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S = Stop.
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Here's Noah Tavlin's TED-Ed animated video on how false news can spread.
The Hate U Give
Written by Angie Thomas, the book follows sixteen-year-old Starr Carter who lives in a poor predominantly African-American neighborhood and goes to school in an affluent predominantly white suburban school. Starr talks about being two different people depending on where she is and who she is interacting with. Her situation becomes more complicated after witnessing her childhood friend, who is unarmed, get shot by a police officer. Being the lone witness, Starr is faced with two tough choices: stay quiet or come out and tell the truth.
The story captures Starr's struggles with the tragic death of her childhood friend and finding her voice in a world where speaking the truth can have equally tragic consequences. The powerful depictions of the characters - the parents' love for their children, the sense of community, and the courage of the protagonist leave readers with a ray of hope. It is a timely coming-of-age story - heart-wrenching but heart-warming as well and definitely provocative.
The Sun is Also a Star
Nicola Yoon's book is a charming love story about two immigrant teenagers who meet each other on the day one of them is scheduled to be deported. On her way to see a lawyer, Natasha, who has lived in New York for most of her life but is about to be deported back to Jamaica, meets Daniel, a Korean-American. The story, told in alternating points of view mostly between Natasha and Daniel, illustrates how the protagonists' cultures shape their attitudes and behaviors. The events surrounding their meeting convince the poetry-loving Daniel that fate has brought them together, but convincing the level-headed Natasha proves to be a challenge.
The Running Dream
When Jessica, who loves to run and competes in her school track team, gets into an accident and loses her leg, she is crushed and thinks that her running dream is over. As she goes through the process of grieving, of denial, of anger and of hopelessness and of finally coming to terms with the loss of her leg, she learns to see things from other people's perspectives and befriends a classmate who has cerebral palsy and whose existence she did not notice before the accident. While Jessica is recovering and trying to get back on the track, her family and friends come together to raise money to get her a "blade leg," so she can run again.
An inspiring story of loss, friendship, courage, and acceptance by Wendelin Van Draanen.
Patron Saints of Nothing
Set mostly in the modern-day Philippines, this coming-of-age story traces the journey of a 17-year old high school senior to try to uncover the truth about his cousin's murder.
Jay Reguero, a Filipino-American, learns of his cousin Jun's murder, but his family's silence about his cousin's death and his guilt compel him to decide to spend his spring break in the Philippines to see his relatives and find out the truth. As Jay meets his cousin's family and searches for answers, he discovers some painful truths about his cousin, finds new friends, and reconnects with his Filipino heritage.
The story, quite engaging and oftentimes upsetting, addresses difficult subjects, such as grief, guilt, courage, and justice. The author Randy Ribay skillfully captures the current political and social situations in the Philippines. This book will spark conversations about justice and the consequences of any third-world country's "war on drugs".