May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and during this time of social distancing and the coronavirus, many people's mental wellness is taking a hit. Here are some sources to help you battle back against it.
NAMI for Teens & Young Adults
NAMI stands for National Alliance on Mental Illness, and they are the national go-to organization about mental wellness. Here is their helpful guide on how to get help if you think something's not right with your mental wellness and how to take charge of your mental health.
They have tips on how to help a friend who is struggling with their mental health, how to manage your mental illness at college, ways to make new friends while you're struggling with your mental health, and more.
This one is so good that when it got stolen out of the Teen Room, I didn't hesitate to purchase it again for y'all to read!
THE INVISIBLE GIRLS by Sarah Thebarge
A girl scarred by her past. A refugee mother uncertain of her future. Five little girls who brought them together. After nearly dying of breast cancer in her twenties, Sarah Thebarge fled her successful career, her Ivy League education, and a failed relationship on the East Coast and started over in Portland, Oregon. She was hoping to quietly pick up the pieces of her broken life, but instead she met Hadhi and her daughters, and set out on an adventure she’d never anticipated. Hadhi was fighting battles of her own. A Somali refugee abandoned by her husband, she was struggling to raise five young daughters in a culture she didn’t understand. When their worlds collided, Hadhi and the girls were on the brink of starvation in their own home, “invisible” in a neighborhood of strangers. As Sarah helped Hadhi and the girls navigate American life, her outreach to the family became a source of courage and a lifeline for herself. Poignant, and at times shattering, Sarah Thebarge’s riveting memoir invites listeners into her story, finding connection, love, and redemption in the most unexpected places.
GIRLS LIKE US by Gail Giles
A 2015 Schneider Family Book Award Winner! With gentle humor and unflinching realism, Gail Giles tells the gritty, ultimately hopeful story of two special ed teenagers entering the adult world: "We understand stuff. We just learn it slow. And most of what we understand is that people what ain’t Speddies think we too stupid to get out our own way. And that makes me mad." Quincy and Biddy are both graduates of their high school’s special ed program, but they couldn’t be more different: suspicious Quincy faces the world with her fists up, while gentle Biddy is frightened to step outside her front door. When they’re thrown together as roommates in their first “real world” apartment, it initially seems to be an uneasy fit. But as Biddy’s past resurfaces and Quincy faces a harrowing experience that no one should have to go through alone, the two of them realize that they might have more in common than they thought—and more importantly, that they might be able to help each other move forward.
SOLO by Kwame Alexander
Blade never asked for a life of the rich and famous. In fact, he’d give anything not to be the son of Rutherford Morrison, a washed-up rock star and drug addict with delusions of a comeback. Or to no longer be part of a family known most for lost potential, failure, and tragedy, including the loss of his mother. The one true light is his girlfriend, Chapel, but her parents have forbidden their relationship, assuming Blade will become just like his father. In reality, the only thing Blade and Rutherford have in common is the music that lives inside them. And songwriting is all Blade has left after Rutherford, while drunk, crashes his high school graduation speech and effectively rips Chapel away forever. But when a long-held family secret comes to light, the music disappears. In its place is a letter, one that could bring Blade the freedom and love he’s been searching for, or leave him feeling even more adrift.
THE DEVIL'S HIGHWAY by Luis Alberto Urrea
The author of "Across the Wire" offers brilliant investigative reporting of what went wrong when, in May 2001, a group of 26 men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona. Only 12 men came back out. "Superb . . . Nothing less than a saga on the scale of the Exodus and an ordeal as heartbreaking as the Passion . . . The book comes vividly alive with a richness of language and a mastery of narrative detail that only the most gifted of writers are able to achieve.--Los Angeles Times Book Review.
Every year, the American Library Association recognizes books, illustrators, and authors of the children's and YA variety. It's like the Oscars of YA (and children's lit., but that's not our focus here)!
Without further ado, here are the 2018 winners that are in the BPL collection!
Y'all! I'm so excited to FINALLY get to share with you that we are FINALLY getting some teen-centric nonfiction here at BPL!
Currently, we are highlighting some of these new titles on the A-frame in the Teen Room, but they'll permanently live in the adult nonfiction stacks (and when they're new on the nonfiction side of the adult new A-frame). Just look for the YA sticker on the spine!
These new books have an emphasis on LGBTQIA+ topics, mental health, feminism, and being the very best you: very timely topics.
Take a look at some of these titles by clicking on the cover pics to see their Goodreads page.