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7th-9th Grade Book Group

Wednesday, Nov. 10th, 3:30-4:45 p.m. 7th-9th Grade Book Group

Students in grades 7-9 will be meeting to discuss Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson. Books are available in advance at the Peace Dale Library. New members are always welcome, snacks will be served!

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New Finds & Hidden Treasures

New Finds & Hidden Treasures is our new weekly book spotlight! Every Monday we’ll let you know about one of our great books from the new section as well as a related hidden treasure that you may have missed the first time around.

Check out this week’s titles, which celebrate February’s Black History Month:

New Find…
Riot by Walter Dean Myers

During a long hot July in 1863, the worst race riots the United States has ever seen erupt in New York City. Earlier that year, desperate for more Union soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln instituted a draft–a draft that would allow the wealthy to escape serving in the army by paying a $300 waiver, more than a year’s income for the recent immigrant Irish. And on July 11, as the first drawing takes place in Lower Manhattan, the city of New York explodes in rage and fire. Stores are looted; buildings, including the Colored Foundling Home, are burned down; and black Americans are attacked, beaten, and murdered. The police cannot hold out against the rioters, and finally, battle-hardened soldiers are ordered back from the fields of Gettysburg to put down the insurrection, which they do–brutally.

Fifteen-year-old Claire, the beloved daughter of a black father and Irish mother, finds herself torn between the two warring sides. Faced with the breakdown of the city–the home–she has loved, Claire must discover the strength and resilience to address the new world in which she finds herself, and to begin the hard journey of remaking herself and her identity.

And a Hidden Treasure…
Copper Sun by Sharon Draper

Amari’s life was once perfect. Engaged to the handsomest man in her tribe, adored by her family, and living in a beautiful village, she could not have imagined everything could be taken away from her in an instant. But when slave traders invade her village and brutally murder her entire family, Amari finds herself dragged away to a slave ship headed to the Carolinas, where she is bought by a plantation owner and given to his son as a birthday present.

Survival seems all that Amari can hope for. But then an act of unimaginable cruelty provides her with an opportunity to escape, and with an indentured servant named Polly she flees to Fort Mose, Florida, in search of sanctuary at the Spanish colony. Can the illusive dream of freedom sustain Amari and Polly on their arduous journey, fraught with hardship and danger?

Other titles you may like:

  • Day of Tears by Julius Lester
  • Chains: Seeds of America by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Flygirl by Sherri Smith
  • Glory Field by Walter Dean Myers

Sound good? Check the library catalog for availability. And don’t forget to check back for all new suggestions next Monday!

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