The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 6, 2021
Since his parents’ death in a car crash, Black sixteen-year-old Alex Rufus has somehow developed the ability to see the future of any object or person his hand touches. Seeing himself scooping ice cream whenever he touches the handle of a scoop at work is not much more than a nuisance, but with every inadvertent foreseeing, Alex becomes more certain that his abilities are a curse. When Alex touches a family photo and sees a series of events leading to his brother Isaiah’s death, he resolves to do something, anything, to repair their relationship and save Izzy in what little time he has left.
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All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson; narrated by George M. Johnson
Publication Date: April 28, 2020
Told in three acts, this memoir/manifesto shares the intimate stories of journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist navigating the intersectionality of being Black and queer in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It explores the White supremacy, toxic masculinity, and homophobia that permeated his everyday life. It moves from stories of his childhood, teenage years, and growing up in New Jersey and Virginia to his early adulthood living closeted at his HBCU.
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Birthday by Meredith Russo
Flatiron Books / Macmillan
Publication Date: May 21, 2019
Best friends Eric and Morgan have a tradition ever since they’ve been kids – to check in with each other on their shared birthday, even if they are moving apart a little bit. Eric struggles with his relationship with his family, football, and feelings for his friend Morgan, while Morgan struggles with the death of her mother as well as making the decision to live as her true self.
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