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999: The extraordinary young women of the first official Jewish transport to Auschwitz
(Macadam, Heather Dune)
On March 25, 1942, nearly a thousand young, unmarried Jewish women boarded a train in Poprad, Slovakia. Filled with a sense of adventure and national pride, they left their parents' homes wearing their best clothes and confidently waving good-bye. Believing they were going to work in a factory for a few months, they were eager to report for government service. Instead, the young women--many of them teenagers--were sent to Auschwitz. Their government paid 500 Reich Marks (about $200) apiece for the Nazis to take them as slave labor. Of those 999 innocent deportees, only a few would survive. The facts of the first official Jewish transport to Auschwitz are little known, yet profoundly relevant today. These were not resistance fighters or prisoners of war. There were no men among them. Sent to almost certain death, the young women were powerless and insignificant not only because they were Jewish--but also because they were female.
Genre(s):
Nonfiction
Jewish women in the Holocaust
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) Poland

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438 p.

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Dear Edward: a novel
(Napolitano, Ann)
One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them are a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured veteran returning from Afghanistan, a business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. Halfway across the country, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor.
Genre(s):
Airplane crash survival -- Fiction
Grief -- Fiction
Loss (Psychology) -- Fiction
Orphans -- Fiction

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340 p.

Kit Level: Adult

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Drama
(Telgemeier, Raina)
Recommended for Grades 5-8. Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon Over Mississippi, she's a terrible singer. Instead she's the set designer for the stage crew, and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn't know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen, and when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier! Following the success of SMILE, Raina Telgemeier brings us another graphic novel featuring a diverse set of characters that humorously explores friendship, crushes, and all-around drama!
Genre(s):
Theater -- Comic books, strips, etc
Theater -- Juvenile fiction
Interpersonal relations -- Comic books, strips, etc

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233 p.

Kit Level: Kids

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Family upstairs, The
(Jewell, Lisa)
"Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones returns home from work to find the letter she's been waiting for her entire life. She rips it open with one driving thought: I am finally going to know who I am. She soon learns not only the identity of her birth parents, but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London's fashionable Chelsea neighborhood, worth millions. Everything in Libby's life is about to change. But what she can't possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well--and she is on a collision course to meet them. Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone.
Genre(s):
Family secrets -- Fiction
Orphans -- Fiction
Inheritance and succession -- Fiction
Mansions England London -- Fiction
Cold cases (Criminal investigation) -- Fiction

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340 p.

Kit Level: Adult

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George
(Gino, Alex)
Recommended for Grades 3-7. "When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part . . . because she's a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte -- but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all" -- provided by publisher
Genre(s):
Gender identity -- Juvenile fiction
Middle school students -- Juvenile fiction
Bullying -- Juvenile fiction
Friendship -- Juvenile fiction

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195 p.

Kit Level: Kids

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Gown,The: a novel of the royal wedding
(Robson, Jennifer)
London, 1947: Besieged by the harshest winter in living memory, burdened by onerous shortages and rationing, the people of postwar Britain are enduring lives of quiet desperation despite their nation's recent victory. Among them are Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, embroiderers at the famed Mayfair fashion house of Norman Hartnell. Together they forge an unlikely friendship, but their nascent hopes for a brighter future are tested when they are chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime honor: taking part in the creation of Princess Elizabeth's wedding gown.
Genre(s):
Wedding costume -- Fiction
Women dressmakers -- Fiction
FICTION / Historical

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371 p.

Kit Level: Adult

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Hate u give, The
(Thomas, Angie)
Recommended for Grades 9-12. "Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does--or does not--say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life."--Amazon
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Witnesses -- Fiction
Race relations -- Fiction
Police shootings -- Fiction
African Americans -- Fiction

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444 p.

Kit Level: Teen

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Intersection allies: we make room for all
(Johnson, Chelsea)
Recommended for Grades 1-7. Despite all of the ways we are different from one another, we still have values and common interests that intersect. We can listen to and support each other in ways that unite us across differences!
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Nonfiction
Intersectionality (Sociology) -- Juvenile literature
Individual differences -- Juvenile literature
Sexual orientation -- Juvenile literature
Individuality -- Juvenile literature

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54 p.

Kit Level: Kids

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Motherhood so white: a memoir of race, gender, and parenting in America
(Austin, Nefertiti)
"In America, Mother = White. That's what Nefertiti, a single African American woman, discovered when she decided she wanted to adopt a Black baby boy out of the foster care system. Eager to finally join the motherhood ranks, Nefertiti was shocked when people started asking her why she wanted to adopt a 'crack baby' or said that she would never be able to raise a Black son on her own. She realized that American society saw motherhood through a white lens, and that there would be no easy understanding or acceptance of the kind of family she hoped to build. Motherhood So White is the story of Nefertiti's fight to create the family she always knew she was meant to have and the story of motherhood that all American families need now. In this unflinching account of her parenting journey, Nefertiti examines the history of adoption in the African American community, faces off against stereotypes of single, Black motherhood, and confronts the reality of raising children of color in racially charged, modern-day America. Honest, vulnerable, and uplifting, Motherhood So White reveals what Nefertiti knew all along{u2014} that the only requirement for a successful family is one raised with love." -- Page [2] of cover
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Nonfiction
Adoption
African American women
Mother and child
Parenting
Single mothers

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290 p.

