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The Red Pencil

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              The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney After her tribal village is attacked by militants, Amira, a young Sudanese girl, must flee to safety at a refugee camp, where she finds hope and the chance to pursue an education in the form of a single red pencil and the friendship and encouragement of ... Read More »

Blue Birds

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              Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose As tensions rise between the English settlers and the Native peoples on Roanoke Island, twelve-year-old Alis forms an impossible friendship with a native girl named Kimi.   Read More »

Another Day As Emily

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              Another Day As Emily by Eileen Spinelli Eleven-year-old Suzy just can’t win. Her brother is a local hero for calling 911 after seeing their elderly neighbor collapse, and only her best friend was able to win a role in the play they both auditioned for. Feeling cast aside from all angles, Suzy sees ... Read More »

The Surrender Tree

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                The Surrender Tree : Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle Cuba has fought three wars for independence, and still she is not free. This history in verse creates a lyrical portrait of Cuba. Read More »

Nana In the City

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            Nana In the City by Lauren Castillo A young boy is frightened by how busy and noisy the city is when he goes there to visit his Nana, but she makes him a fancy red cape that keeps him from being scared as she shows him how wonderful a place it is. A Caldecott ... Read More »

BookSpeak! Poems About Books

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            BookSpeak! Poems About Books by Laura Purdie Salas and Illustrated by Josee Bisaillon Presents a series of poems which pay tribute to the limitless worlds available through books, as characters plead for sequels, strut fancy jackets, and have a raucous party in the aisles after a bookstore closes for the night.   Read More »

Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind

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              Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind by Jeff Miller Book 2 of The Nerdy Dozen Series Neil Andertol never thought playing video games would make him a real-life hero. But then his favorite game, Chameleon, turned out to be the training simulator for an actual fighter jet, and Neil and the eleven other ... Read More »

Ms. Marvel : No Normal

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                Ms. Marvel. 1, No Normal by G. Willow Wilson (Writer) and Adrian Alphona (Illustrator) Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City – until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When ... Read More »

Story Thieves

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              Story Thieves by James Riley Except for reading the Kiel Gnomenfoot magic adventure series, Owen’s life is boring until he sees his classmate Bethany climb out of a book in the school library and he learns that Bethany is half-fictional and has been searching every book she can find for her missing father, ... Read More »

The Grimjinx Rebellion

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              The Grimjinx Rebellion by Brian Farrey When the Palatinate Mages unveil their plot to take over the Five Provinces, thirteen-year-old Jaxter Grimjinx and his family of thieves must lead the rebellion to overthrow them. Book 3 of The Vengekeep Prophecies Read More »