Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
Cardinal rule #1 for surviving school: Don't get noticed by the mean kids. Cardinal rule #2 for surviving school: Seek out groups with similar interests and join them. On her first day at her new school, Penelope--Peppi--Torres reminds herself of these basics. But when she trips into a quiet boy in the hall, Jaime Thompson, she's already broken the first rule, and the mean kids start calling her the "nerder girlfriend." How does she handle this crisis? By shoving poor Jaime and running away! Falling back on rule two and surrounding herself with new friends in the art club, Peppi still can't help feeling ashamed about the way she treated Jaime. Things are already awkward enough between the two, but to make matters worse, he's a member of her own club's archrivals--the science club! And when the two clubs go to war, Peppi realizes that sometimes you have to break the rules to survive middle school!
Blood Will Tell by April Henry
Teen Portland Search and Rescue team member Nick Walker becomes a prime suspect in a murder.
The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
When he moves into the garage apartment at his best friend's house, trouble-prone Tim falls unexpectedly in love with Alice, his friend's good-girl sister, but unforeseen consequences of Tim's wild days come back to challenge their relationship.
Bright Lights, Dark Nights by Stephen Emond
Walter Wilcox's first love, Naomi, happens to be African American, so when Walter's policeman father is caught in a racial profiling scandal, the teens' bond and mutual love of the Foo Fighters may not be enough to keep them together through the pressures they face at school, at home, and online.
Code of Honor by Alan Gratz
When Iranian-American Kamran Smith learns that his big brother, Darius, has been labeled a terrorist, he sets out to piece together the codes and clues that will save his brother's life and his country from a deadly terrorist attack.