Asian

Aarti & the Blue Gods, Jasbinder Bilan *New*
Aarti lives with her exacting, cruel aunt, cut off from the world and her own history – until a boy washes up on the beach, and she makes an extraordinary discovery. 

The Boy Who Met a Whale, Nizrana Farook *New*
Zheng has escaped a shipwreck and is full of tales of sea monsters and missing treasure. A thrilling adventure set in fictional Sri Lanka.

 

When Secrets Set Sail, Sita Brahmachari *New*
Imtiaz has just joined Usha’s family – but Usha, mourning her grandmother Kali Ma, isn’t keen. When Usha finds herself being haunted by Kali Ma and Imtiaz is haunted by a mysterious woman, they are drawn into the history of the Indian ayahs, or nannies, left abandoned in Britain. 

 

Dragon Mountain series, Katie and Kevin Tsang *New*
When Billy Chan arrives at summer camp in China, he’s not expecting to join a fellowship of four very different kids, each bonded to a different dragon. 

 

Anisha, Accidental Detective, Serena Patel *New*
Anisha is all set to be a (reluctant) bridesmaid at Aunty Bindi’s wedding...until a secret ransom note arrives. Bindi’s groom has been kidnapped and will only be released IF THE WEDDING IS CALLED OFF! It’s up to Anisha Mistry to find him.

 

Mohinder's War, Bali Rai *New*
A thrilling World War II adventure set in occupied France, featuring an Indian RAF pilot. 

 

The Girl Who Stole an Elephant, Nizrana Farook *New*
Chaya, a no-nonsense, outspoken hero, leads her friends and a gorgeous elephant on a noisy, fraught, joyous adventure through the jungle where revolution is stirring and leeches lurk. 

Dumpling Days by Grace Lin 

At first, Pacy is excited about a month-long family trip to Taiwan and the Chinese painting class that awaits her there. But things turn out harder than she had imagined: Pacy can’t speak the language, she has trouble following the art teacher’s instructions and making friends. The third in the Pacy series, Dumpling Days is a thoughtful and often funny book about identity and learning what matters most.

 

Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly

Twelve-year-old Apple grapples with being different from her classmates. She and her mother immigrated from the Philippines when she was little. Her mother still cooks Filipino foods and gives Apple a hard time for becoming “too American.” When her friendships become difficult, Apple turns to music and starts saving for a guitar. Acclaimed Blackbird Fly is a heartfelt story about family, friendship, identity and finding your own way.

The Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami

Eleven-year-old Bollywood movie fan Dini is excited that her family will be moving to India for two years. She imagines her new life in Bombay, the centre of Bollywood and home to Dini’s favourite favourite star, Dolly Singh. Her disappointment is huge when she learns that the family is moving to a tiny village in the middle of nowhere. But she soon finds out that small villages can have surprises! The Grand Plan to Fix Everything is a vibrant novel with a charming protagonist and colourful descriptions of Indian culture and daily life.

 

Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai

Instead of spending her holidays at the beach, Californian girl Mai has to accompany her grandmother to Vietnam. Her parents are hoping that the trip will connect their out-of-touch daughter with her roots, but Mai struggles with the foreign country and its culture. Bestselling Listen, Slowly is an irresistible and poignant story about the true meaning of home, culture, family and friends. The paperback edition includes a letter from the author, a Vietnamese glossary and a pronunciation guide.

Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park 

Spunky Julia and her friend Patrick are trying to decide on a project for the country fair. Julia’s mother suggests they raise silkworms as she did years ago in Korea. Although all-American Julia finds that a little too ‘Korean’, they go ahead and soon realize that raising silkworms is a lot tougher than they thought. Project Mulberry is a fun story about prejudice, acceptance, and finding a good source of Mulberry leaves, framed by an entertaining dialogue between Julia and the author herself.

 

The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

Kouun means “good luck” in Japanese, but this year 12-year old Summer’s family has none of it. With her parents away in Japan to care for relatives, Summer and her younger brother have to help their grandparents with the hard harvesting work. Award-winning The Thing about Luck is a gentle and sometimes funny exploration of family bonds and a young girl’s journey to self-actualization.

