Teen Diverse Reads

    • American Panda
      Gloria Chao

      Mei tries to live up to her Taiwanese parents' expectations, but no amount of tradition, obligation, or guilt prevent her from hiding several truths--that she is a germaphobe who cannot become a doctor, she prefers dancing to biology, and she is dating a Japanese boy.

    • American Street
      Ibi Zoboi

      Separated from her detained mother after moving from Haiti to America, Fabiola struggles to navigate the home of her loud cousins and a new school on Detroit's gritty west side, where a surprising romance and a dangerous proposition challenge her ideas about freedom.

    • Dear Martin
      Nic Stone

      Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.

    • From Twinkle With Love
      Sandhya Menon

      Told through letters, aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle learns a lesson about love while directing a movie for the Midsummer Night arts festival, in which her longtime crush and his twin brother are also participating.

    • Give Me Some Truth
      Eric Gansworth

      On the Tuscarora Reservation, Carson dreams of forming a rock band, and Maggi longs to create her own artwork instead of the traditional beadwork that her family sells to tourists--but tensions are rising between the reservation and the surrounding communities. Somehow, Carson and Maggi have to make a place for themselves.

    • The Hate U Give
      Angie Thomas

      After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

    • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
      Erika L. Sanchez

      When the sister who delighted their parents by her faithful embrace of Mexican culture dies in a tragic accident, Julia, who longs to go to college and move into a home of her own, discovers from mutual friends that her sister may not have been as perfect as believed.

    • The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily
      Laura Creedle

      Lily, who has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and Abelard, who has Asperger's, meet in detention and discover a mutual affinity for love letters--and, despite their differences, each other.

    • The Place Between Breaths
      An Na

      Grace, sixteen, fears that she will succumb to the schizophrenia that took her mother away, while she and her father work for a genetics lab rushing to find a cure.

    • The Poet X
      Elizabeth Acevedo

      Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

    • Tyler Johnson Was Here
      Jay Coles

      When Marvin Johnson's twin brother, Tyler, is shot and killed by a police officer, Marvin must fight injustice to learn the true meaning of freedom

    • Swing
      Kwame Alexander

      Noah and his best friend Walt want to become cool, make the baseball team, and win over Sam, the girl Noah loves. When Noah finds old love letters, Walt hatches a plan to woo Sam. But as Noah's love life and Walt's baseball career begin, the letters alter everything.

    • A Very Large Expanse of Sea
      Tahereh Mafi

      A year after 9/11, Muslim teenager Shirin has completely withdrawn from social life, until she meets Ocean James in her biology class and is tempted to actually let her guard down.

    • What to Say Next
      Julie Buxbaum

      When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, Kit asks David for his help figuring out the how and why of her father's tragic car accident

    • When My Heart Joins the Thousand
      A.J. Steiger

      Alvie Fitz doesn’t fit in, and she doesn’t care. She’s spent years swallowing meds and bad advice from doctors and social workers. Adjust, adapt. Pretend to be normal. It sounds so easy.