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Created by Top Grade on January 11, 2017
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tagged: Diversity, Young Adult, Children's, DIV-0318, diversity and inclusion
A #wehavediversebooks selection for children and teens.
French Toast

French Toast

by Kari-Lynn Winters, illustrated by François Thisdale
edition:Hardcover
tagged : self-esteem & self-reliance, multigenerational, emigration & immigration

Even though Nan-ma's blind, she sees things others do not.

Phoebe—half Jamaican, half French-Canadian—hates her school nickname of "French Toast." So she is mortified when, out on a walk with her Jamaican grandmother, she hears a classmate shout it out at her. To make things worse, Nan-Ma, who is blind, wants an explanation of the name. How can Phoebe describe the color of her skin to someone who has never seen it? "Like tea, after you've added the milk," she says. And her father? "Like warm …

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Even though Nan-ma's blind, she sees things others do not. On weekends, I am her neighborhood guide. Today, I fall silent as we pass the school. I stare at my sandals, wishing Nan-ma could walk faster. Then one of the kids--the one who always carries the basketball--shouts, "Hey, French Toast!" Another kid laughs. "Come on, Nan-ma," I say, pulling her. "The park is just up ahead..."

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Elliot

Elliot

by Julie Pearson, illustrated by Manon Gauthier, translated by Erin Woods
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
tagged : orphans & foster homes, adoption, emotions & feelings, rabbits

The critically acclaimed story of one child’s experience of foster care and his journey to a forever, forever home

Elliot’s parents love him very much, but they don’t have all the skills they need to take care of a child. When he cries, they do not understand why. When he yells, they do not know what to do. When he misbehaves, they do not know how to react. One day a social worker named Thomas comes to visit, and Elliot’s world turns upside-down.

Manon Gauthier’s soft collage illustratio …

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This is the story of Elliot, a playful little boy who was full of life. His mother and father loved him very much. BUT… When Elliot cried, his mother and his father did not understand why.

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The Hill

The Hill

by Karen Bass
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : survival stories, native american, horror & ghost stories, thrillers & suspense

Seeking cell phone reception after a remote plane crash, city kid Jared and local Kyle scale a hill that Kyle’s Cree grandmother has forbidden him to climb. Coming down the next day, the boys find that the plane has disappeared, the forest has changed, and something is hunting them. A modern imagining of the Cree Wîhtiko legend.

Jared’s plane has crashed in the Alberta wilderness, and Kyle is first on the scene. When Jared insists on hiking up the highest hill in search of cell phone recepti …

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The Mask That Sang

The Mask That Sang

by Susan Currie
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : native canadian, multigenerational, native american

Cass and her mom have always stood on their own against the world. Then Cass learns she had a grandmother, one who was never part of her life, one who has just died and left her and her mother the first house they could call their own. But with it comes more questions than answers: Why is her Mom so determined not to live there? Why was this relative kept so secret? And what is the unusual mask, forgotten in a drawer, trying to tell her? Strange dreams, strange voices, and strange incidents all …

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Don't Tell, Don't Tell, Don't Tell

Don't Tell, Don't Tell, Don't Tell

by Liane Shaw
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : disabilities & special needs, loners & outcasts, friendship

Sixteen-year-old Frederick has a lot of rules for himself. Like if someone calls him Freddy he doesn’t have to respond; he only wears shirts with buttons and he hates getting dirty. His odd behavior makes him an easy target for the “Despisers” at school, but he’s gotten used to eating lunch alone in the Reject Room.

Angel, in tenth grade but already at her sixth school, has always had a hard time making friends because her family moves around so much. Frederick is different from the other …

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A Boy Named Queen

A Boy Named Queen

by Sara Cassidy
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback
tagged : friendship, self-esteem & self-reliance, peer pressure

Who will be brave enough to make friends with the boy named Queen? Sara Cassidy’s acclaimed novel, A Boy Named Queen, is now available in paperback!

Evelyn is both aghast and fascinated when a new boy comes to grade five and tells everyone his name is Queen. Queen wears shiny gym shorts and wants to organize a chess/environment club. His father plays weird loud music and has tattoos.

How will the class react? How will Evelyn?

Evelyn is an only child with a strict routine and an even stricter moth …

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West Meadows Detectives: The Case of Maker Mischief

West Meadows Detectives: The Case of Maker Mischief

by Liam O'Donnell, illustrated by Aurélie Grand
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
tagged : mysteries & detective stories, robots, school & education, special needs

Myron, the third-grade detective who loves logic, facts, and solving mysteries, gets the chance to crack another case when he finds out his classmate Jordan’s robot has been stolen. Jordan and tech-savvy Danielle, known as “Glitch,” had been working on it for weeks for the upcoming Maker Faire Robot Maze Challenge.

Together with his detective partner, the hyper-energetic Hajrah, Myron pins down two suspects: Sarah “Smasher” McGintley, the school bully, and Lionel Amar, another robot bu …

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Moon at Nine

Moon at Nine

by Deborah Ellis
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook Paperback
tagged : middle east, self-esteem & self-reliance, homosexuality

 

Based on interviews with a young woman forced to flee Iran because of her sexual orientation, Moon at Nine is a tense and riveting novel that shines a light on an issue of social injustice that continues to this day.

Fifteen-year-old Farrin has grown up with secrets: ten years after the overthrow of the Shah, her aristocratic mother is still working against Iran's conservative revolutionary government. But when Farrin befriends Sadira, the intriguing and outgoing new student at her school for gi …

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