What’s New for Teens: Back-to-School Edition!

Hope you are ready for the brand new school year! New grades, new classes, and new books; how exciting! Check out the latest books to hit the Pratt shelves for young adults.

The Vanishing Stair
By Maureen Johnson

The twists and turns continue in the follow up to the bestselling novel Truly Devious. An unsolved kidnapping and triple murder that rocked Ellingham Academy in 1936, has consumed Stevie Bell for years. She soon learns the case isn’t just a piece of history—it’s a live wire into the present.

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I’m Not Dying With You Tonight
By Kimberly Jones & Gilly Segal

Over the course of one night Lena and Campbell, two girls from very different backgrounds, must rely on each other to get through the violent race riot that has enveloped their city.

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The Backstagers and the Theater of the Ancients
By Andy Mientus

After all the backstage ghost drama during Phantasm, things are quiet for the Backstagers. When a mysterious voice haunts the Backstagers, they set off on a globetrotting adventure to discover the ancient secrets of the legendary artifacts of the theater.

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Step up your studying with these books.

ACT: Study Guide with 4 Practice Tests
By Brian W. Stewart

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Careers if You Like Music By Laura Roberts
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Cool Careers without College for People who Love Coding
By Asher Powell

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Game Design Workshop
By Tracy Fullerton

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Painless Geometry
By Lynette Long, Ph.D.

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Other resources to check out!

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Books for Back to School

School is back in session! Check out these new books that can inspire kids about the first week of school and prepare them to get back in the classroom.

The King of Kindergarten
By Derrick Barnes

Starting kindergarten is a big milestone—and the hero of this story is ready to make his mark! The day will be jam-packed, but he’s up to the challenge, taking new experiences in stride with his infectious enthusiasm.

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Lola Goes to School
By Anna McQuinn

Spunky Lola is ready to embark on a new adventure—the first day of school! Don’t miss this comforting, cheerful read that demystifies the school day for preschoolers and kindergartners.

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The Pigeon HAS to Go to School
By Mo Willems

Why does the Pigeon have to go to school? He already knows everything! And what if he doesn’t like it? What if the teacher doesn’t like him? Find out what’s in store for Pigeon in this irresistible comedy.

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Get ready for the classroom with these picks.

Art and How It Works: An Introduction to Art for Children
By Ann Kay
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Math Learn and Explore: 1st Grade
By Linda Ruggieri
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The New Children’s Encyclopedia
By DK Publishing

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Hot Topics & Politics

Don’t miss out of these nonfiction books on hot button topics including politics, race, and identity. Check them out!

How to Be Antiracist
By Ibram X. Kendi

The Stamped from the Beginning author weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.

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I Love You, But I Hate Your Politics
By Jeanne Safer, Ph.D

In today’s political climate, disagreements have been ravaging our personal relationships like never before. From friends to relatives to lovers, no relationship is immune to this crisis. This practical guide draws from fifty interviews with every type of politically-mixed couple.

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UnFreedom of the Press
By Mark Levin

With historical research for which his books are renowned, Mark Levin makes a case of how those entrusted with news reporting today are destroying freedom of the press from within.

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Signature Wounds: The Untold Story of the Military’s Mental Health Crisis
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This Land is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto
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White Identity Politics
By Ashley Jardina
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What’s New for Young Adults

Where did the summer go? With other a few more weeks left of summer vacation, relax with one of the new Young Adult novels available at the Pratt.

American Road Trip
By Patrick Flores-Scott

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Darius the Great Is Not Okay
By Adib Khorram

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Dissenter on the Bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life & Work
By Victoria Ortiz
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Field Notes On Love
By Jennifer E. Smith
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Mariam Sharma Hits the Road
By Sheba Karim

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By Jennifer Donnelly
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Technically, You Started It
By Lana Wood Johnson

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The Downstairs Girl
By Stacey Lee
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The Merciful Crow
By Margaret Owen

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The Rest of the Story
By Sarah Dessen

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War in the Ring: Joe Louis, Max Schmeling, and the Fight between American and Hitler
By John Florio and Ouisie Shapiro
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Focus on Fashion

Are you a lover of fashion? If so, good news! We have a few books hitting the Pratt’s shelves that are sure to inspire your upcoming looks. Pick up one of these books to learn from a fashion legend and everyday style mavens.

Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem
By Daniel R. Day

Before Dapper Dan reinvented haute couture, he was a hungry boy with holes in his shoes, a teen who daringly gambled drug dealers out of their money, and a young man in a prison cell who found nourishment in books. In this remarkable memoir, the fashion icon tells his full story for the first time.

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The Conscious Closet: The Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good
By Elizabeth L. Cline

Whether your goal is to build an effortless capsule wardrobe, keep up with trends without harming the environment, seek out ethical brands, or all of the above, this book has all the vital tools you need. Cline delves into research on fashion’s impacts and shows how we can leverage our everyday fashion choices to change the world through style.

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The Anthropology of Dress and Fashion: A Reader
By Brent Luvaas and Joanne B. Eicher

From classic ethnographies of dress to cutting-edge contemporary research tracing the global circulation of clothing today, this comprehensive volume maps out this vibrant field of study’s shifting preoccupations, theoretical innovations, and traditional and experimental methodologies.

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Other Lifestyle Picks:

Ice Cube Tray Recipes
By Jen Karetnick

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The DIY Style Finder
By Kari Anne Wood

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Play, Make, Create, A Process Art Handbook
By Meri Cherry

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