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SEX: A BOOK FOR TEENS: AN UNCENSORED GUIDE TO YOUR BODY, SEX, AND SAFETY
DOING IT RIGHT: MAKING SMART, SAFE, AND SATISFYING CHOICES ABOUT SEX
ME, MYSELF AND I: ALL ABOUT SEX AND PUBERTY
 

Sexual Health:

101 QUESTIONS ABOUT SEX AND SEXUALITY: WITH ANSWERS FOR THE CURIOUS, CAUTIOUS, AND CONFUSED
by Faith Hickman Brynie
Uses a question and answer format to present information about the physical, emotional and social topics surrounding sex and sexuality.

SEX: A BOOK FOR TEENS: AN UNCENSORED GUIDE TO YOUR BODY, SEX, AND SAFETY
by Nikol Hasler
Thinking about having sex? Or just thinking about sex? Well, there's a lot to think about. And if you're a teen, you should get educated before you get busy so that you can make healthy, informed decisions.

HANG-UPS, HOOK-UPS, AND HOLDING OUT: STUFF YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BODY, SEX, AND DATING
by Melisa Holmes and Trish Hutchison
In Hang-Ups, Hook-Ups, and Holding Out, girls will follow the true stories of four girls and their choices – good and bad.

DOING IT RIGHT: MAKING SMART, SAFE, AND SATISFYING CHOICES ABOUT SEX
by Bronwen Pardes
An empowering, candid look at what teens want to know...but nobody really wants to talk about. Pardes offers honest insight on a variety of topics – from basic information about safe sex and STDs to more complicated matters of ethics and emotions.

ME, MYSELF AND I: ALL ABOUT SEX AND PUBERTY
by Louise Spilsbury
Practical advice on everything from shaving to periods, covering a wide range of issues that include growing independence from parents, dating, the biological aspects of sex, contraception, sexual diseases, respect for a partner's feelings about sex, homosexuality, and general health considerations.

BOYS LIE: HOW NOT TO GET PLAYED
by Belisa Vranich and Holly Eagleson
Everyone else is doing it. It's lies like this one that often get young women, particularly ages 10 to 20, to put aside their own nagging thoughts about what is right (and wrong) and make choices they might regret long-term.

 

FEELING FREAKISH?: HOW TO BE COMFORTABLE IN YOUR OWN SKIN
ALL THE WRONG PEOPLE HAVE SELF ESTEEM: AN INAPPROPRIATE BOOK FOR YOUNG LADIES (OR, FRANKLY, ANYBODY ELSE)
THINK CONFIDENT, BE CONFIDENT FOR TEENS: A COGNITIVE THERAPY GUIDE TO OVERCOMING SELF-DOUBT AND CREATING UNSHAKABLE SELF-ESTEEM
 

Self-Esteem:

ALL MADE UP: A GIRL'S GUIDE TO SEEING THROUGH CELEBRITY HYPE–AND CELEBRATING REAL BEAUTY
by Audrey D. Brashich
An exploration of why the definitions of beauty and success set by celebrities are so powerful, and how you can reclaim star power for herself.

FEELING FREAKISH?: HOW TO BE COMFORTABLE IN YOUR OWN SKIN
by Veronique le Jeune & Philippe Eliakim, with Melissa Daly
Describes the changes that occur during puberty and encourages young people to be less self-critical and to accept, be patient with, and care for their changing bodies.

ALL THE WRONG PEOPLE HAVE SELF ESTEEM: AN INAPPROPRIATE BOOK FOR YOUNG LADIES (OR, FRANKLY, ANYBODY ELSE)
by Laurie Rosenwald
These days, a lot of people are trying to tell teens what’s best for them. Here’s a look at life from artist and professional nonconformist Laurie Rosenwald, who insists that she doesn’t want to tell anyone what to do. But when you are as irreverent and as funny as she is, people sort of DO want to know what you think. Then again, if you think like Rosenwald, it could get you kicked out of yoga class.

