The In the Margins list is compiled of books that are most likely to appeal to at-risk and incarcerated youth. I’ve always found gems in this list and anticipate it every year. There is a top ten list, which I’ve included below and a larger list of over 30 titles that are in consideration. Many of our kids don’t live the Green Gables life and have to deal with drugs, death, abuse and other “unpleasant” topics that YA can shy away from. Reluctant readers may be reluctant because the books they pick up dont reflect the realities they live. These titles are mirrors in which many students will see themselves and they also serve as windows so that kids can see where their choices may lead and how they might presumably overcome obstacles.
In the Margins Official 2016 Top Ten List
Butler, Tewhan. America’s Massacre: The Audacity of Despair and a Message of Hope. Raise UP Media. October 2014. PB $19.99. ISBN 9780692281826.
Carter, Alton. The Boy Who Carried Bricks: A True Story of Survival. Roadrunner Press. March 2014. 196p. HC $18.95. ISBN 9781937054342.
Deutch, Kevin. The Triangle: A Year on the Ground with New York’s Blood and Crips. Lyons Press. December 2014. 214p. PB $16.95. ISBN 9781493007608.
Frank, E.R. Dime. Simon Teen. May 2015. 336p. HC $17.99. ISBN 9781481431606.
Kern, Peggy. Little Peach. Balzer + Bray. March 2015. 208p. HC $17.99. ISBN 9780062266958.
Laboucane-Benson, Patti. The Outside Circle. House of Anansi Press. June 2015. 264p. PB $19.95. ISBN
Lewis, Tony Jr. Slugg: A Boy’s Life in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Hanover Place Press. July 2015. 166p. PB $9.99.
Ross, Richard. Girls in Justice. The Image of Justice. 2015. 192p. HC $29.95. ISBN 9780985510619.
Voloj, Julian. Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker. NBM Publishing. May 2015. 128p. PB $12.99. ISBN 9781561639489.
Workman, P.D. Tattooed Teardrops. PD Workman. August 2014. 292p. PB $15.95. ISBN 9780993768750.