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  • Gravel Road

    Gravel Road 

    Hard-hitting, contemporary young adult fiction is not trendy--it’s not dystopia. There are no vampires, no werewolves, no castles. It’s real life. It’s unflinching. Gravel Road highlights the talent of Young Adult authors committed to creating realistic fiction with emotional authenticity. No topic is off-limits: suicide, homosexuality, drugs, rape, gangs, bullying. Teens live with this reality each day. And they find a way to survive. Each paperback book is 200 to 275 pages. 

    • <p>Sixteen-year-old Neema Powell was always the best-looking girl in school. Her girlfriends said that she looked like Beyonce, with beautiful caramel skin and a body others would kill for. But right now she was a wreck. Her mother's sleazy boyfriend was towering over her screaming, "Get out!" And her own mother wouldn't even look at her as she walked out of the apartment into the dead January day. Neema knew that Nate, her boyfriend, would take care of her. I'll give Mom a couple of days to calm down, Neema thought, and I'll swing by to pick up a few items. Like my pills. A couple of days couldn't hurt. But those two days made all the difference, and Neema must draw from somewhere deep for the inner strength she will need.</p>

      2 Days by L B Tillit

      Sixteen-year-old Neema Powell was always the best-looking girl in school. Her girlfriends said that she looked like Beyonce, with beautiful caramel skin and a body others would kill for. But right now she was a wreck. Her mother's sleazy boyfriend was...

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    • Everyone knows the kings rule the school. Football stars. Pretty girls. The in-crowd. Brett and his buddies are the tormentors; nobody messes with them. His life seems perfect, Normal. His girlfriend Jillia is hot. He loves her. He imagines marrying her someday. Then Brett meets Zach.

      Bi-Normal by M G Higgins

      Everyone knows the kings rule the school. Football stars. Pretty girls. The in-crowd. Brett and his buddies are the tormentors; nobody messes with them. His life seems perfect, Normal. His girlfriend Jillia is hot. He loves her. He imagines marrying her...

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    • <p>Whatever happens, school comes first. Her mother said it like she meant it. These words played over and over again in Dani Garcia's head. But life got in the way. There were mouths to feed and rent to pay. Plus someone had to watch baby Benny. Dani knew adversity, but she was the kind of strong that comes from within: strong mind, body, and soul. Then a horrible rape and its powerful aftermath threaten to bring Dani's life crashing down-- forever. She's trapped in a reality that she cannot control, but she gains the strength to never back down and finally has faith in her own power.</p>

      Edge of Ready by L B Tillit

      Whatever happens, school comes first. Her mother said it like she meant it. These words played over and over again in Dani Garcia's head. But life got in the way. There were mouths to feed and rent to pay. Plus someone had to watch baby Benny. Dani knew...

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    • <p>Three girls could not be more different. Kaelynn is pure country. Yessenia lives on the wild side. And Lyric is the good girl. They meet at a program for pregnant teens. The town's one high school is not an option. Who wants to be there, shunned and with growing bellies? Here, they can still take classes. And hopefully graduate on time. The girls soon lean in, relying on each other to see them through the drama</p>

      Expecting by Shannon Freeman

      Three girls could not be more different. Kaelynn is pure country. Yessenia lives on the wild side. And Lyric is the good girl. They meet at a program for pregnant teens. The town's one high school is not an option. Who wants to be there, shunned and...

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    • <p>Gabby Herrera is not like her perfect sister, CeliaNstraight-A student, obedient, responsible. Her parents don't get it. They don't get her C-average report card. Her love for basketball. She can't be who she is unless she is just like them. And if she's not like them, she's not a real person. She's a broken person. A broken Herrera. And that is unacceptable.</p>

      Falling Out of Place by M G Higgins

      Gabby Herrera is not like her perfect sister, CeliaNstraight-A student, obedient, responsible. Her parents don't get it. They don't get her C-average report card. Her love for basketball. She can't be who she is unless she is just like them. And if...

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    • <p>Jeff knew his dad wouldn't live forever. But he had already lost his mom. It would be too unfair. The 9-1-1 call was shocking. The hospital, impersonal. When his dad improved, he was transferred to a rehabilitation facility. There, a transgender nurse took over his care. Jeff was appalled. But slowly, his admiration for her grew.</p>

      Fathersonfather by Evan Jacobs

      Jeff knew his dad wouldn't live forever. But he had already lost his mom. It would be too unfair. The 9-1-1 call was shocking. The hospital, impersonal. When his dad improved, he was transferred to a rehabilitation facility. There, a transgender nurse...

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    • Diego is determined to escape his small town where animals far outnumber people. He wants to go to art school, even though his father thinks an artist's life is a road to nowhere--he didn't come to the U.S. so his son could become a starving artist. It's Diego's dream, and he slowly saves for his future by dealing weed, which is easy to come by in the Emerald Triangle. He's the dealer everyone turns to at school, but he refuses to deal in the hard stuff, like meth. His girlfriends entire family is addicted to drugs; so he's seen its destructive power.

      Finding Apeman by M G Higgins

      Diego is determined to escape his small town where animals far outnumber people. He wants to go to art school, even though his father thinks an artist's life is a road to nowhere--he didn't come to the U.S. so his son could become a starving artist...

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    • A law has been passed. There will be no more genders. Everyone must appear gender neutral. No more boys. No more girls. Just ... Otherwise. Same bland clothes. Same fuzzy heads. 'Spark' dreads the countdown leading up to the finality of the new law's passage. Her parents are for it. They're tired of conforming to society's standards. But they allow her to take off for a quick camping trip to gather her thoughts. At the campsite, she meets 'Whistler.' And the attraction is instant and mutual. But who is Whistler? And what is Whistler? Boy? Or girl? This gender-bending story in verse will make readers question everything they thought they knew about love, chemistry, and cultural norms

      Otherwise by Linda Oatman

      A law has been passed. There will be no more genders. Everyone must appear gender neutral. No more boys. No more girls. Just ... Otherwise. Same bland clothes. Same fuzzy heads. 'Spark' dreads the countdown leading up to the finality of the new law's...

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    • Themes: Responsibility, Mental Illness, Divorce, Teen Runaways. Logan s grandparents own a store in the middle of nowhere. He s devoted to them, even to the point of giving up his own dreams. Until one hitchhiker changes it all. Brooke. She s young. Too young to be alone. As Logan watches, she shoplifts. After chasing her down, he realizes hitchhiking is the least of Brooke s issues. Not knowing why, Logan is drawn to her. He insists on driving the young teen to her grandmother s in Oklahoma. What begins as a road trip ends with life-altering realizations. About family. Obligations. Forgiveness.

      Roadside Attraction by M G Higgins

      Themes: Responsibility, Mental Illness, Divorce, Teen Runaways. Logan s grandparents own a store in the middle of nowhere. He s devoted to them, even to the point of giving up his own dreams. Until one hitchhiker changes it all. Brooke. She s young. Too...

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    • Stay out of my life. Or I'll tell...That was over three years ago. The last time I talked to Amy McNair. One of the prettiest girls in school. She's horse crazy. And an amazing barrel racer. But I'm going to win at the annual rodeo. Beat her. It's all I've got. Even my boyfriend's parents don't accept me. Mainly because of my brothers. They aren't exactly upstanding citizens. People think I'm the same as them. If only they knew.

      Rodeo Princess by M G Higgins

      Stay out of my life. Or I'll tell...That was over three years ago. The last time I talked to Amy McNair. One of the prettiest girls in school. She's horse crazy. And an amazing barrel racer. But I'm going to win at the annual rodeo. Beat her. It's all...

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    • Michael Ellis... typical American boy. A little on the geeky side. A good student. An athlete. But something is not quite right. "I like you because you're different." That's what Ashley had said to him. Different is better than being normal. Michael liked different. It was more interesting than following the crowd. But Ashley wasn't different. And she wasn't interested in dating Michael any longer. That's when Michael Ellis became unhinged. With Ashley's rejection, he does something shocking, and finds himself headed to juvenile detention.

      Self. Destructed. by Evan Jacobs

      Michael Ellis... typical American boy. A little on the geeky side. A good student. An athlete. But something is not quite right. "I like you because you're different." That's what Ashley had said to him. Different is better than being normal. Michael...

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