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  • Cinder

    Set in a futuristic world, Cinder, a cyborg, must deal with her family, a deadly plague, intergalactic politics, and a growing relationship with Prince Kai. Only through learning about her past can she decide who controls her future: her stepmother who resents her, the Lunar Leader Levana who wishes for her death, or Cinder herself. Retelling of Cinderella.

  • El Deafo

    Bell shares the story of a childhood illness (meningitis) that would render her deaf. She focuses on the struggles and insecurities of starting school and making friends.

  • The Silence of Our Friends

    In a fictional account, Long recalls the events that his father experienced in the late 1960s in a very segregated Houston, Texas, including the murder of a policeman, a murder trial, and friendship across racial lines.

  • In Real Life

    Anda joins a large multiplayer online role-playing game and is soon asked to collect items which are then sold to other players for real money. Anda questions her machinations after meeting Raymond, who has even higher stakes in this game.