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Adult/High School

 

Dear Martin

Nic Stone






Justyce McAllister is a good kid, an honor student, and always there to help a friend—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. 
Despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmatesJustyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attack.

Middle School



Posted

John David Anderson



 

In middle school, words aren’t just words. They can be weapons. They can be gifts. The right words can win you friends or make you enemies. They can come back to haunt you. Sometimes they can change things forever.

When cell phones are banned at Branton Middle School, Frost and his friends Deedee, Wolf, and Bench come up with a new way to communicate: leaving sticky notes for each other all around the school. It catches on, and soon all the kids in school are leaving notes—though for every kind and friendly one, there is a cutting and cruel one as well.

When a new girl named Rose arrives at school and sits at Frost’s lunch table, everything changes. Rose is not like anyone else at Branton Middle School, and it’s clear that the close circle of friends Frost has made for himself won’t easily hold another. As the sticky-note war escalates, and the pressure to choose sides mounts, Frost soon realizes that after this year, nothing will ever be the same. 
Elementary



Spaghetti o
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Having the Courage to Be Who You Are

Maria Dismondy




Lucy is teased by a boy at school because she is different. She has the courage to be true to herself and to make the right choice when that same boy needs her help.




The Wishtree
 
Kathrine Applegate
  1. You could say Red has seen it all until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experience as a wishtree is more important than ever.