PBS Kids GO! It's My Life
Great Books About "High School"

Fiction Books

Simply Alice
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
It's Alice's first year of high school and she's nervous and excited at the same time. As she attempts to juggle challenges with friends, family, and school activities, Alice begins to feel better about herself than ever before.

Contents Under Pressure
by Lara M. Zeises
Lucy never expected the amount of change that would accompany her first year of high school. She must share a bedroom with her older brother's pregnant girlfriend, deal with changing relationships with old friends, and develop a new relationship with a popular older boy. Lucy realizes quickly the happiness and confusion that freshman year can be all about.

Inventing Elliot
by Graham Gardner
Elliot has been a victim of bullying his whole life, so when he starts at a new school, he decides it's time for a change. He invents a cooler, calmer self, but soon attracts the wrong attention from a group of kids who have dubbed themselves "The Guardians."

Slam Book
by Ann M. Martin
Popularity for Anna and her friends is a number one priority as they begin the year at a new high school. It becomes so important that they create a "Slam Book" to gossip about their fellow students. The book not only brings the wrong kind of attention, but begins a tragic chain of events that Anna and her friends soon lose control over.

The Chocolate War
by Robert Cormier
Jerry is a high school freshman who one day makes a decision that's unpopular among his classmates-and it will change his whole life. Jerry's persistence and determination not only catches the attention of an elite group of bullies, but also from the corrupt administration of the school.

Speak
by Laurie Halse Anderson
Melinda starts her freshman year with no friends, bad grades, and a horrible secret she feels she can't tell anyone about. Melinda must learn how to express herself emotionally and open herself up to new relationships with students and teachers, in order to find her voice and overcome a truly traumatic event.

Non-Fiction Books

Where Should I Sit at Lunch?: The Ultimate 24/7 Guide To Surviving The High School Years
By Harriet S. Mosatche, Ph.D., and Karen Unger, M.A.
Filled with checklists, quizzes, and tons of insider tips, this handbook gives teens the 411 on such topics as preparing a term paper, balancing time with friends and family, dating, choosing a college, and afterschool jobs.

Surviving High School: Making the Most of the High School Years
by Michael Riera
Riera uses his 10 years experience as a counselor to offer ways of dealing with hot topics teenagers face in high school, with an emphasis on providing information they need to make good decisions.

High School Bound: The Ultimate Guide for High School Success and Survival
by Martin J. Spethman, Chuck Klein (Illustrator)
Studying, peer pressure, cultivating good attitudes, dating, sports, homework; these are all things incoming high school freshmen will face in their new surroundings. This book covers more than 30 topics that teens will deal with as they begin their high school experience.

High School: The Real Deal: From GPAs to Graduation
by Juliana Farrell, Colleen Rush
High school can be overwhelming. You'll deal with issues from plagiarism to popularity, varsity sports to vocational classes, GPA's to graduation, and much, much more. This book will give you the lowdown on what to expect and how to deal with the road that lies ahead.

Straight Talk About Student Life
by Christine Dentemaro, Rachel Kranz
Straight Talk's series continues with a new volume of advice on coping with the pressures and problems of school.

http://pbskids.org/itsmylife
Copyright © 2005 CastleWorks, Inc. All rights reserved.