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37 Things I Love (In No Particular Order)

Bullied by her best friend and facing the impending death of her father, 15-year-old Ellis finds hope through a new therapist and in her emerging relationship with Cara.

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A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend

Following the death of her best friend Julia, Cass finds herself involved in a project to produce the musical Julia wrote. Betrayed loyalties and school bullies set Cass off on a journey where she finds self-awareness and acceptance.

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A Name on the Quilt: A Story of Remembrance

Lauren and her family reminisce as they work together creating a panel for the AIDS Memorial Quilt in honor of her Uncle Ron.

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Donorboy

Fourteen-year old Rosalind Butterfield's whole world is shaken when both her lesbian mothers are killed in a car accident and she must move in with her birth father, Sean Cassidy -- the sperm donor whom she's never even met before!

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Far from Xanadu

Mike Szabo - ace softball player, weightlifter, a.k.a. Mary Elizabeth - has enough trouble surviving in her small town before a new girl, Xanadu, turns Mike's life upside down. [Re-issued as "Pretend You Love Me"]

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Gone, Gone, Gone

This quiet love story is set in 2002, as random and deadly sniper fire has Washington DC under siege. Fifteen-year-olds Craig and Lio are drawn together, yet the recent trauma of 9/11 has them at odds, with Craig's emotions on hold and Lio at a growing distance from his own feelings.

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In Mike We Trust

Fifteen-year-old Garth finds the confidence to come out to his mother when wheeling-and-dealing Uncle Mike, his late father's identical twin, moves in and puts him to work as a budding con man.

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Kiss the Morning Star

Best friends Anna and Kat take off on a cross-country road trip, using Jack Kerouac's novel, *The Dharma Bums* for inspiration. Out on the open road they explore the Northwest and encounter church folks, a tattoo artist, hippie jam band groupies, some wild small-town girls, and a spiritual guru.

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Love Is the Higher Law

Three teenage New Yorkers - Claire, Peter, and Jasper - searching for the meaning of the 9/11 bombing find it in new friendships and the emerging romantic relationship between the two boys.

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M+O 4EVR

After the death of Marianne, Opal's best friend -- and more -- Opal deals with her loss through the life of Hannah, a runaway slave who died in 1842.

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Mistik Lake

After Odella's mother leaves, generations of family secrets begin to emerge.

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My Tiki Girl

After once-popular Maggie, 15, is left with an injured leg when a car accident kills her mother, she finds solace with Dahlia, the new girl at school, and her unconventional family, including a mentally-ill mother. Set in the 1990s in a small town in Connecticut.

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Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned

Judd Winick's moving tribute to fellow reality TV show cast member Pedro Zamora chronicles their growing friendship while documenting Pedro's legacy.

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Personal Effects

After his beloved older brother T.J. is killed in action in Iraq, seventeen-year-old Matt begins to read a series of his brother's letters and discovers his brother's secret- and must come to terms with his brother's secret life and what it means.

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Pretend You Love Me

Mike Szabo - ace softball player, weightlifter, a.k.a. Mary Elizabeth - has enough trouble surviving in her small town before a new girl, Xanadu, turns Mike's life upside down. [Originally published as "Far from Xanadu"]

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Saints of Augustine

Two formerly best friends, Sam and Charlie, become estranged when Sam ends their friendship without explanation. The events leading up to this situation and the resulting fall out are told from each boy's perspective.

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See You at Harry's

Twelve-year old Fern is a quiet, thoughtful child in the middle of a close-knit but dysfunctional busy family. She longs to be brave like her namesake in Charlotte's Web, but her courage is soon put to the test when tragedy strikes outside the family restaurant and her life is turned upside-down.

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Sprout, or My Salad Days, When I Was Green in Judgment

It's not easy having green hair in conservative Kansas, but teenage Sprout manages while also prepping for the Kansas State Essay Contest and falling in love with the intriguing new boy in school.

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Tell the Wolves I'm Home

It's 1987 and 14-year-old June's beloved Uncle Finn, a famous artist, has just passed away, felled by a mysterious new disease. In the process of recovering from his loss, she secretly begins to build a friendship with his partner Toby - the man her mother accuses of murdering her uncle.

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The Meaning of Matthew: My Son's Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed

Judy Shepard offers her personal account of the heartrending 1998 murder of her gay son Matthew in Laramie, Wyoming, a tragedy that inspired the powerful play The Laramie Project and led to federal anti-hate legislation.

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Tiger Flowers

Joel copes with losing his Uncle Michael to AIDS by remembering their special moments together.

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Tillmon County Fire

Eight teens give their perspectives about an anti-gay hate crime that ignites fear, homophobia, grief, and loss.

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When Heroes Die

Since his father left, Gary, a seventh grader, has depended on his hero Uncle Rob to fill in. But Gary is devastated when he learns his uncle has contracted AIDS.

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When We Were Good

Coping with her grandmother’s death and ditched by her best friend, Katherine finds herself seeking relief in Toronto’s music scene where she meets the self-confident and self-aware Marie.

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Wild Dogs: A Novel

Alice gathers at the forest's edge with five other people to search for their now feral dogs who have been run out of their lives as acts of jealousy or vengeance.

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