* Books on the Perfect Pairs lists are available in both book format and audiobook format. *

 

Location

Author

Title

YA ABB/YA BOCD ABB

Abbott, Tony

The Postcard

 

While in St. Petersburg, Florida, to help clean out his recently-deceased grandmother's house, thirteen-year-old Jason finds an old postcard which leads him on an adventure that blends figures from an old, unfinished detective story with his family's past.

YA AND/YA BOCD AND

Anderson, Laurie Halse

Wintergirls

 

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend's restless spirit.

YA AND/YA BOCD AND

Anderson, Laurie Halse

Twisted

 

After finally getting noticed by someone other than school bullies and his ever-angry father, seventeen-year-old Tyler enjoys his tough new reputation and the attentions of a popular girl, but when life starts to go bad again, he must choose between transforming himself or giving in to his destructive thoughts.

YA ASH/YA BOCD ASH

Asher, Jay

Th1rteen R3asons Why

 

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker--his classmate and crush--who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice explains that there are thirteen reasons she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a first-hand witness to Hannah's pain, and learns the truth about himself--a truth he never wanted to face.

 

YA AVA/YA BOCD AVA

Avasthi, Swati

Split

 

A teenaged boy thrown out of his house by his abusive father goes to live with his older brother, who ran away from home years ago to escape the abuse.

YA BAU/YA BOCD BAU

Bauer, Joan

Best Foot Forward

 

Between school and Al-Anon meetings, Jenna helps Mrs. Gladstone cope with escalating problems that result from the merger of Gladstone Shoes with Shoe Warehouse Corporation, while managing a new employee with a shoplifting record.

YA BLU/YA BOCD BLU

Blume, Judy

Deenie

 

When Deenie finds out that she has scoliosis, she’s scared. When she sees the brace for the first time, she wants to scream.
But the words won’t come out. And Deenie, beautiful Deenie, who everyone says should be a model, is stuck wearing a brace from her neck to her hips. For four years—or longer. She never worried about how she looked before—how will she ever face the hard times ahead?

YA BRA/YA BOCD BRA

Brande, Robin

Fat Cat

 

Overweight teenage Catherine embarks on a high school science project in which she must emulate the ways of hominids, the earliest ancestors of human beings, by eating an all-natural diet and foregoing technology.

YA BRA/YA BOCD BRA

Brashares, Ann

3 Willows

 

Ama, Jo, and Polly, three close friends from Bethesda, Maryland, spend the summer before ninth grade learning about themselves, their families, and the changing nature of their friendship.

YA BRA/YA BOCD BRA

Brashares, Ann

Forever in Blue

 

With unraveled embroidery and fraying hems, the Traveling Pants are back for one last, glorious summer.
Lena: Immerses herself in her painting and an intoxicating summer fling, fearing that the moment she forgets about Kostos will be the moment she sees him again.
Carmen: Falls under the spell of a sophisticated college friend for whom a theatrical role means everything and the heritage of the Pants means nothing.
Bridget: Joins a dig for an ancient city on the coast of Turkey and discovers that her archaeology professor is available in every way except one.
Tibby: Leaves behind someone she loves, wrongly believing he will stay where she has left him.

YA BRA/YA BOCD BRA

Brashares, Ann

Girls in Pants

 

Each summer brings new and difficult challenges, as the perennially separated friends discover afresh this last season before college. Tibby struggles with the idea of close friend Brian becoming her boyfriend, and their fragile relationship is soon tested by a tragedy in her immediate family. Carmen doesn’t know how to react when she finds out that her middle-aged mom is pregnant, and Bridget is unpleasantly surprised to be reunited with the boy who broke her heart two summers ago. Finally, Lena, still coming to terms with the loss of her first love, tries to convince her strict father that art school is a better career path than Greek restaurant management. But through every crisis, each girl is assured of the love and support of the created sisterhood when she pulls on the denim armor of the cherished, and by now, a bit fragrant ("Rule # 1. You must never wash the Pants.") Traveling Pants.

YA BRA/YA BOCD BRA

Brashares, Ann

Second Summer of the Sisterhood

 

With a bit of last summer’s sand in the pockets, the Traveling Pants and the Sisterhood that wears them embark on their 16th summer.
Bridget: Impulsively sets off for Alabama, wanting to both confront her demons about her family and avoid them all at once.
Lena: Spends a blissful week with Kostos, making the unexplainable silence that follows his visit even more painful.
Carmen: Is concerned that her mother is making a fool of herself over a man. When she discovers that her mother borrowed the Pants to wear on a date, she’s certain of it.
Tibby: Not about to spend another summer working at Wallman’s, she takes a film course only to find it’s what happens off-camera that teaches her the most.

