For this week's list, I tried to stick to more recent books I've read that have tackled a wide variety of tough topics and to books written for kids/teens/YA (you can read my Top Ten list of grown-up books at Book By Book).
Top Ten Kids/Teen Books That Tackle Tough Topics:
- Three Little Words (memoir) by Ashley Rhodes (foster care)
- Go Ask Alice (drug addiction)
- Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor (divorce, unreliable parents, child neglect)
- Thunder Over Kandahar by Sharon E. McKay (plight of girls/women in Afghanistan)
- A Million Shades of Gray by Cynthia Kadohata (effects of war on children)
- Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel (animal rights)
- Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (effect of war on society, citizens, and soldiers)
- Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin and Rules by Cynthia Lord (autism, treatment of people who are different)
- Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott (abduction, rape)
- Nothing But the Truth by Justina Chen Headley (personal identity, mixed races, fitting in)
What are your favorite books that tackle tough issues?