THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART TIME INDIAN
by Sherman Alexie
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
GO ASK ALICE
Based on the diary of a fifteen-year-old drug user chronicling her struggle to escape the pull of the drug world.
THE KISSING DIARY
by Judith Caseley
As thirteen-year-old Rosie Goldglitt contemplates kissing the boy she has a crush on, she tries to navigate the many complications in her life, including her horrible name, her nemesis Mary Katz, her parents' divorce and her mother's new boyfriend.
by Julie Chibbaro
In the early nineteen-hundreds, sixteen-year-old Prudence Galewski leaves school to take a job assisting the head epidemiologist at New York's Department of Health and Sanitation, investigating the intriguing case of "Typhoid Mary," a seemingly healthy woman who is infecting others with typhoid fever.
CATHERINE, CALLED BIRDY
by Karen Cushman
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.
P.S. LONGER LETTER LATER and SNAIL MAIL NO MORE
by Ann M. Martin and Paula Danziger
Tara and Elizabeth use snail mail and then email to "talk" about everything that is occuring in their lives and to try to maintain their closeness as they face big changes.
TRUE CONFESSIONS OF A HOLLYWOOD STARLET
by Lola Douglas
Teen movie star Morgan Carter retreats to a small midwestern town to recuperate anonymously after an overdose and rehabilitation, recording her thoughts in a diary.
by Stephen Emond
After going through traumatic times, a troubled, socially awkward teenager moves to a new school where he tries to reinvent himself.
THE FIREFLY LETTERS: A SUFFRAGETTE'S JOURNEY TO CUBA
by Margarita Engle
Draws on little-known Cuban history to tell a stirring story in poetry. Based on the diaries and letters of Swedish suffragist Fredrika Bremer, who spent three months in Cuba in 1851, the story focuses on oppressed women, the privileged as well as the enslaved, in three alternating free-verse narratives.
by Alexandra Flinn
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.
DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL
by Anne Frank
Traces the life of the Jewish girl who hid with seven other people in an attic for two years in Nazi-occupied Holland and chronicled her day-to-day life in a diary which was discovered after her death in a German concentration camp.
LETTERS FROM RIFKA
by Karen Hesse
In letters to her cousin, a young Jewish girl chronicles her family's flight from Russia in 1919 and her own experiences when she must be left in Belgium for a while when the others emigrate to America.
DIARY OF A WITNESS
by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Ernie, an overweight high school student and long-time target of bullies, relies on his best friend Will to watch his back until Will, overwhelmed by problems at home and guilt over his brother's death, seeks a final solution.
FALLING IN LOVE WITH ENGLISH BOYS
by Melissa Jensen
Stranded in London for the summer by a relationship gone bad, Catherine blogs her misery while reading the diary of a nineteenth-century girl whose life strangely parallels her own.
LAST DAYS OF SUMMER
by Steve Kluger
In 1940, twelve-year-old Joey Margolis decides to focus his attention on one person: Charlie Banks, the talented young third baseman for the New York Giants. Joey is a wiseguy kid, and pretends to be dying so Charlie will come and visit him. At first the player wants nothing to do with the kid, who's a liar and a fake, but after time he's tricked, cajoled and charmed into being what he never wanted to be: a role model for another human being who needs him.
SHAKESPEARE BATS CLEANUP & SHAKESPEARE MAKES THE PLAYOFFS
by Ron Koertge
When a fourteen-year-old baseball player catches mononucleosis, he discovers that keeping a journal and experimenting with poetry not only helps fill the time, it also helps him deal with life, love and loss.
LOST FOR WORDS
by Alice Kuipers
Sixteen-year-old Sophie struggles to find normalcy after an incident she chooses not to remember took her sister's life, and by keeping a journal, making a new friend, and seeing a therapist she finally begins to recover.
LETTERS FROM A SLAVE GIRL
by Mary E. Lyons
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.
