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I, Dred Scott: A Fictional Slave Narrative Based on the Life and Legal Precedent of Dred Scott

by Shelia P. Moses & Bonnie Christensen Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 11, 2010)

Born into slavery in Virginia in the late 1700s, Dred Scott had little to look forward to in life. But he was fortunate in two ways: His first owner was fairly kind to him, and he grew up with his owner's children,...

Harriet Tubman

by Kathleen Kudlinski & Robert Brown Aladdin (January 06, 2015)

One of the most popular series ever published for young Americans, these classics have been praised alike by parents, teachers, and librarians. With these lively, inspiring, fictionalized biographies -- easily...


by Flora Warren Seymour & Robert Doremus Aladdin (December 30, 2014)

Learn about the childhood of Sacagawea, one of the first female all-stars in American history?and honored in US currency on the dollar coin.

Sacagawea was a Lemhi Shoshone woman who accompanied the Lewis and...

Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Dharathula H. Millender & Al Fiorentino Aladdin (December 30, 2014)

One of the most popular series ever published for young Americans, these classics have been praised alike by parents, teachers, and librarians. With these lively, inspiring, fictionalized biographies -- easily...

Rosa Parks

by Kathleen Kudlinski & Meryl Henderson Aladdin (December 30, 2014)

Learn about the childhood of Rosa Parks, who grew up to be a legendary Civil Rights activist and an all-star in American history.

Civil rights activist Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama....

Forged by Fire

by Sharon M. Draper Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 05, 2011)

The flame of love burns bright in the second book of Sharon M. Draper’s award-winning Hazelwood High trilogy.

When Gerald was a child he was fascinated by fire. But fire is dangerous and powerful, and tragedy...

Double Dutch

by Sharon M. Draper Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 05, 2011)

Delia loves Double Dutch. And she's good at it. Really good. So good that her team has a chance to win the World Double Dutch Championships this year -- Delia is sure of it. What she is less sure of is her chance...

Darkness Before Dawn

by Sharon M. Draper Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 05, 2011)

Hope shines in the face of fear in this conclusion to Sharon M. Draper’s award-winning Hazelwood High trilogy.

In her senior year, things are finally looking a little brighter for Keisha. Still haunted by the...

Girl in Reverse

by Barbara Stuber Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 13, 2014)

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, her...

Zero Fade

by Chris L Terry Curbside Splendor Publishing (September 16, 2013)

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 Barely Lit Spaces Publications (March 11, 2014)

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...

Steal Away Home

by Lois Ruby Aladdin (March 11, 2014)

When Dana uncovers a skeleton hidden in the wall of her home, she also uncovers a dark secret that stretches back years.

When twelve-year-old Dana Shannon starts to strip away wallpaper in her family’s old...

I Lived on Butterfly Hill

by Marjorie Agosin & Lee White Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 04, 2014)

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 Marconi...


by Patricia Calvert Atheneum Books for Young Readers (February 15, 2011)

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...

The Big Wander

by Will Hobbs Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 08, 2008)

A Summer To Remember

Fourteen-year-old Clay Lancaster has been dreaming for years of the adventure he calls The Big Wander -- a summer in the Southwest with his older brother, Mike, searching for their uncle...

Split Ends

by Jacquelin Thomas Pocket Books (March 09, 2010)


These girlfriends get through bad hair days together --

and anything else that life in L.A. throws at them!

Kylie Sanderson isn't looking for a handout or anyone's charity -- what she needs,...

The Indian How Book

by Arthur C. Parker Dover Publications (February 21, 2013)

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...


by Cynthia Kadohata Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 20, 2008)

kira-kira (kee' ra kee' ra): glittering; shining

Glittering. That's how Katie Takeshima's sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time....

Letters From a Slave Girl

by Mary E. Lyons Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 25, 2008)

Harriet Jacobs was born into slavery; it's the only life she has ever known. Now, with the death of her mistress, there is a chance she will be given her freedom, and for the first time Harriet feels hopeful....

When I Was the Greatest

by Jason Reynolds & Michael Frost Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 07, 2014)

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds, a “funny and rewarding” (Publishers Weekly) coming-of-age novel about friendship and loyalty across neighborhood lines and the hardship of life for...

Journey to America

by Sonia Levitin & Charles Robinson Aladdin (April 30, 1987)

It's 1938, and terrible things are happening in Germany. Jews are being hounded with no laws: you must a wear a yellow star on your clothing; you cannot attend this school; you cannot go here...or there. The...

Roberto Clemente

by Montrew Dunham & Meryl Henderson Aladdin (September 05, 2008)

Roberto Clemente Walker was a Puerto Rican professional baseball player. He played 18 seasons at right field for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was a National League, Most Valuable Player once, All-Star twelve times...

The Year of Miss Agnes

by Kirkpatrick Hill Margaret K. McElderry Books (August 26, 2008)

A year they'll never forget

Ten-year-old Frederika (Fred for short) doesn't have much faith that the new teacher in town will last very long. After all, they never do. Most teachers who come to their one-room...


by Naomi Shihab Nye Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 30, 2008)

Fourteen-year-old Liyana Abboud would rather not have to change her life...especially now that she has been kissed, for the very first time and quite by surprise, by a boy named Jackson.

