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Zero Fade

by Chris L Terry

Inner-city teenager Kevin Phifer is grounded and battles with girls, bullies, so-called friends, his gay uncle, and wack haircuts.


Gabrielle's Land Too

by Mark Nicholas & Kahla Nicholas

Gabrielle's night time journey begins as she prepares for bed. Traveling through the United States, narrated loosely by the iconic lyrics of Woody Guthrie's song This Land is Your Land, little Gabrielle discovers...


Waterless Mountain

by Laura Adams Armer & Sidney Armer

Written in the 1930s by an authority on Native American life and lore, this Newbery Medal winner chronicles a boy's journey toward finding his vocation as a medicine man.


The Indian How Book

by Arthur C. Parker

Enhanced by 51 illustrations, this eye-opening work tells how Native Americans made fire, teepees, canoes, war bonnets, fishhooks, arrowheads, wampum, plus how they courted, treated women, bathed, cut their...


The Enchanted Moccasins and Other Native American Legends

by Henry R. Schoolcraft

Artfully woven by master storytellers and told to generations of Native American children around glowing lodge fires, here are 19 enchanting tales rife with legend, myth, and fairy tale magic.


Lone Wolves

by John Smelcer

A half-Indian with an outcast wolf as lead dog, Deneena attempts the Great Race to prove herself and her heritage.


Missing: Calvin Crane and the Kidnapper

by Kevin Don Porter

MISSING. That's what the posters say about the girl. After bumping into a strange man at Yellowstone National Park who's secretly removing the posters, Calvin Crane thinks their van is being tailed. In a cramped...


Flooded

by Ann E. Burg

* "Stunning, significant and sorrowful, Ann E. Burg's requiem melts history into prose... Highly recommended." -- School Library Journal, starred review



"Chillingly effective." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's...


Land of the Cranes

by Aida Salazar

Nine-year-old Betita knows she is a crane. Papi has told her the story, even before her family fled to Los Angeles to seek refuge from cartel wars in Mexico. The Aztecs came from a place called Aztlan, what...


Keep It Together, Keiko Carter

by Debbi Michiko Florence

Seventh grade is supposed to be a game changer. And Keiko thinks she's got it covered, especially with Audrey and Jenna by her side to shop for a new look, pick out a prime lunch spot, and even hit up that cute...


Random Acts of Kittens: A Wish Novel

by Yamile Saied Méndez

When Natalia Flores finds a lost cat with a litter of newborn kittens, she is desperate to keep one of them. Whether or not her mami says yes to a new pet, the rest of the kitties will need homes -- and Natalia...


Show Me a Sign

by Ann Clare LeZotte

* "A must-read." -- Kirkus Review, starred review

"LeZotte's novel is more than just a page-turner. Well researched and spare... sensitive... relevant... Middle-grade readers of every age will find a girl to...


The Forgotten Girl

by India Hill Brown

"Do you know what it feels like to be forgotten?"

On a cold winter night, Iris and her best friend, Daniel, sneak into a clearing in the woods to play in the freshly fallen snow. There, Iris carefully makes a...


Toning the Sweep

by Angela Johnson

One Last Look

Emmie and her mother are headed for the desert to help Grandmama Ola pack up her life. Box by box, the pieces of Ola's past are neatly tucked away, and a collection of memories is opened.

As the...


Brand New School, Brave New Ruby (Ruby and the Booker Boys #1)

by Derrick D. Barnes & Vanessa Brantley Newton

Brought to you by Newbery Honor author Derrick Barnes, eight-year-old Ruby Booker is the baby sis of Marcellus (11), Roosevelt (10), and Tyner (9), the most popular boys on Chill Brook Ave. When Ruby isn't hanging...


Ruby Flips for Attention (Ruby and the Booker Boys #4)

by Derrick D. Barnes & Vanessa Brantley Newton

Brought to you by Newbery Honor author Derrick Barnes, high-flying Ruby Booker soars to new heights!

After watching her big cousin Kee Kee compete in a cheerleading competition, Ruby attempts to copy some of...


Trivia Queen, Third Grade Supreme (Ruby and the Booker Boys #2)

by Derrick D. Barnes & Vanessa Brantley Newton

Brought to you by Newbery Honor author Derrick Barnes, eight-year-old Ruby Booker is the baby sis of Marcellus (11), Roosevelt (10), and Tyner (9), the most popular boys on Chill Brook Ave. When Ruby isn't hanging...


The Slumber Party Payback (Ruby and the Booker Boys #3)

by Derrick D. Barnes & Vanessa Brantley Newton

Brought to you by Newbery Honor author Derrick Barnes, eight-year-old Ruby Booker is the baby sis of Marcellus (11), Roosevelt (10), and Tyner (9), the most popular boys on Chill Brook Ave. When Ruby isn't hanging...


Sarai in the Spotlight (Sarai #2)

by Sarai Gonzalez, Monica Brown & Christine Almeda

When Sarai's best friend suddenly moves away, Sarai has to navigate school--and the unfriendly girls in the cafeteria--all by herself. When new girl Cristina moves to town, the teacher volunteers Sarai to show...


Sarai and the Meaning of Awesome

by Sarai Gonzalez, Monica Brown & Christine Almeda

Sarai Gonzalez is AWESOME.

Fourth grader Sarai Gonzalez can do anything. She can bake, dance, and run her own cupcake business. But when Sarai's grandparents are forced to move, even Sarai's not sure what to...