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Themed Booklists

Stories About All Kinds of Families

Too often TV and movies portray perfect families that teens can’t relate to. Our list has great books with relatable families — some struggle with serious issues like addiction or mental illness; others with more mundane things like sibling rivalry. Oh, and we’ve thrown in a comic with supervillain parents.

Dishes

Dishes

Rich Wallace
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2008

Waiting for Normal

Leslie Connor
Age Level:
Middle Grade
my sisters keeper

My Sister’s Keeper

Jodi Picoult
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2009

A Corner of the Universe

Ann M. Martin
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2003
Saffy's Angel (Casson Family Series #1) by Hilary McKay

Saffy’s Angel

Hillary McKay
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2001
Higher Power of Lucky

Higher Power of Lucky

Susan Patron
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2006
The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood

The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner City Neighborhood

David Simon, Edward Burns
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Biography, Mystery / Crime, Nonfiction
Published:
1997
Rooftop by Paul Volponi

Rooftop

Paul Volponi
Age Level:
YA, Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction, Mystery / Crime
Published:
2006
Beige

Beige

Cecil Castelluci
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2009

Vegan Virgin Valentine

Carolyn Mackler
Age Level:
YA
Son of the Mob

Son of the Mob

Gordon Korman
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction, Mystery / Crime, Romance
Published:
2002

What I Call Life

Jill Wolfson
Age Level:
Middle Grade
One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies

One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies

Sonya Sones
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2004

Runaways, Vol. 1

Brian K. Vaughan
Age Level:
YA, Middle Grade
Genre:
Fantasy, Fiction
Published:
2004