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The first thing about you

Author(s):

Hayden, Chaz

Description:

When fifteen-year-old Harris moves with his family from California (home of beautiful-but-inaccessible beaches) to New Jersey (home of some much-hyped pizza and bagels), he's determined to be known as more than just the kid in the powered wheelchair. Armed with his favorite getting-to-know-you question ("What's your favorite color?"), he'll weed out the incompatible people--the greens and the purples, people who are too close to his own blue to make for good friends--and surround himself with outgoing yellows, adventurous oranges, and even thrilling reds. But first things first: he needs to find a new nurse, stat, so that his mom doesn't have to keep accompanying him to school. Enter Miranda, a young nursing student who graduated from Harris's new high school. Beautiful, confident, and the perfect blend of orange and red, Miranda sees Harris for who he really is--funny, smart, and totally worthy of the affections of Nory Fischer, the cute girl who's in most of his classes. With Miranda at his side, Harris soon befriends geeky Zander (yellow) and even makes headway with Nory (who stubbornly refuses to reveal her favorite color). But Miranda is fighting her own demons, and Harris starts to wonder if she truly has his best interests at heart.

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YA FIC Hay

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Dead flip

Author(s):

Farizan, Sara

Description:

Growing up, Cori, Maz, and Sam were inseparable best friends, sharing their love for Halloween, arcade games, and one another. Now it's 1992, Sam has been missing for five years, and Cori and Maz aren't speaking anymore. How could they be, when Cori is sure Sam is dead and Maz thinks he may have been kidnapped by a supernatural pinball machine? These days, all Maz wants to do is party, buy CDs at Sam Goody, and run away from his past. Meanwhile, Cori is a homecoming queen, hiding her abiding love of horror movies and her queer self under the bubblegum veneer of a high school queen bee. But when Sam returns--still twelve years old while his best friends are now seventeen--Maz and Cori are thrown back together to solve the mystery of what really happened to Sam the night he went missing. Beneath the surface of that mystery lurk secrets the friends never told one another, then and now. And Sam's is the darkest of all...

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YA FIC Far

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The life and crimes of Hoodie Rosen

Author(s):

Blum, Isaac

Description:

Hoodie Rosen's life isn't that bad. Sure, his entire Orthodox Jewish community has just picked up and moved to the quiet, mostly non-Jewish town of Tregaron, but Hoodie's world hasn't changed that much. He's got basketball to play, studies to avoid, and a supermarket full of delicious kosher snacks to eat. The people of Tregaron aren't happy that so many Orthodox Jews are moving in at once, but that's not Hoodie's problem. That is, until he meets and falls for Anna-Marie Diaz-O'Leary -- who happens to be the daughter of the obstinate mayor trying to keep Hoodie's community out of the town. And things only get more complicated when Tregaron is struck by a series of antisemitic crimes that quickly escalate to deadly violence. As his community turns on him for siding with the enemy, Hoodie finds himself caught between his first love and the only world he's ever known.

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Call Number:

YA FIC Blu

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Lark & Kasim start a revolution

Author(s):

Callender, Kacen

Description:

Lark Winters wants to be a writer, and for now that means posting on their social media accounts--anything to build their platform. When former best friend Kasim accidentally posts a thread on Lark's Twitter declaring his love for a secret, unrequited crush, Lark's tweets are suddenly the talk of the school--and beyond. To protect Kasim, Lark decides to take the fall, pretending they accidentally posted the thread in reference to another classmate. It seems like a great idea: Lark gets closer to their crush, Kasim keeps his privacy, and Lark's social media stats explode. But living a lie takes a toll--as does the judgment of thousands of Internet strangers. Lark tries their best to be perfect at all costs, but nothing seems good enough for the anonymous hordes--or for Kasim, who is growing closer to Lark, just like it used to be between them. In the end, Lark must embrace their right to their messy emotions and learn how to be in love.

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YA FIC Cal

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My nest of silence

Author(s):

written and illustrated by Matt Faulkner

Description:

A graphic novel/prose hybrid which tells the story of a young Japanese American man who leaves his family in the Manzanar internment camp to fight in the European theater during World War II, and of his ten-year-old sister who, frustrated over her brother risking his life for the government that imprisoned them, decides to stop talking until he returns.

