Tough Streets, Tough Schools, Tough Problems
Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson
A young girl uses crystal meth to escape the pain of losing her mother and grandmother in Hurricane Katrina, and then struggles to recover.
Bitter End by Jennifer Brown
When Alex starts dating Cole, her tow closest friends increasingly mistrust him.
Boy 21 by Mathew Quick
Finley, the only white player on his high school's basketball team, is asked to mentor a troubled African American transfer student.
Dear Life, You Suck by Scott Blagden
A teen considers suicide until a girl steps into his life.
Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn
This novel centers on the convergence of the lives of Sadie, a damaged girl who enjoys causing others pain, and Emerson, a boy who's trying desperately to hide the dysfunction inside his family and himself.
Dime by E.R. Frank
Thirteen-year-old Dime is a product of the foster system. She finds an escape in the books she reads, but she struggles academically because she is called on to help out with the younger foster children at home. One day she meets a girl who takes her in. Dime finds acceptance here, but is slowly groomed into becoming a prostitute.
DJ Rising by Love Maia
Marley's career as DJ Ices" is skyrocketing, but his mother's heroin addiction keeps dragging him back to earth.
Everybody Sees The Ants by A.S. King
Overburdened by his parents' bickering and a bully's attacks, Lucky begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War.
The Girls of No Return by Eric Saldin
A troubled girl in a wilderness school has complicated friendships with two other girls.
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
In a Bronx neighborhood of the near future, it's no secret that at least one person has taken advantage of the Leteo Institute's new medical procedure that promises "cutting-edge memory-relief." Reeling from his discovery of his father in a blood-filled bathtub, there are lots of things that Aaron Soto would like to forget—the smile-shaped scar on his own wrist attests to that.
My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt
Angel struggles to free herself from the trap of prostitution.
My Chemical Mountain by Corina Vacco
Three boys go after the chemical plant that pollutes their town.
Recovery Road by Blake Nelson
Maddie meets Stewart in rehab, and they try to maintain their relationship when they leave.
Shine by Lauren Myracle
When her best friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover the culprits.
Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
Regina, an in-crowd outcast, experiences the vicious bullying she used to inflict on others.
Something Like Hope by Shawn Goodman
Shavonne, a fierce, desperate seventeen year-old in juvenile lockup, wants to turn her life around before her eighteenth birthday, but corrupt guards, out-of-control girls, and shadows from her past make her task seem impossible.
Stay with Me by Paul Griffin
When Mack, a drop-out and genius with dogs, lands in prison, he pushes away the girl he loves.
Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
Anna, whose absent mother chases new husbands, starts to chase boys in the same way.
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
Yaqui's threats and harassment start to take a toll on Piddy's life.