Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippencott

“I’m not a doctor or scientist, so it’s not likely that I’ll be developing cures for various diseases any time soon. But, I do like to talk about books. So, when I can share voices and stories of young people who experience adversity like this, I make a point to do so. Maybe those young people will feel less alone because they see themselves in the literature they read.’

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

“I love this book for what it tells my students: no matter what life hands you, no matter how difficult it may be, surround yourself with people who cheer you on and hold on to your power, talent, and inherent worth. Don’t let anyone try to tell you you aren’t worthy because of x,y, or z. Because they are wrong.”

Green Rider by Kristen Britain

“One of my main complaints about fantasy novels is that there are too many dudes; when there are female characters, they tend to all be the same: angelic damsel-in-distress; the witty but always beautiful side-kick; the wise, but frightening and aloof queen; the evil temptress. Blah blah blah. The lack of variety bored me.”