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hw7Audrey, Wait! by Benway, Robin

While trying to score a date with her cute co-worker at the Scooper Dooper, sixteen-year-old Audrey gains unwanted fame and celebrity status when her ex-boyfriend, a rock musician, records a breakup song about her that soars to the top of the Billboard charts.

hw8Beige by Castellucci, Cecil

Katy, a quiet French Canadian teenager, reluctantly leaves Montréal to spend time with her estranged father, an aging Los Angeles punk rock legend.

hw9Things Hoped For by Clements, Andrew

Seventeen-year-old Gwen, who has been living with her grandfather in Manhattan while she attends music school, joins up with another music student to solve the mystery when her grandfather suddenly goes missing.

hw10Waiting For You by Colasanti, Susane

Fifteen-year-old high school sophomore Marisa, who has an anxiety disorder, decides that this is the year she will get what she wants–a boyfriend and a social life–but things do not turn out exactly the way she expects them to.

hw11Friend Is Not a Verb: a novel by Ehrenhaft, Daniel

While sixteen-year-old Hen’s family and friends try to make his supposed dreams of becoming a rock star come true, he deals with the reality of being in a band with an ex-girlfriend, a friendship that may become love, and his older sister’s mysterious disappearance and reappearance.

hw12The Half-life of Planets by Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin

Liana kisses boys to make up for the emptiness and loss that she and her parents do not talk about. She plans to spend her summer in the lab, studying advanced planetary science a. Hank has Asperger’s, obsesses about music, and seems to have a near encyclopedic knowledge of bands, lyrics, and guitars. He plans to spend his summer working to purchase a Fender Jazzmaster. When Hank bursts through the door of the woman’s bathroom at the hospital, all of their plans are sent spinning in this summer story of identity, labels, perceptions, and budding romance. In alternating chapters.

hw13Diva by Flinn, Alex

Despite her mother’s objections, sixteen-year-old Caitlin determines to pursue her dream of becoming an opera singer by attending a performing arts school in Miami.

hw14If I Stay: a novel by Forman, Gayle

While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

hw15Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

The performance of an autobiographical high-school musical that Tiny writes, directs, and stars in makes a rousing and suitably theatrical finale for a tale populated with young people engaged in figuring out whats important and shot through with strong feelings, smart-mouthed dialogue, and uncommon insight.

hw16Harmonic Feedback by Kelly, Tara

When Drea and her mother move in with her grandmother in Bellingham, Washington, the sixteen-year-old finds finds that she can have real friends, in spite of her Asperger’s, and that even when you love someone it does not make life perfect.

hw17Born to Rock by Korman, Gordon

High school senior Leo Caraway, a conservative Republican, learns that his biological father is a punk rock legend.

hw18Yellow Flag by Lipsyte, Robert

When seventeen-year-old Kyle reluctantly succumbs to family pressure and replaces his injured brother in the family racecar, he struggles to keep up with his trumpet playing while deciding how–or if–he can continue making music with a brass quintet and headlines as a Nascar racer.

hw19Unsigned Hype: a novel by Mattison, Booker

Fifteen-year-old Tory Tyson dreams of producing hip hop records, and as he rapidly begins to experience success doing just that, he finds that he must make choices between the way he has been raised by his single, God-fearing mother and the folks he meets in the music world.

hw20In Mozart’s Shadow: His Sister’s Story by Meyer, Carolyn

In eighteenth-century Europe, Anna “Nannerl” Mozart, a musician whose talent and dedication is overshadowed by that of her gifted younger brother, Wolfgang, struggles to win the notice of her father and patrons who might further her career, despite her gender.

hw21The Sky is Everywhere by Nelson, Jandy

In the months after her sister dies, seventeen-year-old Lennie falls into a love triangle and discovers the strength to follow her dream of becoming a musician.

hw22Punk Rock Etiquette : The Ultimate How-to Guide for Punk, Underground, DIY, and Indie Bands by Nichols, Travis
hw23So Punk Rock (and Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother): a novel by Ostow, Micol

