Today is International Anti-Corruption Day, so we're looking at books that deal with corruption.
Dead Girl Moon by Charlie Price. Three friends find a murdered body, but don't want to involve the authorities. In their corrupt town, they suspect someone in power of being guilty, but their silence makes them suspects.
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer. Hope's a teenage diner waitress who lives with her diner cook Aunt. When they move to a small town in Wisconsin to take over a diner, Hope gets involved in the previous owner's run for mayor against a corrupt incumbent.
American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China by Matthew Polly. Polly spent two years training in Kung Fu with the legendary Shaolin Monks. In addition to hard training, the monks must fight corruption, deal with fame, and survive under China's repressive authoritarian regime.
Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson. This is a retelling of the Perrault fairy tale, set in pre-colonial India, where the diamonds come with many problems and the toads are a blessing in disguise. Their gifts allow both sisters to see how corrupt their government is-- and to try to fight it.
Graceling by Karen Cashore. Katsa is a Graceling. Other Gracelings have uncanny abilities in things like dancing or swimming. Katsa's is killing and is used as a thug for an evil and corrupt king. To deal with her guilt, she starts a council to right the wrongs in the kingdom. The adventure picks up when they discover an international plot and Katsa heads off to save a princess and a kingdom. Follow it with Fire
The Daughters Break the Rules by Joanna Philbin. When Carina leaks evidence of her mogul father's corruption to the media, he cuts off her allowance. She's always thought she didn't need the money, but quickly realizes how much she uses it, especially as she tries to plan the Silver Snowflake Ball. The second in a series, start with The Daughters.
Trash by Andy Mulligan. Raphael lives and works in a dump that houses a town all of itself (although the country is never named, it's in the Philippines). When he finds a wallet and a key, Raphael and his friends quickly become caught up in something bigger than they are, with the police trying to keep them from finding the truth.
The Outside Shot by Walter Dean Myers. Lonnie has left Harlem to play basketball at a small college in the midwest. In addition to the culture shock and life at college, he also gets an inside look at the corruption of college sports. This is the sequel to Hoops.
God Save the Queen by Kate Locke. In the steampunk paranormal present, Queen Victoria still reigns and all of the aristocracy is undead (either vamped or wolved.) When Xandra's sister Dede kills herself, Xandra finds herself drawn into a rebellion plot and the knowledge that the world she loves and adores has a very, very dark underbelly. Published for adults, this has high teen appeal. Follow it with The Queen Is Dead
What books would you add that deal with corruption?
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