Back to School Books: Be One of the New Kids

Back to SchoolTeens everywhere are starting new adventures at a new place with new people. This is a moment of transition that is filled with so many different feelings. Teens may feel: excited, nervous, confident, free, scared, happy, anxious, or any combination of these. Starting somewhere new something everyone experiences at once point, which why it is forms the basis of the plots in many classic and upcoming stories. Readers embarking on new journeys at the beginning of this school year may be interested in one of these new releases featuring tales of new kids at school.


Don't Ever Change by Beth BloomDon’t Ever Change by M. Beth Bloom
Eva wants to a write a modern classic that appeals to her modern generation, except that she doesn’t know if she’ll be able to with her limited life experience. Before heading to college, Eva is determined to discover a life worth writing about. She didn’t expect the plot twists – earning a job as a summer camp counselor, growing apart from her friends BEFORE she leaves for school, and falling in love. Now, Eva only needs to discover how her story will unfold, chapter by chapter.


The Space in BetweenThe Space in Between by Melyssa Winchester
Emery is starting her final year of high school, senior year that defines her next step after Greenville High to any college she chooses. She is not the ugly duckling, virgin looking for the popular guy, or classic beauty who can have anyone she wants. She is just the normal girl interested in taking pictures and practicing on her acoustic guitar rather than getting involved in drama. Until she meets Christian who is unlike anyone else. It’s complicated since he arrived, and in a couple months, he’ll be only one thing to her: her step-brother.


The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick life on her grandfather’s ranch is uprooted when her estranged sister drags her to D.C. Tess is thrown into a world of politics and power after enrolling at Hardwicke Academy, the school for the children of the rich and powerful. In those walls, she is thrust into the role of “the fixer” for the high school community, fixing teens’ problems like her sister did for her parents’ problems. A local conspiracy arises that involves a family member of one of Tess’s classmates and shocking secrets are exposed. This not only makes Tess’s life more complicated, but also more interesting.

You and Me and Him by Kris Dinnison
Being a best friend requires a person to stand by your side no matter what, even if you’re overweight or out of the closet. Outsiders Maggie and Nash support each other through all obstacles, but their friendship is challenged when Tom moves to town at the start of the school year. This is the boy who has stolen both of their hearts. Told with musical references and clever dialogue, Maggie and Nash will learn to a sing along in harmony, one way or another.
Start the new school year off right with a new book! If you have any favorite back to school books, share them in the comments. 

— Heather Johnson, currently reading Winger by Andrew Smith

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Heather Johnson

By day, Adult Services Librarian at the Sunnyvale Public Library in Sunnyvale, California. By night, a consumer of enchanting stories and dark chocolate.