Bud,not Buddy

It's 1936, in Flint, Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but  once he decides to hit the road and find this mystery man (his father), nothing can stop him--not hunger, not fear, not even vampires. Funny and descriptive, this story is sure to keep you turning the pages.


Brown Girl Dreaming

In this book, Jacqueline Woodson tells the story of her childhood.


Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with what was left of Jim Crow and the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, Woodson’s poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child.


Esperanza Rising

“Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico--she'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn't ready to face hard labor, struggles with money, or lack of acceptance. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances--Mama's life, and her own, depend on it.”


All American Boys

"A lady trips over Rashad at the store, making him drop a bag of chips. It doesn’t matter what Rashad said next—that it was an accident, that he wasn’t stealing—the cop just keeps pounding him. Over and over, pummeling him into the pavement.

Why? Because it looked like he was stealing. And he was a black kid in baggy clothes. So he must have been stealing.


And that’s what Quinn, a white kid, saw. He saw his best friend’s older brother beating the daylights out of a classmate. At first Quinn doesn’t tell a soul…He’s not even sure he understands it. And does it matter? The whole thing was caught on camera, anyway. But when the school—and nation—start to divide on what happens, blame spreads like wildfire fed by ugly words like “racism” and “police brutality.” Quinn realizes he’s got to understand it, because, bystander or not, he’s a part of history. He just has to figure out what side of history that will be."


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