New Books Fall 2018
Hooper by Geoff Herbach
From Geoff Herbach, the critically acclaimed author of the Stupid Fast series, comes a compelling new YA novel about basketball, prejudice, privilege, and family, perfect for fans of Jordan Sonnenblick, Andrew Smith, and Matt de la Peña.
For Adam Reed, basketball is a passport. Adam’s basketball skills have taken him from an orphanage in Poland to a loving adoptive mother in Minnesota. When he’s tapped to play on a select AAU team along with some of the best players in the state, it just confirms that basketball is his ticket to the good life: to new friendships, to the girl of his dreams, to a better future.
But life is more complicated off the court. When an incident with the police threatens to break apart the bonds Adam’s finally formed after a lifetime of struggle, he must make an impossible choice between his new family and the sport that’s given him everything.
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt
The two-time Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt delivers the shattering story of Joseph, a father at thirteen, who has never seen his daughter, Jupiter. After spending time in a juvenile facility, he’s placed with a foster family on a farm in rural Maine. Here Joseph, damaged and withdrawn, meets twelve-year-old Jack, who narrates the account of the troubled, passionate teen who wants to find his baby at any cost. In this riveting novel, two boys discover the true meaning of family and the sacrifices it requires.
The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
Just when seventeen-year-old Matt thinks he can’t handle one more piece of terrible news, he meets a girl who’s dealt with a lot more—and who just might be able to clue him in on how to rise up when life keeps knocking him down—in this “vivid, satisfying, and ultimately upbeat tale of grief, redemption, and grace” (Kirkus Reviews) from the Coretta Scott King – John Steptoe Award–winning author of When I Was the Greatest.
Matt wears a black suit every day. No, not because his mom died—although she did, and it sucks. But he wears the suit for his gig at the local funeral home, which pays way better than the Cluck Bucket, and he needs the income since his dad can’t handle the bills (or anything, really) on his own. So while Dad’s snagging bottles of whiskey, Matt’s snagging fifteen bucks an hour. Not bad. But everything else? Not good. Then Matt meets Lovey. Crazy name, and she’s been through more crazy stuff than he can imagine. Yet Lovey never cries. She’s tough. Really tough. Tough in the way Matt wishes he could be. Which is maybe why he’s drawn to her, and definitely why he can’t seem to shake her. Because there’s nothing more hopeful than finding a person who understands your loneliness—and who can maybe even help take it away.
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestseller Jason Reynolds’s fiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.
A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he’s after. Or does he? As the elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck. Buck, Will finds out, is who gave Shawn the gun before Will took the gun. Buck tells Will to check that the gun is even loaded. And that’s when Will sees that one bullet is missing. And the only one who could have fired Shawn’s gun was Shawn. Huh. Will didn’t know that Shawn had ever actually USED his gun. Bigger huh. BUCK IS DEAD. But Buck’s in the elevator? Just as Will’s trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens. A teenage girl gets on, waves away the smoke from Dead Buck’s cigarette. Will doesn’t know her, but she knew him. Knew. When they were eight. And stray bullets had cut through the playground, and Will had tried to cover her, but she was hit anyway, and so what she wants to know, on that fifth floor elevator stop, is, what if Will, Will with the gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, MISSES.
And so it goes, the whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. A story that might never know an END…if WILL gets off that elevator.
Bear Town by Fredrik Backman
The bestselling author of A Man Called Ove returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true.
People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.
Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.
Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.
For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.
Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.
Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown.
At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.
But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.
In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska―a place of incomparable beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.
Music of the Ghosts by Vaddey Ratner
This “novel of extraordinary humanity” (Madeleine Thien, author of Do Not Say We Have Nothing) from New York Times bestselling author Vaddey Ratner reveals “the endless ways that families can be forged and broken hearts held” (Chicago Tribune) as a young woman begins an odyssey to discover the truth about her missing father.
