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"Born to Fly" by Michael J. Ferrari -- Click here to watch a flight video

"Born to Fly" by Michael J. Ferrari -- Click here to watch a flight video | Black Eyed Susan Chapter Books | Scoop.it

This is the story of eleven-year-old tomboy Bird McGill.

 

Ever since she can remember, Bird has loved flying in small propeller airplanes with her mechanic dad. When the local airstrip is turned into a military flight school, Bird is in heaven.

 

But when a young Japanese American student named Kenji Fujita joins Bird’s class, the entire school seems to be convinced that he’s a spy, or at the very least, that he and his uncle want the Japanese to win.

 

Visit http://michaeljferrari.com, theofficial website of the Delacorte Yearling author Michael J. Ferrari, and his book, Born To Fly for book reviews and more information. 

 


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"Inside Out and Back Again" by Thanhha Lai

"No one would believe me but at times I would choose wartime in Saigon over peacetime in Alabama."

 

For all the ten years of her life, Hà has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, the warmth of her friends close by . . . and the beauty of her very own papaya tree.

 

But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Hà and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope. In America, Hà discovers the foreign world of Alabama: the coldness of its strangers, the dullness of its food, the strange shape of its landscape . . . and the strength of her very own family.

 

This is the moving story of one girl's year of change, dreams, grief, and healing as she journeys from one country to another, one life to the next.

 

*Summary from http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/books/Inside-Out-Back-Again-Thanhha-Lai/

 


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"Wild Wings" by Gill Lewis (also known as "Sky Hawk" in the UK)

This is a book trailer for the book Wild Wings by Gill Lewis. View this trailer to learn more about this book...

 

Something lives deep within the forest... something that has not been seen on Callum's farm for over a hundred years. Callum and Iona make a promise to keep their amazing discovery secret. But is it enough to keep their secret safe from harm? From glittering lochs, across wide oceans to far off lands, the pact Callum and Iona make will change lives forever.

 

*Summary from the author's website. Look for "Sky Hawk" at www.gilllewis.com

 


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"The Storm Before Atlanta" by Karen Schwabach

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Historical Fiction: Civil War Setting

 

At a time when most people have grown weary of the war between the states, two young children are desperate to find their way to the battlefields. Jeremy DeGroot wants nothing more than to join a troop as a drummer boy. For Dulcie, a runaway slave, freedom means she must head directly toward the fighting in the hopes that she'll become "contraband," that is, property of the Union troops. Both Jeremy and Dulcie find a place with the 107th New York Volunteer Regiment and even start to forge a friendship. But all that is threatened when they keep crossing paths with the mysterious Charlie, a young Confederate soldier, who may look like the enemy but feels more like a friend.

 

Young readers who like their fiction filled with exciting historical details, rich characters, and action-packed adventures will be drawn to The Storm Before Atlanta.


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"Here Lies Linc" by Delia Ray -- Click to read an excerpt

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Graveyards can be scary and sinister places indeed, but to twelve-year-old Lincoln Crenshaw, they’re practically home. His absentminded-professor mother, Lottie, is an expert in the history of burial customs. Which means that year after year, Linc’s been dragged to more cemeteries than he can remember.

 

But this year is going to be different. Linc’s leaving his tiny private school and starting public school, and he’s determined to be just a normal kid with a normal social life. And everything goes according to plan until he gets his first research assignment: a mandatory class trip . . . to the local cemetery . . . to study graves.

 

Then everything changes. As Linc unearths the truth about a grave that local legend claims is cursed, he starts to unravel secrets about his own family. Big secrets. Life-changing secrets.


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"The Trouble with May Amelia" by Jennifer L. Holm

May Amelia lives in pioneer Washingon State in 1900, and she just can't act the part of a proper young lady. Working a farm on the rainy Nasel River isn't easy - especially when you have seven brothers and a Pappa who proclaims that Girls Are Useless. May Amelia thinks she may have finally earned her father's respect when he asks her to translate for a gentleman who's interested in buying their land and making them rich. But when the deal turns out to be a scam, Pappa places all the blame on May. It's going to take a lot of sisu - that's Finnish for guts - to make things right.

