Say What You Will - Cammie McGovern

Amy is a bright student with cerebral palsy whose need for a walker and a communication device has limited her interactions with peers. Matthew, with his own secret problems, has closely observed the solitary Amy. When Matthew suspects that an optimistic essay written by Amy is false, the two teenagers’ worlds collide. Matthew becomes one of Amy’s school-day assistants; and, as their friendship blossoms, each wonders if this is more than just affinity. Cammie McGovern’s honest and redemptive Say What You Will (Harper Teen, $17.99) is a much-needed book about the loneliness felt by teens, especially those with disabilities, and the unexpected connections that bind.  Ages 15-18.  Mary Alice Garber

Mumbet's Declaration of Independence - Gretchen Woelfle, Alix Delinois

Elizabeth Freeman, known as Mumbet, was born a slave in the 18th century and owned by a family living in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. She was horribly mistreated and constantly dreamed of freedom. Living during the time of America’s quest for freedom from Britain, she questioned why she was excluded from independence. When the Massachusetts Constitution was finally passed, it was time for Mumbet’s Declaration of Independence (Carolrhoda, $17.95) and she went to court to win her freedom. Gretchen Woelfle’s engaging account of Mumbet is boldly and dynamically illustrated by Alix Delinois. Ages 7-10. Mary Alice Garber

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By Gretchen Woelfle, Alix Delinois (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780761365891
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Lerner Publishing Group - February 1st, 2014

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation - Duncan Tonatiuh

Seven years before Brown v. Board of Education, the family of Sylvia Mendez worked to bring an end to segregation in California’s schools. Inspired by interviews with Sylvia Mendez and with the use of actual dialogue from court transcripts, Pura Belpré winner Duncan Tonatiuh relates the dramatic efforts of the Mendez family to make known to all of California that Separate is Never Equal (Abrams, $18.95). Codex-style drawings with digital collage and double-page spreads heighten the intensity of this little-known, but very relevant, story of civil rights. Ages 7-11. Mary Alice Garber

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ISBN: 9781419710544
Availability: Backordered
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - May 6th, 2014