But when her parents...

Langston Hughes

by Montrew Dunham Aladdin (June 30, 2008)

Focuses on the early years of the well-known poet, Langston Hughes, whose writings reflect the everyday experiences of African Americans.

Trouble in My Way

by Michelle Stimpson Pocket Books (December 01, 2009)


If she hadn't snooped into Karis's diary, she would never have found out that Karis went to a boy's house without permission. Now Karis is grounded, which means no modem, no iPod...and...

Getting Even

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley Pocket Books (April 22, 2008)

The fourth book in The Good Girlz series from national bestselling author ReShonda Tate Billingsley

One guy is leading them on....

Best friends forever, Camille, Alexis, Jasmine, and Angel always stand up...

So Hard to Say

by Alex Sanchez Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 27, 2009)

When Frederick shows up at school, Xio is thrilled. The new boy is shy, cute, and definitely good boyfriend material. Before long, she pulls him into her lively circle of friends.

Frederick knows he should...


by Victoria Christopher Murray Pocket Books (October 20, 2009)

The Divine Divas are going big-time -- to the finals of the Glory 2 God Teen Talent Search. They're just one big win away from a recording contract, and then...well, watch out, gospel music!

When Diamond first...

I Wanna Be Your Shoebox

by Cristina Garcia Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 22, 2009)

Because Yumi RuÍz-Hirsch has grandparents from Japan, Cuba, and Brooklyn, her mother calls her a poster child for the twenty-first century. Yumi would laugh if only her life wasn't getting as complicated as...

Coretta Scott King: First Lady of Civil Rights

by George E. Stanley & Meryl Henderson Aladdin (December 03, 2008)

Coretta Scott King is well known for being the wifeÊof Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and for her own civil rights and world peace activism. She also received many awards and honorary degrees. But before she did...


by Angela Johnson Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (November 19, 2013)

A poignant novel of deception and self-discover from three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Angela Johnson.

You never know what?s gonna come down?in Heaven.

At fourteen, Marley knows she has Momma's hands...

The Legend of Buddy Bush

by Shelia P. Moses Margaret K. McElderry Books (November 12, 2013)

Celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of Shelia P. Moses’s National Book Award finalist and Coretta Scott King Honoree, The Legend of Buddy Bush, with this new edition of a classic novel that’s more relevant...

Lone Wolves

by John Smelcer Leapfrog Press (September 23, 2013)

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

Street Pharm

by Allison Van Diepen Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 03, 2013)

Ty Johnson knows survival. Since inheriting his pop?s business at sixteen, Ty?s developed smarts, skills, and mad discipline. The supply game?s in his blood. And life is pretty sweet when you?re on top.

But one...

The Heart Is Not a Size

by Beth Kephart HarperTeen (March 30, 2010)

Georgia knows what it means to keep secrets. She knows how to ignore things. She knows that some things are better left unsaid. . . . Or are they?

When Georgia and her best friend, Riley, travel along with nine...


by Walter Dean Myers Amistad (February 02, 2010)

Lockdown is the powerful tale of fourteen-year-old Reese Anderson, who has spent 22 months in a tiny cell at a “progress center.” Living in fear and isolation, Reese begins looking within himself to find...

The Contender

by Robert Lipsyte HarperTeen (January 26, 2010)

The breakthrough modern sports novel The Contender shows readers the true meaning of being a hero.

This acclaimed novel by celebrated sportswriter Robert Lipsyte, the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award...

The Chief

by Robert Lipsyte HarperTeen (April 06, 2010)

A fight for his people.

Sonny Bear, the Tomahawk Kid, has a championship left hook. But his boxing career's going nowhere, and he's ready to hang it up.

Then his manager, tough ex-cop Alfred Brooks, and his "writer,"...

Bull Run

by Paul Fleischman HarperCollins (September 24, 2013)

Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction * ALA Best Book for Young Adults * ALA Notable Children's Book

In this brilliant fictional tour de force, which the New York Times called "a deft, poignant...


by Kevin Henkes Greenwillow Books (July 02, 2013)

Returning to the beach cottage—a cottage named Scallop—where she has always celebrated her birthday is a special occasion for Alice Rice.

Who will see the first dolphin this time? The first pelican? What...


by Walter Dean Myers HarperTeen (March 05, 2013)

From Walter Dean Myers, the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, comes this 20-page one-act play. Tags is a look at life and death in New York City, complete with a shocking end.

Four New York City teens...

If You Spent a Day with Thoreau at Walden Pond

by Robert Burleigh & Wendell Minor Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (October 15, 2012)

In 1845 in Concord, Massachusetts, Henry David Thoreau began a radical experiment: he built a cabin in the woods and lived there, alone, examining the world around him. He spent his days walking the shores of...


by Ann E. Burg Scholastic Press (October 06, 2020)

* "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 Scholastic Press (September 15, 2020)

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 Scholastic Press (May 05, 2020)

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 Scholastic Paperbacks (December 26, 2019)

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 Scholastic Press (March 03, 2020)

* "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 Scholastic Press (November 05, 2019)

"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 Scholastic Inc. (June 26, 2018)

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...