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Mary Beth Leatherdale, Lisa Charleyboy
Description: Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America resound in this book. #Not Your Princess presents a collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art that combine to express the experience of being a Native woman. Stories of abuse, humiliation, and stereotyping are countered by the voices of passionate women making themselves heard and demanding change. Sometimes angry, often reflective, but always strong, the women in this book will give teen readers insight into the lives of women who, for so long, have been virtually invisible.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA 970.004 Not
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Kelly Jensen
Description: "An anthology of essays and illustrations that illuminate mental health topics in a straightforward way"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 616.89 Don
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Claire Hartfield
Description: "Examines the events and forces leading up to 1919 race riots in Chicago."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA ordered 013119
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Carlotta Walls LaNier, Lisa Frazier Page
Description: When 14-year-old Carlotta Walls walked up to Little Rock Central High School on September 25, 1957, she and eight other black students only wanted to make it to class. But the journey of the "Little Rock Nine" would lead the nation on an even longer and much more turbulent path, one that would challenge prevailing attitudes, break down barriers, and forever change America. Descended from a line of proud black landowners and businessmen, Carlotta was raised to believe that education was the key to success. After Brown v. Board of Education, the teenager volunteered to be among the first black students--she was the youngest--to integrate nearby Central High School. But getting through the door was only the first of many trials. This inspiring memoir is not only a testament to the power of one to make a difference but also of the sacrifices made by families and communities that found themselves a part of history.--From publisher description.
Call Number: 379.263 LaN
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Deborah Kops
Call Number: YA 324.623 Kop
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Sara Saedi
Description: At thirteen, Sara Saedi uncovered the family secret they were undocumented. Only two years old when her parents fled Iran, she didn't learn of her undocumented status until her older sister wanted to apply for an after-school job, but couldn't because she didn't have a Social Security number. Fear of deportation kept Sara up at night, but it didn't keep her from being a teenager. She desperately wanted a green card, along with clear skin, her own car, and a boyfriend. From discovering that her parents secretly divorced to facilitate her mother's green card application to learning how to tame her unibrow, Sara pivots gracefully from the terrifying prospect that she might be kicked out of the country to the almost-as-terrifying possibility that she might be the only one without a date to the prom.--From jacket flap.
Call Number: YA 305.8 Sae
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Sonia Manzano
Description: As one of America's most influential Hispanics--'Maria' on Sesame Street--delivers a coming-of-age memoir. Set in the 1950s in the Bronx, this is the story of a girl with a dream. Actress and writer Sonia Manzano plunges us into the daily lives of a Latino family that is loving--and troubled. This is Sonia's own story. When readers meet young Sonia, she is a child living amidst the squalor of a boisterous home that is filled with noisy relatives and nosy neighbors. Each day she is glued to the TV screen that blots out the painful realities of her existence and also illuminates the possibilities that lie ahead. But--click!--when the TV goes off, Sonia is taken back to real-life--the cramped, colorful world of her neighborhood and an alcoholic father. It is Sonia's dream of becoming an actress that keeps her afloat among the turbulence of her life and times. Spiced with culture, heartache, and humor, this memoir paints a portrait of a girl's resilience as she grows up to become an inspiration to millions--From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA B Man
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Bridget Heos
Description: "A history of modern forensic science from the first test for arsenic poisoning in the 1700s to criminal profiling, fingerprinting, blood splatter analysis, DNA evidence, and all the milestones in between"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA 363.25 Heo
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Karen Blumenthal
Description: Bonnie and Clyde: we've been on a first name basis with them for almost a hundred years. Immortalized in movies, songs, and pop culture references, they are remembered mostly for their storied romance and tragic deaths. But what was life really like for Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker in the early 1930s? How did two dirt-poor teens from west Texas morph from vicious outlaws to legendary couple? Karen Blumenthal traced the footsteps of Bonnie and Clyde, unearthing new information and debunking many persistent myths. The result is a breathtaking nonfiction tale of love, car chases, kidnappings, and murder set against the backdrop of the Great Depression.
Call Number: YA 920 Blu
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Elizabeth Partridge
Description: "An exploration of the Vietnam War from many different perspectives including an American soldiers, a nurse, and a Vietnamese refugee."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA 959.7043 Par
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Gail Jarrow
Description: In March 1900, San Francisco's health department investigated a strange and horrible death in Chinatown. A man had died of bubonic plague, one of the world's deadliest diseases. But how could that be possible? Bubonic Panic tells the true story of America's first plague epidemic--the public health doctors who desperately fought to end it, the political leaders who tried to keep it hidden, and the brave scientists who uncovered the plague's secrets. Gail Jarrow brings the history of a medical mystery to life for young readers.
Call Number: YA 614.5732 Jar
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
James L. Swanson
Description: Recounts the escape of John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln's assassin, and follows the intensive twelve-day search for him and his accomplices.
