Spotlight on realistic Teen books about depression

13Thirteen reasons why : a novel by Jay Asher.

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

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

 

 

chanceThe chance you wont return by Annie Cardi.

High school student Alex Winchester struggles to hold her life together in the face of her mother’s threatening delusions about being Amelia Earhart.

Available in Print and E-book.

 

 

 

 

notesSuicide notes : a novel by Michael Thomas Ford.

Brimming with sarcasm, fifteen-year-old Jeff describes his stay in a psychiatric ward after attempting to commit suicide.

Available in Print and E-book.

 

 

 

 

willWill Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan.

When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other’s best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.

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

 

 

 

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Real Rad Reads Review of Every Breath

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Every Breath (Every #1)

By: Ellie Marney

Available in Print.

Publication: October 14th, 2014 by Tundra Books

Genre(s): Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller

My rating: 5 Stars

 

Synopsis:  When James Mycroft drags Rachel Watts off on a night mission to the Melbourne Zoo, the last thing she expects to find is the mutilated body of Homeless Dave, one of Mycroft’s numerous eccentric friends. But Mycroft’s passion for forensics leads him to realize that something about the scene isn’t right–and he wants Watts to help him investigate the murder. While Watts battles her attraction to bad-boy Mycroft, he’s busy getting himself expelled and clashing with the police, becoming murder suspect number one. When Watts and Mycroft unknowingly reveal too much to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion’s den–literally. A trip to the zoo will never have quite the same meaning to Rachel Watts again…

“What if Sherlock Homes was the boy next door?”

Every Breath is a modern spin on Sherlock Homes, but with two teen sleuths, one murder, a whole bunch of lions, and one adorable romance between two characters with immense chemistry. Set in Melbourne, Australia, we follow Rachael Watts (Elementary, my dear Watson!) as she adjusts to life in the city, and forms a friendship with her clever, curious, and slightly eccentric neighbor, James Mycroft. I had so much fun following these two protagonists as they ran all around the city together, trying to find the murderer of one of Mycroft’s friends. Scaling buildings and being thrown into a lions’ den were only some of the adventures these two had, but the story as a whole focused on many aspects such as family, friendship, love, abuse, murder, and mental illness.

One of the best things about this book was the characters. Rachel and Mycroft were such lovable, flawed, and unique characters. Though they were a team, both of them had their own pasts and problems, and were not afraid to argue with each other. There was so much whit and banter between them and I loved every moment of it. With these characters comes great chemistry that eventually leads to an amazing romance.

“If you looked inside his brain at this moment you’d see all the little synapses, Catherine wheels and penny bangers and skyrockets, all firing off into space in some sparkling display of gathering momentum. I don’t want to look into his brain. Looking into his eyes is bad enough.”

As for the setting, I felt like I was transported into a cross between London and Australia! Though I had to look up a few Aussie words and phrases, I was excited to be plunging into such a realistic setting of a place that I’ve never experienced in a book before. The setting was written with so much detail and I felt like I could be right next to Mycroft and Rachel, with my two feet on the ground in Melbourne, Australia.

Summing up: A fun debut full of clues, dangerous and risky situations, and two teens sleuths who you’ll have to make room for in your heart, or at least mark them down on your list of favorite characters. I know I did.

~Mary Claire, Indy PL Teen

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Jingle Books

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Dear Indy PL Teens,

Do you have some gently-used books you would like to donate to local children for Christmas? Mayor Ballard joined the Indianapolis Public Library and Indy Reads today to introduce Jingle Books, a new program to provide free books for Indy children. “Every child deserves to receive a book as a gift during the holiday season,” Mayor Ballard said. “Reading is meant to be fun. Books allow children to explore new places and ideas that they may not get to experience otherwise.”

“It’s a joyous occasion when a child receives a book because it can help develop the reading and language skills that make a world of difference in a child’s academic success,” said Library CEO Jackie Nytes.

People may select a book from any display to take home as a gift. People may also donate new or gently used children’s books by dropping them off at any Jingle Books location. Gift wrapping stations will be provided on site.

“Indy Reads is honored to participate in this program,” said Travis DiNicola, Executive Director of Indy Reads. “Promoting literacy in the family is key to building a literate community. To eliminate adult illiteracy, we must also focus on reading to and with our children.”

The library is accepting donations through December 23rd. Look for the red Jingle box at your local library.

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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.

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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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