This non-fiction about the lives of Violet and Daisy Hilton was AMAZING! Born to an unwed mother in 1908, Violet and Daisy were conjoined at the base of their spines. In those times, children who were born with this type of physiology were often shunned or considered bad luck. So, their mother promptly gave them away to Mary Hilton, her [...]
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The Tulsa Race Massacre has long been written out of history. May 31 and June 1, 2021 mark the 100 anniversary of this national tragedy. These books and resources are a good start to learning more. Books Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford (text) & illus. by Floyd Cooper This moving account sheds light on shameful events long [...]
By day, Jo is the poorly treated lady's maid for cruel Caroline Payne, but at night she is a budding journalist with a fantastic following. Using a pseudonym to keep her identity a secret, she doles out advice on how to be a "genteel Southern" lady. However, when her popular column addresses racism and sexism in the city, people begin [...]
Balcony on the Moon by Ibtisam Barakat Balcony on the Moon follows Ibtisam Barakat through her childhood and adolescence in Palestine from 1972-1981 and chronicles her desire to be a write The Lemon Tree : an Arab, a Jew, and the heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolan In 1967, Bashir Khairi, a twenty-five-year-old Palestinian, journeyed to Israel with [...]
Oh, my! Make sure you have your Kleenex handy. This one not only pulled me in, but made me never want to let go. Jamal and Q had been best-friends-more-like-brothers for their whole lives. But that ended two years ago when Jamal's parents were killed in a car accident. Jamal blamed Q, and in his grief completely froze him out [...]
(THIS is my favorite meme ever!) The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude When her beloved cousin goes missing after a May Day celebration, sixteen-year-old Ivy discovers that both her cousin and her hometown in the Missouri Ozarks are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them. The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June by Robin [...]
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. Magus of the Library (v.1) by Mitsu Izumi As Theo endures the prejudice and [...]
Every April, the American Library Association shares the Top Ten Challenged Books of the year. Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2020 The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 156 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2020. Of the 273 books that were targeted, here are the most challenged, along with the reasons cited for censoring the books: [...]
Box Out by John Coy High school sophomore Liam jeopardizes his new position on the varsity basketball team when he decides to take a stand against his coach who is leading prayers before games and enforcing teamwide participation. -- After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay Told from alternating perspectives, Bunny takes a basketball scholarship to an elite private school to help [...]
Yep. That's the title of this wonderfully silly, but thoroughly informative book by Mike Barfield and Jess Bradley. Split into three sections (Human Body, Animal Kingdom, and Earth and Science), each page is a comic style layout of what's really going on in the world. So whether you are picking up info about pimples, curious about Komodo Dragons, or like [...]