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Dysfunctional families

  • Author:
    Myers, Alyse
    Summary:

    Growing up in Queens in the 1960s, Alyse Myers watched her mother settle for a joyless existence. Alyse rejects everything about her mother's life--until she inherits an item that reveals a poignant and deeply moving truth. 

  • Author:
    Mian, Sarah
    Summary:

    A decade after being cast off to live with strangers, Tabby Saint returns to Solace River, Nova Scotia, to find her childhood home deserted. She quickly latches on to the lonely tavern-keeper, West, who informs her that her family was...

  • Author:
    Cockrell, Amanda
    Summary:

    The Boston Globe named What We Keep Is Not Always What Will Stay a 2011 Best Book for Children The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books named What We Keep Is Not Always What Will Stay to their 2011 Blue Ribbons list Angie never...

  • What I'm trying to say is goodbye
    Author:
    Simmie, Lois
    Summary:

    The funny, sad and engaging story of a shattered family's attempt to figure out where exactly each member fits.

    In Simmie's trademark style, this sweeping new novel is the funny, sad and engaging story of a shattered family's...

  • Author:
    LoveGrove, Jennifer
    Summary:

    Captivating and heart–wrenching from start to finish

    When Emily was a little girl, all she wanted to be when she grew up was a Full–Time Pioneer; in her Jehovah’s Witness family, the only imaginable future is a life of...

  • Author:
    Fluttert, Pam
    Summary:

    Kat is alone with a secret she doesn?t want to keep, but can?t risk telling. A victim of longtime sexual abuse at the hands of her family?s trusted friend, Kat is torn between trying to protect herself and safeguarding her little sister...

  • Two moons in August
    Author:
    Brooks, Martha
    Summary:

    A year after her mother's death, sixteen-year-old Sidonie still spends sleepless nights playing cards with her cat, Bogie. During the day she lies around and reads under the nose of her nineteen-year-old sister, Roberta, who angrily...

  • Author:
    Rhodes, Jewell Parker
    Summary:

    Why does Pop get so angry when Deja brings up anything about the towers? Award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes tells a powerful story about young people who weren't alive to witness 9/11, but begin to realize how much it colors...

  • Tomato girl : a novel
    Author:
    Pupek, Jayne
    Summary:

    Eleven-year-old Ellie Sanders is forced to grow up quickly when her pregnant mother develops health problems and her father's attentions become diverted by a teenage produce peddler. To escape, Ellie creates a secret world of her...

  • Tilt
    Author:
    Cumyn, Alan
    Summary:

    Nominated for the Ottawa Book Award. Stan is an intense sixteen-year-old loner who desperately wants to make the junior varsity basketball team. And it seems that he may be about to do so, until he’s blindsided by the unexpected...

  • The weight of silence
    Author:
    Gudenkauf, Heather
    Summary:

    When their seven-year-old daughter goes missing, Antonia evaluates her decision to stay in a loveless marriage that caused her child to withdraw into silence, while Martin confronts an uncomfortable aspect of his own personality.

  • The murderer's daughters
    Author:
    Meyers, Randy Susan
    Summary:

    When her mother throws her father out, young Lulu is told never to let him in again. But Lulu disobeys, and the consequences are heartbreaking. Lulu's mother ends up killed, and Lulu and her sister Merry are orphaned. Now, as the...

  • Author:
    Hogarth, Ainslie
    Summary:

    Easter Deetz struggles with The Lonely—a debilitating condition that affects all the women in her family. The Lonely makes people sad and it makes them lie. One day, Easter's sister drops a boulder on her in The Woods. As she bleeds to...

  • Author:
    Eskens, Allen
    Summary:

    An ordinary writing assignment for a college English class brings Joe face-to-face with a dying Vietnam veteran, who is also a convicted murderer.

  • Author:
    Kelly, Erin Entrada
    Summary:

    Abandoned by their father and living in poverty with their heartless stepmother in Louisiana, two sisters from the Philippines, twelve-year-old Sol and six-year-old Ming, learn the true meaning of family.

  • The great betrayal
    Author:
    Black, Millenia
    Summary:

    Leslie Cavanaugh enjoys the perfect life in West Palm, Florida. She has the best husband, daughter, and career anyone could ask for. Yet when her shameful past is exposed, she and everyone she holds dear are soon caught in a dramatic...

  • The drowning season
    Author:
    Hoffman, Alice
    Summary:

    The matriarch of a Long Island clan with a suicidal son and a defiant granddaughter, Esther has hired a Russian landscaper to watch over the family and the grounds of their waterfront estate. But he has been watching Esther, too. And...

  • Author:
    Yates, J. Dylan
    Summary:

    Jules Finn and Szaja Trautman know that sorrow can sink deeply—so deeply it can drown the soul. Growing up in her parents' crazy hippie household on a tiny island off the coast of Boston, Jules's imaginative sense of humor is the weapon...

  • The baby project
    Author:
    Ellis, Sarah
    Summary:

    Jessica knew that the family meeting Dad had called for that evening probably wouldn't be good news. Family meetings usually meant Mum talking a lot and then the whole family getting involved in some project that left everything in a...

  • Author:
    Van Draanen, Wendelin
    Summary:

    Two thirteen-year-old boys share neighborhood adventures, complaints about their older sisters, family secrets, and even guilt that bind them together in a special friendship.

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