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  • With a charismatic leading lady kids will flip over, a compelling dynamic between the two narrators and a resonant ending (including a clever double entendre on the title), this novel is a great deal larger than the sum of its parts.
    Publishers Weekly


Abbott, Tony. Firegirl. Little, Brown, 2006.

Bauer, Joan. Hope Was Here. Penguin, 2000.

Choldenko, Gennifer. Al Capone Does My Shirts. Putnam, 2004.

Gordon, Amy. When JFK Was My Father. Houghton, 1999.

Kinney, Jeff. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Hefley’s Journal. Amulet, 2007. (And others in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.)

Lord, Cynthia. Rules. Scholastic, 2006.

Perkins, Lynne Rae. All Alone in the Universe. Greenwillow, 1999.

Schmidt, Gary D. The Wednesday Wars. Clarion, 2007.

Sheldon, Dyan. Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. Candlewick, 1999.

Sones, Sonya. What My Mother Doesn’t Know. Simon & Schuster, 2001.

Spinelli, Jerry. Crash. Knopf, 1996.

Spinelli, Jerry. Stargirl. Knopf, 2000.

Tarshis, Lauren. Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love. Dial, 2009.

Van Draanen, Wendelin. How I Survived Being a Girl. HarperCollins,1997.

Van Draanen, Wendelin. Sammy Keyes and the Cold Hard Cash. Knopf, 2008. (And others in the Sammy Keyes series.)

Van Draanen, Wendelin. Swear to Howdy. Knopf, 2003.

Wittlinger, Ellen. Hard Love. Simon & Schuster, 1999.

Woodson, Jacqueline. Feathers. Putnam, 2007.

Yee, Lisa. Millicent Min, Girl Genius. Scholastic, 2003.

Yee, Lisa. Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time. Scholastic, 2005.