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American born Chinese

Gene Luen Yang

GRAPHIC NOVEL Yang
Read Woke, Diverse Characters, Graphic Novels

Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture. Presented in comic book format.

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American Born Chinese is unmissable reading. -Casey

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Lowriders

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

jGRAPHIC NOVEL 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

jGRAPHIC NOVEL 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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Be prepared

Vera Brosgol

jGRAPHIC NOVEL Brosgol
Read Woke, Graphic Novels

A misfit girl and her brother attend summer camp, where they struggle with primitive plumbing, snobby tentmates, and boys-versus-girls competitions.

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Pashmina

Nidhi Chanani

jGRAPHIC NOVEL 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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The prince and the dressmaker

Jen Wang

GRAPHIC NOVEL Wang
Read Woke, Graphic Novels

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride--or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia--the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

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I could gush about this one for days. It's definitely on my reread list for 2020 as well. -Casey

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Stargazing

Jen Wang

jGRAPHIC NOVEL 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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Mexican Gothic

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

eAUDIO
Read Woke, Historical Fiction, Horror, Suspense

"The acclaimed author of Gods of Jade and Shadow returns with a darkly enchanting reimagining of Gothic fantasy, in which a spirited young woman discovers the haunting secrets of a beautiful old mansion in 1950s Mexico"--

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Lovecraft, Machado, Hitchcock, Burroughs, Shelley, and Poe fans will delight in this slow-burn horror. Leave the lights on afterward, they may help with the lingering ghosts. -Casey