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Call Number:

YA FIC Fau

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Monarch rising

Author(s):

Harper Glenn

Description:

Today is the day Jo Monarch has been wishing for her entire life. It's the day of the Line Up, when she could be selected to leave her life in the Ashes behind, where she could move across the mountains to a glittering, rich future. Once Jo is plucked from the Line Up, the real test begins. She still needs to impress the New Georgia Reps at tonight's Gala, When a riot breaks out back in the Ashes the night of the Gala, Jo's dreams might all go up in smoke. Can she really have everything she's ever wished for... when it means leaving all her loved ones behind in the fire?

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YA FIC Gle

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Suck it in and smile

Author(s):

Laurence Beaudoin-Masse

Description:

Every day, Ellie motivates her thousands of followers to become the best versions of themselves by posting videos of exercise routines and high-protein breakfast recipes. Far from the shy teenager that she was, she is now in a very public relationship with a singer. She has succeeded. She shines. And yet, Ellie worries that her life is not as flawless as she makes it seem on YouTube and Instagram. Between her obsession with weight, her growing attraction to another man, her family's disdain for her career as a content creator, and a collaboration with another influencer who Ellie can't stand, she wonders, what if, by trying to become everything she wanted to be, she's lost herself along the way?

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Call Number:

YA FIC Bea

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A heartbeat away from you

Author(s):

Ann M. Miller

Description:

After a daredevil play on the baseball field leads to a 4-minute long cardiac arrest, 17-year-old Ali Benton is lucky to be alive. Now she wants to make the most of her second chance--and she's not going to let anything slow her down. Between school clubs and working two jobs, Max Delaney has got every second of every day planned. His childhood nemesis, Ali, doesn't figure into any of them. When her overprotective father offers him cash to keep an eye on her and steer her away from baseball, his plans change. Opposites attract, and before long, sparks fly, but the secrets they've been keeping threaten to tear them apart.

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YA FIC Mil

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Buckhead. Volume one

Author(s):

Shobo

Description:

What strange secrets lie in the mysterious town of Buckhead, USA? An Afrofuturist series from Shobo Coker and George Kambadais that blends the immigrant experience, African myth, and weird science in Small Town USA. Toba and his mother, a renowned scientist, have just immigrated to the US from Nigeria. But instead of living in the Big City like Toba always dreamed, they've moved to a sleepy little town in the Pacific Northwest called Buckhead. Hidden away in the basement of the school, Toba and his newfound friends discover a strange video game--a perfect replica of Ancient Benin and its people. Soon, Toba is on the run from men in black after witnessing strange experiments, disappearances, and a mind-controlling tattoo that everyone in town seems to have. As Toba and his friends chase down a vast conspiracy with connections to another world in the fight to save their parents, they soon uncover the ancient terror that's behind it all. Will they be able to work together and save their parents (and Buckhead) before it's too late?

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Call Number:

YA FIC Sho

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Over my dead body

Author(s):

Boo, Sweeney

Description:

"One day, everything was exactly as it was supposed to be. And the next, the closest thing Abby ever had to a sister, Noreen, was just... gone. Distracted by the annual preparations for the Samhain festival, Abby's classmates are quick to put Noreen's disappearance aside. The Coven will find her, Abby's friends say. They have it under control. But Abby can't let it go. Soon a search for answers leads her down a rabbit hole that uncovers more secrets than Abby can handle. As mounting evidence steers her toward the off-limits woods that surround the academy, she begins to see that Noreen's disappearance mysteriously has a lot in common with another girl who went missing all those years ago" -- Amazon.

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Call Number:

YA FIC Boo

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That summer night on Frenchmen Street

Author(s):

Clarkson, Chris

Description:

Being there for her family is the most important thing to Jessamine Monet. And her family is complicated. Her twin brother Joel has a secret boyfriend, and her transgender cousin Solange is flourishing, despite the disapproval of Solange's dying mother. Yet Jessamine doesn't mind being caught up in family drama. Being busy keeps the water at bay -- the water of memories, of Katrina, of past trauma. So when Tennessee Williams -- a rich white boy named after the writer -- asks her out, she hesitantly says yes. He'll be like a library book, she figures, something to read and return. Falling for him is another burden she can't afford to carry. Tennessee has always lived his life at the mercy of his mom's destructive creativity and his dad's hypermasculine expectations. Jessamine's caring and aloof nature is a surprisingly welcome distraction. While she fights her attraction to him, Tennessee is pulled into her inner family circle and develops a friendship with Joel's boyfriend, Saint Baptiste. Together Saint and Tennessee bond over the difficulty of loving the emotionally unavailable Monet twins. As senior year progresses, old traumas and familial pressures rise higher than hurricane waves. Can this group of friends make peace with each other, their families, and most importantly, with themselves? A modern-day young adult take on Breakfast at Tiffany's.

