Friday, February 19, 2016

Ready to Go Display: We Need Diverse Books

Welcome to our series, "Ready to Go!" Book Display. Once a month, we'll highlight the latest or greatest for every age group (Adults, Teens and Children) that you can promote within your library or order for your collection. 

Recommendations for Adults:

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (May 2004)
Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (May 2009)
Two sisters leave Shanghai to find new lives in 1930s Los Angeles. Follow up with the family in Dreams of Joy.

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (Sept 2002)

Calliope's friendship with a classmate and her sense of identity are compromised by the adolescent discovery that she is a hermaphrodite, a situation with roots in her grandparents' desperate struggle for survival in the 1920s.

Lazaretto by Diane McKinney (Apr 2016)
In the aftermath of the Civil War and Lincoln's assassination, the black life-in staff at the Lazaretto quarantine hospital - the first stop for immigrants who wish to begin new lives in Philadelphia - find the wedding preparations for one of their own marred by a shooting and its aftermath. 

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera (Jan 2016)
Juliet is leaving the Bronx after coming out to her family. In order to help figure out this whole "Puerto Rican lesbian" thing, she is interning with the author of her favorite book, the ultimate authority on feminism, women's bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Feb 2010)
Documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization and gene mapping

Recommendations for Teens:

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed (Mar 2015)
Naila's vacation to visit relatives in Pakistan turns into a nightmare when she discovers her parents want to force her to marry a man she's never met.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (Feb 2013)
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits - smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (Oct 2007)
Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture.

Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little (Nov 2014)
Devastated by her betrothal to a violent boy she does not love, Jayden is forced to accept her fate as her ancient Mesopotamian tribe moves to the Summer Lands, where she falls for a mysterious youth from the Southern Lands. Continue the story with Banished.

Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky (Nov 2014)
Grayson, a transgender twelve-year old, learns to accept her true identity and share it with the world.

Shadowshapers by Daniel Jose Older (June 2015)
When her summer plans are interrupted by creepy supernatural phenomena, Sierra and her artist friend uncover the work of a magic-wielding killer who believes Sierra's family is hiding a powerful secret.

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
In this reimagining of The Arabian Nights, Shahrzad plans to avenge the death of her dearest friend by volunteering to marry the murderous boy-king of Khorasan but discovers not all is as it seems within the palace. Continue the story with The Rose & The Dagger.

None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio (Apr 2015)
After being elected as homecoming queen and engaging in a first sexual encounter with her boyfriend, Kristen discovers that she is intersex and possesses male chromosomes, a diagnosis that is leaked to the whole school, throwing Kristin's entire identity into question.
Recommendations for Children:

Wonder by R.J. Palacio (Feb 2012)
Born with a facial deformity that initially prevented his attendance at public school, Auggie Pullman enters the fifth grade at Beecher Prep and struggles with the dynamics of being both new and different. Hear from the other characters in Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories.
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan (May 2002)
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (Sept 2011)
Having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, twelve-year-old Ben leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City, and meets there Rose, who is longing for something missing from her life. Ben's story is told in words; Rose's in pictures.

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look
A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything. Be sure to check out the entire series.

George by Alex Gino (Aug 2015)
Knowing herself to be a girl despite her outwardly male appearance, George is denied a female role in the class play before teaming up with a friend to reveal her true self.

Jacob's New Dress by Sarah Hoffman (Mar 2014)
Jacob, who likes to wear dresses at home, convinces his parents to let him wear a dress to school too.
Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford (Jan 2016)
A poetic tribute to a lesser-known event in African-American history describes how after working for more than six days, slaves in 19th-century New Orleans were permitted to congregate in Congo Square to sing, dance and put aside their trouble for a few hours.

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