Boys Don't Cry by Malorie Blackman. Slips of paper can change your life . . . Dante's about to receive his A-level results and then a future of univeristy and journalism awaits. But the day they're due to arrive his old girlfriend Kendra turns up unexpectedly . . . buggy and baby Emma in tow. Dante assume Kendra's baby-sitting, until she nips out to buy some essentials, leaving him literally holding the baby and telling him there's a note for him in Emma's baby bag . . .
Into The River by Ted Dawe. When Te Arepa Santos is dragged into the river by a giant eel, something happens that will change the course of his whole life. He has brushed against the spirit world, and there is a price to be paid; an utu to be exacted. Years later, far from the protection of whanau and ancestral land he finds new enemies. This time, with no-one to save him, there is a decision to be made.. he can wait on the bank, or leap forward into the river.
The Wall by William Sutcliffe. Joshua is a troubled boy who lives with his mother and stepfather in a divided city, where a wall and soldiers separate two communities. Joshua discovers a manhole, which leads to a tunnel, which leads in pitch darkness under the wall and across to the other side. Forbidden territory, dangerous territory, violent territory. An act of kindness from a girl saves his life, but leads to a brutal act of cruelty and a terrible debt he's determined to repay.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies. Until Greg's mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel who has been diagnosed with leukemia. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.
Impulse / Ellen Hopkins. Three lives, three different paths to the same destination: Aspen Springs, a psychiatric hospital for those who have attempted the ultimate act -- suicide. Vanessa is beautiful and smart, but her secrets keep her answering the call of the blade. Tony, after suffering a painful childhood, can only find peace through pills. And Conner, outwardly, has the perfect life. But dig a little deeper and find a boy who is in constant battle with his parents and himself.
First Person Shooter / Cameron Raynes. Jayden lives with his father on the edge of a small country town. He stutters and is addicted to video games. His best friend Shannon knows how to handle a rifle. When her mum is released from prison, the town waits to see whether her sociopathic stepson Pete will exact revenge for the manslaughter of his father. Will it be up to Jayden to stop him?
Something Like Normal by Trish Doller. When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper that life actually starts looking up. He begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again.
Everything Is Changed / Nova Weetman. If only we could all go back to the way it was before… Jake and Alex. Best mates. One terrible mistake. Two lives that will never be the same. Told in reverse, this powerful and gritty novel moves through the wreckage of a broken friendship, back to the moment when everything changed.
My Brother Simple by Marie-Aude Murail. 17-year-old Kleber is trying to juggle sixth form and two girls. Then he decides to take on his older brother, Simple, who has learning difficulties and is in an institution. He finds a flat for them in Paris. The flatmates react in different ways, but one thing becomes clear - Simple is not an i-di-ot. He changes the dynamic between them completely ; ultimately he changes their lives.