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I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope

by Chessy Prout

Chessy Prout was a freshman at a prestigious New England boarding school when a senior boy sexually assaulted her as part of a ritualized game of conquest. Chessy bravely reported her assault to the police and testified against her attacker in court. Later, in the face of unexpected backlash from her once-trusted school community, she shed her anonymity to help other survivors find their voice.

Nearly one in five girls ages fourteen to seventeen have been the victim of a sexual assault or attempted sexual assault. This is the true story of one of those girls. I Have the Right To explores the toxic culture of institutions that turn a blind eye to such behavior and a society that blames victims. Chessy’s timely story of survival, advocacy, and hope in the face of unspeakable trauma is both powerful and empowering -- a must read for adolescent girls, her male classmates, parents and teachers alike.

Cheesus Was Here

by J.C. Davis

Delaney Delgado doesn’t believe in miracles. If they were real, her little sister would still be alive. So when the image of baby Jesus appears on a cheese wheel, whipping her small Texas town into a frenzy, Delany is skeptical to say the least. Before long, religious signs begin turning up all over town and news vans fill the streets. Religious pilgrims start searching for God in the discount aisle of the grocery store.

Determined to prove that these so-called miracles are fake, Del convinces her best friend, Gabe, to help her find the truth. But finding the truth might be more than Del can handle. Cheesus Was Here explores deep themes of grief, loss, and the afterlife with an element of humor and is neither pro nor anti-religion.

Beautiful Broken Girls

by Kim Savage

Sisters Mira and Francesca Cillo have drowned in the quarry of their sleepy New England town, leaving many unanswered questions among the residents. Ben, still in love with Mira, is understandably broken by the news of her passing. The two had drifted apart in recent months, and Ben had taken note of the sisters’ strange behavior in the days prior to the drownings. Mira has left a series of cryptic notes left for Ben in various places significant to their relationship, and the clues point to something more sinister than an accident. Ben embarks upon a grief-stricken examination of the days and months before the girls’ passing, hoping to uncover the truth about what really happened that night, and in doing so, is forced to face some difficult truths about himself.

Part detective story, part examination of grief, this beautifully crafted and heady novel is poetic and will appeal to fans of E. Lockhart.