Bey, Dawoud. Class Pictures.
For the past 15 years, Dawoud Bey has been making striking, large-scale color
portraits of students at high schools across the United States. Depicting
teenagers from a wide economic, social and ethnic spectrum--and intensely
attentive to their poses and gestures--he has created a highly diverse group
portrait of a generation that intentionally challenges teenage stereotypes.Bey
spends two to three weeks in each school, taking formal portraits of individual
students, each made in a classroom during one 45-minute period. At the start of
the sitting, each subject writes a brief autobiographical statement. By turns
poignant, funny or harrowing, these revealing words are an integral part of the
project, and the subject's statement accompanies each photograph in the book.
Together, the words and images in Class Pictures offer unusually respectful and
perceptive portraits that establish Dawoud Bey as one of the best portraitists
at work today.
Erskine, Kathryn. Quaking. YA ERS
Don’t call her Matilda. Her name is Matt. And don’t even think about getting
close to her. She doesn’t need anyone. Can’t you tell by looking at her, dressed
all in black with a spider painted on her face and her ice-cold stare? But most
of all, do not bully her. She has been through it all already.
But everything changes for fourteen-year-old Matt when she moves in with
peaceful Quakers Sam and Jessica Fox, who are active in the movement against the
war in the Middle East. Soon, conflict arises in town over the war, and
suddenly, no one is safe. Matt fears for her safety and the safety of her new
family. Could the boy who terrorizes her at school be behind it all? And how can
she save the family she is actually growing to love when her fear always leaves
Greenfield, Lauren. Thin. YA 616.85 GRE
Critically acclaimed for Girl Culture and Fast Forward, Lauren Greenfield
continues her exploration of contemporary female culture with Thin, a
groundbreaking book about eating disorders. Greenfield's photographs are paired
with extensive interviews and journal entries from twenty girls and women who
are suffering from various afflictions. We meet 15-year-old Brittany, who is
convinced that being thin is the only way to gain acceptance among her peers;
Alisa, a divorced mother of two whose hatred of her body is manifested in her
relentless compulsion to purge; Shelly, who has been battling anorexia for six
years and has had a feeding tube surgically implanted in her stomach; as well as
many others. Alongside these personal stories are essays on the sociology and
science of eating disorders by renowned researchers Joan Jacobs Brumberg, Dr.
David Herzog, and Dr. Michael Strober. These intimate photographs, frank voices,
and thoughtful discussions combine to make Thin not only the first book of its
kind but also a portrait of profound understanding.
Grody, Steve and James Prigoff. Graffiti L.A.: Street and Art.
Long before graffiti was adopted as the visual expression of hip-hop culture in
the 1980s, Chicano gang members in East Los Angeles had been developing stylized
calligraphy and writing on walls. Cholo (gangster) scripts became the first
distinctive letter forms to evolve in the modern vernacular tradition of
graffiti writing. Today Los Angeles writers of diverse backgrounds draw from a
unique confluence of cultures that has led to regionally distinctive styles.
Graffiti L.A. provides a comprehensive and visual history of graffiti in Los
Angeles, as well as an in-depth examination of the myriad styles and techniques
used by writers today. Complementing the main text, interviews with L.A.’s most
prolific and infamous writers provide insight into the lives of these fugitive
artists. Essential to the understanding of the development of the graffiti
movement, this book will be an invaluable source to graffiti fans around the
Hopkins, Ellen. Glass.
Crank. Glass. Ice. Crystal. Whatever you call it, it's all the same: a monster.
And once it's got hold of you, this monster will never let you go.
Kristina thinks she can control it. Now with a baby to care for, she's
determined to be the one deciding when and how much, the one calling the shots.
But the monster is too strong, and before she knows it, Kristina is back in its
grips. She needs the monster to keep going, to face the pressures of day-to-day
life. She needs it to feel alive.
Once again the monster takes over Kristina's life and she will do anything for
it, including giving up the one person who gives her the unconditional love she
craves -- her baby.
The sequel to Crank, this is the continuing story of Kristina and her descent
back to hell. Told in verse, it's a harrowing and disturbing look at addiction
and the damage that it inflicts.
Jamal, Joesph. Tupac Shakur Legacy.
Tupac Shakur Legacy presents the story of rap artist, political spokesman, poet,
actor, writer, humanitarian and entrepreneur Tupac Shakur. From his early
childhood in harlem, to his emergence as a young artist Tupac's life and legacy
are recounted by a friend who knew him well, and with the cooperation of Tupac's
family. In a scrapbook complete with unseen family photosgraphs, intimate
stories, and removable reproductions of his handwritten song lyrics, poetry, and
other personal papers, tells of an extraordinary life in a gritty, heartrending
- and above all, honest - way.
Features removable reproductions, notebook pages plus a 60 minute CD featuring
rare interviews with Tupac Amaru Shakur.
Shaw, Susan. Safe. YA SHA
Safe. To Tracy, safe means having Mama close by. Years after her mother’s death,
Tracy still feels her presence. But the moment Tracy is forced into a car as she
is walking home from school one day, safe is ripped away. In the aftermath of an
unspeakable crime, thirteen-year-old Tracy must fight her way back to safety and
find comfort in her mother’s memory once again.
Susan Shaw returns with a raw and moving story of a young rape victim’s journey
toward healing, empowered by poetry and music, family and friends.
Shusterman, Neal. Unwind. YA SHU
In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts,
three runaways fight the system that would "unwind" them
Connor's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa
has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's
unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict
religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation,
these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey,
knowing their lives hang in the balance. If they can survive until their
eighteenth birthday, they can't be harmed -- but when every piece of them,
from their hands to their hearts, are wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen
seems far, far away.
In Unwind, Neal Shusterman challenges readers' ideas about life -- not just
begins, and where it ends, but what it truly means to be alive.
Sitomer, Alan L. Homeboyz.
In this decidedly unsubtle sequel to Hip-Hop High School (Hyperion, 2006),
sullen computer wiz Teddy sets out for revenge after gangbangers gun down his
sister, Tina, in a drive-by shooting. After an up close encounter with the
horrors of California's juvenile justice system in the wake of a failed first
try, he's sentenced to a mentoring program for at-risk youth that forcibly hooks
him up with hot but hard-nosed parole officer Mariana and wild, foulmouthed
preteen Micah. Sitomer frequently breaks away from the story for clunky
minilectures: "The lack of money, Teddy knew, kept thousands and thousands of
inner-city kids like Micah from getting the educational services they needed."
And Micah's instant reform is just one of several strands of blatant
wish-fulfillment. Still, the tale's violent, rough-hewn plot and
street-inflected language supply sufficient intensity to carry the heavy agenda.
By the end, Teddy is no more likeable, but at least he's slightly more
Thalia. Thalia: Belleza!: Lessons in Lipgloss and Happiness.
She's had four number 1 hits and sold over 12 million albums worldwide. She's
adored by telenovela fans in over 180 countries. She has her own ABC radio talk
show. The icing on the cake? She's drop dead gorgeous. In this, her first book,
Thalia delivers the ultimate guide to Latin beauty. Lavishly illustrated
chapters on skin, hair, makeup, and inner beauty show Latinas how to make the
most of who they are. Lush photos make techniques easy to master while dramatic
before-and-after shots inspire la nueva belleza. Thalia's electric personality
is stamped on every page. She reveals her personal beauty secrets; she dishes on
beauty dos and don'ts; and she shares tips gleaned from working with top makeup
artists and hairstylists. Thalia teaches women to use every beauty tool at their
disposal be it a mascara wand or a fearless approach to life.
Quick Picks for
Reluctant Young Adult Readers 2008
(the rest of the list)
Adams, Leonora. Baby Girl.
All I can say is that I never thought it would come to this. I never thought I
would run away. For some reason I thought you, of all people, would see and
Sheree has always been a tough girl, able to take care of herself. Then she
finds herself in a situation where she can't. She needs help. She needs answers.
But she can't get either from the people she she turns to -- her parents, her
friends, and especially, her boyfriend, who calls her Baby Girl and treats her
like she's disposable.
So who can Sheree turn to? Maybe the answer lies deep within herself, and it's
truly time for her to grow up.
In a voice that rings strong ant true, debut novelist Lenora Adams tells a story
that is rich, complex, and achingly real.
Anderson, Laurie Halse.
Twisted. YA AND
After finally getting noticed by someone other than school bullies and his
ever-angry father, seventeen-year-old Tyler enjoys his tough new reputation and
the attentions of a popular girl, but when life starts to go bad again, he must
choose between transforming himself or giving in to his destructive thoughts.
Aronson, Sarah. Head Case. YA ARO
Seventeen-year-old Frank Marder struggles to deal with the aftermath of an
accident he had while driving drunk that killed two people, including his
girlfriend, and left him paralyzed from the neck down.
Asher, Jay. Thirteen Reasons Why. YA ASH
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing
thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide,
he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town,
listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.
Barnes, Jennifer Lynn. Tattoo.
When four fifteen-year-old friends share the temporary tattoos they bought from
a mysterious woman at the mall, each develops psychic powers that will help them
fight the ancient being who plans to wreak havoc at their school dance.
