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TOUGH ISSUES: Surviving Abuse

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They cage the animals at night Teen Book They cage the animals at night

Burch, Jennings Michael.

Burch was left at an orphanage and never stayed at any one foster home long enough to make any friends. This is the story of how he grew up and gained the courage to reach out for love.

A stolen life : a memoir book A stolen life : a memoir

Dugard, Jaycee Lee, 1980-

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 Teen Book These gentle wounds

Dunbar, Helene.

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.

Reality Boy : a novel Teen Book Reality Boy : a novel

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

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 Teen Book Charm & strange

Kuehn, Stephanie.

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.

Blackbird :   a childhood lost and found book Blackbird : a childhood lost and found

Lauck, Jennifer.

Lauck's heartbreaking and inspiring memoir--debuting to advance critical acclaim--tells how an ordinary child growing up under the blue skies of Carson City, Nevada, in the early 1970s lost her childhood after her world became unhinged by family tragedy.

In love and in danger : a teen's guide to breaking free of abusive relationships Teen Book In love and in danger : a teen's guide to breaking free of abusive relationships

Levy, Barrie.
TEEN 306.7308 LEVY

Describes the experiences of teens who have had abusive dating relationships and gives advice on how to end the cycle of abuse and forge healthy and loving, violence-free relationships. This accessible book shows teens how to identify abusive relationships--emotional, physical, and sexual--and how to leave them. Levy provides facts about dating violence, the differences between healthy and addictive love, resources for help, and more.

No pretty pictures :   a child of war book No pretty pictures : a child of war

Lobel, Anita.

The author, known as an illustrator of children's books, describes her experiences as a Polish Jew during World War II and for years in Sweden afterwards.

Stronger than you know Teen Book Stronger than you know

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

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.

Stained Teen Book Stained

Rainfield, C. A. (Cheryl A.)

A teenaged girl bullied for her port-wine stain must summon her personal strength to survive abduction and horrific abuse at the hands of a deranged killer.

Scars Teen Book Scars

Rainfield, C. A. (Cheryl A.)

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 Teen Book Three little words : a memoir

Rhodes-Courter, Ashley, 1985-

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 book Jesus land a memoir

Scheeres, Julia.

This riveting memoir is the story of a 16-year-old girl and her adopted, black, 16-year-old brother in Indiana who are sent to a reform school in the Dominican Republic by their violent father and distant mother more involved with her church's missionaries than her own children.

Stitches : a memoir-- book Stitches : a memoir--

Small, David, 1945-

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.

A girl's life online Teen Book A girl's life online

Tarbox, Katherine.

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 book The glass castle : a memoir

Walls, Jeannette.

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.

This boy's life :   a memoir book This boy's life : a memoir

Wolff, Tobias, 1945-

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.

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