YA Picks

It’s that time of year again. Get back in the mood for classes, clubs, and camaraderie with a little fun, unassigned reading.

Gabe Johnson Takes OverGabe Johnson Takes Over by Geoff Herbach

Band geek, Gabe, is normally the funny guy at the lunch table, but this week is different. He’s having a hard time trying to kick his soda addiction and is also determined to shed his hated nickname, “Chunk.” When Gabe finds out that band camp is cancelled due to lack of funds, he’s furious. Finding out that the school’s vending machine money, which used to go to the band, will now be sponsoring the new cheer squad, is the last straw. Tired of being a joke and a pushover, Gabe fights back. Originally published as Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders, this funny story will have you rooting for the underdog.

Friends With BoysFriends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

Enter Maggie, getting ready for her first day of high school. Having been home-schooled up until this point, the prospect of attending public school and making friends is daunting. Maggie’s also dealing with the fallout from her mother recently abandoning the family, and appearances of a creepy ghost from the cemetery down the street remind her about things she’d rather forget. A graphic novel about growing up and how friends and big brothers can help a girl navigate even the toughest of times.

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