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Young adult nonfiction

  • Author:
    Gravelle, Karen
    Summary:

    The book balances information about being a sexual person with that of being a responsible person. The chapter "Girls Are Changing Too" offers detailed information not typically presented in books for males. Other standout chapters include "Is This Normal?" and "What If?" - both in question-and-answer format. And in "If I'd Known Then What I Know Now!," several adult men offer insights and different perspectives on puberty.

  • Author:
    Harper, Jennica
    Summary:

    What It Feels Like for a Girl is a series of poems following the intense friendship between two teenagers as they explore pop icons, pornography, and the big, strange world of sex. They soon learn just how complicated sexuality is--and how confusing desire can be. What It Feels Like for a Girl is about many things: the friendships girls have at the most intense times in their lives. Pornography and its “lessons” for the young woman who has never experienced sex in an unfiltered way. What sex and love have to do with each other--if anything. How so many things in this world are two things at once (thirteen is both young and old, Madonna is both the virgin and the whore, pornography is both arousing and terrifying). How teenage girls (like pornography, literature, art) hold a mirror up to the world and show it its true, beautiful, and ugly face.

    Praise for What It Feels Like for a Girl: “Smart, brave, hard-edged, and a little frightening…Jennica Harper offers a compassionate glimpse into the turbulent lives of teenaged girls. May this book find its way to school libraries. May it find itself in the hands of every young person who ever wondered What It Feels Like for a Girl.” (Elizabeth Bachinsky, Governor General's Award Nominee for Home of Sudden Service) "This is something refreshing: a portrait of female sexuality not undone by squeamish delivery or euphemistic evasions. Sex is fun, funny, silly, horrifying and irresistible in these poems. The poetic format allows the subject to emerge organically (orgasmic-ly?), true to girlhood, and true to nature..." (Gillian Wigmore, Northern Poetry Review) “... Rather than theoretical ideals, this fictive narrative folds in individual, idiosyncratic felt-experience, and in the telling and her negotiation of complexities, in her marvellous use of language and rhyme, Harper is sure, wondrous, wise, musical and winning.”(Herizons) Poetry in Transit selection (poem from the book displayed on Vancouver city buses) Adapted for theatre by Vancouver's innovative Electric Company

  • Author:
    Johnson, George M.
    Summary:

    This is the vibrant story of George, Garrett, Rall, and Rasul--four children raised by Nanny, their fiercely devoted grandmother. George M. Johnson captures the unique experience of growing up as a Black boy in America, and their rich family stories--exploring themes of vulnerability, sacrifice, and culture--are interspersed with touching letters from the grandchildren to their beloved matriarch.

  • Author:
    Sheff, Nic
    Summary:

    In his bestselling memoir Tweak, Nic Sheff took readers on an emotionally gripping roller-coaster ride through his days as a crystal meth and heroin addict. Now in this powerful follow-up about his continued efforts to stay clean, Nic writes candidly about eye-opening stays at rehab centers, devastating relapses, and hard-won realizations about what it means to be a young person living with addiction.

  • Author:
    Collins, Lily
    Summary:

    As young women, there are many topics we just don't talk about: our bodies, our relationships, our greatest fears. Actress Lily Collins wants to put an end to that. She wants open, honest conversation about the things we all struggle with--beginning now, with herself. For the first time, Lily shares her own deepest secrets, proving that every single one of us experiences pain and heartbreak. Her essays will inspire you to be who you are and say what you feel, to claim your voice and live your life unfiltered.

  • Author:
    Gravelle, Karen
    Summary:

    Explains what happens at the onset of menstruation, discussing what to wear, going to the gynecologist, and how to handle various problems. Braille edition includes commonsense strategies from two blind women, and two tactile illustrations covering the female anatomy.

  • Author:
    Chopra, Deepak
    Summary:

    At every age we all need to know what life is really all about. Not just on the surface, but deep down. Teenagers are no exception. They deserve a spiritual life all their own. One that offers the kind of comfort we hope to give our children, but is different at the same time. More full of ideas. More mature. More fitting for the whole wide future that lies ahead. That's what Deepak Chopra has tried to do in this book, as fully and as honestly as possible.

  • Author:
    Kendi, Ibram X., Reynolds, Jason
    Summary:

    Race has always been used to gain and keep power, creating dynamics that separate and silence. This exploration reveals the history of racism in America and inspires hope for an antiracist future.

