A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family's vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community.
Gifted by Nikita Lalwani
Call Number: FIC Lal
Rumi Vasi, a gifted fourteen-year-old, feels trapped by her father's desire to make her the youngest student to attend Oxford University, her mother's longing to return to their native India, and her own dreams of being a normal teenage girl.
It Ain't So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
Call Number: FIC Dum
Set in the 1970s, this is the story of Zomorod (aka Cindy), an Iranian girl growing up in California. She loves America and wants to fully embrace her new life, but fitting in at a time when her home country is getting bad press is a serious challenge.
Calling My Name by Liara Tamani
Call Number: FIC Tam
Taja Brown, growing up in a conservative and tightly knit African American family, battles family expectations to discover a sense of self and find her unique voice and purpose.
Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger
Call Number: FIC Lit
Elatsoe lives in a slightly stranger America. She can raise the ghosts of dead animals, a skill passed down through generations of her Lipan Apache family. Her beloved cousin has just been murdered, in a town that wants no prying eyes. But she is going to do more than pry. The picture-perfect facade of Willowbee masks gruesome secrets, and she will rely on her wits, skills, and friends to tear off the mask and protect her family
Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
Call Number: FIC Lee
On the eve of the San Fransisco Earthquake of 1906, Mercy Wong--daughter of Chinese immigrants--is struggling to hold her own among the spoiled heiresses at prestigious St. Clare's School. When tragedy strikes, everyone must band together to survive.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Call Number: FIC Ale
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Native American is the school mascot.
Dragonwings by Laurence Yep
Call Number: FIC Yep
In the early twentieth century a young Chinese boy joins his father in San Francisco and helps him realize his dream of making a flying machine.
Midsummer's Mayhem by Rajani LaRocca
Call Number: FIC LaR
Loosely based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, eleven-year-old Mimi Mackson entangles herself and her family with mischievous fairies when she seeks to win a baking contest
A mixed-heritage dancer's coming of age within the African diaspora is shaped by abuse at the hands of a cousin, her mother's descent into addiction, and her father's efforts to create a Nigerian-inspired home in America.
Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
Call Number: FIC Ahm
Maya Aziz, seventeen, is caught between her India-born parents world of college and marrying a suitable Muslim boy and her dream world of film school and dating her classmate, Phil, when a terrorist attack changes her life forever.
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
Call Number: FIC Med
Piddy Sanchez deals with bullying at her new school, and as the harassment escalates, she struggles to survive and to discover who she really is.
Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown
Call Number: FIC Bro
From age six through her high school valedictory speech, believing she and her mother are wizards helps young Echo cope with poverty, hunger, her mother's drug abuse, and much more.
Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros
Call Number: FIC Cis
Celaya "Lala" Reyes, traveling from Chicago to Mexico City each summer, draws together stories of her Mexican-American family of shawl-makers, including her papa and Awful Grandmother.
Fat Angie by E. E. Charlton-Trujillo
Call Number: FIC Cha
Fat Angie's sister was captured in Iraq, she is the resident laughingstock at school, and her therapist tells her to count instead of eat, but her life changes when she meets the daring new girl, KC Romance.
Frankly in Love by David Yoon
Call Number: FIC Yoo
High school senior Frank Li takes a risk to go after a girl his parents would never approve of, but his plans will leave him wondering if he ever really understood love--or himself--at all.
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
Call Number: FIC Ish
From her place in the store that sells artificial friends, Klara--an artificial friend with outstanding observational qualities--watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass in the street outside. She remains hopeful a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change forever, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans
The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
Call Number: Kha
Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali is looking forward to going to Caltech and getting away from her conservative Muslim parents' expectation that she will marry, especially since she is in love with her girlfriend Ariana--but when her parents catch her kissing Ariana, they whisk Rukhsana off to Bangladesh and a world of tradition and arranged marriages, and she must find the courage to fight for the right to choose her own path.
Eric Gansworth tells the story of his life and family through poems about their Onondaga heritage, from the horrible legacy of government boarding schools, to watching his siblings leave and return and leave again, to his fight to be an artist who balances multiple worlds.
Heavy Metal Islam by Mark LeVine
Call Number: 306.4 LEV
Discusses the youth culture in the Middle East and Northern Africa, focusing on influences of Western popular music, which includes heavy metal, punk, hip-hop, and reggae; and describes the growing popularity despite government attempts to censor and control.
March: Book One by John Lewis
Presents in graphic novel format events from the life of Georgia congressman John Lewis, focusing on his youth in rural Alabama, his meeting with Martin Luther King Jr., and the birth of the Nashville Student Movement.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Call Number: B OBA
An autobiography of lawyer and American First Lady Michelle Obama.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Call Number: 305.8 Coa
In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?
The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
Call Number: B Kingston
A memoir of the American-born daughter of Chinese immigrants who lived within the traditions and fears of the Chinese past as well as the realities of the alien modern American culture.
Almost American Girl by Robin Ha
Call Number: GN Ha
The author recounts how she and her mother moved from South Korea to the United States.
The Blood Runs Like a River Through My Dreams by Nasdijj
Call Number: 979.1004 NAS
Nasdijj discusses what it was like to grow up as a Native American in the desert Southwest and explains how his upbringing has affected his interaction with modern American society.
Frida and Diego by Catherine Reef
Publication Date: 920 Ree
Discusses the lives and art of the artist couple, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.
BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Voicesare books that share ideas, stories, and information about cultures, race, religion, language, and traditions that are not typically given representation in media