This summer has been super busy, don’t you think? If you missed out on all the stellar programs offered by the Library because you were too busy doing all the other really great things you had planned this summer, I understand. If, however, you tell me there was no time for reading, I just simply won’t believe you. Here are a few of the great - nay, SUPERB - books I’ve read this summer. I hope you love these characters and stories as much as I did.

Cover image The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by 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.

Cover image Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

Tired of being singled out at her mostly white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.

Cover image Clayton Byrd goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia

Clayton Byrd goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia

Feeling most alive when he's playing the blues with his grandfather, Clayton is devastated when his grandfather dies and his mother forbids him from playing music, losses that compel him to run away and join blues men on the road.

Cover image Crossing Ebenezer Creek by Tonya Bolden

Crossing Ebenezer Creek by Tonya Bolden

Freed from slavery, Mariah and her young brother Zeke join Sherman's March through Georgia, where Mariah meets a free black named Caleb and dares to imagine the possibility of true love, but hope can come at a cost.

Cover image Amina's Voice by Hena Khan

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan

A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family's vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school. After her local mosque is vandalized, she is devastated. Her friend Soojin is talking about changing her name. Does Amina need to become more "American" and hide who she really is?

 

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