Tight

by Torrey Maldonado

Tight


Themes



Lately Bryan’s been feeling it in all kinds of ways. He knows what’s tight for him in a good way–reading comics, drawing superheroes, and hanging out with no drama. But drama’s hard to escape where he’s from, and that gets him wound up tight. And now Bryan’s new friend Mike is challenging him to have fun in ways that are crazy risky. At first, it’s a rush following Mike, hopping turnstiles, subway surfing, and getting into all kinds of trouble. But Bryan never feels right acting wrong. So which way will he go when he understands that drama is so not his style? Fortunately his favorite comic heroes shed light on his dilemma, reminding him that he has power–the power to choose his friends and to stand up for what he believes is right.

  • Ages 11-13

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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The Prince and The Dressmaker​

by Jen Wang

The Prince and The Dressmaker


Themes


Gender Norms Toxic Masculinity Bullying

​Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:
Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion! Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend?

  • Ages 9-13

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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The Outsiders

by S.E. Hinton

The Outsiders


Themes


Toxic Masculinity Family Gang Violence

No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he’s got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his friends—true friends who would do anything for him, like Johnny and Two-Bit. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up on “greasers” like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect—until the night someone takes things too far.

  • Ages 14 & up

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower


Themes


Toxic Masculinity Child Sexual Abuse Healthy Communication

Charlie is just starting high school, and writing singular, unique, hilarious, and devastating letters to an unknown recipient. Caught between trying to live his life and run from it, Charlie is set on a strange course. He must learn to navigate the world of first dates, mixtapes, family drama, new friends, sex, drugs, and the Rocky Horror Picture Show. This is a time when all he needs is the right song on a perfect drive to feel infinite. 

  • Ages 14 & up

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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Afar

by Leila del Duca, Kit Seaton

Afar


Themes


Afrofuturism Healthy Masculinity Girl Empowerment Gender Norms Inclusion and Diversity

Boetema discovers she can astrally project into new worlds and possess the bodies of people on other planets. At the same time, her troublemaker brother finds himself in a scary situation after eavesdropping on an illegal deal between business tycoons and their cyborg bodyguard. Boetema accidentally hurts someone while in another girl’s body, and the siblings must work together to solve the problems they’ve created.

  • Ages 9-13

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