I wish I had had this book as a kid! Not only is it a great story about a reconstructed family and the impact that it can have on an anxiety-prone young 12-year-old, but I also loved how Rebecca Stead did not shy away from addressing mental health issues, homophobia, divorce, and therapy.
Genesis is a beautiful and complex middle grader who has not been dealt an easy card. This book is eye-opening for those who have never experienced colorism, and gives a voice to those who live with it every day. Genesis Anderson is a character that everyone should meet.
This is such a powerful and important story with a protagonist who you cannot help but admire for his courage and strength. This is a wonderful middle-grade book that is sure to inspire thought and discussion.
Other Words for Home, by Jasmine Warga is an incredible coming-of-age story told in verse about a young girl, who happens to be a Syrian Refugee.
This is the touching story about Nova, an autistic and non-verbal 12-year old girl in 1987 who is full of knowledge about space and obsessed with the imminent launch of the Challenger. This is a hopeful story that pulls at your heartstrings. Nova is a wonderful character that you want to protect.