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All titles can be found in the Young Teens Area, unless otherwise noted.

Alice, I Think by Susan Juby


Fifteen-year-old Alice keeps a diary as she struggles to cope with the
embarrassments and trials of family, dating, school, work, small town life, and a
serious case of "outcastitis."

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud [Children’s Fiction Shelves]


Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and
instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician
Simon Lovelace.

Angus, Thongs and Full-frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison


Presents the humorous journal of a year in the life of a fourteen-year-old British
girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the
neighborhood animals, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie.

The Boy Who Couldn't Die by William Sleator


When his best friend dies in a plane crash, sixteen-year-old Ken has a ritual
performed that will make him invulnerable, but soon learns that he had good
reason to be suspicious of the woman he paid to lock his soul away

Clay by David Almond


The developing relationship between teenager Davie and a mysterious new boy in
town morphs into something darker and more sinister when Davie learns
firsthand of the boy's supernatural powers.

Dark Portal by Robin Jarvis


While on a rescue mission, a few daring mice journey below to the sewers to an
evil world populated by rats who peel mice before eating them and worship the
Dark Lord.

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock


After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback
for her school's rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the
sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.

East by Edith Pattou


A young woman journeys to a distant castle on the back of a great white bear who
is the victim of a cruel enchantment.

Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury


Following orders from the United States Army, several young Japanese American
men train K-9 units to hunt Asians during World War II.
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
On her way to marry a prince she's never met, Princess Anidori is betrayed by her
guards and her lady-in-waiting and must become a goose girl to survive until she
can reveal her true identity and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers.

Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde


While playing a total immersion virtual reality game of kings and intrigue,
fourteen-year-old Giannine learns that demonstrators have damaged the
equipment to which she is connected, and she must win the game quickly or be
damaged herself.

Last Shot : A Final Four Mystery by John Feinstein


After winning a basketball reporting contest, eighth graders Stevie and Susan
Carol are sent to cover the Final Four tournament, where they discover that a
talented player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game.

Mimus by Lilli Thal


Tricked by the enemy, the King of Moltavia is imprisoned along with his son,
Prince Florin, who must find a way save himself, his father, and his kingdom after
he is forced into an apprenticeship with the court jester, Mimus.

One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Son Sones
Fifteen-year-old Ruby Milliken leaves her best friend, her boyfriend, her aunt,
and her mother's grave in Boston and reluctantly flies to Los Angeles to live with
her father, a famous movie star who divorced her mother before Ruby was born.

Revenge of the Witch: The Last Apprentice Series by Joseph Delaney


Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, starts work as an apprentice for the
village spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from "ghouls, boggarts, and all
manner of wicked beasties."

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen


After his anger erupts into violence, Cole, in order to avoid going to prison, agrees
to participate in a sentencing alternative based on the native American Circle
Justice, and he is sent to a remote Alaskan Island where an encounter with a huge
Spirit Bear changes his life.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld


Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license -- for turning
pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns
you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you
into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. But
Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. When Shay runs away,
the authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and
turn her in, or never turn pretty at all.
Who's Your Daddy? by Lynda Sandoval
Lila Moreno and her two best friends, Meryl Morgenstern are social mutants. Not
because of who they are, but who their guy-repellent daddies are. Lila's dad is the
chief of police; Meryl's dad is the football coach, the driver's ed instructor, and
the dean of discipline at the high school; and Caressa's dad is a famous musician.
Boys are too terrified and intimidated by the girls' dads to come anywhere near
them.

The Wish List by Eoin Colfer


Meg Finn is in trouble. She's dead, but not at peace--she's in limbo, her good
deeds perfectly balanced against her bad deeds; Heaven or Hell wait, a tip of the
scale away. So she's back on Earth trying to tip the scale to the good by helping
her last victim, and her former "partner" is also back, trying to force her to tip the
scale to the bad.

OTHER EIGHTH GRADE FAVORITES

Feed by M.T. Anderson

Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer

House of Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

Giver by Lois Lowry

Sabriel by Garth Nix

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen