Luc is an orphan, living in debt slavery in Gabon, until he meets a Professor who claims to be studying chimpanzees, and they head off into the jungle--but when the Professor disappears, Luc has to fend for himself and join forces with the chimps to save their forest. F SCH
Chato's Kitchen - Gary Soto (author) and Susan Guevara (illustrator) - Chato thinks he's very clever when he invites a family of mice to a tasty dinner at his house. Little does he know, they are bringing their very own special guest too! (Pura Belpré Award for Illustration, 1996)
Locker 572...this book should be MANDATORY reading for every middle school/high school student. Very poignant and heartfelt book about bullying. A portion of the proceeds go to a suicide prevention program.
Salvage the Bones: A hurricane is building over the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the coastal town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, and Esch's father is growing concerned. As the twelve days that make up the novel's framework yield to a dramatic conclusion, this unforgettable family - motherless children sacrificing for one another as they can, protecting and nurturing where love is scarce - pulls itself up to face another day.