OPHELIA SPEAKS: ADOLESCENT GIRLS WRITE ABOUT THEIR SEARCH FOR SELF
by Sara Shandler
Teenage girls tell their stories.

WHAT'S THAT SMELL? (OH, IT'S ME): 50 MORTIFYING SITUATIONS AND HOW TO DEAL
by Tucker Shaw
The ultimate handbook for anyone who wants to get from childhood to adulthood relatively unscathed.

THINK CONFIDENT, BE CONFIDENT FOR TEENS: A COGNITIVE THERAPY GUIDE TO OVERCOMING SELF-DOUBT AND CREATING UNSHAKABLE SELF-ESTEEM
by Marci G. Fox and Leslie Sokol
Confidence is like a magnet that attracts people to you and helps you get closer to reaching your goals. When you believe in yourself, you send the message that you have the brains, ability, and talent to handle whatever life sends your way. And the truth is, you do! Think Confident, Be Confident for Teens shows you how to tap into your self-esteem so you can be yourself in every situation, no matter how awkward you feel or scary that may sound.

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QUEER: THE ULTIMATE LGBT GUIDE FOR TEENS
30 DAYS TO GETTING OVER THE DORK YOU USED TO CALL YOUR BOYFRIEND
LUST AND OTHER USES FOR SPARE HORMONES: A ZITS LOOK AT RELATIONSHIPS
 

Relationships:

QUEER: THE ULTIMATE LGBT GUIDE FOR TEENS
by Kathy Belge and Marke Bieschke
A guide that helps LGBT teens come out to friends and family, navigate their new LGBT social life, figure out if a crush is also queer, and rise up against bigotry and homophobia.

GUYS ARE WAFFLES, GIRLS ARE SPAGHETTI
by Chad Eastham and Bill & Pam Farrel
Boy meets Girl; Boy wonders what in the world Girl is talking about and how he will ever keep up. Girl wonders what is wrong with Boy.Enter, Waffles and Spaghetti – every teen's guide to figuring out the opposite sex and understanding and valuing our unique differences.

30 DAYS TO GETTING OVER THE DORK YOU USED TO CALL YOUR BOYFRIEND
by Clea Hantman
Being dumped hurts. But you know what? It happens to everyone. The part you might not believe is that no matter how brutally your heart's been broken, those wounds will heal. But the longer you dwell on the dork, the longer your heart will remain cracked. Enter 30 Days to Getting Over the Dork You Used to Call Your Boyfriend. One day at a time, 30 days in a row. At the end, you'll find you have the power to yank that dagger out of your chest, stand tall, walk proud, and move on.

GLBTQ : THE SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, AND QUESTIONING TEENS
by Kelly Huegel
Describes the challenges faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered teens, offers practical advice, real-life experiences, and accessible resources and support groups.

BOYOLOGY: A TEEN GIRL'S CRASH COURSE IN ALL THINGS BOY
by Sarah O'Leary Burningham
A crash course in understanding boys, Boyology delves into the many mysteries of teen guys, dissecting flirting tactics, offering dating suggestions, and providing tips on forming solid friendships. It's an up-close-and-personal look at boys in their natural habitats, with analyses by teen girls and insight from the boys.

THE HOW RUDE! HANDBOOK OF FAMILY MANNERS FOR TEENS: AVOIDING STRIFE IN FAMILY LIFE
by Alex J. Packer
You can help to create the civilized home. A place where people talk instead of yell. Pick up after themselves. Respect each other. Fight fair. And don't hog the bathroom.

LUST AND OTHER USES FOR SPARE HORMONES: A ZITS LOOK AT RELATIONSHIPS
by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman
The strips in this book are some of the author's favorite examples of sweet infatuations, passionate encounters, wishful fantasies, and (most often) awkward romantic moments between the characters in Zits, including Jeremy and Sara, Pierce and D'ijon, Richandamy, and even Mom and Dad.

