Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Laborers in California 's dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence.  For George and Lennie have a plan:  to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own.  When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley , the fulfillment of the dream seems to be within their grasp.  But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.

 

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Lawyer Atticus Finch defends a black man charged with the rape of a white woman. Through the eyes of Atticus's children, Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unanswering honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930's.

 

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

At a party, Alice is slipped some LSD in her drink, and her life changes forever.  She quickly becomes entangled in the drug culture of the 1960's, and Alice begins to keep a diary, recording every detail of her life as she begins to lose control.

 

Breathing Under Water by Alex Finn

Nick is one of the chosen few at his high school: intelligent, popular, wealthy. People think his life is pretty easy. Except for one thing. Nick has never told anyone about his father's violent temper. When Nick meets Caitlin, he thinks that she is the answer to all his problems. Caitlin is everything Nick has ever wanted - beautiful, talented, and in love with him. But then it all changes. And Nick must face the fact that he's gotten more from his father than green eyes and money. In a harrowing journey of self-discovery, Nick learns the truth about himself - and that the phrase "like father, like son" can carry terrifying possibilities.

 

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
When Melinda Sordino's friends discover she called the police to quiet a party, they ostracize her, turning her into an outcast -- even among kids she barely knows. But even worse than the harsh conformity of high-school cliques is a secret that she has to hide.

 

Cut by Patricia McCormick

Fifteen-year-old Callie has a problem: she cuts herself. Now that her parents have found out, she's been sent to Sea Pines, a treatment facility where she'll be with other girls. Nothing seems to help Callie at "Sick Minds" (the girls' nickname for Sea Pines), and everyone's at their wits' end when she refuses to talk to the counselor or respond to the other girls. Callie must decide to help herself and face the issues that led to her cutting.

 

Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman

Fourteen-year-old Shawn McDaniel loves the taste of smoked oysters and his mother's gentle hugs. Unfortunately, it's impossible for Shawn to feed himself or to hug his mom back. Shawn has cerebral palsy, a condition he has had since birth that has robbed him of all muscle control. He can't walk, talk, or even focus his eyes on his own. But despite all these handicaps, despite the frustration of not being able to communicate, Shawn is still happy to be alive: "Somehow all the things I think about and remember turn to joy... favorite movies... pinecones... chocolate pudding... the scent of Comet in a stainless steel sink.... Life can be great, even for me. Even for me." That is why he panics when he begins to suspect that his father is thinking of killing him. Shawn knows that his father is trying to be kind; he imagines that his son's life is an endless torment. His dad has no idea of the rich life that Shawn lives inside his head. And Shawn, helpless and mute, has no way of telling him.

 

 

The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci

 

All his life Christopher Creed had been considered a freak, the target of the bullies at his school. But when he disappears without a trace, things get stranger than ever. Sixteen-year-old Torey Adams tries to solve the mystery of what happened to Chris, and, in the process, learns how truly brutal life can be. This suspenseful, frank novel skillfully explores many issues facing teens today.

 

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn't look all that great; they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them. But Tibby says they're great. She'd love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they're fabulous. Lena decides they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything), thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs they decide to form a sisterhood, and take the vow of THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS . . . the next morning, they say good-bye. And now the journey of the pants-and the most memorable summer of their lives-begins.