**NBCC finalist** In seventy poems bearing the same title, Terrance Hayes explores the meanings of American, of assassin, and of love in the sonnet form.
by Esi Edugyan
Washington Black is an eleven-year-old field slave who knows no other life than the Barbados sugar plantation where he was born. When his master's eccentric brother chooses him to be his manservant, Wash is terrified of the cruelties he is certain await him. But Christopher Wilde, or "Titch," is a naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor, and abolitionist. He initiates Wash into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky and where a boy born in chains can embrace a life of dignity and meaning.
Well-Read Black Girl
by Glory Edim
A collection of essays curated by the founder of the book club Well-Read Black Girl. Contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lynn Nottage, Jacqueline Woodson, Gabourey Sidibe, Morgan Jerkins, Tayari Jones, Rebecca Walker, Barbara Smith and others.
by Jason Reynolds
Presents a poem in which the author inspires kids to dream, even though dreams may take time and involve countless struggles.
Long Way Down
by Jason Reynolds
As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.
Piecing Me Together
by Renée Watson
Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.
by Zadie Smith
A collection of both previously unpublished works and classic essays includes discussions of recent cultural and political events, social networking, libraries, and the failure to address global warming.
If You Come Softly
by Jacqueline Woodson
After meeting at their private school in New York, fifteen-year-old Jeremiah, who is black and whose parents are separated, and Ellie, who is white and whose mother has twice abandoned her, fall in love and then try to cope with people's reaction.
by Ibi Zoboi
Pride and Prejudice gets remixed in this smart, funny, gorgeous retelling of the classic. When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can't stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.
by Gina Apostol
Cinematic and playful in its approach, this novel is about two women, a Filipino translator and an American filmmaker, go on a road trip in Duterte's Philippines, collaborating and clashing in the writing of a film script about a massacre during the Philippine-American War.
Queen of Scots : the true life of Mary Stuart
by John Guy
A biography of Mary Queen of Scots, discusing her skill in diplomacy, how she maneuvered through the many factions that sought to control or dethrone her and more.
The Way You Make Me Feel
by Maurene Goo
Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined.
by Courtney Summers
Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.
Ninth Street Women
by Mary Gabriel
Chronicles five women (Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell) who dared to enter the male-dominated world of twentieth-century abstract painting--not as muses but as artists.
by Matthew Kneale
The story of the Eternal City--from the early Roman Republic through the Renaissance and the Reformation to Mussolini and the German occupation in World War Two--through pivotal moments that defined its history.
Things We Haven't Said
by Erin Moulton (Editor)
A collection of poems, essays, letters, vignettes and interviews written by adults who survived sexual violence as children and adolescents. A resource for hope, grit and honest conversation that will help teens tackle the topic of sexual violence, upend stigma and maintain hope for a better future.
In Memory of Mary Oliver
Mary Oliver, Prize-winning poet of the natural world died on January 16th, 2019