Monday, February 6, 2023

African Heritage Month


Your CEC Library contains many fiction books written by authors of African Descent. Stop by the library and check out the following titles.

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.-Summary
Genesis Begins Again
by Alicia D. Williams
There are ninety-six reasons why thirteen-year-old Genesis dislikes herself. She knows the exact number because she keeps a list. -Summary
by Candace Buford
“For guys like Russell Boudreaux, football is the only way out of their small town. As the team’s varsity tight end, Rus has a singular goal: to get a scholarship and play on the national stage. But when his best friend is unfairly arrested and kicked off the team, Rus faces an impossible choice: speak up or live in fear. Desperate for change, Rus kneels during the national anthem. In one instant, he falls from local stardom and becomes a target for hatred. But he’s not alone. With the help of his best friend and an unlikely ally, Rus will fight for his dreams, and for justice.” -Amazon
Long Way Down
by Jason Reynolds
As fifteen-year-old Will sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know. - Summary
Monday's Not Coming
by Tiffany D. Jackson
I know what you’re thinking. How can an individual, a child, disappear without anyone saying a word? Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. - Summary

Punching The Air
by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
“Amal Shahid has always been an artist and a poet. But even in a diverse art school, he's seen as disruptive and unmotivated by a biased system. Then one fateful night, an altercation in a gentrifying neighborhood escalates into tragedy. Suddenly, at just sixteen years old, Amal's bright future is upended: he is convicted of a crime he didn't commit and sent to prison. Despair and rage almost sink him until he turns to the refuge of his words, his art. This never should have been his story.” -WorldCat
The Book of Negroes
by Lawrence Hill
Follows the story of Aminata Diallo, as she is kidnapped from her village in Africa and put to work in a slave plantation in South Carolina, to her journey back to Africa through Nova Scotia and Sierra Leone. -Summary
The Cost of Knowing
by Brittney Morris
Sixteen-year-old Alex Rufus's curse of seeing the future distracts him from being and doing his best, but when he sees his little brother Isaiah's imminent death, he races against time, death, and circumstances to save him. -Summary
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. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. But what Starr does - or does not - say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.” -Amazon

X: A Novel
by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon
“X follows Malcolm from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age twenty, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today.” -WorldCat

Friday, February 3, 2023

African Heritage Month

Stop by the CEC library and check out the following nonfiction titles during African Heritage Month

Africville: An African Nova Scotia Community Is Demolished — and Fights Back
by Gloria Ann Wesley
“Through historical photographs, documents, and first-person narratives, this book tells the story of Africville. It documents how the city destroyed Africville and much later apologized for it ― and how the spirit of the community lives on.” -Amazon
Canada's Forgotten Slaves: Two Centuries of Bondage
by Marcel Trudel and George Tombs
“By painstakingly combing through unpublished archival records of the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Marcel Trudel gives a human face to the over 4,000 Aboriginal and Black slaves bought, sold and exploited in colonial Canada.” -Amazon
Sister To Courage: Stories From The World of Viola Desmond
by Wanda Robson and Ronald Caplan   
“In Sister to Courage, Wanda takes us inside the world she shared with Viola and ten other brothers and sisters. Through touching and often hilarious stories, she traces the roots of courage and ambition, good fun and dignity, of the household that produced Viola Desmond. Tough and compassionate, Viola shines through beyond the moment she was carried out of Roseland movie theatre for refusing to sit in the blacks-only section. Viola emerges as a defender of family and a successful entrepreneur whose momentum was blocked by racism. With honesty and wit, Wanda Robson tells her own brave story, giving new life to two remarkable women and the family she loved.” -WorldCat

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You
by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
"The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. Racist ideas are woven into the fabric of this country, and the first step to building an antiracist America is acknowledging America's racist past and present. This book takes you on that journey, showing how racist ideas started and were spread, and how they can be discredited."--Dust jacket flap
The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person
by Frederick Joseph
“Writing from the perspective of a friend, Frederick Joseph offers candid reflections on his own experiences with racism and conversations with prominent artists and activists about theirs—creating an essential read for white people who are committed anti-racists and those newly come to the cause of racial justice.” -Amazon
The Skin We’re In: A Year of Back Resistance and Power
by Desmond Cole        
“In his 2015 cover story for Toronto Life magazine, Desmond Cole exposed the racist actions of the Toronto police force, detailing the dozens of times he had been stopped and interrogated under the controversial practice of carding. The story quickly came to national prominence, shaking the country to its core and catapulting its author into the public sphere. Cole used his newfound profile to draw insistent, unyielding attention to the injustices faced by Black Canadians on a daily basis. Puncturing the bubble of Canadian smugness and naive assumptions of a post-racial nation, Cole chronicles just one year - 2017 - in the struggle against racism in this country.” -WorldCat
The Slave Ship: A Human History
by Marcus Rediker
“Draws on three decades of research to chart the history of slave ships, their crews, and their enslaved passengers, documenting such stories as those of a young kidnapped African whose slavery is witnessed firsthand by a horrified priest from a neighboring tribe responsible for the slave's capture.” -Amazon
There's Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous & Black Communities
by Ingrid Waldron
“Ingrid R. G. Waldron examines the legacy of environmental racism and its health impacts in Indigenous and Black communities in Canada, using Nova Scotia as a case study, and the grassroots resistance activities by Indigenous and Black communities against the pollution and poisoning of their communities.” -Amazon

