January 31, 2020

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I heard Candy out in the front yard calling Gram Mon. Me and Toddy and Minnie was sitting at the table eating, and Gram Mon was at the stove looking in the pot to see if she had enough food left in there for supper. I could hear Candy out in the yard, going: "Oh, Aunto Glo; oh, Aunt Glo, oh, Aunt Glo." I jumped up from my chair to go see what she wanted, but Gram Mon told me to sit back down there and finish my food, 'cause my name wasn't Glo, or Aunt.
A Gathering of Old Men
Ernest Gaines

A Gathering of Old Men

By: Ernest Gaines
Recommended for grade(s): 11, 12

Set on a Louisiana sugarcane plantation in the 1970s, A Gathering of Old Men is a powerful depiction of racial tensions arising over the death of a Cajun farmer at the hands of a black man. "Poignant, powerful, earthy...a novel of Southern racial confrontation in which a group of elderly black men band together against whites who seek vengeance for the murder of one of their own."—Booklist "A fine novel...there is a denouement that will shock and move readers as much as it does the characters."—Philadelphia Inquirer —From Knopf Doubleday

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Dumplin’
Julie Murphy

Dumplin’

By: Julie Murphy
Recommended for grade(s): 8, 9, 10

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart. Dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all. --From the website at HarperCollins

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Concrete Candy
Apollo

Concrete Candy

By: Apollo
Recommended for grade(s): 11, 12

Six incendiary stories that reflect the rage and frustration — and the determination to survive — of America's disenfranchised inner-city youth. Concrete Candy marks the debut of an astonishing new writer — notable both for the authenticity and immediacy of his voice and for his age: fifteen. Apollo, a child of the inner city and a protege of the acclaimed novelist Jess Mowry, began writing stories that reflect the tension, drama, and pathos of the urban reality he has lived and witnessed. The result is this collection of six powerful, haunting tales of boys dangerously adrift in the 'hood. —From Knopf Doubleday

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To Kill A Mockingbird
Harper Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird

By: Harper Lee
Recommended for grade(s): 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

"Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel—a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence, and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina and quiet heroism of one man's struggle for justice—but the weight of history will only tolerate so much. One of the best-loved classics of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has earned many distinctions since its original publication in 1960. —from the HarperCollins website

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