Leaving the safety of America, Teera returns to Cambodia for the first time since her harrowing escape as a child refugee. She carries a letter from a man who mysteriously signs himself as “the Old Musician” and claims to have known her father in the Khmer Rouge prison where he disappeared twenty-five years ago.
In Phnom Penh, Teera finds a society still in turmoil, where perpetrators and survivors of unfathomable violence live side by side, striving to mend their still beloved country. She meets a young doctor who begins to open her heart, confronts her long-buried memories, and prepares to learn her father’s fate.
Meanwhile, the Old Musician, who earns his modest keep playing ceremonial music at a temple, awaits Teera’s visit. He will have to confess the bonds he shared with her parents, the passion with which they all embraced the Khmer Rouge’s illusory promise of a democratic society, and the truth about her father’s end.
A love story for things lost and restored, a lyrical hymn to the power of forgiveness, Music of the Ghosts is a “sensitive portrait of the inheritance of survival” (USA TODAY) and a journey through the embattled geography of the heart where love can be reborn.
The President is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson
The President Is Missing confronts a threat so huge that it jeopardizes not just Pennsylvania Avenue and Wall Street, but all of America. Uncertainty and fear grip the nation. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the Cabinet. Even the President himself becomes a suspect, and then he disappears from public view . . .
Set over the course of three days, The President Is Missing sheds a stunning light upon the inner workings and vulnerabilities of our nation. Filled with information that only a former Commander-in-Chief could know, this is the most authentic, terrifying novel to come along in many years.
Illegal by Eoin Colfer & Andrew Donkin,
A powerfully moving graphic novel by New York Times bestselling author Eoin Colfer and the team behind the Artemis Fowl graphic novels that explores the current plight of undocumented immigrants.
Ebo is alone.His brother, Kwame, has disappeared, and Ebo knows it can only be to attempt the hazardous journey to Europe, and a better life―the same journey their sister set out on months ago.
But Ebo refuses to be left behind in Ghana. He sets out after Kwame and joins him on the quest to reach Europe. Ebo's epic journey takes him across the Sahara Desert to the dangerous streets of Tripoli, and finally out to the merciless sea. But with every step he holds on to his hope for a new life, and a reunion with his family.
The Time Machine Adapted by Davis & Ruiz
A scientist invents a machine that carries him into the future. While there, he discovers a race of gentle humans. He also meets some evil creatures. Even worse, his Time Machine is trapped deep inside their secret caverns. These reader-favorite tiles are now updated for enhanced Common Core State Standards support, including discussion and writing prompts developed by a Common Core expert, an expanded introduction, bolded glossary words and dynamic new covers.
Moby Dick Adapted by Lance Stahlberg
It was an obsession that would destroy them all...
On a cold December night, a young man called Ishmael rents a room at an inn in Massachusetts. He has come from Manhattan to the north-east of America to sign up for a whaling expedition.
Later that same night, as Ishmael is sleeping, a heavily tattooed man wielding a blade enters his room. This chance meeting is just the start of what will become the greatest adventure of his life.
The next day, Ishmael joins the crew of a ship known as the Pequod. He is approached by a man dressed in rags who warns him that, if he sails under the command of Captain Ahab, he may never come back. Undaunted, Ishmael returns early the next morning and leaves for the high seas.
For the crew of the Pequod, their voyage is one of monetary gain. For Captain Ahab, however, it is a mission driven by hatred, revenge, and his growing obsession with the greatest creature of the sea.
Macbeth: The Graphic Novel Adapted by John McDonald
Witches, murder, ghosts, and madness — one of Shakespeare’s finest tragedies is also a perfect fit for the graphic novel format. This compelling adaptation depicts every blood-curdling scene in easy-to-follow illustrations, accompanied by Shakespeare’s original text. An illustrated cast of characters reminds readers who’s who, and fascinating background information on Shakespeare and the real Macbeth adds historical context.
