Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

Monday and Claudia are so inseparable that they’re often mistaken for twins. When Monday doesn’t show up for class on the first day of school, Claudia starts to worry. Once days and weeks start to pass, she knows something is amiss. Claudia starts an investigation into her friend’s disappearance but isn’t finding any answers. The more people she asks, the more she realizes that no one seems to remember when they last saw Monday.

While Monday’s story is fictional, it is inspired by real events surrounding missing women in DC. Tiffany D. Jackson had decided that as media outlets were not reporting on the disappearances, she would take matters into her own hands. Around the same time the book was published, the hashtag #missingDCgirls went viral.

Though this book covers some big issues such as racism, abuse and family difficulties; it is ultimately a story about standing up for others and the power of friendship.

Tiffany Jackson was born in New York and grew up in Brooklyn Heights. She studied Film at Howard University and attained her Master’s degree in Media Studies from The New School University. Since she was 4 years old, she had always dreamed of becoming a writer. She enjoys taking naps, eating cookie dough and visiting beaches and boroughs.

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Red: A Haida Manga by Michael Yahgulanaas

Red is the story of a leader in a small village whose sister is abducted by a band of raiders. Years later, Red finds out that his sister has been spotted in a nearby village. Blinded by rage, Red seeks to exact his revenge. With the assistance of his entire community, he drags everyone into a war. This action-packed story relays perfectly the effects of rage and retribution.

Michael Yahgulanaas is an artist, storyteller and public speaker whose work has been displayed across the world in places such as the British Musuem, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Seattle Art Museum. He was born and grew up on the majestic North Pacific islands of Haida Gwaii and now lives in Vancouver.

Michael trained in classical Haida painting, sculpting and carving by masters of the arts of Haida Gwaii. Then during the early 1990’s, he learned Chinese brush techniques, which lead to him combining the two art forms into what he calls “Haida Manga”.

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Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by Greg Neri

Roger is eleven years old and is struggling to make sense of the death of his classmate, Robert “Yummy” Sandifer. As he starts to uncover Yummy’s past, he ends up with more questions than answers. How did he end up in so much trouble? Did he kill someone? And why are all the answers leading him to the gang his brother belongs to?

This powerful graphic novel is based on real life events that happened in Chicago in 1994. It allows readers to question their own perceptions of right and wrong.

Greg Neri is an award-winning author and filmmaker from Los Angeles. He also teaches animation and storytelling to inner city teens.

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Legend by Marie Lu

The Republic, which has taken over the United States, is a nation of continual war. Fifteen-year-old June is born into one of the Republic’s wealthiest district and is being prepared for a successful career high up in military ranks. On the other side of the spectrum, Day, who is also fifteen, is the country’s most wanted criminal.

One day June and Day’s lives’ cross paths and the two of them together end up uncovering the truth behind the Republic and the lengths to which they will go to keep their secrets hidden.

This fast-paced dystopian is a page turner that will keep you engaged the whole way through.

Marie Lu was born in China and moved to Texas in 1989 during the Tiananmen Square protests. She attended school at the University of Southern California and interned with Disney Interactive Studios. Since then, Marie has become a New York Times bestselling author with works such as Batman: Nightwalker, The Young Elites series, and the new Warcross series.

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7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga by David A. Robertson

Edwin is on a journey to learn of his family’s history to take control of his life. Along his way, he faces grief, addiction, and courage in the face of despair.

7 Generations contains 4 graphic novels: Stone, Scars, Ends/Begins and The Pact. It explores Plains Cree culture, social customs and political structures and what they came up against with the likes of smallpox and residential schools.

One of the best quotes from the book is “in the end, we define ourselves by the actions we take; how we address the past and look to the future”, which really rang true throughout the whole story. It genuinely tells the tale of accepting one’s past to create a brighter, stronger future.

David Robertson is a national best-selling graphic novelist and writer, who’s work is focused on educating youth about First Nation’s issues. He is a member of the Norway House Cree Nation and lives in Winnipeg.

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Violet and Finch attend the same high school in Indiana, where one day they meet in an a very unusual way – on the top of a bell tower. Finch is fascinated by death and Violet is hoping towards a future to escape her past. The two would-be opposites make fast friends after being set to work on a school project together, visiting some of the state’s best sites.

This book is great if you are looking for fresh romance and fun mixed with the seriousness of mental illness.

New York Times and international best-selling American author, Jennifer Niven is best known for her novel All the Bright Places, which has recently been adapted into film by Netflix. Asides from being a writer, she is also a journalist, screenwriter and associate producer with ABC Television.

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