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The world is a diverse place. No two people, communities, cultures or mindsets are identical. As librarians, it’s critical to offer a collection that is as diverse as your readers. We've compiled select in-stock titles featured in our recent "Demand Diversity" webcast to help you find quality books to diversify your library's collection!

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      Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens

      by Marieke Nijkamp

      Nov 2018

      Young Adults Plus

      All the stories in this groundbreaking, genre-hopping collection are written by authors with disabilities, including William Alexander, Dhonielle Clayton, and Kody Keplinger. Their characters specialize in everything from dating advice to tandem biking to hacking.
      Brief author biographies.

      Trail of Lightning

      by Rebecca Roanhorse

      Nov 2018

      Adult Crossover Thrillers Plus

      During a climate apocalypse, Dinétah monster hunter, Maggie, and medicine man Kai search the rez for a missing girl.

      When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana

      by Michael Mahin

      Nov 2018

      Arts Elementary Plus

      Carlos Santana loved to listen to his father play el violín. It was a sound that filled the world with magic and love and feeling and healing—a sound that made angels real. Carlos wanted to make angels real, too. So he started playing music.
      Carlos tried el clarinete and el violín, but there were no angels. Then he picked up la guitarra. He took the soul of the Blues, the brains of Jazz, and the energy of Rock and Roll, and added the slow heat of Afro-Cuban drums and the cilantro-scented sway of the music he’d grown up with in Mexico. There were a lot of bands in San Francisco but none of them sounded like this. Had Carlos finally found the music that would make his angels real?
      Author’s note. Bibliography. Further listening. Full-color illustrations created with acrylic and enamel markers on canvas.

      Unsinkable: From Russian Orphan to Paralympic Swimming World Champion

      by Jessica Long

      Oct 2018

      Sports Middle Plus

      Jessica Long was born with fibular hemimelia and adopted from a Siberian orphanage as a baby. She endured early health struggles and has gone on to become the second most decorated US Paralympic athlete of all time.

      Full-color photographs.


      by Somaiya Daud

      Oct 2018

      Fantasy/Science Fiction High Plus

      In a world dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated home.
      But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.
      As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection...because one wrong move could lead to her death.
      Black-and-white maps and illustrations.


      by Torrey Maldonado

      Oct 2018

      Advanced Readers Plus

      Kids from the Brooklyn projects are supposed to be “hard.” But when Bryan starts hanging with new kid Mike, he learns that pretending to be tough can lead to trouble.

      A Big Mooncake for Little Star

      by Grace Lin

      Oct 2018

      Kindergarten Plus

      Little Star and her mother make a mooncake, but it’s not time to eat it yet. In the middle of the night, Little Star wonders: will her mama notice if she takes tiny nibble?
      Author’s note. Full-color gouache illustrations.

      A Moon for Moe and Mo

      by Jane Breskin Zalben

      Oct 2018

      City Elementary

      Moses Feldman, a Jewish boy, lives at one end of Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, New York, while Mohammed Hassan, a Muslim boy, lives at the other. One day they meet at Sahadi’s market while out shopping with their mothers and are mistaken for brothers. A friendship is born, and the boys bring their families together to share rugelach and date cookies in the park as they make a wish for peace.
      Author’s note. Illustrator’s note. Full-color illustrations done in acrylic, markers, ink, and photo collage, then digitally assembled in Photoshop.

      My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder

      by Nie Jun

      Oct 2018

      Graphic Novels Elementary Plus

      Information about Beijing and its traditional neighborhoods. Additional black-and-white pencil sketches. Full-color illustrations.

      Meet Yasmin!

      by Saadia Faruqi

      Oct 2018

      Easy Reading

      Discussion suggestions. Glossary of Urdu words. Pakistan facts. Recipe and activity. Full-color illustrations.

      How to Build A Hug: Temple Grandin and Her Amazing Squeeze Machine

      by Amy Guglielmo

      Oct 2018

      Biography Elementary Plus

      As a young girl, Temple Grandin loved folding paper kites, making obstacle courses, and building lean-tos. But she really didn’t like hugs. Temple wanted to be held—but to her, hugs felt like being stuffed inside the scratchiest sock in the world; like a tidal wave of dentist drills, sandpaper, and awful cologne, coming at her all at once. Would she ever get to enjoy the comfort of a hug?
      Then one day, Temple had an idea. If she couldn’t receive a hug, she would make one…she would build a hug machine!
      Authors’ note. Full-color watercolor illustrations.

      Fresh Ink: An Anthology

      by Lamar Giles

      Oct 2018

      Young Adults Plus

      This label-defying anthology, edited by a founding member of We Need Diverse Books, contains thirteen stories by some of today’s most recognizable authors, including Nicola Yoon, Jason Reynolds, and Melissa de la Cruz.
      Foreword. Note on We Need Diverse Books. Brief author biographies. Black-and-white illustrations.
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