Anti-racism reading for Teens

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Shannon Gibney
Description: "Spanning two centuries and two continents, Dream Country is the story of five generations of young people caught in a spiral of death and exile between Liberia and the United States."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Gib
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 10, 2020
Rose Brock, David Levithan, Libba Bray, Angie Thomas
Description: A collection of essays and original stories by some of today's most influential young adult authors that speaks directly to teens on how to find hope and comfort in today's turbulent society.
Call Number: YA 158.128 Hop
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 10, 2020
Maureen Johnson
Description: In How I Resist, readers will find hope and support through voices that are at turns personal, funny, irreverent, and instructive. Not just for a young adult audience, this impactful collection will appeal to readers of all ages who are feeling adrift and looking for guidance.
Call Number: YA 320 How
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 10, 2020
Kekla Magoon
Description: A girl walks home from school. She's tall for her age. She's wearing her winter coat. Her headphones are in. She never makes it home. In the aftermath, while law enforcement tries to justify the response, one fact remains: a police officer has shot and killed Shea Tatum, an unarmed thirteen-year-old black girl. The community is thrown into upheaval, leading to unrest, a growing movement to protest the senseless taking of black lives, and the arrival of white supremacist counter demonstrators. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: YA FIC Mag
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 10, 2020
Jason Reynolds
Description: As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.
Call Number: YA FIC Rey
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 10, 2020
Angie Thomas
Description: As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time--and has massive shoes to fill. She's been labeled a hoodlum at school, and the fridge at home is empty after her mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral --for all the wrong reasons. Portrayed by the media as a menace, Bri makes a choice--and becomes the very thing the public has made her out to be. The odds are stacked against her, and freedom of speech isn't always free. -- Adapted from jacket
Call Number: YA FIC Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 10, 2020
Carol (Carol Elaine) Anderson, Tonya Bolden
Description: Chronicles the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote since the Supreme Court's 2013 Shelby ruling, which allowed districts to change voting requirments without approval from the Department of Justice.
Call Number: YA 324.62 And
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 10, 2020
Zetta Elliott, Loveis Wise
Description: "Inspired by the #SayHerName campaign launched by the African American Policy Forum, these poems pay tribute to victims of police brutality as well as the activists insisting that Black Lives Matter. Elliott engages poets from the past two centuries to create a chorus of voices celebrating the creativity, resilience, and courage of Black women and girls." -- amazon.com
Call Number: YA 811 Ell
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 10, 2020
Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi
Description: A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism and antiracism in America. The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes listeners on a race journey from then to now, shows them why they feel how they feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited. Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative, this audiobook shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas, and on ways listeners can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.
Call Number: YA 305.8 Rey
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jun 10, 2020
Bethany C. Morrow
Description: A young adult anthology featuring fictional stories of everyday resistance. You might be the kind of person who stands up to online trolls. Or who marches to protest injustice. Perhaps you are #DisabledAndCute and dancing around your living room, alive and proud. Or perhaps you are the trans mentor that you wish you had when you were younger. Maybe you call out false allies, or stand up to loved ones. Maybe you speak your truth and drop the mic, or maybe you take it with you when you leave. This anthology features fictional stories--in poems, prose, and art--that reflect a slice of the varied and limitless ways that readers like you resist every day.
Call Number: YA FIC Tak
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 10, 2020
Elizabeth Acevedo
Description: Harlem. Ever since her body grew into curves, Xiomara Batista has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. She pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers--especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. Mami is determined to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, and Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. When she is invited to join her school's slam poetry club, she can't stop thinking about performing her poems.
Call Number: YA FIC Ace
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 10, 2020
Tiffany Jewell, Aurélia Durand
Description: This book is written for the young person who doesn't know how to speak up to the racist adults in their life. For the 14 year old who sees injustice at school and isn't able to understand the role racism plays in separating them from their friends. For the kid who spends years trying to fit into the dominant culture and loses themselves for a little while. It's for all of the Black and Brown children who have been harmed (physically and emotionally) because no one stood up for them or they couldn't stand up for themselves; because the color of their skin, the texture of their hair, their names made white folx feel scared and threatened. It is written so children and young adults will feel empowered to stand up to the adults who continue to close doors in their faces. This book will give them the language and ability to understand racism and a drive to undo it. In short, it is for everyone.
Call Number: YA 305.8 Jew
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 10, 2020
Renée Watson, Ellen Hagan
Description: Jasmine and Chelsea are best friends on a mission--they're 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 their work online--poems, essays, videos of Chelsea performing her poetry, and Jasmine's response to the racial microaggressions she experiences--and soon they go viral. But with such positive support, the club is also targeted by trolls. When things escalate in real life, the principal shuts the club down. Not willing to be silenced, Jasmine and Chelsea will risk everything for their voices--and those of other young women--to be heard. These two dynamic, creative young women stand up and speak out in a novel that features their compelling art and poetry along with powerful personal journeys that will inspire readers and budding poets, feminists, and activists.
Call Number: YA FIC Wat
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 10, 2020
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Dream Country
Shannon Gibney
YA FIC Gib
Say Her Name
Zetta Elliott, Loveis Wise
YA 811 Ell
Hope Nation : Ya Authors Share Personal Moments Of Inspiration
Rose Brock, David Levithan, Libba Bray, Angie Thomas
YA 158.128 Hop
Stamped [Audiobook] : Racism, Antiracism, And You
Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi
YA 305.8 Rey
How I Resist : Activism And Hope For A New Generation
Maureen Johnson
YA 320 How
Take The Mic : Fictional Stories Of Everyday Resistance
Bethany C. Morrow
YA FIC Tak
Light It Up
Kekla Magoon
YA FIC Mag
The Poet X
Elizabeth Acevedo
YA FIC Ace
Long Way Down
Jason Reynolds
YA FIC Rey
This Book Is Anti-racist : 20 Lessons On How To Wake Up, Take Action, And Do The Work
Tiffany Jewell, Aurélia Durand
YA 305.8 Jew
On The Come Up
Angie Thomas
YA FIC Tho
Watch Us Rise
Renée Watson, Ellen Hagan
YA FIC Wat
One Person, No Vote : How Not All Voters Are Treated Equally
Carol (Carol Elaine) Anderson, Tonya Bolden
YA 324.62 And