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Rebecca D.


Rebecca D.

Teen Board Member

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Hello! I'm Rebecca, and I love reading and writing! If I'm not doing either of those, you could find me knitting and spacing out to some TV. My favorite place to go to is New York City, and I hope I can live there some day! Some fun facts about me are that I'm a vegetarian and a middle child.

Top Five Favorite Books:
1. BECOMING by Michelle Obama
2. THE WAR OUTSIDE by Monica Hesse
3. FINDING MIRACLES by Julia Alvarez

Rebecca D.

Reviews by Rebecca D.

by Jennifer Lynn Barnes - Family, Fiction, Friendship, Mystery, Young Adult 14+

Eighteen-year-old mechanic Sawyer did not expect her estranged grandmother to show up at her apartment door and offer her a six-figure contract to participate in debutante season. And she definitely never imagined she would accept. But when she realizes that immersing herself in her grandmother's "society" might mean discovering the answer to the biggest mystery of her life --- her father's identity --- she signs on the dotted line and braces herself for a year of makeovers, big dresses and bigger egos. As she navigates the twisted relationships between her new friends and their powerful parents, Sawyer's search for the truth about her own origins is just the beginning.

by Monica Hesse - Fiction, Historical Fiction

It's 1944, and World War II is raging across Europe and the Pacific. The war seemed far away from Margot in Iowa and Haruko in Colorado --- until they were uprooted to dusty Texas, all because of the places their parents once called home: Germany and Japan. Haruko and Margot meet at the high school in Crystal City, a "family internment camp" for those accused of colluding with the enemy. With everything around them falling apart, the teens find solace in their growing, secret friendship. But in a prison the government has deemed full of spies, can they trust anyone --- even each other?

by Melissa Falkowski and Eric Garner - Inspirational, Nonfiction, Politics, Social Issues, Young Adult 14+

A journalistic look at the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and the fight for gun control as told by the student reporters for the school's newspaper and TV station. This timely and media-driven approach to the Parkland shooting is an inside look at that tragic day that only they could tell. It showcases how the teens have become media savvy by harnessing social media, speaking to the press and writing effective op-eds. Students also share insight into what it has been like being approached by the press and how that has informed the way they interview their own subjects.

by The March For Our Lives Founders - Biography, Education, Nonfiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

GLIMMER OF HOPE tells the story of how a group of teenagers raced to channel their rage and sorrow into action and went on to create one of the largest youth led movements in global history. In keeping up with their ongoing fight to end gun-violence in all communities the student leaders of March for Our Lives have decided not to be paid as authors of the book. 100% of net proceeds from this book will be paid to March For Our Lives Action Fund.

by Adrienne Kisner - Dating, Family, Fiction, Love & Romance, Sex, Young Adult 13+

Brynn's life has one constant: Rachel Maddow. After writing to Rachel for a school project and actually getting a response, Brynn starts drafting emails to Rachel but never sending them. Brynn tells Rachel about breaking up with her girlfriend, about her brother's death, about her parents, about how she's considering dropping out. Then Brynn is confronted with a dilemma: one student will be allowed to have a voice among the administration in the selection of a new superintendent. When she runs for the position, the knives are out. So she begins to ask herself: What Would Rachel Maddow Do?

Edited by Jessica Burkhart - Anthology, Mental Health, Nonfiction, Young Adult 13+

LIFE INSIDE MY MIND is an anthology of true-life events from writers of this generation, for this generation. These essays tackle everything from neurodiversity to addiction to OCD to PTSD and much more. The goals of this book range from providing home to those who are feeling alone, awareness to those who are witnessing a friend or family member struggle and to open the floodgates to conversation.

Edited by Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar and Anita Roy - Anthology, Dystopian, Dystopian Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Short Stories, Young Adult 13+

A post-apocalyptic Little Red Riding Hood. Girls and boys turning the tables on creepy old cat-callers. Female pirates rescuing abused women. A futuristic cooking show. These are just a few of the stories told in EAT THE SKY, DRINK THE OCEAN, a feminist speculative fiction collection, born of a collaboration between Australian and Indian writers. Finding themselves inspired to action after crimes against women dominated national conversations, the editors of this collection paired writers and illustrators from India and Australia together to write stories, graphic novels and even a play that reimagine what girls can be and see themselves as.

by Julia Alvarez - Family, Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Milly Kaufman is an ordinary American teenager living in Vermont --- and then she meets Pablo, a new student at her high school. His exotic accent, strange fashion sense and intense interest in Milly force her to confront her identity as an adopted child from Pablo’s native country. As their relationship grows, Milly decides to undertake a courageous journey to her homeland and, along the way, discovers the story of her birth is intertwined with the story of a country recovering from a brutal past.

by Terri Fields - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Mental Health, Poetry, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

Brutally honest and authentic in tone, this young adult novel in verse centers on the suicide of high school freshman Anna Gonzales. Each piece, read alone, portrays a classmate's or teacher's personal reaction to the loss, taken hard by some, by others barely noticed. Read together, the poems create a richly textured and moving testimony to the rippling effects of one girl's devastating choice.

by Jeannine Atkins - Fiction, Poetry, Poetry Collection, Women's History, Young Adult 13+

As a child, Laura Ingalls Wilder traveled across the prairie in a covered wagon. Her daughter, Rose, thought those stories might make a good book, and the two created the beloved Little House series. Sara Breedlove, the daughter of former slaves, wanted everything to be different for her daughter, A'Lelia. Together they built a million-dollar beauty empire for women of color. Marie Curie became the first person in history to win two Nobel prizes in science. Inspired by her mother, Irène too became a scientist and Nobel prize winner. BORROWED NAMES is the story of these extraordinary mothers and daughters.