The Day Tajon Got Shot

The Day Tajon Got Shot

Author: Beacon House Teen Writers

Publisher:

Published: 2017-05-30

Total Pages: 230

ISBN-13: 9780996927451

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Meet Tajon. Tajon is sixteen and black. He's tall and skinny, and he has dreadlocks. Tajon works hard and tries his best to be good. He does O.K. in school. He has plans. He's determined. Tajon is the kind of son who cares about his family. He's the kind of brother who stands up for his sister. He's the kind of kid who dreams big dreams to get himself and those he loves up and out of the hood. Tajon is the one who gets shot. Meet the Authors In March 2015, ten teen girls from Beacon House in Washington, DC started writing a novel during the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. They began with one central question: What really happens in a community when a black youth is the victim of violence by police? How are those lives affected? Each writer takes on the perspective of a central character - the victim, the police officer, the witness, the parent, the friend, the officer's kids - and examines how it feels to be a human being on all sides of this event. Their stories thoughtfully explore issues of race, violence, loyalty, and justice in a community torn apart but seeking connection. *** Ten teenage girls from Beacon House (beaconhousedc.org) in Washington, DC authored this book: J'yona, T'Asia, Makiya, Najae, Rose, Temil, Jonae, Jeanet, Serenity, and Reiyanna. They wrote and revised their work over the course of two years during workshops with Shout Mouse Press (shoutmousepress.org). All artwork is original by the authors. Some photography taken by the authors and produced in collaboration with Shootback (shootbackproject.org). Photography of protests and riots in Baltimore 2015 taken by DC teen Amir Price in conjunction with Critical Exposure (criticalexposure.org/news-and-events/press.) Learn more about the project, including author interviews, at ShoutMousePress.org.


Deena Misses Her Mom

Deena Misses Her Mom

Author: Jesse Holmes

Publisher: Books by Teens

Published: 2017-06

Total Pages: 0

ISBN-13: 9781945434884

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Lately, Deena has been getting angry. A lot. She acts out in school and keeps getting in trouble. Everyone is surprised because she used to be very calm, but that was before her mother went to jail. Her dad, her grandma, and her best friend Josey all do their best to help her out, but Deena doesn't want to talk about it. Will a day at the carnival with her Dad help her open up? The authors of this story are part of an innovative program run by Reach Incorporated. Reach develops grade-level readers and capable leaders by preparing teens to serve as tutors and role models for younger students, resulting in improved literacy outcomes for both. Learn more at reachincorporated.org. Books were created in collaboration with Shout Mouse Press. Shout Mouse is a nonprofit writing program and publishing house for unheard voices. Through writing workshops designed for all levels of literacy, Shout Mouse empowers writers from marginalized backgrounds to tell their own stories in their own voices and, as published authors, to act as agents of change. Learn more at shoutmousepress.org


Desert Angel

Desert Angel

Author: Charlie Price

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Published: 2011-10-25

Total Pages: 241

ISBN-13: 1429969873

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Fourteen-year-old Angel wakes up one morning at her desert trailer home to discover her mother has been murdered by a lowlife named Scotty, who has vanished. Angel has no water, no weapon, but she knows that Scotty, an expert tracker and hunter, will surface soon in order to eliminate her as a witness. She has to run, to disappear, if she is to survive and tell the world what happened. Her flight takes her through a harsh landscape to places she never expected to be, forcing her to trust others for the first time and strengthening her in ways she doesn't even anticipate . . . until it's time to take a stand.


Diversity in Youth Literature

Diversity in Youth Literature

Author: Jamie Campbell Naidoo

Publisher: ALA Editions

Published: 2013-05-03

Total Pages: 0

ISBN-13: 9780838911433

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Surveying the landscape of children's and YA literature, this contributed volume shows how books have grown to include the wide range of our increasingly diverse society.


Coming Back

Coming Back

Author: Jessi Zabarsky

Publisher: Random House Graphic

Published: 2022-01-18

Total Pages: 131

ISBN-13: 0593120043

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A beautiful graphic novel fantasy romance that follows two young women who have to go on their own separate adventures to discover the truth about themselves and about each other. Preet is magic. Valissa is not. Everyone in their village has magic in their bones, and Preet is the strongest of them all. Without any power of her own, how can Valissa ever be worthy of Preet’s love? When their home is attacked, Valissa has a chance to prove herself, but that means leaving Preet behind. On her own for the first time, Preet breaks the village’s most sacred laws and is rejected from the only home she’s ever known and sent into a new world. Divided by different paths, insecurities, and distance, will Valissa and Preet be able to find their way back to each other? A beautiful story of two young women who are so focused on proving they're meant to be together that they end up hurting each other in the process. This gorgeous graphic novel is an LGTBQ+ romance about young love and how it can grow into something strong no matter what obstacles get in the way.


Tyrell's Big Move

Tyrell's Big Move

Author: Talik Barber

Publisher:

Published: 2018-11-15

Total Pages:

ISBN-13: 9781945434990

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Tyrell loves his neighborhood -- the park with the swingset, the library with the puppet shows, the restaurant with the star-shaped spaghetti. But the neighborhood has been changing a lot lately, and one day Tyrell comes home to learn that his building has been bought and everyone must move. It seems like the worst news ever, but Tyrell's cousin Breonna has a plan for making the most of it. How can Tyrell learn how to carry home with him and be OK? This heartfelt story about dealing with change is both sweet and smart, coming from teen authors who know the realities of handling transitions -- and about changing neighborhoods in Washington, DC.


I Am the Night Sky

I Am the Night Sky

Author: Next Wave Muslim Initiative Writers

Publisher:

Published: 2019-04

Total Pages: 194

ISBN-13: 9781945434938

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During an era characterized by both hijabi fashion models and enduring post-9/11 stereotypes, ten Muslim American teenagers came together to explore what it means to be young and Muslim in America today. These teens represent the tremendous diversity within the American Muslim community, and their book, like them, contains multitudes. Bilal writes about being a Muslim musician. Imaan imagines a dystopian Underground. Samaa creates her own cartoon Kabob Squad. Ayah responds to online hate. Through poems, essays, artwork, and stories, these young people aim to show their true selves, to build connection, and to create more inclusive and welcoming communities for all.


Diplomatic Days

Diplomatic Days

Author: Edith O'Shaughnessy

Publisher:

Published: 1917

Total Pages: 392

ISBN-13:

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Author was the wife of the secretary of the American Embassy in Mexico City. Through letters written from May 1911 to October 1912, she described her introduction to Mexico and the beginnings of the Mexican Revolution.


The Knowledge Seeker

The Knowledge Seeker

Author: Rae Knightly

Publisher: Poco Publishers

Published: 2021-11-18

Total Pages: 342

ISBN-13: 9781989605318

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What would remain of our civilization six-hundred-years from now, were we to disappear today? From bestselling, award-winning author Rae Knightly comes The Knowledge Seeker, a thrilling young-adult dystopian novel.