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Here Comes the Sun: A Novel
by Nicole Dennis Benn

Featured Book Lambda Literary Award MoreScore: 5 non-white cis female non-straight perseverance realistic Jamaica Lesbians Poverty 336 pages

At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is ruthlessly determined to shield Thandi from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also perhaps a chance to win the love of her cherished Verdene.

Here Comes the Sun: A Novel
by Nicole Dennis Benn

Featured Book Lambda Literary Award MoreScore: 5 non-white cis female non-straight perseverance realistic Jamaica Lesbians Poverty 336 pages

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The Color Purple
by Alice Walker

Pulitzer Prize MoreScore: 5 non-white cis female non-straight perseverance confessional American South African American Letters 288 pages Lexile: HL670L

Celie has grown up poor in rural Georgia, abused by her own family. Yet she is able to protect her younger sister Nettie who escapes to Africa as a missionary. Nettie's escape gives Celie hope for freedom too. Celie seizes her chance with her female lover Shug and they escape to Memphis. Ultimately, Celie and Nettie have a happy reunion in Georgia.

The Color Purple
by Alice Walker

Pulitzer Prize MoreScore: 5 non-white cis female non-straight perseverance confessional American South African American Letters 288 pages Lexile: HL670L

Celie has grown up poor in rural Georgia, abused by her own family. Yet she is able to protect her younger sister Nettie who escapes to Africa as a missionary. Nettie's escape gives Celie hope for freedom too. Celie seizes her chance with her female lover Shug and they escape to Memphis. Ultimately, Celie and Nettie have a happy reunion in Georgia.

Small Beauty
by Jia Qing Wilson Yang

Featured Book Lambda Literary Award MoreScore: 5 non-white trans female undisclosed perseverance domestic Canada Chinese Family History 176 pages

Mei, a mixed race trans woman, revisits a town from her family's past and discovers a queer family history while parsing through her own anger and trauma. Cycling through time, points of view, and rural and city life, the novel introduces us to Mei's community: other Asian trans women; Sandy, Mei's older cousin and constant support; Diane, an older lesbian with a pick-up and secret links to Mei's blood family.

Small Beauty
by Jia Qing Wilson Yang

Featured Book Lambda Literary Award MoreScore: 5 non-white trans female undisclosed perseverance domestic Canada Chinese Family History 176 pages

Mei, a mixed race trans woman, revisits a town from her family's past and discovers a queer family history while parsing through her own anger and trauma. Cycling through time, points of view, and rural and city life, the novel introduces us to Mei's community: other Asian trans women; Sandy, Mei's older cousin and constant support; Diane, an older lesbian with a pick-up and secret links to Mei's blood family.

The Angel of History
by Rabih Alameddine

Featured Book Lambda Literary Award MoreScore: 4 non-white cis male non-straight perseverance magical realism San Fransisco Lebanese Americans AIDS Epidemic 304 pages

Set over the course of one night in the waiting room of a psych clinic, The Angel of History follows Yemeni-born poet Jacob as he revisits the events of his life, from his maternal upbringing in an Egyptian whorehouse to his adolescence under the aegis of his wealthy father and his life as a gay Arab man in San Francisco at the height of AIDS. Hovered over by the presence of alluring, sassy Satan who taunts Jacob to remember his painful past and dour, frigid Death who urges him to forget and give up on life, Jacob is also attended to by 14 saints.

The Angel of History
by Rabih Alameddine

Featured Book Lambda Literary Award MoreScore: 4 non-white cis male non-straight perseverance magical realism San Fransisco Lebanese Americans AIDS Epidemic 304 pages

Set over the course of one night in the waiting room of a psych clinic, The Angel of History follows Yemeni-born poet Jacob as he revisits the events of his life, from his maternal upbringing in an Egyptian whorehouse to his adolescence under the aegis of his wealthy father and his life as a gay Arab man in San Francisco at the height of AIDS. Hovered over by the presence of alluring, sassy Satan who taunts Jacob to remember his painful past and dour, frigid Death who urges him to forget and give up on life, Jacob is also attended to by 14 saints.

Copper Sun
by Sharon M Draper

Coretta Scott King Award MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed perseverance historical Carolina African Americans Slavery 302 pages Lexile: 820L

When pale strangers enter fifteen-year-old Amari's village, her entire tribe welcomes them; for in her remote part of Africa, visitors are always a cause for celebration. But these strangers are not here to celebrate. They are slave traders. Sold to a plantation owner in the Carolinas, survival and escape are all Amari dreams about. She finds friendship in unexpected places. Polly, an outspoken indentured white girl, proves not to be as hateful as she'd first seemed. When an opportunity to escape presents itself, Amari and Polly decide to work together to find the thing they both want most...freedom

Copper Sun
by Sharon M Draper

Coretta Scott King Award MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed perseverance historical Carolina African Americans Slavery 302 pages Lexile: 820L

When pale strangers enter fifteen-year-old Amari's village, her entire tribe welcomes them; for in her remote part of Africa, visitors are always a cause for celebration. But these strangers are not here to celebrate. They are slave traders. Sold to a plantation owner in the Carolinas, survival and escape are all Amari dreams about. She finds friendship in unexpected places. Polly, an outspoken indentured white girl, proves not to be as hateful as she'd first seemed. When an opportunity to escape presents itself, Amari and Polly decide to work together to find the thing they both want most...freedom

Day of Tears
by Julius Lester

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed perseverance historical slavery american south american civil war 177 pages

When gambling debts and greed enter into the Butler household, Pierce Butler decides to host the biggest slave auction in American history and breaks a promise by selling Emma, his most-valued slave and caretaker of his children--a decision that brings about unthinkable consequences.

