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Amal unbound

Aisha Saeed

jFICTION Saeed Aisha
Kids, Fiction

"Twelve-year-old Amal's dream of becoming a teacher one day is dashed in an instant when she accidentally insults a member of her Pakistani village's ruling family. As punishment for her behavior, she is forced to leave her heartbroken family behind and go work at their estate. Amal is distraught but has faced setbacks before. So she summons her courage and begins navigating the complex rules of life as a servant, with all its attendant jealousies and pecking-order woes. Most troubling, though, is Amal's increasing awareness of the deadly measures the Khan family will go to in order to stay in control. It's clear that their hold over her village will never loosen as long as everyone is too afraid to challenge them--so if Amal is to have any chance of ensuring her loved ones' safety and winning back her freedom, she must find a way to work with the other servants to make it happen."--Page [2] of cover.

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Be prepared

Vera Brosgol

jGRAPHIC NOVEL Brosgol
Kids, Graphic Novels, Fiction

A misfit girl and her brother attend summer camp, where they struggle with primitive plumbing, snobby tentmates, and boys-versus-girls competitions.

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The miscalculations of Lightning Girl

Stacy McAnulty

jFICTION Mcanulty Stacy
Kids, Fiction

A lightning strike made Lucy, twelve, a math genius but, after years of homeschooling, her grandmother enrolls her in middle school and she learns that life is more than numbers.

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The day you begin

Jacqueline Woodson

jE Woodson
Kids, Fiction, Picture Books

Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.

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The Parker inheritance

Varian Johnson

jFICTION Johnson Varian
Kids, Fiction, Mystery

Twelve-year-old Candice Miller is spending the summer in Lambert, South Carolina, in the old house that belonged to her grandmother, who died after being dismissed as city manager for having the city tennis courts dug up looking for buried treasure--but when she finds the letter that sent her grandmother on the treasure hunt, she finds herself caught up in the mystery and, with the help of her new friend and fellow book-worm, Brandon, she sets out to find the inheritance, exonerate her grandmother, and expose an injustice once committed against an African American family in Lambert.

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The truth as told by Mason Buttle

Leslie Connor

jFICTION Connor Leslie
Kids, Fiction

As he grieves his best friend Benny's death, Mason and his friend Calvin, who are targeted by the neighborhood bullies, create an underground haven for themselves, but when Calvin goes missing Mason finds himself in trouble.

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The journey of little Charlie

Christopher Paul Curtis

jFICTION Curtis, Christoper
Kids, Fiction, Historical Fiction

When his poor sharecropper father is killed in an accident and leaves the family in debt, twelve-year-old Little Charlie agrees to accompany fearsome plantation overseer Cap'n Buck north in pursuit of people who have stolen from him; Cap'n Buck tells Little Charlie that his father's debt will be cleared when the fugitives are captured, which seems like a good deal until Little Charlie comes face-to-face with the people he is chasing.

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Just like Jackie

Lindsey Stoddard

jFICTION Stoddard Lindsey
Kids, Fiction

For as long as fifth-grade Robinson Hart can remember, it's just been her and Grandpa. Robbie wishes Grandpa would tell her more about the rest of her family, she's learned over the years that he doesn't like to talk about the past. She's determined to stay out of trouble so that she does not worry her grandfather and to make sure that she and her grandfather stay together as he is the only family she has left. But Grandpa's memory is starting to get bad, and Robbie's worried that soon he won't remember their family including her at all.

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The book of Boy

Catherine Gilbert Murdock

jFICTION Murdock Catherin
Kids, Fiction, Historical Fiction

In 1350, a boy with a large hump on his back becomes the servant of a shadowy pilgrim on his way to Rome, who pulls the boy into a dangerous expedition across Europe to gather the seven precious relics of Saint Peter.--Provided by Publisher.

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Front desk

Kelly Yang

jFICTION Yang Kelly
Kids, Fiction

"Mia Tang has a lot of secrets. Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests. Number 2: Her parents hide immigrants. And if the mean motel owner, Mr. Yao, finds out they've been letting them stay in the empty rooms for free, the Tangs will be doomed. Number 3: She wants to be a writer. But how can she when her mom thinks she should stick to math because English is not her first language? It will take all of Mia's courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, escape Mr. Yao, and go for her dreams?"--Page [2] of cover.

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