Hearts Unbroken

by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Hearts Unbroken


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Louise Wolfe has just broken up with her first real boyfriend after he disrespects Native people. She’d rather focus on family, friends, and working on her school’s newspaper. Along with photojournalist Joey Kairouz, Louise finds herself with a huge story: the school musical director’s inclusive casting of The Wizard of Oz sparks backlash in their mostly-white Kansas town. While tensions rise in town and at school, a romance between Lou and Joey emerges. But will Lou break Joey’s heart trying to protect her own?

  • Ages 14 & up

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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The Hate U Give

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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Don’t Touch My Hair!

by Sharee Miller

Don’t Touch My Hair!


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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

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