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Elementary: Multicultural Novels

Posted by Natalie Bernstein on December 7, 2015

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    Dancing home

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    Dancing home

    Ada, Alma Flor.

    When Margie's cousin Lupe comes from Mexico to live in California with Margie's family, Lupe must adapt to America, while Margie, who thought it would be fun to have her cousin there, finds that she is embarrassed by her in school and jealous of her at home.

    Due 08/30/19

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    Chains

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    Chains : seeds of America

    Anderson, Laurie Halse.

    After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

    Due 08/30/19

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    Home of the brave

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    Home of the brave

    Applegate, Katherine.

    Kek, a refugee from Sudan, is confronted by many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in his fifth-grade classroom, and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner.

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    Sounder

    Armstrong, William Howard, 1914-

    Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read and with the help of the devoted dog Sounder.

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    Brown girl dreaming

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    Brown girl dreaming

    Woodson, Jacqueline.

    "The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South"--Provided by publisher.

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    Circle of gold

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    Circle of gold

    Boyd, Candy Dawson.

    Mattie is determined to get her mother a beautiful gold pin for Mother's Day, even though she has not saved enough money and has just lost her job.

    Due 08/30/19

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    Jefferson's sons

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    Jefferson's sons : a founding father's secret children

    Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker.

    A fictionalized look at the last twenty years of Thomas Jefferson's life at Monticello through the eyes of three of his slaves, two of whom were his sons by his slave, Sally Hemings.

    Due 08/30/19

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    Little Cricket

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    Little Cricket

    Brown, Jackie.

    After the upheaval of the Vietnam War reaches them, twelve-year-old Kia and her Hmong family flee from the mountains of Laos to a refugee camp in Thailand and eventually to the alien world of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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    The winter people

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    The winter people

    Bruchac, Joseph, 1942-

    Fourteen-year-old Saxso, a member of the Abenaki tribe in Canada, embarks on a dangerous rescue mission when his mother and two younger sisters are taken hostage during an attack by the British on their unprotected village in 1759.

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    Stealing freedom

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    Stealing freedom

    Carbone, Elisa Lynn.

    A novel based on the events in the life of a young slave girl from Maryland who endures all kinds of mistreatment and cruelty, including being separated from her family, but who eventually escapes to freedom in Canada.

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    Storm warriors

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    Storm warriors

    Carbone, Elisa Lynn.

    In 1895, after his mother's death, twelve-year-old Nathan moves with his father and grandfather to Pea Island off the coast of North Carolina, where he hopes to join the all-black crew at the nearby lifesaving station, despite his father's objections.

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    Sweetgrass basket

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    Sweetgrass basket

    Carvell, Marlene.

    In alternating passages, two Mohawk sisters describe their lives at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, established in 1879 to educate Native Americans, as they try to assimilate into white culture and one of them is falsely accused of stealing.

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    Jump ship to freedom

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    Jump ship to freedom

    Collier, James Lincoln, 1928-

    By rights young Daniel Arabus and his mother, slaves in Captain Iver's house in Stratford, Conn., should be free. But the Captain refuses to honor their agreement and instead sells Daniel on board a ship to the West Indies.

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    Bud, not Buddy

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    Bud, not Buddy

    Curtis, Christopher Paul.

    Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.

    Due 08/30/19

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    Elijah of Buxton

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    Elijah of Buxton

    Curtis, Christopher Paul.

    Eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, which is a haven for slaves fleeing the American South in 1859, uses his wits and skills to try to bring to justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family's freedom.

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    The madman of Piney Woods

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    The madman of Piney Woods

    Curtis, Christopher Paul.

    Benji and Red couldn't be more different. They aren't friends. They don't even live in the same town. But their fates are entwined. A chance meeting leads the boys to discover they have more in common than meets the eye. Both of them have encountered a strange presence in the forest, watching them, tracking them. Could the Madman of Piney Woods be real?.

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    The mighty Miss Malone

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    The mighty Miss Malone

    Curtis, Christopher Paul.

