Best Teen & Young Adult Politics & Government Books

Here you will get Best Teen & Young Adult Politics & Government Books For you.This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning

Author: by Jason Reynolds
320 pages

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The #1 New York Times bestseller and a USAToday bestseller! A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism-and antiracism-in AmericaThis is NOT a history book. This is a book about the here and now. A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.A book about race.

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.

Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas-and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.

2. This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work (Empower the Future, 1)

Author: by Tiffany Jewell
160 pages

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERRecommended by Oprah’s Book Club, ESSENCE, We Need Diverse Books, ellentube, Brit + Co, PureWow, Teen Vogue, Time, New York, USA TODAY, and TODAY. ComNow available: This Book Is Anti-Racist Journal, a guided journal with more than 50 activities to support your anti-racism journeyWho are you?What is racism?

Where does it come from?Why does it exist? What can you do to disrupt it? Learn about social identities, the history of racism and resistance against it, and how you can use your anti-racist lens and voice to move the world toward equity and liberation.”In a racist society, it’s not enough to be non-racist-we must be ANTI-RACIST.” -Angela DavisGain a deeper understanding of your anti-racist self as you progress through 20 chapters that spark introspection, reveal the origins of racism that we are still experiencing, and give you the courage and power to undo it.

Each chapter builds on the previous one as you learn more about yourself and racial oppression. 20 activities get you thinking and help you grow with the knowledge. All you need is a pen and paper. Author Tiffany Jewell, an anti-bias, anti-racist educator and activist, builds solidarity beginning with the language she chooses-using gender neutral words to honor everyone who reads the book.

3. Just Mercy (Movie Tie-In Edition, Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice

Author: by Bryan Stevenson
288 pages

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Bryan Stevenson’s incredible fight to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality comes to life in this young adult adaptation of the acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestseller that was adapted into a major motion picture starring Michael B. Jordan, Jaime Foxx, and Brie Larson.

In this very personal work-adapted from the original #1 bestseller, which the New York Times calls “as compelling as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so”-renowned lawyer and social justice advocate Bryan Stevenson offers a glimpse into the lives of the wrongfully imprisoned and his efforts to fight for their freedom as the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative.

Stevenson’s story is one of working to protect basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society-the poor, the wrongly convicted, and those whose lives have been marked by discrimination and marginalization. Through this adaptation, young people of today will find themselves called to action and compassion in the pursuit of justice.

4. The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person

Author: by Frederick Joseph
272 pages

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The instant New York Times bestseller! Writing from the perspective of a friend, Frederick Joseph offers candid reflections on his own experiences with racism and conversations with prominent artists and activists about theirscreating an essential read for white people who are committed anti-racists and those newly come to the cause of racial justice.We don’t see color.

I didn’t know Black people liked Star Wars! What hood are you from? For Frederick Joseph, life as a transfer student in a largely white high school was full of wince-worthy moments that he often simply let go. As he grew older, however, he saw these as missed opportunities not only to stand up for himself, but to spread awareness to those white people who didn’t see the negative impact they were having.

Speaking directly to the reader, The Black Friend calls up race-related anecdotes from the author’s past, weaving in his thoughts on why they were hurtful and how he might handle things differently now. Each chapter features the voice of at least one artist or activist, including Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give; April Reign, creator of #OscarsSoWhite; Jemele Hill, sports journalist and podcast host; and eleven others.

5. The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi

Author: by Neal Bascomb
Arthur A. Levine Books
272 pages

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A thrilling spy mission, a moving Holocaust story, and a first-class work of narrative nonfiction. This Sydney Taylor Book Award- and YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award-winning story of Eichmann’s capture is now a major motion picture starring Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley, Operation Finale!

In 1945, at the end of World War II, Adolf Eichmann, the head of operations for the Nazis’ Final Solution, walked into the mountains of Germany and vanished from view. Sixteen years later, an elite team of spies captured him at a bus stop in Argentina and smuggled him to Israel, resulting in one of the century’s most important trials – one that cemented the Holocaust in the public imagination.