Blank, Jessica. Almost Home. YA BLA
Why would anyone choose to live on the streets? There is Eeyore, just twelve
years old when she runs away from her priveleged home, harboring a secret she's
too ashamed to tell anyone. Rusty is a sensitive gay teen who winds up alone
when his older boyfriend ditches him in Hollywood. Squid has gone through too
many foster homes to count. There's Scabius, a delusional punk from Utah who
takes the "me against the world" motto to dangerous extremes. And Critter is a
heroin dealer with movie star looks and a vulnerable heart. Laura should be home
studying, but she can't face another one of her mom's boyfriends. And then
there's Tracy, the damaged thread that ties them all together, irrevocably
changing each person's life she touches. This unlikely band of characters form
their own dysfunctional family, complete with love and belonging, abuse and
betrayal. Each will make their way home, wherever it may be.
Brewer, Heather. The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Eighth Grade
Bites. YA BRE
For thirteen years, Vlad, aided by his aunt and best friend, has kept secret
that he is half-vampire, but when his missing teacher is replaced by a sinister
substitute, he learns that there is more to being a vampire, and to his parents'
deaths, than he could have guessed.
Cast, P.C. and Kristen Cast. Marked The House of Night, book 1.
In 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampyres not only exist but are also
tolerated by humans. Those whom the creatures "mark" as special enter the House
of Night school where they will either become vampyres themselves, or, if their
body rejects the change, die. To Zoey, being marked is truly a blessing, though
she's scared at first. She has never fit into the human world and has always
felt she is destined for something else. Her grandmother, a descendant of the
Cherokee, has always supported her emotionally, and it is she who takes the girl
to her new school. But even there the teen stands apart from the others. Her
mark from the Goddess Nyx is a special one, showing that her powers are very
strong for one so young. At the House of Night, Zoey finds true friendship,
loyalty, and romance as well as mistrust and deception. She realizes that all is
not right in the vampyre world and that the problems she thought she left behind
exist there as well. Readers will identify with many of the characters,
especially the protagonist. The story moves quickly (a little too quickly at the
end) and purposely leaves many unresolved issues. A good choice for those
libraries serving fans of the occult, but be aware that the book contains some
suggestive language and sex.
Cast, P.C. and Kristen Cast. Betrayed The House of Night Novel, book 2.
Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of
Night.She's come to terms with the vast powers the vampyre goddess, Nyx, has
given her, and is getting a handle on being the new Leader of the Dark
Daughters. Best of all, Zoey finally feels like she belongs--like she really
fits in. She actually has a boyfriend...or two. Then the unthinkable happens:
Human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of
Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey's old life, she begins to
realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those
she loves. Then, when she needs her new friends the most, death strikes the
House of Night, and Zoey must find the courage to face a betrayal that could
break her heart, her soul, and jeopardize the very fabric of her world.
Castellucci, Cecil. Beige.
Now that she’s exiled from Canada to sunny Los Angeles, Katy figures she’ll bury
her nose in a book and ignore the fact that she’s spending two weeks with her
father — punk name: the Rat — a recovered addict and drummer for the famously
infamous band Suck. Even though Katy doesn’t want to be there, even though she
feels abandoned by her mom, even though the Rat’s place is a mess and he’s not
like anything she’d call a father, Katy won’t make a fuss. After all, she is a
nice girl, a girl who is quiet and polite, a girl who smiles, a girl who is,
well, beige. Or is she? From the author of BOY PROOF and THE QUEEN OF COOL comes
an edgy new L.A. novel full of humor, heart, and music.
Cooney, Caroline B. Diamonds in the Shadow.
Cooney's Connecticut church has sponsored war refugee families, and her stirring
teen novel neither sensationalizes nor minimizes the brutality of their
experiences. Her story unfolds through the alternating narratives of the
American teens in a host family and African refugee teens, who can't forget what
happened even as they adjust to their new surroundings and try to convince
themselves they will eventually find a safe home. While Jared is angry that he
has to share his room with Mattu and introduce the refugee at school, his
younger sister tries to help Alake, who is mute and still. What horrors did
Alake witness? Even in America, there's fear to be dealt with: a killer wants
the uncut diamonds he forced Mattu and Alake to smuggle out for him. The climax
is too neat, but tension mounts in a novel that combines thrilling suspense and
a story about innocence lost.
Cross, Shauna. Derby Girl. YA CRO
Meet Bliss Cavendar, a blue haired, indie-rock loving misfit stuck in the tiny
town of Bodeen, Texas.Her pageant-addicted mother expects her to compete for the
coveted Miss Blue Bonnet crown, but Bliss would rather feast on roaches than be
subjected to such rhinestone tyranny.Bliss' escape? Take up Roller Derby.When
she discovers a league in nearby Austin, Bliss embarks on an epic journey full
of hilarious tattooed girls, delicious boys in bands, and a few not-so-awesome
realities even the most bad-assed derby chick has to learn.
Crutcher, Chris. Deadline.
Just before his senior year, Ben Wolf is diagnosed with a rare, incurable
leukemia. At 18, he has the legal right to keep the news to himself until he's
ready to reveal it. With only his doctor and therapist in on his secret, Ben
sets out to live an entire lifetime in a year: There are insects that pack it
all into a day, he reasons. His goals are to join his brother on the football
team; learn everything he can; and ask out gorgeous Dallas Suzuki. Crutcher fits
far too much into this ambitious novel, which includes subplots about incest,
pedophilia, manic depression, and intellectual freedom, as well as a Jesus-like
character who appears in visions. And readers may feel distanced from Ben, whose
first-person voice and reactions never quite feel authentic. But, as usual,
Crutcher writes vivid sports action scenes, and teens' interest will be held by
the story's dramatic premise, Ben's unlikely turn as a football hero, love
scenes with Dallas (including some mildly explicit sex), and Ben's high-gear
pursuit of life's biggest questions.
Davis, Mark, Mike Davis and Brandon Schultz. Blokhedz: Book 1 of Genesis.
This African-American novel of the streets pits its young hero, Blak, against
local gangs, his brother's killers and his own inner demons. Blak must come to
terms with his extraordinary gifts—a magical ability that lets him fight, lead
others and rap at a high level. The plot is a bit hard to follow. It's not
always clear who are Blak's friends and who are his foes, and the role of an
almost-otherworldly recording studio head is never completely defined, but the
book has a driving story line that keeps flowing. The color art is striking and
shadowed, full of jewel tones and fantastic motion—this dystopia has a beating
heart you can see and feel on the page. The characters are similarly oversized:
big and angry, or big and loving, or confused in deep and tragic ways. A few of
the stereotypes are a bit unfortunate, but scenes like Blak's encounter with the
devil himself in the sewers feel alive and scary. At times, it's hard to tell
whether the story is taking place in Blak's own personal dreamscape or in some
hell on earth, but it doesn't really matter. The story brings a manga-like
intensity to this inner-city quest.
de la Cruz, Melissa. Masquerade: A Blue Bloods Novel.
In this second installment of the Blue Bloods saga, preparations are underway in
New York for an exclusive gala hosted by the city's wealthy, powerful, and
unhuman--a true Blue Blood affair. But it is an after-party masquerade where
true danger lurks, and a young vampire's destiny is changed.
Fields, Terri. Holdup.
Saturday nights at Burger Heaven are always busy, but this night is different
from the outset. A family emergency pulls the night manager away, leaving
Jordan, an overstressed overachiever, in charge. The understaffed crew of
teenage workers accommodates the customers, but toward the end of the night
nerves and tempers are ready to flare. Just before closing time two armed men
walk in, and a foiled robbery attempt and hostage situation follow. The author
has constructed an interesting story line in which the principal players are
introduced separately and then woven into an intricate balance. The multiple
points of view allow each character's personality to develop, which enhances the
individual's role in the story. As expected from a diverse group, the teens
react differently to the situation. The final part of the book takes place one
year later and readers are brought up-to-date on how the traumatic event
affected the teens' lives. The story is compelling and the characters are well
drawn, giving the book wide appeal for a general audience.
Flinn, Alex. Beastly.
I am a beast.
A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who
walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every
pore. I am a monster.
You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time
is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way
forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.
Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she
turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll
tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with
money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became
perfectly . . . beastly.
Walking on Glass. YA FUL
Your mother's suicide attempt has left her in a coma from which she's never
waking up. You know that she wouldn't want to live like this, but could you
really help her die? Here you are, making the hardest decision of your life and
there's no one to help you: Your father has disappeared into depression. Your
best friend is becoming someone you no longer want to know. There is a girl who
could help, maybe, if you'd let her. But in the end, it's all up to you. A
free-verse novel from debut author Alma Fullerton plunges deep inside the psyche
of a young man faced with a life-and-death decision.
Gonzalez, Julie. Ricochet..
Fifteen-year-old Conner is pressured into a game of Russian roulette. The game
ends tragically when Will, the instigator and bully in the group, turns the gun
on Daniel, Connor's best friend, killing him instantly. For his involvement,
Connor is placed on probation, but he is much harder on himself than the court
was. Connor's tight-knit family is fragmented in its reaction: one brother takes
him joyriding; another ignores him. Only his little sister is able to recall the
good memories that they all share about Daniel. Connor stays busy by working at
a hardware store and immersing himself in his violin studies. He begins to
compose a violin piece, a cathartic activity that helps him process his role in
Daniel's death and move on with his life. Brief chapters jump between past and
present, punctuated by Connor's symbolic and revealing dreams. The aftereffects
of a senseless tragedy are clearly felt in this novel, as is the premise that
though it may never be the same, life does indeed go on.
Grant, Vicki. I.D. YA GRA
High school senior Chris Bent despises everything in life--his family, his math
teacher, the 'it girl' classmate who seemed to like him. But the sharpest thorn
in his side is someone he's never even met. Chris happens upon a mysterious
black wallet on the street one day, belonging to one Andrew Ashbury. Chris tries
to return the wallet at first and is discouraged. He eventually starts spending
Andrew's money freely, intending to replace it. As his home situation worsens,
Chris' desire to leave (and jealousy over Andrew's comfortable lifestyle) grows
stronger, and he takes matters into his own hands.
Gratz, Alan. Something Rotten: A Horatio Wilkes Mystery.
YA MYSTERY GRA
Something is rotten in Denmark, Tennessee, and it is not just the polluted
Copenhagen River. Hamilton Prince’s father has been murdered, according to a
hidden video message. Horatio Wilkes, Hamilton’s best friend, is visiting the
Prince mansion when the video turns up. The guys need to find the killer before
he strikes again.
But it won’t be easy. Suspects are plentiful. Olivia Mendelssohn may be hot (and
Hamilton’s ex-girlfriend), but she’s also an environmentalist determined to
clean up the river that the Prince paper plant has been polluting for decades.
Trudy,Hamilton’s mom, has recently married her husband’s brother, Claude, and
signed over half of the plant and its profits to him. Not to mention Ford N.
Branff, media mogul and Trudy’s college flame, who wants to buy the plant for
himself. The question is motive, and Horatio Wilkes is just the kind of guy who
can find things like that out. Doesn’t matter that he’s only a junior in high
A smart, hip, and funny twist on the tale of Hamlet, where one-liners crackle
and mystery abounds. Think you already know the story? Think again.
Halpern, Julie. Get Well Soon.
Anna Bloom is depressed -- so depressed that her parents have committed her to a
mental hospital with a bunch of other messed-up teens. Here she meets a roommate
with a secret (and a plastic baby), a doctor who focuses way too much on her
weight, and a cute, shy boy who just might like her.But wait!Being trapped in a
loony bin isn't supposed to be about making friends, losing weight, and having a
crush, is it? In her fiction debut, Julie Halpern finds humor in the unlikeliest
of places, and presents a character whose voice - and heart-- will resonate with
all of us who have ever felt just a little bit crazy.
Harazin, S. A. Blood Brothers.
YA MYSTERY HAR
With his best friend on life-support after taking drugs at a party,
seventeen-year-old Clay, a medical technician, recalls their long friendship,
future plans, and recent disagreement, and tries to figure out who is
responsible for the accidental overdose.
Harmon, Micheal. Skate. YA HAR
Ian McDermott doesn't have much going for him. He has basically raised himself
and his young brother, who has fetal alcohol syndrome. Their mother is a
deadbeat drug addict who makes rare appearances in their lives. At Morrison High
School, things aren't much better; the administration wants him out. The thing
is, Ian isn't going to take any guff from anyone. But one day, he loses his cool
and ends up breaking Coach Florence's jaw. The teen knows that he and Sammy have
to get away fast before the cops catch up with him. They grab some meager
supplies and skate out of Spokane toward Walla Walla to search for their
estranged father. Surviving on the lam in the wilderness isn't easy. They cross
the state in cold rain, with barely enough provisions. At one point they end up
in trouble with a sheriff but escape. The brothers have high hopes that their
father will welcome them into his life, but things do not turn out as planned.
The author has created a main character who is confident and tragic, but too
many convenient coincidences detract from the story being completely believable.
Ian's most redeeming quality is the love he has for his brother. The ending is
predictable, and the novel does not have the zip that makes it extraordinary,
but it does allow readers to breathe a sigh of relief for these siblings.
Harvey, Sarah N. Bull's Eye. YA HAR
A girl's world falls apart when she discovers that the woman she believes is her
mother is actually her aunt.
Henderson, J. A. Bunker 10.
At eight o'clock in the evening, 24 December 2007, Pinewood Military
Installation exploded. The blast ripped apart acres of forest and devastated the
remote highland valley where the base was located. No official cause was given
for the incident. Inside Pinewood were 185 male and female personnel--a mixture
of scientists and soldiers. There were also seven teenagers. This is the story
of their last day . . .
Bunker 10 is a high-octane thriller perfect for fans of video games, science
fiction, and television shows like 24.
Hopkins, Ellen. Impulse. YA HOP
Three teens who meet at Reno, Nevada's Aspen Springs mental hospital after each
has attempted suicide connect with each other in a way they never have with
their parents or anyone else in their lives.
Jacobs, Deborah Lynn. Choices. YA JAC
Overcome with guilt over her brother's death, a teenaged girl shifts between
multiple universes in an attempt to find one in which he is alive.
Johnston, Jeffrey W. Fragments. YA JOH
Ever since the accident, Chase feels shattered. He can't remember that night,
and everyone's treating him like a broken freak. He just wants things to go back
to normal. So when he starts getting flashes of memory, he's relieved. He's sure
once he remembers everything, he can put the crash behind him and start over.
But when the flashes reveal another memory, Chase starts to panic. He's
desperate to leave his ugly past behind. But if he wants to put the pieces
together once and for all, he must face the truth about who he is . . . and what
he has done.
Knowles, Jo. Lessons from a Dead Girl.
Spare and evocative prose weaves the story of Leah and Lainey's turbulent and
abusive friendship. Fast friends from a young age, Leah is outgoing, "smart, so
the teachers love her and . . . beautiful so the boys love her," while Lainey is
plain and introspective. During the younger years of their friendship, Leah is
sexually abusive to Lainey, claiming that the two are "practicing." As the girls
grow older, Lainey pulls away from Leah, confused and hurt by Leah's opprobrious
behavior. Lainey falls in with new friends, while Leah becomes self-destructive.
Over time, Lainey comes to understand the roots of Leah's odd behavior, but by
the time she comes to fully grasp it, it's too late. Clearly and concisely
written, Knowles's provoking exploration of children abusing children portrays
the tense and finely crafted dynamics between the two girls. Lainey's character
is extremely well-developed showing her metamorphosis from hypercritical and
withdrawn to self-realized with a focused and knowing clarity. A razor-sharp
examination of friendship, abuse and secrets.
Koertge, Ron. Strays.
Sixteen-year-old Ted prefers animals to humans; animals "never lie," and unlike
the kids at school, he understands them. When Ted loses his parents in a car
accident, he particularly identifies with strays--after all, as a foster kid,
that's what he is. Ted lands in a new home, where his basic needs are met by
fair but semi-dysfunctional foster parents and where he coexists with Astin, his
older roommate, and C. W., who has had 19 placements in six years. Ted also
starts a new school, and with Astin and C. W. at his back, he learns to express
himself and to rely upon people as well as animals. Ted's two-way conversations
with animals may initially surprise readers, but this magic realism effectively
emphasizes his emotional withdrawal, and his outsider's observations of human
nature are by turns insightful, devastatingly funny, and suffused with
loneliness. Though Koertge never soft pedals the horrors experienced by some
foster children, this thoughtful novel about the lost and abandoned is a hopeful
one, in which some strays find a place to belong.
Lane, Dakota. The Secret Life
of It Girls. YA LAN
It girl n 1. The girl that you want to be. She gets the guys AND the girls
because she has something beyond money, clothes, and attitude. She's got
something you either have or you don't have -- and YOU DON'T HAVE IT. (See
SUPERSTAR, GODDESS, DIVA.) 2. The girl you hate and fear. She has the power to
make you into a slut or outcast, or make you crawl like a loser
wannabe/stalker/groupie. There's at least one of her in every school, and she's
never going away, so you better figure out your place in her world, before she
figures it out for you. (See BACKSTABBER, WITCH, DEMON.) 3. The girl that
completely believes she's better than you -- or maybe just acts like she does.
She's got all the power, but would be defenseless if left by her herd. (See
PATHETIC, INSECURE, MANIPULATIVE.)
Here, in words and pictures, are the thoughts,
the secrets, the lives of It girls.
The stories are fiction, but the feelings are real.
You might think you know these girls. But look closer.
You'll be surprised by what you find.
Lubar, David. True Talents.
Fans of Lubar's Hidden Talents (1999) will be happy to see the paranormals from
Edgeview Alternative School back together in an action-packed adventure.
Fifteen-year-old "Trash" tests his telekinesis in a bank by moving a stack of
cash into his pocket, which sets off a dangerous chain of events, including his
kidnapping by shady spooks. Meanwhile, the others in the group gravitate to
Philadelphia, where they unite to stop a government conspiracy and uncover their
most powerful weapon--the strength of their friendship. Brief chapters
alternating among the six characters' stories are interspersed with memos,
e-mails, illustrations, and notes that enhance the plot and also break up the
text in a way that will draw reluctant readers. Lubar's trademark blend of humor
and suspense, complete with explosions, supernatural powers, and just enough
gore, will be a hit.
Lynn, Erin. Demon Envy.
Being a teenager can be hell-especially when you're friends with someone who was
Kenzie Sutcliffe woke up to another normal morning-until a demon popped up in
her shower. While trying to get rid of a monster zit, she dropped her acne
lotion in the tub. And when fifty bucks' worth of it swirled down the drain, it
freed a demon from his prison portal. A mysteriously geeky-looking demon.
So now Kenzie is saddled with a creature who looks and acts like every other guy
she knows-that is, annoying. At least Levi has a job-if you can call it that. He
has to stir up envy and jealousy in humans, or he starves. All he's tempting
Kenzie to do is to crawl back into her bedroom and hide there forever. Because
no one is going to be coveting her life after this.
