Miami Public Library is offering a summer library program to the children of our community to encourage reading for pleasure and to help retain their reading skills. This year’s theme is Tails and Tales. To add to the fun and create a sense of challenge we will be offering incentives and prizes along the way.
We’re getting the word out about FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit. Having a broadband connection is a must for households get access to jobs, healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more.
What is the Emergency Broadband Benefit?
The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) is a temporary FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford broadband internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The benefit offers:
- Up to $50 per month discount for broadband service
- Up to $75 per month discount for households on qualifying Tribal lands
- A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet bought through a participating provider if the household contributes more than $10 but less than $50 toward the purchase price.
Limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.
Who Can Apply
A household is eligible if someone in the household meets one of these criteria:
- Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline.
- Gets benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program or did so in the 2019-2020 school year.
- Got a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year.
- Had a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020.
- Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating broadband provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.
Learn more: FAQs for Emergency Broadband Benefit
3 Ways to Apply
- Contact your preferred participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process. See Providers in Oklahoma: Emergency Broadband Benefit Providers in Oklahoma
- Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online.
- Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it with proof of eligibility to:
Emergency Broadband Support Center
P.O. Box 7081
London, KY 40742
Questions and Answers about the Broadband Benefit
Do I get the Funds Each Month?
No, the participating broadband provider will get the funds directly from the EBB program.
Which Providers are Participating?
Broadband providers choose whether or not to participate. See a list of Providers in Oklahoma.
Will I Be Automatically Billed at Higher Rates if the Program Ends?
No. Households will need to opt-in to keep their service once the EBB program ends.
See more questions and answers: FAQs for Emergency Broadband Benefit
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OF THE MIAMI PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD
March 8, 2021
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Miami Public Library Falls in Love With Country-wide Digital Book Club
Library patrons can read and discuss heart-melting romance “Love Lettering” ebook or audiobook for free
Miami, OK – February 10, 2021 – Miami Public Library joins nearly 16,000 public libraries and tens of thousands of readers across the United States in offering the latest Together We Read: US digital book club selection. From February 10 to 24, Miami Public Library patrons can enjoy author Kate Clayborn’s witty romance ebook and audiobook, Love Lettering, for free with no waitlists or holds. Readers can access the digital book by downloading the Libby app or visiting https://okvirtuallibrary.overdrive.com/, and then participate in an online discussion.
The Together We Read: US digital book club connects readers through U.S. public libraries with the same ebook for two weeks and only requires a Miami Public Library card to get started. This free program is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines and creator of the award-winning Libby app.
“This book club is great because it allows readers to interact with others from all over the United States. It gives a broader perspective to the readings and is easily available through the app,” said Callie Cortner, Assistant Library Director.
In Love Lettering, Meg Mackworth’s hand-lettering skill has made her famous by designing custom journals for her New York City clientele. She has another skill too: reading signs that other people miss. Knowing the upcoming marriage of Reid Sutherland and his polished fiancée was doomed to fail is one thing but weaving a secret word of warning into their wedding program is another. A year later, Reid has tracked Meg down to find out how she knew that his meticulously planned future was about to implode. As they gradually open up to each other, both try to ignore a deepening connection between them. But the signs are there—irresistible, indisputable, urging Meg to heed the messages Reid is sending her before it’s too late.
Love Lettering is published by Kensington Books and can be borrowed from participating U.S. libraries during Together We Read between February 10-24. The ebook and audiobook can be read on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™ without waitlists or holds. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®” [U.S. libraries only]. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees. Download Libby or visit https://okvirtuallibrary.overdrive.com/ to get started.
More information about Together We Read: US can be found here.
About Miami Public Library
Miami Public Library is located at 200 N Main St in Miami. The Library is the cornerstone of our community, enriching lives through free resources for learning, fun, and opportunity. For more information, call 918-541-2292 or visit https://miamipl.okpls.org and Facebook @miamipubliclibrary.
