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Celeste’s Harlem Renaissance

Celeste's Harlem RenaissanceCeleste’s Harlem Renaissance

By Eleanora E. Tate

Genre: Historical Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Social Studies: History; Social Studies: African American Heritage

Grades: 3 – 7

 

It’s 1921, and when Celeste Lassiter Massey goes to stay with her Aunt Valentina in Harlem, she is not thrilled to trade her friends and comfortable North Carolina surroundings for scary big city life with a famous actress. While Celeste absorbs the excitement of the Harlem Renaissance in full swing, she sees as much grit as glamour. A passionate writer, talented violinist, and aspiring doctor, Celeste eventually faces a choice between ambition and loyalty, roots and horizons. The decision will change her forever.

 

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PRAISE

“[Tate] draws her characters with charming humor and multidimensional candor.” -SLJ

 

“Tate has created a fully realized heroine….Readers will likely happily accompany Celeste on her journey.” –Publishers Weekly

 

“Complex, distinctive, and well developed. Celeste’s wide-eyed observations…pull readers in.” –The Horn Book

 

“Readers will connect with [Celeste’s] strong, regional voice. Both sobering and inspiring, Tate’s novel is a moving portrait of growing up black and female in 1920s America.” –Booklist

“Tate has an eye, and an ear, for the ambience of the era. Celeste and her friends and family are well-conceived individuals, both real and imagined….Absorbing.” –Kirkus

 

 

Harlem Stomp

Harlem StompHarlem Stomp: A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance

By Laban Carrick Hill

Genre: Non-Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Social Studies: History; Social Studies: African American Heritage

Grades: 7 & Up

 

Meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated, the book is a veritable time capsule packed with poetry, prose, photographs, full-color paintings, and reproductions of historical documents.

 

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PRAISE

National Book Award Finalist

★”A visual feast….Together, the words and images bring this extraordinary period to life.” -SLJ

★”This energetic, elegantly designed volume documents the artistic, literary and musical surge of black culture in Harlem.” –Publishers Weekly

★”With a beautiful open design, this illustrated history combines the politics of the black metropolis in the roaring 1920s with….detailed chapters on the ‘blazing creativity’ of performers, writers, visual artists, and intellectuals….wonderful for browsing.” –Booklist

 

Rapture Practice

Rapture Practice by Aaron HartlerRapture Practice

By Aaron Hartzler

Genre: Non-fiction

Curriculum Subjects: Teen: Life Religion; Family, Personal Development: Self-Discovery

Grade: 10 & Up

 

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Sometimes salvation is found in the strangest places: a true story.

 

Aaron Hartzler grew up in a home where he was taught that at any moment the Rapture could happen. That Jesus might come down in the twinkling of an eye and scoop Aaron and his family up to heaven. As a kid, Aaron was thrilled by the idea that every moment of every day might be his last one on planet Earth.

 

But as Aaron turned sixteen, he found himself more attached to his earthly life and curious about all the things his family forsakes for the Lord. In this funny and heartfelt coming-of-age memoir, Hartzler recalls his teenage journey to find the person he is without losing the family that loves him.

 

PRAISE

 

★ “His story emphasizes discovery more than rebellion, and the narrative is carefully constructed to show and not judge the beliefs of his family and their community… Hartzler’s laugh-out-loud stylings range from the subtle to the ridiculous…A hilarious first-of-its-kind story that will surely inspire more.”  — Kirkus Reviews

 

“Effervescent and moving, evocative and tender.” — The New York Times Book Review

 

“Hartzler writes with a keen eye for detail… he is equally sure-footed describing his inner turmoil… One of the best things, however, is how lovingly Hartzler portrays his parents, even as they anger him.” — Booklist

 

“What rings very true… is the author’s thoughtful search for answers to his heart’s biggest questions, and his pragmatism and sense of humor on the journey.” — Publishers Weekly

 

“[Aaron Hatzler’s] memoir is appealing because of his honesty, and forthrightness… clear and lively.” — School Library Journal

Adaptation

Adaptation

By Malinda Lo

Genre: Science Fiction

Curriculum Subjects: Adventure: Aliens

Grade: 10 & Up

A bold contemporary science fiction thriller from the acclaimed author of Ash and The Huntress.

