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Check out these Urban Fiction titles

Librarian Donna Neblett from Warren Library created this list of awesome Urban Fiction Authors for you to check out.

get ready for warGet Ready for War, ebook, Print.

While attending their ultra-exclusive private school in Hollywood, London must hide her relationship with Justice from her parents, Heather cleans up her act in rehab, Spencer reveals secrets to the media, and Rich’s web of lies catches up with her.

Teen chick lit, high-drama.

 

 

 

 

tyrellTyrell, ebook, Print.

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.

Realistic fiction, fast-paced, atmospheric, serious, compelling conversation, dialect-filled.

 

 

 

1616 On the Block, Print.

When she is expected to pay back her sister’s old debt, sixteen-year-old Summer must take to the streets, learning hard, fast lessons about survival, loyalty, and love.

Realistic, urban fiction.

 

 

 

 

drama highStreet Soldiers, ebook, Print.

Starting with a murder in front of Jayd’s grandparents’ house, Mama and Daddy are convinced the police have the wrong suspect in custody and have joined forces to help organize the neighborhood and find the real killer. Mickey’s ex-boyfriend has been arrested for the gruesome act, which is more like their wicked next-door neighbor, Esmeralda, and her shape-shifting boyfriend, Rousseau’s handiwork. And, to make matters worse, Esmeralda’s influence in the community is growing stronger every day as are the powers of her top apprentices and Jayd’s best frenemies, Misty and Emilio.

two the hard wayTwo the Hard Way, ebook, Print.

Star high-school quarterback Romeo has everything on the right track until his older brother Kwamé gets out of jail, their absentee mother returns to their lives, and Romeo’s girlfriend Ngiai wants a serious relationship.

Realistic, Urban fiction.

 

 

 

 

Looking for more excellent teen urban fiction authors? Here are some more for you to check out.

Karyn Folan, Rashawn Hughes, Travis Hunter, Patrick Jones, Peggy Kern, Paul Langan, Darrien Lee, Kelli London, Booker T. Mattison, Janet McDonald, Walter Dean Myers, Ni-Ni Simone, Sparkle, and Chris L. Terry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ellen Hopkins readalikes, Part 3

Today is our third and final installment of Ellen Hopkins readalikes. We hope you are enjoying the recommendations and adding some books to your “TBR list.” The topics covered in our recommendations today include drug abuse, homosexuality, missing persons, and sex crimes. How many of these gritty books end up with a happy or positive ending? It almost seems impossible to end on a positive note with some of these subjects! You tell us! Leave a comment with your thoughts on the books.

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When two of sixteen-year-old Pete's childhood classmates disappear from a carnival the same night, he is a suspect, but his own investigation implicates other old friends he was with that evening--and a tough, knife-wielding enemy determined to keep him quiet.
When two of sixteen-year-old Pete’s childhood classmates disappear from a carnival the same night, he is a suspect, but his own investigation implicates other old friends he was with that evening–and a tough, knife-wielding enemy determined to keep him quiet.
Haunted by flashbacks, fifteen-year-old Meredith learns that three years in prison has not changed the abusive father who molested her.
Haunted by flashbacks, fifteen-year-old Meredith learns that three years in prison has not changed the abusive father who molested her.
After running away from their troubled homes, two English teenagers move in with a group of squatters in the port city of Bristol and try to find ways to support their growing addiction to heroin.
After running away from their troubled homes, two English teenagers move in with a group of squatters in the port city of Bristol and try to find ways to support their growing addiction to heroin.
Sarah Byrnes and Eric have been friends for years. When they were children, his fat and her terrible scars made them both outcasts. Later, although swimming slimmed Eric, she stayed his closest friend. Now Sarah Byrnes -- the smartest, toughest person Eric has ever known -- sits silent in a hospital. Eric must uncover the terrible secret she's hiding, before its dark currents pull them both under.
Sarah Byrnes and Eric have been friends for years. When they were children, his fat and her terrible scars made them both outcasts. Later, although swimming slimmed Eric, she stayed his closest friend.
Now Sarah Byrnes — the smartest, toughest person Eric has ever known — sits silent in a hospital. Eric must uncover the terrible secret she’s hiding, before its dark currents pull them both under.
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.
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.
When Rob, the charismatic leader of the senior class, turns the school nerd into Prince Charming, his actions lead to unexpected violence.
When Rob, the charismatic leader of the senior class, turns the school nerd into Prince Charming, his actions lead to unexpected violence.

