Check These Out!
The book summaries are from the publishers–book flaps, etc.
The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
Seventeen-year-old Matthew recounts his attempts, starting at a young age, to free himself and his sisters from the grip of their emotionally and physically abusive mother. (This book is a lot better than the publisher’s blurb makes it sound–link to my review.)
Bang by Norah McClintock (an Ora Soundings series book)
Quentin is worried about his best friend JD, who has taken to increasingly dangerous behavior, but when the two are involved in a robbery and JD shoots a witness, Quentin is the one that the police suspect.
Cuts Like a Knife by Darlene Ryan (an Ora Soundings series book)
When Mac begins saying goodbye to everyone she knows, Daniel becomes convinced he has to save her from hurting herself. Or worse.
Riley Park by Diane Tullson (an Ora Soundings series book)
The victim of a vicious assault, seventeen-year-old Corbin struggles to get his life back and deal with the loss of his best friend.
Tyrell by Coe Booth
Fifteen-year-old Tyrell, who is living in a Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-out mother and his younger brother, tries to avoid temptation so he does not end up in jail like his father. (We had a copy, but it’s popular, so we got another .)