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Adolescence | Adolescence

jeffrey-ricker's picture
Nov.26.2013
Jamie Thomas has enough trouble on his hands trying to get through junior year of high school without being pulverized by Billy Stratton, his bully and tormentor. But the mother he was always told was dead is actually alive—and she’s an Amazon! Sixteen years after she left him on his father’s...
jm-cornwell's picture
May.17.2013
"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Tolstoy begins War and Peace with families and families are at the center of all our lives. We either choose our family or our family chooses us. I have chosen and been chosen and the results are the same: some...
lucille-lang-day's picture
Nov.07.2012
“Told with self-lacerating honesty and unvarnished prose that rises on command to poetic intensity, Married at Fourteen is the absorbing memoir of a young woman who struggles to find storybook romance and a purpose in life beyond it—and, against cruel odds, succeeds.  Lucille Lang Day, only...
kaitlin-bell-barnett's picture
Mar.14.2012
Over the last two decades, we have seen a dramatic spike in young people taking psychiatric medication. As new drugs have come on the market and diagnoses have proliferated, prescriptions have increased many times over. The issue has sparked heated debates, with most arguments breaking down...
christine-hamm's picture
Feb.02.2012
Christine Hamm’s Echo Park takes you by the hand and leads you into a vast subterranean passion play that moves through houses and theaters and parks and alleys all the while smiling all the while promising that the over-ripe orange you smell will recede and your hair will stop burning and you...
james-richard-magruder's picture
Jan.28.2012
Things look bad for Rick Lahrem, a high school sophomore in a cookie-cutter Chicago suburb in 1976. His mother’s second husband is a licensed psychologist who eats like an ape, his stepsister is a stoner slut, and his father is engaged to a Southern belle. Rick’s only solace is his growing...
david-e-hilton's picture
Aug.26.2011
A heartfelt portrait of a bygone age. William Sheppard had never ventured beyond his Chicago neighborhood until, at thirteen, he was sent away to the Swope Ranch Boys’ Reformatory, hundreds of miles from home, for stabbing his abusive father in the chest with a pocketknife. Buried deep in the...
tracy-marchini's picture
Apr.26.2011
Effie has a million reasons why she's not thrilled to be at her sister's wedding -- and the monstrously pink bridesmaid's dress isn't even on the list. When Effie finds herself locked in the bathroom, she thinks she might just stay there. After all, it's better than hearing from her mom about how...
lorna-j-cook's picture
Apr.18.2011
Poised on the edge of adulthood, seventeen-year-old Suzen VanderZee is waiting for her life to begin. Her fifteen-year-old brother, Evan, is bored with small-town life and dreaves of travel, while at the same time mesmerized by Soci, the new (and possibly bad) girl at school. As Suzen realizes a...