Mackler, Carolyn. Guyaholic: The Story of Finding, Flirting,
Forgetting…and the Boy Who Changes Everything.
Readers who know brazen, boy-crazy V from her aunt Mara's perspective (Vegan
Virgin Valentine, 2004), will enjoy her first-person narration here, which
reveals no inner brashness but rather a struggle for--and against--emotional
distance. V is now 17, a senior, expecting faraway mother Aimee to visit for
graduation. Everyone except V recognizes Aimee's flakiness; V's ever-attentive
grandparents try their best to fill in, but V misses Aimee, whose history of
moving V around the country following men has formed V's makeup more than she
wishes to admit. V hooks up regularly with hottie Sam but steadfastly denies
that their relationship is loving or serious. Desperate to stay detached, V
cheats on Sam and he moves away. Driving across country to visit Aimee, V
finally confronts her mother's long-term absence and how it has informed V's own
boy-chasing. Eye-opening as a sequel yet solid on its own, V's narration is
simple and accessible as she learns to be brave.
McClintock, Norah. Bang! YA MCL
A robbery goes terribly wrong, and Quentin finds he is left taking the blame.
McClintock, Norah. Down. YA MCL
A teenage boy Remy explores his anger after he beat a classmate up and how the
rest of the gang looked at him after that.
McKayhan, Monica. Indigo Summer.
Fifteen-year-old Indigo Summer's world finally seems to be going in the right
direction: She hooks up with the star linebacker on the high-school football
team, gets a date for homecoming and makes the high-school dance squad all in
the same week. But sometimes things are just too good to be true. After football
star Quincy Rawlins abruptly dumps her for a girl who is willing to put out,
Indigo's popularity and self-esteem take a nosedive. When her perfect world
falls apart, Indigo turns to the one person who seems to have his head on
straight--her next-door neighbor, sixteen-year-old Marcus Carter. The problem
is, now that Indigo realizes what a great guy Marcus really is, so does someone
McNab, Andy and Robert Rigby.
Avenger. YA MCN
Having proved his grandfather Fergus’ innocence, Danny Watts and his friend
Elena have now been recruited by the British government for a dangerous
assignment. Elena must impersonate a would-be suicide bomber to win the
confidence of Black Star, the master computer hacker who is behind the rash of
teenage bombings that have swept the globe.
When Black Star sends Elena to New York, Danny and Fergus come along to keep an
eye on her. But Fergus knows that once this mission is over, the government will
have them all eliminated. As Elena begins to fall under Black Star’s spell, it
will take all of Danny’s survival training to find a way out.
Having scored smash bestsellers in Britain with Traitor and Payback, the
adventure continues in Avenger with all the authentic Special Ops details that
made the previous books stand out.
Mead, Richelle. Vampire Academy.
After two years on the run, best friends Rose, half-human/half-vampire, and
Lissa, a mortal vampire princess, are caught and returned to St. Vladimir's
Academy. Up until then, Rose had kept Lissa safe from her enemies; school,
however, brings both girls additional challenges and responsibilities. How they
handle peer pressure, nasty gossip, new relationships, and anonymous threats may
mean life or death. Likable narrator Rose hides doubts about her friend behind a
tough exterior; orphan Lissa, while coping with difficult emotional issues such
as depression and survivor's guilt, uses her emerging gifts for good. Mead's
absorbing, debut YA novel, the first in a new series, blends intricately
detailed fantasy with a contemporary setting, teen-relevant issues, and a
diverse, if sometimes sterotyped, cast of supporting characters. Occasional
steamy sex and a scattering of vulgar language demand mature readers, but teens
able to handle the edgy elements will speed through this vamp story and
anticipate the next installment.
Myers, Walter Dean. What They Found: Love on 145th Street.
A neighborhood beauty salon is the setting for lots of the fast, funny talk in
these stirring contemporary stories, which nonetheless give a grim view of being
"poor and black," whether on the streets of Harlem, in prison, or on the war
front in Afghanistan. Rooted in the harsh realism of widespread unemployment,
drug use, and trouble ("more brothers going to jail than going to college"), the
teens' tender connections are heartbreaking. A single teenage mother loves her
baby, and so does the young dad, who wishes he could support them. Some teens
are college-bound, but a boy with a high-school diploma can't find work: will he
get a gun? Tough gangster Burn is gentle with handicapped kids, but he cannot
connect with the girl he loves. In "Mama," a kid who cares for her mom, a
recovering addict, and tries to get her brother to preschool turns out to be
only eight years old. There are lighter moments, too; in "Poets and Plumbers,"
Noee feels uncomfortable in Kyle's apartment until she shows him how to unplug
his kitchen drain. Each story stands alone, but some are connected, and readers
familiar with Myers' 145th Street (2000) will welcome back some characters. Hope
lies in what the book title says, finding love and community.
Nance, Andrew and Polhemus, Colin, illus.
Is winning a writing contest worth risking your life?Nothing exciting ever
happens in the town of Maplewood-that is, until famous thriller writer Ian
Tremblin holds a short-story writing contest with a prize that seems to be the
opportunity of a lifetime: five finalists will get to spend the evening with
Tremblin himself in the haunted mansion Daemon Hall, and the winner of the best
short story will see publication.Wade Reilly and the other finalists could never
have imagined what they find lurking in the shadows of this demonic mansion.
During a suspenseful night of tale-telling, strange incidents mix the realms of
the real and the supernatural. What is Tremblin really up to, and can he be
trusted? What about Daemon Hall-is it alive? And, more to the point, will any of
the contestants make it out of this hall of horrors to tell their story? In the
tradition of Stephen King, this chilling novel will have teen readers on edge in
anticipation of what's to come with the next extinguished candle.
Plummer, Louise. Finding Daddy. YA MYSTERY PLU
MIRA KENT IS nearing her 16th birthday and wants to know more about a father she
doesn't remember. Her mother tells her she has all his good qualities, but isn't
specific. With nothing but a photo of her father, Mira wants more. She writes
him imaginary notes:
Daddy, darling, where are you? I need you in my life. Aren't you curious about
me? About school? I have a boyfriend named Dylan. Mom says you both made the
decision during the divorce that you wouldn't be part of my life. It was easier,
she says. It hasn't been easier for me. Look for me, dearest Daddy, and I'll
look for you. I'll look until I find you.
Pow, Tom. Captives.
Dividing his tale close to the exact middle, Pow contrasts public and private
accounts of an American tourist family's kidnapping by Caribbean guerillas.
Having reread his father's best-selling diary in the first half of the book and
finding it wanting, 16-year-old Martin, who is still withdrawn and suffering
from the experience, composes a third-person version from a more private and
personal point of view. It is also a psychologically probing look at the
events—giving the kidnappers as well as their victims human characters and
histories. Like Louise Moeri's The Forty-third War (1989) and Peter Dickinson's
AK (1992), this will help readers see beyond conventional views of Third World
rebels as faceless terrorists; it is the fictional island's power-hungry
strongman and his ally, an amoral agent of an American mining company, who are
the villains here, responsible for this compelling novel's sad, violent ending.
Reinhardt, Dana. Harmless. YA REI
Freshmen Anna and Emma have been best friends since third grade. When Emma meets
Mariah during rehearsals for Romeo and Juliet and becomes friendly with her,
Anna grows jealous. Mariah, who is dating a senior from another school, invites
them to a sleepover at her boyfriend's house while his parents are away and
things change for the three of them after that night. When the girls make up a
story about their whereabouts and are caught in the aftermath, the lies grow
into something bigger than any of them could have imagined. The unfolding of the
truth is believable and told from the girls' alternating points of view. Anna
enjoys the newfound attention and rationalizes that maybe the lie wasn't so bad,
even as things spiral out of control. Emma, who drank at the party and had sex
for the first time, opens up slowly to a counselor. At the end of the book,
Mariah is still coming to terms with her actions and regrets, noting how
something can appear one way one day and be different the next. Unpredictability
and suspense will keep readers turning the pages and questioning their own
sensibilities. They will appreciate how well the characters are developed, and
how seemingly simple lies can have far-reaching and devastating consequences.
Ryan, Darlene. Responsible. YA RYA
A girl becomes the target of a school bully and one of his gang must decide what
Schreiber, Mark. Starcrossed.
YA ROMANCE SCH
How can Christy Marlowe-an impulsive, wise-cracking horoscope-junkie-be in love
with Ben, a well-mannered college freshman who prefers astronomy over astrology?
Their fateful first meeting takes place at a plastic surgeon's office, where
both hope to erase painful memories along with unwanted tattoos. Is it a bad
omen that Ben has the same name as Christy's ex-boyfriend, a drug-pedaling punk
in juvie for murder? It's hard for Christy to care when Ben sends her heart
"racing through galaxies of bliss." Just as Ben is worried about Christy's
obsessed ex who's back on the streets, Christy is troubled by the sadlurking in
Ben's ice-blue eyes.
Burying the past isn't easy and this comedy of love turns upside down when
Christy and Ben become ensnared in their own lies. Starcrossed or starmates, can
they forgo Romeo and Juliet's tragic fate and find their way back to truth and
Sewell, Earl. Keysha's Drama.
Sixteen-year-old Keysha Kendall is a judge's signature away from foster care
when she's sent to live with the father she never knew. Suddenly she has her own
room in his big fancy house, a high-powered stepmother and a popular half
brother who can introduce her to all the right people at her new school.
