It's a Hard Knock Life

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Artist/Author/Cast:
Alexie, Sherman; Forney, Ellen (Illustrator)
Call Number:
F Alexie
Description:

Determined to find a brighter future, Junior leaves school on the rez to attend an all-white school.

The Basketball Diaries
Artist/Author/Cast:
Carroll, Jim
Call Number:
813.54 C3194b 1987
Description:

The renowned poet and musician tells of his youth playing basketball, getting high, getting hooked, and searching for something pure.

Breaking Night
Artist/Author/Cast:
Murray, Liz
Call Number:
362.74092 M9828b 2010
Description:

The stunning memoir of a fifteen-year old who lived on the streets but survived to make it to Harvard.

The Burn Journals
Artist/Author/Cast:
Runyon, Brent
Call Number:
362.28 R9432b 2004
Description:

The story of a suicidal fourteen-year old who set himself on fire, survived, and recovered.

Clara's War : One Girl's Story of Survival
Artist/Author/Cast:
Kramer, Clara; Glantz, Stephen
Call Number:
940.5318 K8942c 2009
Description:

Read Clara Kramer’s heart-wrenching account of hiding from the Nazis with seventeen other Jews in an underground bunker.

Cut
Artist/Author/Cast:
McCormick, Patricia
Call Number:
YP F McCormick
Description:

While confined to a mental hospital, Callie slowly comes to understand some of the reasons behind her self-mutilation.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas : A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
Artist/Author/Cast:
Thompson, Hunter S.
Call Number:
070.92 T4727fL 1998
Description:

A free-lance writer embarks on a zany journey into drug culture.

Freaky Green Eyes
Artist/Author/Cast:
Oates, Joyce Carol
Call Number:
YP F Oates
Description:

Frankie relates the events leading up to her mother's mysterious disappearance and her own struggle to accept what really happened.

Ghost Girl
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hayden, Torey L.
Call Number:
362.1989289 H4158g 1991
Description:

While trying to nurture a shy student, Torey learns the girl is hiding a shocking secret.

Girl, Interrupted
Artist/Author/Cast:
Kaysen, Susanna
Call Number:
616.89 K235g
Description:

A teenage girl spends two years in a psychiatric hospital and finds she is “normal” compared to her companions.

Go Ask Alice
Artist/Author/Cast:
Anonymous
Call Number:
YP F Go
Description:

A teenager records the daily torment of drug addiction in her diary.

Hidden Girl : The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hall, Shyima; Wysocky, Lisa (As told to)
Call Number:
YP 362.77 H1792h 2014
Description:

When Shyima was eight her parents sold her into slavery, and she eventually moved to California with her captors.

Hole in My Life
Artist/Author/Cast:
Gantos, Jack
Call Number:
813.54092 G2113h
Description:

A popular children’s author relates his journey through drug addition, smuggling, incarceration, and redemption.

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
Artist/Author/Cast:
Greenberg, Joanne
Call Number:
F/YP F Greenberg
Description:

A sixteen-year old paranoid schizophrenic spends three years in a mental institution searching for reality.

It's Kind of a Funny Story
Artist/Author/Cast:
Vizzini, Ned
Call Number:
F Vizzini
Description:

A humorous account of a New York City teenager's battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital.

No Choirboy : Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row
Artist/Author/Cast:
Kuklin, Susan
Call Number:
364.66092 K9626n 2008
Description:

Teens on death row express how they feel about their crimes that landed them there.

Nothing
Artist/Author/Cast:
Friedman, Robin
Call Number:
F Friedman
Description:

Despite his popularity, high school senior Parker sees himself as fat and a failure, and copes by binging and purging.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Artist/Author/Cast:
Chbosky, Stephen
Call Number:
F Chbosky
Description:

It is a time of firsts for introvert Charlie (love, drugs, and death) and remembering what triggered his depression.

Positive
Artist/Author/Cast:
Rawl, Paige
Call Number:
YP 362.19697 R2587p 2014
Description:

A teenager's memoir of being bullied and being HIV positive to become a force for change in this world.

The Rules of Survival
Artist/Author/Cast:
Werlin, Nancy
Call Number:
YP F Werlin
Description:

Matthew recounts his attempts since childhood to free himself and his sisters from their emotionally and physically abusive mother.

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