Timely Books

The Black Friend by Frederick Joseph: The author calls up race-related anecdotes from his past, explaining why they were hurtful and how he might handle things now.

Hate You Give by Angie Thomas: A timely story of a 16 year old girl who witnesses the fatal shooting of a childhood friend. No matter how she reacts, there could be dangerous consequences.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon: Read this book about two teens from very different cultures who cross the line and fall for each other.

Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo: Read about Xiomara’s life in a Harlem neighborhood as she becomes a teen.

When You Ask Me Where I’m Going by Jasmin Kaur: The six sections of this book explore what it means to be a young woman living in a world that doesn’t always hear her. Written in verse.