Take a Look, It’s in a Book

New and classic reads that can lift your heart, shape your path, and change your life

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou

A powerful memoir of the beloved poet’s difficult upbringing and subsequent literary awakening.

All Boys Aren’t Blue
George M. Johnson

Personal essays about growing up queer and Black that will inspire, affirm, and educate readers.

Leave Only Footprints
Conor Knighton

A funny and informative travelogue of one man’s quest to visit every national park in the U.S.

The Lightmaker’s Manifesto
Karen Walrond

How to actually DO what you want to do and BE who you want to become.

Abby Wambach

Rules for reclaiming your power as a woman from an Olympic gold medalist and FIFA World Cup champion.

Some outstanding fiction

If You Change Your Mind / Robby Weber

Kings of B’More / R. Eric Thomas

And They Lived… / Steven Salvatore

Loveless / Alice Oseman

Does My Body Offend You? / Mayra Cuevas & Marie Marquardt

The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester / Maya MacGregor

The Chosen One / Echo Brown

Legendborn / Tracy Deonn

Great non-fiction reads

How to Money: Your Ultimate Visual Guide to the Basics of Finance / Jean Chatzky, Kathryn Tuggle & the HerMoney Team

You Are a Champion: How to be the Best You Can Be / Marcus Rashford

Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers / Michelle Obama

Educated / Tara Westover

Into the Wild / Jon Krakauer

The Pocket Change Collective Series / various authors

Suggestions from Amanda Hurley, Childrens’ and Young Adult Book Buyer at Tombolo Books, an independent bookseller in St. Pete

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