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Annotated Bibliography of Bully Books for Grade Levels:

High School


book cover Haze by Erin Thomas

Orca Sports, 2012. In this bully mystery, Bram is working hard to make the swim team at his private high school even though he has heard rumors of hazing initiations that may have caused one student's dead. Then Jeremy, Bram's swim team friend, ends up in the hospital with very suspicious injuries that put him in a coma. M/H

book cover Fat Vampire by Adam Rex

HarperCollins, 2010. Targeted Doug Lee is not enjoying his teen years all that much, and then he is bitten by a vampire. Now he will be fat and fifteen for eternity. M/H

book cover Freaks Like Us by Susan Vaught

Bloomsbury, 2012. Jason gets called Freak because he is schizophrenic, Derrick is called Drip because his nose drips all the time partly from his meds, and then there is Sunshine who never talks but Jason understands her perfectly. When she goes missing and is possibly dead, Jason knows better and believes he and Derrick can find their best friend once they figure out the clues, but the police believe these two freaks are part of the crime. M/H

book cover Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick

HarperCollins, 2011. Set in Cambodia at the moment the Khmor Roughe starts herding the people out of the cities and into the fields, Arn, his aunt, sisters and brother try to survive though they are separated first by generation and then by gender. Before very long, Arn is on his own and realizes that if he wants to live he must become a Khomr soldier. M/H

My husband and I have visited one of the killing fields in Cambodia, walked across the ground where thousands died, their broken bones mixed into the soil, saw glass-cases filled with skulls, and in the trees, loudspeakers that blared music to cover the screams of people being bludgeoned to death. Children had stood by, waiting to push the bodies into the trenches before of them.

book cover My Awful Popularity Plan by Seth Rudetsky

Random House, 2012. In an attempt to become popular, Seth agrees to play the boyfriend of popular girl Becky so she can secretly keep dating super jock Chuck Jensen-her real boyfriend that her father disapproves of, only she realizes that Seth is much nicer. M/H

book cover a & e 4ever by Ilike Merey

Lethe Press, 2011. This award winning graphic novel tells the story of two friends, Asher, a male with a beautiful androgynous face and Eulale, an extremely tall female who always chooses the extreme. Their friendship is solidly based on their common love of art. H

book cover October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman

Candlewick, 2012. In this novel-in-verse, Newman fills pages with poems told from many different perspectives, the fence that held his body, the biker who found him, the killers, the girlfriends of the killers, the EMTs who worked on Matthew body, the trees near that fenced, and many others -all telling the story of Mathew Shepard's murder. M/H

book cover Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Neither Ari or Dante have ever had a close friend, but their friendship clicks, partly because Dante, very out-going, creative, perceptive, and wonderfully unique, just will not give up. Dante is gay. Their parents are wonderful, loving and accepting. Beautifully written H

book cover Personal Effects by E. M. Kokie

Candlewick Press, 2012. Ever since they got word that Matt's older brother T. J. died in Iraq, he and his father share a house but nothing else. When Matt rummages through boxes holding T.J.'s personal effects, he finds some letters from C. Carson in Wisconsin, love letters. Believing that C.Carson might not know T..J. was killed, he decides to deliver T. J.s' last unsent letter. M/H

book cover Happy Families by Tanita S. Davis

Knopf/Random House, 2012. Fifteen-year-old Justin and Ysabel are twins and best friends which is what they hold on to when Justin sees a woman in the back of the auditorium at his debate competition and realizes "she" is their father in a dress. M/H

book cover Burning Blue by Paul Griffin

Dial/Penguin, 2012. Jay Nazzaro used to attend school, he was on the wrestling team, and he also has seizures. The last one happened at a pep rally when the wrestling team was called onto the gym floor and Jay had a major seizure. Every kid with a cell phone filmed it and sent it out. He switched from public schooling to home schooling and the Internet. Then someone threw acid into Nicole Caster's face when she came around the hallway at school and Jay becomes a teen sleuth. M/H

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A Perfect Snow by Nora Martin. New York: Bloomsbury, 2002. Ben Campbell and his family live in a trailer in Logette, Montana, where his father has not been able to find a job, but he has found a church, the Guardians of the Identity, led by Lonn, who believes our problems are almost always someone else's fault. Ben drops out when he realizes the Guardians are a hate group, but his brother doesn't.

