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TOUGH ISSUES: Surviving Abuse

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Porcelain keys

Beard, Sarah, 1977- author.

TEEN BEARD

Seventeen-year-old Aria is a piano prodigy whose abusive father forbids her from going near a piano and whose only friend Thomas goes missing just as she braves everything to audition for Juilliard.


Because I am furniture

Chaltas, Thalia.

TEEN CHALTAS

The youngest of three siblings, fourteen-year-old Anke feels both relieved and neglected that her father abuses her brother and sister but ignores her, but when she catches him with one of her friends, she finally becomes angry enough to take action.


I have been sexually abused. Now what?

Culp, Jennifer, 1985-

TEEN 618.9285 CULP

Sexual abuse of children and teens is shockingly common, not to mention under-reported and under-prosecuted. Fortunately, research and education are helping to change that. The trauma of sexual abuse may lead to further long-term symptoms such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, eating disorders, and substance abuse. It is known to increase suicidal thoughts and self-harming behaviors. Seeking help from professionals, even years after the abuse occurs, can alleviate feelings of guilt and shame, shifting the identity of those who have been abused from victim to survivor. This useful and sensitive book debunks popular myths surrounding sexual abuse and provides resources where survivors and loved ones can turn for help. Readers will learn how to identify and confront sexual abuse; its long-term effects; and how to move forward in the aftermath.


Lock and key : a novel

Dessen, Sarah.

TEEN DESSEN

When she is abandoned by her alcoholic mother, high school senior Ruby winds up living with Cora, the sister she has not seen for ten years, and learns about Cora's new life, what makes a family, how to allow people to help her when she needs it, and that she too has something to offer others.


A stolen life : a memoir

Dugard, Jaycee Lee, 1980-

BIO DUGARD DUGARD

The memoir of Jaycee Dugard who was kidnapped on June 10, 1991, when she was 11 years old, and was missing for over 18 years before her reappearance in 2009.


These gentle wounds

Dunbar, Helene.

TEEN DUNBAR

Fifteen-year-old Gordie is trying to build a new life after tragically losing his family, but when his abusive father returns, Gordie must confront the traumas of the past.


Beyond bruises : the truth about teens and abuse

Gordon, Sherri Mabry.

TEEN 362.7608 GORDON

Discusses the various types of abuse teenagers face, including both domestic and dating abuse, the impact abuse has on teens, and several ways to help teens who suffer from some form of abuse.


The truth about abuse

Haley, John, 1959-

TEEN 362.8292 HALEY

Alphabetically arranges entries focusing on issues relating to abuse, including abusive behavior, traits of abusers, types of abuse, and factors in abuse.


Disappear home

Hurwitz, Laura, author.

TEEN HURWITZ

In 1970, fourteen-year-old Shoshanna, six-year-old Mara, and their mother escape from Sweet Earth Farm, a declining commune run by their tyrranical and abusive father, but after finding peace and stability at Avery Elliot's farm, their mother's crippling depression returns.


Reality Boy : a novel

King, A. S. (Amy Sarig), 1970-

TEEN KING

An emotionally damaged seventeen-year-old boy in Pennsylvania, who was once an infamous reality television show star, meets a girl from another dysfunctional family, and she helps him out of his angry shell.


Charm & strange

Kuehn, Stephanie.

TEEN KUEHN

A lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy must either surrender his sanity to the wild wolves inside his mind or learn that surviving means more than not dying.


Still waters

Parsons, Ash, author.

TEEN PARSONS

High-schooler Jason, who lives with a drunk, abusive father at home, hopes to earn enough money to escape with his younger sister, Janie, by being tough at school, but the stakes grow ever more dangerous and soon even his fists and ability to think on his feet are not enough to keep his head above water.


Since you've been gone

Payne, Mary Jennifer, author.

TEEN PAYNE

On the run from her abusive father, fifteen-year-old Edie Fraser and her mother flee to London, England for a fresh start. But one day, Edie's mom doesn't come home from work. Afraid to phone the police and risk being returned to her father, Edie begins a desperate search for her mother, and finds an unlikely ally along the way.


A child called "It"

Pelzer, David J.

362.7609 PELZER

Dave Pelzer shares his unforgettable story of the many abuses he suffered at the hands of his alcoholic mother and the averted eyes of his neglectful father. Someone with no one to turn to, his dreams barely kept him alive. Through each of his struggles, readers will find themselves enduring his pain, comforting his loneliness and fighting for his will to survive. This compelling story will awaken you to the horrifying truth about child abuse -- and the ability we have to make a difference.


Stronger than you know

Perry, Jolene B. (Jolene Betty), 1976- author.

