Kissing Doorknobs

10 best books like Kissing Doorknobs (Terry Spencer Hesser): More Than You Can Chew, Invisible, Lisa, Bright and Dark, The Luckiest Girl in the World, The Humming of Numbers, Total Constant Order, Buried, Estrella's Quinceanera, Vibes, Mismatch

More Than You Can Chew
AuthorMarnelle Tokio
Marty Black has retreated from a difficult family situation into the area she can best control, her own appetites. She may not be able to control her parents’ behavior, but she can decide what she will and will not eat. Eventually, she stops eating altogether. Marty is close to death when she finally...
AuthorPete Hautman
You could say that my railroad, the Madham Line, is almost the most important thing in my life. Next to Andy Morrow, my best friend....I guess you could say that I'm not only disturbed, I'm obsessed. Lots of people think Doug Hanson is a freak -- he gets beat up after school and the girl of his dreams calls...
Lisa, Bright and Dark
AuthorJohn Neufeld
Lisa Shilling is 16, smart, attractive—and she is losing her mind. Some days are light, and everything is normal; during her dark days, she hides deep within herself, and nothing can reach her. Her teachers ignore what is happening. Her parents deny it. Lisa's friends are the only ones who are listening—and...
The Luckiest Girl in the World
AuthorSteven Levenkron
Just looking at Katie Roskova, you'd think she had it all: she was pretty, popular, an A-student at an exclusive private school, and on her way to becoming a champion figure skater. But there was another Katie, the one she hid from the world, who was having trouble dealing with the mounting pressures of...
AuthorJoni Sensel
Aidan is poised to take his monastic vows—until a girl enters the abbey, one who hums of the number eleven. Aidan has the ability to hear the humming of numbers, a buzzing energy given off by living things. He is captivated and tormented by the mysterious girl, Lana, who has some unusual abilities...
AuthorCrissa-Jean Chappell
Fin can't stop counting. She's always heard a voice inside her head, ordering her to listen, but ever since she's moved to the Sunshine State and her parents split up, numbers thump like a metronome, rhythmically keeping things in control. When a new doctor introduces terms such as "clinical depression"...
AuthorRobin Merrow MacCready
Claudine has long buried her own needs and dreams to care for her alcoholic mother. But after Mom suddenly disappears, a much darker truth that lies buried under years of angry denial and enabling behavior is waiting to be uncovered. When Claudine eventually hits rock bottom, she must literally dig...
AuthorMalin Alegria
For as long as Estrella Alvarez can remember, her mother has been planning to throw her an elaborate quinceañera for her fifteenth birthday -- complete with a mariachi band, cheesy decorations, and a hideous dress. Just thinking about her quince makes Estrella cringe. But her mother insists that...
AuthorAmy Kathleen Ryan
Nothing is beyond Kristi Carmichael’s disdain—her hippie high school, her friend Jacob, her workaholic mom. Yet for all her attitude and her mind-reading abilities, Kristi has a vulnerable side. She can hear the thoughts of her fellow students, calling her fat and gross. She’s hot for Gusty...
AuthorLensey Namioka
Sue Hua just moved from racially diverse Seattle to a suburban white-bread town where she feels like the only Asian American for miles. Then she meets Andy, a handsome and passionate violin player who happens to be Asian American. Sue feels an instant attraction to Andy, and her white friends think they’re...
AuthorSusan Shaw
Suzie is a dark-eyed twelve-year-old who desperately needs to feel safe and worthy of love. Seeking only to be "good enough," she remains motionless and silent for hours on end, feeling the walls of her psychological prison pressing against her. Ultimately, Suzie finds herself in a mental hospital...
AuthorHarriet McBryde Johnson
Seventeen-year-old Jean has cerebral palsy and gets around in a wheelchair, but she's always believed she's just the same as everyone else. She goes to normal school and has normal friends. She's never really known another disabled person before she arrives at Camp Courage. But there Jean meets Sara,...
AuthorKaren Hesse
In June 1942, seven months after attacking Pearl Harbor, the Japanese navy invaded Alaska's Aleutian Islands. For nine thousand years the Aleut people had lived and thrived on these treeless, windswept lands. Within days of the first attack, the entire native population living west of Unimak Island...
AuthorGail Giles
I WAS THE GHOST OF THE SCHOOL CORRIDORS.SKYE WAS THE DEVIL.AND I WAS DOOMED FROM THE DAY SHE SPOKE TO MESkye Colby? She's the multi-pierced, multi-tattooed girl hanging around the cybercafés, always out at odd hours in marginal places. The jocks call her "slut puppy," the bland blondes in the plaid...
AuthorAdam Rapp
07 June 2004 UNDER THE WOLF, UNDER THE DOG by Adam Rapp, Candlewick, October 2004, Age 14 and up, ISBN: 0-7636-1818-7

