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Diverse Characters

Inside out & back again book cover

Inside out & back again

Thanhha Lai

eAUDIO
Read Woke, Poetry, Diverse Characters, Historical Fiction

Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

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Achingly beautiful poetry combined with a powerful immigration story make this a Middle Grade novel not to miss. Great for reading aloud as a family as well. -Casey

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Laura dean keeps breaking up with me

Mariko Tamaki

eBOOK
Read Woke, LGBTQ+, Young Adult, Graphic Novels, Diverse Characters

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Touching and beautifully rendered in grayscale with occasional splashes of pink, this is a love story for everyone. If you have yet to be kicked to the curb by Laura Dean, it might be time to get dumped. -Casey

Monday's not coming book cover

Monday's not coming

Tiffany D. Jackson

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Jackson Tiffany
Black Lives Matter, Diverse Characters, Read Woke, Young Adult

When her friend Monday Charles goes missing and Monday's mother refuses to give her a straight answer, Claudia digs into her disappearance.

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I wanna be where you are

Kristina Forest

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Forest Kristina
Black Lives Matter, Diverse Characters, Read Woke, Young Adult

When Chloe's mom forbids her to apply for a spot at the dance conservatory of her dreams, she devises a secret plan to drive two hundred miles from Philadelphia to New York, the nearest audition. When annoying neighbor Eli insists upon hitching a ride, he threatens to tell Chloe's mom if she leaves without him and his smelly dog, Geezer. Now Chloe's chasing her ballet dreams down the east coast, with two unwanted (but kinda cute) passengers in her car, butterflies in her stomach, and a really dope playlist on repeat. -- adapted from jacket

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The field guide to the North American teenager

Ben Philippe

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Philippe Ben
Black Lives Matter, Diverse Characters, Read Woke, Young Adult

When Norris, a Black French Canadian, starts his junior year at an Austin, Texas, high school, he views his fellow students as clichés from "a bad 90s teen movie."

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Inventing Victoria

Tonya Bolden

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Bolden Tonya
Black Lives Matter, Diverse Characters, Read Woke, Young Adult

Essie, a young black woman in 1880s Savannah, is offered the opportunity to leave her shameful past and be transformed into an educated, high-society woman in Washington, D.C.

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Not so pure and simple

L. R. Giles

eBOOK
Black Lives Matter, Diverse Characters, Read Woke, Young Adult

High school junior Del Rainey unwittingly joins a Purity Pledge class at church, hoping to get closer to his long-term crush, Kiera.

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Let's talk about love

Claire Kann

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Kann Claire
Black Lives Matter, Diverse Characters, Read Woke, Young Adult

Alice's last girlfriend, Margo, ended things when Alice confessed she's asexual. Now Alice is sure she's done with dating... and then she meets Takumi. She can't stop thinking about him or the rom-com-grade romance feelings she did not ask for. When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library-employee badge, Alice has to decide if she's willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated-- or understood.

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Tyler Johnson was here

Jay Coles

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Coles Jay
Black Lives Matter, Diverse Characters, Read Woke, Young Adult

"When Marvin Johnson's twin brother, Tyler, is shot and killed by a police officer, Marvin must fight injustice to learn the true meaning of freedom"--

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