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This Is My America by
Publication Date: 2020-07-28
Every week, seventeen-year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X, asking the organization to help her father, an innocent Black man on death row. After seven years, Tracy is running out of time—her dad has only 267 days left. Then the unthinkable happens. The police arrive in the night, and Tracy’s older brother, Jamal, goes from being a bright, promising track star to a “thug” on the run, accused of killing a white girl. Determined to save her brother, Tracy investigates what really happened between Jamal and Angela down at the Pike. But will Tracy and her family survive the uncovering of the skeletons of their Texas town’s racist history that still haunt the present?
Fans of Nic Stone and Jason Reynolds won’t want to miss this provocative and gripping debut
Dancing at the Pity Party by
Publication Date: 2020-04-14
Part poignant cancer memoir and part humorous reflection on a motherless life, this debut graphic novel is extraordinarily comforting and engaging.
From before her mother's first oncology appointment through the stages of her cancer to the funeral, sitting shiva, and afterward, when she must try to make sense of her life as a motherless daughter, Tyler Feder tells her story in this graphic novel that is full of piercing--but also often funny--details. She shares the important post-death firsts, such as celebrating holidays without her mom, the utter despair of cleaning out her mom's closet, ending old traditions and starting new ones, and the sting of having the "I've got to tell Mom about this" instinct and not being able to act on it. This memoir, bracingly candid and sweetly humorous, is for anyone struggling with loss who just wants someone to get it.
NC High School Battle of the Books 2021-22 List
2021-2022 High School Battle of the Books List
Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh by Candace Fleming
Dancing at the Pity Party** by Tyler Feder
Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
This is My America by Kim Johnson
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
Angel of Greenwood by Randi Pink
The Cat I Never Named by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess
Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas