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Fifteen Point Nine

Holly Dobbie's teen novel conquers topics like bullying, hoarding and substance abuse.

Holly Dobbie

No one at school knew that 15-year-old Aggie and her mother were hoarders until the "idiot boys." That made her even more a target of bullies than she was before. While at home, a.k.a. The Dump, her loneliness and despair are further punctuated by her mother's alcoholism, neglect and paranoia.

But Aggie is a warrior and she devises a plan to fight back — a plan that enlists a few of the other misfits at school. The plan isn't an easy one and when she is beaten by a group of girls, she finds strength and encouragement from some unlikely sources.

Will it be enough to turn her life around? Will she somehow be able to save her mother, who continues a downward spiral of neglect? (From Cormorant Books)

Fifteen Point Nine is available in May 2018.