SubjectsBook TitleAuthorGenreShort DescriptionLinkAge RangeAvailable at HW Library?
ImmigrantsAmericanizedSaedi, SaraAutobiographySars Saedi recounts her childhood growing up as an American daugher of Iranian defectors, only to later realize that she and her sister and undocumented, and their whole family has been living in the US as secret refugees without green cards.$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:923992/one?qu=americanized+saedi&dt=list
African American, Prejudice & RacismBrown Girl DreamingWoodson, JacquelineAutobiography, PoetryRaised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world.
Immigrant ExperiencesAmerican PandaChao, GloriaContemporary, Romance, HumorousA freshman at MIT, seventeen-year-old Mei Lu tries to live up to her Taiwanese parents' expectations, but no amount of tradition, obligation, or guilt prevent her from hiding several truths--that she is a germaphobe who cannot become a doctor, she prefers dancing to biology, she decides to reconnect with her estranged older brother, and she is dating a Japanese boy.15+
African American, Elections, PoliticsThe Voting BoothColbert, BrandyCotemporary, RomanceThe first year they are eligible to vote, Marva and Duke meet at their polling place and, over the course of one crazy day, fall in love.15+$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:1172724/one?qu=voting+booth+colbert&dt=list
Culturally diverse; LGBTQIA diversePet
Emezi, Akwaeke
FantasyIn a near-future society that claims to have gotten rid of all monstrous people, a creature emerges from a painting seventeen-year-old Jam's mother created, a hunter from another world seeking a real-life monster.13+
Children of Blood and BoneAdeyemi, TomiFantasy, DystopianThis highly rated dystopian fantasy novel allegorically explores themes of tyranny, otherness, genocide, and rebellion through the story of a government intent on removing magic (and all magical persons) through the world.
Social justice, systemic racismGhost BoysRhodes, Jewell ParkerGeneral FictionTwelve-year-old Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat. As a ghost, he observes the devastation that’s been unleashed on his family and community in the wake of what they see as an unjust and brutal killing. Soon Jerome meets another ghost: Emmett Till, a boy from a very different time but similar circumstances. Emmett helps Jerome process what has happened, on a journey towards recognizing how historical racism may have led to the events that ended his life. Jerome also meets Sarah, the daughter of the police officer, who grapples with her father’s actions.
PersepolisSatrapi, MarjaneGraphic Format AutobiographyPersepolis is the story of Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming--both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.
They Called Us EnemyTakei, GeorgeGraphic Format MemoirGeorge Takei recounts his childhood experiences as an Asian American forced to live in the Japanese Interment Camps during WWII America. He considers larger historical themes of inclusion, otherness, scapegoating, and the recursive nature of America's longheld issues with race and equality.
Dragon HoopsYang, Gene LuenGraphic Format MemoirGene Luen Yang turns the spotlight on his life, his family, and the high school where he teaches especially the high school's basketball team, the Dragons. "As Yang taps into subjects as varied as assimilation and discrimination in America...readers learn how this low-cost, indoor game leveled racial, gender, and international boundaries to attain global prominence." --
School Library Journal, starred review
Almost American Girl: An Illustrated MemoirHa, RobinGraphic Format MemoirA powerful and moving teen graphic novel memoir about immigration, belonging, and how arts can save a life--perfect for fans of American Born Chinese and Hey, Kiddo.13+$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:1145468/one?qu=almost+american+girl+robin+ha&dt=list
African American, Civil RightsMarch, Books 1-3Lewis, JohnGraphic Format, MemoirThrough this graphic novel series, Civil Rights activist and future senator John Lewis recounts the major events of the civil rights era through the eyes of SNCC student protestors, the NAACP, and the protestors who stood against them to maintain a segregated society
I Am Alfonso JonesMedina, TonyGraphic NovelThe 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.13+$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:912051/one?qu=TITLE%3Di+am+alfonso+jones&qu=AUTHOR%3Dmedina
New KidCraft, JerryGraphic NovelSeventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds--and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?9-12
ResistanceJablonski, CarlaGraphic Novel, Historical FictionPaul and Marie’s bucolic French country town is almost untouched by the ravages of WWII, but the siblings still live in the shadow of war. Their father is a Prisoner of War, kept hostage by the Germans. When their friend Henri’s parents disappear and Henri goes into hiding because of his Jewish ancestry, Paul and Marie realize they must take a stand. But how can they convince the French Resistance that even children can help in their fight against injustice?
