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The Sad Ghost Club Volume 3: Find Your Kindred Spirits (The Sad Ghost Club #3)
By Lize Meddings. 2023
'We wanted to create a space where anyone who is feeling sad or alone could come and feel ... well,…not so alone. Welcome ... to the Sad Ghost Club!'A heart-warming series about friendship, compassion and finding your kindred spirits.When one sad ghost, alone at a crowded party, spies another sad ghost across the room, what happens next changes everything. Because that night, they leave the party and start the The Sad Ghost Club - a secret society for the anxious and alone, a club for people who think they don't belong.Follow the Sad Ghost Club as they navigate the joys and complexities of opening up their community - and their hearts - to new members.Stunningly illustrated, this is Volume 3 in the beloved graphic novel series perfect for fans of Heartstopper and for anyone who's ever felt invisible. Join the community of half a million ghosties on Instagram, @theofficialsadghostclub
The Next New Syrian Girl
By Ream Shukairy. 2023
Furia meets I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter about the unlikely friendship between two very different Syrian girls, the…pressures and expectations of the perfect Syrian daughter, and the repercussions of the Syrian Revolution both at home and abroad. Khadija Shami is a Syrian American high school senior raised on boxing and football. Saddled with a monstrous ego and a fierce mother to test it, she dreams of escaping her sheltered life to travel the world with her best friend. Leene Tahir is a Syrian refugee, doing her best to adjust to the wildly unfamiliar society of a suburban Detroit high school while battling panic attacks and family pressures. When their worlds collide the result is catastrophic. To Khadija, Leene embodies the tame, dutiful Syrian ideal she's long rebelled against. And to Leene, Khadija is the strong-willed, closed-off American who makes her doubt her place in the world. But as Khadija digs up Leene&’s past, a startling and life-changing discovery forces the two of them closer together. As the girls secretly race to unravel the truth, a friendship slowly and hesitantly begins blooming. Doubts are cast aside as they realize they have more in common than they each expected. What they find takes them on a journey all the way to Jordan, challenging what each knows about the other and herself. Fans of Samira Ahmed&’s Love, Hate, and Other Filters and Tahereh Mafi&’s A Very Large Expanse Of Sea will love Khadija and Leene&’s sharp-witted voices in this dual POV narrative. The Next New Syrian Girl is a poignant and timely blend of guilt, nostalgia, devotion, and bad-ass hijabees.
The Undercover Book List
By Colleen Nelson. 2021
From the award-winning author of Harvey Comes Home, a middle-school story about a girl in need of a friend, a…boy in need of a chance, and the secret book club that brings them together
I Can, Too!
By Karen Autio. 2022
A wonderful story of new friendship between two children with diverse abilities.Piper and Kayla love to move. They ride bikes,…glide on ice, swoosh down mountains and much more — each in her own way. While Piper pedals her tricycle with her feet, Kayla uses her hands to move her trike forward. While Kayla coasts across the ice on a sled, Piper sails along on skates. Join Kayla and Piper as they play together, explore their world and make new friends.The inspiration for I Can, Too! comes from the author’s daughter, who was born with spina bifida. On a visit to the mall after her child received her first wheelchair, a young boy pointed, asking his mother, “Why is that girl in a wheelbarrow?” Karen welcomed questions so the unknown could be named and understood and children could get to know her daughter.Shining a much-needed spotlight on kids who use special gear to navigate the world, I Can, Too! will delight readers of all abilities with its affirming story of inclusion, while also inviting readers to learn more about adaptive devices in the back matter.
Alina in a Pinch
By Shenaaz Nanji. 2022
Testing the Truth (Suspended)
By Shannon Knudsen. 2015
I may be in trouble...but there's more to my story. When Kai Tamura sneaks into Ms. Opal's classroom for a…look at an upcoming exam, he discovers that he's not the only one breaking rules. Ms. Opal is changing answers on her students' standardized tests—and Kai snaps some photos to prove it. Kai doesn't decide to bust Ms. Opal right away. He was trying to cheat too, after all. But a classroom conflict forces Kai to put Ms. Opal's actions out in the open. Soon Kai has a new problem: people don't believe him. Forget about a lousy exam score—Kai's suspension from school will really hurt his record, unless he can prove his photos are legit. [List of series titles]
The Tension of Opposites
By Kristina McBride. 2010
Two years ago Noelle disappeared. Two long years of no leads, no word, no body. Since the abduction, Tessa, her…best friend, has lived in a state of suspended animation. She has some friends but keeps them distant. Some interests, but she won't allow herself to become passionate about them. And guys? She can't get close—she knows what it is like to lose someone she really cared for. And then one day, the telephone rings. Noelle is alive. And maybe, just maybe, Tess can start to live again too. A haunting psychological thriller taken straight from the headlines, The Tension of Opposites is a striking debut that explores the emotional aftermath a kidnapping can have on the victim and on the people she left behind.