Four suburban New Jersey students from the Leo R. Gittleman Jewish Day School form a rock band that becomes inexplicably popular, creating exhiliration, friction, confrontation, and soul-searching among its members.

hw24King Dork by Portman, Frank

High school loser Tom Henderson discovers that “The Catcher in the Rye” may hold the clues to the many mysteries in his life.

hw25Under the Baseball Moon by Ritter, John

Andy and Glory, two fifteen-year-olds from Ocean Beach, California, pursue their respective dreams of becoming a famous musician and a professional softball player.

hw26Struts & Frets by Skovron, Jon

Sammy wants to be a musician, as was his grandfather, but while the band he is in is self-destructing, Sammy is too distracted by his grandfather’s decline and confused feelings about his best friend to fix it–and his mother stays too busy to help.

hw27Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Sonnenblick, Jordan

The life of eighth-grader Steven Alper, already complicated by his friendship with two girls and a prodigious talent for drumming, is turned upside down when his five-year-old brother Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia.

hw28Notes From the Midnight Driver by Sonnenblick, Jordan

After being assigned to perform community service at a nursing home, sixteen-year-old Alex befriends a cantankerous old man who has some lessons to impart about jazz guitar playing, love, and forgiveness.

hw29Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie by Stiefvater, Maggie

When music prodigy James Morgan and his best friend, Deirdre, join a private conservatory for musicians, his talent attracts Nuala, a faerie muse who fosters and feeds on creative energies, but soon he finds himself battling the Queen of the Fey for the very lives of Deirdre and Nuala.

hw30Heartsinger by Stoffels, Karlijn

In this meditation on various kinds of love, Mee travels across the country to the court of the Princess Esperanza, singing the life stories of some of the people he meets.

hw31Somebody Everbody Listens To by Supplee, Suzanne

Upon graduating from high school in the tiny town of Starling, Tennessee, aspiring country singer Retta Lee Jones manages to get herself to Nashville, where, in spite of some bad luck and hard times, she tries to persevere in pursuing her dreams.

hw32After Tupac and D Foster by Woodson, Jacqueline

In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur’s music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.

hw33Good Enough by Yoo, Paula

Patti Yoon is expecting to be named to the Connecticut All State High School Orchestra first chair All-State Concertmaster for the fourth year in a row when she instead meets Cute Trumpet Guy. Hormones kick in, fluster follows and all she can think about are the green-olive eyes of Cute Trumpet Guy She is caught in between expectations-the expectations she sets for herself and the expectations her parents have set for her.

hw34The Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold by Block, Francesca

Nine classic fairy tales set in modern, magical landscapes and retold with a twist.

hw35Ice by Durst, Sarah

A modern-day retelling of “East o’ the Sun, West o’ the Moon” in which eighteen-year-old Cassie learns that her grandmother’s fairy tale is true when a Polar Bear King comes to claim her for his bride and she must decide whether to go with him and save her long-lost mother, or continue helping her father with his research.

hw36Into the Wild by Durst, Sarah

Having escaped from the Wild and the preordained fairy tale plots it imposes, Rapunzel, along with her daughter Julie Marchen, tries to live a fairly normal life, but when the Wild breaks free and takes over their town, it is Julie who has to prevent everyone from being trapped in the events of a story.

hw37Sea of Trolls by Farmer, Nancy

After Jack becomes apprenticed to a Druid bard, he and his little sister Lucy are captured by Viking Berserkers and taken to the home of King Ivar the Boneless and his half-troll queen, leading Jack to undertake a vital quest to Jotunheim, home of the trolls.

hw38Odd and the Frost Giants by Gaiman, Neil

An unlucky twelve-year-old Norwegian boy named Odd leads the Norse gods Loki, Thor, and Odin in an attempt to outwit evil Frost Giants who have taken over Asgard.