OverDrive strives to create “a world enlightened by reading.” Serving a growing network of 65,000 libraries and schools in 84 countries, OverDrive delivers the industry’s largest digital catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and other content through award-winning apps. The Libby reading app for libraries is one of Popular Mechanics‘ 20 Best Apps of the Decade, while the student reading app Sora is one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2019. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, and was named a Certified B Corp in 2017. www.overdrive.com
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Ruby’s Chinese New Year – Vickie Lee and Joey Chou
In this picture book celebrating Chinese New Year, animals from the Chinese zodiac help a little girl deliver a gift to her grandmother. Ruby meets each of the twelve zodiac animals on her journey to get a special card to her grandmother.
The Shortest Day – by Susan Cooper and Carson Ellis
So the shortest day came,
and the year died . . .
What do you do on the shortest day of the year? They built fires and lit candles. They played music, bringing their own light to the darkness, while wondering if the sun would ever rise again. ” Shortest Day” captures the magic behind the returning of the light, the yearning for traditions that connect us with generations that have gone before — and the hope for peace that we carry into the future.
Native American Night Before Christmas – by Gary Robinson and Jesse T. Humminbird
A creative retelling of the classic Christmas tale. This full-color book takes a whimsical look at what might be happening in other households. Renowned Cherokee artist Jesse Hummingbird’s inspired illustrations transform the author’s playful adaptation into a fresh and modern work of art.
A Savior is Born – by Patti Rokus
An unforgettable picture book that uses stately rock art and simple yet powerful text to inspire wonder and awe as the miracle of Christmas unfolds across the page.
All the Colors of Christmas – by Matthew Paul Turner
All the COLORS come together when readers are reminded that Christmas is YOU—you’re a part of the story, the joy, and the glory! On each page the author shows us that the holidays are nothing without being with the people we love, celebrating treasured traditions, and making new memories—all in rich color.
Maggie O’Farrel won this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction for her book about Shakespeare’s son, Ken Follett adds another tale that precedes the Pillars of the Earth, and former Miami native Vanessa Lillie provides another spine-tingling thriller which highlights only three of the great reads on this week’s cart.
Apeirogon by Colum McCann
Bassam is Palestinian and Rami is Israeli, but when their world of intractable conflict results in the death of each of their daughters, their loss connects them and they become part of a much larger tale that ranges over centuries and continents.
The Evening and Morning by Ken Follett
In 997 CE, the turbulent end of the Dark Ages, three characters find their lives intertwined in a prequel to The Pillars of the Earth.
For the Best by Vanessa Lillie
After struggling for years to build the perfect family and career, Jules Worthington-Smith is dangerously close to losing everything when her wallet is found next to a dead man and she becomes the prime suspect in his murder.
Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
A luminous portrait of a marriage, a shattering evocation of a family ravaged by grief and loss, and a tender and unforgettable re-imagining of a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, and whose name was given to one of his father’s most celebrated plays.
The Harbinger II: The Return by Jonathan Cahn
When Nouriel, Ana Goren, and the Prophet return, they come with mysteries to be unlocked through the giving of ancient seals, and they also bring dreams and a little girl as mysterious as the prophet.
How to Lead: Wisdom from the World’s Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers by David Rubenstein
Learn the principles and guiding philosophies of Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey, and many others through illuminating conversations about their remarkable lives and careers.
Killing Crazy Horse: The Merciless Indian Wars in America by Bill O’Reilly
A gripping journey through the American West and the historic clashes between Native Americans and settlers.
The Paris Secret by Natasha Lester
A historical novel about a secret collection of Dior gowns that ties back to the first female pilots of WWII and a heartbreaking story of love and sacrifice.
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
Piranesi’s house which he lives to explore is an astonishing new world, an infinite labyrinth, full of startling images and surreal beauty, haunted by the tides and the clouds.
Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising by Timothy Zahn
As Thrawn’s first command probes deeper into the vast stretch of space his people call the Chaos, he realizes that the mission he has been given is not what it seems.
Storey’s Curious Compendium of Practical and Obscure Skills
by How-To Experts at Storey Publishing
Anyone curious about the myriad ways people have taught themselves to make, grow, and build things will find everything they’ve ever wondered about in this colorful, inviting volume.
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
A deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief–a novel about faith, science, religion, love.
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, Kira’s elation at finding an alien relic turns to terror when the ancient dust around her begins to move.
Total Power by Vince Flynn
It’s a race against the clock when ISIS takes out the entire US power grid and throws the country into chaos.
