New Books About School, Friends, Family & Growing Up

The Wrap-Up List by Steven Arntson

Reading Level: Grades 6 - 8

Gabriella is having a perfectly normal day, until she receives a letter from her Death, Hercule, informing her that she has been chosen for Departure.  Now she has one week to wrap things up with her friends and family and to try to figure out what will force Hercule to give her a Pardon before he comes and makes her disappear.

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Ball by Mary Sullivan

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 7

This one word book cleverly tells the story of a ball obsessed dog who has nobody to play with him.

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When We Wuz Famous by Greg Takoudes

Reading Level:  Grades 9 and up

Franciso is a celebrity in his Spanish Harlem neighborhood.  He is a top student, popular, and a gifted basketball player.  He has a wonderful girlfriend and loving supportive parents.  For his senior year he is offered a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school in upstate New York.  Franciso  knows this is his ticket out of the 'hood and into a better life for him and those he loves.  But his best friend fears that Francisco will leave him behind.  A visit home sets in motion events that lead to bad decisions, betrayals, and tested loyalties.  This is a riveting book that readers will not want to put down.

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Another book about a minority scholarship student is  Tequila Worm by Viola Canales.

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