Debut novelist Yamile Saied Méndez, author of FURIA, shares a selection of books that have at their cores a teen protagonist trying to overcome generational trauma imposed on them by society and their own families.  

Furia By Yamile Saied Méndez Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616209919
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 15th, 2020

Patron Saints of Nothing By Randy Ribay Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525554929
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Published: Penguin Books - April 21st, 2020

Jay returns to his family’s country of origin, The Philippines, to solve the mystery of his cousin’s murder, a victim of Duterte’s war on drugs.

We Are Not from Here By Jenny Torres Sanchez Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984812261
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 19th, 2020

Driven away from Mexico by poverty and violence, Chico, Pulga, and Pequeña set out for a new life in the United States on board of The Beast, in a tale of survival, hope, friendship, and love. 

This Time Will Be Different By Misa Sugiura Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062473448
Published: HarperTeen - June 4th, 2019

CJ is trapped between her family’s expectations and her own dreams, until she finds the courage to fight for them. 

Grown By Tiffany D. Jackson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062840356
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 15th, 2020

Lured by a famous R&B artist into a trap, Enchanted Jones finds herself in a vulnerable position and gets blamed for the violence committed against her. It’s a wonderful commentary on how society turns its back on girls and women who have no one but themselves to fight for each other.