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Oysterville Sewing Circle, The: a novel
(Wiggs, Susan)
Caroline Shelby left Oysterville, Washington ten years ago to launch a career in the fashion world of Manhattan. Scandal and tragedy have forced her back, with Addie and Flick, the two orphans for whom she is the legal guardian. But Oysterville - and her family - has changed. Will Jensen, a decorated Navy SEAL wounded overseas, has also returned. His wife Sierra, Caroline's best friend, is also reinventing herself as her modeling jobs dry up. At the sewing shop Caroline joins the Oysterville Sewing Circle, a sewing and support group. When an unexpected challenge tests her, Caroline decides to stand and fight for everything - and everyone - she loves.-- adapted from jacket
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Homecoming -- Fiction
Sewing -- Fiction
Life change events -- Fiction
Small cities -- Fiction
Self-help groups -- Fiction

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372 p.

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Such a fun age: a novel
(Reid, Kiley)
Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains' toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store's security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make things right. But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix's desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix's past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other.
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Babysitters -- Fiction
Malicious accusation -- Fiction
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction
African American women -- Fiction
Race relations -- Fiction

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310 p.

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Talking to strangers: what we should know about the people we don't know
(Gladwell, Malcolm)
In this thoughtful treatise spurred by the 2015 death of African-American academic Sandra Bland in jail after a traffic stop, New Yorker writer Gladwell (The Tipping Point) aims to figure out the strategies people use to assess strangers-to "analyze, critique them, figure out where they came from, figure out how to fix them," in other words: to understand how to balance trust and safety. He uses a variety of examples from history and recent headlines to illustrate that people size up the motivations, emotions, and trustworthiness of those they don't know both wrongly and with misplaced confidence.
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Nonfiction
Psychology, Applied
Strangers
Trust

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386 p.

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Three women
(Taddeo, Lisa)
Desire as we've never seen it before: a riveting true story about the sex lives of three real American women, based on nearly a decade of reporting. It thrills us and torments us. It controls our thoughts, destroys our lives, and it's all we live for. Yet we almost never speak of it. And as a buried force in our lives, desire remains largely unexplored--until now. Over the past eight years, journalist Lisa Taddeo has driven across the country six times to embed herself with ordinary women from different regions and backgrounds. The result, Three Women, is the deepest nonfiction portrait of desire ever written and one of the most anticipated books of the year.
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Nonfiction
Man-woman relationships -- Case studies
Women Sexual behavior -- Case studies

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306 p.

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Tightrope: Americans reaching for hope
(Kristof, Nicholas D.)
Nicholas Kristof grew up, in rural Yamhill, Oregon, an area that prospered for much of the twentieth century but has been devastated in the last few decades as blue-collar jobs disappeared. About one-quarter of the children on Kristof's old school bus died in adulthood from drugs, alcohol, suicide, or reckless accidents. And while these particular stories unfolded in one corner of the country, they are representative of many places the authors write about, ranging from the Dakotas and Oklahoma to New York and Virginia. But here too are stories about resurgence, among them: Annette Dove, who has devoted her life to helping the teenagers of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, as they navigate the chaotic reality of growing up poor; Daniel McDowell, of Baltimore, whose tale of opioid addiction and recovery suggests that there are viable ways to solve our nation's drug epidemic. These accounts provide a picture of working-class families needlessly but profoundly damaged as a result of decades of policy mistakes.
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Nonfiction
Poor United States Social conditions
Economic history

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304 p.

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Woke: A young poet's call to justice
(Browne, Mahogany L.)
Recommended for grades 4-8. Woke: A Young Poet's Guide to Justice is a collection of poems to inspire kids to stay woke and become a new generation of activists. Historically poets have been on the forefront of social movements. Woke is a collection of poems by women that reflects the joy and passion in the fight for social justice, tackling topics from discrimination to empathy, and acceptance to speaking out. With Theodore Taylor's bright, emotional art, and writing from Mahogany L. Browne, Elizabeth Acevedo and Olivia Gatwood, kids will be inspired to create their own art and poems to express how they see justice and injustice. With a foreword by best-selling author Jason Reynolds
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Juvenile Nonfiction
Juvenile Literature
Poetry

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55 p.

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