friends were in the same room and she knew exactly what to expect out of life. Now that she's in seventh grade, she's in a new middle school, her friends are in different classes and forming new cliques, and she is totally, completely lost. What Danny really needs is a new best friend! So when she inherits a magic sketchbook from her eccentric great-aunt in which anything she sketches in it comes to life, she draws Madison, the most amazing, perfect, and awesome best friend ever. The thing is, even when you create a best friend, there's no guarantee they'll always be your best friend. Especially when they discover they've been created with magic! Graphic novel. IL 3-7. AR 3.0.
Making Friends (Book 1) PIJ  
B 125606B 125606 Making Friends: Back to the Drawing Board (Book 2)
Grade Lvl: IJS Author: Gudsnuk, Kristen
Length: 198 Copyright: 2019

Almost everything is going great for Dany. She and Madison are still best friends, she still has her magic sketchbook, and the new school year is actually looking up. But after Dany creates a duplicate of herself to help with homework and raise her social status, they accidentally unleash supernatural havoc around town. And with the big school dance coming up, time is running out for Dany and her double to set things right before the night is ruined! Series fiction: Making Friends, Book 2. IL 5-9. AR 2.7.
Making Friends: Back to the Drawing Board (Book 2) IJS  
B 124990B 124990 Merci Suarez Changes Gears
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Medina, Meg
Length: 355 Copyright: 2018

Thoughtful, strong-willed sixth-grader Merci Suarez navigates difficult changes with friends, family, and everyone in between. Merci Suarez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, Merci has never been like the other kids at her private school in Florida, because she and her older brother, Roli, are scholarship students. They don't have a big house or a fancy boat, and they have to do extra community service to make up for their free tuition. So when bossy Edna Santos sets her sights on the new boy who happens to be Merci's school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, Merci becomes the target of Edna's jealousy. Things aren't going well at home, either: Merci's grandfather and most trusted ally, Lolo, has been acting strangely lately -- forgetting important things, falling from his bike, and getting angry over nothing. No one in her family will tell Merci what's going on, so she's left to her own worries, while also feeling all on her own at school. In a coming-of-age tale full of humor and wisdom, award-winning author Meg Medina gets to the heart of the confusion and constant change that defines middle school -- and the steadfast connection that defines family. Newbery Award Winner 2019. Realistic fiction. IL 4-8. AR 4.6. RC 4.3. Lexile 700.
Merci Suarez Changes Gears IJ  
B 124192B 124192 Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill (Book 4)
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Patterson, James / Tebbetts, Chris
Length: 309 Copyright: 2017

Rafe Khatchadorian is ready for a fun summer at camp--until he finds out it's a summer school camp! Luckily, Rafe easily makes friends with his troublemaking cabin mates and bunkmate, a boy nicknamed Booger-Eater, who puts up with endless teasing from the other kids. Rafe soon realizes there's more to a person than a nickname, though, and Booger-Eater might be the kind of friend you want on your side when the boys from the Cool Cabin attack. Graphic novel format. Series fiction: Middle School, Book 4. IL 4-8. AR 4.0. RC 3.7. Lexile 640. GR T.
Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill (Book 4) IJ  
B 125026B 125026 Monday's Not Coming
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Jackson, Tiffany D
Length: 435 Copyright: 2017

Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable--more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn't turn up for the first day of school, Claudia's worried. When she doesn't show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn't just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year's rumors and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best--and only--friend more than ever. But Monday's mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday's sister April is even less help. As Claudia digs deeper into her friend's disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she's gone? Starred reviews. Urban fiction. Thriller. IL 9-12. AR 4.3.
Monday's Not Coming JS  
B 97286B 97286 More Short Scenes and Monologues for Middle School Students: Inspired by Literature, Social Studies, and Real Life
Grade Lvl: T Author: Surface, Mary Hall
Length: 207 Copyright: 2007

Eleven-to fourteen-year olds love making theater. But they demand dramatic material that honestly captures who they are-newly emerging individuals, struggling with school, friends and parents, eager to explore and find a place in the great big world. Written by a nationally award-winning playwright of theater for family audiences, this collection offers the teacher and student: Monologues with strong emotional turning points. Two- and four-actor scenes with strong relationships, specific objectives. Multiple-actor scenes, drawn from multicultural sources, in which the roles have relatively equal weight. Reader's Theater ideas. Middle school students Drama. One-act plays and monologues. Student IL appropriate for grades 5-8.
More Short Scenes and Monologues for Middle School Students: Inspired by Li T  
B 97281B 97281 More Ten-Minute Plays for Middle School Performers: Plays for a Variety of Cast Sizes
Grade Lvl: T Author: Young, Rebecca / Gritton, Ashley
Length: 125 Copyright: 2011

A sequel collection of eighteen plays that give teenage performers the chance to reveal the unique identities and motivations of students their own age. These brief plays may be used for speech and drama classrooms, forensic competitions, or variety shows. They are easily staged with no sets or costumes. Topics include: the never-ending gossip cycle, parents, being conceited, getting in trouble, and more. Included are scripts for girls only, scripts for boys only, and scripts for mixed casts. The dialogue is believable and easy to perform. Sample titles: Word Gets Around, The School Talent Show, The Party, Three Boys and a Baby, Bad Hair Day, First Kiss, The Bigheaded Girl and more. Reader's Theater ideas. Middle school students Drama. One-act plays. Student IL 7-10.
More Ten-Minute Plays for Middle School Performers: Plays for a Variety of T  
B 123674B 123674 My Girlfriend's Pregnant!: A Teen's Guide to Becoming a Dad
Grade Lvl: S Author: Shantz-Hilkes, Chloe
Length: 126 Copyright: 2015

