May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and as a follow-up to last week's post on two resources that can help you get help, here are several books that explore mental health. You can ask for these via curbside by calling us at (512) 332-8894 or filling out the Google Form.
Have you read Tomi Adeyemi's Children of Blood and Bone and the second in the series, Children of Vice and Vengeance? They're the start of a fantasy series that takes place in Africa where wielders of magic ("magi") have been terribly oppressed. But a commoner, Zelie, teams up with some royals to end the oppression against the magi-- and end the fear of magic. Because it's not a stand-alone book, things go awry, and Children of Vice and Vengeance is a lot darker than Blood and Bone.
In January, Adeyemi was interviewed about the oppression, heavy topics, and the way Adeyemi utilizes diction (word choice) and the language of her characters. It's super interesting! You can read the article here.
"The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe was first published on this day in 1845. (You probably know Poe... he wrote "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Tell-Tale Heart," too.)
Enjoy "The Raven," "The Cask of Amontillado," and "The Tell-Tale Heart" with a modern twist in...
Find it in the Teen Room: YA F Poe.
Ricky's experience in the LRA is super harrowing. Certainly makes me glad that I live here in the United States where conscription into a terrible and violent cult isn't going to happen.
Darius the Great Is Not Okay is another book I can't stop recommending-- especially if you struggle with mental health. It will make you feel *seen*.