Listen, Slowly - Thanhha Lai

Mai is a typical California beach-loving teenager, so she is rather resentful when called upon to accompany her grandmother to her ancestral home in Vietnam during summer vacation. This resentment gradually turns into appreciation as she is welcomed into her extended family and experiences the vibrant culture of this dynamic country. Thanhhà Lai, author of Listen, Slowly (HarperCollins, $16.99), won the National Book Award for Inside Out and Back Again and continues to use her vivid writing to craft engaging coming-of-age stories in this latest novel. Ages 9-12. Renee Bosco

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ISBN: 9780062229182
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Published: HarperCollins - February 17th, 2015

The Year We Sailed the Sun - Theresa Nelson

Julia is having a difficult year. She has been placed in an orphanage with a cantankerous head nun, her brother is in trouble with a notorious mobster, and a persistent philanthropist keeps meddling in her life. And now Julia finds herself becoming increasingly attached to one of the orphanage’s quirky boarders. Is her goal of uniting her siblings and living out west just an impossible dream? In The Year We Sailed the Sun (Atheneum, $17.99), author Theresa Nelson weaves these separate storylines of familial loyalty, a unique friendship, and a surprisingly action-packed adventure into an engrossing novel of turn-of-the-century St. Louis. Ages 9-12. Renee Bosco

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ISBN: 9780689858277
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Published: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books - March 24th, 2015

X: A Novel - Ilyasah Shabazz, Kekla Magoon

Malcolm X has been considered a controversial and slightly remote individual; his ultimate intentions were admirable, but his methods have been called antagonistic and even dangerous. X: A Novel (Candlewick, $16.99), makes this elusive historical icon relatable. Written by Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm X’s daughter, with the help of Kekla Magoon, it tells the story of Malcolm Little and his troubled teenage years in Boston and New York. Bad influences and decisions landed Malcolm in prison for theft, where conversion to the Nation of Islam and a positive mentor channeled his energy into the civil rights movement. Ages 14-18. Renee Bosco

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ISBN: 9780763669676
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Published: Candlewick - January 6th, 2015