Looks at pregnancy for teenage fathers, focusing on relationships, abortion, adoption, and other topics. IL 10-12.
My Girlfriend's Pregnant!: A Teen's Guide to Becoming a Dad S  
B 123662B 123662 Need
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Charbonneau, Joelle
Length: 338 Copyright: 2015

In this exploration of the dark side of social media, and government control and manipulation, the teenagers in a small town are drawn deeper and deeper into a social networking site that promises to grant their every need--regardless of the consequences. Iowa Teen Award 2018-2019. IL 7-12. AR 4.8. RC 5.5. Lexile 730.
Need JS  
B 125343B 125343 New Kid
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Craft, Jerry
Length: 249 Copyright: 2019

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds--and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself? African American fiction. School stories. Graphic novel. IL 4-8. AR 2.9. Lexile 320. Iowa Children's Choice Award 2020-2021. Newbery Award 2020.
New Kid IJ  
KM 13237KM 13237 New Kid (Playaway)
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Craft, Jerry
Length: 249 Copyright: 2019

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds--and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself? African American fiction. School stories. Graphic novel. Iowa Children's Choice Award 2020-2021. Newbery Award 2020. Contents include playaway, book and a 5-way splitter. Playaway run time: 2 hours. IL 4-8. AR 2.9. Lexile 320.
New Kid (Playaway) IJ  
B 125617B 125617 On the Come Up
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Thomas, Angie
Length: 447 Copyright: 2019

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri's got massive shoes to fill. But it's hard to get your come up when you're labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral...for all the wrong reasons. Bri soon finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn't just want to make it--she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be. Teacher preview strongly recommended. Urban fiction. Realistic. IL 9-12. AR 3.8. RC 4.2. Lexile 550. Iowa High School Award 2020-2021.
On the Come Up JS  
KM 13238KM 13238 On the Come Up (Playaway)
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Thomas, Angie
Length: 447 Copyright: 2019

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri's got massive shoes to fill. But it's hard to get your come up when you're labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral...for all the wrong reasons. Bri soon finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn't just want to make it--she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be. Teacher preview strongly recommended. Urban fiction. Realistic. Iowa High School Award 2020-2021. Contents include playaway, book and a 5-way splitter. Playaway runtime: 11 hours and 45 minutes. IL 9-12. AR 3.8. RC 4.2. Lexile 550.
On the Come Up (Playaway) JS  
B 123415B 123415 One of Us is Lying
Grade Lvl: JS Author: McManus, Karen M
Length: 360 Copyright: 2017

When the creator of a high school gossip app mysteriously dies in front of four high-profile students all four become suspects. It's up to them to solve the case. Fiction. IL 9-12. AR 5.1. RC 5.5. Lexile 730. Iowa Teen Award, 2019-2020.
One of Us is Lying JS  
B 125621B 125621 Other Words for Home
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Warga, Jasmine
Length: 342 Copyright: 2019

Jude never thought she'd be leaving her beloved older brother and father behind, all the way across the ocean in Syria. But when things in her hometown start becoming volatile, Jude and her mother are sent to live in Cincinnati with relatives. At first, everything in America seems too fast and too loud. The American movies that Jude has always loved haven't quite prepared her for starting school in the US --and her new label of 'Middle Eastern,' an identity she's never known before. But this life also brings unexpected surprises--there are new friends, a whole new family, and a school musical that Jude just might try out for. Maybe America, too, is a place where Jude can be seen as she really is. Immigration. Refugees. Realistic fiction. Novel in verse. Starred reviews. IL 4-8. AR 5.3. RC 6.6. Lexile 930.
Other Words for Home IJ  
B 123420B 123420 Pandemonium
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Oliver, Lauren
Length: 375 Copyright: 2012

Sequel to: Delirium (B 117176). After falling in love, Lena and Alex flee their oppressive society where love is outlawed and everyone must receive "the cure"--an operation that makes them immune to the delirium of love--but Lena alone manages to find her way to a community of resistance fighters, and although she is bereft without the boy she loves, her struggles seem to be leading her toward a new love. Book 2 in Delirium Series. Series fiction. IL 8-12. AR 5.4. Lexile 760.
Pandemonium JS  
B 123579B 123579 Pants Project
Grade Lvl: PIJ Author: Clarke, Cat
Length: 267 Copyright: 2017

Eleven-year-old Liv fights to change the middle school dresscode requiring girls to wear a skirt and, along the way, finds the courage to tell his moms he is meant to be a boy. LBGTQ. Realistic fiction. IL 5-9. AR 4.8.
Pants Project PIJ  
KM 13030KM 13030 Patina (Playaway) (Book 2)
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Reynolds, Jason
Length: 0 Copyright: 2017

