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A Seed in the Sun

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 by Aida Salazar Genre:  Historical Fiction Lula and her family have to work very, very hard to try to earn enough to survive.  They are migrant farm workers who move throughout California, harvesting grapes wherever they can find work.  They are at the mercy of the growers to pay them whatever they want, which is usually to little to feed, cloth and shelter their growing family.  Now the migrant workers have had enough and are attempting to strike to improve working conditions.  Lula is excited about the labor movement, but at first her papa is not and he forbids her to have anything to do with it.  Papa has ruled over their family with his angry temper and cruel punishments, but Lula and her siblings are excited by what the labor activists have to say.  Will they be able to convince Papa that striking is what might most help their family in the future?

Iveliz Explains it All

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 by Andrea Beatriz Arango Genre:  Realistic Fiction, Novel in Verse Iveliz is struggling with seventh grade.  She only has one friend and would like to make more, but isn't sure how.  Her grandmother is moving in with them and her memory seems to be getting worse every day.  Iveliz has been working with a therapist to help her through some dark times and her grandmother doesn't think it's necessary.  And that makes her mad. Iveliz and her mother also have issues communicating and now she feels like life is getting worse and some days feels unbearable.  She knows that she should speak up and ask for help, but if she admits she needs help, will any help that someone gives her be enough?

Bizard the Bear Wizard

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 by Chrissie Krebs Genre:  Animal Story, Humor, Fantasy, Graphic Novel Bear was just an average old bear until the day a tornado hits the woods and causes a wizard's wand to fly into bears head.  He can't pull it out and now he looks like a giant unicorn. But the good news is that he can now grant wishes.  This works out okay at first until everyone in the forest starts lining up to have their wishes come true.  How will Bear manage his newfound popularity?

Clouds Over California

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 by Karyn Parsons Genre:  Historical Fiction Stevie's life is changing...new school, new friends, new cousin coming to live with her.  The kids at school make sun of her hair and her old best friend is too cool to hang out with her anymore.  When Stevie learns that her cousin Naomi is coming to stay, she figures that will just be another thing to struggle with.  As she is adjusting to having her cousin around, her parents seem to start having problems.  Stevie's mom wants to get a college degree, but Stevie's dad thinks she should just stay at home. Will Stevie be able to navigate these changes and come out in one piece?

Marshmallow and Jordan

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 by Alina Chau Genre:  Fantasy, Graphic Novel Jordan was a star player on her school's basketball team until an injury left her paralyzed from the waist down.  She still hangs out with the team, but it's not the same as when she was able to play.  One day on her way home she comes across a mysterious white elephant who has been injured.  She takes the elephant home and names her Marshmallow.  Marshmallow shows Jordan that there are lots of things she still can do and one of them is swim.  Jordan discovers that water polo is a new sport that will allow her to compete with a team.  But will her basketball friends understand why she isn't coming to their practices and games anymore?

The Eyes and the Impossible

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 by Dave Eggers Genre:  Fantasy, Animal Story Johannes is the fastest dog ever and he uses his speed to be the Eyes of the urban park by the sea.  Every day he runs throughout the park and then reports back to the ancient bison about what he sees.  But things in the park are changing and disrupting their way of life and Johannes isn't sure what to make of all the changes.  Her really likes looking at the mysterious rectangle pictures that are suddenly appearing and he is curious about the new building that is being constructed in the park.  Johannes must run faster to stay ahead of those who wish to capture him so that he can continue to be the Eyes of the park.

When the World Turned Upside Down

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 by K. Ibura Genre:  Realistic Fiction No one expected that one little virus could change the world the way it did.  School has stopped for Shayla, Liam, Ben, and Ai and now they aren't sure what to do.  The things that used to be safe, no longer are and even though they are being told to stay apart, the more they want to be together.  Each of the adults in their lives are struggling with their own feelings about the pandemic so the four friends decide to see what they can do to help others.  They hang up fliers in the building that advertise their availability to help out with odd jobs, walking dogs, running errands, etc.  The building superintendent takes them up on the offer of help and soon they are sanitizing and organizing recycling pickup.  While there are lots of things to not like about their new situation, the 4 friends find that by working together and helping others, they have more and more things to feel good about.