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Border Town #2: Quince Clash

by Malín| Alegría

In Dos Rios, Texas, life is all about borders -- and what happens when you cross the line. A fresh new series in the tradition of Bluford High explores what it's like to grow up on the edge. A quinceanera for...


Border Town #1: Crossing the Line

by Malín| Alegría

In Dos Rios, Texas, life is all about borders -- and what happens when you cross the line. Nothing is simple in a border town like Dos Rios, in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Even for high school students Fabiola...


Border Town #3: Falling Too Fast

by Malín| Alegría

In Dos Rios, Texas, things aren't always as they seem. Alexis Garza has music in her blood. She's certain that one day, she'll be leaving the border town of Dos Rios, Texas behind for a glamorous life of singing...


Cuba 15

by Nancy Osa

Violet Paz has just turned 15, a pivotal birthday in the eyes of her Cuban grandmother. Fifteen is the age when a girl enters womanhood, traditionally celebrating the occasion with a quinceañero. But while...


The Tequila Worm

by Viola Canales

Sofia comes from a family of storytellers. Here are her tales of growing up in the barrio in McAllen, Texas, full of the magic and mystery of family traditions: making Easter cascarones, celebrating el Dia de...


Maniac Monkeys on Magnolia Street & When Mules Flew on Magnolia Street

by Angela Johnson

Welcome to Magnolia Street, where Charlie has just moved into her new home. It isn't long before Charlie's exploring, meeting all of her new neighbors, and getting herself into trouble. Her adventures with her...


The Opossum's Tale

by Deborah L. Duvall & Murv Jacob

"The elaborately patterned, intricate, black-and-white ink drawings, best viewed at close range, bring this entertaining, instructive story to life."--Booklist


How Medicine Came to the People: A Tale of the Ancient Cherokees

by Deborah L. Duvall & Murv Jacob

Simply told and magnificently illustrated, this fable is the story of revenge taken by animals against the people that hunt them for hides and food. It details the origins of the Cherokee herbal medicine. With...


Seth and Samona

by Joanne Hyppolite

Seth and Samona are an unlikely pair--he's a quiet boy from a proper Haitian-American family, and Samona's the wildest girl in the fifth grade. But he's her accomplice in every adventure. When Samona decides...


Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters

by Lenore Look & Leuyen Pham

Here's the second book in the beloved and hilarious Alvin Ho chapter book series, which has been compared to Diary of a Wimpy Kid and is perfect for both beginning and reluctant readers.

Alvin, an Asian American...


The Young Healer

by Frank N. McMillan

In THE YOUNG HEALER tradition meets contemporary when what starts out as just another day becomes anything but that for young Feather Anderson. Her beloved grandfather, a traditional Lakota healer, pulls her...


Flying the Dragon

by Natalie Dias Lorenzi

American-born Skye is a good student and a star soccer player who never really gives any thought to the fact that her father is Japanese. Her cousin, Hiroshi, lives in Japan, and never really gives a thought...


The Story of Sacajawea: Guide to Lewis and Clark

by Della Rowland

As a young girl, Sacajawea was separated from her family when she was captured by a band of Minnetaree warriors and taken to be their slave. Several years later, she was bought by a French fur trader to be his...


Spellbound

by Janet McDonald

A fresh new voice on the YA scene.

Raven's life has been derailed. She never expected she'd be a mother at sixteen like her best friend, Aisha, and she's afraid she's going to be just another high school dropout,...


The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister

by Charlotte Agell

Fourth grade is a year of changes, challenges, and ordinary joys for India McAllister.  She lives in Maine with her artist mom and their dog, Tofu.  Her father lives in the next town over with his new partner,...


Francie

by Karen English

A distinctive new voice in children's fiction

Francie lives with her mother and younger brother, Prez, in rural Alabama, where all three work and wait. Francie's father is trying to get settled in Chicago so...


Under the Same Sky

by Cynthia DeFelice

A teenager discovers racism and romance on his father’s farm

For his fourteenth birthday, Joe Pedersen wants a motorbike that costs nearly a thousand dollars. But his mom says the usual birthday gift is fifty...


Finding My Place

by Traci L. Jones

DOES FITTING IN HAVE TO MEAN SELLING OUT? In October 1975, while most teens are worried about their Happy Days Halloween costumes,

Tiphanie Jayne Baker has bigger problems. Her parents have just decided to uproot...


Dangerous Skies

by Suzanne Fisher Staples

A Season of Change

Along the Virginia shoreline where their families have lived for generations, Buck and Tunes Smith defy tradition. Raised together like brother and sister, they are bound by surname, but not...


Underground

by Jean Ferris

In 1839, visitors from miles around come to Kentucky to tour Mammoth Cave. But sixteen-year-old Charlotte, the maid at Mammoth Cave Hotel, doesn't understand its appeal. As a slave, she is already trapped, and...