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  Cover Art: Split Avasthi, Swati
Split
A teenaged boy thrown out of his house by his abusive father goes to live with his older brother, who ran away from home years ago to escape the abuse.
2010
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Paint Me a Monster Baskin, Janie
Paint Me a Monster
Rinnie relates a childhood marked by privilege but also abuse, which steadily increases after her parents' divorce and remarriages, emotionally crippling Rinnie until a school counselor helps her begin to heal.
2014
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Compound Bodeen, S. A.
The Compound
After his parents, two sisters, and he have spent six years in a vast underground compound built by his wealthy father to protect them from a nuclear holocaust, fifteen-year-old Eli, whose twin brother and grandmother were left behind, discovers that his father has perpetrated a monstrous hoax on them all.
2008
Teen Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: Hope's Boy Bridge, Andrew
Hope's Boy
Relates the author's harrowing family circumstances that led to his placement in the equally daunting foster-care system, and describes how he beat the odds through high academic achievement.
2008
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Because I Am Furniture Chaltas, Thalia
Because I Am Furniture
The youngest of three siblings, fourteen-year-old Anke feels both relieved and neglected that her father abuses her brother and sister but ignores her, but when she catches him with one of her friends, she finally becomes angry enough to take action.
2009
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Catch Me Before I Fall Childs, Rosie.
Catch Me Before I Fall
Suffering neglect from her mother, a prostitute and alcoholic, Rosie was left in a bare, filthy house to fend for herself and her siblings until, aged nine, she was placed in the care of an order of upright and often cruel nuns. Now, with support as Rosie Childs, she has moved on, and is truly happy at last.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Forged By Fire Draper, Sharon M.
Forged By Fire
After surviving a fire, Gerald experiences separation from his mother, the loss of his great aunt, and life with his stepsister's abusive father.
1997
Teen Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: A Stolen Life : a Memoir Dugard, Jaycee Lee
A Stolen Life : a Memoir
The memoir of Jaycee Dugard who was kidnapped on June 10, 1991, when she was 11 years old, and was missing for over 18 years before her reappearance in 2009.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: My Lobotomy Dully, Howard
My Lobotomy
...this normal boy became one of the youngest people on whom Dr. Walter Freeman performed his barbaric...ice pick—lobotomy. Abandoned by his family within a year of the surgery, Howard spent his teen years in mental institutions, his 20s in jail, and his 30s in a bottle. It wasn’t until he was in his 40s that Howard began to pull his life together. But even as he began to live the “normal” life he had been denied, Howard struggled with one question: Why?
2007
Adult Nonfiction Book
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  Cover Art: Girlbomb : a Halfway Homeless Memoir Erlbaum, Janice
Girlbomb : a Halfway Homeless Memoir
At fifteen, sick of her mom's spineless reactions to abusive men -- and afraid of her stepfather's unpredictable behavior -- Janice Erlbaum walked out of her family's apartment and didn't look back. What followed that fateful decision is the heart of this amazing, fascinating, and disturbing memoir -- from the book jacket.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Breathing Underwater Flinn, Alex
Breathing Underwater
Sent to counseling for hitting his girlfriend, Caitlin, and ordered to keep a journal, sixteen-year-old Nick recounts his relationship with Caitlin, examines his controlling behavior and anger, and describes living with his abusive father.
2001
Teen Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: Autobiography of a Face Grealy, Lucy
Autobiography of a Face
At age 9, Lucy was diagnosed with a potentially terminal cancer. When she returned to school with a third of her jaw removed, she faced the cruel taunts of classmates...Grealy captures with unique insight what it is like as a child and young adult to be torn between two warring impulses: to feel that more than anything else we want to be loved for who we are, while wishing desperately and secretly to be perfect--Back cover.
2003
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood Gregory, Julie
Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood
...she reveals her life as the victim of the world's most hidden and dangerous form of child abuse, Munchausen by proxy (MBP). In MBP a child's caretaker - almost always the mother - invents or induces symptoms in her child because she craves the attention of medical professionals. Many MBP children die (remember the Sixth Sense?), but Julie survived her mother's madness and rebuilt her life to become a healthy and vibrant adult.
2003
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Identical Hopkins, Ellen
Identical
Sixteen-year-old identical twin daughters of a district court judge and a candidate for the United States House of Representatives, Kaeleigh and Raeanne Gardella desperately struggle with secrets that have already torn them and their family apart.
2008
Teen Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found Lauck, Jennifer
Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found
Jenny started to take care of her dying mother when she was five years old. Shortly after her Momma's death, her father married an emotionally abusive woman with children of her own. Then her Daddy died. Jenny and her brother struggled to survive in the face of their stepmother's cruelty and greed until they were saved by their aunt and uncle.
2000
Adult Nonfiction Book
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  Cover Art: Girls Like Us : Fighting for a World Where Girls are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds her Calling and Heals Herself Lloyd, Rachel
Girls Like Us : Fighting for a World Where Girls are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds her Calling and Heals Herself
At thirteen, Rachel Lloyd found herself caught up in a world of pain and abuse, struggling to survive as a child with no responsible adults to support her. Vulnerable yet tough, she eventually ended up a victim of commercial sexual exploitation. It took time and incredible resilience, but finally, with the help of a local church community, she broke free of her pimp and her past.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Missing Girl Mazer, Norma Fox
The Missing Girl
In Mallory, New York, as five sisters, aged eleven to seventeen, deal with assorted problems, conflicts, fears, and yearnings, a mysterious middle-aged man watches them, fascinated, deciding which one he likes the best.
2008
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Sold McCormick, Patricia
Sold
Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi leaves her poor mountain home in Nepal thinking that she is to work in the city as a maid only to find that she has been sold into the sex slave trade in India and that there is no hope of escape.
2006
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Cut McCormick, Patricia.
Cut
While confined to a mental hospital, thirteen-year-old Callie slowly comes to understand some of the reasons behind her self-mutilation, and gradually starts to get better.
2011
Teen Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: Dead to You McMann, Lisa
Dead to You
Having been abducted at age seven, abandoned, a foster child, and homeless, Ethan, now sixteen, is happy to be home until his brother's suspicion and his own inability to remember something unspeakable from his early childhood begin to tear the family apart.
2012
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