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A Time to Dance

by Venkatraman, Padma

Padma Venkatraman's inspiring story of a young girl's struggle to regain her passion and find a new peace is told lyrically through verse that captures the beauty and mystery of India and the ancient bharatanatyam dance form.

Baseball in April and Other Stories

by Soto, Gary

In this unique collection of short stories, the small events of daily life reveal big themes--love and friendship, youth and growing up, success and failure.

Boys Without Names

by Sheth, Kashmira

Trapped. For eleven-year-old Gopal and his family, life in their rural Indian village is over: We stay, we starve, his baba has warned. They flee to the big city of Mumbai in hopes of finding work and a brighter future.

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces

by Quintero, Isabel

July 24My mother named me Gabriella, after my grandmother who, coincidentally, didn't want to meet me when I was born because my mother was unmarried, and therefore living in sin.

Good Luck Cat

by Harjo, Joy

Some cats are good luck. You pet them and good things happen. Woogie is one of those cats. But as Woogie gets into one mishap after another, everyone starts to worry. Can a good luck cat's good luck run out?

Halmoni and the Picnic

by Choi, Sook Nyul

When Yunmi's class plans a picnic in Central Park, her Korean grandmother, Halmoni, agrees to chaperone. But Yunmi worries that the other children will make fun of Halmoni's traditional Korean dress and unfamiliar food.

House of Purple Cedar

by Tingle, Tim

"The hour has come to speak of troubled times. It is time we spoke of Skullyville." Thus begins the House of Purple Cedar, Rose Goode's telling of the year when she was eleven in Indian country, Oklahoma.

I Lost My Tooth in Africa

by Diakité, Penda and Diakité, Baba Wague

The story of a girl who loses her tooth while visiting family in Africa and the special surprise the African tooth fairy brings her.

I Love Saturdays y Domingos

by Ada, Alma Flor

A bilingual story about a girl growing up in a bicultural family.

If You Come Softly

by Woodson, Jacqueline

Jeremiah feels good inside his own skin. That is, when he's in his own Brooklyn neighborhood. But now he's going to be attending a fancy prep school in Manhattan, and black teenage boys don't exactly fit in there.

Indian Shoes

by Smith, Cynthia Leitich

Together with Grampa, Ray Halfmoon, a Seminole-Cherokee boy, finds creative and amusing solutions to life's challenges.

Inside Out and Back Again

by Lai, Thanhha

No one would believe me but at times I would choose wartime in Saigon over peacetime in Alabama.

Jingle Dancer

by Smith, Cynthia Leitich

Jenna, a member of the Muscogee, or Creek, Nation, borrows jingles from the dresses of several friends and relatives so that she can perform the jingle dance at the powwow. Includes a note about the jingle dance tradition and its regalia.

Kira-Kira

by Kadohata, Cynthia

kira-kira (kee' ra kee' ra): glittering; shining Glittering. That's how Katie Takeshima's sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time. The sea is kira-kira for the same reason.

La Línea

by Jaramillo, Ann

Miguel has dreamed of joining his parents in California since the day they left him behind in Mexico six years, eleven months, and twelve days ago. On the morning of his fifteenth birthday, Miguel's wait is over. Or so he thinks.

Ling & Ting

by Lin, Grace

Ling and Ting are twins. They have the same brown eyes. They have the same pink cheeks. They have the same happy smiles.

Money Hungry

by Flake, Sharon G.

Thirteen-year-old Raspberry Hill is always scheming about ways to make money. She's starved for the green stuff, and will do just about anything legal to get it-wash cars, sell rotten candy, skip lunch, and clean houses.

Monster

by Myers, Walter Dean

Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I'll call it what the lady who is the prosecutor called me. MONSTER.

My Name Is María Isabel

by Ada, Alma Flor and Cerro, Ana M.

Third-grader María Isabel, born in Puerto Rico and now living in the U.S., wants badly to fit in at school; and the teacher's writing assignment "My Greatest Wish" gives her that opportunity.

Ninth Ward

by Rhodes, Jewell Parker

In New Orleans' Ninth Ward, twelve-year-old Lanesha, who can see spirits, and her adopted grandmother have no choice but to stay and weather the storm as Hurricane Katrina bears down upon them.

Rickshaw Girl

by Perkins, Mitali

In her Bangladesh village, ten-year-old Naimi excels at painting designs called alpanas, but to help her impoverished family financially she would have to be a boy--or disguise herself as one.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

by Taylor, Mildred D.

Cassie's family has raised her to be a strong black girl, able to stand up for her humanity. But one year's events turns her world upside down.

Silver People

by Engle, Ms Margarita

One hundred years ago, the world celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal, which connected the world's two largest oceans and signaled America's emergence as a global superpower.

Star in the Forest

by Resau, Laura

Zitlally's family is undocumented, and her father has just been arrested for speeding and deported back to Mexico.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Alexie, Sherman

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

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