Political Activism

They Went Left

In August 1942 Zofia Lederman and her family, who are among the remaining Jews in the Polish town of Sosnowiec, report to the local soccer stadium, where they are sorted into two groups, one headed for death camps and the… Read More ›

Rules for Being a Girl

Long-time best friends Marin Lospato and Chloe Niarchos are high school seniors who also are co-editors of their school newspaper. They seem like typical teens with the usual interests, with a good social circle of friends, supportive families, and realistic… Read More ›

Dragon Hoops

Award-winning comics artist and graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang spent seventeen years teaching at Bishop O’Dowd High School in California. Near the end of his tenure there, as he was casting about for the topic of his next book, he… Read More ›

Every Stolen Breath

Lia (short for Amelia) Finch is the surviving asthmatic twin of a sister who died in very early infancy.  She lives in comfortable circumstances with her widowed mother in Chicago.  Her father, a successful prosecuting attorney, was murdered in a… Read More ›

All-American Muslim Girl

Allie Abraham is the almost-16-year-old daughter of an academic father and a psychologist mom.  Her dad is of Muslim heritage but not practicing; her mom was raised Catholic but converted to Islam when she married.  As Allie’s father has pursued… Read More ›

Full Disclosure

Simone Garcia-Hampton is a seventeen-year-old HIV-positive girl attending a private Catholic high school–her second private Catholic high school, that is, after being “outed” by someone she thought was her best friend at the first school.  Bullying and intimidation have caused… Read More ›

The Tenth Girl

Mavi is the teenage daughter of a South American political activist who is eventually rounded up by the police and hauled off to who-knows-where. Knowing that she herself is in danger and urged on by her mother just before the… Read More ›

Verify

Chicago around the year 2073 is not the Chicago we know today. Crime-infested, run-down areas have been cleared of blight and are models of prosperity and community involvement. The one internet provider and the one news source sanctioned by the… Read More ›