The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata
Cynthia Kadohata goes straight to the heart of twelve-year-old Summer, her troubled brother, and her Japanese-American grandparents during one wheat harvest. Here, Kadohata has given a vivid and realistic description of one family’s migrant experience. But even more, she’s created a gentle and humorous book, exploring generational and cultural differences, and the weighty yet precious ties of family.
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Raised in South Carolina and New York, Jacqueline Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s. Touching and powerful, each poem is accessible, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing.
Lob by Linda Newbery
Lucy loves visiting her grandparents in the country and especially loves spending time with her grandfather, who introduces her to Lob, his mysterious helper. Her grandmother laughs at the idea of the hidden green man, but Lucy believes absolutely long before she finally catches her first glimpse of him. When Lucy’s world is turned upside down, Lob is her comfort and her connection