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Call Number:

YA FIC Cla

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What's coming to me

Author(s):

Padilla, Francesca

Description:

In the seaside town of Nautilus, Minerva Gutiérrez absolutely hates her job at the local ice cream stand, where her sexist boss makes each day worse than the last. But she needs the money: kicked out of school and stranded by her mom's most recent hospitalization, she dreams of escaping her dead-end hometown. When an armed robbery at the ice cream stand stirs up rumors about money hidden on the property, Min teams up with her neighbor CeCe, also desperate for cash, to find it. The bonus? Getting revenge on her boss in the process. If Minerva can do things right for once--without dirty cops, suspicious co-workers, and an ill-timed work crush getting in her way--she might have a way out...as long as the painful truths she’s been running from don’t catch up to her first.

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Call Number:

YA FIC Pad

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Baby teeth : a novel in verse

Author(s):

Grehan, Meg

Description:

It starts when Claudia offers her a yellow rose. Immy has been in love before--many times, across many lifetimes. But never as deeply, as intensely as this. Claudia smells like paint and peppermint tea. She wears her hair in a plait, and has a green thumb, and Immy is utterly besotted. Claudia has never been in love like this either. But then, this is her first time with a vampire. But a love like this can't last. The forbidden thirst for blood runs deep in Immy. And within her mind clamour the voices, of all the others she has been, their desires, and their wrongs.

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YA FIC Gre

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The valkyrie's daughter

Author(s):

Warner, Tiana

Description:

From the time she was born, Sigrid has only ever been ordinary. Being paired at birth with a plain horse--instead of the powerful winged mare of a valkyrie--meant there would be no warrior path for her. No riding the skies, no glory among the nine worlds. Just the simple, unremarkable life of a stable hand. Everything changes when a terrible enemy ambushes Vanaheim and Sigrid sees a vision of herself atop a mythical stallion, leading the valkyries into a harrowing battle. Finally, she can grab her future with her own two hands and become the hero of her own story...if she dares. But her destiny is tied up with Mariam, a fallen valkyrie who’s allied herself with the very enemy Sigrid is trying to stop. Now Sigrid has left ordinary behind as she begins a journey with the beautiful--if treacherous--valkyrie, each step bringing her closer to answers...and to awakened feelings for Mariam. Only, the life Sigrid has escaped may have been paradise compared to the one she’s racing toward. Because her destination is the realm of the dead: the gates of Hel.

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Call Number:

YA FIC War

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Beating heart baby

Author(s):

Min, Lio

Description:

Seventeen-year-old Santiago Arboleda has had his heart broken only one time, and it was all his fault. When he accidentally leaked his friend Memo's song and it became and overnight hit, Memo disappeared. Three years later, Santi arrives in Los Angeles determined to move on. Thankfully, his new school and its marching band welcome him with open arms. All except for musical prodigy Suwa. But when Santi realizes that Suwa is trans and Suwa realizes Santi takes it in stride, both boys begin to let their guards down and their friendship quickly takes on the red-hot blush of a mutual crush. Just as Santi is feeling settled in this new life, he begins to realize he knows both more and less of Suwa's story than he's been told. Their fragile fresh start threatens to rip apart at the seems when Suwa is offered the chance to step into the spotlight he's always denied himself.

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Call Number:

YA FIC Min

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Boys I know

Author(s):

Gracia, Anna

Description:

"June Chu is the 'just good enough' girl. Good enough to line the shelves with a slew of third-place trophies and steal secret kisses from her AP Bio partner, Rhys. But not good enough to meet literally any of her Taiwanese mother's unrelenting expectations or to get Rhys to commit to anything beyond a well-timed joke. While June's mother insists she follow in her (perfect) sister's footsteps and get a (full-ride) violin scholarship to Northwestern (to study pre-med), June doesn't see the point in trying too hard if she's destined to fall short anyway. Instead, she focuses her efforts on making her relationship with Rhys 'official.' But after her methodically planned, tipsily executed scheme explodes on the level of a nuclear disaster, she flings herself into a new relationship with a guy who's not allergic to the word girlfriend" -- Publisher's description.

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YA FIC Gra

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Big lies : from Socrates to social media

Author(s):

Mark Kurlansky
illustrated by Eric Zelz

Description:

Big lies are told by governments, politicians, and corporations to avoid responsibility, cast blame on the innocent, win elections, disguise intent, create chaos, and gain power and wealth. Big lies are as old as civilization; they corrupt public understanding and discourse, turn science upside down, and reinvent history. The future stewards of our world require a how-to manual for seeing through big lies and thinking critically, because big lies require believers, and democracy depends on independent thought.