A newbie to the track team, Patina must learn to rely on her teammates as she tries to outrun her personal demons. Series fiction. Sequel to "Ghost" (B 123408). Series fiction: Track, book 2. IL 5-10. AR 4.7. Lexile 710. Contains 1 playaway, 1 book, and one 5-way splitter. Run time of playaway approximately 3 hours and 25 minutes. A four week loan period.
Patina (Playaway) (Book 2) JS  
B 123409B 123409 Patina (Track, Book 2)
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Reynolds, Jason
Length: 233 Copyright: 2017

A newbie to the track team, Patina must learn to rely on her teammates as she tries to outrun her personal demons. Series fiction. Sequel to "Ghost" (B 123408). Book 2 in Track series. IL 5-10. AR 4.7. Lexile 710.
Patina (Track, Book 2) JS  
B 123576B 123576 Perfect Score
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Buyea, Rob
Length: 358 Copyright: 2017

Told from different viewpoints, five sixth-graders, facing various challenges and under pressure to do well on statewide assessment tests, agree to a plan for acing the tests. Realistic fiction. IL 4-8. AR 4.7. Lexile 710. GR Y. Iowa Children's Choice Award 2020-2021.
Perfect Score IJ  
KM 13218KM 13218 Perfect Score (Playaway)
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Buyea, Rob
Length: 358 Copyright: 2017

Told from different viewpoints, five sixth-graders, facing various challenges and under pressure to do well on statewide assessment tests, agree to a plan for acing the tests. Contents include playway, book and a 5-way splitter. Playaway runtime: approximately 8 hours. Realistic fiction. IL 4-8. AR 4.7. Lexile 710. GR Y. Iowa Children's Choice Award 2020-2021.
Perfect Score (Playaway) IJ  
B 123439B 123439 Phantom Limbs
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Garner, Paula
Length: 352 Copyright: 2016

Still reeling from the death of his little brother and the sudden departure of his first love Meg, Otis throws himself into swim training with Dara, until Meg returns for the summer and Otis tries to rekindle their relationship. Realistic fiction. IL 8-12. AR 4.7. Lexile 660.
Phantom Limbs JS  
B 124989B 124989 Poet X
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Acevedo, Elizabeth
Length: 361 Copyright: 2018

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. Novel in verse. Realistic fiction. Hispanic American. Bildungsroman / Coming of age. IL 9-12. AR 5.2. RC 6.3. Lexile 800.
Poet X JS  
B 124864B 124864 Positively Izzy
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Libenson, Terri
Length: 220 Copyright: 2018

Tells the intersecting stories of dreamer Izzy, who has trouble focusing on schoolwork, and Brainy Bri, who wants people to think of her as more than a brainiac. Realistic fiction. Graphic novel format. IL 4-8. AR 3.0. RC 3.3. Lexile 390.
Positively Izzy IJ  
B 97262B 97262 Read Me: A Parental Primer for The Talk
Grade Lvl: T Author: St. John, Lanae
Length: 212 Copyright: 2018

Talking to your kids about sex is hard. And, oh so awkward, but most important. Especially if you want your kids to grow up confident and have healthy relationships. Sexologist and mom, Dr. Lanae St.John, (The MamaSutra), believes it’s time to shake up the status quo and normalize sex and sexuality. Dr. St.John uses “The Five Building Blocks to a Healthy Sexuality” to ensure children and adults of all ages have the best resources, support, and skills to make good decisions and grow into a happy and fulfilling sex life.
Read Me: A Parental Primer for The Talk T  
B 123462B 123462 Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
Grade Lvl: IJST Author: Higashida, Naoki
Length: 135 Copyright: 2013

Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within. Biography. IL 5-12. AR 5.8. RC 8.5. Lexile 1000.
Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism IJST  
B 124717B 124717 Remedy (Book 3)
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Young, Suzanne
Length: 401 Copyright: 2015

Seventeen-year-old Quinn provides closure to grieving families by taking on the short-term role of a deceased loved one, until huge secrets come to the surface about Quinn's own past. Series fiction: Program, Book 3. Companion book to: The Program and The Treatment. Science fiction. IL 8-12. AR 5.0. RC 6.4. Lexile 710.
Remedy (Book 3) JS  
B 123419B 123419 Requiem
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Oliver, Lauren
Length: 391 Copyright: 2013

Delirium (B 117176) Trilogy, Book 3. Sequel to: Pandemonium (B 123420). While Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous Wilds, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland. Series fiction. IL 8-12. AR 5.1. Lexile 740.
Requiem JS  
B 126022B 126022 Sadie
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Summers, Courtney
Length: 308 Copyright: 2018

Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him. When West McCray--a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America--overhears Sadie's story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late. Iowa High School Award 2020-2021. Thriller. IL 9-12. AR 5.0. Lexile 750.
Sadie JS  
B 124966B 124966 Saving Red
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Sones, Sonya
Length: 440 Copyright: 2016

