April 11, 2019

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My name is Andrew Zansky. I'm fifteen years old, and I weigh 307 pounds.
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
Chris Crutcher

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

By: Chris Crutcher
Recommended for grade(s): 9, 10

Sarah Byrnes and Eric have been friends for years. When they were children, his fat and her terrible scars made them both outcasts. Later, although swimming slimmed Eric, she stayed his closest friend. Now Sarah Byrnes — the smartest, toughest person Eric has ever known — sits silent in a hospital. Eric must uncover the terrible secret she's hiding, before its dark currents pull them both under. —From Harper Collins

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Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have
Allen Zadoff

Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have

By: Allen Zadoff
Recommended for grade(s): 8, 9, 10, 11

Life used to be so simple for Andrew—hang with the Model UN guys, avoid gym class, and eat, eat, eat. He's used to not fitting in: into his family, his sports-crazed school, or his size 48 pants. But then Andrew meets April, the new girl at school and the instant love of his life! He wants to find a way to win her over, but how? Is it possible to reinvent yourself in the middle of high school? Andrew is willing to try. But he's going to have to make some changes. Fast. Can a funny fat kid be friends with a football superstar? Can he win over the girl of his dreams? Can he find a way to get his mom and dad back together? How far should you go to be the person you really want to be? Andrew is about to find out. —from the website at Lerner Publishing Group

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King Dork
Frank Portman

King Dork

By: Frank Portman
Recommended for grade(s): 10, 11, 12

When Tom Henderson finds his deceased father's copy of J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, his world is turned upside down. Suddenly high school gets more complicated: Tom (aka King Dork) is in the middle of at least half a dozen mysteries involving dead people, naked people, fake people, a secret code, girls, and rock and roll. As he goes through sophomore year, he finds clues that may very well solve the puzzle of his father's death and—oddly—reveal the secret to attracting semi-hot girls (the secret might be being in a band, if he can find a drummer who can count to four.) —from the website at Penguin Random House

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The Haters
Jesse Andrews

The Haters

By: Jesse Andrews
Recommended for grade(s): 7

From Jesse Andrews, author of the New York Times bestselling Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and screenwriter of the Sundance award–winning motion picture of the same name, comes a groundbreaking young adult novel about music, love, friendship, and freedom as three young musicians follow a quest to escape the law long enough to play the amazing show they hope (but also doubt) they have in them. Inspired by the years he spent playing bass in a band himself, The Haters is Jesse Andrews’s road trip adventure about a trio of jazz-camp escapees who, against every realistic expectation, become a band. For Wes and his best friend, Corey, jazz camp turns out to be lame. It’s pretty much all dudes talking in Jazz Voice. But then they jam with Ash, a charismatic girl with an unusual sound, and the three just click. It’s three and a half hours of pure musical magic, and Ash makes a decision: They need to hit the road. Because the road, not summer camp, is where bands get good. Before Wes and Corey know it, they’re in Ash’s SUV heading south, and The Haters Summer of Hate Tour has begun. In his second novel, Andrews again brings his brilliant and distinctive voice to YA, in the perfect book for music lovers, fans of The Commitments (author Rody Doyle raves "The Haters is terrific. It is shocking and funny, unsettling and charming." ), and High Fidelity, or anyone who has ever loved—and hated—a song or a band. This witty, funny coming-of-age novel is contemporary fiction at its best. A New York Times bestseller. -- From Abrams

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