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Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony, Inspired by Historical Facts Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fact-filled look at rights leaders' intertwined lives.
By Nikki Grimes
(2015)
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The Secret of Nightingale Wood Book Poster Image
age 8+
Suspenseful WWI family drama has feel of a classic.
By Lucy Strange
(2017)
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The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 Book Poster Image
age 9+
A funny novel with a devastating emotional punch.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(1995)
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Number the Stars Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Stirring tale of girl who smuggles Jews to safety in WWII.
By Lois Lowry
(1989)
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Dork Diaries 7: Tales from a Not-So-Glam TV Star Book Poster Image
age 9+
Fluffy addition to tween series spotlights reality TV.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2014)
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Dork Diaries 8: Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After Book Poster Image
age 9+
Fairy tale twist adds to the fun in popular series.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2014)
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Stella by Starlight Book Poster Image
age 9+
Compelling, nuanced tale of loving family under segregation.
By Sharon M. Draper
(2015)
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Tru & Nelle Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Charming tale of writers' childhood friendship inspires.
By G. Neri
(2016)
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Indian No More Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Moving story of Umpqua family relocated to LA in '50s.
By Charlene Willing McManis, Traci Sorell
(2019)
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The Lions of Little Rock Book Poster Image
age 10+
Poignant story of a shy girl who speaks for social justice.
By Kristin Levine
(2012)
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Carly Keene, Literary Detective: Braving the Brontes Book Poster Image
age 10+
Mysterious time-travel story for adventurous book lovers.
By Katherine Rue
(2014)
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Midnight Without a Moon Book Poster Image
age 10+
Exciting, must-read story of black teen in 1955 Mississippi.
By Linda Williams Jackson
(2017)
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What the Night Sings Book Poster Image
age 12+
Powerful story of teen girl's life after the Holocaust.
By Vesper Stamper
(2018)
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Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots Book Poster Image
age 12+
Vibrant novel in verse shows anti-Latino racism in '40s L.A.
By Margarita Engle
(2018)
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White Rose Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Intense, inspiring story of students who defied the Nazis.
By Kip Wilson
(2019)
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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Book Poster Image
age 13+
Zombies invade classic comedy of manners for laughs, groans.
By Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen
(2009)
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The Librarian of Auschwitz Book Poster Image
age 13+
Unforgettable story of a teen heroine of the Holocaust.
By Antonio Iturbe
(2017)
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Hamilton and Peggy: A Revolutionary Friendship Book Poster Image
age 13+
Engaging mix of history, romance set in Revolutionary War.
By L.M. Elliott
(2018)
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My Plain Jane Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Cheeky "Jane Eyre" remake is a ghosty romcom mystery.
By Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton
(2018)
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X: A Novel Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Thrilling and tragic novel about Malcolm X's troubled youth.
By Ilyasah Shabazz, Kekla Magoon
(2016)
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