Call Number: J 973.7 Swa
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Phillip M. Hoose, Channie Waites
Description: In 1950s Montgomery, Alabama, teenager Claudette Colvin struggles to overcome the vast racial differences and segregation policies that have a stranglehold on the entire city.
Call Number: JB Col
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Margarita Engle
Description: In this memoir, Margarita Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War, written as a series of poems.--Amazon.com.
Call Number: YA 811 Eng
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Sungju Lee, Susan McClelland
Description: Every Falling Star, a book for a young audience, is the memoir of a North Korean boy named Sungju who is forced at age twelve to live on the streets and fend for himself. To survive, Sungju creates a gang and lives by thieving, fighting, begging, and stealing rides on cargo trains. Sungju re-creates his story, depicting what it was like for a boy alone to create a new family with his gang, his 'brothers'; to be hungry and to fear arrest, imprisonment, and even execution. Young readers learn about other cultures where freedoms they take for granted do not exist--From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA 951.9305 Lee
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Albert Marrin
Call Number: J 974.7 Mar
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Andrea Gonzales, Sophie Houser
Description: The teenage phenoms behind the viral video game Tampon Run share the story of their experience at Girls Who Code and their rise to fame, plus a look at starts-ups, women in tech, and the power of coding. This book includes bonus content to help you get started coding.
Call Number: YA 005.1 Gon
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Tanya Lee Stone
Description: Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls' education, created a film that chronicled the stories of nine girls in the developing world, allowing viewers the opportunity to witness how education can break the cycle of poverty. Now, author Tanya Lee Stone uses new research to illuminate the dramatic facts behind the film, focusing both on the girls captured on camera and many others.Follows girls who are coming of age in the developing world and confronting barriers to their education.
Call Number: YA 371.822 Sto
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Jarrett Krosoczka
Description: "In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett's life. His father is a mystery -- Jarrett doesn't know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents -- two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA 362.2913 Kro
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Marilyn Nelson, Hadley Hooper
Description: The author reflects on her childhood in the 1950s and her development as an artist and young woman through fifty poems that consider such influences as the Civil Rights Movement, the "Red Scare" era, and the feminist movement.
Call Number: YA 811 Nel
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Shane Burcaw
Description: "With acerbic wit and a hilarious voice, Shane Burcaw describes the challenges he faces as a twenty-one-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy. From awkward handshakes to having a girlfriend and everything in between, Shane handles his situation with humor and a "you-only-live-once" perspective on life. While he does talk about everyday issues that are relatable to teens, he also offers an eye-opening perspective on what it is like to have a life threatening disease"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA 617.482 Bur
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Susan Kuklin
Description: In their own voices--raw and uncensored--inmates sentenced to death as teenagers talk about their lives in prison, and share their thoughts and feelings about how they ended up there. Susan Kuklin also gets inside the system, exploring capital punishment itself and the intricacies and inequities of criminal justice in the United States.
Call Number: YA 364.66 Kuk
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Nadya Okamoto
Description: For centuries, periods have been a taboo subject. They're embarrassing. They're gross. And they are misunderstood. Okamoto shows that, because of these stigmas, a status quo has been established to exclude people who menstruate from the seat at the decision-making table. She aims to explain what menstruation is, shed light on the stigmas and resulting biases, and create a strategy to end the silence and prompt conversation about periods. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: YA 612.662 Oka
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Ibtihaj Muhammad
Description: Shares the life story of the Olympic fencer, including how she overcame feeling out of place in her sport and how she became the first American woman to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab.
Call Number: YA 796.86 Muh
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Sarah Prager, Zoë More O'Ferrall
Description: World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals -- and you've never heard of many of them. Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms. From high-profile figures to the gender-ambiguous queen to the bisexual blues singer who didn't make it into your history books, these true stories uncover a rich queer heritage that encompasses every culture, in every era.
Call Number: YA 306.766 Pra
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Dashka Slater
Description: "One teenager in a skirt. One teenager with a lighter. One moment that changes both of their lives forever. If 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." -- Amazon.com
Call Number: YA 364.1555 Sla
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Sonia Sotomayor
Description: An adaptation for middle graders based on the memoir, My Beloved World, in which the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor's details her achievements, which serve as a true testament to the fact that no matter the obstacles, dreams can come true.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA B Sot
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Mariatu Kamara, Susan McClelland
Call Number: B Kam
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Sarah Elizabeth Miller
Description: Examines the Borden murders, using newspaper articles to recreate the events and the trial and acquittal of Lizzie Borden and exploring Lizzie's story to theorize on what may have happened.
Call Number: YA 345.7302 Mil
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Reyna Grande
Description: "At the age of 8, Reyna Grande made the dangerous and illegal trek across the border from Mexico to the United States, and discovered that the American Dream is much more complicated that it seemed."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA B Gra
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
John Hendrix
Description: "Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party is gaining strength and becoming more menacing every day. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor upset by the complacency of the German church toward the suffering around it, forms a breakaway church to speak out against the established political and religious authorities. When the Nazis outlaw the church, he escapes as a fugitive, struggling to reconcile his faith and the teachings of the Bible with the Nazi Party's evil agenda, Bonhoeffer decides that Hitler must be stopped by any means possible."--Jacket flap.
