Books for Kids and Teens About Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Kids who live with -- or have been separated from -- alcoholic or drug-addicted adults have lots to deal with in addition to all the other hard stuff that comes with growing up. Feelings of loss, grief, anger, isolation, and shame crowd in on school experiences, relationships, and even their sense of self. Reading about characters who are dealing with loved ones' abuse of alcohol, opioids, or other substances -- or about teens who are struggling with addiction -- can help kids deal with complex family dynamics and keep hope alive. For more stories of growing up, check out our Coming-of-Age Books and Books About Families.

Browse Books for Kids and Teens About Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Sunny Side Up Book Poster Image
Funny, moving graphic novel takes on teen substance abuse.
By Matthew Holm, Jennifer Holm
(2015)
(2015)
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Invisible Girl Book Poster Image
Searing memoir of growing up in troubled family offers hope.
By Mariel Hemingway, Ben Greenman
(2015)
(2015)
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Solo Book Poster Image
Poignant tale of rock star's son fleeing fame, finding self.
By Kwame Alexander, Mary Rand Hess
(2017)
(2017)
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Saint Anything Book Poster Image
Sensitive romance digs deep into difficult relationships.
By Sarah Dessen
(2015)
(2015)
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All We Can Do Is Wait Book Poster Image
Teens face tragedy in compelling, edgy coming-of-ager.
By Richard Lawson
(2018)
(2018)
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Beneath a Meth Moon Book Poster Image
Teen's emotional journey through loss, addiction, recovery.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2012)
(2012)
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The Carnival at Bray Book Poster Image
Teen transplanted to Ireland finds her way in moving tale.
By Jessie Ann Foley
(2015)
(2014)
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The Closest I've Come Book Poster Image
Absorbing, realistic, hopeful tale of teen in the projects.
By Fred Aceves
(2017)
(2017)
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Girl in Pieces Book Poster Image
Teen heals from loss and self-harm in gritty, gripping tale.
By Kathleen Glasgow
(2016)
(2016)
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Hey, Kiddo Book Poster Image
Big-hearted memoir of rocky childhood with addicted mom.
By Jarrett J. Krosoczka
(2018)
(2018)
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I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain Book Poster Image
Compelling tale of loss, love, addiction in poetry & prose.
By Will Walton
(2018)
(2018)
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Losers Bracket Book Poster Image
Families and worlds collide in gritty story of a foster kid.
By Chris Crutcher
(2018)
(2018)
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Monday's Not Coming Book Poster Image
Gripping thriller about a girl disappearing without a trace.
By Tiffany D. Jackson
(2018)
(2018)
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Rani Patel in Full Effect Book Poster Image
Powerful coming-of-age tale deals with abuse, addiction.
By Sonia Patel
(2016)
(2016)
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We'll Fly Away Book Poster Image
Teen is sentenced to Death Row in heartbreaking novel.
By Bryan Bliss
(2018)
(2018)
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X: A Novel Book Poster Image
Thrilling and tragic novel about Malcolm X's troubled youth.
By Ilyasah Shabazz, Kekla Magoon
(2016)
(2016)
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Recovery Road Book Poster Image
Gritty book about substance abuse is OK for mature teens.
By Blake Nelson
(2011)
(2011)
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American Street Book Poster Image
Raw and gritty immigrant story best for mature teens.
By Ibi Zoboi
(2017)
(2017)
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Fallout Book Poster Image
Raw, honest, and compelling look at the impact of addiction.
By Ellen Hopkins
(2010)
(2010)
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