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Esperanza Rising

by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Unconditional Recommendation: When 13-year-old Esperanza moves from a ranch in Mexico to a farm labor camp in California, she learns to rise above her circumstances.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Stand-Alone
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc. (2002)
Genre: Historical Fiction

Awards: Jane Addams Children’s Book Award for Older Children (2001), California Young Readers Medal for Middle School/Junior High (2003), Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children’s Literature (2001), Pura Belpré Award for Narrative (2002) Continue reading

When Courage Calls (Return to the Canadian West #1)

by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan

Unconditional Recommendation: A young woman leaves behind wealthy living to teach school in a poor, tragedy-stricken, Canadian mining town.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Return to the Canadian West #1
Hardcover: 329 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (2014)

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Princess Academy (#1)

by Shannon Hale

Unconditional Recommendation: Through education and friendship a young girl learns where she belongs in her mountain community.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Princess Academy #1
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury (July 16, 2005)
Genre: Magical Realism/Fantasy

Award: 2006 Newbery Honor

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