 

SOMETIMES LIFE SUCKS: WHEN SOMEONE YOU LOVE DIES
WHEN WILL I STOP HURTING? TEENS, LOSS, AND GRIEF
GRIEF GIRL: MY TRUE STORY
 

Grief:

SOMETIMES LIFE SUCKS: WHEN SOMEONE YOU LOVE DIES
by Molly Carlile
Provides information for teens to navigate their personal experience of grief, and for parents and teachers to use with teens struggling with loss.

WHEN WILL I STOP HURTING? TEENS, LOSS, AND GRIEF
by Edward Myers
This book provides an overview of grief as a painful but normal process, offering insights from bereavement experts as well as practical suggestions for coping with loss, including accounts from teens.

GRIEF GIRL: MY TRUE STORY
by Erin Vincent
Imagine that you're going through one of the hardest parts of your life — being a teenager — when your parents are killed in a horrific car crash. Now you, your seventeen-year-old sister, and your three-year-old brother are on your own. Imagine what that would be like. Then read this book and find out.

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INSIDE OUT: PORTRAIT OF AN EATING DISORDER
REAL FOOD, REAL FAST
THE DIET FOR TEENAGERS ONLY
 

Nutrition:

INSIDE OUT: PORTRAIT OF AN EATING DISORDER
by Nadia Shivack
In this book the author gives readers a harrowing look inside her battle with anorexia and bulimia through pictures and captions.

REAL FOOD, REAL FAST
by Sam Stern and Susan Stern
British teen Sam Stern is a great cook, and he's on a mission to get everyone else doing it. Sam breezily runs through dozens of recipes, using real ingredients and simple techniques. But what makes these dishes a cinch for even cooking-resistant kids are the cool tabs that indicate preparation times of 5, 10, 15, 20, and 30 minutes.

THE DIET FOR TEENAGERS ONLY
by Carrie Wiatt & Barbara Schroeder
Here's the deal. You are in the biggest, most important growth spurt of your life. This is the most critical time for you to learn to eat right and treat your body with the respect – and the nutrition – it deserves.

 

GOING BLUE: A TEEN GUIDE TO SAVING OUR OCEANS, LAKES, RIVERS & WETLANDS
GIRLS GONE GREEN
   

Environmentalism:

GOING BLUE: A TEEN GUIDE TO SAVING OUR OCEANS, LAKES, RIVERS & WETLANDS
by Cathryn Berger Kaye with Philippe Cousteau
Teaches young people about the Earth's water crisis and provides practical suggestions on how readers can identify water-related needs in the community and transform their ideas into action.

GIRLS GONE GREEN
by Lynn Hirshfield
Filled with stories from real girls who made a difference, plus lots of celebrity green girls who are doing their part to help out, Girls Gone Green gives girls everywhere the inspiration to do something to help their world. It doesn’t matter how small the change is—it only matters that you make the effort to bring about that change.

 

I'VE GOT THIS FRIEND WHO—: ADVICE FOR TEENS AND THEIR FRIENDS ON ALCOHOL, DRUGS, EATING DISORDERS, RISKY BEHAVIORS, AND MORE
RACE: A HISTORY BEYOND BLACK AND WHITE
THE BRIGHT SIDE: SURVIVING YOUR PARENTS' DIVORCE
 

Tough Issues:

I'VE GOT THIS FRIEND WHO—: ADVICE FOR TEENS AND THEIR FRIENDS ON ALCOHOL, DRUGS, EATING DISORDERS, RISKY BEHAVIORS, AND MORE
by America's Teens and the Experts at KidsPeace
A lively, interactive book to help teens handle difficult issues and develop confidence in their own abilities and self-worth. Personal stories, fast facts, and self-tests help teens learn how to recognize when a friend or family member is in trouble and find help, to identify their own issues and seek help, and to take care of themselves when feeling overwhelmed by problems of friends or family members.

