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Women's March cover

August Staff Picks

Encountering Russian royalty. Suffragists arrive in the District to be heard. Uncovering a plot. What makes readers do strange and amusing things with books. Below are titles I enjoyed. Copies can be checked out and downloaded from the library system. The Women's March by Jennifer Chiaverini

Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson

Rolling in the Deep

YA stories about the sea

With vacation season ramping up and the height of summer upon us, you may be looking for some water. Cold, refreshing water. We suggest starting with one of the biggest sources of water out there: the ocean. If the coast is a little too far for a trip, try these books about the sea. Adventure, romance, magic, and so much more await just beyond the horizon. Enjoy these books beachside or on the imaginary shore of your mind. 

Triple Moon by Melissa de la Cruz

Well Loki Here!

YA Norse Mythology

If you’ve been catching the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe installment, Loki, you might have a hankering for more Norse-inspired stories. Whether you’re looking for something specifically about the God of Mischief or you’re interested in something broader, we’ve got something for everyone.

Disability Visibility

Invisible Illness

Non-Fiction and Fiction focused on disability and mental illness

The books below cover the subject of disability and mental illness. There is a mixture of non-fiction and fiction in the list, and it attempts to give a wide range of perspectives on topics that are often misunderstood and underrepresented in mainstream media and politics. Here, those readers looking for materials that reflect a mental disorder can find representation via these recommended titles.

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Hearts Broken and Mended

Stories of Grief in YA Fiction

A complicated emotion, grief is one we all experience and respond to differently. These young adult novels take grief and show its transformative power in a number of different circumstances. From a girl fighting demons within and without to a summer vacation full of boys meant to distract from the one who can’t be there, these books offer heartbreaking and heart-mending stories.

The cover of Rose and Snow. An illustration of two girls standing in front of each other with a key between them

Book Review: Snow & Rose

Destiny was enchanted by this literary retelling of the Snow White and Rose Red fairy tale

Review written by Destiny Hardy, teen volunteer. 

Clip art image of girl with black hair holding a protest sign

Natalia Sylvester, "Running"

Review of Running, by Natalia Sylvester Book of the Month, November 2020 Written by Las Comadres Book Club member and DC Public Library staff member, Gabi K. H.

A Peoples History

Banned Books

Banned Books Week is observed at the end of September each year, celebrating our ability to freely and openly access information! Here's a list of books that have either been challenged and/or banned due to content. Though challenged, these titles offer diverse ideas and perspectives.

Sabriel cover in which a pale young woman with long black hair in black and blue fantasy clothes wields a bandolier of bells and a sword.

Of Gods and Magic

High Fantasy in YA

Good and evil. Dragons and magic. Whether the fantasy world involves wizards or werewolves, high fantasy always involves high stakes. The following are all YA high fantasy novels set in a variety of worlds and about all kinds of characters, some taken more seriously than others. 

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