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Welcome to the Instructional Materials Review Committee Adopt-a -Book sign up.  Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. A title previously read is acceptable. Two readers per book.  We will loan you a copy of the book and provide you with an approval form.  All books and forms must be completed by December 10, 2021. Thank you!

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57 Bus by Dashka Slater (2)

Narrative nonfiction - True story of Sasha and Richard, two teens from Oakland, CA, who never would have met if not for the 57 Bus. A single reckless act leaves Sasha severely burned and Richard charged with hate crimes, facing life imprisonment.

 
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keuri patel
Gohar Qureshi

A Good Kind of Trouble by Ramee (2)

Realistic fiction - From the perspective of an Black girl who is one of the few black students in her middle school as she navigates news of police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement.

 
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Ashley Herman
Dianne Emery

All American Boys by Reynolds (2)

Realistic fiction-When 16 year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn's alternating views.

 
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Cate Riihimaki
Kristi West

Amal Unbound by Saeed (2)

Realistic fiction - In Pakistan, Amal holds onto her dream of being a teacher even after becoming an indentured servant to pay off her family's debt to the wealthy and corrupt Khan family.

 
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Mojgan Ghazirad
Steph Todd

American Road Trip by Flores-Scott (2)

Realistic fiction - Brothers Teodoro and Manny Avila take a road trip to address Manny's PTSD following his tour in Iraq, and to help T. change his life and win the heart of Wendy Martinez.

 
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Melinda Hamer
Susan Vasquez

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Saenz (2)

Realistic fiction - Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

 
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Mojgan Ghazirad
Nicole Abramson

Blended by Draper (2)

Realistic fiction-Piano-prodigy Isabella, eleven, whose black father and white mother struggle to share custody, never feels whole, especially as racial tensions affect her school, and she and her stepbrother are stopped by the police.

 
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Soumya Mohan
Chaitanya Puri

Chains by Anderson (2)

Historical fiction - After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War

 
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Vuslat Eksi
Jennifer Fuqua

Dear Martin by Stone (2)

Realistic fiction - Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.

 
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Steph Todd
Marci Love Thomas

Dreamland Burning by Latham (2)

Historical/Realistic fiction - Told through intricately interwoven alternating perspectives, this book brings the Tulsa race riot of 1921 to life and raises important questions about the complex state of US race relations-both yesterday and today.

 
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Ashley Herman
Previously read
Vuslat Eksi

Enrique's Journey by Nazario (2)

Narrative nonnfiction - Documents the journey of a Honduran teen who braved hardship and peril to reunite with his mother after she was forced to leave him behind and seek migratory work in the United States.

 
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Karen Walkenhorst
Marci Love Thomas

Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee (2)

Biography-Sungju re-creates his life in N. Korea-what it was like for a boy alone to create a new family with his gang; to be hungry, to fear arrest, imprisonment. It allows readers to learn about cultures where freedoms they take for granted don't exist.

 
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Yoo Jin Kim
Nancy Bao
Mindy Bao's Mom - Nancy

Free Lunch by Ogle (2)

Biography - The author reveals the humiliation that came with the daily outing of his family's hunger and poverty in sixth grade when he had to announce that he participated in his school's free lunch program.

 
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Gohar Qureshi
Tamara O'Sullivan

Ghost Boys by Rhodes (2)

Biographical fiction-7th-grader Jerome is mistakenly shot by a white police officer, and as a ghost, observes the turmoil in his community as a result of his death. He then meets the ghost of Emmett Till who helps Jerome understand how systemic racism.

 
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Heather T
Steph Todd

Harbor Me by Woodson (2)

Realistic fiction - When six students are chosen to participate in a weekly talk with no adults, they find that they are safe to share the hopes and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world.

 
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Megha Fitzpatrick
Lara Pankowski

I Was Their American Dream by Gharib (2)

Biography, graphic novel - A memoir of Malaka Gharib and her upbringing as an Egyptian-Filipino, coming of age in an America without internet and two different cultures in her mother and father.

 
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Mojgan Ghazirad
Venkata Sombhatta

It Ain't So Awful Falafel by Dumas (2)

HIstorical fiction - Eleven-year-old Zomorod, originally from Iran, tells her story of growing up Iranian in Southern California during the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis of the late 1970s.

 
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Mojgan Ghazirad
Nazrin Tingstrom

It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime by Noah (2)

Biography - The author, comedian Trevor Noah, shares his personal journey from his birth in South Africa during Apartheid, to his job behind a desk at "The Daily Show.

 
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Hollis King
Heather T

Just Mercy: Adapted for young adults by Stevenson (2)

Biography - Lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares his efforts to end racial and economic injustice through his organization Equal Justice Initiative. With personal stories from his work, he sheds light on a broken justice system he's working to change.

 
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Lisa Luftig
Chrys Gaitatzes

Legend by Lu (2)

Science fiction - In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, find that they have a common enemy.

 
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Erin Wirtanen
Danielle Kouzoukas
Danielle kouzoukas

March: Book 1 by Lewis (2)

Biography, graphic novel - March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story,

 
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Casey Grider
Robin Choi

Maus by Spiegelman (2)

Biography, graphic novel - the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler’s Europe, and his son, a cartoonist coming to terms with his father’s story.

 
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Jared Abramson
Sasha Pechenik

Milkweed by Spinelli (2)

HIstorical fiction-a Jewish boy who lives in the streets of Warsaw, steals food for himself and the orphans. He wants to be a Nazi someday, with tall, shiny jackboots of his own. Until the day that suddenly makes him change his mind.

