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.

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 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.

Twisted

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Publisher: Scholastic UK
ISBN: 9781407145211
Release Date: 2014-07-03
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Gritty and hard hitting, this is thoughtful teen fiction at its finest. Seventeen-year-old Tyler is the popular boy in high school after years of being "the geek". But then Bethany - rich, blonde, beautiful - is the victim in a teenage sex scandal, and somehow Tyler is the prime suspect. Can Tyler find a way out of the mess he's in?

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: 9781481449632
Release Date: 2016-01-19
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

After the suicide of his boyfriend, Henry deals with depression and family issues, all while wondering if he was really abducted and told he has 144 days to decide whether or not the world is worth saving.

Fat Cat

Author: Robin Brande
Publisher: Ember
ISBN: 9780440240334
Release Date: 2011-09
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Overweight teenager Catherine embarks on a high school science project in which she must emulate the ways of hominins, the earliest ancestors of human beings, by eating an all-natural diet and foregoing technology.

The House You Pass On The Way

Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101477970
Release Date: 2010-11-11
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

A lyrical coming-of-age story from a three-time Newbery Honor winning author Thirteen-year-old Staggerlee used to be called Evangeline, but she took on a fiercer name. She's always been different--set apart by the tragic deaths of her grandparents in an anti-civil rights bombing, by her parents' interracial marriage, and by her family's retreat from the world. This summer she has a new reason to feel set apart--her confused longing for her friend Hazel. When cousin Trout comes to stay, she gives Staggerlee a first glimpse of her possible future selves and the world beyond childhood.

Fly on the Wall

Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Delacorte Press
ISBN: 9780307495532
Release Date: 2008-12-18
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

"I think this might be the best YA novel . . . I've ever read." —John Green From E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars—the New York Times bestselling phenomenon—and the uproarious and heartwarming Ruby Oliver books, comes a fast-paced and hysterically funny novel that answers the question: What would it be like to be a fly on the wall in the boy's locker room? At the Manhattan School for Art and Music, where everyone is “different” and everyone is “special,” Gretchen Yee feels ordinary. She’s the kind of girl who sits alone at lunch, drawing pictures of Spider-Man, so she won’t have to talk to anyone; who has a crush on Titus but won’t do anything about it; who has no one to hang out with when her best (and only real) friend Katya is busy. One day, Gretchen wishes that she could be a fly on the wall in the boys’ locker room–just to learn more about guys. What are they really like? What do they really talk about? Are they really cretins most of the time? Fly on the Wall is the story of how that wish comes true. From the Hardcover edition.

The Worst Hard Time

Author: Timothy Egan
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547347774
Release Date: 2006-09-01
Genre: History

In a tour de force of historical reportage, Timothy Egan’s National Book Award–winning story rescues an iconic chapter of American history from the shadows. The dust storms that terrorized the High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since. Following a dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, Timothy Egan tells of their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black dust blizzards, crop failure, and the death of loved ones. Brilliantly capturing the terrifying drama of catastrophe, he does equal justice to the human characters who become his heroes, “the stoic, long-suffering men and women whose lives he opens up with urgency and respect” (New York Times). In an era that promises ever-greater natural disasters, The Worst Hard Time is “arguably the best nonfiction book yet” (Austin Statesman Journal) on the greatest environmental disaster ever to be visited upon our land and a powerful reminder about the dangers of trifling with nature. This e-book includes a sample chapter of THE IMMORTAL IRISHMAN.

Stand Tall

Author: Joan Bauer
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101657904
Release Date: 2005-06-02
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Tree, a six-foot-three-inch twelve-year-old, copes with his parents' recent divorce and his failure as an athlete by helping his grandfather, a Vietnam vet and recent amputee, and Sophie, a new girl at school.

Dream Factory

Author: Brad Barkley
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0142412988
Release Date: 2009-04
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Alternating chapters present the viewpoints of two teenagers who find summer employment as costumed cartoon characters at Disney World and try to resist falling in love.

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

Author: Peter Cameron
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN: 1429927135
Release Date: 2009-04-28
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is the story of James Sveck, a sophisticated, vulnerable young man with a deep appreciation for the world and no idea how to live in it. James is eighteen, the child of divorced parents living in Manhattan. Articulate, sensitive, and cynical, he rejects all of the assumptions that govern the adult world around him–including the expectation that he will go to college in the fall. He would prefer to move to an old house in a small town somewhere in the Midwest. Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You takes place over a few broiling days in the summer of 2003 as James confides in his sympathetic grandmother, stymies his canny therapist, deplores his pretentious sister, and devises a fake online identity in order to pursue his crush on a much older coworker. Nothing turns out how he'd expected. "Possibly one of the all-time great New York books, not to mention an archly comic gem" (Peter Gadol, LA Weekly), Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is the insightful, powerfully moving story of a young man questioning his times, his family, his world, and himself.

Heavy Water

Author: Martin Amis
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307787392
Release Date: 2011-01-05
Genre: Fiction

"Martin Amis is a stone-solid genius...a dazzling star of wit and insight." --The Wall Street Journal In this wickedly delightful collection of stories, Martin Amis once again demonstrates why he is a modern master of the form. In "Career Move," screenwriters struggle for their art, while poets are the darlings of Hollywood. In "Straight Fiction," the love that dare not speak its name calls out to the hero when he encounters a forbidden object of desire--the opposite sex. And in "State of England," Mal, a former "minder to the superstars," discovers how to live in a country where "class and race and gender were supposedly gone." In Heavy Water and Other Stories, Amis astonishes us with the vast range of his talent, establishing that he is one of the most versatile and gifted writers of his generation. From the Trade Paperback edition.