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Realistic Fiction September 2014

The Walk On by John Feinstein

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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.

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.

New in August 2014

Starbird Murphy and the World Outside by Karen Finneyfrock
"Starbird has spent the first sixteen years of her life on a commune in the woods of Washington State. When she gets her Calling to become a waitress at the farm's satellite restaurant in Seattle, it means leaving behind the only place she's ever known and entering the World Outside."--Provided by publisher.

Some Boys by Patty Blount
Shunned by her friends and even her father after she accuses the town golden boy of rape, Grace wonders if she can ever trust Ian, a classmate who is funny, kind, and has secrets of his own.

Rumble by Ellen Hopkins
Eighteen-year-old Matt's atheism is tested when, after a horrific accident of his own making that plunges him into a dark, quiet place, he hears a voice that calls everything that he has ever disbelieved into question.

Six Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo
When fourteen-year-old Leigh's father buys a graveyard and insists she work there after school, she learns much about life, death, and the power of friendship.

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There Will Come a Time by Carrie Arcos
Overwhelmed by grief and guilt after his twin sister Grace's accidental death, seventeen-year-old Mark Santos is persuaded by his best friend to complete the "bucket list" from Grace's journal.

New in July 2014

Girls Like Us by Gail Giles
Graduating from their school's special education program, Quincy and Biddy are placed together in their first independent apartment and discover unexpected things they have in common in the face of past challenges and a harrowing trauma.

Homeroom Diaries by James Patterson and Lisa Papademetriou
Seventeen-year-old Margaret "Cuckoo" Clark keeps a journal detailing the trials and tribulations of high school life as she and her close-knit group of outcast friends try to break down the barriers between their school's "warring nations."

What We Hide by Marthe Jocelyn
Told from multiple viewpoints, this is the story of high school junior Jenny of Philadelphia, who spends a semester at a Quaker boarding school in Sheffield, England, near where her brother's avoiding the Vietnam draft, and where everyone carries close-held secrets.

Thirty Sunsets by Christine Hurley Deriso
"Sixteen-year-old Forrest Shepherd expects to enjoy a relaxing month at her family's beach house, but instead finds herself grappling with a series of relationship crises that lead her to realize things are not always what they seem."--Provided by publisher.

On the Road to Find Out by Rachel Toor
Seventeen-year-old Alice Davis has generally gotten all she wants from life but when her college of choice rejects her, problems with her best friend arise, and she faces an unexpected loss, her newfound interest in running helps get her through.

Exile by Kevin Emerson
As band manager for the up-and-coming DangerHeart, seventeen-year-old Summer Carlson navigates a relationship with the lead singer and decides whether to act on information that could rocket the band to stardom.

The Next Big Thing by Sadie Hayes
Tech whiz twins Adam and Amelia continue to navigate the sometimes treacherous road of success.

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Quiet Emily's sociable and daring best friend, Sloane, has disappeared leaving nothing but a random list of bizarre tasks for her to complete, but with unexpected help from popular classmate Frank Porter, Emily gives them a try.

The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt
Sixteen-year-old Holly's grandfather leaves her his financially-strapped Las Vegas wedding chapel in his will, along with a letter asking her to reach out to Dax, the grandson of her family's mortal enemy and owner of the chapel next door, who is both cute and distracting.

New in June 2014

Searching for Sky by Jillian Cantor
On her sixteenth birthday, Sky and River, the boy with whom she has shared Island since she was a toddler, are "rescued" and taken to California, where Sky is separated from River, forced to live with a grandmother she has just met, and learn new rules for survival.

Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff
"The lives of two Minnesota teenagers are intertwined through the world of role-playing games."--Provided by publisher.

The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson
Robert "Cali" Callahan, seventeen, gets swept up into the private-investigator business and must deal with the ramifications of looking for fellow runaways who may not want to be found--and with falling in love with one of them.

One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva
"When Alek's high-achieving, Armenian-American parents send him to summer school, he thinks his summer is ruined. But then he meets Ethan, who opens his world in a series of truly unexpected ways."--Provided by publisher.

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
Amy, who can't walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions, and Matthew, who is plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, begin to spend time with each other, and their friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.