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Shuri: Black Panther Novel #3

by Nic Stone
Scholastic Inc (Nov 02, 2021)
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Praise for Shuri: A Black Panther Novel

The combination of best-selling Stone and the scene-stealing Shuri from the blockbuster Black Panther is a match made in high-demand heaven. — Booklist, starred review

An enjoyable romp … — Kirkus


Click for more detail about Count to Love! by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney Count to Love!

by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney
Cartwheel Books (Oct 05, 2021)
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Cuddle up with your little one and get ready to count to L-O-V-E, in this precious board book from New York Times bestselling and award-winning duo Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney!

Count to love on fingers and toes.

1-2-3-4, touch your nose!

Snuggle up with your little one to celebrate sweet baby love! You won’t be able to resist this adorable board book full of cutie charms, belly kisses, and magic wishes, just-right for fans of bestselling books like Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes. With bouncing, rhythmic text from New York Times bestselling author Andrea Davis Pinkney and warm, winsome illustrations from Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator Brian Pinkney. This joyful celebration of roly-poly, perfectly huggable, oh-so lovable little ones that is just-right for the whole family, for Valentine’s Day and all throughout the year! So get ready to count to love… because once you start, you just won’t stop!

This board book is part of the Bright Brown Baby publishing program, a celebration of Black and brown joy, babies, and families. And if you’re looking for a gift-able picture book? Be sure to also check out the beautiful picture book treasury, Bright Brown Baby, to read Count to Love alongside four more poems. Just-right for new and expectant parents, baby showers, birthdays, graduations, and more!


Playing the Cards You’re Dealt

by Varian Johnson
Scholastic Press (Oct 05, 2021)
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Literary powerhouse and Coretta Scott King Honor- and Boston Globe / Horn Book Honor-winning author of The Parker Inheritence Varian Johnson explores themes of toxic masculinity and family legacy in this heartfelt, hopeful story of one boy discovering what it really means to be a man.

SECRETS ARE ALWAYS A GAMBLE

Ten-year-old Anthony Joplin has made it to double digits! Which means he’s finally old enough to play in the spades tournament every Joplin Man before him seems to have won. So while Ant’s friends are stressing about fifth grade homework and girls, Ant only has one thing on his mind: how he’ll measure up to his father’s expectations at the card table.

Then Ant’s best friend gets grounded, and he’s forced to find another spades partner. And Shirley, the new girl in his class, isn’t exactly what he has in mind. She talks a whole lot of trash — way more than his old partner. Plus, he’s not sure that his father wants him playing with a girl. But she’s smart and tough and pretty, and knows every card trick in the book. So Ant decides to join forces with Shirley — and keep his plans a secret.

Only it turns out secrets are another Joplin Man tradition. And his father is hiding one so big it may tear their family apart…


Click for more detail about Because of You, John Lewis by Andrea Davis Pinkney Because of You, John Lewis

by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Scholastic Press (Sep 21, 2021)
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An inspiring story of a friendship between Congressman John Lewis and 10-year-old activist Tybre Faw by New York Times bestselling and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney!

Ten-year-old Tybre Faw is obsessed with history and the civil rights movement, and he devours every book he can find on the subject. When he learns of Congressman John Lewis’s harrowing and heroic march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in the fight for the right to vote, Tybre is determined to meet him.

Tybre’s two grandmothers take him on the seven-hour drive to Selma. And as the two meet and become fast friends, Tybre joins Lewis for the annual walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge!

When John Lewis is laid to rest, Tybre is invited to read Lewis’s favorite poem, Invictus, at the funeral service. Pinkney weaves this story of a boy with a dream—with the story of a true-life hero (who himself was inspired by Martin Luther King when he was a boy). Both John Lewis and Martin Luther King, Jr. have left indelible marks on future generations. Will Tybre be next to carry the mantle?


The Leaving Morning

by Angela Johnson
Scholastic Inc (Sep 07, 2021)
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Leaving home is hard when to you have to say goodbye to everyone you know.

A boy and his sister experience moving day: saying goodbye to shopkeepers, friends, cousins; watching men in blue load the truck; giving a last glance around their rooms; and driving off to their new home.


Click for more detail about Last Gate of the Emperor by Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel Makonnen Last Gate of the Emperor

by Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel Makonnen
Scholastic Press (May 04, 2021)
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From Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel David Makonnen comes an Afrofuturist adventure about a mythical Ethiopian empire. Sci-fi and fantasy combine in this epic journey to the stars.

Yared Heywat lives an isolated life in Addis Prime — a hardscrabble city with rundown tech, lots of rules, and not much to do. His worrywart Uncle Moti and bionic lioness Besa are his only family… and his only friends.

Often in trouble for his thrill-seeking antics and smart mouth, those same qualities make Yared a star player of the underground augmented reality game, The Hunt for Kaleb’s Obelisk. But when a change in the game rules prompts Yared to log in with his real name, it triggers an attack that rocks the city. In the chaos, Uncle Moti disappears.

Suddenly, all the stories Yared’s uncle told him as a young boy are coming to life, of kingdoms in the sky and city-razing monsters. And somehow Yared is at the center of them.

Together with Besa and the Ibis — a game rival turned reluctant ally — Yared must search for his uncle… and answers to his place in a forgotten, galaxy-spanning war.


Click for more detail about La Magie de Maman by Edwidge Danticat La Magie de Maman

by Edwidge Danticat
Scholastic Inc (Apr 06, 2021)
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Préparez-vous à découvrir 300 merveilles loufoques, faits divers et statistiques sur les sciences, les animaux, la géographie, l’espace et plus encore!

Ces livres remplis de faits sont très populaires et très appréciés dans les classes, les bibliothèques, à la maison et partout ailleurs! Une lecture rapide qui satisfait la curiosité et enrichit l’amour de la lecture.

There’s nothing that a mother can’t fix. Whether it’s a bump on the knee or a bad day at school, mom always has the remedy! There’s no shortage of tricks up her sleeve; a cozy cup of hot chocolate, a comforting bubble bath, or a big bear hug. How will this mom comfort her child to turn a bad day into the best day?

This heartwarming picture book by award-winning author Edwidge Danticat and illustrator Shannon Wright beautifully depicts the special relationship between a mother and child. This masterpiece is perfect for Mother’s Day and any day!

Original title: My Mommy Medicine


Click for more detail about The Vanished (Shuri: Black Panther Novel #2), Volume 2 by Nic Stone The Vanished (Shuri: Black Panther Novel #2), Volume 2

by Nic Stone
Scholastic Inc (Feb 02, 2021)
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Shuri, the Princess of Wakanda (and sister to the Black Panther), sets out to save a group of kidnapped girls in this all-new, original middle-grade novel by New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone!

With the heart-shaped herb thriving, a group of Wakanda’s finest engineers working on expanding her dome technology, and the borders more fortified than ever, Princess Shuri can finally focus on what matters most: her training.

Soon, a bigger problem rears its head. The princess hears whispers of exceptionally talented young girls across the world going missing. A young environmental scientist in Kenya, a French physics prodigy — the list of the missing keeps growing and growing. And when this mystery hits home in a way the princess would’ve never expected, there’s no more time for hesitation: There are lost girls out there somewhere, and Shuri is determined not to let them be forgotten.


Click for more detail about Muted by Tami Charles Muted

by Tami Charles
Scholastic Press (Feb 02, 2021)
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A ripped-from-the-headlines novel of ambition, music, and innocence lost, perfect for fans of Elizabeth Acevedo and Jason Reynolds!

Be bold. Get seen. Be Heard.

For seventeen-year-old Denver, music is everything. Writing, performing, and her ultimate goal: escaping her very small, very white hometown.

So Denver is more than ready on the day she and her best friends Dali and Shak sing their way into the orbit of the biggest R&B star in the world, Sean Mercury Ellis. Merc gives them everything: parties, perks, wild nights — plus hours and hours in the recording studio. Even the painful sacrifices and the lies the girls have to tell are all worth it.

Until they’re not.

Denver begins to realize that she’s trapped in Merc’s world, struggling to hold on to her own voice. As the dream turns into a nightmare, she must make a choice: lose her big break, or get broken.

Inspired by true events, Muted is a fearless exploration of the dark side of the music industry, the business of exploitation, how a girl’s dreams can be used against her — and what it takes to fight back.


Click for more detail about The Life I’m In by Sharon G. Flake The Life I’m In

by Sharon G. Flake
Scholastic Press (Jan 05, 2021)
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The powerful and long-anticipated companion to The Skin I’m In, Sharon Flake’s bestselling modern classic, presents the unflinching story of Char, a young woman trapped in the underworld of human trafficking.

My feet are heavy as stones when I walk up the block wondering why I can’t find my old self.

In The Skin I’m In, readers saw into the life of Maleeka Madison, a teen who suffered from the ridicule she received because of her dark skin color. For decades fans have wanted to know the fate of the bully who made Maleeka’s life miserable, Char.

Now in Sharon Flake’s latest and unflinching novel, The Life I’m In, we follow Charlese Jones, who, with her raw, blistering voice speaks the truths many girls face, offering insight to some of the causes and conditions that make a bully. Turned out of the only home she has known, Char boards a bus to nowhere where she is lured into the dangerous web of human trafficking. Much is revealed behind the complex system of men who take advantage of vulnerable teens in the underbelly of society. While Char might be frightened, she remains strong and determined to bring herself and her fellow victims out of the dark and back into the light, reminding us why compassion is a powerful cure to the ills of the world.

Sharon Flake’s bestselling, Coretta Scott King Award-winning novel The Skin I’m In was a game changer when it was first published more than twenty years ago. It redefined young adult literature by presenting characters, voices, and real-world experiences that had not been fully seen. Now Flake offers readers another timely and radical story of a girl on the brink and how her choices will lead her to either fall, or fly.


Click for more detail about Twins by Varian Johnson Twins

by Varian Johnson
Graphix (Oct 06, 2020)
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Volume #1

Coretta Scott King Honor author Varian Johnson teams up with rising cartoonist Shannon Wright for a delightful middle-grade graphic novel!

Maureen and Francine Carter are twins and best friends. They participate in the same clubs, enjoy the same foods, and are partners on all their school projects. But just before the girls start sixth grade, Francine becomes Fran — a girl who wants to join the chorus, run for class president, and dress in fashionable outfits that set her apart from Maureen. A girl who seems happy to share only two classes with her sister!

Maureen and Francine are growing apart and there’s nothing Maureen can do to stop it. Are sisters really forever? Or will middle school change things for good?


Click for more detail about Red Shoes by Karen English Red Shoes

by Karen English
Scholastic Inc (Sep 15, 2020)
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Red shoes glowing-
Perched on a pedestal in the shop window
as if on a throne.
"I want those, Nana," Malika says, as they pass the shop.
"We’ll see," Nana says with a wink. "Looks like you could use a new pair.


Malika is delighted when Nana surprises her with a beautiful new pair of red shoes! And with a click-clack-click and a swish, swish, swish, Malika wears her wonderful new shoes everywhere she goes. But one day, the shoes begin to pinch Malika’s toes. And alas, they don’t let her forget that her feet have grown! Soon Malika and Nana are off to the Rare Finds Resale Shop, where the shoes can be resold — so another little girl can enjoy them!
Who will be the next to wear the red shoes? Malika wonders.

Then Inna Ziya buys the shoes, and readers follow the shoes all the way across the world to Africa, where Amina, another little girl, who has fasted her first time for Ramadan is about to get an amazing gift!

Karen English and Ebony Glenn have crafted a satisfying and heartwarming story about a pair of shoes, two girls, and a connection they share across continents.


Click for more detail about Hide and Seeker by Daka Hermon Hide and Seeker

by Daka Hermon
Scholastic Press (Sep 15, 2020)
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One of our most iconic childhood games receives a creepy twist as it becomes the gateway to a nightmare world.

I went up the hill, the hill was muddy, stomped my toe and made it bloody, should I wash it?

Justin knows that something is wrong with his best friend.Zee went missing for a year. And when he came back, he was … different. Nobody knows what happened to him. At Zee’s welcome home party, Justin and the neighborhood crew play Hide and Seek. But it goes wrong. Very wrong.

One by one, everyone who plays the game disappears, pulled into a world of nightmares come to life. Justin and his friends realize this horrible place is where Zee had been trapped. All they can do now is hide from the Seeker.

Something is wrong with twelve-year-old Zee, who has returned after a year’s absence; nobody knows where he was or what happened to him, but now he is distracted and violent, freaking out when he sees his friends, Justin, Nia, and Lyric, playing an odd game of hide-and-seek, and talking wildly about some danger that is approaching—and soon his friends are pulled into a shadowy world ruled by a monstrous, shape-shifting Seeker, forced to play a terrifying game of hide-and-seek where they will have to confront their worst nightmares in order to find their way home.


Click for more detail about Shuri: Black Panther Novel (Marvel), Volume 1 by Nic Stone Shuri: Black Panther Novel (Marvel), Volume 1

by Nic Stone
Scholastic Inc (May 05, 2020)
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From New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone comes an all-new upper middle grade series based on one of the Marvel Universe’s break-out characters Shuri, from Black Panther!