Day of Tears
by Julius Lester

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed perseverance historical slavery american south american civil war 177 pages

When gambling debts and greed enter into the Butler household, Pierce Butler decides to host the biggest slave auction in American history and breaks a promise by selling Emma, his most-valued slave and caretaker of his children--a decision that brings about unthinkable consequences.

Flygirl
by Sherri L. Smith

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed perseverance war world war II women airplane pilots 278 pages Lexile: HL680L

All Ida Mal Jones wants to do is fly. Ida's father was a pilot, and when he took her flying, she never want to come down again. But after his death, the sky is off-limits to a young black woman such as herself. When America enters World War II, the Army forms the WASP-Women Airforce Service Pilots-and Ida has a chance to join, if she's willing to use her light skin to pass as white.

Flygirl
by Sherri L. Smith

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed perseverance war world war II women airplane pilots 278 pages Lexile: HL680L

All Ida Mal Jones wants to do is fly. Ida's father was a pilot, and when he took her flying, she never want to come down again. But after his death, the sky is off-limits to a young black woman such as herself. When America enters World War II, the Army forms the WASP-Women Airforce Service Pilots-and Ida has a chance to join, if she's willing to use her light skin to pass as white.

The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed perseverance realistic police violence racism prep school 464 pages Lexile: HL590L

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. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. The only person alive who knows what really happened is Starr.

The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed perseverance realistic police violence racism prep school 464 pages Lexile: HL590L

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. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. The only person alive who knows what really happened is Starr.

In the Time of the Butterflies
by Julia Álvarez

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed perseverance historical dominican republic revolution women 339 pages Lexile: 910L

It is November 25, 1960, and the bodies of three beautiful, convent-educated sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. El Caribe, the official newspaper, reports their deaths as an accident. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of Gen. Raphael Leonidas Trujillo's dictatorship. It doesn't have to. Everyone knows why they died.

In the Time of the Butterflies
by Julia Álvarez

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed perseverance historical dominican republic revolution women 339 pages Lexile: 910L

It is November 25, 1960, and the bodies of three beautiful, convent-educated sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. El Caribe, the official newspaper, reports their deaths as an accident. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of Gen. Raphael Leonidas Trujillo's dictatorship. It doesn't have to. Everyone knows why they died.

Guapa
by Saleem Haddad

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 4 non-white cis male non-straight perseverance realistic Middle East Arab Coming Out 358 pages

Set over the course of twenty-four hours, Guapa follows Rasa, a gay man living in an unnamed Arab country, as he tries to carve out a life for himself in the midst of political and social upheaval. Rasa spends his days translating for Western journalists and pining for the nights when he can sneak his lover, Taymour, into his room.

Guapa
by Saleem Haddad

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 4 non-white cis male non-straight perseverance realistic Middle East Arab Coming Out 358 pages

Set over the course of twenty-four hours, Guapa follows Rasa, a gay man living in an unnamed Arab country, as he tries to carve out a life for himself in the midst of political and social upheaval. Rasa spends his days translating for Western journalists and pining for the nights when he can sneak his lover, Taymour, into his room.

Lucy and Linh
by Alice Pung

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed perseverance realistic chinese bullying boarding school 336 pages Lexile: 900L

Lucy is a bit of a pushover, but she’s ambitious and smart, and she has just received the opportunity of a lifetime: a scholarship to a prestigious school, and a ticket out of her broken-down suburb. Though she’s worried she will stick out like badly cut bangs among the razor-straight students, she is soon welcomed into the Cabinet, the supremely popular trio who wield influence over classmates and teachers alike. Linh is blunt, strong-willed, and fearless—everything Lucy once loved about herself.

Lucy and Linh
by Alice Pung

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed perseverance realistic chinese bullying boarding school 336 pages Lexile: 900L

Lucy is a bit of a pushover, but she’s ambitious and smart, and she has just received the opportunity of a lifetime: a scholarship to a prestigious school, and a ticket out of her broken-down suburb. Though she’s worried she will stick out like badly cut bangs among the razor-straight students, she is soon welcomed into the Cabinet, the supremely popular trio who wield influence over classmates and teachers alike. Linh is blunt, strong-willed, and fearless—everything Lucy once loved about herself.

