“My Sweet Vidalia” by Deborah Mantella

My Sweet Vidalia by Deborah Mantella is the story of a young woman in the 1950s American South who overcomes considerable hardship and discovers her own inner strength.  Vidalia gets pregnant while in high school and has a shotgun wedding.  Unfortunately, her new husband is a terrible person and abuses her to the point thatRead more

“Awakening” by Karen Sandler

Kayla is a GEN, short for Genetically Engineered Nonhuman.  The GENs were engineered by the higher classes to do manual labor and are basically cyborg slaves.  Kayla has been given the opportunity for a treatment that would dissolve her circuitry and let her pass as a member of a lower caste, but she’s turned itRead more

“Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson

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Even when my girls were little, we’d go down there, my grandmother tells us.  And people’d be marching. The marching didn’t just start yesterday. Police with those dogs, scared everybody near to death.  Just once I let my girls march.   Brown Girl Dreaming is an autobiographical memoir in verse about the author’s childhood inRead more