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Now Is Your Time!: The African-American Struggle for Freedom

by Myers, Walter Dean

History has made me an African American. It is an Africa that I have come from, and an America that I have helped to create.

One Crazy Summer

by Williams-Garcia, Rita

Eleven-year-old Delphine is like a mother to her two younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern. She's had to be, ever since their mother, Cecile, left them seven years ago for a radical new life in California. When they arrive from Brooklyn to spend the summer with her, Cecile is nothing like they imagined...

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.

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.

Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush

by Hamilton, Virginia

A beautiful ghost appears to a troubled teen and shows her the heartbreaking secrets of her family's past

Tar Beach

by Ringgold, Faith

Ringgold recounts the dream adventure of eight-year-old Cassie Louise Lightfoot, who flies above her apartment-building rooftop, the 'tar beach' of the title, looking down on 1939 Harlem.

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.

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond

by Woods, Brenda

Coretta Scott King Honor winner Brenda Woods' moving, uplifting story of a girl finally meeting the African American side of her family explores racism and how it feels to be biracial, and celebrates families of all kinds.

The Circuit

by Jiménez, Francisco

"'La frontera'...I heard it for the first time back in the late 1940s when Papa and Mama told me and Roberto, my older brother, that someday we would take a long trip north, cross la frontera, enter California, and leave our poverty behind.

The Composition

by Skármeta, Antonio

In a village in Chile, Pedro and Daniel are two typical nine-year-old boys. Up until Daniel's father gets arrested, their biggest worry had been how to improve their soccer skills.

The Crossover

by Alexander, Kwame

2015 Newberry Award Winner! "With a bolt of lightning on my kicks... The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I'm delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell.

The Firekeeper's Son

by Park, Linda Sue

In Korea in the early 1800s, news from the countryside reached the king by means of signal fires. On one mountaintop after another, a fire was lit when all was well.

The First Part Last

by Johnson, Angela

Bobby's a classic urban teenager. He's restless. He's impulsive. But the thing that makes him different is this: He's going to be a father. His girlfriend, Nia, is pregnant, and their lives are about to change forever. Instead of spending time with friends, they'll be spending time with doctors, and next, diapers. They have options: keeping the baby, adoption. They want to do the right thing. If only it was clear what the right thing was.

The Great Greene Heist

by Johnson, Varian

Saving the school -- one con at a time. "A political heist page-turner set in middle school? Is that even possible? Varian Johnson shows us how it's done." - Gordon Korman, author of SWINDLE "Do yourself a favor and start reading immediately.

The Heart of a Chief

by Bruchac, Joseph

An eleven-year-old Penacook Indian boy living on a reservation faces his father's alcoholism, a controversy surrounding plans for a casino on a tribal island, and insensitivity toward Native Americans in his school and nearby town.

The Last Summer of the Death Warriors

by Stork, Francisco X.

Two young men -- one dying of cancer, one planning a murder -- explore the true meanings of death and life in the tense and passionate new novel from the author of MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD. When Pancho arrives at St.

The Madman of Piney Woods

by Curtis, Christopher Paul

Bestselling Newbery Medalist Christopher Paul Curtis delivers a powerful companion to his multiple award-winning ELIJAH OF BUXTON. Benji and Red couldn't be more different. They aren't friends. They don't even live in the same town.

The Rock and the River

by Magoon, Kekla

The Time: 1968 The Place: Chicago For thirteen-year-old Sam it's not easy being the son of known civil rights activist Roland Childs. Especially when his older (and best friend), Stick, begins to drift away from him for no apparent reason.

The Trap

by Smelcer, John

In alternating chapters, seventeen-year-old Johnny Least-Weasel, who is better known for brains than brawn, worries about his missing grandfather. And the grandfather, Albert Least-Weasel, struggles to survive, caught in his own steel trap in the Alaskan winter.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963

by Curtis, Christopher Paul

A wonderful middle-grade novel narrated by Kenny, 9, about his middle-class black family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan.

The Year of the Book

by Cheng, Andrea and Halpin, Abigail

In Chinese, peng you means friend. But in any language, all Anna knows for certain is that friendship is complicated. When Anna needs company, she turns to her books.

What Can You Do with a Paleta?

by Tafolla, Carmen and Morales, Magaly

Where the paleta wagon rings its tinkly belland carries a treasure of icy paletasin every color of the sarape . . .

When My Name Was Keoko

by Park, Linda Sue

Sun-hee and her older brother, Tae-yul, live in Korea with their parents. Because Korea is under Japanese occupation, the children study Japanese and speak it at school.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

by Lin, Grace

Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.

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