Freedom Walkers: the story of the Montgomery bus boycott by Russell Freedman is a must read for anyone interested in our country’s struggle for civil rights. This amazing book tells the story of the brave citizens of Montgomery, Alabama and the 381-day resistance to segregated buses that spearheaded the civil rights movement. There are many beautiful photos which clearly depict this time in our nation’s history. This book is truly the story of all the local heroes of the civl rights movement in Montgomery. It is the story of the everyday citizens of Montgomery who worked and sacrificed together to make this boycott successful and put an end to segregated buses in Montgomery.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called “Out-With” in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence. Lexile: 1080
The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge
When a lie is exposed and their tribe turns against them, Hathin must find a way to save her sister Arilou, once considered the tribe’s oracle, and herself. Lexile: 970
Burn My Heart by Beverly Naidoo
Two boys, one white and one black, share an uneasy friendship in the 1950′s in Kenya, a country shaken by a rebellion of Africans against white landowners. Suspicions and accusations escalate and an act of betrayal could change everything. Lexile: 740
The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson
Fifteen-year-old Daniel has followed in his parents’ footsteps as the Alien Hunter, exterminating beings on The List of Alien Outlaws on Terra Firma, but when he faces his first of the top ten outlaws, the very existence of Earth and another planet are at stake. Lexile: 680
Trouble by Gary D. Schmidt
Fourteen-year-old Henry, wishing to honor his brother Franklin’s dying wish, sets out to hike Maine’s Mount Katahdin with his best friend and dog. But fate adds another companion, the Cambodian refugee accused of fatally injuring Franklin and reveals troubles that pre-date the accident. Lexile: 930
Peak by Roland Smith
After Peak is caught climbing the Woolworth building, an angry judge gives him probation with an understanding that Peak will leave New York and live with his famous mountaineeer father in Thailand. Peak soon learns that his father has other plans for him; he hopes that Peak will become the youngest person to climb Mt. Everest. Lexile: 780
The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
After learning about his magical ancestry and his own warrior powers, sixteen-year-old Jack embarks on a training program to fight enemy wizards.
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
In 1941, Lina and her family are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers.
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.
The Flame of Olympus by Kate O’Hearn
Reborn as the Flame, thirteen-year-old Emily has saved Olympus from destruction but when the gruesome Nirads begin a new invasion, Emily and her friends become entangled in the conflict as old grudges are unearthed and new enemies are discovered.
It is summer, 1964 in Hanging Moss, Mississippi. Gloriana Hemphill is about to turn 12 years old on the Fourth of July. She plays with her best friend Frankie, goes to the town swimming pool every day and wonders why her older sister Jesslyn doesn’t want to play Junk Poker with her or play much of anything with her at all. When the segregated pool is closed for the summer, Glory wonders where her 12th birthday party will be, she has had all her birthday parties at the pool for as long as she can rememebr. This story vividly sets the tone of the unrest in this little Mississippi town during the summer of 1964. Glory Be is a story of broken friendships, family love and finding the courage to stand up and do the right thing.
In honor of National Library Card Week which runs April 14th – 20th, we are celebrating the Pay It Forward movement.
A discussion of the book will be held Thursday April 18th with a showing and discussion of the movie version on Saturday April 14th.
But it does not end there. Stop by the Readers Advisory Desk to learn how you can Pay It Forward.
Join us March 22nd at 7:00pm for our combination book discussion/movie event. We are reading the book Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce and we will be watching the 2005 film based on the book. All kids age 10 and up are welcome. Please call youth services to register at 630-834-1176.
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