YA BRA/YA BOCD BRA

Brashares, Ann

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

 

During their first summer apart, four teenage girls, best friends since earliest childhood, stay in touch through a shared pair of secondhand jeans that magically adapts to each of their figures and affects their attitudes to their different summer experiences.

YA BRO/YA BOCD BRO

Brooks, Martha

Mistik Lake

 

After Odella's mother leaves her, her sisters, and their father in Manitoba and moves to Iceland with another man, she then dies there, and the family finally learns some of the many secrets that have haunted them for two generations.

YA BRY/YA BOCD BRY

Bryant, Annie

Lake Rescue

 

Big time adventure awaits the Beacon Street Girls and the rest of the seventh grade. The class is heading to Lake Rescue in New Hampshire for outdoor adventure. Will Nick's attention to Isabel make Charlotte wonder about her own feelings? And will the physical challenges of this outdoor adventure prove too much for one overweight seventh grade girl?

YA BRY/YA BOCD BRY

Bryant, Annie

Promises Promises

 

Class elections at Abigail Adams Junior High are underway, and the Beacon Street Girls are in the middle of it all! As the drama escalates, election posters begin to disappear. That's not all. Mr. Popular, Dillon Johnson, is running too, and he's making big promises. Can he keep them? Henry Yurt, aka the Yurtmeister, has plastered smiley face posters all over the school that are too silly for words, or ... maybe not.

YA CAB/YA BOCD CAB

Cabot, Meg

All-American Girl

 

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

YA CAB/YA BOCD CAB

Cabot, Meg

How to be Popular

 

Sixteen-year-old Steph Landry finds an old book on how to be popular and decides to change her social status by following its advice, much to the bafflement of her two best friends.

YA CAB/YA BOCD CAB

Cabot, Meg

Pants on Fire

 

Having become a proficient liar in order to keep everyone happy, rising high school senior Katie Ellison is stunned when her old middle school friend and local pariah Tommy Sullivan returns to town, and suddenly things start looking a lot different to her.

YA CAB/YA BOCD CAB

Cabot, Meg

Party Princess

 

Princesses just want to have fun . . . And Mia does too, despite the fact that the student government over which she presides is suddenly broke. But Grandmère's got a wacky scheme to raise the money, catapult Mia to theatrical fame, and link her romantically with an eligible teen bachelor who's not her boyfriend. No wonder Michael seems to think she's a psycho, or worse: not much fun. Is it possible that Mia, soon-to-be star of the stage, president of the student body, and future ruler of Genovia, doesn't know how to party?

YA CAB/YA BOCD CAB

Cabot, Meg

Princess Diaries

 

She's just a New York City girl living with her artist mom...

News Flash: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that's why a limo meets her at the airport!)

Downer: Dad can't have any more kids. (So no heir to the throne.)

Shock of the Century: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material.

Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmére, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.

Well, her father can lecture her until he's royal-blue in the face about her princessly duty--no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind. But what's a girl to do when her name is Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo?

YA CAB/YA BOCD CAB

Cabot, Meg

Princess in Love

 

Mia's got everything a girl could possibly want. She's a princess and she's got a boyfriend! But that's where it all goes wrong. Because Kenny is just not the guy she really wants. Michael's the one she's loved forever but he's going out with someone infinitely cleverer than Mia. Someone who can clone Fruit Flies, for heaven's sake! Will the story end happily ever after for the Princess of Genovia?

YA CAB/YA BOCD CAB

Cabot, Meg

Princess in Pink

 

In a series of humorous diary entries, high school freshman (and Genovian Princess) Mia tries to get her reluctant boyfriend to take her to the prom.

YA CAB/YA BOCD CAB

Cabot, Meg

Princess in the Spotlight

 

Having recently discovered she is the sole heir to the throne of a tiny European principality, fourteen-year-old Manhattan resident Mia writes in her journal about her attempts to cope with this news, as well as with more typical teenage concerns.

YA CAB/YA BOCD CAB

Cabot, Meg

Princess in Waiting

 

Never before has the world seen such a Princess. Nor have her own subjects, for that matter. But Genovian politics are nothing next to Mia's real troubles. Between canceled dates with her long-sought-after royal consort, a second semester of the dreaded Algebra, more princess lessons from Grandmère, and the inability to stop gnawing on her fingernails, isn't there anything Mia is good at besides inheriting an unwanted royal title?