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Absolutely Positively Not by David Larochelle. Arthur A. Levine Scholastic 2005. Steven does NOT want to be gay. He hangs girlie pictures all over his bedroom, has 28 dates in 26 days and tries to invade the football players table in the lunch room. But still under his bed, wrapped in rubber bands and locked in a suitcase covered with an old blanket, he has two men’s underwear magazines.

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Alt Ed  by Catherine Atkins. B. P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 2003. Ninth-grader Susan Calloway has gained weight since her mother died. At school though nearly invisible, she has managed to be assigned to a suspension alternative with five other students. One is Kale, the biggest bully in school and another is the Brendan, who is perceived to be gay and Kale’s main target.

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Angels on Sunset Boulevard by Melissa de la Cruz. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007. Taj and Johnny have been friends since before TAP.com, John's magically singing had brought attention in the music world. But now Johnny is missing and Taj realizes TAP.com isn't just an Internet fan club, it's almost a cult and kids are getting hurt.

Bait by Alex Sanchez. Deigo

a kind and responsible young man, explodes with anger when someone refers to him with a homophobic slur. He knows he isn't gay, but with the help of Mr. Vidas, his P.O., Diego reveals his deeply hidden shame, his step-father had sexually abused him for years. Simon & Schuster, 2009. H

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The Battle of Jericho by Sharon M. Draper. New York: Antheneum, 2003. Jericho and his cousin are impressed that they have been asked to join the Warriors of Distinction, a seemingly prestigious service club, but the initiation is degrading and dangerous.

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Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters, Little Brown, 2006. Fourteen- year-old Nick introduces himself in memories that tell the story of his life with his two lesbian moms: Erin, his biological mother, and Jo, his heart’s mother.

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Boy Girl Boy by Ron Koertge. Harcourt, Inc., 2007. Elliot, Hunkiest guy in the school, Teresa, strong independent and compulsive runner, and Larry, intelligent and out of the closet gay, are best friends and live in a small town that they hope to escape on the day after they graduate. One of the story lines is the harassment Larry faces from Billy, an angry and dangerous homophobe.

book cover Bitter End by Jennifer Brown

Little, Brown , 2011. With her senior year nearing its end, Alex and her two best friends have been planning a trip to Colorado. Instead she falls for the new guy, Cole, who is handsome, romantic, and very attentive, however, she soon discovers he is also controlling, manipulative and physically abusive-can she love him out of that? (H)

book cover Boyfriends and Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez

These four main characters are certain to keep readers involved. Sergio is openly bisexual. Lance is openly gay. Kimiko is Lesbian and questioning while Allie has completely into her boyfriend until she meets Kimiko. Lance and Allie have been best friends and Sergio and Kimiko are best friends. When Lance and Sergio meet, they are immediately attracted to each other; however, Lance thinks Sergio calls himself bi because he is afraid to accept he is really gay. Sanchez does a great job keeping all these story lines convincing while presenting a book that lets readers know that sometimes figuring out one's sexuality may take a little time. Simon & Schuster, 2011 (H)

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The Beckoners by Carrie Mac. Victoria, BC: Orca Book Publishers, 2004. Zoe is looking for a way to belong at her new school, but she soon realizes that in joining the Beckoners she has joined a violent girl gang.

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyle. New York: David Flickling Books, 2006. In 1942, nine-year-old Bruno moves with his family to "OutWith" where his father is the new commandant, but no one explains to Bruno about the wire fence outside his bedroom window or the hundreds of people on the other side all shrinking away and wearing striped pajamas. (H)

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The Brimstone Journals by Ron Koertge. Candlewick Press, 2001. Using first-person poems from the points of view of fifteen students, Koertge reveals the anger, hate, and longings in a suburban high school that lead to an explosive situation.

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The Brothers Torres by Coert Voorhees. Hyperion, 2008. Frankie's older brother, Steve, is his hero and his biggest problem. After Steve starts hanging with the cholos and acting like a tough guy, Frankie has to do damage control at home; but when Frankie becomes the rich white guy's target, brother Steve is ready to protect him.

Rage: Brutal by Micahel Harmon

Poe Holly, an out-spoken punker, transfers to an elitist school that validates students who are privileged students but does not protect those who are bullied. Poe feels the need to point this out at every opportunity, which doesn't win her many friends. Alfred A. Knopf/Random House, 2009. H

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Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja. Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003. Justin doesn’t plan on befriending the weird new kid who calls himself Jensen, but after seeing how others at wealthy Edward Rucher High School treat this newcomer with a shaven head, kind smile, and gentle ways, Justin can’t go along with the crowd.

