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1 - When You Can Swim

Jack Wong - Orchard Books

A reverent celebration of learning to swim among a diverse cast of children and families who each experience the mysterious joys of water in nature. In this exploration of what it truly means to swim, expansive vignettes introduce sandpipers, tannin-soaked lakes, and the feeling of a small...
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2 - Warrior Girl Unearthed

Angeline Boulley - Henry Holt and Co.

#1 New York Times bestselling author of Firekeeper's Daughter Angeline Boulley takes us back to Sugar Island in this high-stakes thriller about the power of discovering your stolen history.. Perry Firekeeper-Birch has always known who she is - the laidback twin, the troublemaker, the best...
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3 - Sunshine

Jarrett J. Krosoczka - Graphix

When Jarrett J. Krosoczka was in high school, he was part of a program that sent students to be counselors at a camp for seriously ill kids and their families. Going in, Jarrett was worried: Wouldn't it be depressing, to be around kids facing such a serious struggle? Wouldn't it be grim?...
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4 - Ain't Burned All the Bright

Jason Reynolds - Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

Jason Reynolds and his best bud, Jason Griffin had a mind-meld. And they decided to tackle it, in one fell swoop, in about ten sentences, and 300 pages of art, this piece, this contemplation-manifesto-fierce-vulnerable-gorgeous-terrifying-WhatIsWrongWithHumans-hope-filled-hopeful-searing-Eye-Poppingly-Illustrated-tender-heartbreaking-how-The-HECK-did-They-Come-UP-with-This...
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5 - All My Rage: A Novel

Sabaa Tahir - Listening Library

National Book Award WINNERAn INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!An INSTANT INDIE BESTSELLER!. "All My Rage is a love story, a tragedy and an infectious teenage fever dream about what home means when you feel you don't fit in." - New York Times Book Review. From #1 New York...
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6 - Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

Brandy Colbert - Balzer Bray

A searing new work of nonfiction from award-winning author Brandy Colbert about the history and legacy of one of the most deadly and destructive acts of racial violence in American history: the Tulsa Race Massacre.In the early morning of June 1, 1921, a white mob marched across the train...
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7 - The Patchwork Bike

Maxine Beneba Clarke - Candlewick

It has a bent bucket seat, bashed tin-can handlebars, and wood-cut wheels - and riding the patchwork bike that you and your crazy brothers made is the best fun in the whole village.When you live in a village at the edge of the no-go desert, you need to make your own fun. That's when you and your...
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8 - The Season of Styx Malone

Kekla Magoon - Wendy Lamb Books

This lively and diverse middle-grade story from the award-winning author of How It Went Down has the warmth of a modern-day The Watsons go to Birmingham--1963.Caleb Franklin and his big brother Bobby Gene have the whole summer for adventures in the woods behind their...
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9 - This Promise of Change: One Girl's Story in the Fight for School Equality

Jo Ann Allen Boyce - Bloomsbury Children's Books

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10 - They Say Blue

Jillian Tamaki - Abrams Books for Young Readers

In captivating paintings full of movement and transformation, Tamaki follows a young girl through a year or a day as she examines the colors in the world around her. Egg yolks are sunny orange as expected, yet water cupped in her hands isn't blue like they say. But maybe a blue whale is blue....
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