hw39Rapunzel’s Revenge by Hale, Dean


hw40Princess of the Midnight Ball by George, Jessica Day

A retelling of the tale of twelve princesses who wear out their shoes dancing every night, and of Galen, a former soldier now working in the king’s gardens, who follows them in hopes of breaking the curse.

hw41Calamity Jack by Hale, Shannon

hw42Goose Girl by Hale, Shannon

On her way to marry a prince she’s never met, Princess Anidori is betrayed by her guards and her lady-in-waiting and must become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers.

hw43Fairest by Levine, Gail

In a land where beauty and singing are valued above all else, Aza eventually comes to reconcile her unconventional appearance and her magical voice, and learns to accept herself for who she truly is.

hw44The Swan Kingdom by Marriott, Zoe

Retelling of the Swan Princess.

hw45Spindle’s End by McKinley, Robin

The infant princess Briar Rose is cursed on her name day by Pernicia, an evil fairy, and then whisked away by a young fairy to be raised in a remote part of a magical country, unaware of her real identity and hidden from Pernicia’s vengeful powers.

hw7Amiri and Odette: a Love Story: a Poem by Meyers, Walter

Presents a modern, urban retelling in verse of the ballet in which brave Amiri falls in love with beautiful Odette and fights evil Big Red for her on the streets of the Swan Lake Projects.

hw72Bound by Napoli, Donna

In a novel based on Chinese Cinderella tales, fourteen-year-old stepchild Xing-Xing endures a life of neglect and servitude, as her stepmother cruelly mutilates her own child’s feet so that she alone might marry well.

hw73Breath by Napoli, Donna

Elaborates on the tale of “The Pied Piper,” told from the point of view of a boy who is too ill to keep up when a piper spirits away the healthy children of a plague-ridden town after being cheated out of full payment for ridding Hameln of rats.

hw74Exposure by Peet, Mal

Paul Faustino, South America’s best soccer journalist, reports on the series of events that hurl Otello from the heights of being a beloved and successful soccer star, happily married to the pop singer Desdemona, into a downward spiral, in this novel loosely based on Shakespeare’s play, Othello.

hw75Lament :–the faerie queen’s deception by Stiefvater, Maggie

On the day of an important music competition, talented but painfully introverted and nervous Deirdre Monaghan is helped to perform by the compelling and enigmatic Luke Dillon and finds herself inexorably drawn into the mysteries and dangers of the faerie world.

hw76The New Policeman by Thompson, Kate

Irish teenager JJ Liddy discovers that time is leaking from his world into Tir na nOg, the land of the fairies, and when he attempts to stop the leak he finds out a lot about his family history, the music that he loves, and a crime his great-grandfather may or may not have committed.

hw77The Last Days: a novel by Westerfeld, Scott

As an ancient evil stirs beneath the streets of New York City, infecting rats and people like a plague, five quirky teens come together to form a “New Sound” band whose music seems to have paranormal power

hw78Briar Rose by Yolen, Jane


hw79Foiled by Yolen, Jane

Grades 6-10 Aliera may have listened too well to her fencing coachs advice: You must always protect your heart. Besting competitors twice her age in tournaments, and keeping to a strict routine of fencing practice, homework, and role-playing games, Aliera is a loner and likes it that wayuntil she becomes lab partners with the cutest boy in school. She initially resists his charms but is won over when he asks for a date. Turns out her new ruby-handled foil is the key to his interest in her, and to the yet-unseen magical dimension she must keep in balance.

hw79aSword of the Rightful King: a Novel of King Arthur by Yolen, Jane

Merlinnus the magician devises a way for King Arthur to prove himself the rightful king of England–pulling a sword from a stone–but trouble arises when someone else removes the sword first.

hw7bTroll Bridge :–A Rock ‘N’ Roll Fairy Tale by Yolen, Jane

Sixteen-year-old harpist prodigy Moira is transported to a strange and mystical wilderness, where she finds herself in the middle of a deadly struggle between a magical fox and a monstrous troll.