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Summer Reading 2019

Resources for Summer Reading books for the Summer of 2019

In the course of selecting books for this year's All-School Summer Reading list, we considered many more books than actually made it on to the list.  Here are a few examples.

In addition to books we considered, there are also many books in the library that relate well to our theme or to specific books on the list.  We hope that some of you will be interested enough to continue to read on this theme.

NOTE: These books are NOT part of the official list. They are  OPTIONAL & ADDITIONAL choices for anyone particularly interested in this theme.

See Below for a sampling of some other books in the library that can act as Windows into a particular identity.   

Windows: Native American

Hearts Unbroken

There There

Give Me Some Truth

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

Ten Little Indians

Flight

The House of Purple Cedar

#Notyourprincess

"... an eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art that combine to express the experience of being a Native woman."

My Name Is Not Easy

Windows: Faiths

I Believe in Water

Soul Searching

Secrets

The Healer

Marcelo in the Real World

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

The Possibilities of Sainthood

Led by Faith

Bless Me, Ultima

Windows: LGBTQIA

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Symptoms of Being Human

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Check Please, Book 1: Hockey

Picture Us in the Light

A Queer History of the United States

The Inside of Out

Odd One Out

More Happy Than Not

They Both Die at the End

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Open Mic

Born with: Erika and Gianni

Windows: Latinx

Marcelo in the Real World

The Poet X

The Book of Unknown Americans

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

An African American and Latinx History of the United States

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces

Latino U. S. A.

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano

Bless Me, Ultima

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

Cuba 15

Under the Mesquite

Windows: Ability Differences

Wonder

Turtles All the Way Down

El Deafo

Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse

A Disability History of the United States

Five Flavors of Dumb

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Finding Zoe

Girls Like Us

(Don't) Call Me Crazy

Challenger Deep

Born with: Erika and Gianni

Accidents of Nature

Marcelo in the Real World

You're Welcome, Universe

Laughing at My Nightmare

Windows: Immigrants and Refugees

American Street

Internment

The Boy at the Back of the Class

Escape from Syria

We Are Displaced

Picture Us in the Light

The Orange Houses

The Book of Unknown Americans

How Dare the Sun Rise

Sea Prayer

Windows: Genders

Watch Us Rise

Women of Courage

Deep Girls

The Radical Element

"An anthology of historical short stories features a diverse array of girls standing up for themselves and their beliefs, forging their own paths while resisting society's expectations"--OCLC.

We Should All Be Feminists

Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World

A scrapbook-style teen guide to understanding what it really means to be a feminist.

The Poet X

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces

Symptoms of Being Human

Hearts Unbroken

American Panda

Girls Like Us

Every Man for Himself

The Latte Rebellion

Girl rising : changing the world one girl at a time

If I Was Your Girl

I Am J

This Will Be My Undoing

Cuba 15

Beyond Magenta

Windows: Blackness / Whiteness

An African American and Latinx History of the United States

X

Genesis Begins Again

Odd One Out

Brown Girl Dreaming

If You Come Softly

Caucasia

Dear Martin

Watch Us Rise

American Street

So You Want to Talk about Race

This Will Be My Undoing

Waking up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race

The Color of Water

Between Black and White

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

Bronx Masquerade

Selected Other Books in Our Collection

Women's Lives - Men's Laws

A collection of writings in which Catharine MacKinnon presents her approach to reframing the laws of men on the basis of the lives of women.

We Should All Be Feminists

Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World

A scrapbook-style teen guide to understanding what it really means to be a feminist.

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano

It is 1969 in Spanish Harlem, and fourteen-year-old Evelyn Serrano is trying hard to break free from her conservative Puerto Rican surroundings, but when her activist grandmother comes to stay and the neighborhood protests start, things get a lot more complicated--and dangerous.

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl

Before Carrie Brownstein became a music icon, she was a young girl growing up in the Pacific Northwest just as it was becoming the setting for one the most important movements in rock history. Sleater-Kinney, rose to prominence in the burgeoning underground feminist punk-rock movement of the 1990s.

The Latte Rebellion

Asha Jamison and her best friend Carey, inspired by a racial insult, set off on a money-making trip, selling t-shirts to raise awareness for mixed-race students.

After the Shot Drops

"Told from alternating perspectives, Bunny takes a basketball scholarship to an elite private school to help his family, leaving behind Nasir, his best friend, in their tough Philadelphia neighborhood"

Long Way Down

As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.

Claudette Colvin

Presents an account of fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin, an African-American girl who refused to give up her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, nine months before Rosa Parks, and covers her role in a crucial civil rights case

Girl rising : changing the world one girl at a time

Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls' education, created a film that chronicled the stories of nine girls in the developing world, allowing viewers the opportunity to witness how education can break the cycle of poverty. Now, award-winning author Tanya Lee Stone deftly uses new research to illuminate the dramatic facts behind the film, focusing both on the girls captured on camera and many others.

I Am Malala

Malala Yousafzai's describes her fight for education for girls under Taliban rule, the support she received from her parents to pursue an education, and how the Taliban retaliated against her by trying to kill her.

Led by Faith

Escape from Syria

A fictionalized account of a family fleeing war-torn Syria after their home in Aleppo is destroyed. They endure wretched refugee camps, ocean crossings, swindlers--all to find safety in the West

Symptoms of Being Human

A gender-fluid teenager who struggles with identity creates a blog on the topic that goes viral, and faces ridicule at the hands of fellow students" Some days Riley Cavanaugh identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. when the blog goes viral, Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created-- or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

Links to Other Lists

Great Book Lists on for more Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Doors