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The following is a list of sample titles that the HCCC Library has to offer in regard to topical young adult literature. Please check book catalog for book availability. You may also want to try looking in your local public library.
Young Adult Books: Family Dynamics
The Divorce Express by Paula Danziger
Call Number: YAL DAN
Publication Date: 1998-09-28
Resentful of her parents' divorce, a young girl tries to accommodate herself to their new lives and also find a place for herself.
The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
Call Number: YAL WER
Publication Date: 2006-09-07
Seventeen-year-old Matthew recounts his attempts, starting at a young age, to free himself and his sisters from the grip of their emotionally and physically abusive mother.
Young Adult Books: Sexuality
One Mom Too Many! by Ann Bryant
Publication Date: 2003-09-01
A celebration of the many different sizes, shapes, and colors of the people who live in Shapesville, where everyone is different and each is a star.
The Amazing Life of Birds by Gary Paulsen
Call Number: YAL PAU
Publication Date: 2006-06-13
As twelve-year-old Duane endures the confusing and humiliating aspects of puberty, he watches a newborn bird in a nest on his windowsill begin to grow and become more independent, all of which he records in his journal.
Young Adult Books: Special Needs
Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby
Call Number: YAL ROR
Publication Date: 2006-08-08
When thirteen-year-old Joey Willis, deaf since the age of six, meets Dr. Charles Mansell and his chimpanzee Sukari, who use sign language, her world blooms with possibilities but that of the chimp begins to narrow.
The Girl Death Left Behind by Lurlene McDaniel
Call Number: YAL MCD
Publication Date: 1999-04-13
Numb with grief when an accident kills her entire family, fourteen-year-old Beth suddenly finds herself living with her spoiled cousin Terri and trying to make friends at a new school.
Young Adult Books: Cultural, Racial, and Ethnic Portrayals
Step from Heaven by An Na
Call Number: YAL NA
Publication Date: 2001-03-01
A young Korean girl and her family find it difficult to learn English and adjust to life in America.
The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
Publication Date: 1988-10-01
Hannah resents stories of her Jewish heritage and of the past until, when opening the door during a Passover Seder, she finds herself in Poland during World War II where she experiences the horrors of a concentration camp, and learns why she-- and we--need to remember the past.