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Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain by Trevor Romain, Free Spirit Publishing, 1997. With practical guidelines and cartoon like illustrations, this book is a necessity for students, teachers, and parents.

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Bullycide in America: Moms Speak Out About the Bullycide / Suicide Connection compiled by Brenda High. JBS Publishing, Inc., 2007. EBook:www.bullycide.org Seven mothers whose children have committed bullycide tell their stories. (H)

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Bullying: Deal With It Before Push Comes to Shove. Slaven, Elaine, illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan. James Lorimer & Company, 2003. Written for students, this highly illustrated booklet is excellent on discussing all types of bullying and has quizzes and self checks to get the points across clearly. Part of a series.

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Bullyville by Francine Prose. New York: HarperCollins, 2007. Bart and his mother try to survive after his father is killed in the bombing of 9/11, and an offer of a private school scholarship seems like a step in the right direction, until Bart meets a bully so evil that Bart describes him as a terrorist.

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Burn  by Suzanne Phillips. New York: Hachette / Little, Brown, and Company, 2008. Cameron Grady, fourteen and in ninth grade, faces a daily beating from the Red Jackets (letter jacket wearers) led by Rich Patterson. After he is stripped, taped, massaged into an erection, and photographed with a cell phone, the rage over takes him, but an innocent student suffers.

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Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac. New York: Dial, 2005. An old Navajo describes his experiences as a young boy in a boarding school that repressed his native language, and then what happened when he joined the U.S. military at the age of sixteen and was recruited to become one of the select code talkers to fight in the bloody battles of Bougainville, Guam, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. (M)

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The Confessional by J.L. Powers. New York: Alfred A. Knopf/Random House, 2007. Set in El Paso in a private Jesuit High School, the hidden prejudices between the Mexicans and the whites come to the surface as name-calling leads to a beating, which leads to a murder as the boys choose up sides.

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Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue by Julius Lester. New York: Jump at the Sun, 2005. Through a variety of first-person points of view, Lester recreates a horrendous event in history: the largest slave auction (over 400 individuals) in America, held in Savannah, Georgia, in 1859. (H)

book cover Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories edited by Megan Kelly Hall and Carrie Jones

HarperCollins, 2011. This book grew out of Hall and Jones's need to react in some way to the bullycide of Phoebe Prince in 2010. They created a website, Young Adult Authors Against Bullying where YA authors were able to talk about the problem of bullying and offer their stories. (M/H)

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Drowning Anna by Sue Mayfield.  Hyperion, 2002. Thirteen-year-old Anna Goldsmith moves to a town and a new school where Hayley chooses Anna to be her new best friend, and then Hayley drops Anna. Told in flashbacks after Anna has tried to kill herself, this book weaves together Anna’s journal, her mother’s bedside hospital watch, and the reflections of her friend, Melanie.

book cover The Duff by Kody Koplinger.

Bianca Piper, 17, has been informed by Wesley Rush that she is The Duff, the designated ugly fat friend, and so he will talk to her to gain favor with her prettier, sexier friends. When things start falling apart at home-Bianca's mom mails in divorce papers from her traveling job to Bianca's dad, a recovering alcoholic who starts drinking again. Not wanting to tell her friends whose worlds always seem perfect, Bianca turns to Wesley for some intense avoidance sex. Poppy/Little Brown, 2010 (Definitely high school)

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Endgame by Nancy Garden. New York: Harcourt, 2006. Fifteen-year-old Gray Wilton, bullied so viciously by the school's football heroes, took a gun to school and used it. Now he tells his story to his lawyer as he sits in jail awaiting the trial.

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Exposure by Patricia Murdoch. Orca Soundings, 2006. Julie, a bit overweight and very timid, gets bullied at school by queen bee Dana and her follower, Brynn. Then Julie's brother Zack comes home from a beach party where everyone got drunk enough to get themselves in trouble, and although Dana says she was attacked, Julie has Scott's hidden camera that shows the truth.

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Face Relations: 11 Stories About Seeing Beyond Color edited by Marilyn Singer. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004. Stories by Rita Williams-Garcia, Ron Koertge, Joseph Bruchac, Ellen Wittlinger, Kyoko Mori, and others illustrate various racial perspectives.