    Deza Malone, the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Indiana, accompanies her mother and older brother on a trip to find her father, an African American man who left to find work after the Great Depression hit. They end up in a Hooverville outside of Flint, Michigan, and her brother attempts to be a performer while Deza and her mother search for a home.

    Due 08/30/19

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    The Watsons go to Birmingham--1963

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    The Watsons go to Birmingham--1963

    Curtis, Christopher Paul.

    The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African-American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.

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    The journal of Biddy Owens

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    The journal of Biddy Owens : the Negro leagues

    Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-

    Teenager Biddy Owens' 1948 journal about working for the Birmingham Black Barons includes the games and the players, racism the team faces from New Orleans to Chicago, and his family's resistance to his becoming a professional baseball player. Includes a historical note about the evolution of the Negro Leagues.

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    The journal of Joshua Loper

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    The journal of Joshua Loper : a Black cowboy

    Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-

    In 1871 Joshua Loper, a sixteen-year-old black cowboy, records in his journal his experiences while making his first cattle drive under an unsympathetic trail boss.

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    Francie

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    Francie

    English, Karen.

    When the sixteen-year-old boy whom she tutors in reading is accused of attempting to murder a white man, Francie gets herself in serious trouble for her efforts at friendship.

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    Yolonda's genius

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    Yolonda's genius

    Fenner, Carol.

    After moving from Chicago to Grand River, Michigan, fifth grader Yolonda, big and strong for her age, determines to prove that her younger brother is not a slow learner but a true musical genius.

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    90 miles to Havana

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    90 miles to Havana

    Flores-Galbis, Enrique.

    Julian's parents, hoping to protect him from the dangers of the turmoil in Cuba, send him to the United States in 1961 as part of Operation Pedro Pan, not realizing that life in a Miami refugee camp holds its own perils.

    Due 08/30/19

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    Crossing Jordan

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    Crossing Jordan

    Fogelin, Adrian.

    Twelve-year-old Cass meets her new African-American neighbor, Jemmie, and despite their families' prejudices, they build a strong friendship around their mutual talent for running and a pact to read Jane Eyre.

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    Sound the jubilee

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    Sound the jubilee

    Forrester, Sandra.

    A slave and her family escape from their North Carolina plantation during the early part of the Civil War, finding refuge on Roanoke Island.

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    The red umbrella

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    The red umbrella

    Gonzalez, Christina Diaz, 1969-

    In 1961 after Castro has come to power in Cuba, fourteen-year-old Lucia and her seven-year-old brother are sent to the United States when her parents, who are not in favor of the new regime, fear that the children will be taken away from them as others have been.

    Due 08/30/19

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    Which way freedom?

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    Which way freedom?

    Hansen, Joyce.

    Obi escapes from slavery during the Civil War, joins a black Union regiment and soon becomes involved in the bloody fighting at Fort Pillow, Tennessee.

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    Witness

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    Witness : a novel

    Hesse, Karen.

    A series of poems expresses the views of various people in a small Vermont town, including a young black girl and a young Jewish girl, during the early 1920s when the Ku Klux Klan is trying to infiltrate the town.

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    Breaking through

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    Breaking through

    Jiménez, Francisco, 1943-

    Having come from Mexico to California ten years ago, fourteen-year-old Francisco is still working in the fields but fighting to improve his life and complete his education.

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    The circuit

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    The circuit : stories from the life of a migrant child

    Jiménez, Francisco, 1943-

    Explores a migrant family's experiences moving through labor camps, facing poverty and impermanence, only to endure through faith, hope, and back-breaking work.

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    Bird

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    Bird

    Johnson, Angela, 1961-

    Devastated by the loss of a second father, thirteen-year-old Bird follows her stepfather from Cleveland to Alabama in hopes of convincing him to come home, and along the way helps two boys cope with their difficulties.

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    Kira-Kira

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    Kira-Kira

    Kadohata, Cynthia.

    Chronicles the close friendship between two Japanese-American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the despair when one sister becomes terminally ill.