But Keysha can't forget where she came from. And she won't let anyone else,
either. Why should her father and his perfect family have it so easy when she
and her mother had it so hard? And so Keysha hooks up with a rough crowd and
does whatever she wants…until what she wants changes real fast….
Shakespeare, William, Rishard Appignasi and Sonia Leong, illus. Manga
Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet.
Now presenting Manga Shakespeare—the Bard’s greatest plays in an accessible,
lively format for a new generation of readers
Romeo and Juliet is ideally suited for the manga format—it has teenage heroes,
scheming and villainous adults, heartbreaking tragedy, and the ultimate romantic
plot about star-cross’d lovers. Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, fall
deeply in love—and they refuse to let their parents’ age-old feud get in their
way. When Romeo is banished from their town, a series of mistakes and
misunderstandings, along with their families’ mutual hatred, finally manages to
end their love. An exciting introduction to the Bard for reluctant readers and
manga fans alike.
Showalter, Gena. Oh My Goth. YA SHO
A fiercely individualist Goth girl wakes up to discover that the whole world has
gone Goth and she's actually -- gag -- popular.
Jade Leigh is a nonconformist who values individuality above all else. She has a
small group of like-minded Goth friends who wear black, dabble in the dark arts,
and thrive outside the norm. They're considered the "freaks" of their high
school. But when Jade's smart mouth lands her in trouble -- again -- her
principal decides to teach her a lesson she'll never forget.
Taken to a remote location where she is strapped down and sedated, Jade wakes up
in an alternate universe where she rules the school. But her best friends won't
talk to her, and the people she used to hate are all Goth. Only Clarik, the
mysterious new boy in town, operates outside all the cliques. And only Mercedes,
the Barbie clone Jade loathes, believes that Jade's stuck in a virtual reality
game -- because she's stuck there, too, now living the life of a "freak."
Together, they realize they might never get back to reality...and that even if
they do, things might never be the same.
Smith, Roland. Peak.
Fourteen-year-old New Yorker Peak ("It could have been worse. My parents could
have named me Glacier, or Abyss, or Crampon.") Marcello hones his climbing
skills by scaling skyscrapers. After Peak is caught climbing the Woolworth
Building, an angry judge gives him probation, with an understanding that Peak
will leave New York and live with his famous mountaineer father in Thailand.
Peak soon learns, however, that his father has other plans for him; he hopes
that Peak will become the youngest person to climb Mt. Everest. Peak is whisked
off to Tibet and finds himself in the complex world of an Everest base camp,
where large amounts of money are at stake and climbing operations offer people
an often-deadly shot at the summit. This is a thrilling, multifaceted adventure
story. Smith includes plenty of mountaineering facts told in vivid detail
(particularly creepy is his description of the frozen corpses that litter the
mountain). But he also explores other issues, such as the selfishness that
nearly always accompanies the intensely single-minded. A winner at every level.
Sones, Sonya. What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know. YA SON
This sequel to What My Mother Doesn't Know (S & S, 2001) stands completely on
its own. Robin's life at Cambridge High School is miserable. The arty outsider's
last name becomes the pejorative slang of the school—as in, "Don't be such a
Murphy." His lot improves, however, when popular Sophie becomes his girlfriend
despite the detriment to her reputation. Better still, the freshman is invited
to audit an art class at Harvard. It is his homecoming; for once, he is the
comedian rather than the butt of jokes. One of the college freshmen even shows
some romantic interest in him. Written as a novel in verse, this title is a
fast-paced, page-turning romp that gives authentic voice to male youth even when
it is painfully truthful.
St. James, James. Freak Show.
Teenage drag queen Billy Bloom explodes onto the conservative scene at
Eisenhower Academy, where he finds love and a band of blond sadists. St. James
tells the oldest story in the book, the one where an outcast seeks the
homecoming crown, only this time a queen wants to be Queen. Billy's bold, bawdy
narration makes Freak Show not only cohesive but also immensely entertaining.
Readers will relish his conversational voice, naughty humor, celebrity
put-downs, unabashed exuberance, and ALL CAPS expletives. Beneath the sequins,
feathers, and foundation, Billy nurses an ardent desire for acceptance. Teens
will quickly identify with his worries and needs, even as he dons lip gloss and
a beehive wig. Billy shirks labels (he calls himself a "Gender Obscurist"), and
this book also refuses to be defined by sexuality. Yes, Billy falls for another
boy, and yes, they do kiss. Teens will find this romance fresh and fun, but they
will also enjoy exploring complicated issues of empowerment, bigotry,
self-esteem, and fear. Freak Show visits these difficult regions of adolescence
with gracious candor and humor. More buoyant than weighty, this book flows as a
fast-paced, snarky story of high school horrors. Mature readers will love St.
James's playful rendition of a conventional American tale.
Stone, Jeff. Crane. J STO
Hok, a crane-style Kung Fu master, is also a master at hiding. For the past 12
years, she has hidden the fact that she is a girl. Now her rogue brother, Ying,
and his army have placed a huge price on her head. Fortunately, she manages to
make it to Keifeng where she finds her mother and a "round-eye" with the very
funny name of Charles. Together Hok and Charles start to make some sense of the
magnitude of Ying's plans.
Strasser, Todd. Boot Camp. YA STR
In this vivid and realistic novel, Strasser describes the horrifying violence
and injustices experienced by teens sent to a disciplinary boot camp at the
behest of their parents. Abducted by transporters in the middle of the night,
15-year-old Garrett finds himself handcuffed in the back of a car trying to make
sense of why he is being sent to a facility for troubled teens. Convinced that
he does not belong in Lake Harmony, he has difficulty conforming to the camp's
standards. As a result, he is subjected to continuous physical and mental abuse.
Drawn in by two other students, Garrett takes part in an ambitious plot to
escape this never-ending "behavior modification." Throughout the story, readers
are given a strong sense of the hopelessness the teen feels, especially when he
realizes that he is completely isolated from anyone who can help him. The ending
is both realistic and disturbing as his fate at Lake Harmony is revealed.
Writing in the teen's mature and perceptive voice, Strasser creates characters
who will provoke strong reactions from readers. While most teens will
undoubtedly identify with the protagonist's sense of being misunderstood by his
parents, many will be outraged by the manipulation, torture, and hopelessness
experienced by the residents at Lake Harmony. However, all of them will
certainly find themselves engrossed in this fast-paced and revealing story about
the hidden side of teenage incarceration.
Sweeney, Joyce. Headlock.
Eighteen-year-old Kyle Bailey, star student and high-school gymnast, has decided
to pack it all in to become a professional wrestler. He learns some high-flying
moves and finds both challenge and success at the Hard Knocks wrestling school,
where he meets a variety of star wrestler wannabes, including a 35-year-old ex
con, a librarian, and a 21-year-old woman, who becomes a romantic interest. But
his greatest tests are outside the ring as he comes to terms with his beloved
French grandmother's declining health and the reappearance of his detached
mother. Though entertaining, the story comes together too neatly, Kyle is too
good to be true, and the trainers turn out to be father figures (Who would have
guessed?). But many of the passages are dead-on depictions of teen life,
including one in which Karl loses his virginity (Sweeny doesn't linger overlong
on details). What's more, the intriguing descriptions of wrestling will
definitely grab an audience.
Tullson, Diane. The Darwin Expedition. YA TUL
Following an accident on a remote logging road, Liam and Tej must call on all
their resources to survive the elements and escape the bear that is following
Van Diepen, Allison. Snitch.
In a school run by gangs, staying out was harder than joining. We knew who our
friends were, and were careful what we said. If people thought we were haters,
it would only be a matter of time....
Lines are clearly marked at South Bay High School. It's mixed territory for the
Crips and the Bloods, which means the drama never stops. Julia DiVino wants none
of it. No colors, no C-Walks -- it's just not her
thing. But when Eric Valienté jumps into her life, everything changes. Lines are
redrawn. And then they're crossed.
Vande Velde, Vivian. Remembering Raquel.
Fifteen-year-old Raquel Falcone is, as one of her classmates puts it, the kind
of kid who has a tendency to be invisible. That is until the night she's hit by
a car and killed while walking home from the movies.
In brief, moving chapters, we hear about Raquel from her classmates, her best
friend, her family--and the woman who was driving the car that struck her.
The loss of this seemingly invisible girl deeply affects her entire community,
proving just how interconnected and similar we all really are.
Velez, Ivan. Dead High Yearbook.
Dead High Yearbook puts the graphic back into graphic novel in true splatter
horror-movie form. This group of grisly stories is connected by an overarching
tale of two zombie yearbook editors putting together this year's annual. The
deaths range from in-your-face gruesome to only suggested. Even without every
corpse pictured, there are plenty of splashes of blood and bloody fingerprints
on the pages to satisfy even the most ghoulish readers. The book goes so far as
to include pre- and post-death photos on the endpapers. Several artists
contribute to the book, so readers see a variety of styles from superhero
physiques to mangalike faces to scratchy indy-artistry. The stories of death are
also varied, ranging from the truly weird (an exploding boy) to the supernatural
(zombies and vampires, anyone?) to the mundane (car accident, love triangle gone
sour), and are generally well done. There are some attempts at humor, which
don't work so well, even as black humor. Overall, this is a book for readers
with strong stomachs for these sorts of visuals.
Volponi, Paul. Rucker Park Setup.
