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The Ugly One

by Leanne Statland Ellis

At the height of the Incan empire, a girl called the Ugly One because of a disfiguring scar on her face, seeks to have the scar removed and instead finds a life path as a shaman.


The Vine Basket

by Josanne La Valley

Mehrigul, 14, is a Uyghur, a tribal group scorned by the Chinese communist regime. Against obstacles that include her embittered father and her obligations to their farm, she has three weeks to make the baskets...


Waiting for the Biblioburro

by Monica Brown & John Parra

Ana loves stories. She often makes them up to help her little brother fall asleep. But in her small village there are only a few books and she has read them all. One morning, Ana wakes up to the clip-clop of...


What Can You Do with a Paleta?

by Carmen Tafolla & Magaly Morales

Where the paleta wagon rings its tinkly belland carries a treasure of icy paletasin every color of the sarape . . .

As she strolls through her barrio, a young girl introduces readers to the frozen, fruit-flavored...


The Gold Cadillac

by MildredD. Taylor & Max Ginsberg

Lois and Wilma are proud of their father's brand-new gold Cadillac, and excited that the family will be driving it all the way from Ohio to Mississippi. But as they travel deeper into the rural South, there...


Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Stuff

by WalterDean Myers

Stuff doesn't know anyone when he first moves to 116th Street. But all of that changes when he meets Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Gloria. Stuff and the gang grow close that eventful year, and nothing is ever like...


The Whole Sky Full of Stars

by Rene Jr Saldana

Barry can punch anyone hard enough to make them see a whole sky full of stars, though that's not really his style. Barry and Alby have been friends since the first grade. They've always protected one another....


The Pool Party

by Gary Soto

Rudy Herrera is surprised and excited when he  gets an invitation to a pool party. It's from Tiffany  Perez, the richest and most popular girl in  school.

Rudy's grandmother, "El  Shorty," thinks he is...


Parched

by Melanie Crowder

A mesmerizing debut middle-grade novel about a boy, a girl, and a dog struggling to survive in an African land after the water has run out.


The Year of the Baby

by Andrea Cheng & Patrice Barton

In the fully-illustrated sequel to The Year of the Book, Anna's family adopts a baby from China. When her new sister fails to thrive, Anna and her best friends Laura and Camille create a science project...


Soft Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears

by Cornelia Cornelissen

It all begins when Soft Rain's teacher reads a letter stating that as of May 23, 1838, all Cherokee people are to leave their land and move to what many Cherokees called "the land of darkness". . .the west....


The Lucky Stone

by Lucille Clifton

There is nothing Tee enjoys more than sitting out on the porch with her great-greatmother, listening to the fascinating stories about the lucky stone.

Shiny and black as night, it brought good fortune to each...


The Chief

by Robert Lipsyte

A fight for his people.

Sonny Bear, the Tomahawk Kid, has a championship left hook. But his boxing career's going nowhere, and he's ready to hang it up.

Then his manager, tough ex-cop Alfred Brooks, and his "writer,"...


The Liberation of Gabriel King

by K.L. Going

Gabriel King is afraid of everything: spiders, the rope swing over the lake, andmost of all, going to fifth grade.

Frita Wilson, his best friend, decides Gabriel needs some liberating from his fears, so they...


Undertown

by Melvin Jules Bukiet

In this fast-paced adventure story, Timothy and Jessamyn are towed through the streets of Manhattan riding in Timothy’s family’s sailboat, on their way to the Long Island shore, when the boat comes unhitched...


The Icarus Project

by Laura Quimby

More than anything, Maya wants to discover something incredible. Her parents are scientists: Her mother spends most of her time in tropical rainforests, uncovering ancient artifacts, and her dad is obsessed...


The Stories Huey Tells

by Ann Cameron & Roberta Smith

It isn't easy being Julian's younger brother.  When Huey has bad dreams, Julian says it's no big deal.  When Huey orders trout in a restaurant and it comes to the table whole with an eye looking straight...


Ripley's RBI 08: The Lost Island

by Ripley's Believe It Or Not!

Join the RBI—a group of teen agents with special gifts—on a series of action-packed adventures as they travel the world!

The RBI travel to the plains of East Africa to investigate strange sightings of unbelievable...


Day of the Cyclone: Disaster Strikes! 7

by Penny Draper

It's 1912, and the lives of two children are twisted together as the Regina cyclone approaches: Ella, a well-to-do young lady, and Billy, a penniless runaway Home Child trying to keep his past a secret.


Judy and the Moons of Korea

by Audrey McKim

By telling a fun story about a little girl named Judy, this multicultural children's book is a great introduction to Korean culture and festivals.When Judy and her parents spent a year in Korea, she had a wonderful...