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Art and Artists in Teen Fiction

Sparks fly when Beatrix Adams, seventeen, who strives to be a medical illustrator, meets Jack, one of San Francisco's most notorious graffiti artists, but even as Beatrix begins to uncover the secrets that have left Jack so wounded, her own family secrets threaten to tear them apart.

And we're off by Dana Schwartz

Offered a summer trip to Europe to study history's most famous artists, seventeen-year-old Nora is required to create a unique painting at each stop, but clashes with her mom who fears her daughter's optimism may prompt an insecure future.

Draw the line by Laurent Linn

"A teen boy survives a hate crime against another gay student through his art"--.

Aiko Cassidy, a fifteen-year-old with cerebral palsy, tired of posing for the sculptures that have made her mother famous, dreams of going to Japan to meet her father and become a great manga artist, but takes a life-changing trip to Paris, instead.

Graffiti knight by Karen Bass

In post-war Leipzig, teen Wilm feels justified in spray painting messages at night on police buildings in order to voice his displeasure, until one night his actions go too far.

Into the dangerous world by Julie Chibbaro

Living in an art commune that her father burns down before taking his own life, Ror moves to a homeless residence in 1984 Manhattan, where she is torn by the opinions of others about how she should define herself as an artist.

My not-so-still life by Liz Gallagher

Artistic sixteen-year-old Vanessa has never tried to fit in, but counts the days until she reaches adulthood and all it brings, but when her first job introduces her to James, who leads her into new, sometimes risky situations, she wonders if she is ready to be grown up.

Original fake by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

"Frankie Neumann's an introvert, and he's always been the outsider in his family of performers, but all that's about to change once he finds an outlet for his artistic talents"--.

Piper Perish by Kayla Cagan

Piper Perish and her two friends, Kit and Enzo, have long planned on getting out of Houston and going to art school in New York City together, but halfway through their senior year Enzo breaks up with her at a dance in the most public, spectacular, and embarrassing manner possible--and suddenly Piper is faced with a series of life and relationship changing events that threaten her dream.

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

When the murals painted on the walls of her Brooklyn neighborhood start to change and fade in front of her, Sierra Santiago realizes that something strange is going on--then she discovers her Puerto Rican family are shadowshapers and finds herself in a battle with an evil anthropologist for the lives of her family and friends.

"A biographical novel in verse of a half Native American, half African American female sculptor, Edmonia Lewis, working in the years right after the Civil War"--.

When a celebrated New York City teenager, known for her subversive street art, mysteriously dies, her life is examined in a series of interviews with her parents, friends, boyfriends, mentors, and critics.

While you were gone by Amy K Nichols

Eevee, an aspiring artist and daughter of Arizona's governor, and Danny, a reformed troublemaker who lives in foster care in his own world, join forces to correct a breach between parallel universes.

You're welcome universe by Whitney Gardner

When Julia gets kicked out of the Kingston School for the Deaf for putting up an illegal mural, she is moved to a mainstream school in the suburbs where she starts putting up more art, but she soon finds that someone is showing off their skills by adding to her tags.

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