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 Library Media Specialist:
 Ms. Sharon Nelson

 Library Aide:
 Mrs. Melissa Williams

 Hours:
  7:30am - 3:30pm
 
 Cultural Diversity 
I Lived on Butterfly Hill
by Marjorie Agosin

Inspired by events surrounding Pinochet's takeover of Chile in the late 1960's, this is the story of 11-year-old Celeste, whose parents send her to live in Maine while her country is in turmoil.  
Brings to life Celeste's Chilean culture.  
Lost Girl Found 
by Leah Bassoff & Laura DeLuca

Poni, a Didinga girl caught in the midst of the brutal Sudanese civil war, must journey through many dangers to a refugee camp.  Though much attention has been paid to the Lost Boys of the Sudan, readers are offered a heartbreaking look at what life was like for many women and girls who survived the conflict.
Serafina's Promise
by Ann E. Burg

In this poignant novel in verse, Serafina, a girl living in poverty-stricken Haiti, wishes to become a doctor.  Caught in the middle of the devastating 2010 earthquake, Serafina must overcome both physical and metaphorical obstacles in the pursuit of her dreams.
Africa is My Home:  A Child of the Amistad
by Monica Edinger

The events surrounding the Amistad slave ship and the famous trial are brought to life through the eyes of nine-year-old Magulu, abducted from her home in Sierra Leona.  Meticulously researched, with folk-art-style illustrations that reflect her fears and hopes, Magulu's story illustrates this wrenching and pivotal moment in the history of the slave trade.
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.  
 
Revolution
by Deborah Wiles

This title follows the intersecting stories of a black boy and a white girl living in Mississippi during the tumultuous Freedom Summer.  Through song lyrics, biblical verses, photographs, speeches, essays and other ephemera, this documentary novel places readers in the middle of one of the most important--and dangerous--moments during the Civil Rights Movement.

                      
The Shadow Hero
by Gene Luen Yang

Rediscovering an obscure comic book hero from the 1940's,the Green Turtle, who may have been the first Asian American superhero, Yang and Liew have breathed a new life into this hero, giving him a backstory. The son of Chinese immigrants, Hank's an unlikely comic book protagonist:  after all, his mother is the one who's decided he's destined to become a hero.     

The Crossover
by Kwame Alexander

This lyrical novel in verse stars twin African American middle-school athletes, Josh and Jordan, who both have benefited from their dynamic dad's coaching and their mom's firm but loving support.  Conflicts arise as one boy is more successful socially and feelings of jealousy and abandonment affect their relationship on and off the court.  

        


Zombie Baseball Beatdown
by Paolo Bacigalupi

Though this fun read is an adventure-packed, thrill-a-minute zombie ride, it's more than that; it's also a hilarious and well-written story that addresses some serious themes: immigration, food safety and the meat industry, and more. 

        

The Living
by Matt De La Pena

This edge-of-your seat disaster thriller stars a biracial boy named Shy, whose job on a cruise ship lands him in the middle of "The Big One," a massive earthquake that wreaks havoc on the California coast. Underneath the rollicking survival tale is a thoughtful exploration of race and class in modern America.
The Thing About Luck
by Cynthia Kadohata

Summer Miyamoto, daughter of wheat harvesters, has had a long year of bad luck.  She's hoping that a summer on the road, traveling from farm to farm with her grandparents and younger brother, will turn things around.  Summer's unique relationship with her Japanese immigrant grandparents--the quarrelsome Obaachan and gentle Jiichan--brings a tender-hearted depth to this multigenerational story.
Everything Leads to You
by Nina Lacour

Emi is a mixed-race teen working her way up in the LA film industry and getting over her first love when she falls for a beautiful, mysterious girl who's at the center of a Hollywood secret.  The novel briefly touches upon the hardship some teens face upon coming out as LGBT but primarily focuses on the wonders of a burgeoning attraction and relationship. 
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
by Meg Medina

Piddy Sanchez just wants to make it through high school, but Yaqui Delgado tries to make life miserable for Piddy.  This realistic portrayal of teen bullying features two Latinas against the backdrop of an ethnically diverse Queens neighborhood.  


 

2016 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