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Realistic Fiction December 2014

Slump by Kevin Waltman

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New in December 2014

Slump by Kevin Waltman (D-Bow's High School Hoops, book 2)
Derrick "D-Bow" Bowman thought sophomore year would be easier, but his girlfriend Jasmine leaves him for putting too much focus on basketball, the jump shot he worked ona ll summer is not working, and his father has an accident, forcing Derrick to accept that Basketball cannot be his only priority.

Knockout Games by G. Neri
As a gang of urban teenagers known as the TKO Club makes random attacks on bystanders, Erica, who is dating the gang leader, wrestles with her dark side and "good kid" identity.

Forgive Me If I've Told You This Before by Karelia Stetz-Waters
At high school beginning in 1989, shy, intelligent Triinu comes to realize that she is a lesbian--and in love--just as her home state of Oregon is debating Measure 9, which would allow descrimiination against gay people.

Diamond Boy by Michael Williams
"When Patson's family moves to [the] Marange region of Zimbabwe, he begins working in the mines, searching for blood diamonds, until government soldiers arrive and Patson is forced to journey to South Africa in search of his missing sister and a better life."--Provided by publisher.

For Real by Alison Cherry
When shy, intelligent, eighteen-year-old Claire convinces her beautiful, popular sister Miranda to team up and compete against Miranda's cheating ex-boyfriend on a reality television show, Claire is the one to capture a fellow contestant's attention.

Top Ten clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas
The Day before Christmas, money goes missing from a donation box at the GoodFoods Market and Chloe and her five teenage coworkers, held in the break room until the police arrive, try to identify the real thief.


New in November 2014

Althea &Oliver by Cristina Moracho
"Althea and Oliver, who have been friends since age six and are now high school juniors, find their friendship changing because he has contracted Kleine-Levin Syndrome."--Provided by publisher.


New in October 2014

Unfriended by Rachel Vail
When middle-schooler Truly is invited to sit at the Popular Table, she finds herself caught in a web of lies and misunderstandings, made inescapable by the hyper-connected social media world"--Provided by publisher.

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
"A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah"-- Provided by publisher.

Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot
"Seventeen-year-old Charlotte  Ryder, a girl from a working class family whose talent for the arts has gained her entry into the exclusive St. Anne's school, is drawn into the circle of the larger-than-life Julia Buchanan, a former senator's daughter"--Provided by publisher.

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
Sixteen-year-old Gabi Hernandez chronicles her senior year in high school as she copes with her friend Cindy's pregnancy, friend Sebastian's coming out, her father's meth habit, her own cravings for food and cute boys, and especially the poetry that helps forge her identity.

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson is shot to death, his community is thrown into an uproar because Tariq was black and the shooter, Jack Franklin, is white, and in the aftermath everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events agree.

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. King
"As her high school graduation draws near, Glory O'Brien begins having powerful and terrifying visions of the future as she struggles with her long-buried grief over her mother's suicide"--Provided by publisher.

The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi
"When a radical band of teen activists claim that Alix's powerful father covers up wrongdoing by corporations that knowingly allow innocent victims to die in order to make enormous profits from unsafe products, she must decide if she will blow the whistle on his misdeeds"-- Provided by publisher.

The Boy I Love by Nina de Gramont
"Fifteen year old Wren has fallen in love with the most sought after boy in school, but his secret will both bring them together, and keep them apart."-- Provided by publisher.

The Good Sister by Jamie Kain
When teenaged Sarah dies in a sudden and puzzling accident, sending her two sisters into a tailspin of grief and confusion, Sarah wakes up in the afterlife and must piece together how she got there.

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
Jam Gallahue, fifteen, unable to cope with the loss of her boyfriend Reeve, is sent to a therapeutic boarding school in Vermont, where a journal-writing assignment for an exclusive, mysterious English class transports her to the magical realm of Belzhar, where she and Reeve can be together.

Paper Airplanes by Dawn O'Porter
The story of the strong bond of friendship between two fifteen year-old schoolgirls in Guernsey in the mid-1990s, who became friends through their shared loneliness and dysfunctional families, despite their differences in personality and ambitions.

Yolo by Lauren Myracle (Sequel to: Ttfn)
Through "instant messages," chronicles the struggles best friends Maddie, Angela, and Zoe face during their freshman year in college, each of them in a different state, two wondering if their romantic relationships will last, and one determining that roller derby is the key to keeping the trio close.

New in September 2014

The Walk On  by John Feinstein
After moving to a new town his freshman year in high school, Alex is happy to win a spot on the varsity team as a quarterback but must deal with the idea of not playing for two years since the first-string quarterback is  a local hero and the son of a corrupt head coach.

Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
With the help of an eccentric ex-governor, a teenaged boy searches for his missing cousin in the Florida wilds.

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
In alternating chapters, eighteen-year-old Darcy Patel navigates the New York City publishing world and Lizzie, the heroine of Darcy's novel, slips into the "Afterworld" to survive a terrorist attack and becomes a spirit guide, as both face many challenges and both fall in love.

Wildlife by Fiona Wood
Two sixteen-year-old girls in Australia come together at an outdoor semester of school, one thinking about boys and growing u , the other about death and grief, but somehow they must help each other find themselves.

The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
"When ugly rumors and lies about Alice Franklin start after one of the guys she allegedly slept with at a party dies in a car accident, questions about truth arise in her small town."--Provided by publisher.

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

Kiss of Broken glass by Madeleine Kuderick
A tale told through evocative verse chronicles a mandatory seventy-two-hour psychiatric evaluation of a teen who has been caught cutting herself in an effort to feel alive.
Words and Their Meanings by Kate Bassett
Seventeen-year-old Anna O'Mally is a gifted writer but for the past year, since her beloved uncle Joe died, she has been wrapped in grief that seems impenetrable until a strange email suggests she did not know Joe as well as she thought--and he was not the saint she believed he was.

Push Girl by Chelsie Hill
Kara, a high school junior, is popular with a great group of friends, an amazing boyfriend, and expectations of being Homecoming Queen until she leaves a party angry and wakes up in a hospital bed, paralized from the waist down, but as she is forced to adjust to her new physical reality, she also learns that her friends are not who they seemed to be.

Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts
"The last person Zac expects in the room next door is a girl like Mia, angry and feisty with questionable taste in music. In the real world, he wouldn't--couldn't--be friends with her. In hospital different rules apply, and what begins as a knock on the wall leads to a note--then a friendship neither of them sees coming."--Provided by publisher.

Camp Utopia and the Forgiveness Diet by Jenny Ruden
Sixteen-year-old Bethany tries to shed pounds using a diet promoted in an infomercial  before her mother sends her to an exclusive weight loss camp.

Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
"The third most popular girl in school's choice between the hottest boy in town and a lonely but romantic mistfit ends in tragedy and self-realizaition"-- Provided by publisher.

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
Finn Easton, sixteen and epileptic, struggles to feel like more than just a character in his father's cult-classic novels with the help of his best friend, Cade, and first love, Julia, until Julia moves away.

Making the Cut by Margaret Gurevich
Sixteen-year-old Chloe gets a chance to travel from Santa Cruz to New York City to compete in Teen Design Diva, a competitive game show for aspiring teenage fashion designers.

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCouer
While working as a film production designer in Los Angeles, Emi Price finds a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend which leads her to Ava, who is about to expand Emi's understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

Play Me Backwards by Adam Selzer
Leon asks his friend Stan for advice on how to prepare for the return of Anna, his long-time crush who is returning from England after being away for four years.