 

Black Characters and Black History

Root Magic, Eden Royce *New*

A wondrous story of love, bravery, friendship, and family, filled to the brim with magic great and small.

 

Ghost, Jason Reynolds *New*

Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons -until he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medallist who sees something in Ghost: crazy natural talent. 

The Extraordinary Life of Katherine Johnson, Devika Jina *New*

As a child, Katherine Johnson loved maths. She went on to be one of the most important people in the history of space travel. Discover her incredible life story in this beautifully illustrated book complete with narrative biography, timelines and facts.

Black Athletes Who Changed Sports: Black History Matters, L.A. Amber

A beautifully crafted collection of poetry and rhymes of Black Athletes who changed sport history and inspire us.

Civil Rights Movement Heroes: Black History Matters, L.A. Amber

A beautifully crafted collection of poetry and rhymes of black leaders who fought for what is right and changed history.

Voice (series) - Empire's End - A Roman Story, Leila Rasheed

From the North African coast of Libya via Rome to Britain, this title offers a thrilling portrayal of life in the Roman empire through the eyes of Camilla, the daughter of the Emperor’s physician.

Voices (series) - Diver's Daughter: A Tudor Story, Patrice Lawrence

A gripping heart-in-your-mouth adventure told by Eve, a black girl living in Tudor London, who sets out on a dangerous journey to change her life for the better.

Voices (series) - Son of the Circus - A Victorian Story, E. L. Norry

Ted is a 12-year-old mixed-race boy living with his mother and brother in South Yorkshire in 1867. But his whole world is flipped upside down when a man rolls into town, announcing himself as Ted’s father and a well-respected circus owner, looking to get his son involved in the family business of horse tricks and acrobatics.

Respect, Michaela Morgan

The true story of Walter Tull - Barnardo's Boy, Spurs footballer and officer in the First World War. Michaela also wrote Walter Tull's Scrapbook, a very accessible introduction suitable for children aged 7+.

The Life of Stephen Lawrence, Verna Wilkins

A book dedicated to remembering Stephen and celebrating his life and legacy. Others on Stephen Lawrence Day Primary Annotated Reading List.

A Child’s Introduction to African American History, Jabari Asim and Lynn Gaines

A comprehensive, entertaining look at heroes, heroines, and critical moments from African American history -- from the slave trade to the Black Lives Matter movement --by award-winning author Jabari Asim.

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore, Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and R. Gregory Christie

In the 1930s, Lewis's dad, Lewis Michaux Sr., had an itch he needed to scratch—a book itch. How to scratch it? He started a bookstore in Harlem and named it the National Memorial African Bookstore. And as far as Lewis Michaux Jr. could tell, his father's bookstore was one of a kind.

The Story of the Windrush, K.N. Chimbiri

In June 1948, hundreds of Caribbean men, women and children arrived in London on a ship called the HMT Empire Windrush.  This brilliantly informative book tells their story, combining facts with accounts from people who were there, archive photos, mini biographies, maps and a timeline.  

The Place for Me: Stories About the Windrush Generation, Floella Benjamin 

This beautiful book brings together 12 moving and inspiring stories written by authors. Each powerful tale is inspired by the personal stories of the Windrush generation. Produced in partnership with Black Cultural Archives, it also features photos and facts.

 

Who was Rosa Parks?, Yona Zeldis McDonough

In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. This seemingly small act triggered civil rights protests across America and earned Rosa Parks the title "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement. 

 

Who was Martin Luther King, Jr?, Bonnie Bader

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was only 25 when he helped organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was soon organizing black people across the country in support of the right to vote, desegregation, and other basic civil rights. 

 

Who was Nelson Mandela?, Pam Pollack

As a child he dreamt of changing South Africa; as a man he changed the world. Nelson Mandela spent his life battling apartheid and championing a peaceful revolution. He spent twenty-seven years in prison and emerged as the inspiring leader of the new South Africa. He became the country's first black president and went on to live his dream of change. 