Across North America, flocks of birds start hurling themselves at airplanes, causing many flights to crash. The scary part? The birds seem to be doing it on purpose. Government fears of terrorism ground all other flights stranding thousands of travelers including teens Reese and David. They just want to get home to San Francisco. A frantic car ride north through the Nevada desert ends in a horrible crash no one could survive. But Reese and David survived, though a bit … changed.

 

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PRAISE:

A CBC Best Children’s Book of 2013

A 2013 Top Ten Rainbow Project Book

 

“Absolutely compelling.” –The Horn Book

 

“Slot this on the shelf between Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother and The X-Files.” –Kirkus

Knock Knock

Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me

By Daniel Beaty

Illustrated by Bryan Collier

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Personal Development: Responsibility, Family Life: Parents/Siblings/Babies

Grade: K-1

 

Every morning, I play a game with my father.

He goes knock knock on my door

and I pretend to be asleep

till he gets right next to the bed.

And my papa, he tells me, “I love you.”

 

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But what happens when, one day, that “knock knock” doesn’t come? This powerful and inspiring book shows the love that an absent parent can leave behind, and the strength that children find in themselves as they grow up and follow their dreams.

 

PRAISE & ACCOLADES

Winner of the 2014 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Honor

 

★ “By sharing his experience, explained in an afterword, Beaty lends his voice to children struggling with the absence of a parent and the grief that goes with it.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

 

“The desire for guidance encountering life’s experiences is told from a small child’s point of view with candor, as well as hope….” —Booklist

 

“The text, powerful and spare, is well supported by Collier’s watercolor and collage art…there is a lot going on in the mind of any child who has been denied a parent, for whatever reason. In this book they will find comfort and inspiration.” —The Horn Book

 

“A poignant [and] heart-wrenching tale of love, loss, and hope.” —School Library Journal

 

“Challenging but ultimately uplifting, Knock Knock is a thoughtful meditation on grappling with the sometimes uneasy legacy passed down to us by our parents.” —The Huffington Post

Sugar

Sugar

By Jewell Parker Rhodes

Genre: Middle Grade

Curriculum Subject: African American Heritage, History

Grade: 3-7

 

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Ten-year-old Sugar lives on the River Road sugar plantation along the banks of the Mississippi. Slavery is over, but laboring in the fields all day doesn’t make her feel very free. Thankfully, Sugar has a knack for finding her own fun, especially when she joins forces with forbidden friend Billy, the white plantation owner’s son.

 

Sugar has always yearned to learn more about the world, and she sees her chance when Chinese workers are brought in to help harvest the cane. The older River Road folks feel threatened, but Sugar is fascinated. As she befriends young Beau and elder Master Liu, they introduce her to the traditions of their culture, and she, in turn, shares the ways of plantation life. Sugar soon realizes that she must be the one to bridge the cultural gap and bring the community together. Here is a story of unlikely friendships and how they can change our lives forever.

 

From Jewell Parker Rhodes, the author of Ninth Ward (a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and a Today show Al’s Book Club for Kids pick), here’s another tale of a strong, spirited young girl who rises beyond her circumstances and inspires others to work toward a brighter future.

 

PRAISE & ACCOLADES

★ “[Rhodes’] prose shines, reading with a spare lyricism that flows naturally. All Sugar’s hurt, longing, pain and triumph shine through….A magical story of hope.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 

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Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington

Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington

By Jabari Asim, illustrated by Bryan Collier

Genre: Picture Book, Biography

Curriculum Subjects: African American Heritage, History

Grade: P-1

 

Born into slavery, young Booker T. Washington could only dream of learning to read and write. After emancipation, with only fifty cents in his pocket and a dream in his soul, Booker walked five hundred miles to Hampton Institute, taking his first of many steps towards a college degree. The young slave who once waited outside of the schoolhouse would one day become a legendary educator of freedmen.

 

Award-winning artist Bryan Collier captures the hardship and the spirit of one of the most inspiring figures in American history, bringing to life Booker T. Washington’s journey to learn, to read, and to realize a dream.