The Street
by Ann Petry

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed perseverance realistic harlem mothers 448 pages

The poignant, often heartbreaking story of Lutie Johnson, a young black woman, and her spirited struggle to raise her son amid the violence, poverty, and racial dissonance of Harlem in the late 1940s.

The Street
by Ann Petry

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed perseverance realistic harlem mothers 448 pages

The poignant, often heartbreaking story of Lutie Johnson, a young black woman, and her spirited struggle to raise her son amid the violence, poverty, and racial dissonance of Harlem in the late 1940s.

All American Boys
by Jason / Brendan Reynolds / Kiely

Coretta Scott King Award MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed perseverance realistic Racial Profiling Police Violence African Americans 316 pages Lexile: HL770L

A bag of chips. That’s all sixteen-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter. There were witnesses: Quinn, a varsity basketball player and Rashad’s classmate, who has been raised by Paul Galluzzo since his own father died in Afghanistan — and a video camera.

All American Boys
by Jason / Brendan Reynolds / Kiely

Coretta Scott King Award MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed perseverance realistic Racial Profiling Police Violence African Americans 316 pages Lexile: HL770L

A bag of chips. That’s all sixteen-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter. There were witnesses: Quinn, a varsity basketball player and Rashad’s classmate, who has been raised by Paul Galluzzo since his own father died in Afghanistan — and a video camera.

American Street
by Ibi Zoboi

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight perseverance realistic Detroit Hatians Immigrants 336 pages Lexile: HL690L

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie — a good life. But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own. Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost.

American Street
by Ibi Zoboi

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight perseverance realistic Detroit Hatians Immigrants 336 pages Lexile: HL690L

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie — a good life. But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own. Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost.

Beloved
by Toni Morrison

Pulitzer Prize MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight perseverance historical Ghosts African Americans Slavery 352 pages Lexile: 870L

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened.

Beloved
by Toni Morrison

Pulitzer Prize MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight perseverance historical Ghosts African Americans Slavery 352 pages Lexile: 870L

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened.

The Blood Flowers
by Anita Amirrezvani

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight perseverance historical iran women weaving 400 pages

In 17th-century Iran, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. But when her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great.

The Blood Flowers
by Anita Amirrezvani

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight perseverance historical iran women weaving 400 pages

In 17th-century Iran, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. But when her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great.

Dance of the Banished
by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight perseverance historical Turkey Kurdish Genocide 288 pages Lexile: HL800L

Ali and his fiancee Zeynep dream about leaving their home in Anatolia and building a new life together in Canada. Ali finds passage to Canada to work, but he is forced to leave Zeynep behind until he can earn enough money. When the First World War breaks out and Canada joins Britain, Ali is declared an enemy alien and interned in a camp. Meanwhile, Zeynep tries to protect her Christian Armenian neighbors from persecution. If she is successful, will Zeynep still find a way to cross the ocean to search out Ali?

Dance of the Banished
by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight perseverance historical Turkey Kurdish Genocide 288 pages Lexile: HL800L

Ali and his fiancee Zeynep dream about leaving their home in Anatolia and building a new life together in Canada. Ali finds passage to Canada to work, but he is forced to leave Zeynep behind until he can earn enough money. When the First World War breaks out and Canada joins Britain, Ali is declared an enemy alien and interned in a camp. Meanwhile, Zeynep tries to protect her Christian Armenian neighbors from persecution. If she is successful, will Zeynep still find a way to cross the ocean to search out Ali?

Dreaming in Cuban
by Cristina Garcia

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight perseverance realistic cuba new york mothers 272 pages Lexile: 940L

Three generations of Cuban women struggle to understand and accept the Cuban revolution. The lives of Celia del Pino and her husband, daughters, and grandchildren mirror the magical realism of Cuba itself, a landscape of beauty and poverty, idealism and corruption.

Dreaming in Cuban
by Cristina Garcia

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight perseverance realistic cuba new york mothers 272 pages Lexile: 940L

Three generations of Cuban women struggle to understand and accept the Cuban revolution. The lives of Celia del Pino and her husband, daughters, and grandchildren mirror the magical realism of Cuba itself, a landscape of beauty and poverty, idealism and corruption.

Fear of Beauty
by Susan Froetschel

MEOC Award MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight perseverance detective Afganistan Extremism Literacy 270 pages

The body of an Afghan boy is found at the base of a cliff outside a remote village in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Sofi, the boy's illiterate young mother, is desperate to find the truth about her son's death. In time, and defying all odds, Sofi secretly learns to read--with the help of Mita Samuelson, an American aid worker. Through reading, Sofi discovers the identity of her son's murderer.  As they search for answers, Sofi and Mita come to the same realization: trying to preserve a way of life can lead to a fundamentalism that destroys a society's basic values.

