April 22, 2021
Two sisters mourn their father's death after his plane crashes on a flight to the Dominican Republic.
S. K. Ali
Eighteen-year-old Muslims Adam and Zayneb meet in Doha, Qatar, during spring break and fall in love as both struggle to find a way to live their own truths.
Daunis, who is part Ojibwe, defers attending the University of Michigan to care for her mother and reluctantly becomes involved in the investigation of a series of drug-related deaths.
Worrying that his combination of such marginalizing qualities as being Black, queer and trans are too impossible to allow happiness, Felix turns vengeful in the face of transphobic hate messages before finding himself in a quasi-love triangle.
Planet Earth is occupied by aliens called the Ilori. Because human emotional expression is grounds for execution, books, music and art have all been outlawed, but when an alien finds 17-year-old Ellie's secret library, it changes things for both of them.
A newly graduated Mila emerges from foster care to accept a job on an isolated northern California coast farm where she confronts haunting memories and the traumas of her fellow residents.
A metaphorical tribute to the power of sisterhood in the face of domestic violence follows the experiences of a teen whose community ignores her father's escalating behavior, which forces her to choose between college ambitions and her siblings.
Yadriel, a trans boy, summons the angry spirit of his high school's bad boy and agrees to help him learn how he died, thereby proving himself a brujo, not a bruja, to his conservative family.
In 1846, a group of emigrants bound for California face a choice: continue on their planned route or take a shortcut into the wilderness. Eighty-nine of them opt for the untested trail and this novel in verse recounts the chilling survival tale from different perspectives.
Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
At 16 years old, Amal's future is upended when he is convicted of a crime he didn't commit and sent to prison. Despair and rage almost sink him until he turns to the refuge of his words and his art.
Trung Le Nguyen
It's hard enough trying to communicate with your parents as a kid, but Tien doesn't even have the right words because his parents are struggling with their English. Is there a Vietnamese word for what he's going through? Is there a way to tell them he's gay?
Gene Luen Yang
An introverted reader starts understanding local enthusiasm about sports in his school when he gets to know some of his talented athletic peers and discovers their stories are just as thrilling as the comics he loves.
Race-related anecdotes from the author's past are presented, and he weaves in his thoughts on why they were hurtful and how he might handle things differently now, in hopes of bringing more race awareness to Americans.
Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
TEEN 323.092 KHA
This is the story of how the movement that started with a hashtag-- #BlackLivesMatter-- spread across the nation and then the world and the journey that led one of its co-founders to this moment.
I am an adult services librarian who likes short walks to the fridge and long evenings at the park walking the dogs with my husband. To keep my imagination open, I read and watch a little of everything-- from crazy unreliable narrator thrillers to lighthearted rom-coms to fascinating nonfiction. I can be bribed with tacos.