Romeo & Juliet: The Graphic Novel Adapted by Gareth Hinds
She’s a Capulet. He’s a Montague. But when Romeo and Juliet first meet, they don’t know they’re from rival families — and when they find out, they don’t care. Their love is honest and raw and all consuming.But it’s also dangerous. How much will they have to sacrifice before they can be together?In a masterful adaptation faithful to Shakespeare’s original text, Gareth Hinds transports readers to the sun-washed streets and market squares of Shakespeare’s Verona, vividly bringing the classic play to life on the printed page.
World War Two: Against the Rising Sun by Jason Quinn
Campfire's World War II: Against The Rising Sun focuses on the war in the East, through the eyes of the servicemen and civilians on both sides of the conflict. From the invasion of Manchuria by Japan in 1937, right through to the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we witness the end of the British Empire, the rise and fall of Japan and destruction the likes of which the world must never know again.
While authoritative texts on World War Two often tend to focus disproportionately on the European theater of war, the Pacific theater was no less dramatic, with its roots stretching back to the early 1930s. This book tells the history of World War Two in the Pacific theater, told from many perspectives.
Sherlock: A Study in Pink by Steven Moffat & Mark Gatiss Jay
Holmes and Watson tackle brain-teasing crimes in modern-day London in this stunning Manga, presented in its original right-to-left reading order, and in the full chapters as originally serialized! Meet Holmes and Watson for the first time... all over again!
Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home by Nicole J. Georges
When Nicole Georges was sixteen she adopted Beija, a dysfunctional shar-pei/corgi mix—a troublesome combination of tiny and attack, just like teenaged Nicole herself. For the next fifteen years, Beija would be the one constant in her life. Through depression, relationships gone awry, and an unmoored young adulthood played out against the backdrop of the Portland punk scene, Beija was there, wearing her “Don’t Pet Me” bandana.
Georges’s gorgeous graphic novel Fetch chronicles their symbiotic, codependent relationship and probes what it means to care for and be responsible to another living thing—a living thing that occasionally lunges at toddlers. Nicole turns to vets, dog whisperers, and even a pet psychic for help, but it is the moments of accommodation, adaption, and compassion that sustain them. Nicole never successfully taught Beija “sit,” but in the end, Beija taught Nicole how to stay.
Nevertheless We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance Strength, and Courage Foreword by Senator Amy Klobuchar
A powerful collection of essays from actors, activists, athletes, politicians, musicians, writers, and teens, including Senator Amy Klobuchar, actress Alia Shawkat, actor Maulik Pancholy, poet Azure Antoinette, teen activist Gavin Grimm, and many, many more, each writing about a time in their youth when they were held back because of their race, gender, or sexual identity--but persisted.
It Occurs To Me That I Am America Introduction by Viet Thanh Nguyen
In time for the one-year anniversary of the Trump Inauguration and the Women’s March, this provocative, unprecedented anthology features original short stories from thirty bestselling and award-winning authors—including Alice Walker, Richard Russo, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Cunningham, Mary Higgins Clark, and Lee Child—with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen.
When Donald Trump claimed victory last November, the US literary world erupted in indignation. Many of America’s leading writers and artists openly resist the current administration’s dogma and earliest policy moves, and they’re not about to go gently into that good night. In It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art, more than thirty of the most acclaimed modern writers consider the fundamental ideals of a free, just, and compassionate democracy—through fiction.
Featuring artwork by some of today’s best known artists, cartoonists, and graphic novelists—including Art Spiegelman, Roz Chast, Marilyn Minter, and Eric Fischl—who cover political, social, and cultural issues, this anthology is a beautiful, enduring collection that will resonate with anyone concerned with the contest for our American soul.
Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America’s Opioid Epidemic by Barry Meier
Between 1999 and 2017, an estimated 250,000 Americans died from overdoses involving prescription painkillers, a plague ignited by Purdue Pharma’s aggressive marketing of OxyContin. Families, working class and wealthy, have been torn apart, businesses destroyed, and public officials pushed to the brink.
