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Family Ties

These books contain all types of families, from fantastic to dysfunction. Do you recognize yours?


Riding Invisible
Riding Invisible

After his older brother Will attacks his horse, Yancey runs away into the desert.


How to Raise Your Parents : a Teen Girl's Survival Guide
How to Raise Your Parents : a Teen Girl's Survival Guide

Being a teen (or the parent of a teen) doesn't have to be so hard. Author Sarah O'Leary Burningham offers smart advice about negotiation and parental hot buttons and a little insight about what the world looks like from a parent's point of view.


Family Guy : Stewie's Guide to World Domination
Family Guy : Stewie's Guide to World Domination

Stewie's musings on family, love, parenting, preschool, work, pop culture, politics and more.


King of the Mild Frontier: an Ill-Advised Autobiography
King of the Mild Frontier: an Ill-Advised Autobiography

Chris Crutcher, author of young adult novels such as "Ironman" and "Whale Talk," as well as short stories, tells of growing up in Cascade, Idaho, and becoming a writer.


Bucking the Sarge
Bucking the Sarge

Deeply involved in his cold and manipulative mother's shady business dealings in Flint, Michigan, fourteen-year-old Luther keeps a sense of humor while running the Happy Neighbor Group Home For Men, all the while dreaming of going to college and becoming a philosopher.


If I Stay: a Novel
If I Stay: a Novel

While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weights whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.


Dealing with Mom: How to Understand Your Changing Relationship
Dealing with Mom: How to Understand Your Changing Relationship

You love your mom, but sometimes she drives you crazy! No relationship is more fraught with emotion than the one with Mom. This book helps teens understand the ups and downs of this ever-changing dynamic, from how and why their feelings about Mom are changing, to perspective on Mom's own needs.


The First Part Last
The First Part Last

Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter.


Outside Beauty
Outside Beauty

Thirteen-year-old Shelby and her three sisters must go to live with their respective fathers while their mother, who has trained them to rely on their looks, recovers from a car accident that scarred her face.


Savvy
Savvy

Recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her "savvy"--a magical power unique to each member of her family--just as her father is injured in a terrible accident.


What Makes us a Family? : Living in a Nontraditional Family
What Makes us a Family? : Living in a Nontraditional Family

Discusses the challenges that girls face when living in nontraditional households.


The World is Mine
The World is Mine

Maryland high school juniors and best friends Blue Reynolds and Collin Andrews seem to have it all, and when they decide to become party promoters, anything can happen--including being pitted against parents, jealous girlfriends, and even one another.


Tangled
Tangled

The lives of four very different teenagers become entangled in ways that none of them could have imagined after a short stay at a Caribbean resort.


The Missing Girl
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.


Peace, Love, Baby Ducks
Peace, Love, Baby Ducks

Fifteen-year-old Carly's summer volunteer experience makes her feel more real than her life of privilege in Atlanta ever did, but her younger sister starts high school pretending to be what she is not, and both find their relationships suffering.


Necessary Noise
Necessary Noise

A girl is terrified of her older sister's dual personality. A boy adjusts to his life with two mothers. A father visits his son on death row. These are stories of today's families as they really are.


Between Mom and Jo
Between Mom and Jo

Everything changes when Nick's birth mom and her wife Jo start to have problems. Suddenly, Nick is in the middle.


This Family is Driving Me Crazy: Ten Stories about Surviving Your Family
This Family is Driving Me Crazy: Ten Stories about Surviving Your Family

A collection of ten stories about how our families drive us crazy, and how we love them anyway.


Me and My Brothers
Me and My Brothers

Fourteen-year-old Sakura has lost her parents in a car accident. Now she finds out she has four older half-brothers, who have suddenly appeared to take care of her. Sakura's world becomes filled with wackiness and angst as they all strive to get along together under the same roof.


My Father, the Angel of Death
My Father, the Angel of Death

With a popular professonal wrestler who is often on the road as a father, Jesse faces simple family outings that turn into fan-frenzy events, teachers who contrive excuses for parent-teacher conferences, and friendships that are all suspect.


The Rules of Survival
The Rules of Survival


From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun

Fourteen-year-old Melanin Sun's comfortable, quiet life is shattered when his mother reveals she has fallen in love with a woman.