Guide to Political Revolution

by Bernie Sanders

In this YA companion to his adult novel Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In, Bernie Sanders tackles many of the issues central to his 2016 Presidential campaign – health care, climate change, criminal justice reform, income inequality, immigration, and higher education are just a few of the topics covered in this comprehensive guide. Definitions of political terms are embedded in the text to help readers understand complex concepts. In addition to the examination of current topics, the guide includes general information about government, types of government, and answers to questions such as “What is Democracy?”

Guide to Political Revolution
works as a quick reference, with full-page infographics and statistics giving readers instant access to facts, or as an engaging narrative on the current political climate. Sanders’ passion for the political process is evident, giving this fact-heavy read a personal touch.

Long Way Down

by Jason Reynolds

Powerful and timely, this latest work by Reynolds is an emotional page-turner. Written in verse, Long Way Down details sixty breathtaking seconds in time -- the time it takes for the main character to take a “long way down” elevator ride. 15-year-old Will is drowning in grief over the murder of his older brother and filled with rage and the intent to avenge his death. During this elevator ride, he contemplates “the rules” -- the unwritten code followed by urban black men living in violent neighborhoods in order to survive their surroundings. With his brother’s gun strapped to his waist, Will debates within himself the consequences of his actions and the ripple effect it would have on his family and in the community. Is Will capable of breaking the cycle of violence, or will his grief and anger propel him into action?

This is a must-read for everyone covering many important themes, making it a great book for discussion.

Here Lies Daniel Tate

by Cristin Terrill

After spending time bouncing from facility to facility, a young runaway discovers a missing teen poster and realizes that the boy in the photo resembles him. Daniel Tate had disappeared six years earlier, and the boy sees an opportunity to end his difficult life on the streets. He will become Daniel Tate.

For Daniel’s family, it seems too good to be true when he shows up six long years later. In order to account for any details about Daniel’s life that the boy would not be privy to, he claims amnesia. In time, the family tells him, he’ll recover the memories he’s missing. All that matters is that they have him back.

Daniel has everything the boy from the streets has ever dreamed of—wealth, privilege, the chance to make a fresh start, and a family that loves him. Now that he’s finally found a place to belong, he doesn’t question his luck.

But the perfect facade starts to crack when he suspects that perhaps Daniel’s family knows that he is not their loved one. Panic sets in as he wonders why Daniel’s siblings are working so hard to protect him from outside individuals, mainly the FBI, who are closing in on the deception. He realizes that maybe Daniel isn’t missing at all and believes that someone knows what really happened to the boy he’s pretending to be. If he can’t uncover the truth—he could be next the next Daniel Tate to disappear.