YA CAB/YA BOCD CAB

Cabot, Meg

Princess in Training

 

High school sophomore Princess Mia records in her diary her struggles with geometry, the expectations of being a college student's girlfriend, running for president of the student council, and a potential ecological disaster in her native land, Genovia.

YA CAL/YA BOCD CAL

Caletti, Deb

The Fortunes of Indigo Skye

 

Eighteen-year-old Indigo is looking forward to becoming a full-time waitress after high school graduation, but her life is turned upside down by a large check given to her by a customer who appreciates that she cares enough to scold him about smoking.

YA CAM/YA BOCD CAM

Cameron, Peter

Someday This Pain Will be Useful to You

 

It's time for eighteen-year-old James Sveck to begin his freshman year at Brown. Instead, he's surfing the real estate listings, searching for a sanctuary--a nice farmhouse in Kansas, perhaps. Although James lives in twenty-first-century Manhattan, he's more at home in the faraway worlds of Eric Rohmer or Anthony Trollope--or his favorite writer, the obscure and tragic Denton Welch. Compounding matters is James's growing infatuation with a handsome male colleague at the art gallery his mother owns, where James supposedly works at his summer job but where he actually plots his escape to the prairie.

YA CAR/YA BOCD CAR

Carter, Ally

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy

 

Cammie Morgan is a CIA legacy and attends the premier school in the world...for spies. The school hosts some mysterious guests with the code name Blackthorne. When Cammie is blamed for a security breach that threatens to expose the school's top secret status, she and her friends face danger to clear Cammie's name and learn the truth about Blackthorne.

YA CAR/YA BOCD CAR

Carter, Ally

Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover

 

When Cammie Morgan arrives at her friend Macey's five-star hotel for the Democratic National Convention, where Macey's father is about to receive the vice presidential nomination, she thinks she's in for an exciting end to her summer break. But if you're a Gallagher Girl, 'exciting' and 'deadly' are never far apart.

YA CAR/YA BOCD CAR

Carter, Ally

Heist Society

 

A group of teenagers uses their combined talents to re-steal several priceless paintings and save fifteen-year-old Kat Bishop's father, himself an international art thief, from a vengeful collector.

YA CAR/YA BOCD CAR

Carter, Ally

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You

 

As a sophomore at a secret spy school and the daughter of a former CIA operative, Cammie is sheltered from "normal teenage life" until she meets a local boy while on a class surveillance mission.

YA CAR/YA BOCD CAR

Carter, Ally

Only the Good Spy Young

 

When a terrifying encounter in London reveals that one of her most-trusted allies is actually a rogue double-agent, Cammie Morgan no longer knows if she can trust her classmates, her teachers--or even her own heart.

YA CHB/YA BOCD CHB

Chbosky, Stephen

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

 

Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. The only friend he had killed himself, forcing him to face high school alone. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love, until a repressed secret from his past threatens to destroy his newfound happiness.

YA CHO/YA BOCD CHO

Choldenko, Gennifer

If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period

 

Kirsten and Walk, seventh-graders at an elite private school, alternate telling how race, wealth, weight, and other issues shape their relationships as they and other misfits stand up to a mean but influential classmate, even as they are uncovering a long-kept secret about themselves.

YA CHR/YA BOCD CHR

Christopher, Lucy

Stolen

 

Sixteen-year-old Gemma, a British city-dweller, is abducted while on vacation with her parents and taken to the Australian outback, where she soon realizes that escape attempts are futile, and in time she learns that her captor is not as despicable as she first believed.

YA COH/YA BOCD COH

Cohn, Rachael

Gingerbread

 

After being expelled from a fancy boarding school, Cyd Charisse's problems with her mother escalate after Cyd falls in love with a sensitive surfer and is subsequently sent from San Francisco to New York City to spend time with her biological father.

YA COL/YA BOCD COL

Colfer, Eoin

Half Moon Investigations

 

Fletcher Moon has never been like other kids. For one thing, he has had to suffer the humiliating nickname “Half Moon” because of his short stature. But the real reason Fletcher is different is that ever since he was a baby, he’s had a nose for sniffing out mysteries. And after graduating at the top of his Internet class, he is officially certified as the youngest detective in the world. He even has a silver-plated detective’s badge to prove it. Everything is going along fine until two things happen: a classmate hires him to solve a crime, and his prized badge is stolen. All signs point to the town’s most notorious crime family, the Sharkeys.

YA COO/YA BOC COO

Cooney, Caroline

The Face on the Milk Carton

 

Recognizing herself as the missing child on a school milk carton, Janie is compelled to investigate and has to choose between her love for the people she has always known as her parents and needing to learn the truth.

