- Cindy Smith
Here are some suggestions for books with school drama/situations and
plots that keep you guessing at the ending.
The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin.
Seventeen-year-old Matthew recounts his attempts, starting at a young
age, to free himself and his sisters from the grip of their emotionally and physically abusive mother.
Jumping the Scratch by Sarah Weeks.
After moving with his mother to a trailer park to care for an injured
aunt, eleven-year-old Jamie Reardon struggles to cope with a deeply
Cut by Patricia McCormick.
While confined to a mental hospital, thirteen-year-old Callie slowly
comes to understand some of the reasons behind her self-mutilation, and gradually starts to get better.
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.
In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of
nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.
The Boyfriend List : (15 guys, 11 shrink appointments, 4 ceramic
frogs,and me, Roby Oliver) by E. Lockhart.
A Seattle fifteen-year-old explains some of the reasons for her recent panic attacks, including breaking up with her boyfriend, losing all her girlfriends, tension between her performance-artist mother and her father, and more.