Beyond "Issue" Books--Unpacking Mental Health Issues in Middle Grade and Young Adult Literature
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Trauma: Reaction to/Recovery from rape, grief, loss and other trauma
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IssueBook TitleAuthorSummary
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Drug abuseOut of ReachCarrie Arcos Rachel's drug abusing brother is missing and she joins his friend Tyler in a quest to find him. Realistic depiction of addiction. YA
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Grief/lossThe Thing about JellyfishAli BenjaminBest friend drowns, and Suzy believes it was the result of a rare jellyfish. Authentic treatment of the grieving process and the struggle to understand death. MG
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Grief/lossThin SpaceJody CasellaContemporary with a supernatural element featuring a grieving main character struggling with the loss of his twin brother and survivor's guilt. YA
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RapeWhat Happens NextColleen ClaytonGirl raped on a school ski trip struggles with friends, romantic relationships and the confusion and concern of her mother. YA
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RapePretty Girl 13Liz ColeyA girl with Dissociative Identity Disorder deals with re-integrating alter personalities who have protected her from their memories of her kidnap and rape.YA
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Trauma Staying Fat for Sarah ByrnesChris CrutcherSarah Byrnes and Eric have been friends--and outcasts for years. But while Eric has seemingly come out on top, Sarah experiences new trauma.YA
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TraumaThe Watsons Go to BirminghamChristopher Paul CurtisNine year old and his family travel from Flint Michigan to the South in the 1960's to visit their grandmother and experience racial injustice and the horrific Birmingham church bombing. MG
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Grief/lossLove Letters to the DeadAva DellairaFor a school assignment, Laurel begins writing letters to dead people--Kurt Cobain, at first, because he was her deceased older sister's favorite musician. YA
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Grief/lossThe End or Something Like ItAnn Dee EllisIt's the one year anniversary of Emmy's best friend's death, and Emmy is still trying to contact her. Grades 6-9 Recommended for reluctant readers.
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Grief/lossThe Carnival at BrayJessie Ann FoleySet in the 1990's American grunge music fan living in Ireland experiences first love and loss. YA
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Grief/lossOut of the DustKaren HesseDuring the Great Depression, girl copes with loss of her mother and father's slow deterioration. Written in verse. MG
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Abuse/NeglectOne for the MurphysLynda Mullaly HuntTwelve year old Carly slowly and realistically adjusts to foster care. MG
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Violence/Racial tensionAll American BoysBrendan Kiely and Jason ReynoldsTwo teens--one black and one white--struggle to understand a violent encounter with a police officer. YA
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Bullying/lossEverybody Sees the AntsA.S. KingSeventeen year old Lucky escapes in his dreams to Laos, where his grandfather died during the war. Good depiction of learning to cope with bullying and family dysfunction. YA
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Abuse Charm & StrangeStephanie KuehnAfter a family tragedy, teen struggles at a remote boarding school. Fascinating and surprising depiction of the aftermath of abuse. YA
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AbuseGrave MercyRobin LaFeversTeen trained as an assassin is sent to a castle to spy. Fantasy, adventure and romance--but with a realistic depicition of the aftermath of child abuse. YA
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Grief/lossInside Out and Back AgainThanhha LaiInspired by author's childhood experiences after the fall of Saigon. Ten year old Ha fless Vietnam with her mother and brothers, struggles to find her place in America and overcome the loss of her father. MG
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Grief/lossOne MomentKristina McBrideAfter witnessing the death of her boyfriend of two years, Maggie struggles with PTSD-related memory issues as she attempts to heal. YA
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TraumaPushing the LimitsKatie McGarryEcho and Noah meet in the school social worker's office and embark on an unlikely romantic relationship. Some tough subjects handled sensitively, including parental death, child abuse, memory loss and grief.YA
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Grief/lossI'll Give You the SunJandy NelsonTwins struggle after the death of their mother. YA
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Child abuseStill WatersAsh Parsons"Tough guy" Jason struggles to survive his father's physical abuse.YA
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War/lossThe Red PencilAndrea Davis PinkneyTwelve year old Sudanese refugee girl faces horrors of war. MG
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Sexual abuseScarsCheryl RainfieldGirl cuts herself as a way of coping with the pain of sexual abuse. YA
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CancerInvincibleAmy ReedGirl beats a cancer diagnosis and struggles to return to her old life. YA
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Homelessness; Grief/lossEsperanza RisingPam Munoz RyanSet against the backdrop of the labor/migrant struggles during the Great Depression, a thirteen year old Mexican girl seeks a better life in California after her father's death.MG
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AbuseOkay for NowGary D. SchmidtFourteen year old Doug comes of age in 1968-- as the new boy in town encountering first love, art in the form of an Audobon bird book at the local library, and rising above his dysfunctional family circumstances. MG/young YA
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RapeFaking NormalCourtney C. StevensA girl is raped over the summer and tries to bury the memory by hiding in her closet and scratching herself. Not the typical issue book-- this one has a romance and a well meaning religious family. YA
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RapeAll the RageCourtney Summers"The" book for understanding rape culture, bullying, and high school social structure. YA
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RapeThe MockingbirdsDaisy WhitneyA teenaged girl joins a secret society at her boarding school to deal with the aftermath of her date-rape. (uplifting, empowering) YA
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Severe illness; AbuseEverything EverythingNicola YoonTeen girl allergic to everything falls in love with the boy next door. Sub plot involves the boy's abusive family. YA
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