In Saving Kabul Corner, by N. H. Senzai, the reader is taken into a familiar and a foreign world at the same time. Ariana is entering a new middle school, dealing with familiar pressures and worries about old friends changing and new groups forming. And she has the added stress of her just about "perfect" cousin, newly arrived from Afghanistan living in her house and sharing her room. But the story also lets the reader share in and learn about the strong and proud Afghan culture, customs, language and food, while the family navigates new competition for their family business an Afgani grocery store called Kabul Corner. Is the competition using dirty tactics to bring down their store or is there another sinister angle trying to hurt both of these families? And can Ariana and her friends help? Grades 4-6.
Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts is a story of the hardships endured by the students who join the first integrated school near Lynchburg, Virginia in 1963. Kizzy Ann is not at all sure she wants the hassles, the dirty looks and worse that go with integration but through a patient teacher, with whom Kizzy corresponds the summer before school starts, some good and surprising friends, and the pure love of an extraordinary border collie, Shag, she learns to trust herself and others. The reader learns the unfortunate ideas and attitudes that plagued these times and how one person at a time, people learned to let go of the old and embrace a new fairness. Grades 4-6.
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I am the Library Media Center director at Patton School in Arlington Heights where I help students from kindergarten through 5th grade find terrific independent reading for enjoyment and information, and teach students the skills to use information and technology safely and productively and to connect, communicate and share with others. I have four grown children, a large black dog, (flat coat retriever) and a small striped cat. I am an obessive Chicago Cubs fan and I love to run.