One minute, Enchanted Jones is an aspiring singer trying to find her place as the only Black girl in school. Her love of science inspires her to turn her unfit home into a school project, and suddenly, everybody knows about the black mold thriving on the walls, the mushrooms growing in the dresser, and the unmentionables living in the refrigerator. Quan is just a teenager when he enters a not guilty plea deal for the death of a police officer. As he awaits his trial, he takes us through a series of flashbacks to his troubled childhood and letters to Justyce the protagonist of companion novel Dear Martin about discriminatory practices against Black men and minorities in the American justice system.
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Books can take you anywhere. They have the extraordinary ability to take us to different worlds through the eyes and thoughts of a main character or narrator. Their experiences so feel real as we read on to see what happens next. Some leave you thinking about what just happened, inspire you in your own life in different ways and help you deal with heavy topics. Others can teach you about the world around you, but books can also just be a fun way to pass the time.
Who can forget the first time they met irresistible, fast-talking Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables? Or the years that they spent growing up with Harry, Hermione, and Ron? Luckily for us, it truly is the golden age for young adult fiction right now, as YA authors today continue to take the genre in new and incredibly exciting directions. Indeed, young adult books have stepped up onto the literary stage as a powerful genre in its own right, creating role models for all of us and leading important conversations about personhood, gender, sexuality, and race.