YA COR/YA BOCD COR

Cormier, Robert

I Am the Cheese

 

Imagine discovering that your whole life has been a fiction, your identity altered, and a new family history created. Suddenly nothing is as it once seemed; you can trust no one, maybe not even yourself. It is exactly this revelation that turns 14-year-old Adam Farmer's life upside down. As he tries to ascertain who he really is, Adam encounters a past, present, and future too horrible to contemplate.

YA COR/YA BOCD COR

Cormier, Robert

The Chocolate War

 

A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school's annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies.

YA CRU/YA BOCD CRU

Crutcher, Chris

Whale Talk

 

Intellectually and athletically gifted, TJ, a multiracial, adopted teenager, shuns organized sports and the gung-ho athletes at his high school until he agrees to form a swimming team and recruits some of the school's less popular students.

YA DER/YA BOCD DER

Deriso, Christine Hurley

Talia Talk

 

Trying to fit in despite having a loud, embarrassing best friend, eleven-year-old Talia becomes a commentator on her middle school's closed-circuit television program and turns the tables on her mother, a talk show host who has been revealing Talia's most humiliating experiences for years.

YA DES/YA BOCD DES

Dessen, Sarah

Someone Like You

 

Halley's junior year of high school includes the death of her best friend Scarlett's boyfriend, the discovery that Scarlett is pregnant, and Halley's own first serious relationship.

YA DES/YA BOCD DES

Dessen, Sarah

That Summer

 

During the summer of her divorced father's remarriage and her sister's wedding, fifteen-year-old Haven comes into her own by letting go of the myths of the past.

YA DEU/YA BOCD DEU

Deuker, Carl

Heart of a Champion

 

Seth faces a strain on his friendship with Jimmy, who is both a baseball champion and something of an irresponsible fool, when Jimmy is kicked off the team.

YA DOW/YA BOCD DOW

Downham, Jenny

Before I Die

 

Tessa has just months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, drugs with excruciating side-effects, Tessa compiles a list. It’s her To Do Before I Die list. Released from the constraints of ‘normal’ life, Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up.

YA ELL/YA BOCD ELL

Ellis, Ann Dee

Everything is Fine

 

When her father leaves for a job out of town, Mazzy is left at home to try to cope with her mother, who has been severely depressed since the death of Mazzy's baby sister.

YA FEI/YA BOCD FEI

Feinstein, John

Last Shot

 

After winning a basketball reporting contest, eighth graders Stevie and Susan Carol are sent to cover the Final Four tournament, where they discover that a talented player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game.

YA FEI/YA BOCD FEI

Feinstein, John

Change-Up

 

While covering baseball's World Series between the Washington Nationals and the Boston Red Sox, teenage sports reporters Stevie and Susan Carol investigate a rookie pitcher whose evasive answers during an interview reveal more than a few contradictions in his life story.

YA FEI/YA BOCD FEI

Feinstein, John

Vanishing Act

 

Eighth-grade sports reporters Susan Carol and Stevie reunite at the U.S. Open tennis championships where they investigate the mysterious disappearance of a top Russian player.

YA FOR/YA BOCD FOR

Forman, Gayle

If I Stay

 

While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

YA GIL/YA BOCD GIL

Gilman, David

The Devil’s Breath

 

When fifteen-year-old Max Gordon's environmentalist-adventurer father goes missing while working in Namibia and Max becomes the target of a would-be assassin at his school in England, he decides he must follow his father to Africa and find him before they both are killed.

YA GOL/YA BOCD GOL

Goldberg, Lee

Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse

 

Monk's house is being fumigated, and he has nowhere to go. His assistant Natalie and her daughter are kind enough to welcome him into their home. While Monk attempts to arrange his surroundings just so, something else needs to be put straight. The death of a dog at the local firehouse--on the same night as a fatal house fire--has led Monk into a puzzling mystery.

YA DE/YA BOCD DE

De Gramont, Nina

Every Little Thing in the World

 

Before she can decide what do about her newly discovered pregnancy, sixteen-year-old Sydney is punished for "borrowing" a car and shipped out, along with best friend Natalia, to a wilderness camp for the next six weeks.

YA GRE/YA BOCD GRE

Green, John

Looking for Alaska

 

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole life has been one big non-event. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into a new life, and steals his heart. After. Nothing is ever the same.

YA GRE/YA BOCD GRE

Green, John

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

 

Living in the suburbs of Chicago is not the most exciting existence, but in an unlikely corner of the city, two teenage boys both named Will Grayson encounter each other. While their meeting is nothing outside of the regular amount of weird that comes from meeting someone with your name, the meeting will set off reactions in their lives and points of view, thanks to the fabulous Tiny Cooper and his musical, Tiny Dancer, that make them face that shutting up and not caring is never the best approach to life.

