Summer Reading: Find Your Voice – Teen Picks

The world can feel like a crazy, crowded, chaotic place. (That was true even before COVID and the current polarization of our politics.) And some life stages are definitely more challenging than others. 

But really, no matter your age and experience, it can be hard to figure out what you think and find ways to share your ideas, questions and beliefs with others. The titles below offer information, advice and examples of ways that individuals speak up, speak out and speak their truth. 

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Better Than We Found It: Conversations to Help Save the World

Drawing on interviews with prominent activists, authors, actors and politicians, this timely guide addresses some of the biggest issues of our day, from climate change to gun violence to transphobia, empowering readers to make the world a better place. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby and eAudio on Hoopla.  

Big Lies: From Socrates to Social Media

Kurlansky details events occurring over the past 300 years to break down the “big lies” that permeate global history and explore how they affect the current U.S. media landscape.


A graphic memoir of Akim Aliu, a Ukrainian-Nigerian-Canadian professional hockey player whose career took him all around the world and who experienced systemic racism at every turn. 

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Libby. 

Embrace Your Size: My Own Body Positivity

What do you do when your body doesn’t match the ideal shape as dictated by society? What do you wear when sweats seem to be the only clothes that fit you? How do you deal with the constant, overwhelming waves of criticism about your appearance from yourself and others?

Rising Troublemaker: A Fear-Fighter Manual for Teens

Luvvie Ajayi Jones uses her honesty and humor to inspire teens to be their bravest, boldest, truest selves, in order to create a world they would be proud to live in. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook/eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.  


What the Fact?: Finding the Truth in All the Noise

Tracing the spread of misinformation and disinformation through our fast-moving media landscape, a journalist, scientist, medical professional, and professor gives readers the skills to identify and counter poorly sourced clickbait and misleading headlines. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook/eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.