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Fade to Black by Alex Flinn. HarperCollins, 2005. Alex is HIV positive and while sitting at a red light, someone attacks his pickup with a baseball bat and smashes in all the windows. Clinton, who has a history of harassing Alex because of his AIDS, is charged.

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Fat Kid Rules the World by K. L. Going. G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2003. Troy is six-foot-one and nearly 300 pounds, and he feels like the biggest slob in the world until he meets Curt, an emaciated, street punk who is a guitar genius and sees Troy’s potential.

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Finding H. R. by Julia Watts. Alyson Books, 2001. H. F. (Heavenly Faith) and Bo (Pierre Beauregard) are trying to survive in Morgan, Kentucky where H. F. says “It may be hard for a tomboy but it is way harder for a sissy boy.” On a road trip to find H. F.’s mother, they discover they aren’t the only gay kids in America.

book cover Freaks and Revelations by Davida Wilis Hurwin.

Little Brown, 2009. Told in two voices and in two time settings spanning several years. Doug is the angry, drug-involved kid who eventually turns hard core Punk. Jason, a gay kid, gets thrown out by his overly Christian mom. The two only meet twice in the book, once when a hate-filled, seventeen-year old Doug, beats up Jason, a fourteen-year-old kid who survives on the street as a prostitute. The second time is when both males are well into adulthood, and Jason recognizes Doug. Inspired by real lives of Matthew Boger and Tim Zaal. (H)

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Freak Show by James St. James. New York: Dutton Children's Books/ Penguin, 2007. Billy Bloom lived with his mom in New York and he could dress any way he wanted - mostly in drag. But now he is living with his father in the Everglades and the students at Dwight D. Eisenhower Academy aren't as accepting of his over-the-top outfits. This book is humorous but the harassment Billy sufferes is brutal. Even after a mob beating that hospitalizes him for weeks, he doesn't give up-in fact, he runs for homecoming queen!

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Generation Dead  by Daniel Waters. New York: Hyperion, 2008. A strange phenomenon has been added to the usual crazies of Oakdale High School - some teens who have died, have come back to life. Seniors Adam Layman, the biggest guy on the football team, and Phoebe Kindall, his best friend and neighbor, are more open minded about accepting these students than many others. When Tommy Williams, a dead kid, tries out for football the head coach puts out a hit on him! The prejudice in the school and community parallels all the real life prejudice that exists against minorities. A great book for discussion.

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Getting It by Alex Sanchez. Simon & Schuster, 2006. Carlos Amoroso doesn’t have the confidence to talk to Roxy Rodriguez, but he notices Sal, the gay guy at school, has no trouble talking to girls. Inspired by tv’s Queer Eye, Carlos asks Sal for some help.

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The God Box by Alex Sanchez. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007. Paul, a Christian whose conservative church teaches that homosexuality is a sin, faces growing awareness that he may be gay, and does not know how to reconcile the two, particularly when Manuel moves to town, an openly gay Christian (M/H)

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Good Girls by Laura Ruby. Wendy Lamb Book/Random House, 2006. When Audrey realizes Luke DeSalvo is not good for her, she decides to end their relationship with “good-by oral sex.” She doesn’t know someone opens the door and takes a photo until it shows up on everyone’s cell phones and her parents’ email.

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Valerie and Nick were having a nice morning but as they are crossing the Commons, Nick pulls out a gun and starts shooting—aiming for everyone on their hate list. After Valerie gets shot trying to stop him, Nick kills himself. This incredible book tells the story through Valerie’s return to that high school and flashbacks to events leading up to the shooting. Little Brown, 2009. M/H

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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.

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The Hoopster by Alan Lawrence Sitomer. New York: Jump at the Sun, 2005. Although he's a hotshot at basketball, Andre wants to be a writer, but his piece about racism in the local newspaper gets him brutally attacked by racists.

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House of the Red Fish by Graham Salisbury. New York: Wendy Lamb Books, 2006. In this companion piece to Under the Blood-Red Sun, Tomi Nakaji and his friends are determined to raise Tomi's father's sunken fishing sampan from where it was scuttled by the military a year earlier, while trying to deal with a haole bully whose racist father controls the lives of Tomi's family. (H)

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I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader by Kieran Scott. Putnam, 2005. Annisa moved to Sand Dune, Florida, and is the only brunette at school. When two cheerleaders get kicked off the team for alcohol use, Annisa tries out not realizing the rest of the squad believe Annisa turned the two in.

