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.

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. ...
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 ...
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. ...
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. ...
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 ...
Making Her Mark

Making Her Mark

Secrets and lies. When everything changed, Kelli thought she would be happy. But nothing really changed. Kelli’s life has never been easy. She’s always faced her problems head on. She’s strong and savvy and in charge of herself. All of that is about to change ...
Medical Kidnap Files 1-3

Medical Kidnap Files 1-3

The first three Medical Kidnap Files are gathered together into one compendium for your convenience and additional savings ...
Chloe, Between the Cracks #4

Chloe, Between the Cracks #4

(Book #4) Chloe had always been the perfect daughter. Diligent, obedient, good at caring for the other children when Mom wasn’t home. She always worked hard and did everything she was asked. But she couldn’t please her mother and the parade of stepfathers. It seemed like the harder she tried, the worse the abuse got ...
Proxy, Medical Kidnap Files #3

Proxy, Medical Kidnap Files #3

(Book #3) Fourteen-year-old Seth Wilcox has been admitted to the hospital forty-eight times, according to his mother’s latest social media posts, when Social Services steps in and takes Seth into care, believing his mother suffers from Munchausen by Proxy and Seth is not safe in her care. Gabriel Tate is now a veteran in dealing with medical kidnap and reuniting children with their families. He knows Seth and his mom, Leva, a tireless mitochondrial disorder advocate. He knows he needs to get Seth back to Leva as soon as he can ...
EDS, Medical Kidnap Files #2

EDS, Medical Kidnap Files #2

(Book #2) With a long string of unbelievable stories to explain her frequent injuries, Social Services sees Katt is the stereotypical abused child. When she is admitted to hospital with yet another broken bone, they do the only logical thing to protect her, removing Katt from her mother’s custody. But Katt and her mother know that something is wrong, and it has nothing to do with abuse, and the longer Katt stays in foster care, the worse her health gets. Can they get the answers they need before it is too late? Can they get the answers and get Katt back home? ...
Mito, Medical Kidnap Files #1

Mito, Medical Kidnap Files #1

(Book #1) Gabriel has dealt with mysterious medical issues his whole life. Just when he finally thought that they had all of the answers and he was on the road to good health, he is apprehended by DFS on the grounds of medical neglect. At first, he thought that he would be back home in a few days, once the misunderstanding was cleared up. But when Renata tells Gabriel her crazy conspiracy theories, Gabriel feels the first pangs of doubt. Is there really a conspiracy? Will he ever be able to get well and go back to his mother, or is he doomed to be another guinea pig for Doctor De Klerk? ...
A Single Soul

A Single Soul

Get three stand-alone novels by award-winning author P.D. Workman. Three boys fight to escape violence and abuse. Thought-provoking and eye-opening stories of poverty, gang violence, mental illness, and domestic abuse will inspire readers of all ages and remind them of the power of family and friendship ...
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