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Back to School Reading List

It’s back to school time! After a fun summer, it’s time to load backpacks with notebooks and pencils and head back to the classroom, but that doesn’t mean you can’t read books for fun! Here’s a list of books about the challenges of high school.



The List book coverThe List by Sibohan Vivian

Every year at Mount Washington High School somebody posts a list of the prettiest and ugliest girls from each grade– this is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, and how they are affected by the list.




Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

After she dies in a car crash, teenage Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until, on the seventh day, she finally discovers a way to save herself.




Freshman Year and Other Natural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin

Smart, occasionally insecure, and ambitious Brooklyn fourteen-year-old Kelsey Finkelstein embarks on her freshman year of high school in Manhattan with the intention of “rebranding” herself, but unfortunately everything she tries to do is a total disaster.




The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

It’s 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet. Emma just got her first computer and Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on– and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future. Everybody wonders what their destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out.



Gym Candy book coverGym Candy by Carl Deuker

Groomed by his father to be a star player, football is the only thing that has ever really mattered to Mick Johnson, who works hard for a spot on the varsity team his freshman year, then tries to hold onto his edge by using steroids, despite the consequences to his health and social life.




 Freshman Tales of 9th Grade Obsessions, Revelations, and Other Nonsense by Corinne Mucha

This graphic novel follows Annie’s first year of high school, chronicling her crushes, failures, and successes.




Skunk Girl book cover Skunk Girl by Sheba Karim

Nina Khan is not just the only Asian or Muslim student in her small-town high school in upstate New York, she is also faces the legacy of her “Supernerd” older sister, body hair, and the pain of having a crush when her parents forbid her to date.




The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty

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.



Start the school year off right by checking out a book from the library!


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