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Jerk, California by Jonathan Friesen. Life is hard for Sam who has Tourette syndrome and an abusive, hate-filled stepfather who rules Sam’s mom and lies about Sam’s father. After his high school graduation, Sam leaves and takes a job with a crusty old landscaper who knew his father and who enables Sam to take a trip to discover the truth about himself and his dad. An odyssey book. Puffin, 2008.

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Jumped by Rita Williams Garcia. Amistad, 2009. The lives of three sophomore girls intersect on the day Leticia overhears Dominique threaten to beat up Trina after school.

book cover Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde

When Elle's mother chooses a new boyfriend over her 15-year-old daughter, she simply moves Elle into her own apartment in a new school district. On her first day alone, Elle meets her neighbor Frank who lives next door. Though Frank lives with his girlfriend, Elle crushes on him big time. At school, new kid Elle makes friends with kids who happen to be gay or accepting. When they visit her apartment, they meet Frank and realize he is transgender F2M. Though Elle refuses to believe it at first, she comes to understand that her friend is facing difficult times. Knopf/Random House, 2010 (H)

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Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters, Little Brown, 2003. Holland, one of the leaders of her senior class, is confident nothing could shake her from her earned position, but then she falls in love with Cece, a new girl at school.

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Knights of the Hill Country by Tim Tharp. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006. Hampton and Blaine have been friends for years, but their senior year on the football team brings conflict between one's belief in teamwork and sportsmanship and the other's need for winning at any cost.

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Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet by Kashmira Sheth. New York: Hyperion, 2006. Set in Mumbai, India, Jeeta is the youngest, least traditional of three sisters, and may be too dark to marry well. While her mother worries about her marriage prospects, Jeeta looks towards college. (H)

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The Last Domino  by Adam Meyer. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2005. Ever since Travis Ellroy's brother committed sucicide, his family has been dysfunctional. His growing rage and the bullying he gets from P.J. Riley, the sheriff's son, push him over the edge, and the voice in his head takes control and tells Travis to use his father's gun.

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Lessons from a Dead Girl by Jo Knowles. Somerville, MA: Candlewick, 2007. After Leah has died, Laine starts to replay their close childhood friendship and why they drifted apart. She realizes that what Leah did to her in their play closet, her parent's friend Sam was doing to Leah.

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Letters to a Bullied Girl by Olivia Gardner with Emily & Sarah Buder. HarperCollins, 2008. After the bullying of Olivia Gardner made the news, two sisters started a letter writing campaign to show her she was not alone.

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Lizard by Dennis Covington, Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1991 Thirteen-year-old Lucius Sims looks more like a reptile than a boy, so he gets sent to the Leesville Louisiana State School for Retarded Boys, but he decides not to stay there.

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Lockdown by Diane Tullson. Trapped in the hallway, Adam and Zoe think the school lockdown is just another drill, until they hear gunshots. When Adam realizes he knows the shooter, he tries to stop him. Orca Soundings, 2008.

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Luna by Julie Anne Peters, Little, Brown and Company, 2004. Regan and Liam share a secret most brothers and sisters don’t have, deep down inside, Liam is really a girl named Luna, and Luna needs to be freed.

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The Market by J.M. Steele. New York: Hyperion, 2008. Kate Winthrop isn't in the "Proud Crowd" and when she gets an invitation to a PC party, but when Gretchen Tanner, PC's Queen Bee and some of her circle see Kate their, they tell her to leave and acll her "71." Kate discovers 71 is her ranking on The Market, a website that ranked all the girls in the senior class. Kate is a commoditiy whose stock can be bought and sold, and she decided to invest. (H)

book cover Monster High by Lisi Harrison.

Told in the voices of Melody Carver and Frankie Stein, both girls are new to the school but do not meet until late in the book. Melody, her mom, dad, and older sister, move to Oregon because of Melody's asthma. Frankie, daughter of Victor and Victoria Stein, was just created last week-by her father, Dr. Stein. In this area of Oregon, monsters are feared and Monster sightings are broadcast regularly. Quirky and funny while mirroring teen life. Poppy/Little Brown, 2010 (M/H)

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Massive by Julia Bell. Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster, 2002. Fourteen year old Carmen has a mom with a severe anorexia eating disorder which spills over onto Carmen as the chaos in their lives spreads.

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More than a Label by Aisha Muharrar, Free Spirit Publishing, 2002. Muharrar was still in high school when she wrote this book, but it isn’t an English class assignment. She compiled her research from over one thousand Teens Label Surveys and wove that information with her thoughts—which are pretty down to earth.