Take to the Skies (Superhuman)
By R. T. Martin. 2018
Cassie wakes up on her sixteenth birthday only to realize she's been floating in her sleep. With her brother's help,…Cassie learns how to control her new flying power, but she's afraid people will think differently of her if they find out. She's willing to do anything to keep her secret—practicing in the middle of the night, lying to her parents, even blowing off friends. But when a friend is in danger, Cassie must decide whether or not to help, even if taking action means revealing her secret.
Stretched Too Thin (Superhuman)
By Raelyn Drake. 2018
Evan has always dreamed of being a superhero, and on his sixteenth birthday he discovers the ability to stretch and…bend his body in impossible ways. He decides that's it's time to make the most of his super stretchiness and become a real-life superhero—except he can't find any actual crime to fight. When a video of his superpower goes viral, Evan gets a taste of the fame he has ever hoped for, but he knows he hasn't really done anything besides a few cool tricks. After an accident on the freeway causes everyone to look to him for help, Evan will learn if he's truly up to be the hero he wants to be.
The Scar Boys
By Len Vlahos. 2014
A severely burned teenager. A guitar. Punk rock. The chords of a rock 'n' roll road trip in a coming-of-age…novel that is a must-read story about finding your place in the world . . . even if you carry scars inside and out. In attempting to describe himself in his college application essay—to "help us to become acquainted with you beyond your courses, grades, and test scores"—Harbinger (Harry) Jones goes way beyond the 250-word limit and gives a full account of his life. The first defining moment: the day the neighborhood goons tied him to a tree during a lightning storm when he was 8 years old, and the tree was struck and caught fire. Harry was badly burned and has had to live with the physical and emotional scars, reactions from strangers, bullying, and loneliness that instantly became his everyday reality. The second defining moment: the day in eighth grade when the handsome, charismatic Johnny rescued him from the bullies and then made the startling suggestion that they start a band together. Harry discovered that playing music transported him out of his nightmare of a world, and he finally had something that compelled people to look beyond his physical appearance. Harry's description of his life in his essay is both humorous and heart-wrenching. He had a steeper road to climb than the average kid, but he ends up learning something about personal power, friendship, first love, and how to fit in the world. While he's looking back at the moments that have shaped his life, most of this story takes place while Harry is in high school and the summer after he graduates.
A Really Awesome Mess
By Brendan Halpin, Trish Cook. 2013
Two teenagers. Two very bumpy roads taken that lead to Heartland Academy. After his parents' divorce, Justin is on rocky…mental ground. But when a handful of Tylenol lands him in the hospital, he has really hit rock bottom. A scandalous photo of Emmy leads to vicious rumors around school, but things get worse when she threatens the boy who started it all on Facebook. Justin and Emmy arrive at Heartland Academy, a reform school that will force them to deal with their issues. Along the way they will find a ragtag group of teens who are just as broken, stubborn, and full of sarcasm as themselves. A funny, sad, and remarkable story, A Really Awesome Mess is a journey of friendship and self-discovery.
Psychic Science (Sinkhole)
By Kelli Hicks. 2023
Anna and Caleb have been friends since kindergarten, but their beliefs have pushed them apart. Anna is president of the…science club and focused on getting into the best college. Caleb is fascinated by the supernatural and stretches the truth to get more views on social media. When a purple mist emerges near Foggy Creek's sinkhole, people and animals start acting like zombies. Can Anna and Caleb put aside their differences to save Foggy Creek before it's too late?
The Other Way Around
By Sashi Kaufman. 2014
Andrew has seen a flash of his future. (Dad: unfinished PhD. Mom: unfulfilling career. Their marriage: unsuccessful.) Based on what…he's seen, he's uninspired to put a foot on the well-worn path to the adulthood everyone expects of him. There must be another way around. After a particularly disastrous Thanksgiving (his cousin wets Andrew's bed; his parents were too chicken to tell him his grandmother died), Andrew accidentally (on purpose) runs away and joins the circus. Kind of. A guy can meet the most interesting people at the Greyhound station at dinnertime on Thanksgiving day. The Freegans are exactly the kinds of friends (living out of an ancient VW camper van, dumpster diving, dressing like clowns and busking for change) who would have Andrew's mom reaching for a third glass of Chardonnay. To Andrew, five teenagers who seem like they've found another way to grow up are a dream come true. But as the VW winds its way across the USA, the future is anything but certain. The path of least resistance is a long, strange trip.
