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Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

Most readers will find Amal’s world utterly different from their own, and I think this is a good thing. Growing up in Pakistan, Amal is not unhappy with her life. She fights to get schooling when family tradition dictates that the eldest daughter stay home and take care of her siblings. But when she crosses the all-powerful landlord of her village, Amal’s destiny becomes both smaller and larger. Will she find a crack in the walls that keep her trapped? Will she become a teacher, as she dreams of? Eye-opening and uplifting, this story continued to resonate long after I read it. Grades 5–8. - Tera

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ISBN: 9780399544682
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - May 8th, 2018

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Merci is just trying to make it through middle school with some dignity intact. Edna, occasional friend, more often enemy, is always content to throw her under the bus—despite the fact that Edna already has everything Merci could ask for, including a rich doctor father (only a podiatrist, but still). Then comes the day that Merci is paired up with the big (good-looking?) new boy Michael at school, and suddenly Merci’s life is drama with a capital D. This well-crafted middle grade novel is about friends and family and growing up being proud of where you come from and who you choose to be. Understated but precise, Medina captures the first throes of adolescent angst perfectly. Grades 4–7. - Tera

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ISBN: 9780763690496
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Published: Candlewick - September 11th, 2018

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

Mason Buttle is dyslexic, large, and extra sweaty, so he already struggles when it comes to seventh grade. But what’s worse is that his best friend died in a tragic (and mysterious) treehouse accident over a year ago—and the police officer still on the case believes Mason knows more than he’s telling. This big-hearted novel takes on the story of an underdog, neighborhood bullies, new friendships, self-reliance, and the triumph of standing up for oneself, while also unwinding the twisty truth of what really happened (as told by Mason Buttle). We loved Leslie Connor’s All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, and her new novel is just as poignant and memorable. Grades 5–8. - Tera

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ISBN: 9780062491435
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 23rd, 2018

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

Hosseini, beloved author of the The Kite Runner, has helped lead the movement to bring awareness about refugees around the world. Here he has penned a gorgeous and harrowing letter from a father to his child as they wait for a journey across the sea to flee persecution and war. Beautifully illustrated by Dan Williams, Sea Prayer gives poetic voice to a generation of refugees whose sole wish is for their children to find safe passage, able to remember the beauty of their homeland before all was lost. Let us all bear witness through this book. - Casey

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ISBN: 9780525539094
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 18th, 2018

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Taught me about love and friendship during a critical time, when I was young and living in tough circumstances. Please hand this book series to every young reader! Hogwarts taught me to have an unyielding, warm and open heart. It’s nearly the holidays-- gift this one! I first read it as a Christmas present when I was 8 years old. - a.c.

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By J. K. Rowling, Brian Selznick (Illustrator), Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781338299144
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - June 26th, 2018

Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems edited by Paul Janeczko, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Organized by the seasons, beginning with spring, this collection of 36 impeccably chosen short poems demonstrates that significant emotional power can reside in just a few lines. Grades K–4.  —School Library Journal

The Red Wheelbarrow

so much depends/upon/a red wheel/barrowglazed with rain/water/beside the white/chickens.—William Carlos Williams

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By Paul B. Janeczko, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763699710
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Published: Candlewick - March 20th, 2018

Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled by Catherine Thimmesh

Another dinosaur book? Not exactly: rather than adding to the panoply of dino-guides, Thimmesh instead looks at how new discoveries in paleontology require sometimes-drastic revisions by paleoartists. Is that a job? Yes! Copious illustrations by leading artists add much appeal to the book’s unique approach. Grades 3 and up.Horn Book Fanfare

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ISBN: 9781328740885
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - November 14th, 2017

The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye

His family is packing up for a 3-year stint in America, but Aref isn’t ready to leave his Oman home or his grandfather, Sidi. The bond between grandparent and child is a stalwart of children’s literature, and this novel quietly but surely evokes the classic theme against a sensuously rendered landscape that feels like home. Grades 3–6.  —Horn Book Fanfare

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ISBN: 9780062019783
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 3rd, 2016

When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin

This companion to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon stands firmly on its own. Pinmei and a young boy from her village, Yishan, embark on an incredible journey to rescue her grandmother from the clutches of the power-mad emperor. Interspersed with Chinese-inspired folktales and Grace Lin’s elegant artwork, and steeped in evocative prose, this volume is an excellent addition to the magical art of storytelling. Grades 3–6. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9780316125949
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2017

Amina's Voice by Hena Khan

Growing up in the United States, the children of immigrants often feel torn between two cultures: the world of their peers and the world of their parents. Amina watches her best friend, Korean American Soojin, struggle to fit into their very American school and Amina wonders if she should be doing the same. Tackling tough questions of racism, faith, and culture, this book sheds light on the hard realities facing immigrant children today. Grades 4–6. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9781481492072
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - May 1st, 2018


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