Staff Picks! Young Adults

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Sanctuary Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984815712
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

This story takes place in 2032, but could easily describe a future world even earlier than that. If you like dystopian stories that are hidden in truth, read this book. If you like stories that will keep your heart racing until the very end, read this book. If you want to be inspired to bring social justice to our world, read this book. Or just take my word for it and read this book.

~ Laure


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We Are Not Free Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780358131434
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

I really enjoyed this book and how it didn't shy away from the truth at all. It shows the reader the pain and suffering that the Japanese had to go through with no sugar coating. I also enjoyed how although it is fiction, everything is historically accurate.

~ Makayla, Youth Advisory Board Member


Pet Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525647072
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Published: Make Me a World - September 10th, 2019

Pet is a story brilliantly written and told that, in a few short chapters, reveals how refusing to believe they exist only creates space for monsters to thrive. 

~ Kinsey


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The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338656114
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Published: Scholastic Press - November 10th, 2020

Although Chim does not sugar coat her descriptions of a person suffering from mental illness, its effects on family, or the immigrant experience, she has also created a loveable character in Anna who is coming into her own and who you can't help but root for.  

~ Laure


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This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work Cover Image
By Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780711245211
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - January 7th, 2020

When we say books can change your life, we're talking about books like this one. A slim but powerful guide to building an antiracist self and an antiracist society, Tiffany Jewell's new book for young readers is an absolute must-read. 

~ Sadie