Many of the books on this week’s cart are written by well-known authors or authors you should get to know. There are some suspense thrillers with or without vampires, some family books about choices taken or not taken, historical fiction and history that is true. Read more about each of them below.
All the Devils are Here by Louise Penny
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec investigates a sinister plot involving his godfather and a dark secret in the City of Lights.
Chaos by Iris Johansen
When CIA agent Alisa Flynn flaunts the rules by breaking into a mansion in the middle of the night, she is caught by the owner billionaire Gabe Korgan, and she has only a spit second to try to convince him to join her on the most important mission of her life.
Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything About Race, Gender and Identity—And Why This Harms Everybody by Helen Pluckrose
While acknowledging the need to challenge the complacency of those who think a just society has been fully achieved, Pluckrose breaks down how often-radical activist scholarship does far more harm than good, not least to those marginalized communities it claims to champion.
Dark Song by Christine Feehan
Before he found Elisabeta, Ferro Arany was an ancient warrior without emotion, but he knows it will take more than kind words and soft touches to convince the fractured woman that they are partners, not master and prisoner.
Dear Ann by Bobbie Ann Mason
A woman looks back on her life, her first love and the choices she made in a tale of grief, regret and memory, wrapped in a compelling story of first love.
The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld
A best seller in the Netherlands, this book offers readers a rare vision of rural and religious life in the Netherlands that asks: In the absence of comfort and care, what can the mind of a child invent to protect itself?
The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline
An emotionally resonant, historical novel that captures the hardship, oppression, opportunity and hope of a trio of women’s lives—two English convicts and an orphaned Aboriginal girl — in nineteenth-century Australia.
His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope
by Jon Meacham
An intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the painful quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present–from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Soul of America.
How to Educate a Citizen: The Power of Shared Knowledge to Unify a Nation by E. D. Hirsch
A clear and well-grounded argument for why a knowledge-centric education is critical for enhancing educational equity.
The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante
An up-close portrait of a woman reflecting back on the mysterious years of her adolescence, the transition from child to adult, from youthful ignorance to a deeper, more complicated understanding about her city, those around her, and ultimately, herself
Monogamy by Sue Miller
Derailed by the sudden passing of her husband of thirty years, an artist on the brink of a gallery opening struggles to pick up the pieces of her life before discovering harrowing evidence of her husband’s affair.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2021 by Old Farmers Almanac
A best-selling annual, the handy yellow book fulfills every need and expectation as a calendar of the heavens, a time capsule of the year, an essential reference that reads like a magazine.
One by One by Ruth Ware
A trendy London-based tech startup, organizes a weeklong trip for the team in the French Alps, but as tensions between coworkers mount a storm is also brewing outside causing an avalanche that leaves them cut off from all access.
A Question of Betrayal: An Elena Standish Novel by Anne Perry
As Elena gets word of a secret group working to put Austria in the hands of Germany, her older sister, Margot, is in Berlin to watch a childhood friend get married–to a member of the Gestapo.
Red Pill by Hari Kunzru
An author receives a prestigious writing fellowship in Germany, but he soon finds himself searching for order in a world that frames madness as truth.
Robert B. Parker’s Fool’s Paradise by Mike Lupica
When a body is discovered at the lake in Paradise, Police Chief Jesse Stone is surprised to find he recognizes the murder victim–the man had been at the same AA meeting as Jesse the evening before.
Shadows in Death by J. D. Robb
When a night out at the theatre is interrupted by the murder of a young woman in Washington Square Park, it seems like an ordinary case for Detective Eve Dallas, but when Roarke spots a shadow from his past in the crowd, Eve realizes that this case is far from business as usual.
Something Worth Doing by Jane Kirkpatrick
Pioneer Abigail Scott denies herself the joys of a simpler life to achieve her dream of securing rights for women, but running a controversial newspaper and leading suffrage efforts in the Northwest carry a great personal cost.
The Stone Wall by Beverly Lewis
Eager to begin a new chapter as a Lancaster County tour guide, Anna searches for the answers of her grandmother’s past–a mystery due to the elderly woman’s Alzheimer’s, but Anna is also faced with a difficult choice between a Mennonite man and an Amish widower.
