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Secondary SBCUSD Reads - April

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Theme of the Month

Rhyme Time or Not text on a background of a quill and parchment

Middle School Recommendations

The poem and images create an authentic young adult narrator trying to grapple with the confusion and fear of the double pandemic (COVID-19 and systemic racism) he is facing.

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Eleven-year-old Ellie has been a fat kid all her life. She got the nickname “Splash” when she jumped into the swimming pool at her fifth birthday party, though some kids also called her “whale.” Ellie, who is white, loves swimming and feels most comfortable in her body when she can float on her back with her arms and legs outstretched, imagining that she is a starfish.

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High School Recommendations

Moth has lost her family in an accident. Though she lives with her aunt, she feels alone and uprooted. Until she meets Sani, a boy who is also searching for his roots. If he knows more about where he comes from, maybe he’ll be able to understand his ongoing depression. And if Moth can help him feel grounded, then perhaps she too will discover the history she carries in her bones.

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You Don’t Have to Be Everything is filled with works by a wide range of poets who are honest, unafraid, and skilled at addressing the complex feelings of coming-of-age, from loneliness to joy, longing to solace, attitude to humor. These unintimidating poems offer girls a message of self-acceptance and strength, giving them permission to let go of shame and perfectionism.

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See your school librarian to enter this month’s challenge!