"I was so in love, I went into my room and drank half a bottle of Robitussin."

Reading Adam Rapp's upcoming novel, UNDER THE WOLF, UNDER THE DOG, is like watching a car wreck...
AuthorBrian James
A spellbinding trip of a novel about three friends breaking apart in their quest to stave off boredom and sameness.

It's not about the drugs. It's not about the girls or the fights or the fading streetlights. It's about two nights that weren't going to be different from the rest but then took a...
AuthorTerry Trueman
In a busy coffee shop, a robbery goes wrong. Two gunmen hold seven hostages, including teenager Zach Wahhsted. What nobody realizes at first is that Zach is anything but ordinary and his troubled mind is more dangerous than any weapon. Terry Trueman has created a compelling character with the same shocking...
AuthorJanet Ruth Young
when i am well

i will take you

At first Billy's father just seemed distant, as if he had something on his mind. Then he stopped listening to music, saying it hurt his ears. After a while he stopped eating and sleeping. And after that he just stopped. Stopped being Billy's father and his...
AuthorAnne Schreiber
NOW IN SPANISH! This fascinating reader provides a fascinating look inside volcanoes with a little science, a little history, and a lot of dramatic National Geographic photographs.

Hot melted rock from the middle of our planet is forced into a jagged journey through cracks in the earth's...
AuthorHeather Quarles
Without even noticing, 15-year-old Katherine has become the head of her household. She hasn't had time to notice. Her single mother, an out-of-work alcoholic, has been in bed for weeks, leaving Katherine and her three younger siblings to band together and fend for themselves. But it has gotten harder...
Multiple Choice
AuthorJanet Tashjian
For as long as Monica Devon can remember, she has been two things: a whiz at making anagrams and a perfectionist who obsesses about saying and doing the right thing. Seeing no other way out from her compulsive nature, she creates "Multiple Choice", a roulette word game that will force spontaneity into...
Sneetches are Sneetches: Learn About Same and Different
AuthorDr. Seuss
Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 2 March 1904 in Springfield, MA. He graduated Dartmouth College in 1925, and proceeded on to Oxford University with the intent of acquiring a doctorate in literature. At Oxford he met Helen Palmer, who he wed in 1927. He returned from Europe in 1927, and began working for...
Winners Never Quit!
AuthorMia Hamm
“An inspiring tale.” —Parents Magazine

Mia Hamm, American soccer champion and bestselling author of Go for the Goal, tells a true-life-inspired story in this picture book.

Winners Never Quit! can help with the emotional side of playing sports—how to deal with a loss...
Not As Crazy As I Seem
AuthorGeorge Harrar
Devon Brown won’t eat in the school caf (a germ swamp). He covers his hands before opening doors, eats things in groups of four (his lucky number), and hangs up his shirts (with all their buttons buttoned) by color. Some kids say Devon’s crazy, but he knows better—these are the tricks that keep bad...
Passing for Normal
AuthorAmy S. Wilensky
I am crazy. But maybe I am not.  For most of her life, these thoughts plagued Amy Wilensky as her mind lurched and veered in ways she didn't understand and her body did things she couldn't control. While she excelled in school and led an otherwise "normal" life, she worried that beneath the surface she...
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