The Everything I Have Lost by Sylvia Zéleny; narrated by Lori Felipe-Barkin OrangeSky Audio Release date: 05-11-21 ISBN: 9781667003146
Told through journal entries, Julia shares her life coming of age in Juarez, Mexico. Although a US citizen herself, her father is not, and so they live in the “murder capital of the world.” People die, women disappear, and drug runners rule the streets. Just on the other side of the river is El Paso, Texas, where her aunt and cousins live. When her father becomes one of the casualties of this domestic war, will they escape to the US?
One Two Threeby Laurie Frankel; narrated by Emma Galvin, Jesse Vilinsky, and Rebecca Soler Publisher: Macmillan Audio Production from St. Martin’s Press Release date: June 8, 2021 ISBN: 9781250790965
Mab, Monday, and Mirabelle have grown up in Bourne, a bucolic little place that has an above average percentage of pets and humans who have been afflicted with various cancers, congenital birth defects, and early death. Wheelchair accessibility is common. All of this can be traced back to the silty effluence caused by Belsum Chemical that presaged the water turning a violent shade of green. Nora Mitchell, the mother of the triplets, KNOWS that Belsum is responsible and has single-handedly rallied the town in a class action lawsuit that will never bring back her dead husband or make her two neuro-divergent daughters whole. Then, Duke Templeton, son of Belsum Chemical’s owner, comes to town with his family reopening old wounds and heightening town tension with news that the Belsum plant is reopening. In a race against the clock, Mab, Monday, and Mirabelle must try to find evidence that Belsum wants to keep hidden–evidence that could keep the plant shut down forever.
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Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes; narrated by Barrie Buckner Hachette / Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Publication Date: March 3, 2020 ISBN: 9781549157332
Moving from New York to Boston, and from a public school to private, Donte would love to be under the radar at his new elite prep school. Biracial, but darker skinned than his older brother, he finds that he really stands out at his mostly white school. After getting expelled for an infraction he didn’t commit, and experiencing bullying by the captain of the fencing team, he takes up fencing as a means to stand up to the racism he is experiencing. He seeks out a Black former Olympic fencer who agrees to coach him.