RACE: A HISTORY BEYOND BLACK AND WHITE
by Marc Aronson
Race. You know it at a glance: he's black; she's white. They're Asian; we're Latino. Racism. I'm better; she's worse. Those people do those kinds of things. We all know it's wrong to make these judgments, but they come faster than thought. Why? Where did those feelings come from? Why are they so powerful?

THE BRIGHT SIDE: SURVIVING YOUR PARENTS' DIVORCE
by Max Sindell
Divorce is a mixed bag, and it's easy to get overwhelmed with the huge changes that are taking place in your life. With so many disruptions, it's hard not to focus on everything that's going wrong and everything you think you've lost. But this book isn't about that. The Bright Side is full of useful information, like tips on traveling through airports alone, managing your schedule between two houses, or how to tell your parents that you won't take sides.

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YOUR BABY'S FIRST YEAR: A GUIDE FOR TEENAGE PARENTS
DISCIPLINE FROM BIRTH TO THREE: HOW TEEN PARENTS CAN PREVENT AND DEAL WITH DISCIPLINE PROBLEMS WITH BABIES AND TODDLERS
   

Parenting:

YOUR BABY'S FIRST YEAR: A GUIDE FOR TEENAGE PARENTS
by Jeanne Warren Lindsay
Tells teenage parents what to expect and how to care for their infants between birth and age one.

DISCIPLINE FROM BIRTH TO THREE: HOW TEEN PARENTS CAN PREVENT AND DEAL WITH DISCIPLINE PROBLEMS WITH BABIES AND TODDLERS
by Jeanne Warren Lindsay and Sally McCullough
Describes for teenage parents how to discipline young children using teaching strategies rather than punishment and offers the advice and comments of young parents themselves.

 

HELLO CRUEL WORLD: 101 ALTERNATIVES TO SUICIDE FOR TEENS, FREAKS, AND OTHER OUTLAWS
HANNAH: MY TRUE STORY OF DRUGS, CUTTING, AND MENTAL ILLNESS
BEATING DEPRESSION: TEENS FIND LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL
 

Mental Health:

HELLO CRUEL WORLD: 101 ALTERNATIVES TO SUICIDE FOR TEENS, FREAKS, AND OTHER OUTLAWS
by Kate Bornstein
A one-of-a-kind guide to staying alive outside the box, Hello, Cruel World is a much-needed unconventional approach to life for those who want to stay on the edge, but alive.

HANNAH: MY TRUE STORY OF DRUGS, CUTTING, AND MENTAL ILLNESS
by Hannah Westberg
As a girl, Hannah Westberg's mother was in and out of mental hospitals, so when it was her turn to visit the psych ward following a suicide attempt the summer after eighth grade, she had an idea of what she was in for. But that was only the beginning of Hannah's journey. Over the next five years, Hannah engaged in dangerous behaviors and paid a high price. Her depression, self-harm, and suicidal tendencies have landed her in rehab and therapy and with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. But though she may have a label for her mental illness and tools for coping, for Hannah, life is still something she takes one day at a time.

BEATING DEPRESSION: TEENS FIND LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL
by Faye Zucker & Joan E. Huebl
Voices of real teens working through depression.

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APPLYING TO COLLEGE FOR STUDENTS WITH ADD OR LD
THE ASPIE TEEN'S SURVIVAL GUIDE: CANDID ADVICE FOR TEENS, TWEENS, AND PARENTS, FROM A YOUNG MAN WITH ASPERGER'S SYNDROME
ME, MYSELF, AND THEM: A FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT OF ONE YOUNG PERSON'S EXPERIENCE WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA
 

Disabilities and Challenges:

APPLYING TO COLLEGE FOR STUDENTS WITH ADD OR LD: A GUIDE TO KEEP YOU (AND YOUR PARENTS) SANE, SATISFIED, AND ORGANIZED THROUGH THE ADMISSION PROCESS
by Blythe Grossberg, PSYD
This one-of-a-kind book is specifically tailored for teens with ADD or LD, and breaks down the application process into manageable steps from determining personalized criteria for college and narrowing down college choices, to developing a strong portfolio and application, as well as asking for references, requesting financial aid, and preparing for interviews.

