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Ikenga

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ISBN: 9780593113523
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 18th, 2020

Ikenga reads like a blend between a folk tale and a Marvel origin story (no wonder why, since brilliant author Okorafor is also creator of more than a few Wakandan comics). When Nnamdi discovers a way to tap into incredible powers, justice is at the forefront of his mind – but he learns that the line between hero and bad guy is thinner than he could’ve imagined.

Leila


The Death of Vivek Oji

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780525541608
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 4th, 2020

 

The way these characters and this family unfold around you is both exhilarating and tender. There's a feeling of both incredible momentum and a peaceful stillness that should be at odds with each other in one book, yet they dovetail together to celebrate the mingled beauty and terror of life and mortality, in particular one life: that of the unique and wonderful and tragic Vivek Oji.

Leila


Take a Hint, Dani Brown

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ISBN: 9780062941237
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Published: Avon - June 23rd, 2020

The kind of romance that befriends you right away – perfect for reading cover-to-cover in a sun patch. Bonus: you can buy the audiobook on Libro.fm to have one more thing in common with sweet Zafir, a former rugby player with general anxiety and a love of romances-on-tape.

Leila


Stamped

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Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316453691
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

Jason Reynold's "Stamped Jr" is a great resource for kids and adults who want to talk to kids about the systemic racism rooted in our country's history. Reynolds weaves together historical moments (some that students may have studied in other contexts, others totally new) in a way that connects them to a larger picture and to today. His playful asides make it feel far from textbook reading; perfect for at-home study. Highly recommend the audiobook from Libro.fm - you'll really feel like you're hanging out with Jason Reynolds in your living room!

Leila


If I Had Your Face

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ISBN: 9780593129463
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 21st, 2020

Frances Cha's debut is completely transporting. Featuring four women who live in the same building in Seoul, it's a glimpse into four very different lives intertwining as each faces the challenges and expectations of social and economic hierarchy in modern Korean culture. Fascinating and vivid.

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Creatures of Will & Temper

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ISBN: 9781328710260
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Published: John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books - November 14th, 2017

 

This lush retelling of The Portrait of Dorian Gray, centering on two opposite-as-can-be sisters in Victorian London, has it all: fencing, a secret society of extreme hedonists, demon summoning and demon slaying, mysterious uncles, queer romance...if your taste is at all like mine, you're probably already halfway to the register.

 

Leila


Let's Be Weird Together

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ISBN: 9781523507733
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - December 10th, 2019

 

 

From the creator of the eminently adorable Instagram account @sadanimalfacts (featuring such tragic true tidbits as, ‘rhinos make a squeaking sound to call for their friends when they’re lost’). This wonderful, all-inclusive celebration of the weirdness of love features notable couples through history, animal courting rituals, and all the strange things we do when we’re half of a pair. I’m tossing you a softball here, folks: get this sweet, silly book for your partner for in lieu of the Hallmark card. Or for yourself, if you’re a single, hopeless romantic like me!

Leila


Juliet Takes a Breath

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ISBN: 9780593108178
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Published: Dial Books - September 17th, 2019

 

I think the blurb smack dab on the front of the book, the one from Roxane Gay herself, sums it up best. Early in the book, Juliet writes a letter to her feminist writer icon, saying, “I know you’re not a Magic 8 ball. You’re just some lady who wrote a book. But I fall asleep with that book in my arms because words protect hearts and I’ve got this ache in my chest that won’t go away.” Juliet Takes A Breath is a book you can fall asleep holding.

Leila


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