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Chicken Soup of the Teenage Soul I, II, & III by Jack Canfield.
These volumes contain stories, poems, and cartoons relating to the specific troubles that traumatize teenagers everywhere. There are plenty of stories about dating ("HE KISSED MY TEETH!"), friendships (don't gossip), and school. But Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul doesn't shy away from the big issues either, with essays on suicide, dying young, and drunk driving.

Deal With It! A Whole New Approach to Your Body, Brain, and Life as a Gurl by Esther Drill, Heather McDonald, and Rebecca Odes.
From the founders of gURL.com comes a resource to help you learn about, laugh about, and figure out the stuff you go through on your way through life. It wonít tell you what to do, because youíll need to decide that for yourself.

Donít Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens: Simple Ways to Keep Your Cool in Stressful Times by Richard Carlson, Ph. D.
Teens will learn how not to stress out about homework, peer pressure, dating, and other potentially difficult areas.

The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them by The Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell.
This collective journal brings together the work of a group of students, the Freedom Writers, from an English class taught by Gruwell at an "at risk" public high school. Inspired by The Diary of Anne Frank and Zlata's Diary, the students recorded their responses to a world dominated by abuse, drugs, crime, homelessness, and racism.

Hear These Voices: Youth at the Edge of the Millennium by Anthony Allison
In their own words, fifteen "at risk" teenagers describe what becoming an adult is like at the edge of the millennium. For them, itís not about name-brand sneakers, celebrity worship, or portable music players. Itís still about survival.

Ophelia Speaks: Adolescent Girls Write About Their Search for Self by Sara Shandler.
Shandler reveals telling portraits of teenage girls in this book, a compilation of essays, poems, and true-grit commentary from a cross section of teenage girls (or Ophelias), throughout the country.  The topics covered run the gamut, but they include parental expectations, racial relations, and faith, among others.

Real Girl Real World: Tools for Finding Your True Self by Heather M. Gray and Samantha Phillips.
This book provides factual information and sisterly support for girls. Written by two woman in their twenties and incorporating the voices of over seventy teen girls from all backgrounds, this savvy guide helps girls navigate the pressures and obstacles they face every day.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens: the Ultimate Teenage Success Guide by Sean Covey.
Covey provides a step-by-step guide to help teens improve self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve their goals, get along with their parents, and much more. In addition, this book is stuffed with cartoons, clever ideas, etc.

Speaking Out: Teenagers Take on Race, Sex, and Identity by Susan Kuklin.
In a series of candid interviews, teenagers from a New York City high school discuss racial and sexual identity, stereotypes, how they view others of different ethnic backgrounds and sexual preferences, and ways to overcome personal differences.

What Are You? Voices of Mixed-Race Young People edited by Pearl Fuyo Gaskin
Young people of racially mixed backgrounds discuss their feelings about family relationships, prejudice, dating, personal identity, and other issues.

What Do You Think of You? and Other Thoughts on Self-Esteem by Scott Sheperd, Ph D
"Questions for Teens". In this quick-to-read little book are some pretty powerful ideas to help you understand the fears and self-doubts that everyone goes through.