Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
BIOGRAPHY TEEN ANDERSON
Inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published twenty years ago, Laurie Halse Anderson has written a poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless. In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she's never written about before.
Almost American Girl by Robin Ha
BIOGRAPHY GRAPHIC TEEN HA
For as long as she can remember, it's been Robin and her mom against the world. Growing up as the only child of a single mother in Seoul, Korea, wasn't always easy, but it has bonded them fiercely together. So when a vacation to visit friends in Huntsville, Alabama, unexpectedly becomes a permanent relocation – following her mother's announcement that she's getting married – Robin is devastated. Then one day Robin's mother enrolls her in a local comic drawing class, which opens the window to a future Robin could never have imagined.
Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez
SF TEEN IBAÑEZ
Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used an ancient relic to summon ghosts and drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Now Ximena's motivated by her insatiable thirst for revenge, and her rare ability to spin thread from moonlight.
Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby
SF TEEN RUBY
When Frankie's mother died and her father left her and her siblings at an orphanage in Chicago, it was supposed to be only temporary – just long enough for him to get back on his feet and be able to provide for them once again. That's why she is not prepared for the day that he arrives for his weekend visit with a new woman on his arm and out-of-state train tickets in his pocket. Now Frankie and her sister, Toni, are abandoned alongside so many other orphans.
Surviving the City by Tasha Spillett and Natasha Donovan
GRAPHIC TEEN SURVIVING
When Dez's grandmother becomes too sick, Dez is told she can't stay with her anymore. With the threat of a group home looming, Dez can't bring herself to go home and disappears. Will Dez's community find her before it's too late? Colonialism and the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit People are explored in Natasha Donovan's beautiful illustrations.