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Where I Belong

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Title:  Where I Belong
Author: Gwendolyn Heasley
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of Pages: 291 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 13 to 17

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):   15 – sophomore in high school

Language:  no profanity
Sex: kissing, vague references to hooking up
Drug/Alcohol Use:  underage characters get drunk
Violence: none
Social Issues:  entitlement, dealing with recession, parent losing job, moving to a new town
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG

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This Is What Happy Looks Like

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Title:  This Is What Happy Looks Like
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Your Readers
Number of Pages: 404
Advertised Age Level: Ages 13-17

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):   17

Language:  no profanity
Sex: kissing
Drug/Alcohol Use:  none
Violence: main character punches someone
Social Issues:  first love, fame, illegitimacy
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG

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The Trouble With Flirting

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Title:  The Trouble With Flirting
Author: Claire LaZebnik
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of Pages: 313 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 13 and up

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):   17/18 – summer between Junior and Senior year

Language:  no profanity
Sex: kissing
Drug/Alcohol Use:  characters use fake IDs to buy alcohol in a club, characters smoke cigarettes
Violence: none
Social Issues:  first love, love triangles
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG

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Slake’s Limbo

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Title:  Slake’s Limbo
Author: Felice Holman
Publisher: Aladdin
Number of Pages:  126 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 9-12

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  13 years

Language:  no profanity
Sex: none
Drug/Alcohol Use:  references to kids drinking and taking pills
Violence: main character is the victim of bullies – gets chased and beat up but not described
Social Issues:  bullying, child neglect, homelessness
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG

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The Fault In Our Stars

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Title: The Fault In Our Stars
Author: John Green
Publisher: Penguin Group
Number of Pages:  336 (hard cover)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 14-17

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  17

Language:  some profanity
Sex: kissing, main characters lose their virginity but this is not described in any detail
Drug/Alcohol Use:  characters drink champagne, secondary character is an alcoholic
Violence: none
Social Issues:  cancer, death of a young person
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG

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Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie

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Title: Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie
Author: David Lubar
Publisher: Penguin Group
Number of Pages:  288 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 12-17

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  14 – 9th grade

Language:  no profanity, use of the word “bitch”
Sex: none
Drug/Alcohol Use:  none
Violence: bullying, main character gets beat up by a bully
Social Issues:  unrequited love, bullying, illiteracy, attempted suicide
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG

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The Raven Boys

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Title:  The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Number of Pages: 416 (hardcover)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 13-17 years

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):   17, juniors in high school

Language:  limited profanity, use of the “f” word
Sex: none – one character dreams about kissing another
Drug/Alcohol Use:  references to one main character drinking beer and getting drunk
Violence: one character suffers child abuse, one character is robbed at gunpoint, one character frequently gets into fist fights
Social Issues:  child abuse, death of parent, magic, wealth versus poverty, murder
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG

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Code Name Verity

Title:  Code Name Verity
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Number of Pages:  352 (hardcover)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 14-17

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  not specified – early 20s

Language:  no profanity
Sex: no sex
Drug/Alcohol Use:  drinking of cognac socially
Violence: intense allusions to torture, war setting, characters are killed in action, one character is guillotined
Social Issues:  horror of war, valor and heroism, feminism, friendship, self-sacrifice
Suggested Movie Grade:  R for violence

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Code Talker

Title:  Code Talker
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Publisher: Penguin Group
Number of Pages:  240 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 10 – 17

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  16 years

Language:  no profanity
Sex: none
Drug/Alcohol Use:  references to adult soldiers drinking beer, references to veterans using alcohol to forget the horrors of war
Violence: descriptions of intense battle scenes although not graphic
Social Issues:  horrors of war, oppression of indigenous peoples, discrimination, self-worth
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG

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Hope Was Here

Title:  Hope Was Here
Author: Joan Bauer
Publisher: Penguin Group
Number of Pages:  192 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 12 – 17

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  16 years/Junior

Language:  no profanity
Sex: a kiss
Drug/Alcohol Use: none
Violence: one character is beat up off-screen
Social Issues:  parental abandonment, cancer, corrupt politicians
Suggested Movie Grade:  G

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