Right before winter break, fourteen-year-old Molly Rosenberg reluctantly volunteers to participate in Santa Monica's annual homeless count, just to get her school's community service requirement out of the way. But when she ends up meeting Red, a spirited homeless girl only a few years older than she is, Molly makes it her mission to reunite her with her family in time for Christmas. This turns out to be extremely difficult-because Red refuses to talk about her past. There are things Molly won't talk about either. Like the awful thing that happened last winter. She may never be ready to talk about that. Not to Red, or to Cristo, the soulful boy she meets while riding the Ferris wheel one afternoon. When Molly realizes that the friends who Red keeps mentioning are nothing more than voices inside Red's head, she becomes even more concerned about her well-being ... Novel in verse. Homelessness. Realistic fiction. Iowa Teen Award, 2019-2020. IL 8-12. AR 5.1. RC 5.3.
Saving Red JS  
B 97282B 97282 Scenes for Teens: 50 Original Comedy and Drama Scenes for Teenage Actors
Grade Lvl: T Author: Kimmel, Mike
Length: 120 Copyright: 2014

Scenes for Teens is meant to help simplify the acting process for young actors. These fifty original comedy and drama scripts are intended for the teenage reader. The scenes are written for two actors. They are gender-neutral, and intentionally exclude costumes, props, entrances, exits, complicated stage directions, and additional characters. Scenes for Teens is specifically designed to help young readers practice dialogue in a conversational and realistic manner. This allows them to focus on the one-on-one comedy and drama relationship. Scripts include content geared toward teenage social themes. Reader's Theater ideas. Middle school students Drama. One-act plays. Student IL appropriate for grades 7-10.
Scenes for Teens: 50 Original Comedy and Drama Scenes for Teenage Actors T  
B 124956B 124956 Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Sonnenblick, Jordan
Length: 193 Copyright: 2017

Maverick Falconer is just starting middle school and he wishes he were a hero like his father because maybe then he could deal with his mother's drinking and series of abusive boyfriends, not to mention the kids who bully him in middle school (pretty much the same ones who bullied him in elementary school)--but as the year passes he begins to realize that other kids have problems too, and maybe if they can all survive sixth-grade things will get better. Iowa Children's Choice Award, 2019-2020. IL 4-7. AR 5.1. RC 4.6. Lexile 760.
Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade IJ  
B 123455B 123455 Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Koertge, Ronald
Length: 170 Copyright: 2010

Fourteen-year-old Kevin Boland, poet and first baseman, is torn between his cute girlfriend--Mira--and Amy, who is funny, plays Chopin on the piano, and is also a poet. Sequel to Shakespeare Bats Cleanup (#108741). Novel in verse. Poetry. Love story. IL 7-12. AR 3.5. RC 3.6. GR W.
Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs JS  
KM 12923KM 12923 Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Playaway)
Grade Lvl: S Author: Albertalli, Becky
Length: 320 Copyright: 2015

Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity--and that of his pen pal--will be revealed. Extortion- Fiction. William C. Morris YA Debut Award, 2016. AR 4.4 RC 4.7 Lexile 640 IL 9-12. Contains 1 book, 1 playaway, and a 5-way splitter. Playaway run time: 6.75 hours.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Playaway) S  
B 123664B 123664 Since You've Been Gone
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Matson, Morgan
Length: 449 Copyright: 2014

Quiet Emily's sociable and daring best friend, Sloane, has disappeared leaving nothing but a random list of bizarre tasks for her to complete, but with unexpected help from popular classmate Frank Porter, Emily gives them a try. Iowa Teen Award 2018-2019. IL 7-12. AR 6.0. RC 7.6. Lexile 970.
Since You've Been Gone JS  
B 123585B 123585 Song From Somewhere Else
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Harrold, A. F
Length: 217 Copyright: 2017

Frank thought her summer couldn't get any worse--until big, weird, smelly Nick Underbridge rescues her from a bully, and she winds up at his house. Frank quickly realizes there's more to Nick than meets the eye. When she's at his house, she hears the strangest, most beautiful music, music which leads her to a mysterious, hidden door. Beyond the door are amazing creatures that she never even dreamed could be real. For the first time in forever, Frank feels happy . . . and she and Nick start to become friends. But Nick's incredible secrets are also accompanied by great danger. Frank must figure out how to help her new friend, the same way that he has helped her. Black-and-white illustrations are weaved throughout the text. A powerful story about unlikely friendship, strange magic, and keeping the shadows at bay. Fantasy fiction. Starred reviews. IL 4-8. AR 5.0. RC 4.3.
Song From Somewhere Else IJ  
B 125049B 125049 Speak
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Anderson, Laurie Halse
Length: 198 Copyright: 1999

A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school. Sexual assault. Rape. Emotional problems- Fiction. Michael L. Printz Honor book (198 pages) by Laurie Halse Anderson. Starred reviews. First person point of view. Sexual abuse. AR 4.5 RC 7.1 Lexile 690 GR level Z. IL 8-12.
Speak JS  
B 126027B 126027 Speak: The Graphic Novel
Grade Lvl: JS Author:
Length: 372 Copyright: 2018

ased on the novel. A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school. Graphic novel adaptation. Iowa Teen Award 2020-2021. IL 8-12. AR 4.0. Lexile 550.
Speak: The Graphic Novel JS  
B 126180B 126180 Spin
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Giles, Lamar R
Length: 387 Copyright: 2019

