Young Reader Editions

Below is a list of adult nonfiction books originally written for adults that have been adapted for teens. These books are both great for teens and also great for adults who want shorter overviews on topics before diving into the full length books. Stamped–Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited. An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People: ReVisioning History for Young People by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz & Jean Mendoza Spanning more than 400 years, this classic bottom-up history examines the legacy of Indigenous peoples’ resistance, resilience, and steadfast fight against imperialism. Going beyond the story of America as a country “discovered” by a few brave men in the “New World,” Indigenous human rights advocate Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz reveals the roles that settler colonialism and policies of American Indian genocide played in forming our national identity. Dear America, Young Readers’ Edition: The Story of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas Jose Antonio Vargas was only twelve years old when he was brought to the United States from the Philippines to live with his grandparents. He didn’t know it, but he was sent to the U.S. illegally. When he applied for a learner’s permit, he learned the truth, and he spent the next almost twenty years keeping his immigration status a secret. Hiding in plain sight, he was writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country. Only after publicly admitting his undocumented status—risking his career and personal safety—was Vargas able to live his truth. It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Adapted for Young Readers) by Trevor Noah Trevor Noah, the funny guy who hosts The Daily Show on Comedy Central, shares his remarkable story of growing up in South Africa with a black South African mother and a white European father at a time when it was against the law for a mixed-race child to exist. But he did exist—and from the beginning, the often-misbehaved Trevor used his keen smarts and humor to navigate a harsh life under a racist government. Hidden Figures Young Readers’ Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, who lived through the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country. I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers’ Edition) by Malala Yousafzai & Patricia McCormick Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. They said women weren’t allowed to go to the market. They said girls couldn’t go to school. Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause: She was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school. No one expected her to survive. Now Malala is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. Never Caught, the Story of Ona Judge: George and Martha Washington’s Courageous Slave Who Dared to Run Away; Young Readers’ Edition by Erica Armstrong Dunbar & Kathleen Van Cleve Born into a life of slavery, Ona Judge eventually grew up to be George and Martha Washington’s “favored” dower slave. When she was told that she was going to be given as a wedding gift to Martha Washington’s granddaughter, Ona made the bold and brave decision to flee to the north, where she would be a fugitive. From her childhood, to her time with the Washingtons and living in the slave quarters, to her escape to New Hampshire, Erica Armstrong Dunbar, along with Kathleen Van Cleve, shares an intimate glimpse into the life of a little-known, but powerful figure in history, and her brave journey as she fled the most powerful couple in the country. A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America For Young People by Ronald Takaki & Rebecca Stefoff Adapted for young people, this book deals with the subject of minority perspectives of multicultural America, incorporating quotes, folk songs, letters, telegrams, and photographs into the text. It deals with, Native Americans, African Americans pre- and post-slavery era, Irish, Mexicans, Chicanos, Chinese, Japanese, Jews, and ties up the book with a current (for the time the book was written) summary of where minorities are now. Each chapter talks about the history of a different ethnic group, and covers over a period of time public attitudes towards the minority, public policy, laws for or against the minority, and attitude of the minority towards their situation. Notorious RBG Young Readers’ Edition: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become an icon to millions. Her tireless fight for equality and women’s rights

“The Dogs Days of Summer” Origins of Unusual Phrases & Expressions

Have you ever wondered about the origin of the crazy words and phrases we use? From “breaking the ice” to “a wild goose chase,” these seemingly illogical expressions fill our everyday language without a second thought. Join an educator from the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts in exploring the strange and varied origins of a range of English idioms and sayings. Located in downtown Madison, METC explores American history with a focus on the life and stories of 18th- and 19th- century craftsmen and artisans. Drawing on its rich collection, METC is connecting the lives of people and their stories, while providing a bridge from the past to the future. For information about METC, please call 973-377-2982 or visit their website at The talk can be viewed on the Library’s YouTube channel:  [youtube] And if the presentation has piqued your interest in the topic here are some ebooks on Hoopla  to further enlighten you: Common Phrases And the Amazing Stories Behind Them by Max Cryer In day-to-day speech, we use words and phrases without a passing thought as to why we use them or where they come from. Max Cryer changes all that by showing how fascinating the English language really is. Did you know that the former host of Today, Jane Pauley, claims to have coined the term “bad hair day,” or that a CBS engineer named Charley Douglass invented the name and use of “canned laughter” for television, or that “cold turkey” as a term for quitting something immediately was popularized by the novel and movie (starring Frank Sinatra), The Man with the Golden Arm? Here you’ll learn the origins of “credibility gap,” “my lips are sealed,” “the opera’s not over until the fat lady sings,” “supermarket,” “supermodel,” “there’s no accounting for taste,” “thick as thieves,” and hundreds more. For anyone who loves language, this book will “take the cake.” Sayings and Phrases (series of 18 titles) Thanks to whimsical illustrations and everyday examples, kids can finally discover the true meanings behind some of the world’s strangest idioms such as Break a Leg, Hold Your Horses, That’s The Last Straw, and many more.. Entries show how to use each idiom correctly, through examples and real-world situations. This lively series provides an appealing way for young readers to learn more about these fun, fascinating parts of the English language. -Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

