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Diverse Characters

Lowriders book cover


Cathy Camper

jGRAPHIC NOVEL Camper Lowriders
Read Woke, Diverse Characters, Graphic Novels

Lupe, Flapjack, Elirio customize their car into a low rider for the Universal Car Competition to win the cash prize that will enable them to buy their own garage.

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This series is fantastic! If you're looking for an out of this world read, this one comes highly recommended. -Casey

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Aquicorn cove

Katie (Cartoonist) O'Neill

Read Woke, Diverse Characters, LGBTQ+

Unable to rely on the adults in her storm-ravaged seaside town, a young girl must protect a colony of magical seahorse-like creatures she discovers in the coral reef... A heartfelt story about learning to be a guardian to yourself and those you love. When Lana and her father return to their seaside hometown to help clear the debris of a big storm, Lana remembers how much she's missed the ocean--and the strong, reassuring presence of her aunt. As Lana explores the familiar beach, she discovers something incredible: a colony of Aquicorns, small magical seahorse-like creatures that live in the coral reef. Lana rescues an injured Aquicorn and cares for it with the help of her aunt, who may know more about these strange creatures than she's willing to admit. But when a second storm threatens to reach the town, choices made many years ago about how to coexist with the sea start to rise to the surface. Lana realizes she will need to find the strength to stand on her own, even when it means standing up to the people who she has always relied on to protect her.

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Katie O'Neill's graphic novels are always beautiful and touching. I love the magical realism in this one and her Tea Dragon series. -Casey

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Cassandra, animal psychic

Isabelle Bottier

jGRAPHIC NOVEL Bottier Cassandra
Read Woke, Diverse Characters, Graphic Novels

While struggling to cope with major changes in her life, fourteen-year-old Cassandra decides to help others by using her ability to see what animals are thinking, beginning with finding a lost cat.

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This series is great! If you're looking for something fun to brighten your rainy week, give Cassandra's unique voice a try. -Casey

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Akissi : tales of mischief

Marguerite Abouet

Read Woke, Diverse Characters, Graphic Novels

Collects the adventures of Akissi, a young West African girl who is always getting into trouble.

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Nidhi Chanani

Read Woke, Diverse Characters, Graphic Novels

Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri's mom avoids these questions and the topic of India is permanently closed. For Pri, her mother's homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film.

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Jen Wang

Read Woke, Diverse Characters, Graphic Novels

Growing up in the same Chinese-American suburb, perfectionist Christine and artistic, confident, impulsive Moon become unlikely best friends, whose friendship is tested by jealousy, social expectations, and illness.

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Jen Wang's latest is stunning, be sure to read the author's note! -Casey

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Dactyl Hill Squad

Daniel José Older

jFICTION Older Daniel
Kids, Diverse Characters

It is the summer of 1863, and as the Civil War rages between dinosaur-mounted armies down south, and a tense New York City seems on the brink of exploding into riots, Magdalys Roca and the other children at the Colored Orphan Asylum are trying to survive; but when she receives a letter telling her that her brother Montez was wounded, Magdalys knows that somehow she must reach him--and just possibly her ability to communicate telepathically with dinosaurs may come in handy.

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Stone River crossing

Tim Tingle

jFICTION Tingle Tim
Kids, Diverse Characters

"Martha Tom knows better than to cross the Bok Chitto River to pick blackberries. The Bok Chitto is the only border between her town in the Choctaw Nation and the slave-owning plantation in Mississippi territory. The slave owners could catch her, too. What was she thinking? But crossing the river brings a surprise friendship with Lil Mo, a boy who is enslaved on the other side. When Lil Mo discovers that his mother is about to be sold and the rest of his family left behind. But Martha Tom has the answer: cross the Bok Chitto and become free. Crossing to freedom with his family seems impossible with slave catchers roaming, but then there is a miracle -- a magical night where things become unseen and souls walk on water. By morning, Lil Mo discovers he has entered a completely new world of tradition, community, and... a little magic. But as Lil Mo's family adjusts to their new life, danger waits just around the corner. In an expansion of his award-winning picture book Crossing Bok Chitto, acclaimed Choctaw storyteller Tim Tingle offers a story that reminds readers that the strongest bridge between cultures is friendship." --

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In the footsteps of Crazy Horse

Joseph Marshall

jFICTION Marshall Joseph
Kids, Diverse Characters

Teased for his fair coloring, eleven-year-old Jimmy McClean travels with his maternal grandfather, Nyles High Eagle, to learn about his Lakota heritage while visiting places significant in the life of Crazy Horse, the nineteenth-century Lakota leader and warrior, in a tale that weaves the past with the present. Includes historical note and glossary.

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A girl called Echo

Katherena Vermette

Young Adult, Graphic Novels, Diverse Characters

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