The Vast Fields of Ordinary

Author: Nick Burd
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101050804
Release Date: 2009-05-14
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

It's Dade's last summer at home, and things are pretty hopeless. He has a crappy job, a "boyfriend" who treats him like dirt, and his parents' marriage is falling apart. So when he meets and falls in love with the mysterious Alex Kincaid, Dade feels like he's finally experiencing true happiness. But when a tragedy shatters the final days of summer, he realizes he must face his future and learn how to move forward from his past.

The Vast Fields of Ordinary

Author: Nick Burd
Publisher: Puffin
ISBN: 014241820X
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

The summer after graduating from an Iowa high school, eighteen-year-old Dade Hamilton watches his parents' marriage disintegrate, ends his long-term, secret relationship, comes out of the closet, and savors first love.

The Vast Fields of Ordinary

Author: Nick Burd
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0803733402
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

The summer after graduating from an Iowa high school, eighteen-year-old Dade Hamilton watches his parents' marriage disintegrate, ends his long-term, secret relationship, comes out of the closet, and savors first love.

King of the Screwups

Author: Kelly L. Going
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547331665
Release Date: 2010-05
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

After getting in trouble yet again, popular high school senior Liam, who never seems to live up to his wealthy father's expectations, is sent to live in a trailer park with his gay "glam-rocker" uncle.

The Mariposa Club

Author: Rigoberto González
Publisher: Lethe Press
ISBN: 9781590213506
Release Date: 2010-10-01
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Incoming seniors, Maui, Trini, Isaac, and Liberace, known as the Fierce Foursome, decide to create a gay/straight alliance at Caliente Valley High School.

Marcelo in the Real World

Author: Francisco X. Stork
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 9780545056908
Release Date: 2011-02-01
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

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.

We Are the Ants

Author: Shaun David Hutchinson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781481449656
Release Date: 2016-01-19
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

From the “author to watch” (Kirkus Reviews) of The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley comes a brand-new novel about a teenage boy who must decide whether or not the world is worth saving. Henry Denton has spent years being periodically abducted by aliens. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: The world will end in 144 days, and all Henry has to do to stop it is push a big red button. Only he isn’t sure he wants to. After all, life hasn’t been great for Henry. His mom is a struggling waitress held together by a thin layer of cigarette smoke. His brother is a jobless dropout who just knocked someone up. His grandmother is slowly losing herself to Alzheimer’s. And Henry is still dealing with the grief of his boyfriend’s suicide last year. Wiping the slate clean sounds like a pretty good choice to him. But Henry is a scientist first, and facing the question thoroughly and logically, he begins to look for pros and cons: in the bully who is his perpetual one-night stand, in the best friend who betrayed him, in the brilliant and mysterious boy who walked into the wrong class. Weighing the pain and the joy that surrounds him, Henry is left with the ultimate choice: push the button and save the planet and everyone on it…or let the world—and his pain—be destroyed forever.

Red Glass

Author: Laura Resau
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780375890598
Release Date: 2007-11-13
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

ONE NIGHT SOPHIE and her parents are called to a hospital where Pedro, 6-year-old Mexican boy, is recovering from dehydration. Crossing the border into Arizona with a group of Mexicans and a coyote, or guide, Pedro and his parents faced such harsh conditions that the boy is the only survivor. Pedro comes to live with Sophie, her parents, and Sophie's Aunt Dika, a refugee of the war in Bosnia. Sophie loves Pedro - her Principito, or Little Prince. But after a year, Pedro's surviving family in Mexico makes contact, and Sophie, Dika, Dika's new boyfriend, and his son must travel with Pedro to his hometown so that he can make a heartwrenching decision. From the Hardcover edition.

A Match Made in High School

Author: Kristin Walker
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101574850
Release Date: 2010-02-04
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

When the principal announces that every senior must participate in a mandatory year-long Marriage Education program, Fiona Sheehan believes that her life can?t get any worse. Then she marries her ?husband?: jerky jock Todd, whose cheerleader girlfriend, Amanda, has had it in for Fiona since day one of second grade. Even worse? Amanda is paired with Fiona?s long-term crush, Gabe. At least Fiona is doing better than her best friend, Marcie, who is paired up with the very quiet, very mysterious Johnny Mercer. Pranks, fights, misunderstandings, and reconciliations ensue in an almost Shakespearean comedy of errors about mistaken first impressions, convoluted coupling, and hidden crushes.

The Life Project

Author: Helen Pearson
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141976624
Release Date: 2016-02-25
Genre: Social Science

The remarkable story of a unique series of studies that have touched the lives of almost everyone in Britain today On 3rd March 1946 a survey began that is, today, the longest-running study of human development in the world, growing to encompass six generations of children, 150,000 individuals and some of the best-studied people on the planet. The simple act of observing human life has changed the way we are born, schooled, parent and die, irrevocably altering our understanding of inequality and health. This is the tale of these studies; the scientists who created and sustain them, the remarkable discoveries that have come from them. The envy of scientists around the world, they are one of Britain's best-kept secrets.

I Hadn t Meant to Tell You this

Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780142417041
Release Date: 2010-11
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Twelve-year-old Marie, the only black girl in the eighth grade willing to befriend her white classmate Lena, discovers that Lena's father is doing horrible things to her in private.

How to Build a House

Author: Dana Reinhardt
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
ISBN: 9780375893889
Release Date: 2009-09-08
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

HARPER’S DAD IS getting a divorce from her beloved stepmother, Jane. Even worse, Harper has lost her stepsister, Tess; the divorce divides them. Harper decides to escape by joining a volunteer program to build a house for a family in Tennessee who lost their home in a tornado. Not that she knows a thing about construction. Soon she’s living in a funky motel and working long days in blazing heat with a group of kids from all over the country. At the site, she works alongside Teddy, the son of the family for whom they are building the house. Their partnership turns into a summer romance, complete with power tools. Learning to trust and love Teddy isn’t easy for Harper, but it’s the first step toward finding her way back home. From the Hardcover edition.

What They Always Tell Us

Author: Martin Wilson
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0375848924
Release Date: 2008-08-12
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

JAMES AND ALEX have barely anything in common anymore—least of all their experiences in high school, where James is a popular senior and Alex is suddenly an outcast. But at home, there is Henry, the precocious 10-year-old across the street, who eagerly befriends them both. And when Alex takes up running, there is James’s friend Nathen, who unites the brothers in moving and unexpected ways. From the Hardcover edition.

Fat Angie

Author: e. E Charlton-Trujillo
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763661199
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Angie overeats to cope with the taunts of the ultra-mean girls, her attempted suicide in front of a packed gym, and the status of her captured war-hero sister, until KC Romance comes to town and sees Angie for who she really is.

With or Without You

Author: Brian Farrey
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 144240700X
Release Date: 2011-05-24
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

When are you too far in to get out? Eighteen-year-old Evan and his best friend, Davis, get beaten up for being loners. For being gay. For just being themselves. But as rough as things often seem, at least Evan can take comfort in his sweet, sexy boyfriend Erik —whom he’s kept secret from everyone for almost a year. Then Evan and Davis are recruited to join the Chasers, a fringe crowd that promises them protection and status. Davis is swept up in the excitement, but Evan is caught between his loyalty to Davis and his love for Erik. Evan has lied to keep his two worlds separate. Now his lies are about to implode…and destroy the very relationships he’s been trying to protect.