Young Adult

Contemporary young adult fiction about teens struggling with mental illness, addiction, abuse, incarceration, homelessness, and other tough stuff.

A number of these books have been nominated for and/or won literary awards.

Between the Cracks 4-6

Between the Cracks 4-6

Follow the lives of the Simpson family, their lives torn apart by abuse and neglect. Chloe Chloe had known for a long time that she was two people. The Chloe who watched and the Chloe who experienced. She had been watching for so long, she wasn’t sure she could feel ...
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Between the Cracks 1-3

Between the Cracks 1-3

Follow the lives of the Simpson family, their lives torn apart by abuse and neglect ...
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Pain

Pain

When your child is in pain, everything else takes a backseat. Fae Glover has put everything else on hold while she tries to help her daughter to get a diagnosis and effective treatment. Unfortunately, DFS has other ideas and in short order has apprehended Hannah. And they have no intention of ever giving her back ...
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Tamara's Teardrops 1-4

Tamara’s Teardrops 1-4

Get all four books in the award-winning Tamara's Teardrops series for one low price!  Follow Tamara French as she struggles to overcome the challenges of her past and reintegrate into the normal world ...
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June, Into the Light, Between the Cracks #6

June, Into the Light, Between the Cracks #6

(Book #6) June Simpson has lost everything. Her family, the love of her life, and now her freedom.

And it’s her own fault.

Drugs have taken her health and what little happiness remained in her life, and now, incarcerated after a failed attempt at armed robbery, June is forced to detox and to face the reality of the misery and abuse she has perpetrated on those closest to her, especially her children.

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Gem, Himself, Alone

Gem, Himself, Alone

Teenage Gem, alone on the street, has survived abuse, institutionalization, and captivity. He has lost everything and everyone he ever loved, but is finally free to build a life.

There is only one person he can count on, and that is himself.

Gem buries his past the best he can, joins up with the Rippers gang for protection, and does what he has to in order to survive.

But Riker, a vice cop, makes it his business to take away the precious freedom Gem has earned and put him behind bars.

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Toxo

Toxo

Raising Caleb had never been easy, but things got exponentially worse when DFS made an unexpected appearance and decided he was in danger, something Riley would never have predicted in a million years.

Now Caleb really is in danger.

Gabriel and Renata are working together once more to determine whether an injustice has been done and to get Caleb into a safe situation. But Andrew Searle is on the case, and it’s his job to see that they don’t succeed. 

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Vanishing Teardrops

Vanishing Teardrops

(Book 4) It was her second chance at parole, and Tamara knew this time that it wasn’t going to be easy. That ended up being the understatement of the century. In a new environment, trying to be a parent for the first time after years of not being allowed to make any decisions for herself, she didn’t know how she was going to make it. ...
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Tortured Teardrops

Tortured Teardrops

(Book 3) Tamara French is back in juvenile detention, and things are not going well. Have her experiences on the outside affected her so much? The staff can’t figure out what is wrong, and Tamara herself can’t explain what is going on with her ...
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Two Teardrops

Two Teardrops

(Book 2) Returning to juvie after breaching her parole, Tamara finds that everything is the same as when she left, and yet everything is different. She fights to reestablish her rep while increasingly troubled by emerging memories. ...
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Ronnie, Between the Cracks #5

Ronnie, Between the Cracks #5

(Book #5) Ronnie was the one child in the Simpson family to escape from the abuse and grow up in a normal home without being bounced from place to place or ending up on the street. That was what the others all thought. That was what Ronnie told herself. When Ronnie could remember. ...
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Endless Change

Endless Change

She was a broken bird He was a mender of wings Parker’s mother always said he jumped into things without thinking first, and that’s exactly what he did when he saw Dakota, cold and hungry, fending for herself on the city streets. How could he ignore the pain and fear in her dark eyes? Dakota was eager to go to school and she made friends quickly, eager to make up for a dismal childhood full of deprivation and abuse by enjoying every moment she could ...
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