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Bleed Like Me

by C. Desir Simon Pulse (October 07, 2014)

From the author of Fault Line comes an edgy and heartbreaking novel about two self-destructive teens in a Sid and Nancy–like romance full of passion, chaos, and dyed hair.

Seventeen-year-old Amelia Gannon (just...


by Jason Myers Simon Pulse (July 29, 2014)

Discover how Jason Myers’s fan favorite character, internationally bestselling author James Morgan, got his start in this digital enovella set in the world of Exit Here.

In Destroy, James deals with writer’s...

The Gospel of Winter

by Brendan Kiely Margaret K. McElderry Books (January 21, 2014)

“In a lyrical and hard-hitting exploration of betrayal and healing, the son of a Connecticut socialite comes to terms with his abuse at the hands of a beloved priest” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).


Jay's Journal

by Anonymous & Beatrice Sparks Simon Pulse (August 17, 2010)

Jay was a sweet, bright high school student who cared about his grades and his friends. He had ambitions. He was happy. And he thought he could handle anything.

He was wrong.

When Jay falls in with a crowd that's...

When I Was the Greatest

by Jason Reynolds & Michael Frost Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 07, 2014)

In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head—even if you’re totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut that Publishers Weekly calls “a funny and rewarding...

The Mission

by Jason Myers Simon Pulse (December 29, 2009)

Kaden Norris's life is shattered when his older brother-- his best friend and hero-- is killed in Iraq. He decides to fulfill his brother's last wishes left to him in a letter, urging him to break out of his...


by Peter Lerangis Simon Pulse (November 10, 2009)

Two parties, six alternating points of view, and three letters that says it all--WTF!


by Amy Reed Simon Pulse (October 06, 2009)

When thirteen-year-old Cassie moves to a suburb of Seattle, she is determined to leave her boring, good-girl existence behind. She chooses some dangerous new friends and is quickly caught up in their fast-paced...

If I Grow Up

by Todd Strasser Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (February 24, 2009)


In the Frederick Douglass Project where DeShawn lives, daily life is ruled by drugs and gang violence. Many teenagers drop...


by Ellen Hopkins Margaret K. McElderry Books (June 20, 2008)

Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact...

Leap of Faith

by Jamie Blair Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 03, 2013)

Can true love be built on lies? A teen on the run seeks relief and redemption in this gripping, “compulsively readable” (School Library Journal) romantic read that Kirkus Reviews calls a “marvelous debut,...

Street Pharm

by Allison Van Diepen Simon Pulse (September 03, 2013)

Ty Johnson knows survival. Since inheriting his pop’s business at sixteen, Ty’s developed smarts, skills, and mad discipline. The supply game’s in his blood. And life is pretty sweet when you’re on top....


by Allison Van Diepen Simon Pulse (September 03, 2013)

A teen infiltrates a drug ring to settle a vendetta in this fast-paced novel from the author of Street Pharm and Snitch.

Darren took the fall for Diamond Tony, the notorious head of the city’s drug cartel....


by Allison Van Diepen Simon Pulse (April 23, 2013)

From the author of Street Pharm and Snitch comes an acclaimed urban fantasy that tests the limits of love and immortality.

Zin dances with fire in every step, speaks with a honey-sweet voice, and sees with eyes...

Sure Signs of Crazy

by Karen Harrington Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (August 20, 2013)

A poignant and powerful coming of age story perfect for fans of Wonder and The Thing about Jellyfish

You've never met anyone exactly like twelve-year-old Sarah Nelson. While most of her friends obsess over Harry...

Autobiography of My Dead Brother

by Walter Dean Myers & Christopher Myers Amistad (October 26, 2010)

The thing was that me and Rise were blood brothers, but sometimes I really didn't know him. . . .

As Jesse fills his sketchbook with drawings and portraits of Rise, he tries to make sense of the complexities...

Out of Reach

by Carrie Arcos Simon Pulse (October 16, 2012)

How do you find someone who doesn’t want to be found? A girl searches for her missing addict brother while confronting her own secrets in this darkly lyrical novel, a National Book Award Finalist.

Rachel has...