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism
by Robin Diangelo
“The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.” –WorldCat

Monday, December 19, 2022


Wednesday, November 16, 2022

New Nonfiction

And We Rise: The Civil Rights Movement in Poems by Erica Martin
“A powerful, impactful, eye-opening journey that explores the Civil Rights Movement in 1950s-1960s America in spare and evocative verse, with historical photos interspersed throughout.” -WorldCat
Cornwallis: The Violent Birth of Halifax
by Jon Tattrie
“In June of 1749, Edward Cornwallis set into motion events that would determine the destiny of tens of thousands of people stretched across half a continent. His actions in the following three years would also determine the future of not only Nova Scotia, but of the vast land that would become Canada. To the Mi'kmaq people, the British governor stood on their ancestral home of ‘Mi'kma'ki’. For France, Cornwallis was entering ‘Acadie’, heartland of New France's territorial ambitions on the New World. For Cornwallis, and for the British crown he represented, it was Nova Scotia - territory France ceded to Britain on paper in 1712, and a land he intended to claim in the flesh with his massive influx of soldiers and settlers.” -Amazon
Cramm This Book: So You Know WTF Is Going On in the World Today by Olivia Seltzer
"A guide to the recent history of the world that's led to where we are today, so Gen Z readers can have context for the news they see and hear every day." -WorldCat
The Battle of Bosworth Field by Charles River Editors
"The Battle of Bosworth was the last significant battle of the Wars of the Roses, the civil war between the Houses of Lancaster and York that raged across England in the latter half of the 15th century. Fought on 22 August 1485, the battle was won by the Lancastrians. Their leader Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond, by his victory became the first English monarch of the Tudor dynasty. His opponent, Richard III, the last king of the House of York, was killed in the battle. Historians consider Bosworth Field to mark the end of the Plantagenet dynasty, making it a defining moment of English and Welsh history." -WorldCat
The Disability Experience: Working Toward Belonging by Hannalora Leavitt and Belle Wuthrich
People with disabilities (PWDs) have the same aspirations for their lives as you do for yours. The difference is that PWDs don't have the same access to education, employment, housing, transportation and healthcare in order to achieve their goals. In The Disability Experience you'll meet people with different kinds of disabilities, and you'll begin to understand the ways PWDs have been ignored, reviled and marginalized throughout history. The book also celebrates the triumphs and achievements of PWDs and shares the powerful stories of those who have fought for change."-Amazon
The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones
“The fifteenth century experienced the longest and bloodiest series of civil wars in British history. The crown of England changed hands violently seven times as the great families of England fought to the death for power, majesty and the right to rule. This book, about the Wars of the Roses, describes how the Plantagenets, tore themselves apart and were finally replaced by the Tudors.” -WorldCat
Too Dumb for Democracy? : Why We Make Bad Political Decisions and How We Can Make Better Ones by David Moscrop
“Brexit. Trump. Ford Nation. In this timely book, David Moscrop asks why we make irrational political decisions and whether our stone-age brains can process democracy in the information age. In an era overshadowed by income inequality, environmental catastrophes, terrorism at home and abroad, and the decline of democracy, Moscrop argues that the political decision-making process has never been more important. In fact, our survival may depend on it.” -Amazon
Walk Toward the Rising Sun: From Child Soldier to Ambassador of Peace by Ger Duany and Garen Thomas
“The amazing autobiography of a young Sudanese boy who went from a child soldier and struggling refugee to international peace activist and Hollywood actor.” -Amazon
Warrior Life: Indigenous Resistance by Pamela Palmater
“From one of the most important, inspiring and fearless voices in Indigenous rights, decolonization, Canadian politics, social justice, earth justice and beyond, Warrior Life is an unflinching critique of the colonial project that is Canada and a rallying cry for Indigenous peoples and allies alike to forge a path toward a decolonial future through resistance and resurgence.” -Amazon

