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11 Books For a Cause

Epic Book Drive is off to an awesome start, and while you're collecting books for others, you might be feeling the need to grab one for yourself. Here are some cause-related reads you might wanna go through before you put them in the donation box.

Drug Abuse—Crank By Ellen Hopkins

Kristia's addiction to crystal meth begins a snowballing of problems she faces including sexual assault and teen pregnancy, proving drug abuse is rarely an isolated issue.

Discrimination—Romiette and Julio By Sharon M. Draper

In this modern day retelling of Romeo and Juliet it's less warring families and more racial prejudices that threaten to keep these teens, one African-American and one Hispanic, apart.

Education Inequalities—The Absolutely True Story of a Part Time Indian By Sherman Alexie

Junior gets the opportunity to get a better education, but to do so he has to deal with teasing from his friends and suspicion from his new classmates.

Environment—Destroy All Car By Blake Nelson

James realizes that the exuast from cars are hurting the environment and less car use would mean a healthier earth.

Dating Abuse—Stay By Deb Caletti

Clara begins to realize love means you respect the person your with, not control them.

Eating Disorders—Winter Girls By Laurie Halse Anderson

Lia's anorexia is consuming her life, taking all her energy and putting it into exercise and calorie counting. Even losing her friend to an eating disorder doesn't snap her out of it, and those around her wonder if she can ever recover.

Teen Pregnancy—The First Part Last By Angela Johnson

A look at teen pregnancy from the father's point of view, proving an unplanned pregnancy in high school can uproot the dreams and goals of many people.

Poverty—The Outsiders By S.E. Hinton

After their parents die Ponyboy, Sodapop, and Daryl have to make ends meet on their own, all the while dealing with the taunts of the local rich kids.

Bullying—The Hate List By Jennifer Brown

Valarie is first the victim of bullying, but then becomes the victim of gun violence when her boyfriend shows up to school determined to make their tormentors pay.

Violence Against Women—Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson

Melinda feels isolated when she can't talk to anyone about her sexual assault, but her life starts moving towards something positive when she talks about what happened and confronts her attacker.

Human Trafficking—Sold By Patricia McCormick

Lakshmi tells a story of being sold into prostitution at age 13, a reality even in today's world.