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Follow the Drinking Gourd

by Jeanette Winter

Illus. in full color. "Winter's story begins with a peg-leg sailor who aids slaves on their escape on the Underground Railroad. While working for plantation owners, Peg Leg Joe teaches the slaves a song about...


The Road to Memphis

by Mildred D. Taylor

"Cassie recounts harrowing events during late 1941. An engrossing picture of fine young people endeavoring to find the right way in a world that persistently wrongs them." --Kirkus Reviews


The Prince of Venice Beach

by Blake Nelson

Robert "'Cali" Callahan is a teen runaway, living on the streets of Venice Beach, California. He's got a pretty sweet life: a treehouse to sleep in, a gang of surf bros, a regular basketball game...even a girl...


How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

by Marjorie Priceman

Illus. in full color. An apple pie is easy to make...if the market is open. But if the market is closed, the world becomes your grocery store. This deliciously silly recipe for apple pie takes readers around...


Sacagawea's Strength

by Stacia Deutsch, Rhody Cohon & David Wenzel

Abigail and her friends are in the middle of a Monday afternoon group project when Mr. C tells them it’s time to jump back to the past. They’re super-excited, even though this time things are more complicated...


The Adventures of Sasha and Malia at the White House

by Carol A Francois, P Segal & Jay Mazhar

Living in the White House is a great adventure for young Sasha and Malia especially when they discover a mysterious, moving bookcase that leads them into a passageway through time! Before they know it, the two...


Girl in Reverse

by Barbara Stuber

Being adopted isn’t easy—especially when you’re seen as a national enemy. A teen seeks the roots of her identity in this stirring novel from the acclaimed author of Crossing the Tracks.

When Lily was three,...


The Genius Files #5: License to Thrill

by Dan Gutman

The wackiest road trip in history comes to an action-packed conclusion in book five of the New York Times bestselling Genius Files series.

When we last left our heroes, twins Coke and Pepsi McDonald were in Roswell,...


I Pledge Allegiance

by Pat Mora, Libby Martinez & Patrice Barton

Libby's great aunt, Lobo, is from Mexico, but the United States has been her home for many years, and she wants to become a U.S. citizen. At the end of the week, Lobo will say the Pledge of Allegiance at a special...


Orchards

by Holly Thompson

Winner of the APALA Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature

An ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book

After a classmate commits suicide, Kana Goldberg—a half-Japanese, half-Jewish American—wonders...


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...


Painting the Rainbow

by Amy Gordon

It's 1965, and during their annual month-long reunion at their grandparents' lake house, thirteen-year-old Holly and her cousin Ivy accidentally discover hidden family letters and drawings dating back to World...


Ice Whale

by Jean Craighead George & John Hendrix

From the most celebrated children’s nature writer of our time comes a posthumous new novel in the tradition of her Newbery award-winning Julie of the Wolves

In 1848, a young boy witnesses a rare sight—the...


Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile: Mystery on Museum Mile

by Marcia Wells & Marcos Calo

Art, mystery, fun, and friendship combine in this illustrated middle grade series debut. Sixth-grader Edmund Xavier Lonnrot, code name Eddie Red, has a photographic memory and a talent for drawing anything...


Steal Away Home

by Lois Ruby

When twelve-year-old Dana Shannon starts to strip away wallpaper in her family's old house, she's unprepared for the surprise that awaits her. A hidden room—containing a human skeleton! How did such a thing...


Haters

by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

From the first day at her new Southern California high school, Pasquala Rumalda Quintana de Archuleta ("Paski") learns that the popular students may be diverse in ethnicity but are alike in their cruelty. While...


I Lived on Butterfly Hill

by Marjorie Agosin & Lee White

An eleven-year-old’s world is upended by political turmoil in this “lyrically ambitious tale of exile and reunification” (Kirkus Reviews) from an award-winning poet, based on true events in Chile.

Celeste...


Betrayed!

by Patricia Calvert

Some men aren't meant for safe pastures.

Home cooking, a warm bed, family -- all these things Tyler's father, Black Jack Bohannon, gave up for an unknown destiny. Now, at fourteen, Tyler is following in his father's...


Susan Marcus Bends the Rules

by Jane Cutler

It's 1943 and ten-year-old Susan Marcus has moved with her family from New York City to Clayton, Missouri. It's different from her old home in so many ways, and worst of all, for the first time in her life,...