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King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender
J CALLENDAR
In a small but turbulent Louisiana town, one boy's grief takes him beyond the bayous of his backyard, to learn that there is no right way to be yourself.
The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert
J COLBERT
In a predominately white California beach town, the only two black seventh-graders, Alberta and Edie, find hidden journals that uncover family secrets and speak to race relations in the past.
One Half from the East by Nadia Hashimi
J HASHIMI
When Obayda's father loses one of his legs in a bomb explosion, the family is forced to relocate from Kabul to a small village, where Obayda's aunt decides to invite good luck by dressing Obayda up as a boy, a bacha posh.
More to the Story by Hena Khan
J KHAN
As features editor of her school newspaper, thirteen-year-old Jameela Mirza wants to impress her father by writing a spectacular story about the new student, but a misunderstanding and family illness complicate matters.
Before the Sword by Grace Lin
J LIN
On a quest with the Jade Rabbit of legend, Mulan visits extraordinary places, meets Immortals, and faces incredible obstacles while searching for an antidote for her sister, whose been bitten by an unusual snake.
For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J. Lockington
J LOCKINGTON
Eleven-year-old Makeda dreams of meeting her African American mother, while coping with serious problems in her white adopted family, a cross-country move, and being homeschooled.
Tight by Torrey Maldonado
J MALDONADO
After his quick-tempered father gets in a fight and is sent back to jail, sixth-grader Bryan, known for being quiet and thoughtful, snaps and follows new friend Mike into trouble.
From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
J MARKS
Avid baker Zoe Washington receives a letter on her twelfth birthday from her biological father, who is in prison for a terrible crime he says he didn't commit.
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
SF J MBALIA
Tristan punches the tree, accidentally ripping open a chasm into the MidPass, a volatile place with a burning sea, haunted bone ships, and iron monsters. Tristan finds himself in the middle of a battle that has left black American folk heroes John Henry and Brer Rabbit exhausted. In order to get back home, Tristan and these new allies will need to entice the god Anansi, the Weaver, to come out of hiding.
Bouncing Back by Scott Ostler
J OSTLER
Orphaned thirteen year-old Carlos learns what it truly means to be a teammate when he must help save his new wheelchair basketball team's gym from destruction.
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
HISTORICAL J RHODES
After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a white police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys including historical figure Emmett Till.
The Hero Next Door
J RHUDAY-PERKOVICH
A collection of short stories by diverse authors that explores acts of bravery by heroes trying to make the world a better place.
Stargazing by Jen Wang
GRAPHIC J STARGAZING
Growing up in the same Chinese-American suburb, perfectionist Christine and artistic, confident, impulsive Moon become unlikely best friends, whose friendship is tested by jealousy, social expectations, and illness.
Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewel Parker Rhodes
J RHODES
Suspended unjustly from elite Middlefield Prep, Donte Ellison studies fencing with a former champion, hoping to put the racist fencing team captain in his place.
Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan
SF J RYAN
Twelve-year-old Max, who loves the legend Buelo tells him about a mythical gatekeeper who can guide brave travelers on a journey into tomorrow, sets out on a dangerous quest to discover if he is true of heart and what the future holds, armed with a treasured compass, a mysterious stone rubbing, and Buelo's legend as his only guides.
The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead
J STEAD
When Bea's parents got divorced, they told her about two big changes: Dad is gay. Bea's days are split between her parents; school remains the same.Then, Dad announces that he and his boyfriend Jesse are getting married. Bea is thrilled. Behind her joy, though, something she did last summer is haunting Bea.
Prarie Lotus by Linda Sue Park
HIST J PARK
In Dakota Territory in the 1880s, half-Chinese Hanna and her white father face racism and resistance to change as they try to make a home for themselves.
The Hotel Whodunit by Lilliam Rivera
MYS J RIVERA
In early 1960s Florida, sixteen-year-old Goldie, an aspiring detective at the Crossed Palms Resort Hotel, investigates when a diamond-encrusted swim cap goes missing during the filming of a movie at the resort.
Jake the Fake Keeps His Cool by Craig Robinson
J ROBINSON
Jake loses his cool when he learns he's about to become the middle child, and he's back to his fakester ways when new girl Bailey starts school and he'd do anything to impress her.
Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim
J KIM
When eleven-year-old Yumi Chung stumbles into a kids' comedy camp she is mistaken for another student, so she decides to play the part.