January 2, 2020

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The Girl with All the Gifts

By: Mike Carey
Recommended for grade(s): 9, 10
Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius." Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. The Girl With All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end. --From the website at Hachette
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Her name is Melanie. It means, "the black girl," from an ancient Greek word, but her skin is actually very fair so she thinks maybe it's not such a good name for her. She likes the name Pandora a whole lot, but you don't get to choose. Miss Justineau assigns names from a big list; new children get the top name on the boys' list or the top name on the girls' list, and that, Miss Justineau says, is that.
  • The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
    Issa Rae

    The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

    By: Issa Rae
    Recommended for grade(s): 11, 12, College Plus

    My name is 'J' and I'm awkward--and black. Someone once told me those were the two worst things anyone could be. That someone was right. Where do I start?" Being an introvert and a nerd in a world that glorifies cool isn't easy. But when Issa Rae, the creator of the Shorty Award-winning hit series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, is that introvert--whether she's navigating love, work, friendships, or rapping-- it sure is entertaining. Now, in this debut collection of essays written in her witty and self-deprecating voice, Rae covers everything from cybersexing in the early days of the Internet to deflecting unsolicited comments on weight gain, from navigating the perils of eating out alone and public displays of affection to learning to accept yourself --natural hair and all.  --From Simon & Schuster

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  • All Our Names
    Dinaw Mengestu

    All Our Names

    By: Dinaw Mengestu
    Recommended for grade(s): 12, College Plus

    A sweeping, continent-spanning story about the love between men and women, between friends, and between citizens and their countries, All Our Names is a transfixing exploration of the relationships that define us. Fleeing war-torn Uganda for the American Midwest, Isaac begins a passionate affair with the social worker assigned to him. But the couple’s bond is inescapably darkened by the secrets of Isaac’s past: the country and the conflict he left behind and the beloved friend who changed the course of his life—and sacrificed everything to ensure his freedom. From acclaimed author Dinaw Mengestu, here is a love story for our time. --From the website at Penguin Random House

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  • Carolina Crow Girl
    Valerie Hobbs

    Carolina Crow Girl

    By: Valerie Hobbs
    Recommended for grade(s): 4, 5

    Carolina lives with her mother, Melanie, and her baby sister in an old school bus. "Wheels make you free, " Melanie says, even though Carolina has to start in a new school every year and leave just when she's getting settled. But this time things are different. First Carolina finds an abandoned baby crow and decides to care for him until he's old enough to fly. Then she meets Stefan, who lives in the mansion near where they've parked the bus. The two become friends, and Carolina starts, little by little, to set down roots. What's going to happen when Melanie wants to hit the road again? —from the website at Penguin Random House

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  • The Girl with All the Gifts
    Mike Carey

    The Girl with All the Gifts

    By: Mike Carey
    Recommended for grade(s): 9, 10

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius." Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. The Girl With All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end. --From the website at Hachette

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