2019 TOP 10 FICTION/Non-Fiction BOOKS
|*Johnson, Kim. This Is My America |
In this novel that explores racism in the American justice system, seventeen-year-old Tracy's dad is an innocent black man on death row and her brother, a promising track star, is accused of killing a white girl. Tracy attempts to save both her brother and father while their Texas town's racist history bets against her.
Lord, Emma. Tweet Cute
This rom-com was made fro the Twitter generation that can't get enough of social media wars between food brand accounts. On the outside, it's a Twitter war between fast-food chain and a deli about a stolen grilled cheese recipe. Behind the scenes, a completely unexpected romance escalates between the classmates who run the accounts.
Goodman, Jessica. They Wish They Were Us
What if you found out the person who you thought killed your best friend didn't actually do it? That's what Jill -- who goes to a seemingly perfect prep school on Long Island -- find's out. She has to get to the bottom of it, even if it means risking it all..
Urban, Diana. All Your Twisted Secrets
A group of classmates finds themselves locked in a room with a bomb, syringe filled with poison, and a note. They have exactly one hour to choose who to kill or everyone will die. As the clock ticks and panic ensues, they try to figure out who could want the seemingly unconnected lot of them dead.
McManus, Karen M. One of Us is NextIt's been a year since Simon's death. People have tried and failed to fill the void his gossip app left...that is, until now. But this time, it's a hazardous game of truth or dare.
*Sequel to One of Us is Lying
|Almost American Girl by Robin Ha|
For as long as she can remember, it’s been Robin and her mom against the world. Growing up in the 1990s as the only child of a single mother in Seoul, Korea, wasn’t always easy, but it has bonded them fiercely together.
So when a vacation to visit friends in Huntsville, Alabama, unexpectedly becomes a permanent relocation—following her mother’s announcement that she’s getting married—Robin is devastated. Overnight, her life changes. She is dropped into a new school where she doesn’t understand the language and struggles to keep up. She is completely cut off from her friends at home and has no access to her beloved comics. At home, she doesn’t fit in with her new stepfamily. And worst of all, she is furious with the one person she is closest to—her mother.
Then one day Robin’s mother enrolls her in a local comic drawing class, which opens the window to a future Robin could never have imagined.
|Stolen Justice written by Lawrence Goldstone|
Following the Civil War, the Reconstruction era raised a new question to those in power in the US: Should African Americans, so many of them former slaves, be granted the right to vote?
In a bitter partisan fight over the legislature and Constitution, the answer eventually became yes, though only after two constitutional amendments, two Reconstruction Acts, two Civil Rights Acts, three Enforcement Acts, the impeachment of a president, and an army of occupation. Yet, even that was not enough to ensure that African American voices would be heard, or their lives protected. White supremacists loudly and intentionally prevented black Americans from voting — and they were willing to kill to do so.
|Fly Like a Girl|
written by Mary Jennings Hegar
On July 29, 2009, Air National Guard Major Mary Jennings Hegar was shot down while on a Medevac mission in Afghanistan. Despite being wounded, her courageous actions saved the lives of her crew and their patients, earning her the Purple Heart as well as the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Device. That day also marked the beginning of a new mission: convincing the U.S. Government to allow women to serve openly on the front line of battle for the first time in American history.
|The Fire Never Goes Out written and illustrated by Noelle Stevenson|
In a collection of essays and personal mini-comics that span eight years of her young adult life, author-illustrator Noelle Stevenson charts the highs and lows of being a creative human in the world. Whether it’s hearing the wrong name called at her art school graduation ceremony or becoming a National Book Award finalist for her debut graphic novel, Nimona, Noelle captures the little and big moments that make up a real life, with a wit, wisdom, and vulnerability that are all her own.
|Apollo 13: A Successful Failure written Laura B. Edge|
On April 13, 1970, the three astronauts aboard the Apollo 13 spacecraft were headed to the moon when a sudden explosion rocked the ship. Oxygen levels began depleting rapidly. Electrical power began to fail. Astronauts James Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise were about to be stranded in the inky void of outer space.
The mission to the moon was scrapped. Now, Apollo 13‘s only goal was to bring the crew home. With the damaged spacecraft hurtling towards the moon at roughly six thousand miles per hour, there was little hope of success. But the astronauts and mission control were fully prepared to do whatever it took to return the crew to Earth.
This space disaster occurred at the peak of the United States’ Space Race against the Soviet Union. But for four days in 1970, the two nations put aside their differences, and the entire world watched the skies, hoping and praying the astronauts would return safely. As missions to Mars and commercial space flight become a reality, the time is now to be reminded of our common humanity, of how rivals can work together and support each other towards a shared goal. Because no matter what happens or where we travel, we all call Earth home.