This is the thrilling and fascinating story of what happened between these two events. Illustrated with powerful photos throughout, impeccably researched, and told with powerful precision, THE NAZI HUNTERS is a can’t-miss work of narrative nonfiction for middle-grade and YA readers.

6. Banned Book Club

Author: by Kim Hyun Sook
Iron Circus Comics
192 pages

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A Junior Library Guild Selection “Highly recommended for readers passionate about activism.” SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, Starred Review “Sure to inspire today’s youthful generation of tenacious changemakers.” BOOKLIST, Starred Review “The messages of hope are universal.” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, Starred Review “A timely read about friendship amid chaos.” NPR “It’s hard to imagine a world where Banned Book Club could be more relevant than it is right now.” A.V.

CLUB When Kim Hyun Sook started college in 1983 she was ready for her world to open up. After acing her exams and sort-of convincing her traditional mother that it was a good idea for a woman to go to college, she looked forward to soaking up the ideas of Western Literature far from the drudgery she was promised at her family’s restaurant.

But literature class would prove to be just the start of a massive turning point, still focused on reading but with life-or-death stakes she never could have imagined. This was during South Korea’s Fifth Republic, a military regime that entrenched its power through censorship, torture, and the murder of protestors.

7. The Dark Game: True Spy Stories from Invisible Ink to CIA Moles

Author: by Paul B. Janeczko
256 pages

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“A wealth of information in an engaging package.” Kirkus ReviewsEver since George Washington used them to help topple the British, spies and their networks have helped and hurt America at key moments in history. In this fascinating collection, Paul B.

Janeczko probes examples from clothesline codes to surveillance satellites and cyber espionage. Colorful personalities, daring missions, the feats of the loyal, and the damage of traitors are interspersed with a look at the technological advances that continue to change the rules of gathering intelligence.

Back matter includes source notes, a bibliography, and an index.

8. The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr

Author: by Judith St. George
112 pages

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Learn more about the men who inspired Hamilton: The Musical in this fascinating look at the historical friends turned revolutionary rivals! In curiously parallel lives, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr were both orphaned at an early age. Both were brilliant students who attended college-one at Princeton, the other at Columbia-and studied law.

Both were young staff officers under General George Washington, and both became war heroes. Politics beckoned them, and each served in the newly formed government of the fledgling nation. Why, then, did these two face each other at dawn in a duel that ended with death for one and harsh criticism for the other?

Judith St. George’s lively biography, told in alternating chapters, brings to life two complex men who played major roles in the formation of the United States.

9. Youth to Power: Your Voice and How to Use It

Author: by Jamie Margolin
Hachette Go (June 2, 2020)
272 pages

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Winner of the 2020 Nautilus GOLD Award for YA Nonfiction*”Jamie Margolin is among the powerful and inspiring youth activists leading a movement to demand urgent action on the climate crisis. With determined purpose and moral clarity, Jamie is pushing political leaders to develop ambitious plans to confront this existential threat to humanity.

Youth To Power is an essential how-to for anyone of any age who feels called to act to protect our planet for future generations.”- Former Vice President Al Gore Climate change activist and Zero Hour cofounder Jamie Margolin offers the essential guide to changemaking for young people.

The 1963 Children’s March. The 2016 Dakota Access Pipeline protests. March for Our Lives, and School Strike for Climate. What do all these social justice movements have in common? They were led by passionate, informed, engaged young people. Jamie Margolin has been organizing and protesting since she was fourteen years old.

Now the co-leader of a global climate action movement, she knows better than most how powerful a young person can be. You don’t have to be able to vote or hold positions of power to change the world. In Youth to Power, Jamie presents the essential guide to changemaking, with advice on writing and pitching op-eds, organizing successful events and peaceful protests, time management as a student activist, utilizing social and traditional media to spread a message, and sustaining long-term action.

10. Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines

Author: by Paul Fleischman
208 pages


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Paul Fleischman offers teens an environmental wake-up call and a tool kit for decoding the barrage of conflicting information confronting them. We’re living in an Ah-Ha moment. Take 250 years of human ingenuity. Add abundant fossil fuels. The result: a population and lifestyle never before seen.