What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez
A woman describes a series of encounters she has with various people in the ordinary course of her life, all with the common need to talk about themselves and to have an audience to their experiences, but when one of them makes an extraordinary request she finds herself drawn into an intense and transformative experience of her own.
From a literary cabinet of curiosities about the natural world to the pulse-pounding thrills about two different women whose paths intersect as they try to escape their fates, this is a shelf of new books that you don’t want to miss! We are open for business, but we also still do curbside if you prefer.
Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Cosby
A searing, operatic story of a man pushed to his limits by poverty, race, and his own former life of crime.
Crooked Hallelujah by Kelli Jo Ford
Crooked Hallelujah tells the stories of Justine–a mixed-blood Cherokee woman– and her daughter, Reney, as they move from Eastern Oklahoma’s Indian Country in the hopes of starting a new, more stable life in Texas amid the oil bust of the 1980s.
Every Kind of Wicked by Lisa Black
Forensics expert Maggie Gardiner is swept up in a dangerous web of lies when detective Jack Renner’s investigation into a university student’s death violently converges with a suspicious overdose case being overseen by Maggie’s homicide detective ex.
Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family by Omid Scobie
Up-close and disarming portrait of a confident, influential and forward-thinking couple who are unafraid to break with tradition, determined to create a new path away from the spotlight, and dedicated to building a humanitarian legacy that will make a profound difference in the world.
The Last Flight by Julie Clark
Two women meet in an airport, both alone, both scared, and both urgently needing an escape from their lives, but after exchanging tickets there is a plane crash and it becomes clear that one of them wasn’t telling the truth.
The Last Great Road Bum by Hector Tobar
A novel based on the peripatetic true story of a naive son of Urbana, Illinois, who died fighting with guerrillas in El Salvador.
The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons
Trying to convince the king of the Vanae to forfeit his people’s immortality to save humanity, Kihrin discovers that his growing connection to Vol Karoth is posing an even greater threat in this sequel to The Name of All Things.
Royal by Danielle Steel
When a tragic turn of events leaves an infant orphaned, the child is raised in humble circumstances by a stable manager and his wife and no one, not even she, knows of her lineage.
Separated: Inside an American Tragedy by Jacob Soboroff
Soboroff zooms in on the White House’s decision to separate children from their parents as a deterrent to border crossers and how, in the face of congressional inaction, a cadre of presidential advisers can introduce policies with shocking, unintended consequences.
Someone to Romance by Mary Balogh
Once she’s twenty-five, Lady Jessica Archer decides it’s time to wed though she no longer believes she will find true love.
Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen
Angie Armstrong, wildlife wrangler extraordinaire, is summoned to a posh island to deal with a mysterious and impolite influx of huge, hungry pythons.
Superman’s Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can do about It by Erin Brockovich
From the environmental activist, consumer advocate, renowned crusader, and champion fighter whose courageous case against Pacific Gas and Electric was dramatized in the Oscar-winning film comes a book to inspire change that looks at our present situation with water and reveals the imminent threats to our most precious, essential element as it shows us how, in large and practical ways, we can each take action to make changes in our cities, our towns, and our villages before it is too late.
Thick as Thieves by Sandra Brown
Arden Maxwell, a daughter of the man who disappeared twenty years ago after a heist, has never reconciled with her father’s abandonment of her and her sister, but when she returns to her hometown to get answers his two co-conspirators are watching her every move.
Vesper Flights by Helen MacDonald
Helen Macdonald brings together a collection of her best loved essays, along with new pieces on topics ranging from nostalgia for a vanishing countryside to the tribulations of farming ostriches to her own private vespers while trying to fall asleep.
Whirlwind by Janet Daily
Everyone’s talking about Whirlwind at this year’s Professional Bull Rider’s Competition, but the promising young bull is the last thing on Shane Tully’s mind once he lays eyes on the lady responsible for bringing Whirlwind to the arena.
You Lucky Dog by Julia London
An accidental dog swap unleashes an unexpected love match in this new romantic comedy celebrating the special bond between humans and dogs.
