February 14, 2020

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

"Little Man, would you come on? You keep it up and you're gonna make us late." My youngest brother paid no attention to me. Grasping more firmly his newspaper-wrapped notebook and his tin-can lunch of cornbread and oil sausages, he continued to concentrate on the dusty road.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Mildred D. Taylor

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

By: Mildred D. Taylor
Recommended for grade(s): 5, 6

Why is the land so important to Cassie's family? It takes the events of one turbulent year—the year of the night riders and the burnings, the year a white girl humiliates Cassie in public simply because she's black—to show Cassie that having a place of their own is the Logan family's lifeblood. It is the land that gives the Logans their courage and pride—no matter how others may degrade them, the Logans possess something no one can take away. Newbery Medal Winner.  Coretta Scott King Honor Book 1977.  --From the website at Penguin Random House

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Jim the Boy
Tony Earley

Jim the Boy

By: Tony Earley
Recommended for grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Both delightful and wise, Jim the Boy brilliantly captures the pleasures and fears of youth at a time when America itself was young and struggling to come into its own. --From the website at Hachette

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Little Big Man
Thomas Berger

Little Big Man

By: Thomas Berger
Recommended for grade(s): 10, 11, 12, College Plus

"The truth is always made up of little particulars which sound ridiculous when repeated." So says Jack Crabb, the 111-year-old narrator of Thomas Berger's 1964 masterpiece of American fiction, Little Big Man. Berger claimed the Western as serious literature with this savage and epic account of one man's extraordinary double life. After surviving the massacre of his pioneer family, ten-year-old Jack is adopted by an Indian chief who nicknames him Little Big Man. As a Cheyenne, he feasts on dog, loves four wives, and sees his people butchered by horse soldiers commanded by General George Armstrong Custer. Later, living as a white man once more, he hunts the buffalo to near-extinction, tangles with Wyatt Earp, cheats Wild Bill Hickok, and fights in the Battle of Little Bighorn alongside Custer himself—a man he'd sworn to kill. —from the website at Penguin Random House

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If A Tree Falls At Lunch Period
Gennifer Choldenko

If A Tree Falls At Lunch Period

By: Gennifer Choldenko
Recommended for grade(s): 5, 6, 7

Kirsten's parents are barely speaking to each other, and her best friend has fallen under the spell of the school's queen bee, Brianna. It seems like only Kirsten's younger science-geek sister is on her side. Walker's goal is to survive at the new white private school his mom has sent him to because she thinks he's going to screw up like his cousin. But he's a good kid. So is his friend Matteo, though no one knows why he'll do absolutely anything that hot blond Brianna asks of him. But all of this feels almost trivial when Kirsten and Walker discover a secret that shakes them both to the core. —Turtleback

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