An original, upper-middle-grade series starring the break-out character from the Black Panther comics and films: T’Challa’s younger sister, Shuri! Crafted by New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone. Shuri is a skilled martial artist, a genius, and a master of science and technology. But, she’s also a teenager. And a princess. This story follows Shuri as she sets out on a quest to save her homeland of Wakanda.For centuries, the Chieftain of Wakanda (the Black Panther) has gained his powers through the juices of the Heart-Shaped Herb. Much like Vibranium, the Heart-Shaped Herb is essential to the survival and prosperity of Wakanda. But something is wrong. The plants are dying. No matter what the people of Wakanda do, they can’t save them. And their supply is running short. It’s up to Shuri to travel from Wakanda in order to discover what is killing the Herb, and how she can save it, in the first volume of this all-new, original adventure.


Click for more detail about Spin by Lamar Giles Spin

by Lamar Giles
Scholastic Inc (Apr 21, 2020)
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Even in murder, the music lives on.

When rising star Paris Secord (aka DJ ParSec) is found dead on her turntables, it sends the local music scene reeling. No one is feeling that grief more than her shunned pre-fame best friend, Kya, and ParSec’s chief groupie, Fuse — two sworn enemies who happened to be the ones who discovered her body.

The police have few leads, and when the trail quickly turns cold, the authorities don’t seem to be pushing too hard to investigate further. But nobody counted on Paris’s deeply loyal fans, ParSec Nation, or the outrage that would drive Fuse and Kya to work together. As ParSec Nation takes to social media and the streets in their crusade for justice, Fuse and Kya start digging into Paris’s past, stumbling across a deadly secret. With new info comes new motives. New suspects. And a fandom that will stop at nothing in their obsessive quest for answers, not even murder…


Click for more detail about King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender King and the Dragonflies

by Kacen Callender
Scholastic Press (Feb 04, 2020)
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In a small but turbulent Louisiana town, one boy’s grief takes him beyond the bayous of his backyard, to learn that there is no right way to be yourself.

Twelve-year-old Kingston James is sure his brother Khalid has turned into a dragonfly. When Khalid unexpectedly passed away, he shed what was his first skin for another to live down by the bayou in their small Louisiana town. Khalid still visits in dreams, and King must keep these secrets to himself as he watches grief transform his family.

It would be easier if King could talk with his best friend, Sandy Sanders. But just days before he died, Khalid told King to end their friendship, after overhearing a secret about Sandy-that he thinks he might be gay. "You don’t want anyone to think you’re gay too, do you?"

But when Sandy goes missing, sparking a town-wide search, and King finds his former best friend hiding in a tent in his backyard, he agrees to help Sandy escape from his abusive father, and the two begin an adventure as they build their own private paradise down by the bayou and among the dragonflies. As King’s friendship with Sandy is reignited, he’s forced to confront questions about himself and the reality of his brother’s death.

The Thing About Jellyfish meets The Stars Beneath Our Feet in this story about loss, grief, and finding the courage to discover one’s identity, from the author of Hurricane Child.


Click for more detail about The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown The Forgotten Girl

by India Hill Brown
Scholastic Press (Nov 05, 2019)
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"This ghost story gave me chill after chill. It will haunt you." — R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps

"Do you know what it feels like to be forgotten?"

On a cold winter night, Iris and her best friend, Daniel, sneak into a clearing in the woods to play in the freshly fallen snow. There, Iris carefully makes a perfect snow angel — only to find the crumbling gravestone of a young girl, Avery Moore, right beneath her.

Immediately, strange things start to happen to Iris: She begins having vivid nightmares. She wakes up to find her bedroom window wide open, letting in the snow. She thinks she sees the shadow of a girl lurking in the woods. And she feels the pull of the abandoned grave, calling her back to the clearing…

Obsessed with figuring out what’s going on, Iris and Daniel start to research the area for a school project. They discover that Avery’s grave is actually part of a neglected and forgotten Black cemetery, dating back to a time when White and Black people were kept separate in life — and in death. As Iris and Daniel learn more about their town’s past, they become determined to restore Avery’s grave and finally have proper respect paid to Avery and the others buried there.

But they have awakened a jealous and demanding ghost, one that’s not satisfied with their plans for getting recognition. One that is searching for a best friend forever — no matter what the cost.

The Forgotten Girl is both a spooky original ghost story and a timely and important storyline about reclaiming an abandoned segregated cemetery.

"A harrowing yet empowering tale reminding us that the past is connected to the present, that every place and every person has a story, and that those stories deserve to be told." — Ren�e Watson, New York Times bestselling author of Piecing Me Together


Click for more detail about Her Own Two Feet: A Rwandan Girl’s Brave Fight to Walk by Meredith Davis and Rebeka Uwitonze Her Own Two Feet: A Rwandan Girl’s Brave Fight to Walk

by Meredith Davis and Rebeka Uwitonze
Scholastic Inc (Oct 01, 2019)
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Through her eyes, the moving story of a young Rwandan girl born with clubfeet and the risk she takes for the chance to walk on the bottoms of her feet for the first time.Rebeka Uwitonze was born in Rwanda with curled and twisted feet, which meant she had to crawl or be carried to get around. At nine years old, she gets an offer that could change her life. A doctor in the US might be able to turn her feet. But it means leaving her own family behind and going to America on her own.

Her Own Two Feet tells Rebeka’s inspiring story through her eyes, with the help of one of her hosts. She travels from Rwanda to Austin, Texas, to join the Davis family, despite knowing almost no English. In the face of dozens of hospital visits and painful surgeries, Rebeka’s incredible bravery and joyful spirit carry her to the opportunity of a lifetime. A stunning debut about hope, perseverance, and what becomes possible when you take a risk.


Click for more detail about Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender Hurricane Child

by Kacen Callender
Scholastic Press (Oct 01, 2019)
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Prepare to be swept up by this exquisite novel that reminds us that grief and love can open the world in mystical ways.

Winner of the Stonewall Book Award
Winner of the Lambda Literary Award

Caroline Murphy is a Hurricane Child.

Being born during a hurricane is unlucky, and 12-year-old Caroline has had her share of bad luck lately. She’s hated and bullied by everyone in her small school on St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, a spirit only she can see won’t stop following her, and — worst of all — Caroline’s mother left home one day and never came back.

But when a new student named Kalinda arrives, Caroline’s luck begins to turn around. Kalinda, a solemn girl from Barbados with a special smile for everyone, becomes Caroline’s first and only friend — and the person for whom Caroline has begun to develop a crush.

Now, Caroline must find the strength to confront her feelings for Kalinda, brave the spirit stalking her through the islands, and face the reason her mother abandoned her. Together, Caroline and Kalinda must set out in a hurricane to find Caroline’s missing mother — before Caroline loses her forever.


Click for more detail about Child of the Dream (a Memoir of 1963) by Sharon Robinson Child of the Dream (a Memoir of 1963)

by Sharon Robinson
Scholastic Press (Sep 03, 2019)
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An incredible memoir from Sharon Robinson about one of the most important years of the civil rights movement.

In January 1963, Sharon Robinson turns thirteen the night before George Wallace declares on national television "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever" in his inauguration speech as governor of Alabama. It is the beginning of a year that will change the course of American history.

As the daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, Sharon has opportunities that most people would never dream of experiencing. Her family hosts multiple fund-raisers at their home in Connecticut for the work that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is doing. Sharon sees her first concert after going backstage at the Apollo Theater. And her whole family attends the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

But things don’t always feel easy for Sharon. She is one of the only Black children in her wealthy Connecticut neighborhood. Her older brother, Jackie Robinson Jr., is having a hard time trying to live up to his father’s famous name, causing some rifts in the family. And Sharon feels isolated-struggling to find her role in the civil rights movement that is taking place across the country.

This is the story of how one girl finds her voice in the fight for justice and equality.


Click for more detail about With the Might of Angels by Andrea Davis Pinkney With the Might of Angels

by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Scholastic Inc (Apr 30, 2019)
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Twelve-year-old Dawnie Rae Johnson’s life turns upside down after the Supreme Court rules in favor of desegregation in the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education. Her parents decide that Dawnie will attend Prettyman Coburn, a previously all-white school — but she’ll be the only one of her friends to enroll in this new school.

Not everyone in Dawnie’s town of Hadley, Virginia, supports integration, though, and much of the community is outraged by the decision. As she starts school, Dawnie encounters the harsh realities of racism. But the backlash against her arrival at Prettyman Coburn is more than she’s prepared for, and she begins to wonder if the hardship is worth it. Will Dawnie be able to hold on to the true meaning of justice and remain faithful to her own sense of integrity?


Click for more detail about Mem by Bethany C. Morrow Mem

by Bethany C. Morrow
Arthur A. Levine Books (Mar 19, 2019)
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Buzzfeed’s #1 Book to Read this Spring
A Best Book of the Month at The Washington Post, Bustle, and Chicago Review of Books

MEM is a rare novel, a small book carrying very big ideas, the kind of story that stays with you long after you’ve finished reading it.

Set in the glittering art deco world of a century ago, MEM makes one slight alteration to history: a scientist in Montreal discovers a method allowing people to have their memories extracted from their minds, whole and complete. The Mems exist as mirror-images of their source — zombie-like creatures destined to experience that singular memory over and over, until they expire in the cavernous Vault where they are kept.

And then there is Dolores Extract #1, the first Mem capable of creating her own memories. An ageless beauty shrouded in mystery, she is allowed to live on her own, and create her own existence, until one day she is summoned back to the Vault. What happens next is a gorgeously rendered, heart-breaking novel in the vein of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.

Debut novelist Bethany Morrow has created an allegory for our own time, exploring profound questions of ownership, and how they relate to identity, memory and history, all in the shadows of Montreal’s now forgotten slave trade.


Click for more detail about Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Tonya Bolden Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow

by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Tonya Bolden
Scholastic Nonfiction (Jan 29, 2019)
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This is a story about America during and after Reconstruction, one of history’s most pivotal and misunderstood chapters. In a stirring account of emancipation, the struggle for citizenship and national reunion, and the advent of racial segregation, the renowned Harvard scholar delivers a book that is illuminating and timely. Real-life accounts drive the narrative, spanning the half century between the Civil War and Birth of a Nation. Here, you will come face-to-face with the people and events of Reconstruction’s noble democratic experiment, its tragic undermining, and the drawing of a new "color line" in the long Jim Crow era that followed. In introducing young readers to them, and to the resiliency of the African American people at times of progress and betrayal, Professor Gates shares a history that remains vitally relevant today.


Click for more detail about The Greatest: Muhammad Ali by Walter Dean Myers The Greatest: Muhammad Ali

by Walter Dean Myers
Scholastic Nonfiction (Oct 09, 2018)
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From his childhood in the segregated South to his final fight with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali never backed down. He was banned from boxing during his prime because he refused to fight in Vietnam. He became a symbol of the antiwar movement — and a defender of civil rights. As "The Greatest," he was a boxer of undeniable talent and courage. He took the world by storm — only Ali could "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!"

Muhammad Ali: Olympic gold medalist, former heavyweight champion, and one of the most influential people of all time.


Click for more detail about Riding Chance by Christine Kendall Riding Chance

by Christine Kendall
Scholastic Press (Aug 28, 2018)
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Troy is a kid with a passion. And dreams. And a desire to do the right thing. But after taking a wrong turn, he’s forced to endure something that’s worse than any juvenile detention he can imagine — he’s been "sentenced" to the local city stables where he’s made to take care of the horses and learn to play polo. The greatest punishment has been trying to make sense of things after his mom died. Troy’s also figuring out which friends have his back, which kids to cut loose, and whether he and Alisha have a true connection. Laced with humor and beating with heartache, this novel will grip readers, pull quickly, and take them on an unforgettable ride.

Set in modern Philadelphia, Christine Kendall’s stunning debut lets us come face-to-face with the challenges of a loving family that helps turn hardships into a horse of a different color.


Click for more detail about A Girl Named Misty: The True Story of Misty Copeland (American Girl: A Girl Named) by Kelly Starling Lyons A Girl Named Misty: The True Story of Misty Copeland (American Girl: A Girl Named)

by Kelly Starling Lyons
Scholastic Inc (May 29, 2018)
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The A Girl Named series tells the stories of how ordinary American girls grew up to be extraordinary American women. Misty Copeland became the first African American Female Principal Dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, but how did she get there? A Girl Named Misty describes the defining moments that made up her childhood and adolescence with full-color illustrations throughout. In addition to stories and facts about Misty’s upbringing and accomplishments, the book includes a timeline and a glossary, plus a profile of a noteworthy and contemporary American girl following in Misty’s graceful footsteps to lead the way for African American women in the arts.


Click for more detail about The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson The Parker Inheritance

by Varian Johnson
Arthur A. Levine Books (Mar 27, 2018)
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Four starred reviews!

"Powerful…. Johnson writes about the long shadows of the past with such ambition that any reader with a taste for mystery will appreciate the puzzle Candice and Brandon must solve." — The New York Times Book Review

When Candice finds a letter in an old attic in Lambert, South Carolina, she isn’t sure she should read it. It’s addressed to her grandmother, who left the town in shame. But the letter describes a young woman. An injustice that happened decades ago. A mystery enfolding its writer. And the fortune that awaits the person who solves the puzzle.