Strawberry fields

by Jordi Sierra i Fabra & Deildre Mac Closkey Editorial SiF (August 05, 2019)

Luci is in the hospital in coma because of an extasi overdose. This stops the lifes of hes friends that try to help her as well as face their own fears. Her best friend finally confronts her bulimia. A boy who...

Mommy's Gone to Treatment

by Denise D. Crosson & Mike Motz Central Recovery Press (September 01, 2008)

Parent guide on how to talk to children about addiction and treatment.

Brightly illustrated, easy-to-read story.

Optional coloring book.

Spin the Sky

by Jill MacKenzie Sky Pony (November 01, 2016)

Magnolia Woodson wants nothing more than to get her and her sister, Rose, out of the pitifully small, clamming-obsessed Oregon town that hates them—she just doesn’t know how. Forced to put up with the snide...


by Lisa Luedeke Margaret K. McElderry Books (August 21, 2012)

A field hockey star grapples with addiction in this riveting read perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak.

Katie Martin wants to leave her small-town loneliness behind forever. She is a field hockey...

Mommy's Coming Home from Treatment

by Denise D. Crosson & Mike Motz Central Recovery Press (February 01, 2009)

Parent guide for how to talk to children about addiction and treatment and what happens after a parent/loved one returns.

The Secret of Willow Ridge: Gabe's Dad Finds Recovery

by Helen H. Moore, John C. Blackford & Claudia Black Central Recovery Press (February 01, 2010)

Engaging and contemporary story with charming, age-appropriate illustrations. Foreword by Claudia Black, Ph.D. written for the target audience.

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces

by Isabel Quintero Cinco Puntos Press (September 22, 2014)

Named to Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014

Named to School Library Journal Best Books of 2014

Gabi Hernandez chronicles her last year in high school in her diary: college applications, Cindy's pregnancy, Sebastian's...


by Mindy McGinnis Katherine Tegen Books (March 12, 2019)

An Amazon Best Book of the Month! A captivating and powerful exploration of the opioid crisis—the deadliest drug epidemic in American history—through the eyes of a college-bound softball star. Edgar Award-winning...

White Lies

by Mark O'Sullivan Little Island Books (March 18, 2010)

Nance, a young black girl, is trying to piece together the true story of her adoption, beginning with a newly-discovered photograph of herself as a baby. OD, her boyfriend, is struggling to cope with his crumbling...

Taking Flight

by Sheena Wilkinson Little Island Books (September 01, 2010)

‘Beyond the fence everything is dark, but in here is our own lit-up world. Just me and Flight. Our breath snakes into the night like the aftermath of a firework.’ The only riding fifteen-year-old Declan...


by Amy Reed Simon Pulse (June 12, 2012)

He’s falling in love—and she’s falling over the edge of sanity. From the author of Beautiful and Clean, a “real and relatable” (VOYA) exploration of a romance marred by mental illness.

What if I can’t...

Easter Ann Peters' Operation Cool

by Jody Lamb Jody Lamb Communications, Inc. (July 01, 2017)

Twelve-year-old Easter Ann Peters has a plan to make seventh grade awesome: Operation Cool. She's determined to erase years of being known as the quiet, straight-A student who can't think of a decent comeback...

The Son Of Someone Famous

by M.E. Kerr Lizzie Skurnick Books (December 01, 2014)

Though to Brenda Belle Blossom's mother he is just "that boy . . . tying those beer cans to the Christmas tree," sixteen-year-old Adam is really the son of a famous movie star who hobnobs with royalty while...

Last Night I Sang to the Monster

by Benjamin Alire Saenz Cinco Puntos Press (September 01, 2009)

Some people have dogs. Not me. I have a therapist. I'd rather have a dog.

Something Wicked

by Sherry Ashworth HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (November 30, 2016)

Sixteen-year-old Anna is an unremarkable schoolgirl. She does her homework, and keeps out of trouble. At home she emotionally supports her depressive mother and occasionally goes out with friends, but she allows...


The Modern Faerie Tales #2

by Holly Black Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 01, 2006)

When seventeen-year-old Valerie Russell runs away to New York City, she's trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new identity, she takes up with a gang of squatters who live in the...

Exit Here.

by Jason Myers Simon Pulse (June 17, 2008)

Exit here. Enter apathy. Jason Myers pushes the limits of teen fiction with this tale of love, addiction, and wrong choices.

