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Out of Focus

by Margaret Buffie
edition: Paperback
  • Grade: 7 to 9
tagged: drugs, alcohol, substance abuse, parents, adolescence

In this novel by Margaret Buffie, 16-year-old Bernice Dodd feels lucky. Her mother's inheriting Black Spruce Lodge means no more roach-infested apartments or bullies in the hallways. No more avoiding the landlord or sneaking away in the middle of the night because the rent is overdue.

But some things will probably never change. Bernie will still hav …

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I Am a Taxi

by Deborah Ellis
edition: Hardcover
also available: Audiobook Audiobook
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: drugs, alcohol, substance abuse, violence, caribbean & latin america

Winner of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award

For twelve-year-old Diego and his family, home is a prison in Cochabamba, Bolivia. His parents farmed coca, a traditional Bolivian medicinal plant, until they got caught in the middle of the government's war on drugs and were mistakenly convicted of drug possession.

Diego's parents are loc …

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Blue Highway

by Diane Tullson
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, coming of age, drugs, alcohol, substance abuse

A thought-provoking novel from a major voice in young adult fiction

Truth and Skye are just like all their high-school friends. They love to drive cars, they love to party, and they booze it up whenever they can.

And when the two girls find summer jobs at the local pizza shop, they see no reason to change their habits. They befriend Vale, a co-worke …

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Klepto

by Lori Weber
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: drugs, alcohol, substance abuse, self-esteem & self-reliance

It seems like Kat's parents have done little but prepare for her sister Hannah's return since she was sent away to a home for troubled teens. Everyone is determined to find out what went wrong with Hannah and make things right again -- everyone except Kat, that is.
Kat dreads going back to a life dominated by her sister's tantrums and rule-breakin …

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Racing Fear

by Jacqueline Guest
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: drugs, alcohol, substance abuse, peer pressure

Trent and Adam were best friends and rally racing buddies until a terrible accident, when Adam was at the wheel, puts Trent in the hospital. After a long separation, the teens try to pick up their friendship where it left off, but Adam's guilty feelings and Trent's odd behaviour make it tough. Why is Trent hanging around Marcus, a guy he says he c …

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