So with the help of Brandon, the quiet boy across the street, she begins to decipher the clues. The challenge will lead them deep into Lambert’s history, full of ugly deeds, forgotten heroes, and one great love; and deeper into their own families, with their own unspoken secrets. Can they find the fortune and fulfill the letter’s promise before the answers slip into the past yet again?


Click for more detail about I Can Be Anything! Don’t Tell Me I Can’t by Leo & Diane Dillon I Can Be Anything! Don’t Tell Me I Can’t

by Leo & Diane Dillon
The Blue Sky Press (Feb 27, 2018)
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Like most girls and boys, Zoe enthusiastically embraces the wonders of our world and its infinite possibilities. "I can be anything I want to be!" she tells us, presenting herself in a range of careers. "But what if you fail?" asks a voice of doubt that attempts to undermine her confidence.

Bold and sassy, Zoe swats the voice away at every turn, declaring her certainty with a charisma that will encourage us all to silence the fears projected onto us by our world. Why can’t a girl grow up to be President? Zoe can! When the voice of doubt continues, Zoe knows exactly what to say: "Go away, voice… I can be anything… but first, I have to learn to read. And don’t tell me I can’t!"

Award-winner Diane Dillon has created a winning character who defies anything to hold her back from achieving her goals. And the key to Zoe’s future success begins when Zoe defiantly opens her book, making it clear that both confidence and reading are tools we all need to make our dreams come true.


Click for more detail about Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! by Marley Dias Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You!

by Marley Dias
Scholastic Press (Jan 30, 2018)
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In this accessible guide with an introduction by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Marley Dias explores activism, social justice, volunteerism, equity and inclusion, and using social media for good. Drawing from her experience, Marley shows kids how they can galvanize their strengths to make positive changes in their communities, while getting support from parents, teachers, and friends to turn dreams into reality. Focusing on the importance of literacy and diversity, Marley offers suggestions on book selection, and delivers hands-on strategies for becoming a lifelong reader.


Click for more detail about The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis The Journey of Little Charlie

by Christopher Paul Curtis
Scholastic Press (Jan 30, 2018)
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Twelve-year-old Charlie is down on his luck: His sharecropper father just died and Cap’n Buck — the most fearsome man in Possum Moan, South Carolina — has come to collect a debt. Fearing for his life, Charlie strikes a deal with Cap’n Buck and agrees to track down some folks accused of stealing from the cap’n and his boss. It’s not too bad of a bargain for Charlie… until he comes face-to-face with the fugitives and discovers their true identities. Torn between his guilty conscience and his survival instinct, Charlie needs to figure out his next move — and soon. It’s only a matter of time before Cap’n Buck catches on.


Click for more detail about Martin Rising: Requiem For a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney Martin Rising: Requiem For a King

by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Scholastic Press (Jan 02, 2018)
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In a rich embroidery of visions, musical cadence, and deep emotion, Andrea and Brian Pinkney convey the final months of Martin Luther King’s life — and of his assassination — through metaphor, spirituality, and multilayers of meaning.

Andrea’s stunning poetic requiem, illustrated with Brian’s lyrical and colorful artwork, brings a fresh perspective to Martin Luther King, the Gandhi-like, peace-loving activist whose dream of equality — and whose courage to make it happen — changed the course of American history. And even in his death, he continues to transform and inspire all of us who share his dream.

Wonderful classroom plays of Martin Rising can be performed by using the "Now Is the Time" history and the 1968 timeline at the back of the book as narration — and adding selected poems to tell the story!


Click for more detail about Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin by James L. Swanson Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin

by James L. Swanson
Scholastic Press (Jan 02, 2018)
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"James Earl Ray and Martin Luther King, Jr. had two very different life journeys — but their paths fatally collide when Ray assassinates the world-renown civil rights leader. This book provides an inside look into both of their lives, the history of the time, and a blow-by-blow examination of the assassination and its aftermath."—Provided by publisher.


Click for more detail about Gabriela 3-Book Box Set (American Girl: Girl of the Year 2017) by Varian Johnson Gabriela 3-Book Box Set (American Girl: Girl of the Year 2017)

by Varian Johnson
Scholastic Inc (Oct 31, 2017)
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Meet the 2017 Girl of the Year, Gabriela McBride! She’s a true talent who gets creative for a cause. This box set contains paperbacks of the three novels in her series.



Gabriela: Gabby loves expressing herself — especially in the dance studio — but lately, poetry is becoming her art form of choice. Can Gabby use the power of her words to save her beloved community arts center from shutting down?



Gabriela Speaks Out: Gabby hopes to win the school election so she can speak out for change. Can she beat her rival, the confident and intimidating Aaliyah Reade-Johnson?



Gabriela Novel 3: Gabby is juggling rehearsals for a poetry competition and a new dance opportunity. But is it possible to do both…and be a good friend, too?


Click for more detail about The Wildcat’s Claw (Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts, Book 6) by Varian Johnson The Wildcat’s Claw (Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts, Book 6)

by Varian Johnson
Scholastic Inc (Oct 10, 2017)
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Click for more detail about Sparrow by Sarah Moon Sparrow

by Sarah Moon
Arthur A. Levine Books (Oct 10, 2017)
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Sparrow has always had a difficult time making friends. She would always rather have stayed home on the weekends with her mother, an affluent IT Executive at a Manhattan bank, reading, or watching the birds, than playing with other kids. And that’s made school a lonely experience for her. It’s made LIFE a lonely experience.



But when the one teacher who really understood her — Mrs. Wexler, the school librarian, a woman who let her eat her lunch in the library office rather than hide in a bathroom stall, a woman who shared her passion for novels and knew just the ones she’d love — is killed in a freak car accident, Sparrow’s world unravels and she’s found on the roof of her school in an apparent suicide attempt.



With the help of an insightful therapist, Sparrow finally reveals the truth of her inner life. And it’s here that she discovers an outlet in Rock & Roll music…


Click for more detail about Gabriela: Time for Change (American Girl: Girl of the Year 2017, Book 3) by Varian Johnson Gabriela: Time for Change (American Girl: Girl of the Year 2017, Book 3)

by Varian Johnson
Scholastic Inc (Sep 26, 2017)
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Gabby has never been so busy! In this third novel featuring American Girl’s 2017 Girl of the Year, Gabby is already juggling homework, school leadership activities, dance classes, and rehearsals for a spoken word competition when she’s offered an exciting dance opportunity. It’s too good to pass up, but soon, Gabby finds there aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all, let alone be a good friend to her BFF, Teagen. And she can’t help but notice that more and more, she wishes she were working on her poetry instead of doing plis and grand jets. Gabby’s changed a lot this past year. By the time the competition rolls around, she begins to wonder—have her dreams changed, too?


Click for more detail about If You Were a Kid During the Civil Rights Movement by Gwendolyn Hooks If You Were a Kid During the Civil Rights Movement

by Gwendolyn Hooks
Children’s Press and Franklin Watts (Feb 01, 2017)
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Joyce Jenkins has recently moved to a new town with her family, and she will soon be attending a segregated school for the first time. Meanwhile, Connie Underwood is trying to figure out what her twin brothers are planning in secret. Follow along with the two girls as they find themselves in the middle of a civil rights demonstration, and find out how the fight for equality changed the country forever.


Click for more detail about The Harlem Charade by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley The Harlem Charade

by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
Scholastic Press (Jan 31, 2017)
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WATCHER. SHADOW. FUGITIVE.

Harlem is home to all kinds of kids. Jin sees life passing her by from the window of her family’s bodega. Alex wants to help the needy one shelter at a time, but can’t tell anyone who she really is. Elvin’s living on Harlem’s cold, lonely streets, surviving on his own after his grandfather was mysteriously attacked.

When these three strangers join forces to find out what happened to Elvin’s grandfather, their digging leads them to an enigmatic artist whose missing masterpieces are worth a fortune-one that might save the neighborhood from development by an ambitious politician who wants to turn it into Harlem World, a ludicrous historic theme park. But if they don’t find the paintings soon, nothing in their beloved
neighborhood will ever be the same . . .

In this remarkable tale of daring and danger, debut novelist Natasha Tarpley explores the way a community defines itself, the power of art to show truth, and what it really means to be home.


Click for more detail about Genetics  by Christine Taylor Butler Genetics

by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Press and Franklin Watts (Sep 01, 2016)
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Genes are the blueprints for all life. When scientists first began altering genes to change the traits of living things, they unlocked an entirely new branch of science: genetics. Readers will get an overview of the science behind genetics and find out how genetics have changed our world. They will also meet some of the biggest innovators in genetics history and find out where the field is heading next.


Click for more detail about Computers  by Christine Taylor Butler Computers

by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Press and Franklin Watts (Sep 01, 2016)
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From the smart phone in your pocket to the advanced systems controlling everything from banks to national security, computers are behind almost everything people do. However, this wasn’t always true. Readers will explore the fascinating history of computer technology, from the room-filling code-breaking machines of World War II to the remarkably tiny and powerful computers we rely on today.


Click for more detail about The Hero Two Doors Down: Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend by Sharon Robinson The Hero Two Doors Down: Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend

by Sharon Robinson
Scholastic Press (Jan 26, 2016)
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Praise for The Hero Two Doors Down

"The story drives home the impact of Robinson’s pioneering, not just for the game but for the country following it." — The Birmingham News

"This charming tale offers up good fodder for discussion about prejudice, discrimination, friendship, and family." — Booklist

"A home run for baseball fans and anyone who loves an inspirational friendship story." — School Library Journal


Click for more detail about To Catch a Cheat: A Jackson Greene Novel by Varian Johnson To Catch a Cheat: A Jackson Greene Novel

by Varian Johnson
Arthur A. Levine Books (Jan 26, 2016)
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Jackson Greene is riding high. He is officially retired from conning, so Principal Kelsey is (mostly) off his back. His friends have great new projects of their own. And he’s been hanging out a lot with Gaby de la Cruz, so he thinks maybe, just maybe, they’ll soon have their first kiss.

Then Jackson receives a link to a faked security video that seems to show him and the rest of Gang Greene flooding the school gym. The jerks behind the video threaten to pass it to the principal — unless Jackson steals an advance copy of the school’s toughest exam.

So Gang Greene reunites for their biggest job yet. To get the test adn clear their names, they’ll have to outrun the school’s security cameras, outwit a nosy member of the Honor Board, and outmaneuver the blackmailers while setting a trap for them in turn. And as they execute another exciting caper full of twists and turns, they’ll prove that sometimes it takes a thief to catch a cheat.


Click for more detail about A Birthday Cake for George Washington by Ramin Ganeshram A Birthday Cake for George Washington

by Ramin Ganeshram
Scholastic Press (Jan 05, 2016)
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Everyone is buzzing about the president’s birthday! Especially George Washington’s servants, who scurry around the kitchen preparing to make this the best celebration ever. Oh, how George Washington loves his cake! And, oh, how he depends on Hercules, his head chef, to make it for him. Hercules, a slave, takes great pride in baking the president’s cake. But this year there is one problem—they are out of sugar.

This story, told in the voice of Delia, Hercules’s young daughter, is based on real events, and underscores the loving exchange between a very determined father and his eager daughter, who are faced with an unspoken, bittersweet reality. No matter how delicious the president’s cake turns out to be, Delia and Papa will not taste the sweetness of freedom.

New York Times food writer Ramin Ganeshram and acclaimed illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton serve up a slice of history in a picture book narrative that will surely satisfy.


Click for more detail about Untwine by Edwidge Danticat Untwine

by Edwidge Danticat
Scholastic Press (Sep 29, 2015)
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A haunting and mesmerizing story about sisterhood, family, love, and loss by literary luminary Edwidge Danticat. Giselle Boyer and her identical twin, Isabelle, are as close as sisters can be, even as their family seems to be unraveling. Then the Boyers have a tragic encounter that will shatter everyone’s world forever. Giselle wakes up in the hospital, injured and unable to speak or move. Trapped in the prison of her own body, Giselle must revisit her past in order to understand how the people closest to her -- her friends, her parents, and above all, Isabelle, her twin -- have shaped and defined her. Will she allow her love for her family and friends to lead her to recovery? Or will she remain lost in a spiral of longing and regret? Untwine is a spellbinding tale, lyrical and filled with love, mystery, humor, and heartbreak. Award-winning author Edwidge Danticat brings her extraordinary talent to this graceful and unflinching examination of the bonds of friendship, romance, family, the horrors of loss, and the strength we must discover in ourselves when all seems hopeless.


Click for more detail about The Return (Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts, Book 3) by Varian Johnson The Return (Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts, Book 3)

by Varian Johnson
Scholastic Inc (Apr 26, 2015)
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Click for more detail about Unstoppable Octobia May by Sharon G. Flake Unstoppable Octobia May

by Sharon G. Flake
Scholastic Press (Sep 30, 2014)
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Bestselling and award-winning author, Sharon G. Flake, delivers a mystery set in the 1950s that eerily blends history, race, culture, and family.

