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Here to Stay

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

by Sara Farizan, 265 pages, Grades 8 and up.

Bijan loves playing basketball; mostly he just wants to have a normal high school experience. He is an amazing basketball player and all was going well until someone photoshopped his face into a photo of someone else to make him look like a terrorist and shared it with the whole school! Bijan just wants to forget it and hope everyone else will ignore it. It’s not that he is ashamed of his middle eastern heritage, he just doesn’t want to be the token Muslim American; he doesn’t want to stand out for any reason, especially his race. Unfortunately he can’t control everyone around him and it does become a big deal for his friends, family, the school administration, and there are also people at school and in the community who are now voicing their predjudice. What can Bijan do to get back to normal, and who can he trust to help him?

If you like books with sports that are really about more that the sport itself, you might also enjoy: 

Under the Blood Red Sun, by Graham Sallisbury, Heat, by Mike Lupica, or The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.

All American Boys

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

518x0cPKHSL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely, 316 pages, Grades 8 and up.

Rashad is Black. His father is a retired police officer. Rashad is taking ROTC because his father believes this will make him an upstanding citizen, but Rashad already is responsible.Quinn is white. His dad died in Afghanistan and everyone in town knows Quinn as the hero’s son.Rashad and Quinn run in different crowds, but they are teammates on the basketball court.

One day Rashad is beaten by a cop and Quinn happens to witness the incident. Quinn is horrified, but also frozen because he knows the cop; it is his best friend’s older brother. This man had once looked after Quinn when his father died.

Quinn can’t believe the same person who helped him could commit such violence. Rashad’s father can’t believe a fellow officer could do such a thing.  People are complicated and life is messy, and sometimes doing the right thing is not easy at all.

If you enjoy reading books about contemporary social justice issues, you might also enjoy: Piecing Me Together, by Rene Watson, The Stars Beneath Our Feet, David Barclay Moore or The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas.