Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern Gaither are back! This time the girls travel down south to spend some quality time with Big Ma and other relations. The Gaither sisters struggle to adapt to the rural Alabama lifestyle, and as usual Delphine is tasked with keeping her sisters out of trouble. Alongside familiar family characters, readers are introduced to Ma Charles and Miss Trotter, squabbling half-sisters and matriarchs of the family. Level-headed Delphine thinks just about everyone has Gone Crazy in Alabama (Amistad, $16.99). Set in 1969, award-winning author Rita Williams-Garcia flawlessly depicts this story of family and love while capturing the complicated historical dynamics of the time. Ages 10-12. Kasie Griffitts

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ISBN: 9780062215871
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Published: Quill Tree Books - April 21st, 2015

Treasure’s father is never satisfied with his life. He is always searching for The Perfect Place (Clarion, $16.99) for his family. When he disappears to find a new family home and doesn’t come back, Treasure’s mother goes off to find him, leaving Treasure and her younger sister Tiffany to stay with their spirited Great-Aunt Grace in small-time Black Lake, Virginia. Author Teresa E. Harris knits a powerful story of family with humor and love. Alongside a memorable cast of characters, Treasure learns that the home she’s always dreamed of might not be what she expected, but just what she needs. Ages 10-13. Kasie Griffitts

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ISBN: 9780547255194
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Published: Clarion Books - November 4th, 2014

Inspired by real events, author Melanie Crowder tells the story of Clara Lemlich, the Russian Jewish immigrant who had the Audacity (Philomel, $17.99) to demand equal rights as a worker and a woman. Forbidden from reading and attending school, Clara disobeys her family’s wishes and educates herself while working tirelessly in deplorable conditions. Misunderstood and dismissed, she fights back and becomes an avid spokesperson and advocate for workers’ rights. Told in verse, this compelling novel is an important window into history, including comprehensive back matter, providing context for those who want to know more. Ages 13-16. Kasie Griffitts

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ISBN: 9780399168994
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Published: Philomel Books - January 8th, 2015