Non-fiction Dreams from Many Rivers: A Hispanic History of the United States Told in Poems by Margarita EngleThe middle-grade verse history of Latinos in the United States is told through many voices from Juan Ponce de Leon to modern-day sixth graders to create a compelling story. -- Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx by Sonia Manzano This is a [...]
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After being abandoned by their father, Elena and Joaquin Finney are raised by their mother, a former debutante who escaped Cuba during the Revolution. For Elena, her entire existence is governed by Mami's tough, nonsensical rules. With one friend and no social life, Elena doesn't think there is ever going to be a future away from Mariposa and Mami. Joaquin, [...]
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes While learning about September 11th, fifth grader Dèja (born after the attacks) realizes how much the events still color her world. Award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes tells a powerful story about young people who weren't alive to witness this defining moment in history, but begin to realize how much it affects them every day. -- The [...]
The end of summer always feels like a great time to read a Southern Gothic. These stories are equal parts dread and longing, combined with the rich atmospheric background of the Deep South. Ghost Wood Song totally hit the spot for me. Shady Grove's life has been surrounded by ghosts. Her father, a master fiddler, used to be able to [...]
The Teenagers' Guide to School Outside the Box by Rebecca Greene This practical, inspiring book explores the world of alternative learning, giving teens the knowledge and tools they need to make good choices. It's not a directory of programs; there are many of those available already. Comprehensive and realistic, complete with first-person stories from high school students who have gone outside [...]
In Sophia's world, Cinderella really existed as the beloved Queen who "stood alongside" her husband, Charming. But she has been dead for 200 years. Charming and the subsequent kings (each more evil than the last) have made the Story of Cinderella required reading and cultural law for all citizens. When a young woman turn sixteen, she is compelled to attend [...]
We Are Power: How Non-Violent Activism Changes the World by Todd Hasak-Lowy A stirring look at nonviolent activism, from American suffragists to Civil Rights to the Climate Change Movement. Into the Streets by Marke Biescke This lively book guides readers through the art and history of significant protests, sit-ins, and collective acts of resistance throughout US history. Photos, artwork, signs, and other visual [...]
First generation American Liliana Cruz's life seems to be going off the rails. Her dad has left the family and her mom won't say where he's gone. Her mother is depressed and angry, but also demands perfection from Liliana. She's been awarded a spot in a prestigious program at a new high school, but it means leaving her inner-city Boston [...]
To celebrate the 100 Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, please check out these titles! Vote! Women's Fight For Access to the Ballot Box by Coral Celeste Frazer. See how the fight for women's suffrage was hard won by leaders such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, Carrie Chapman Catt and others. Learn how their [...]
Black Joy Booklist, courtesy of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and Cooperative Children's Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope edited by Patrice Caldwell Black girls, including gender non-conforming individuals, star in this collection of sixteen stories of fantasy, science fiction, and magic. [...]