Bi-racial high school senior Emoni Santiago balances school with her job and raising her two-year-old daughter in Philadelphia. Her supportive abuela helps develop Emoni's love of cooking, but Emoni also knows that to pursue culinary school is impossible. In the end, Emoni has no choice but to follow her passion, no matter the obstacles.
Set in the near-future United States, Muslim Americans are being taken to internment camps, which followed book burnings, curfews, and mandatory viewing of the new president's national security addresses. Seventeen-year-old Layla Amin watches with contempt at the complicity of the community and her own parents who accept their current plight. She makes friends both within and outside the camp intent on starting a revolution that will end the violence...
Presents a memoir in poems from the author about her horrible experience as a thirteen-year-old, when she was raped by a boy she trusted. Offers poetic narration of what happened and how she found a path to recovery and now works and writes and advocates for other sufferers and survivors of sexual assault of any kind.
"In a future world ravaged by global warming, people have lost the ability to dream, and the dreamlessness has led to widespread madness. The only people still able to dream are North America's indigenous population - and it is their marrow that holds the cure for the rest of the world. But getting the marrow - and dreams - means death for the unwilling donors. Driven to flight, a 15-year-old and his companions struggle for survival, attempt to reunite...
When a cyberbully sends the entire high school a picture of basketball hero Bijan Majidi photo-shopped to look like a terrorist, the school administration promises to find and punish the culprit, but Bijan just wants to pretend the incident never happened and move on.
A memoir written and illustrated by Jarrett Krosoczka, who describes growing up with an addict mother, a missing father, and two loving, opinionated grandparents who raised him into his teen years. Describes how Krosoczka relied on his art to express himself and to survive the ups and downs of life.
In 2002, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl named Shirin starts over at yet another high school, having dealt with the prejudice and abuse that followed the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. She copes with the anti-Islamic animosity by turning to music and break-dancing. She meets Ocean James, who comes from a very different background, but really seems to want to get to know her. But she's had the walls up for so long, she doesn't know if she...
"Three Mexican-Americans--Juan, JD, and Fabi--each try to overcome their individual struggles as they all grapple with how to make a better life for themselves when it seems like brown lives don't matter"--
While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.
Sixteen-year-old gay African-American student Moss Jeffries feels stuck in his run-down West Oakland High School. Still mourning the death of his father, shot by police years earlier, a violent incident at his school prompts Moss to channel his simmering anger into community activism against a corrupt authority system.
After her mother's suicide, fifteen-year-old Leigh travels to Taiwan where she finally meets the grandparents she never knew and comes to terms with her mother's death. As she immerses herself the culture, she finds signs and hidden meanings all around her, and begins to believe that her mother has been reincarnated as a giant red bird.
Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.
In a future world where all hunger, disease, war, misery, and even death have been conquered, to keep the population from becoming unsustainable, the scythes are the only agents with the legal authority to kill people. Teens Citra and Rowan are chosen to be apprentice scythes, a role neither wants, but they have no choice--if they do not master the "art" of ending life, they might lose their own.
In a near-future New York City where a service alerts people on the day they will die, teenagers Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio meet using the Last Friend app and are faced with the challenge of living a lifetime on their End Day.
Chronicles a young lawyer's founding of the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice committed to defending the poor, women and children, and the wrongly condemned, and the ways in which he was transformed by his first case, that of a man sentenced to die for a murder he claimed he didn't commit.
High school senior Rico wants to get out of her routine of being an afternoon-shift cashier at the local gas station and then having to go directly home to take care of her younger brother. One day she sells someone a lottery ticket, and she remembers the numbers when the winning number is announced. As the days go by and that customer never claims the prize, Rico teams up with an unlikely partner--her popular and rich classmate Zan--to find the ticket...
Prince Sebastian has a secret--he loves to wear women's dresses and go out at night in Paris. His best friend and dressmaker Frances is his secret weapon, but while she keeps Sebastian's secret, she puts off pursuing her own dreams. Includes a glimpse inside the author's process with images of the script and sketches.