A door near here. Heather Quarles. (HS)
Fifteen-year-old Katherine and her three younger siblings have more than divorce trouble on their hands when their alcoholic mom takes to her bed for weeks, leaving them to fend for themselves or ask their distant father for help.
Guy time. Sarah Weeks. (MS)
A humorous account of how thirteen-year-old Guy deals with the separation and impending divorce of his eccentric parents, his mom’s dating life, and his own new-found interest in girls.
Hard love. Ellen Wittlinger. (HS)
After starting to publish a zine in which he writes with witty sarcasm about his lonely life, his parents' divorce, and his mom’s upcoming remarriage, sixteen-year-old John finally meets someone he can get close to, but not close enough.
If you come softly.
Jacqueline Woodson. (HS)
While Jeremiah struggles to accept the fact that his father has moved in with the woman across the street, Ellie can’t forgive her mother for abandoning her family twice. When they fall in love, they must cope with their own family situations and reactions to their interracial romance.
Rats saw God. Rob Thomas. (HS)
Steve York records humorous observations about his life and the world around him in a 100-page school assignment, and in the process begins to think seriously about his resentment towards his divorced father and how things in his life got so messed up.
The year of the sawdust man. A. LaFaye. (MS)
In 1934, when her mother leaves her and her father, eleven-year-old Nissa tries to cope with the gossip of her small Louisiana town, her father’s new romance, and life without her beloved, but often perplexing, mother.
For better, for worse: A guide to surviving divorce for
preteens and their families.
Janet Bode and Stan Mack. (MS/HS)
First-person accounts from young people ages 8-17 describe the effects of divorce and remarriage and how to handle them.
Stepliving for teens: Getting along with stepparents,
parents, and siblings.
Dr. Joel D. Block and Dr. Susan S. Bartell. (MS/HS)
The authors respond to questions teens in stepfamilies may have about everything from figuring out who’s in charge to how to deal with a crush on your stepsibling.
(MS) = Recommended for Middle School Readers
(HS) = Recommended for High School Readers