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Books about family illness and disability for teens

  • Most of the links from the book titles below will lead you to, where you can learn more about the book, read reviews about it, and order it if you'd like. Most of these books can be purchased through other book sellers, as well, or found at your local library.

    The "C" Word - Teenagers and Their Families Living with Cancer
    by Elena Dorfman; Newsage Press, 1993
    Five candid and inspiring stories of teens with cancer.

    Coping When a Parent Has AIDS
    by Barbara Hermie Draimin; Rosen Publishing Group, 1993.
    Caring and to the point, prepares reader for changes and problems to be faced during and after a parent's illness.

    Coping When a Parent Has Cancer
    by Linda Leopald Strauss; Rosen Publishing Group, 1988.
    Straight forward information for teens about the disease process and family grief reactions.

    An Illness in Your Family
    by Tabitha Wainwright; Rosen Publishing Group, 2001.
    Multicultural teen photos, chapters about illness, change, and where to go for help.

    My Brother Has AIDS
    by Deborah Davis; Antheum, 1994
    Teen fiction; 13-year-old Lacy's brother returns home to die of AIDS.

    Nothing to Be Ashamed Of: Growing Up with Mental Illness in Your Family
    by Sherry Dinner; Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1989
    Junior non-fiction explains mental illnesses, Alzheimer's and eating disorders.

    Teens with AIDS Speak Out
    by Mary Kittridge; Julian Messner, March 1992.
    What it is, how it is spread and what it's like to live with an illness that may end their lives.

    When Heroes Die
    by Penny Raife Durant; Antheum, 1992
    Teen fiction; Uncle Rob has AIDS.