FEELING SORRY FOR CELIA
by Jaclyn Moriarty
Life is pretty complicated for Elizabeth Clarry. Her best friend Celia keeps disappearing, her absent father suddenly reappears, and her communication with her mother consists entirely of wacky notes left on the fridge. On top of everything else, because her English teacher wants to rekindle the "Joy of the Envelope," a Complete and Utter Stranger knows more about Elizabeth than anyone else. But Elizabeth is on the verge of some major changes. She may lose her best friend, find a wonderful new friend, kiss the sexiest guy alive, and run in a marathon. So much can happen in the time it takes to write a letter.
by Celia Rees
In 1659, fourteen-year-old Mary Newbury keeps a journal of her voyage from England to the New World and her experiences living as a witch in a community of Puritans near Salem, Massachusetts.
MY DESPERATE LOVE DIARY
by Liz Rettig
High-school student Kelly chronicles her year of family problems and the pursuit of the guy she has a crush on, while not realizing that she herself is the object of pursuit by Chris, her closest male friend.
by Jerry Spinelli
Still moping months after being dumped by her Arizona boyfriend Leo (in Stargirl), fifteen-year-old Stargirl, a home-schooled free spirit, writes "the world's longest letter" to Leo, describing her new life in Pennsylvania.
by Mark Shulman
When eighth-grade school bully Tod and his friends get caught committing a crime on school property, his penalty – staying after school and writing in a journal under the eye of the school guidance counselor – reveals aspects of himself that he prefers to keep hidden.
AND THEN THINGS FALL APART
by Arlaina Tibensky
Devastated by her parents' decision to split up, pressured by her boyfriend to have sex, and saddled with a case of chicken pox, fifteen-year-old Keek finds consolation in her beloved, well-worn copy of Sylvia Plath's "The Bell Jar."
HEART ON MY SLEEVE
by Ellen Wittlinger
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 e-mails, letters, and a visit.
THE ASTONISHING LIFE OF OCTAVIAN NOTHING, TRAITOR TO THE NATION SERIES
VOLUME 1: THE POX PARTY
by M. T. Anderson
Various diaries, letters and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.
A PERFECT DAY FOR LOVE LETTERS SERIES
by Joji Asakura
When a librarian receives a love letter hidden in one of her books, she finds a very unlikely reading partner. The meanest boy at school sends a letter that falls into the wrong hands, compelling him to reveal a side of himself that no one ever expected. A mistreated young girl finds hope in a friend, and the strength to leave her troubled past behind. There's a single love letter – and its author could be any one of a number of boys. Now the search is on to discover the tender wordsmith's identity.
THE PRINCESS DIARIES SERIES
BOOK ONE: THE PRINCESS DIARIES
by Meg Cabot
Fourteen-year-old Mia, who is trying to lead a normal life as a teenage girl in New York City, is shocked to learn that her father is the Prince of Genovia, a small European principality, and that she is a princess and the heir to the throne.
THE MONTMARAY JOURNALS
BOOK ONE: A BRIEF HISTORY OF MONTMARY
by Michelle Cooper
On her sixteenth birthday in 1936, Sophia begins a diary of life in a fictional island country off the coast of Spain, where she is among the last descendants of an impoverished royal family trying to hold their nation together on the eve of the second World War.
INTERNET GIRLS SERIES
BOOK ONE: TTYL
by Lauren Myracle
Chronicles, in instant message format, the day-to-day experiences, feelings, and plans of three friends, Zoe, Maddie and Angela, as they begin tenth grade.
BEKA COOPER SERIES
BOOK ONE: TERRIER
by Tamora Pierce
When sixteen-year-old Beka becomes "Puppy" to a pair of "Dogs," as the Provost's Guards are called, she uses her police training, natural abilities, and a touch of magic to help them solve the case of a murdered baby in Tortall's Lower City.
CONFESSIONS OF GEORGIA NICOLSON SERIES
BOOK ONE: ANGUS, THONGS AND FULL-FRONTAL SNOGGING
by Louise Rennison
Presents the humorous journal of a year in the life of a fourteen-year-old British girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood animals, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie.
REGENCY MAGIC SERIES
BOOK ONE: SORCERY AND CECELIA
by Patricia Wrede with Caroline Stevermer
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.