Octobia May is girl filled with questions. Her heart condition makes her special - and, some folks would argue, gives this ten-year-old powers that make her a "wise soul." Thank goodness for Auntie, who convinces Octobia’s parents to let her live in her boarding house that is filled with old folks. That’s when trouble, and excitement, and wonder begin. Auntie is non-traditional. She’s unmarried and has plans to purchase other boarding homes and hotels. At a time when children, and especially girls, are "seen, not heard," Auntie allows Octobia May the freedom and expression of an adult. When Octobia starts to question the folks in her world, an adventure and a mystery unfold that beg some troubling questions: Who is black and who is "passing" for white? What happens when a vibrant African American community must face its own racism?

And, perhaps most important: Do vampires really exist? In her most and probing novel yet, Sharon G. Flake takes us on a heart-pumping journey.


Click for more detail about The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis The Madman of Piney Woods

by Christopher Paul Curtis
Scholastic Press (Sep 30, 2014)
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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. But their fates are entwined. A chance meeting leads the boys to discover that they have more in common than meets the eye. Both of them have encountered a strange presence in the forest, watching them, tracking them. Could the Madman of Piney Woods be real?

In a tale brimming with intrigue and adventure, Christopher Paul Curtis returns to the vibrant world he brought to life in Elijah of Buxton. Here is another novel that will break your heart — and expand it, too.


Click for more detail about Love Is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson Love Is the Drug

by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Arthur A. Levine Books (Sep 30, 2014)
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Emily Bird was raised not to ask questions. She has perfect hair, the perfect boyfriend, and a perfect Ivy-League future. But a chance meeting with Roosevelt David, a homeland security agent, at a party for Washington DC’s elite leads to Bird waking up in a hospital, days later, with no memory of the end of the night.



Meanwhile, the world has fallen apart: A deadly flu virus is sweeping the nation, forcing quarantines, curfews, even martial law. And Roosevelt is certain that Bird knows something. Something about the virus—something about her parents’ top secret scientific work—something she shouldn’t know.



The only one Bird can trust is Coffee, a quiet, outsider genius who deals drugs to their classmates and is a firm believer in conspiracy theories. And he believes in Bird. But as Bird and Coffee dig deeper into what really happened that night, Bird finds that she might know more than she remembers. And what she knows could unleash the biggest government scandal in US history.


Click for more detail about The Zero Degree Zombie Zone by Patrik Henry Bass The Zero Degree Zombie Zone

by Patrik Henry Bass
Scholastic Inc (Aug 26, 2014)
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In the spirit of Tony Abbott’s Underworld books, comes the new kid on the block - Barkari Katari Johnson!

Shy fourth-grader Bakari Katari Johnson is having a bad day. He's always coming up against Tariq Thomas, the most popular kid in their class, and today is no different. On top of that, Bakari has found a strange ring that appears to have magical powers—and the people from the ring's fantastical other world want it back! Can Bakari and his best friend Wardell stave off the intruders' attempts, keep the ring safe, and stand up to Tariq and his pal Keisha, all before the school bell rings? Media celebrity and Essence Magazine entertainment producer, Patrik Henry Bass delivers adventure, fun, fantasy and friendship in this illustrated action-packed adventure starring an African American boy hero and his classmates.


Click for more detail about If Kids Ran the World by Leo & Diane Dillon If Kids Ran the World

by Leo & Diane Dillon
The Blue Sky Press (Aug 26, 2014)
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Two-time Caldecott Medalists Leo and Diane Dillon show children playfully creating a more generous, peaceful world where everyone shares with others.

All roads lead to kindness in this powerful final collaboration between Leo and Diane Dillon. In a colorful tree house, a rainbow of children determine the most important needs in our complex world, and following spreads present boys and girls happily helping others. Kids bring abundant food to the hungry; medicine and cheer to the sick; safe housing, education, and religious tolerance to all; and our planet is treated with care. Forgiveness and generosity are seen as essential, because kids know how to share, and they understand the power of love.

The book closes with examples of fun ways to help others—along with FDR’s "Four Freedoms" and "The Second Bill of Rights," which illuminate these concepts.

A tribute to peace and a celebration of diverse cultures, this last collaboration by the Dillons captures the wondrous joy of all people, and the unique beauty within each one of us shines forth. If kids ran the world, it would be a better place—for grown-ups, too.


Click for more detail about The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson The Summer Prince

by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Arthur A. Levine Books (Jul 29, 2014)
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The lush city of Palmares Tres shimmers with tech and tradition, with screaming gossip casters and practiced politicians. In the midst of this vibrant metropolis, June Costa creates art that’s sure to make her legendary. But her dreams of fame become something more when she meets Enki, the bold new Summer King. The whole city falls in love with him (including June’s best friend, Gil). But June sees more to Enki than amber eyes and a lethal samba. She sees a fellow artist.

Together, June and Enki will stage explosive, dramatic projects that Palmares Tres will never forget. They will add fuel to a growing rebellion against the government’s strict limits on new tech. And June will fall deeply, unfortunately in love with Enki. Because like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.

Pulsing with the beat of futuristic Brazil, burning with the passions of its characters, and overflowing with ideas, this fiery novel will leave you eager for more from Alaya Dawn Johnson.


Click for more detail about Revolution (The Sixties Trilogy) by Deborah Wiles Revolution (The Sixties Trilogy)

by Deborah Wiles
Scholastic Press (May 27, 2014)
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*A 2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST*

It’s 1964, and Sunny’s town is being invaded. Or at least that’s what the adults of Greenwood, Mississippi, are saying. All Sunny knows is that people from up north are coming to help people register to vote. They’re calling it Freedom Summer.

Meanwhile, Sunny can’t help but feel like her house is being invaded, too. She has a new stepmother, a new brother, and a new sister crowding her life, giving her little room to breathe. And things get even trickier when Sunny and her brother are caught sneaking into the local swimming pool -- where they bump into a mystery boy whose life is going to become tangled up in theirs.

As she did in her groundbreaking documentary novel COUNTDOWN, award-winning author Deborah Wiles uses stories and images to tell the riveting story of a certain time and place -- and of kids who, in a world where everyone is choosing sides, must figure out how to stand up for themselves and fight for what’s right.


Click for more detail about The Great Greene Heist (Jackson Greene) by Varian Johnson The Great Greene Heist (Jackson Greene)

by Varian Johnson
Arthur A. Levine Books (May 27, 2014)
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"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." - Rebecca Stead, author of WHEN YOU REACH ME

Jackson Greene swears he’s given up scheming. Then school bully Keith Sinclair announces he’s running for Student Council president, against Jackson’s former friend Gaby de la Cruz. Gaby wants Jackson to stay out of it — but he knows Keith has "connections" to the principal, which could win him the presidency no matter the vote count.

So Jackson assembles a crack team: Hashemi Larijani, tech genius. Victor Cho, bankroll. Megan Feldman, science goddess. Charlie de la Cruz, reporter. Together they devise a plan that will take down Keith, win Gaby’s respect, and make sure the election is done right. If they can pull it off, it will be remembered as the school’s greatest con ever — one worthy of the name THE GREAT GREENE HEIST.


Click for more detail about The Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitchell The Freedom Summer Murders

by Don Mitchell
Scholastic Press (Apr 29, 2014)
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To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer murders, this will be the first book for young adults to explore the harrowing true story of three civil rights workers slain by the KKK. In June of 1964, three idealistic young men (one black and two white) were lynched by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi. They were trying to register African Americans to vote as part of the Freedom Summer effort to bring democracy to the South. Their disappearance and murder caused a national uproar and was one of the most significant incidents of the Civil Rights Movement, and contributed to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. THE FREEDOM SUMMER MURDERS will be the first book for young people to take a comprehensive look at the brutal murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, through to the conviction in 2005 of mastermind Edgar Ray Killen.


Click for more detail about Planet Venus (New True Books: Space (Paperback)) by Christine Taylor Butler Planet Venus (New True Books: Space (Paperback))

by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Press and Franklin Watts (Feb 01, 2014)
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Unlike most other planets, Venus can be seen from Earths surface with the naked eye. Only the moon burns brighter in the night sky. Readers will learn why Venuss thick clouds help make the planet so hot and why its days last so long. They will also get an up-close look at Venuss remarkable land features and find out how scientists have studied the harsh surface of the planet.


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by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Press and Franklin Watts (Feb 01, 2014)
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Located 1.7 billion miles away from Earth, Uranus resembles a blue-green sphere floating in the distance. Readers will find out which gases make up the bulk of this faraway planet and why it has only been visited by spacecraft a single time. They will also learn about Uranuss more than two dozen moons and discover how scientists are working to learn more about this remarkable planet.


Click for more detail about The Moon (New True Books: Space (Paperback)) by Christine Taylor Butler The Moon (New True Books: Space (Paperback))

by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Press and Franklin Watts (Feb 01, 2014)
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Human beings first set foot on the Moon on July 20, 1969, marking one of the most important events in the history of space exploration. Since then, scientists have continued to learn more about Earths sole natural satellite. Readers will learn what it is like to walk on the surface of the Moon and what role the satellite plays in the solar system. They will also find out how scientists first began studying the Moon and how they are continuing their exploration today.


Click for more detail about The Sun (New True Books: Space (Paperback)) by Christine Taylor Butler The Sun (New True Books: Space (Paperback))

by Christine Taylor Butler
Children’s Press and Franklin Watts (Feb 01, 2014)
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No other body in the solar system is as important as the sun. It provides a central point for the planets to orbit around, and its warmth and light are integral to the survival of Earths life forms. Readers will discover what this incredible star is made of, why it burns so bright, and what would happen if it disappeared. They will also find out how scientists study the sun and what we are still trying to learn about it.


Click for more detail about Under the Same Sun by Sharon Robinson Under the Same Sun

by Sharon Robinson
Scholastic Press (Jan 07, 2014)
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Praise for PROMISES TO KEEP
-Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year, IRA Notable Book, YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, Children’s Book Award, Captial Choice, ALA Top 10 Youth Sports Books

* "[Robinson’s] private view of her father’s accomplishments, placed within the context of American sports and social history, makes for absorbing reading." — BOOKLIST, starred review

"An excellent and much-needed addition to the Jackie Robinson story." — KIRKUS REVIEWS

* SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL and PUBLISHERS WEEKLY starred reviews

Praise for TESTING THE ICE
-Parents’ Choice Award

"Jackie Robinson’s daughter builds a charming story around a childhood memory. . . . Nelson’s close-ups expertly provide suspense. . . . With the basics of his biography efficiently woven in, this is a lovely introduction to a baseball legend." — NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

"The daughter of the man who broke baseball’s color barrier weaves together two stories about courage. One is well-known. . . . The other occurred after he retired from baseball, on a frozen pond at his house in Stamford, Conn., witnessed only by his kids and their friends. At their request, Robinson, who couldn’t swim, carefully and successfully tested the ice, moving his daughter to think: "My dad is the bravest man alive." Kadir Nelson’s vibrant watercolors and oils, based on Robinson family photos, take on a life of their own." — USA TODAY



Click for more detail about Invasion by Walter Dean Myers Invasion

by Walter Dean Myers
Scholastic Press (Sep 24, 2013)
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Walter Dean Myers brilliantly renders the realities of World War II.

Josiah Wedgewood and Marcus Perry are on their way to an uncertain future. Their whole lives are ahead of them, yet at the same time, death’s whisper is everywhere.

One white, one black, these young men have nothing in common and everything in common as they approach an experience that will change them forever.

It’s May 1944. World War II is ramping up, and so are these young recruits, ready and eager. In small towns and big cities all over the globe, people are filled with fear. When Josiah and Marcus come together in what will be the greatest test of their lives, they learn hard lessons about race, friendship, and what it really means to fight. Set on the front lines of the Normandy invasion, this novel, rendered with heart-in-the-throat precision, is a cinematic masterpiece. Here we see the bold terror of war, and also the nuanced havoc that affects a young person’s psyche while living in a barrack, not knowing if today he will end up dead or alive.


Click for more detail about Serafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg Serafina’s Promise

by Ann E. Burg
Scholastic Press (Sep 24, 2013)
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A luminous novel in verse from the author of the Jefferson Cup award winner ALL THE BROKEN PIECES. Serafina has a secret dream.

She wants to go to school and become a doctor with her best friend, Julie Marie.

But in their rural village outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti, many obstacles stand in Serafina’s way-- little money, never-ending chores, and Manman’s worries.

More powerful even than all of these are the heavy rains and the shaking earth that test Serafina’s resolve in ways she never dreamed.

At once heartbreaking and hopeful, this exquisitely crafted story will leave a lasting impression on your heart.


Click for more detail about Jackie Robinson: American Hero by Sharon Robinson Jackie Robinson: American Hero

by Sharon Robinson
Scholastic Paperbacks (Mar 01, 2013)
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Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, is the author of several works of fiction and nonfiction. She has also written several widely praised nonfiction books about her father, including JACKIE’S NINE: BECOMING YOUR BEST SELF and PROMISES TO KEEP: HOW JACKIE ROBINSON CHANGED AMERICA.


