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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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Crash and Burn

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Title:  Crash and Burn
Author: Michael Hassan
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Number of Pages: 544
Advertised Age Level: not specified

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):   18 years/graduated high school

Language:  profanity used throughout, use of the “f” word
Sex: main character is promiscuous, contains non-graphic depictions of sexual acts
Drug/Alcohol Use: extensive use of alcohol and marijuana by main character and his friends, use of club drugs and other substances to get high is pervasive
Violence: main character gets into fights, main character has a gun pointed at him, secondary character takes a school hostage with the intention of blowing it up
Social Issues:  dealing with ADHD/ADD, Columbine-like school violence situation, suicide, parental death, drug use, teenage sexuality, parental hypocracy, fame, being a hero
Suggested Movie Grade:  R

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Catherine

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Title:  Catherine
Author: April Lindner
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young People
Number of Pages: 320 (hard cover)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 14-17

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):   16-18 years

Language:  no profanity
Sex: kissing, main character loses virginity but not described
Drug/Alcohol Use:  adults drink
Violence: main characters are threatened at gunpoint, main character is murdered
Social Issues:  first love, dysfunctional families, disappearance of a parent
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG-13

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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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Stealing Parker

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Title:  Stealing Parker
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks/Fire
Number of Pages:  256 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 13-17

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  17 years/12th grade

Language:  some profanity, use of the “F” word
Sex: non-explicit descriptions of heavy petting, kissing, inappropriate relationships
Drug/Alcohol Use:  one secondary character is a drug addict, characters drink alcohol
Violence: none
Social Issues:  promiscuity, inappropriate relationship with a teacher, homosexuality, drug abuse, social ostracism, abuse of power, borderline eating disorder
Suggested Movie Grade:  R

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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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Tales From Foster High

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Title:  Tales From Foster High (originally released as three short story titles: Maybe With a Chance of Certainty, The End of the Beginning, and Raise Your Glass)
Author: John Goode
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Number of Pages: 240 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Not specified

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):   17 – seniors in high school

Language:  use of profanity, use of the “f” word
Sex: kissing, moderate descriptions of some sexual acts
Drug/Alcohol Use:  references to one character drinking and getting drunk, parents consume alcohol, reference to parent smoking marijuana
Violence: main characters get in fist fights, one character is beaten by a group of boys, father strikes son
Social Issues:  homosexuality, coming out, bullying, homophobia, discrimination, child abuse, child neglect
Suggested Movie Grade:  R

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Catching Jordan

Title:  Catching Jordan
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks/Fire
Number of Pages:  288 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 13 and up

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  17 years/12th grade

Language:  some profanity, use of the “F” word
Sex: kissing, loss of virginity, nothing is ever described but sex is treated casually
Drug/Alcohol Use:  references to drinking beer but no characters drink in the course of the story
Violence: two boys fight with each other
Social Issues:  first love, loss of friendship, disapproval of parent, pursuit of dreams, sexual inequality
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG-13

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