No Crystal StairNelson, Vaunda MicheauxHistorical Fiction, Biographical FictionTold by a banker that he should sell fried chicken rather than books, since "Negroes don't read", Lewis Michaux defies the odds to build Harlem's National Memorial African Bookstore, an intellectual center and gathering place from 1939 to 1975.13+
Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights CasePowell, Patricia HrubyHistorical Fiction, Novel in VerseWritten in blank verse, the story of Mildred Loving, an African American girl, and Richard Loving, a Caucasian boy, who challenge the Viriginia law forbidding interracial marriages in the 1950s.14+
Bullying, HealthPositiveRawl, PaigeMemoirPaige Rawl was born with HIV, but because of a dedicated mother and support network of medical professionals, she never knew that there was anything strange about her childhood. That is until her condition becomes known among her peers at school, and a betrayal from her best friend leads to a rampant wave of ignorance, hatred, and outright harassment within her school community.
Islam, Sports, Prejudice & RacismBecoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court
Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem & Obstfeld, RaymondNonfictionFrom a childhood made difficult by racism and prejudice to a record-smashing career on the basketball court as an adult, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's life was packed with ""coaches"" who taught him right from wrong and led him on the path to greatness. His parents, coaches Jack Donahue and John Wooden, Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee, and many others played important roles in Abdul-Jabbar's life and sparked him to become an activist for social change and advancement. The inspiration from those around him, and his drive to find his own path in life, are highlighted in this personal and awe-inspiring journey.$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:919493/one?qu=becoming+kareem&rt=false%7C%7C%7CTITLE%7C%7C%7CTitle
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives
Slater, DashkaNonfictionIf it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.
#Never AgainHogg, David & Hogg, LaurenNonfictionStudent activists and survivors of the Parkland HS shooting massacre recount their experiences following the disaster, the media circus that ensued, and their pursuit for justice through the American legal system. Students share heartbreakingly vivid descriptions of the event that turned their lives onto a new path, and their vision for the future of American schools.$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:970180/one?qu=%23never+again+hogg&dt=list
How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial DivideFleming, Crystal M.NonfictionSociologist Crystal M. Fleming provides a take on everything that’s wrong with our “national conversation about race.” Drawing upon critical race theory, as well as her own experiences as a queer black millennial college professor and researcher, Fleming unveils how systemic racism exposes us all to racial ignorance—and provides a road map for transforming our knowledge into concrete social change.$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:1000632/one?qu=how+to+be+less+stupid+fleming&dt=list
African Americans, Civil RightsStolen Justice: The Struggle for African American Voting RightsGoldstone, LawrenceNonfictionFollowing the Civil War, the Reconstruction era raised a new question to those in power in the US: Should African Americans, so many of them former slaves, be granted the right to vote? In a bitter partisan fight over the legislature and Constitution, the answer eventually became yes, though only after two constitutional amendments, two Reconstruction Acts, two Civil Rights Acts, three Enforcement Acts, the impeachment of a president, and an army of occupation. Yet, even that was not enough to ensure that African American voices would be heard, or their lives protected. White supremacists loudly and intentionally prevented black Americans from voting -- and they were willing to kill to do so. In this portrait of the systematic suppression of the African American vote, author Lawrence Goldstone traces the injustices of the post-Reconstruction era through the eyes of incredible individuals, both heroic and barbaric, and examines the legal cases that made the Supreme Court a partner of white supremacists in the rise of Jim Crow.13+
They Called Themselves The K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist GroupBartoletti, Susan CampbellNonfiction, HistoryTells the story of the six friends whose club, the Ku Klux Klan, grew into the self-proclaimed Invisible Empire with secret dens spread across the South. This nonfiction book uses personal accounts, congressional documents, diaries, and more to explain how a secret terrorist group took root in America’s democracy.$002f$002fERC_35_95$002f0$002fOVERDRIVE:afaed507-9662-425c-8235-6e2fea10c564/one?qu=called+themselves+the+kkk+bartoletti&dt=list
A Young People's History of the United States: Columbus to the War on TerrorZinn, HowardNonfiction, HistoryThis book brings to US history the viewpoints of workers, slaves, immigrants, women, Native Americans, and others whose stories, and their impact, are rarely included in books for young people.
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and RedemptionStevenson, BryanNonfiction, MemoirThe founder of the Equal Justice Initiative tells the true story of the EJI and one of its first clients, a young black man who was sentenced to death for a murder he didn’t commit.

*see attatched comment for differences between the YA and Adult versions*
Young Adult:
14+ // 12+
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African ChildhoodNoah, TrevorNonfiction, MemoirTrevor Noah reflects on his life, the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.Adult:
Young Adult:
14+ // 11+
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition)Yousafzai, Malala & McCormick, PatriciaNonfiction, MemoirMalala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause: She was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school. Now Malala is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. In this Young Readers Edition of her memoir, we hear firsthand the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world -- and did.
NightWiesel, ElieNonfiction, MemoirElie Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald. Night is the terrifying record of Elie Wiesel's memories of the death of his family, the death of his own innocence, and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confronting the absolute evil of man.
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil RightsSheinkin, SteveNonfiction; HistoryPresents an account of the 1944 civil rights protest involving hundreds of African-American Navy servicemen who were unjustly charged with mutiny for refusing to work in unsafe conditions after the deadly Port Chicago explosion.12+
TransgenderLily & DunkinGephart, DonnaRealistic FictionA young trans girl is struggling to find acceptance from her father and her community. She befriends a new boy at school (Dunkin) who has his own struggles with identity and family. Despite a genuine like for Lily. Dunkin struggles with pressure at from other kids at school, and must "pick a side"
The OutsidersHinton, S.E.Realistic FictionThe Outsiders is about two weeks in the life of a 14-year-old boy. The novel tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for "social") has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he's always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers--until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy's skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser.
The Hate U GiveThomas, AngieRealistic FictionSixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Dear MartinStone, NicRealistic FictionJustyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.
The Skin I'm InFlake, Sharon G.Realistic FictionMiss Saunders, whose skin is blotched with a rare skin condition, serves as a mirror to Maleeka Madison's struggle against the burden of low self-esteem that many black girls face when they're darker skinned. Miss Saunders is tough and through this, Maleeka learns to stand up to tough-talking Charlese.
All American BoysReynolds, JasonRealistic FictionThat’s the sidewalk graffiti that started it all…Well, no, actually, a lady tripping over Rashad at the store, making him drop a bag of chips, was what started it all. Because it didn’t matter what Rashad said next—that it was an accident, that he wasn’t stealing—the cop just kept pounding him. Over and over, pummeling him into the pavement. So then Rashad, an ROTC kid with mad art skills, was absent again…and again…stuck in a hospital room. Why? Because it looked like he was stealing. And he was a black kid in baggy clothes. So he must have been stealing.
Islam, Muslims, FaithDoes My Head Look Big in This?Abdel-Fattah, RandaRealistic FictionSixteen-year-old Amal makes the decision to start wearing the hijab full-time and everyone has a reaction. Her parents, her teachers, her friends, people on the street. But she stands by her decision to embrace her faith and all that it is, even if it does make her a little different from everyone else.$002f$002fERC_35_95$002f0$002fOVERDRIVE:5c2b4263-5b98-4b29-b0b4-34b1bf8a702b/one?qu=does+my+head+look+big+randa
Watch Us RiseHagan, Ellen & Watson, ReneeRealistic FictionJasmine and Chelsea are sick of the way women are treated even at their progressive NYC high school, so they decide to start a Women's Rights Club. They post everything online—poems, essays, videos of Chelsea performing her poetry, and Jasmine's response to the racial macroaggressions she experiences—and soon they go viral. But with such positive support, the club is also targeted by online trolls. When things escalate, the principal shuts the club down. Jasmine and Chelsea will risk everything for their voices—and those of other young women—to be heard.$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:1021300/one?qu=watch+us+rise+hagan&dt=list
LGBTQIA diverseGracefully GraysonPolonsky, AmiRealistic FictionGrayson Sender has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: "he" is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender's body. The weight of this secret is crushing, but sharing it would mean facing ridicule, scorn, rejection, or worse. Despite the risks, Grayson's true self itches to break free. Will new strength from an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher's wisdom be enough to help Grayson step into the spotlight she was born to inhabit?$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:95518/one?qu=gracefully+grayson&dt=list&rt=false%7C%7C%7CTITLE%7C%7C%7CTitle
Piecing Me TogetherWatson, ReneeRealistic FictionTired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.13+
BlendedDraper, SharonRealistic FictionPiano-prodigy Isabella, eleven, whose black father and white mother struggle to share custody, never feels whole, especially as racial tensions affect her school, her parents' both become engaged, and she and her stepbrother are stopped by police.10-13
The Only RoadDiaz, AlexandraRealistic FictionTwelve-year-old Jaime makes the treacherous journey from his home in Guatemala to his older brother in New Mexico after his cousin is murdered by a drug cartel"-9-12$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:116041/one?qu=only+road+diaz&dt=list
