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Best YA Books of 2020 for Understanding the U.S. Today

  • TEEN

    JANE AGAINST THE WORLD

    FEB. 25, 2020

  • TEEN

    THE VOTING BOOTH

    JULY 7, 2020

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE VOTING BOOTH

by Brandy Colbert

A warmly entertaining story at the nexus of teen relationships and activism. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    STRONGMAN

    OCT. 6, 2020

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

STRONGMAN

by Kenneth C. Davis

A pitch-perfect balance of nuanced reflection and dire warning. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    THIS IS MY AMERICA

    JULY 28, 2020

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THIS IS MY AMERICA

by Kim Johnson

Harrowing and worthwhile; a call-to-action from the anti-racist insights of a generation of Black activists. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    RAD AMERICAN HISTORY A-Z

    MARCH 3, 2020

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

RAD AMERICAN HISTORY A-Z

by Kate Schatz ; illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl

A concise and intriguing survey of the relentless fight for social change. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    DEAR JUSTYCE

    SEPT. 29, 2020

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

DEAR JUSTYCE

by Nic Stone

A powerful, raw must-read told through the lens of a Black boy ensnared by our broken criminal justice system. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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