Amina’s Voice​

by Hena Khan

Amina’s Voice


Themes



Amina has never been comfortable in the spotlight. She is happy just hanging out with her best friend, Soojin. Except, now that she’s in middle school, everything feels different. Soojin is suddenly hanging out with Emily, one of the “cool” girls in the class, and even talking about changing her name to something more “American.” Does Amina need to start changing too? Or hiding who she is to fit in? While Amina struggles with these questions, she also has to deal with the devastation of her local mosque being vandalized.

  • Ages 11-13

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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The Jumbies​

by Tracey Baptiste

The Jumbies


Themes


Girl Empowerment Friendship Community

​Corinne La Mer claims she isn’t afraid of anything. Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not jumbies. They’re just tricksters made up by parents to frighten their children. Then one night Corinne chases an agouti all the way into the forbidden forest, and shining yellow eyes follow her to the edge of the trees. They couldn’t belong to a jumbie. Or could they? When Corinne spots a beautiful stranger at the market the very next day, she knows something extraordinary is about to happen. When this same beauty, called Severine, turns up at Corinne’s house, danger is in the air. Severine plans to claim the entire island for the jumbies. Corinne must call on her courage and her friends and learn to use ancient magic she didn’t know she possessed to stop Severine and to save her island home.

  • Ages 9-13

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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Maybe He Just Likes You

by Barbara Dee

Maybe He Just Likes You


Themes


Girl empowerment Sexual Harassment Consent Bullying

For seventh-grader Mila, it starts with some boys giving her an unwanted hug on the school blacktop. A few days later, at recess, one of the boys (and fellow trumpet player) Callum tells Mila it’s his birthday, and asks her for a “birthday hug.” He’s just being friendly, isn’t he? And how can she say no? But Callum’s hug lasts a few seconds too long, and feels…weird. According to her friend, Zara, Mila is being immature and overreacting. Doesn’t she know what flirting looks like? But the boys don’t leave Mila alone. On the bus. In the halls. During band practice, the one place Mila could always escape. It doesn’t feel like flirting—so what is it? Thanks to a chance meeting, Mila begins to find solace in a new place: karate class. Slowly, with the help of a fellow classmate, Mila learns how to stand her ground and how to respect others and herself.

  • Ages 11-13

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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A Time To Dance

by Padma Venkatraman

A Time To Dance


Themes


Disability Dance Girl Empowerment

Veda, a classical dance prodigy in India, lives and breathes dance—so when an accident leaves her a below-knee amputee, her dreams are shattered. For a girl who’s grown used to receiving applause for her dance prowess and flexibility, adjusting to a prosthetic leg is painful and humbling. But Veda refuses to let her disability rob her of her dreams, and she starts all over again, taking beginner classes with the youngest dancers. Then Veda meets Govinda, a young man who approaches dance as a spiritual pursuit. As their relationship deepens, Veda reconnects with the world around her, and begins to discover who she is and what dance truly means to her.

  • Ages 14 & up

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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The Poet X

by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X


Themes


Spiritual Abuse Sexual Harrassment Girl Empowerment Coming of Age

Xiomara Batista lives in Harlem, where she has just discovered slam poetry. She uses slam to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world, where she feels unheard and unable to hide. After growing new curves, Xiomara learns to let her fists do the talking — but she still feels like she has plenty to stay, and fills pages with poems. After Xiomara is invited to join the slam poetry club at her school, she’s afraid to join without her mami finding out, but she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

  • Ages 14 & up

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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House on Mango Street

by Sandra Cisneros

House on Mango Street


Themes


Immigration Sexual Assault Girl Empowerment Domestic Violence Sexism Consent Gender Norms Cultural Norms

Popular among young adults and mature readers alike, The House on Mango Street is the story of a young Latina growing up in Chicago. Told through a story of vignettes, the story is both heartbreaking and joyful, and has touched countless readers.

  • Ages 14 & up

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give


Themes


Youth Empowerment Police Violence Girl Empowerment Structural Oppression Racism

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter is barely balancing moving between two worlds: her poor neighborhood and the fancy prep school she attends in the suburbs. After Starr witnesses the shooting of her best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer, that balance is lost entirely. Starr finds herself in the middle of the situation after Khalil’s death becomes a national headline. Protesters take to the streets for Khalil, but cops and a local drug lord try to intimidate Starr while others call Khalil a thug. Starr is the only person who knows what really happened that night, but what she says could upend her community — or even endanger her life.

  • Ages 9-13

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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Saints and Misfits

by S.K. Ali

Saints and Misfits


Themes


Sexual Assault Islamophobia Girl Empowerment

Janna sees three types of people in her life: saints, who move the world forward, misfits, who just don’t fit in, and monsters, like the person at her mosque who everyone thinks is untouchable. Through this novel, Janna tries to navigate her place with her father’s “brand new family,” her mother and older brother, her crush Jeremy, and the secret that plagues her. 

  • Ages 9-13

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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Mango, Abuela, and Me

by Meg Medina, Angela Dominguez

Mango, Abuela, and Me


Themes


Immigration Different Family Structures Girl Empowerment

Mia’s abuela leaves her sunny house with parrots and palm trees to move in with Mia and her parents in the city. When she arrives, Mia wants to share her favorite book before bedtime, but learns that Abuela can’t read it. Mia decides to help Abuela learn English while they cook together, and she gets to learn some Spanish herself. It’s hard for Abuela to learn and tell Mia her stories, but they have some help after Mia sees a parrot in the window. 

  • Ages 7-8

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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Don’t Touch My Hair!

by Sharee Miller

Don’t Touch My Hair!


Themes


Racism Consent Girl Empowerment

Just about everywhere Aria goes, someone wants to touch her fluffy, curly hair. Whether she’s in the street, under the sea, in the jungle, or even in space, strangers (and strange creatures) try to touch Aria’s hair. Finally, she has had enough!

  • Ages 7-8

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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