Ohio award winning books from an LSTA grant, made possible through the Institute of Museum and Library Services along with the State Library of Ohio.
Ohio award winning books purchased with an LSTA Grant from the Institute of Museum and LIbrary Services along with the State Library of Ohio.
Noah and Jude are artistic, fraternal twins, both hoping to gain acceptance into an elite art school. But at age 13, they begin to grow apart. Told in alternating chapters, Noah’s take place when the twins are 13. Jude’s take place three years later, after a tragic family accident, when they are 16. Noah is dealing with the need for parent approval, bullies and being gay. Jude is dealing with artistic rivalry with her brother and guilt. Both are feeling responsible for the tragedy. Love, loss, betrayal, acceptance and forgiveness all play a role in this emotional rollercoaster.
Kamran Smith has a hero – his older brother, Darius. In many ways, Kamran is following in his hero’s footsteps. He is a star football player, popular with his classmates, and is planning on attending West Point, just like Darius. Unfortunately, Kamran returns home from a school dance to discover Darius, who was serving in Afghanistan, has been identified in al qaeda videos as the spokesman for the group. Kamran can’t believe Darius has willingly joined the terrorist group and begins to see hidden messages in the videos. While Kamran and his parents are held in a government detention facility, Kamran tries to get the government agents investigating the family to believe the messages he claims Darius is sending. Kamran finally takes it upon himself to escape from the facility to go find and rescue Darius. Just like Alan Gratz’s other novels, this one will have you on the edge of your seat as you read to find out if Kamran is right about his brother. And great news just in - Alan Gratz will visit our middle school students in October 2019!
Fabiola Toussaint was born in the US and raised by her mother in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Now, as a teenager, Fabiola and her mother are moving to Detroit for a better life. But when Fabiola’s mother is detained in New York City for lack of proper documents, Fabiola must finish the journey alone. She is shocked by the grittiness of urban Detroit and the loud, rambunctious behavior of her three female cousins. Her aunt is sick and must conserve her energy – hence, her tough daughters have learned to take care of themselves. When Fabiola is offered a way to get her mother released in exchange for information about one of the cousin’s drug-dealing boyfriends, Fabiola finds herself in a dangerous situation. What she has learned from observing her cousins just might help her out.