When DJ ParSec (Paris Secord), rising star of the local music scene, is found dead over her turntables, the two girls who found her, Kya (her pre-fame best friend) and Fuse (her current chief groupie) are torn between grief for Paris and hatred for each other, but when the lack of obvious suspects stalls the investigation, and the police seem to lose interest, despite pressure from social media and ParSec's loyal fans, the two girls unite, determined to find out who murdered their friend. Mystery fiction. African American. IL 9-12. AR 5.0. RC 4.2. Lexile 680.
Spin JS  
B 123474B 123474 Still Life with Tornado
Grade Lvl: JS Author: King, A.S
Length: 295 Copyright: 2016

A talented 16-year-old artist slowly discovers the history of domestic violence behind why her brother left the family years earlier, and why she suddenly cannot make art. Realistic fiction. IL 8-12. AR 4.1. RC 4.5.
Still Life with Tornado JS  
B 125364B 125364 Story About Cancer (With a Happy Ending)
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Desjardins, India
Length: 96 Copyright: 2019

A teenage girl heads towards the hospital waiting room where the doctors are going to tell her how much time she's got to live. As she walks, she thinks about her journey up to this point . . . the terrible decor in the hospital, wearing a headscarf, the horrible treatments, but also being with her friends, family, and her new boyfriend Victor. This is a story about cancer with a happy ending. It's about life, love, and especially, hope. Realistic fiction. IL 5-8.
Story About Cancer (With a Happy Ending) IJ  
B 126214B 126214 Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Perez, Celia C
Length: 365 Copyright: 2019

After Ofelia, Aster, Cat, and Lane fail to persuade a local girls club to change an outdated tradition, they form an alternative group that shakes up their sleepy Florida town. Includes tips for beginning birders, characteristics of crystals, a cookie recipe, tips for aspiring journalists, directions for creating badges, and facts about the killing of birds for fashion. Social action. Family life fiction. Clubs. IL 5-9. AR 5.0. Lexile 750.
Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers IJ  
KM 13031KM 13031 Sunny (Playaway) (Book 3)
Grade Lvl: IJS Author: Reynolds, Jason
Length: 0 Copyright: 2018

Sunny, the Defenders' best runner, only runs for his father, who blames Sunny for his mother's death, but with his coach's help Sunny finds a way to combine track and field with his true passion, dancing. Realistic. Series fiction: Track, Book 3. IL 5-10. AR 4.5. RC 4.3. Lexile 700. Contains 1 playaway, 1 book, and one 5-way splitter. Runtime for playaway approximately 3 hours. Addtional hardcover copies: B 124570. A four week loan period.
Sunny (Playaway) (Book 3) IJS  
B 124570B 124570 Sunny (Track, Book 3)
Grade Lvl: IJS Author: Reynolds, Jason
Length: 159 Copyright: 2018

Sunny, the Defenders' best runner, only runs for his father, who blames Sunny for his mother's death, but with his coach's help Sunny finds a way to combine track and field with his true passion, dancing. Realistic. Series fiction: Track, Book 3. IL 5-10. AR 4.5. RC 4.3. Lexile 700.
Sunny (Track, Book 3) IJS  
B 126049B 126049 Sunny Rolls the Dice
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Holm, Jennifer L
Length: 215 Copyright: 2019

Sunny's just made it to middle school and it's making her life very confusing. All her best friend Deb wants to talk about is fashion, boys, makeup, boys, and being cool. Sunny's not against any of these things, but she also doesn't understand why suddenly everything revolves around them. She's much more comfortable when she's in her basement, playing Dungeons & Dragons with a bunch of new friends. Because when you're swordfighting and spider-slaying, it's hard to worry about whether you look cool or not. Especially when it's your turn to roll the 20-sided die. Best friends fiction. Cartoons and comics. Also see: Sunny Side Up B 121107 and Swing It Sunny B 123248. IL 4-8. AR 2.5. RC 3.5. Lexile 470.
Sunny Rolls the Dice IJ  
B 125348B 125348 Swing
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Alexander, Kwame
Length: 448 Copyright: 2018

Noah and his best friend Walt want to become cool, make the baseball team, and win over Sam, the girl Noah has loved for years. When Noah finds old love letters, Walt hatches a plan to woo Sam. But as Noah's love life and Walt's baseball career begin, the letters alter everything. Coming of Age / Bildungsroman. Novel in verse. Realistic fiction. African Americans. Letters. Starred reviews. IL 9-12. AR 4.1. RC 4.4. Lexile 610.
Swing JS  
B 126093B 126093 Tales From a Not-So-Best Friend Forever
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Russell, Rachel Renee
Length: 295 Copyright: 2019

Nikki and her bandmates are looking forward to an AWESOME summer on tour as the opening act for the world famous Bad Boyz! Nikki is a little worried when her frenemy, MacKenzie Hollister, weasels her way into a social media intern position with the tour. But she has a total MELTDOWN when she learns that MacKenzie is her new roommate! Will Nikki survive her dream tour as it quickly goes from AWESOME to AWFUL?! Series fiction. Dork Diaries, Book 14. IL 3-7. AR 5.1. RC 4.5. Lexile 740.
Tales From a Not-So-Best Friend Forever IJ  
B 125765B 125765 Teen's Guide to World Domination: Advice on Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Awesomeness
Grade Lvl: JST Author: Shipp, Josh
Length: 285 Copyright: 2010

