by Elizabeth Acevedo Year Published: 2020
A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. The Poet X is the debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.
by Marie Marquardt Year Published: 2018
Back when they were still strangers, TJ Carvalho witnessed the only moment in Vivi Flannigan’s life when she lost control entirely. Now, TJ can’t seem to erase that moment from his mind, no matter how hard he tries. Vivi doesn’t remember any of it, but she’s determined to leave it far behind. And she will.
But when Vivi returns home from her first year away at college, her big plans and TJ’s ambition to become a nurse land them both on the heart ward of a university hospital, facing them with a long and painful summer together.
by Stacey Lee Year Published: 2019
In this masterful concoction of historical fiction that mirrors contemporary social issues, Jo Kuan is a Chinese American girl living in the periphery of Southern society in 1890. When she begins using a pseudonym to write a witty advice column, she discovers more about herself.
by Ben Philippe Year Published: 2019A hilarious YA contemporary realistic novel about a witty Black French Canadian teen who moves to Austin, Texas, and experiences the joys, clichés, and awkward humiliations of the American high school experience—including falling in love.