Click for more detail about The Granddaughter Necklace by Sharon Dennis Wyeth The Granddaughter Necklace

by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
Arthur A. Levine Books (Jan 01, 2013)
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There are moments in each person’s life that we take great care to remember: the pride of a young girl standing up for herself for the first time; the heartbreak of leaving one’s country and family for a new beginning; the thrill of getting ready for the piano recital of a lifetime.



In Sharon Dennis Wyeth’s family these moments were marked with the passing on of the Granddaughter Necklace: not a fancy piece of jewelry, but a precious one, worn smooth by the touch of mothers and grandmothers, each with her own story to tell.



With a historical sweep that reaches back to Ireland and to Africa, and an intimacy that resides in every family’s treasured stories, Wyeth tells the tale of one family’s journey from the old world to the new, from the past to the present, and from mother to daughter.



Here’s a book that we feel will be passed on from generation to generation too, read in laps and in groups, opening conversations about our own necklaces of memory.


Click for more detail about Bluford #16: Breaking Point by Karyn Langhorne Folan and Paul Langan Bluford #16: Breaking Point

by Karyn Langhorne Folan and Paul Langan
Scholastic Inc (Dec 01, 2012)
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Bluford High: It’s not just school—it’s real life.

Vicky Fallon can’t take it. Her father lost his job, her parents are constantly fighting, and her little brother is out of control. Once an honor student, Vicky is quickly falling behind in her classes at Bluford High. Now her teachers, friends, and boyfriend, Martin Luna, want answers. Pressured from all sides, Vicky knows something is about to snap. But the explosion that hits her home is worse than anything she could have imagined.


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by Sharon G. Flake
Scholastic Press (Oct 01, 2012)
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Award-winning author, Sharon G. Flake, presents a powerful novel about a teen boy and girl, each tackling disabilities.

Autumn and Adonis have nothing in common and everything in common. Autumn is outgoing and has lots of friends. Adonis is shy and not so eager to connect with people. But even with their differences, the two have one thing in common—they’re each dealing with a handicap. For Autumn, who has a learning disability, reading is a painful struggle that makes it hard to focus in class. But as her school’s most aggressive team wrestler, Autumn can take down any problem. Adonis is confined to a wheelchair. He has no legs. He can’t walk or dance. But he’s a strong reader who loves books. Even so, Adonis has a secret he knows someone like Autumn can heal.

In time, Autumn and Adonis are forced to see that our greatest weaknesses can turn into the assets that forever change us and those we love.

Told in alternating voices, Takedown explores issues of self-discovery, friendship, and what it means to be different.


Click for more detail about The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle) by Maggie Stiefvater The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle)

by Maggie Stiefvater
Scholastic Press (Sep 18, 2012)
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Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them—until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.


Click for more detail about Understanding Charts and Graphs (True Books: Information Literacy) by Christine Taylor Butler Understanding Charts and Graphs (True Books: Information Literacy)

by Christine Taylor Butler
Scholastic Inc (Sep 01, 2012)
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From pie charts and bar graphs to calendars and sheet music, charts and graphs help us organize complex information and present it in a way that is easy to understand. Readers will learn to identify a wide variety of charts and graphs and choose which ones are best for different kinds of information.


Click for more detail about Hydrology: The Study of Water (True Books: Earth Science (Paperback)) by Christine Taylor Butler Hydrology: The Study of Water (True Books: Earth Science (Paperback))

by Christine Taylor Butler
Scholastic Inc (Mar 01, 2012)
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Water is one of the most important substances on Earth. Almost all living things need it to survive. Readers will learn how hydrologists study weather patterns and the shape of the land to predict how water will move around Earth. They will also discover how hydrologists put this knowledge to use by helping to build dams, levees, and irrigation systems.


Click for more detail about Dear America: With The Might Of Angels by Andrea Davis Pinkney Dear America: With The Might Of Angels

by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Scholastic Inc (Sep 01, 2011)
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Coretta Scott King winner Andrea Davis Pinkney brings her talents to a brand-new Dear America diary about the Civil Rights Movement.

In the fall of 1955, twelve-year-old Dawn Rae Johnson’s life turns upside down. After the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, Dawnie learns she will be attending a previously all-white school. She’s the only one of her friends to go to this new school and to leave the comfort of all that is familiar to face great uncertainty in the school year ahead.

However, not everyone supports integration and much of the town is outraged at the decision. Dawnie must endure the harsh realities of racism firsthand, while continuing to work hard to get a good education and prove she deserves the opportunity. But the backlash against Dawnie’s attendance of an all-white school is more than she’s prepared for. When her father loses his job as a result, and her little brother is constantly bullied, Dawnie has to wonder if it’s worth it. In time, Dawnie learns that the true meaning of justice comes from remaining faithful to the integrity within oneself.


Click for more detail about Eighth-Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich Eighth-Grade Superzero

by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Arthur A. Levine Books (Jun 01, 2011)
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Change the world with the book Publishers Weekly called “a masterful debut”! This special paperback edition includes bonus content.

After the worst first day back *ever*, Reggie’s been nicknamed “Pukey” McKnight at his Brooklyn school. He wants to turn his image around, but he has other things on his mind as well: his father, who’s out of a job; his best friends, Joe C. (who’s a little too White) and Ruthie (who’s a little too intense); his ex-best friend Donovan, who’s now a jerk; and of course, the beautiful Mialonie. The elections for school president are coming up, but with his notorious nickname and “nothing” social status, Reggie wouldn’t stand a chance, if he even had the courage to run.

Then Reggie gets involved with a local homeless shelter. Inspired by the clients there—especially Charlie, a five-year-old kid who becomes his official “Little Buddy”— he begins to think about making a difference, both in the world and at school. Pukey for President? It can happen… if he starts believing.


Click for more detail about Dear America: A Picture of Freedom by Patricia C. Mckissack Dear America: A Picture of Freedom

by Patricia C. Mckissack
Scholastic Press (Jan 01, 2011)
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Coretta Scott King Award winner and Newbery Honor author Patricia McKissack’s inspiring A PICTURE OF FREEDOM is now back in print with a gorgeous new cover!

It’s 1859 and Clotee, a twelve-year-old slave, has the most wonderful, terrible secret. She knows that if she shares it with the wrong person, she will face unimaginable consequences. What is her secret? While doing her job of fanning her master’s son during his daily lessons, Clotee has taught herself to read and write. However, she soon learns that the tutor, Ely Harms, has a secret of his own.

In a time when literacy is one of the most valuable skills to have, Clotee is determined to use her secret to save herself, and her family.


Click for more detail about The Story Of Ruby Bridges: Special Anniversary Edition by Robert Coles The Story Of Ruby Bridges: Special Anniversary Edition

by Robert Coles
Scholastic Paperbacks (Sep 01, 2010)
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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first African American child to integrate a New Orleans school with this paperback reissue!

The year is 1960, and six-year-old Ruby Bridges and her family have recently moved from Mississippi to New Orleans in search of a better life. When a judge orders Ruby to attend first grade at William Frantz Elementary, an all-white school, Ruby must face angry mobs of parents who refuse to send their children to school with her. Told with Robert Coles’ powerful narrative and dramatically illustrated by George Ford, Ruby’s story of courage, faith, and hope is now available in this special 50th anniversary edition with an updated afterword!


Click for more detail about Candy Apple #27: Miss You, Mina by Denene Millner Candy Apple #27: Miss You, Mina

by Denene Millner
Scholastic Inc (Jul 01, 2010)
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This book is part of our first sweet and sassy Candy Apple summer vacation trilogy! Each book focuses on one girl from a trio, and follows her summer adventure away from her friends.

Three girls, three trips, one amazing summer!

Willhelmina "Mina" Chestnut loves spending time with her BFFs, Samantha and Liza, in their New Jersey suburb. But this summer, the girls are splitting up, and Mina is attending an art camp in New York City!

Mina is dazzled by all the Big Apple has to offer, and enjoys seeing the sights and meeting new people. But a snooty girl at the camp makes Mina miss the comfort of home. How can she survive the big city for a summer without her friends? Maybe by finding them the perfect souvenirs…


Click for more detail about The Sassy #3: The Silver Secret by Sharon M. Draper The Sassy #3: The Silver Secret

by Sharon M. Draper
Scholastic Press (May 01, 2010)
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Sassy’s newest adventure unfolds when she performs in the school musical!


Sassy’s school is doing a musical performance that is going to be televised, and Sassy wants to sing with the choir. However, it’s no secret that Sassy can’t sing. But she has also been hiding a big secret . . . for the past year she has been taking pizcolo lessons, and she’s quite good at it. Instead of tuneless croaks, she produces lovely, lyrical tones from her silver instrument. But she has to prove to the music teacher not only that she’s needed in the show, but also that she can make a difference in the performance.


Click for more detail about My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete My Brother Charlie

by Holly Robinson Peete
Scholastic Press (Mar 01, 2010)
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From bestselling author and actress Holly Robinson Peete—a heartwarming story about a boy who happens to be autistic, based on Holly’s son, who has autism.

"Charlie has autism. His brain works in a special way. It’s harder for him to make friends. Or show his true feelings. Or stay safe." But as his big sister tells us, for everything that Charlie can’t do well, there are plenty more things that he’s good at. He knows the names of all the American presidents. He knows stuff about airplanes. And he can even play the piano better than anyone he knows.

Actress and national autism spokesperson Holly Robinson Peete collaborates with her daughter on this book based on Holly’s 10-year-old son, who has autism.


Click for more detail about Virginia Hamilton: Speeches, Essays, And Conversations by Arnold Adoff and Kacy Cook Virginia Hamilton: Speeches, Essays, And Conversations

by Arnold Adoff and Kacy Cook
The Blue Sky Press (Feb 01, 2010)
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A must-have for schools, libraries, and anyone interested in books for young readers.

Virginia Hamilton (1936-2002) changed children’s literature for generations of readers, bringing a Faulknerian style of sophisticated and cutting-edge writing to the world of books for young readers. Hamilton was awarded the Newbery Medal, three Newbery Honors, the National Book Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, and many more. Readers will be enlightened by Hamilton’s engaging, powerful, and witty perspective on African American literature as well as her own experiences as a writer and an American.

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Click for more detail about Scholastic Reader Level 2: Ruby Bridges Goes to School: My True Story: My True Story by Ruby Bridges Scholastic Reader Level 2: Ruby Bridges Goes to School: My True Story: My True Story

by Ruby Bridges
Cartwheel Books (Dec 01, 2009)
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The extraordinary true story of Ruby Bridges, the first African-American child to integrate a New Orleans school—now with simple text for young readers!

In 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges walked through an angry crowd and into a school where she changed history.

This is the true story of an extraordinary little girl who helped shape our country when she became the first African-American to attend an all-white school in New Orleans. With simple text and historical photographs, this easy reader explores an amazing moment in history and the courage of a young girl who stayed strong in the face of racism.


Click for more detail about Testing the Ice: A True Story about Jackie Robinson: A True Story about Jackie Robinson by Sharon Robinson Testing the Ice: A True Story about Jackie Robinson: A True Story about Jackie Robinson

by Sharon Robinson
Scholastic Press (Oct 01, 2009)
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Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, is the author of several works of fiction and nonfiction. She has also written several widely praised nonfiction books about her father, including Jackie’s Nine Becoming Your Best Self and Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America.


Kadir Nelson illustrated two Caldecott Honor Books: Moses and Henry’s Freedom Box. Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange won the Coretta Scott King Award. Will Smith’s Just the Two of Us won an NAACP Image Award, and his new book, We are the Ship continues to garner major awards. Nelson showed artistic talent at age 3 and began working in oils by age 16. He lives with his family in San Diego, California.


Click for more detail about Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis Elijah of Buxton

by Christopher Paul Curtis
Scholastic Paperbacks (Feb 01, 2009)
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Master storyteller Christopher Paul Curtis’s Newbery Honor novel, featuring his trademark humor, unique narrative voice, and new cover art—now in paperback!

Eleven-year-old Elijah lives in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves near the American border. He’s the first child in town to be born free, and he ought to be famous just for that. Unfortunately, all that most people see is a "fra-gile" boy who’s scared of snakes and talks too much. But everything changes when a former slave steals money from Elijah’s friend, who has been saving to buy his family out of captivity in the South. Now it’s up to Elijah to track down the thief—and his dangerous journey just might make a hero out of him, if only he can find the courage to get back home.


Click for more detail about Amiri and Odette: A Love Story by Walter Dean Myers Amiri and Odette: A Love Story

by Walter Dean Myers
Scholastic Press (Jan 01, 2009)
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In this modern retelling of the Swan Lake ballet, acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers explores the sweet/sharp spark of love between two teens.

A boy searches for his newfound love among the city streets, to find that, unwarily, she’s been caught in the arms of an evil street lord who means her harm. It is only through perseverance and undying love that the girl is returned to the safety of her one true love. Lyrical text and stunning mixed media artwork make for a powerful recasting of the classic ballet Swan Lake.


