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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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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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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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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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