July 24, 2019

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Which one starts like this? Click on a book below to answer

As summer wheat came ripe, so did I, born at home, on the kitchen floor. Ma crouched, barefoot, bare bottomed over the swept boards, because that's where Daddy said it'd be best.
Tales from the Farm (Essex County Trilogy #1)
Jeff Lemire

Tales from the Farm (Essex County Trilogy #1)

By: Jeff Lemire
Recommended for grade(s): 10, 11

Xeric-Award-winning cartoonist Jeff Lemire (Lost Dogs) illustrates the tale of Lester, an orphaned 10-year-old who goes to live on his Uncle's farm. Their relationship grows increasingly strained and Lester befriends the town's gas station owner, and damaged former hockey star Jimmy Lebeuf. The two escape into a private fantasy world of super-heroes, alien invaders and good old-fashioned pond Hockey. Tales from the Farm is the first volume in a trilogy of graphic novels set in a fictionalized version of Lemire's hometown of Essex County, Ontario. --from Top Shelf Productions

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Out of the Dust
Karen Hesse

Out of the Dust

By: Karen Hesse
Recommended for grade(s): 5, 6

This gripping story, written in sparse first-person, free-verse poems, is the compelling tale of Billie Jo's struggle to survive during the dust bowl years of the Depression. With stoic courage, she learns to cope with the loss of her mother and her grieving father's slow deterioration. There is hope at the end when Billie Jo's badly burned hands are healed, and she is able to play her beloved piano again. The 1998 Newbery Medal winner. Newbery Medal Winner. —from the Scholastic website

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Toning the Sweep
Angela Johnson

Toning the Sweep

By: Angela Johnson
Recommended for grade(s): 8, 9

Three generations of African American women, each holding on to a separate truth. Their story -- encompassing racism and murder as well as the family commonplaces that make a life -- is one that readers will never forget. Coretta Scott King Award Winner 1994.  --from Scholastic.

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Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child
Elva Treviño Hart

Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child

By: Elva Treviño Hart
Recommended for grade(s): 6, 7

Barefoot Heart is a vividly told autobiographical account of the life of a child growing up in a family of migrant farm workers. Elva Trevino Hart was born in south Texas to Mexican immigrants and spent her childhood moving back and forth between Texas and Minnesota, eventually leaving that world to earn a master's degree in computer science/engineering. This is a beautiful book, one many of us teaching Latino/a memoir and autobiography have long been waiting for. -- From Bilingual Review Press

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