 
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Heather T
Megha Fitzpatrick

New Kid by Craft (2)

Graphic novel - After his parents send him to a prestigious private school known for its academics, Jordan Banks finds himself torn between two worlds.

 
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Marci Love Thomas
Lori Phillips

Nine, Ten: A September 11th Story by Baskin (2)

Realistic fiction - Relates how the lives of four children living in different parts of the country intersect and are affected by the events of September 11, 2001.

 
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Nicole Lefton
Kristin Lochhead

No Fixed Address by Nielsen (2)

Realistic fiction Twelve-year-old Felix's appearance on a television game show reveals that he and his mother have been homeless for a while, but also restores some of his faith in other people.-

 
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Lori Phillips
Chris Wirtanen

Persepolis by Satrapi (2)

Autobiography, graphic novel - A memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.

 
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Nazrin Tingstrom
Sabrina Underwood

Refugee by Gratz (2)

HIstorical fiction- In the midst of political turmoil, how do you escape the only country you've every known? Parallel stories of 3 different middle school-aged refugees-Josef from Nazi Germany, Isabel from 1994 Cuba and Mahmoud from 2015 Aleppo.

 
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Jennifer Fuqua
Nicole Lefton

Internment by Ahmed (2)

Science fiction - A terrifying, futuristic United Sates where Muslim-Americans are forced into internment camps, and seventeen-year-old Layla Amin must lead a revolution against complicit silence.

 
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Kimberley Haver
Elaine Kelly

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Gemeinhart (2)

Realistic fiction -Twelve-year-old Coyote and her father rush to Poplin Springs, Washington, in their old school bus to save a memory box buried in a park that will soon be demolished.

 
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Adri Sandilands
Nancy Bao
Mindy Bao's Mom - Nancy

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story by Stelson (2)

Biography - Tells the story of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki through the eyes of Sachiko Yasui, who was six when the devastation was wrought, describing her experiences in the aftermath of the attack as well as her long journey to find peace.

 
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Sasha Pechenik
Sara Hallisey

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Reynolds (2)

Narrative nonfiction-Explores the history of racist ideas in America by examining the lives of notable historical figures.Discusses how racist ideas spread and how they are also discredited.

 
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Sara Hallisey
Melinda Hamer

The Benefits of Being an Octopus (2)

Realistic fiction - 7th grader Zoey Albro focuses on caring for three younger siblings and avoiding rich classmates at school until her fascination with octopuses gets her on the debate team and she begins to speak out.

 
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Grace Verma
Steph Todd

Breadwinner by Ellis (2)

Realistic fiction-Parvana's father has a foreign education, he is arrested by the Taliban. Women cannot appear in public unless fully covered, go to school, or work outside the home, so the family becomes more desperate until Parvana conceives a plan.

 
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Maria Fitzgerald
Karen Walkenhorst

The Hate U Give by Thomas (2)

Realistic fiction-After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

 
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Cate Riihimaki
Sara Koenig

The Thing about Jellyfish by Benjamin (2)

Realistic fiction - Twelve-year-old Suzy Swanson wades through her intense grief over the loss of her best friend by investigating the rare jellyfish she is convinced was responsible for her friend's death.

 
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Danielle Kouzoukas
Danielle kouzoukas
Nicole Nitowski

They Called Us the Enemy by Takei (2)

Biography, graphic novel - Japanese American actor and gay activist George Takei offers a memoir describing his years as a child in Japanese internment camps during World War II and how they impacted him, his parents, and the country.

 
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Diana Mayer
Kristin Lochhead

Wolf Hollow by Wolk (2)

Historical fiction - Twelve-year-old Annabelle must learn to stand up for what's right in the face of a manipulative and violent new bully who targets people Annabelle cares about, including a homeless World War I veteran.

 
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keuri patel
Jennifer Fuqua

They Both Die in the End by Silvera (2)

Science fiction - In a near-future New York City where a service alerts people on the day they will die, teenagers Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio meet using the Last Friend app and are faced with the challenge of living a lifetime on their End Day.

 
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Jennifer Dellorto
Sara Koenig

The Night Diary by Hiranandani (2)

Historical fiction-12 year-old Nishai is forced to flee her home with her Hindu family during the 1947 partition of India. She tries to make sense of the world falling apart around her by writing to her deceased Muslim mother in the pages of her diary.

 
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keuri patel
Soumya Mohan

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamura by Cartaya (2)

Realistic fiction-Arturo's Miami summer is marked by the arrival of poetry enthusiast Carmen, who helps him use the power of protest to fight the plans of a land developer who wants to demolish his Abuela's restaurant.

 
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Maria Fitzgerald
Lori Phillips

When the Stars Are Scattered by Jamieson (2)

Biography, graphic novel-Omar and his younger brother Hassan live in a refugee camp, and when an opportunity for Omar to get an education comes along, he must decide between going to school every day or caring for his nonverbal brother.

 
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Kimberley Haver
Jennifer Fuqua

Shatter Me by Safi (2)

Science fiction-Ostracized or incarcerated her whole life, 17 year-old Juliette is freed on the condition that she use her horrific abilities in support of The Reestablishment, a post-apocalyptic dictatorship.

 
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Adri Sandilands
Danielle Kouzoukas
Danielle kouzoukas

Save Me a Seat (2)

Ravi has just moved to the U.S. from India where he was at the top of his class. Joe has lived in the same town his whole life and has learning problems--but when their lives intersect at school they must fight a common enemy.

 
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Grace Verma
Amy Zhang
Shaotong Li
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