1. Orange for the Sunsets by Tina Athaide
Asha and her best friend, Yesofu, never cared about the differences between them: Indian. African. Girl. Boy. Short. Tall. But when Idi Amin announces that Indians have ninety days to leave the country, suddenly those differences are the only things that people in Entebbe can see—not the shared after-school samosas or Asha cheering for Yesofu at every cricket game. Determined for her life to stay the same, Asha clings to her world tighter than ever before. But Yesofu is torn, pulled between his friends, his family, and a promise of a better future. Now as neighbors leave and soldiers line the streets, the two friends find that nothing seems sure—not even their friendship.
2. This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy
In 1956, one year before federal troops escorted the Little Rock 9 into Central High School, fourteen year old Jo Ann Allen was one of twelve African-American students who broke the color barrier and integrated Clinton High School in Tennessee. At first things went smoothly for the Clinton 12, but then outside agitators interfered, pitting the townspeople against one another. Uneasiness turned into anger, and even the Clinton Twelve themselves wondered if the easier thing to do would be to go back to their old school. Jo Ann–clear-eyed, practical, tolerant, and popular among both black and white students—found herself called on as the spokesperson of the group. But what about just being a regular teen? This is the heartbreaking and relatable story of her four months thrust into the national spotlight and as a trailblazer in history. Based on original research and interviews and featuring backmatter with archival materials and notes from the authors on the co-writing process.
3. New Kid by Jerry Craft
Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds—and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?
4. Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
Isabelle should be blissfully happy – she’s about to win the handsome prince. Except Isabelle isn’t the beautiful girl who lost the glass slipper and captured the prince’s heart. She’s the ugly stepsister who’s cut off her toes to fit into Cinderella’s shoe . . . which is now filling with her blood.
When the prince discovers Isabelle’s deception, she’s turned away in shame. It’s no more than she deserves: she’s a plain girl in a world that values beauty; a bold girl in a world that wants her to be pliant.
5. Never Caught: The Story of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s Courageous Slave Who Dared to Run Away by Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Kathleen Van Cleve
In this incredible narrative, Erica Armstrong Dunbar reveals a fascinating and heartbreaking behind-the-scenes look at the Washingtons when they were the First Family—and an in-depth look at their slave, Ona Judge, who dared to escape from one of the nation’s Founding Fathers.
Born into a life of slavery, Ona Judge eventually grew up to be George and Martha Washington’s “favored” dower slave. When she was told that she was going to be given as a wedding gift to Martha Washington’s granddaughter, Ona made the bold and brave decision to flee to the north, where she would be a fugitive.
6. Focused by Alyson Gerber
Clea can’t control her thoughts. She knows she has to do her homework . . . but she gets distracted. She knows she can’t just say whatever thought comes into her head . . . but sometimes she can’t help herself. She know she needs to focus . . . but how can she do that when the people around her are always chewing gum loudly or making other annoying noises?
It’s starting to be a problem–not just in school, but when Clea’s playing chess or just hanging out with her best friend. Other kids are starting to notice. When Clea fails one too many tests, her parents take her to be tested, and she finds out that she has ADHD, which means her attention is all over the place instead of where it needs to be.
7. Allies by Alan Gratz
Welcome to D-Day. Dee, a young U.S. soldier, is on a boat racing toward the French coast. And Dee — along with his brothers-in-arms — is terrified. He feels the weight of World War II on his shoulders.
But Dee is not alone. Behind enemy lines in France, a girl named Samira works as a spy, trying to sabotage the German army. Meanwhile, paratrooper James leaps from his plane to join a daring midnight raid. And in the thick of battle, Henry, a medic, searches for lives to save.
8. Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson by Katherine Johnson
As a young girl, Katherine Johnson showed an exceptional aptitude for math. In school she quickly skipped ahead several grades and was soon studying complex equations with the support of a professor who saw great promise in her. But ability and opportunity did not always go hand in hand. As an African American and a girl growing up in an era of brutal racism and sexism, Katherine faced daily challenges. Still, she lived her life with her father’s words in mind: “You are no better than anyone else, and nobody else is better than you.” In the early 1950s, Katherine was thrilled to join the organization that would become NASA. She worked on many of NASA’s biggest projects including the Apollo 11 mission that landed the first men on the moon.
