So actually, I just often read children’s books in general. I read young adult books even more often. I don’t know that I read books specifically about Tough Subjects often, but here are a few that come to mind.
Goodnight Mr Tom, by Michelle Magorian, is about a boy who is evacuated from London at the start of World War II. (abuse, neglect, war, death)
The Miseducation of Cameron Post, by Emily M. Danforth, is about growing up lesbian in Montana in the 90s. (religious conversion/homosexuality cure)
The Running Dream, by Wendelin Van Draanen, is about a high school track athlete who lost her leg in a car accident. In the recovery process she befriends a fellow student with cerebral palsy and eventually they run a marathon together. (disability)
The Second Opinion, by Michael Palmer, is about a young woman with Asperger’s whose father, a famous surgeon, is comatose after a car accident. (disability, parent illness/death, medical legality) This is the only adult fiction book on the list.
My Life as a Rhombus, by Varian Johnson, is about a high school teen who had an abortion three years ago as a freshman. When she is befriended by another student who is currently pregnant she learns how to trust again and eventually rebuilds her relationship with her father. (abortion, dating/trust, family relationships, parent death)
How to be a Dragon… Without Burning Your Tongue, by Arlene Williams, is about a girl who starts turning into a dragon. It’s also about a girl whose mother and brother are killed in a mountain avalanche. (family death, family and step-family relationships, humanity and feelings)
Math was a tough subject in school for many. I haven’t actually read A Tour of the Calculus by David Berlinsky yet, but I want to. It seems like a fun book about Calculus.