Family and Gratitude
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai
This is the memoir of a remarkable teenage girl who risked her life for the right to go to school. Raised in a changing Pakistan by an enlightened father from a poor background and a beautiful, illiterate mother from a political family, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. I Am Malala tells her story of bravery and determination in the face of extremism.
I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda
This book chronicles the friendship between an American girl and her pen pal from Zimbabwe, discussing how a class assignment was the beginning of a correspondence that spanned six years and changed two lives.
Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
Robin Benway’s beautiful interweaving story of three very different teenagers connected by blood explores the meaning of family in all its forms – how to find it, how to keep it, and how to love it.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
It is the story of four sisters–Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth– and of the courage, humor and ingenuity they display to survive poverty and the absence of their father during the Civil War.
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
When Fabiola’s mother is detained upon their arrival to the United States, Fabiola must navigate her loud American cousins, the grittiness of Detroit’s west side, a new school, and a surprising romance all on her own.
Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
While true-crime afficionado Ellery and her twin brother are staying with their grandmother in a Vermont community known for murder, a new friend goes missing and Ellery may be next.
Layover by Amy Adelson
During a layover at LAX, fifteen-year-old Flynn Barlow, her older stepbrother Amos Abernathy, and their nine-year-old half-sister Poppy decide to ditch their family vacation in Bora Bora, where their parents plan to announce their divorce, and the three siblings instead spend three days in Los Angeles.
Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff
This book tells the story of fourteen-year-old LaVaughn, who is determined to go to college–she just needs the money to get there. When she answers a babysitting ad, LaVaughn meets Jolly, a seventeen-year-old single mother with two kids. As she helps Jolly make lemonade out of the lemons her life has given her, LaVaughn learns some lessons outside the classroom.