In this updated edition of Pain Killer, Barry Meier breaks new ground in his decades-long investigation into the opioid epidemic. He takes readers inside Purdue to show how long the company withheld information about the abuse of OxyContin and gives a shocking account of the Justice Department’s failure to alter the trajectory of the opioid epidemic and protect thousands of lives. Equal parts crime thriller, medical detective story, and business exposé, Pain Killer is a hard-hitting look at how a supposed wonder drug became the gateway drug to a national tragedy.
The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama Bin Laden by Robert O’Neill
This instant New York Times bestseller—“a jaw-dropping, fast-paced account” (New York Post) recounts SEAL Team Operator Robert O’Neill’s incredible four-hundred-mission career, including the attempts to rescue “Lone Survivor” Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips, and which culminated in the death of the world’s most wanted terrorist—Osama bin Laden.
In The Operator, Robert O’Neill describes his idyllic childhood in Butte, Montana; his impulsive decision to join the SEALs; the arduous evaluation and training process; and the even tougher gauntlet he had to run to join the SEALs’ most elite unit. After officially becoming a SEAL, O’Neill would spend more than a decade in the most intense counterterror effort in US history. For extended periods, not a night passed without him and his small team recording multiple enemy kills—and though he was lucky enough to survive, several of the SEALs he’d trained with and fought beside never made it home.
Innovation Lab Resources
20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius by Colleen & Aaron Graves
20 fun and inventive Makey Makey projects for Makers from beginner to expert
This hands-on guide is filled with DIY projects that show readers, step-by-step, how to start creating and making cool inventions with the Makey Makey invention kit. Each project features easy-to-follow, fully-illustrated instructions and detailed photographs of the finished gadget. Readers will see how to apply these skills and start building their own Makey Makey projects.
Oxford’s Magazine List
Time November 26th / December 3, 2018
- A Letter to America - What it means to love a country that’s not sure about you.
- The Asylum Dilemma - How the U.S. decides whom to let in.
- Boots on the Ground - Troops deployed at the border face a baffling mission.
- Best Inventions 2018 - TIME’s annual roundup, from a bicycle helmet with built-in headlights to a better baby bottle to lifesaving drones.
The Atlantic November 2018
- Newt Gingrich Says You’re Welcome - He turned politics into a vicious blood sport. Now he’s reveling in his achievements.
- The Martyr and the Pope - What the canonization of Oscar Romero says about the Catholic Church and its embattled leader.
- The Pentagon Wants to Weaponize the Brain. What Could Go Wrong? - DARPA has a new mission: to fold computers into the brain and nervous system - or vice versa.
- “Alexa, How Will You Change Us?” - The voice revolution has only just begun.
- Raised by YouTube - A boisterous new age of global children’s entertainment has arrived.
- The Case of Liberal Republicanism - Classical liberal values have disappeared from the right and are now disappearing from the left. Someone needs to reclaim them. Why not the GOP?
- The Homesteader - How Shayne Elliott became the Gwyneth Paltrow of pioneer living.
- Survival of the Cutest - How puppies manipulate us.
- Was Gary Hart Set Up? - What are we to make of the deathbed confession of the political operative Lee Atwater that he stated the events that brought down Gary Hart in 1978?
- Apps that Answer Your Prayers - Like Uber, but for God.
- Private Inequity - The number of publicly traded companies is falling. Is the little guy getting shut out of the most lucrative investments?
- The Science of Sibling Rivalry - Your brother or sister could be the best thing that ever happened to you - or the worst.
- The Big Question - What was the most significant breakup in history?
Harper’s December 2018
- The Vanishing - The plight of Christians in an age of intolerance.
- The Gatekeepers - On the burden of the black public intellectual.
- Investigating Hate - Inside New York City’s task force on bias crimes.
- Preservation Acts - Toward an ethical archive of the web.
