This month Brooklyn Public Librarian Jess Gafkowitz has brought together some great titles for young people that could be suitable for readers with a range of tastes and genre preferences. Students can read one, two or all of these recommended books or read even more by checking out the library’s free service, Bklyn BookMatch.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee:
Set in the 18th century, bisexual British lord Monty, his sister Felicity and best friend/secret crush Percy embark on a dangerous but hilarious Grand Tour of Europe.
The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee:
Orphan and thief Mary Quinn is destined to be hanged, until she finds herself at Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls, a cover for their all-female investigative unit known as the Agency. There, she is trained to pose as lady’s companion to solve an important mystery and discovers the Agency has mysteries of its own.
Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac:
Through the eyes of sixteen-year-old Navajo boy Ned Begay, readers will learn about code talkers, a brave group of Navajo people who helped save many American lives during World War II.
It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas:
Set in the late 1970’s, Zomorod (Cindy) and her family settle into their fourth home in Newport Beach, California. When political unrest in Iran leads to a violent revolution, the family worries for their relatives’ safety back home and faces growing anti-Iran sentiment in their own neighborhood.
I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosin
Celeste’s life drastically changes after her country, Chile is taken over by a corrupt government. To stay safe, Celeste’s parents go into hiding and she is sent to live with her aunt in America. Celeste must balance adjusting to her new life while missing her old one.
Front Desk by Kelly Yang:
Ten-year-old Mia Tang and her parents live in and manage the Calivista Motel. Aside from managing the front desk, Mia struggles to balance her writing, a growing friendship, being bullied, and helping motel guests in need.
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