Best friends Mackey and J.R. have waited their whole lives to win the basketball
tournament at Rucker Park, where their favorite pro ballers squared off against
street legends. But the day of their big game, J.R. is fatally stabbed—and it’s
Mackey’s fault, even though he didn’t wield the knife. Now Mackey has a score to
settle, but the killer is watching his every move.
Vrettos, Adrienne Maria. Sight.
Fifteen-year-old Dylan has horrific visions of the last moments of a child's
life -- a child who has been abducted, kidnapped, or worse. Dylan gives the
police valuable clues that help them to find children's bodies, but she keeps
the most personal information about these young victims to herself. Dylan has
become used to withholding her sight abilities -- even from her best friend,
Pilar -- but the weight of that secret is becoming almost more than she can
bear. Then Cate moves into Dylan's mountain town. Enthusiastic and friendly,
Cate seems genuinely interested in Dylan, who begins to reveal a bit about
herself. But is Cate all that she seems to be? It's not entirely clear...and it
takes the disappearance of Pilar's little sister to finally open Dylan's eyes.
In a race against time to save a life, and desperate to focus her abilities so
that she herself can survive, Dylan is forced to see more clearly than she ever
has before. Sight is a powerful and haunting story from the author of the highly
acclaimed debut novel Skin. It will open the eyes of readers
Wasserman, Robin. Chasing Yesterday: Book 1, The Awakening.
Found: One girl, age twelve. Unconscious. Unharmed. Unclaimed. Unidentified.
Lost: Everything. JD (Jane Doe) may not know the truth about her past, but she
can recognize a lie, and she knows she’s in danger. Someone wants whatever is
locked in her mind and, just maybe, wants her dead. She won’t be safe until she
figures out who she is, where she came from, and why they’re after her. She can
trust no one, not even herself. Especially not herself. Because it turns out
there’s one thing even more terrible than forgetting her past: remembering. A
thrilling, suspenseful new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Robin
Quad. YA WAT
Everything led up to this moment—the point when the teasing, the cruelty, the
pressure all became too much. And someone finally snapped.
Now six students, from six different cliques, are trapped in the student store
while a shooter terrorizes their school. The shooter’s identity is teased out
through the students’ flashbacks until the reader breathlessly reaches the final
page. It’s only there that he discovers the shocking answer to the question: Who
is shooting out in the quad?
This gripping thriller by educator C. G. Watson is inspired by observations made
in her own high school. Quad examines in heartrending detail how even the most
casual cruelties can tear people apart.
Wiess, Laura. Such A Pretty Girl.
With her father imprisoned, 15-year-old Meredith thinks she could live out her
high-school days safely, but when he is released early for good behavior, her
security is shattered. A popular youth baseball coach, her father has abused Mer
as well as other boys and girls. With strict orders that he not be left alone
with his daughter, he is returned to the condo complex where she and her mother
live. In contrast to Mer's terror, her mother is giddy with delight at his
return, and together the reunited couple plans to conceive another child. Yet in
the shadows and stillness, Mer's nightmare begins anew. This is a gritty,
terrifying novel about a father's abuse of power and trust, and the way two
different teens, Meredith and her paraplegic friend, Andy, deal with that
reality. Although not explicit, the novel is honest in its telling. Admittedly
sensational, Wiess' story is a page-turner that ultimately sends a startling
message of empowerment that, while improbable, is extremely satisfying.
Zarr, Sara. Story of a Girl. YA ZAR
When she is caught in the backseat of a car with her older brother's best friend
- Deanna Lambert's teenage life is changed forever. Struggling to overcome the
lasting repercussions and the stifling role of "school slut," she longs to
escape a life defined by her past. With subtle grace, complicated wisdom and
striking emotion, The Story of a Girl reminds us of our human capacity for
resilience, epiphany and redemption.
50 Cent. 50 x 50: 50 Cent in His Own Words.
"When I look at these pictures and think about my days growing up on the south
side of Queens, they're such distant memories that sometimes it feels like a
movie I watched...But all those things add up to me being who I am - being 50
50 x 50 is a provocative look inside the mind of 50 Cent.
Through candid, raw personal essays and rare family photos, this compelling book
tells the story of a man who rose from a life of hardcore hustling to one of
unrivaled success not just in the music industry, but in the entertainment and
commercial world beyond.
Inside this full-color, illustrated autobiography, you'll find pieces of
memorabilia from 50 Cent's life - handwritten song lyrics, mixtape covers, stage
passes, and more - making 50 x 50 a powerful interactive experience. From the
first written word to the final hook, 50 x 50 delivers all the honesty and flow
you'd expect from hip-hop's most intriguing star.
Alvarado, Melissa, Hope Meng and Melissa Rannels with Matthew Carden, illus.
Subversive Seamster: Transform Thrift Store Threads into Street Couture.
It's time to get subversive, again! The downtown divas of Sew Subversive are
back with another happy helping of straightlaced sewing advice for stylish
results every time. Transform tacky bridesmaid gowns and pleated pants into
picture-perfect tops, skirts and accessories. The two Melissas and a Hope
deliver 30 great projects that are achievable for even the new sewer. Subversive
Seamster is your secret roadmap to the jewels of thrifting and the ins and outs
of refashioning. This book has shortcuts, tips, and secrets to the wide world of
inexpensive, individualized fashion. Our clothes make a statement about who we
are. What better way to say, "I am an individual!" than to wear one-of-a-kind
items made out of other one-of-a-kind items? We derive the most fashionable
satisfaction knowing that we are reusing and recycling what already exists in
this material world--and looking darn good doing it!
Aranzi, Aronzo. The Bad Book.
In the world of kawaii (Japanese cute), little kitties, pandas, bunnies and the
like are standard fare, but who ever heard of The Bad Buy, The Liar, or The
Thief? Aranzi Aranzo takes the notorious cuteness of Japanese crafts and takes
them to the next level with The Bad Book, full of mischief and fun! Each comics
vignette acts as a companion guide to creatures they will teach you to make in
easy steps that require little more than thread, needle and fabric!
Ash, Russell. Firefly's World of Facts.
Who was the only person ever to win both an Oscar and a Nobel Prize? Who was the
only female martyr and saint to sport a beard? Which country hosts the Cockroach
Hall of Fame? Whose last words were, "I am still alive!"?
These and thousands of other questions are answered in Firefly's World of Facts.
Abundantly illustrated with color photographs, illustrations, maps and charts,
every page is chock full of unexpected and astonishing lists, rankings, facts
Firefly's World of Facts covers a rich diversity of topics and is arranged by
• Natural world and life sciences
• Science and technology
• World cultures, countries and beliefs
• Technological marvels
• Language, literature and education
• Art, music and entertainment... and many, many more.
Readers of all ages will be fascinated by the facts revealed in this remarkable
Blakeney, Faith & Justina and Ellen Schultz. 99 Ways to Cut, Sew and Deck
Out Your Denim.
How many pairs of old jeans do you have in your closet?
Everyone from the sewing novice to the fashion guru can appreciate the 99
ingenious projects that will reincarnate your denim has-beens into fashion
must-haves. The techniques are simple, the supplies are easy-to-find, and every
project takes ninety minutes or less, from start to finish.
Carlowicz, Michael. Moon.
As our nearest cosmic neighbor, the moon has been an object of worship; a fount
of myths; the subject of countless films, books, and works of art; and the focus
of our early ventures into space. It is a source of wonder for us in its many
guises and phases, sizes and colors.
Full of spectacular images, The Moon explores how our celestial sister works her
magic on the earth, how she has profoundly influenced our beliefs and our
cultures, and how she continues to affect our oceans and our science. This is
the full picture, from the moon’s fiery and violent birth four billion years ago
to the near future, when we will once again stand on its dusty surface.
Chryssicas, Mary Kaye. Breathe: Yoga for Teens.
YA 613.7 CHR
Featuring teenage models and their stories, the book successfully teaches
self-confidence and compassion in terms that any teen with an open mind will
Cooper, Robbie. Alter Ego: Digital Avatars and Their Creators.
Alter Ego is a cool concept book, presenting the phenomenon of the contemporary
avatar-the virtual characters gamers choose and design to engage in 3D worlds
online. Portraits of gamers from the United States, Europe, China, and Japan
(including leading figures of the gaming world) are paired with digital images
of their alter egos, graphically dramatizing the gap between fantasy and
With an introduction by one of digital culture's leading observers, and a
glossary of relevant terms, each of the seventy pairs of images are accompanied
by detailed gamers' profiles. Sometimes hilarious and always visually exciting,
Alter Ego also serves as a guide to the new world of the avatar and is a serious
contribution to the debate about the future of society in the digital age.
Dingle, Adrian with Simon Basher, illus. The Periodic Table: Elements with
"The Periodic Table" introduces budding chemists to the world of the elements as
it's never been seen before. Designed to resemble popular networking Web sites,
the pages of this book feature "homepages" for each of the chemical
elements-complete with witty and informative profiles written by the elements
themselves, plus a personally chosen picture.
Editors of CosmoGirl!. Cosmogirl! Make it Yourself: 50 Fun and Funky
CosmoGIRLs know: real style is personal, individual, one-of-a-kind—not plucked
ready-made from a shelf. Each person has to create it for herself…and that’s
where this collection of very cool projects comes in. From a ribbon-front halter
top with attitude to chic vintage-inspired necklaces, from gracefully decorated
ballet flats to a warming winter body treatment, these ideas are fun, fabulous,
and fast to finish. Plus, all the clothes, accessories, and beauty products
allow ample room for creativity, giving young designers free rein with colors,
embellishments, and other detailing, so each item becomes hers and hers alone.
