Ten to Fourteen, 2017 List
Three sixth-grade boys decide to skip school to let their teacher know how much she means to them while she's in the hospital with cancer. This book is part caper novel, as all their plans go astray, and part touching tribute to the power of a good teacher.
In the conclusion to the Seeds of America trilogy, American and French soldiers prepare to lay siege to the British army at Yorktown as Isabel and Curzon set out to rescue Isabel's sister Ruth from slavery. The final days of the Revolution are seen through the eyes of characters readers have come to love.
Ten days before her 13th birthday, Zylynn is plucked from The Children Inside the Light and made to live with a man claiming to be her father. Told through the eyes of a confused child, this is a thought-provoking story about family and cults.
Iranian immigrant Zomorod, aka “Cindy,” tries to fit in at her new California middle school in the late 1970s, just as the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis bring fear and discrimination. But Cindy’s voice is wry and true in this humorous tale of identity and acceptance.
American Union organizer Frannie Sellins' biography is presented in episodic chapters, each focusing on a key moment in American labor history or on a community she helped organize. Primary sources do much of the storytelling and substantial back matter includes a timeline of select events in the American Labor Struggle between 1877-1935.
This slim book powerfully tells the story of the White Rose resistance movement in Germany. Founded by siblings Hans and Sophie Scholl, who were later arrested for treason and beheaded by the Nazi Regime, this tells the story of a group of college students who defied the Nazi Government and ended up losing everything.
The complex history of the conflict is clearly laid out for any age reader. Freedman includes details on the soldiers from both sides, the history of the country and on the anti-war movement and the difficult exit. It has a useful timeline and well-chosen photos, some disturbing, along with a hopeful epilog.
A chance encounter, coffee, and a beloved tree bring together Lily (born Timothy) and Dunkin (Lily’s nickname for new-in-town Norman), both grappling with inner struggles their exteriors belie. A tender introduction to mental health struggles and transgender identity, this dual narrative tackles weighty issues with humor and heart. The strong audio rendition holds much appeal as an alternate format for this sensitive story.
Three unusual children and a saintly dog experience prejudice against Muslims, Jews and peasants in this funny and serious set of tales of spiritual and earthly adventure, all wrapped up in the guise of an illuminated manuscript. A great introduction to the Canterbury Tales.