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    The thing about luck

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    The thing about luck

    Kadohata, Cynthia.

    Just when twelve-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year of bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for harvest workers.

    Due 08/30/19

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    Weedflower

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    Weedflower

    Kadohata, Cynthia.

    After twelve-year-old Sumiko and her Japanese-American family are relocated from their flower farm in southern California to an internment camp on a Mojave Indian reservation in Arizona, she helps her family and neighbors, becomes friends with a local Indian boy, and tries to hold on to her dream of owning a flower shop.

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    Worlds apart

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    Worlds apart

    Karr, Kathleen.

    In 1670, soon after arriving in the Carolinas with a group of colonists from England, fifteen-year-old Christopher West befriends a young Sewee Indian, Asha-po, and learns some hard lessons about survival, slavery, and friendship.

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    Inside Out & Back Again

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    Inside Out & Back Again

    Lai, Thanhha.

    Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

    Due 08/30/19

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    Listen, slowly

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    Listen, slowly

    Lai, Thanhha.

    Twelve-year-old Mai is sick of being perfect and her straight A's and extracurricular activities have gotten her a much unwanted trip to Vietnam with her family so she can learn more about her roots. But as time goes on, Mai grows closer to her family and she begins to understand her culture.

    Due 08/30/19

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    True north

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    True north : a novel of the underground railroad

    Lasky, Kathryn.

    Because of the strong influence which her grandfather, an abolitionist, has in her life, fourteen-year-old Lucy assists a fugitive slave girl in her escape.

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    Heat

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    Heat

    Lupica, Mike.

    Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services after being banned from playing Little League baseball because rival coaches doubt he is only twelve years old and he has no parents to offer them proof.

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    Letters from a slave girl

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    Letters from a slave girl : the story of Harriet Jacobs

    Lyons, Mary (Mary E.)

    A fictionalized version of the life of Harriet Jacobs, told in the form of letters that she might have written during her slavery in North Carolina and as she prepared for escape to the North in 1842.

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    The rock and the river

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    The rock and the river

    Magoon, Kekla.

    In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father's nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African-Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.

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    Fiction (Chapterbooks) - ElementaryFiction (Chapterbooks) - Elementary

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    Secret Saturdays

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    Secret Saturdays

    Maldonado, Torrey.

    Justin, a fatherless twelve-year-old in a dangerous neighborhood in New York, starts to worry about his friend Sean, who has started telling lies and getting into trouble at school, and when he suspects that the change in attitude is connected to mysterious trips Sean takes with his mother, he tries to get involved.

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    The kite rider

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    MCC

    The kite rider : a novel

    McCaughrean, Geraldine.

    In thirteenth-century China, after trying to save his widowed mother from a horrendous second marriage, twelve-year-old Haoyou has life-changing adventures when he takes to the sky as a circus kite rider and ends up meeting the great Mongol ruler Kublai Khan.

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    A friendship for today

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    A friendship for today

    McKissack, Pat, 1944-

    Twelve-year-old Rosemary Patterson learns that she will be attending an all-white school in the fall; but when her best friend is diagnosed with polio, she must face the first day of school alone.

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    Black angels

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    MUR

    Black angels

    Murphy, Rita.

    The summer of 1961 brings change to eleven-year-old Celli and her town of Mystic, Georgia, when her beloved Sophie becomes involved in the Civil Rights Movement and Celli learns a secret about the father who left her and her family long ago.

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    The other side of truth

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    The other side of truth

    Naidoo, Beverley.

    Smuggled out of Nigeria after their mother's murder, Sade and her younger brother are abandoned in London when their uncle fails to meet them at the airport and they are fearful of their new surroundings and of what may have happened to their journalist father back in Nigeria.

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    Possibles

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    Possibles

    Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux.

    Following the death of her father, a twelve-year-old girl takes a summer job instead of going to camp with a friend as planned.

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    The kite fighters

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    PAR

    The kite fighters

    Park, Linda Sue.