Click for more detail about The Slumber Party Payback (Ruby and the Booker Boys #3) by Derrick Barnes The Slumber Party Payback (Ruby and the Booker Boys #3)

by Derrick Barnes
Scholastic Paperbacks (Oct 01, 2008)
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Brought to you by Newbery Honor author Derrick Barnes, eight-year-old Ruby Booker is the baby sis of Marcellus (11), Roosevelt (10), and Tyner (9), the most popular boys on Chill Brook Ave. When Ruby isn’t hanging with her friend, Theresa Petticoat, she’s finding out what kind of mischief her brothers are getting into. She’s sweet and sassy and every bit as tough as her older siblings.

And now, look out! Ruby’s hosting a big pink slumber party! The last time Ruby hosted a slumber party, her big brother Roosevelt played tricks on her and her friends all night long.

Well, it’s payback time! When it comes to teaching Ro a lesson, a little lipstick and a lot of know-how can go a long way.

Bottom line? Don’t mess with Ruby and her crew!


Click for more detail about Ruby and the Booker Boys #1: Brand New School, Brave New Ruby by Derrick Barnes Ruby and the Booker Boys #1: Brand New School, Brave New Ruby

by Derrick Barnes
Scholastic Paperbacks (Jul 01, 2008)
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Meet 8-year-old ultra-fabulous Ruby Marigold Booker!

Eight-year-old Ruby Booker is the baby sis of Marcellus (11), Roosevelt (10), and Tyner (9), the most popular boys on Chill Brook Ave. When Ruby isn’t hanging with her friend, Theresa Petticoat, she’s finding out what kind of mischief her brothers are getting into. She’s sweet and sassy and every bit as tough as her older siblings. She sings like nobody’s business; she has a pet iguana named Lady Love; her favorite color is grape-jelly purple; and when she grows up, she’s going to be the most famous woman animal doctor on the planet. She’s the fabulous, oh-so-spectacular Ruby Marigold Booker!


Click for more detail about Ruby and the Booker Boys #2: Trivia Queen, 3rd Grade Supreme by Derrick Barnes Ruby and the Booker Boys #2: Trivia Queen, 3rd Grade Supreme

by Derrick Barnes
Scholastic Paperbacks (Jul 01, 2008)
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Ruby Booker takes the spotlight (well, that’s the plan anyway)

Eight-year-old Ruby Booker is the baby sis of Marcellus (11), Roosevelt (10), and Tyner (9), the most popular boys on Chill Brook Ave. When Ruby isn’t hanging with her friend, Theresa Petticoat, she’s finding out what kind of mischief her brothers are getting into. She’s sweet and sassy and every bit as tough as her older siblings. She sings like nobody’s business; she has a pet iguana named Lady Love; her favorite color is grape-jelly purple; and she has BIG plans. She’s going to be the most famous woman animal doctor on the planet. She’s the fabulous, oh-so-spectacular Ruby Marigold Booker!


Click for more detail about Somewhere In The Darkness by Walter Dean Myers Somewhere In The Darkness

by Walter Dean Myers
Scholastic Paperbacks (May 01, 2008)
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An exciting, eye-catching repackage of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers’ bestselling paperbacks, to coincide with the publication of SUNRISE OVER FALLUJA in hardcover.

Jimmy hasn’t seen his father in nine years. But one day he comes back — on the run from the law. Together, the two of them travel across the country — where Jimmy’s dad will find the man who can exonerate him of the crime for which he was convicted. Along the way, Jimmy discovers a lot about his father and himself — and that while things can’t always be fixed, sometimes they can be understood and forgiven.


Click for more detail about The Glory Field by Walter Dean Myers The Glory Field

by Walter Dean Myers
Scholastic Paperbacks (May 01, 2008)
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An exciting, eye-catching repackage of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers’ bestselling paperbacks, to coincide with the publication of SUNRISE OVER FALLUJA in hardcover.

"Those shackles didn’t rob us of being black, son, they robbed us of being human."

This is the story of one family. A family whose history saw its first ancestor captured, shackled, and brought to this country from Africa. A family who can still see remnants of the shackles that held some of its members captive — even today. It is a story of pride, determination, struggle, and love. And of the piece of the land that holds them together throughout it all.


Click for more detail about Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers Sunrise Over Fallujah

by Walter Dean Myers
Scholastic Press (Apr 01, 2008)
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A powerful new novel about the heroics and horror of war from Walter Dean Myers, whose bestselling book FALLEN ANGELS celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Operation Iraqi Freedom, that’s the code name. But the young men and women in the military’s Civil Affairs Battalion have a simpler name for it: WAR.

In this new novel, Walter Dean Myers looks at a contemporary war with the same power and searing insight he brought to the Vietnam war of his classic, FALLEN ANGELS. He creates memorable characters like the book’s narrator, Birdy, a young recruit from Harlem who’s questioning why he even enlisted; Marla, a blond, tough-talking, wisecracking gunner; Jonesy, a guitar-playing bluesman who just wants to make it back to Georgia and open a club;


Click for more detail about Jazz On A Saturday Night (Coretta Scott King Honor Book) by Leo & Diane Dillon Jazz On A Saturday Night (Coretta Scott King Honor Book)

by Leo & Diane Dillon
The Blue Sky Press (Sep 01, 2007)
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Celebrated illustrators Leo and Diane Dillon have won the Caldecott Medal twice, and now they present stunning illustrations of an evening of jazz music, complete with a special CD.

If you have ever been lucky enough to hear great jazz, then you will understand the pure magic of this book. Leo and Diane Dillon use bright colors and musical patterns that make music skip off the page in this toe-tapping homage to many jazz greats. From Miles Davis and Charlie Parker to Ella Fitzgerald, here is a dream team sure to knock your socks off. Learn about this popular music form and read a biography of each player pictured-and then hear each instrument play on a specially produced CD. What’s the featured song? "Jazz on a Saturday Night," written and recorded to accompany this book.


Click for more detail about Sallie Gal And The Wall-a-kee Man by Shelia P. Moses Sallie Gal And The Wall-a-kee Man

by Shelia P. Moses
Scholastic Press (Sep 01, 2007)
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Shelia P. Moses, National Book Award finalist and Coretta Scott King Award Honor author, debuts on the Scholastic Press list with a heartwarming young chapter book series.

Sallie Gal admires cousin Wild Cat’s hair ribbons that fly in the wind when she jumps double Dutch. More than anything, Sallie Gal wants a set of her very own. But country folks can’t get to town so easily. And even though Mama and Sallie Gal work hard in the cotton fields, money is hard to come by. Especially for things they don’t need. But one day, the Wall-a-kee Man comes through. He has a whole general store right in the back of his station wagon! When the Wall-a-Kee man secretly slips Sallie Gal some ribbons as a gift into the bag with (continued)


Click for more detail about Elijah Of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis Elijah Of Buxton

by Christopher Paul Curtis
Scholastic Press (Aug 06, 2007)
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Newbery Medalist and CSK Award winner Christopher Paul Curtis’s debut middle-grade/young-YA novel for Scholastic features his trademark humor, compelling storytelling, and unique narrative voice.

Eleven-year-old Elijah is the first child born into freedom in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves just over the border from Detroit. He’s best known for having made a memorable impression on Frederick Douglass, but that changes when a former slave steals money from Elijah’s friend, who has been saving to buy his family out of captivity in the South. Elijah embarks on a dangerous journey to America in pursuit of the thief and discovers firsthand the unimaginable horrors of the life his parents fled—a life from which he’ll always be free, if he can find the courage to get back home.


Click for more detail about Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad

by Ellen Levine
Scholastic Press (Jan 01, 2007)
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A stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author and a Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist.

Henry Brown doesn’t know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves’ birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his family and put to work in a warehouse. Henry grows up and marries, but he is again devastated when his family is sold at the slave market. Then one day, as he lifts a crate at the warehouse, he knows exactly what he must do: He will mail himself to the North. After an arduous journey in the crate, Henry finally has a birthday — his first day of freedom.


Click for more detail about Dear Mr. Rosenwald by Carole Boston Weatherford Dear Mr. Rosenwald

by Carole Boston Weatherford
Scholastic Press (Sep 01, 2006)
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Renowned illustrator Gregory Christie joins the Scholastic Press list with this empowering story about an African-American community who builds their own school.

Based on the true story of the Rosenwald schools built in the rural African-American South in the 1920s, writer and poet Carol Boston Weatherford tells the lyrical story of third grader Ovella as her family and community help each other build a new, and much-prayed for, school.

Inspired by Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald, the son of an immigrant and the president of Sears, Roebuck and Co., donated millions of dollars to build schools for African-American children in the rural South. The local African-American community were required to raise matching funds, secure [cont’d]


Click for more detail about Up Before Daybreak: Cotton And People In America by Deborah Hopkinson Up Before Daybreak: Cotton And People In America

by Deborah Hopkinson
Scholastic Inc (Apr 01, 2006)
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In this stunning nonfiction volume, award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson weaves the stories of slaves, sharecroppers, and mill workers into a tapestry illuminating the history of cotton in America.

In UP BEFORE DAYBREAK, acclaimed author Deborah Hopkinson captures the voices of the forgotten men, women, and children who worked in the cotton industry in America over the centuries. The voices of the slaves who toiled in the fields in the South, the poor sharecroppers who barely got by, and the girls who gave their lives to the New England mills spring to life through oral histories, archival photos, and Hopkinson’s engaging narrative prose style. These stories are amazing and often heartbreaking, and they are imbedded deep in our nation’s history.


Click for more detail about Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference by Joanne Oppenheim Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference

by Joanne Oppenheim
Scholastic Nonfiction (Feb 01, 2006)
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A chronicle of the incredible correspondence between California librarian Clara Breed and young Japanese American internees during World War II.

In the early 1940’s, Clara Breed was the children’s librarian at the San Diego Public Library. But she was also friend to dozens of Japanese American children and teens when war broke out in December of 1941. The story of what happened to these American citizens is movingly told through letters that her young friends wrote to Miss Breed during their internment. This remarkable librarian and humanitarian served as a lifeline to these imprisoned young people, and was brave enough to speak out against a shameful chapter in American history.


Click for more detail about Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children by Sandra Pinkney Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children

by Sandra Pinkney
Cartwheel Books (Jan 01, 2006)
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The best-selling picture book is now available as a board book.

I am Black / I am Unique / I am the creamy white frost in vanilla ice cream / and the milky smooth brown in a chocolate bar...
Using simple poetic language and stunning photographs, Sandra and Myles Pinkney have created a remarkable book of affirmation for African-American children. Photographic portraits and striking descriptions of varied skin tones, hair texture, and eye color convey a strong sense of pride in a unique heritage. A joyous celebration of the rich diversity among African-Americans.


Click for more detail about Just the Two of Us by Will Smith Just the Two of Us

by Will Smith
Scholastic Paperbacks (Feb 01, 2005)
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Superstar Will Smith’s touching ode to fatherhood. Let the Scholastic Bookshelf be your guide through the whole range of your child’s experiences—laugh with them, learn with them, read with them!

Category: Fathers and Sons

Just the two of us
Building castles in the sky
Just the two of us,
You and I.

Will Smith—musician, actor, and father—brings us a moving celebration of fatherhood. Smith’s heartfelt lyrics and Kadir Nelson’s vibrant paintings capture the beauty and intensity of a father’s love as his child grows from a boy into a man. This poignant portrait will resonate with fathers and sons everywhere.


Click for more detail about Just For You!: Never Finished, Never Done! by Regina Brooks Just For You!: Never Finished, Never Done!

by Regina Brooks
Scholastic Inc (Apr 01, 2004)
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Saturday morning is supposed to be fun! Will the girl in this story ever finish her list of chores?


Click for more detail about Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America by Sharon Robinson Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America

by Sharon Robinson
Scholastic Inc (Feb 01, 2004)
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School Library Journal
STARRED (March 1, 2004; 0-439-42592-1)

Gr 4-7 -In captivating words and pictures, Robinson chronicles the life of her legendary father. She weaves historical events into the story of one of baseball’s greatest players, revealing how they shaped his life. Her text, combined with numerous black-and-white archival and family photographs, reproductions of newspaper headlines, magazine pages, and letters, illustrates Jackie Robinson’s journey from childhood to the moment that he integrated major league baseball to his life as a businessman and civil rights spokesperson. In addition to personal details, this intimate biographical sketch and authentic glimpse into the life of a great African American provides information on the post-Civil War world, race relations, and the struggle for civil rights. It will inspire readers and enhance character-education units. Pair this first purchase with the author’s Jackie’s Nine: Jackie Robinson’s Values to Live By (Scholastic, 2001).-Tracy Bell, Durham Public Schools, NC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Publishers Weekly
STARRED (February 9, 2004; 0-439-42592-1)

In this photo biography, Robinson (Jackie’s Nine: Jackie Robinson’s Values to Live By) offers an affectionate profile of her father who, she writes, "taught me to flip pancakes, hit a baseball, question political leaders, solve problems, and keep promises." The author’s concise history of race relations in the United States enables youngsters to understand the underpinnings of the "segregated world" into which Robinson was born and the racism and injustices he encountered throughout his private and professional life. Especially intriguing is the author’s incisive explanation of why her father was selected in 1947 as the individual to "pioneer the integration of Major League Baseball"; her discussion provides insight into the man’s abilities and determination on and off the field. The volume’s abundance of family photographs and reproductions of Robinson’s letters to his wife and children amplify the highly personal nature of the narrative. The author notes that her parents encouraged her and her brothers to "measure our lives by the impact we had on other people’s lives." Here she clearly, often eloquently, gauges the enormous impact Jackie Robinson had on so many lives as father, husband, athlete and crusader for justice and equality. Ages 9-12. (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Click for more detail about Days Of Jubilee by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack Days Of Jubilee

by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack
Scholastic Press (Feb 01, 2003)
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The McKissacks introduce young readers to the pivotal events leading up to and including the long awaited and glorious Days of Jubilee.

