Non-Fiction

Joel D. Block
Stepliving for Teens
JUV 306.874.B6203s YA (MaineCat)
2001

Lisa Cohn
The Step-Tween survival Guide
JUV 306.874.C661sYA
How to deal with all those strong, surprising, or confusing feelings -- You want to explain how you feel, but how? -- How to handle stepparent troubles -- Missing your old family and getting to know your new one -- How to make your new home feel more like home -- When mom's place and dad's place are really different -- What to do when you have a new bedtime (or other rule), but not the one you want -- When your stepsibling gets to watch TV and you don't : what's fair? -- When your stepdad wears his undershirt to the breakfast table and other uncomfortable moments -- Your parents haven't forgotten about you, but it might feel that way -- Moving forward with trust, hope, and plenty of survival skills. 2008.

Jill Krementz
How It Feels to be Adopted
JUV 362.73.K881h YA
1982

David J. Pelzer
A Child Called It
362.76.P369c
1995
 

Fiction

Cooney, Caroline
They Never Came Back
JUV C7779.th YA
When fifteen-year-old Cathy decides to carpool from Norwalk to tony Greenwich, Connecticut, to study Latin in summer school, she does not expect the shocking events that occurred five years earlier to suddenly come flooding back into her relatively settled life. 2010.

Crutcher, Chris
Losers Bracket
JUV C888.l YA
"When it comes to family, Annie is in the losers bracket. While her foster parents are great (mostly), her birth family would not have been her first pick. And no matter how many times Annie tries to write them out of her life, she always gets sucked back into their drama. Love is like that. But when a family argument breaks out at Annie's swim meet and her nephew goes missing, Annie might be the only one who can get him back. With help from her friends, her foster brother, and her social service worker, Annie puts the pieces of the puzzle together, determined to find her nephew and finally get him into a safe home."-- Provided by publisher. 2018.

Dianne E. Gray
Holding Up the Earth
JUV G78747.h YA
Fourteen-year-old Hope visits her new foster mother's Nebraska farm and , through old letters, a diary, and stories, gets a vivid picture of the past in the voices of four girls her age who lived there in 1869, 1900, 1936, and 1960. 2000

Dowd, Siobhan
Solace of the Road
JUV D75016.s YA
While running away from a London foster home just before her fifteenth birthday, Holly has ample time to consider her years of residential care and her early life with her Irish mother, whom she is now trying to reach. 2009.

Gagnon, Michelle
Don’t Turn Around
JUV G1255.d YA
After waking up on an operating table with no memory of how she got there, Noa must team up with computer hacker Peter to stop a corrupt corporation with a deadly secret. 2012.

Grimes, Nikki
Between the Lines
JUV G8852.be YA
To hone his writing skills and learn more about the power of words, Darrian enrolls in Mr. Ward's class, known for its open-mic poetry readings and boys vs. girls poetry slam. Everyone in class has something important to say, and in sharing their poetry, they learn that they all face challenges and have a story to tell-- whether it's about health problems, aging out of foster care, being bullied for religious beliefs, or having to take on too much responsibility because of an addicted parent. 2018.

Joyce Hansen
One True Friend
JUV H196.o
Fourteen-year-old orphan Amir, living in Syracuse, exchanges letters with his friend Doris, still living in their old Bronx neighborhood, in which they share their lives and give each other advice on friendship, family, foster care, and making decisions. 2001

Koertge, Ron
Strays
JUV K8189.st
When his parents die in a sudden accident and he is moved into the home of a set of crazy foster parents, sixteen-year-old Ted is forced to cope with his loss while attending a hard inner-city school overrun by delinquents. 2007

Patterson, James
Homeroom Diaries
JUV P2775.h YA
Seventeen-year-old Margaret "Cuckoo" Clark keeps a journal detailing the trials and tribulations of high school life as she and her close-knit group of outcast friends try to break down the barriers between their school's "warring nations." 2014.

Sarah Mlynowski
Bras & Broomsticks
JUV M6995.b YA
Living in New York City with her mother and her younger sister, Miri, fourteen-year-old Rachel tries to persuade Miri, who has recently become a witch, to help her become popular at school and to try to stop their divorced father's wedding. 2005

Joseph Monninger
Baby
JUV M7499.bYA
Fifteen-year-old Baby's last chance at foster care is with the Potters, and while she likes them and enjoys learning to race their sled dogs, she feels she should go back on the streets with her boyfriend if she cannot find the mother who has deserted her again. 2007

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Including Alice
JUV N234.in YA
Fifteen-year-old Alice finds it hard to adjust to the changes in her life when her father gets married and her brother moves to his own apartment. 2004