- They Dance Cheek to Cheek - A contemplation of my parents’ marriage.
Popular Science Winter 2018
- Want to raise an all-star? - Let them play more than one sport year round.
- Guardian of the Galaxy - Lisa Pratt
- 78 Ways to Die
- The Team Defending Humankind from Killer Al
- Yes, Giant Asteroids Will Slam into Earth
- Survive an Avalanche
- Fear the Cone Snail?
- Deadly Diets
- Humongous spiders
- Lava Harvests
Discover December 2018
- Alzheimer’s Under Attack - Treating the degenerative brain disease might be more achievable than we thought.
- A Magnetic Quest - A certain particle could help physicists finally flesh out their theory of everything. Now they just have to find the particle.
- The Spider and the Fly - How rethinking our battle with pesky insects could make home life a bit sweeter.
- Outsmarting Outbreaks - Predicting the spread of deadly diseases could save countless lives. Health organizations are getting better at it, thanks to digital tools.
- The Crux - A scientist experience the grunts and groans of geology in action; pondering the impenetrable fog of the early universe; Hollywood movie roles for women may have turned a corner; cool books are coming for the holidays; and more.
- The Big Sleep - When a dying woman fails to respond to treatment, doctors try a risky Hail Mary to save her life.
- Burn Notice - Decades after fires scorched Yellowstone, scientists are learning how forests rise from the ashes.
- The Antibiotic Eaters - Researchers are examining how bacteria might help prevent antibiotic resistance.
- Fostering Fear - Opposition to vaccines has a long history in America.
- 20 Things You Didn’t Know about Penguins - Huge in pop culture, the birds were once even bigger - some over 200 pounds. Today, their downsized descendants live everywhere from ice shelves to subtropical beaches.
Make December 2018/January 2019
- LED “Nixie” Display - Laser-cut and edge-lit, these 10-digit numeric displays are bigger, brighter, and safer than the old tubes.
- Archimedes: Al Robot Owl - Print and wear a superb owl that uses Al vision to see faces, judge emotions, and respond.
- Mini Intaglio Printing Press - Pull traditional etching and engraving prints on a petite press you 3D printed yourself!
- Laser-Cut Box Loom - A portable, easy-to-build machine for band or card weaving.
- 3DP Leather Molding - Print your own custom tools for traditional leather forming.
- Functional Furniture - Re-creating a classic kids’ flat-pack table and chair design for CNC cutting.
- The Big Picture - Use a digital projector to cut and build enormous 3D models out of cardboard.
- 1+2+3 - Make a walking robot using a Coke can and a little trick for gluing two servos together.
Wired December 2018
- The Human in the Machine - Al pioneer Fei-Fei Li reboots the field she helped invent.
- The Miseducation of Al - How to teach a neural network some common sense.
- Self-Driven - Inside the DIY smart-tech movement.
- The Man Who Explained Everything - Karl Friston’s unified theory of schizophrenia, the universe, and Al.
National Geographic December 2018
- Season of the Whale - On the North Slope of Alaska, the indigenous Inupiat follow a 1,000-year-old tradition that unites their community: hunting bowhead whales.
- The Global Peril of Inequality - Among the threats to our life on Earth: the yawning chasm between rich and poor.
- Fossil Guardian - Paleontologist Bolortsetseg Minjin aims to keep Mongolia’s dinosaur fossils from leaving the country.
- Metamorphosis - By peering into a chrysalis with micro-CT scans, scientists can see more clearly how a caterpillar transforms.
- Elegy for a Lion - Know as C-Boy, he was “everything an African lion should be.”
- The Bible Hunters - Archaeologists are on an urgent mission to save sacred texts.
- The Other Oil Crisis - Palm oil is a coveted commodity around the world. Can it be sustainably produced?
- Native Americans Reclaim Their Stories - Indigenous Americans are changing narratives that they call distorted.
