March Book Madness: Diversity

The following 16 books are facing off in our annual March Book Madness!

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Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash

Check out this graphic-novel memoir about “first love, first heartbreak”.  Author Maggie Thrash takes us back to her all-girl summer camp, Camp Bellflower, where at fifteen years old she surprisingly falls for an older, wiser female counselor.

 

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

What really happened the day Tariq Johnson, a black youth, was gunned down by Jack Franklin, who is white?  No two accounts of the day line up.  Uncover the mystery through first person accounts by the family and friends who witnessed this horrific act and knew Tariq best.

 

If You Come Softly

by Jacqueline Woodson

Fifteen-year-old Jeremiah, who is black and Ellie, who is white meet at their private school in New York and fall in love while coping with their separate families’ problems.  Jacqueline Woodson has written a moving story that will make you believe in young love.

 

None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

Kristin Lattimer learns a shocking truth about herself.  She is intersex, meaning although she looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes.  When her whole school learns the truth, Kristin’s identity is thrown into question.  This eye-opening novels delves into the subject of what gender means.

 

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Sixteen year old Aaron Soto likes the idea of the Leteo Institute’s memory-alteration procedure.  He’d like to forget his father’s suicide, growing up poor in the Bronx, and how his friends aren’t there for him.   Then he meets Thomas and friendship turns to unrequited love.   Suddenly forgetting who he is seems like a way to solve all his problems.

 

Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Childhood friends Amir and Hassan were raised in the same household in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Amir is the son of a wealthy man while Hassan is the son of Amir’s father’s servant.   As an adult, Amir returns to Afghanistan to try to redeem himself for betraying his best friend. 

 

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Maddy, a biracial teenage girl, is confined to her home because of a rare disease that leaves her basically allergic to the world.  Maddy meets Olly when he and his family move in next door. With Olly’s help, Maddy defies her mother and risks everything to find out the truth about herself and her illness.

 

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

Sahar and Nasrin are secretly in love in Iran where homosexuality is a crime punishable by death.  When Nasrin’s parents arrange a marriage for her, Sahar proposes a drastic solution to their problems.

 

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

 by Sherman Alexie

Arnold Spirit (Junior) spends his time drawing cartoons and lamenting life on the “poor-ass” Spokane Indian reservation.  When Junior switches to the all-white school in town he becomes an outcast there as well as at home. The tensions escalate to mammoth proportions when the rival school’s basketball teams meet. 

 

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Laia is a Scholar living in a brutal world ruled by the Martial Empire.  When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia risks her life to go undercover as a slave to spy on the Empire and try to save her brother.

 

The Shadow Hero

 by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew

Read the origin story of the Green Turtle, a classic comic book hero.  Hank, the son of Chinese immigrants, assumes the role of the superhero after tragedy strikes his family.  With the help of four spirits of Chinese mythology, Hank as the Green Turtle sets out to rid Chinatown of gangsters.

 

Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

The true story of Ishmael Beah who was driven from his home by war in Sierra Leone.  He was later picked up by the government army at the age of 13 and forced to serve as a soldier for three years where he saw and experienced unspeakable horrors. 

 

All American Boys

by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Rashad, a sixteen-year-old black boy, is mistakenly accused of stealing and receives a brutal beating by a police officer that lands him in the hospital.  White classmate Quinn witnesses the beating by the cop who is his best friend’s older brother.  Read their story told in alternating chapters from both boy’s perspective.