Discussion of the above book with the author, illustrator and Georgetown Law Professor Emerita, moderated by our own Deborah Taylor. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Mary 3, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. No RSVP needed unless you want to bring a group of children. Then please respond to: Monica Valentine, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-707-1950.
Jade, a collage artist, is a scholarship student at an exclusive private high school. There she’s given opportunities to participate in a mentoring program for “at-risk” girls, and enroll in a free SAT prep class. She takes every opportunity that’s offered, while questioning the role of race and white privilege in these offerings. The police beating of a black teen at a house party in a nearby city moves Jade to assemble the diverse pieces of her life together in a public and powerful way. (14 and up. Lisa Cosgrove-Davies)
At sixteen, Sarah finds that she can no longer draw. Is this an existential crisis or is something else going on? Sarah's search to find the reality inside her tornado takes us into the world of domestic violence - the depths the mind will go to in order to protect itself and the almost impossible task of finding the way out.
Henry, bullied at school and depressed over his boyfriend's suicide, wonders how he will survive. If given the opportunity to save the world, will Henry do it, or just let the world explode, putting him out of his own misery? A gripping tale of devastation and finding hope in the most unlikley places.
Sydney's golden-boy brother has a serious run-in with the law, which fractures the family's dynamic. She finds respite with her new friend Layla and her family in this thoughtful novel from a perennial favorite.
When Robyn, a fellow OCD sufferer, joins Adam's support group, there is an immediate attraction. Despite the humor and levity that pervades this novel, Adam's OCD is spiralling out of control, and his desire to fix everyone's issues may backfire spectacularly.
Siobhan McQuaid is the bard who tells this tale of her friend Owen Thorskard the Dragon Slayer, who must fight to save the town from dragons and still keep up his grades. A great combination of alternative history, fantasy and teen friendship.
Gabi Hernandez chronicles the highs and lows of her senior year in high school: a best friend is pregnant, another has just come out and been kicked out, her father wrestles with a meth addiction and Gabi is just trying to figure out how to be enough. Mexican enough. Thin enough. And smart enough to know herself and express herself honestly.
Omar arrives from Brooklyn and declares Claudia will succumb to his charms. Interested only in protesting the loss of arts and library funding, she ignores him. Alternate chapters expose their slowly changing opinions of each other.
Lowman and Malhotra perfectly voice star-crossed friends Eleanor and Park as two comic-book reading, mixed-tape-listening misfits who become lovers after having to sit next to each other on a crowded school bus. The rich narration brings the 1980's setting to life and fills it with these complex, convincing, and interesting young adults.