Arriving at Sacred Heart Academy in 1967, 16-year old Jane introduces sedate Mary Margaret to a different lifestyle that includes cutting class and smoking pot. Each learns from the other as they strive to make sense of their relationships and emerging independence.
When her "Uncle" Victor takes fourteen-year-old Sym to Antarctica, his mad search for the entrance to a mythical underworld turns into a desperate race for survival in a real and hostile environment where she has only an imaginary companion for support.
On tightly controlled New Earth, violence has been banned, and the fantasy computer game, Epic, settles all disputes. When a group of teens challenges the ruling order, they find themselves facing the power-hungry Game Masters and the game becomes real.
Carefully denying her increasing interest in Emil, her best friend's boyfriend, Dana works assiduously on her biology project about bees. When Emil wants to observe the bee hives with her, Dana strives to hide her feelings from him.
Elisa, a contemporary Cyrano d’Bergerac, writes letters to help boys attract other girls. Things change, however, when she falls for one of her “clients” who is trying to woo her nemesis. Complex, well-rounded characters and poetic metaphors create a compelling story.
Newly arrived in Canada, Irish immigrant Charley fends off taunts and ignores the bullies when they transfer their derision to effeminate Benny. When Benny’s anguish leads to suicide, Charley must find a way to atone for his own inaction.
Seventh-grader Karina and other members of her Haitian immigrant family hide her stepfather's violence until one terrible episode threatens to expose all and send the tyrant they call "the Daddy" to jail.