Special Topics and Award Books

Black Girl Unlimited

Echo Brown is a wizard from the East Side of Cleveland and there is magic everywhere. Every day Echo travels between worlds, attending a rich white school on the West Side. But there are dangers to leaving behind the pace that made you.

Black Girl Unlimited

Echo Brown
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Brown)

Echo Brown is a wizard from the East Side of Cleveland and there is magic everywhere. Every day Echo travels between worlds, attending a rich white school on the West Side. But there are dangers to leaving behind the pace that made you.


YA Black History Month

Redbone: The True Story of a Native American Rock Band

Brothers Pat and Lolly Vegas were talented Native American rock musicians that took the 1960s Sunset Strip by storm. They influenced The Doors and jammed with Jimmy Hendrix before he was "Jimi," and the idea of a band made up of all Native Americans soon followed. Determined to control their creative vision and maintain their cultural identity, they eventually signed a deal with Epic Records in 1969. But as the American Indian Movement gained momentum, the band took a stand, choosing pride in their ancestry over continued commercial reward.

Redbone: The True Story of a Native American Rock Band

Christian Staebler
(Graphic Novel- GN 780.92 Redbone Sta)

Brothers Pat and Lolly Vegas were talented Native American rock musicians that took the 1960s Sunset Strip by storm. They influenced The Doors and jammed with Jimmy Hendrix before he was "Jimi," and the idea of a band made up of all Native Americans soon followed. Determined to control their creative vision and maintain their cultural identity, they eventually signed a deal with Epic Records in 1969. But as the American Indian Movement gained momentum, the band took a stand, choosing pride in their ancestry over continued commercial reward.


YA Stories By and About Indigenous Peoples

Elatsoe

Elatsoe lives in this slightly stranger America. She can raise the ghosts of dead animals, a skill passed down through generations of her Lipan Apache family. Her beloved cousin has just been murdered, in a town that wants no prying eyes. The picture-perfect facade of Willowbee masks gruesome secrets, and she will rely on her wits, skills, and friends to tear off the mask and protect her family.

Elatsoe

Darcie Little Badger
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Littleb)

Elatsoe lives in this slightly stranger America. She can raise the ghosts of dead animals, a skill passed down through generations of her Lipan Apache family. Her beloved cousin has just been murdered, in a town that wants no prying eyes. The picture-perfect facade of Willowbee masks gruesome secrets, and she will rely on her wits, skills, and friends to tear off the mask and protect her family.


YA Stories By and About Indigenous Peoples

Strangers

When Cole Harper returns to Wounded Sky First Nation, he finds his community in chaos––a series of murders, a mysterious illness ravaging the population, and reemerging questions about Cole's role in the tragedy that drove him away ten years ago.

Strangers

David Robertson
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Roberts)

When Cole Harper returns to Wounded Sky First Nation, he finds his community in chaos––a series of murders, a mysterious illness ravaging the population, and reemerging questions about Cole's role in the tragedy that drove him away ten years ago.


YA Stories By and About Indigenous Peoples

Apple in the Middle

Apple Starkington turned her back on her Native American heritage the moment she was called a racial slur for someone of White and Indian descent, not that she really even knew how to be an Indian in the first place. Too bad the White world doesn't accept her either.  Bouncing in the middle of two cultures, Apple meets her Indian relatives, shatters Indian stereotypes, and learns what it means to find her place in a world divided by color.

Apple in the Middle

Dawn Quigley
(Juvenile Fiction - J Quigley)

Apple Starkington turned her back on her Native American heritage the moment she was called a racial slur for someone of White and Indian descent, not that she really even knew how to be an Indian in the first place. Too bad the White world doesn't accept her either.  Bouncing in the middle of two cultures, Apple meets her Indian relatives, shatters Indian stereotypes, and learns what it means to find her place in a world divided by color.


YA Stories By and About Indigenous Peoples

The Outside Circle

Two Indigenous Australian brothers surrounded by poverty, drug abuse, and gang violence try to overcome centuries of historic trauma in very different ways to bring about positive change in their lives. Powerful, courageous, and deeply moving, the book is drawn from the author's twenty years of work and research on healing and reconciliation of gang-affiliated or incarcerated Indigenous Australian men.

The Outside Circle

Patti Laboucane-Benson

Two Indigenous Australian brothers surrounded by poverty, drug abuse, and gang violence try to overcome centuries of historic trauma in very different ways to bring about positive change in their lives. Powerful, courageous, and deeply moving, the book is drawn from the author's twenty years of work and research on healing and reconciliation of gang-affiliated or incarcerated Indigenous Australian men.


YA Stories By and About Indigenous Peoples

This Place: 150 Years Retold

Explore the past 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators in this groundbreaking graphic novel anthology. Beautifully illustrated, these stories are an emotional and enlightening journey through Indigenous wonderworks, psychic battles, and time travel. See how Indigenous peoples have survived a post-apocalyptic world since Contact.

This Place: 150 Years Retold
- Various Authors
(Graphic Novels - GN This Place One Hundred Fifty Years Retold)

Explore the past 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators in this groundbreaking graphic novel anthology. Beautifully illustrated, these stories are an emotional and enlightening journey through Indigenous wonderworks, psychic battles, and time travel. See how Indigenous peoples have survived a post-apocalyptic world since Contact.


YA Stories By and About Indigenous Peoples

A Girl Called Echo: Pemmican Wars, Vol. 1

Echo Desjardins, a 13-year-old Métis girl adjusting to a new home and school, is struggling with loneliness while separated from her mother. When an ordinary day in Mr. Bee's history class turns extraordinary, Echo finds herself transported to another time and place––a bison hunt on the Saskatchewan prairie––and back again to the present. She visits a Métis camp, travels the old fur-trade routes, and experiences the perilous and bygone era of the Pemmican Wars.

A Girl Called Echo: Pemmican Wars, Vol. 1

Katherena Vermette
(Graphic Novels - GN Girl Called Echo v. 1)

Echo Desjardins, a 13-year-old Métis girl adjusting to a new home and school, is struggling with loneliness while separated from her mother. When an ordinary day in Mr. Bee's history class turns extraordinary, Echo finds herself transported to another time and place––a bison hunt on the Saskatchewan prairie––and back again to the present. She visits a Métis camp, travels the old fur-trade routes, and experiences the perilous and bygone era of the Pemmican Wars.


YA Stories By and About Indigenous Peoples

Love Beyond Body, Space and Time: An Indigenous LGBT Sci-Fi Anthology

This anthology of science fiction and urban fantasy stories stars First Nations and Metis characters with a LGBTQ+ and two-spirit theme.

Love Beyond Body, Space and Time: An Indigenous LGBT Sci-Fi Anthology

Hope Nicholson
- Editor
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Love)

This anthology of science fiction and urban fantasy stories stars First Nations and Metis characters with a LGBTQ+ and two-spirit theme.


YA Stories By and About Indigenous Peoples

The Handmaid's Tale

A look at the near future presents the story of Offred, a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, once the United States, an oppressive world where women are no longer allowed to read and are valued only as long as they are viable for reproduction.

The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood
(Adult Fiction - Atwood)

A look at the near future presents the story of Offred, a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, once the United States, an oppressive world where women are no longer allowed to read and are valued only as long as they are viable for reproduction.


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