Travis is back from college for the summer, and he's just starting to settle in to...

Go Ask Alice

by Anonymous Simon Pulse (July 13, 1999)

A teen plunges into a downward spiral of addiction in this classic cautionary tale.

January 24th

After you’ve had it, there isn't even life without drugs…

It started when she was served a soft drink laced...

Lucy in the Sky

by Anonymous Simon Pulse (May 01, 2012)

A riveting first-person tale of addiction, in the tradition of Go Ask Alice and Jay’s Journal.

The author of this diary began journaling on her sixteenth birthday. She lived in an upper middle class neighborhood...


by Mindi Scott Simon Pulse (October 05, 2010)

How do you come back from the point of no return?

Seth McCoy was the last person to see his best friend, Isaac, alive, and the first to find him dead. It was just another night, just another party, just another...

The Higher Power of Lucky

by Susan Patron & Matt Phelan Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 20, 2007)

Lucky, age ten, can't wait another day. The meanness gland in her heart and the crevices full of questions in her brain make running away from Hard Pan, California (population 43), the rock-bottom only choice...

Rats Saw God

by Rob Thomas Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 12, 2012)

Steve details his descent from bright star to burnout in this newly repackaged edition of the definitive, highly acclaimed novel from the creator of Veronica Mars and Party Down.

Houston, sophomore year: Steve...


by Randi Reisfeld Simon Pulse (March 06, 2012)

Kenzie Cross never thought she'd vault to insta-fame on the hit TV action drama Spywitness Girls. A virtual unknown, she's the show's breakout star -- and the lead in a major new movie. It's like it's Christmas...

Dead End

by Jason Myers Simon Pulse (June 14, 2011)

Dru and Gina are young, in love, and can’t wait to get out of Marshall, Nebraska, a town where bloodline means everything and whoever has the money makes the rules. But all their dreams are shattered when...

Nobel Genes

by Rune Michaels Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 10, 2010)

It's tough to measure up to your parents' expectations. Imagine how much harder it would be if your mother told you that your biological father—whom you'd never met—was a Nobel prize-winning genius? NOBEL...


by Jeremy Iversen Simon Pulse (November 15, 2011)

Bret is the kind of guy that girls want and guys want to be. He wears the right clothes, hangs out with the right people, and parties just the right amount.

It is the night of his twenty-first birthday, and...


Shade #2

by Jeri Smith-Ready Simon Pulse (May 03, 2011)

In the second book of the Shade trilogy from Jeri Smith-Ready, Aura is torn between the two boys who hold her heart—and determined to unravel the secrets of the Shift.

Aura’s life is anything but easy. Her...

Can't Get There from Here

by Todd Strasser Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 11, 2010)

Her street name is Maybe

She lives with a tribe of homeless teens -- runaways and throwaways, kids who have no place to go other than the cold city streets, and no family except for one another. Abused, abandoned,...

Playing for the Devil's Fire

by Phillippe Diederich Cinco Puntos Press (February 29, 2016)

IThe bittersweet odyssey of a boy coming of age in a landscape broken by drugs, crime, and corruption.

Snakes & Ladders

by Shaun Smith Dundurn (January 12, 2009)

Thirteen-year-old Paige Morrow becomes concerned when the farmer who owns the property her family cottage is on hires a creepy tree doctor. When Paige befriends the arborist's troubled teenage daughter, Janine,...

Jockey Girl

by Shelley Peterson Dundurn (February 06, 2016)

In her quest to find her lost mother and to save the horse she loves, Evie discovers inner courage and develops the confidence she needs to meet her goals.

The Ballad of a Broken Nose

by Arne Svingen & Kari Dickson Margaret K. McElderry Books (June 14, 2016)

From award-winning Norwegian author Arne Svingen comes “an uplifting coming-of-age story” (The Wall Street Journal) about a relentlessly positive teenager who uses his love of opera to cope with his less-than-perfect...


by Ellen Hopkins Margaret K. McElderry Books (November 03, 2015)

Five teens victimized by sex trafficking try to find their way to a new life in this “sincere and moving” (Booklist) companion to the #1 New York Times bestselling Tricks from Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank...