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Made You Up

by Francesca Zappia

Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be—sometimes, there really is someone out to get you. For fans of Silver Linings Playbook and Liar, this thought-provoking debut tells the story...


OCD Love Story

by Corey Ann Haydu

In this “raw and well-crafted (Kirkus Reviews)” romance, Bea learns that some things just can’t be controlled.

When Bea meets Beck, she knows instantly that he’s her kind of crazy. Sweet, strong, kinda-messed-up...


Letting Ana Go

by Anonymous

In the tradition of Go Ask Alice and Lucy in the Sky, a harrowing account of anorexia and addiction.

She was a good girl from a good family, with everything she could want or need. But below the surface, she...


Wild Awake

by Hilary T. Smith

In Wild Awake, Hilary T. Smith's exhilarating and heart-wrenching YA debut novel, seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd has big plans for her summer without her parents. She intends to devote herself to her music and...


Have a Nice Day

Anna Bloom #2

by Julie Halpern

Anna Bloom has just come home from a three-week stay in a mental hospital. She feels...okay. It's time to get back to some sort of normal life, whatever that means. She has to go back to school, where teachers...


My Beautiful Failure

by Janet Ruth Young

The haunting account of a teen boy who volunteers at a suicide hotline and falls for a troubled caller.

As her life spirals out of control, Jenney’s calls become more desperate, more frequent. Billy, struggling...


Things I Shouldn't Think

by Janet Ruth Young

Everyone has disturbing thoughts sometimes. But for seventeen-year-old Dani Solomon, strange thoughts have taken over her life. She loves Alex, the little boy she babysits, more than anything. Then one day she...


Get Well Soon

Anna Bloom #1

by Julie Halpern

Anna Bloom is depressed -- so depressed that her parents have committed her to a mental hospital with a bunch of other messed-up teens. Here she meets a roommate with a secret (and a plastic baby), a doctor...


Multiple Choice

by Janet Tashjian

For as long as Monica Devon can remember, she has been two things: a whiz at making anagrams, and a perfectionist who spends most of her time obsessing about saying and doing the right thing. Now at fourteen,...


Counting Backwards

by Laura Lascarso

In this haunting and hopeful debut novel, a teen’s court-mandated psychiatric residency prompts a change in perspective from which there is no looking back.

Taylor Truwell is a sixteen-year-old girl from Florida...


Mamma Has a Black Dog

by Shannon Viertel & Dugyu Cigal

Mamma Had a Black Dog aims to delicately explain from the perspective of a young child the impact of depression on an entire family. It uses the metaphor of a black dog to help explain the struggle that families...


Why Doesn’T Alicia Talk?

by Debbi Hudak & Caitlin Finney

A young girls genuine concern and curiosity for a fellow classmate who seems different is the focus of this book. The very natural why questions take us on a journey of discovery into the many aspects of autism....


Can I tell you about Bipolar Disorder?

by Sonia Mainstone-Cotton & Jon Birch

If a grownup you love has bipolar disorder, what does that mean? In this friendly guide, 11-year-old Josh tells all about his dad's bipolar, including what mental illness is, and how it can affect patients and...


What Nobody Knows

by Maya Chivi

What Nobody Knows is a story about how, in reality, anybody and everybody are somebody – even if they feel like a nobody. 

The story follows four characters Somebody,Anybody, Nobody, and Everybody and how...


The Space Between

by Meg Grehan

It’s New Year’s Eve, and Beth plans to spend a whole year alone, in her snug, safe house. But she has reckoned without floppy-eared, tail-wagging Mouse, who comes nosing to her window. Followed shortly by...


Three Good Things

by Lois Peterson

Leni has lived in so many different places in the last few years that she’s not surprised when her mom wakes her in the middle of the night and tells her to pack up her things. The reason for this move? Her...


Chick: Lister

by Alex Van Tol

Chick is a popular fourteen-year-old who is essentially on this earth to live up to his father’s impossible expectations, or, at least, that’s how he feels. This pressure is a grinding source of anxiety...


Cut the Lights

by Karen Krossing

Briar has a vision for the one-act play she's been chosen to direct at her performing arts high school. She's going to create a masterpiece. If only everyone involved in the production shared her vision. Her...


Record Breaker

by Robin Stevenson

It's 1963, and Jack's family is still reeling from the SIDS death of his baby sister. Adrift in his own life, Jack is convinced that setting a world record will bring his father back to his senses and his mother...


Reckless

by Lesley Choyce

Josh knows he’s riding recklessly when he knocks down an old man on a logging road. But he is shocked when the old man walks into the forest with his dirt bike. A week without his beloved bike motivates Josh...