Tag Archive: Family Drama

Jan 05

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Cover picture for Sing, Unburied, Sing


Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man.  He doesn't lack in fathers to study, chief among them his black grandfather, Pop.  But there are other men who complicate his understanding: his absent white father, Michael, who is being …

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Apr 26

Just Fly Away

Family, Romance


Just Fly Away by Andrew McCarthy

Ever wish that you could just fly away?

When fifteen-year-old Lucy Willows discovers that her father has a child from a brief affair, an eight-year-old boy who lives in her own town, she begins to question everything she thinks she knows about her home and her life. 

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Apr 26

Gem & Dixie

Family relationships


Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr

Gem has never know what it is to have security.  She's never known an adult she can truly rely on.  But the one constant in her life has been Dixie.  Gem grew up taking care of her her sister when no one else could: not their mother, …

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Jan 19

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley

Teen Life, Grief/Loss


The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson

Andrew Brawlely was supposed to die that night.  His parents did, and so did his sister, but he survived.  

Now he lives in the hospital.  He serves food in the cafeteria, he hangs out with the nurses, and he sleeps …

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Apr 12

Original Fake

Teen Life


Original Fake – written by Kirstin Cronn-Mills, with art by E. Eero Johnson


A tale for anyone who's ever felt invisible.


An escalating sibling rivalry train wrecks and vengeance is a street-art act of war in this illustrated novel.

Frankie Neumann's always felt like the black sheep of his family.  compared …

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Apr 12

We Are the Ants

Science Fiction, Teen Angst



We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson


Henry Denton has 144 days to save the world.

Henry Denton knows his family is struggling to stay together. He knows his boyfriend committed suicide last year. What Henry doesn't know is why the aliens chose to abduct him when he was thirteen, …

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Mar 21

Code of Honor



Code of Honor by Alan Gratz

Kamran Smith has it all. He's the star of the football team, dates the most popular girl in school, and can't wait to enlist in the Army like his big brother, Darius. Although Kamran's family hails from Iran, Kamran has always felt 100% American. Accepted.

And then …

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Nov 04

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13 B

Unlikely Hero of Room 13 B


The Unlikely Hero of Room 13 B by Teresa Toten

Adam Ross has made a list:

1. I  believe that I fell in love with Robyn Plummer last Monday.  This feeling is extremely uncomfortable.  I would stop it if I could.

2. I believe that I should have been allowed to skip grade …

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Nov 04

More Happy Than Not

More Happy Than Not


More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

In the months after his father's suicide, it's been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he's still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he's slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the …

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Oct 12

15 Days Without a Head

15 Days Without a Head


15 Days Without a Head by Dave Cousins

Fifteen-year-old Laurence Roach just wants a normal life, but it's far from easy with his little brother who acts like a dog and their depressed alcoholic mother. If Laurence can win the luxury vacation in a local radio contest, he's certain his mum …

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