 

Empathy and Kindness

Just Feel: How to be Stronger, Happier, Healthier and More, Mallikra Chopra

Designed specifically with kids ages 8-12 in mind, the book clearly addresses important topics such as flexibility, responsibility, communication, creativity, and self-knowledge. Written by the respected writer and wellness expert Mallika Chopra, Just Feel is sure to effectively teach kids how they can balance their emotions and make positive choices for themselves - thus cultivate empathy. 


Save Me a Seat, Sarah Weeks 

Joe and Ravi may come from different backgrounds, but they find they have more in common than they'd thought and forge a friendship based on understanding and acceptance.

 

Lovely, Jess Hong

Big, small, curly, straight, loud, quiet, smooth, wrinkly. Lovely explores a world of differences that all add up to the same thing: we are all lovely!

Break the Mould, Sinéad Burke

Sometimes it can seem like the world isn't built for you or you can feel like you don't belong. But why should you change who you are for the sake of others? From the power of being different and discovering things you love about yourself, to using your voice to be an ally and show friendship to others, it's time to break the mould and find your place in the world.

 

Jewish

Catherine's War, Julia Billet

An award-winning comic book based on the author's mother's own experiences as a hidden child in France during World War II.  

Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! Sarah Kapit 

Because of her autism, Vivy's parents and teachers constantly underestimate her. But Ivy knows she throws a mean knuckleball and she wants to prove how well she can do on her local boys' baseball team.  This novel weaves Vivy's Jewish identity into the storyline beautifully - and is also a book about agency, friendship and how to stand up to ableism and discrimination. 

All-of-A-Kind Family series, Sydney Taylor 

This series of five chapter books tell the story of a family in New York in the early 1900s, children of immigrants Mama and Papa. The focus is very much on gentle, everyday stories, but woven into them are details of Jewish life and celebrations. 

Hitler's Canary, Sandi Toksvig

A must-read account of immense courage during the Second World War, for children.  Based on real-life events experienced by Sandi Toksvig's family during the Nazi occupation of Denmark. 

The Queen Who Saved Her People, Tilda Balsley

The Purim story has never been more fun! This lavishly rhyming tale is a wonderful read-aloud book which bounces through the story of Queen Esther, a Jewish girl who becomes Queen to King Xerxes of Persia and whose courage saved the Jewish people living in Persia.

 

Dan and the Mudman, Jonny Zucker

When Dan is bullied at school for being Jewish, he finds his own way to fight back.  This story, which draws on Jewish folklore, is a thought-provoking read which a message of tolerance and anti-racism. 

When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit, Judith Kerr

This semi-autobiographical and unforgettable story of a Jewish family fleeing Germany before the start of the Second World War has become a much-loved classic. 

A Place at the Table, Saadia Faruqi
Sixth graders Sara, a Pakistani American, and Elizabeth, a Jewish girl, connect in an afterschool cooking club and bond over food and their mothers struggles to become United States citizens.

 

When the World Was Ours, Liz Kessler

A poignant and harrowing story of three young friends whose fates are intertwined during the devastation of the Holocaust—based on a true story.

Number the Stars, Lois Lowry

An award-winning story inspired by true events of the Second World War about a non-Jewish 10 year old Danish girl who was part of the extraordinary saving of Danish Jews. 

Stories for Children, Isaac Bashevis

This collection presents exuberant and timeless tales for children rich in fantasy and deeply rooted in the lost cultural tradition of the author's native Poland.  Translated from its original Yiddish into English with the author's personal supervision. 

 

LGBTQ+

George, Alex Gino

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. George really wants to play Charlotte in Charlotte's Web. Will she be able to?

 

The Pants Project, Cat Clarke

Liv knows he was always meant to be a boy but he hasn’t told anyone – even his two moms yet. Now, his new school has a terrible dress code, he can't even wear pants. Only skirts. The only way for Liv to get what he wants is to go after it himself. But to Liv, this isn't just a mission to change the policy―it's a mission to change his life.

 

Riding Freedom, Pam Muñoz Ryan

A fictionalized account of the true story of Charley (Charlotte) Parkhurst who ran away from an orphanage, lived as a boy, moved to California, and became a stagecoach driver.

