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Islandborn

Junot Díaz

eBOOK
Read Woke, Picture Books

"Lola was just a baby when her family left the Island, so when she has to draw it for a school assignment, she asks her family, friends, and neighbors about their memories of her homeland...and in the process, comes up with a new way of understanding her own heritage"--

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Dreamers

Yuyi Morales

eBOOK
Read Woke, Picture Books, Memoir

"An illustrated picture book autobiography in which award-winning author Yuyi Morales tells her own immigration story"--

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Resplendent. Dreamers is a masterpiece. -Casey

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Danza! : Amalia Hernández and el Ballet Folklórico de Mexico

Duncan Tonatiuh

eBOOK
Read Woke, Picture Books, Nonfiction, Sports

"This is a picture book biography for children ages 6-10 about Amalia Hernandez (1917-2000), the dancer and choreographer who founded the Mexican Folkloric Ballet, a dance organization that continues to perform today. The author/illustrator is Duncan Tonatiuh"--

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Clean getaway

Nic Stone

eBOOK
Black Lives Matter, Read Woke, Adventure, Black History, Travel

"For the life of him, William "Scoob" Lamar can't seem to stay out of trouble--and now the run-ins at school have led to lockdown at home. So when G'ma, Scoob's favorite person on Earth, asks him to go on an impromptu road trip, he's in the RV faster than he can say FREEDOM. With G'ma's old maps and a strange pamphlet called the 'Travelers' Green Book' at their side, the pair takes off on a journey down G'ma's memory lane. But adventure quickly turns to uncertainty: G'ma keeps changing the license plate, dodging Scoob's questions, and refusing to check Dad's voice mails. And the farther they go, the more Scoob realizes that the world hasn't always been a welcoming place for kids like him, and things aren't always what they seem--G'ma included."--Jacket flap.

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A clandestine road trip, The Green Book, and a rad G'Ma--Nic Stone's first middle grade novel is perfection! -Casey

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Some places more than others

Renée Watson

jFICTION Watson Renee
Black Lives Matter, Read Woke, Fiction

Amara visits her father's family in Harlem for her twelfth birthday, hoping to better understand her family and herself, but New York City is not what she expected.--

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The jumbies

Tracey Baptiste

jFICTION Baptiste Tracey
Black Lives Matter, Read Woke, Horror

Eleven-year-old Corinne must call on her courage and an ancient magic to stop an evil spirit and save her island home.

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The crossover : a basketball novel

Kwame Alexander

eBOOK
Black Lives Matter, Read Woke, Sports, Poetry

Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

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Poetry that is devastatingly beautiful and fabulous storytelling make this 2014 Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award winner a powerful read. Pick this one up, you'll be glad you did. -Casey

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Tristan Strong punches a hole in the sky

Kwame Mbalia

eBOOK
Black Lives Matter, Read Woke, Adventure

Seventh-grader Tristan Strong tumbles into the MidPass and, with allies John Henry and Brer Rabbit, must entice the god Anansi to come out of hiding and seal the hole Tristan accidentally ripped in the sky.

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Last last-day-of-summer

L. R. Giles

eBOOK
Black Lives Matter, Read Woke, Adventure, Science Fiction

When adventurous cousins Otto and Sheed Alston accidentally extend the last day of summer by freezing time, they find the secrets between the unmoving seconds are not as much fun as they expected.

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Bud, not Buddy

Christopher Paul Curtis

eBOOK
Black Lives Matter, Read Woke, Historical Fiction, Adventure, Classics

Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.

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This won the Newbery Award when I was about the same age as Bud. It's just as meaningful now as I remember it being at 11. -Casey