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Addie on the Inside

One of the "Gang of Five" from *The Misfits* and *Totally Joe*, outspoken Addie Carle strives to define herself on her own terms, capturing her thoughts in poetry as she navigates the ups and downs of middle school. Politically and socially conscious, she takes on the role of advocate, helping to form a gay/straight alliance at her school and participating in the National Day of Silence observance.

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Better Nate than Ever

Thirteen-year-old Nate runs away from his small town in Pennsylvania to New York City to audition for E.T. the Musical. With the help of his best friend, can he come back home before anyone notices he's gone?

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Cissy Funk

Caught in a struggle between her mother and her aunt, Depression-era teen Cissy Funk uncovers shocking family secrets.

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Five, Six, Seven, Nate!

In the sequel to Better Nate Than Ever, Nate Foster's Broadway dreams are finally coming true.

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Freaks and Revelations

Actual events inspired this narrative of two teens -- Jason, a gay thirteen-year-old surviving on the streets after being rejected by his family, and Doug, a seventeen-year-old skinhead punk rocker--as their lives intersect in a violent hate crime that forever changes them.

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From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun

His mother's revelation that she is in love with a woman (and a white one at that) shakes thirteen-year-old Melanin Sun's worldview, causing him to question all his beliefs about identity, sexuality, and race.

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I'll Give You the Sun

Artistic twins Jude and Noah each have only half the story of why they broke apart. Their art becomes a force of its own as they negotiate love, loss, lies and the possibility of reuniting their lives.

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So Hard to Say

Thirteen-year-old Xio, a Mexican American girl, develops a crush on Frederick, a recent transfer to their California school from Wisconsin. But Frederick is attracted to Victor, a soccer player.

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Stick

Born with just one ear, 13-year-old Stick faces daily harassment at school. But his home life is worse. His abusive parents not only beat him and his brother Bosten, but lock them in rooms with only a cot and a bucket for days at a time. And when they find out that Bosten is gay ...

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Totally Joe

In 13-year-old Joe's alphabiography assignment--the story of his life from A to Z--he bares his soul about his parents, teachers, friends, and enemies-and his coming out.

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