Book Themes

 

Middle Grade


Own Voices

Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen
Pepper Blouse and the Wicked Will
Tying the Devil’s Shoestrings
From the Desk of Zoe Washington
Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business
Efrén Divided
How to Make Friends with the Sea
The Brave
 

LGBTQIA+

Pepper Blouse and the Wicked Will
Ana on the Edge
The Good Hawk
Martin McLean, Middle School Queen
The Derby Daredevils: Kenzie Kickstarts a Team
Cattywampus
Lupe Wong Won’t Dance

Diverse Main Characters

Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch
Stand Up, Yumi Chung! 
From the Desk of Zoe Washington
Ana on the Edge
Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business
Martin McLean, Middle School Queen
What Stars Are Made Of
Efrén Divided
How to Make Friends with the Sea
The Derby Daredevils: Kenzie Kickstarts a Team
Into the Tall, Tall Grass
Ghost Squad
Cattywampus
Dan Unmasked
The Brave
Measuring Up 
Lupe Wong Won’t Dance

Mental Health

How to Make Friends with the Sea
Swallowed by a Secret
The Good Hawk
In the Red
The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane
Martin McLean, Middle School Queen
Swallowed by a Secret
96 Miles
Lupe Wong Won’t Dance

Justice

Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch 
From the Desk of Zoe Washington
Lupe Wong Won’t Dance

Death and/or Grief

Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business
Candlelight
Tying the Devil’s Shoestrings
South Haven Mysteries Series
Swallowed by a Secret
The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane
Dan Unmasked
The Witches of Willow Cove
Into the Tall, Tall Grass
A Dragonbird in the Fern
Ghost Squad
Cattywampus
The Circus of Stolen Dreams
Swallowed by a Secret
The Elephant’s Girl
Lupe Wong Won’t Dance

Identity/Belonging

Stand Up, Yumi Chung!
Ana on the Edge
The Good Hawk
South Haven Mysteries Series
Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch 
How to Make Friends with the Sea
Candlelight
Pepper Blouse and the Wicked Will
Nestor’s Guide to Unpacking
From the Desk of Zoe Washington
Forever Glimmer Creek
Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business
Ana on the Edge
Finally, Something Mysterious
Tying the Devil’s Shoestrings
My Life as a Potato
Swallowed by a Secret
Martin McLean, Middle School Queen
Dan Unmasked
The Witches of Willow Cove
That’s What Friends Do
The Nightmare Thief
The Derby Daredevils: Kenzie Kickstarts a Team
Into the Tall, Tall Grass
Rating Your Bunkmates and Other Camp Crimes
Ghost Squad
Cattywampus
Friend Me
A Boy Called Preacher
The Elephant’s Girl
The Brave
Coo

Humor/Comedy

Stand Up, Yumi Chung!
Lupe Wong Won’t Dance
Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business
My Life as a Potato
Martin McLean, Middle School Queen
That’s What Friends Do
Rating Your Bunkmates and Other Camp Crimes
Ghost Squad
Cattywampus
Measuring Up 

Bullying

Tying the Devil’s Shoestrings
The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane
Martin McLean, Middle School Queen
The Nightmare Thief
Friend Me
Lupe Wong Won’t Dance

 Change

Finally, Something Mysterious
Dan Unmasked

 Family

Stand Up, Yumi Chung!
Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen
Pepper Blouse and the Wicked Will
Nestor’s Guide to Unpacking
From the Desk of Zoe Washington
Forever Glimmer Creek
Tying the Devil’s Shoestrings
Swallowed by a Secret
In the Red
The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane
Martin McLean, Middle School Queen
What Stars Are Made Of
Efrén Divided
How to Make Friends with the Sea
That’s What Friends Do
The Nightmare Thief
The Wolf of Cape Fen
Kiki MacAdoo and the Graveyard Ballerinas
Cattywampus
The Circus of Stolen Dreams
Swallowed by a Secret
When You Know What I Know
The Elephant’s Girl
96 Miles
Coo
The Mutant Mushroom Takeover

Latinx

Efrén Divided

 Mystery

Finally, Something Mysterious
The Witches of Willow Cove
Rating Your Bunkmates and Other Camp Crimes
The Elephant’s Girl
The Mutant Mushroom Takeover

Neurodiversity

Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen
A Dragonbird in the Fern
Friend Me
The Brave

 

Coming of Age

Nestor’s Guide to Unpacking
Forever Glimmer Creek
Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business
Martin McLean, Middle School Queen
What Stars Are Made Of
Dan Unmasked
How to Make Friends with the Sea
The Nightmare Thief
The Elephant’s Girl

Feminism

Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch 
The Witches of Willow Cove
That’s What Friends Do
Into the Tall, Tall Grass
A Dragonbird in the Fern
Ghost Squad
Lupe Wong Won’t Dance
To Fly Among The Stars