All the projects are labeled for level, with easy-to-follow directions and
appealing photos—and everything fits a teen’s budget perfectly.
Editors of Inside Cheerleading. Cheerleading: From Tryouts to
Cheerleading has come a long way since its beginnings at a Minnesota football
game in 1888. Then, all you had to do was stand and yell; today, cheerleading is
one of the nation’s most popular pastimes (over 80 percent of US high schools
have cheerleading squads), a challenging physical activity whose participants
train at different levels on teams and camps year-round, and a competitive sport
covered by ESPN. Cheerleading is the first and only book on the market that goes
inside the sport itself, to tell cheerleaders (and aspiring ones) what they
really need to know: How do I get started? What kind of camp should I choose?
What do I need to do to make a varsity, college, or All-Star team? What are the
new trends, techniques, and stunts? Written by the editors of Inside
Cheerleading magazine, this book gives cheerleaders, coaches, and even mascots
the inside edge not only on techniques and choreography, but also on
competitions, types of squads, style and attitude. The book features
contributions from inspiring role models, including Lawrence Herkimer, the
father of modern cheerleading, Sarah McDaniel, three-time national champion
cheerleader, and Ryan Martin, a current high-school cheerleader and star of the
Lifetime reality show, “Cheerleader Nation.”
Editors of Seventeen Magazine. Seventeen Real Girl, Real Life
Stories: True Crime. YA 364.1 SEV
Contents: Killed by her mother -- A rapist is caught -- Criminal nanny --
Miscarriage-or murder? -- Falsely accused -- School attack -- Killer nurse --
Abusive cult -- Lethal ride -- Bank robbers -- Killing his father (for love) --
Into thin air -- Josh's suicide -- Mother, molester -- Pushed to the edge --
Dying to get high -- A deadly fistfight.
Everhart, Mike. Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Monsters of the Deep.
Sharks and dinosaurs, dinosaurs and sharks, we find them both alien and
awe-inspiring, at once utterly inhuman and somehow irresistibly compelling. But
forget Jaws and Jurassic Park—nothing can prepare you for Sea Monsters:
Prehistoric Creatures of the Deep, an amazing plunge into the Cretaceous oceans
of 80 million years ago, a merciless realm ruled by the most ferocious animals
ever to stalk the seas of planet Earth. More terrifying than anything known to
humankind, it scarcely seems possible that these swift, massive underwater
predators actually existed, but they did—and this is their frightening,
fascinating, unforgettable story.
Gee, Joshua. Encyclopedia Horrifica. YA 001.9 GEE
ENCYCLOPEDIA HORRIFICA is the perfect book for anyone who loves the spooky, the
eerie, and the downright weird. Want to know about ghosts, vampires, ESP,
werewolves, or anything else even partially paranormal? Then this is definitely
the book for you!
The book is broken down into four main parts: Real Nightmares, "That's the
Spirit!", Every Day is Halloween, and Fearsome Fates.
Golus, Carrie. Tupac Shakur. YA 921 SHAKUR, T., Gol
Table of Contents: "How Long Wil They Mourn Me?" , A Young Talent , The Jungle,
A Thug's Life, From Prison to Death Row , Tomorrow Is Not Promised ,
Source Notes, Selected Bibliography, Further Reading and Websites, Index.
Grahame-Smith, Seth. How to Survive a Horror Movie: All the Skills
to Dodge the Kills. YA 791.43 GRA
Every month or so, a new horror movie hits #1 at the box office no wonder there
are dozens of new fright films slated for release in 2007. But if you find
yourself trapped in one of these movies, there's no need to be afraid. How to
Survive a Horror Movie teaches readers how to cope with every kind of horror
movie obstacle, from ax-wielding psychopaths to haunted Japanese VHS tapes.
How to Survive a Night of Babysitting
How to Convince the Skeptical Local Sheriff
How to Perform an Exorcism
How to Tell If You've Been Dead Since the Beginning of the Movie
How to Vanquish a Murderous Doll
Full of illustrated instructions on avoiding ghosts, serial killers, haunted
cars, murderous pets, telekinetic prom queens, and countless other hazards, How
to Survive a Horror Movie is essential reading for movie buffs of all ages!
Grandits, John. Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems. YA 811
A 15-year-old girl named Jessie voices typical and not so typical teenage
concerns in this unique, hilarious collection of poems. Her musings about trying
out new makeup and hairstyles, playing volleyball and cello, and dealing with
her annoying younger brother are never boring or predictable. Who else do you
know who designs her own clothes and writes poetry to her cat? Jessie’s a girl
with strong opinions, and she isn’t shy about sharing them. Her funny, sarcastic
take on high school life is revealed through concrete poetry: words, ideas,
type, and design that combine to make pictures and patterns. The poems are
inventive, irreverent, irresistible, and full of surprises just like Jessie and
the playful layout and ingenious graphics extend the wry humor.
Handy, Roger and Karin Elsener. Found Photos: Rear Ends.
If you're looking for a tasteful book about people's posteriors then you've
found it here. This hardcover tome has over one hundred photographs culled from
thrift stores depicting average people's bottoms throughout the 20th century. If
you're an aficionado of found objects or just a fan of butts then this book's
Harrington, Jane. Extreme Pets
Handbook. YA 636.08 HAR
A lizard that can lick its eyeballs...a rodent that can detach its fur...a
spider that shoots sharp hairs when its upset. No, these aren't the stars of a
freak show--they're Extreme Pets! If you've just GOTTA have a pet that's
anything but ordinary, this book is for you! Inside you'll find a ton of info
about all kinds of cool animals, from snakes to ferrets to frogs. You'll even
get tips on how to persuade your parents to let you have that creepy, crawly,
make-your-little-sister-jump-out-of-her-skin pet. And what could be more fun
Hess, Nina. A Practical Guide to Monsters. YA 793.93 HES
The sequel to The New York Times best-selling A Practical Guide to Dragons
How do you trick a troll? Do vampires sleep? Why worry about yuan-ti? Just in
time for Halloween, this lavishly illustrated guide showcases the spooky,
unexpected, and always fascinating world of monsters!
Lee, John. Street Scene. YA 741.2 LEE & 741.2 LEE
Contains 28 step-by-step demonstrations in an edgy, high-impact style.
Whether you're an aspiring comic-artist or you just wanna have fun drawing ...
this book shows you how to rock it out in your own gritty, graffiti-influenced
style. Start with simple shapes and stick figures and build up to full,
fleshed-out dudes and babes with serious attitude!
• Draw a radical cast of 18 characters step by step, including hip hop artists,
rappers, graffiti artists, DJs, skatekids, BMX riders, basketball players,
snowboarders, Goth girls, fashionistas, punk rockers, and other urban subculture
• Express your characters' style with the coolest hairstyles, clothing, shoes,
bling, hats, glasses, bags, piercings, tattoos and gear.
• Let your characters kick it in ultra-cool environments, from gritty cityscapes
and zany interiors to wild and abstract backgrounds.
From feet to facial expressions, you'll get lots of expert tips for awesome
results. It's everything you need to create maximum-impact art that expresses
your own sense of style and individuality ... Art that says, "I was here!"
Lewry, Fraser and Tom Ryan. Kittenwar.
YA 636.8 RYA
Kittenwar.com, the massively popular Web site that pits two photographs of
adorable kittens side by side and asks the viewer to vote for a winner, has
entered a new battlefield: the book. This action-packed adventure has something
for every kittenwarmonger, whether a grizzled veteran or a fresh-faced recruit:
more than 100 claws-to-the-walls kittenwars; expert battle analysis by the
creators of kittenwar.com; a super-accurate Kittenological Personality Tester,
the most comprehensive survey into cat naming ever undertaken; a guide to
getting maximum cuteness from your kitten; a history of kittens in wartime and
other times of great danger; and more. Filled with ridiculously cute kittens and
cleverly funny text, no one can resist this call to paws. May the cutest kitten
Pardes, Bronwen. Doing It Right: Making Smart, Safe and Satisfying Choices
Grade 9 Up—As a sexuality educator at middle schools, high schools, and
colleges, Pardes has had her share of the experience in the trenches, and shares
some of the most commonly requested information. She is up-front and honest with
her audience, not shying away from topics such as anal sex, masturbation, and
readiness for a sexual relationship. She strives to give teens the information
they need, without judgment, to make their own decisions. She freely discusses
sex without love, reproductive anatomy, transitioning as a transsexual, and
sexually transmitted diseases. Because she tries to do so much in one volume,
some topics, such as STDs other than HIV, are mentioned but not covered in
depth. The openness of this book will be a boon to teens looking for frank
discussions of sexuality and making choices.
Pearce, Fred. Earth: Then and Now.
Earth Then and Now records the dramatic way our planet has changed over the past
century. On one page is a specific part of the world as it was 5, 20, 50 or even
100 years ago. On the facing page is the same place as it looks today. Each
stark visual comparison tells a compelling story -- a melting glacier, an
expanding desert, an encroaching cityscape, a natural disaster.
Pearson, Felicia "Snoop" and David Ritz. Grace After Midnight: A Memoir.