Teens are becoming more independent and their environment more unpredictable. Deep down, they want to do well...But they're struggling - and you're struggling to figure out how to navigate the teenage years. Author and teen mentor Josh Shipp has pulled together his sound advice for "world domination" into a must-have teen survival guide. Josh offers teen tested/parent approved wisdom for everything that has teens freaking out. Teens will summon their inner hero and learn to dominate the seven "villains" that are keeping you from awesomeness. Life skills. Teen social skills. Personal growth. Conduct of life. IL 7-12. AR 6.4.
Teen's Guide to World Domination: Advice on Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit JST  
B 97280B 97280 Ten-Minute Plays for Middle School Performers: Plays for a Variety of Cast Sizes
Grade Lvl: T Author: Young, Rebecca
Length: 129 Copyright: 2008

The plays in this theatre book give teenage performers the chance to reveal the unique identities and motivations of students their own age. These brief plays may be used for speech and drama classrooms, forensic competitions or variety shows. They are easily staged with no sets or costumes. Topics include: how to be popular, jealousy, shoplifting, prank, K-I-S-S-I-N-G and more. Included are scripts for girls only, scripts for boys only and scripts for mixed casts. The dialogue in all the plays is believable and easy to perform. Reader's theater ideas. Middle school students Drama. One-act plays. Students IL 7-10.
Ten-Minute Plays for Middle School Performers: Plays for a Variety of Cast T  
B 126023B 126023 They Both Die at the End
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Silvera, Adam
Length: 373 Copyright: 2017

In a near-future New York City where a service alerts people on the day they will die, teenagers Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio meet using the Last Friend app and are faced with the challenge of living a lifetime on their End Day. Iowa High School Award 2020-2021. Grief and loss. Science Fiction. Hispanic American. LGBTQIA. IL 9-12. AR 5.5. Lexile 870.
They Both Die at the End JS  
B 124957B 124957 Thing About Leftovers
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Payne, C.C
Length: 281 Copyright: 2017

Fizzy struggles to find her place in her blended family after her parents' divorce, hoping her entry in the Southern Living Cook-Off will show them she is more than just a leftover kid. Iowa . Iowa Children's Choice Award, 2019-2020. IL 5-8. AR 4.9. RC 4.7. Lexile 770.
Thing About Leftovers IJ  
B 124903B 124903 Thirteen Reasons Why: A Novel
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Asher, Jay
Length: 288 Copyright: 2007

High school student Clay Jensen receives a box in the mail containing seven cassette tapes recorded by his crush, Hannah Baker, who committed suicide, and spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death. Strong teen themes represented in novel. Teacher preview recommended. Realistic fiction. Bildungsroman / Coming of Age. IL 9-12. AR 3.9. RC 3.2. Lexile 550.
Thirteen Reasons Why: A Novel JS  
B 126034B 126034 This is Not the End
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Baker, Chandler
Length: 376 Copyright: 2017

Seventeen-year-old Lake Devereaux must make an impossible choice in a future where resurrection is possible--but each person is only permitted to bring back a single loved one. Science fiction. Iowa High School Award 2020-2021.
This is Not the End JS  
B 126029B 126029 Tight
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Maldonado, Torrey
Length: 180 Copyright: 2018

After his quick-tempered father gets in a fight and is sent back to jail, sixth-grader Bryan, known for being quiet and thoughtful, snaps and follows new friend Mike into trouble. Urban story. Realistic fiction. Conduct of life. Iowa Teen Award 2020-2021. IL 4-8. AR 3.9. RC 3.4. Lexile 600.
Tight IJ  
B 125479B 125479 To Night Owl from Dogfish
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Sloan, Holly Goldberg
Length: 295 Copyright: 2019

A novel about friendship and family, told entirely in emails and letters. Avery Bloom, who's bookish, intense, and afraid of many things, particularly deep water, lives in New York City. Bett Devlin, who's fearless, outgoing, and loves all animals as well as the ocean, lives in California. What they have in common is that they are both twelve years old, and are both being raised by single, gay dads. When their dads fall in love, Bett and Avery are sent, against their will, to the same sleepaway camp. Their dads hope that they will find common ground and become friends--and possibly, one day, even sisters. But things soon go off the rails for the girls (and for their dads too), and they find themselves on a summer adventure that neither of them could have predicted. LGBTQIA - Realistic Fiction. IL 5-9. AR 5.6. Lexile 770.
To Night Owl from Dogfish IJ  
B 124964B 124964 Top Prospect
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Volponi, Paul
Length: 270 Copyright: 2016

Travis Gardner lives to play quarterback. He's a standout QB by the middle school, and he's prepared to put everything he has into the game. Then Gainesville University's head coach makes Travis a promise: Travis will have a place on the team, and a scholarship to go with it. He just has to get through high school first. As Travis starts ninth grade, he'll have to earn his teammates' trust and dodge opponents aiming to sack the star quarterback. But his biggest challenge might be staying focused in the face of sudden fame. Because now the pressure is on, and Travis has to prove himself with every pass. Iowa Teen Award, 2019-2020. IL 5-9. AR 5.2. RC 4.5. Lexile 760.
Top Prospect IJ  
B 123527B 123527 Touchdown Kid
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Green, Tim
Length: 313 Copyright: 2017

