Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos. Rachel has always idolized her older brother Micah. He struggles with addiction, but she tells herself that he’s in control. And she almost believes it. Until the night that Micah doesn’t come home. Rachel’s terrified—and she can’t help but feel responsible. She should have listened when ...
1/23/14 - Pura Belpre Honor Book - It is 1969 in Spanish Harlem, and fourteen-year-old Evelyn Serrano is trying hard to break free from her conservative Puerto Rican surroundings, but when her activist grandmother comes to stay and the neighborhood protests start, things get a lot more complicated--and dangerous.
Emily Beam's boyfriend takes his own life after they break up due to Emily's pregnancy, and her parents' pressure to get an abortion. Wounded deeply, Emily transfers to Amherst boarding school, where the spirit of Emily Dickinson helps her find healing and expression in poetry.
Beneath a Meth Moon, by Jacqueline Woodson. An honest portrayal of a young girl who, after losing her mother and grandmother in Hurricane Katrina, struggles with meth addiction. The story is realistic, often dark and sad, and yet the ending is hopeful.