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Adams, Douglas (YAPB)
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
His friend from the planet Betelgeuse, plucks Arthur Dent off the planet Earth just as a space cruiser has knocked down his house and destroyed Earth. Together they travel through the Universe in a series of comic misadventures, quoting from the revised Hitchhiker's Guide.
Allen, William Stuart (YAPB)
Swords For Hire: Two Of The Most Unlikely Heroes You'll Ever Meet
In the ancient kingdom of Parnall, 16-year-old Sam Hatcher and an eccentric Royal Guard set out on a mission to rescue the rightful king who has been imprisoned in a faraway dungeon by his evil brother. Wacky high jinks ensue.
Anderson, M.T. (YA)
Hoping to shed his loser image, Anthony plans revenge on a bully that results in a war between two competing fast food restaurants, Burger Queen and O'Dermott's.
Bauer, Joan (YA & YAPB)
As a 16-year-old pursues her two goals--growing the biggest pumpkin in Iowa and losing 20 pounds herself--she strengthens her relationship with her father and meets a young man with interests similar to her own (See also Thwonk & Rules of the Road).
Bradley, Alex (YA)
24 Girls In 7 Days
Jack Grammar, average American senior, has no date to the prom. Or so he thinks. Jack's so-called best friends, post an ad in the classified section of the online version of the school newspaper. Soon there is an assembled a list of girls eager to go to the prom with Jack. He has just seven days to meet and date them before he will ask one special girl to the prom.
Brashares, Ann (YA & YAPB)
The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants
Four best girlfriends spend the biggest summer of their lives enchanted by a magical pair of pants. Funny and poignant, these girls' stories will stick with you long after the pants have been passed along (See also The Second Summer of the Sisterhood and Girls in Pants).
Brian, Kate (YA)
The Princess And The Pauper
When 16-year-old Julia, of Los Angeles, and 16-year-old Princess Carina, of Vineland, switch places, Julia dances at the ball with the incredible Markus and Carina escapes rigid protocol to spend time with a rock star.
Cabot, Meg (YA)
All American Girl
Samantha is just an average teenage girl living in D.C. until she puts a stop to an assassination attempt against the President of the United States. Samantha's life is turned upside down.
Cabot, Meg (YA)
The Princess Diaries
Fourteen-year-old Mia, who is trying to lead a normal life as a teenage girl in New York City, is shocked to learn that her father is the Prince of Genovia, a small European principality, and that she is a princess and the heir to the throne.
Ferris, Jean (YA)
Love Among The Walnuts: Or How I Saved My Entire Family From Being Poisoned
Born and raised in isolation in a wealthy, eccentric family, Sandy is shocked when he, his parents, and their servants become victims of a vicious plot by his greedy uncles to incapacitate them and take their money (See also Once Upon a Marigold).
Goldman, William (S - Adult Fiction collection)
The Princess Bride
In this classic fantasy, William Goldman tells how a grandfather relates a rousing tale to his ailing grandson. The story follows a handsome young farmhand, Westley, as he overcomes the greatest swordsman in the world, the strongest man in the world, the cleverest man in the world, and ultimately death to win his childhood love, Buttercup.
Hardman, Ric (YA)
Sunshine Rider: The First Vegetarian Western
Jumping at the chance to get out of boring Odessa, 17-year-old Wylie Jackson lands a job as assistant cook on what will be his first cattle drive.
Hiassen, Carl (YA)
Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.
Howe, Norma (YA)
The Adventures Of Blue Avenger
On his sixteenth birthday, still trying to cope with the unexpected death of his father, David Schumacher decides--or does he--to change his name to Blue Avenger, hoping to find a way to make a difference in his Oakland neighborhood and in the world.
Juby, Susan (YA)
Alice, I Think
In this darkly humorous story, fifteen-year-old Alice keeps a diary as she struggles to cope with the embarrassments and trials of family, dating, school, work, small town life, and a serious case of "outcastitis."
Korman, Gordan (J)
No More Dead Dogs
Eighth-grade football hero Wallace Wallace is sentenced to detention attending rehearsals of the school play where, in spite of himself, he becomes wrapped up in the production and begins to suggest changes that improve not only the play but his life as well.
Korman, Gordan (YA)
Son Of The Mob
Seventeen-year-old Vince's life is constantly complicated by the fact that he is the son of a powerful Mafia boss, a relationship that threatens to destroy his romance with the daughter of an FBI agent.
Limb, Sue (YA & YAPB)
Girl, 15, Charming But Insane
Fifteen-year-old Jess, living with her mum, separated from her father in Cornwall, and with a best friend who seems to do everything perfectly, finds her own assets through humor.
Lubar, David (YA)
While hoping to work as the clown in an amusement park dunk tank on the New Jersey shore the summer before his junior year in high school, Chad faces his best friend's serious illness, hassles with police, and the girl that got away.
Lynch, Chris (YA)
Fourteen-year-old Elvin Bishop is sent to three weeks of summer camp that turns out to be more of a pre-season athletic training camp. In humorous and sarcastic letters sent home to his mother, Elvin offers a wry take on being fat, failing miserably at sports and not fitting in to the appropriate jock slot."
Mackler, Carolyn (YA & YAPB)
The Earth, My Butt, And Other Big Round Things
Feeling like she does not fit in with the other members of her family, who are all thin, brilliant, and good-looking, fifteen-year-old Virginia tries to deal with her self-image, her first physical relationship, and her disillusionment with some of the people closest to her.
Moriarty, Jaclyn (YA & YAPB)
The Year of Secret Assignments
Three female students from Ashbury High write to three male students from rival Brookfield High as part of a pen pal program, leading to romance, humiliation, revenge plots, and war between the schools.
Osa, Nancy (YA)
Violet Paz, a Chicago high school student, reluctantly prepares for her upcoming "quince," a Spanish nickname for the celebration of a Hispanic girl's fifteenth birthday.
Paulsen, Gary (YA)
The Glass Cafe
When 12-year-old Tony, a talented artist, begins sketching the dancers at the Kitty Kat Club where his mother is an exotic dancer, it sparks the attention of social services.
Peck, Richard (YA)
The Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy In Three Parts
In rural Indiana in 1904, 15-year-old Russell's dreams of quitting school and joining a wheat threshing crew are disrupted when his older sister takes over the teaching at his one-room schoolhouse after mean old Myrt Arbuckle "hauls off and dies."
Pinkwater, Daniel (YA & YAPB)
The Education Of Robert Nifkin
Set in the 1950s in Chicago, Robert Nifkin relates his highly unorthodox high school experiences in the form of a college application essay
Powell, Randy (YA & YAPB)
Three Clams And An Oyster
During their humorous search to find a fourth player for their flag football team, three high school juniors are forced to examine their long friendship, their individual flaws, and their inability to try new experiences.
Pratchett, Terry (YA)
The Wee Free Men
A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland. (See the sequel, A Hat full of Sky).
Rees, Douglas (YA)
When his family moves from California to New Sodom, Massachusetts and Cody enters Vlad Dracul Magnet School, many things seem strange, from the dark-haired, pale-skinned, supernaturally strong students to Charon, the wolf who guides him around campus on the first day.
Rennison, Louise (YA & YAPB)
Away Laughing On A Fast Camel
The saga of teenager Georgia Nicolson continues in diary entries about her life after her boyfriend goes off to Kiwi-agogoland, leaving her to make do without him (See the entire series, starting with Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging).
Sheldon, Dyan (YA & YAPB)
Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen
In her first year at a suburban New Jersy high school, Mary Elizabeth Cep, who now calls herself "Lola," sets her sights on the lead in the annual drama production, and finds herself in conflict with the most popular girl in school.
Sleator, William (YA)
A collection of ten hilarious, semi-autobiographical stories based on experiences from the author's youth and peopled with an unusual assortment of family and friends.
Strasser, Todd (YAPB)
How I Created My Perfect Prom Date
When Brad asks someone else to the senior prom, Nicole resorts to a desperate measure--she decides to make her next-door neighbor over into a dream date.
Vizzini, Ned (YA & YAPB)
Be More Chill
Badly in need of self-confidence and a change of image, high school nerd Jeremy Heere swallows a pill-sized super computer that is supposed to help him get whatever he wants.
Whytock, Cherry (YA)
My Cup Runneth Over
Believing she is too big, 14-year-old Angel tries dieting and kick-boxing to lose weight, but thanks to her friends and the school fashion show, she discovers that her size is just right. Includes recipes (See also My Scrumptious Scottish Dumplings).
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