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The Truth Commission
4 Starred Reviews

Open secrets are the heart of gossip -- the obvious things that no one is brave or tactless enough to ask. Except for Normandy Pale and her friends. They are juniors at a high school for artistsl, and have no...

Roller Girl
4 Starred Reviews

For fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby.For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls...

Mosquitoland
3 Starred Reviews

I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I...

The Alex Crow
3 Starred Reviews

"Smith is a spiritual heir to Kurt Vonnegut” —Booklist, starred review Skillfully blending multiple story strands that transcend time and place, award-winning Grasshopper Jungle author Andrew Smith chronicles the story of Ariel, a refugee who is the sole survivor of an attack on his...

Hold Me Closer
3 Starred Reviews

Especially for those of us who ordinarily feel ignored, a spotlight is a circle of magic, with the strength to draw us from the darkness of our everyday lives.  Watch out, ex-boyfriends, and get out of the way, homophobic coaches....

The War that Saved My Life
3 Starred Reviews

An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War 2, from the acclaimed author of Jefferson’s Sons and for fans of Number the Stars. Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated...

Audacity
3 Starred Reviews

The inspiring story of Clara Lemlich, whose fight for equal rights led to the largest strike by women in American history A gorgeously told novel in verse written with intimacy and power, Audacity is inspired by the real-life story of Clara Lemlich,...

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom
3 Starred Reviews

A memoir of the Civil Rights Movement from one of its youngest heroesAs the youngest marcher in the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Albama, Lynda Blackmon Lowery proved that young adults can be heroes. Jailed eleven times...

Last Stop on Market Street
3 Starred Reviews

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How...

Smick
Doreen Cronin
Illustrator: Juana Medina
3 Starred Reviews

Smick is a BIG dog.Sit, Smick.Chick is a little chick.Stay, Smick!So what happens when they see a stick?Written by New York Times bestselling author Doreen Cronin and ingeniously illustrated by newcomer Juana Medina, Smick is a story of unlikely friendship, a...

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