A Long Walk to Water


“A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories about a girl in Sudan in 2008 and a boy in Sudan in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the "lost boys" of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to cross with Nya’s in a surprising and moving way.”

11+

Lions of Little Rock

"12 year-old Marlee doesn't have many friends until she meets Liz, the new girl at school. Liz is bold and brave, and always knows the right thing to say, especially to Sally, the resident mean girl. Liz even helps Marlee overcome her greatest fear - speaking, which Marlee never does outside her family.

 

But then Liz is gone, replaced by the rumor that she was a Negro girl passing as white. But Marlee decides that doesn't matter. Liz is her best friend. And to stay friends, Marlee and Liz are willing to take on integration and the dangers their friendship could bring to both their families."

10+

Number the Stars

"This stirring World War II novel personalizes the story of Denmark's heroic rescue of its Jews from the Nazis, telling of a brave ten-year-old Danish girl who helps her family smuggle her Jewish friends to safety in Sweden."

9+

The Diary of a Young Girl

"Anne Frank's diary, written in the Amsterdam attic where she and her family hid from the Nazis for two years, has become a testament to the human spirit. We meet Anne: real, human, and more vital than ever. Here she is first and foremost a teenage girl—stubbornly honest, touchingly vulnerable, in love with life. Facing hunger, fear of discovery and death, Anne writes with adult wisdom and views beyond her years. Her story is that of every teenager, lived out in conditions few teenagers have ever know."

11+

Rocket Boys

"Looking back after a distinguished NASA career, Homer Hickam shares the story of his youth, taking readers into the life of the little mining town of Coalwood. Him and a handful of his friends were inspired to start designing and launching the home-made rockets that would change their lives forever.

 

Step by step, with the help of a collection of unforgettable characters, the boys learn not only how to turn scrap into sophisticated rockets that fly miles into the sky, but how to sustain their dreams as they dared to imagine a life beyond their  town.

 

A powerful story of growing up and of getting out, of a mother's love and a father's fears, with universal theme of the thrill of discovery."

14+

Older Than Dirt

A one-of-a-kind, wild, but true history of Earth with loads of humor. Perfect if you love science or just learning new things.

11+

I am Malala

""When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

 

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

 

I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of the fight for girls' education. I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world."

10+

Heart and Soul

"The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. This is the story of the men, women, and children who toiled in the hot sun picking cotton for their masters; it's about the America ripped in two by Jim Crow laws; it's about the brothers and sisters of all colors who rallied against those who would dare bar a child from an education. It's a story of discrimination and broken promises, determination, and triumphs.

 

This inspiring book demonstrates that African Americans helped our country achieve its promise of liberty and justice—the true heart and soul of our nation." 

9+

Red Scarf Girl

“In her memoir of growing up in Shanghai during China's Cultural Revolution, Ji-Li Jiang paints a clear and devastating portrait of a brutal political movement that ruined many lives -- and had a deep impact on her own family. The engaging story makes young readers want to know more about the subject.”

12+

Strong Inside

"The inspirational true story of the first African American to play college basketball in the deeply segregated Southeastern Conference--a powerful moment in Black history."

10+

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

"As the youngest marcher in the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Albama, Lynda Blackmon Lowery proved that young adults can be heroes. Jailed nine times before her fifteenth birthday, Lowery fought alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. for the rights of African-Americans. In this memoir, she shows today's young readers what it means to fight nonviolently and how it felt to be part of changing American history.

 

This  memoir brings readers into the middle of the Civil Rights Movement, making history come to life."

10+

I Will Always Write Back

"It started as an assignment. Everyone in Caitlin's class wrote to an unknown student somewhere in a distant place. All the other kids picked countries like France or Germany, but when Caitlin saw Zimbabwe written on the board, it sounded like the most exotic place she had ever heard of--so she chose it.

Martin was lucky to even receive a pen pal letter. There were only ten letters, and forty kids in his class. But he was the top student, so he got the first one.

 

That letter was the beginning of a friendship that lasted six years and changed two lives.

 

In this memoir, Caitlin and Martin recount how they became best friends --and better people--through letters. Their story inspires you to look beyond your own life and wonder about the world at large and your  place in it.”

12+

Rad Women Worldwide

“Fresh, engaging, and inspiring tales of determination and success.

 

Featuring an array of diverse figures from Hatshepsut (the great female king who ruled Egypt peacefully for two decades) and Malala Yousafzi (the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize) to Poly Styrene (legendary teenage punk and lead singer of X-Ray Spex) and Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft (polar explorers and the first women to cross Antarctica).”

12+

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