While Felicia is a brilliant actor in a truly chilling role, what's most
remarkable about "Snoop" is what she has overcome in her life. Snoop was born a
three-pound cross-eyed crack baby in East Baltimore. Those streets are among the
toughest in the world, but Snoop was tougher. The runt of the ghetto showed an
early aptitude for drug slinging and violence and thrived as a baby gangsta
until she landed in Jessup state penitentiary after killing a woman in
self-defense. There she rebelled violently against the system, and it was only
through the cosmic intervention of her mentor, Uncle Loney, that she turned her
life around. A couple of years ago, Snoop was discovered in a nightclub by one
of The Wire's cast members and quickly recruited to be one of television's most
frightening and intriguing villians.While the story of coming up from the hood
has been told by Antwone Fisher and Chris Gardner, among others, Snoop's tale
goes far deeper into The Life than any previous books. And like Mary Karr's
story, Snoop's is a woman's story from a fresh point of view. She defied
traditional conventions of gender and sexual preference on the hardest streets
in America and she continues to do so in front of millions of viewers on TV.
Rogge, Hannah and Adrian Buckmaster, illus. Save This Shirt!
Hannah Rogge faced a common quandary. She had a closetful of oversized
T-shirts—leftovers from old boyfriends, charity-event giveaways, rock-concert
souvenirs, gifts from relatives’ travels. She rarely wore any of them—they
weren’t exactly flattering—but she wasn’t ready to throw them away.
What to do? Well, this ever-inventive industrial designer and jewelry designer,
who just loves making something from nothing, decided to save those shirts by
cutting them apart and stitching them back together, creating garments she might
actually want to wear—a sexy lace-up tank top, a racer-back tank top, and a mini
skirt—as well as useful accessories, including a belt and a tote bag. And she
figured out how to complete almost all of them in less than an hour (either by
hand or with a sewing machine) for just a few dollars.
Now everyone from the most craft-savvy to the craft-challenged can do the same
by following Rogge’s step-by-step illustrated instructions for her most popular
designs. Save This Shirt even comes with a cool large T-shirt —imprinted with
the Save This Shirt logo and compressed into a tiny T-shirt-shaped block—to use
Salant, James. Leaving Dirty Jersey: A Crystal Meth Memoir.
In its first pages, this disturbing memoir sees upper middle-class New Jersey
18-year-old Salant plopped in a California drug recovery center by his parents,
where he attempts "kicking heroin among strangers" some 3,000 miles from home.
Before long, Salant has ditched the recovery center and embarked on a chaotic,
crime-riddled year addicted to crystal meth and the whopping sex life that's
part of its allure. Supported by both his well-meaning parents and by selling
drugs, Salant deals with a cast of dysfunctional junkies at turns caring,
comical and highly unsettling. Though he never addresses the big picture-the
so-called epidemic of meth use in America-there's plenty of gory details about
life as a drug addict, from a dealer shooting meth into her neck while her
daughter watches TV in the next room, to an uncomfortable, drug-fueled threesome
with a violent paranoiac. The tale of Salant's recovery, however, is remarkably
abrupt; Savant explains he "didn't decide to turn my life around. I just stopped
trying so hard to ruin it." Savant's story is a depressing, at times disgusting,
and largely demoralizing tale; as such, it offers an unrelentingly bleak account
of one man's encounter with America's crystal meth culture, for readers who have
the stomach for it.
Shivak, Nadia. Inside Out: Portrait of an Eating Disorder.
YA 616.85 SHI
"Every day, meal by meal, millions of people suffer from eating disorders. I am
one of them."
Nadia Shivack was fourteen years old when she met Ed, her eating disorder.
Sometimes like an alien in her body, sometimes like a lover, Ed was
unpredictable and exciting, but ultimately always dangerous and destructive.
At an inpatient unit unit of a hospital where she was taken for treatment, Nadia
wrote and drew on napkins after meals in order to keep the food in and calm the
outrageous voices in her head. These pictures, together with others drawn on
notebook paper and a variety of other surfaces, tell an unflinchingly honest
story of a woman's lifelong battle with anorexia and bulimia. Raw, brave, and
brilliant, Nadia's journey takes readers to the intimate corners of these
misunderstood diseases. You will never think about eating disorders in the same
Simonson, Louise. DC Comics Covergirls.
"DC Comics Covergirls compiles the finest ladies from DC's 70-plus years..."
Smedman, Lisa. From Boneshakers to Choppers: The Rip-Roaring History of
The fastest book on two wheels explores the timeless appeal of the motorcycle.
In 1885, two German inventors strapped a motor to a bicycle, and the world's
first motorcycle was born. Riders have been hooked ever since.
Climb aboard From Boneshakers to Choppers and discover how these two-wheeled
wonders spawned subcultures that continue to flourish today. From early
endurance contests that catapulted Harley-Davidson to fame to pulp novels
featuring rugged biker heroes, you'll witness the burgeoning motorcycle image of
the early 20th century.
Move on to wartime when the military pushed the motorcycle's portability by
designing collapsible motorbikes to drop -- by parachute -- behind enemy lines.
Then follow the motorcycle through the definitive postwar years: the birth of
the Hell's Angels, the ultimate cool of biker Marion Brando in The Wild One, and
the scooter-as-fashion craze of the mods. You'll also discover the world of
adventurous female bikers, take to the tracks of stunt riders, and hit the road
with cross-continent racers.
Brimming with an amazing collection of archival and contemporary photographs,
From From Boneshakers to Choppers will take you on an unforgettable ride.
Warren, Frank. A Lifetime of Secrets: A PostSecret Book.
YA 741.6 WAR
For the past three years Frank Warren has invited people of all backgrounds and
nationalities to send him creatively decorated postcards bearing secrets they
have never before revealed. He has shared these PostSecrets on his award-winning
blog, www.PostSecret.com, in an internationally traveling art exhibit, and in
three electrifying books: the bestselling PostSecret, My Secret, and The Secret
Lives of Men and Women.
Now, in his most extraordinary book yet, Warren again delves into our collective
confessions, presenting a never-before-seen selection of provocative and moving
PostSecrets. A Lifetime of Secrets lays bare our private fears, hopes, regrets,
and desires, from people as young as eight and as old as eighty. From painful
admissions of infidelity to breathtaking revelations and endearing sentiments,
Warren's latest collection will shock and move readers of every age, revealing
secrets that have haunted their creators for a lifetime.
Willet, Edward. Jimi Hendrix: Kiss the Sky.
From the American Rebels series, this biography introduces electric-guitar
virtuoso Jimi Hendrix. Readers may be tempted to skim the opening pages, which
explore Hendrix's family tree back to the 1800s and chronicle his chaotic
childhood, but when young Jimi shells out five dollars for a guitar with one
string, the narrative finds its focus. Providing telling details, Willett
supplies the main facts of Hendrix's early days in various bands, his breakout
festival performances, and his life leading up to his death at the age of 27.
Sidebars with heads such as "A Nasty Drunk" and "LSD" comment on seamier aspects
of the singer's life. A few photos illustrate the text, and a chronology,
chapter notes for the many quotes, a selected discography, and short lists of
books and Web sites enrich this good, basic introduction to Hendrix's life and
the reasons for his enduring fame.
Yoshinaga, Masayuki. Gothic and Lolita.
Never Before Published Photographs Celebrating the Eclectic and Bizarre Street
Fashion of Japan's Teens Follows the Popularity of Phaidon's Fruits and Fresh
Fruits A fashion phenomenon born in the underground clubs of Tokyo and Osaka has
made its way above ground. The streets of Japan are filled with teenagers clad
in corsets, spikes, lacy Victorian dresses, dark eye makeup, black spandex,
frilly tutus, patterned knee-highs, ruffled bows, and wigs of all lengths and
styles. A mixture of high fashion and home-made ensembles, the Gothic and Lolita
scene is one of the more bizarre hybrids of Japanese street fashion, boasting
thousands of devotees who dedicate their lives to creating ever more flamboyant
and original variations of this fused style. GOTHIC LOLITA, edited by Katsuhiko
Ishikawa with photographs by Masayuki Yoshinaga, is a new and exclusive
photography collection that celebrates the eclectic and bizarre Gothic street
fashion of Japan's teens. Specially commissioned by Phaidon Press and based on
the creative design of the bestselling Fruits and Fresh Fruits, GOTHIC LOLITA
features portraits and group shots of Japanese Goths and Lolitas both at home
and in the urban centers of Tokyo and Osaka. Presented in a simple format with a
funky design, hundreds of teenagers posed for the camera in their imaginative
and often surreal outfits and offered personal insights into the idea behind
their personal fashion choices. The responses are sometimes surprising,
sometimes shocking, often hilarious, and always compelling. The images combined
with the text, which is presented in question and answer format, present a
unique "look book" of one of the more surreal aspects of Japanese popular youth
culture. GOTHIC LOLITA allows us to trespass on the streets of Japan and witness
in an informative yet entertaining way this fashion phenomenon. The origin of
this eccentric fashion movement traces back to Osaka in the mid 1990s when young
teenagers adopted Gothic fashion in response to the clothes worn and promoted by
Japanese Gothic rock bands. Influenced by Western fashion trends from the mid
1980s, young teenagers, predominately adolescent girls, dress head-to-toe in
gothic costumes and late-Victorian dress. GOTHIC LOLITA charts the current trend
from the clubs of Tokyo to the streets of Harajuku and Akihabara. These street
fashions provide inspiration to professional and would-be fashion designers, as
well as teenagers and Gothic' fans from coast to coast.