Books for teen readers


Names Will Never Hurt Me (Teen, fiction)
By Jaime Adoff
Deftly interweaving the narratives of four unique, vivid teenagers, this powerful novel in prose-poetry form explores the enormous repercussions of daily school teasing, racism, and ostracism. As tensions rise and emotions reach the breaking point, will they be able to reach out to one another in time to prevent a tragedy? Amazon.

Please Stop Laughing at Me (Teen, non-fiction)
By Jodee Blanco
In her poignant autobiographical work, Jodee Blanco tells how school became a frightening and painful place, where threats, humiliation, and assault were as much a part of her daily experience as bubblegum and lip-gloss were for others. It is an unflinching look at what it means to be an outcast, how even the most loving parents can get it wrong, why schools fail, and how bullying is both misunderstood and mishandled. Amazon.

Walking Naked (Teen, fiction)
By Alyssa Brugman
Tenth-grader Megan, a member of a popular clique, takes steps toward defying convention and becoming friends with a school outcast. What distinguishes this variation is that neither of the central characters– Megan, the narrator, and Perdita, called the Freak by her classmates–is particularly likeable. Amazon.

Girl Wars: 12 Strategies That Will End Female Bullying (Teen, nonfiction)
By Cheryl Dellasega
With their combined experience in offering and evaluating programs that combat bullying, the authors show that girls not only want to help rather than hurt each other, they can do so with guidance from concerned adults. Amazon.

I Wrote on All Four Walls: Teens Speak out on Violence (Teen, non-fiction)
By Fran Fernly
The harrowing stories of nine contemporary teenagers who have witnessed, been the victim of, or instigated acts of violence… sometimes all three. In their own words, these teens offer thoughtful testimony on how such experiences have impacted on their lives, and their choices in dealing with those repercussions. Each experience is as unique and complex as the teens themselves. But one common element is clear: violence builds walls, and these teens want to speak up and break out. Amazon.

Lord of the Flies (Teen, fiction)
William Golding
A thought-provoking novel that describes in detail the horrific exploits of a band of young children who make a striking transition from civilized to barbaric. The book commands a pessimistic outlook that seems to show that man is inherently tied to society, and without it, we would likely return to savagery. Amazon.

Perfect Snow (Teen, fiction)
By Nora Martin
Seventeen-year-old Ben must deal with a violent white-supremacy hate group in his small Montana town because his father and his friends are involved with it. Amazon.

Odd Girl Speaks Out: Girls Write about Bullies, Cliques, Popularity, and Jealousy (Teen, non-fiction)
By Rachel Simmons
Simmons draws from her workshops with teens, offering anecdotes, poems, and letters written by teens as well as her own insightful commentary. The chapters are loosely organized and examine bullying from a variety of angles: the voices of the bully, the victim, and the not-so-innocent bystander all speak here. Amazon.

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