YA GRI/YA BOCD GRI

Griffin, Adele

My Almost Epic Summer

 

Stuck babysitting during the summer while her friends take glamorous vacations, fourteen-year-old Irene learns some lessons about life after meeting a beautiful, yet troubled, girl.

YA HAL/YA BOCD HAL

Halpern, Julie

Get Well Soon

 

When her parents confine her to a mental hospital, an overweight teenage girl who suffers from panic attacks describes her experiences in a series of letters to a friend.

YA HAN/YA BOCD HAN

Han, Jenny

It’s Not Summer Without You

 

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

YA HAN/YA BOCD HAN

Han, Jenny

The Summer I Turned Pretty

 

Belly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, but this time things are very different.

YA HAR/YA BOCD HAR

Harmon, Michael B.

Brutal

 

Forced to leave Los Angeles for life in a quiet California wine town with a father she has never known, rebellious sixteen-year-old Poe Holly rails against a high school system that allows elite students special privileges and tolerates bullying of those who are different.

YA HIA/YA BOCD HIA

Hiaasen, Carl

Flush

 

With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home.

YA HIA/YA BOCD HIA

Hiaasen, Carl

Hoot

 

Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.

YA HIA/YA BOCD HIA

Hiaasen, Carl

Scat

 

Nick and his friend Marta decide to investigate when a mysterious fire starts near a Florida wildlife preserve and an unpopular teacher goes missing.

YA HOL/YA BOCD HOL

Holt, Kimberly Willis

Keeper of the Night

 

Isabel's mother died peacefully. At least that's what Isabel likes to think, since no one will talk about the truth. At once disturbing and honest, devastating and hopeful, Isabel's voice is aching to be heard - because some wounds can't heal until the truth has finally been spoken.

YA JOC/YA BOCD JOC

Jocelyn, Marthe

Would You

 

When her beloved sister, Claire, steps in front of a car and winds up in a coma, Nat's anticipated summer of working, hanging around with friends, and seeing Claire off to college is transformed into a nightmare of doctors, hospitals, and well-meaning neighbors.

YA JOH/YA BOCD JOH

Johnson, Angela

The First Part Last

 

Sixteen-year old Bobby gets quite a surprise on his birthday. He finds out his girlfriend, Nia, is expecting their child. Bobby must learn how to balance school, his girlfriend and his friends, and his daughter, Feather. The couple must also decide if they want to raise their daughter or put her up for adoption and allow her to be raised by happy, smiling people. Bobby also must deal with a devastating loss that could impair his decision. He is forced to grow up way too fast and become the man that everyone knows he can.

YA KIN/YA BOCD KIN

King, A.S.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz

 

Vera's best friend Charlie is dead. For the last year, she has hated Charlie as he changed from the boy she grew up with into someone she barely knew and certainly didn't like. But now he is haunting her, pushing her to tell the truth about what she saw on the day he died.

YA KWO/YA BOCD KWO

Kwok, Jean

Girl in Translation

 

When 11-year-old Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings. Disguising the more difficult truths of her life, like her secret love for a factory boy who shares none of her talent or ambition, Kimberly learns to constantly translate not just her language but herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles.

YA LAR/YA BOCD LAR

Larbalestier, Justine

Liar

 

Micah will freely admit she's a compulsive liar, but that may be the one honest thing she'll ever tell you. Over the years she's fooled everyone: her classmates, her teachers, even her parents. And she's always managed to stay one step ahead of her lies. That is, until her boyfriend dies under brutal circumstances and her dishonesty begins to catch up with her.

YA LOC/YA BOCD LOC

Lockhart, E.

The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs, and Me, Ruby Oliver

 

Seattle fifteen-year-old explains some of the reasons for her recent panic attacks, including breaking up with her boyfriend, losing all her girlfriends, tensions between her performance-artist mother and her father, and more.

YA LOC/YA BOCD LOC

Lockhart, E.

The Treasure Map of Boys: Noel, Jackson, Finn, Hutch, Gideon – and Me, Ruby Oliver

 

A Seattle sixteen-year-old juggles therapy, running a school bake sale, coping with her performance artist mother, growing distant from an old friend, and conflicting feelings about her ex-boyfriend and potential new boyfriends.

YA LUB/YA BOCD LUB

Lubar, David

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie

 

While navigating his first year of high school and awaiting the birth of his new baby brother, Scott loses old friends and gains some unlikely new ones as he hones his skills as a writer.

