Tag Archives: School

I Will Always Write Back

by Caitlin Alifirenka, Martin Ganda, with Liz Welch

Conditional Recommendation: A young American girl and a young Zimbabwean boy become pen pals and build a friendship through letters that changes both of their lives for the better.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Stand Alone
Pages: 392
Published: 2015
Genre: Memoir

Awards: The Magnolia Award for 9-12 (2017), Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award (2018)

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Save Me a Seat

 by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan

Conditional Recommendation: Joe has always lived in New Jersey and Ravi is from India but together they must navigate fitting in, dealing with a bully, and the first week of school as 5th graders.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Stand Alone
Pages: 240
Published: 2016

Genre: Contemporary

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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, Book One
Pages: 329
Published: 2014

Genre: Historical Christian Fiction

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The Running Dream

by Wendelin Van Draanen


Unconditional Recommendation:
An inspiring story about healing after accidents, learning to live with a disability, and relying on the support of family, friends and teammates through the process; this tale will place you firmly in someone else’s shoes and warm your heart all the way to the finish line.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Stand-alone
Hardcover: 340 pages
Publisher: Alred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books (2011)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Award: Schneider Family Book Award

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