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TOUGH ISSUES: Wasted: Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Go ask Alice Teen Book Go ask Alice


A teenager whose life is dominated by her drug problems uses her diary to tell the story of what that life is like.

The death of Jayson Porter Teen Book The death of Jayson Porter

Adoff, Jaime.

In the Florida projects, sixteen-year-old Jayson struggles with the harsh realities of his life which include an abusive mother, a drug-addicted father, and not fitting in at his predominately white school, and bring him to the brink of suicide.

Tales of the Madman Underground :   (an historical romance 1973) Teen Book Tales of the Madman Underground : (an historical romance 1973)

Barnes, John, 1957-

High school senior Kurt Shoemaker determines to be "normal," despite his chaotic home life with his alcoholic mother and the deep loyalty and affection he has for his friends in the therapy group dubbed the Madman Underground.

A plague year Teen Book A plague year

Bloor, Edward, 1950-

When a crystal meth epidemic tears through his Pennsylvania coal-mining town in 2001, Tom, a supermarket employee who dreams of escaping to college, finds inspiration in the heroism of the passengers of United Flight 93.

Tyrell Teen Book Tyrell

Booth, Coe.

Tyrell is living with his spaced-out mother and little brother in a homeless shelter. He feels he needs to score some money to make things better. Will he end up following in his jailed father’s footsteps?

The absolute value of -1 Teen Book The absolute value of -1

Brezenoff, Steven.

Four teenagers relate their experiences as they try to cope with problems in school and at home by smoking, drinking, using drugs, and running track.

Dawn Teen Book Dawn

Brooks, Kevin.

Fifteen-year-old Dawn, who cares for her alcoholic mother, tries to suppress a painful childhood memory as she contemplates killing God, whom she blames for her father's disappearance.

Candy Teen Book Candy

Brooks, Kevin.

After falling in love with Candy, a drug addict, Joe becomes desperate as he tries to keep his dream of working as a musician alive while trying to save Candy from her self-destructive ways.

Tyrone's story Teen Book Tyrone's story

Brouwer, Sigmund, 1959-

Eighteen-year-old Tyrone Larson ponders the events of his life that led to his part in the death of a high school friend from a drug overdose.

Smack book Smack

Burgess, Melvin.

After running away from their troubled homes, two English teenagers move in with a group of squatters in the port city of Bristol and try to find ways to support their growing addiction to heroin.

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