2020 Featured Books (Read all four!)
Julissa Arce was born in Mexico. Her parents legally worked in America for months at aa time leaving Julissa and her sisters to be raised by their grandmother and a nanny. One day, Julissa makes an innocent mistake and her parents decide it is time for Julissa to live with them in Texas. She doesn't know the language or the customs. Most importantly, she only has a visitor's visa. In this memoir, the reader will get a first look at the life of a "DREAMer".
Everyone has secrets but how far would you go to protect yours? Simon (the outcast) walks into detention with Bronwyn (the brain), Addy (the beauty), Nate (the criminal) and Cooper (the athlete). Only Simon never leaves. He is murdered before the end of attention because he plans to reveal everyone's truths the next day. Whodunnit? This book will keep you guessing.
Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school where Jordan is one of the few kids of color. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan finds himself torn between two worlds - and not really fitting into either one.
This unique book is told as a traditional narrative interspersed with black and white illustrations as well as collage style illustrations. It is the story of of Malú. Malú loves rock music, skateboarding, zines, and Soyrizo (hold the cilantro, please). And when she assembles a group of like-minded misfits at school and starts a band, Malú finally begins to feel at home. She'll do anything to preserve this, which includes standing up to an anti-punk school administration to fight for her right to express herself!