OLDER FICTION
(4) YA Alternative series. Each installment of this new hi/lo series focuses on the turnaround experienced by one featured teen via his/her experience at an alternative high school. Issues range from gang life to anxiety disorders to crushing family responsibilities and beyond, and protagonists' previous (unfortunate) choices are presented with refreshing candor. The messaging often overtakes character development, privileging adult perspectives and simplifying the teens' struggles. Review covers these Alternative titles: Barrier, Bridge, Controlled, Outburst, and Target.

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