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The Tattoo
by:Chris McKinney

The Tattoo follows teenager Ken Hideyoshi, orphaned by his mother to an abusive father, as he traverses the obstacles of poverty in a place where he is surrounded by anything but. 

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What is the What
by: Dave Eggers

An epic novel based on true events, What is the What, follows the story of a "Lost Boy" in Sudan as he flees militias, violence, and animals. Although they hope to find freedom in America, with it comes a myriad of new challenges.

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The Hate U Give
by: Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give follows Starr as she lives in two worlds: her poor neighborhood and upperclass high school. But, the balance she holds comes crashing when she is the only witness to a fatal incident of police brutality

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Behold the Dreamers
by: Imbolo Mbue

Behold the Dreamers follows a young couple seeking the American Dream. But, when the Great Recession hits, will their aspirations change?

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Moonshiner's Son
by: Carolyn Reeder

Touching on themes such as the influence of religion, law, etc., Moonshiner's Son follows the story of a young boy whose family's way of income is through alcohol. Only one problem: Prohibition. 

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Ninth Ward
by: Jewell Parker Rhodes

Lanesha knows that her family doesn't have much living in the Ninth Ward in New Orleans, but when Mama YaYa has a vision about Hurricane Katrina, Lanesha's understanding of the world is tested.

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Eleanor and Park
by: Rainbow Rowell

When Eleanor just moved into town, and she already knows that she is the poorest one there. After meeting Park, an outsider of the high school she attends, things begin to change.

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Winter's Bone
by: Daniel Woodrell

Living in the shadows of her father's drug charges and skipped court dates, Ree must learn how to take care of herself and her two younger brothers by just barely scraping by.

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The Tortilla Curtain
by: T.C. Boyle

The Tortilla Curtain follows two families from completely different worlds. One, made up by an idealistic liberal writer and the other by a family of immigrants living in the desert. 

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A Hope in the Unseen
by: Ron Suskind

A Hope in the Unseen follows the true story of Cedric Jennings, a lo-income student, whose only meal every day was the lunch provided by the school, and his journey in becoming an Ivy League Scholar.

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