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Summer Reading 2016


All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

A black writer and a white writer take turns telling the story of a fictional police brutality case from different points of view. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? How does the community start to hear each other?

Author interview

Read/Hear an excerpt

NYT review

Big Girls Don’t Cry: the election that changed everything for American women by Rebeca Traister

In 2008, Hillary Clinton became the first woman in history to win a major party presidential primary, and nearly earned the Democratic nomination. writer Rebecca Traister covered the campaign, and wrote this non-fiction book about it, a meditation on a country coming to terms with powerful women.

Book trailer

NYT Review:

Links to author’s writing on current election

Hamilton: the musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda

How does an orphan dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean grow up to become America’s $10 founding father? Unpack the layers of complexity in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s beautiful hip-hop biography through these remarkably detailed and thought-provoking online explanations of his lyrics.

Genius Link:

Listen on Spotify

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Marcus, a.k.a "w1n5t0n," is only seventeen years old, but he is smart and fast and has no trouble outwitting his high school's intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems. But his whole world changes when he and his friends find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Marcus and his crew are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security and whisked away to a secret prison where they're mercilessly interrogated for days.

Author interview: 'Little Brother' and What Orwell Got Wrong

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Ms. Marvel vol.1: no normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona

Kamala Khan is an average Muslim girl from New Jersey trying to balance her social life and her strict immigrant parents. But when she sees a schoolmate drowning, she turns into Ms. Marvel… Does her new superpower help her fit in? Or just add another hassle to her already complicated life? You can find the two supplementary essays here and here


Video: How is Ms. Marvel Changing Media for the Better?

Read a sample

Author interview (NPR)

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