The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind

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Candlewick Press #ad - Sonia knows she has no special powers, but how can she disappoint those who look to her for solace? Still, her conscience is heavy, so when she gets a chance to travel to the city and work in the home of a wealthy woman, she seizes it. Sonia’s entire village believes she has a gift, but it’s only in leaving home that she finds out who she truly is.

A compelling tale from a rich new voice in young adult fiction. Sixteen-year-old sonia Ocampo was born on the night of the worst storm Tres Montes had ever seen. And when the winds mercifully stopped, an unshakable belief in the girl’s protective powers began. But when news arrives that her beloved brother has disappeared while looking for work, she learns to her sorrow that she can never truly leave the past or her family behind.

The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind #ad - At first, sonia feels freedom in being treated like all the other girls. All her life, sonia has been asked to pray for sick mothers or missing sons, as worried parents and friends press silver milagros in her hands. With deeply realized characters, and a flush of young romance, Meg Medina tells the tale of a strongwilled, a hint of magical realism, a keen sense of place, warmhearted girl who dares to face life’s harsh truths as she finds her real power.

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Burn Baby Burn

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Candlewick Press #ad - And while there is a cute new guy who started working with her at the deli, with tempers and temperatures running high, is dating even worth the risk when the killer likes picking off couples who stay out too late? Award-winning author Meg Medina transports us to a time when New York seemed balanced on a knife-edge, to share the story of a young woman who discovers that the greatest dangers are often closer than we like to admit — and the hardest to accept.

All nora wants is to turn eighteen and be on her own. While violence runs rampant throughout New York, a teenage girl faces danger within her own home in Meg Medina's riveting coming-of-age novel. Nora lopez is seventeen during the infamous new york summer of 1977, when the city is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam who shoots young women on the streets.

Burn Baby Burn #ad - Nora’s family life isn’t going so well either: her bullying brother, her mother is helpless and falling behind on the rent, is growing more threatening by the day, Hector, and her father calls only on holidays.

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Author Narrative - Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass Pura Belpre Award Winner

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Candlewick Press #ad - And yaqui isn’t kidding around, so Piddy better watch her back. Is there any way for piddy to survive without closing herself off or running away? In an all-too-realistic novel, Meg Medina portrays a sympathetic heroine who is forced to decide who she really is. At first piddy is more concerned with trying to find out more about the father she’s never met and how to balance honors courses with her weekend job at the neighborhood hair salon.

But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy’s life. Word is that yaqui thinks piddy is stuck-up, good grades, shakes her stuff when she walks, and isn’t Latin enough with her white skin, and no accent. Winner of the 2014 pura belpré author awardin meg medina’s compelling new novel, a Latina teen is targeted by a bully at her new school — and must discover resources she never knew she had.

Author Narrative - Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass Pura Belpre Award Winner #ad - One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she’s done to piss her off.

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Been There, Done That: Writing Stories from Real Life

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Grosset & Dunlap #ad - The collection features award-winning and bestselling middle-grade authors who provide both original fictional short stories as well as the nonfiction accounts that inspired them. The contributing authors include julia alvarez, nathan hale, heidi stemple, grace lin, linda sue park, tracy Edward Wymer, Claire Legrand, Karen Cushman, Rita Williams-Garcia, Adam Rex, Margarita Engle, Alan Sitomer, Kate Messner, Matthew Kirby, Dee Garretson, Caroline Starr Rose, Gary Schmidt, Lisa Yee, and Jane Yolen.

From the Hardcover edition. Award-winning and bestselling authors turn their own real-life experiences into captivating works of fiction!Where do authors get their ideas? And how do they turn those ideas into stories? This anthology looks at the process of taking real-life experiences and turning them into works of engaging fiction.

