Summer 2023 Picks for Teens

34 Books Found

  • Ain’t Burned All the Bright

    Artwork by Jason Griffin | A smash-up of art and text that viscerally captures what it means to not be able to breathe, and how the people and things you love most are actually the oxygen you most need.

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  • Basquiat

    Illustrated by Søren Mosdal | This playful biography shows off the dazzling, provocative work of Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988), who came to define the vibrant New York art scene of the late '70s and early '80s.

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  • The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop

    This is the first poetry anthology by and for the hip-hop generation. It has produced countless artists who have revolutionized their genres by applying the aesthetic innovations of hip-hop. The BreakBeat Poets features 78 poets born between 1961 and 1999.

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  • By the Skin of Our Teeth: The Art and Design of Morning Breath

    Filled with dozens of full-color images, this is an invaluable display of Morning Breath's provocative, imaginative, and original style—a combination of the dream-like and the quotidian—that's captured the attention of artists, designers, and pop culture lovers everywhere.

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  • Call Us What We Carry: Poems

    The presidential inaugural poet—and unforgettable new voice in American poetry—presents a collection of poems that includes the stirring poem read at the inauguration of Joe Biden, 46th President of the United States.

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  • Cartas de cuba

    La inspiradora historia de una joven judía que escapa de Polonia para rehacer su vida en Cuba, mientras trabaja para rescatar al resto de su familia.

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  • CAVS, Just a Vandal from the Bronx

    CAVS (Paul Cavalieri), a prolific and influential Bronx graffiti writer for nearly 40 years, shares hundreds of photos of his work in this colorful volume. Full title: CAVS, Just a Vandal from the Bronx: New York City Graffiti, 1980s–2010s.

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  • Charlie Vega tiene un problema gordo

    Alcanzar la mayoría de edad siendo una chica gorda y morena en un suburbio blanco de Connecticut es difícil. Más aún cuando toda tu vida parece estar en llamas.

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  • Collage Your Life

    Learn a variety of core techniques including lettering, stamping, stenciling, and transfers to jumpstart your creative process! Full title: Collage Your Life: Techniques, Prompts, and Inspiration for Creative Self-Expression and Visual Storytelling.

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  • Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop

    An inside look at the work of hip-hop photographers told through their most intimate diaries—their contact sheets. Featuring rare outtakes from over 100 photo shoots, this gorgeous book takes readers on a chronological journey from old-school to alternative hip-hop.

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  • El niño que domó el viento

    Ilustrado por Anna Hymas | El sueño de un niño puede cambiar el mundo entero. Esta es una inspiradora historia, basada en la vida real del autor, sobre el poder de la imaginación y la fuerza de la determinación.

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  • El último humano

    Traducido por Daniela Rocío Taboada | Un robot que nunca ha cuestionado las reglas. Una humana que no debería existir. Y una aventura que lo cambiará todo. En un futuro no muy lejano al nuestro, los robots han eliminado a los humanos.

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  • Eres genial

    Ilustrado por Toby Triumph y traducido por Blanca Gago | Este libro habla de Matthew Syed quien fue deportista olímpico y número uno en el Reino Unido durante muchos años y de cómo se puede explotar el potencial para llegar a ser genial en todo lo que se proponga.

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  • Free Stylin’: How Hip Hop Changed the Fashion Industry

    This book sources interviews with scholars, urban designers, music experts, financial analysts, retailers, and hip-hop celebrities to chronicle the compelling story of how hip-hop transformed the fashion world and exploded into a $3 billion clothing industry.

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  • Graffiti Grrlz: Performing Feminism in the Hip Hop Diaspora

    Drawing on the lives of over 100 women, Pabon-Colon argues that graffiti is an unrecognized but crucial space for the performance of feminism, demonstrating how it builds artistic communities, reconceptualizes the hip-hop masculinity of these spaces, and rejects "girl power."

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  • Grafity's Wall

    Art by Anand Radhakrishnan | Four kids in Mumbai are brought together by circumstances at a broken-down wall—one that will become a canvas for the picture of their lives in a place that both inspires and oppresses, indiscriminately and in equal measure.

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  • Hip-Hop (and Other Things)

    Illustrated by Arturo Torres | In this follow up to bestsellers on movies and basketball, Serrano presents his smart takes on rap music and musicians and their role in pop culture. Full title: Hip-Hop (and Other Things): A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated.

