Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

Amal Unbound tells the story of a twelve year old girl growing up in a small village in Pakistan. As the oldest in her family, it falls to Amal to Read more...

Posted by on May 7, 2020

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

“With enough time, you can get used to almost anything.” This book is a fictional story based on Ivan the Silverback, who lived out the end of his life in Read more...

Posted by on April 13, 2020

Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Fifteen-year-old Xiomara tires to be invisible. However with her body being “unhide-able” because it grew curves, and the quick fists she uses to defend herself and her twin brother, Xiomara Read more...

Posted by on February 20, 2020

Odd One Out by Nic Stone

Odd One Out tells the story of three teenagers dealing with sexuality, gender identity,  labels, and the pressures that come with each. Courtney, Rae, and Jupiter all get the opportunity Read more...

Posted by on February 6, 2020

Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen

“3:47 a.m. That’s when they arrive for Wren Clemmens. She’s hustled out of her house and into a waiting car, then a plane, and then taken on a forced march Read more...

Posted by on January 9, 2020

I am So Brave! by Stephen Krensky

Highly saturated colors come together with bold geometric shapes and a measured use of grain scatter textures to create extremely engaging illustrations in this empowering board book about facing your Read more...

Posted by on June 5, 2019

Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen

Nettie Lonesome has had a hard childhood. She was found abandoned in the desert by Mam and Pap, the two residents of Gloomy Bluebird that took her in. She is Read more...

Posted by on November 6, 2018

Up by Pete Docter

With an emotional opening, a dramatic journey, and feel-good ending full of warm fuzzies, Up is bound to appeal to viewers of any age.

Posted by on October 18, 2018

Joyride by Anna Banks

Carly and Arden know what their families' expect of them, but when a chance encounter leads them to each other, they realize that the only expectations that matter are their Read more...

Posted by on September 24, 2018

Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson

Carroll uses a grayscale palette to wonderful effect in this highly successful and modernized graphic novel adaptation of Anderson’s classic, and the accessible writing is all the more commanding due Read more...

Posted by on August 30, 2018

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

Through a series of letters written to her deceased mother, shy, quiet, twelve year-old Nisha tells the story of her family’s journey from the newly-formed Pakistan to India in the Read more...

Posted by on July 11, 2018

Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai

Twelve year-old Mai is not looking forward to summer vacation. Why? Her parents are forcing her to spend it accompanying her grandmother, Ba, to Vietnam, to visit family Mai has Read more...

Posted by on May 6, 2018

Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel

“You watch the world. I’m not sure you even live in it.” Fifteen-year-old Sarah’s boyfriend has just dumped her with these words, and she’s determined to prove him wrong.

Posted by on April 23, 2018

Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor

Juliet’s life is wonderful.  She’s got the family, the grades, and the boyfriend, and they’re all perfect.  That is, until her dad moves out and her mom overdoses on her Read more...

Posted by on January 11, 2018

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Anderson writes about Melinda’s experiences with authenticity and sincerity, creating a well-developed protagonist who is awkward, brooding, sarcastic – and damaged – and with whom readers will sympathize.

Posted by on October 5, 2017

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