Anti-Racism Reading for Teens

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Gene Luen Yang, Lark Pien
Description: Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture. Presented in comic book format.
Call Number: YA FIC Yan
Format: Book
Date Added: May 14, 2021
Jennifer Latham
Description: "When Rowan finds a skeleton on her family's property, investigating the brutal, century-old murder leads to painful discoveries about the past. Alternating chapters tell the story of William, another teen grappling with the racial firestorm leading up to the 1921 Tulsa race riot, providing some clues to the mystery."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Lat
Format: Book
Date Added: May 14, 2021
Tiffany D. Jackson
Description: "When legendary R&B artist Korey Fields spots Enchanted Jones at an audition, her dreams of being a famous singer take flight. Until Enchanted wakes up with blood on her hands and zero memory of the previous night. Who killed Korey Fields? Before there was a dead body, Enchanted's dreams had turned into a nightmare. Because behind Korey's charm and star power was a controlling dark side. Now he's dead, the police are at the door, and all signs point to Enchanted"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Jac
Format: Book
Date Added: May 14, 2021
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
Kimberly Jones, Gilly Segal
Description: Told from two viewpoints, Atlanta high school seniors Lena and Campbell, one black, one white, must rely on each other to survive after a football rivalry escalates into a riot.
Call Number: YA FIC Jon
Format: Book
Date Added: May 14, 2021
Trevor Noah
Description: The comedian traces his coming of age during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed, offering insight into the farcical aspects of the political and social systems of today's world.
Call Number: YA B Noa
Format: Book
Date Added: May 14, 2021
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
Veera Hiranandani
Description: Shy twelve-year-old Nisha, forced to flee her home with her Hindu family during the 1947 partition of India, tries to find her voice and make sense of the world falling apart around her by writing to her deceased Muslim mother in the pages of her diary.
Call Number: YA FIC Hir
Format: Book
Date Added: May 14, 2021
Brandy Colbert
Description: The 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.-- Provided by Publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Col
Format: Book
Date Added: May 14, 2021
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
Morgan Parker
Description: 17-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"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Par
Format: Book
Date Added: May 14, 2021
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American Born Chinese
Gene Luen Yang, Lark Pien
YA FIC Yan
One Person, No Vote : How Not All Voters Are Treated Equally
Carol (Carol Elaine) Anderson, Tonya Bolden
YA 324.62 And
Dreamland Burning
Jennifer Latham
YA FIC Lat
Say Her Name
Zetta Elliott, Loveis Wise
YA 811 Ell
Grown
Tiffany D. Jackson
YA FIC Jac
Stamped [Audiobook] : Racism, Antiracism, And You
Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi
YA 305.8 Rey
Hope Nation : Ya Authors Share Personal Moments Of Inspiration
Rose Brock, David Levithan, Libba Bray, Angie Thomas
YA 158.128 Hop
Take The Mic : Fictional Stories Of Everyday Resistance
Bethany C. Morrow
YA FIC Tak
How I Resist : Activism And Hope For A New Generation
Maureen Johnson
YA 320 How
The Night Diary
Veera Hiranandani
YA FIC Hir
I'm Not Dying With You Tonight
Kimberly Jones, Gilly Segal
YA FIC Jon
The Voting Booth
Brandy Colbert
YA FIC Col
It's Trevor Noah : Born A Crime : Stories From A South African Childhood
Trevor Noah
YA B Noa
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
Light It Up
Kekla Magoon
YA FIC Mag
Watch Us Rise
Renée Watson, Ellen Hagan
YA FIC Wat
Long Way Down
Jason Reynolds
YA FIC Rey
Who Put This Song On?
Morgan Parker
YA FIC Par
On The Come Up
Angie Thomas
YA FIC Tho