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Book

Call Number:

YA 177.3 Kur

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Carved in ebony : lessons from the Black women who shape us

Author(s):

Jasmine L. Holmes

Description:

Jasmine Holmes shares the significant role that Black women have played in the formation of our faith. As these historical figures take the stage, you will be inspired by what the stories of these women can teach us about education, birth, privilege, and more. These women lived faithful and influential lives in a world that was filled with injustice. They worked to change laws, built schools, spoke to thousands, and shared the Gospel all around the world.

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Book

Call Number:

YA 277.3 Hol

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Walk boldly : empowerment toolkit for young Black men

Author(s):

M.J. Fievre

Description:

Embrace the color of your skin and celebrate your identity. Finding the courage to live freely and authentically is not easy. This black teen book is designed to help you facilitate your creative drive, promote positive self-awareness, and boost your inner strength. It is full of wisdom from Black male trailblazers who have accomplished remarkable things. M.J. Fievre tackles a variety of relevant topics, such as family and friends, school and careers, and stereotypes. This book helps you to build and boost your self-esteem with powerful affirmations and stories from Black male role models.

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Book

Call Number:

YA 305.235 Fie

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Better than we found it : conversations to help save the world

Author(s):

Frederick Joseph (Activist)
Porsche Joseph

Description:

Every generation inherits the problems created by the ones before them, but no generation will inherit as many problems--as many crises--as the current generation of young people. From the devastations of climate change to the horrors of gun violence, from rampant transphobia to the widening wealth gap, from the lack of health care to the lack of housing, the challenges facing the next generation can feel insurmountable. Change, even revolution, is possible if you know where to start. With 16 topics and more than 24 interviews with prominent activists, authors, actors, and politicians, this resource is for those who want to make the world better than we found it.

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Call Number:

YA 320 Jos

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Asylum seekers : hope and disappointment on the border

Author(s):

Patricia Sutton

Description:

The asylum system in America is broken. Each journey to asylum is unique. Some travelers meet with success, while many wait for years in the US or other countries for their cases to be heard, all the while their lives on hold.

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Book

Call Number:

YA 323.631 Sut

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More than money : how economic inequality affects everything

Author(s):

Hadley Dyer
Mitchell Bernard
illustrations by Paul Gill

Description:

Economic inequality affects everybody. No matter how rich or poor you are, economic inequality impacts every aspect of your life--the place where you live, the opportunities you experience, the healthcare you get, the education you receive. This book breaks down why the rich seem to be getting richer while the rest of us are struggling to just get by. With vivid, energetic illustrations, graphs and charts, and tips for how to investigate topics of interest, readers learn the most important issues and ideas in economics to better understand the consequences of inequality.

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Book

Call Number:

YA 339.22 Dye

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A field guide to mermaids

Author(s):

Emily B. Martin

Description:

Few mythical creatures are more instantly recognizable or more mysterious than mermaids. Whether seen perched on a rock at the water's edge or spied only as a dim outline beneath the waves, mermaids have long fascinated sailors, scientists, storytellers, and surprised onlookers alike. This field guide introduces the many species of mermaids native to the United States. With an eye toward the preservation of our natural habitats, Emily B. Martin reveals the never-before-told stories of the mermaids who share our waters in this enchanting and beautifully illustrated guidebook

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Call Number:

YA 398.21 Mar

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Inuunira : my story of survival

Author(s):

Brian Koonoo
illustrations by Ben Shannon

Description:

In this harrowing survival story, Brian Koonoo takes off on a hunting trip in Canada's Arctic. After his snowmobile breaks down, his GPS loses signal, and his camping fuel runs low, Brian is left alone to survive for 7 days. He experiences close encounters with planes, blizzards, and hunger, all while much of his gear is lost, and walking 60 kilometers in search of safety. He uses the knowledge his father and Elders taught him--modern and traditional means of navigation, finding water, making shelters, and keeping his spirits up--to continue on.

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Book

Call Number:

YA 613.69 Koo

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Attention deficit : how technology has hijacked our ability to concentrate

Author(s):

Stuart A. Kallen

Description:

Ever since the first smartphones were introduced in 2008, they have been blamed for causing what might be called a distraction pandemic.