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Nailed by Patrick Jones. Walker Books/Bloomsbury, 2006. Bret Hendricks will not conform which gets him a girlfriend but also gets him in trouble at school and with his dad, who understands him more than Bret ever could have guessed.

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New Blood by Peter McPhee. Toronto: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., 2007. On his first day at school in Winnipeg, Callum's Scottish accent draws attention from the school's bully, Rick. When Rick throws Callum through the air, causing him to crash on a table in the hallway, the whole incident is captured on someone's cell phone who later posts it on a website. And that someone seems to follow Callum around.

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Not My Fault by Leif Kristiansson and illustrated by Dick Stenberg. Heryin Books, 2006. Told in the voices of children witnessing bullying and not knowing what to do, the book ends first with the question “Does it have anything to do with me?” and then black and white photographs from history around the world where the action of bystanders was and is needed.

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On the Fringe edited by Donald R. Gallo, Dial, 2001. Each story in this collection focuses on teens that are on the fringe of acceptance.

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Senior year, Bobby Framingham, a very talented quarterback hopes to be picked up by Stanford-but he keeps questioning-- has there ever been a gay quarterback in the NFL? Bobby isn't out, but after he confides in one of his best friends, word spreads and the reporter for the school newspaper prints Bobby's story. During the smear that follows, Bobby's dad is diagnosed with Lymphoma and as he is waiting for treatment, he tells Bobby "You are the bravest person I have ever known." Dutton, 2008 (M/H)

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Perfect by Natasha Friend. Milkweed Editions, 2004. Isabelle’s father died two years ago and after the service, someone suggested she might feel better if she ate something. She did, she ate everything on the buffet table and then threw up. Now two years later, her little sister finds her vomiting in the bathroom and calls their mom. Isabelle starts “group” and discovers the most perfect girl in the school, Ashley Barrnum, is there too.

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Played by Dana Davidson. New York: Hyperion, 2005. Ian Striver, a handsome junior in a large Detroit high school, pledges an underground fraternal group, Freaky Boys Incorporated (FBI). His initiation dictates he must date, seduce, and prove it to the other FBIs-in three weeks. Kylie, the plain girl selected at random, has much to learn-and much to teach as the story unravels.

book cover Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright.

Carlos/Carrlos Duarte might be in high school, but he is an amazing make-up artist, just ask him. After he gets an interview appointment for the make-up counter at Macy's New York, he has to hire a model--his sister, create a color palette, and learn everything about the specific make-up line he will be using. He gets the job but his skills create conflict with his insecure boss. A fun read. Simon & Schuster, 2011 (M/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.

Rage: A Love Story by Julie Anne Peters

Johanna has never had a girlfriend but falls hard for Reeve Hart even with her violent behaviors. Johanna think she can love her out of the violence but quickly becomes tangled in an abusive relationship. Alfred A. Knopf/Random House, 2009. H

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Raiders Night by Robert Lipsyte. New York: HarperCollins, 2006. A brutal hazing happens on the last night of football camp, and co-captain Matt Rydeck does nothing because he is too hazy from his steroids and the other drugs he needs to stay balanced to react to what he saw.

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Rebound  by Bob Krech. Tarrytown, New York: Marshal Cavendish Corp, 2006. Seventeen-year-old Ray Wisniewski just wants to play basketball and doesn't care if he is one of the few white guys to go out for the team, in fact, he makes great friends with several of the black guys - but not all of them. This book will lead to great discussions about prejudice, fairness, and justice across race lines.

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Red Rage by Brigitte Blobel, translated by Rachel Ward. Germany: Annick Press, 2007. Mara forces people to keep their distance and interprets this as respect but her rage is always looking for an outlet. At the day care center where she fulfills her community service requirement, she locks an unruly child in a closet.

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Ricochet by Julie Gonzalez. New York: Delacorte Press, 2007. Fifteen-year-old Connor, Daniel, Ryan and Will are on top of an apartment roof when Will pulls out a gun and coerces them into a game of Russian roulette. Next he wants to play idiot's roulette, spin the chamber, point the gun at someone and bang - Daniel is dead. Connor tells the story of the aftermath.

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Sandpiper by Ellen Wittlinger. Simon & Schuster, 2005. In eighth grade, Sandpiper learned that the easiest way to get a boyfriend was to offer oral sex. Now in the tenth grade, she is tired of her reputation, but finds it impossible to change it. All the stereotypes are here.

