Truth be told, you could pick any James Baldwin book for your teen/young adult reader and you’d be winning. Go Tell It On The Mountain is his first major work – and it’s a great introduction to his breathtaking oeuvre. The novel covers two days and one night in the life of 14-year-old John Grimes as he grapples with faith, sexuality, and family dynamics. It’s a challenging pick for reluctant readers but encourage your reader to stick with it – and be prepared to talk about it afterward. 

From Amazon

“The 2000 winner of the Goscinny Prize for outstanding graphic novel script, this is the harrowing tale of the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda, as seen through the eyes of a boy named Deogratias. He is an ordinary teenager, in love with a girl named Bénigne, but Deogratias is a Hutu and Bénigne is a Tutsi who dies in the genocide, and Deogratias himself plays a part in her death.”

A devastating read, providing an accessible window into very recent Rwandan history. This read should be followed up with discussion and encouragement for your reader to explore further nonfiction investigation.