For two and a half centuries African-American slaves sang about, prayed for, and waited on their long anticipated freedom — a day of Jubilee. But freedom didn’t come for slaves at the same time. DAYS OF JUBILEE chronicles the various stages of U.S. emancipation beginning with those slaves who were freed for their service during the Revolutionary War, to those who were freed by the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. Using slave narratives, letters, diaries, military orders, and other documents, the McKissacks invite young readers to celebrate coming freedom and the Days of Jubilee.


Click for more detail about Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman by Nikki Grimes Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman

by Nikki Grimes
Scholastic Inc (Nov 01, 2002)
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Soar along with Bessie Coleman in this inspirational tale of a woman whose determination reached new heights.

Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman was always being told what she could & couldn’t do. In an era when Jim Crow laws and segregation were a way of life, it was not easy to survive. Bessie didn’t let that stop her. Although she was only 11 when the Wright brothers took their historic flight, she vowed to become the first African -American female pilot. Her sturdy faith and determination helped her overcome obstacles of poverty, racism, and gender discrimination. Innovatively told through a series of monologues.


Click for more detail about Christmas In The Big House: Christmas In The Quarters by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack Christmas In The Big House: Christmas In The Quarters

by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack
Scholastic Inc (Oct 01, 2002)
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Rich in historical detail and filled with luminous illustrations, this poignant book movingly describes the holiday celebrations of both slaves and slave owners on a pre-Civil War plantation.

The year is 1859, and it’s Christmastime on a Virginia Plantation. The slaves are cleaning and setting up the Big House—where their masters live—for the festivities. The Big House is filled with warmth, colorful decorations, and yummy food…but there is talk of war and a sense that times may be changing. In the quarters—where the slaves live—conditions are poor, dirty, and cold, but the slaves are filled with hope for better times ahead, and they sing songs of freedom.
Moving deftly between two worlds, this beautifully illustrated book is a historical tale as well as a holiday treat.


Click for more detail about When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson by Pam Munoz Ryan When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson

by Pam Munoz Ryan
Scholastic Press (Oct 01, 2002)
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A harmonious introduction to one of our country’s most important singers—as envisioned by two of our industry’s most important voices. Wide trade & institutional appeal.

Marian Anderson is best known for her historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, which drew an integrated crowd of 75,000 people in pre-Civil Rights America. While this momentous event showcased the uniqueness of her voice, the strength of her character, & the struggles of the times in which she lived, it is only part of her story. Like the operatic arias Marian would come to sing, Ryan’s text is as moving as a libretto, & Selznick’s pictures as exquisitely detailed & elaborately designed as a stage set. What emerges most profoundly from their shared vision is a role model of courage.


Click for more detail about Why Heaven Is Far Away by Julius Lester Why Heaven Is Far Away

by Julius Lester
Scholastic Press (Oct 01, 2002)
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In this heavenly sequel to the critically acclaimed WHAT A TRULY COOL WORLD, a star-studded duo once again finds playful, big-hearted answers to life’s most mysterious questions.

God, His wife Irene, His secretary Bruce, & the angel Shaniqua have a problem to solve. When God gives Snakes poison to protect themselves, He doesn’t expect them to bite everything in sight. Now all at once people & animals are climbing up the ladders connecting heaven & earth, & creating chaos in God’s kingdom! But with a little help from Shaniqua & Irene & their beautiful singing voices, God has everyone dancing down the ladders to earth. The snakes get other kinds of defenses (& a talking to), & the ladders get pulled up to prevent further ruckuses, which is why heaven is far away.


Click for more detail about Visiting Day by Jacqueline Woodson Visiting Day

by Jacqueline Woodson
Scholastic Press (Oct 01, 2002)
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Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson has written a poignant picture book about a little girl who waits hopefully for her father’s release from prison.

Only on visiting day is there chicken frying in the kitchen at 6 a.m. And Grandma in her Sunday dress, humming soft and low,… As the little girl and her grandmother get ready for visiting day, her father, who adores her, is getting ready, too. The community of families who take the long bus ride upstate to visit loved ones share hope and give comfort to each other. Love knows no boundaries. Here is a story of strong families who understand the meaning of unconditional love.


Click for more detail about Rap a Tap Tap: Here’s Bojangles - Think of That!  by Leo & Diane Dillon Rap a Tap Tap: Here’s Bojangles - Think of That!

by Leo & Diane Dillon
Scholastic Inc (Sep 28, 2002)
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With bold paintings and a simple, rhyming text, Caldecott Medalists Leo & Diane Dillon bring young readers a rap a tap tap celebration of dance that will have readers clapping and tapping along.

"There once was a man who danced in the street / He brought pleasure and joy to the people he’d greet / He didn’t just dance, he made art with his feet / Rap a tap tap—think of that!"
This simple book for young children has the added bonus of describing the life of a ground-breaking African-American tap dancer. Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was one of the most popular entertainers of the 1920s-30s. People said he "talked with his feet," and in the Dillons’ graceful paintings of old New York, he dances from page to page to the tune of a toe-tapping rhyme. Rap a tap tap—think of that!


Click for more detail about Stay Strong: Simple Life Lessons for Teens by Terrie Williams Stay Strong: Simple Life Lessons for Teens

by Terrie Williams
Scholastic Paperbacks (Apr 01, 2002)
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At the core of STAY STRONG is the idea that with the right attitude and strategies, kids can truly accomplish anything. And Terrie Williams is the ideal person to encourage and inspire. Her solid advice about ambition, goals and making real, personal connections speaks to readers without a hint of preaching. Urging them to stick to just a few simple but powerful rules--tools that have successfully served Terrie's famous clients - Janet Jackson, Wesley Snipes, and Boyz II Men, for example. Terrie also lends insight into real teens' lives, and captivates with true rags-to-riches success stories. People will respect you if you respect them, she urges - as long as you can have that courage not to conform. As Terrie says at the closing of every conversation, above all else, "Stay Strong."


Click for more detail about Ackamarackus by Julius Lester Ackamarackus

by Julius Lester
Scholastic Press (Mar 01, 2001)
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A read-aloud collection of tall tales provides a cast of animal characters facing unusual situations—such as an eagle who is afraid of heights—and the necessary steps they take to overcome their predicaments.


Click for more detail about Wings by Christopher Myers Wings

by Christopher Myers
Scholastic Inc (Oct 01, 2000)
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“…shows a vulnerable boy defended by a Black girl who admires rather than mocks his difference. The collage illustrations are stark but also tender.”—Zetta Elliott, PhD

Are you brave enough to be your true self? Ikarus Jackson is. But it isn't always easy. The people in his neighborhood point at his wings. The kids at school laugh. The teachers call him a distraction. One girl identifies with him, but she is too shy to speak up. Finally, when his classmates’ taunts send Ikarus drifting into the sky, the girl sets out in search of him, and so begins her own journey of self-discovery, leaving both of them transformed.


Click for more detail about Daddy Calls Me Man by Angela Johnson Daddy Calls Me Man

by Angela Johnson
Scholastic Inc (Sep 01, 2000)
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"This story…consists of four short verses about the happy home life of a young African-American boy. Family love and the shared stories and symbols that connect the generations are pervasive themes." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review


Click for more detail about The Other Side: Shorter Poems by Angela Johnson The Other Side: Shorter Poems

by Angela Johnson
Scholastic Inc (Mar 28, 2000)
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Childhood memories of an African American family living in Shorter, Alabama are woven into Johnson’s poetry.


Click for more detail about Second Cousins by Virginia Hamilton Second Cousins

by Virginia Hamilton
Scholastic Inc (Feb 01, 2000)
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Cammy Coleman’s second cousins are in town for the big Coleman reunion, and their sophisticated New York City ways and family secrets threaten to change Cammy’s world forever.


Click for more detail about Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers

by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack
Scholastic Press (Oct 01, 1999)
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During colonial and pre-Civil War times, whaling was a dangerous job. Despite the challenges of the sea, runaway slaves were eager to enlist. This is the story of the brave black sailors and Paul Cuffe, Lewis Temple, Frederick Douglas, and other pivotal African-American figures in the whaling industry and abolitionist movement.


Click for more detail about Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges Through My Eyes

by Ruby Bridges
Scholastic Press (Sep 01, 1999)
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On November 14, 1960, a tiny six-year-old black child, surrounded by federal marshals, walked through a mob of screaming segregationists and into her school. From where she sat in the office, Ruby Bridges could see parents marching through the halls and taking their children out of classrooms. The next day, Ruby walked through the angry mob once again and into a school where she saw no other students. The white children did not go to school that day, and they wouldn’t go to school for many days to come. Surrounded by racial turmoil, Ruby, the only student in a classroom with one wonderful teacher, learned to read and add. This is the story of a pivotal event in history as Ruby Bridges saw it unfold around her. Ruby’s poignant words, quotations from writers and from other adults who observed her, and dramatic photographs recreate an amazing story of innocence, courage, and forgiveness. Ruby Bridges’ story is an inspiration to us all.


Click for more detail about Black Cat by Christopher Myers Black Cat

by Christopher Myers
Scholastic Inc (Apr 28, 1999)
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"Arresting photo-collage artwork and hip-hop poetry tell the story of a stray cat’s search for a home as it slinks its way through city streets…Pulses with city rhythms and scenarios, just waiting to be discovered and discussed." - School Library Journal, starred review "Edgy, visceral, this dazzling book captures the rhythms of the city and the gritty beauty of the urban landscape." - The Horn Book Coretta Scott


Click for more detail about Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse Come On, Rain!

by Karen Hesse
Scholastic Press (Mar 01, 1999)
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"Come on, Rain!" Tess pleads to the sky as listless vines and parched plants droop in the endless heat. Then the clouds roll in, and the rain pours. And Tess, her friends, and their Mamas join in a rain dance to celebrate the shower that renews both body and spirit. Through exquisite language and acute observation, Karen Hesse evokes this refreshing experience, and Jon J Muth’s lyrical artwork perfectly reflects the spirit of the text.


Click for more detail about What A Truly Cool World by Julius Lester What A Truly Cool World

by Julius Lester
Scholastic Press (Feb 01, 1999)
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Discovering that making a world takes a lot of work, God calls on his secretary Bruce and the angel Shaniqua to help him create bushes, grass, flowers, and butterflies. By the award-winning author of How Many Spots Does a Leopard Have!


Click for more detail about Women of Hope: African-Americans Who Made a Difference by Joyce Hansen Women of Hope: African-Americans Who Made a Difference

by Joyce Hansen
Scholastic Inc (Nov 01, 1998)
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Features photographs and biographies of thirteen African-American women, including Maya Angelou, Ruby Dee, and Alice Walker.


Click for more detail about Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues (Polaris) by Patricia C. Mckissack Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues (Polaris)

by Patricia C. Mckissack
Scholastic Paperbacks (Sep 01, 1998)
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A stirring tribute to the human drama, legendary heroes, infamous owners, low pay, and long bus rides that were the Negro Leagues. A 1995 Coretta Scott King Honor Book now in a striking Polaris edition.


Click for more detail about Marisol and Magdalena: The Sound of Our Sisterhood by Veronica Chambers Marisol and Magdalena: The Sound of Our Sisterhood

by Veronica Chambers
Scholastic Inc (Jun 20, 1998)
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Separated from her best friend in Brooklyn, thirteen-year-old Marisol spends a year with her grandmother in Panama where she secretly searches for her real father.


Click for more detail about Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers Fallen Angels

by Walter Dean Myers
Scholastic Paperbacks (Jan 01, 1998)
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An exciting, eye-catching repackage of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers’ bestselling paperbacks, to coincide with the publication of SUNRISE OVER FALLUJA in hardcover.

A coming-of-age tale for young adults set in the trenches of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, this is the story of Perry, a Harlem teenager who volunteers for the service when his dream of attending college falls through. Sent to the front lines, Perry and his platoon come face-to-face with the Vietcong and the real horror of warfare. But violence and death aren’t the only hardships. As Perry struggles to find virtue in himself and his comrades, he questions why black troops are given the most dangerous assignments, and why the U.S. is even there at all.


Click for more detail about I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina 1865 (Dear America Series) by Joyce Hansen I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina 1865 (Dear America Series)

by Joyce Hansen
Scholastic Inc (Oct 01, 1997)
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In this latest addition to the Dear America series, Coretta Scott King Honor-winning author Joyce Hansen presents the inspiring story of Patsy, a freed girl who becomes a great teacher.