STEM

In the Red
What Stars Are Made Of
To Fly Among The Stars
Friend Me
The Mutant Mushroom Takeover

Difficult Families


Lupe Wong Won’t Dance

Immigration

Efrén Divided
Friend Me

Sports

Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen
Dan Unmasked

Military

Nestor’s Guide to Unpacking
To Fly Among The Stars
Measuring Up

 

Non-Fiction

To Fly Among The Stars

Sexuality

Martin McLean, Middle School Queen
That’s What Friends Do
Lupe Wong Won’t Dance

Incarceration

From the Desk of Zoe Washington

Racism

Tying the Devil’s Shoestrings
Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business
From the Desk of Zoe Washington

Moving

My Life as a Potato
How to Make Friends with the Sea

 

War

To Fly Among The Stars

Abuse

The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane
When You Know What I Know

Poverty

The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane
Ghost Squad
Lupe Wong Won’t Dance

Supernatural/Witchcraft

The Witches of Willow Cove

Faith/Religion

No Vacancy

Friendship

No Vacancy
Measuring Up
Lupe Wong Won’t Dance

Young Adult


Own Voices

Ghost Dragon
The Edge of Anything
The Passing Playbook
Cemetery Boys
The Henna Wars
The Perfect Escape
Legendborn
The Knockout
This is My America
Jennifer Strange

 

LGBTQIA+

Indivisible
Ink in the Blood
Ghost Dragon
I’ll be the One
The Gravity of Us
In the Shadow of the Sun
You Should See Me in a Crown
Cemetery Boys
Queen of Coin and Whispers
The Passing Playbook
The Henna Wars
Crownchasers
The Unforgettable Lives of Austin Price
Fragile Remedy
Diamond City
No Frills
The Stone of Sorrow
The Ballad of Ami Miles
Jade Fire Gold
Dangerous Remedy
You Should See Me In A Crown
Star Daughter
Jennifer Strange
A Miracle of Roses
Who I Was With Her
Ghost Wood Song
A Wicked Magic
Surrender Your Sons
Iphigenia Murphy
The Names We Take
Most Likely

Diverse Main Characters

The Sound of Stars 
Ink in the Blood
These Violent Delights
Legendborn
I’ll be the One
The Silence of Bones
All the Stars and Teeth
American Betiya
Cemetery Boys
Queen of Coin and Whispers
Woven in Moonlight
The Seventh Sun
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin
The Passing Playbook
The Henna Wars
The Perfect Escape
The Unforgettable Lives of Austin Price
Diamond City
The Knockout
The Stone of Sorrow
Seeing Voices
The Gilded Ones
Jade Fire Gold
This is My America
Cast in Firelight
No True Believers
You Should See Me In A Crown
Star Daughter
Ghost Wood Song

 

 

Mental Health

Fade to White
Legendborn
Together we Caught Fire
What I Like About You
The Gravity of Us
The Edge of Anything
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin
Adeline’s Aria
The Remnant
The Unforgettable Lives of Austin Price
No Frills

Happened to Ali Greenleaf
You Should See Me In A Crown
A Wicked Magic
Ignite the Sun
The Paper Girl of Paris
Iphigenia Murphy
Most Likely

Humor

The Henna Wars
By the Book
The Perfect Escape
Crownchasers
You Should See Me In A Crown
Jennifer Strange

Justice

All the Stars and Teeth
Legendborn
The Silence of Bones
Of Silver and Shadow
Woven in Moonlight
Queen of Coin and Whispers
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin
Accidental
Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf
This is My America
Cast in Firelight
No True Believers
The Paper Girl of Paris
But For the Mountains
Surrender Your Sons

 Feminism

All the Stars and Teeth
I’ll be the One
In the Shadow of the Sun
The Silence of Bones
American Betiya
A Golden Fury
Queen of Coin and Whispers
The Seventh Sun
The Remnant
Nameless Queen
Glitch Kingdom
Decoding Emma
Crownchasers
Accidental
No Frills
The Knockout
The Gilded Ones
Unscripted
Dangerous Remedy
Cast in Firelight
You Should See Me In A Crown
No True Believers
The Queen’s Council
The Best Laid Plans
Jennifer Strange
A Miracle of Roses
Some Kind of Animal
Agnes at the End of the World
But For the Mountains
Iphigenia Murphy
Most Likely

Death and/or Grief

The Lucky Ones
Fade to White
Ink in the Blood
Legendborn
Together we Caught Fire
The Edge of Anything
The Silence of Bones
American Betiya
Of Silver and Shadow
Queen of Coin and Whispers
Three Things I Know Are True
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin
Cemetery Boys
The Goddess in the Machine
The Remnant
Glitch Kingdom
Everything I Thought I Knew
Crownchasers
The Unforgettable Lives of Austin Price
Accidental

