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The Perfect Score
Told by five members of the 6th grade class at Lakeview Middle School, this story is proof that standardized testing isn’t the most important thing that happens in your first year of middle school. When the teacher they were supposed to have is unexpectedly unable to start the year, ancient Mrs. Wood returns from retirement to be their teacher. She looks old, dresses old, and sounds old,… Continue
Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone
In this beautiful and simple picture book, readers learn about Simone’s childhood as she shares her stories with her daughter. The illustrations throughout the book bring to life Simone’s love for music, as well as her desire to stand up for her beliefs. Recommended for reading aloud with children in preschool-3rd grade, but kids of all ages and adults will fall in love with this… Continue
Ahimsa
Ahimsa is filled with female empowerment, hope, family and the power of non-violent resistance. Set in a fictional town in India in 1942, the freedom fighters with Mahatma Gandhi are trying to overthrow British rule. Anjali's mother decides to join the movement, and through her mother’s work and sacrifice for the movement, Anjali’s learns the importance of equality and civil… Continue
The Serpent's Secret
On the morning of her 12th birthday, Kiranmala is just a regular 6th grader living in New Jersey. That is until her parents mysteriously vanish and a drooling rakkhosh demon slams through her kitchen. Turns out there might be some truth to her parents' fantastical stories, including how Kiranmala is a real Indian princess and that she comes from a secret place not of this world. An excellent… Continue
In my heart : a book of feelings
Happy, brave, heartbroken, shy—In My Heart explores them all. The book follows a small, vibrant child as she describes many different feelings through metaphors and colorful illustrations. With lyrical but direct language, it is a book for anyone—of any age—who is seeking to recognize and articulate their emotions. Kids will connect to the main character as she calmly floats… Continue
The City of Ember
Just over 200 years before the start of the book, The Builders write instructions for the citizens of Ember about how to escape their world. Friends Lina and Doon know that the increasingly common blackouts and supply shortages mean that they urgently need to find a way to save their city where all light comes from light bulbs and messages are carried across town by people. Lina stumbles across… Continue