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THE 57 BUS: A TRUE STORY OF TWO TEENAGERS AND THE CRIME THAT CHANGED THEIR LIVES by Dashka Slater, FSG, October 2017, 320p., ISBN: 978-0-374-30323-1
I WALK WITH VANESSA: A STORY ABOUT A SIMPLE ACT OF KINDNESS by Kerascoët, Schwartz & Wade, April 2018, 978-1-5247-6955-0

THIS BRIDGE WILL NOT BE GRAY by Dave Eggers and Tucker Nichols, ill., Chronicle, March 2018 (revised edition), 112p., ISBN: 978-1-4521-6280-5

BIG TREE DOWN! by Laurie Lawlor and David Gordon, ill., Holiday House, February 2018, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-8234-3661-3

YOU GO FIRST by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, April 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241-418-2

CHASING KING’S KILLER: THE HUNT FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR’S ASSASSIN by James L. Swanson, Scholastic Press, January 2018, 384p., ISBN: 978-0-545-72333-6
NEW SHOES by Chris Raschka, Greenwillow, May 2018, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-06-265752-7
FAULT LINES IN THE CONSTITUTION: THE FRAMERS, THEIR FIGHTS, AND THE FLAWS THAT AFFECT US TODAY by Cynthia Levinson & Sanford Levinson, Peachtree, September 2017, 240p., ISBN: 978-1-56145-945-2
A DIFFERENT POND by Bao Phi and Thi Bui, ill., Capstone, August 2017, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-62370-803-0
WHEN JACKIE SAVED GRAND CENTRAL: THE TRUE STORY OF JACQUELINE KENNEDY”S FIGHT FOR AN AMERICAN ICON by Natasha Wing and Alexandra Boiger, ill., Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March 2017, 48p., ISBN: 978-0-547-44921-0
FAR FROM THE TREE by Robin Benway, Harper Teen, October 2017, 384p., ISBN: 978-0-06-233062-8
BUMPETY, DUNKETY, THUMPETY-THUMP! by K.L. Going and Simone Shin, illustrator, Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster, September 2017, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-4424-3414-1
RUTH BADER GINSBURG: THE CASE OF R.B.G. VS. INEQUALITY by Jonah Winter and Stacy Innerst, ill. Abrams, August 2017, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-4197-2559-3 
MARCH FORWARD, GIRL: FROM YOUNG WARRIOR TO LITTLE ROCK NINE by Melba Pattillo Beals, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, January 2018, 224p., ISBN: 978-1-328-88212-7
BOOTS ON THE GROUND: AMERICA’S WAR IN VIETNAM by Elizabeth Partridge, Viking, April 2018, 224p., ISBN: 978-0-670-78506-3
HER RIGHT FOOT by Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris, Chronicle, September 2017, 104p., ISBN: 978-1-4521-6281-2
TRAIN I RIDE by Paul Mosier, Harper, January 2017, 192p., ISBN: 978-0-06-245573-4
TRAVELING THE BLUE ROAD: POEMS OF THE SEA collected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrated by Bob Hansman and Jovan Hansman, Seagrass Press, October 2017, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-63322-276-2
SOMEONE LIKE ME by Patricia MacLachlan and Chris Sheban, ill., Neal Porter/Roaring Brook, July 2017, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-62672-334-4
ALICE PAUL AND THE FIGHT FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS: FROM THE VOTE TO THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT by Deborah Kops, Calkins Creek, February 2017, 216p., ISBN: 978-1-62979-323-8
LIFE by Cynthia Rylant and Brendan Wenzel, ill., Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane Books, June 2017, 48p., ISBN; 978-1-4814-5162-8
WET by Carey Sookocheff, Henry Holt, June 2017, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-62779-775-7
CLAYTON BYRD GOES UNDERGROUND by Rita Williams-Garcia, HarperCollins/Amistad, May 2017, 176p., ISBN: 978-0-06-221591-8
WILD BIRD by Wendelin Van Draanen, Random House/Alfred A. Knopf, September 2017, 320p., ISBN: 978-1-101-94044-0

CROSSING EBENEZER CREEK by Tonya Bolden, Bloomsbury, May 2017. 240p., ISBN: 978-1- 59990-319-4

IN THE SHADOW OF THE SUN by Anne Sibley O’Brien, Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, June 2017, 338p., ISBN: 978-0-545-90574-9
KEEP A POCKET IN YOUR POEM: CLASSIC POEMS AND PLAYFUL PARODIES written and selected by J. Patrick Lewis and Johanna Wright, ill., Wordsong, March 2017, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-59078-921-6
THE STARRY GIRAFFE by Andy Bergmann, Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, June 2017, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-9100-6
VINCENT AND THEO: THE VAN GOGH BROTHERS by Deborah Heiligman, Henry Holt, April 2017, 464p., ISBN: 978-0-8050-9339-1
SAY ZOOP! by Hervé Tullet, Chronicle, August 2017, 64p., ISBN: 978-1-4521-6473-1
JOHN DEERE, THAT’S WHO! by Tracy Nelson Maurer and Tim Zeltner, ill., Henry Holt, March 2017, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-62779-129-8
WHERE ARE YOU? by Sarah Williamson, Knopf, June 2017, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-5247-0063-8 
SATURDAYS WITH HITCHCOCK by Ellen Wittlinger, Charlesbridge, October 2017, 272p., ISBN: 978-1-58089-775-4
THE EPIC FAIL OF ARTURO ZAMORA by Pablo Cartaya, Viking, May 2017, 256p., ISBN: 978-1-101-99723-9
ALL EARS, ALL EYES by Richard Jackson and Katherine Tillotson, ill., Caitlyn Dlouhy/Atheneum, March 2017, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-1571-2
ALEXANDER HAMILTON: THE MAKING OF AMERICA by Teri Kanefield, Amulet, March 2017, 176p., ISBN: 978-1-4197-2578-4
THE SECRET PROJECT by Jonah Winter and Jeanette Winter, Beach Lane/Simon and Schuster, February 2017, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-6913-5

NOPE! by Drew Sheneman, Viking, January 2017, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-101-99731-4 

DEATH ON THE RIVER OF DOUBT: THEODORE ROOSEVELT’S AMAZON ADVENTURE by Samantha Seiple, Scholastic Press, January 2017, 224p., ISBN: 978-0-545-70916-3

LOVING VS. VIRGINIA: A DOCUMENTARY NOVEL OF THE LANDMARK CIVIL RIGHTS CASE by Patricia Hruby Powell and Shadra Strickland, ill., Chronicle, February 2017, 260p., ISBN: 978-1-4521-2590-9









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