Elementary Level

Title: The Hoopster

Author: Alan Lawrence Sitomer

Level: Grades 8 and up

References: Race

Summary: Andre Anderson, an African-American teenager enjoying a summer filled with pickup basketball, a new girlfriend, and an internship at a popular magazine, becomes the target of violent bigotry when he writes a powerful article on racism.

“The Hoopster.” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 11/09/12 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

extras Title: Extras

Author: Scott Westerfeld

Suitable for: Grades 7-12

References: Body Image, Socio-ecomic Status

Summary: In an alternative civilization where the social status of each person is monitored and rated and anyone can drop from celebrity to nobody, fifteen-year-old Aya Fuse’s popularity ranking is so low her only chance of moving up is to find a good story, so when she meets a group of girls who hide an explosive secret, Aya decides to expose the group and unknowingly puts her own life in danger.

“Extras ” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 04/18/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

me and the blondes Title: Me and the Blondes

Author: Teresa Toten

Suitable for: Grades 7-12

References: Socio-Economic Status

Summary: Sophie Kandinsky has spent the last six years trying to keep her crazy family life secret. The devil is in the details. The first detail is her larger-than-life, eccentric, Bulgarian mother. The slightly larger detail is the fact that her gentle, poet-father has been charged with murder. All Sophie wants is to be adored and invincible, which is really hard once people find out her father’s in prison.But this time, after yet another move to another new school, and another opportunity to wipe the slate clean, Sophie has devised a plan. On her first day of school, she will locate The Blondes – that clique of perfect, confident girls who are beyond gossip and reproach – and she will make them her friends. This time, no one will find out the truth. This time, everything will be brilliant.

“Me and the Blondes” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 05/03/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

I Have a Dream Title: I Have a Dream: The Story of Martin Luther King

Author: Margaret Davidson

Suitable for: Grades 3-6

References: Race, Culture

Summary: A brief biography detailing the major achievements of the leader who worked for equal rights for African-Americans.

“I Have a Dream: The Story of Martin Luther King” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 05/03/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

Stop Pretending Title: Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy

Author: Sonya Sones

Suitable for: Grades 5 – 8 (written in poetry format)

References: Mental Health

Summary: A younger sister has a difficult time adjusting to life after her older sister has a mental breakdown.

“Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 04/18/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

bronx masquerade Title: Bronx masquerade

Author: Nikki Grimes

Suitable for: Grades 7-12

References: Race, Culture

Summary: While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they’ve written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates.

“Bronx masquerade ” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 05/22/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com

a step from heaven Title: A step from heaven

Author: An Na

Suitable for: Grades 5-8

References: Culture

Summary: In this debut novel, a young girl describes her family’s bittersweet experience in the United States after their emigration from Korea. Four years old on the flight to California, Young Ju concludes that America is heaven. But when they arrive, they are weighed down by the difficulty of learning English, their insular family life, and the traditions of the country they left behind.

“A step from heaven ” TitlePeek. Destiny. St. Marys DCVI, St Marys. 05/22/13 http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com