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Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco: Online Resources & Relevant Reads
Developed for the ADT project done in all health classes.
Drug and alcohol addictions are often a theme in young adult literature. Check out one of these reads to learn more about these dangerous activities.
Non-fiction Titles Available
Juiced by Jose Canseco
Call Number: 796.357 CAN
Publication Date: 2005-03-01
The author reveals how he discovered and used anabolic steroids in order to enhance his performance in baseball and tells how he passed on that information to other players to the point where steroid use became the norm throughout the major league.
Breaking Night by Liz Murray
Call Number: B MUR
Publication Date: 2011-05-24
Liz Murray, who was homeless at the age of fifteen and had drug-addicted parents, reflects on how she overcame obstacles and eventually attended Harvard University.
Augusta, Gone by Martha Tod Dudman
Call Number: B DUD
Publication Date: 2002-04-02
The story of a girl who is doing everything to hurt herself and a mother who would try anything to try to save her. True, she had stopped coming down for breakfast. Stayed up in her room, ran out the door late for school, missed the bus and had to have a ride. But you think, well, that's how they are, aren't they, teenagers? And you try to remember how you were, but you were different and the times were different and it was so long ago. And she's suddenly so angry at you, but then, another time, she's just the same. She's just your little girl. You sit with her and you talk about something, or you go shopping for school clothes and everything seems all right. And you forget how you stood in her room and how the center of your stomach felt so cold. When you found the cigarette. When you found the blue pipe. When you found the little bag she said was aspirin.
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
Call Number: B ANO
Publication Date: 1998-03-01
More compelling than ever, this classic real-life diary charts an anonymous teenage girl's struggle with the seductive--and often fatal--world of drugs.
Fiction books available at SHS Library
Pure Sunshine by Brian James
Call Number: FIC JAM
Publication Date: 2002-02-01
Seventeen-year-old Brendon embarks on a path-changing two day high on California acid, or "pure sunshine," during which time he begins to break away from his friends Will and Kevin.
Dope Sick by Walter Dean Myers
Call Number: FIC MYE
Publication Date: 2010-02-02
A drug deal goes south and a cop has been shot. Lil J's on the run. And he's starting to get dope sick. He'd do anything to change the last twenty-four hours, and when he stumbles into an abandoned building, it actually might be possible. . . . Elements of magical realism intensify this harrowing story about drug use, violence, perceptions of reality, and second chances.
Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson
Call Number: FIC WOO
Publication Date: 2012-02-02
Laurel Daneau, having lost her mother, grandmother, and home in Hurricane Katrina, thinks things are going well with her new life as a cheerleader and the girlfriend of basketball start T-Boom, but after T-Boom introduces her to meth and she finds the drug helps her deal with her past, she must rely on the help of an artist named Moses and her friend Kaylee to overcome the addiction.
Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Call Number: FIC HOP
Publication Date: 2004-10-01
Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina -- she's fearless. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul -- her life.
Raiders Night by Robert Lipsyte
Call Number: FIC LIP
Publication Date: 2006-08-01
The pressure is on. At Nearmont High School, football stars are treated like royalty, and Matt Rydek has just ascended to the throne. As co-captain of the Raiders, he's got it all, or so it seems: hot girls, all the right friends, plenty of juice to make him strong, and a winning team poised to go all the way. If he can keep his eye on the ball now, his future will be set, with a full ride to a Division One school, a shot at the pros, and-most important-his dad off his back. But when the team turns on one of its own, should Matt play by Raiders rules, or should he go long alone? Robert Lipsyte, an award-winning journalist, in consultation with Dr. Michael J. Miletic, a leading sports psychiatrist, takes a hard-hitting look at the world of competitive high school sports in a novel straight from today's headlines.
The Blue Mirror by Kathe Koja
Call Number: FIC KOJ
Publication Date: 2004-03-05
Seventeen-year-old loner Maggy Klass, who frequently seeks refuge from her alcoholic mother's apartment by sitting and drawing in a local cafe, becomes involved in a destructive relationship with a charismatic homeless youth named Cole.