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Merci Suárez Changes Gears

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Candlewick Press #ad - No one in her family will tell merci what's going on, so she’s left to her own worries, while also feeling all on her own at school. So when bossy edna santos sets her sights on the new boy who happens to be Merci’s school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, Merci becomes the target of Edna’s jealousy. They don’t have a big house or a fancy boat, and they have to do extra community service to make up for their free tuition.

For starters, merci has never been like the other kids at her private school in Florida, Roli, because she and her older brother, are scholarship students. In a coming-of-age tale full of humor and wisdom, award-winning author Meg Medina gets to the heart of the confusion and constant change that defines middle school — and the steadfast connection that defines family.

Merci Suárez Changes Gears #ad - Things aren't going well at home, lolo, either: Merci’s grandfather and most trusted ally, has been acting strangely lately — forgetting important things, falling from his bike, and getting angry over nothing. Winner of the 2019 newbery medalthoughtful, strong-willed sixth-grader Merci Suarez navigates difficult changes with friends, family, and everyone in between in a resonant new novel from Meg Medina.

Merci suarez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different.

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Mexican WhiteBoy

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Delacorte Press #ad - This is more than a book about a baseball player--this is a book about life. Curtis granderson, new york mets outfielderan ALA-YALSA Top Ten Best Book for Young AdultsA Junior Library Guild Selection. Newbery award-winning and new york times bestselling author Matt de la Peña's Mexican WhiteBoy is a story of friendship, acceptance, and the struggle to find your identity in a world of definitions.

Danny's tall and skinny. Even though he’s not built, his arms are long enough to give his pitch a power so fierce any college scout would sign him on the spot. Danny’ s brown. But it works the other way too. Half-Mexican brown. And growing up in san diego that close to the border means everyone else knows exactly who he is before he even opens his mouth.

Mexican WhiteBoy #ad - Only, to find himself, he may just have to face the demons he refuses to see--the demons that are right in front of his face. And open up to a friendship he never saw coming. Matt de la peña's critically acclaimed novel is an intimate and moving story that offers hope to those who least expect it. A first-rate exploration of self-identity.

Slj"unique in its gritty realism and honest portrayal of the complexities of life for inner-city teens.

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Swing Blink

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Blink #ad - But when his private artwork becomes public, or take a swing and finally speak out?At the same time, Noah has a decision to make: continue his life in the dugout and possibly lose the girl forever, numerous American flags are being left around town. Each page contains the words he’s always wanted to say to Sam, and he begins secretly creating artwork using the lines that speak his heart.

Never mind that he and noah failed to make the high school baseball team yet again, Sam, and Noah’s love interest since third grade, has him firmly in the friend zone. Best friends walt and noah decide to use their voices to grow more good in the world, but first they’ve got to find cool. Walt is convinced junior year is their year, and he has a plan to help them woo the girls of their dreams and become amazing athletes.

New york times bestselling authors kwame alexander and Mary Rand Hess Solo tell this lyrical story about hope, courage, and love that speaks to anyone who’s struggled to find their voice. Especially after he witnesses events that hint divides and prejudices run deeper than he realized. As the personal and social tensions increase around them, Noah and Walt must decide what is really true when it comes to love, friendship, sacrifice, and fate.

Swing Blink #ad - Swing:is written by new york times bestselling author and newbery medal and coretta scott king honor book award-winner Kwame AlexanderIs a young adult fiction novel told through Kwame’s one-of-a-kind free-verse poetryIs ripe with themes of hope, friendship, baseball, and loveMasterfully combines jazz, courage, art, and love into what many are calling “Kwame’s best book yet”Tackles some of the most painful social issues of today, including racial prejudice .

Status quo seems inevitable until Noah stumbles on a stash of old love letters. While some think it’s a harmless prank and others see it as a form of peaceful protest, Noah can’t shake the feeling something bigger is happening to his community.

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Solo Blink

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Blink #ad - But when a long-held family secret comes to light, the music disappears. New york times bestseller!Blade never asked for a life of the rich and famous. And songwriting is all blade has left after Rutherford, while drunk, crashes his high school graduation speech and effectively rips Chapel away forever. The one true light is his girlfriend, but her parents have forbidden their relationship, Chapel, assuming Blade will become just like his father.

