Rou and the Great Race
by Pam Fong
In a time when a flower is so rare that it is the grand prize of an annual race, Rou's only wish is to win for her grandma, who is haunted by memories of when flowers were once abundant. But sometimes the real prize is not what is offered by others but what we make for ourselves.
by Jacob Grant
Pablo and his dad are ready for a great day. It's party day! A cookout with the whole family. All they need to do is get ready. Eat breakfast. Brush teeth. Put on pants. And they'll be ready to go! Only Pablo has another idea: no pants!
Primary (Kindergarten–Grade 2)
by Diane Alber
A heartwarming story about finding your place in the world. Sticks is about a Popsicle that accidentally melts and becomes just a plain stick. He has a hard time adjusting to his new normal, but with the help of some new friends (who happen to be sticks too), he realizes that everything happened for a reason and that melting was part of his journey.
A New Home/Un nuevo hogar
by Tania de Regil
Moving to a new city can be exciting. But what if your new home isn't anything like your old home? Will you make friends? What will you eat? Where will you play? In a cleverly combined voice — accompanied by wonderfully detailed illustrations depicting two urban scenes — a young boy conveys his fears about moving from New York City to Mexico City while, at the same time, a young girl expresses trepidation about leaving Mexico City to move to New York City.
Intermediate (Grades 3–5)
Marcus Makes a Movie
by Kevin Hart and Geoff Rodkey, illustrations by David Cooper
Marcus is not happy to be stuck in after-school film class . . . until he realizes that he can turn the story of the cartoon superhero that he has been drawing for years into an actual movie! There's just one problem: He has no idea what he's doing. So he'll need help — from his friends, his teachers, from Sierra, the strong-willed classmate with creative dreams of her own, even from Tyrell, the local bully who would be a perfect movie villain if he weren't too terrifying to talk to.
Making this movie won't be easy. But as Marcus discovers, nothing great ever is — and if you want your dream to come true, you've got to put in the hustle to make it happen.
Mexique: A Refugee Story from the Spanish Civil War
by María José Ferrada, illustrations by Ana Penyas
On May 27, 1937, over four hundred children sailed for Morelia, Mexico, fleeing the violence of the Spanish Civil War. Home was no longer safe, and Mexico was welcoming refugees by the thousands. Each child packed a suitcase and boarded the Mexique, expecting to return home in a few months. This was just a short trip, an extra-long summer vacation, they thought. But the war did not end in a few months, and the children stayed, waiting and wondering, in Mexico. When the war finally ended, a dictator — the Fascist Francisco Franco — ruled Spain. Home was even more dangerous than before.
This moving book invites readers onto the Mexique with the "children of Morelia," many of whom never returned to Spain during Franco's almost forty-year regime.
Middle School (Grades 6–8)
by Sharon Creech
Gina Filomena has been told that she has an overactive imagination. With her bright clothing and artistic spirit, she has always felt different from the other kids in her class. That is, until she meets her new neighbor, a mysterious boy named Antonio with a wide, welcoming smile.
Add in a creative new teacher, Miss Lightstone, and a world of possibilities opens up for Gina, Antonio, and their classmates. With the help of Antonio and Miss Lightstone, will Gina find the answers to the questions Who am I? and Who do I want to be?
by A. M. Dassu
In this powerful middle-grade debut, Sami and his family embark on a harrowing journey to save themselves from the Syrian civil war.
Sami loves his life in Damascus, Syria. He hangs out with his best friend playing video games, he is trying out for the football team, he adores his family and gets annoyed by them in equal measure. But his comfortable life gets sidetracked abruptly after a bombing in a nearby shopping mall. Knowing that the violence will only get worse, Sami's parents decide they must flee their home for the safety of the United Kingdom.
High School (Grades 9–12)
by Tiffany Jackson
When legendary R&B artist Korey Fields spots Enchanted Jones at an audition, her dreams of being a famous singer take flight. Until Enchanted wakes up with blood on her hands and zero memory of the previous night. Who killed Korey Fields?
Even before there was a dead body, Enchanted's dreams had turned into a nightmare. Because behind Korey's charm and star power was a controlling dark side. Now he is dead, the police are at the door, and all signs point to Enchanted.
¡Calla, Cándida, calla!
by Maite Carranza
Cándida tiene claro que el verano es para disfrutar en compañía de las amigas del alma. Pero sus padres la envían a un publecito de La Rioja donde vive su abuela. Y lo peor: acompañada de sus hermanos Gustavo y Alicia. ¡Horror! ¿Hay algo más aburrido que unas vacaciones en familia, en un pueblo convencional y lleno de moscas? Cándida cree que no podrá soportarlo hasta que descubre a una pandilla de jóvenes, y, sobre todo, a Jan, el rastas más guapo del pueblo.
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