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

New Fiction

Blade Breaker by Victoria Aveyard
Realm Breaker; Book Two
"Dom, a grieving immortal, strives to fulfill a broken oath. Sorasa, an outcast assassin, faces her past when it returns with sharpened teeth. Valtik, an old sorceress, summons a mighty power. And Corayne, a pirate's daughter with an ancient magic in her blood, steps closer to becoming the hero she's destined to be. Together they must assemble an army to face Queen Erida and Taristan's wicked forces. But something deadly waits in the shadows, something that might consume the world before there's any hope for victory."—Publisher
Omens Bite by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Sisters of Salem; Book Two
“Torn apart by grief and anger, twin witches Hunter and Mercy Goode go their separate ways until Mercy's focus on the Egyptian Gate and Khenti, the guardian of its Underworld, lands her in the kind of trouble from which only Hunter can save her.” -WorldCat
Once A King by Erin Summerill
Clash of Kingdoms; Book Three
“Told in two voices, this is the story of young King Aodren, who works with Lirra, a Channeler, to dismantle his father's dark legacy and end the divide between Channelers--women with a magical ability--and people without magic.” -WorldCat
She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen
“After an embarrassing loss to her ex-girlfriend in their first basketball game of the season, seventeen-year-old Scottie Zajac gets into a fender bender with her nemesis, Irene Abraham, head cheerleader for the Fighting Reindeer. When the accident sends Irene's car to the shop for repairs, the girls are forced to carpool, and their rocky start only gets worse. In trying to get back at her toxic ex, Scottie bribes Irene into a fake-dating scheme that threatens to reveal some very real feelings.” -WorldCat
The Bronzed Beasts by Roshani Chokshi
The Gilded Wolves; Book Three
“After Séverin's seeming betrayal, the crew is fractured. Armed with only a handful of hints, Enrique, Laila, Hypnos and Zofia must find their way through the snarled, haunted waterways of Venice, Italy to locate Séverin. Meanwhile, Séverin must balance the deranged whims of the Patriarch of the Fallen House and discover the location of a temple beneath a plague island where the Divine Lyre can be played and all that he desires will come to pass. With only ten days until Laila expires, the crew will face plague pits and deadly masquerades, unearthly songs and the shining steps of a temple whose powers might offer divinity itself...but at a price they may not be willing to pay.” -WorldCat
The Last Lie by Patricia Forde
The List; Book Two
“In the powerful conclusion to the award-winning List duology, Letta must return from exile to fight for the people of Ark, even if it may cost her everything. Perfect for fans of The Giver, The Last Lie is a dystopian adventure for tweens and teens and an important commentary on censorship, language, and the pursuit of freedom.” -Amazon
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
“An entrancing and wildly addictive journey of a reclusive Hollywood starlet as she reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.” -Amazon
The Summer of Lost Letters by Hannah Reynolds
“The discovery of a packet of old letters sends seventeen-year-old Abby Schoenberg to Nantucket to unravel a family mystery about her grandmother's past, but things get complicated when Abby meets the cute grandson of a prominent family who wants to stop her from investigating.” -WorldCat

Thursday, November 10, 2022

New Fiction

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey
“Seventeen-year-old Lila Reyes, furious when her parents send her to the English countryside to recover from grief and heartbreak, unexpectedly falls in love with a teashop clerk--and England, itself.” -WorldCat
Cemetery Boys
by Aiden Thomas
Yadriel, a trans boy, summons the angry spirit of his high school's bad boy, and agrees to help him learn how he died, thereby proving himself a brujo, not a bruja, to his conservative family.” -WorldCat
Nick and Charlie
by Alice Oseman
A Solitaire Novella
“The beloved Heartstopper characters Nick and Charlie find themselves at a crossroads when Nick heads off to university. Can this first love survive the distance, or are they just delaying the inevitable?” -Amazon
One True Loves
by Elise Bryant
“While on a post-graduation Mediterranean cruise with her family, Lenore Bennett meets a hopeless romantic with a ten-year plan who helps her find something she's been looking for—love.” -WorldCat
The 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers
by Adam Sass
"Micah Summers runs a popular Instagram full of drawings of his numerous imaginary boyfriends (ninety-nine so far)--though he's never had a real boyfriend before. But when a meet-cute with Boy 100 goes wrong, Micah embarks on a Prince Charming-like quest throughout Chicago to find true love--for real this time." -Amazon
The Color of the Sky is the Shape of the Heart
by Chesil
"Now in translation for the first time, the award-winning debut that broke literary ground in Japan explores diaspora, prejudice, and the complexities of a teen girl's experience growing up as a Zainichi Korean, reminiscent of Min Jin Lee's classic Pachinko and Sandra Cisneros's The House on Mango Street." -Publisher
The Merciless Ones
by Namina Forna
The Guilded Ones; Book Two
“Deka and her army must stop the dark force growing in the ancient kingdom of Otera, but with her own gifts changing, she must discover if she holds the key to saving Otera or if she might be its greatest threat.” -WorldCat
This Winter
by Alice Oseman
A Solitaire Novella
“Reuniting Solitaire's Tori Spring, her little brother Charlie, and Charlie's boyfriend Nick, this novella sees the Spring siblings brave a particularly difficult festive season.” -Amazon

