Amber and Clay

  Title: Amber and Clay Author: Laura Amy Schlitz Setting: Ancient Greece Recommended Age: Middle Grade  What it’s about… Amber and Clay is a part-verse, part-prose novel about two young people’s whose destinies are linked by fate and a mother’s love.  Rhaskos is a Thracian slave boy who longs to draw horses. Melisto is an… Read more »

Rima’s Rebellion

  Title: Rima’s Rebellion Author: Margarita Engle Setting: Cuba, 1923-1936 Recommended Age: 12 and up What it’s about… Rima’s Rebellion is a novel in verse about a young woman fighting to make an unjust world a better place for her and other girls like her. Rima comes of age in a world where femicide of… Read more »

The Parker Inheritance

Title: The Parker Inheritance Author: Varian Johnson Setting: South Carolina, spans 1914-present day Recommended age: Middle Grade What it’s about… The Parker Inheritance is a story about solving today’s mysteries to uncover the secrets of the past. Candice is pretty sure she’s in for a dull time when her mom says they’re spending the summer… Read more »

All the Truth That’s in Me

Title: All the Truth That’s in Me Author: Julie Berry Setting: Colonial New England (perhaps… but more on that in a minute!) Recommended Age: Young Adult What it’s about… All the Truth That’s in Me is a story about being silenced and finding your voice. When Judith returns to her village after being missing for… Read more »

The Beatryce Prophecy

Title: The Beatryce Prophecy Author: Kate DiCamillo with illustrations by Sophie Blackall Setting: Medieval Europe* (sort of!) Recommended Age: Middle Grade What it’s about… The Beatryce Prophecy is a story about a girl with a goat and a great destiny. When Beatryce appears mysteriously at a monastery, the monks aren’t quite sure what to make… Read more »