Abraham Lincoln & Frederick Douglass: the story behind an American friendship, by Russell Freedman

Summary:  Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass were both self-taught, both great readers and believers in the importance of literacy, both men born poor who by their own efforts reached positions of power and prominence–Lincoln as president of the United States and Douglass as the most famous and influential African American of his time. Though their meetings were few and brief, their exchange of ideas helped to end the Civil War, reunite the nation, and abolish slavery.

Clarion

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After Eli, by Rebecca Rupp

Summary:  After Daniel’s brother Eli is killed at war, Daniel considers the history of unusual fatalities to determine what makes a death–or life–matter.

Candlewick

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Try this!

Friday’s meeting was challenging, but amazing.  In preparation for further nominations NEXT meeting, we were challenged to talk about our books WITHOUT referring to plot.  That’s right.  And these kids did an incredible job – writing style, characters, setting, organization of information – and only referred to the plot a few times when these things were necessarily influenced by the plot.  Not the other way around.  Great job, kids!

Now I challenge YOU – which books actually stand out before considering plot??

Will Sparrow’s Road, by Karen Cushman

Summary:  Twelve-year-old Will Sparrow, a liar, thief, and rogue, decides to leave his hard life behind and make his own way in Elizabethan England. On the road, he encounters a string of con artists even more talented than he is. Will gets a bigger dose of his own medicine when he joins a troupe of  oddities,  including a dwarf and a cat-faced girl.

Clarion

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Summer of the Mariposas, by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Summary:  When Odilia and her four sisters find a dead body in the swimming hole, they embark on a hero’s journey to return the dead man to his family in Mexico. With the supernatural aid of ghostly La Llorona via a magical earring, Odilia and her little sisters travel a road of tribulation to their long-lost grandmother’s house.  Can these fantastic trials prepare Odilia and her sisters for what happens when they face their final test, returning home to the real world, where goddesses and ghosts can no longer help them? Summer of the Mariposas is not just a magical Mexican American retelling of The Odyssey , it is a celebration of sisterhood and maternal love.

Tu Books

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Return to the Willows, by Jacqueline Kelly

Summary:  Mole, Ratty, Toad, and Badger are back for more rollicking adventures in this sequel to The Wind in the Willows . With lavish illustrations by Clint Young, Jacqueline Kelly masterfully evokes the magic of Kenneth Grahame’s beloved children’s classic and brings it to life for a whole new generation.

Henry Holt

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The Vengekeep Prophecies, by Brian Farrey

Summary:  Jaxter Grimjinx is a born thief. At least, he’s supposed to be. For generations, the Grimjinx clan has produced the swiftest, cleverest thieves in Vengekeep. The problem is, Jaxter is clumsy. So clumsy that in his first solo heist, he sets the Castellan’s house on fire and lands his family in the gaol. Even Jaxter’s skill for breaking magical locks can’t get them out of this bind. Then a suspiciously convenient prophecy emerges naming the Grimjinx clan as the soon-to-be heroes of Vengekeep.  Now-like it or not-Jaxter Grimjinx will have to become the hero he was truly born to be.

Harper

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