Solo by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess
After a fight with his rock star father and a shocking revelation about the family from his sister, Blade, a 17-year-old with a passion for music, needs answers. Traveling from his home in Los Angeles to a Konko, Ghana in search of them, Blade begins to explore his identity and past.
The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
Fallon, the daughter of a Celtic king, has dreams of becoming a warrior like her sister, but her plans are destroyed when she is kidnapped and forced into a school that trains gladiators in Rome. Now, in addition to facing dangerous fights in the Colosseum, she is trapped in a school owned by Julius Caesar, the man responsible for her sister’s death.
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Monty has big plans for his Grand Tour of Europe; he’s going to live up his last year of freedom before he takes on his family responsibilities as a lord. Traveling along is his best friend and secret crush, Percy, as well as his sister Felicity, who cares more about medicine than making it to finishing school. After a disastrous party at Versailles, during which Monty makes off with something of value to a ruthless Duke, the trio’s trip takes a dangerous turn as they are hunted across Europe.
Vincent and Theo: the Van Gogh brothers by Deborah Heiligman
This book explores the relationship between the artist Vincent van Gogh and his brother Theo, an art dealer who worked directly with some of the most well-known artists of his time, and who, in many ways, made Vincent’s art possible. Tracing the brothers’ connection from their childhood to their careers as adults, the book explores their conflicts, their battles with mental illness, and their enduring commitment to each other. This is a fascinating look at van Gogh’s life and the relationships that shaped his art.
How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana
In this moving memoir, Sandra Uwiringiyimana, born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, recounts her experiences as a refugee. Her family fled to a refugee camp in Burundi to escape war violence, but after a rebel attack at the camp claimed 166 lives, Uwiringiyimana moved to the United States. During her adjustment in the U.S. Uwiringiyimana faced new challenges, but she also became an advocate for refugees around the world.