 

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PRAISE

2012 Kirkus Best Books for Children

★ “An inspirational life, memorably presented.” -SLJ

★ “An outstanding achievement and a life worthy of note. ” – Kirkus

★ “Asim’s lyrical narrative is succinct yet illustrative, and, combined with the artwork, makes an impressive addition to any biography collection.” – Publishers’ Weekly

 


 

 

 

Starry River of the Sky

Starry River of the Sky

By: Grace Lin

Genre: Fantasy

Curriculum Subjects: Magic/Fantasy, Folk/Fairy Tales: Magic, Europe/Asia/Africa

Grade: 3-7

 

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The moon is missing from the remote Village of Clear Sky, but only a young boy named Rendi seems to notice! Rendi has run away from home and is now working as a chore boy at the village inn. He can’t help but notice the village’s peculiar inhabitants and their problems-where has the innkeeper’s son gone? Why are Master Chao and Widow Yan always arguing? What is the crying sound Rendi keeps hearing? And how can crazy, old Mr. Shan not know if his pet is a toad or a rabbit?

 

But one day, a mysterious lady arrives at the Inn with the gift of storytelling, and slowly transforms the villagers and Rendi himself. As she tells more stories and the days pass in the Village of Clear Sky, Rendi begins to realize that perhaps it is his own story that holds the answers to all those questions.

 

Newbery Honor author Grace Lin brings readers another enthralling fantasy featuring her marvelous full-color illustrations. Starry River of the Sky is filled with Chinese folklore, fascinating characters, and exciting new adventures.

 

PRAISE

 

★ “That the book celebrates the significance of storytelling is especially gratifying, conveyed as it is through such an enthrallingly told and handsomely illustrated tale.” – The Horn Book

 

★“Lin’s writing is clear and lyrical, her plotting complex, and her illustrations magical, all of which make this a book to be savored.” –Booklist

 

★“The lively mix of adventure, mystery, and fantasy, supported by compelling character development and spellbinding language, will captivate a wide swath of readers.” –PW

 

★“Tight and cyclical plotting, combined with Lin’s vibrant, full-color paintings and chapter decorations, creates a work that is nothing short of enchanting.” –SLJ

 

★“Lin artfully wraps her hero’s story in alternating layers of Chinese folklore, providing rich cultural context.” –Kirkus

 

 

Dumpling Days

Dumpling Days

By Grace Lin

Genre: Realistic Fiction, Middle Grade

Curriculum Subjects: Transportation and Travel, Character Development, Europe/Asia/Africa

Grade: 3-7

 

There was no day that dumplings couldn’t make better.

 

Pacy is back! The beloved heroine of The Year of the Dog and The Year of the Rat has returned in a brand new story. This summer, Pacy’s family is going to Taiwan for an entire month to visit family and prepare for their grandmother’s 60th birthday celebration. Pacy’s parents have signed her up for a Chinese painting class, and at first she’s excited. This is a new way to explore her art talent! But everything about the trip is harder than she thought it would be–she looks like everyone else but can’t speak the language, she has trouble following the art teacher’s instructions, and it’s difficult to make friends in her class. At least the dumplings are delicious…

As the month passes by, Pacy eats chicken feet (by accident!), gets blessed by a fortune teller, searches for her true identity, and grows closer to those who matter most.

 

 

 

★ “Read this aloud when studying China and Taiwan, when studying the many cultural heritages of America, or just for fun.” – Library Media Connection

 

 

DJ Rising

DJ Rising

By Love Maia

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Curriculum Subjects: Gangs/Substance Abuse, Family, Self-Discovery

Grade: 7-12

 

The first thing I hear is music. The first thing I’ve always heard is music.



 

Meet Marley, an unassuming high school junior who breathes in music like oxygen. In between caring for his heroin-addicted mother, and keeping his scholarship at a fancy prep school, he dreams of becoming a professional DJ.

When chance lands Marley his first real DJ job, his career as “DJ Ice” suddenly skyrockets. But when heart-rending disaster at home brings Marley crashing back down to earth, he is torn between obligation and following his dreams.

 

★ “This gritty, pulsating peek into a lesser-known world reverberates with the energy of a thumping dance club.” — Booklist