Kids today do not have it easy. They’re coming of age during a tense political and social climate. Racism, climate change, school shootings, threats from global superpowers and neo-Nazism are just a few of the clouds hanging over their heads.
On top of all of that, they still have to go to school, deal with friends, social pressure, classwork and the dreaded required reading.
Thankfully, there are books just for young adults (better known as “YA books”) that speak to the truth of what it’s like to be a teenager in the world today. These stories (especially some of the most recently published) are diverse, honest, emotionally compelling and inspiring, and they’re helping teens face the challenges ahead of them while teaching us grown-ups how to understand the young people in our lives.
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CNN – Ebony and Jet magazines.
The D.C. Race War of 1919 | The Washington Post Magazine
Ben and Carrie Johnson peered out.
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America’s failure to understand, acknowledge and.
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Sculptor Augusta Savage once said: “I.
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A man has been charged with.
Nina Simone’s Childhood Home Is Under Threat. This Campaign Aims to Save It | Smithsonian.com
Nina Simone was born in a.
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Urban radio pioneer and syndicated morning.
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Sadie Roberts-Joseph, a beloved community activist.
Why reparations to African-Americans are necessary – and how to start now | The Conversation
Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, Garden & GunFive.