Not your typical chapter books! Written in poetry, letters, diaries, differing points of view, and mixed media, these books are different!
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Short Story Collections
V=point of view changes
M=mixed media (newspaper articles, pictures, and more)
Ambrose, Stephen. This Vast Land. D
A fictional journal recounting the travels George Shannon, the youngest member of Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery as they explored the west and sought a water route to the Pacific Ocean.
Ayres, Katherine. North by Night : A Story of the Underground Railroad. D
Presents the journal of a sixteen-year-old girl whose family operates a stop on the Underground Railroad.
Blos, Joan W. A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32.
This journal of a 14-year-old girl, kept the last year she lived on the family farm,
records daily events in her small New Hampshire town, her father's remarriage,
and the death of her best friend.
Cabot, Meg. The Princess Diaries. D
What if you found out that you’re heir to the throne of Genovia? Heir to the throne of WHERE? Peek into
14-year-old Mia’s diary and find out what happens when she discovers that she’s royalty – and needs to act the part.
Clark, Catherine. Wurst Case Scenario. D
Courtney, a vegetarian animal-rights activist, records in her diary the events of the beginning of her freshman year at a Wisconsin college, far away from Colorado and her boyfriend Grant, surrounded by cheese- and meat-lovers.
Cushman, Karen. Catherine, Called Birdy. D
The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in
which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures
beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.
Danziger, Paula. P.S. Longer Letter Later. LV
Twelve-year-old best friends Elizabeth and Tara-Starr continue their friendship
through letter-writing after Tara-Starr's family moves to another state.
Flinn, Alex. Breathing underwater. D
Sent to counseling for hitting his girlfriend, Caitlin, and ordered to keep a journal, sixteen-year-old Nick recounts his relationship with Caitlin, examines his controlling behavior and anger, and describes living with his abusive father.
Glenn, Mel. Foreign Exchange: a mystery in poems. PV
A beautiful high school student who has recently moved to the small community of Hudson Landing is murdered. This series of poems reflects the thoughts of various people caught up in the events.
Glenn, Mel. Jump Ball. PV
Tells the story of a high school basketball team's season through a series of poems reflecting the feelings of students, their families, teachers, and coaches.
Glenn, Mel. Taking of Room 114. PV
A series of poems reflect the thoughts of school officials, parents, police, and especially a class of seniors who have been taken hostage by their high school history teacher.
Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey.
In the journal she is keeping for English class, 16-year-old Tish chronicles the changes in her life when her abusive father returns home after a two-year absence.
Herrera, Juan Felipe. CrashBoomLove. P
After his father leaves home, sixteen-year-old Cesar Garcia lives with his mother and struggles through the painful experiences of growing up as a Mexican American high school student.
Herrick, Steven. Love, Ghosts, and Facial Hair. P
Jack's got a lot on his mind: He's trying to figure out the mystery of the opposite sex, he can't stop wondering about facial hair, and he won't let go of his mother's ghost. Then he meets Annabel, and she gets him. Suddenly love makes sense, the future seems hopeful, and Jack feels ready to leave the past where it belongs.
Herrick, Steven. The Simple Gift. P
Weary of life with his alcoholic, abusive father, sixteen-year-old Billy packs a few belongings and hits the road. He finds a home in an abandoned freight train outside a small town. When Billy is given a gift that changes everything, he learns not only how to forge his own path in life, but the real meaning of family.
Hesse, Karen. Out of the Dust. P
In this series of poems, Billie Jo's voice speaks eloquently of the hardships of
living in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the depression.
Hesse, Karen. Stowaway. D
A fictionalized journal relates the experiences of a young stowaway from 1768 to 1771 aboard the Endeavor which sailed around the world under Captain James Cook.
Koertge, Ron. Brimstone Journals. PV
Fifteen students of Brimstone high school share their feelings about life, school, and increasing violence in a series of short interconnected poems.
Koss, Amy Goldman. The Girls. V
Each of the girls in a middle-school clique reveals the strong, manipulative hold one of the group exerts on the others, causing hurt and self-doubt among the girls.
