{Book List} Justice

JusticeA teacher recently asked me to see if we had enough books in the library for her class to do a project based on justice. It could be fiction or non-fiction, it could be set in the present, past or future and be any form of justice, whether criminal, racial or social. I turned to the trusty YALSA-BK listserv for some help and we came up with quite a few titles as well as some lists on other websites.

Do you have any other great books that you would add to this list?


  • The High Price I Had to Pay 2 Sentenced to 30 Years as a Nonviolent. First Time Offender. by Michelle Myers
  • I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
  • Juvenile in Justice by Richard Ross
  • Losing Matt Shepard: life and politics in the aftermath of an anti-gay murder by Beth Loffreda
  • The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb
  • No Choirboy: Murder, Violence and Teenagers on Death Row by Susan Kuklin
  • The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore
  • Pete Rose: An American Dilemma by Kostya Kennedy
  • The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin
  • An Unspeakable Crime: the prosecution and persecution of Leo Frank by Elaine Marie Alphin
  • Zeitoun by Dave Eggers



  • Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  • Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
  • Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
  • The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
  • I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
  • Lies We Tell Ourselves Robin Talley
  • The Lightning Dreamer by Margarita Engle
  • Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers
  • Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant
  • The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
  • Moon at Nine by Deborah Ellis
  • Mortal Danger by Ann Aguire
  • Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
  • Returning to Normal by Patrick Jones
  • Rikers High by Paul Volponi


Graphic Novels

  • In Real Life by Cory Doctorow
  • Superhero graphic novels


Book Lists on Other Websites

Take One or Tear One, Either Way Just Share One


One of the things I love to do is create book displays in the library. I find that students tend to pick up and check out books that are out on display. One of our guidance counselors asked me to do a display about bullying and I got this idea from my go to place for creative ideas, Pinterest. Students not only loved making the sticky notes, but they loved taking them and giving them away. I was constantly adding new sticky notes to the display.

Recommended books about bullying:

What other books on bullying would you recommend?

Top 10 of 2014

I try to read about 25 books a year and my goal this year is to double that! I thought it would be fun to share my top 10 favorite books I read in 2014. I’ve included links to the titles in Goodreads in case you want to add them to your TBR.

Are any of your favorite books on this list? What was your favorite book of 2014?


Fall for Anything
by Courtney Summers

“Sometimes I feel hunted by my grief. It circles me, stalks me. It’s always in my periphery. Sometimes I can fake it out. Sometimes I make myself go so still, it can’t sense that I’m there anymore and it goes away. I do that right now.”

Me, Earl and the Dying Girl
by Jesse Andrews

“Look, I was an idiot. I didn’t want people to think that I had a crush, so I decided to give everyone the impression that I truly, honestly hated Madison Harter. For no reason. Just thinking about this makes me want to punch myself in the eyeball.”

The Beginning of Everything
by Robyn Schneider

“Words could betray you if you chose the wrong ones, or mean less if you used too many. Jokes could be grandly miscalculated, or stories deemed boring, and I’d learned early on that my sense of humor and ideas about what sorts of things were fascinating didn’t exactly overlap with my friends’.”

This Song Will Save Your Life
by Leila Sales

“You think it’s so easy to change yourself. You think it’s so easy, but it’s not. True, things don’t stay the same forever: couches are replaced, boys leave, you discover a song, your body becomes forever scarred. And with each of these moments you change and change again, your true self spinning, shifting positions– but always at last it returns to you, like a dancer on the floor. Because throughout it all, you are still, always, you: beautiful and bruised, known and unknowable. And isn’t that – just you – enough.”

The Impossible Knife of Memory
by Laurie Halse Anderson

“I needed to hear the world but didn’t want the world to know I was listening.”

The Here and Now
by Ann Brashares

“It’s wrong, I know, but I play out this dance with him, exquisite and slow. I play it out in my head, because that is the only place it will ever happen.”

Say What You Will
by Cammie McGovern

“I’ve decided that it’s possible to love someone for entirely selfless reasons, for all of their flaws and weaknesses, and still not succeed in having them love you back. It’s sad, perhaps, but not tragic, unless you dwell forever in the pursuit of their elusive affections.”

Let’s Get Lost
by Adi Alsaid

“People hurt each other. It happens to everyone. Intentionally, unintentionally, regretfully or not. It’s a part of what we do as people. The beauty is that we have the ability to heal and forgive.”

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
by E. Lockhart

“It is better to be alone, she figures, than to be with someone who can’t see who you are. It is better to lead than to follow. It is better to speak up than stay silent. It is better to open doors than to shut them on people.

She will not be simple and sweet. She will not be what people tell her to be. That Bunny Rabbit is dead.”

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future
by A.S. King

“I wished I could take her to the library and hand her over to the librarians. Please teach her about everything, I’d say.”

{Book List} A New Year with a New Start


It’s a new year and what better time to share books that are all about starting over. There are times in our lives when we all need a fresh start and make changes to our lives, which can be very scary. What better way to take away some of that fear than to connect with a character who has had to do the same thing. Are there any other books you would add to this list?