Falling in Every Direction
Dangerous Remedy
Jennifer Strange
Who I Was With Her
Agnes at the End of the World
Ghost Wood Song
The Best Week That Never Happened


Identity/Belonging

All the Stars and Teeth 
Fade to White
Indivisible
Ink in the Blood
Legendborn
Together we Caught Fire
I’ll be the One
What I Like About You
The Edge of Anything
The Silence of Bones
American Betiya
You Should See Me in a Crown
Of Silver and Shadow
Cemetery Boys
The Seventh Sun
The Passing Playbook
Queen of Coin and Whispers
Adeline’s Aria
The Henna Wars
The Goddess in the Machine
Nameless Queen
Glitch Kingdom
Everything I Thought I Knew
Crownchasers
The Many Alters of Astrid Hayes
The Unforgettable Lives of Austin Price
Fragile Remedy
No Frills
The Knockout
Happened to Ali Greenleaf
Seeing Voices
The Ballad of Ami Miles
The Gilded Ones
Little Creeping Things
Jade Fire Gold
This is My America
Cast in Firelight
You Should See Me In A Crown
A Wicked Magic
The Queen’s Council
Jennifer Strange
But For the Mountains
Surrender Your Sons

 War

All the Stars and Teeth
These Violent Delights
True or False: A CIA Analyst’s Guide to Identifying and Fighting Fake News
Jade Fire Gold
The Paper Girl of Paris

 Abuse

Ink in the Blood
If These Wings Could Fly
Diamond City
Forever Summer
But For the Mountains
Surrender Your Sons
Iphigenia Murphy

Faith/Religion

Ink in the Blood
Together we Caught Fire
The Silence of Bones
The Seventh Sun
The Passing Playbook
Fade to White
The Henna Wars
The Remnant
No True Believers
A Miracle of Roses
Agnes at the End of the World


Poverty

Diamond City
This is My America
Iphigenia Murphy

Sexuality

Together we Caught Fire
American Betiya
Cemetery Boys
Queen of Coin and Whispers
The Henna Wars
The Unforgettable Lives of Austin Price
Smash It
The Ballad of Ami Miles
You Should See Me In A Crown
The Best Laid Plans
A Miracle of Roses
A Wicked Magic

PTSD

The Lucky Ones

 

Romance

The Best Laid Plans
All the Stars and Teeth
A Miracle of Roses
Clover
The Best Week That Never Happened
Forever Summer
The Paper Girl of Paris
Not Another Love Song

Family

All the Stars and Teeth
The Lucky Ones
The Sound of Stars 
These Violent Delights
Legendborn
If These Wings Could Fly
The Silence of Bones
American Betiya
A Golden Fury
Cemetery Boys
Three Things I Know Are True
Together We Caught Fire
Adeline’s Aria
The Henna Wars
Nameless Queen
By the Book
Forever Summer
Shielded
Seeing Voices
Falling in Every Direction
Jade Fire Gold
Dangerous Remedy
The King’s 100
Star Daughter
Jennifer Strange
Some Kind of Animal
Ghost Wood Song
The Paper Girl of Paris
Surrender Your Sons
Not Another Love Song
Iphigenia Murphy
The Names We Take

Theatre/Music/Shakespeare/Art

These Violent Delights
Ink in the Blood
Glitch Kingdom
By the Book
The King’s 100
Not Another Love Song


Immigration

Indivisible
American Betiya

 Sports

The Passing Playbook


Physical Illness/Disability

In the Shadow of the Sun
Glitch Kingdom
Three Things I Know Are True

Race/Racism

Legendborn
American Betiya
You Should See Me in a Crown
The Henna Wars
This is My America
No True Believers

Latinx

Cemetery Boys
Woven in Moonlight

Coming of Age

All the Stars and Teeth
Together we Caught Fire
I’ll be the One
The Silence of Bones
The Remnant
By the Book
The Perfect Escape
Accidental
Ignite the Sun
Crownchasers
Smash It
Clover

Folklore

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin
Clover


Non-Fiction

True or False: A CIA Analyst’s Guide to Identifying and Fighting Fake News

STEM

A Golden Fury
The Goddess in the Machine
Everything I Thought I Knew
Decoding Emma
Dangerous Remedy

Fat Rep

Glitch Kingdom

Politics/Power

All the Stars and Teeth
Of Silver and Shadow
This is My America
True or False: A CIA Analyst’s Guide to Identifying and Fighting Fake News
Nameless Queen
Crownchasers
Diamond City
Cast in Firelight
The Queen’s Council

Substance Use

Diamond City
Falling in Every Direction

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