Avatar the Last Airbender

The Avatar: The Last Airbender cartoon series was recently added to Netflix and at the time of this writing is Netflix’s #1 streaming show. All of the Avatar and Legend of Korra comics are available to read online with your Livingston library card; and if you don’t have Netflix, Seasons 1 of Avatar and Legend of Korra are also available on Hoopla! Books Avatar: The Last Airbender The Promise The Promise trilogy details the adventures of Avatar Aang and his friends soon after the Hundred Year War.     Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 The Search The Search focuses on Zuko and Azula as they search for their mother, Ursa, with Team Avatar accompanying them to keep the mentally unstable princess in check.     Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 The Rift With the situation in Yu Dao stabilized, Avatar Aang tries to revive Yangchen’s Festival with the help of his friends and three Air Acolytes after experiencing a vision of Yangchen in which he was unable to hear her. Upon discovering that an Earthen Fire Refinery has been built on previously sacred Air Nomad lands, Aang needs to find a way to communicate with his predecessor and prevent an ancient spirit from exacting revenge against humanity. Meanwhile, Toph confronts her father, Lao, and finds herself at odds with Aang’s conservative nature. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Smoke and Shadow In the Fire Nation, Iroh still awaits the return of Fire Lord Zuko, who is bringing home Ursa and her family for the first time since her banishment. However, the capital city faces a new uproar caused by the New Ozai Society, who aim to dethrone Zuko in favor of his father, forcing Zuko to protect his family against the legacy of Ozai. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 North and South When Aang leaves to aid Zuko with the Kemurikage, Katara and Sokka return to the Southern Water Tribe by themselves. Katara is shocked to find that her beloved village has become a bustling city, with none other than their father, Hakoda, in charge! A northerner named Malina seems to be behind this change, pushing the North and South to be more unified . . . but what are her true goals? Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Imbalance Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph return to Earthen Fire Industries—the factory owned by Toph’s father—and they find that the once-small town of Cranefish is now booming. Expecting a warm welcome, Aang is surprised when their arrival is met with disinterest and even open hostility. At a business council meeting, the reason for the slight becomes clear: A massive bender versus non-bender conflict has gripped the town’s inhabitants and is threatening to turn violent! Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 The Lost Adventures Team Avatar Tales The Rise of Kyoshi (novel) Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Art of the Animated Series The Legend of Korra Turf Wars Following their trip to the Spirit World, Korra and Asami Sato discover that Republic City has fallen into a state of utter chaos. In the aftermath of the devastation caused by the battle with Kuvira’s forces and the opening of a spirit portal in the middle of the city, a developer has moved to turn the portal into an amusement park, potentially severing an already tumultuous connection with the spirits. In addition, the triads have realigned and are in open conflict at the city’s borders where hundreds of evacuees have relocated. In order to get through it all, Korra and Asami vow to look out for each other but must first discover how to work better as a team. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Ruins of the Empire Korra must decide who to trust as the fate of the Earth Kingdom hangs in the balance! On the eve of its first elections, the Earth Kingdom finds its future endangered by its past. Even as Kuvira stands trial for her crimes, vestiges of her imperial ambitions threaten to undermine the nation’s democratic hopes. But when Korra, Asami, Mako, and Bolin do not all see eye-to-eye as to the solution, drastic measures will be taken to halt a new march to war! Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 TV Avatar: Season 1 The Legend of Korra: Season 1     -Anna, Head of Youth Services

TED Talks by Favorite Children’s and YA Authors

If you’ve exhausted your choices on cable and streaming services, why not spend some time with the author of your favorite children’s book? Many authors who write for children and teens share inspirational stories, thought-provoking ideas, and good advice in TED talks and graduation speeches available online. Here are just a few:   Neil Gaiman is a prolific writer of fiction and graphic novels for children, teens and adults. In a 2012 commencement speech, “Make Good Art” Gaiman gives advice to aspiring artists, writers and freelancers. The Graveyard Book and Coraline are just two of his award winning novels available in Libby/Overdrive. His groundbreaking Sandman graphic novels for older teens and adults and many other works are available in Hoopla.   Jarrett Krosoczka, creator of the Lunch Lady graphic novels and the National Book Award nominee Hey, Kiddo, tells how art provided a lifeline in his youth in the TED talk, “How a Boy Became an Artist.” Many of his books are available in Libby/Overdrive.     Grace Lin writes picture books, chapter books and middle grade novels for children. She passionately advocates for diversity in children’s books in her popular TEDx talk, “The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf”. Many of her works, including the Newbery Honor book, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, and its companion, When the Sea Turned to Silver are available in Libby/Overdrive.   JK Rowling talks about the “Fringe Benefits of Failure” in a 2008 speech to Harvard graduates that is both funny and deeply moving. All of the Harry Potter books are available as ebooks and audiobooks in Libby/Overdrive!     Jacqueline Woodson is the author of dozens of books for children and teens and adults, including Brown Girl Dreaming, which won the National Book Award. Savor her lyrical TED talk, “What Reading Slowly Taught Me About Writing ” which celebrates the power of storytelling and the joy of reading. Woodson’s books are available in Libby/Overdrive.   ~Karen deWilde, Teen Librarian