YA LUP/YA BOCD LUP

Lupica, Mike

Heat

 

Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services after being banned from playing Little League baseball because rival coaches doubt he is only twelve years old and he has no parents to offer them proof.

YA LUP/YA BOCD LUP

Lupica, Mike

Million-Dollar Throw

 

Eighth-grade star quarterback Nate Brodie is frantic to win a million dollars by completing a pass during the halftime of a New England Patriot's game to help his family and his best friend Abby who is going blind.

YA LUP/YA BOCD LUP

Lupica, Mike

Miracle on 49th Street

 

Twelve-year-old Molly Parker catches basketball star Josh Cameron off guard. Molly claims her mother, Jen, revealed his true identity before losing her battle with cancer. Of course, Josh doesn’t believe her. Still, there is something about Molly–a certain look she gets and her smart-aleck way that reminds Josh so much of Jen. Yet as Molly gets to know Josh, it’s she who has the doubts. Josh has room in his heart for only two things: basketball and himself. Does Molly really want this man for a father?

YA LUP/YA BOCD LUP

Lupica, Mike

Travel Team

 

After he is cut from his travel basketball team--the very same team that his father once led to national prominence--twelve-year-old Danny Walker forms his own team of cast-offs that might have a shot at victory.

YA LYG/YA BOCD LYG

Lyga, Barry

The Astonishing Adventures of Fan Boy and Goth Girl

 

A fifteen-year-old "geek" who keeps a list of the high school jocks and others who torment him, and pours his energy into creating a great graphic novel, encounters Kyra, Goth Girl, who helps change his outlook on almost everything, including himself.

YA MAR/YA BOCD MAR

Martin, Ann M.

Corner of the Universe

 

The summer that Hattie turns twelve, she meets the childlike uncle she never knew and becomes friends with a girl who works at the carnival that comes to Hattie's small town.

YA MAS/YA BOCD MAS

Mass, Wendy

A Mango-Shaped Space

 

Afraid that she is crazy, thirteen-year-old Mia, who sees a special color with every letter, number, and sound, keeps this a secret until she becomes overwhelmed by school, changing relationships, and the loss of something important to her.

YA MCC/YA BOCD MCC

McCormick, Patricia

Cut

 

While confined to a mental hospital, thirteen-year-old Callie slowly comes to understand some of the reasons behind her self-mutilation, and gradually starts to get better.

YA MCC/YA BOCD MCC

McCormick, Patricia

Purple Heart

 

While recuperating in a Baghdad hospital from a traumatic brain injury sustained during the Iraq War, eighteen-year-old soldier Matt Duffy struggles to recall what happened to him and how it relates to his ten-year-old friend, Ali.

YA MEL/YA BOCD MEL

Meldrum, Christina

Madapple

 

A girl who has been brought up in near isolation is thrown into a twisted web of family secrets and religious fundamentalism when her mother dies and she goes to live with relatives she never knew she had.

YA MIK/YA BOCD MIK

Mikaelsen, Ben

The Ghost of Spirit Bear

 

Cole Matthews has renounced his violent ways, and he's even managed to befriend Peter Driscal, his former target. When they return to high school from their Alaskan island, Peter falls prey to plenty of other bullies. Will Cole be able to manage his rage as he tries to protect his friend?

YA MUR/YA BOCD MUR

Murdock, Catherine

Dairy Queen

 

After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.

YA MUR/YA BOCD MUR

Murdock, Catherine

Off Season

 

High school junior D.J. staggers under the weight of caring for her badly injured brother, her responsibilities on the dairy farm, a changing relationship with her friend Brian, and her own athletic aspirations.

YA NER/YA BOCD NER

Neri, Greg

Surf Mules

 

When a tragic accident and sudden financial woes cause recent high school graduate Logan to question plans for his future, he agrees to make a road trip with his best friend and surfing buddy, Z-boy, transporting marijuana from southern California to Orlando, Florida.

YA PAR/YA BOCD PAR

Parker, Robert B.

The Boxer and the Spy

 

His name was Jason Green and he was dead. When a shy high school student’s body is found washed up on the shore of a quiet New England beach town–an alleged suicide linked to steroids–fifteen-year-old boxer-in-training Terry Novak isn’t quite sure what to think. Something just doesn’t add up. Artsy and withdrawn, Jason wasn’t exactly the type to be doing ’roids. So Terry, with the help of his friend Abby, decides to do some investigating of his own. It doesn’t take long, though, before they learn that asking questions puts them in grave danger and that survival is going to be a fight. Fortunately, Terry has learned a thing or two about fighting.

