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Carter Finally Gets It

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Author: Brent Crawford
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Number of Pages:  320 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 13-17

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

Language:  mild profanity, use of the word “bitch” and other name calling, some crude humor
Sex: kissing, making out, light petting, references to having sex, references to masturbation
Drug/Alcohol Use:  characters drink and attend parties
Violence: minor fighting, physical competitiveness in football setting
Social Issues:  going to high school, dating, rumor-spreading, teen drinking
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG-13

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Undeclared

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Title:  Undeclared
Author: Jen Frederick
Publisher: Pear Tree LLC
Number of Pages: 258 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: New Adult

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):   Sophomore and older in college

Language:  profanity, use of the “f” word
Sex: yes – sensual (not explicit) descriptions of sex, main character loses virginity
Drug/Alcohol Use:  drinking at a parties, main characters get drunk on multiple occasions
Violence: one main character is a mixed martial arts/fight club fighter, main character served as a Marine in Afghanistan
Social Issues:  underage drinking, losing virginity, first love, PTSD
Suggested Movie Grade:  R

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The Edumacation of Jay Baker

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Title: The Edumacation of Jay Baker
Author: Jay Clark
Publisher: Square Fish
Number of Pages:  288 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 14-17

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  15 – 9th grade

Language:  some profanity, use of the “F” word, name-calling
Sex: kissing, main character references masturbation and physical affects of attraction, joking references to teen pregnancy
Drug/Alcohol Use:  one character’s parent is an alcoholic, references to smoking marijuana
Violence: bullying, two characters get into a minor fight
Social Issues:  dysfunctional family, first love, bullying, divorce, parental adultery, unrequited love
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG-13

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Something Like Normal

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Title:  Something Like Normal
Author: Trish Doller
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Number of Pages: 224 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 14-17

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):   19, graduated from high school

Language:  profanity, use of the “f” word
Sex: yes – no descriptions, but main character has sex with his ex-girlfriend, two characters lose their virginity
Drug/Alcohol Use:  drinking, mention of pot use
Violence: main character is a Marine who was deployed to Afghanistan and he suffers flashbacks of attacks and death of fellow soldiers, main character gets hit in the face more than once
Social Issues:  horrors of war, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, death of a best friend, dysfunctional family, parental infidelity
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG-13

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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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Starcrossed

Title:  Starcrossed
Author: Josephine Angelini
Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages:  496
Advertised Age Level: Ages 12 and up

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

Language:  none
Sex: kissing, feelings of desire that go unconsummated
Drug/Alcohol Use:  none
Violence: fantasy violence, main characters train to fight, main character is attacked several times but fights back
Social Issues:  feeling different, first love, parental abandonment
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG-13

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Just Listen

Title:  Just Listen
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Speak
Number of Pages:  400 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 14 and up

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

Language:  very mild, use of the word slut
Sex: nothing overtly described
Drug/Alcohol Use:  drinking at a party
Violence: main character is assaulted and nearly date raped
Social Issues:  social ostracism, parental pressure, eating disorder, date rape, dysfunctional family
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG-13

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Title:  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Author: Sherman Alexie
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages:  288
Advertised Age Level: Ages 12 and up

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

Language:  profanity, use of the “F” word
Sex: main character discusses masturbation and physical affects of attraction
Drug/Alcohol Use:  alcohol use pervasive in characters surrounding main character, alcoholism a major theme
Violence: child abuse, bullying violence, murder – not graphically described
Social Issues:  dysfunctional family, alcoholism, prejudice, poverty, bullying, oppression of Native Americans, death of family members, self-esteem, child abuse
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG-13

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What Happened to Goodbye

Title:  What Happened to Goodbye
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Number of Pages:  402 (hardcover)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 12 and up

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  16/11th grade

Language:  none
Sex: none
Drug/Alcohol Use:  main character attends a party with drinking but does not drink herself
Violence: none
Social Issues:  divorce, parent cheats on other parent, identity issues
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG

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