Fear of Beauty
by Susan Froetschel

MEOC Award MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight perseverance detective Afganistan Extremism Literacy 270 pages

The body of an Afghan boy is found at the base of a cliff outside a remote village in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Sofi, the boy's illiterate young mother, is desperate to find the truth about her son's death. In time, and defying all odds, Sofi secretly learns to read--with the help of Mita Samuelson, an American aid worker. Through reading, Sofi discovers the identity of her son's murderer.  As they search for answers, Sofi and Mita come to the same realization: trying to preserve a way of life can lead to a fundamentalism that destroys a society's basic values.

Fish
by L. S. Matthews

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed perseverance war Refugees 192 pages Lexile: 910L

War and drought have come to Tiger's country. Just before Tiger's family leaves, Tiger finds a fish struggling for life in a drying-up puddle - and rescues it. And so they set off on a dangerous journey across the mountains, with only what they can carry on their backs - the fish's grip on survival mirroring their own.

Fish
by L. S. Matthews

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed perseverance war Refugees 192 pages Lexile: 910L

War and drought have come to Tiger's country. Just before Tiger's family leaves, Tiger finds a fish struggling for life in a drying-up puddle - and rescues it. And so they set off on a dangerous journey across the mountains, with only what they can carry on their backs - the fish's grip on survival mirroring their own.

Fish in a Tree
by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

MoreScore: 3 undisclosed cis female undisclosed perseverance realistic Neurodiversity Dyslexia Reading 274 pages Lexile: 550L

Ally is smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. Her newest teacher, however, sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is just part of how her brain works. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities.

Fish in a Tree
by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

MoreScore: 3 undisclosed cis female undisclosed perseverance realistic Neurodiversity Dyslexia Reading 274 pages Lexile: 550L

Ally is smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. Her newest teacher, however, sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is just part of how her brain works. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities.

I Have Lived a Thousand Years
by Livia Bitton-Jackson

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight perseverance historical Hungary Jewish Holocaust 224 pages Lexile: 720L

What is death all about? What is life all about? So wonders thirteen-year-old Elli Friedmann as she fights for her life in a Nazi concentration camp. It wasn’t long ago that Elli led a normal life that included family, friends, school, and thoughts about boys. A life in which Elli could lie and daydream for hours that she was a beautiful and elegant celebrated poet. But these adolescent daydreams quickly darken in March 1944, when the Nazis invade Hungary.

I Have Lived a Thousand Years
by Livia Bitton-Jackson

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight perseverance historical Hungary Jewish Holocaust 224 pages Lexile: 720L

What is death all about? What is life all about? So wonders thirteen-year-old Elli Friedmann as she fights for her life in a Nazi concentration camp. It wasn’t long ago that Elli led a normal life that included family, friends, school, and thoughts about boys. A life in which Elli could lie and daydream for hours that she was a beautiful and elegant celebrated poet. But these adolescent daydreams quickly darken in March 1944, when the Nazis invade Hungary.

The Joy Luck Club
by Amy Tan

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight perseverance realistic chinese-american mothers daughters 288 pages Lexile: 930L

The story examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. Mothers boast or despair over daughters, and daughters roll their eyes even as they feel the inextricable tightening of their matriarchal ties.

The Joy Luck Club
by Amy Tan

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight perseverance realistic chinese-american mothers daughters 288 pages Lexile: 930L

The story examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. Mothers boast or despair over daughters, and daughters roll their eyes even as they feel the inextricable tightening of their matriarchal ties.

Kindred
by Octavia E. Butler

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight perseverance science fiction time travel slavery american south 264 pages Lexile: 580L

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.

Kindred
by Octavia E. Butler

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight perseverance science fiction time travel slavery american south 264 pages Lexile: 580L

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.

Lum
by Libby Ware

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 3 white non-binary undisclosed perseverance historical West Virginia Rural Development Intersex Adults 224 pages

Lum has always been on the outside. At eight, she was diagnosed with what we now call an intersex condition and is told she can't expect to marry. Now, at thirty-three, she has no home of her own but is shuttled from one relative's house to another. When the Blue Ridge Parkway is slated to come through her family’s farmland, the community begins to tear apart — culminating in an act of violence and betrayal. However, the Parkway brings opportunities as well as loss.

Lum
by Libby Ware

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 3 white non-binary undisclosed perseverance historical West Virginia Rural Development Intersex Adults 224 pages

Lum has always been on the outside. At eight, she was diagnosed with what we now call an intersex condition and is told she can't expect to marry. Now, at thirty-three, she has no home of her own but is shuttled from one relative's house to another. When the Blue Ridge Parkway is slated to come through her family’s farmland, the community begins to tear apart — culminating in an act of violence and betrayal. However, the Parkway brings opportunities as well as loss.

Mrs. Dalloway
by Virginia Woolf

MoreScore: 3 white cis female non-straight perseverance domestic London Bisexuality Stream of Conciousness 141 pages Lexile: 950L

Society hostess, Clarissa Dalloway is giving a party. Her thoughts and sensations on that one day, and the interior monologues of others whose lives are interwoven with hers gradually reveal the characters of the central protagonists. Clarissa's life is touched by tragedy as the events in her day run parallel to those of Septimus Warren Smith, whose madness escalates as his life draws toward inevitable suicide.

