One of the most highly anticipated Library events each year, Pikes Peak Library District’s (PPLD) All Pikes Peak Reads program has announced its titles for 2021. The featured titles are:
Adult titles: Finna by Colorado College Assistant Professor of English Nate Marshall and Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker,
Young Adult title: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson.
Children’s title: Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis and Traci Sorell.
Named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR and the New York Public Library, Finna is a collection of poems by Marshall that explores the current era of reinvigorated white supremacy by examining the brevity and disposability of Black lives and other oppressed people. Through lyrical poems that celebrate the Black vernacular, Marshall widens notions of linguistic and social possibility as he considers the violence inherent to gendered language and the propensity to erase certain peoples from the American narrative. The title was chosen as an adult All Pikes Peak Reads selection to encourage conversation about how we use and change language to reflect and find community, and to inspire young people to explore the art of poetry to tell their stories.
The other adult selection is Hidden Fallen Road. Set post-World War II, this Oprah Book Club Pick and No. 1 New York Times Bestseller tells the story of the Galvin family who are seeking their American dream in Colorado. The parents and their 12 children worked hard to achieve their goal amidst the reality of “psychological breakdown, sudden shocking violence and hidden abuse.” By the mid-1970s six of the 10 Galvin boys were diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Hailed by the Washington Post, Time, and many others, this title was select by the Library because of its local connection to the Colorado Springs community, its exploration of mental illness and associated stigmas, and its ability to shed new light on Schizophrenia and its treatments.
Nimona was chosen as the 2021 Young Adult All Pikes Peak Reads pick due to its theme of finding community in unlikely places, enduring friendship, and the exploration of how we treat those in our community who we see as different. Originally a webcomic and the senior thesis for author Stevenson, this graphic novel was published in 2015 and has been recognized as the Indies Choice Book of the Year, National Book Award Finalist, New York Times Bestseller, New York Times Notable Book, and School Library Journal Best Book.
Nimona mixes magic and science with a world that combines medieval and futuristic settings. A young shapeshifter with mysterious powers, Nimona has a knack for villainy. She becomes sidekick to former knight and now villain Lord Blackheart to take on his nemesis Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics – who are not the heroes everyone thinks they are. Nimona and Lord Blackheart’s mischief escalates into a vicious battle with Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin who is ordered by the Institute to kill Nimona. Lord Blackheart wants to protect Nimona and bring down the corrupt Institute while Nimona seeks to execute her own vengeful plans.
targeting grades 3-6, the Children’s All Pikes Peak Reads selection, Indian No More, follows Regina Petit and her family as they are forced from their tribe’s homeland by the government and relocated to Los Angeles in 1957. Regina experiences a completely different life in the big city and learns about struggles, strength, community, and heritage.
This book was selected because its unique story based on historical events demonstrates appreciation and understanding for heritage and finding community where you are planted.
Indian No More won the 2020 American Indian Youth Literature Award for Best Middle Grade and was chosen as a 2020 Global Read Aloud.
All selections are now available at all PPLD locations. Finna, Hidden Valley Road, and Indian No More can also be found in our eLibrary in Overdrive. Nimona is available as an eBook/eComic in our eLibrary under Hoopla. Programming, which includes in-person and virtual author visits, will begin in mid-September. Stay tuned to the ppld.com/appr for more information.