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The Strange Ones by Jeremy Jusay
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Publication Date: January 14, 2020
A serendipitous meeting at a Belly concert in
Manhattan between Anjeline and Franck, two loner teens in NYC in the early
1990s, leads to an epic friendship and much more. As they journey back and
forth to Staten Island, they bond over music, family, and ennui. We see their
relationship develop, and their loner armor slowly begins to melt.
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Beast Rider by Tony Johnston and Maria Elena Fontandt De Rhoads
Publication Date: March 19, 2019
Manuel has one goal; to get to Los Angeles and his older brother. In order to do this he will have to jump on a train, The Beast, and ride on the roof until it crosses into the US. But it isn’t that easy when you are 12. Manuel encounters many setbacks on his voyage including police, gangs, thieves, starvation and someone even steals his shoes. Getting to his brother takes years.
While this story at first appears hopeless, Manuel never loses sight of his goal and shows his resilience to all of these obstacles and even meets some kind people who give him a meal and nurse him back to life after being left for dead.
This title is recommended for readers who have enjoyed Sedgwick’s Saint Death (2016), Anderson’s Border Crossing (2009) or Bowles poems They Call Me Guero (2018).
–Jessica Lorentz Smith
Copycat by Hannah Jayne
Publication Date: July 3, 2018
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The Avant-Guards, vol. 1 by Carly Usdin and Noah Hayes
Publication Date: September 3, 2019
When Charlie transfers to The Georgia O’Keefe College for Arts and Subtle Dramatics, she thought she was done with basketball and the pressures of college athletics. Struggling to fit in and feel comfortable in a strange new environment, the last thing she wants is the added pressures of basketball on top of everything else. She doesn’t count on Liv, the passionate and exuberant basketball player determined to start a women’s league at O’Keefe. With Liv’s drive and help from the other quirky yet welcoming members of the team, Charlie realizes that this squad might not stress her out like the previous team she fled in the past. Also, She may have found the kind of friends she was looking for—and maybe even a new girlfriend.
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