Virtual Teen Book Club

Submitted by edawson on August 18, 2020 - 5:26pm

We miss interacting with our teens and want to invite you all to join the Virtual Teen Book Club! Unlike other book clubs, which force everyone to read the same book, we know you want more autonomy than that. Each month we will pick a theme around which to focus your reading. Our first meeting is SEPTEMBER 8th at 3:30PM via Zoom and our theme is social justice/Black Lives Matter. This book club is open to all Sonoma County residents between the ages of 13 and 18 who would like to join.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Our teen librarians involved in the book club will be reading alongside you and book talking our choices for the month on our Youtube channel. You can select one of our recommendations or any other book you want which fits the theme. For more information, email

Librarian Picks

The Grief Keeper

The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante

Picked by Stuart at Guerneville

“After escaping a detention center at the U.S. border, seventeen-year-old Marisol agrees to participate in a medical experiment hoping to keep her and her younger sister, Gabi, from being deported to El Salvador.”

A Song Below Water

A Song Below Water by Bethany Morrow

Picked by Alex at Windsor

“In a society determined to keep her under lock and key, Tavia must hide her siren powers. Meanwhile, Effie is fighting her own family struggles, pitted against literal demons from her past. Together, these best friends must navigate through the perils of high school's junior year…”

All American Boys

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

Picked by Karen at Petaluma

When a police encounter goes terribly wrong it leaves an African-American teenager, Rashad, in a hospital room recovering from his injuries. One of his white classmates, Quinn witnessed the incident from across the street and is forced to deal with the complicated reality of racism and police brutality in our country.

I’m Not Dying With You Tonight

I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones & Gilly Segal

Picked by Sabine at Sonoma Valley

“Over the course of one night, two girls with two very different backgrounds must rely on each other to get through the violent race riot that has enveloped their city…”

More Excellent Reads on Social Justice

How It Went Down

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

“When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson is shot to death, his community is thrown into an uproar because Tariq was black and the shooter, Jack Franklin, is white, and in the aftermath everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events agree.”

Light It Up

Light It Up by Kekla Magoon

“Told in a series of vignettes from multiple viewpoints, Kekla Magoon's Light It Up is a powerful, layered story about injustice and strength--as well as an incredible follow-up to the highly acclaimed novel How It Went Down. Told from multiple viewpoints, this novel recounts the story of Shae Tatum. Shae, an unarmed thirteen-year-old black girl, is shot by a white police officer, throwing the community into upheaval - and making it a target for demonstrators.”

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

“Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed...”

March, Book One

March, Book One (and Book Two and Book Three by John Lewis

“March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.”

Tyler Johnson Was Here

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

“When Marvin Johnson's twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid. The next day Tyler is missing, and it's up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels, mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.”

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

"A history of racist and antiracist ideas in America, from their roots in Europe until today, adapted from the National Book Award winner Stamped from the Beginning"

Black Enough:  Stories of Being Young & Black in America

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America by Various Authors

"“A collection of short stories explore what it is like to be young and black, centering on the experiences of black teenagers and emphasizing that one person's experiences, reality, and personal identity are different than someone else.”

I Am Alfonso Jones

I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina

“The ghost of fifteen-year-old Alfonso Jones travels in a New York subway car full of the living and the dead, watching his family and friends fight for justice after he is killed by an off-duty police officer while buying a suit in a Midtown department store.”

Lies We Tell Ourselves

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

“In 1959 Virginia, Sarah, a black student who is one of the first to attend a newly integrated school, forces Linda, a white integration opponent's daughter, to confront harsh truths when they work together on a school project.”

Dear Martin

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

“Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.”

Piecing Me Together

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

“Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.”

The Voting Booth

The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert

“Marva was born ready for this day. She's always been driven to make a difference in the world, and what better way than to vote in her first election? Duke is so done with this election. He just wants to get voting over with so he can prepare for his band's first paying gig tonight. Only problem? Duke can’t vote. When Marva sees Duke turned away from their polling place, she takes it upon herself to make sure his vote is counted...”

This Is My America

This Is My America by Kim Johnson

“Every week, seventeen-year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X, asking the organization to help her father, an innocent Black man on death row. After seven years, Tracy is running out of time--her dad has only 267 days left. Then the unthinkable happens. The police arrive in the night, and Tracy's older brother, Jamal, goes from being a bright, promising track star to a "thug" on the run, accused of killing a white girl. Determined to save her brother, Tracy investigates what really happened between Jamal and Angela down at the Pike. But will Tracy and her family survive the uncovering of the skeletons of their Texas town's racist history that still haunt the present?”



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