A Master of Djinn by P Djèlí Clark 

A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark

Cairo, 1912: Though Fatma el-Sha’arawi is the youngest woman working for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities, she’s certainly not a rookie, especially after preventing the destruction of the universe last summer.

So when someone murders a secret brotherhood dedicated to one of the most famous men in history, al-Jahiz, Agent Fatma is called onto the case. Al-Jahiz transformed the world 50 years ago when… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Racism
  • Colourism
  • Colonialism
  • Disfigurmisia
  • Gambling addiction
  • Self-mutilation
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Police brutality
  • Immolation
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The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero. Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous–it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Classism
  • Sexual assault
  • Domestic violence
  • Child abuse
  • Poverty
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Three O’Clock in the Morning by Gianrico Carofiglio 

Three O’Clock in the Morning by Gianrico Carofiglio

Antonio is eighteen years old and on the cusp of adulthood. His father, a brilliant mathematician, hasn’t played a large part in his life since divorcing Antonio’s mother but when Antonio is diagnosed with epilepsy, they travel to Marseille to visit a doctor who may hold the hope for an effective treatment. It is there, in a foreign city, under strained circumstances, that they will get to know each other and connect for the first time. A beautiful, gritty, and charming port city… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Police violence mentioned
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Kneel by Candace Buford

Kneel 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…. Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism & racial profiling
  • Hate crime
  • Police brutality
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Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant 

Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant 

Sixteen-year-old Tessa Johnson has never felt like the protagonist in her own life. She’s rarely seen herself reflected in the pages of the romance novels she loves. The only place she’s a true leading lady is in her own writing—in the swoony love stories she shares only with Caroline, her best friend and #1 devoted reader.

When Tessa is accepted into the creative writing program of a prestigious art school, she’s excited to finally let her stories shine. But when she goes to her first… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Racism
  • Anxiety & panic attacks

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Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown

Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown

Echo Brown is a wizard from the East Side, where apartments are small and parents suffer addictions to the white rocks. Yet there is magic . . . everywhere. New portals begin to open when Echo transfers to the rich school on the West Side, and an insightful teacher becomes a pivotal mentor.

Each day, Echo travels between two worlds, leaving her brothers, her friends, and a piece of herself behind on the East Side. There are dangers to leaving behind the place that made you. Echo soon realizes… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Sexism
  • Paedophilia & child sexual assault
  • Rape
  • Depressive episode
  • Dissociation
  • Suicide
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Overdose
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Drug abuse
  • Death of a parent
  • Murder
  • Car accident
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Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield 

Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield

Tilla has spent her entire life trying to make her father love her. But every six months, he leaves their family and returns to his true home: the island of Jamaica. When Tilla’s mother tells her she’ll be spending the summer on the island, Tilla dreads the idea of seeing him again, but longs to discover what life in Jamaica has always held for him. In an unexpected turn of events, Tilla is forced to face the storm that unravels in her own life as she learns about the dark secrets that lie beyond the veil of paradise—all in the midst of an impending hurricane.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sexism
  • Racism
  • Colourism
  • Slut shaming
  • Rape
  • Sexual assault
  • Domestic abuse
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Into the River by Mark Brandi

Into the River by Mark Brandi

Also known as Wimmera.

Growing up in a small country town, Ben and Fab spend their days playing cricket, wanting a pair of Nike Air Maxes and not talking about how Fab’s dad hits him, or how the sudden death of Ben’s next-door neighbour unsettled him. Almost teenagers, they already know some things are better left unsaid.

Then a newcomer arrived. Fab reckoned he was a secret agent and he and Ben staked him out. He looked strong. Maybe even stronger than Fab’s dad. Neither… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism & racial slurs
  • Paedophilia, child sexual abuse & grooming
  • Domestic violence
  • Suicide
  • Graphic dismemberment
  • Murder
  • Animal death
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The King of Crows by Libba Bray

The King of Crows by Libba Bray

After the horrifying explosion that claimed one of their own, the Diviners find themselves wanted by the US government and on the brink of war with the King of Crows.

While Memphis and Isaiah run for their lives from the mysterious Shadow Men, Isaiah receives a startling vision of a girl, Sarah Beth Olson, who could shift the balance in their struggle for peace. Sarah Beth says she knows how to stop the King of Crows-but, she will need… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism
  • Racism
  • Homomisia
  • Domestic violence & abuse recounted
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Drugging
  • Blood & injury depiction
  • Medical experimentation
  • Eugenics
  • Needles
  • Seizures
  • Loss of vision mentioned
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a friend in an explosion recounted
  • Death of a mother from cancer recounted
  • Death of a grandmother from a fall mentioned
  • Murder of an uncle by strangulation
  • Gun violence
  • Imprisonment for sedition mentioned
  • Kidnapping
  • Disappearance of a loved one
  • Fire
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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken 

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism & racial slurs
  • Gun violence
  • Knife violence
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