Controversial YA Topics

Love & Other Curses

Sam is about to turn 17.  He lives with his father, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother in a small town in central New York.  The people in his bloodline are cursed such that if they fall in love before the age… Read More ›

Two Can Keep a Secret

Twins Ellery and Ezra Corcoran are relocating temporarily to live with their grandmother in small, picture-perfect Echo Ridge, Vermont, while their mother, Sadie, completes a four-month drug rehabilitation program in California. Ellery is particularly interested in Echo Ridge because she… Read More ›

Hot Dog Girl

In the summer before her senior year, Elouise (Elle/Lou) Parker is working at an old but beloved amusement park called the Magic Castle in her small hometown. She’s not crazy about being assigned to walk around and dance in a… Read More ›

Belly Up

Once upon a time long ago and in a land far away, parents and societies recognized that youth with less-than-fully-formed brains (referenced that way in this book) needed to be protected from premature sexual activity that could sabotage their best… Read More ›

Serious Moonlight

Birdie Lindberg is an 18-year-old girl living on Bainbridge Island, Washington, with her grandfather. Her grandmother died a few months earlier, her mother died about eight years earlier, and she never knew her father (who wasn’t married to her mother… Read More ›

Starworld

Sam(antha) is a 17-year-old girl with divorced parents.  Her mother, although professionally successful, is severely OCD.  Her dad has flown off to live and work in his native England, leaving Sam alone to cope with her.  (He says later in… Read More ›

Earth to Charlie

Charlie is a sweet kid finishing up his freshman year in high school.  His mother left long ago, telling him the aliens were coming to get her but that they would return later for him.  His dad has turned into… Read More ›

Since We Last Spoke

Aggi Frank and Max Granger grow up in seemingly idyllic fashion, with a countryside to explore, a beaver dam to watch being constructed each spring, and a nearby lakeshore where they enjoy bonfires and marshmallow roasts. Next-door neighbors, their families have shared… Read More ›

every moment after

It’s graduation day for the seniors of East Ridge High School in New Jersey, eleven years after a shooting in a first-grade class killed eighteen of their classmates.  It’s a big media event, of course, but it’s also a pivotal… Read More ›

Four Dead Queens

This 423-page fantasy novel is set in a land called Quadara, a land once ruled by a single king but now devolved into four separate quadrants, each represented by its own queen.  The quadrants follow the Henry Ford philosophy of… Read More ›