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  Contributed by Daphne Jorgensen

Bauer, Joan. THWONK. New York: Delacorte Press - Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc., 1995 - "Imagine having a personal cupid - an actual winged being - pop into your life and make all your dreams come true?" This is exactly what happens to A.J. McCreary in THWONK, by Joan Bauer. This hilarious story is among the American Library Association Popular Paperbacks of 1999, and will grip you from page one.

Packer, Alex J., Ph.D. How Rude!: The Teenagers' Guide to Good manners, Proper Behavior, and Not Grossing People Out. Minneaolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing, 1997 - A funny teenage etiquette manual that addresses all kinds of situations that are of interest to teens. It is packed with questions, quizzes, cartoons, and surveys that kids relate to. This 1998 ALA Top Ten Quick Pick for Young Adults was a favorite at my school library last year.

Hobbs, Will. The MAZE. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1998 - Fourteen year old, Rick Walker, "is alone, on the run and desperate." Sentenced to six months at a tough youth detention center for a petty crime, Rick vows to do his time and get out. But four and a half months into his sentence, he uncovers widespread corruption at the center and confides in his social worker. The next day, he finds out she was abruptly fired, and a fellow inmate warns him about a plot of retaliation against him. Fearing for his life, Rick escapes and finds himself in even greater danger than ever - in the Maze. (An ALA Top 10 Quick Pick for Young Adults 1998.)

Bauer, Joan. Squashed. New York: Delacorte Press - Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc., 1992 - "Sixteen year old Ellie Morgan's life would be almost perfect if she could just get her potentially prize-winning pumpkin, Max, to put on about 200 more pounds, and if she could take off twenty herself. With a slimmer, trimmer figure, Ellie would at least have the courage to approach Wes, the new guy in town." In this very funny, and heart warming story, Joan Bauer once again weaves a page-turning tale that grips you from cover to cover.

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul. Edited by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen & Kimberly Kirberger. Deerfield Beach, Florida: Health Communications, Inc., 1997 - Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul is an inspirational book about people prevailing against great odds. One of the things I liked about this book is that teenagers as well as professional speakers compiled these stories. The book is loaded with cartoons, quotes and anecdotes about a variety of subjects that are sure to refresh the reader. (Also an ALA Quick Pick.)

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