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Middle Years Reading

Source: Digital montage by S Black.

The contemporary fiction collection is located in the Kerferd Library Reading Lounge. Look for the books that have the orange contemporary fiction icon on the spine with an girl in the city.

Click on the book cover or title in the gallery at the bottom of this page to borrow contemporary fiction from the library, or use the following link to browse the contemporary fiction collection in the library.

Contemporary Young Adult Fiction in the Kerferd Library | Click on the book cover to borrow via the catalogue.

When the ground is hard

At Swaziland's Keziah Christian Academy, where the wealth and color of one's father determines one's station, once-popular Adele bonds with poor Lottie over a book and a series of disasters.

With the fire on high

Ever since she got pregnant during freshman year, Emoni Santiago's life has been about making the tough decisions, doing what has to be done for her daughter and her Grandmother. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen - once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.

The Rest of the Story

A big-hearted, sweeping novel about a girl who reconnects with a part of her family she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl—and falls in love, all over the course of a magical summer.

Trinkets

Three girls with a talent for shoplifting forge a friendship that’ll steal your heart. Say hi to Tabitha, Elodie, and Moe: a beauty queen, a wallflower and a burnout. They’re the least likely trio of buddies you’ve ever seen. But they’ve got one thing in common: they’re all at Shoplifters Anonymous. And bad-girl Moe’s life changes forever when the other two stroll in.

I am change

They told her that her body belonged to men and her mind didn't matter. They were wrong. "What if I don't want to marry?" Lillian held her breath. She had never said the words out loud. "Not want to marry?" Her aunt frowned. "What else would you do?" Set in a Ugandan village, Lilian has learned to shrink herself to fit other people's ideas of what a girl is. In her village a girl is not meant to be smarter than her brother. A girl is not meant to go to school or enjoy her body or decide who to marry. Especially if she is poor. Inspired by and written in consultation with young Ugandan women, I Am Change is the tragic but empowering story of how a young girl finds her voice and the strength to fight for change.

Again, but Better

Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents...sounds ideal -- but Shane's made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance...what’s that? Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time's a ticking, and she needs a change -- there's nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.

Spin the Dawn

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she'll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There's just one catch- Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Furious thing

Anger was something to believe in when the world let her down. FURIOUS THING roars with justifiable anger at an unfair world, as one girl fights to claim back the spaces that belong to her and battles to be heard...A masterful story exploring emotional abuse and right at the core of contemporary discussions of the ways women are manipulated by men, Jenny Downhams new novel is a peerless and ultimately uplifting exploration of this heartbreakingly common reality.

Last lesson

Last year, Ollie Morcombe was a star pupil, popular and a gifted musician.Then, after the accident, everything changed. Now he's an outcast, a prime target of the school bullies who have made his life a living hell. Today - the last day of the school year - he's brought those bullies a gift. A homemade pipe bomb. What has driven a model student to plan an unspeakable revenge?

No One Here Is Lonely

Our entire lives are online, but what if the boy you love actually lives there? Eden has always had two loves: her best friend, Lacey, and her crush, Will. And then, almost simultaneously, she loses them both. Will to a car accident and Lacey to the inevitable growing up and growing apart. Devastated by the holes they have left in her life, Eden finds solace in an unlikely place. Before he died, Will set up an account with In Good Company, a service that uploads voices and emails and creates a digital companion that can be called anytime, day or night. It couldn’t come at a better time because, after losing Lacey–the hardest thing Eden has had to deal with–who else can she confide all her secrets to? Who is Eden without Lacey?

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