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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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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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Thou Shalt Not Road Trip

Title:  Thou Shalt Not Road Trip
Author: Antony John
Publisher: Dial/Penguin Group
Number of Pages:  336 (hardcover)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 12 and up

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

Language:  no profanity, use of the word hell
Sex: kissing, vague and very veiled references to masturbation
Drug/Alcohol Use:  one character drinks a lot
Violence: none, although one character attempts to pierce her own ear
Social Issues:  dealing with success, friendship, first love, social ostracism, parental disapproval
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG

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Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude & Other Commandments I Have Broken

Title:  Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude and Other Commandments I Have Broken
Author: Rosemary Graham
Publisher: Speak
Number of Pages:  288 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 12 and up

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  13 thru 15 years/8th Grade through 10th Grade

Language:  very mild
Sex: nothing overtly described, kissing, making out in cars
Drug/Alcohol Use: none
Violence: non
Social Issues:  social ostracism, spreading rumors and lies, self-respect, homeless kids
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG

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The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

Title:  The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Number of Pages:  352
Advertised Age Level: Ages 12 and up

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  15 years/Sophomore

Language:  mild
Sex: kissing
Drug/Alcohol Use:  some characters drink beer
Violence: none
Social Issues:  high school pranks, feminism, first love, double standard of treatment of boys versus girls
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG

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