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A Friendship for Today

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on A Friendship for Today)

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A Friendship for Today by Patricia C. McKissack. Scholastic Press, 2007

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Ruby Lu Brave and True

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on Ruby Lu Brave and True)

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Ruby Lu Brave and True by Lenore Look. Illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf. An Anne Schwartz Book / Atheneum, 2004

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What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?)

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What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Houghton Mifflin, 2003

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Hot Day on Abbott Avenue

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on Hot Day on Abbott Avenue)

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Hot Day on Abbott Avenue by Karen English. Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe. Clarion, 2004

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My Dadima Wears a Sari

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on My Dadima Wears a Sari)

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My Dadima Wears a Sari by Kashmira Sheth. Illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi. Peachtree, 2007

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Siesta

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on Siesta)

Siesta coverSiesta by Ginger Fogelsong Guy. Illustrated by René King Moreno. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 1005

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Jazz Baby

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on Jazz Baby)

Jazz Baby coverJazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Harcourt, 2007

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A Good Day

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on A Good Day)

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A Good Day
by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2007

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La Línea

June 1st, 2012 | Posted by in High School | 2011-2012 | Summer - (Comments Off on La Línea)

La Linea book coverLa Línea by Ann Jaramillo. Roaring Brook Press, 2006

From CCBC Choices 2007: Fifteen-year-old Miguel and his thirteen-year-old sister, Elena, have been waiting to join their parents in California for years when they finally set off from their small, impoverished Mexican village. Neither teen knows what a harrowing journey they are about to undertake. Because they will be crossing the U.S. border illegally, the obstacles they face on both sides are huge and often deadly. In their own country, there is the threat of soldiers, and the bandits who attack the trains on which the would-be immigrants desperately cling as they ride atop the cars. And then there is the desert crossing. In those desperate heat-dazed days, a fellow immigrant who had become Miguel and Elena’s protector dies of thirst and sickness, while their guide is shot by self-appointed militia members patrolling the U.S. side of the border. Miguel and Elena make the journey to change their lives, and it changes them in ways they could not have imagined. Ann Jaramillo is a middle school teacher in a Texas border community. She wrote La Línea for her students, many of whom have made journeys that parallel Miguel and Elena’s. Her timely novel reminds readers that human hearts and hopes and dreams cannot be defined or restrained by laws or politics.

Dairy Queen

June 1st, 2012 | Posted by in High School | 2011-2012 | Summer - (Comments Off on Dairy Queen)

Dairy Queen book coverDairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. Houghton Mifflin, 2007

American Born Chinese

June 1st, 2012 | Posted by in High School | 2011-2012 | Summer - (Comments Off on American Born Chinese)

American Born Chinese book coverAmerican Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. First Second, 2006

Olive’s Ocean

June 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Middle School | 2011-2012 | Summer - (Comments Off on Olive’s Ocean)

Olive's Ocean book coverOlive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins, 2003

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