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The Blue Mirror. Kathe Koja.
Sixteen-year-old Maggy seeks refuge from her dysfunctional home by sitting and drawing in a local cafe, and becomes involved in a negative relationship with a homeless youth named Cole.

Born Blue. Han Nolan.
Janie was four years old when she nearly drowned due to her mothers neglect. Through an unhappy foster home experience, and years of feeling that she is unwanted, she keeps alive her dream of someday being a famous singer.

Bronx Masquerade. Nikki Grimes.
While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they've written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates.

Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You. Dorian Cirrone.
Sixteen-year-old Kayla, attends an Arts High School where her body and ballet don’t mix. She and her sister Paterson, are helped and hurt by classmates confronting many issues while still maintaining their sense of humor. Red shoes start appearing around school with scary messages.

Fat Kid Rules the World. K. L. Going.
17 yr. old Troy is depressed, suicidal and 300 pounds. He gets a new perspective on life after meeting a homeless teenager who is a guitar genius. Troy agrees to be in his new friend’s band not realizing how it will change his life.

Hard Love. Ellen Wittlinger.
After starting to publish a zine in which he writes his secret feelings about his lonely life and his parents' divorce, sixteen-year-old John meets an unusual girl and begins to develop a healthier personality.

No More Dead Dogs. Gordon Korman.
Eighth-grade football hero Wallace Wallace must spend detention watching rehearsals of the school play. 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.

Talk. Kathe Koja.
Hoping to escape from himself for awhile, Kit auditions for a controversial school play and discovers his talent for acting, struggles with coming out, and faces a crisis in his view of himself and his relationship with his costar.

Whirligig. Paul Fleischman.
While traveling to each corner of the country to create a whirligig in memory of the girl whose death he caused, sixteen-year-old Brian finds forgiveness and atonement.

Dancer. Lorri Hewett.
At 16, nothing means more to Stephanie Haynes than ballet. As she competes for spots in national dance companies and tries to balance dance, home, and life as a scholarship student at a prestigious private school, the teen questions friendships, romance, and her desire to be a professional dancer.

Orphea Proud. Sharon Dennis Wyeth.
Orphea Proud, 17-year-old orphan & New York poet, tells the story of how she fell in love with her best friend, Lissa, who died in a car accident a day after their first kiss. Orphea struggles to verbalize her overwhelming experiences and the comfort and self-awareness she discovers by reconnecting with her dead mother's family.


The Big Book of Pop Culture. Hal Niedzviecki.
A How-to-Guide for Young Artists describes how to use the tools of modern media, music, zines, movies, comics, video, books or websites, blogs and video games to express yourself and share your own ideas.

Boards: The Art & Design of the Skateboard. Hoye, Jacob Hoye (editor) & Walter Einenkel (art editor).
This MTV Overground book features hundreds of skateboard designs by today’s hippest designers.

Drawing Words & Writing Pictures. Jessica Abel & Matt Madden.
A complete course on making Comics, Manga, Graphic novels, etc.

Generation T. Megan Nikolay.
Transform the ordinary T-shirt into a wide variety of fashionable clothing, accessories, and other items.

How to Make a Journal of Your Life. D. Price.
Offers fun guidance on how to write your very own life journal.

Indie girl. Arne Johnson & Karen Macklin.
Describes ways in which teenage girls can start their own creative ventures, discussing how to start a band, film a television show, and launch a fashion company.

Journal Revolution: Rise up and create! Linda Woods & Karen Dinino.
Art journals, personal manifestos, and other artistic insurrections. Be inspired to create and express yourself.

Manga Clip Art. Hayden Scott-Baron.
This book includes a CD to help you create your own professional looking Manga artwork.

Seize the Story. Victoria Hanley.
A handbook for teens who love to write.

A Teen’s Guide to Getting Published. Jessica Dunn & Danielle Dunn.
A guide for teens that offers writing tips and a current listing of print and online markets that publish student work.

The Indie Band Survival Guide. The Complete Manual for the Do-It-Yourself Musician
Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan.
A guide for teens that offers writing tips and a current listing of print and online markets that publish student work.

Researched and compiled by M. Westlund, 4/2009

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