YA PEA/YA BOCD PEA

Pearson, Mary

A Room on Lorelei Street

 

To escape a miserable existence taking care of her alcoholic mother, seventeen-year-old Zoe rents a room from an eccentric woman, but her earnings as a waitress after school are minimal and she must go to extremes to cover expenses.

YA POR/YA BOCD POR

Portman, Frank

Andromeda Klein

 

High school sophomore Andromeda, an outcast because she studies the occult and has a hearing impairment and other disabilities, overcomes grief over terrible losses by enlisting others' help in her plan to save library books--and finds a kindred spirit along the way.

YA POR/YA BOCD POR

Portman, Frank

King Dork

 

Thomas Charles Henderson (aka King Dork, Chi Mo, Hender-pig, Sheepie) is just trying to survive Hillmont High School (Hellmont) when he finds his deceased father’s copy of The Catcher in the Rye. So begins a sophomore year filled with secret codes, family meetings, great bands, hippie mysteries, extra-curricular reading, tortuously tedious teachers, and semi- and super-hot girls.

YA QUI/YA BOCD QUI

Quick, Matthew

Sorta Like a Rock Star

 

Amber Appleton sleeps in the bus that her mom drives with only her dog Thrice B for company. Despite her unfortunate circumstances, Amber is a very optimistic girl. She leads her group of friends and stands up for what she believes is right.

YA REI/YA BOCD REI

Reinhardt, Dana

A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life

 

Sixteen-year-old atheist Simone Turner-Bloom's life changes in unexpected ways when her parents convince her to make contact with her biological mother, an agnostic from a Jewish family who is losing her battle with cancer.

YA REI/YA BOCD REI

Reinhardt, Dana

Harmless

 

Anna, Emma and Mariah concoct a story about why they're late getting home one night, a story that will replace their parents' anger with concern. They just have to stand by it. No matter what. Suddenly the police are involved, and the town demands that someone be punished. And then there is the man who is arrested and accused of a crime that never happened.

YA REI/YA BOCD REI

Reinhardt, Dana

How to Build a House

 

Seventeen-year-old Harper Evans hopes to escape the effects of her father's divorce on her family and friendships by volunteering her summer to build a house in a small Tennessee town devastated by a tornado.

YA REI/YA BOCD REI

Reinhardt, Dana

The Things a Brother Knows

 

Although they have never gotten along well, seventeen-year-old Levi follows his older brother Boaz, an ex-Marine, on a walking trip from Boston to Washington, D.C. in hopes of learning why Boaz is completely withdrawn.

YA ROS/YA BOCD ROS

Rosoff, Meg

How I Live Now

 

To get away from her pregnant stepmother in New York City, fifteen-year-old Daisy goes to England to stay with her aunt and cousins, with whom she instantly bonds, but soon war breaks out and rips apart the family while devastating the land.

YA RUN/YA BOCD RUN

Runholt, Susan

The Mystery of the Third Lucretia

 

If it hadn’t been for Lucas’s photographic memory, they might not have remembered the man. It had been almost a year since she and Kari had noticed him copying the famous Rembrandt painting in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. But now in the National Gallery in London, they’re sure it’s the same guy, copying another Rembrandt. What is going on?

YA RUN/YA BOCD RUN

Runyon, Brent

The Burn Journals

 

Fearing expulsion and parental disapproval after lighting a shirt on fire at his school, Brent goes home, soaks his bathrobe with gasoline, steps into his shower, and strikes a match. Suffering horrific burns, Brent faces a long, painful recovery--both mentally and physically.

YA SCH/YA BOCD SCH

Schumacher, Julie

Black Box

 

When her sixteen-year-old sister is hospitalized for depression and her parents want to keep it a secret, fourteen-year-old Elena tries to cope with her own anxiety and feelings of guilt that she is determined to conceal from outsiders.

YA SMI/YA BOCD SMI

Smith, Andrew

Ghost Medicine

 

Troy Stotts' life is turned upside-down at the age of seventeen, when his mother dies, and he's forced into adulthood. Troy becomes estranged from his father and befriends an interesting group of outcasts who all have a desire to escape their troubled lives.

YA SON/YA BOCD SON

Sonnenblick, Jordan

Zen and the Art of Faking It

 

When thirteen-year-old San Lee moves to a new town and school for the umpteenth time, he is looking for a way to stand out. His knowledge of Zen Buddhism provides the answer--and the need to quickly become a convincing Zen master.

