By Tillie Walden (YA B Wald)
For ten years, figure skating was Tillie Walden's life. And she hated it. But as she switched schools, got into art, and fell in love with her first girlfriend, she began to question how the close-minded world of figure skating fit in with the rest of her life.
By Brad Meltzer (YA B Gand)
As a young man in India, Gandhi saw firsthand how people were treated unfairly. Refusing to accept injustice, he came up with a brilliant way to fight back through quiet, peaceful protest. Gandhi changed the lives of millions and inspired civil rights movements all over the world, proving that the smallest of us can be the most powerful.
By Katie Green (YA 616.8526 Gree)
Like most kids, Katie was a picky eater. She'd sit at the table in silent protest, hide uneaten toast in her bedroom, and listen to parental threats that she'd have to eat it for breakfast. But in any life a set of circumstance can collide, and normal behavior might soon shade into something sinister, something deadly.
By Shelley Tanaka (YA Tana)
Young Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan. Because Parvana's father has a foreign education, he is arrested by the Taliban. Women cannot appear in public unless covered head to toe, go to school, or work outside the home, so the family becomes increasingly desperate until Parvana conceives a plan.
By Damian Duffy (YA Butl, Fic Duff)
In Octavia E. Butler's bestselling literary science-fiction masterpiece, Kindred, “Dana, a young black writer, can't explain how she is transported across time and space to a plantation in Maryland. But she does quickly understand why: to deal with the troubles of Rufus, a conflicted white slaveholder--and her progenitor.
By Penelope Bagieu (YA 920.72 Bagi)
With her characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Penelope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, the stories in this comic biography are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.
By Juliana “Jewels” Smith (YA Smit)
When gentrification strikes the neighborhood surrounding Ronald Reagan University, Naima Pepper recruits a group of disgruntled undergrads of color to launch the first and only anti-gentrification social networking site, mydiaspora.com. The motley crew is poised to fight back against expensive avocado toast, muted Prius cars, exorbitant rent, and cultural appropriation.
By Nidhi Chanani (YA Chan)
Indian-American teen, Priyanka "Pri" Das, attempts to reconnect with her mother's homeland through a magical pashmina shawl. Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India? Who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri's mom avoids these questions and the topic of India is permanently closed.
By Eoin Colfer (YA Colf)
Ebo is alone. His brother, Kwame, has disappeared, and Ebo knows it can only be to attempt the hazardous journey to Europe, and a better life, the same journey their sister set out on months ago. But Ebo refuses to be left behind in Ghana.
By Melanie Gillman (YA Gill)
A queer, black teenager finds herself stranded in a dangerous and unfamiliar place: an all-white Christian youth backpacking camp.
By Tony Medina (YA Medi)
The ghost of fifteen-year-old Alfonso Jones travels in a New York subway car full of the living and the dead, watching his family and friends fight for justice after he is killed by an off-duty police officer while buying a suit in a Midtown department store.
By Samya Kullab (YA Kull)
A fictionalized account of a family fleeing war-torn Syria after their home in Aleppo is destroyed. They endure wretched refugee camps, ocean crossings, swindlers - all to find safety in the West.
By Sandra Levins (YA Levi)
A coming-of-age coming out story, a lesson on marriage equality, and historical fiction about a gay man in the military.
By Özge Samanci (YA B Sama)
As a child in Izmir, Turkey in the 1980s and 90s, Özge Samanci watched as her country struggled between its traditional religious heritage and the new secular westernized world. Özge struggled to figure out the place where she belonged, too. Her older sister was a perfect student but Özge was a dreamer and wanted adventure.
By Brian David Johnson (YA John)
Liz feels alone after returning to her small town New Hampshire home from her tour in Iraq and soon gets trapped in a downward spiral of flashbacks and blackout drinking. When Liz's on-again-off-again boyfriend, Ben, almost hits a stray dog things start to change. Brutus might just be the only thing that can bring her back from the brink.