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Sachem Public Library
Sachem Public Library

150 Holbrook Road, Holbrook, NY 11741 • 631-588-5024

  • Monday – Friday 9:30am – 9:00pm
  • Saturday 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sunday (Open through May 7) 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Book List: Diverse Reads

Sachem Public Library

Clap when you land / Elizabeth Acevedo

Clap when you land / Elizabeth Acevedo

Camino, from the Dominican Republic, and Yahaira, from New York City, are shocked to find out that their father has been living a double life when his plain crashes and he passes away. The new sisters must navigate their new feelings while grieving.
All-American Muslim girl / Nadine Jolie Courtney

All-American Muslim girl / Nadine Jolie Courtney

Sixteen-year-old Allie struggles to claim her Muslim and Arabic heritage while finding her place as an American teenager.
Firekeeper's daughter / Angeline Boulley

Firekeeper's daughter / Angeline Boulley

Daunis has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. She dreams of a fresh start at college, but when family tragedy strikes, Daunis puts her future on hold to look after her mother.
Love, Hate, and Other Filters / Samira Ahmed

Love, Hate, and Other Filters / Samira Ahmed

Maya, seventeen, is caught between her India-born parents’ world of college and marrying a suitable Muslim boy and her dream world of film school and dating her classmate, Phil, when a terrorist attack changes her life forever.
Code of honor / Alan Gratz

Code of honor / Alan Gratz

When Iranian-American Kamran Smith learns that his big brother, Darius, has been labelled a terrorist, he sets out to piece together the codes and clues that will save his brother's life and his country from a deadly terrorist attack.
Kneel / Candace Buford

Kneel / Candace Buford

As the football team's varsity tight end, Russell has one goal: to get a scholarship and play on the national stage. When his best friend is unfairly arrested and kicked off the team, Rus faces an impossible choice: speak up or live in fear.
This is my America / Kim Johnson

This is my America / Kim Johnson

While writing letters to Innocence X, a justice-seeking project, asking them to help her father, an innocent black man on death row, teenaged Tracy takes on another case when her brother is accused of killing his white girlfriend.
Off the record / Camryn Garrett

Off the record / Camryn Garrett

Teen journalist Josie gets the chance of a lifetime: to write a profile in Deep Focus Magazine. She is caught up in a whirlwind of Hollywood glamour, but she uncovers some dark secrets as well. Should she take a stand, or ruin her budding career?
All American boys / Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely

All American boys / Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely

When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend.
Apple in the middle / Dawn Quigley

Apple in the middle / Dawn Quigley

Fifteen-year-old Apple Starkington learns what it means to be a Native person in a world divided by color.
Tree of dreams / Laura Resau

Tree of dreams / Laura Resau

Coco has grown up in her mother's chocolate shop with her friend Leo. Recently, the shop is failing and Leo seems distant. When they both win a culinary contest, the two children and their mothers find themselves on a trip to the Amazon in Ecuador.
Patron saints of nothing / Randy Ribay

Patron saints of nothing / Randy Ribay

When seventeen-year-old Jay Reguero learns his Filipino cousin and former best friend, Jun, was murdered as part of President Duterte's war on drugs, he flies to the Philippines to learn more.
Dear Martin / Nic Stone

Dear Martin / 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.
Simone breaks all the rules / Debbie Rigaud

Simone breaks all the rules / Debbie Rigaud

Simone’s mother is so overprotective. She insists on picking her prom date from a "nice" Haitian family; Simone has other plans. Together with her friends, she tests the limits of her freedom, but at what cost? She has to decide which rules are worth breaking and which should be left alone.
Radha & Jai's recipe for romance / Nisha Sharma

Radha & Jai's recipe for romance / Nisha Sharma

Told in two voices, teens Radha and Jai, seniors at a New Jersey performing arts high school, reignite their passion for dance and find strength in one another to pursue their dreams.
We are not from here / Jenny Torres Sanchez

We are not from here / Jenny Torres Sanchez

Pulga has his dreams. Chico has his grief. Pequeña has her pride. And these three teens have one another. But, none of them have illusions about the town they've grown up in and the dangers that surround them.
On the come up / Angie Thomas

On the come up / Angie Thomas

Bri wants to follow in her deceased father's footsteps and become one of the greatest rappers of all time, but it's hard to do when you're labeled a hoodlum at school and you've got problems at home. Bri takes her frustration into writing her first song, but fame comes with a price.
Super fake love song / David Yoon

Super fake love song / David Yoon

When new-girl Cirrus mistakes self-described nerd Sunny Dae as the lead in a rock band, Sunny rolls with it, forming a fake band with his friends. As the lies continue, he risks losing both Cirrus and his friends.
American Street / Ibi Zoboi

American Street / Ibi Zoboi

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola thought she would finally find a good life. But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, her mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, the grittiness of Detroit's West Side, a new school, and a surprising romance, all on her own.
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