I highly recommend you have your teens read A Test of Loyalty by Laurie Stewart.” Gale S.
Isolation: you can feel alone in the most crowded places
Change: it’s the only thing you can count on
Loyalty: who deserves yours?
Told in the first person, this is the story of three teenagers growing up in Mechanicsville, a bad neighbourhood in Canada’s capital city. Surrounded by poverty, sexual assault, drugs, and peer pressure. Separated by race, religion, and distrust, they must learn to trust each other. When the unthinkable happens, what changes can they survive?
Ages 14+, this is a gritty look at Ottawa’s youth. Book one in a series of novellas.
Warning: strong language, sexual situations, drug use