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 Library Media Specialist:
 Ms. Sharon Nelson

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 Mrs. Melissa Williams

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 Cultural Diversity 
Written in the Stars
by Aisha Saeed

Naila's vacation to visit relatives in Pakistan turns into a nightmare when she discovers her parents want to force her to marry a man she's never met.
Bitter Side of Sweet
by Tara Sullivan
Kept as forced labor on a chocolate plantation in the Ivory Coast, Amadou and his younger brother Seydou had given up hope, until a young girl arrives at the camp who rekindles the urge to escape.
Ink and Ashes
by Valynne Maetani

When Japanese American Claire Takata finds out that her deceased father was once a member of the yakuza, a Japanese crime syndicate, danger enters her life that could end up killing someone.
March: Book One
by John Lewis

A graphic novel trilogy bas
ed on the life of civil rights leader and congressman John Lewis. March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.
Written in Stone
by Rosanne Parry
In 1918, a 13-year old girl from the Makah tribe of the Pacific Northwest struggles with the sudden death of her father and tries to preserve the stories and ways of her people in the face of cultural and environmental upheaval by white whalers.  
 

Looks Like Daylight
by Deborah Ellis

For two years, Ellis traveled across the United States and Canada interviewing Native children. The result is a compelling collection of interviews with children aged nine to eighteen. They come from all over the continent, from Iqaluit to Texas, Haida Gwaai to North Carolina, and their stories run the gamut; some heartbreaking; many others full of pride and hope.
                      
Flygirl
by Sherri Smith

During World War II, a light-skinned African American girl "passes" for white in order to join the Women Air Force Service Pilots.

Four-Four-Two
by Dean Hughes

Forced into an internment camp at the start of World War II, eighteen-year-old Yuki enlists in the Army to fight for the Allies as a member of the "Four-Four-Two," a segregated Japanese American 

        


Burn Baby Burn
by Meg Medina

Nora Lopez is seventeen during the summer of 1977, when New York is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam. Meg Medina transports us to a time when tempers and temperatures ran high to share the story of a young woman who discovers that the greatest dangers are often closer than we like to admit.

        

A Steep and Thorny Way
by Cat Winters

A sixteen-year-old biracial girl in rural Oregon in the 1920s searches for the truth about her father's death while avoiding trouble from the Ku Klux Klan in this YA historical novel inspired by Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'"
Outrun the Moon
by Stacy Lee

Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from poverty in Chinatown, and she gains admittance to a prestigious finishing school through a mix of cunning and bribery. When the earthquake strikes on April 18, Mercy and her classmates are forced to a survivor encampment, but her quick-witted leadership rallies them to help in the tragedy's aftermath.
If I Ever Get Out of Here
If I Ever Get Out Of Here
by Eric Ganworth

Through an exquisite use of Beatles music, Gansworth connects with readers on multiple levels in this story of Lewis, an Onondaga teen, as he develops a friendship with George, a white teen from a nearby Air Force base. The family and community of both characters figure prominently throughout.
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Sonia Sotomayor
by Lisa McElroy

Explores the life and accomplishments of Sonia Sotomayor and reveals how she was able to become the United States' first Latina Supreme Court justice. Includes full-color photographs, a timeline, and a glossary.


 

Bura Pelpre Award/Honor Awards

The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
Book cover image: Enchanted Air
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings
 written by Margarita Engle

Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir brings us a memoir in free verse that conveys the story of growing up in two cultures during an era of great tension between the United States and Cuba. Poet Margarita Engle takes her young audience on a journey of longing. It is a story that touches on issues affecting numerous immigrant children today.

“Engle’s memoir of living in two cultures and the inability to crossthe sky to visit family will resonate with youth facing similar circumstances,” said Pavon..

Book cover image: The Smoking Mirror
The Smoking Mirror

written by David Bowles 

.A fantasy novel about 12-year-old twins growing into their magical, shape-shifting
 abilities, as they descend into the Land of the Dead to find their mother. Bowles
 creates an action-packed story based on Aztec and Mayan mythology while capturing the realities of life in contemporary South Texas and Mexico.

It's World War II, and Misha's family, like the rest of the Jews living in Warsaw, has been moved by the Nazis into a single crowded ghetto. Conditions are appalling: every day more people die from disease, starvation, and deportations. Misha does his best to help his family survive, even crawling through the sewers to smuggle food. When conditions worsen, Misha joins a handful of other Jews who decide to make a final, desperate stand against the Nazis

The War Within These Walls