Cory has always been passionate about football. But life for him and his single mom has been hard, making it difficult for Cory to play. And though Cory is a good kid, he's constantly surrounded by negative influences. But when the coach from an elite private school with one of the best football programs in the country recognizes his talents on the field, Cory is presented with an unbelievable opportunity. Cory knows that football could be his ticket out. But leaving to attend private school also means struggling to fit into a world where most people look at him and just see a scholarship kid from the wrong side of town. Cory knows that if he can fight hard enough--both on and off the field--he may be able to secure a bright future that looks different from his unpromising past. Realistic fiction. Single parent home. IL 4-8. AR 4.6. RC 4.4. Lexile 710.
Touchdown Kid IJ  
B 124716B 124716 Treatment (Book 2)
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Young, Suzanne
Length: 344 Copyright: 2014

Working with rebels to bring down The Program, a suicide prevention treatment in which painful memories are erased, Sloane and James consider taking The Treatment to unlock their memories. Series fiction: Program, Book 2. Sequel to: The Program. IL 8-12. AR 5.0. RC 5.3. Lexile 700.
Treatment (Book 2) JS  
B 123472B 123472 Trouble is a Friend of Mine
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Tromly, Stephanie
Length: 334 Copyright: 2015

After her parents' divorce, Zoe Webster moves from Brooklyn to upstate New York where she meets the weirdly compelling misfit, Philip Digby, and soon finds herself in a series of hilarious and dangerous situations as he pulls her into his investigation into the kidnapping of a local teenage girl which may be related to the disappearance of his kid sister eight years ago. Mystery ficition. IL 9-12. AR 4.3. RC 6.5. Lexile 630.
Trouble is a Friend of Mine JS  
B 123471B 123471 True Letters from a Fictional Life
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Logan, Kenneth
Length: 323 Copyright: 2016

A young man in a sleepy Vermont town feels trapped when he sits down to write letters he never intends to send, which ultimately leads to a truth he is not quite ready to face. Bildungsroman / Coming of Age. Realistic fiction. IL 9-12. Lexile 690.
True Letters from a Fictional Life JS  
B 126030B 126030 Very Large Expanse of Sea
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Mafi, Tahereh
Length: 310 Copyright: 2018

It's 2002, a year after 9/11. It's an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who's tired of being stereotyped. Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She's tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments, even the physical violence she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she's built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother. But then she meets Ocean James. He's the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her, they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she's not sure she'll ever be able to let it down. Multicultural. Overcoming adversity. Historical fiction. Iowa High School Award 2020-2021.
Very Large Expanse of Sea JS  
KM 13241KM 13241 Very Large Expanse of Sea (Playaway)
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Mafi, Tahereh
Length: 310 Copyright: 2018

It's 2002, a year after 9/11. It's an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who's tired of being stereotyped. Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She's tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments, even the physical violence she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she's built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother. But then she meets Ocean James. He's the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her. They seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she's not sure she'll ever be able to let it down. Asian American. Multicultural. First love fiction. Muslim religion. Iowa High School Award 2020-2021. Contents include playaway, book and a 5-way splitter. Playaway run time: 6 hours and 45 minutes. IL 9-12. AR 5.0.
Very Large Expanse of Sea (Playaway) JS  
B 124419B 124419 Warden's Daughter
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Spinelli, Jerry
Length: 343 Copyright: 2017

Cammie O'Reilly lives at the Hancock County Prison--not as a prisoner, she's the warden's daughter. She spends the mornings hanging out with shoplifters and reformed arsonists in the women's exercise yard, which gives Cammie a certain cache with her school friends. But even though Cammie's free to leave the prison, she's still stuck. And sad, and really mad. Her mother died saving her from harm when she was just a baby. You wouldn't think you could miss something you never had, but on the eve of her thirteenth birthday, the thing Cammie most wants is a mom. A prison might not be the best place to search for a mother, but Cammie is determined and she's willing to work with what she's got. IL 5-9. AR 4.1. RC 4.2. Lexile 550. GR X.
Warden's Daughter IJ  
KM 12946KM 12946 Warden's Daughter (Playaway)
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Spinelli, Jerry
Length: 343 Copyright: 2017

Cammie O'Reilly lives at the Hancock County Prison--not as a prisoner, she's the warden's daughter. She spends the mornings hanging out with shoplifters and reformed arsonists in the women's exercise yard, which gives Cammie a certain cache with her school friends. But even though Cammie's free to leave the prison, she's still stuck. And sad, and really mad. Her mother died saving her from harm when she was just a baby. You wouldn't think you could miss something you never had, but on the eve of her thirteenth birthday, the thing Cammie most wants is a mom. A prison might not be the best place to search for a mother, but Cammie is determined and she's willing to work with what she's got. Contains 1 hardcover book, 1 playaway and a 5-way splitter. Playaway run time: 7 hours. IL 4-8. AR 4.1. RC 4.2. Lexile 550. GR X.
Warden's Daughter (Playaway) IJ  
B 123509B 123509 Way I Used to Be
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Smith, Amber
Length: 367 Copyright: 2016

After fourteen-year-old Eden is raped by her brother's best friend, she knows she'll never be the way she used to be. A story of a young woman as she struggles to find strength in the aftermath of an assault. Sexual abuse. Trauma. Realistic fiction. IL 9-12. AR 4.4. 5.4. Lexile 640.
Way I Used to Be JS  
B 126032B 126032 We Are Okay
Grade Lvl: JS Author: LaCour, Nina
Length: 234 Copyright: 2017