9. It’s the End of the World as I Know it by Matthew Landis
Ever since his mother was killed in the line of duty in Iraq, Derrick has been absolutely certain that the apocalypse is coming. And he’s prepared: he’s got plenty of canned goods, he’s fully outfitted with HAZMAT suits, and he’s building himself a sturdy fallout shelter. When his neighbor Misty insists on helping with the shelter, Derrick doesn’t think it’s such a good idea. Misty’s just had a kidney transplant, and her reaction to her brush with death is the opposite of Derrick’s: where Derrick wants to hide, Misty wants to see and do everything. But as confident as Misty is, Derrick’s doomsday fears just keep getting worse. And Derrick’s promised apocalypse day begins with a very strange disaster, Derrick and Misty have to figure out a way to survive–especially when the end of the world as they know it looks nothing like they expected.
10. A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee
Twelve-year-old Shayla is allergic to trouble. All she wants to do is to follow the rules. (Oh, and she’d also like to make it through seventh grade with her best friendships intact, learn to run track, and have a cute boy see past her giant forehead.) But in junior high, it’s like all the rules have changed. Now she’s suddenly questioning who her best friends are and some people at school are saying she’s not black enough. Wait, what?Shay’s sister, Hana, is involved in Black Lives Matter, but Shay doesn’t think that’s for her. After experiencing a powerful protest, though, Shay decides some rules are worth breaking. She starts wearing an armband to school in support of the Black Lives movement. Soon everyone is taking sides. And she is given an ultimatum.
11. Pay Attention Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt
Carter Jones is astonished early one morning when he finds a real English butler, bowler hat and all, on the doorstep – one who stays to help the Jones family, which is a little bit broken.
In addition to figuring out middle school, Carter has to adjust to the unwelcome presence of this new know-it-all adult in his life and navigate the butler’s notions of decorum. And ultimately, when his burden of grief and anger from the past can no longer be ignored, Carter learns that a burden becomes lighter when it is shared.
12. Our Castle by the Sea by Lucy Strange
Growing up in a lighthouse, 11-year-old Pet’s world has been one of storms, secret tunnels, and stories about sea monsters. But now the country is at war and the clifftops are a terrifying battleground. Pet will need to muster all her bravery to uncover why her family is being torn apart.
13. A Time Traveler’s Theory of Relativity by Nicole Valentine
Twelve-year-old Finn is used to people in his family disappearing. His twin sister, Faith, drowned when they were three years old. A few months ago, his mom abandoned him and his dad with no explanation. Finn clings to the concrete facts in his physics books―and to his best friend, Gabi―to ward off his sadness. But then his grandmother tells him a secret: the women in their family are Travelers, able to move back and forth in time. Finn’s mom is trapped somewhere in the timeline, and she’s left Finn a portal to find her. But to succeed, he’ll have to put his trust in something bigger than logic.
14. Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
Jude never thought she’d be leaving her beloved older brother and father behind, all the way across the ocean in Syria. But when things in her hometown start becoming volatile, Jude and her mother are sent to live in Cincinnati with relatives. At first, everything in America seems too fast and too loud. The American movies that Jude has always loved haven’t quite prepared her for starting school in the US—and her new label of “Middle Eastern,” an identity she’s never known before. But this life also brings unexpected surprises—there are new friends, a whole new family, and a school musical that Jude might just try out for. Maybe America, too, is a place where Jude can be seen as she really is.
15. Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams
There are ninety-six things Genesis hates about herself. She knows the exact number because she keeps a list. Like #95: Because her skin is so dark, people call her charcoal and eggplant—even her own family. And #61: Because her family is always being put out of their house, belongings laid out on the sidewalk for the world to see. When your dad is a gambling addict and loses the rent money every month, eviction is a regular occurrence. What’s not so regular is that this time they all don’t have a place to crash, so Genesis and her mom have to stay with her grandma. It’s not that Genesis doesn’t like her grandma, but she and Mom always fight—Grandma haranguing Mom to leave Dad, that she should have gone back to school, that if she’d married a lighter skinned man none of this would be happening, and on and on and on. But things aren’t all bad. Genesis actually likes her new school; she’s made a couple friends, her choir teacher says she has real talent, and she even encourages Genesis to join the talent show.