March 26, 2021

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

At the top of the key, I'm MOVING & GROOVING, POPping and ROCKING--Why you BUMPING? Why you LOCKING? Man, take this THUMPING.
Homeboyz
Alan Lawrence Sitomer

Homeboyz

By: Alan Lawrence Sitomer
Recommended for grade(s): 9, 10

When Teddy Anderson's little sister Tina is gunned down randomly in a drive-by shooting, the gangstas who rule the streets in the Anderson family's rapidly deteriorating neighborhood dismiss the incident as just another case of RP, RT-wrong place, wrong time. According to gangsta logic, Tina doesn't even count as a statistic. Teddy's family is devastated. Mrs. Anderson sinks into deep depression while Pops struggles to run both the household and his declining laundry business. The Andersons are shocked still further when Teddy is arrested and thrown in prison for attempted homicide after his elaborately laid plans for revenge against his sister's killer are foiled by the cops. Teddy soon finds himself out of prison on house arrest, and in the capable hands of Officer Mariana Diaz, the smart, tough probation officer assigned to oversee his endless hours of community service. As part of the innovative rehabilitation program Diaz runs, Teddy is assigned to tutor Micah, a twelve-year-old orphan and would-be gansta. As Teddy goes through the motions of complying with the terms of his probation, Diaz has no idea that he is using his genius-level computer hacker skills to plot his final vengeance and to defraud the state education system of hundreds of thousands of dollars. But even though Teddy thinks he knows it all, he fails to see how Micah's desperate need for love and trust just might have the power not only to pierce all Teddy's defenses, but to save his family. —From Jump at the Sun

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The Crossover
Kwame Alexander

The Crossover

By: Kwame Alexander
Recommended for grade(s): 6, 7, 8

With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . . The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I'm delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood from Kwame Alexander. Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family. Newbery Medal Winner. ALA and YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction 2015.  Coretta Scott King Honor Book 2015.  —from the website at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Don't Bump the Glump!: And Other Fantasies
Shel Silverstein

Don't Bump the Glump!: And Other Fantasies

By: Shel Silverstein
Recommended for grade(s): 4, 5

A most unusual collection of whacky, funny, scary creatures with imaginative fantasies in verse.  --From the Publisher

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Jumped In
Patrick Flores-Scott

Jumped In

By: Patrick Flores-Scott
Recommended for grade(s): 8

Sam has the rules of slackerhood down: Don't be late to class. Don't ever look the teacher in the eye. Develop your blank stare. Since his mom left, he has become an expert in the art of slacking, especially since no one at his new school gets his intense passion for the music of the Pacific Northwest—Nirvana, Hole, Sleater-Kinney. Then his English teacher begins a slam poetry unit and Sam gets paired up with the daunting, scarred, clearly-a-gang-member Luis, who happens to sit next to him in every one of his classes. Slacking is no longer an option—Luis will destroy him. Told in Sam's raw voice and interspersed with vivid poems, Jumped In by Patrick Flores-Scott is a stunning debut novel about differences, friendship, loss, and the power of words. -- From Henry Holt and Company

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