- Our World, but Not Our Worldview - Native Americans too often are caricatured in the U.S. - or are invisible.
- Patagonia’s Pumas - To ranchers, they’re a costly predator; to tourists, an attraction.
- Heroes of the Philippines - For sending wages from abroad to assist their families, returning Filipinos are celebrated.
Smithsonian December 2018
- Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards 2018 -
- Scott Bolton - A NASA mission to Jupiter probes Earth’s origins.
- March for Our Lives - Florida students turn tragedy into a movement for change.
- John Leguizamo - The comedian schools audiences in 3,000 years of Latin culture.
- Jean Bennett & Albert Maguire - The couple devised a cure for an inherited form of blindness.
- Janelle Monae - The edgy singer gets real with her new LP.
- John Krasinski - The director of A Quiet Place upends a genre.
- Tracy K. Smith - An intrepid poet spreads the words.
- Mily Trevino-Sauceda & Monica Ramirez - They helped launch Time’s Up.
- Dmitri Dolgov & John Krafcik - The duo’s self-driving cars hit the road.
- The Costs of Confederacy - An exclusive investigation: American taxpayers are spending millions of dollars to sustain monuments and sites that distort history and perpetuate racism.
- The Salvation of Atlanta - After years of white-washing and revisionist touch ups, they city’s massive 19th-century cyclorama of the Battle of Atlanta is being restored to its original historical form.
Art News Fall 2018
- The ArtNews Top 200 Collectors - Our annual list of the world’s top collectors.
- Big-Hearted - In Los Angeles, Jane and Marc Nathanson’s starry nights.
- Wool Gathering - The Hill Art Foundation will open next year on New York’s High Line park.
- Maximum Minimalism - Emily and Mitchell Rales’s expanded Glenstone Museum will rank among the most ambitious private art museums in the world.
- Grace and Will - Indefatigable painter Grace Hartigan flouted ‘50s norms for women.
- Let’s Hang - With space-sharing programs, galleries are banding together to battle an uncertain market.
- Mission Accomplished? - As mainstream art museums rush to diversify, what is the role of culturally specific museums working for a cause?
- Can Connoisseurship Survive in the Digital Age? - A collector reflects on a time before the data stream flooded over.
Teaching Tolerance Fall 2018
- The Book of Matthew - Twenty years after his death, Matt Shepard’s story matters more than ever.
- LGBTQ Best Practices Guide - Use this excerpt from our new guide to tune up your school and classroom policies and help LGBTQ students thrive.
- Imagining a World Without White Supremacy - These TT Educator Grant projects invited students to challenge the structures of white supremacy and connect their classrooms to their communities.
- A Museum. A Memorial. A Message. - The Equal Justice Initiative new attractions confront visitors with the truth about racial terror - and offer a path toward healing.
- Segregation by Design - Richard Rothstein talks about this book The Color of Law and the unsettling history of housing segregation.
- What is White Privilege, Really? - Think you know what white privilege is? Take a closer look with our new resource.
- The School-to-Deportation Pipeline - For undocumented students, zero-tolerance discipline policies can lead to outcomes much worse than suspension.
- This is Not a Drill - Your guide to resisting enhanced immigration enforcement.
- Closing the Diversity Gap - New research sheds light on how to recruit - and retain - teachers of color.
- Rebounding from Hate - When her team faced racist harassment, this middle school girls’ basketball coach helped her players “rise up.”
- And the Winners Are… - Meet the recipients of the 2018 Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Independent School Fall 2018
- We Need to Talk - The case for making a place for race in schools.
- Another Dimension - Building and supporting socioeconomic diversity.
- Raising Their Voices - Student perspectives on navigating race and class elite spaces.
- A Just Lens - Using a social justice framework to guide diversity, equity, and inclusion work.
- Work in Progress - Perspectives from LGBTQ faculty and staff.
- Hire Learning - Helping schools find - and keep- faculty and staff who reflect their missions and goals.
