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Brand-New Emily

Ginger Rue - 2009
    One powerful publicist. Together, they’ll create the hottest brand Wright Middle School has ever seen. New-girl Emily Wood is in big trouble: she’s accidentally crossed the alpha-clique she calls “The Daisies,” and now she’s the target of such social mudslinging that no one at school is talking to her. But when Emily stumbles onto some top-secret celebrity gossip, she finds herself in a position to hire New York’s most powerful public relations firm—and have a shot at a whole new image! Make way for Brand Em: she’s got style, she’s got attitude, and she doesn’t take flak from The Daisies. But no product can stay hot forever. Will Emily discover the limits of brand loyalty, or is she in danger of becoming the brand and losing herself?

Birthday Blues

Anne Cassidy - 2005
    A day-old child has been left in the street in a cardboard pet carrier - but who is little Bobby's mother? And how could she leave him like this? Police are desperate to reunite them, but no one is coming forward...

The Girlfriend Project

Robin Friedman - 2007
    New Jersey high school senior Reed Walton has never had a girlfriend, but once he gets his braces off, gets contact lenses, and turns into a 'hottie, ' his two best friends set up a website to remedy the situation

My Life as a Girl

Elizabeth Mosier - 1999
    During her last summer in Phoenix, Arizona, before going to an eastern college, eighteen-year-old Jaime works two waitress jobs and plans her escape from a life forever changed by her father's prison sentence.


Yvonne Collins - 2005
    Plans that don’t include six weeks in a rainy foreign country, getting to know her estranged movie star mother, Annika Anderson. Despite her furious protests, Leigh’s dad ships her off to Ireland where she’ll be her mom’s personal assistant on the set of her latest film.When Irish eyes are smiling...Annika may be a cold-hearted diva, but her gorgeous young co-star, Sean Finlay, has Leigh all hot and bothered. Unfortunately, Sean only has eyes for Annika. And Annika only has eyes for the unavailable director, Roger. When Leigh lands a bit-part in the movie, she finds herself not only sharing scenes and scripts with her mother, but vying for the spotlight—and Sean’s affections.One diva is too many...But one small movie set isn’t big enough for two divas. Tensions rise as the diva and her daughter clash off and on the set. There’s no script, and no predictable happy ending as they tackle the toughest roles of their lives: acting like a mother and daughter.

Girls in Pants/Forever in Blue

Ann Brashares - 2008


Dalya Moon - 2011
    At thirteen, she’s the youngest girl at Snowy Cove High School, and so clueless, she wore leg warmers and acid-wash jeans on her first day. Big mistake! Almost as big a mistake as signing up for a boys-only shop class. Doy.Just when she thinks the first week of high school can’t get any more weird, Charlie discovers she may be adopted. According to her Science textbook, her eyes should be blue, not brown.Now the girl with the boy’s name will have to use her detective skills to uncover the mystery of her identity. She'll need the help of best friend Stacy, expert blackmailer, and new friend Ross, expert class clown.Before the year ends, Charlie will face down the biggest bullies of all: the all-powerful members of Snowy Cove’s School Board. The Board doesn't like what Charlie's been up to, and they're all out of doughnuts.

Inside Girl

J. Minter - 2007
    Her family is legendary in New York City, but she’s sick of her friends just trying to get closer to her hot older brother, Patch.So when Flan starts a new high school, she decides to reinvent herself as a totally normal girl. The only problem is, Flan’s life is anything but normal. After all, she has a starlet in her bedroom hiding from the paparazzi, the hottest club promoter in NYC camping out on her living room floor, and a beautiful socialite crashing in her guest room.Flan quickly finds that keeping her crazy social life from her new friends is like keeping a Marc Jacobs sample sale secret-totally impossible! What will happen when her two worlds collide? Will New York’s ultimate Inside Girl be left…an outsider?

Read My Lips

Teri Brown - 2008
     Serena just wants to fly under the radar at her new school. But Serena is deaf, and she can read lips really well-even across the busy cafeteria. So when the popular girls discover her talent, there's no turning back. From skater chick to cookie-cutter prep, Serena's identity has done a 180...almost. She still wants to date Miller, the school rebel, and she's not ready to trade her hoodies for pink tees just yet. But she is rising through the ranks in the school's most exclusive clique. With each new secret she uncovers, Serena feels pressure to find out more. Reading lips has always been her greatest talent, but now Serena just feels like a gigantic snoop...

Unstoppable Moses

Tyler James Smith - 2018
    After accidentally burning down a bowling alley with his cousin and best friend, Charlie, Moses has one week as a camp counselor to prove to the authorities—and to himself—that he isn't a worthless jerk who belongs in jail, when Charlie doesn't get that chance.

This Is Me From Now On

Barbara Dee - 2010
    This is what Evie's new friend Francesca tells her, and soon enough, Evie's life has had something more like an earthquake. Francesca thinks life is dull unless you go after everything you want and say everything on your mind all the time--and sometimes that includes giving other people a little behind the scenes help to give them what she thinks they want. Evie can't always tell if she's horrified or fascinated by everything Francesca convinces her to do, but ultimately, she comes to see friendship--and life--in a whole new light.

The Elite

Jennifer Banash - 2008
    When Casey McCloy steps into the elegant Bramford building, she's overwhelmed. Fresh from the Midwest, she's moved to New York's Upper East Side to live with her grandmother and attend the prestigious Meadowlark Academy. Here all that matters is who you know. The girl to know is Madison Macallister: popular, pretty, platinumblond. She's not just Casey's new classmate and neighbor; she's an icon. So Casey aims to get in with Madison and her gorgeous gal-pals from the start. As the reigning queen of coolness, Madison is capable of destroying reputations with one welltimed whisper. Better to be on her good side. But after a city-haute makeover from her new frenemy Madison, Casey is wearing the right clothes, saying the right things, and meeting the right people, including Drew, the boy-about-town who Madison thinks belongs to her and her alone.

The Barrio Kings

William Kowalski - 2010
    Now all he wants to do is finish night school, be a good father and work hard enough at his job at the supermarket to get promoted. But when an old friend shows up to ask him why he left the gang, Rosario realizes he was fooling himself if he thought his violent past would just go away. When his pregnant girlfriend is hit in a drive-by shooting, Rosario has to make some hard choices. Revenge means a return to his old ways, something he swore he would never do. But unless he takes action, his enemies will not rest until they've settled the score against him.


Valerie Sherrard - 2011
    She knows right from wrong and shes never been in any serious trouble. But when her best friend, Carrie, comes to her for help, Shana agrees to break the law to save Carrie from a molester. She even feels good about it for a while.Then trouble starts. Someone in their group of friends is stealing from the others. As she searches for the truth, Shana uncovers evidence that raises a terrifying question: Has she made a horrible mistake?Faced with the reality of what shes done, Shana finds herself trapped in a web of her own lies and deceit. Can she convince the right people that shes telling the truth now? Either way its clear someone is going to pay a terrible price for her crime.

Turtle on a Fence Post

June Rae Wood - 1997
    But it's hard for her to share her troubles, and harder still for her to feel that she really belongs with her prissy Aunt Queenie and Uncle Bert. Slowly, with the help of a cantankerous World War II veteran who is burdened by his own sad memories, Delrita learns that home is where the heart is.This is the eagerly-awaited sequel to The Man Who Loved Clowns, winner of the Mark Twain and William Allen White Awards. School Library Journal, in a starred review, called it "an engrossing story with characters that readers come to care about very deeply".