My Brother's Keeper
by Patricia McCormick
Author Patricia McCormick tackles difficult subjects in her books; the war in Iraq, sexual slavery, cutting, and drug use. My Brother's Keeper follows a 13 year old boy whose father has left, his mother is struggling with finances and his older brother is dealing with his pain through drugs. The protagonist is an anxious, insecure kid who is actually quite funny and endearing despite the difficulties he experiences in this novel.