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When 11 slaveholding states formed the Confederacy in 1861, abolitionists declared that United States laws no longer applied in secessionist lands. This included the Fugitive Slave Law, which required that escaped slaves be returned to their owners. Calico Girl (Simon & Schuster, $16.99) follows twelve-year-old Callie and her family, who flee to a Union Army outpost in Virginia that harbors and educates refugee slaves in defiance of the Confederacy’s continued enforcement of the law. Their sudden independence brings hope and opportunity, but also poses unexpected challenges. Based on true accounts, Jerdine Nolen’s nuanced depiction of the community of Fortress Monroe during the Civil War highlights the power of education and self-determination. Ages 8-12.


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ISBN: 9781481459815
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - February 14th, 2017

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Author Brendan Reichs envisions a natural disaster that could end the human race in a new, fast-paced science fiction series. The first installment, Nemesis (Putnam, $17.99), introduces teens Min and Noah. They both endure a paranormal cycle of death and resurrection that no one can explain. When they finally demand answers, they discover the lies that have entrapped them for their entire lives. Meanwhile, a deadly asteroid barrels toward Earth and threatens human extinction. As these parallel plots merge over the course of the novel, a sinister conspiracy involving sixteen teenagers quickly unravels. Ages 14-18


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ISBN: 9780399544934
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - March 21st, 2017

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The Hate U Give (Balzer + Bray, $17.99) begins when a police officer shoots a black teenager at a traffic stop one night in Garden Heights. The subsequent public outrage raises questions about police brutality and the gang presence in the neighborhood. At the center of it all is Starr, the sole witness to her friend’s murder, and the only one who can testify about what happened that night. The incident forces her to reconcile her grief with a burning resentment towards her apathetic classmates and local law enforcement. Angie Thomas’s debut novel unpacks subtle and overt forms of racism in America, and represents a new generation of young people learning to navigate conversations about race in their everyday lives. Ages 14-18.

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By Angie Thomas, Nikki Giovanni (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780062498533
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017