Harper Collins

It’s the summer of 1968, and 11-year old Delphine and her two sisters have just been sent off to Oakland, California to live with their estranged mother. However, their mother is busy with her own things, and sends the kids off to a summer camp at the People’s Center, run by the Black Panther Party. Over the summer, Delphine and her sisters learn a lot about the world they live in, the mother who left them, and themselves. Not only does this have a great local setting, but it talks about the Civil Rights Movement on the West Coast, a little tackled subject.  --Flannery

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ISBN: 9780060760908
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Published: Amistad Press - December 27th, 2011

In the late 1880’s, a call went out across America: Free land in Oklahoma, for any who will settle it. Many of those who rushed to claim that land were newly freed slaves, eager for a fresh start in a new place, and filled with the fire and hope required to survive settling the frontier. Based on her family’s own history, Joyce Carol Thomas has written a beautiful book that tells of that call and the hope that came with it. This lovely, lyrical book is perfect for reading out loud.  --Flannery

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By Joyce Carol Thomas, Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780064436175
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Published: HarperCollins - January 5th, 2000

Long before the Civil Rights Movement, Ida B. Wells stood up and took a stand against discrimination. Growing up during Reconstruction, Wells saw what life could have been like for African Americans, and when it ended, she used the power of the printed press to advocate for change. In addition to fighting for black rights, Wells fought for the women’s right to vote. This wonderful picture book by noted author Walter Dean Myers is a fitting tribute to an incredible woman.  --Flannery

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ISBN: 9780060544683
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Published: Amistad Press - January 27th, 2015

For all of you who’ve just torn through Neil Gaiman’s new collection of non-fiction, The View from the Cheap Seats, there’s no better time to revisit some of his earliest short fictions. Whether these stories push you to wonder about the imagination’s role in reality, or if the introduction inspires you to put fingers to keys, you’ll be glad you returned to its pages, whether it was your first time or your twenty-third. —Aric
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ISBN: 9780061252020
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 2nd, 2007

Bone Gap isn’t a flashy book. Rather, it’s the kind of story that grows on you the further you sink into it, leaving you satisfied, with the lingering hum of bees in your mind. It’s filled with magical realism and characters you care for, making it a pleasantly surreal trip to a town you’d like to stay in. I slowly fell for this book, and it’s stayed with me ever since.  --Flannery

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ISBN: 9780062317605
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - March 3rd, 2015

In this imaginative tale by the master of fantasy, the ancient and fantastic meet the modern and mundane. While most parents keep some secrets from their growing children, none has done so quite like Fat Charlie’s father, Mr. Nancy. Upon his father’s death, Fat Charlie learns a shocking truth about his father and realizes that he, himself, is more powerful than he could ever imagine.  -Aric

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ISBN: 9780061342394
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 22nd, 2008

In Kundera’s third novel, written in Bohemia in 1972, a cast of eight characters collides in a small central-European spa town in a tale that is both pleasantly humorous and incredibly dark. Through the eyes of each character—a nurse, trumpeter, and an ageing expatriate among them—Kundera examines the intricacies of love, jealousy, artificial insemination, and assisted suicide.     -Aric

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ISBN: 9780060997007
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 21st, 1998

Louise Erdrich’s last novel, the National Book Award winner The Round House, was so spectacular that I didn’t think LaRose could come close to measuring up, and oh, how I was wrong. Erdrich’s mastery of language and character are evident in every word, but it is her gift of understanding the complexity of interconnectedness that stands out. No deed goes unmarked, whether it be a gift or a mistake, a prayer, or a betrayal. Erdrich dissolves the notion of ‘good guy’ and ‘bad guy’—she proves that each of us affects the other and that with that understanding, every choice is an act of endurance, toward completion, toward being, toward living. This will be a book you return to again and again.  —S.M.C.

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ISBN: 9780062277022
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Published: Harper - May 10th, 2016

There is nothing like the feeling of opening a new novel by Simon Van Booy. Father’s Day is a gentle and absorbing story about a woman named Harvey and her adoptive father, a felon with a violent past. Shifting between scenes of Harvey as a girl and as a self-assured woman in Paris, Father’s Day is a meditation on the immense effect one human life can have on another. I couldn’t put it down.  —Kat

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ISBN: 9780062408945
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Published: Harper - April 26th, 2016

In what is likely to be Kundera’s last book (please, no!), four old friends bump into each other in Paris and pick up a long-running argument about sex, lust, history, dictators, art, and yes, even the meaning of human existence. Simultaneously soul wrenching and laughable. Only a literary master could pull it off gracefully and create an absurd and cerebral critical commentary on contemporary life—luckily, Kundera is and he does.  —Julia


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ISBN: 9780062356901
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 14th, 2016



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