Overcoming Abuse and
Information and Personal Stories
Evans, Patricia. Teen Torment: Overcoming Verbal Abuse at Home and at School. Y303.6/Evans.
About verbal abuse? -- Where verbal abuse shows up -- What can we do about it?
Hicks, John. Dating Violence. Y362.88/Hicks.
Interviews with abusers and victims form the basis of this discussion of the characteristics and dangers of unhealthy relationships, the importance of honest communication, and cooperative ways of resolving conflict.
Johnson, Anthony Godby. A Rock and a Hard Place. 362.76/Johnson.
Tony talks about his new family and the reality of being infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Klebanoff, Susan. Ups & Downs: How to Beat the Blues and Teen
Examines the nature, causes, and effects of depression, where to turn for help, and ways to cope with it.
Levy, Barrie. In Love and In Danger. 362.88/Levy.
The author, a social worker, discusses teen dating violence and recovery from abusive relationships.
Michener, Anna J. Becoming Anna. B/Michener, A.J.
A 16-year-old girl writes about her abusive parents, involuntary confinement in a psychiatric hospital, and the relief of
finding an adoptive family.
Pelzer, David J. A Child Called “It.” 362.76/Pelzer.
The author was the scapegoat of his family and endured terrible trauma, but was rescued by teachers and went on to
write this book as well as two others.
Pledge, Deanna S. When Something Feels Wrong. Y362.7/Pledge.
Provides checklists, journaling ideas, and other positive ways of dealing with being physically, sexually, and/or emotionally abused, emphasizing the importance of talking about what has happened and getting help.
Shellenberger, Susie. How to Help Your Hurting Friend. Y158.2/Shellenberger.
Discusses how to make and keep friends and how to help friends deal with some of the difficult issues young people face, including depression, sex, illness, homosexuality, and violence.
Tarbox, Katherine. Katie.com. 364.153/Tarbox.
At the age of thirteen, Katie found a “soul mate” online and agreed to meet him at a hotel. This is her story of betrayal
Teenage Depression & Suicide. Y/DVD/362.2/Teenage
Students will get the lowdown on the causes, symptoms and treatments available for those suffering from depression, outfitting students with the necessary tools to deal with both friends and themselves.
Turner, Ann. Learning to Swim: A Memoir. Y811/Turner.
In poems, young Annie recounts her sexual abuse and healing.
Crutcher, Chris. Chinese Handcuffs.
Still troubled by his older brother's violent suicide, eighteen-year-old Dillon becomes deeply involved in the terrible secret of his friend Jennifer, who feels she can tell no one what her stepfather is doing to her.
Deem, James M. 3 NBs of Julian Drew. Y/PB/Deem.
In his notebooks, Julian finds the strength to escape his abusive parents and start a new life.
Frost, Helen. Keesha's House. Y/Fiction/Frost.
Seven teens facing such problems as pregnancy, closeted homosexuality, and abuse each describe in poetic forms what caused them to leave home and where they found home again.
Going, K.L. Fat Kid Rules the World. Y/Fiction/Going.
Seventeen-year-old Troy, depressed, suicidal, and weighing nearly 300 pounds, gets a new perspective on life when a homeless teenager who is a genius on guitar wants Troy to be the drummer in his rock band.
Johnson, Kathleen Jeffrie. Target. Y/Fiction/Johnson.
After being brutally raped, Grady finally goes to a new high school where he meets an outgoing African American and several other students who try to help him deal with the horrible secret that is robbing him of his life.
Klass, David. You Don’t Know Me. Y/Fiction/Klass.
John won’t tell anyone about his stepfather’s anger, but it’s clear to the adults around him that his carefully constructed
story is breaking into pieces.
McNamee, Graham. Hate You. Y/PB/McNamee.
Nursing hatred for the father who choked her and damaged her voice as a child, seventeen-year-old Alice writes songs she feels she cannot sing and seeks to reconcile her feelings for herself and her father.
Mazer, Norma Fox. When She Was Good. Y/Fiction/Mazer.
Em struggles to escape the memory of her sister’s physical and emotional violence.
Talbot, Brian. Tale of One Bad Rat. Y/Graphic Novel/Talbot.
Helen Potter lived a happy life until she got lost in a nightmare of sexual abuse. Now she's on a journey that takes her through urban and rural England. She becomes the armored knight before her own personal demons in this story of heroism and courage.
If you or someone you know needs help:
National Domestic Violence Hotline. 1-800-799-SAFE
24-hour national hotline for people affected by family violence.
Rape Abuse and Incest National Network. 1-800-656-HOPE, ext.1
24-hour national hotline for rape and incest victims.
The Samaritans – Suburban West. 508-875-4500 (Framingham)
24-hour free telephone service befriending the suicidal, lonely, and depressed.
Wayside Youth & Family Support Network. 1-800-4WAYSIDE
75 Fountain St, Framingham.
Offers counseling, teen health services, shelter referrals, and help for runaways.