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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…

via Narrative Nonfiction with Social Justice Themes Part II — The Hub

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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:

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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…

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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

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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!

Sequels

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

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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. 

 

We were guaranteed a free press, We were not guaranteed a neutral or a true press. We can celebrate the journalistic freedom to publish without interference from the state. We can also celebrate our freedom to share multiple stories through multiple lenses. But it has always been up to the reader or viewer to make…

via Truth, truthiness, triangulation: A news literacy toolkit for a “post-truth” world — NeverEndingSearch

20 Books to Inspire Social Change — The Hub

Teen Tech Week is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. Celebrate the next Teen Tech Week with the theme “Be the Source of Change,” March 5-11, 2017. Below you’ll…

via 20 Books to Inspire Social Change — The Hub

Novel-Writing November

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November is National Novel Writing Month. Why they picked November? I have no idea. November Novel Writing Month sounds better but I always wish it were in January. There are 31 days (not just 30) and the weather in most places in the US is really crappy. What better to do than write an amazing novel?

Well, it’s in November, a very hectic short month. So, let’s write. Join us in the Lower Library every Tuesday during 6th hour open lunch (sorry 9th and 10th graders). You can bring your lunch, check out a Chromebook from the library desk and WRITE! The best thing is we are all in this together, so we can share frustrations, share tidbits from our stories so far…this group can be whatever you make it.

Sign up at http://ywp.nanowrimo.org
Join our “class” Maroon Library, Access Code: TSCPQHOA

See you, November 1st!

 

Welcome, Zetta Elliott!

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Zetta Elliott is coming to Central High School! She will be speaking during 7th hour in the Library Lecture Hall on Thursday, October 20th. She is an author, poet & playwright. She has written essays on diversity (or lack thereof) in children and youth publishing. Check out her website here.

Check out her books @ your Maroon Library

A Wish After Midnight, Fiction Elliott
The Door at the Crossroads, Fiction Elliott
Ship of Souls, Fiction Elliott
The Deep, Fiction Elliott
Stranger in the Family, 810 Elliott
One Eye Open, Available on our Kindles

Sign up to attend the event @ your Maroon Library.
Thursday, October 20th, 7th hour in the Library Lecture Hall.

On Finding My Place in Fantasy — Diversity in YA

Look for this novel coming soon to your Maroon Library!

By Zoraida Córdova “Write what you know” is one of the most overused and debatable pieces of writing advice out there. When you’re from a marginalized community this becomes increasingly hard for a few reasons. First, if you write about your own communities (#Ownvoices), you face the burden of representing everyone all at once. The next…

via On Finding My Place in Fantasy — Diversity in YA

 

September 20th during YOUR lunch

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Bring your lunch and discuss the book I am Malala, Tuesday, September 20th!

Our first All School Reads event is September 20th during all three lunch periods. Freshman and Sophomore Students, sign up in the library to attend. You can get a copy of the book from the library or your English teachers.

Game of Thrones

There is nothing like the amazing series Game of Thrones, but if you like the series and the TV show these recommended reads are the next best thing and the inspirations for our new book display. Thanks YALSA!

WINTER IS COMING; I promise it is and it arrives on April 24th. Game of Thrones is very violent and very sexual; do teens watch really watch it? Yes! Some of them even watch it with their parents. Why is Game of Thrones so popular? It’s about maniacal kings and powerful women and dragons and war and…

via Booklist: YA Fiction for Fans of Game of Thrones — The Hub

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