Wired Man and Other Freaks of Nature
By Sashi Kaufman. 2016
Ben Wireman is partially deaf and completely insecure. The only two things that make him feel normal are being a…soccer goalie and hanging out with his best friend, Tyler Nuson. Tyler is the golden boy, worshiped by girls and guys alike, and he no longer seems interested in Ben. Without Tyler, Ben isn't sure who he is anymore, or if Tyler is really as "normal" as Ben thought he was. Maybe hanging out with freaks like Ilona Pierce, who has tattoos, blue hair, and almost no friends, is what he needs. This captivating novel explores the shifting dynamics of friendships and complex art of growing up.
Last Night at the Circle Cinema
By Emily Franklin. 2015
Olivia, Bertucci, and Codman were the trio no one else in high school could quite figure out, an impenetrable triangle…of friendship. Now they're graduating and about to start new lives away at college and without one another. Beyond their friendship, there's one thing they have in common: the Circle Cinema, a once-thriving old movie theater now reduced to a boarded up concrete box, condemned and about to be forgotten forever—which is, as far as Olivia and Codman can tell, a lot like what's going to happen to them. So in one last desperate effort to hold on to the secrets they share, Bertucci hatches a plan—an experiment, really. He convinces Olivia and Codman to join him in spending their last night before graduation locked inside the cinema's concrete walls. None of them can open the box before sunrise. Over the course of the night, the trio is then forced to face one another, the events of the past year, and whatever is to come when the new day dawns. Emily Franklin's Last Night at the Circle Cinema is the story of a friendship's end and moving rebirth.
High Drama (Suspended)
By Brandon Terrell. 2015
Dessa's life is changing...mostly because the life of her best friend, Kat, is changing. Kat has started dating a girl,…Arwen, and she's trying to keep it on the down-low. Dessa is happy to keep the secret, but she starts hanging out with Kat's theater friends, hoping to learn more about Kat's new relationship. Everything's going great until Dessa accidentally lets Kat's secret slip. Some other students quickly make Kat a target—and Dessa takes steps to defend her friend that leave her suspended. Suddenly Dessa has to find ways to support her friend—and rebuild Kat's trust—while keeping off of school grounds.
By Mary Amato. 2012
On odd days, Tripp uses a school practice room to let loose on a borrowed guitar. Eyes closed, strumming that…beat-up instrument, Tripp escapes to a world where only the music matters. On even days, Lyla Marks uses the same practice room. To Tripp, she's trying to become even more perfect—she's already a straight-A student and an award-winning cellist. But when Lyla begins leaving notes for him in between the strings of the guitar, his life intersects with hers in a way he never expected. What starts as a series of snippy notes quickly blossoms into the sharing of interests and secrets and dreams, and the forging of a very unlikely friendship. Challenging each other to write songs, they begin to connect, even though circumstances threaten to tear them apart. From beloved author Mary Amato comes a YA novel of wit and wisdom, both heartfelt and heartbreaking, about the power of music and the unexpected chords that draw us together.
Full Impact (Surviving Southside)
By Suzanne Weyn. 2013
Norval and Arnie are two of the stars on the Southside High football team. They're best friends off the field,…too, and they're both hoping to play college ball some day. When Coach Green asks Norval to watch Arnie for signs of a concussion, it sounds like spying. But is betraying Arnie the best way for Norval to help his friend?
Detained (AI High)
By Claire Ainslie. 2019
After getting caught while vandalizing his school, Max, an android student, is sent to detention. Tensions run high between the…androids and humans there, but when a human boy, Oliver, stands up for Max, he starts to reconsider his negative views on humans. The two start an unlikely friendship, and now Max must choose between his own community and his new friend.
The Fight (Surviving Southside)
By Elizabeth Karre. 2013
"Was he . . . you know?" Bella doesn't know if Dominic was gay or not, but she knows he…was bullied. And she knows the adults who could have helped didn't because of some stupid policy. Now Dominic's dead. It's never been Bella's thing to stand up for a cause, but for some reason, this fight has become her fight.