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READS: CCB Fiction: Contemporary, Cultural


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A Long Walk to Water: based on a true story

A Long Walk to Water: based on a true story - YA

Nya walks 8 hours a day, fetching water for her family. Salva is walking to safety from his ruined village. This is a book about Sudan and two young people hoping for a better future. 121 pages.

Just Another Jihadi Jane

Just Another Jihadi Jane - YA

A novel about friendship, faith, and alienation, the tale of Islamist radicalization from the inside. Two children of Muslim immigrants in England's industrial north--thoughtful Jamilla and rebellious Ameena--become best friends, and find in religion and social media a community as welcoming and encouraging as their public education is estranging. The two girls leave England and join the Islamist cause in Syria. The intellectual and emotional poverty as well as the violence they find there creates a story as gripping as it is heart-wrenching. 230 pages.

A Man Called Ove

Ove is a curmudgeonand has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him 'the bitter neighbor from hell'. Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship.which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations. 337 pages.

Anne of Green Gables

By mistake, Anne, an eleven-year old orphan, is sent to live with a lonely, middle aged brother and sister on a farm on Prince Edward Island and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone.

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Journey to the Center of the Earth is a classic 1864 science fiction novel by Jules Verne. The story involves German professor Otto Lidenbrock who believes there are volcanic tubes going toward the centre of the Earth. He, his nephew Axel, and their guide Hans descend into the Icelandic volcano Snæfellsjökull, encountering many adventures, including prehistoric animals and natural hazards, before eventually coming to the surface again in southern Italy, at the Stromboli volcano.

Jimmy Bluefeather - YA

Old Keb Wisting is somewhere around ninety-five years old and the last living canoe carver in the village of Jinkaat, in Southeast Alaska. When his grandson, James, a promising basketball player, ruins his leg in a logging accident Old Keb comes alive and finishes his last canoe, with help from his grandson.They embark on a great canoe journey. He and the others paddle deep into wild Alaska, but mostly into the human heart, in a story of adventure, love, and reconciliation. 264 pages.


I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

A poignant but often laugh-out-loud funny novel about losing a sister and finding yourself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican-American home.    Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents' house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family.   But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga's role.   Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family.

Octavia's Brood

Octavia's Brood

Whenever we imagine a world without war or injustice, we are engaging in speculative fiction. Radicals and activists devote their lives to envisioning such worlds, and then go about trying to create them. This collection brings together 20 such stories, as well as essays by Tananarive Due and Mumia Abu-Jamal. Named for the great Octavia Butler, giant of science fiction and a rare woman of colour in her field, this engaging and enlightening collection is the first book to explore the connections between radical science fiction and movements for social change.

Red at the Bone

Red at the Bone

Two families from different social classes are joined together by an unexpected pregnancy and the child that it produces. 196 pages.

With the Fire on High

With the Fire on High

Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago has been doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. She dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, but knows that is impossible. But once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

The Book of Unknown Americans

Maribel is from Mexico, Mayor is from Panama. They meet in a Dollar Store and fall in love. Their story is interwoven with testimonials of men & women who have come to the US from all over Latin America. 285 pages.

Jumped In

Sixteen-year-old Rasheed is smart, tough and a survivor. In his neighborhood, he has to be. The streets are run by a gang called the E Street Locals, and they've been trying to jump him in since he was a child. So far, he's managed to escape their clutches. But the gang is not his only problem. 104 pages.

Love, Hate and Other Filters

17-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There's the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: a good school, an arranged marriage. And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school, living in New York City, pursuing the boy she's liked for ages. But unbeknownst to Maya, there is a danger looming beyond her control. When a terrorist attack occurs in another Midwestern city, the prime suspect happens to share her last name. In an instant, Maya's community, consumed by fear and hatred, becomes unrecognisable, and her life changes forever.

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