Anderson, Laurie Halse. "Speak,"
concerns a ninth-grade girl who has been an outcast, and almost mute,
since an end-of-summer party where she got drunk, was raped, and
called the police.
Burgess, Melvin. "Smack,"
story of two British teenage runaways who move into a "squat" and take
Cadnum, Michael. "Edge,"
tale of a high-school dropout whose divorced, upper-middle-class father
is shot in the neck while stopped at a traffic light.
Cole, Brock. "The Facts
Speak for Themselves," about a 13-year-old girl whose adult lover is shot,
in front of her, by her mother's boyfriend, who then shoots himself.
Lewin, Tamar. Tales of Raw
Misery (for Ages 12 and Up)
Mazer, Norma Fox
Myers, Walter Dean. "Monster,"
by Walter Dean Myers (HarperCollins Juvenile Books, 2000): "They take away
your shoes and your belt so you can't kill yourself no matter how bad it
is. I guess making you live is part of the punishment."
Sapphire, PUSH is a must read
for people teaching at risk children. A very brief article on why I choose
to teach this very rough book appears in the most recent ALAN review.
Wittlinger, Ellen. Hard
Love. John and Marisol both come from dysfunctional families; they meet
through their common interest of writing for "zines" independent, individual
magazines. Marisol is a talented and gifted student; also a lesbian.
John's parents are divorced and he is upset because his mother has not
touched him in any way since his Dad left. His Dad is also emotionally
unavailable to him. Interspersed throughout the first person narrative
are Marisol's and John's writings. I found it a very
moving story; especially John 's feelings about his parents divorce and
how they never discussed it with him. I cried at the end.
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