Annie Fox for Teens... Hey, Terra!

Books can take you into other worlds, unlike anything you could ever imagine. (That can give you a needed break from the reality of your life.) Books can also present worlds that feel very familiar. Either way, a good novel (the only kind worth reading) can provide you with plenty of ideas to think about. I’ve read all the books listed here. They’re very good. (Otherwise I wouldn’t bother mentioning them.) So why not take a chance with one of these? You can buy them used, online for cheap. Or just look for them on the shelves of your school or public library. And if you’ve got any books that you’d highly recommend to other tweens and/or teens, let me know! I’m always looking for a good read!

In friendship,
Terra

''How Ya Like Me Now'' by Brendan Halpin ''Criss Cross'' by Lyne Rae Perkins ''Holes'' by Louis Sachar ''The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants'' by Ann Brashares ''Between a Rock and a Hard Place'' by Alden R. Carter ''Lemonade Mouth'' by Mark Peter Hughes ''Hoot'' by Carl Hiaasen ''When Zachary Beaver Came to Town'' by Kimberly Willis Holt
''Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes'' by Chris Crutcher ''Including Alice'' by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor ''If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period'' by Gennifer Choldenko ''Tangerine'' by Edward Bloor ''Forever Rose'' by Hilary McKay ''The Misfits'' by James Howe ''So Hard to Say'' by Alex Sanchez ''Schooled'' by Gordon Korman

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''How Ya Like Me Now'' by Brendan Halpin

How Ya Like Me Now
by Brendan Halpin

Sure Eddie and Alex are first cousins, but they don’t know each other. So when Eddie’s mom goes into rehab and Eddie moves in with Alex and his parents. It’s really weird. But nothing’s weirder for Eddie than Alex’s school... as different from his old school as any two places could be. So how can he possibly fit in?

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''Criss Cross'' by Lyne Rae Perkins

Criss Cross
by Lyne Rae Perkins

It’s summer and not much seems to be happening in town. But that’s only a surface impression. Debbie, Hector, Patty, Phil, Lenny have a whole lot going on inside their heads and their hearts. And they discover (each in their own way) that by stepping outside your well-worn, comfortable boundaries of who you are, can turn the most ordinary stuff into extraordinary experiences.

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''Holes'' by Louis Sachar

Holes
by Louis Sachar

In a case of mistaken identity, Stanley Yelnats ends up in a juvenile detention facility. Camp Green Lake is a place where guys are sent to dig holes to keep them out of trouble. But what are the holes for? Find out in this book of intrigue and friendship.

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''The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants'' by Ann Brashares

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
by Ann Brashares

One pair of “magical” jeans perfectly fits four close friends of very different sizes. But there’s more: The jeans connect the girls across great distances during a summer of major challenges.

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''Between a Rock and a Hard Place'' by Alden R. Carter

Between a Rock and a Hard Place
by Alden R. Carter

When Mark and Randy set off on a canoe trip, they learn about more than wilderness survival skills. As the guys face challenges together, they learn what it takes to be someone who can be counted on.

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''Lemonade Mouth'' by Mark Peter Hughes

Lemonade Mouth
by Mark Peter Hughes

Five of the school’s most picked-on kids join forces to become a great band. Empowered by their newfound acceptance, these band members help other students make changes in the way they treat others.

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''Hoot'' by Carl Hiaasen

Hoot
by Carl Hiaasen

Roy is the new kid at Trace Middle School. That means lunches alone in the cafeteria and no real friends to speak of. But all of that changes when a series of mysterious events leads him to discover a colony of burrowing owls—and his first true friend.

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''When Zachary Beaver Came to Town'' by Kimberly Willis Holt

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
by Kimberly Willis Holt

Nothing interesting ever happened in Antler, Texas. Not until the fattest boy in the World showed up (and it only costs $2 to get a look at him). Not likely the town will ever be the same.

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''Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes'' by Chris Crutcher

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
by Chris Crutcher

Eric, an obese boy, found a real friend in Sarah, whose burn scars make her a social outcast too. When she starts having serious problems, Eric does whatever it takes to help, even at the risk of losing the friendship.

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''Including Alice'' by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Including Alice
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

After four years of being the behind the scenes matchmaker for her dad and her favorite teacher, 16-year old Alice believes all her dreams will come true when they finally get married. But after the wedding, life isn’t as Alice imagined and she has to figure out where she fits in this updated version of her family.

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''If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period'' by Gennifer Choldenko

If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period
by Gennifer Choldenko

Two kids. Two lives. The challenge of a new school for one. For the other, the challenge of parents who seem to be on the verge of splitting up. When Kirsten and Walker discover the truth of their connection, they find new strength in each other.

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''Tangerine'' by Edward Bloor

Tangerine
by Edward Bloor

Paul is visually impaired, but there’s nothing wrong with his ability to see the problems in his family, his new neighborhood and the school rule that says he can’t play on the soccer team despite the fact that he’s the best goalie around.

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''Forever Rose'' by Hilary McKay

Forever Rose
by Hilary McKay

It’s a few weeks before Christmas and Rose feels like she’s the only one in her family that even notices that the house is empty most of the time. Do they care that it’s the time of year when “family” is really supposed to mean something?

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''The Misfits'' by James Howe

The Misfits
by James Howe

Seventh Grade isn’t easy for the Gang of Five, but then for kids who don’t fit neatly into the definition of “cool” it rarely is. When Skeezie, Addie, Joe and Bobby decide they’ve had enough of the Name Calling, the whole school is in for major upheaval.

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''So Hard to Say'' by Alex Sanchez

So Hard to Say
by Alex Sanchez

When Frederick walks into Xio’s class on the first day of school, she decides that he is the perfect guy for her. While they become close friends, Frederick just doesn’t like her in that way. In fact he’s never liked any girl that way. He wonders what that means.

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''Schooled'' by Gordon Korman

Schooled
by Gordon Korman

Not only does Capricorn Anderson looks like he’s in a 1960’s hippie time warp… the kid has actually never been to school before! What he doesn’t know about the way things work at Claverage Middle School can get him in major trouble.

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