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Great Books About "Drug Abuse"

Fiction Books

Woodsie, Again
by Bruce Brooks
Woodsie and his hockey team have come a long way, and have a shot at the national title. But when one of the players starts smoking marijuana to calm his nerves, the coach and the team must find a way to deal with the problem.

A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich
by Alice Childress
The life of a thirteen-year-old Harlem youth on his way to becoming a confirmed heroin addict is seen from his viewpoint and that of several people around him.

Finn
by Katharine Bacon
Fifteen-year-old Finn is left hurt and unable to speak after surviving the small plane crash that leaves the rest of his family dead. After moving in with his grandmother in Vermont, he meets Julia, a younger friend who trains horses for shows, and comes into contact with a gang of drug dealers. As Finn deals with his memories of the crash and gets closer to Julia, he also helps a wolf-dog named Toq.

Non-Fiction

The Pressure to Take Drugs
by Judith Condon
This important series explains drug abuse by offering in-depth information about abused drugs, including their negative mental, physical, and social effects. Each book features photographs, diagrams, a glossary, an index, and a list of addresses for more information and help.

Drugs and Your Friends
by Sue Hurwitz, Nancy Shniderman
This book offers information about drugs from tobacco and marijuana to crack, cocaine, and heroin, and tells fictional stories that help readers learn how to avoid peer pressure.

Making up Your Mind about Drugs
by Gilda Berger, Ted Enik (Illustrator)
This book discusses the use of such substances as tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, narcotics, hallucinogens, inhalants, and cocaine. It includes a glossary and bibliography.

Inhalants
by Myra S. Weatherly
This books deals with some of the chemical substances people inhale for a quick high, and offers information on the physical and social dangers of "huffing."

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