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Ciel by Sophie Labelle

Ciel is a character-driven, slice-of-life, coming-of-age novel featuring a gender nonconforming trans kid named Ciel as they start their first year of high school…

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Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

The town of Lucille is essentially a utopia. Its older citizens have done some hard, difficult work. Justice is restorative, not punitive. There’s a…

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Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy by Rey Terciero and Bre Indigo

Confession: I’m really not fond of Alcott’s Little Women. But Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy is a contemporary retelling, in graphic novel format, and…

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Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Wishtree is a sweet story about loving your neighbor and taking action in the face of injustice. Red, a 216-year-old raggy tree, is our…

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The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle by Victoria Williamson

The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle is a middle grade novel that follows two girls as they begin to trust each other and…

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The Pants Project by Cat Clarke

I felt wary about checking out The Pants Project because, as far as I can tell, this is not an #ownvoices book and, honestly?…

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

“I am born in Ohio but the stories of South Carolina already run like rivers through my veins.” In her free-verse memoir Brown Girl Dreaming,…

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Kid Presidents by David Stabler

When Kid Presidents arrived in the mail, I didn’t expect to share it with C. It’s geared for ages 9-12, and she’s only a…

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Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky

Gracefully Grayson is a compelling, heartrending piece of middle grade fiction that kept me reading, pretty much straight through, into the wee hours of…

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I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora

. . I Kill the Mockingbird is such a clever novel! Best friends Lucy, Elena, and Michael come up with an idea to honor…

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