A Very Large Expanse of Sea — Tahereh Mafi

TITLE: A Very Large Expanse of Sea AUTHOR: Tahereh Mafi RELEASED: October 16th, 2018; Harper Teen GENRE: Contemporary AGE RANGE: YA SYNOPSIS: It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped. Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can […]

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Born a Crime — Trevor Noah

TITLE: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood AUTHOR: Trevor Noah RELEASED: November 15th, 2016; Spiegel & Grau GENRE: Nonfiction AGE RANGE: Adult SYNOPSIS: The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime New York Times bestseller about one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from […]

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Long Way Down – Jason Reynolds

TITLE: Long Way Down AUTHOR: Jason Reynolds RELEASED: October 24th, 2017; Atheneum GENRE: Poetry/Contemporary AGE RANGE: YA SYNOPSIS: A cannon. A strap. A piece. A biscuit. A burner. A heater. A chopper. A gat. A hammer. A tool for the RULE. Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his […]

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The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

  TITLE: The Hate U Give AUTHOR: Angie Thomas PUBLISHED: Feb 28 2017; Balzer + Bray GENRE: Contemporary AGE RANGE: YA SYNOPSIS: Sixteen-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 […]

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Dear Martin – Nic Stone (ARC Review)

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut. Justyce 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 […]

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday #4

The goal of this meme is to take a moment every Thursday to highlight 3 diverse books: one from your TBR, one you read and enjoyed, and one that’s not yet released! I want to give you guys an idea of the rep each book offers, but with books that are still on my TBR, […]

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