 

Roller Girl, Victoria Jamieson

An inspiring coming-of-age story about friendship, perseverance, and girl power! And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid's life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship. Graphic novel.

 

The Moon WIthin, Aida Salazar

Celi Rivera’s life swirls with questions. About her changing body. Her first attraction to a boy. And her best friend’s exploration of what it means to be genderfluid. But most of all, her mother’s insistence she have a moon ceremony, an ancestral Mexica ritual, when her first period arrives.

 

Better Nate Than Ever, Tim Federle

Nate plans an overnight escape to New York for an open casting call for E.T.: The Musical, knowing this could be the difference between small-town blues and big-time stardom. Note two other books: Five, Six, Seven, Nate! and Nate Expectations

 

Arab, Middle Eastern & Muslim

Samir and Yonatan, Daniella Carmi *NEW*
When Samir, a young Palestinian boy, is scheduled to go to an Israeli hospital for an operation, he fears the worse, yet upon meeting a young Israeli boy, Yonatan, his fears begin to subside as they become friends through their talks about far away adventures. Suggested reading age 9-12. 

A Game For Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return, Abirached Zeina *NEW*

When Zeina was born, the civil war in Lebanon had been going on for six years, so it's just a normal part of life for her and her parents and little brother. When Zeina's parents don't return one afternoon from a visit to the other half of the city and the bombing grows ever closer, the neighbors in her apartment house create a world indoors for Zeina and her brother where it's comfy and safe, where they can share cooking lessons and games and gossip. Together they try to make it through a dramatic day in the one place they hoped they would always be safe--home.

The White Zone, Carolyn Marsden *NEW*
As American bombs fall on Baghdad during the Iraq War, ten-year-old cousins Nouri and Talib witness the growing violence between Sunni and Shiite Muslims. Suggested for readers aged 9-14. 

 

A Little Piece of Ground, Elizabeth Laird *NEW*

Twelve-year-old Karim Aboudi and his family are trapped in their Ramallah home by a strict curfew. Israeli tanks control the city in response to a Palestinian suicide bombing. Karim longs to play football with his mates – being stuck inside with his teenage brother and fearful parents is driving him crazy. When the curfew ends, he and his friend discover an unused patch of ground that's the perfect site for a football pitch. Nearby, an old car hidden intact under bulldozed buildings makes a brilliant den. But in this city there's constant danger, even for schoolboys. And when Israeli soldiers find Karim outside during the next curfew, it seems impossible that he will survive . . .  For readers 9+.

Oranges in No Man's Land, Elizabeth Laird *NEW*
Since her father left Lebanon to find work and her mother tragically died in a shell attack, ten-year-old Ayesha has been living in the bomb-ravaged city of Beirut with her granny and her two younger brothers. The city has been torn in half by civil war and a desolate, dangerous no man's land divides the two sides. Only militiamen and tanks dare enter this deadly zone, but when Granny falls desperately ill, Ayesha sets off on a terrifying journey to reach a doctor living in enemy territory. For readers 9+.

The Boy and the Wall, Amahl Bishara *NEW*

A bilingual children’s book in English and Arabic that tells the story of a Palestinian refugee boy who loves to play soccer, find turtles, and pick flowers. But the joy of being a child is overshadowed by the huge wall being built through his land. The Boy and the Wall is a story about how the separation wall has affected the lives of the people living in Aida Refugee Camp and an imaginative reflection of a child’s response to the wall.

The Day of Ahmed's Secret, Florence Parry Heide *NEW*
Ahmed drives his donkey cart through the streets of Cairo, delivering butane gas cylinders to his father's customers. He knows everyone and has a part to play in the life of the city. He is proud to be strong enough to help his family, but most of all he is proud of his precious secret, a secret that he keeps until the end of the day. The book reveals a lot about Ahmed's life, and finally his secret - that he can write his name.

Sami and The Time of Troubles, Florence Parry Heide *NEW*

Sami, a ten-year-old boy living with his family in war-torn Beirut, Lebanon, yearns for the day when he can live a normal, peaceful life, safe from the devastation of war.

Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad, James Rumford *NEW*
Like other children living in Baghdad, Ali loves soccer, music and dancing, but most of all, he loves the ancient art of calligraphy. When bombs begin to fall on his city, Ali turns to his pen, writing sweeping and gliding words to the silent music that drowns out the war all around him. Gorgeously illustrated with collage, pencil and charcoal drawings and, of course, exquisite calligraphy, this timely and yet universal story celebrates art and history but also offers young children a way to understand all they see and hear on the news.

Magical Land of Birthdays, Amirah Kassem

After receiving a magical cookbook and baking her birthday cake, Amirah is transported to the Magical Land of Birthdays and meets three birthday buddies from different corners of the world

 

Planet Omar, Zanib Mian

One of the best things about Omar is his HUGE imagination! He uses his imagination to deal with moving, starting a new school, bullying, and racism.

 

Neurodiversity

Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! Sarah Kapit 

Because of her autism, Vivy's parents and teachers constantly underestimate her. But Ivy knows she throws a mean knuckleball and she wants to prove how well she can do on her local boys' baseball team.  This novel weaves Vivy's Jewish identity into the storyline beautifully - and is also a book about agency, friendship and how to stand up to ableism and discrimination. 

The Goldfish Boy, Lisa Thompson

Twelve-year-old Matthew is trapped in his bedroom by crippling OCD, spending most of his time staring out of his window as the inhabitants of Chestnut Close go about their business. Until the day he is the last person to see his next door neighbour's toddler, Teddy, before he goes missing. Matthew must turn detective and unravel the mystery of Teddy's disappearance - with the help of a brilliant cast of supporting characters.  Mature themes of death, loss and guilt means this is more suited to readers aged 9+. 

 

Race and Representation

Who was Harriet Tubman?, Yona Zeldis McDonough

Born a slave in Maryland, Harriet Tubman knew first-hand what it meant to be someone's property; she was whipped by owners and almost killed by an overseer. It was from other field hands that she first heard about the Underground Railroad which she travelled by herself north to Philadelphia.

 

Who Was Ida B. Wells?, Sarah Fabiny

Born into slavery in 1862, Ida Bell Wells was freed as a result of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865. Yet she could see just how unjust the world she was living in was. This drove her to become a journalist and activist. Throughout her life, she fought against prejudice and for equality for African Americans. Ida B. Wells would go on to co-own a newspaper, write several books, help cofound the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and fight for women's right to vote.

 

Who is Barack Obama?, Roberta Edwards

As the world now knows, Barack Obama has made history as our first African-American president. With black-and-white illustrations throughout, this biography is perfect for primary graders

 

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King Jr., Doreen Rappaport

This picture book biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. brings his life and the profound nature of his message to young children through his own words.

 

New Kid, Jerry Craft

New Kid is a 2019 graphic novel by Jerry Craft. The novel tells the story of Jordan Banks who experiences culture shock when he enrolls at a private school. The book was well received and won the 2020 Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award. It was the first graphic novel to be awarded the Newbery Medal.

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voice, edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson

Fifty of the foremost diverse children’s authors and illustrators–including Jason Reynolds, Jacqueline Woodson, and Kwame Alexander–share answers to the question, “In this divisive world, what shall we tell our children?” in this beautiful, full-color keepsake collection, published in partnership with Just Us Books.

Boy at the Back of the Class, Onjali Rauf

A child's perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn't always make sense.

When Stars are Scattered, Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed *New*

Heartbreak and hope exist together in this remarkable graphic novel about growing up in a refugee camp.

 

Ghost, Jason Reynolds *New*

Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons -until he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medallist who sees something in Ghost: crazy natural talent. ​​

 

Refugee

The Boy and the Wall, Amahl Bishara 

A bilingual children’s book in English and Arabic that tells the story of a Palestinian refugee boy who loves to play soccer, find turtles, and pick flowers. But the joy of being a child is overshadowed by the huge wall being built through his land. The Boy and the Wall is a story about how the separation wall has affected the lives of the people living in Aida Refugee Camp and an imaginative reflection of a child’s response to the wall.