Mrs. Dalloway
by Virginia Woolf

MoreScore: 3 white cis female non-straight perseverance domestic London Bisexuality Stream of Conciousness 141 pages Lexile: 950L

Society hostess, Clarissa Dalloway is giving a party. Her thoughts and sensations on that one day, and the interior monologues of others whose lives are interwoven with hers gradually reveal the characters of the central protagonists. Clarissa's life is touched by tragedy as the events in her day run parallel to those of Septimus Warren Smith, whose madness escalates as his life draws toward inevitable suicide.

November Blues
by Sharon M Draper

Coretta Scott King Award MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight perseverance realistic African Americans Pregnancy 400 pages Lexile: 670L

When November Nelson loses her boyfriend, Josh, to a pledge stunt gone horribly wrong, she thinks her life can't possibly get any worse. But Josh left something behind that will change November's life forever, and now she's faced with the biggest decision she could ever imagine. How in the world will she tell her mom? And how will Josh's parents take the news? She's never needed a friend more. Enter Jericho Prescott.

November Blues
by Sharon M Draper

Coretta Scott King Award MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight perseverance realistic African Americans Pregnancy 400 pages Lexile: 670L

When November Nelson loses her boyfriend, Josh, to a pledge stunt gone horribly wrong, she thinks her life can't possibly get any worse. But Josh left something behind that will change November's life forever, and now she's faced with the biggest decision she could ever imagine. How in the world will she tell her mom? And how will Josh's parents take the news? She's never needed a friend more. Enter Jericho Prescott.

Queen Sugar
by Natalie Baszile

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight perseverance realistic american south sugar cane women 384 pages Lexile: 870L

When Charley unexpectedly inherits eight hundred acres of sugarcane land, she and her eleven-year-old daughter say goodbye to smoggy Los Angeles and head to Louisiana. She soon learns, however, that cane farming is always going to be a white man’s business. As the sweltering summer unfolds, Charley struggles to balance the overwhelming challenges of a farm in decline with the demands of family and the startling desires of her own heart.

Queen Sugar
by Natalie Baszile

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight perseverance realistic american south sugar cane women 384 pages Lexile: 870L

When Charley unexpectedly inherits eight hundred acres of sugarcane land, she and her eleven-year-old daughter say goodbye to smoggy Los Angeles and head to Louisiana. She soon learns, however, that cane farming is always going to be a white man’s business. As the sweltering summer unfolds, Charley struggles to balance the overwhelming challenges of a farm in decline with the demands of family and the startling desires of her own heart.

Salt Houses
by Hala Ayan

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight perseverance realistic West Bank Palestinian Refugee 320 pages

On the eve of her daughter Alia’s wedding, Salma reads the girl’s future in a cup of coffee dregs. She sees an unsettled life for Alia and her children; she also sees travel, and luck. While she chooses to keep her predictions to herself that day, they will all soon come to pass when the family is uprooted in the wake of the Six-Day War of 1967.

Salt Houses
by Hala Ayan

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight perseverance realistic West Bank Palestinian Refugee 320 pages

On the eve of her daughter Alia’s wedding, Salma reads the girl’s future in a cup of coffee dregs. She sees an unsettled life for Alia and her children; she also sees travel, and luck. While she chooses to keep her predictions to herself that day, they will all soon come to pass when the family is uprooted in the wake of the Six-Day War of 1967.

A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight perseverance historical afghanistan families 372 pages Lexile: 830L

An incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love. Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul-they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other.

A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight perseverance historical afghanistan families 372 pages Lexile: 830L

An incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love. Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul-they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other.

Tituba of Salem Village
by Ann Petry

Featured Book MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight perseverance historical salem witch trials women slavery 256 pages Lexile: 840L

In 1688, Tituba and her husband, John, are sold to a Boston minister and sent to the strange world of Salem, Massachusetts. Rumors about witches are spreading like wildfire throughout the state, filling the heads of Salem’s superstitious, God-fearing residents. When the reverend’s suggestible young daughter, Betsey, starts having fits, the townsfolk declare it to be the devil’s work. Suspicion falls on Tituba, who can read fortunes and spin flax into thread so fine it seems like magic.

Tituba of Salem Village
by Ann Petry

Featured Book MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight perseverance historical salem witch trials women slavery 256 pages Lexile: 840L

In 1688, Tituba and her husband, John, are sold to a Boston minister and sent to the strange world of Salem, Massachusetts. Rumors about witches are spreading like wildfire throughout the state, filling the heads of Salem’s superstitious, God-fearing residents. When the reverend’s suggestible young daughter, Betsey, starts having fits, the townsfolk declare it to be the devil’s work. Suspicion falls on Tituba, who can read fortunes and spin flax into thread so fine it seems like magic.

