Bayou Magic, by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Summary:  Visiting her grandmother in the Louisiana bayou, ten-year-old Maddy begins to realize that she may be the only sibling to carry on the gift of her family’s magical legacy.

Little, Brown

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Currents, by Jane Petrlik Smolik

Summary: In 1854 eleven-year-old Bones is a slave in Virginia who sends a bottle holding her real name and a trinket from her long-lost father down the James River–the currents carry it far away, ultimately uniting the lives of three young girls.

Charlesbridge

Gone Crazy in Alabama, by Rita Williams-Garcia

Summary: Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles’s half sister, Miss Trotter. The two half sisters haven’t spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that’s been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible.

Amistad

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Yard War, by Taylor Kitchings

Summary: Twelve-year-old Trip Westbrook lives in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1964 and discovers the underlying racism in his family and neighborhood when he invites his maid’s son Dee to play football in the yard.

Wendy Lamb Books

 

The Book that Proves Time Travel Happens, by Henry Clark

Summary: Twelve-year-olds Ambrose, Tom, and Frankie are transported to the boys’ hometown of Freedom Falls, Ohio, in 1852 when Frankie blows her Romani family’s magical trombone, and to return home they will have to use both Morse code and the ancient form of divination known as the I-Ching.

Little, Brown

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Madman of Piney Woods, by Christopher Paul Curtis

Summary:  Even though it is now 1901, the people of Buxton, Canada (originally a settlement of runaway slaves) and Chatham, Canada are still haunted by two events of half a century before–the American Civil War, and the Irish potato famine, and the lasting damage those events caused to the survivors.

Scholastic

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Voices from the March on Washington, by J. Patrick Lewis

Summary:  Six fictional characters, in cycles of linked poems, relate their memories of the historic day in 1963 when more than 250,000 people from across the United States joined together to march on Washington, D.C., calling for civil and economic rights for African Americans.

WordSong

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