Ellen Hopkins Readalikes, Part 2

Today we are continuing our Ellen Hopkins readalikes listing for you. Many of these titles are available as ebooks and audiobooks, as well as print books. If you read one and would like to share your thoughts on it, leave us a comment. Did you love the book or hate the book, and why? We want to hear from you!

Some hard-hitting topics in the books recommended today include polygamy, cults, rape, eating disorders, alcoholism, rehab, panic attacks and mental hospitals. If you like gritty, realistic fiction that will take your breath away and really make you think about life, you might enjoy some of these.

Don’t forget, although Hopkins is known for writing in verse, many of these are NOT written in verse (although some might be).

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In a polygamous cult in the desert, Kyra, not yet fourteen, sees being chosen to be the seventh wife of her uncle as just punishment for having read books and kissed a boy, in violation of Prophet Childs' teachings, and is torn between facing her fate and running away from all that she knows and loves.
In a polygamous cult in the desert, Kyra, not yet fourteen, sees being chosen to be the seventh wife of her uncle as just punishment for having read books and kissed a boy, in violation of Prophet Childs’ teachings, and is torn between facing her fate and running away from all that she knows and loves.
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect of Melinda's freshman year in high school.
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect of Melinda’s freshman year in high school.
Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend's death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.
Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend’s death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.
After coming out of alcohol rehabilitation, sixteen-year-old Amy sorts out conflicting emotions about her best friend Julia's death in a car accident for which she feels responsible.
After coming out of alcohol rehabilitation, sixteen-year-old Amy sorts out conflicting emotions about her best friend Julia’s death in a car accident for which she feels responsible.
When her parents confine her to a mental hospital, an overweight teenage girl, who suffers from panic attacks, describes her experiences in a series of letters to a friend.
When her parents confine her to a mental hospital, an overweight teenage girl, who suffers from panic attacks, describes her experiences in a series of letters to a friend.

Silent Alarm by Jennifer Banash Review

silent alarmSilent Alarm by Jennifer Banash

Available in Print.

The gun was pointed right in her face. Just minutes before, someone had come into the school library yelling about the shooter. Alys heard shots fired and found herself facing the gunman, her brother Luke. The gun shots, the screams, the blood – a horrible nightmare and she was right in the middle of it.

In her life before the shooting, Alys had her best friend Delilah and her boyfriend Ben. She had time for little else, practicing her violin for an important audition at the end of the school year – the one she’d been preparing for her whole life. Her parents had sacrificed so much to get her to this point.

In her life after, Alys has lost everything. Her family is blamed for her brother’s actions. Her parents are breaking apart. And Alys can’t even pick up her violin. The only person who will speak to her is her brother’s best friend, Riley and he is as confused as anyone about Luke’s actions.

Alys cannot reconcile the brother of her childhood and the one who killed people. She is haunted by him; seeing him and talking to him. Is it real? It doesn’t matter since the tragedy will never make sense. Luke will never be able to explain why he killed so many people including ones he knew his whole life, like Ben’s younger sister.

Luke spared Alys’s life, but she is a victim, too. He killed the life she had before and maybe the one she was going to have. This story gives us just a glimpse into an all too common event in our society.

~Review by Will Smither, Indy PL Librarian and Teen Services Committee. You Know You Wanna Read It Blog.

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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.