The Well of Loneliness
by Radclyffe Hall

MoreScore: 3 white cis female non-straight perseverance romance world war II lesbians 513 pages

Follow the life of Stephen Gordon, an Englishwoman from an upper-class family whose homosexuality is apparent from an early age. She finds love with Mary Llewellyn, whom she meets while serving as an ambulance driver in World War I, but their happiness together is marred by social isolation and rejection. One of the first novels written by a lesbian about life as a lesbian.

The Well of Loneliness
by Radclyffe Hall

MoreScore: 3 white cis female non-straight perseverance romance world war II lesbians 513 pages

Follow the life of Stephen Gordon, an Englishwoman from an upper-class family whose homosexuality is apparent from an early age. She finds love with Mary Llewellyn, whom she meets while serving as an ambulance driver in World War I, but their happiness together is marred by social isolation and rejection. One of the first novels written by a lesbian about life as a lesbian.

Bodega Dreams
by Ernesto Quiñonez

MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight perseverance realistic new york puerto ricans 224 pages

Willie Bodega is king.  Need college tuition for your daughter?  Start-up funds for your fruit stand?  Bodega can help.  He gives everyone a leg up, in exchange only for loyalty—and a steady income from the drugs he pushes. Lyrical, inspired, and darkly funny.

Bodega Dreams
by Ernesto Quiñonez

MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight perseverance realistic new york puerto ricans 224 pages

Willie Bodega is king.  Need college tuition for your daughter?  Start-up funds for your fruit stand?  Bodega can help.  He gives everyone a leg up, in exchange only for loyalty—and a steady income from the drugs he pushes. Lyrical, inspired, and darkly funny.

The Book Thief
by Marcus Zusak

MoreScore: 2 white cis female undisclosed perseverance historical world war II holocaust libraries 552 pages Lexile: 730L

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

The Book Thief
by Marcus Zusak

MoreScore: 2 white cis female undisclosed perseverance historical world war II holocaust libraries 552 pages Lexile: 730L

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

The Book of Harlan
by Bernice L. McFadden

Coretta Scott King Award MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight perseverance historical Germany African Americans Holocaust 400 pages

When Harlan and his best friend, trumpeter Lizard Robbins, are invited to perform at a popular cabaret in the Parisian enclave of Montmartre--affectionately referred to as "The Harlem of Paris" by black American musicians--Harlan jumps at the opportunity, convincing Lizard to join him. Shockingly, the City of Light falls under Nazi occupation, Harlan and Lizard are imprisoned in the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. Based on exhaustive research and told in McFadden's mesmeric prose, The Book of Harlan skillfully blends the stories of McFadden's familial ancestors with those of real and imagined characters.

The Book of Harlan
by Bernice L. McFadden

Coretta Scott King Award MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight perseverance historical Germany African Americans Holocaust 400 pages

When Harlan and his best friend, trumpeter Lizard Robbins, are invited to perform at a popular cabaret in the Parisian enclave of Montmartre--affectionately referred to as "The Harlem of Paris" by black American musicians--Harlan jumps at the opportunity, convincing Lizard to join him. Shockingly, the City of Light falls under Nazi occupation, Harlan and Lizard are imprisoned in the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. Based on exhaustive research and told in McFadden's mesmeric prose, The Book of Harlan skillfully blends the stories of McFadden's familial ancestors with those of real and imagined characters.

Code Name Verity
by Elizabeth E Wein

MoreScore: 2 white cis female undisclosed perseverance historical France World War II Spies 304 pages Lexile: 1020L

Oct. 11th, 1943—A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. There are two women aboard, a pilot and a spy. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun. When "Verity" is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn't stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she's living a spy's worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution. All may not be lost as a rescue mission led by the pilot is underway.

Code Name Verity
by Elizabeth E Wein

MoreScore: 2 white cis female undisclosed perseverance historical France World War II Spies 304 pages Lexile: 1020L

Oct. 11th, 1943—A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. There are two women aboard, a pilot and a spy. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun. When "Verity" is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn't stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she's living a spy's worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution. All may not be lost as a rescue mission led by the pilot is underway.

Driving the King
by Ravi Howard

Coretta Scott King Award MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight perseverance historical Fame African Americans Jim Crow 352 pages

The war is over, the soldiers are returning, and Nat King Cole is back in his hometown of Montgomery, Alabama, for a rare performance. His childhood friend, Nat Weary, plans to propose to his sweetheart, and the singer will honor their moment with a special song. When a white man attacks Cole with a pipe, Weary leaps from the audience to defend him — an act that will lead to a ten-year prison sentence. Six months before Weary is released, he receives a remarkable offer: will he be Nat King Cole’s driver and bodyguard in L.A.?

