October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you, or someone you love, are dealing with domestic violence, please see this page of places that can help, or call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas. In this verse novel, Anke's father abuses everyone in their family except Anke-- she's so worthless, she's not even worth that. Not in her father's eyes.
Split by Swati Avasthi. As soon as he could, Christian left home and his abusive father, leaving his brother Jace there. Now Jace as been kicked out and has driven through the night, showing up on Christian's doorstep with a bloodied face and the two have a chance to work through their relationship.
When Dad Killed Mom by Julius Lester. Jeremy and Jenna struggle with the aftermath of what happens when their father murders their mother. With one parent dead and the other in jail, they must try to make a new family and deal with the truth about what happened, and why.
Border Crossing by Jessica Lee Anderson. When Manz hears about Operation Wetback, an extreme deportation program in the 1950s, he's convinced the government is starting it up again. The voices telling him so keep getting louder and louder, but Manz doesn't realize only he can hear them.
Girl, Stolen by April Henry. Griffin was excited to see the empty car idling in front of the store, so easy to steal. Finally, he did something right. But Cheyenne was asleep in the back. Now the blind teenager is prisoner of a car theft ring, who can't decide if she's worth ransoming, or if all the evidence (including her) should be destroyed.
The Second Trial by Rosemarie Boll. Danny's dad almost killed his mom, and now he's about to get out of prison. His mom is taking him and his sister into hiding and away from everything, and everyone, he knows. This is coupled with Danny's confusion-- he didn't know about the abuse until his mom almost died and can't reconcile the two versions of his father.
Search for Safety by John Langan. Ben's new at Bluford High and has one thing on his mind-- trying to hide the bruises from his new teachers and friends. The only one who can help him is his aunt, but she's on her way out of town-- can he tell her before it's too late?
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt. Doug Swieteck comes from a rough family, and even moving to a new town doesn't help. All the adults in his life have painted him with the same brush as his father and brother, quick to blame and with low expectations. But the town librarian and the the science teacher who supervises detention see Doug for Doug.
Wake by Lisa McMann. Janie's always careful to not sleep near any other sleeping person. When she does, she'll fall into their dreams and she's seen enough, especially when she falls into a classmate's disturbing nightmare. The first in a trilogy, the next book is Fade.
What books about domestic violence am I missing? Relatedly, please look at our list for Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention.
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