  • Author:
    Green, Laci
    Summary:

    Laci Green brings her signature style and voice to a comprehensive guide for teens that is not only about sex but also about the multitude of issues that go along with sexuality: from healthy relationships and consent to LGBT issues and more.

  • Author:
    Paramor, Jordan
    Summary:

    Unlikely educator Otis Milburn and his friends offer frank, feminist, and positive guidance in this life-changing book. Covering everything in the minefield that is modern love, this guide answers all the questions you are too scared to ask, in a language you will understand. With insight from your favorite Sex Education characters, this book is both a companion to the popular Netflix original series and an essential practical guide.

  • Author:
    Duberman, Martin B.
    Summary:

    The inspiring life and legacy of vocal artist and civil rights icon Paul Robeson--one of the most important public figures in the twentieth century. Adapted for young adults.

  • Author:
    Glenny, Misha
    Summary:

    An explosive vision of contemporary Brazil’s underbelly by one of our greatest investigative reporters.This is a book about a man known as Nem; about Rocinha, the slum or “favela” he grew up in and came to run as a private fiefdom; about Rio, the beautiful but damned city that Rocinha exists in; and about the battle for Brazil. Nemesis pans in and out from the arc of Nem’s individual, astonishing trajectory to the wider story of the country that he exists in. It’s about drugs and gangs and violence and poverty. It’s about a man who made a terribly dangerous and life-altering decision for the best and most understandable of reasons. And it’s about the wider forces at work in a country that is in the world’s spotlight as never before and is set to stay there. Those forces include the evangelical church, bent police and straight police, drug lords, farmers, TV magnates, crusading politicians, and corrupt politicians. And, what they are engaged in is nothing less than the battle for Brazil’s soul.

  • Author:
    Espinosa, Matthew
    Summary:

    You know Matthew is burning up the internet with more than 18 million fans across YouTube, Vine, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. You know about his starring role in the hit movie Be Somebody. In this book, Matthew shares an inside look at his life.

  • Author:
    Limpsfield Grange School (Oxted, England)
    Summary:

    M. That's what I'd like you to call me please. I'll tell you why later. Welcome to M's world. It's tipsy-turvy, sweet and sour, and the beast of anxiety lurks outside classrooms ready to pounce. M just wants to be like other teenagers her age who always know what to say and what to do. So why does it feel like she lives on a different plane of existence to everyone else? Written by the students of Limpsfield Grange, a school for girls with communication and interaction difficulties, "M is for Autism" draws on real life experiences to create a heartfelt and humourous novel that captures the highs and lows of being different in a world of normal. For junior and senior high readers.

  • Author:
    Lawley, Kian
    Summary:

    From personalities and entertainers Kian Lawley and Jc Caylen comes a completely wild and entirely true account of their rise to internet fame.

  • Author:
    Gilinsky, Jack
    Summary:

    Vine ingenues, YouTube megastars, hip-pop sensations, and best friends Jack & Jack share their own brand of irreverent comedy, on-point style, and heartfelt life advice. Nebraska natives Jack Gilinsky and Jack Johnson shot to instant fame after their first Vine, "Nerd Vandals," was dubbed "a perfect Vine" by the Huffington Post. It's been looped more than ten million times since, and that Vine was just the beginning.

  • Author:
    Cherrix, Amy E.
    Summary:

    The most ambitious race humankind has ever undertaken was masterminded in the shadows by two engineers on opposite sides of the Cold War: Wernher von Braun, a former Nazi officer living in the US, and Sergei Korolev, a Russian rocket designer once jailed for crimes against his country.

  • Author:
    Pesta, Abigail, Uwiringiyimana, Sandra
    Summary:

    A girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sandra was just ten years old when she found herself with a gun pointed at her head. Remarkably, she escaped. Here she tells the story of her survival, of finding her place in a new country, of her hope for the future, and how she found a way to give voice to her people.

  • Author:
    Sheff, Nic, Sheff, David
    Summary:

    Father and son team David and Nic Sheff draw on their own expriences to provide all the information teens and tweens need to know about drugs, alcohol, and addiction.

  • Author:
    Rich, KaeLyn
    Summary:

    Take on the world and make some serious change with this handbook to everything activism, social justice, and resistance. This book is an in-depth guide to everything from picking a cause, planning a protest, and raising money to running dispute-free meetings.

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