Grasshopper Jungle, by Andrew Smith. Austin Szerba narrates the end of humanity as he and his best friend Robby accidentally unleash an army of giant, unstoppable bugs and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong. It doesn't that he loves his girlfriend Shann and Robby at the same time.
Girl Parts, by John Cusick. What happens when a robot develops a will of her own? "Hello, David. My name is Rose. It's a pleasure to meet you. We are now entering minute two of our friendship. According to my Intimacy Clock, a handshake is now appropriate." DAVID is a rich kid, with a million friends, online and off. CHARLIE is a loner, disconnected from the high school world around him. Until they meet... ROSE: part girl, part robot, and ALL a boy could want.
Golden Boy, Abigail Tarttelin Max Walker is a golden boy. Attractive, intelligent, and athletic, he's the perfect son, the perfect friend, and the perfect crush for the girls in his school. Max is special. Max is different. Max is intersex. He is forced to consider the nature of his well-kept secret. Why won't his parents talk about it? What else are they hiding from Max about his condition? The deeper Max goes, the more questions emerge about where it all leaves him and what his future…
Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes. 32 year old Charlie has an I.Q. of 68. He participates in an experiment to enhance human intelligence and becomes a genius. But when the test mouse Algernon dies, Charlie is left with the aching knowledge that he has limited time left as he is now.
When I Was Joe, by Keren David. When Ty witnesses a stabbing, his life is in danger and he and his mum have to go into police protection. Ty has a new name, new look and a cool new image - life as Joe is good! But his mum can't cope with her new life, and the gangsters will stop at nothing to flush them from hiding. Joe's cracking under extreme pressure, and then he meets a girl with dark secrets of her own.
Walking With the Taniwha, by Paul Bennett. A top NZ surfer with the world at his feet, but also a party animal with fringe gang mates, Paul lived a hard-core drug and alcohol life. Inside he was sad, angry and empty and learned he only had 2 months to live. Using natural therapies, Paul began healing, with his family, Maori heritage and the world in general ,discovering who he really was and wanted to become.
Nights In The Gardens Of Spain, by Witi Ihimaera. David has everything a man could wish for - a beautiful wife and children, a great job & friends. He also however, has another life mainly lived at night in what is called 'The Gardens of Spain', the places where gay and bisexual men meet. When these worlds collide, David must choose which of his two lives to follow.
Talk, by 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 both he and his co-star face crises in their view of themselves and in their close relationships. Told from two points of view.
Dirt Bomb, by Fleur Beale. Jake's got no money and doesn't have a mobile, but he's got two best mates; Buzz and Robbie. Buzz is generous, buying stuff for his mates. Jake wouldn't change a thing. But the boys plab to rescue a wrecked car and turn it into a paddock basher. Yes! Buzz, however, says he's not paying for it all. Even stevens or no deal. Robbie gets a job, Jake refuses - it's not his style to work! He needs a game plan.
Into the River, by Ted Dawe. Te Arepa inadvertently brushes up against the spirit world when he jumps into an ancestral river, that has consequences later on. Winning a scholarship to an elite boys' school sees him compromising his cultural identity until he no longer knows where he fits, or who he is.