Closer to Nowhere by Ellen Hopkins

Available At: DCC (MS)

Categories: Drug Abuse, Violence

Description: A twelve-year-old boy goes to live with his cousin’s family and turns his cousin’s world upside-down.

YA Label?: No

Notes: This book contains violence including child abuse; alcohol and drug addiction

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Page 124: “When Cal was little- like, three or four- his dad started using drugs.”

Page 180: “Mom and Dad fought. A lot. Sometimes things got physical shoving scratching hitting. I saw bloodied lips and noses purple welts and bruises. After one epic battle, Dad passed out. Mom hustled me to her car.…And then he lifted his right hand. In it was a gun.”

Page 357: “Turns out Dad’s latest ‘job’ was using a gun to rob people. The money he took all went for drugs.”

Page 65: “Uncle Frank used drugs. Pretty soon, so did Dad. Sometimes they went on benders- long drug parties.”

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