We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration by Frank Abe, Tamiko Nimura, Ross Ishikawa, and Matt Sasaki Chin Music Press Publication Date: May 18, 2021 ISBN: 9781634059763
We Hereby Refuse illustrates the experiences of three individuals—Jim Akutsu, Hiroshi Kashiwagi, and Mitsuye Endo—caught up in the US government’s decision during World War II to treat Japanese Americans as traitors. Betrayed and wronged by their country, they fight to keep their families together while struggling against physical and psychological violence and misleading information. However, their decision to challenge the loyalty oath contract causes problems within the US government and the Japanese American community. The choices they make will lead them to life-altering consequences.
Each quarter, the Selected Lists teams compile the titles that have been officially nominated to date. These books have been suggested by the team or through the title suggestion form, read by multiple members of the team, and received approval to be designated an official nomination. At the end of the year, the final list of nominations and each Selected List’s Top Ten will be chosen from these titles.
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Admission. By Julie Buxbaum. Read by Julia Whelan. 2020. Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group/Listening Library, $63 (9780593216996).
Chloe, privileged daughter of a beloved celebrity, watches helplessly as her mother is caught up in a college admission scandal benefiting her. Julia Whelan skillfully unpacks the emotions that go with Chloe’s questioning whether her parents believe she is enough.
Amari believes her missing brother is alive. When a mysterious suitcase appears in her closest, she is whisked away to a land of magic. To find her brother, Amari must pass a series of tests in order to enter the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. Strong narration supports this fantastical adventure.
Class Act by Jerry Craft; narrated by Nile Bullock, Jesus del Orden, Guy Lockard, Marc Thompson, Peyton Lusk, Rebecca Soler, Dan Bittner, January LaVoy, Phoebe Strole, Jordan Cobb, A.J. Beckles, Robin Miles, Ron Butler, Miles Harvey, Kim Mai Guest, Kyla Garcia & Soneela Nankani HarperAudio Publication Date: January 5, 2021 ISBN: 9780063032057
Drew Ellis, Jordan Banks and Liam Landers are back at Riverdale Academy Day School for their eighth grade year, where they have to navigate microaggressions, colorism and class differences. The focus of this book is Drew and his home life with his grandmother, his longing to join the basketball team without becoming a stereotype, and his growing resentment towards Liam, the wealthiest of his friends.
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Fights: One Boy’s Triumph Over Violence by Joel Christian Gill Oni Press Publication Date: January 21, 2020 ISBN: 978-1549303357
Joel Christian Gill tells his life story in this stunning graphic memoir that does not shy away from the sometimes brutal fights and life lessons Gill faced before becoming the father, artist, and author he is today.
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When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed; narrated by a full cast Listening Library Release date: April 14, 2020 ISBN: 978-0593162576
Brothers Omar and Hassan escaped war in Somalia where their father was killed. As very young boys they arrived at Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya. Their mother is missing, and Hassan is not well. At the camp, food and medical care is scarce, and hope is hard to come by. Omar and Hassan manage to get along with help from others. Omar is given a chance at an education, which, while reluctant to take (as it will separate him from his brother regularly) he decides to go to school.
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When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed, and Iman Geddy Dial Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House Published: April 14, 2020 ISBN: 9780525553908
Fleeing their war-torn home of Somalia,
brothers Omar and Hassan live in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya. Omar has
almost no memories of life before the camp and his mother, who he still
desperately searches for in the faces of new refugees. Taking care of Hassan is
his full-time job, but Omar dreams of going to school and making a new life for
himself and his brother.
When survival is your priority, is there room
for dreams too?