TEEN PERRY

After fifteen years of horrific abuse and neglect by her mother and her mother's boyfriends, Joy struggles to understand and accept a normal life with relatives, at school, and with a boyfriend.


Scars

Rainfield, C. A. (Cheryl A.)

TEEN RAINFIE

Fifteen-year-old Kendra, a budding artist, has not felt safe since she began to recall devastating memories of childhood sexual abuse, especially since she cannot remember her abuser's identity, and she copes with the pressure by cutting herself.


Three little words : a memoir

Rhodes-Courter, Ashley, 1985-

TEEN B RHODES RHODES

Ashley spent nine years in foster care after being taken away from her mother. She endured many caseworkers, moving from school to school and manipulative, humiliating and abusive treatment from one foster family. See how she survives and eventually thrives against the odds.


Jesus land : a memoir

Scheeres, Julia.

373.7293 SCHEERE

It's the mid-1980s. Julia Scheeres and her adopted brother David are sixteen years old and have just moved to rural Indiana, a landscape of cottonwood trees and trailer parks--and a racism neither of them is prepared for. While Julia is white, her close relationship with David, who is black, makes them both outcasts. At home, a distant mother--more involved with her church's missionaries than with her own children--and a violent father only compound their problems. When high-school hormones, bullying, and a deep-seated restlessness prove too much to bear, they are packed off to a Christian boot camp in the Dominican Republic. Surrounded by natural beauty, the Escuela Caribe is governed by a disciplinary regime that demands its teens repent for their sins--which few of them are aware they've committed. How they made it through with heart and soul intact is told here with candor and humor.


Stitches : a memoir--

Small, David, 1945-

BIO SMALL SMALL

The prize-winning children's author depicts a childhood from hell in this searing yet redemptive graphic memoir. Recalling Running with Scissors with its ability to evoke the trauma of a childhood lost, Stitches will transform adolescent and adult readers alike with its deeply liberating vision.


Stick

Smith, Andrew (Andrew Anselmo), 1959-

TEEN SMITH

Thirteen-year-old Stark "Stick" McClellan's brother has always defended him against those who tease him for his thinness and facial deformity, so when Bosten, having admitted he is gay, must leave home and their abusive parents, Stick sets out to find him.


A girl's life online

Tarbox, Katherine.

TEEN B TARBOX TARBOX

In A Girl's Life Online,Tarbox, now eighteen, tells her story-an eye-opening tale of one teenager's descent into the seductive world of the Internet. Tarbox's harrowing experience with her online boyfriend would affect her life for years to come and result in her becoming the first "unnamed minor" to test a federal law enacted to protect kids from online sexual predators. In an age when a new generation is growing up online, Tarbox's memoir is a cautionary tale for the Internet Age.


The glass castle : a memoir

Walls, Jeannette.

B WALLS WALLS

A remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette's brilliant and charismatic father captured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn't want the responsibility of raising a family. The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.


Beauty of the broken

Waters, Tawni, author.

TEEN WATERS

As if her parents' heavy drinking and her father's abuse--which nearly killed her half-brother, Iggy--were not enough, fifteen-year-old Mara is caught kissing her girlfriend, Xylia, by the preacher's son and becomes terrified that her own life is at risk.


This boy's life : a memoir

Wolff, Tobias, 1945-

B- WOLFF WOLFF

In this unforgettable memoir of boyhood in the 1950s, we meet the young Toby Wolff, by turns tough and vulnerable, crafty and bumbling, and ultimately winning. Separated by divorce from his father and brother, Toby and his mother are constantly on the move. Between themselves they develop an almost telepathic trust that sees them through their wanderings from Florida to a small town in Washington State. Fighting for identity and self-respect against the unrelenting hostility of a new stepfather, Toby's growing up is at once poignant and comical. His various schemes--running away to Alaska, forging cheeks, and stealing cars--lead eventually to an act of outrageous self-invention that releases him into a new world of possibility.


Made of stars

York, Kelley, author.

TEEN YORK

When eighteen-year-old Hunter Jackson and his half sister, Ashlin, return to their dad's for the first winter in years, they expect everything to be just like the warmer months they'd spent there as kids. And it is -- at first. But Chance, the charismatic and adventurous boy who made their summers epic, is harboring deep secrets. Secrets that are quickly spiraling into something else entirely. The reason they've never met Chance's parents or seen his home is becoming clearer. And what the siblings used to think of as Chance's quirks -- the outrageous stories, his clinginess, his dangerous impulsiveness -- are now warning signs that something is seriously off. Then someone turns up with a bullet to the head, and all eyes shift to Chance's family. Hunter and Ashlin know Chance is innocent ... they just have to prove it. But how can they protect the boy they both love when they can't trust a word Chance says?


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