Books about being true to yourself. For grades 6 - 12.
Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Three teenaged girls from very different backgrounds, thrown together to pick peaches in a Georgia orchard, spend a summer in pursuit of the right boy, the truest of friends, and the perfect peach. Sequel: Secrets of Peaches
Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer
For thirteen years, Vlad 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.
Tyrell by Booth Coe
Fifteen-year-old Tyrell, who is living in a Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-out mother and his younger brother, tries to avoid temptation so he does not end up in jail like his father.
Thieves Like Us by Stephen Cole
A mysterious benefactor handpicks a group of teen geniuses to follow a set of clues leading to the secrets of everlasting life, secrets that they must steal and for which they risk being killed. Sequel: Thieves Till We Die
Singer of All Songs by Kate Constable
Calwyn, a young priestess of ice magic, or "chantment," joins with other chanters who have different magical skills to fight a sorcerer who wants to claim all powers for his own. Sequel: The Waterless Sea
Jason & Kyra by Dana Davidson
Handsome and popular athlete Jason tries to come to terms with his stormy home life, his dissatisfaction with his beautiful but shallow girlfriend, and his growing attraction to the quiet, studious Kyra.
New Boy by Julian Houston
As a new sophomore at an exclusive boarding school, a young black man is witness to the persecution of another student with bad acne.
A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
After the Russian Revolution turns her world upside down, a young Russian Countess has no choice but to flee to England. Penniless, she hides her aristocratic background and takes a job as a servant to the Westerholme family, and is overwhelmed by her new duties and her instant attraction to the handsome Earl of Westerholme.
Schooled by Gordon Korman
Homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Cap has never watched television, tasted a pizza, or even heard of a wedgie. But when his grandmother lands in the hospital, he’s forced to attend the local middle school. While Cap knows a lot about tie-dyeing and Zen Buddhism, no education could prepare him for the politics of public school.
Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Frankie is not the kind of girl to take “no” for an answer. Especially when “no” means she’s excluded from her boyfriend’s all-male secret society. Not when her ex-boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places. Not when she knows she’s smarter than any of them. And when there are so many, many pranks to be done…
Game by Walter Dean Myers
If Harlem high school senior Drew Lawson is going to realize his dream of playing college, then professional, basketball, he will have to improve at being coached and being a team player, especially after a new--white--student threatens to take the scouts' attention away from him.
Wait For Me by An Na
As her senior year in high school approaches, Mina yearns to find her own path in life but working at the family business, taking care of her little sister, and dealing with her mother's impossible expectations are as stifling as the southern California heat, until she falls in love with a man who offers a way out.
I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader by Kieran Scott
As a brunette on the all-blonde cheerleading squad at her new Florida high school, sophomore Annisa tries to fit in with her popular teammates without losing the friendship of Bethany, the only other non-blonde at the school. Sequel: Brunettes Strike Back
Under the Baseball Moon by John H. Ritter
Andy and Glory, two fifteen-year-olds from Ocean Beach, Calif., pursue their respective dreams of becoming a famous musician and a professional softball player.
Bloom by Elizabeth Scott
Lauren has a good life: decent grades, great friends, and the perfect boyfriend. But she finds herself attracted to Evan, a handsome loner, and starts wondering if she’s staying with her loyal boyfriend, Dave, simply because it’s what everyone expects.
The Hoopster by Alan Sitomer
Andre Anderson is a black teenager who loves to play basketball. When he is viciously attacked, it calls his whole world into question--even his deadly jumpshot. Sequel: Hip-Hop High School
So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld
Hunter Braque, a New York City teenager who is paid by corporations to spot what is "cool," combines his analytical skills with girlfriend Jen's creative talents to find a missing person and thwart a conspiracy directed at the heart of consumer culture.
Story of a Girl by Sarah Zarr
In the three years since her father caught her in the back seat of a car with an older boy, 16-year-old Deanna’s life at home and school has been a nightmare. But while dreaming of escaping with her older brother and his family, she discovers the power of forgiveness.