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All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book, and recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature.

In this New York Times bestselling novel, two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.

A bag of chips. That’s all sixteen-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter, mistakes Rashad’s pleadings that he’s stolen nothing for belligerence, mistakes Rashad’s resistance to leave the bodega as resisting arrest, mistakes Rashad’s every flinch at every punch the cop throws as further resistance and refusal to STAY STILL as ordered. But how can you stay still when someone is pounding your face into the concrete pavement?

There were witnesses: Quinn Collins—a varsity basketball player and Rashad’s classmate who has been raised by Paul since his own father died in Afghanistan—and a video camera. Soon the beating is all over the news and Paul is getting threatened with accusations of prejudice and racial brutality. Quinn refuses to believe that the man who has basically been his savior could possibly be guilty. But then Rashad is absent. And absent again. And again. And the basketball team—half of whom are Rashad’s best friends—start to take sides. As does the school. And the town. Simmering tensions threaten to explode as Rashad and Quinn are forced to face decisions and consequences they had never considered before.

Written in tandem by two award-winning authors, this four-starred reviewed tour de force shares the alternating perspectives of Rashad and Quinn as the complications from that single violent moment, the type taken directly from today’s headlines, unfold and reverberate to highlight an unwelcome truth.

An American Brat

Choice Book: An American Brat by Bapsi Sidhwa

Reading Level: Grades 4 to 7

An American Brat

About Bapsi Sidhwa

Book Review

Where to find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

An Ordinary Man

Choice Non-fiction Book: An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabinga

An Ordinary Man

About Paul Rusesabinga

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Anne of Green Gables

Optional Book: Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Anne

About Lucy Maud Montgomery

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Bambi: A Life in the Woods

Optional Book: Bambi: A Life in the Woods by Felix Salten

Reading Level: Ages 8 and Up

Bambi

About Felix Salten

Where to find it

Beekeeper's Apprentice

Choice BookBeekeeper's Apprentice by Mary Russell

Beekeeper's Apprentice

About Mary Russel

Book Review

Where to Find it: Barnes & Noble, Amazon

Before We Were Free

Choice Book (choose at least one):  Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez

Reading Level: Ages 12 and Up


Before we were Free

About Julia Alvarex

Where to find it

Behind the Mountains

Choice Book: Behind the Mountains by Edwidge Danticat

Reading Level: Grade 5 and up

Behind the Mountains

About Edwidge Danticat

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Where to find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Being Digital

Choice Book: Being Digital by Nicholas Negroponte

Reading Level: Grade 5 and up

Being Digital

About Nicholas Negroponte

Book Review

Where to find itAmazon

Better Off (Flipping the Switch on Technology)

Required Book: Better Off (Flipping the Switch on Technology) by Eric Brende

Better Off

About Eric Brende

Book Review

Where to find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble


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