Pet

Written by: Akwaeke Emezi Cover Art by: Shyama Golden For ages: YA (CW: child abuse. Mention of bruises and insinuation of pedophilia) Language: English, some French Creole.  Topics Covered:¬†Black Culture & Identity, BIPOC Narratives, Sci-Fi, LGBTQ Lives, Growing Up, Friendship,¬†Social-Emotional Learning, Transgender Youth, Family, Art. Summary:  This book is phenomenal.  Jam is a teenage girl living in a town…

Northwest Resistance [A Girl Called Echo Vol 3]

Written by:¬†Katherena Vermette Illustrated by:¬†Scott B. Henderson, color by Donovan Yaciuk¬† For ages:¬†12 years and up Language:¬†English, minor French.¬† Topics Covered:¬†History, First Nations, Military Action, Growing Up, Family, Fantasy, Time Travel, M√©tis History. Summary:¬† This is the third installment about the time-traveling adventures of Echo Desjardins, a M√©tis teenager learning about her own history. Echo…

The Hero Next Door

Written by:¬†Each short story is written by someone different! ¬†Edited by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich. Covert Art by:¬†Michelle Cunningham For ages:¬†YA middle grades Language:¬†English. Some Spanish, some Arabic. Topics Covered:¬†Growing Up, Neurodiversity,¬†Domestic Violence, POC-Centric Narratives, Own Voices,¬†Sports, Supernatural, Adoption,¬†Friendship, Family, Love. Summary:¬†This book is awesome! ¬†Each story takes a unique viewpoint and has a hero in it,…

Becoming RBG

Written by:¬†Debbie Levy Illustrated by:¬†Whitney Gardner For ages:¬†10 years and up Language:¬†English¬† Topics Covered:¬†History, Legislation, Women in Leadership, Trailblazers, Historical Figure, Historical Events, Activism, Graphic Novel.¬† Summary:¬†This is an AWESOME ¬†graphic novel! ¬†Something we like about it very much is that while it very closely follows the life of the one and only powerhouse Ruth…

Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists

Written by: Mikki Kendall Illustrated by: A. D’Amico For ages: YA older teens (mature topics-violence, assault, enslavement, death) Language: English  Topics Covered: Activism, Historic Figures, Historical Fiction, Enslavement, Women’s Rights, Suffrage, Women in Politics, Women in Leadership, Assault, Death, Indigenous Voices, POC-Centric Narratives, Marginalized Populations, Modern Black Freedom Struggle, LGBTQ, Black Feminist Thought.  Summary: Triple A, how much do I love you?…

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me

Written by: Mariko Tamaki Illustrated by: Rosemary Valero-O’Connell For ages: YA graphic novel Language: English Topics Covered: LGBTQ Relationships, Love, Friendship, Social-Emotional Development. Summary: Super quick read, I read this in about an hour!  The story is told from the perspective of Freddy, a biracial Asian teenage girl.  Freddy is hopelessly in love with Laura Dean, her on-again off-again unfaithful girlfriend. …

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali

Written by: Sabina Khan Cover Art by: For ages: YA book Language: English Topics Covered: LGBTQ, Family, Marriage, Independence, Love, Acceptance, LGBTQ Violence, Homophobia, Bangladeshi Culture & Traditions. Summary: I could NOT put this book down.  I was instantly hooked.  Warning: you will feel ALL the emotions during this read. Rukhsana is a teenager, just a few months away from…