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Prof. Santiago - RED4844 & RED4519

Course Reading Titles

Title: Look Both Ways

Author: Jayson Reynolds

Reader Level: 10-12 years or grades 5-7 

Genre/ Themes/ Interests: Short fiction collection/ anthology, Realistic fiction, African-American, Urban/ city/ community life

Awards and/or Recognition: 

  • Carnegie Medal winner
  • A National Book Award Finalist
  • Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
  • An NPR Favorite Book of 2019
  • New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2019
  • Time Best Children’s Book of 2019
  • Today Show Best Kids’ Book of 2019
  • Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2019
  • School Library Journal Best Middle Grade Book of 2019
  • Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2019


Title: Monday's Not Coming

Author: Tiffany Jackson

Reader Level: Young adult; 9-12 grade

Genre/ Themes/ Interests: Realistic fiction, mystery, urban/ city/ community life, abuse, trauma, friendship

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Title: Efren Divided

Author: Ernesto Cisneros

Reader Level: Grade 4-9, Ages 8-12 

Genre/ Themes/ Interests: Mexican-American characters; Hispanic-American characters; deportation; undocumented children and families; twins; brothers and sisters 


Title: The Crossover

Author: Kwame Alexander

Reader Level: 10-12 years or grades 5-7 

Genre/ Themes/ Interests: Realistic Fiction, Poetry (free verse), Sports (basketball), African-American, Brothers 

Awards and/or Recognition: 
  • New York Times bestseller
  • Newbery Medal Winner
  • Coretta Scott King Honor Award
  • YALSA 2015 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults
  • YALSA  2015 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
  • Publishers Weekly Best Book
  • School Library Journal Best Book
  • Kirkus Best Book

Title: Ghost

Author: Jayson Reynolds

Reader Level: 10-12 years or grades 5-7 

Genre/ Themes/ Interests: Realistic fiction, Sports (track), African-American, Identity/ coming of age 

Awards and/or Recognition: 
  • National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature
  • Nominated for PBS’s The Great American Read

Title: Esperanza Rising

Author: Pam Munoz Ryan

Reader Level: 8+ years or grades 6-8

Genre/ Themes/ Interests: Historical fiction (1900s America, Great Depression), poverty & homelessness, migration, Hispanic-American literature, Mexican-American literature

Awards and/or Recognition:

  • Pura Belpré Award Winner
  • Américas Award Honor Book
  • Jane Addams Children's Book Award Winner
  • Willa Cather Award Winner
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
  • ILA Notable Book for a Global Society
  • ALA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults
  • New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year


Title: Long Way Down

Author: Jason Reynolds

Reader Level: Grades 7+, Ages 12+

Genre/ Themes/ Interests: African-American boyhood/ teenagers; Poetry; Narrative verse; Gun violence; Coming of age

Awards and/or Recognition

  • A Newbery Honor Book
  • A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
  • A Printz Honor Book
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner for Young Adult Literature
  • Longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature
  • Winner of the Walter Dean Myers Award
  • An Edgar Award Winner for Best Young Adult Fiction


Title: Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, and You

Author: Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

Reader Level: 13+ years or grades 9-12 (tagged as Young Adult Non-fiction)

Genre/ Themes/ Interests: US History, African-American History, Civil Rights, Politics & US Government

Awards and/or Recognition

  • New York Times best seller
  • USA Today best seller 

Title: Free Lunch

Author: Rex Ogle

Reader Level: Grade 6-9, Ages 9-12 

Genre/ Themes/ Interests: Memoir/ biography; Children's non-fiction; Homelessness; Poverty; Domestic violence

Awards and/or Recognition

  • 2020 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award

Title: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Author: Grace Lin

Reader Level: 8-12 years or grades 3-7

Genre/ Themes/ Interests: Fantasy, Asian stories (Chinese), Chinese mythology/ folklore

Awards and/or Recognition: 

  • Newbery Honor Winner
  • New York Times Bestseller