The downsides weren’t visible for centuries, but now they are. Suddenly everything needs rethinking suburbs, cars, fast food, cheap prices. It’s a changed world. This book explains it. Not with isolated facts, but the principles driving attitudes and events, from vested interests to denial to big-country syndrome.

Because money is as important as molecules in the environment, science is joined with politics, history, and psychology to provide the briefing needed to comprehend the 21st century. Extensive back matter, including a glossary, bibliography, and index, as well as numerous references to websites, provides further resources.

11. Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia (Landmark Books)

Author: by Margaret Cousins
160 pages

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Benjamin Franklin was one of the busiest men in the American colonies. He was a printer, a postmaster, an inventor, a writer, and a diplomat. When the Revolutionary War began, Ben supported America in the Continental Congress. Like the clever adages from his Poor Richard’s Almanac, Ben Franklin still sets an example for Americans today.

12. Into the Streets: A Young Person's Visual History of Protest in the United States

Author: by Marke Bieschke
Zest Books ™
176 pages

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What does it mean to resist? Throughout our nation’s history, discrimination and unjust treatment of all kinds have prompted people to make their objections and outrage known. Some protests involve large groups of people, marching or holding signs with powerful slogans.

Others start with quotes or hashtags on social media that go viral and spur changes in behavior. People can make their voices heard in hundreds of different ways. Join author Marke Bieschke on this visual voyage of resistance through American history.

Discover the artwork, music, fashion, and creativity of the activists. Meet the leaders of the movements, and learn about the protests that helped to shape the United States from all sides of the political spectrum. Examples include key events from women’s suffrage, the civil rights movement, occupations by Indigenous people, LGBTQ demands for equality, Tea Party protests, Black Lives Matter protests, and more, including the George Floyd protests in the summer of 2020.

13. The Way Between (Ari Ara Series – One girl creating a culture of peace in a time of war.)

Author: by Rivera Sun
Rising Sun Press Works
294 pages

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BOOK ONE OF THE AWARD-WINNING ARI ARA SERIES! National Geographic saysWHAT YOU NEED TO KNOWkids are reading this summer. A lot books about friendship, overcoming extreme barriers, and nonviolent fantasy (the Ari Ara Series by Rivera Sun). From National Geographic Kids, July 19, 2020″…

As magical as Tolkien and as authentic as Twain… This novel should be read aloud to everyone, by everyone, from childhood onward. Dr. Tom Hastings, Director of Peace VoiceAri Ara was a half-wild shepherdess running the black slopes of the High Mountains when the great warrior Shulen chose her as his apprentice in the mysterious Way Between.

With courage and determination, she enters a world of warriors and secrets, swords and magic, prophecy and danger. As the search for the Lost Heir propels two nations to the brink of war, Ari Ara must master this path between fight and flight before violence destroys everything she loves.

In an exciting blend of action, adventure, and fantasy, author Rivera Sun boldly takes the genre in a new direction. The Way Between combines everything we love about epic myths courage, daring, adventure with the skills of conflict resolution, anti-bullying, and ending violence.

14. American History, Grades 6-8 Beginnings Through Reconstruction: Mcdougal Littell American History (McDougal Littell Middle School American History)

792 pages

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15. Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor

Author: by Russell Freedman

Clarion Books
112 pages

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Photobiography of early twentieth-century photographer and schoolteacher Lewis Hine, using his own work as illustrations. Hines’s photographs of children at work were so devastating that they convinced the American people that Congress must pass child labor laws.

16. Shatter City

Author: by Scott Westerfeld
400 pages

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Return to the stunning world of IMPOSTORS in this new book by global bestselling author Scott Westerfeld. When the world sees Frey, they think they see her twin sister Rafi. Frey was raised to be Rafi’s double, and now she’s taken on the role …

Without anyone else knowing.Her goal? To destroy the forces that created her. But with the world watching and a rebellion rising, Frey is forced into a detour. Suddenly she is stranded on her own in Paz, a city where many of the citizens attempt to regulate their emotions through an interface on their arms.

Paz is an easy place to get lost … And also an easy place to lose yourself. As the city comes under a catastrophic attack, Frey must leave the shadows and enter the chaos of warfare – because there is no other way for her to find her missing sister and have her revenge against her murderous father.