Huck Finn, Racist Language, and Teaching

First published in 1884 and still an intellectual adventure, relevant to kids today  … “That is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they don’t know nothing about it.” ― Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the story of a free-thinking kid,…

“A thoroughly empathetic examination of the fragile human spirit”

 “You’ll love this engrossing novel.” —People The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true. In Beartown: A Novel author Fredrik Backman, “is a masterful writer, his characters familiar yet…

A Violent Time in the Fight for Civil Rights

“For readers new to the subject, the biographies will be a vivid, informative introduction, but even those who have some familiarity with the landmark events will learn much more here. . . . A penetrating look at elemental national history.” –Booklist How were you taught the Civil Rights movement? Teachers, how do you teach it?…

Lucky Girl: A Thought-provoking Look at the Good-girl/Bad-girl Dichotomy

Lucky Girl is an unflinching exploration of beauty, self-worth, and sexual assault. Rosie is a beautiful girl—and it’s always been enough. Boys crush on her, men stare at her, girls (begrudgingly) admire her. She’s lucky and she knows it. But it’s the start of a new school year and she begins to realize that she wants…

A Magical Tale From Start To Finish!

“Toren has been through a LOT. With a brother in charge who cares little for the family, she is forced to grow up fast. Toren’s strength is evident from the beginning; her little bits of struggling and defiance are really HUGE leaps of inappropriate behavior where she comes from.” In Toren the Teller’s Tale by…

Julia Vanishes Skillfully Blends Steampunk, Fantasy, Adventure and Magic

“Egan’s debut novel sparkles with storytelling that skillfully blends elements of steampunk, fantasy, adventure, and magic…A beautifully rendered world and an exquisite sense of timing ensure a page-turning experience.” – Publishers Weekly Julia has the unusual ability to be . . . unseen. Not invisible, exactly. Just beyond most people’s senses. It’s a dangerous trait in…

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

“Will bring a chorus of laughter from sympathetic readers.”—Publishers Weekly Celebrating 40 years of a Judy Blume classic! Millions of fans young and old have been entertained by the quick wit of Peter Hatcher, the hilarious antics of mischevious Fudge, and the unbreakable confidence of know-it-all Sheila Tubman in Judy Blume’s five Fudge books. And…

A Summer full of monkeys, thrills and dangers

A tree full of monkeys the last thing fourteen-year-old Jay Berry Lee thought he’d find on one of his treks through Oklahoma’s Cherokee Ozarks. Jay learns from his grandfather that the monkeys have escaped from a circus and there is a big reward for anyone who finds them. He knows how much his family needs…

Positive: One Girl’s Triumph Over HIV and Bullying

”This realistic and honest biography of a young woman living with HIV will draw readers in, shedding light on this difficult topic . . . Through short chapters, teens will get a sense of the girl’s life, including her happy childhood, the strong bond between her and her mother, and the difficulties she faced, as…

Jump into fun with Sky Jumpers The Forbidden Flats

The town of White Rock has always lived in fear of the deadly gas known as “Bomb’s Breath,” but now it’s up to Hope to find the one thing that may stop the danger for good. SLJ said of the first book, “[readers] not ready for the violence of ‘The Hunger Games’ will enjoy the…

A Creature of Moonlight is fairy-tale fantasy at its best

“This book’s greatest strength lies in the vivid woodland scenes and the rich detail that describes the mystical pieces of Marni’s tale.” —School Library Journal As the only heir to the throne, Marni should have been surrounded by wealth and privilege, not living in exile—but now the time has come when she must choose between…