When we challenge ourselves to go beyond our familiar surroundings, we can often discover new horizons and strengths within ourselves. New horizons also present themselves when we are willing to explore a larger universe. These stories are about teens who discover new horizons in their lives and in the world.
One of Those Hideous Books Where The Mother Dies by Sonya Sones. Simon & Schuster, 2004.
Fifteen-year-old Ruby Milliken leaves her best friend, her boyfriend, her aunt, and her mother’s grave in Boston and reluctantly flies to Los Angeles to live with her father, a famous movie star who divorced her mother before Ruby was born. (ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, ALA Best Books for Young Adults)
The Afterlife by Gary Soto. Harcourt, 2003.
A senior at East Fresno High School lives on as a ghost after his brutal murder in the restroom of a club where he had gone to dance. (ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, a Booklist Editors’ Choice, and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age)
Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin. Speak, 2006.
Seventeen-year-old Matthew recounts his attempts, starting at a young age, to free himself and his sisters from the grip of their emotionally and physically abusive mother. (National Book Award Finalist, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, LA Times Book Prize Finalist)
The theme and titles were selected by YALSA’s Outreach to Young Adults with Special Needs Committee.