LGBT, African Americans, Transgender, BullyingFelix Ever AfterCallender, KacenRealistic FictionFelix Love, a transgender seventeen-year-old, attempts to get revenge by catfishing his anonymous bully, but lands in a quasi-love triangle with his former enemy and his best friend. 14+
African Americans, RacismThis is my AmericaJohnson, KimRealistic FictionWhile writing letters to Innocence X, a justice-seeking project, asking them to help her father, an innocent black man on death row, teenaged Tracy takes on another case when her brother is accused of killing his white girlfriend.12+$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:1172454/one?qu=this+my+america+kim+johnson&dt=list
African Americans, Race RelationsLight it UpMagoon, KeklaRealistic FictionTold from multiple viewpoints, Shae Tatum, an unarmed, thirteen-year-old black girl, is shot by a white police officer, throwing their community into upheaval and making it a target of demonstrators.14+$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:1090739/one?qu=kekla+magoon+light+it+up&dt=list
African Americans,SlayMorris, BrittneyRealistic FictionAn honors student at Jefferson Academy, seventeen-year-old Keira enjoys developing and playing Slay, a secret, multiplayer online role-playing game celebrating black culture, until the two worlds collide.13+
Anger is a GiftOshiro, MarkRealistic FictionSix years ago, Moss Jefferies' father was murdered by an Oakland police officer. Along with losing a parent, the media's vilification of his father and lack of accountability has left Moss with near crippling panic attacks. Now, in his sophomore year of high school, Moss and his fellow classmates find themselves increasingly treated like criminals in their own school. New rules. Random locker searches. Constant intimidation and Oakland Police Department stationed in their halls. Despite their youth, the students decide to organize and push back against the administration. When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.14+
Tyler Johnson Was HereColes, JayRealistic FictionWhen Marvin Johnson's twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid. The next day Tyler is missing, and it's up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels, mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.14+
Who Put this Song On?Parker, MorganRealistic Fiction17-year-old Morgan is a black teen triumphantly figuring out her identity when her conservative town deems depression as a lack of faith, and blackness as something to be politely ignored.13+
The Only Black Girls in TownColbert, BrandyRealistic FictionThe only two black girls in town discover a collection of hidden journals, revealing shocking secrets of the past.9-12
Dominican Americans, Faith, PoetryThe Poet XAcevedo, ElizabethRealistic Fiction, Novel in VerseA young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.
Long Way DownReynolds, JasonRealistic Fiction, Novel in VerseDriven by the secrets and vengeance that mark his street culture, 15-year-old Will contemplates over the course of 60 psychologically suspenseful seconds whether or not he is going to murder the person who killed his brother.13+
Home of the BraveApplegate, KatherineRealistic Fiction, poetryKek is a refugee from Africa who comes to America on his own. In Africa, Kek lived with his mother, father, and brother. But only he and his mother have survived, and now she's missing. As Kek awaits word of his mother's fate, he weathers the tough Minnesota winter by finding warmth in his new friendships, strength in his memories, and belief in his new country.$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:69778/one?qu=home+of+the+brave+applegate&dt=list
Black enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in Americaedited by: Zoboi, IbiShort StoriesEdited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi, and featuring some of the most acclaimed bestselling Black authors writing for teens today—Black Enough is an essential collection of captivating stories about what it’s like to be young and Black in America.13+
All Out: the no-longer-secret stories of queer teens throughout the agesedited by Saundra MitchellShort Stories, Historical FictionTake a journey through time and genres and discover a past where queer figures live, love and shape the world around them. Seventeen young adult authors across the queer spectrum have come together to create a collection of diverse historical fiction for teens. From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a transgender soldier, to an asexual girl discovering her identity amid the 1970s roller-disco scene, this collection of short stories crosses cultures and time periods to shed light on an area of history often ignored or forgotten.13+
Color outside the lines: stories about loveedited by Sangu MandannaShort Stories, RomanceAn anthology of short stories exploring interracial and other relationships, in which differences are front and center, but may or may not matter.14+$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:1096057/one?qu=color+outside+the+lines+sangu&dt=list
Crime, Human traffickingDisappearedStork, Francisco X.Suspense, Thriller, Four months ago Sara Zapata's best friend, Linda, disappeared from the streets of Juarez, and ever since Sara has been using her job as a reporter to draw attention to the girls who have been kidnapped by the criminals who control the city, but now she and her family are being threatened--meanwhile her younger brother, Emiliano, is being lured into the narcotics business by the promise of big money, and soon the only way for both of them to escape is to risk the dangerous trek across the desert to the United States border.13+