Spotlight on Young Adult Fiction about ADD/ADHD

1Playing Tyler by TL Costa

Tyler MacCandless is looking at a bleak future. With his father dead and his mother mentally checked out, Tyler is responsible for his older brother Brandon who’s in rehab for heroin abuse–again. With no skills to speak of outside of playing video games, a fast food future is all but a certainty. That is, until the day Tyler’s mentor Rick asks him to test a new video game. A good enough score can earn him a place in flight school. But then Brandon goes missing, and Tyler discovers the game is far more than it seems.

Available in Print.

 

2Motorcycles, sushi & one strange book by Nancy Rue

Fifteen-year-old Jessie Hatcher, forced to go to Florida with the father she thought was dead, finds that his faith, a book that seems to speak to her heart, and new friends help her get control of her ADHD and her life.

Available in Print.

 

 

 

Spotlight on Realistic Books about Anxiety Disorders for Teens

The Nature of JadeThe nature of Jade by Deb Caletti

Seattle high school senior Jade’s life is defined by her anxiety disorder and dysfunctional family, until she spies a mysterious boy with a baby who seems to share her fascination with the elephants at a nearby zoo.

Available in Print and Downloadable Audiobook.

 

 

 

Anything but TypicalAnything but typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Jason, a twelve-year-old autistic boy who wants to become a writer, relates what his life is like as he tries to make sense of his world.

Available in Print, Downloadable Audiobook, and CD Audiobook.

 

 

 

Waiting for YouWaiting for you by Susane Colasanti

Fifteen-year-old high school sophomore Marisa, who has an anxiety disorder, decides that this is the year she will get what she wants–a boyfriend and a social life–but things do not turn out exactly the way she expects them to.

Available in Print, CD Audiobook, E-book, and Downloadable Audiobook.

 

 

4Stupid fast by Geoff Herbach

Just before his sixteenth birthday, Felton Reinstein has a sudden growth spurt that turns him from a small, jumpy, picked-on boy with the nickname of “Squirrel Nut” to a powerful athlete, leading to new friends, his first love, and the courage to confront his family’s past and current problems.

Available in Print, E-book, and CD Audiobook.

 

 

5Dr. Bird’s advice for sad poets by Evan Roskos

A sixteen-year-old boy wrestling with depression and anxiety tries to cope by writing poems, reciting Walt Whitman, hugging trees, and figuring out why his sister has been kicked out of the house.

Available in Print.

 

 

 

6I don’t want to be crazy by Samatha Schutz

A poetry memoir in which the author tells of the pressures that led her to suffer debilitating anxiety attacks, and the path she took to coping and recovery.

Available in Print and E-book.

 

 

 

 

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Audiobooks on CD to check out!

Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends, she wonders whether she's made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings. Told in alternating chapters is Darcy's novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the Afterworld - a place between the living and the dead- to survive a terrorist attack.

Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends, she wonders whether she’s made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings. Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the Afterworld – a place between the living and the dead- to survive a terrorist attack.
Also available in print, as an ebook, and downloadable audiobook.

"Love, good and bad, forces three teens' worlds to tilt. Three teens, three stories, all interconnected through their parents' family relationships. As the adults pull away, caught up in their own dilemmas, the worlds of the teens begin to tilt."

“Love, good and bad, forces three teens’ worlds to tilt. Three teens, three stories, all interconnected through their parents’ family relationships. As the adults pull away, caught up in their own dilemmas, the worlds of the teens begin to tilt.”
Also available in print and downloadable audiobook.

"Seventeen-year-old Prenna, an immigrant who moved to New York when she was twelve, came from another time and she and the other travelers must follow strict rules to avoid destroying the new life they have worked so hard to get, as well as the one person Prenna is desperate to protect."

“Seventeen-year-old Prenna, an immigrant who moved to New York when she was twelve, came from another time and she and the other travelers must follow strict rules to avoid destroying the new life they have worked so hard to get, as well as the one person Prenna is desperate to protect.”
Also available in print, as an ebook, and downloadable audiobook.

Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

complicitAre you looking for a good psychological thriller? Then look no further. COMPLICIT, by Stephanie Kuehn, tells the story of Jamie Henry and his sister, Cate, whose mother was violently murdered. After witnessing his mother’s murder, Jamie is left with emotional scars that affect him physically, causing him to have blackouts and to temporarily lose the use of his hands when he is under stress. Jamie and Cate were lucky enough to get adopted by a loving couple who are super rich, but then Cate starts acting out and doing bad things. Eventually she sets fire to a neighbor’s barn and is sent to juvenile detention. This fast-paced, gripping story picks up right when Cate is released from the detention center and starts contacting Jamie, threatening to come for him. What follows is an interesting psychological cat-and-mouse type game where the reader discovers things from their past through various interactions, and learn that things are not always as they seem. You will want to add this title to your “to read” list.

– Michelle Frost

The Grisha Trilogy Review

Shadow and Bone

Leigh Bardugo has constructed an entrancing work of art in her beautifully-written novels Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising, which combine to make the Grisha Trilogy.

Siege and StormThe novels burst with magic. Grisha, people who study the small science, can manipulate air and water, stop hearts, heal, and wield other stunning powers. They are involved in a struggle between good and evil, literally darkness versus light as the protagonist tries to help everyone in Ravka, her home country, escape the grasp of the antagonist. The trilogy contains captivating adventure as the protagonist, Alina, attempts to distinguish what is right and what is wrong as she struggles to create a better world for the Ravkan people.

Ruin and RisingMost importantly, Bardugo incorporates heart-wrenching romance in which Alina must figure out whether or not her most valued relationship was spawned by true love or by manipulation. Bardugo weaves intense relationships into the fibers of the story in such a way that the chemistry between the main characters can be clearly felt by the enraptured reader.

This trilogy is going to reach the heights of popularity of books like Divergent and The Hunger Games, to which it has been compared, so start reading because this trilogy is about to blast off.

–Corajean Medina, Southport Teen Advisory Board