 

When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit, Judith Kerr

This semi-autobiographical and unforgettable story of a Jewish family fleeing Germany before the start of the Second World War has become a much-loved classic.

A Place at the Table, Saadia Faruqi

Sixth graders Sara, a Pakistani American, and Elizabeth, a Jewish girl, connect in an afterschool cooking club and bond over food and their mothers struggles to become United States citizens.

When Stars are Scattered, Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

Heartbreak and hope exist together in this remarkable graphic novel about growing up in a refugee camp.

 
 

Strong Female Characters

Zombierella, Joseph Coelho *New*

The first in a new series: dark fairytale retellings in verse, with pleasingly gruesome illustrations from Freya Hartas.  Starring an undead princess and a vampire prince.

Nevermoor Series, Jessica Townsend *New*

Morrigan Crow is cursed, destined to die on her eleventh birthday. But, as the clock strikes midnight, she's whisked away by a remarkable man called Jupiter North and taken to the secret city of Nevermoor. There she's invited to join the Wundrous Society. Mystery, magic and protection are hers - if only she can pass four impossible trials, using an exceptional talent. Which she doesn't have...

Ruby Redfort series, Lauren Child

In this first book, we go right back to Ruby’s beginnings as an agent. When an anonymous caller sets Ruby a challenge, it’s not long before she finds her way into the HQ of the most secret of secret agencies – SPECTRUM. They need her help to crack a code but her desk job soon spirals into an all-out action adventure, as Ruby uncovers the dastardly plans of the formidable Fool’s Gold Gang.

 

Firework Maker's Daughter, Philip Pullman

What Lila wants to be more than anything else in the world is . . . a Firework-Maker! But firework-making is not just about being able to make Crackle-Dragons and Golden Sneezes. There is also one special secret: every Firework-Maker must make a perilous journey to face the terrifying Fire-Fiend!

 

Madame Pamplemousse and Her Incredible Edibles, Rupert Kingfisher

Madame Pamplemousse is the story of Madeleine, forced to work in her unpleasant uncle's horrible restaurant, The Squealing Pig. By chance she comes across the most marvellous shop, run by Madame Pamplemousse, which is quiet, discreet, yet full of delicious and otherworldly 'edibles' - Pterodactyl Bacon, Scorpion Tails in Smoked Garlic Oil, and Great Squid Tentacle in Jasmine-Scented Jelly. A quiet comradeship develops between Madeleine, Madame Pamplemousse, and Madame's cat, Camembert. And together they create some wonderful culinary magic. Exquisite, beautifully formed prose that has echoes of Angela Carter belies a narrative that is full of pace. A wonderful fairy tale that will appeal to both adults and children.

 

The Lie Tree, Frances Hardinge 

Faith's father has been found dead under mysterious circumstances, and as she is searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree. The tree only grows healthy and bears fruit if you whisper a lie to it. The fruit of the tree, when eaten, will deliver a hidden truth to the person who consumes it. The bigger the lie, the more people who believe it, the bigger the truth that is uncovered. The girl realizes that she is good at lying and that the tree might hold the key to her father's murder, so she begins to spread untruths far and wide across her small island community. But as her tales spiral out of control, she discovers that where lies seduce, truths shatter . . .

 

Tiffany Aching series, Terry Pratchett

A proper one, with a pointy hat. And flying, she’s always dreamed of flying (though it’s cold up there, you have to wear really thick pants, two layers). But she’s worried Tiffany isn’t a very ‘witchy’ name. And a witch has always protected Tiffany’s land, to stop the nightmares getting through.

No Ballet Shoes in Syria, Catherine Bruton 

Aya is eleven years old and has just arrived in Britain with her mum and baby brother, seeking asylum from war in Syria. When Aya stumbles across a local ballet class, the formidable dance teacher spots her exceptional talent and believes that Aya has the potential to earn a prestigious ballet scholarship. But at the same time, Aya and her family must fight to be allowed to remain in the country, to make a home for themselves and to find Aya's father - separated from the rest of the family during the journey from Syria.

