Relationship Fiction

Updated May 29, 2024
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Scout is not a band kid /
Armstrong, Jade,
A young girl in middle school will do whatever it takes to meet her favorite author-even if it means joining her school band! A contemporary graphic novel about making your dream come true-and the friends you make along the way. When Scout learns that her favorite author is doing...

Grades 6-7

FINALLY SEEN
Yang, Kelly,
From the New York Times bestselling author of Front Desk comes a "involving, realistic" (Booklist, starred review) middle grade novel about a young girl who leaves China to live with her parents and sister, after five years apart, and learns about family, friendship, and the...

Grades 6-7

Gideon Green in black and white
Henry, Katie,
Truly Devious meets Turtles All the Way Down in critically acclaimed author Katie Henry's YA contemporary comedic mystery, a hilarious send-up of the hardboiled detective genre that spotlights family, friendship, and love. Gideon's short-lived run as a locally famous boy...

Grades 8-10

In the key of us
Lockington, Mariama,
In Grand Rapids, Michigan, Andi is grappling with grief following the death of her mother. Zora is exhausted by trying to please her success-oriented parents. Both feel very much alone. Until a summer music camp brings them together.The only two Black girls at camp in a sea of white children, Andi...

Grades 8-10

Kings of B'more
Thomas, R. Eric,
"Infused with all the joy of the best teen movies, Kings of B'more is sure to be a big hit." -BuzzFeed Two Black queer best friends face their last day together with an epic journey through Baltimore in this magnetic YA debut by bestselling author of Here for It, R....

Grades 8-10

Spells for lost things
Welch, Jenna Evans,
From the New York Times bestselling author of Love & Gelato comes a poignant and "beguiling" (Publishers Weekly, starred review) novel about two teens trying to find their place in the world after being unceremoniously dragged to Salem, Massachusetts, for the summer.

Grades 8-10

BELITTLED WOMEN
Sellet, Amanda
Sharp and subversive, this delightfully messy YA rom-com offers a sly wink to the classic Little Women, as teenage Jo Porter rebels against living in the shadow of her literary namesake. Lit's about to hit the fan. Jo Porter has had enough Little Women to last a lifetime...

Grades 8-10

Attack of the black rectangles
King, A. S.
Award-winning author Amy Sarig King takes on censorship and intolerance in a novel she was born to write. When Mac first opens his classroom copy of Jane Yolen's The Devil's Arithmetic and finds some words blacked out, he thinks it must be a mistake. But then when he and his friends...

Grades 8-10

Lessons in chemistry : a novel
Garmus, Bonnie,
#1 GLOBAL BESTSELLER WITH MORE THAN 6 MILLION COPIES SOLD * Meet Elizabeth Zott: "a gifted research chemist, absurdly self-assured and immune to social convention" (The Washington Post) in 1960s California whose career takes a detour when she becomes the unlikely star of a ...

Grades 10+

The daydreams
Hankin, Laura,
A deliciously entertaining novel about the stars of a popular teen show from the early 2000s-and the reunion special, thirteen years after their scandalous flameout, that will either be their last chance at redemption, or destroy them all for good. Back in 2004, The Daydreams had...

Grades 10+

Really good, actually : a novel
Heisey, Monica,
NATIONAL BESTSELLER "Every sentence of Monica Heisey's writing is a treat. No one makes me laugh like she does." --Dolly Alderton, New York Times bestselling author of Everything I Know About Love Recommended by Los Angeles Times * Washington Post * GQ * Elle * Good Morning America...

Grades 10+

Happy place
Henry, Emily,
INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! "The beach-read master hooks us again."--People Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2023 by BuzzFeed ∙ Paste Magazine ∙ Elle ∙ Southern Living ∙ SheReads ∙ Culturess ∙...

Grades 10+

True Biz
Novic, Sara,
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK * A "tender, beautiful and radiantly outraged" (The New York Times Book Review) novel that follows a year of seismic romantic, political, and familial shifts for a teacher and her students at a boarding school for the deaf,...

Grades 10+

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
Zevin, Gabrielle,
NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER * Sam and Sadie--two college friends, often in love, but never lovers--become creative partners in a dazzling and intricately imagined world of video game design, where success brings them fame, joy, tragedy, duplicity, and, ultimately, a kind of immortality. It...

Grades 10+

All together now
Larson, Hope,
Middle-schooler Bina is having the best time playing in her new band with her friends, Darcy and Enzo. But both the band and her friendships begin to crumble when Darcy and Enzo start dating, effectively relegating Bina to third-wheel status. To make matters worse, Bina's best friend, Austin, starts...
Grades 6-8
The candymakers
Mass, Wendy,
Four children have been chosen to compete in a national competition to find the tastiest confection in the country. Who will invent a candy more delicious than the Oozing Crunchorama or the Neon Lightning Chew? Logan, the Candymaker's son, who can detect the color of chocolate by...

Grades 6-8

Himawari House
Becker, Harmony,
A young adult graphic novel about three foreign exchange students and the pleasures, and difficulties, of adjusting to living in Japan.Living in a new country is no walk in the park--Nao, Hyejung, and Tina can all attest to that. The three of them became fast friends through living together in the...

