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Life's Challenges

Samantha Abeel couldn’t tell time, remember her locker combination, or count out change at a checkout counter — and she was in seventh grade. Finally in her “thirteenth winter” she is diagnosed with a learning disability and discovers that she was stronger than she’d ever thought possible. (Non-Fiction)

KATIE.COM by Katherine Tarbox
Katie was a lonely and self-conscious eight-grader who craved the attention her workaholic parents couldn’t give her. “Mark” seemed to understand her; he told her she was smart and wonderful. When they set a date to finally meet while Katie was in Texas for a swim competition, she walked into a hotel room and discovered who, and what, her cyber soul mate really was.  (Non-Fiction)

The First Part Last by Johnson, Angela
Bobby’s a classic urban teenager. But the thing that makes him different is this: He’s going to be a father. His girlfriend, Nia, is pregnant, and their lives are about to change forever. Instead of spending time with friends, they’ll be spending time with doctors, and next, diapers. They have options: keeping the baby, adoption. They want to do the right thing. If only it was clear what the right thing was.

Aimee by Mary Beth Miller

It seems that everyone, even her own parents, believes that Zoe helped her best friend, Aimee, commit suicide. Zoe is paralyzed by loneliness, guilt, and anger at everyone’s suppression of the truth.

Annie’s Baby: the Diary of Anonymous, a Pregnant Teenager by Beatrice Sparks
Annie keeps a diary as she goes from victim of abuse to new mother. When Annie discovers she’s pregnant by her boyfriend, she’s devastated. But after the baby is born, it’s in her diary that she faces the agonizing question: Can she really raise this child on her own?

The Dream Where Losers Go by Beth Goobie

After treatment for self-destructive behavior, Skey Mitchell returns to high school where she encounters a boy her own age, with dreams – and secrets – much like her own.

The Year of Ice by Brian Malloy

The year 1978, when he graduates from high school and goes off to college, is not Kevin Doyle’s best. Not only is he head-over-heels in love with classmate Jon Thompson, who is oblivious to Kevin’s interest but Kevin learns that the accident that killed his mother two years before was most likely an act of suicide.

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.