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Bechard, Margaret. HANGING ON TO MAX.
When his girlfriend decides to give their baby away, Sam is determined to raise him alone. (YA Fic Bechard)
Brooks, Bruce. WHAT HEARTS.
A bittersweet tale of first romance. Asa has to grow up fast when the adults in his life let him down. (Juv Fic Brooks)
Carvell, Marlene. WHO WILL TELL MY BROTHER?
Evan continues a crusade begun by his late brother to remove the Indian as their high school mascot. (YA Fic Carvell)
THE COLOR OF ABSENCE: 12 STORIES ABOUT LOSS AND HOPE. Ed. by James Howe.
Short stories exploring the many faces of loss. (YA Fic Color)
Dean, Carolee. COMFORT.
Kenny hopes the power of words will help him escape his unbearable home life. (YA Fic Dean)
Frank, E.R. AMERICA.
America's life seems overwhelmingly hopeless until he confronts his past with a caring doctor. (YA Fic Frank)
Gilbert, Barbara. STONE WATER.
His grandfather's last request forces Grant to face difficult questions about life and death. (YA Fic Gilbert)
Hopkins, Ellen. CRANK.
Kristina's downward spiral from perfect daughter to drug addict is told in stark verse. (YA Fic Hopkins)
Hrdlitschka, Shelley. DANCING NAKED.
Pregnant Kia must make a decision that will shape her life forever.
Hurwin, Davida. A TIME FOR DANCING.
Best friends Juliana and Samantha are passionate about dancing until Juliana is afflicted with debilitating pain that turns out to be an advanced stage of cancer. (YA Fic Hurwin)
Klass, David. YOU DON'T KNOW ME.
John is dealing with an abusive "almost" stepfather, an oblivious mother, girlfriend woes, and an unrepentant frog masquerading as a tuba. (YA Fic Klass)
Lee, Marie G. NECESSARY ROUGHNESS.
Finding himself an outsider after moving from LA to Minnesota, Chan Kim succeeds at football until things turn tragic. (YA Fic Lee)
McDaniel, Lurlene. BABY ALICIA IS DYING.
Through volunteering, Desi has finally found someone to love in baby Alicia. But can she bear to watch her die? (YA Fic McDaniel)
Moore, Terry. STRANGERS IN PARADISE: HIGH SCHOOL!
Katchoo and Francine, best friends, navigate the treacherous emotional waters of high school in this stand-alone volume of the popular graphic novel series.
Porter, Connie. IMANI ALL MINE.
Only fourteen, Tasha doesn't have much in this world except her daughter Imani, the light of her life. (YA Fic Porter)
Stratton, Allan. CHANDA'S SECRETS.
In Africa, Chanda's world is ravaged by the reality of AIDS. (YA Fic Stratton)
Swanson, Julie A. GOING FOR THE RECORD.
Champion soccer player Leah finds out that her father is dying of pancreatic cancer.
Thompson, Craig. BLANKETS: AN ILLUSTRATED NOVEL.
A young man's journey from fundamentalist roots through first love to the earned wisdom of young adulthood, told in a groundbreaking visual style. (Fic Thompson)
Voigt, Cynthia. A SOLITARY BLUE.
When his mother comes back into his life, Jeff can't help but hope that it means she loves him. A devastating story of parental betrayal. (YA Fic Voigt)
White, Ruth. WEEPING WILLOW.
Poverty, low self-esteem, rape. Can Tiny escape it all?
Williams, Lori Aurelia. WHEN KAMBIA ELAINE FLEW IN FROM NEPTUNE.
Shayla's life is full of troubles, and she is increasingly disturbed as she discovers her neighbor Kambia's horrible secrets. (YA Fic Williams)
Yamanaka, Lois-Ann. NAME ME NOBODY.
Japanese-American Emi-lou battles a disturbing sense of worthlessness in this brutal coming-of-age story set in Hawaii. (YA Fic Yamanaka)
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