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Library Serf, Top 10

Top Ten: Activism and Politics

30.03.10 | Comment?

Can’t wait until you can vote? Here’s some stuff you can read (or watch) in the mean time.

  1. Wide Awake, David Levithan. In the near future, when Abe Stein is elected president of the United States and his election is questioned on account of him being both Jewish and gay, Duncan Weiss, 17, becomes politically active for the first time, attending protest rallies and rallying his friends in support. 
  2. The Gospel According to Larry, Janet Tashjian. Josh thinks big: he wants to save the world and get the girl. He sets up a website (The Gospel According to Larry) as his clever, witty and (as it turns out) incredibly popular alter ego (Larry), voicing his opinions on consumerism, politics etc, but Larry’s success makes it hard for Josh’s identity to remain hidden.
  3. Noughts and Crosses, Malorie Blackman. In an alternate world Noughts and Crosses don’t mix. Persephone is a Cross and her friend Callum is a Nought, and to complicate things Persephone’s father is both racist and a politician. Inspired by Romeo and Juliet.
  4. Scat, Carl Hiaasen. An eco-thriller. Nick and Marta’s biology teacher goes missing in suspicious circumstances, so they decide to investigate. Illegal pipelines, rare panthers and swamps co-star.
  5. Hoot (Young  Adult DVD, based on book by Carl Hiaasen). Eco-thriller number two. New construction threatens endangered burrowing owls, and Logan is having none of it.
  6. Soccer Chick Rules, Dawn Fitzgerald. Tess’ football team needs funding in order to continue to exist, so Tess perseveres against many odds to ensure its survival.
  7. Going Going, Naomi Shihab Nye. In a small town in Texas Florrie notices the negative impact that chain stores are having on local businesses and organises the residents to take action.
  8. The outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place, E.L. Konigsburg. Margaret is moved to action on behalf of her great uncles when the tower block they live in is declared unsafe and marked for demolition.
  9. In the name of God, Paula Jolin. Nadia is a committed Muslim living in Syria. When her cousin is arrested, Nadia becomes increasingly fanatical. An Amazon.com review says this: “…there are very few novels for young people that give such a comprehensive sense of a contemporary Muslim Arab teen’s daily life and concerns… In framing Nadia’s questions about faith, Jolin creates an essential starting place for teens to examine their own views about Western culture, the Middle East, the division of church and state, terrorism, and how fear and hate, faith and love affect everything.”
  10. I Am the Messenger, Markus Zusak. Ed Kennedy is spurred on to activism by a series of strange messages delivered to him on playing cards.

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