April 17, 2019

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Here we go again. We were all just standing in line waiting for breakfast when one of the caseworkers came in and tap tap tapped down the line. Uh oh, this meant bad news, either they'd found a foster home for somebody, or somebody was about to get paddled.
Oliver Twist
Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist

By: Charles Dickens
Recommended for grade(s): 11, 12

This darkest and most colorfully grotesque of Charles Dickens's novels swirls around one of his most beloved and unsullied heroes, the orphan Oliver Twist. Oliver Twist is also famous for its re-creation—through the splendidly realized figures of Fagin, Nancy, the Artful Dodger, and the evil Bill Sikes—of the vast nineteenth-century London underworld of pickpockets, thieves, prostitutes, and abandoned children. —from the website at Penguin Random House

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Bud, Not Buddy
Christopher Curtis

Bud, Not Buddy

By: Christopher Curtis
Recommended for grade(s): 4, 5

It's 1936, in Flint, Michigan. Ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but he's on a mission. His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: posters of Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression! Bud's got an idea that those posters will lead to his father. Once he decides to hit the road and find this mystery man, nothing can stop him. Newbery Medal Winner. Coretta Scott King Honor Book 2000.  —from the Scholastic website

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After Tupac And D Foster
Jacqueline Woodson

After Tupac And D Foster

By: Jacqueline Woodson
Recommended for grade(s): 5

The day D Foster enters Neeka and her best friend's lives, the world opens up for them. Suddenly they're keenly aware of things beyond their block in Queens, things that are happening in the world—like the shooting of Tupac Shakur—and in search of their Big Purpose in life. When—all too soon—D's mom swoops in to reclaim her, and Tupac dies, they are left with a sense of how quickly things can change and how even all-too-brief connections can touch deeply. A Newbery Honor Book. —from the website at Penguin Random House

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Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline

Orphan Train

By: Christina Baker Kline
Recommended for grade(s): 10, 11, 12

Christina Baker Kline's Orphan Train is an unforgettable story of friendship and second chances that highlights a little-known but historically significant movement in America's past—and it includes a special PS section for book clubs featuring insights, interviews, and more. Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrants orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life—answers that will ultimately free them both. Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are. —from the HarperCollins website

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