    In Korea in 1473, eleven-year-old Young-sup overcomes his rivalry with his older brother Kee-sup, who as the first-born son receives special treatment from their father, and combines his kite-flying skill with Kee-sup's kite-making skill in an attempt to win the New Year kite-fighting competition.

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    When my name was Keoko

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    When my name was Keoko

    Park, Linda Sue.

    With national pride and occasional fear, a brother and sister face the increasingly oppressive occupation of Korea by Japan during World War II, which threatens to suppress Korean culture entirely.

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    Jump into the sky

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    Jump into the sky

    Pearsall, Shelley.

    In 1945, thirteen-year-old Levi is sent to find the father he has not seen in three years, going from Chicago, to segregated North Carolina, and finally to Pendleton, Oregon,where he learns that his father's unit, the all-Black 555th paratrooper battalion, will never see combat but finally has a mission. Includes historical notes.

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    Trouble don't last

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    Trouble don't last

    Pearsall, Shelley.

    Samuel, an eleven-year-old Kentucky slave, and Harrison, the elderly slave who helped raise him, attempt to escape to Canada via the Underground Railroad.

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    Bamboo people

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    Bamboo people : a novel

    Perkins, Mitali.

    Two Burmese boys, one a Karenni refugee and the other the son of an imprisoned Burmese doctor, meet in the jungle and in order to survive they must learn to trust each other.

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    The red pencil

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    The red pencil

    Pinkney, Andrea Davis.

    "After her tribal village is attacked by militants, Amira, a young Sudanese girl, must flee to safety at a refugee camp, where she finds hope and the chance to pursue an education in the form of a single red pencil and the friendship and encouragement of a wise elder"--Provided by publisher.

    Due 08/30/19

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    Silent thunder

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    PIN

    Silent thunder : a Civil War story

    Pinkney, Andrea Davis.

    In 1862 eleven-year-old Summer and her thirteen-year-old brother Rosco take turns describing how life on the quiet Virginia plantation where they are slaves is affected by the Civil War.

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    Hang a thousand trees with ribbons

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    Hang a thousand trees with ribbons : the story of Phillis Wheatley

    Rinaldi, Ann.

    A fictionalized biography of the eighteenth-century African woman who, as a child, was brought to New England to be a slave, and after publishing her first poem when a teenager, gained renown throughout the colonies as an important African-American poet.

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    Numbering all the bones

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    RIN

    Numbering all the bones

    Rinaldi, Ann.

    Thirteen-year-old Eulinda, a house slave on a Georgia plantation in 1864, turns to Clara Barton, the eventual founder of the American Red Cross, for help in finding her brother Neddy who ran away to join the Northern war effort and is rumored to be at Andersonville Prison.

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    Children of the fire

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    ROB

    Children of the fire

    Robinet, Harriette.

    A young African-American girl named Hallelujah lives through the great Chicago fire with courage and resourcefulness.

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    Walking to the bus-rider blues

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    ROB

    Walking to the bus-rider blues

    Robinet, Harriette.

    Twelve-year-old Alfa Merryfield, his older sister, and their grandmother struggle for rent money, food, and their dignity as they participate in the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott in the summer of 1956.

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    Lady of Ch'iao Kuo

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    ROY

    Lady of Ch'iao Kuo : warrior of the South

    Yep, Laurence.

    In 531 A.D., a fifteen-year-old princess of the Hsien tribe in southern China keeps a diary which describes her role as liaison between her own people and the local Chinese colonists, in times of both peace and war.

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    Becoming Naomi Leon

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    RYA

    Becoming Naomi Leon

    Ryan, Pam Muñoz.

    When Naomi's absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father.

    Due 08/30/19

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    The dreamer

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    The dreamer

    Ryan, Pam Muñoz.

    A fictionalized biography of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who grew up a painfully shy child, ridiculed by his overbearing father, but who became one of the most widely-read poets in the world.

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    Esperanza rising

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    RYA

    Esperanza rising

    Ryan, Pam Muñoz.

    Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.

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    House of the red fish

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    House of the red fish

    Salisbury, Graham.