- Shining a Light - Developing a bias-aware admission process.
- Chasing Inclusion - A look at the creation and work of the nascent Inclusion Dashboard Consortium.
Little Fire Everywhere By Celeste Ng
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.
Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.
Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
Before We Were Yours Lisa Wingate
Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge--until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents--but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility's cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.
Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family's long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.
Based on one of America's most notorious real-life scandals--in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country--Lisa Wingate's riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wells
The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.
The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.
The Glass Castle is truly astonishing—a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Christina Baker Kline’s Orphan Train is an unforgettable story of friendship and second chances that highlights a little-known but historically significant movement in America’s past—and it includes a special PS section for book clubs featuring insights, interviews, and more.
Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse...
As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.
Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life—answers that will ultimately free them both.Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.
I am currently reading Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.
More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.
I am currently reading The Shack By William P. Young
Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack's world forever.
I am currently reading The Zookeepers Wife by Diane Ackerman
A true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands.After their zoo was bombed, Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski managed to save over three hundred people from the Nazis by hiding refugees in the empty animal cages. With animal names for these "guests," and human names for the animals, it's no wonder that the zoo's code name became "The House Under a Crazy Star." Best-selling naturalist and acclaimed storyteller Diane Ackerman combines extensive research and an exuberant writing style to re-create this fascinating, true-life story―sharing Antonina's life as "the zookeeper's wife," while examining the disturbing obsessions at the core of Nazism.
I am currently reading Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?
Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.
I am currently reading When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.
I am currently reading Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal
I am currently reading Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Playing on every teen’s passionate desire to look as good as everybody else, Scott Westerfeld (Midnighters) projects a future world in which a compulsory operation at sixteen wipes out physical differences and makes everyone pretty by conforming to an ideal standard of beauty. The "New Pretties" are then free to play and party, while the younger "Uglies" look on enviously and spend the time before their own transformations in plotting mischievous tricks against their elders. Tally Youngblood is one of the most daring of the Uglies, and her imaginative tricks have gotten her in trouble with the menacing department of Special Circumstances. She has yearned to be pretty, but since her best friend Shay ran away to the rumored rebel settlement of recalcitrant Uglies called The Smoke, Tally has been troubled. The authorities give her an impossible choice: either she follows Shay’s cryptic directions to The Smoke with the purpose of betraying the rebels, or she will never be allowed to become pretty. Hoping to rescue Shay, Tally sets off on the dangerous journey as a spy. But after finally reaching The Smoke she has a change of heart when her new lover David reveals to her the sinister secret behind becoming pretty. The fast-moving story is enlivened by many action sequences in the style of videogames, using intriguing inventions like hoverboards that use the rider’s skateboard skills to skim through the air, and bungee jackets that make wild downward plunges survivable -- and fun. Behind all the commotion is the disturbing vision of our own society -- the Rusties -- visible only in rusting ruins after a virus destroyed all petroleum. Teens will be entranced, and the cliffhanger ending will leave them gasping for the sequel. (Ages 12 and up) --Patty Campbell --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I am currently reading Relativity by Antonia Hayes
“Twelve-year-old Ethan Forsythe, an exceptionally talented boy obsessed with physics and astronomy, has been raised alone by his mother in Sydney, Australia. Claire, a former professional ballerina, has been a wonderful parent to Ethan, but he’s becoming increasingly curious about his father’s absence in his life. Claire is fiercely protective of her talented, vulnerable son—and of her own feelings. But when Ethan falls ill, tied to a tragic event that occurred during his infancy, her tightly-held world is split open.Thousands of miles away on the western coast of Australia, Mark is trying to forget about the events that tore his family apart, but an unexpected call forces him to confront his past and return home. When Ethan secretly intercepts a letter from Mark to Claire, he unleashes long-suppressed forces that—like gravity—pull the three together again, testing the limits of love and forgiveness.”
I am currently reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
"Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge."