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  Cover Art: The Girl of his Dreams Abrams, Amir
The Girl of his Dreams
"The rules are simple: Play or get played. And never, ever, catch feelings. That's the motto 17-year-old heartthrob Antonio Lopez lives by. Since his mother walked out, Antonio's father has taught him everything he needs to know about women: they can't be trusted, and a real man has more than one. So once Antonio gets what he wants from a girl, he moves on. But McPherson High's hot new beauty is turning out to be Antonio's first real challenge. Miesha Wilson has a motto of her own: The thrill of the chase is not getting caught. Game knows game, and Miesha is so not interested. She's dumped her share of playboys and she's determined to stay clear of the likes of Antonio Lopez--until his crazy jealous ex aggravates her. But when she decides to play some games of her own, Miesha and Antonio find themselves wondering if love is real after all...."--Cover, P.[4]
364 p. 2013
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: He Said She Said : a Novel Alexander, Kwame.
He Said She Said : a Novel
"When a popular football 'playa' and ladies man and the smartest girl in school lead a school protest, sparks fly as their social media-aided revolution grows"--Provided by publisher.
330 pages 2013
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Bronxwood Booth, Coe
Tyrell's father is just out of jail, and Tyrell doesn't know how to deal with that...Tyrell's father has plans of his own, and doesn't seem to care whether or not Tyrell wants to go along with them. Tyrell can see the crash that's coming - with his dad, with the rest of his family, with the girls he's seeing - but he's not sure he can stop it...or if he even wants to.
328 p. 2011
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Call Me By My Name Bradley, John Ed.
Call Me By My Name
Growing up in Louisiana in the late 1960s, where segregation and prejudice still thrive, two high school football players, one white, one black, become friends, but some changes are too difficult to accept.
265 pages 2014
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Exorsistah : X Restored Burney, Claudia Mair
Exorsistah : X Restored
After three years of being a demon hunter, Emme Vaughn is reunited with her mother, but adjusting to life in New Orleans proves difficult when Jean-Paul drives a wedge between her and Francis and a demon possesses her mother's house.
272 p. 2011
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Get Over it Carter, Nikki
Get Over it
Hoping to take her career to the next level after a year of college, hip-hop performer Sunday Tolliver is tested by a campus hazing scandal that pits her friends against a powerful sorority while she is also dealing with her jealous cousin's drama and her own torn feelings for fellow star DeShawn and ex-boyfriend Sam.
248 pages 2013
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich Childress, Alice
A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich
The life of a thirteen-year-old Harlem black boy on his way to becoming a confirmed heroin addict is seen from his viewpoint and from that of several people around him.
126 p. 1973
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Pointe Colbert, Brandy
Four years after Theo's best friend, Donovan, disappeared at age thirteen, he is found and brought home and Theo puts her health at risk as she decides whether to tell the truth about the abductor, knowing her revelation could end her life-long dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.
333 pages 2014
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: First Semester Cross, Cecil R.
First Semester
James "JD" Dawson grew up in the hood, but left a life of violence three thousand miles behind to make something of himself at Clark Atlanta University. But when the freshman got off to a fool's start...JD was assigned a tutor, the luscious Katrina Turner. If JD wants to get with a girl like Katrina, he'll also have to learn to grow up.
250 p. 2007
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: 16 On the Block Daniels, Babygirl
16 On the Block
When she is expected to pay back her sister's old debt, sixteen-year-old Summer must take to the streets, learning hard, fast lessons about survival, loyalty, and love.
204 p. 2009
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Panic Draper, Sharon M.
As rehearsals begin for the ballet version of Peter Pan, the teenaged members of an Ohio dance troupe lose their focus when one of their own goes missing.
262 p. 2013
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Copper Sun Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills)
Copper Sun
Two fifteen-year-old girls, one a slave and the other an indentured servant, escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.
302, [4] p. 2006
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Cy in Chains : a Novel Dudley, David L.
Cy in Chains : a Novel
In the post-Civil War South, a seventeen-year-old African American boy, accused of a crime, is living in a labor camp where brutality, near starvation, humiliation, and rape are commonplace.
328 pages 2013
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Foul Trouble Feinstein, John.
Foul Trouble
"College recruiters are clambering to sign up Terrell Jamerson, the #1 high school basketball player in the country. But not all of these recruiters are straight shooters, and Terrell will have to think fast if he wants to stay in the game" --Provided by publisher.
392 pages 2013
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Skin I'm in Flake, Sharon
The Skin I'm in
Thirteen-year-old Maleeka, uncomfortable because her skin is extremely dark, meets a new teacher with a birthmark on her face and makes some discoveries about how to love who she is and what she looks like.
171 p. 1998
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Pinned Flake, Sharon.
Adonis is smart, intellectually gifted and born without legs; Autumn is strong, a great wrestler, and barely able to read in ninth grade -- but Autumn is attracted to Adonis and determined to make him a part of her life whatever he or her best friend thinks.
228 p. 2012
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Fake ID Giles, L. R. (Lamar R.)
Fake ID
"An African-American teen in the Witness Protection Program moves to a new town and finds himself trying to solve a murder mystery when his first friend is found dead" --Provided by publisher.
303 pages 2014
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Something Like Hope Goodman, Shawn
Something Like Hope
Shavonne, a fierce, desperate seventeen year-old in juvenile lockup, wants to turn her life around before her eighteenth birthday, but corrupt guards, out-of-control girls, and shadows from her past make her task seem impossible.
193 p. 2011
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: A Girl Named Mister Grimes, Nikki
A Girl Named Mister
A pregnant teenager finds support and forgiveness from God through a book of poetry presented from the Virgin Mary's perspective.
223 p. 2010
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Words with Wings Grimes, Nikki.
Words with Wings
Gabby daydreams to tune out her parents' arguments, but when her parents divorce and she begins a new school, daydreaming gets her into trouble. Her mother scolds her for it, her teacher keeps telling her to pay attention, and the other kids tease her...until she finds a friend who also daydreams and her teacher decides to work a daydreaming-writing session into every school day. With a notebook "thick with daydreams," Gabby grows more confident about herself and her future. This verse novel poignantly celebrates the power of writing and the inspiration a good teacher can deliver.
84 p. 2013
Children's Fiction Book
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