    Over a year after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor and the arrest of Tomi's father and grandfather, Tomi and his friends, battling anti-Japanese-American sentiment in Hawaii, try to find a way to salvage his father's sunken fishing boat.

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    Under the blood-red sun

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    Under the blood-red sun

    Salisbury, Graham.

    Tomikazu Nakaji's biggest concerns are baseball, homework, and a local bully, until life with his Japanese family in Hawaii changes drastically after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

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    Leaving Fletchville

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    SCH

    Leaving Fletchville

    Schmidt, René.

    Leon, Winnie, and Sam, three African-American siblings who recently changed schools, receive help from an unlikely source--Brandon the school bully.

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    Haveli

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    STA

    Haveli

    Staples, Suzanne Fisher.

    Having relented to the ways of her people in Pakistan and married the rich older man to whom she was pledged against her will, Shabanu is now the victim of his family's blood feud and the malice of his other wives. Sequel to "Shabanu, Daughter of the Wind."

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    The house of djinn

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    The house of djinn

    Staples, Suzanne Fisher.

    An unexpected death brings Shabanu's daughter, Mumtaz, and nephew, Jameel, both aged fifteen, to the forefront of an attempt to modernize Pakistan, but the teens must both sacrifice their own dreams if they are to meet family and tribal expectations.

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    Shabanu

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    STA

    Shabanu : daughter of the wind

    Staples, Suzanne Fisher.

    When eleven-year old Shabanu, the daughter of a nomad in the Cholistan Desert of present-day Pakistan, is pledged in marriage to an older man whose money will bring prestige to the family, she must either accept the decision, as is the custom, or risk the consequences of defying her father's wishes.

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    Let the circle be unbroken

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    TAY

    Let the circle be unbroken

    Taylor, Mildred D.

    Four black children growing up in rural Mississippi during the Depression experience racial antagonisms and hard times, but learn from their parents the pride and self-respect they need to survive.

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    Mississippi bridge

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    TAY

    Mississippi bridge

    Taylor, Mildred D.

    During a heavy rainstorm in 1930s rural Mississippi, a ten-year-old white boy sees a bus driver order all the black passengers off a crowded bus to make room for late-arriving white passengers and then set off across the raging Rosa Lee River.

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    The road to Memphis

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    The road to Memphis

    Taylor, Mildred D.

    Sadistically teased by two white boys in 1940's rural Mississippi, a black youth severely injures one of the boys with a tire iron and enlists Cassie's help in trying to flee the state.

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    Roll of thunder, hear my cry

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    Roll of thunder, hear my cry

    Taylor, Mildred D.

    A black family living in the South during the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand.

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    The cay

    Taylor, Theodore, 1921-

    When the freighter on which they are traveling is torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II, an adolescent white boy, blinded by a blow on the head, and an old black man are stranded on a tiny Caribbean island where the boy acquires a new kind of vision, courage, and love from his old companion.

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    Seaward born

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    Seaward born

    Wait, Lea.

    In 1805, a thirteen-year-old slave and his friend make a dangerous escape from Charleston, S.C. and stowaway to head north toward freedom.

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    Second daughter

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    Second daughter : the story of a slave girl

    Walter, Mildred Pitts.

    Aissa, the teen-age fictional sister of Elizabeth Freeman, struggles against a system which declares that she is property and that she is to remain silent.

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    Slant

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    Slant

    Williams, Laura E.

    Thirteen-year-old Lauren, a Korean-American adoptee, is tired of being called "slant" and "gook," and longs to have plastic surgery on her eyes, but when her father finds out about her wish--and a long-kept secret about her mother's death is revealed--Lauren starts to question some of her own assumptions.

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    One crazy summer

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    One crazy summer

    Williams-Garcia, Rita.

    In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

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    P.S. be eleven

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    WIL

    P.S. be eleven

    Williams-Garcia, Rita.