Grades 6-8

If I stay
Forman, Gayle,
The critically acclaimed, bestselling novel from Gayle Forman, author of Where She Went, Just One Day, and Just One Year.   In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen ­year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened...
Lumberjanes
Stevenson, Noelle,
Friendship to the max! Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together...and they're not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! Not only is it the second title launching in our new BOOM! Box imprint but...
A mango-shaped space : a novel
Mass, Wendy,
"From the moment I read a story by Wendy Mass, I knew she was a writer to watch." --Judy Blume An award-winning book from the New York Times bestselling author of Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life and The Candymakers for fans for of Wonder...

Grades 6-8

Real friends
Hale, Shannon,
"Fresh and funny." --New York Times Book Review Newbery Honor author Shannon Hale and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham join forces in this graphic memoir about how hard it is to find your real friends--and why it's worth the journey. ...

Grades 6-8

Sisters
Telgemeier, Raina,
Raina Telgemeier's #1 New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award-winning companion to Smile!Raina can't wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren't quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she's also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by...

Grades 6-8

Stargazing
Wang, Jen,
Stargazing is a heartwarming middle-grade graphic novel in the spirit of Frizzy and Mexikid, from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Jen Wang. Moon is everything Christine isn't. She's confident, impulsive, artistic . . . and though they...

Grades 6-8

An American marriage
Jones, Tayari,
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB 2018 SELECTION LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION "One of my favorite parts of summer is deciding what to read when things slow down just a bit, whether it's on a...

Grades 10+

Alice Austen lived here
Gino, Alex,
From the award-winning author of Melissa, a phenomenal novel about queerness past, present, and future. Sam is very in touch with their own queer identity. They're nonbinary, and their best friend, TJ, is nonbinary as well. Sam's family is very cool with it... as long as Sam...
Grades 6-8
Book Lovers
Henry, Emily,
"One of my favorite authors."--Colleen Hoover An insightful, delightful, instant #1 New York Times bestseller from the author of Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation. Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by Oprah Daily ∙ Today ∙...

Grades 10+

Concerning my daughter : a novel
Kim, Hye-jin,
Prize-winning Korean author Kim Hye-Jin's debut confronts familial love, duty, mortality, and generational schism through the incendiary gaze of a tradition-bound mother faced with her daughter's queer relationship. When a widowed,...
Grades 6-8
Exactly where you need to be
Coombs, Amelia Diane,
Turtles All the Way Down meets Love and Luck in this "lively" (Publishers Weekly), romantic road trip story about a teen girl's last chance to have an epic summer with her best friend before everything changes. Florie's OCD and her mother's worrying have kept...
Grades 10+
Flying solo : a novel
Holmes, Linda
NATIONAL BESTSELLER * A woman returns to her small Maine hometown, uncovering family secrets that take her on a journey of self-discovery and new love, in this warm and charming novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Evvie Drake Starts Over. "A...
Grades 10+
Jennifer Chan is not alone
Keller, Tae,
In her first novel since winning the Newbery Medal for When You Trap a Tiger, Tae Keller offers a gripping and emotional story about friendship, bullying, and the possiblity that there's more in the universe than just us. Sometimes middle school can make you feel like...
Grades 6-8
A place at the table
Faruqi, Saadia,
A timely, accessible, and beautifully written story exploring themes of food, friendship, family and what it means to belong, featuring sixth graders Sara, a Pakistani American, and Elizabeth, a white, Jewish girl taking a South Asian cooking class taught by Sara's mom. Sixth graders Sara...
Grades 6-8
The truth about Ben and June /
Kiester, Alex,
Love isn't something that happens to you; it's something you must choose every day.
Grades 10+
Zoe Rosenthal is not Lawful Good
Werlin, Nancy,
A buttoned-up overachiever works overtime to keep her inner nerd at bay--failing spectacularly--in Nancy Werlin's hilarious and heartfelt return to contemporary realistic fiction. Planning is Zoe Rosenthal's superpower. She has faith in a properly organized to-do list and avoids...
Grades 8-10
Confessions of a class clown
Costner, Arianne,
This middle-school class clown's hilarious online videos might get thousands of views . . . but is fame worth the price of friendship? A heartfelt story with multiple perspectives about the challenges of social media. Meet Jack Reynolds. Making people laugh is his life's work....

Grade 6-8

GROUNDED a novel /
Saeed, Aisha,
Four kids meet at an airport for one unforgettable night in this middle-grade novel by four bestselling and award-winning authors--Aisha Saeed, Huda Al-Marashi, Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, and S. K. Ali.   When a thunderstorm grounds all flights following a huge...
Grade 6-8
HONEY AND ME
Drazin, Meira
Fans of Judy Blume, The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, and The Penderwicks will love this funny, charismatic story of a Jewish girl striving to forge her own identity in the shadow of her fearless best friend. **A 2023 Sydney Taylor Award Honor Book!** **A...
Grade 6-8

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