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The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy & Goth Girl by Barry Lyga, Y Fiction Lyga
Fanboy has never had it good, but lately his sophomore year is turning out to be its own special hell. The bullies have made him their favorite target, his best (and only) friend seems headed for the dark side (sports and popularity), and his pregnant mother and the step-fascist are eagerly awaiting the birth of the alien life form known as Fanboy's new little brother or sister. Fanboy, though, has a secret: a graphic novel he's been working on without telling anyone, a graphic novel that he is convinced will lead to publication, fame, and - most important of all- a way out of the crappy little town he lives in and away from all the people who make it hell for him. When Fanboy meets Kyra, a.k.a. Goth Girl, he finds an outrageous, cynical girl who shares his love of comics as well as his hatred for jocks and bullies. But Kyra has secrets, too. And they could lead Fanboy to his dreams . . . or down a path into his own darkness. 

Born Blue by Han Nolan, Y Fiction Nolan
Janie was four years old when she nearly drowned due to her mother's neglect. Through an unhappy foster home experience, and years of feeling that she is unwanted, she keeps alive her dream of someday being a famous singer.

Born to Rock by Gordon Korman, Y Fiction Korman
High school senior Leo Caraway, a conservative Republican, learns that his biological father is a punk rock legend.

Broken Chords by Barbara Snow Gilbert, Y Fiction GilbertWhile practicing relentlessly for an important competition, seventeen-year-old Clara wonders if she has the dedication to pursue a career as a concert pianist.

Diva by Alex Flinn. Y Fiction FlinnDespite her mother's objections, sixteen-year-old Caitlin determines to pursue her dream of becoming an opera singer by attending a performing arts school in Miami.Fat Kid Rule the World by K.L. Going, Y Fiction GoingSeventeen-year-old Troy, depressed, suicidal, and weighing nearly 300 pounds, gets a new perspective on life when a homeless teenager who is a genius on guitar wants Troy to be the drummer in his rock band.

Fifteen Love by Robert Corbet, Y Fiction Corbet
Mia thinks boys are immature. They only talk about cars and sports. They only think about sex. Will has no idea what girls talk about. He wishes he were a fly on the wall. He wishes he had a tape recorder and a hidden microphone .... "Fifteen Love" is a funny up-and-down story about a boy and a girl, a viola and a tennis racquet; about family and friends, flirting and true love.

Gangsta Rap by Benjamin Zephaniah, Y Fiction Zephaniah
When teenage Ray and his two friends, Prem and Tyronne, form a successful rap band in the London's East End where they live, they soon find themselves embroiled in increasingly violent gang warfare.

King Dork by Frank Portman, Y Fiction Portman
High school loser Tom Henderson discovers that "The Catcher in the Rye" may hold the clues to the many mysteries in his life.

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn, Y Fiction Cohn
High school student Nick O'Leary, member of a rock band, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-sweetheart.

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff, Y Fiction Falkoff
There was a party. There was a fight. The next morning, Sam's best friend, Hayden, was dead. And all he left Sam was a playlist of songs and a suicide note: For Sam—listen and you'll understand. To figure out what happened, Sam has to rely on the playlist and his own memory. But the more he listens, the more he realizes that his memory isn't as reliable as he thought.  

The Return of Death Eric by Sam Llewellyn, Y Fiction Llewellyn.
Convinced that a raven has cursed him with bad luck, Eric Trashmettle ends his career as leader of Death Eric, the best rock band in the universe, and becomes an embarassment to his two children who, when they realize that the family's finances are suffering, plot to get him back on the stage for a comeback.

Rock Star Superstar by Blake Nelson, Y Fiction Nelson
When Pete, a talented bass player, moves from playing in the high school jazz band to playing in a popular rock group, he finds the experience exhilarating even as his new fame jeopardizes his relationship with girlfriend Margaret.

Singer of All Songs, by Kate Constable Y Fiction Constable
Calwyn, a young priestess of ice magic, or "chantment," joins with other chanters who have different magical skills to fight a sorcerer who wants to claim all powers for his own. But when Calwyn finds an Outlander man fallen, wounded, through the wall, she is drawn to him ... and drawn into a wondrous, dangerous adventure that takes her outside the wall and to the limits of her own powers.

This Lullaby: A Novel by Sarah Dessen, Y Fiction Dessen
Raised by a mother who's had five husbands, eighteen-year-old Remy believes in short-term, no-commitment relationships until she meets Dexter, a rock band musician.

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales, Y Fiction Sales
Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski's strong suit. All throughout her life, she's been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up.

Under the Baseball Moon by John. H. Ritter, Y Fiction Ritter
Andy and Glory, two fifteen-year-olds from Ocean Beach, California, pursue their respective dreams of becoming a famous musician and a professional softball player.

Vandal by Michael Simmons, Y Fiction Simmons
The love-hate relationship between high school musician Will and his older brother Jason is fueled by the abuse Will suffers at Jason's hands but a devastating accident changes the everything for the boys and their family.


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