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Booklists are available in the Youth Services Department.

Many titles are available as electronic downloads in audio or eBook format.  Ask at the Youth Desk for assistance or more information.

Does My Head Look Big in This? (YA ABD, YA CD ABD)

by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Year Eleven at an exclusive prep school in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, would be tough enough, but it is further complicated for Amal when she decides to wear the hijab, the Muslim head scarf as a full-time badge of her faith—without losing her identity or sense of style.

It’s All About Us (YA ADI All V1)

by Shelley Adina (1st in series)

Popular teen Lissa Mansfield finds private school life harder than she anticipated, as she struggles with such challenges as her loudmouthed roommate and the role of her own faith in her pursuit of the handsome Callum McCloud.

Evolution, Me, & Other Freaks of Nature (YA BRA)

by Robin Brande

Following her conscience leads high school freshman Mena to clash with her parents and former friends from their conservative Christian church, but might result in better things when she stands up for a teacher who refuses to include “Intelligent Design” in lessons on evolution.

Maggie Come Lately (YA BUC)

by Michelle Buckman

Ever since her mother’s death, Maggie has found herself acting as a mother to her two younger brothers and serving as the resident housekeeper. All of that changes after she rescues a classmate and rival from sexual assault, becoming an accidental hero and celebrity at her high school. Now Maggie must reconcile popularity with true friendship, deal with the fallout of sexual abuse, and redefine her place in the family. With the help of an unlikely friend, Maggie begins to discover God’s grace in her life.

Daisy Chains (YA  BYR)

by Sandra Byrd (1st in series)

Two girls, cousins of a bride and groom—one Jewish, one not—learn that friendship reaches beyond religion. They discover they have a lot to learn about faith, too.

Becoming Me (YA CAR Dia Cai V1)

by Melody Carlson (1st in series)

Sixteen-year-old Caitlin O’Conner keeps a six-month diary in which she records the day-to-day events of her life as well as her struggles to understand herself and God’s plan for her future.

The Loud Silence of Francine Green (YA CUS)

by Karen Cushman

In 1949, thirteen-year-old Francine goes to Catholic school in Los Angeles where she becomes best friends with a girl who questions authority and is frequently punished by the nuns, causing Francine to question her own values.

How to Ruin a Summer Vacation (YA ELK)

by Simone Elkeles (1st in series)

When sixteen-year-old Amy, a spoiled American, goes to Israel for a three-month summer vacation with a father she barely knows, she is not prepared for his Jewish family and the changes they bring about in her life.

Overboard (YA FAM)

by Elizabeth Fama

Escaping from a sinking ferry in the waters off Sumatra, fourteen-year-old Emily fights for survival for herself and a young Indonesian boy, who draws courage from his quiet but firm Islamic faith.

Summer Promise (YA GUN)

by Robin Jones Gunn (1st in series)

A summer in California for Wisconsin farm girl Christy Miller brings her a new image, a moral dilemma involving the local fast crowd, an encounter with Christianity, and a vortex of questions about what is important in life.

In the Name of God (YA JOL)

by Paula Jolin

Determined to follow the laws set down in the Qur’an, seventeen-year-old Nadia becomes involved in a violent revolutionary movement aimed at supporting Muslim rule in Syria and opposing the Western politics and materialism that increasingly affect her family.

In Between (YA JON Kat V1)

by Jenny B. Jones (1st in series)

Soon after moving to a small Texas town, fifteen-year-old Katie Parker’s rebelliousness complicates her life at home and school, but when she is accused of vandalism, she finds hope through a new friendship, involvement in a play, and her foster family’s faith in God and her.

Skunk Girl (YA KAR)

by Sheba Karim

Nina Khan is not just the only Asian or Muslim student in her small-town high school in upstate New York, she also faces the legacy of her “Supernerd” older sister, body hair, and the pain of having a crush when her parents forbid her to date.

Wanting Mor (YA KHA)

by Rukhsana Khan

Jameela feels relatively secure, sustained by her Muslim faith and the love of her mother, Mor. But when Mor dies, Jameela’s father impulsively decides to start a new life in Kabul where Jameela ultimately becomes an orphan after being abandoned in a busy marketplace by her father and stepmother. With only the memory of her mother to sustain her, Jameela finds the strength to face those who abandoned her when fate brings them together again.

Ruby Unscripted (YA MAR)

by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma

When fifteen-year-old Ruby, along with her mother, stepfather, and younger brother, move to Marin County, California, leaving her older brother back home with her father and stepmother, she feels lost among the wealthier, more sophisticated people she meets. Gradually she begins to see a side of herself that never really fit into her old life, and she opens herself up to the new experiences that God is offering her.

Pure (YA MCV)

by Terra Elan McVoy

 Fifteen-year-old Tabitha and her four best friends all wear purity rings to symbolize their pledge to remain virgins until they marry, but when one admits that she has broken the pledge each girl must reexamine her faith, friendships, and what it means to be pure.

Peace, Love, & Baby Ducks (YA MYR)

by Lauren Myracle

Fifteen-year-old Carly’s summer volunteer experience makes her faith feel more real than her life of privilege in Atlanta ever did, but her younger sister starts high school pretending to be what she is not, and both find their relationships suffering.

Get a Life (YA ROB Cle V1)

by Laura Peyton Roberts (1st in series)

When a classmate is diagnosed with leukemia, the students at Clearwater Crossing High School organize a fund-raising carnival. After they’ve formed teams to work the booths, the members of one team find they couldn’t be more different. Becoming surprisingly close-knit, the group drifts back to their regular lives when the carnival is over. Can they come together again when an unexpected tragedy strikes?

You are So Not Invited to my Bat Mitzvah (YA ROS)

by Fiona Rosenbloom

As her bat mitzvah approaches, Stacy Adelaide Friedman of White Plains, New York, has a lot on her mind. Her parents have separated, her mother dresses her like an American Girl doll, her younger brother is embarrassing, and she is totally in love with Andy Goldfarb.

Never Mind the Goldbergs (YA ROT)

by Matthue Roth

A seventeen-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl leaves her home in New York for the summer to film a television show in California.

Hollywood Nobody (YA SAM)

by Lisa Samson (1st in series)

Scotty Dawn has all the freedom a fifteen-year-old girl could want. As she and her mom, Charley, travel to movie sets for Charley’s work, Scotty’s allowed to go anywhere and be anything. But there are costs to such a life. Scotty doesn’t know who she is, where she comes from, or who to trust. Just who is the mysterious man they’ve been running from? Does he hold the clue to Charley’s big secret?

Goy Crazy (YA SCH)

by Melissa Schorr

Positive that her parents will disapprove of the boy she likes, high school sophomore Rachel Lowenstein hides her involvement with him, while, trying to fit in with a different crowd, she also hides some things from herself.

Under the Persimmon Tree (YA STA)

by Suzanne Fisher Staples

During the 2001 Afghan War, the lives of Najmal, a young refugee from Kunduz, Afghanistan, and Nusrat, an American-Muslim teacher who is awaiting her husband’s return from Mazar-i-Sharif, intersect at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Light Years (YA STE)

by Tammar Stein

Maya Laor leaves her home in Israel to study astronomy at the University of Virginia after the tragic death of her boyfriend in a suicide bombing.