Levithan, David. Realm of Possibility. PV
A variety of students at the same high school describe their ideas, experiences, and relationships in a series of interconnected free verse stories.
Lowry, Brigid. Guitar Highway Rose. PDV
Two fifteen-year-olds, Rosie and Asher, upset over the various unhappy circumstances of their lives in the Australian city of Perth, decide to run away.
Lyons, Mary E. Letters From A Slave Girl : The Story of Harriet Jacobs.
A fictionalized version of the life of Harriet Jacobs, told in the form of letters that
she might have written during her slavery in North Carolina and as she prepared
for escape to the North in 1842.
Marsden, John. Letters From the Inside. LV
The relationship between two teenage girls who become acquainted through letters intensifies as their correspondence reveals some of the terrible problems of their lives.
Moriarty, Jaclyn. Feeling Sorry for Celia. L
Her mother talks to her through wacky notes. The Association of Teenagers says she’ll always be a loser. Her
longtime friend Celia has run away again. But Elizabeth Clarry will survive with the help of letters from Christina, her
penpal and new best friend.
Myers, Walter Dean. Monster. MV
While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.
O’Brien, Robert C. Z for Zachariah. D
Ann Burden is 16 and, as far as she knows, she is the only person left in the world. But one day, smoke from a distant campfire changes her life forever.
Pattou, Edith. East. V
A young woman journeys to a distant castle on the back of a great white bear who is the victim of a cruel enchantment. A loose retelling of Beauty & the Beast.
Rennison, Louise. On the Bright Side, I’m Now the Girlfriend of a Sex
14-year-old Georgia thinks her huge conk has gotten in the way of snogging with her boyfriend, but she knows that
Robbie will bounce back if she implements the Red Herring Plan. Confused? Read on! This is the hilarious sequel to
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging.
Rivers, Karen. Healing Time of Hickeys. D
Enter the diary of 16-year-old Haley, who is in her last year of high school. Partway through the year, disaster strikes: Haley gets chickenpox; her best friend won't speak to her; and the object of her affections won't even look at her.
Sones, Sonya. One of those Hideous Books Where the Mother
Fifteen-year-old Ruby Milliken leaves her best friend, her boyfriend, her aunt, and her mother's grave in Boston and reluctantly flies to Los Angeles to live with her father, a famous movie star who divorced her mother before Ruby was born.
Sones, Sonya. Stop Pretending: what happened when my big sister went
A younger sister has a difficult time adjusting to life after her older sister has a mental breakdown.
Sones, Sonya. What My Mother Doesn't Know. P
Sophie describes her relationships with a series of boys as she searches for Mr. Right.
Stern, D. A. Blair Witch: Book of Shadows. M
In October 1994 three student filmmakers disappeared. Five years later the documentary they shot became one of the most profitable films in history. But that's only half of the story...
Strasser, Todd. Give a Boy a Gun. V
Events leading up to a night of terror at a high school dance are told from the point of view of various people involved.
Thomas, Rob. Rats Saw God. D
Steve York is a burned-out stoner flunking out of school. When given the chance to redeem himself by writing a100-page paper, a story of love and friendship gone bad unfolds.
Walker, Alice. The Color Purple. L
In her letters to God, Celie describes a life of abuse and her ultimate refusal to be a victim.
Wayland, April Haplin. Girl Coming in for a
A collection of over 100 poems recounting the ups and downs of one adolescent girl's school year.
Wittlinger, Ellen. Heart on my Sleeve. L
From the end of high school to the beginning of college, Chloe and Julian deal with major changes in their families and friendships and explore their feelings for each other through emails, letters, and a visit.
Wolff, Virginia Euwer. Make Lemonade. P
In order to earn money for college, fourteen-year-old LaVaughn babysits for a teenage mother.
Wrede, Patricia. Sorcery & Cecelia. LV
In 1817 in England, two young cousins, Cecilia living in the country and Kate in London, write letters to keep each other informed of their exploits, which take a sinister turn when they find themselves confronted by evil wizards.