2019 Top Ten ITM Titles

2019 IN THE MARGINS TOP FICTION TITLE: 

WHERE THE DEAD SIT TALKING

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Hobson, Brandon. Where the Dead Sit Talking.  February 2018.  Soho Press. Hardcover$25.00.  288 pages. 9781616958879. Older Teen.  It’s hard to trust anyone when you’ve been in foster care or in and out of family stability as long as Sequoyah has, and hat goes without even beginning to touch on the other parts of his parts of his life.  He’s been on the edge for so long that he almost seems to know death.  Will  meeting Rosemary, a fellow Native youth, draw him back from  the grave?

2019 IN THE MARGINS TOP NONFICTION TITLE

VOCES SIN FRONTERAS:  OUR STORIES OUR TRUTHS             

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Latin American Youth Center Writers and Santiago Casares.  Voces sin Fronteras:  Our Stories, Our Truth.  May 2018.  Shout Mouse Press.  Paperback $14.99. 316 pages. 9781945434686.  Young Adult. Youth recount their experiences of immigration in this collection of comics created by and for youth.  Their stories carry the weight of immigration, the thrills of new places, and the tolls immigration had on their families.  Listen as they speak without borders. Text in English and Spanish.

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TOP 10 LIST

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2E G.  Queenpin. February 2018.  CreateSpace. Paperback $14.95.  138 pages.  9781983519185. Young Adult.  Sixteen and pregnant and at the top of the game, Dresden has just become the Queenpin.  She’s ride or die, but is her drug-dealer boyfriend Frost really worth dying for?

Brown, Kevin.  Hard Knocks High:  Darkskins and Redbones. September 2017.  Jank Publishing.   186 pages. 9780984557219.  Young Adult.  In this old adage of lightskin vs. darkskin, author Kevin Brown lets us know that the problem of colorism is still alive and vividly dismantling our youths’ sense of self and esteem when he shows Mohogany’s downward spiral after being dumped by her boyfriend for another girl of a lighter hue.

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Colfer, Eoin; Andrew Donkin; and Giovanni Rigano (Illustrator).  Illegal.  August2018.  Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.    Hardback. $19.99. 144 pages. 9781492662143.  Young Adult.  The truths and frightening horrors of the risks people take to gain opportunities in other countries is given vision in this graphic account of Ebo, a young Ghanaian boy who travels through the Sahara Desert on foot and faces unbelievable adversity on a sinking raft, in search of his older sister and only living relative, Hannah.

Goozh, Judi and Sue Jeweler.  

Tell Me About When Moms and Dads Go to Jail:  Tell Me About Jail.  Jessica Kingley.  May 2018. Paperback.  $14.99. 48 pages. 9781785928079.  Juvenile.  Using clear language and emotionally expressive photographs, the authors explain what jail is, why someone would have to go there, and how it may affect the child involved. Includes tips for parents and professionals on how to help children deal with the emotions and changes that attend a parent’s incarceration.

 

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Tell Me About When Moms andDads Come Home From Jail:  Tell Me About Jail.  Jessica Kingley.  May 2018. Paperback.  $14.95. 40 pages. 9781785928066. Juvenile. Using clear and direct language, the authors explain what a child can expect when a parent returns home from jail. Emotionally relevant photographs help young readers relate to the text, which is valuable to parents and professionals assisting children as they transition into a life shared with the returned parent.

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Griffin-Wallace, Valencia.  Motherless Child: A Journey of Growing Up and Forgiving. Valencia G. Wallace Publisher.  January 2018. Paperback. $9.99. Paperback 170 pages. 9780692064405. Older Teens.  With a drug-addicted mother incapable of parenting Valencia, the young girl grows up determined to succeed in a world that teaches her she is doomed to fail – just like her mother. Can she escape the only life she knows and become the woman her mother wished she could be

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Hawkins, Lamont U-God.  Raw: My Journey Into the Wu-Tang.  March 2018. Picador. Hardcover $27.00.  304 pages. 9781250191168.  Paperback $18.00. 304 pages.  9781250191175. Older Teens.  In looking back over his life, this author’s autobiography revisits his journey from the rough streets of Brooklyn and Staten Island to his success in the rap industry with one of the most renown and successful rap collectives of our times, the Wu-Tang Clan. Contains graphic detail.

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Top Fiction Title

Hobson, Brandon. Where the Dead Sit Talking.  February 2018.  Soho Press. Hardcover $25.00.  288 pages. 9781616958879. Young Adult and Older.  It’s hard to trust anyone when you’ve been in foster care as long as Sequoyah, and that goes without even beginning to touch on the other parts of his life.  He’s been on the edge for so long that he almost seems to know death. But will meeting Rosemary, a fellow Native youth, draw him back from the grave?

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Krosoczka, Jarrett.  Hey, Kiddo.  October 2018.  Graphix. Hardback. $24.99. 320 pages. 9780545902472.  Young Adult.  In graphic format author-Illustrator, Jarrett Krosoczka shares the story of his childhood, explaining what his life was like being raised by grandparents due to his mother’s addiction to heroin, and how his art helped him survive.

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Top NF Title

Latin American Youth Center Writers and Santiago Casares.  Voces sin Fronteras: Our Stories, Our Truth.  May 2018.  Shout Mouse Press.  Paperback $14.99. 316 pages. 9781945434686.  Young Adult.  Youth recount their experiences of immigration in this collection of comics created by and for youth.  Their stories carry the weight of immigration, the thrills of new places, and the tolls immigration had on their families. Listen as they speak without borders. Text in English and Spanish.

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Ramos, Nonieqa.  The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary.  February 2018.  Carolrhoda Lab.  Hardback. $17.99. 344 pages. 9781512439762.  Young Adult. Macy uses the terms from her secretly authored dictionary to express the neglect, abuse, and poverty she lives through while struggling with a mental illness that most likely has been brought on by her life struggles.  In her own voice, she shares her most gruesome and disturbing circumstances with an honesty that is sometimes hilarious and other times fearsome.