Teen Librarian Recommends: Back to School Books

Archie, Vol. 1: The New Riverdale

With a new generation of Archie and Rivendale fans, enjoy this brand new graphic novel in Archie, Vol. 1: The New Riverdale by Mark Waid. Archie is a fun-loving goofball with a best friend named Jughead, who loves to eat. With Betty and Veronica, the gang make their way through high school with laughs, drama, and a love triangle. With stunning graphics, this book has the same charm as the Archie comics of the past, but with a current, modern twist.

What you perceive to see, may not always be the truth. In Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely’s book, All American Boys, it follows the stories of Rashad and Quinn. Starting in an event where Rashad, an African-American teen, trips and drops a bag of chips in a convenience store. Believed to be a thief, a cop pummels Rashad to the ground and beats him. Quinn’s best friend is the cop’s brother, and their high school, and the nation is divided. Find out what happens as two alternating viewpoints see how racism and prejudice affect the teen’s lives.

A List of Cages, by Robin Roe, follows the story of high school senior, Adam Blake, who thinks he has it made with an easy elective as the aid of the school psychologist. When asked to track down a troubled freshman, he realizes that it is none other than the foster brother, Julian, who he has not seen in five years. When Adam learns more about Julian’s secrets, he discovers there is more to Julian’s story that he did not know before. This book gives a view of teens with disabilities, including dyslexia and ADHD, and how each of the teens view the world around them.

Sherman Alexie’s novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, tells the story of Junior, who wants to be a cartoonist, and his adventures away from the troubled school at the Spokane Indian Reservation to a high school where, not only is he a minority, the school mascot is also an Indian.This hilarious and thought-provoking story is based on the experiences of the author and expressed not only through words, but with wonderful illustrations.