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  • Hip-Hop Music

    Since its introduction in the 1970s, hip-hop has become a way of life. This book examines the origins of many styles of hip-hop music, such as crunk and gangsta rap, and explores how they burst into the mainstream and went global.

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  • I Was Born for This

    Boy band The Ark is the center of life for super-fan Angel. Fans accept that frontman Jimmy Kaga-Ricci is trans but keep matching him with bandmate Rowan. When Jimmy and Angel are unexpectedly thrust together, they find out how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.

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  • Just Write: Here’s How!

    An award-winning author guides readers through the writing process, including examples from his own works, outlines for writing fiction and nonfiction, and excerpted pages from the author's writing notebooks.

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  • La educación de Margot Sánchez

    Trabajar en la tienda de comestibles de su familia en el sur del Bronx ayuda a Margot Sánchez a pagar sus deudas, pero ella también debe tomar las decisiones correctas con respecto a sus amigos, su familia y Moisés, el chico apuesto del vecindario.

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  • Las hermanas Mirabal, de orugas a mariposas

    Ilustrado por María Ocampo | Nacidas en un pequeño pueblo de la República Dominicana, las hermanas Mirabal vivieron una época en que el país padecía una cruel dictadura.

  • The Motherlode: 100+ Women Who Made Hip-Hop

    Illustrated by Rachelle Baker | The Motherlode highlights more than 100 women who have shaped the power, scope, and reach of rap music, including pioneers like Roxanne Shanté, game changers like Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliott, and current reigning queens like Cardi B and Lizzo.

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  • Music Is Power

    A well-researched and highly readable book about the songs and artists who have been willing to take a stand—often against the industry and the political landscape of their time—to effect change. Full title: Music Is Power: Popular Songs, Social Justice, and the Will to Change.

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  • My Wonderful World of Fashion

    An interactive coloring book for fashionistas of all ages with illustrations to color in and designs to finish off, as well as simple ideas for making and doing. Full title: My Wonderful World of Fashion: A Book for Drawing, Creating and Dreaming.

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  • Open Mic Night at Westminster Cemetery

    Sixteen-year-old Lacy Brink, surprised to find herself dead and buried at Baltimore's Westminster Cemetery, recruits fellow poets Sam and Edgar Allan Poe in resisting tyrannical Mrs. Steele's rules by having an open mic night.

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  • Painless Poetry

    If you think you hate poetry, and that poems are dull and difficult, this is the book for you. New in this edition is a section on performing poetry in competitions, including oral interpretation and slam poetry. But most important of all, you'll discover that poetry is fun!

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  • Pocho

    Pocho es una historia de amistad, aceptación y la lucha por encontrar tu identidad en el mundo.

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  • Respect the Mic

    An expansive, moving poetry anthology, representing 20 years of poetry from students and alumni of Chicago’s Oak Park River Forest High School Spoken Word Club. Full title: Respect the Mic: Celebrating 20 Years of Poetry from a Chicagoland High School.

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  • The Rose that Grew from Concrete

    A collection of verse by the late hip-hop star Tupac Shakur includes more than 100 poems confronting such wide-ranging topics as poverty, motherhood, Van Gogh, and Nelson Mandela.

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  • Spin

    Fifteen-year-old Delilah lives with her dad and brother above their vintage record store. She's learning how to spin records and getting pretty good. But her family has a secret: her mom is a mega-famous singer. When this secret is revealed, Dizzy's life spins out of control...

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  • Swing

    Noah and Walt are just trying to figure out the complexities of friendship, romance, patriotism, and prejudice. Life seems on the upswing until a wrenching incident shatters the boys' lives and underscores Noah's feeling that "America is sometimes / not so beautiful."

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  • Take Back the Block

    Sixth-grader Wes, his parents, and his friends are concerned when a developer offers to buy out the homeowners in their neighborhood so they can replace their houses with new condos. Can they put a stop to this trend, especially when they can't agree if it's a bad thing?

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  • Talk About Street Art

    This book covers all aspects of an art form that is often underappreciated, ephemeral, and illegal. Street art is found on every continent, and the book gives focus to each country and its own modes of expression and specificities.

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