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Bibliotherapy Books for Children and Young Adults: Substance Abuse

This guide details resources for bibliotherapy, especially for use in SPSY 6350 - School-Based Interventions: Children, Youth and Families and SPSY 6400 - School-Based Interventions: Groups, Classrooms and Systems.

Additional Books

Joey Pigza loses control - Jack Gantos

Summary: Joey, who is still taking medication to keep him from getting too wired, goes to spend the summer with the hard-drinking father he has never known and tries to help the baseball team he coaches win the championship.

Rainbow Boys - Alex Sanchez

Summary: Three high school seniors, a jock with a girlfriend and an alcoholic father, a closeted gay, and a flamboyant gay rights advocate, struggle with family issues, gay bashers, first sex, and conflicting feelings about each other.

When someone in the family drinks too much

Summary: A self-help guide to enable children to cope with alcoholism in the family setting.

We all fall down : A novel

Summary:  As The Avenger searches for the teenage boys who trashed a house in his neighborhood, Buddy, one of the trashers, increases his drinking in order to cope with his parents' separation and his obsession with the daughter of the owner of the vandalized house.



Summary: The story of a group of young people addicted to drugs told in many different voices, from the addicts themselves to the people around them.


Summary: Still reeling from seeing police shoot his unarmed cousin to death on the roof of a New York City housing project, seventeen-year-old Clay is dragged into the whirlwind of political manipulation that follows.

Under the wolf, under the dog

Summary:  Sixteen-year-old Steve struggles to make sense of his mother's terminal breast cancer and his brother's suicide.

The house that crack built

 Summary:  Cumulative verses describe the creation, distribution, and destructive effects of crack cocaine.