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Esperanza Rising

After her father's death, Esperanza and her mother are left with few options and forced to flee to America. The immigration officers are only the first obstacle they must face. Beyond them, the Great Depression and an uncertain future awaits.
Grade Level
Pam Muñoz Ryan
Subject
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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Literature

The Misfits

In this excerpt, the reader meets two characters from The Misfits: Addie, a girl who is exceptionally tall and smart for a middle schooler and Joe, who is creative and feminine in a way that makes his peers nervous.
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James Howe
Social Justice Domain
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Literature

The Breadwinner

After spending months talking to women in Afghan refugee camps, Deborah Ellis penned this timely novel about life under Taliban rule. Living in Afghanistan with her family, Parvana is a rarity—a girl who can read and experiences life, even for just a few hours, outside the four walls of her home.
Grade Level
Deborah Ellis
Subject
Civics
Geography
Social Justice Domain
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Informational

Parent Power: Raising Kate

This article details one parent's experience with a trasngender child. Although born a boy, Matthiessen's son, Ben, started talking about being a girl at the age of 4. Matthiessen discusses the obstacles and uncertainties she and her family faced as they helped Ben make the transition to Kate.
Grade Level
Connie Matthiessen
Subject
Geography
Social Justice Domain