Torn Away by Jennifer Brown

Torn Away by Jennifer Brown

Torn Away by Jennifer Brown book cover

Jersey Cameron has always loved a good storm. Watching the clouds roll in and the wind pick up. Smelling the electricity in the air. Dancing barefoot in the rain. She lives in the Midwest, after all, where the weather is sure to keep you guessing. Jersey knows what to do when the tornado sirens sound. But she never could have prepared for this.

When her town is devastated by a tornado, Jersey loses everything. As she struggles to overcome her grief, she’s sent to live with relatives she hardly knows-family who might as well be strangers. In an unfamiliar place, can Jersey discover that even on the darkest of days, there are some things no tornado can destroy?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Child abandonment
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Panic attacks
  • Alcoholism mentioned
  • Death of a sibling
  • Death of a parent
  • Tornado, central theme
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Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

A hurricane is building over the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the coastal town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, and Esch’s father is growing concerned. A hard drinker, largely absent, he doesn’t show concern for much else. Esch and her three brothers are stocking food, but there isn’t much to save.

Lately, Esch can’t keep down what food she gets; she’s fourteen and pregnant. Her brother Skeetah is sneaking scraps for his prized pitbull’s new litter, dying one by one in the dirt. While brothers Randall and Junior try to stake their claim in a family long on child’s play and short on parenting. As the twelve days that comprise the novel’s framework yield to the final day and Hurricane Katrina, the unforgettable family at the novel’s heart—motherless children sacrificing for each other as they can, protecting and nurturing where love is scarce—pulls itself up to struggle for another day.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Alcoholism
  • Child sexual assault
  • Child pregnancy
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Animal cruelty (dog fighting)
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No Judgements by Meg Cabot

No Judgement by Meg Cabot

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When the “storm of the century” severs all power and cell service to Little Bridge Island—as well as its connection to the mainland—26-year-old Sabrina “Bree” Beckham isn’t worried . . . at first. She might be on her own, but she’s got a landline and plenty of supplies.

But Bree does become alarmed when she realizes how many islanders have been cut off from their beloved pets. Now it’s up to her to save as many of Little Bridge’s cats, dogs, and birds as she can…but to do so, she’s going to need help—help that arrives in the form of an entirely different super storm: her boss’s sexy nephew, Drew Hartwell, the island’s most notorious heartbreaker. 

But when her ex shows up just as Bree starts falling for Drew, she has to ask herself if their steamy connection was only a result of the stormy weather, or something that could last during clear skies too.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Hurricane
  • Animal abuse
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Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake book cover

When a tornado rips through town, twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen’s house is destroyed and her family of five is displaced. Ivy feels invisible and ignored in the aftermath of the storm–and what’s worse, her notebook filled with secret drawings of girls holding hands has gone missing.

Mysteriously, Ivy’s drawings begin to reappear in her locker with notes from someone telling her to open up about her identity. Ivy thinks–and hopes–that this someone might be her classmate, another girl for whom Ivy has begun to develop a crush. Will Ivy find the strength and courage to follow her true feelings?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism
  • Coming out themes
  • Cancer, mentioned
  • Physical injury
  • Tornado, central theme
  • Blackmail
  • Homelessness
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Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson

Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson

aurel Daneau has moved on to a new life, in a new town, but inside she’s still reeling from the loss of her beloved mother and grandmother after Hurricane Katrina washed away their home. Laurel’s new life is going well, with a new best friend, a place on the cheerleading squad and T-Boom, co-captain of the basketball team, for a boyfriend. Yet Laurel is haunted by voices and memories from her past.

When T-Boom introduces Laurel to meth, she immediately falls under its spell, loving the way it erases, even if only briefly, her past. But as she becomes alienated from her friends and family, she becomes a shell of her former self, and longs to be whole again. With help from an artist named Moses and her friend Kaylee, she’s able to begin to rewrite her story and start to move on from her addiction.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Drug addiction & drug abuse (theme)
  • Death of a mother recounted
  • Death of a grandmother recounted
  • Hurricane Katrina
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