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2014-Growing Up Muslim: Understanding the Beliefs and Practices of Islam

by Sumbul Ali-Karamali | Ember (2013) | Youth
$7.99-RP4239 | 224 pages

Growing up Muslim in Southern California, Ali-Karamali found herself answering questions from her friends and schoolmates about her life and her religious practices. This book is a comprehensive introduction to one of the world's major religions. It will provide young readers with essential information about Islam in the everyday context of Muslim life in America, encouraging tolerance and acceptance.

2014-A Native American Thought of It: Amazing Inventions and Innovations

by Rocky Landon and David MacDonald | Annick Press (2008) | Youth
$9.95-RP4243 | 48 pages

Discover more than 70 items and ideas that were crucial to native survival and celebrate the resourcefulness of North America's native inhabitants. This book explores how native people's creativity and ingenuity combined to make the most of woodlands, prairies, deserts and ocean coasts.


by R.J. Palacio | Knopf Books for Young Readers (2012) | Youth
$15.99-RP4240 | 320 pages

Born with a facial deformity, August "Auggie" Pullman is about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. Auggie is just an ordinary kid with an extraordinary face. Can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them despite appearances?

2014-Which Side Are You On? The Story of a Song

by George Ella Lyon (author) and Christopher Cardinale (illustrator) | Cinco Puntos Press (2011) | Youth
$17.95-RP4241 | 40 pages

This is the story behind the classic song written in 1931 by Florence Reece, whose husband was a coal miner and union organizer in Kentucky. She wrote it during an attack on their home by thugs trying to stop him from forming a union. This book introduces youth to the issues of working conditions, workers' rights and economic and social justice.


by John Piper (author) and Glenn Harrington (illustrator) | Crossway (2012) | Youth
$21.99-RP4242 | 64 pages

Piper captures our imagination and hearts as he introduces us to Esther the poor orphan and Esther the Persian queen, creatively musing about what could have been in the midst of what really was. Piper's poetry awakens wonder as we experience the beginnings and endings of Esther's life and see throughout the purposeful hand of God.

2014-El Coyote Debajo de La Mesa / The Coyote Under The Table

por Joe Hayes (autor) y Antonio Castro L. (Ilustraciones) | Cinco Puntos Press (2011) | para la Infancia y la Juventud
$12.95-RP4257 | 144 páginas

El título del libro es uno de los relatos de la serie de cuentos en español e inglés que se presentan en este libro. Las ilustraciones y los personajes de cada historia son muy entretenidos y atraparán el interés de sus lectores. Esta es una oportunidad de afirmar y afianzar ambos idiomas ya que cada cuento es bilingüe.

Cry of the GiraffeCry of the Giraffe

by Judie Oron

Labeled outcasts by their Ethiopian neighbors because they are Jews, 13-year-old Wuditu and her family make the difficult trek on foot to Sudan in the hope of being transported to Yerusalem and its promise of a better life. Instead they are herded into a refugee camp and Wuditu is separated from her family and forced back to the border. Her only hope is to be reunited with her family in Yerusalem.
e-reader version available

Purchase information:$12.95

Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low ExpectationsDo Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations

by Alex & Brett Harris

A growing movement of young people is rebelling against the low expectation of today's culture by choosing to "do hard things" for the glory of God. Do Hard Things is the Harris twins' message giving readers a glimpse of what is possible for teens who actively resist cultural lies that limit their potential.
e-reader version available

Purchase information:$17.99

Fatty Legs: A True StoryFatty Legs: A True Story

by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

When Margaret, a young Inuit girl, travelled from her home in the High Arctic to Aklavik, she was mesmerized by this "outsider's" world, and she knew the key to the greatest of the outsiders' mysteries – reading – could be found there. She begged her father to let her go to the outsiders' school and there encountered a disapproving nun bent on tormenting her.

Purchase information:$12.95

Free? Stories About Human RightsFree? Stories About Human Rights

by David Almond, et al

This collection of short fiction by 14 prominent writers from around the world dramatizes the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights with contemporary personal stories about young people who are victims, perpetrators and activists.

Purchase information:$8.99

Permission to Speak Freely: Essays and Art on FearPermission to Speak Freely: Essays and Art on Fear, Confession, and Grace

by Anne Jackson

What is one thing you feel you can't say in church? After Anne Jackson posted this question on her blog, hundreds of people from around the world responded. With raw honesty and humor, she explores if faith and real life can coexist, whether any secret is too shameful to confess and most of all, if it's really possible (and okay) to be human in church today.
e-reader version available

Purchase information:$16.99


by Liane Shaw

While 17-year-old Maddie has always felt a hole in her life, she now thinks she has found a way to fill it with her quest to mold her body into her ideal, thinnest shape. When she comes across the world of "thinspiration" websites, where young people encourage each other in their mission to lose weight, she quickly becomes addicted. Finally she has found a place where she is understood and where she can belong. Or has she?

Purchase information:$11.95

Branded Book Cover2012: Branded

by Eric Walters

Ian’s school is in an uproar about the new school uniforms, but he wants nothing to do with the issue. He’s busy pursuing a newfound passion for social justice. Why should he worry about uniforms when there are kids in the world who would give anything to be able to go to school? But things change when he discovers the two issues may be related.

Purchase information: $9.95

Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans2012: Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers and Wetlands

by Cathryn Berger Kaye and Philippe Cousteau

Pollution, oil spills, climate change, overfishing—these are just some of the threats to our planet’s water system, resulting in a lack of clean drinking water for millions of people and the devastation of plant and animal life. Teens around the globe are taking action to address these crises.
e-reader version available
Purchase information: $14.99

Lacey and the African Grandmothers2012: Lacey and the African Grandmothers

by Sue Farrell Holler

What difference can a young Blackfoot girl from North America make in the lives of grandmothers in Africa? A lot, as Lacey discovers. Her decision to help will bring about amazing changes in her life and her community.
Purchase information: $14.95

Sold: Book Cover2012: Sold

by Patricia McCormick

Though desperately poor, 13-yearold Lakshmi’s life in a small village in Nepal is full of simple pleasures. But then a monsoon washes away the family’s crops, and Lakshmi’s stepfather says she must take a job to support her family. Thinking she has a job as a maid in the city, she is glad to help. But then she learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution.
e-reader version available
Purchase information: $8.99

Thunder Over Kandahar2012: Thunder Over Kandahar

by Sharon E. McKay

Best friends Tamanna and Yasmine cannot believe their good fortune when a school is set up in their Afghan village; however, their dreams for the future are shattered when the Taliban burn down the school and threaten the teacher and students with death. Their future in jeopardy, the girls realize they must flee.
Purchase information: $12.95


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