Book List

57 Bus by Dashka Slater
A nonfiction account of a 2013 assault in Oakland, California against an agender teen named Sasha.
While Sasha slept on the way home from school, another teen named Richard set Sasha’s skirt on fire.
This story conveys the complexities of both young people’s lives in the years leading up to, and following, that
fateful day on the 57 bus.  


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
When Aristotle meets Dante, the two strike up an unparalleled relationship. Dante is everything Aristotle wishes
he were: articulate, smart, and self-confident. Together they begin questioning the secrets of the universe and
navigating the painful journey from adolescence into adulthood. Sharing books, dreams, a near-fatal accident, and
a year apart, the two discover the power of their inseparable bond.


Citizen Illegal by Jose Oliverez
In this stunning debut, poet José Olivarez explores the stories, contradictions, joys, and sorrows that embody life
in the spaces between Mexico and America. He paints vivid portraits of good kids, bad kids, families clinging to
hope, life after the steel mills, gentrifying barrios, and everything in between.


Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
Penny Lee doesn't have much of a social life, but she hopes that things will change when she goes off to college
to pursue becoming a writer. She soon meets Sam, a college dropout and talented baker who works at a local
coffee house. They barely know each other, but after Penny catches Sam in a vulnerable moment they agree to
be each other's emergency contacts. Soon, they are exchanging texts and sharing secrets they've never divulged.


Fresh Ink edited by Lamar Giles
Thirteen of the most accomplished YA authors deliver a label-defying anthology that includes ten short stories,
a graphic novel, and a one-act play about topics like gentrification, acceptance, untimely death, coming out, and
poverty and ranging in genre from contemporary realistic fiction to adventure and romance. This collection will
inspire you to break conventions, bend the rules, and color outside the lines. All you need is fresh ink.


Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw
With acerbic wit and a hilarious voice, Shane describes the challenges he faces as a twenty-one-year-old with
spinal muscular atrophy. From awkward handshakes to having a girlfriend and everything in between, Shane
handles his situation with humor and a "you-only-live-once" perspective on life. While he does talk about
everyday issues that are relatable to teens, he also offers an eye-opening perspective on what it is like to have a
life threatening disease.


Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading, with that gun shoved
in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun. This fiercely stunning novel in verse takes
place in just sixty potent seconds—the time it takes Will to ride the elevator down to his apartment lobby and
decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.


Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel
Almost seventeen, Rani Patel appears to be an Indian girl breaking cultural norms as a hip-hop performer in full
effect. But in truth, she's a nerdy flat-chested nobody who lives with her Gujarati immigrant parents on the
remote Hawaiian island of Moloka'i. Rani struggles against the culture of her Indian born mother and father and
with the deeply hidden family secrets as well. But rap opens up her world, and it turns out she's a survivor.
Readers experience trauma alongside Rani, but also learn how to recognize patterns of self-harm, stop the cycle
of abuse, and embrace various means of healing.


Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson
From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda is friendless—an outcast—because
she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her.
Through her work on an art project, Melinda is finally able to face what really happened that night and find a way
to speak her truth. With powerful illustrations by Emily Carroll, Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak: The Graphic
Novel comes alive for new audiences and fans of the classic novel.


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy
suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the
fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon
afterward, his death is a national headline. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night?
And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a
hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate.
So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son,
Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good
detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her obsessive compulsive disorder.


Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"―people write their wishes on piece
s of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in
Red's hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new
family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experience as a wishtree is more important
than ever.

*Children’s edition available now; Adult edition to be released in January, 2019