Booklist - Cruel Reality
Football player Miles tries to resist his peer’s suggestions to use steroids, despite the pressure from his coach and his father’s constant criticism.
Tish is trying to hold it together the best she can. With her abusive dad finally gone, she’s trying to take care of her little brother while her mother seems to slip away.
Connor is determined to unravel the truth about his friend Branwell’s silence, which started the day his baby sister was nearly killed.
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
Steve Harmon is on trial as an accomplice to murdering two men in a drugstore.
Runaway by Wendelin Van Draanen
When Holly can’t endure her stepparents’ cruelty any more, she runs away -- having to find food, shelter, and safety on her own.
When Dicey’s mom abandons her, complete with three younger brothers and sisters to take care of, Dicey has to think fast to keep them alive.