Socially-Conscious Realistic Fiction for YA Readers

Recommendations from Linda

Light It Up Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250128898
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - October 22nd, 2019

The upheaval and protest in the aftermath of a police shooting is told through the eyes of a different community member each chapter, each with their own voice and perspective.

This Time Will Be Different Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062473448
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Published: HarperTeen - June 4th, 2019

CJ's school is named after the man who scammed her family's florist business from them when they were put into internment camps almost a century ago--now her mom wants to get rid of the business again and her friends are campaigning to change the name of the school. A great book about how we get trapped between past and future.

Take the Mic: Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338343700
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 1st, 2019

A collection of stories, poetry, and art that portray the way resistance happens all around us. The contributor list for this collection is an all-star roster and every piece is a banger.

Juliet Takes a Breath Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593108178
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Published: Dial Books - September 17th, 2019

Juliet jumps right out of the closet and into an internship with her feminist authorial idol, crossing the country from NYC to Portland to outrun her family's shock. This book had me smiling on every page because the way Rivera writes is downright fun!