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

New Fiction

Blaine for the Win by Robbie Couch
“After his boyfriend Joey breaks up with him to pursue more ‘serious’ guys, Blaine decides to run for senior class president as Joey's successor to prove his worth--but is Blaine willing to sacrifice everything about himself to do it?” -WorldCat
Hollow Fires
by Samira Ahmed
“After discovering the body of fourteen-year-old Jawad Ali in Jackson Park, seventeen-year-old journalism student Safiya Mirza begins investigating his murder and ends up confronting white supremacy in her own high school.” -WorldCat
Ophelia After All
by Racquel Marie
“Seventeen-year-old Ophelia Rojas, well known for her rose garden and her dramatic crushes on every boy in sight, begins to question her sexuality and sense of self when she starts to fall for cute, quiet Talia Sanchez in the weeks leading up to their high school prom and graduation.” -WorldCat
So This Is Ever After
by F. T. Lukens
“Arek has managed to fulfill the prophecy and save the Kingdom of Ere from its evil ruler, but the quest is not over because until they free the princess locked in one of the towers he has to assume the crown himself; only the princess proves to be very dead, and Arek is stuck as king; then he discovers that magic requires him to find a bride before his eighteenth birthday or wither away--but none of his female companions are interested, he does not want to marry a stranger, and anyway the only person he is attracted to is Matt, aspiring wizard, best friend, and secret crush.” -WorldCat
Soul of Cinder
by Bree Barton
Heart of Thorns; Book Three
“Angelyne, Mia and Pilar find themselves challenged by the returned Prince Quin, and their clashing powers tip the elements of all four kingdoms out of balance. In an attempt to put things right, the sisters travel to the glass kingdom, each suffering from both their own burdens and the aftermath of their feelings for the prince. It's enough to make them investigate rumors of an island that can erase all pain -- if they're willing to pay the price.” -WorldCat
Soul of the Deep
by Natasha Bowen
Sequel to Skin of the Sea
“When signs of the eight ajogun begin to appear, Simi teams up with the corrupt trickster god Esu to stop the demon warlords before they enter the human realm and ruin humankind.” -WorldCat
So This Is Ever After
 by F. T. Lukens
"Arek has managed to fulfill the prophecy and save the Kingdom of Ere from its evil ruler, but the quest is not over because until they free the princess locked in one of the towers he has to assume the crown himself; only the princess proves to be very dead, and Arek is stuck as king; then he discovers that magic requires him to find a bride before his eighteenth birthday or wither away--but none of his female companions are interested, he does not want to marry a stranger, and anyway the only person he is attracted to is Matt, aspiring wizard, best friend, and secret crush” -WorldCat
The Dragon’s Promise
by Elizabeth Lim
Six Crimson Cranes; Book Two
"Princess Shiori made a deathbed promise to return the dragon's pearl to its rightful owner, but keeping that promise is more dangerous than she ever imagined. She must journey to the kingdom of dragons, navigate political intrigue among humans and dragons alike, fend off thieves who covet the pearl for themselves and will go to any lengths to get it, all while cultivating the appearance of a perfect princess to dissuade those who would see her burned at the stake for the magic that runs in her blood." -WorldCat
The Red Palace
by June Hur
“While investigating a series of grisly murders, eighteen-year-old palace nurse Hyeon navigates royal and political intrigue and becomes entangled with a young police inspector.” -WorldCat
Tokyo Dreaming
by Emiko Jean
Tokyo Ever After; Book Two
“When the Imperial Household Council refuses to approve the marriage of her parents, eighteen-year-old Izumi decides to become the perfect princess to help win the council's consent, but will she sacrifice her own heart in order to secure her parents' happiness?” -WorldCat