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If I Stay



If I Stay
By Forman, Gayle
2010-04 - Turtleback Books
9780606143950 Check Our Catalog

A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make, and the ultimate choice one teenage girl commands, this emotionally arresting novel is sure to captivate readers. …More

The Everafter



The Everafter
By Huntley, Amy
2009-10 - Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
9780061776793 Check Our Catalog

A haunting debut teen novel about a girl who revisits random moments in her life through the objects she has lost--and learns surprising things about her life "and" death. …More

The Sky Is Everywhere



The Sky Is Everywhere
By Nelson, Jandy
2010-03 - Dial Books
9780803734951 Check Our Catalog

Lennie Walker, a 17-year-old bookworm and band geek, spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey suddenly dies, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life. …More

Before I Fall



Before I Fall
By Oliver, Lauren
2010-03 - Harper
9780061726804 Check Our Catalog

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A terrible accident takes Samantha Kingston's life. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. In fact, she relives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she had ever imagined. …More

Hold Still



Hold Still
By LaCour, Nina
Illustrator Nolting, Mia
2009-10 - Dutton Books
9780525421559 Check Our Catalog

In words and illustrations, Ingrid has left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friend's suicide. Illustrations. …More

Hate List



Hate List
By Brown, Jennifer
2009-09 - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
9780316041447 Check Our Catalog

After Valerie Leftman's boyfriend, Nick, opens fire on their school cafeteria, Val is shot trying to stop him, but is implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. Now, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. …More

Broken Soup



Broken Soup
By Valentine, Jenny
2009-04 - Harper Teen
9780060850715 Check Our Catalog

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After the death of her brother, Rowan's family falls apart. Then a cute boy shoves a photo negative into her hands. She has the negative developed and discovers a photo of her brother smiling. Rowan's heartrending journey from despair to hope begins with this new mystery. …More

Would You



Would You
By Jocelyn, Marthe
2008-07 - Wendy Lamb Books
9780375837036 Check Our Catalog

For Natalie's amazing older sister, Claire, this summer is fantastic because she's zooming off to college in the fall. For Natalie, it's a fun summer with her friends; nothing special. When Claire is hit by a car, the world changes in a heartbeat. …More

Before I Die



Before I Die
By Downham, Jenny
2007-09 - David Fickling Books
9780385751551 Check Our Catalog

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2008 Teen Top Ten Nomnee

Tessa has just months to live. Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests, drugs with excruciating side-effects, Tessa compiles a list. It's her To Do Before I Die list. And number one is Sex. Released from the constraints of 'normal' life, Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up. Tessa's feelings, her relationships with her father and brother, her estranged mother, her best friend, and her new boyfriend, all are painfully crystallised in the precious weeks before Tessa's time finally runs out. …More

Last Night I Sang to the Monster



Last Night I Sang to the Monster
By Saenz, Benjamin Alire
2009-09 - Cinco Puntos Press
9781933693583 Check Our Catalog

Zach is 18. He is bright and articulate. He's also an alcoholic and in rehab instead of high school, but he doesn't remember how he got there. He's not sure he wants to remember. Something bad must have happened. Something really, really bad. …More

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