Controversial YA Topics

On the Come Up

This story opens with sixteen-year-old Brianna (Bri) Jackson dealing with a lot of worries.  Her dad, once a rising rap star on the underground scene, is twelve-years-dead from a gang-related shooting, having left the family his famous name, a prized… Read More ›

The Art of Losing

Freshman year for Harley Langston changes dramatically when Mike Baker, newly-transferred lacrosse and basketball star, sits down at her cafeteria table and starts up an intense conversation when he sees her reading Gail Simone’s BIRDS OF PREY. As they find… Read More ›

The Music of What Happens

Seventeen-year-old Max Morrison and Jordan Edwards know each other from their AP Language & Composition class at Mesa-Guadalupe High School in Mesa, Arizona, but they are not friends until the summer before senior year when Max stumbles upon Jordan and… Read More ›

The Dead Queens Club

Annie Marck of Cleveland (Ohio) meets Henry of Lancaster (Indiana) at a summer Overachievers Camp.  He nicknames her “Cleves” and they quickly bond as best friends. Their quirky friendship deepens during the second summer’s Overachievers Camp, after which Anne’s family… Read More ›

Orphan Monster Spy

Sarah is the teenage daughter of a beautiful German Jewess whose husband? boyfriend? made himself scarce years earlier.  As their situation in Nazi Germany becomes ever more precarious, the mother dissolves into an alcoholic, depressed mess.  She rallies finally for… Read More ›

The Similars

Emmeline Chance is so anxious about returning from California to Vermont to her highly prestigious and select private high school that she relies heavily on the “pharmas” her therapist has given her to dull her pain after the suicide of… Read More ›

Unclaimed Baggage

Three teenagers end up working together at an Unclaimed Baggage store in small-town Huntsville, Alabama: (1) Doris, an experienced staffer who hires the other two as new employees, and who is something of a social misfit because she is liberal… Read More ›