“I have always imagined paradise will be a kind of library.” – Jorge Luis Borges
Next Project Lit meetings will be held for 6th grade Thursday,Jan. 17, and for 7th and 8th grades, Friday, Jan. 18, both during enrichment! Sixth graders will be discussing Wishtree and 7th and 8th will be discussing Long Way Down.
Project Lit 2018-2019
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Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League--but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs.
A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family's vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community.
A red oak tree and a crow help their human neighbors work out their differences after a threat against an immigrant family is carved into the tree's trunk.
After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a white police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys, including historical figure Emmett Till.
When Xiomara Batista, who pours all her frustrations and passion into poetry, is invited to join the school slam poetry club, she struggles with her mother's expectations and her need to be heard.
Sunny, the Defenders' best runner, only runs for his father, who blames Sunny for his mother's death; but with his coach's help, Sunny finds a way to combine track and field with his true passion, dancing.
Seventeen-year-old Zelie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land; but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.
This riveting nonfiction book for teens about race, class, gender, crime, and punishment tells the true story of an agender teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, California.
After Maria Luisa O'Neill-Morales moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago, she violates her school's dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurns the school's most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded friends.
Reeling from the death of his older brother in a gang-related shooting, a young boy in Harlem uses a project--building a fantastical Lego city at the community center--as a bridge to a new and better world.
In this prequel to Alexander's 2015 Newbery Award-winner "The Crossover," readers learn about Josh and Jordan's dad, Chuck Bell, and how he became the jazz-loving basketball star his sons look up to.
Kentucky Bluegrass Award Nominees 2019
A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family's vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community. Amina has never been comfortable in the spotlight. She is happy just hanging out with her best friend, Soojin. Except now that she's in middle school everything feels different.
The Wild Robot
Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, but she realizes that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island's unwelcoming animal inhabitants.
Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"--people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this "wishtree" watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever.
When her brother dies in a fire, Sasha Harless has no one left, and nowhere to turn. After her father died in the mines and her mother ran off, he was her last caretaker. They'd always dreamed of leaving Caboose, West Virginia together someday, but instead she's in foster care, feeling more stuck and broken than ever. Sasha slowly learns to cope with her brother's death through writing poetry, finding a new way to express herself when spoken words just won't do.
It's 1929, and twelve-year-old Martha has no choice but to work as a maid in the New York City mansion of the wealthy Sewell family. Despite the trappings of success, Martha suspects something might be deeply wrong in the household. Can Martha follow the clues, decipher the code, and solve the mystery of what's really going on with Rose Sewell? Inspired by true events described in a fascinating author's note, The Gallery is a 1920s caper told with humor and spunk that readers today will love.
Morrigan Crow is cursed and is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor. Morrigan has been chosen to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests of the society--or she'll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.
A thirteen-year-old boy's life revolves around hiding his obsessive compulsive disorder until a girl at school, who is unkindly nicknamed Psycho Sara, notices him for the first time and he gets a mysterious note that changes everything. "I need your help," it says, signed, Fellow Star Child. And suddenly Daniel, a total no one at school, is swept up in a mystery that might change everything for him.
In the summer of 1988, twelve-year-old Chuck Bell is trying to deal with his father’s death and is sent to stay with his grandparents. While he’s there, he discovers jazz and basketball. He also learns about his family's past and what it means to overcome obstacles. This dynamic novel-in-verse is a companion to Alexander’s Newbery winner, The Crossover, and also features graphic novel panels.
Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy livng in 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a Cuban girl trying to escape the riots and unrest plaguing her country in 1994; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence and destruction, embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, discovering shocking connections that tie their stories together
Chase does not remember falling off the roof, in fact he does not remember anything about himself, and when he gets back to middle school he begins to learn who he was through the reactions of the other kids--trouble is, he really is not sure he likes the Chase that is being revealed, but can he take the opportunity amnesia has provided and restart his life?
In a world with no hunger, no disease, no war, and no death, scythes are the only ones who can end life. They are commanded to do so in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice with a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the "art" of taking life and learn that creating a perfect world comes with a heavy price.
The Thing about Leftovers
Kentucky author, C.C. Payne tells the story of Fizzy, a good Southern girl who just wants to be perfect. Well, and win the Southern Living cook-off. The being perfect part is hard though, since her parents' divorced and everything in her life has changed. Fizzy tell herself to face the facts- She's a left over kid from a marriage that her parents want to forget. This poignant story will remind readers that they have a right to a voice, that it is okay to say how you feel, and that some leftovers are absolutely delicious!
Seventh-grader Ben has never been one for making friends. As a former foster kid, he knows people can up and leave without so much as a good-bye. Ben prefers to spend his time with the characters in his favorite sci-fi books...until he rescues an abandoned mutt named Flip. Flip leads Ben to befriend fellow book-lover Halley, who convinces Ben to write a novel with her. But as their story unfolds, Ben's life begins to unravel.
Feeling incomplete as an adopted child after placing her own baby up for adoption, teen Grace tracks down her biological siblings and finds herself struggling with the dynamics of being a middle child between an embittered older brother and an outspoken younger sister.
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
When teenage coder Emika Chen hacks her way into the opening tournament of the Warcross Championships, she glitches herself into the game as well as a sinister plot with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.