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Annotated Bibliography of Books by Category

Girl Cliques

Level identifier in parentheses at end of descriptions
PB – picture book,
I – intermediate (most can be read to primary),
M – middle school,
H – high school.

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The Double Digit Club by Marion Dane Bauer. Holiday House, 2004. The summer after their fourth grade year, best friends, Sarah and Paige are the only two girls who have not been invited to join the Double Digit Club because their tenth birthday is yet to come. They have vowed not to bend to the pressure, but one does. (I)

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Do Over by Christine Hurley Deriso. Delacorte/Random House 2006. In the middle of her seventh grade year, Elsa’s mother dies suddenly of an aneurysm and Elsa and her dad move in with her grandmother. Elsa has trouble adjusting, and her mother visits her late one night with a special gift to help her handle all the changes.(I/M)

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The Girls by Amy Goldman Koss. Dial Books, 2000. Middle school cliques can be very cruel, and Koss shows one from the inside. Powerful Candace decides who is in and who is rejected according to her whims. Told in the voices of five members of the group in the beginning of the book, we see what happens when Candace tires of Maya. (I/M)

book cover How to Rock Braces and Glasses by Meg Haston

Little, Brown, 2001. Eighth-grader Kacey Simon is the "it" girl in her middle school--pretty, confident, intelligent, the student broadcast journalist of the school's tv network, and the leader of her group of four who she rules with what SHE calls honesty. Then in a 24 hour period, she has to return to her glasses and get braces, but as she falls from stardom a couple of good friends help her sort out what is important. (M)

 

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Poison Ivy by Amy Goldman Koss. Roaring Brook Press, 2006. Ms. Gold had her government classes conduct a mock trial on an issue present in their school, the harassment of Ivy by three alleged tormentors, Ann, Sophie, and Benita. The jury of adolescents brings in what they believe is their only possible verdict. (M)

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Queen Bee by Chynna Clugston. Scholastic 2005. In this graphic novel, Haley Madison has spent time preparing for her new school so she would not be a geek again. Though Haley is in solid with the ”top clique,” Alexa Harmon arrives and a war begins (M)

book cover The Queen of Kentucky by Alicia Whitaker

Little, Brown, 2011. Entering a public high school after years in Catholic schools, has Ricky Jo planning ways to become popular-and the first way is starts using her real her name, Ericka. Soon Ericka is fitting in with the popular cheerleaders and ignoring her old friends. But when her best friend forever, Luke lands in the hospital after his abusive father beats him, it is Ricky Jo who shows up at his bedside. Ricky Jo has some great lines in this a fun read. (M)

 

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The Revealers by Doug Wilhelm. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2003. Russell, Elliot, and Catalina have nowhere to go for help with the harassment each is enduring, until they band together and tell their side on the school's KidNet. (M)

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Haters by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez. Little, Brown, 2006. Reading like a modern fairy tale, Haters follows psychic Pasquala Rumalda Quintana, a.k.a. Paski, as she and her father move from Taos, New Mexico, to Orange County, California, where Paski takes on the privileged rich kids and wins popularity, a motocross championship, and the cutest guy in the school. (H)

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Quad by C.G. Watson. Razon BillPenguin Group, 2007. A shooting happens on this high school campus and five kids, one from each of the school's different groups, choirboys, freaks, drama queens, jocks, preps and techies, are hiding in the student store. Flashbacks show the history and the harassment between them that led to the shooting. (H)

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Walking Naked by Alyssa Brugman, Delacorte Dell, 2004. Megan Twu is not only part of the eleventh-grade in-group, she leads it. If someone strays, she calls for an intervention. Then she gets put in detention with Perdita Wiguiggan, the school freak, and against every rule of her group, Megan starts to befriend Perdita. (H)

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