Keep Holding On – Susane Colasanti

Throughout her time at school Noelle has been the victim of bullying. Her classmates make every day a living hell. However it is all done so secretly that even her best friend has never known quite how bad the bullying is. Noelle’s home life is no better, her mother hardly seems to notice whether Noelle is there or not. Noelle has kept so much of her life secret that when her lifelong crush Julian starts paying attention to her, she is terrified. Surely it is safer to stay hidden in the shadows rather than risk the pain of a broken heart? Or can she find the strength to stand up?

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Eight Keys – Suzanne LaFleur

Before I used it, the key had infinite possibilities. Eleven-year-old Elise feels stuck. Her school locker-buddy squashes her lunch and laughs at her, every day. She doesn’t want to go to school – and her best friend Franklin just makes things worse. Now I was ready for something to be different. Anything, really. One day Elise discovers an incredible secret. A secret that might just help her unlock her past, and take a chance on the future. I decided that tomorrow I would see what that key opened up. It had my name on it, after all…

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How To Rock Braces and Glasses – Meg Haston

In the story, an eighth-grade Queen Bee, after finding herself dropped into Loserland, realizes that it’s time to reap the bad karma she’s sown. Gorgeous, uber-harsh, and uber-stylish, Kacey Simon is the undisputed social dictator of Marquette Middle School. That is, until an eye infection and a visit to the dentist leave her with coke-bottle glasses, a mouth full of metal, and… a littttthsp! Dissed and dismissed by her popular friends, Kacey is forced to hang out with a boy who wears skinny jeans and jams in his own band. But as she adjusts to life as a loser, she’s surprised to find that Skinny Jeans is kind of hot and his band is pretty cool. Suddenly, hitting rock-bottom feels oddly uplifting. Could rocking braces and glasses be the best thing to ever happen to her?

In this hilarious reversal of the cool crowd versus the nerd herd, a popular girl finds herself in Loserville and realizes it’s about time she paid back all the bad karma she built up as Queen Bee.

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Other Brother – Simon French

Kieran wants to be part of the in-group at school. He wants to be on the football team. He wants to fit in. But then his cousin Bon turns up. Bon doesn?t know anything about fitting in ? he looks different, he wears the wrong clothes, and he says weird things. Kieran just wants to ignore Bon, but soon he is forced to make a choice. Which is more important ? being popular, or doing the right thing?

 

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Glass House by Rachel Caine

Welcome to Morganville. Just don`t stay out after dark.

Morganville is a small town filled with unusual characters – when the sun goes down, the bad come out. In Morganville, there is an evil that lurks in the darkest shadows – one that will spill out into the bright light of day.

For Claire Danvers, high school was hell, but college may be murder. It was bad enough that she got on the wrong side of Monica, the meanest of the school’s mean girls, but now she’s got three new roomates, who all have secrets of their own. And the biggest secret of all isn’t really a secret, except from Claire: Moranville is run by vampires and they are hungry for fresh blood . . .

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Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder is the funny, sweet and incredibly moving story of Auggie Pullman. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, this shy, bright ten-year-old has been home-schooled by his parents for his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the stares and cruelty of the outside world.

Now, for the first time, Auggie is being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. The thing is, Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all? Through the voices of Auggie, his big sister Via, and his new friends Jack and Summer, “Wonder” follows Auggie’s journey through his first year at Beecher Prep. Frank, powerful, warm and often heart-breaking, “Wonder” is a book you’ll read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

 

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Flawless – Lara Chapman

flawlessSarah Burke is just about perfect. She has killer blue eyes, gorgeous blonde hair and impeccable school grades. She has just one tiny flaw-her nose! But even that’s not so bad as Sarah has the bestest friend and big goals for print journalism fame. On the first day of senior year, Rock Conway walks into Sarah’s journalism class and rocks her world. The problem is, her best friend, Kristen, falls for him too, and when Rock and Kristen stand together, it’s like Barbie and Ken come to life. So when Kristen begs Sarah to help her attract Rock, Sarah does the only thing a best friend can do-she agrees. What was she thinking? This retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac is a sweet and witty romance that gently reminds us that we should all embrace our flaws.

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I’d tell you that I love you but then I have to Kill You – Ally Carter

The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school — that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE, the latest in chemical warfare in science; and students received extra credit for I'd tell youbreaking CIA codes in computer class. In truth, Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses — but it’s really a school for spies. Cammie Morgan is a second-generation Gallagher Girl, and by her sophomore year she’s already fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways (three of which involve a piece of uncooked spaghetti). But the one thing the Gallagher Academy hasn’t prepared her for is what to do when she falls for an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through a mall without his ever being the wiser, but can she have a regular relationship with a boy who can never know the truth about her? Cammie may be an elite spy in training, but in her sophomore year, she’s beginning her most dangerous mission — she’s falling in love.

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Spud : The Madness Continues – John van de Ruit

Spud’s nearly 15 and although he is no longer the youngest or the smallest in his dorm, his second year at boarding school is beset with women trouble, misguided late-night adventures spud-the-madness-continuesand excruciating family visits. With his dreams of a stage career in tatters after a disastrous house play production of Noah’s Ark, Spud, armed with only his wits and his diary, invites us to delve further into the mind of a boy who discovers that the long path to manhood is never easy… especially when all around him the madness continues…

 

 

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