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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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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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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 Second Base Club

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Title: The Second Base Club
Author: Greg Trine
Publisher: Square Fish
Number of Pages:  224 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 14-18

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  16 – 10th grade

Language:  limited profanity
Sex: kissing, very vague references to sex
Drug/Alcohol Use:  drinking at a party, boys put “date rape” drugs into girls’ drinks
Violence: main character is attacked
Social Issues:  sexual urges, date rape, being one’s self
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG-13

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Under the Never Sky

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Title: Under the Never Sky
Author: Veronica Rossi
Publisher: Harper Collins
Number of Pages:  400 (paperback)
Advertised Age Level: Ages 14-17

Age and Grade of Main Character(s):  17+

Language:  no profanity
Sex: kissing, main character loses virginity but not graphically described
Drug/Alcohol Use:  characters drink “Luster” and get drunk
Violence: extreme violence, fighting, characters are wounded and/or killed
Social Issues:  government conspiracy, dystopian world, death of a parent
Suggested Movie Grade:  PG-13

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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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