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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...


Last Child

by Michael Spooner

A mixed-race girl must grow up quickly when danger threatens her world

Rosalie’s biggest problem used to be her own divided feelings. The constant tug-of-war between her white half and her Native American...


Junebug in Trouble

by Alice Mead

Junebug hasn’t seen his friend Robert since the family moved from their housing project in May. It’s Labor Day weekend, reunion time, and Mama, Tasha, Harriet, and Junebug are off to the beach. Robert is...


The Story of Jonas

by Maurine F. Dahlberg

Jonas has lived all of his thirteen years on a farm in Missouri, and even though he hears whispers about freedom, he thinks he’ll never try to escape. He knows what happens to slaves who attempt to run away....


Powwow's Coming

by Linda Boyden

Cut-paper collage illustrations and engaging verse give young readers a new look at American Indian culture today.


Jackson Jones and the Puddle of Thorns

by Mary Quattlebaum

Nothing but a big mess of trouble and weeds..

That's what Jackson Jones thinks of the garden plot his mother gives him for his tenth birthday. What happened to the basketball he's hoped and prayed for all year?...


Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller

by Sarah Miller

Annie Sullivan was little more than a half-blind orphan with a fiery tongue when she arrived at Ivy Green in 1887. Desperate for work, she’d taken on a seemingly impossible job—teaching a child who was deaf,...


Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies)

by Justina Chen

Half Asian and half white, Patty Ho has never felt completely home in her skin. When a Chinese fortuneteller foresees a white guy on Patty's horizon, things go from bad to worse in this novel by acclaimed author...


Zip

by Ellie Rollins

"Pure whimsical delight. Magic does blow throughout the world, and Zip proves it!" -Lauren Myracle, New York Times bestselling author of ttyl

one girl + one scooter = journey of a lifetime

When Lyssa's mother...


Flying with the Eagle, Racing the Great Bear: Tales from Native North America

by Joseph Bruchac

A collection of coming-of-age tales of young Native American men.


Crazy Weekend

by Gary Soto

A "fun-packed adventure" (VOYA) by a gifted and popular storyteller.When Hector and his friend Mando, seventh-graders, visit Uncle Julio, a photographer in Fresno, they have more excitement than they ever imagined....


The Year Money Grew on Trees

by Aaron Hawkins

With frostbitten fingers, sleepless nights and sore muscles, 14-year-old Jackson Jones and his posse of cousins discover the lost art of winging it when they take over an orchard of 300 wild apple trees. They...


Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, The Gallows, and The Black General Gabriel

by Gigi Amateau

An 1800 insurrection planned by a literate slave known as "Prosser's Gabriel" inspires a historical novel following one extraordinary man's life. In a time of post-Revolutionary fervor in Richmond, Virginia,...