YA SPA/YA BOCD SPA

Sparrow, Rebecca

The Year Nick McGowan Came to Stay

 

In her final year of high school in 1989, Australian teenager Rachel has her world turned upside down when the most popular (and disturbed) boy in school comes to live with her family for a semester.

YA SPI/YA BOCD SPI

Spinelli, Jerry

Love, Stargirl

 

Still moping months after being dumped by her Arizona boyfriend Leo, fifteen-year-old Stargirl, a home-schooled free spirit, writes "the world's longest letter" to Leo, describing her new life in Pennsylvania.

YA SPI/YA BOCD SPI

Spinelli, Jerry

Stargirl

 

Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first. Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different, and Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal.

YA STO/YA BOCD STO

Stork, Francisco X

Marcelo in the Real World

 

Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.

YA TAS/YA BOCD TAS

Tashjian, Janet

The Gospel According to Larry

 

Seventeen-year-old Josh, a loner-philosopher who wants to make a difference in the world, tries to maintain his secret identity as the author of a web site that is receiving national attention.

YA TAS/YA BOCD TAS

Tashjian, Janet

Larry and the Meaning of Life

 

Larry (otherwise known as Josh) is in the doldrums, but after meeting a spiritual guru at Walden Pond who convinces him to join his study group, he starts to question his grasp of reality.

YA TRU/YA BOCD TRU

Truman, Terry

Stuck in Neutral

 

Fourteen-year-old Shawn McDaniel, who suffers from severe cerebral palsy and cannot function, relates his perceptions of his life, his family, and his condition, especially as he believes his father is planning to kill him.

YA WER/YA BOCD WER

Werlin, Nancy

The Rules of Survival

 

Seventeen-year-old Matthew recounts his attempts, starting at a young age, to free himself and his sisters from the grip of their emotionally and physically abusive mother.

YA WES/YA BOCD WES

Westerfeld, Scott

So Yesterday

 

Hunter Braque, a New York City teenager who is paid by corporations to spot what is "cool," combines his analytical skills with girlfriend Jen's creative talents to find a missing person and thwart a conspiracy directed at the heart of consumer culture.

YA WIZ/YA BOCD WIZ

Wiznor, Jake

Spanking Shakespeare

 

Shakespeare Shapiro navigates a senior year fraught with feelings of insecurity while writing the memoir of his embarrassing life, worrying about his younger brother being cooler than he is, and having no prospects of ever getting a girlfriend.

YA WOL/YA BOCD WOL

Wolff, Virginia Euwer

Make Lemonade

 

When she answers a babysitting ad, LaVaughn meets Jolly, a seventeen-year-old single mother with two kids by different fathers. As she helps Jolly make lemonade out of the lemons her life has given her, LaVaughn learns some lessons outside the classroom.

YA WOL/YA BOCD WOL

Wolff, Virginia Euwer

This Full House

 

High-school-senior LaVaughn's perceptions and expectations of her life begin to change as she learns about the many unexpected connections between the people she loves best.

YA WOL/YA BOCD WOL

Wolff, Virginia Euwer

True Believer

 

Living in the inner city amidst guns and poverty, fifteen-year-old LaVaughn learns from old and new friends, and inspiring mentors, that life is what you make it-an occasion to rise to.

YA ZAR/YA BOCD ZAR

Zarr, Sara

Story of a Girl

 

In the three years since her father caught her in the back seat of a car with an older boy, sixteen-year-old Deanna's life at home and school has been a nightmare, but while dreaming of escaping with her brother and his family, she discovers the power of forgiveness.

YA ZAR/YA BOCD ZAR

Zarr, Sara

Sweethearts

 

After losing her soul mate, Cameron, when they were nine, Jennifer, now seventeen, transformed herself from the unpopular fat girl into the beautiful and popular Jenna, but Cameron's unexpected return dredges up memories that cause both social and emotional turmoil.

YA ZEV/YA BOCD ZEV

Zevin, Gabrielle

Elsewhere

 

After fifteen-year-old Liz Hall is hit by a taxi and killed, she finds herself in a place that is both like and unlike Earth, where she must adjust to her new status and figure out how to "live."

YA ZEV/YA BOCD ZEV

Zevin, Gabrielle

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

 

After a nasty fall, Naomi realizes that she has no memory of the last four years and finds herself reassessing every aspect of her life.

YA ZUS/YA BOCD ZUS

Zusak, Markus

I am the Messenger

 

After capturing a bank robber, nineteen-year-old cab driver Ed Kennedy begins receiving mysterious messages that direct him to addresses where people need help, and he begins getting over his lifelong feeling of worthlessness.

 

Last Updated: 5/10/2012