Fire Color One - Jenny Valentine

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When 16-year-old pyromaniac Iris learns that the father she’s never met is dying, it’s because her mother has already decided that Iris has to visit him in England in exchange for the possibility of a significant inheritance. It’s been 12 years since Iris and Ernest spoke, and Iris has no interest in bonding with a man who, according to her mother, never wanted to be a father. But during his last days, Iris connects with Ernest in a way she never expected—over art, particularly Yves Klein’s famous piece Fire Color One (Philomel, $17.99). Moving between the past and the present, Jenny Valentine has skillfully woven a poignant story about truth, redemption, and art against a stark backdrop of family dysfunction. Ages 14-18.

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

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The Hate U Give (Balzer + Bray, $17.99) begins when a police officer shoots a black teenager at a traffic stop one night in Garden Heights. The subsequent public outrage raises questions about police brutality and the gang presence in the neighborhood. At the center of it all is Starr, the sole witness to her friend’s murder, and the only one who can testify about what happened that night. The incident forces her to reconcile her grief with a burning resentment towards her apathetic classmates and local law enforcement. Angie Thomas’s debut novel unpacks subtle and overt forms of racism in America, and represents a new generation of young people learning to navigate conversations about race in their everyday lives. Ages 14-18.

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By Angie Thomas, Amandla Stenberg (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

Ghost - Jason Reynolds

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Castle “Ghost” Cranshaw likes sunflower seeds, basketball, and has a lot of “scream inside.” Running fast isn’t something he’s ever had to practice; it’s just something he’s known how to do ever since the night he and his mom had to run for their lives. He doesn’t give this talent a second thought— until the day he crashes a track team practice and the coach asks him to join the lineup. From the first sentence of Ghost (Atheneum, $16.99), the first book in the highly anticipated Track series, Jason Reynolds brings the reader into the fast-paced and impactful story of a young teen chasing his dream while struggling to keep his emotions in check and navigate the consequences of his decisions. Ages 10-14.

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ISBN: 9781481450157
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 30th, 2016