Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation, leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. The book chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.
The book examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions. Using riveting stories about people--including Martin Luther King, Jr., baseball's Satchel Paige, a single father and his toddler son, Wilkerson herself, and many others--she shows the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Publication Date: 2004-05-18
A bestselling modern classic--both poignant and funny--about a boy with autism who sets out to solve the murder of a neighbor's dog and discovers unexpected truths about himself and the world.
Fresh Ink by Lamar Giles (Editor)
Publication Date: 2018-08-14
Thirteen of the most accomplished YA authors deliver a label-defying anthology that includes ten short stories, a graphic novel, and a one-act play. This collection will inspire you to break conventions, bend the rules, and color outside the lines. All you need is fresh ink.
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
Publication Date: 2000-06-13
Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin's now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Publication Date: 2004-04-27
The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons - their love, their sacrifices, their lies.
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
Publication Date: 2019-02-12
A fiercely imaginative new novel about a family whose road trip across America collides with an immigration crisis at the southwestern border. As the family drives--through Virginia to Tennessee, across Oklahoma and Texas--we sense they are on the brink of a crisis of their own. With urgency and empathy, the book takes us deep into the lives of one remarkable family as it probes the nature of justice and equality today.
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Publication Date: 2003-09-16
The Namesake takes the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans. On the heels of their arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name.
Passing by Nella Larsen; Ntozake Shange (Introduction by)
Publication Date: 2000-11-28
Clare Kendry, a beautiful light-skinned African American woman married to a white man who is unaware of her heritage, long ago cut all ties to her past, but a reunion with a childhood friend forces her to confront her lies.
Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson; Renée Watson
Publication Date: 2017-02-14
Powerful story about a girl striving for success in a world that too often seems like it's trying to break her. Jade believes she must get out of her poor neighborhood if she's ever going to succeed. Maybe there are some things she could show other women about understanding the world and finding ways to be real, to make a difference.
Location: Sycamore Library
Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They're going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There's an app for that. It's called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure--to live a lifetime in a single day.
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
Publication Date: 2003-01-17
Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides. These topics have only become more urgent as the national conversation about race is increasingly acrimonious. This fully revised edition is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the dynamics of race in America.