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Book

Call Number:

YA 616.8584 Kal

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Getting help : coping with and overcoming mental illness

Author(s):

Carla Mooney

Description:

Mental illnesses are brain-based conditions that affect emotions, thinking, and behavior. Mental health impacts every part of life and is essential to overall health. Young adults and their mental health have been hit particularly hard during the coronavirus pandemic. With treatment, many people can find relief from their symptoms and live a gratifying life.

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Book

Call Number:

YA 616.89 Moo

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Problem solvers : 15 innovative women engineers and coders

Author(s):

P. J. (Patricia J.) Hoover

Description:

When these 15 women coders and engineers face impossible problems, they don't quit--they find solutions. They are all doing amazing work in technical fields while overcoming unique challenges not equally faced by male colleagues. Engineering and coding have typically been considered men's fields of study, but these innovative women are showing that problem solving with science and math is everyone's field, and it's time for the world to see powerful women succeeding in it.

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Book

Call Number:

YA 620 Hoo

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Solar power

Author(s):

Robyn Hardyman

Description:

Readers will find out why we burn fossil fuels, the harm it is causing, and why evolution in the solar power industry could make it a powerful weapon in the fight to create a sustainable future. Another title in the Energy Evolutions series.

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Book

Call Number:

YA 621.3124 Har

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Fracking

Author(s):

Robyn Hardyman

Description:

Can fracking be a clean, green, and safe way to power our lives? Discover the answer to this critical question and find out how sustainability is being achieved through science as the energy industry evolves in its quest to find solutions to our energy crisis. In this inspiring science book readers will find out why we burn fossil fuels, the harm it is causing, and why evolution in the fracking industry could make it a powerful weapon in the fight to create a sustainable future. Another title in the Energy Evolutions series.

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Call Number:

YA 622.3383 Har

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Buildings that breathe : greening the world's cities

Author(s):

Nancy F. Castaldo

Description:

Urban planners, architects, and scientists are developing high-rise forests that seek to balance human activity and natural regeneration. Discover how green infrastructure will transform the urban landscape and how we think about our future.

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Book

Call Number:

YA 628 Cas

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Creature : paintings, drawings, and reflections

Author(s):

Shaun Tan

Description:

Drawing on twenty-five years as a picture book and comic creator, painter, designer and filmmaker, Shaun Tan explores his central obsession with imaginary beings. This volume collects stand-alone drawings and paintings, each with unwritten tales of their own.

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Book

Call Number:

YA 741.64 Tan

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Black Internet effect

Author(s):

Shavone Charles

Description:

Musician and technology phenom Shavone Charles explores how curiosity and nerve led her from a small college in California, to some of the most influential spaces in the tech world: from Google to Twitter to eventually landing a spot on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Grateful for being the first in many spaces, but passionate about being neither the last nor the only, Charles tells her story in the hopes of guiding others and shaping a future where people, particularly women of color, feel empowered to make space for themselves and challenge society's status quos. Part of the Pocket Change Collective.

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Call Number:

YA 791.46 Cha

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Inaugural ballers : the true story of the first US women's Olympic basketball team

Author(s):

Andrew Maraniss

Description:

Andrew Maraniss tells the inspirational true story of the birth of women's Olympic basketball at the 1976 Summer Games and the ragtag team that put US women's basketball on the map.

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Call Number:

YA 796.323 Mar

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Walking Gentry home : a memoir of my foremothers in verse

Author(s):

Alora Young

Description:

A story in verse of Alora Young's ancestors, from the unnamed women the historical record has forgotten but Alora brings to life through imagination; to Amy, the first of her foremothers to arrive in Tennessee, buried in an unmarked grave unlike the white man who enslaved her and fathered her child; through Alora's great-grandmother Gentry, unhappily married at fourteen; to her own mother, the teenage beauty queen rejected by her white neighbors; down to Alora in the present day as she leaves childhood behind and becomes a young woman. This book gives voice to those most often muted: Black girls and women in America.

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Call Number:

YA 811 You

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Heroines, rescuers, rabbis, spies : unsung women of the Holocaust

Author(s):

Sarah Silberstein Swartz

Description:

Discover nine ordinary women who took extraordinary measures to save lives during the Holocaust, resisting terror and torture while undercover or in hiding, in concentration camps, in forests, and in exile. Overlooked by history, they leapt from fear to action with bravery that deserves recognition.

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Call Number:

YA 940.5318 Swa

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Hanged! : Mary Surratt & the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln

Author(s):

Sarah Miller

Description:

The story of Mary Surratt, the first woman to be executed by the US government for her alleged involvement in the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln.

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Book

Call Number:

YA 973.7 Mil