Click for more detail about Charlie Parker Played Be Bop by Chris Raschka Charlie Parker Played Be Bop

by Chris Raschka
Scholastic Inc (Sep 01, 1997)
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Click for more detail about The Meanest Thing to Say by Bill Cosby The Meanest Thing to Say

by Bill Cosby
Cartwheel Books (Sep 01, 1997)
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“The Little Bill series by Bill Cosby; endless hours of reading and supportive material for raising well adjusted children. One thing that stood out for me as a parent, was the prefaces by Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint at the beginning of the books. It gave you the scientific perspective about the lessons that the children were going to be taught with the particular book. It was a very comprehensive series.”—Rosheena Beek, author Mommy Says!

This easy-to-read story about peer pressure by comedian and storyteller Bill Cosby is now a Scholastic Reader!

Michael Reilly has introduced a new game to Little Bill and his friends. You get twelve chances to say something mean to another kid—and whoever comes up with the biggest insult is the winner.

Insults start flying: “Jose hops with the frogs in science lab!” “Andrew eats frogs for dinner!” “Little Bill shoots baskets like a girl!”

Little Bill tries to think of really mean things to say in retaliation. But dad teaches him a strategy that enables Little Bill to save face while remaining the nice kid that he really is!


Click for more detail about The Best Way to Play: A Little Bill Book for Beginning Readers, Level 3 by Bill Cosby The Best Way to Play: A Little Bill Book for Beginning Readers, Level 3

by Bill Cosby
Cartwheel Books (Sep 01, 1997)
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This easy-to-read story about friendship by comedian and storyteller Bill Cosby is now a Scholastic Reader!

Little Bill and his friends LOVE the TV show Space Explorers. And so when the new Space Explorers video game comes out, they each want a copy.

But when Little Bill asks his parents to buy him the game, they say no. So Little Bill and his friends go to their friend Andrew’s house to play the game.

What they discover, though, is that the video game isn’t nearly as much fun nor as challenging as what their imaginations can dream up!


Click for more detail about The Treasure Hunt: A Little Bill Book for Beginning Readers, Level 3 by Bill Cosby The Treasure Hunt: A Little Bill Book for Beginning Readers, Level 3

by Bill Cosby
Cartwheel Books (Sep 01, 1997)
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In this easy-to-read chapter book by comedian and storyteller Bill Cosby, Little Bill learns that everyone in his family has a special treasure to offer

It’s raining outside and Little Bill is bored. He walks around his house, trying to find something to do. Dad wants to show Little Bill his old plastic jazz records. Mom is cleaning off her antique silver platter. His brother Bobby is sorting through his baseball card collection. Everyone has something special but not Little Bill!

It takes a visit from Great-Grandma Alice to show Little Bill that he has a special treasure of his own — he is a very funny storyteller!


Click for more detail about The Hunterman and the Crocodile: A West African Folktale by Baba Wagué Diakité The Hunterman and the Crocodile: A West African Folktale

by Baba Wagué Diakité
Scholastic Inc (Mar 01, 1997)
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A hunterman and a crocodile take turns being captive and captor in a humorous folktale that teaches the importance of living in harmony with nature and is illustrated with ceramic-tile paintings.


Click for more detail about Good Morning, Baby (What A Baby) by Cheryl Willis Hudson Good Morning, Baby (What A Baby)

by Cheryl Willis Hudson
Cartwheel Books (Mar 01, 1997)
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Waking up on a bright and sunny morning, an exuberant African-American baby girl washes up, gets dressed, eats her breakfast, and runs out to play.


Click for more detail about Good Night, Baby (Revised) (What A Baby) by Cheryl Willis Hudson Good Night, Baby (Revised) (What A Baby)

by Cheryl Willis Hudson
Cartwheel Books (Mar 01, 1997)
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These simple concept books feature realistic illustrations of endearing African-American babies.


Click for more detail about Harlem by Walter Dean Myers Harlem

by Walter Dean Myers
Scholastic Press (Feb 01, 1997)
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A poem celebrating the people, sights, and sounds of Harlem.


Click for more detail about This Strange New Feeling by Julius Lester This Strange New Feeling

by Julius Lester
Scholastic Inc (Jan 01, 1997)
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Click for more detail about Wild, Wild Hair by Nikki Grimes Wild, Wild Hair

by Nikki Grimes
Cartwheel Books (Jan 01, 1997)
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Tisa hates Mondays because that’s when she gets her long, thick, wild hair combed and braided, so she hides. But once Tisa’s hair is done, she loves it so much that her mother can hardly tear her away from the mirror! Full color.


Click for more detail about Make A Joyful Sound: Poems for Children by African-American Poets by Deborah Shink Make A Joyful Sound: Poems for Children by African-American Poets

by Deborah Shink
Scholastic Inc (Feb 01, 1996)
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“I’ve always recommended Make a Joyful Sound. This book brought endless hours of fun and recitation for and from my children. One particular poem stuck, Hey Black Child! This is a poem we all still recite to this day, even though my children are now 26, 21 and 20 respectively.”—Rosheena Beek, author Mommy Says!

Make a Joyful Sound resonates with a message of hope and joy. This collection of poetry for children brings together a rich array of the voices of leading African-American poets. The poems are a celebration of childhood and the wonders of discovering the world and oneself. Many of the poems speak out about African-American identity - the history, dreams, and achievements that are the cornerstones of black culture in America. The strength, beauty, laughter, and love found in these poems will touch all children.

There are poems by Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Eloise Greenfield, Nikki Giovanni, Mari Evans, Quincy Troupe, Abiodun Oyewole, and Useni Eugene Perkins - all of which provide a wonderful introduction to poetry. This is a book to open a child's heart and imagination, a book that will be read again and again.

In the video below, Peh&squo;Tehn Raighn-Kem, age 3, erforms the poem “Hey Black Child”" written by Countee Cullen, just of of the 60 poems included in Make A Joyful Sound.


Click for more detail about Where Do I Go from Here? (Point) by Valerie Wilson Wesley Where Do I Go from Here? (Point)

by Valerie Wilson Wesley
Scholastic Inc (Jan 01, 1996)
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Struggling against prejudice and financial disadvantages at Endicott Academy, Nia, an African-American teenager, finds a friend and mentor in Marcus, whose disappearance leaves Nia confused and determined to find him. Reprint. SLJ. VY. AB.


Click for more detail about Slam! by Walter Dean Myers Slam!

by Walter Dean Myers
Scholastic Paperbacks (Jan 01, 1996)
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An exciting, eye-catching repackage of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers’ bestselling paperbacks, to coincide with the publication of SUNRISE OVER FALLUJA in hardcover.

Seventeen-year-old Greg "Slam" Harris can do it all on the basketball court. He’s seen ballplayers come and go, and he knows he could be one of the lucky ones. Maybe he’ll make it to the top. Or maybe he’ll stumble along the way. Slam’s grades aren’t that hot. And when his teachers jam his troubles in his face, he blows up.

Slam never doubted himself on the court until he found himself going one-on-one with his own future, and he didn’t have the ball.


Click for more detail about Circle of Gold by Candy Dawson Boyd Circle of Gold

by Candy Dawson Boyd
Scholastic Paperbacks (Jan 01, 1996)
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After the death of Mattie’s father, her mother seems to take out her frustrations on Mattie. But Mattie devises a plan to bring her family back together again. Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book; Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies.


Click for more detail about The Glory Field by Walter Dean Myers The Glory Field

by Walter Dean Myers
Scholastic Paperbacks (Jan 01, 1996)
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An exciting, eye-catching repackage of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers’ bestselling paperbacks, to coincide with the publication of SUNRISE OVER FALLUJA in hardcover.

"Those shackles didn’t rob us of being black, son, they robbed us of being human."

This is the story of one family. A family whose history saw its first ancestor captured, shackled, and brought to this country from Africa. A family who can still see remnants of the shackles that held some of its members captive — even today. It is a story of pride, determination, struggle, and love. And of the piece of the land that holds them together throughout it all.


Click for more detail about Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts

by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack
Scholastic Press (Jan 01, 1996)
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Collects the true stories of brave African-American rebels who fought against slavery, from Cinque, who pleaded his case before the Supreme Court, to Nat Turner, who led one of the greatest revolts in history.


Click for more detail about Walk with Me by Naomi Danis Walk with Me

by Naomi Danis
Cartwheel Books (Apr 01, 1995)
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Welcome to the Story Corner. Cuddle up with your favorite preschooler and enjoy a delightful reading experience. With lively text and charming art, each book in this series has been designed for children who have outgrown board books and are now ready for simple stories. And the sturdy card-stock pages are just right for little hands.


Click for more detail about Koya Delaney and the Good Girl Blues by Eloise Greenfield Koya Delaney and the Good Girl Blues

by Eloise Greenfield
Scholastic Inc (Feb 01, 1995)
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Koya Delaney hides behind her smile and cannot express her feelings—until she is caught in the middle when a fight erupts between her sister and her best friend just before her pop star cousin comes to town to do a concert. Reprint. PW. K. AB. SLJ.


Joshua’s Night Whispers

by Angela Johnson
Scholastic Inc (Sep 01, 1994)
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Joshua and his father listen to the night sounds.


Click for more detail about Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary by Walter Dean Myers Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary

by Walter Dean Myers
Scholastic Paperbacks (Feb 01, 1994)
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Profiles the late African American leader, providing a startling picture of the life of the controversial and important historical figure. Reprint. VY. PW.


Click for more detail about Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman? by Patricia C. Mckissack Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman?

by Patricia C. Mckissack
Scholastic Paperbacks (Jan 01, 1994)
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This 1993 Coretta Scott King Honor Book chronicles the life of African-American Sojourner Truth, a nineteenth-century preacher, abolitionist, and activist for the rights of African Americans and women. Reprint. PW. SLJ. H.


Click for more detail about Do Like Kyla by James Ransome Do Like Kyla

by James Ransome
Scholastic Inc (Sep 01, 1993)
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“In the morning my big sister Kyla stands at the window, tapping at the birds. I do like Kyla … So begins a day of follow the leader between a young child and her older sister … A universal story that features a warm and loving black family.“ —School Library Journal


Click for more detail about When I Am Old With You (Orchard Paperbacks) by Angela Johnson When I Am Old With You (Orchard Paperbacks)

by Angela Johnson
Scholastic Inc (Mar 01, 1993)
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"A small child imagines a future when he will be old with his Granddaddy and will sit beside him in a rocking chair and talk about everything…The poignant reality that time will never allow these two to coexist at the same age is softened by the fact that they do not have to be the same age in order to share happy times…The African American child and grandfather are…recognizable to anyone who has ever shared the bond of family love across generations." - School Library Journal, starred review


Click for more detail about Toning The Sweep by Angela Johnson Toning The Sweep

by Angela Johnson
Scholastic Paperbacks (Jan 01, 1993)
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Angela Johnson’s Coretta Scott King Award winning novel that traces three generations of African American women as they learn one another’s truths.

Three generations of African American women, each holding on to a separate truth. Their story — encompassing racism and murder as well as the family commonplaces that make a life — is one that readers will never forget.


Click for more detail about Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I A Woman? by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I A Woman?

by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack
Scholastic Trade (Nov 01, 1992)
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A biography of the civil rights and women’s rights activist discusses her life from her youth to her death and features photographs, profiles of her contemporaries, and more.


Click for more detail about New Kids In Town: Oral Histories Of Immigrant Teens (Scholastic Biography) by Janet Bode New Kids In Town: Oral Histories Of Immigrant Teens (Scholastic Biography)

by Janet Bode
Scholastic Inc (Sep 30, 1991)
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Eleven teenage immigrants tell compelling stories of their escapes from war, poverty, and repression to carve out new lives in America.


Click for more detail about One of Three by Angela Johnson One of Three

by Angela Johnson
Scholastic Inc (Sep 01, 1991)
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"Since I can remember I’ve been one of three. Eva, Nikki, and me. One of three sisters that walk to school together. Down the street together. . . ". But the day comes when the littlest is not invited. On that day she is "not one of three, just one". A charming heartfelt story of growing up. The setting is a city, the weather sunny, and the emotions true. Full-color illustrations.


Click for more detail about Tell Me a Story Mama by Angela Johnson Tell Me a Story Mama

by Angela Johnson
Scholastic Inc (Mar 01, 1989)
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"In this touching picture book, a mother and a preschool-aged daughter talk together as the child is being prepared for bed. . . . Mama’s childhood memories, as related by her daughter, are warm slices of life from a previous generation. . . . Simon’s vivid, lively watercolors capture the essence of the mood and message as they deftly portray the quotidian portraits of two generations of a black family".—School Library Journal, starred review.


Click for more detail about A cry from the earth: Music of the North American Indians by John Bierhorst A cry from the earth: Music of the North American Indians

by John Bierhorst
Four Winds Press (Jan 01, 1979)
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An overview of Indian music and dance which includes a discussion of their instruments, the structure of their music, and the uses of music in Indian life.