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December 2016

Narrative Nonfiction with Social Justice Themes — The Hub (Part 1)

Just like the term literacy, social justice has many arms. And just like literacy, we can focus on pieces or the whole of the concept. In this post, we’re focused on narrative nonfiction and how people individually or collectively have pushed for equal rights. The books can be seen as a call to action or…

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Narrative Nonfiction with Social Justice Themes by The Hub

Previously, I shared a list of nonfiction that tackles issues related to social justice. But there’s not shortage of narrative nonfiction with social justice themes, so today I’m back with even more resources for teens These titles include biographies and historical nonfiction, and cover issues ranging from the denial of basic human rights in foreign countries…

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My Favorite books of 2016

I try to add all of the books I read in Goodreads. It is a great site that helps me keep track of everything I read or want to read. Each year, I create a shelf called “best of 2***” and when I love a book, I add it to the best of shelf for that year. I hope you can find something that interests you!

Grown Up Reads:


I love Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad Series and the new installment is one of her strongest yet. The main character is a biracial woman on the mostly all male and all Irish Murder Squad. You do not have to read the entire series because each book is a stand alone novel (with recurring characters throughout the series).

The Nightingale is set in France during World War II and the German Occupation. it tells the story of two sisters; one who has her house invaded by German Officers and the other who helps the Allies escape into Spain. Both women find ways to rebel while living with the enemy.

Americana is a novel that spans several years following two characters and their journey from Nigeria. One ends up in America and the other in England. It is an immigrant story full of ups and downs and interesting characters.

Social Justice Reads:

It is hard for me to ignore the injustice others face every day. Not everyone experiences the same America I experience. These books are helping me to see more clearly issues of race and gender. Check them out and open your eyes a little wider…


All American Boys is a timely novel told from two perspectives about the same event.

We Should All Be Feminists is a short but power essay on why women’s rights are important for everyone, not just women.

What We Saw was powerful to me because it shows how we chose to ignore things that happen around us and a challenge to look deeper and seek out the truth, no matter what the cost.

Young Adult Reads


Uprooted reminded me of all the fantasy books I loved as a teen. There is action, banter and some romance.

Starflight has all the qualities I love in books: space flight, action/adventure, and romance.

Bone Gap was not what I was expecting. The magical realism elements make this story a worthwhile read.

An Ember in the Ashes was the best fantasy book I read all year!


These stories continue books I have read in the past and liked. These sequels were just as good and the first story!


A Court of Mist and Fury went in a direction I rarely like in books but Sarah J. Maas pulls it off. This book has a lot more world-building and supporting characters with depth  and then end will make you wish you had #3 right away.

I loved Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Carry On brings Simon and Baz to life in their own book. It isn’t exactly like the canon story from Fangirl and it isn’t exactly Cath’s fan-fiction either, it is its own story and a great read!

A Torch Against the Night was a great continuation of the story An Ember in the Ashes. I am excited to see where the author goes with this series.

Summer Days and Summer Nights is a second set of stories edited by Stephanie Perkins with a group of new authors. Each story is unique and will have you dreaming of warmer weather. One story is a sequel to a story found in the first compilation called, My True Love Gave to Me. 


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