Driving the King
by Ravi Howard

Coretta Scott King Award MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight perseverance historical Fame African Americans Jim Crow 352 pages

The war is over, the soldiers are returning, and Nat King Cole is back in his hometown of Montgomery, Alabama, for a rare performance. His childhood friend, Nat Weary, plans to propose to his sweetheart, and the singer will honor their moment with a special song. When a white man attacks Cole with a pipe, Weary leaps from the audience to defend him — an act that will lead to a ten-year prison sentence. Six months before Weary is released, he receives a remarkable offer: will he be Nat King Cole’s driver and bodyguard in L.A.?

Freaks and Revelations
by Davida Wills Hurwin

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 2 white cis male non-straight perseverance historical Homophobia Holocaust Redemption 240 pages Lexile: HL560L

This raw, moving novel follows two teenagers-one, a Mohawk-wearing 17-year-old violent misfit; the other, a gay 13-year-old cast out by his family, hustling on the streets and trying to survive. This tragic but ultimately inspirational journey of two polarized teens, their violent first meeting, and their peaceful reunion years later is an unforgettable story of survival and forgiveness.

Freaks and Revelations
by Davida Wills Hurwin

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 2 white cis male non-straight perseverance historical Homophobia Holocaust Redemption 240 pages Lexile: HL560L

This raw, moving novel follows two teenagers-one, a Mohawk-wearing 17-year-old violent misfit; the other, a gay 13-year-old cast out by his family, hustling on the streets and trying to survive. This tragic but ultimately inspirational journey of two polarized teens, their violent first meeting, and their peaceful reunion years later is an unforgettable story of survival and forgiveness.

Hurt Go Happy
by Ginny Rorby

MoreScore: 2 white cis female undisclosed perseverance realistic Sign Language Chimpanzees Deafness 267 pages Lexile: 870L

Thirteen-year-old Joey Willis is used to being left out of conversations. Though she's been deaf since the age of six, Joey's mother has never allowed her to learn sign language. She strains to read the lips of those around her, but often fails. Everything changes when Joey meets Dr. Charles Mansell and his baby chimpanzee, Sukari. Her new friends use sign language to communicate, and Joey secretly begins to learn to sign.

Hurt Go Happy
by Ginny Rorby

MoreScore: 2 white cis female undisclosed perseverance realistic Sign Language Chimpanzees Deafness 267 pages Lexile: 870L

Thirteen-year-old Joey Willis is used to being left out of conversations. Though she's been deaf since the age of six, Joey's mother has never allowed her to learn sign language. She strains to read the lips of those around her, but often fails. Everything changes when Joey meets Dr. Charles Mansell and his baby chimpanzee, Sukari. Her new friends use sign language to communicate, and Joey secretly begins to learn to sign.

Invisible Man
by Ralph Ellison

MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight perseverance realistic New York City African American Racism 460 pages Lexile: 870L

The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood", and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be.

Invisible Man
by Ralph Ellison

MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight perseverance realistic New York City African American Racism 460 pages Lexile: 870L

The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood", and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be.

Night
by Elie Wiesel

MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male undisclosed perseverance historical Germany Jewish Holocaust 144 pages Lexile: 570L

A candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. It offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald. It eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.

Night
by Elie Wiesel

MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male undisclosed perseverance historical Germany Jewish Holocaust 144 pages Lexile: 570L

A candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. It offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald. It eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.

No-No Boy
by John Okada

MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight perseverance realistic japanese internment world war II 264 pages Lexile: 900L

Ichiro Yamada is a fictional version of the real-life "no-no boys" who answered "no" twice to a compulsory government questionnaire as to whether he would serve in the armed forces and swear loyalty to the United States after he and his entire family were forcibly interned during world war II. Ichiro earns two years in prison and the hostility of his family and community when he returns home to Seattle.

No-No Boy
by John Okada

MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight perseverance realistic japanese internment world war II 264 pages Lexile: 900L

Ichiro Yamada is a fictional version of the real-life "no-no boys" who answered "no" twice to a compulsory government questionnaire as to whether he would serve in the armed forces and swear loyalty to the United States after he and his entire family were forcibly interned during world war II. Ichiro earns two years in prison and the hostility of his family and community when he returns home to Seattle.

A Raisin in the Sun
by Lorraine Hansberry

MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight perseverance drama chicago african americans families 151 pages

When an insurance settlement provides Walter and Ruth Younger the chance at changing their life for the better, practical plans collide with wild dreams. Walter wants to leave his job as a limo driver and open a liquor store. Walter's mother wants to put a down payment on a house in white neighborhood. White neighbors try to buy out the Younger's to prevent them from moving to the neighborhood. Walter's business associates steal the money. Dreams shrivel like a raisin in the sun.

A Raisin in the Sun
by Lorraine Hansberry

MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight perseverance drama chicago african americans families 151 pages

When an insurance settlement provides Walter and Ruth Younger the chance at changing their life for the better, practical plans collide with wild dreams. Walter wants to leave his job as a limo driver and open a liquor store. Walter's mother wants to put a down payment on a house in white neighborhood. White neighbors try to buy out the Younger's to prevent them from moving to the neighborhood. Walter's business associates steal the money. Dreams shrivel like a raisin in the sun.

