Ten to Fourteen, 2015 List
Twins Josh and and JB inherited their basketball skills from their dad, who played professionally before his health forced him off the court. Poems ranging from free verse to hip-hop rhymes by turns propel the plot and moderate the cadence of the storytelling in this tale of love, basketball, music, and family.
Quick-witted storyteller Molly and her younger brother Kip, who won’t let his crippled leg slow him down, seek servants’ work at a ramshackle English Manor house where they uncover a mysterious and deliciously creepy curse.
In a land full of dangerous and conniving magic, the surviving son of the witch and the daughter of the bandit king unite to save the kingdom. Rich details, vivid characters and an unpromising hero to root for make this a wonderful take on classic fairy tales.
Poni, one of the Lost Girls of the Sudan, flees her bombed out village for a refugee camp as others die around her, then must flee the camp or face a forced marriage. She finds shelter and a chance for education in a Nairobi convent. All royalties from this title donated to Africare.org.
Carlos, a young boy in Guatemala, follows his mama’s orders and hides in the trees when soldiers tear his world apart. Carlos fights to survive in the forest amidst soldiers and rebels and struggles to become a man in this historical fiction told in verse.
A man-hunt for a young would-be priest falsely accused of murder, an invisible monastery, dare-devil exploits, the Graf Zeppelin, and the rise of Nazi Germany feature in a rip-roaring adventure spanning continents and time. First in a trilogy.
Free verse voices of young Mateo from Cuba, justice-seeking Henry from Jamaica, and beautiful Anita and the flora, fauna and creatures of “The Land of Many Butterflies,” express the struggles attendant on the building of the Panama Canal.
From 1892 through 1940, over a million Asian immigrants passed through Angel Island, an immigration station off the California coast where they carved their stories on the walls. Freedman uses primary sources to retell their stories of struggle against racism and anti-immigration.
Ten year old Albie is kind and thoughtful but has never been the best at anything in school as his parents desire him to be. His new nanny, Calista helps him recognize his strengths and accept himself.