In reality, the only thing Blade and Rutherford have in common is the music that lives inside them. In fact, he’d give anything not to be the son of Rutherford Morrison, a washed-up rock star and drug addict with delusions of a comeback. In its place is a letter, one that could bring Blade the freedom and love he’s been searching for, or leave him feeling even more adrift.

Solo Blink #ad - A contemporary hero’s journey, brilliantly told. Kirkus reviews, identity, impassioned ode to family, starred review“A rhythmic, and the history of rock and roll. Booklist, starred review“many readers will identify with Blade’s struggle to find his place in a family where he feels like an outsider.

Publishers weekly“The authentic character development and tone will strike a chord with young adults. School Library Journal. Or to no longer be part of a family known most for lost potential, failure, and tragedy, including the loss of his mother.

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Ball Don't Lie

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Delacorte Press #ad - And basketball might just be his ticket out. If he can only realize that he doesn’t have to be the person everyone else expects him to be. Matt de la peña's breakout urban masterpiece, Ball Don’t Lie takes place where the street and the court meet and where a boy can be anything if he puts his mind to it.

An inspiring story. He’s a white boy living and playing in a world where he doesn’t seem to belong. But sticky can ball. This is powerful stuff. Antawn jamison, forward for the Los Angeles Clippers"Truly authentic in its examination of both the game I love and the invariable missteps toward manhood. In this novel, you will find its flash, its power, and its elegance without chains.

Ball Don't Lie #ad - Sticky is a true original, and de la Peña has skillfully brought him to life. School library Journal, Starred"Riveting. Teens will be strongly affected by the unforgettable.

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He Said, She Said

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Amistad #ad - She says: Football, shmootball. The stakes are high, and when these worlds collide, the romance is hot, watch out! . Here's what claudia clarke cares about: Harvard, the hungry, the poor, the disenfranchised, the staggering teen pregnancy rate, investigative journalism . The list goes on. She does not have a minute to waste on Mr.

. Sparks will fly in this hip-hop-hot teen novel that mixes social protest and star-crossed romance, from Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Honor–winning author Kwame Alexander! He Said, She Said is perfect for fans of Walter Dean Myers and Rachel Vail alike. He says: omar "t-diddy" smalls has got it made—a full football ride to UMiami, hero-worship status at school, and pick of any girl at West Charleston High.

He Said, She Said #ad - T-diddy smalls and his harem of bimbos. He said, she said is a fun and fresh novel from kwame alexander that throws these two high school seniors together when they unexpectedly end up leading the biggest social protest this side of the Mississippi—with a lot of help from Facebook and Twitter.

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When I Was the Greatest

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers #ad - But, a guy’s gotta look out for his boys, hey, right? Besides, it’s all small potatoes; it’s not like anyone’s getting hurt. Now there’s a dude looking for trouble—and, somehow, it’s always Ali around to pick up the pieces. The guns and drugs and all that, not really my thing. In bed stuy, new york, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head—even if you’re totally clean.

Yeah, it’s cool…until ali and noodles and needles find themselves somewhere they never expected to be…somewhere they never should've been—where the people aren’t so friendly, and even less forgiving. And then there’s Needles. Needles is Noodles’s brother. It’s cool, though: everyone on their street knows he doesn’t mean anything by it.

When I Was the Greatest #ad - His best friend Noodles, though. He’s got a syndrome, and gets these ticks and blurts out the wildest, craziest things. This gritty, triumphant debut that Publishers Weekly calls “a funny and rewarding read” captures the heart and the hardship of life for an urban teen. A lot of the stuff that gives my neighborhood a bad name, I don’t really mess with.

Ali’s got enough going on, between school and boxing and helping out at home. Nah, not his thing.

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