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Middle Grade Contemporary Fiction

                 Swallowed by a Secret

An award-winning mystery about  12-year-old Rocky who learns his mother's story about how his father died is bogus. Rocky is determined to uncover the truth about what happened to his father.
Recommended for readers 10 and up.

Please note: There are issues of mental health in this book*. 

                 Spooked by a Suspicion

A standalone sequel to Swallowed by a Secret which takes place a year later. 13-year-old Rocky faces changes in family relationships and confronts the pitfalls of wrongful accusations when his mother announces her intention to remarry
Recommended for readers 10 and up.


Young Adult Contemporary Fiction

                 Complicated Choices

High school senior Claire Jackson’s life shatters after an unplanned pregnancy.

Not hers, her mother’s.

With no father named on baby Harry’s birth certificate and their mother sinking into despair, Claire finds herself knee deep in diapers, streams of baby barf, and mountains of laundry. Not only does Harry rob Claire of her freedom, but also her future when her mother uses her college funds for day care.

Claire’s uncle offers to replenish the funds on the condition Harry is given up for adoption. With a troubled and unstable mother, Claire must take control and choose: trade Harry for money and return to her former life, or fight for him.

The stakes run high when a baby is involved, and the choices are complicated.

Recommended for readers 14 and up.
Please note: There are issues of mental health in this book*. 


*Mental Health Resources:

If you or someone you know has a mental illness, is struggling emotionally, or has concerns about their mental health, there are ways to get help. Use these resources to find help for you, a friend, or a family member.

SAMHSA - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

The Lifeline and 988

988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (now known as the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline), and is now active across the United States.

National Institute of Mental Health

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