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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 Don Mitchell - Adventure, Biography, Children's Nonfiction, Military, Nonfiction, Women's History, Young Adult 12+

When Hitler invaded Poland, Virginia Hall was traveling in Europe. Instead of returning home, she headed to France. An ordinary woman from Maryland, she dove into the action, first joining a French ambulance unit and later becoming an undercover agent for both the British Office of Strategic Services and the US Office of Strategic Services. She passed in plain sight of the enemy and soon found herself being hunted by the Gestapo.  Her covert operations, efforts with the Resistance and risky work as a wireless telegraph operator greatly contributed to the Allies' eventual win.

by Molly Dillon - Anthology, Autobiography, History, Nonfiction, Politics, Women's History, Young Adult 13+

They were teens when Barack Obama announced he was running for president. They came of age in the Obama Era. And then they joined his White House. Here are 10 inspiring, never-before-told stories from diverse young women who got. Stuff. Done. They recall --- fondly and with humor and a dose of humility --- what it was like to literally help run the world. Full of wisdom they wish they could impart to their younger selves and a message about the need for more girls in government, these recollections are about stepping out into the spotlight and up to the challenge --- something every girl can do.

written by DK Publishing with a foreword by Roxane Gay - Gender Studies, History, Human Rights, Nonfiction, Women's History, Women's Studies, Women’s Issues, Young Adult 13+

What is feminism? Combining insightful text with graphic illustrations, this engaging book introduces young adult readers to a subject that should matter to everyone. FEMINISM IS... tackles the most intriguing and relevant topics, such as intersectionality, the right to an equal education and the gender pay gap. Find out what equality for women really means, get a short history of feminism, and take a look at the issues that affect women at work, in the home and around sex and identity.

Written by Susan Kuklin with Illustrations by Susan Kuklin - Current Affairs, Human Rights, International Relations, Nonfiction, Politics, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

Meet nine courageous young adults who have lived in the United States with a secret for much of their lives: they are not U.S. citizens. They came from Colombia, Mexico, Ghana, Independent Samoa, and Korea. They came seeking education, fleeing violence, and escaping poverty. All have heartbreaking and hopeful stories about leaving their homelands and starting a new life in America. And all are weary of living in the shadows. Since the last presidential election and the repeal of DACA, it is no longer safe for these young adults to be identified in photographs or by name. Their photographs have been replaced with empty frames, and their names are represented by first initials. We are honored to publish these brave accounts that encourage open conversation about the complexities of immigration --- and the uncertain future of immigrants in America.

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.