Albertelli, Becky. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight.
Andrews, Jesse. Me & Earl & the Dying Girl : a novel
Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.
Barry, Dave. The Worst Class Trip Ever
When the eighth grade civics class of Miami’s Culver Middle School goes on a trip to Washington, D.C., Wyatt Palmer finds himself in deep trouble before the plane even lands because his best friend, Matt, has decided the men sitting behind them are terrorists and it is up to the boys to stop them.
Bauer, Joan. Rules of the Road
Jenna Boller, the star employee at Gladstone’s Shoe Store in Chicago, is a very tall sixteen-year-old who really stands out in a crowd, but when Madeline Gladstone hires Jenna to drive her cross country to save her business, she learns the rules of the road, as well as the rules of life.
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. A hilarious, page-turning fantasy about an outsider who is thrown into the glamorous spotlight.
David, Keren. Lia’s guide to winning the lottery
Lia wonders if the millionaire lifestyle is all it’s cracked up to be after jealous kids at school set up a “We Hate Lia Latimer” group on Facebook, she is sued by her best friend’s mother, and her sister Natalie goes missing.
Easton, T.S. Boys don’t knit (in public)
After a brush with the law, Ben, a dyed-in-the-wool worrier, must take up a new hobby and chooses knitting, an activity at which he excels but must try to keep secret from his friends, enemies, and sports-obsessed father.
Garfinkle, D. L. Storky: How I Lost My Nickname and Won the Girl
Fourteen-year-old high school student Michael “Storky” Pomerantz’s journal describes his freshman year, from dealing with his mother’s dating his dentist to attempting to win the heart of the girl he loves.
Green, John. An Abundance of Katherines
When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.
Hand, Cynthia. My Lady Jane
This lighthearted historical comedy is a revisionist retelling of Lady Jane Grey’s brief reign and romance .
Herbach, Geoff. Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders
The war is ON! Never have the stakes been so high. Never have the trenches been so deep. Never has one soda vending machine been so vital. When the high school cheerleading team takes over the machine’s funds previously collected by the pep band, Gabe will not stand for it. Something must be done.
Kinard, Kami. The boy problem : (notes and predictions of Tabitha Reddy)
Twelve-year-old Tabitha believes in signs and predictions, and, inspired by her best friend Kara, she is looking for the signs that will point her to the right boyfriend–and predict a successful conclusion to her quest.
Korman, Gordon. No More Dead Dogs
Eighth-grade football hero Wallace Wallace is sentenced to detention attending rehearsals of the school play where, in spite of himself, he becomes wrapped up in the production and begins to suggest changes that improve not only the play but his life as well.
Korman, Gordon. Son of the Mob
Seventeen-year-old Vince’s life is constantly complicated by the fact that he is the son of a powerful Mafia boss, a relationship that threatens to destroy his romance with the daughter of an FBI agent. (Next in series – Son of the Mob: Hollywood Hustle)
LaZebnik, Claire. Families and Other Nonreturnable Gifts
Despite her name, Keats Sedlak is the sanest person in her large, nutty family of brilliant eccentrics. Her parents, both brainy academics, are barely capable of looking after themselves, let alone anyone else, and her two uber-intelligent siblings live on their own planets.
Leavitt, Lindsey. Princess for hire
Desi Bascomb has been longing for a bit of glamour in her Idaho life, so when a flawlessly dressed woman steps out of an iridescent bubble and wants to know if Desi would like to become a substitute princess, she of course agrees.
Lieb, Josh. I’m a genius of unspeakable evil and I want to be your class president
Omaha, Nebraska, twelve-year-old Oliver Watson has everyone convinced that he is extremely stupid and lazy, but he is actually a very wealthy, evil genius, and when he decides to run for seventh-grade class president, nothing will stand in his way.
Locke, Katherine (editor). It’s a Whole Spiel : Love, Latkes, and Other Jewish Stories
With an introduction from Mayim Bialik, a collection of short stories about Jewish teens, including entries by David Levithan, Nova Ren Suma, and more! Some are humorous.
Mackler, Carolyn. The Earth, My butt, and Other Big Round Things
Feeling like she does not fit in with the other members of her family, who are all thin, brilliant, and good-looking, fifteen-year-old Virginia tries to deal with her self-image, her first physical relationship, and her disillusionment with some of the people closest to her.
Mlynowski, Sarah. Bras & Broomsticks
Living in New York City with her mother and her younger sister, Miri, fourteen-year-old Rachel tries to persuade Miri, who has recently become a witch, to help her become popular at school and to try to stop their divorced father’s wedding.
Pinkwater, Daniel. The Education of Robert Nifkin
Set in the 1950s in Chicago, Robert Nifkin tells his highly unorthodox high school experiences in the form of a college application essay.
Pratchett, Terry. Dodger
In an alternative version of Victorian London, a seventeen-year-old Dodger, a cunning and cheeky street urchin, unexpectedly rises in life when he saves a mysterious girl, meets Charles Dickens, and unintentionally puts a stop to the murders of Sweeny Todd.
Pratchett, Terry. Wee Free Men
A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland.
Rubin, Lance. Crying Laughing
After bombing a stand-up set at her own bat mitzvah, Winnie has kept her jokes to herself. Well, to herself and her dad, a former comedian and her inspiration. She is moved to join the school improv troupe, when a funny, cute guy at school suggests it. Bad dates ensue. Winnie also is confronted with her father’s decidedly unfunny ALS diagnosis.
Smith, Andrew. Grasshopper Jungle
Sixteen-year-old, sex-obsessed, Austin Szerba interweaves the story of his Polish legacy with the story of how he and his best friend, Robby, brought about the rise of an army of unstoppable, six-foot tall praying mantises in small-town Iowa. A book about everything.
Smith, Andrew. Winger
Filled with hand-drawn info-graphics and illustrations and told in a pitch-perfect voice, this realistic depiction of a teen’s experience strikes an exceptional balance of hilarious and heartbreaking.