Issues, Concerns, Questions

The Way I Used to Be

After fourteen-year-old Eden is raped by her brother's best friend, she knows she'll never be the way she used to be.

The Way I Used to Be

Amber Smith
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Smith)

After fourteen-year-old Eden is raped by her brother's best friend, she knows she'll never be the way she used to be.

Relationships, Dating, and Tough Stuff

The Nowhere Girls

Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.

The Nowhere Girls

Amy Reed
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Reed)

Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.

Relationships, Dating, and Tough Stuff

What Does Consent Really Mean?

Following the sexual assault of a classmate, a group of teenage girls find themselves discussing the term consent, what it actually means for them in their current relationships, and how they act and make decisions with peer influence.

What Does Consent Really Mean?

Pete Wallis, Thalia Wallis
(Graphic Novels - 306.7083 Wal)

Following the sexual assault of a classmate, a group of teenage girls find themselves discussing the term consent, what it actually means for them in their current relationships, and how they act and make decisions with peer influence.

Relationships, Dating, and Tough Stuff

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

At cheerleading camp, Hermione is drugged and raped, but she is not sure whether it was one of her teammates or boy on another team. In the aftermath she has to deal with the rumors in her small Ontario town, the often awkward reaction of her classmates, the rejection of her boyfriend, the discovery that her best friend, Polly, is gay, and above all the need to remember what happened so that the guilty boy can be brought to justice.

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

E.K. Johnston
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Johnsto)

At cheerleading camp, Hermione is drugged and raped, but she is not sure whether it was one of her teammates or a boy on another team. In the aftermath she has to deal with the rumors in her small Ontario town, the often awkward reaction of her classmates, the rejection of her boyfriend, the discovery that her best friend, Polly, is gay, and above all the need to remember what happened so that the guilty boy can be brought to justice.

Relationships, Dating, and Tough Stuff

Sadie

Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life. But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

Sadie

Courtney Summers
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Summers)

Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life. But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

Relationships, Dating, and Tough Stuff

The Weight of a Thousand Feathers

As the person who cares for his terminally-ill mother, Bobby Seed has a lot on his plate. Add to that a responsibility to watch over his little brother, keeping up at school, and navigating a relationship with a girl who wants to be a girlfriend. But then Bobby's mother makes a request, one that seems impossible. If he agrees, he won't just be soothing her pain. He'll be helping her end it -- and end everything.

The Weight of a Thousand Feathers

Brian Conaghan
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Conagha)

As the person who cares for his terminally-ill mother, Bobby Seed has a lot on his plate. Add to that a responsibility to watch over his little brother, keeping up at school, and navigating a relationship with a girl who wants to be a girlfriend. But then Bobby's mother makes a request, one that seems impossible. If he agrees, he won't just be soothing her pain. He'll be helping her end it -- and end everything.

Relationships, Dating, and Tough Stuff

Darius the Great is Not Okay

Clinically-depressed Darius Kellner, a high school sophomore, travels to Iran to meet his grandparents, but it is their next-door neighbor, Sohrab, who changes his life.

Darius the Great is Not Okay

Adib Khorram
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Khorram)

Clinically-depressed Darius Kellner, a high school sophomore, travels to Iran to meet his grandparents, but it is their next-door neighbor, Sohrab, who changes his life.

Anxiety and Mental Health

Goodbye Days

Looks at a teen's life after the death of his best friend and how he navigates through the guilt and pain by celebrating their lives--and ultimately learning to forgive himself.

Goodbye Days

Jeff Zentner
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Zentner)

Looks at a teen's life after the death of his best friend and how he navigates through the guilt and pain by celebrating their lives--and ultimately learning to forgive himself.

Anxiety and Mental Health

Dreaming of Antigone

Andria's twin sister, Iris, had adoring friends, a cool boyfriend, a wicked car, and a shelf full of soccer trophies. She had everything, in fact--including a drug problem. Six months after Iris's death, Andria is trying to keep her grades, her friends, and her family from falling apart. But stargazing and books aren't enough to ward off her guilt that she--the freak with the scary illness and all-black wardrobe--is still here when Iris isn't. 

Dreaming of Antigone

Robin Bridges
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Bridges)

Andria's twin sister, Iris, had adoring friends, a cool boyfriend, a wicked car, and a shelf full of soccer trophies. She had everything, in fact--including a drug problem. Six months after Iris's death, Andria is trying to keep her grades, her friends, and her family from falling apart. But stargazing and books aren't enough to ward off her guilt that she--the freak with the scary illness and all-black wardrobe--is still here when Iris isn't. 

Anxiety and Mental Health

When I Cast Your Shadow

Haunted by her dead brother, unable to let him go, Ruby must figure out whether his nightly appearances in her dreams are the answer to her prayers―or a nightmare come true…Everett always been jealous of his dashing older brother. Now he must do everything he can to save his twin sister Ruby from his clutches...Charming, handsome, and manipulative, Dash has run afoul of some very powerful forces in the Land of the Dead. His only bargaining chips are Ruby and Everett. At stake is the very survival of the Bohnacker family, bodies and souls.

When I Cast Your Shadow

Sarah Porter
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Porter)

Haunted by her dead brother, unable to let him go, Ruby must figure out whether his nightly appearances in her dreams are the answer to her prayers―or a nightmare come true…Everett always been jealous of his dashing older brother. Now he must do everything he can to save his twin sister Ruby from his clutches...Charming, handsome, and manipulative, Dash has run afoul of some very powerful forces in the Land of the Dead. His only bargaining chips are Ruby and Everett. At stake is the very survival of the Bohnacker family, bodies and souls.

Anxiety and Mental Health

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