- The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school’s annual fundraising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies.
- The Girls by Amy Kloss
Each of the girls in a middle-school clique reveals the strong, manipulative hold one of the group exerts on the others, and the hurt and self-doubt that it causes them.
- How to be Popular by Meg Cabot
Preparing for eleventh grade, Steph studies an old book entitled How to Be Popular and plots her path into the A-Crowd. Soon, though, Steph discovers that the love of her life is not sitting at the popular kids’ table in the school cafeteria.
- I Was a Non-Blond Cheerleader by Kieran Scott
New Jersey transplant and sassy brunette Annisa Gobrowski has a problem-literally everyone at her Florida high school is blonde. But no lack of golden highlights is going to stop Annisa from making the cheerleading squad.
- It’s Not Easy Being Bad by Cynthia Voight
Two unpopular girls try to break into the seventh grade clique system, even though they’re not really sure they want to be popular at all.
- Pretty Little Devils by Nancy Holder
Hazel Stone wants nothing more than to be a part of the hottest clique in school, the Pretty Little Devils, but she’s stuck at a lunch table full of high school C-listers. Hazel has resigned herself to life as a Nobody-when suddenly everything changes.
- Shattering Glass by Gail Giles
When Rob, the charismatic leader of the senior class, turns the school nerd into Prince Charming, his actions lead to unexpected violence.
- Stargirl by Jerry Spinnelli
In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.
- Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
Intellectually and athletically gifted, TJ, a multiracial, adopted teenager, shuns organized sports and the gung-ho athletes at his high school until he agrees to form a swimming team and recruits some of the school’s less popular students.