Issues, Concerns, Questions

The Hate U Give

After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Thomas)

After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

Antiracist Books for Teens

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

Jason Reynolds conjures ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, and weaves them into one funny, poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life.

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

Jason Reynolds
(Juvenile Fiction - Reynolds)

Jason Reynolds conjures ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, and weaves them into one funny, poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life.

Antiracist Books for Teens

Pet

There are no monsters anymore. In the city of Lucille, Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their life. Then Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colors and claws, who emerges from one of her mother's paintings and a drop of Jam's blood. Pet has come to hunt a monster-- and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption's house. How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist? 

Pet
Pet

Akwaeke Emezi
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Emezi)

There are no monsters anymore. In the city of Lucille, Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their life. Then Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colors and claws, who emerges from one of her mother's paintings and a drop of Jam's blood. Pet has come to hunt a monster-- and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption's house. How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist? 

Antiracist Books for Teens

New Kid

After his parents send him to a prestigious private school known for its academics, Jordan Banks finds himself torn between two worlds.

New Kid

Jerry Craft
Graphic Novels - GN Craft New Kid

After his parents send him to a prestigious private school known for its academics, Jordan Banks finds himself torn between two worlds.

Antiracist Books for Teens

March: Book 1

March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

March: Book 1

John Lewis
Graphic Novels - GN 921 Lewis Lew

March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

Antiracist Books for Teens

Henri’s Scissors

As an old man, Matisse becomes ill, unable to paint, he begins cutting shapes from paper and dives into the process, allowing his shapes to grow with his imagination.

Henri’s Scissors

Jeanette Winter
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 750.92 Matisse Win)

As an old man, Matisse becomes ill, unable to paint, he begins cutting shapes from paper and dives into the process, allowing his shapes to grow with his imagination.

Differing Abilities

A Girl Like That

In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, sixteen-year-old half-Hindu/half-Parsi Zarin Wadia is the class troublemaker and top subject for the school rumor blogs, regularly leaving class to smoke cigarettes in cars with boys, but she also desperately wants to grow up and move out of her aunt and uncle's house, perhaps realizing too late that Porus, another non-Muslim Indian who risks deportation but remains devoted to Zarin, could help her escape.

A Girl Like That

Tanaz Bhathena
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Bhathen)

In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, sixteen-year-old half-Hindu/half-Parsi Zarin Wadia is the class troublemaker and top subject for the school rumor blogs, regularly leaving class to smoke cigarettes in cars with boys, but she also desperately wants to grow up and move out of her aunt and uncle's house, perhaps realizing too late that Porus, another non-Muslim Indian who risks deportation but remains devoted to Zarin, could help her escape.

Relationships, Dating, and Tough Stuff

What I Leave Behind

Since his father's suicide, Will, sixteen, has mainly walked, worked at Dollar Only, and tried to replicate his father's cornbread recipe, but the rape of his childhood friend shakes things up.

What I Leave Behind

Alison McGhee
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Mcghee)

Since his father's suicide, Will, sixteen, has mainly walked, worked at Dollar Only, and tried to replicate his father's cornbread recipe, but the rape of his childhood friend shakes things up.

Relationships, Dating, and Tough Stuff

Girl Made of Stars

Mara and Owen are as close as twins can get, so when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn't know what to think. Can her brother really be guilty of such a violent act? Torn between her family and her sense of right and wrong, Mara feels lost, and it doesn’t help that things are strained with her ex-girlfriend, Charlie.

Girl Made of Stars

Ashley Blake
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Blake)

Mara and Owen are as close as twins can get, so when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn't know what to think. Can her brother really be guilty of such a violent act? Torn between her family and her sense of right and wrong, Mara feels lost, and it doesn’t help that things are strained with her ex-girlfriend, Charlie.

Relationships, Dating, and Tough Stuff

Starfish

Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin.

Starfish

Akemi Dawn Bowman
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Bowman)

Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin.

Relationships, Dating, and Tough Stuff

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