The 57 Bus
By Dashka Slater

My name is Sasha, and I like to be referred to as "they."  I used to be a boy, but now I'm not.  My entire life, I've wanted to fit in.  but now that I am truly who I want to be, all people do is judge me.  I knew things were not going to be easy, but I never expected things to get this bad.  That day on the 57 bus changed everything.  

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The Remedy
By Suzanne Young

All I've ever known is being the life of a Closer.  To help families grieve, to give them a chance to gain the closure they need, but never thought they would have to face.  My dad always told me I played a key role in the Grief Department.  I was the face of it.  Although this wan't what I wanted my life to be engulfed by, I was dang good at it.  It offered me protection, safety, a way to allow families to let go and keep moving forward, and most importantly, the feeling of having my own family.  There is no better feeling than being able to "become" that special someone and give that family the closure they have hung onto.  Just one rule, I can't get attached.  Too bad I've taken on this role for more than half of my life and am profoundly deft to knowing my memories from the ones I take on.  How am I supposed to stop myself from becoming attached when they are the one who love me most?  Hi, I'm Quinlan McKee, or that's who I thought I was.

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Long Way Down
by Jason Reynolds

Will is a 15-year-old boy.  He is distraught over his older brother Shawn's recent death.  He refuses to show his emotions about this traumatic situation to cope with the societal rules established by the people in his neighborhood.  Will decides to shoot Carlson Riggs, who he believes killed Shawn.  He bases this decision on another unspoken rule within his neighborhood, which requires him to seek revenge on the person who killed his loved one.  He makes this choice to kill him out of a feeling of obligation to comply with the rules.  However, he is not a violet person and quickly begins to doubt his decision, especially as he rides in the elevator.

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The Year They Fell
By David Kreizman

My name is Josie.  My life was not always what I thought it would be, but it was pretty good.  With that being said, it only took one day to change everything.  That one day changed all of us forever.  We all lost people who were special to us that day.  That day, without a doubt, turned our whold world upside down, but it was the thing that brought us back together.  We may have lost a family, but we created one at the same time.

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The Things She's Seen
By Ambelin & Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Although a big deal of tragedy happened in my family, I never wanted to leave it.  I died in a car accident with my aunt driving, and I saw "that place," but I felt guilty leaving my dad behind, so I stayed.  I've felt recognition roaming the Earth with my dad, since he's known to be the only one who sees and hear me, but my soul has felt so lost in the midst of it all.  My dad is a detective, so I thought to just use all my supernatural abilities to help him out in his new investigation, but I've become more of just an answer to his grief.After meeting a distraught, confused witness at the hospital, Isabel Catching shares her past in what seems to be a mythical story way that seems useless to the case, but ends up having mysterious ties to our questions.  I feel like I witnessed someone or something exactly like me after I met her, but couldn't quite understand why until we realized she could see and speak to me too.  Isabel's story runs deep, almost too deep.  Her story gains us huge developments, and me huge strides to letting go of the guild I've always felt for my dad.  Because of her, we've been able to "catch" a completely different light in our ever-seeking lives.

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The Female of the Species
By Mindy McGinnis

I'm Jack, and I guess you could say I'm considered one of the popular kids in high school.  I get good grades, and I'm good at sports, and I can get any girl I want.  Except Alex.  All through high school, she's hidden under the shadows.  Everyone knows her as "the girl whose sister died."  Senior year just started, and I can't stop thinking about her and dying to get to know her.  Will I end up regretting finding out the true Alex, or will it end in a happy ending?

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