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Here are 9 books for teens that explore social injustice

I have a lot of favorite things about teenagers, but one of my most favorite is their natural gravitation toward social justice.

Now I understand that “teenagers” are not a monolith. It would be a mistake to lump them into one category with identical interests/behaviors/gravitational pulls. But so many teenagers I’ve known have been masterful at sniffing out injustice and energetic about opposing it. Does this sound like you? Then read on — the following young adult titles may get you fired up.

 

“Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning” by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi (Image courtesy A.K. Smiley Public Library)

First up is “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning” by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. Authors make it clear that this is not a history book. Instead, they write, it’s “a book about the here and now. A book to help us better understand why we are where we are. A book about race.” It’s blunt and fast-paced, delivered in a down-to-earth tone that will help you wrap your head around the long and tangled relationship between race and power in America — the one that most history books leave out.

“In Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice,” author, lawyer, and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson gives readers an insider’s look into the criminal justice system, revealing how it sometimes fails society’s most vulnerable. Through the story of Walter McMillan, a Black man falsely convicted of murder, Stevenson shines a light on the economic and racial factors that affect unequal justice in America. This story

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