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Shattering Glass by Gail Giles. Brookfield, CT: Roaring Book Press, 2002. Rob moves into town with a plan, he will use his natural charisma to manipulate the leaders out of the top clique and replace them with current losers. And someone will die.

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Amulet/Abrams, 2011. While Cat's close friend Patrick lies in a come, the victim of a violent hate crime, she decides to track down his attacker who she believes could not possibly be from her tightly-knit Southern town. (M/H)

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Something To Blog About by Shana Norris. New York: Amulet Books/ Harry N. Abrams, 2008. Libby and her mom have a great relationship, and when her mom starts dating again, Libby's glad for her until she discovers her mother is dating the father of the girl who has bullied her since kindergarten. At a parents and daughters dinner at Libby's house, Angel slips into her bedroom and sends Libby's private blog to the entire tenth grade.

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Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. Random House, 2000. A new student named Stargirl celebrates her uniqueness in eccentric ways that stun the students of Mica High School.

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Sticks and Stones by Beth Goobie. Orca Book Publishers, 2002. Falsely labeled as a “slut,” Jujube fights back against the slurs whispered in the hallways and written on the bathroom walls of her school.

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Stoner and Spaz by Ron Koertge. Candlewick Press, 2002. When Ben, a sixteen year-old cerebral palsy victim and loner, teams up with a drugged, tattooed, rebellious Colleen, his life is changed forever.

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Target by Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson. New York: Roaring Brook, 2003. Recovering from a brutal rape, Grady transfers to a different school before anyone can find out, and to keep it a secret he stops talking. Similar to Laurie Halse Anderson's SPEAK, but with a male victim.

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Teenie, officially Martine, is a shy, smart, pretty but not self-absorbed sophomore with two very caring parents. Teenie tries to counsel her best friend Cherise who is involved with an older man who gives her gifts while Cherise convinces Teenie to wear more provocative clothing at school to attract Greg Millions, captain of the basketball team. Teenie does, Greg is, but he is also an abuser. Only Teenie's lab partner Garth, brilliant, overweight and in love with Teenie comes to her rescue. Alfred A. Knopf, 2010 (M/H)

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Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher. New York: Razor Bill, 2007. Two weeks ago Hannah Baker committed suicide, but before she did, she made audiotapes explaining her reasons. When the book opens, Clay Jensen is listening to the tapes. These two voices narrate the story giving the reader a full picture of all that happened to Hannah since ninth grade. One of the first authors to deal with bullycide, Asher gives the reader a thorough analysis of sexual harassment, from a few hurtful words to destructive actions Hannah cannot escape.

The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd

The summer before college, Date Hamilton stops being used by a closeted star athlete and lets himself fall in love with Alex. A great coming of age and coming out story. Dial Books/Penguin, 2009. 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.

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Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher. Greenwillow, 2001. T.J. Jones, an adopted child with a multicultural heritage, pulls together a high school swim team composed of misfits, giving them a place to belong in a school and community filled with discrimination.

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What Happened to Lani Garver by Carol Plum-Ucci. Harcourt, 2002. Claire McKenzie tells the story of her friend Lani Garver’s brief stay on Hackett Island, where most of the island is trying to decide if Lani is a he or a she. Told in flashbacks, Lani, wise, sensitive, and courageous, died at the hand of the island’s rednecks before the book opens.

book cover Who Am I by M.L. Rice

Bold Stroke Books, 2011. When her father dies before her senior year, Air Force brat Devin and her mom find an apartment on the edge of Beverly Hills. On Devin's first day of school, rich and privileged Jason starts harassing her, however, his sister Melanie comes to her rescue. A strong friendship quickly forms and Devin becomes aware she might be lesbian because of her attraction to Mel. (H)

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Who Will Tell My Brother by Marlene Carvell. New York: Hyperion, 2002. Though Evan has always been conscious of his Mohawk heritage, it is not until his senior year in high school that he feels the need to take a stand by asking the school board to change the offensive school Indian mascot. Though his attempts are quiet and follow the established recourse, the harassment he suffers ranges from personal verbal attacks to violence against his whole family. (M)

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Yellow Line by Sylvia Olsen. Orca Soundings, 2005. Two villages share the same schools, but their villages are divided in all other ways, the white live on one side of teh line and the First Nation lives on the other, who everyone just calls Indians. A Romeo and Juliet story.

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