    After spending the Summer of 1968 with their mother and the Black Panthers, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern return home to Brooklyn with a new feeling of independence, but they discover their father has a new girlfriend, Uncle Darnell has come home from Vietnam a changed man, and Big Ma still expects Delphine to take care of everything. Feeling overwhelmed, Delphine writes to her mother, who reminds her to enjoy being eleven and not grow up too fast.

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    Feathers

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    Feathers

    Woodson, Jacqueline.

    When a new, white student nicknamed "The Jesus Boy" joins her sixth grade class in the winter of 1971, Frannie's growing friendship with him makes her start to see some things in a new light.

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    Hush

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    WOO

    Hush

    Woodson, Jacqueline.

    Twelve-year-old Toswiah finds her life changed when her family enters the witness protection program.

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    I hadn't meant to tell you this

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    I hadn't meant to tell you this

    Woodson, Jacqueline.

    Marie, the only black girl in the eighth grade willing to befriend her white classmate Lena, discovers that Lena's father is doing horrible things to her in private.

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    Last summer with Maizon

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    Last summer with Maizon

    Woodson, Jacqueline.

    Eleven-year-old Margaret tries to accept the inevitable changes that come one summer when her father dies and her best friend Maizon goes away to a private boarding school.

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    Crow

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    Crow

    Wright, Barbara, 1951-

    Moses Thomas's summer vacation in 1898 does not go as planned, and while he deals with family problems and fickle friends, Moses comes to be more aware of the escalating tension between the African American and white communities of Wilmington, North Carolina.

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    Once on this river

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    Once on this river

    Wyeth, Sharon Dennis.

    While on a trip with her mother from Madagascar to New York in 1760, eleven-year-old Monday learns the horrors of slavery and the truth about her "other" mother.

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    Blood and iron

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    Blood and iron : building the railway

    Yee, Paul.

    Fourteen-year-old Lee Heen-gwong records his thoughts and experiences in his journal after his family's gambling debts force him to travel from China to Canada to work on building the railway there in the 1880s.

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    Dragons of silk

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    Dragons of silk

    Yep, Laurence, 1948-

    Four generations of women from the same family, whose lives are bound to the fate of the Weaving Maid, learn about sacrifice as they discover love and passion.

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    Thief of hearts

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    Thief of hearts

    Yep, Laurence, 1948-

    When Stacy is paired with a Chinese girl at school who is accused of theft, she must come to terms with her own Chinese and American heritage.

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    The tiger's apprentice

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    The tiger's apprentice

    Yep, Laurence, 1948-

    A tiger, a monkey, a dragon, and a twelve-year-old Chinese American boy fight to keep a magic talisman out of the hands of an enemy who would use its power to destroy the world.

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    The traitor

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    The traitor : Golden Mountain chronicles, 1885

    Yep, Laurence, 1948-

    In 1885, a lonely illegitimate American boy and a lonely Chinese American boy develop an unlikely friendship in the midst of prejudices and racial tension in their coal mining town of Rock Springs, Wyoming.

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    The amah

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    The amah

    Yep, Laurence.

    Twelve-year-old Amy finds her family responsibilities growing and interfering with her ballet practice when her mother takes a job outside the home.

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    Dragon's gate

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    Dragon's gate

    Yep, Laurence.

    When he accidentally kills a Manchu, a fifteen-year-old Chinese boy is sent to America to join his father, an uncle, and other Chinese working to build a tunnel for the transcontinental railroad through the Sierra Nevada mountains in 1867.

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    Dragonwings

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    Dragonwings

    Yep, Laurence.

    In the early twentieth century a young Chinese boy joins his father in San Francisco and helps him realize his dream of making a flying machine.

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    Ribbons

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    Ribbons

    Yep, Laurence.

    A promising young ballet student cannot afford to continue lessons when her Chinese grandmother emigrates from Hong Kong, creating jealousy and conflict among the entire family.

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    Spring Pearl

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    Spring Pearl : the last flower

    Yep, Laurence.

    Called boyish by her new family for being able to read and write, twelve-year old orphaned Spring Pearl's "odd ways" help save the family during the 1857 Opium War in Canton, China.

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