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Can a young outcast from beyond the Rift save the Star of the Galaxy while protecting its innocence? ( Science Fiction - Overdrive

THE GLASS SENTANCE by S.E. Grove -- “Not since Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass have I seen such an original and compelling world built inside a book.”—Megan Whalen Turner, New York Times best-selling author of A Conspiracy of Kings

May Backseat Book Club Pick: 'Heart Of A Samurai'

Heart of a Samurai, based on the true story of Manjiro Nakahama is NPR's Backseat Book Club pick for May.

Willow by Tonya Cherie Hegamin [Candlewick Press] - On one side of the Mason-Dixon Line lives fifteen-year-old Willow, her master's favorite servant. She's been taught to read and has learned to write. She believes her master is good to her and fears the rebel slave runaways. On the other side of the line is seventeen-year-old Cato, a black man, free born. It's his personal mission to sneak as many fugitive slaves to freedom as he can.

Living in abject poverty in Haiti, 11 year old Serafina makes a secret promise to her deceased little brother Pierre that she will someday go to school and become a healer. Review by Randomly Reading.

Invasion | Walter Dean Myers | In May of 1944 Josiah Wedgewood, a recruit for the US Army, sees in the "colored" regimen a black man he thinks he knows. Closer inspection shows the man to be his friend, Marcus Perry, and the two are glad to meet each other again in the fight against the Nazis. However, as the war heats up the future of these two young men is far from certain as they learn what it really means to fight.

Rodrick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 2) by Jeff Kinney,