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.

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?

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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? ...
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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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Dark is Deepest

Dark is Deepest

Get four of my stand-alone books with a female main character together in one ebook package. This set, titled Dark is Deepest, includes Tattooed Teardrops, which won the Top Fiction Prize in the 2016 In the Margins Top Ten Books for Teens literary award. Buying them all together and save ...
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Intersexion

Intersexion

Taylor is a teen teetering on the edge of a steep precipice. Disowned by his family, living on the street, battling abuse and prejudice, he struggles to discover who he really is and how to carry on with life. The last person you would expect to touch him is Roz, whose foremost identity is a Christian wife and mother. But her world is about to be shaken. Through all that happens, Roz understands she has to be there for Taylor, knowing he is only one step from despair and self-destruction ...
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Michelle, Between the Cracks #3

Michelle, Between the Cracks #3

(Book #3) “Daddy… can’t we come with you when you leave this time?” When Michelle asked to be taken away from her abusive mother, she never expected to lose everyone she loved in the process. They said they would keep her and Kenny together. Her daddy said he would be back. And she never even got to say good-bye to Marcie ...
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Once Brothers

Once Brothers

Jacob, fifteen and a loner, never thought he’d get mixed up with a gang. Deke, older now, had sought the gang out for protection when he had no family of his own to rely upon. And Sammy, only ten, pressed into service as a gang courier, is terrified of where his job with the gang will lead ...
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Questing for a Dream

Questing for a Dream

Nadie is a bright, caring teen growing up Manitoba Cree growing up in abject poverty. She tries to balance school attendance, caring for her younger cousin Luyu, and spending time with handsome, impish Mouse, her best friend and confidante. Together, they strive to find the path to happiness on the reservation ...
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Cynthia Has a Secret

Cynthia Has a Secret

One day, fifteen-year-old Carmina Knight’s life was perfect, and the next, she’d lost everything. Her family, her home, almost everything that she knew. Alone on the streets, she can’t trust anyone, but she also can’t make it alone. Neil Crowther is the investigator on the Knight case. He knows that he has to unravel the web of deceit and track Carmina down quickly, or there will be no one left to save ...
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June & Justin, Between the Cracks #2

June & Justin, Between the Cracks #2

(Book #2) Justin had made a mistake. A big, life-changing mistake. He already failed June once. He wasn’t there when she needed him, and because of him, their lives will never be the same. June is everything to Justin, and he must be everything to her. He must protect June at all costs. Justin is prepared spend the rest of his life keeping her from getting hurt again ...
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Those Who Believe

Those Who Believe

On the run from Social Services and others who do not understand their beliefs, Nathan and his mom, faith-healer Billie Ashbury move into yet another a new town. Nathan again faces the challenges of making new friends and of keeping his family’s secrets. But what he really struggles with is his wavering faith and reconciling his actions with what his devoted mother has taught him from the cradle. Could disobeying her ever be right? ...
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Breaking the Pattern 1-3

Breaking the Pattern 1-3

Get books 1-3 of the Breaking the Pattern series all in one ebook package, and save! Here's what you get:
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