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2020-today All Available For Free (Open Access) English High school (grades 9+) Online Poetry Print Very Short Length (up to 20 min)

The Hill We Climb

An inaugural poem for the country

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Drawing inspiration from other political and motivational speeches, the poem depict the U.S. as a nation with both struggles and strengths, and argues that progress doesn’t happen overnight, but rather requires patience and hard work.

Year of Release: 2021

Author(s): Amanda Gorman

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Online text: http://contentmanager.med.uvm.edu/docs/the_hill_we_climb/vccyf-documents/the_hill_we_climb.pdf?sfvrsn=44a33335_2

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2020-today All eBook English High school (grades 9+) Novel Print

The Short Knife

The Short Knife is a historical novel set at the beginning of the Dark Ages, after the Romans have left Britain to its fate, which means marauding Saxon tribes. It charts the progress of two ‘British’ speaking sisters – the language which will develop into Welsh – who get separated, one ending up as a slave in an invading tribe, who has to learn the saxon language to survive. Chance brings them together at the end, in a surprising – but violent – situation.

Year of Release: 2020

Author(s): Elen Caldecott

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Further information (link): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53007562-the-short-knife

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ebook URL: https://www.amazon.it/Short-Knife-English-Elen-Caldecott-ebook/dp/B0875TWM1L/ref=sr_1_1?__mk_it_IT=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&keywords=the+short+knife&qid=1639073368&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

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The target is 14+, but it is likely to appeal to an adult readership too.
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2020-today All CEFR B1 CEFR B2 eBook English High school (grades 9+) Novel

We are not from here

“We are not from here” is about three boys who take on a dangerous journey from Guatemala through Mexico in the hope of reaching the U.S. one day. After realizing that their hometown is not safe anymore, they follow the route of a freight train called La Bestia. All they have is one another when facing the dangerous unknown.

Year of Release: 2020

Author(s): Jenny Torres Sanchez

Preview: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52419786-we-are-not-from-here

Further information (link): https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4857300.Jenny_Torres_Sanchez

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ebook URL: https://www.amazon.com/Are-Here-Jenny-Torres-Sanchez-ebook/dp/B07WYVBJPW

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2020-today All Audiobook CEFR B1 CEFR B2 eBook English High school (grades 9+) LGBTQI* Novel Print

Stay Gold

For his senior year of high school, Pony switches schools after coming out as transgender and hopes for a new, fresh start. For her senior year, Georgia promised herself to not date anybody as it might interfere with her future after high school. When they meet on the first day of school, they lock eyes and everything changes.

Year of Release: 2020

Author(s): Tobly McSmith

Preview: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52696771-stay-gold

Further information (link): https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19100469.Tobly_McSmith

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ebook URL: https://www.amazon.de/Stay-Gold-English-Tobly-McSmith-ebook/dp/B07X1K27HS

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2020-today All Audiobook CEFR B1 CEFR B2 eBook English High school (grades 9+) Novel Print

Meet Cute Diary

Noah, a trans boy, believes to be an expert when it comes to romance. With his blog, the Meet Cute Diary, he invents stories about transgender love and helps trans readers all around the world to come out. However, when his blog is revealed to only include fictious stories, he gets himself into a fake relationship, which turns out to be very different from what he expected. He realizes that dating in real life is not quite the same as the love stories on his blog.

Year of Release: 2021

Author(s): Emery Lee

Preview: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53180089-meet-cute-diary

Further information (link): https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20210791.Emery_Lee

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ebook URL: https://www.amazon.de/Meet-Cute-Diary-English-Emery-ebook/dp/B08F7SD1VX

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2020-today All CEFR B1 CEFR B2 eBook English High school (grades 9+) LGBTQI* Novel Print

Boy Queen

Robin’s friends are all going to university while he is reading rejection letters from drama schools all over the country. Faced with new challenges and questions, Robin is struggling to cope. One night, Robin and his best friend go to a local drag show and that is when Robin discovers the world of drag and his whole world changes.

Year of Release: 2020

Author(s): George Lester

Preview: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/49109726-boy-queen

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ebook URL: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Boy-Queen-George-Lester/dp/1529042119

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2020-today All CEFR B1 CEFR B2 eBook English High school (grades 9+) LGBTQI* Novel

The Last One: A Novel

Fatima Daas writes about her experience growing up in Paris. The Last One is a portrait of a young woman dealing with her different identities – French, Algerian, Muslim, lesbian – and getting to know herself and telling her story.

Year of Release: 2021

Author(s): Fatima Daas

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Further information (link): https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/19/books/fatima-daas-the-last-one.html

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ebook URL: https://www.amazon.com/Last-One-Novel-OTHER-PRESS/dp/1635421845

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2020-today All Audiobook CEFR B1 CEFR B2 eBook English High school (grades 9+) Novel Physical Format

Loveless

Alice Oseman’s novel tells the story of Georgia, a teenage girl who feels insecure due to her disinterest in love, relationships, and romance. Georgia has never been in love or had a first kiss, but is determined to change this at university.

Year of Release: 2020

Author(s): Alice Oseman

Preview: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/42115981-loveless

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ebook URL: https://www.amazon.de/Loveless-Alice-Oseman/dp/000824412X

Audiobook URL: https://www.amazon.de/-/en/dp/B087H2WMYK/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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2020-today All Audiobook CEFR B1 CEFR B2 eBook English High school (grades 9+) LGBTQI* Novel Physical Format

One Last Stop

When August moved to New York, she firmly believed that there was no love at first sight or big love stories like in the movies. But then she met Jane. What could go wrong? August soon discoveres that Jane is stuck in the 1970s.

Year of Release: 2021

Author(s): Casey McQuiston

Preview: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54860443-one-last-stop

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ebook URL: https://www.amazon.com/One-Last-Stop-Casey-McQuiston/dp/1250244498

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2020-today All Audiobook CEFR B1 CEFR B2 eBook English High school (grades 9+) Novel Print

This is My America

This YA novel explores the connection between racism, injustices and the American criminal justice system. Tracy Beaumont is fighting to get her father out of prison, who is a Black man, wrongfully accused, and is now waiting on death row.

Year of Release: 2020

Author(s): Kim Johnson

Preview: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/52855111-this-is-my-america

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ebook URL: https://www.amazon.com/This-My-America-Kim-Johnson/dp/0593118766

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