After leaving her life behind to go to college in New York, Marin must face the truth about the tragedy that happened in the final weeks of summer when her friend Mabel comes to visit. LGBTQIA+. Realistic fiction. Iowa High School Award 2020-2021. IL 9-12. AR 4.5. RC 4.8. Lexile 660.
We Are Okay JS  
B 126188B 126188 We Used to Be Friends
Grade Lvl: S Author: Spalding, Amy
Length: 362 Copyright: 2020

At the start of their senior year in high school, James (a girl with a boy's name) and Kat are inseparable, but by graduation, they're no longer friends. James prepares to head off to college as she reflects on the dissolution of her friendship with Kat while, in alternating chapters, Kat thinks about being newly in love and having a future that feels wide open. Tells of the pains of growing up and growing apart. LGBTQIA+. Realistic fiction. Alternating point of view. IL 10-12. GR Z+.
We Used to Be Friends S  
B 123449B 123449 What Happens Now
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Castle, Jennifer
Length: 376 Copyright: 2016

Ari, working to overcome depression, enters into a summer romance with Camden, a boy she has long admired from afar. Realistic fiction. Romance. IL 9-12.
What Happens Now JS  
B 125620B 125620 What I Leave Behind
Grade Lvl: JS Author: McGhee, Alison
Length: 202 Copyright: 2018

Since his father's suicide, Will, sixteen, has mainly walked, worked at Dollar Only, and tried to replicate his father's cornbread recipe, but the rape of his childhood friend shakes things up. Realistic fiction. Homelessness. Grief and loss. IL 9-12. Lexile 550.
What I Leave Behind JS  
B 123435B 123435 What Light
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Asher, Jay
Length: 250 Copyright: 2016

Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon--it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other. Realistic fiction. IL 7-12. AR 4.5. RC 5.3. Lexile 690.
What Light JS  
B 123467B 123467 When the Moon Was Ours
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Mclemore, Anna-Marie
Length: 273 Copyright: 2016

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel's wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel's skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they're willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up. Transgenderism. Fantasy fiction. IL 9-12. AR 5.9. RC 6.4. Lexile 920.
When the Moon Was Ours JS  
B 124975B 124975 When We Collided
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Lord, Emery
Length: 344 Copyright: 2016

Seventeen year-old Jonah Daniels has lived in Verona Cove, California, his whole life, and only one thing has ever changed: his father used to be alive, and now he is not. With a mother lost in a deep bout of depression, Jonah and his five siblings struggle to keep up their home and the restaurant their dad left behind. But at the start of summer, a second change rolls in: Vivi Alexander, the new girl in town. Vivi is in love with life. Charming and unfiltered, she refuses to be held down by the medicine she's told should make her feel better. After meeting Jonah, she slides into the Daniels' household seamlessly, winning over each sibling with her imagination and gameness. But it's not long before Vivi's zest for life begins to falter. Soon her adventurousness becomes all-out danger-seeking. Through each high and low, Vivi and Jonah's love is put to the test . . . but what happens when love simply isn't enough? Iowa High School Award, 2019-2020. Realistic fiction. AR 4.8. RC 5.5. Lexile 730.
When We Collided JS  
B 126192B 126192 Wink: Surviving Middle School With One Eye Open
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Harrell, Rob
Length: 315 Copyright: 2020

Ross Maloy just wants to be a normal seventh grader. He doesn't want to lose his hair, or wear a weird hat, or deal with the disappearing friends who don't know what to say to "the cancer kid." But with his recent diagnosis of a rare eye cancer, blending in is off the table. Based on Rob Harrell's real life experience. Diseases and illnesses. Realistic fiction. Coming of Age / Bildungsroman. IL 4-8.
Wink: Surviving Middle School With One Eye Open IJ  
B 126051B 126051 With the Fire on High
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Acevedo, Elizabeth
Length: 389 Copyright: 2019

Teen mother Emoni Santiago struggles with the challenges of finishing high school and her dream of working as a chef. Hispanic American. Single parent homes. Teen pregnancy. Realistic fiction. Bildungsroman / Coming of Age. IL 9-12. AR 5.2. RC 5.3. Lexile 810.
With the Fire on High JS  
B 123460B 123460 World Without You
Grade Lvl: JS Author: Revis, Beth
Length: 370 Copyright: 2016

Seventeen-year-old Bo has always had delusions that he can travel through time...so when his worried parents send him to a school for troubled youth, he is actually attending Berkshire Academy, a school for kids who, like Bo, have 'superpowers'. IL 8-12. AR 5.1. RC 5.7. Lexile 780.
World Without You JS  
B 125481B 125481 Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Book 2)
Grade Lvl: IJ Author: Townsend, Jessica
Length: 525 Copyright: 2018

Morrigan Crow is now a proud scholar in the elite Wundrous Society, but must prove that she belongs in the Society, while battling a new evil. Fantasy fiction: Nevermoor, Book 2. IL 4-8. AR 6.0. RC 5.5. Lexile 840. Sequel to B #123552.
Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Book 2) IJ