The Two Pearls of Wisdom
by Alison Goodman

MoreScore: 2 undisclosed cis female straight perseverance fantasy magic women 512 pages

Under the harsh regime of an ambitious master, candidate Eon is training to become a Dragoneye - a powerful Lord able to master wind and water to protect the land. But Eon also harbours a desperate secret. Eon is, in fact, Eona, a young woman who has endured years of disguise as a boy for the chance to practice the Dragoneye's Art.

The Two Pearls of Wisdom
by Alison Goodman

MoreScore: 2 undisclosed cis female straight perseverance fantasy magic women 512 pages

Under the harsh regime of an ambitious master, candidate Eon is training to become a Dragoneye - a powerful Lord able to master wind and water to protect the land. But Eon also harbours a desperate secret. Eon is, in fact, Eona, a young woman who has endured years of disguise as a boy for the chance to practice the Dragoneye's Art.

The Awakening
by Kate Chopin

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight perseverance realistic new orleans women desire 296 pages Lexile: 960L

As the heroine, Edna Pontellier, awakens to her own desires, she begins to question her ideas about marriage, motherhood, society, art, and the nature of love itself.

The Awakening
by Kate Chopin

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight perseverance realistic new orleans women desire 296 pages Lexile: 960L

As the heroine, Edna Pontellier, awakens to her own desires, she begins to question her ideas about marriage, motherhood, society, art, and the nature of love itself.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
by Fannie Flagg

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight perseverance humor american south racism homophobia 432 pages Lexile: 940L

Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, A novel about two women: Evelyn, who’s in the sad slump of middle age, and gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode, who’s telling her life story. Her tale includes two more women—the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth—who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, offering good coffee, southern barbecue, and all kinds of love and laughter—even an occasional murder.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
by Fannie Flagg

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight perseverance humor american south racism homophobia 432 pages Lexile: 940L

Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, A novel about two women: Evelyn, who’s in the sad slump of middle age, and gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode, who’s telling her life story. Her tale includes two more women—the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth—who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, offering good coffee, southern barbecue, and all kinds of love and laughter—even an occasional murder.

I Stand Here Ironing
by Tillie Olsen

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight perseverance realistic mothers daughters 10 pages

When a mother is contacted by a guidance counselor at her daughter Emily's school to say that Emily is in trouble, the mother remembers the joys and regrets of raising Emily in the Depression. The mother resolves to help Emily break free free from the past and help her to dig her way onward to a new life.

I Stand Here Ironing
by Tillie Olsen

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight perseverance realistic mothers daughters 10 pages

When a mother is contacted by a guidance counselor at her daughter Emily's school to say that Emily is in trouble, the mother remembers the joys and regrets of raising Emily in the Depression. The mother resolves to help Emily break free free from the past and help her to dig her way onward to a new life.

Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck

MoreScore: 1 white cis male undisclosed perseverance historical California Developmental Disability Great Depression 144 pages Lexile: 630L

An unlikely pair, George and Lennie, two migrant workers in California during the Great Depression, grasp for their American Dream. They hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.

Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck

MoreScore: 1 white cis male undisclosed perseverance historical California Developmental Disability Great Depression 144 pages Lexile: 630L

An unlikely pair, George and Lennie, two migrant workers in California during the Great Depression, grasp for their American Dream. They hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.

Oliver Twist
by Charles Dickens

MoreScore: 1 white cis male undisclosed perseverance historical England Orphans Poverty 630 pages Lexile: 900L

Oliver Twist endures a miserable existence in a workhouse and then is placed with an undertaker. He escapes and travels to London where he meets the Artful Dodger, leader of a gang of juvenile pickpockets. Naively unaware of their unlawful activities, Oliver is led to the lair of their elderly criminal trainer Fagin.

Oliver Twist
by Charles Dickens

MoreScore: 1 white cis male undisclosed perseverance historical England Orphans Poverty 630 pages Lexile: 900L

Oliver Twist endures a miserable existence in a workhouse and then is placed with an undertaker. He escapes and travels to London where he meets the Artful Dodger, leader of a gang of juvenile pickpockets. Naively unaware of their unlawful activities, Oliver is led to the lair of their elderly criminal trainer Fagin.

The Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight perseverance historical revenge adultery women 322 pages Lexile: 1280L

Set in 17th-century Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony, during the years 1642 to 1649, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an affair and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity.

The Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight perseverance historical revenge adultery women 322 pages Lexile: 1280L

Set in 17th-century Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony, during the years 1642 to 1649, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an affair and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity.

Wonder
by R J Palacio

MoreScore: 1 white cis male undisclosed perseverance realistic New York Developmental Difference Middle School 416 pages Lexile: 790L

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. The story begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

Wonder
by R J Palacio

MoreScore: 1 white cis male undisclosed perseverance realistic New York Developmental Difference Middle School 416 pages Lexile: 790L

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. The story begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.