All About Adolescent Literacy

All about adolescent literacy. Resources for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12.
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Not all teens are interested in boy wizards, vampires, rich-girl cliques, or an angst overload. Some are just looking for a good story about other kids like themselves. These books have a bit of humor and romance, but mostly they are good stories about young adults that teens can relate to.

Hit the Road

Hit the Road

Age Level: 12-14

Sixteen-year old Brit is humiliated when her parents leave her with her grandmother Nannie, while they go on vacation to Alaska. But when Brit, who's only had her driver's license for 11 days, is enlisted to drive Nannie and her friends to their 65th annual college reunion, the adventure begins. Is she a kidnapper or a babysitter? This book brings up difficult issues about aging, but is also full of real humor and has a rollicking good ending.

Rock Star, Superstar

Rock Star, Superstar

Age Level: 14-16

Pete plays bass in his high school band and lives a fairly uneventful life until he gets a chance to join the local garage band that's just getting ready to hit the big time. As Pete explores rock stardom, he finds that he still pines for the girl back home despite the temptations of life on the road.

Starting With Alice

Starting With Alice

Age Level: 9-12

This book is the first of three prequels that takes readers back to Alice's elementary school days. Here, Alice is in a new school where she makes friends (and unfortunately, enemies). Alice ages through the series, and other books depict Alice in middle school and high school, making this series one that girls can grow up with.

Nailed

Nailed

Age Level: 14-16

Bret is a high school junior who has problems with his father and the "jockarchy" at his school. When girl problems are added to the mix, Bret’s anger rages, until he learns something important from an unexpected source. Teens will recognize Bret's struggles with the pressure to fit in and his frustrations with the world around him.

I Am Not Joey Pigza

I Am Not Joey Pigza

Age Level: 9-12

Joey's dad is back in the picture after winning the lottery. He's a man with a mission—to remake himself and his family. But, Joey wonders as his mother takes his father back into their life, is it really possible? Readers will cheer Joey on as his journey ranges from the heartbreaking to the comical.

Breaking Up

Breaking Up

Illustrated by: Christine Norrie

Age Level: 14-16

Friends grow apart while chasing guys and popularity during high school. Chloe is afraid to tell her friends about her budding romance with a nerd, while Mackenzie realizes that the most popular guy in school may not be worth it.

Just Listen

Just Listen

Age Level: 14-16

Annabel is a beautiful teen model, but she's over it. Her sister has become anorexic, and the family isn't dealing with it very well. When she forms a special connection with iPod-wearing Owen, Annabel learns some new ways to deal with her issues and learns a lot about herself at the same time.

Framed

Framed

Age Level: 9-12

In the tiny Welsh town at the foot of a mountain, nothing much happens — until one day, several strange cars stop by Dylan's family's service station on their way to the abandoned mine.

24 Girls in 7 Days

24 Girls in 7 Days

Age Level: 12-14

Jack's best friends decide that the best way to get him a prom date is to put an ad in the paper. Now Jack has to evaluate all the prospects. If there were a "Romance for Guys" genre, this would be included! But the humor and male perspective make it an intriguing read for male readers and their female counterparts!

Shark Girl

Shark Girl

Age Level: 12-14

Jane was just enjoying a day at the beach when a shark attacked her and she lost her arm. Now, she must face not only a physical recovery, but the psychological trauma of being known as the "shark girl." This story is written in a free verse, a poetic style that propels the reader through the story.

Best Foot Forward

Best Foot Forward

Age Level: 12-14

Jenna is happy with her job at Gladstone Shoes, although she doesn’t understand why Mrs. Gladstone hires a man that she caught shoplifting to help around the store. This is a sequel to Bauer's earlier Rules of the Road (1998), but readers need not read the books in order.

Becoming Naomi León

Becoming Naomi León

Age Level: 9-12

Naomi and her younger brother Owen have lived with their grandmother in a small trailer for many years, ever since they were abandoned by their mother. When Mom Terri Lynn suddenly returns, does she really have the kids' best interests at heart?