BOOKS

Amina by J.L. Powers
Amina by J.L. Powers
A 2016 USBBY Outstanding International Book
Booklist: This book is rich with realistic, complex details about Islam, agency, urban life, and friendship. Amina’s story is at once culturally specific, unique and universal, so that readers from all walks of like will find moments of connection. Politically relevant, this timely story offers many opportunities for classroom discussion.
Kirkus: Amina Khalid is a sweet, amiable teenager—and a solid counterexample to Islamophobia and negative notions about Somalis.
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Colors of the Wind: The Story of Blind Artist and Champion Runner George Mendoza
Colors of the Wind: The Story of Blind Artist and Champion Runner George Mendoza
A 2015 New Mexico Book Award Finalist
“Fiery impact.” –Publishers Weekly
George was one of those kids. You know, the kind that never stays still. And then one day, the doctor said he was going blind. Did that slow George down? Not for a single second. In fact, he was so fast, he went on to break a world record for blind runners. And now he’s breaking more barriers—because ironically, George Mendoza, blind painter, paints what he sees.
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This Thing Called the Future
This Thing Called the Future
ALA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults
Named a Best Book of 2011 by Kirkus
Winner of the 2012 Patterson Prize for Books for Young People, ages 7-12
Winner of the annual Texas Institute of Letters Best Young Adult Book, 2012
Bank Street’s Best Books of the Year List, 2012
“The tense story builds skillfully to an anguished revelation readers will want to discuss.” Booklist, June 7, 2011.
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That Mad Game: Growing up in a Warzone
That Mad Game: Growing up in a Warzone
A 2013 Skipping Stones Honor Book
A 2012 Notable Books for a Global Society Book
“”Seventeen wrenching accounts…from witnesses who as children or teenagers were caught up in wars or internecine violence….War’s most vulnerable victims, stepping up to have their say.”  Kirkus Reviews 
“Readers will be rewarded by [this] compelling and often uplifting anthology … The humor, beauty, and humanity shining through the darkness are what make this collection a must-have for all libraries serving high school students.” School Library Journal
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The Confessional
The Confessional
“Powers’s first novel powerfully combines timely story lines regarding illegal immigration, school violence, and racial tension….The structure Powers builds is ambitious, and she manipulates it for maximum surprise.” — Publisher’s Weekly, starred review
“Powers confronts issues of anti-immigrant prejudice and antiterrorist hysteria with brutal honesty, describing a world not often depicted in literature for young people.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
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