 

*Jennfier L. Holm also wrote "Turtle in Paradise," a 2011-12 Black-Eyed Susan nominee. For more information, visit the author website at http://www.jenniferholm.com/02_mybooks/14_trouble.html


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"Jake" by Audrey Couloumbis -- Click on "About the Book" and "Reader's Guide" tabs for more info

"Jake" by  Audrey Couloumbis -- Click on "About the Book" and "Reader's Guide" tabs for more info | Black Eyed Susan Chapter Books | Scoop.it

It's a few days before Christmas when 10-year-old Jake's mom slips and breaks her leg. For as long as Jake can remember, it's just been him and his mom, so with no one else to look after him the hospital contacts the gruff granddad Jake only knows through awkward twice-a-year phone calls. When grandad shows up, he's nothing like Jake expected. But as Jake gets to know his grandfather and a makeshift family of friends and neighbors come together around him and his mom, he realizes that this might not be such a bad Christmas after all.

 

Visit http://libraryvoice.org/2010/06/30/book-review-jake-by-audrey-couloumbis/ for a detailed book review.


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"Eliza's Freedom Road: an Underground Railroad Diary" by Jerdine Nolen

AUTHOR NOLEN JERDINE ON ELIZA'S FREEDOM ROAD

 

It is 1854 in Alexandria, Virginia. Eliza’s mother has been sent away and it is Abbey, the cook, who looks after Eliza, when Eliza isn’t taking care of the Mistress. Eliza has the quilt her mother left her and the memory of the stories she told to keep her close. When her Mistress’s health begins to fail and Eliza overhears the Master talk of Eliza being traded, Eliza takes to the night. She follows the path and the words of the farmhand Old Joe, “ … travel the night … sleep the day. Go East. Your back to the set of the sun until you come to the safe house where the candlelight lights the window.” All the while, Eliza recites the stories her mother taught her along her Freedom Road from Maryland to St. Catherine’s, Canada.

 

*Summary from the author's website. For a map of where Eliza travels and other information, visit http://www.jerdinenolen.com/elizas-freedom-road/

 


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"Ninth Ward" by Jewell Parker Rhodes -- Click to learn about the real 9th Ward in New Orleans

"Ninth Ward" by Jewell Parker Rhodes -- Click to learn about the real 9th Ward in New Orleans | Black Eyed Susan Chapter Books | Scoop.it

Twelve-year-old Lanesha lives in a tight-knit community in New Orleanes’ Ninth Ward. She doesn’t have a fancy house like her uptown family or lots of friends like other kids on her street. But what she does have is Mama Ya-Ya, her fiercely loving caretaker, wise in the ways of the world and able to predict the future. So when Mama Ya-Ya’s visions show a powerful hurricane–Katrina–fast approaching, it’s up to Lanesha to call upon the hope and strength Mama Ya-Ya has given her to help them both survive the storm.

 

Ninth Ward is a celebration of resilience, love, family, and friendship, and a deeply emotional story of transformation.


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"On the Blue Comet" by Rosemary Wells

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Trains and time travel spur one boy's thrilling adventure as he seeks to rejoin his father in a new classic from Rosemary Wells and Bagram Ibatoulline.

 

One day in a house at the end of Lucifer Street, on the Mississippi River side of Cairo, Illinois, eleven-year-old Oscar Ogilvie's life is changed forever. The Crash of 1929 has rippled across the country, and Oscar's dad must sell their home--with all their cherished model trains--and head west in search of work. Forced to move in with his humorless aunt, Carmen and his teasing cousin, Willa Sue, Oscar is lonely and miserable--until he meets a mysterious drifter and witnesses a crime so stunning it catapults Oscar on an incredible train journey from coast to coast, from one decade to another.

 

Filled with suspense and peppered with witty encounters with Hollywood stars and other bigwigs of history, this captivating novel by Rosemary Wells, gorgeously illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, resonates with warmth, humor, and the true magic of a timeless adventure.


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