Call Number: YA B Bon
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Candace Fleming, Kimberly Farr
Description: Here is the riveting story of the Russian Revolution as it unfolded. When Russia's last tsar, Nicholas II, inherited the throne in 1894, he was unprepared to do so. With their four daughters (including Anastasia) and only son, a hemophiliac, Nicholas and his reclusive wife, Alexandra, buried their heads in the sand, living a life of opulence as World War I raged outside their door and political unrest grew.
Call Number: YA 920 Fle
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Neal Bascomb
Description: Recounts how, sixteen years after the end of World War II, a team of undercover Israeli agents captured the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann, in a remote area of Argentina and brought him to trial in Israel for crimes committed during the Holocaust.
Call Number: J 364.15 Bas
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Steve Sheinkin
Description: Presents 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.
Call Number: J 940.54 She
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Lisa Charleyboy, Mary Beth Leatherdale
Description: Young, urban Natives share their diverse stories, shattering stereotypes and powerfully illustrating how Native culture and values can survive--and enrich--city life. --Publisher
Call Number: YA 305.8 Urb
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
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#NotYourPrincess: Voices Of Native American Women
Mary Beth Leatherdale, Lisa Charleyboy
YA 970.004 Not
Hey, Kiddo
Jarrett Krosoczka
YA 362.2913 Kro
(Don't) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start The Conversation About Mental Health
Kelly Jensen
616.89 Don
How I Discovered Poetry
Marilyn Nelson, Hadley Hooper
YA 811 Nel
A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riots Of 1919
Claire Hartfield
YA ordered 013119
Laughing At My Nightmare
Shane Burcaw
YA 617.482 Bur
A Mighty Long Way: My Journey To Justice At Little Rock Central High School
Carlotta Walls LaNier, Lisa Frazier Page
379.263 LaN
No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, And Teenagers On Death Row
Susan Kuklin
YA 364.66 Kuk
Alice Paul And The Fight For Women's Rights: From The Vote To The Equal Rights Amendment
Deborah Kops
YA 324.623 Kop
Period Power: A Manifesto For The Menstrual Movement
Nadya Okamoto
YA 612.662 Oka
Americanized: Rebel Without A Green Card: A Memoir
Sara Saedi
YA 305.8 Sae
Proud: Living My American Dream
Ibtihaj Muhammad
YA 796.86 Muh
Becoming Maria: Love And Chaos In The South Bronx
Sonia Manzano
YA B Man
Queer, There, And Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed The World
Sarah Prager, Zoë More O'Ferrall
YA 306.766 Pra
Blood, Bullets, And Bones: The Story Of Forensic Science From Sherlock Holmes To Dna
Bridget Heos
YA 363.25 Heo
The 57 Bus
Dashka Slater
YA 364.1555 Sla
Bonnie And Clyde: The Making Of A Legend
Karen Blumenthal
YA 920 Blu
The Beloved World Of Sonia Sotomayor
Sonia Sotomayor
YA B Sot
Boots On The Ground: America's War In Vietnam
Elizabeth Partridge
YA 959.7043 Par
The Bite Of The Mango
Mariatu Kamara, Susan McClelland
B Kam
Bubonic Panic: When Plague Invaded America
Gail Jarrow
YA 614.5732 Jar
The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden & The Trial Of The Century
Sarah Elizabeth Miller
YA 345.7302 Mil
Chasing Lincoln's Killer
James L. Swanson
J 973.7 Swa
The Distance Between Us
Reyna Grande
YA B Gra
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice [Audiobook]
Phillip M. Hoose, Channie Waites
JB Col
The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer And The Plot To Kill Hitler
John Hendrix
YA B Bon
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir
Margarita Engle
YA 811 Eng
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, And The Fall Of Imperial Russia [Audiobook]
Candace Fleming, Kimberly Farr
YA 920 Fle
Every Falling Star: The True Story Of How I Survived And Escaped North Korea
Sungju Lee, Susan McClelland
YA 951.9305 Lee
The Nazi Hunters: How A Team Of Spies And Survivors Captured The World's Most Notorious Nazi
Neal Bascomb
J 364.15 Bas
Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire And Its Legacy
Albert Marrin
J 974.7 Mar
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, And The Fight For Civil Rights
Steve Sheinkin
J 940.54 She
Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, And Getting It Done
Andrea Gonzales, Sophie Houser
YA 005.1 Gon
Urban Tribes: Native Americans In The City
Lisa Charleyboy, Mary Beth Leatherdale
YA 305.8 Urb
Girl Rising: Changing The World One Girl At A Time
Tanya Lee Stone
YA 371.822 Sto