 

Asha and the Spirit Bird, Jasbinder Bilan 

Asha lives in the foothills of the Himalayas. Money is tight and she misses her papa who works in the city. When he suddenly stops sending his wages, a ruthless moneylender ransacks their home and her mother talks of leaving. From her den in the mango tree, Asha makes a pact with her best friend, Jeevan, to find her father and make things right. But the journey is dangerous: they must cross the world's highest mountains and face hunger, tiredness - even snow leopards. And yet, Asha has the unshakeable sense that the spirit bird of her grandmother - her nanijee - will be watching over her.

 

A Pocketful of Stars, Aisha Bushby

About family, friendship and finding out who you are, full of emotion and a secret fantasy world to discover.

 

First Class Murder: A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery, Robin Stevens

Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are taking a holiday on the world-famous Orient Express - and it's clear that each of their fellow first-class passengers has something to hide. Even more intriguing: there is rumour of a spy in their midst. Then, during dinner, there is a scream from inside one of the cabins. When the door is broken down, a passenger is found murdered, her stunning ruby necklace gone.

But the killer has vanished - as if into thin air. Daisy and Hazel are faced with their first ever locked-room mystery - and with competition from several other sleuths, who are just as determined to crack the case.

 

The Sally Lockhart Mysteries by Philip Pullman, Phillip Pullman 

Crown Princess Adelaide of Razkavia is not what you'd expect. She's the slum-girl Jim has been searching for ever since she vanished ten years ago. Now her life is in mortal danger, and together they must battle against unknown enemies in a country where no one can be trusted. This dramatic story of love, loyalty and adventure is the final novel in the quartet. Philip Pullman's ever-popular, action-packed Victorian melodramas are rejacketed for the bicentenary of Charles Dickens in 2012.

 

Girls Think of Everything, Catherine Thimmesh

In kitchens and living rooms, in garages and labs and basements, even in converted chicken coops, women and girls have invented ingenious innovations that have made our lives simpler and better. Their creations are some of the most enduring (the windshield wiper) and best loved (the chocolate chip cookie). What inspired these women, and just how did they turn their ideas into realities?

 

Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Patricia C. Wrede

Hilarious adventure stories about Cimorene, the princess who refuses to be proper.

 

The Afterwards, A.F. Harrold

There's nothing more to say about it. It is what it is. It is what will always be. Ember and Ness. Then Ness dies. It is sudden and unexpected and leaves Ember completely empty. How can this be? When Ember finds a way into the Afterworld, she determines to bring Ness back. Because that's what friends do isn't it? They rescue each other. They help. They never give up. Ember and Ness. That doesn't change.

Latinx

The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros,
The House on Mango Street is a 1984 novel by Mexican-American author Sandra Cisneros. Structured as a series of vignettes, it tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, a 12-year-old Chicana girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago.

 

Esperanza Rising, Pam Muñoz Ryan,
Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico, and that she'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. 

 

Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics, Margarita Engle, Rafael López 
Musician, botanist, baseball player, pilot—the Latinos featured in this collection come from many different countries and from many different backgrounds. Celebrate their accomplishments and their contributions to a collective history and a community that continues to evolve and thrive today!

 

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library, Carole Boston Weatherford
Amid the scholars, poets, authors, and artists of the Harlem Renaissance stood an Afro–Puerto Rican named Arturo Schomburg. This law clerk’s life’s passion was to collect books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African diaspora and bring to light the achievements of people of African descent through the ages. When Schomburg’s collection became so big it began to overflow his house (and his wife threatened to mutiny), he turned to the New York Public Library.

 

Clemente!, Willie Perdomo and Bryan Collier

A little boy named Clemente learns about his namesake, the great baseball player Roberto Clemente, in this joyful picture book biography.

 

The Tia Lola Stories Series, Julia Alvarez
Moving to Vermont after his parents split, Miguel has plenty to worry about! Tía Lola, his quirky, carismática, and maybe magical aunt makes his life even more unpredictable when she arrives from the Dominican Republic to help out his Mami. English and Spanish

 

Disabilities

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