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Rain is not my Indian name
Rain is not my Indian name
by Smith, Cynthia Leitich

Tired of staying in seclusion since the death of her best friend, a fourteen-year-old Native American girl takes on a photographic assignment with her local newspaper to cover events at the Native American summer youth camp. Ages 12+

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Paul Robeson : no one can silence me : adapted for young adults
Paul Robeson : no one can silence me : adapted for young adults
by Martin B. Duberman

The life and legacy of vocal artist and civil rights icon Paul Robeson-one of the most important public figures in the twentieth century. Ages 12+

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We are not broken
We are not broken
by George M. Johnson

This is a memoir of George's boyhood in New Jersey, growing up with their brother and two cousins, all under the supervision of their larger-than-life grandmother. Ages 12+

The Key to You and Me
The Key to You and Me
by Jaye Robin Brown

Seventeen-year-old Piper, visiting her grandmother in small-town North Carolina after her girlfriend broke up with her, and local eighteen-year-old Kat, who is unsure of her sexual preference, help each other face their insecurities. Ages 15+

Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses Kristen O’Neal
Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses Kristen O’Neal
by Kristen O’Neal

Forced to leave Stanford's pre-med program after contracting Lyme disease, Priya finds solace in an online chronic-illness support group. Ages 15+

The Unpopular Vote
The Unpopular Vote
by Jasper Sanchez

A heated school election forces Mark to decide between being true to himself and pleasing his congressman father, who has urged Mark to hide his past. Ages 15+

The Passing Playbook
The Passing Playbook
by Isaac Fitzsimmons

Spencer moves to a new school where nobody knows he's trans. He's set to join the boy's soccer team, until the soccer coach finds out about the "F" on Spencer's birth certificate and kicks him off the team. Ages 14+

Beyond the Gender Binary
Beyond the Gender Binary
by Alok Vaid-Menon

Alok Vaid-Menon dares the world to see gender not in black and white, but in full color. Taking from their own experiences as a gender non-conforming artist, they show us that gender is a malleable and creative form of expression. Ages 12+

Muted
Muted
by Tami Charles

Denver, music is everything. Writing, performing, and her ultimate goal: escaping her very small, very white hometown. So Denver is more than ready on the day she and her best friends Dali and Shak sing their way into the orbit of the biggest R&B star in

Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet
Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet
by Laekan Zea Kemp

Told in two voices, Pen, whose dream of taking over her family's restaurant has been destroyed, and Xander, a new, undocumented, employee seeking his father, form a bond. Ages 12+