Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits-smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
Juice by Eric Walters: When a new coach comes to their school, Michael and his teammates are convinced that steroids are the way to compete, but what they do not know is their coach’s determination to obtain a college post rests on his ability to create a division one high school team.
Payback Time by Carl Deuker: Mitch doesn’t think much of his new assignment as sports reporter, but when he sees how Coach McNulty keeps Angel—a reclusive new student who shows star-quality abilities in practice—benched until late in each hard-fought game his suspicions are aroused. *2015-2016 Book Battle Book
Recommended by Twins
Maze Runner Series by James Dashner: Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape. *2015-2016 Book Battle Book
A Boy Called Twister by Anne Schraff: Kevin Walker is determined to be a loner at Tubman High so no one will discover the secret that forced his family to move, but when he becomes the star of the track team, his rising popularity threatens everything.
Ana’s Story by Jenna Bush: Jenna Bush presents a nonfiction account of Ana, a young Latin American mother, who shared with Bush the loss of her parents to AIDS, abuse from her grandmother and aunt, and of her own battle with AIDS. *2015-2016 Book Battle Book
A Book About Twins
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson: At first, Jude and her twin brother are NoahandJude; inseparable. Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor who may help her clear up her misunderstanding with her brother.
How rude! by Alex Packer: the teen guide to good manners, proper behavior, and not grossing people out.
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DJ Rising by Love Maia: Sixteen-year-old Marley Diego-Dylan’s career as “DJ Ice” is skyrocketing, but his mother’s heroin addiction keeps dragging him back to earth.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher: Clay Jensen receives a box in the mail containing seven cassette tapes recorded by his crush, Hannah Baker, who committed suicide, and spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.