Tuesday, October 19, 2010

In The Trenches

We're celebrating funny books about surviving high school with a visit from author, Brent Crawford. If you loved Crawford's best-selling books, Carter Finally Gets It and Carter's Big Break then check out some of these hysterical stories about life in the trenches (of high school).

Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini

Badly in need of self-confidence and a change of image, high school nerd Jeremy Heere swallows a pill-sized super computer that is supposed to help him get whatever he wants.



Swim the Fly by Don Calame

Matt Gratton and his two best friends always set themselves a summertime goal. This year's? To see a real-live naked girl for the first time. Catching a girl in the buff starts to look easy compared to Matt's other summertime aspiration: to swim the 100-yard butterfly as a way to impress Kelly West, the sizzling new star of the swim team.

Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have by Allen Zadoff

Fifteen-year-old Andrew Zansky, the second fattest student at his high school, joins the varsity football team to get the attention of a new girl on whom he has a crush.



Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar

While navigating his first year of high school and awaiting the birth of his new baby brother, Scott loses old friends and gains some unlikely new ones as he hones his skills as a writer.



Three Clams and an Oyster by Randy Powell

During their humorous search to find a fourth player for their flag football team, three high school juniors are forced to examine their long friendship, their individual flaws, and their inability to try new experiences.


A Field Guide to High School by Marissa Walsh

Andie and her best friend Bess read through a manual Andie's Yale-bound sister wrote for her, which is filled with tips and tricks for excelling at Plumstead Country Day high school where Andie is about to be a freshman.


How Not to Be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler

Seventeen-year-old Sugar Magnolia Dempsey is tired of leaving friends behind every time her hippie parents decide to move, but her plan to unpopular at her new Austin, TX, school backfires when other students join her on the path to "supreme dorkdom."


How to Get Suspended and Influence People by Adam Selzer

Gifted eighth-grader Leon Harris becomes an instant celebrity when the film he makes for a class project sends him to in-school suspension.



Boy Minus Girl by David Walliams

When his charming but irresponsible uncle comes to visit his small Kansas hometown, fourteen-year-old Les Ekhardt hopes to get tips from him about succeeding with girls, but he learns much more important lessons from his stodgy, predictable parents and friendships with a lesbian classmate and one of Uncle Ray's former girlfriends.

How My Private Personal Journal Became a Bestseller by Julia DeVillers

A young woman accidentally turns in a private story from her journal instead of an English assignment and becomes a best-selling author almost overnight.

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