Book Clubs -

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Book Clubs Research Unit Contender In the novel, Alfred Brooks is a black 17-year-old high school dropout living in Harlem in the mid1960s. Alfred is dissatisfied with his job and confused by the changes he sees going on around him and begins training at Donatelli's Gym to become a boxer. Possible Topics: Drugs Black Nationalism Boxing Cus DAmato Domestic Abuse

Urban Poverty Bud, Not Buddy Bud, Not Buddy is the story of 10-year-old orphan Bud Calloway finding his family in the Great Depression. Bud runs away from abusive foster parents, tries and fails to ride the rails, and walks for miles and miles to get to Grand Rapids, where he believes his father lives. Possible Topics: Great Depression Jazz Adoption/Foster Care Flint, Michigan Runaways

Hoovervilles Flush The plot centers around Noah Underwood, a boy whose father enlists his help to catch a repeat environmental offender in the act. Noah Underwoods Dad failed to prove that the Coral Queen was dumping their waste in Thunder Beach. So Noah and his sister Abbey will find a way to tell the community about the Coral Queen's secret. Possible Topics: Environmentalism Waste (Food/Sewage) Cruise Ship Standards Young Advocates

Esperanza Rising Esperanza Ortega is a wealthy child in Aguascalientes, Mexico, daughter of wealthy landowner Sixto Ortega. She lives on her family's ranch, El Rancho de la Rosas, with her mother, father, and grandmother Abuelita. The day before Esperanza's 13th birthday, her father is murdered on his way to town. Possible Topics: Mexican Revolution Great Depression Farming Guerilla Movement Cesar Chavez Womens Rights

I Am Malala The book details the early life of Yousafzai, her father's ownership of schools and activism, the rise and fall of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan in Swat Valley and the assassination attempt made against Yousafzai, when she was aged 15, following her activism for female education. Possible Topics: Education for Girls Young Advocates Taliban Social/Civil Issues in Pakistan Gun Violence Womens Rights

Face on the Milk Carton The book is about a 15-year-old girl named Janie Johnson, who starts to suspect that she may have been kidnapped, and that her biological parents are somewhere in New Jersey. She happens to look down at a milk carton one day, and she sees what looks like herself on the back, under the heading "Missing Child." Her life gets more stressful as she tries to hide the secret from her "parents," who she believes did not kidnap her. Janie tells her next-door neighbor, Reeve, everything. Together the two of them unravel all of the secrets surrounding Janie Johnson's life. Possible Topics: Missing Children Kidnapping

DNA/Genetics Adoptive Parents Copper Sun Copper Sun is a historical fiction novel about fifteen-year-old Amari, a young woman from Ziavi, Ghana. Amari loves her community (the Ewe people), her family, and her soon-to-be husband, Besa. One day, unannounced, a group of pale-faced strangers arrive, led there by a neighboring tribe, the Ashanti. Amaris people prepare a celebration to welcome the guests, not knowing the grave danger they will soon face. After a meal, gift exchange, storytelling, and dancing, the white men open fire on the community. Amari watches as her parents are murdered. She runs into the jungle with her little brother, Kwasi, but he is speared and killed. She is then shackled and chained to fellow surviving villagers. Possible Topics:

Slavery Ghana Point of No Return Slave Trade Slave Owners Restart What would it be like to forget your whole life, your family, your friends, and even who you are? After falling off his roof, 13-year-old Chase Ambrose learns the hard way that reinventing himself can be pretty hard, especially when his past is not what he wants for his future. Before his fall, Chase was a jock, captain of the football team, following in his father's footsteps. He was also the biggest bully in his middle school, had made many students' lives miserable, and was serving a community service sentence for the damage that his bullying had caused.

Possible Topics: Bullying Puberty Adolescence Tolerance Juvenile Justice Memory Loss Chasing Lincolns Killer Based on rare archival material, obscure trial manuscripts, and interviews with relatives of the conspirators and the manhunters, Chasing Lincoln's Killer is a fast-paced thriller about the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth: a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C.,

across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia. Possible Topics: Civil War Abraham Lincoln Conspirators John Wilkes Booth Union/Confederacy Murder Investigations Silent to the Bone Silent to the Bone is a first-person narrative by Connor Kane, a 13-year-old boy. Connor's best friend Branwell Zamborska is struck dumb and taken to the Juvenile Behavioral Center when his infant sister Nicole suffers a head injury and slips

into a coma. The nanny, Vivian, having completed Branwell's 9-1-1 call, asserts that Branwell must have dropped Nikki Possible Topics: Blended Families Juvenile Justice Sign Language Traumatic Brain Injuries Comas Behavioral Science House on Mango Street Esperanza wishes to escape her impoverished life in her small red house on Mango Street to then

return one day to rescue her loved ones as well. The novel follows Epseranza as she struggled to be a Mexican girl in a predominately white country. Possible Topics: Racial Prejudice Feminism Abuse Adolescence Puberty Marxism Loser Loser is a coming of age young adult novel. It details the growth of Donald Zinkoff, who is branded a "loser" by his classmates due to his

clumsiness, poor performance in school and athletics, and sometimes clueless enthusiasm. Possible Topics: Bullying Puberty Adolescence Tolerance House of the Scorpion The story is set in the country of Opium, a narrow strip of land between Mexico (now called Aztln), and the United States, which is ruled by Matteo Alacrn, or El Patrn, an incredibly powerful drug lord who is over 140 years old. Possible Topics:

Drugs Drug Trafficking Genetics Cloning Tangerine While Paul is at school, a field of portable classrooms collapses into a sinkhole. Many people, including Paul and Joey, try to rescue those trapped, and no one is seriously injured. The emergency relocation plan gives the students the choice to stay at Lake Windsor, their present school, with a different schedule and more crowded classes, or to transfer to Tangerine Middle School, on the other, poorer side of the county; and Paul chooses Tangerine Middle, to play soccer again. Possible Topics:

Classism Visual Impairment Racism Perception vs Reality Rules Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She's spent years trying to teach David the rules, from "a peach is not a funnylooking apple" to "keep your pants on in public," in order to stop his embarrassing behaviors. But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a paraplegic boy, and Kristi, the next-door friend she's always wished for, it's her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal? Possible Topics:

Stereotypes Consequences Special Needs Tolerance Autism Paraplegic Bar Code Tattoo The bar code tattoo. Everybody's getting it. It will make your life easier; they say. It will hook you in. It will become your identity. But what if you say no? What if you don't want to become a code? For Kayla, this one choice changes everything. She becomes an outcast in her high school. Dangerous things happen to her family. There's no option but to run...for her

life. Possible Topics: Conformity Society Pressure Government Control Dystopias

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