THE ASPIE TEEN'S SURVIVAL GUIDE: CANDID ADVICE FOR TEENS, TWEENS, AND PARENTS, FROM A YOUNG MAN WITH ASPERGER'S SYNDROME
by J. D. Kraus
The teenage years are a time when being social is the #1 priority for kids. But for kids with Asperger's, who have acute social challenges, these years can be the most difficult, confusing time in their lives. Enter J. D. Kraus, a young man who has been there, done that! He offers practical advice to his peers so they can get the most out of middle school and high school, both academically and socially.

ME, MYSELF, AND THEM: A FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT OF ONE YOUNG PERSON'S EXPERIENCE WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA
by Kurt Snyder with Raquel E. Gur and Linda Wasmer Andrews
During his second semester at college, Kurt Snyder became convinced that he was about to discover a fabulously important mathematical principle, spending hours lost in daydreams about numbers and symbols. In time, his thoughts took a darker turn, and he became preoccupied with the idea that cars were following him, or that strangers wanted to harm him. Kurt's mind had been hijacked by schizophrenia, a severe mental disorder that typically strikes during the late teen or young adult years. In Me, Myself, and Them, Kurt, now an adult, looks back from the vantage point of recovery and eloquently describes the debilitating changes in thoughts and perceptions that took hold of his life during his teens and twenties.

THE GIRLS' GUIDE TO ADHD: DON'T LOSE THIS BOOK!
by Beth Walker
If you're a teen girl with AD/HD (or maybe you think you might have AD/HD), then this book is for you! Guaranteed not to be boring, The Girls' Guide to AD/HD is full of interactive quizzes, helpful tips, fun facts, whimsical illustrations, and more.

 

STRESS 101: AN OVERVIEW FOR TEENS
WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS?: 95 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT TEENS AND THE LAW
IT'S ALL TOO MUCH, SO GET IT TOGETHER
 

Success:

DO HARD THINGS: A TEENAGE REBELLION AGAINST LOW EXPECTATIONS
by Alex & Brett Harris
A growing movement of young people is rebelling against the low expectations of today's culture by choosing to "do hard things" for the glory of God. And Alex and Brett Harris are leading the charge. Do Hard Things is the Harris twins' revolutionary message in its purest and most compelling form, giving readers a tangible glimpse of what is possible for teens who actively resist cultural lies that limit their potential.

STRESS 101: AN OVERVIEW FOR TEENS
by Margaret O. Hyde and Elizabeth H. Forsyth
Good or bad, high or low, known or unknown, short or long-lasting, stress is present in everyone's life. The Harvard Medical School defines stress as any real or imagined danger or adjustment to change. Stress 101 provides the overview you need to understand stress, what it does to your body, how to manage it, and how it affects your life.

WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS?: 95 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT TEENS AND THE LAW
by Thomas A. Jacobs
Provides information to help the reader understand laws, recognize responsibilities, and appreciate rights especially in relation to parents, school, jobs and personal matters.

IT'S ALL TOO MUCH, SO GET IT TOGETHER
by Peter Walsh
Today's teens have a lot going on from what after-school activities to choose, to what college to go to, to what job to get; the list of things to do and think about is huge. And the amount of junk, mental and literal, that accumulates is even bigger.

IF YOU COULD BE ANYTHING, WHAT WOULD YOU BE? A TEEN'S GUIDE TO MAPPING OUT THE FUTURE
by Jeanne Webster
Uses a straightforward approach to encourage young people to make informed decisions, take responsibility for their actions and achieve their potential.

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