A Place To Belong

"Narrator Jennifer Ikeda perfectly captures the confusion of a girl displaced by war and hardship. . . . Ikeda takes great care to pronounce the Japanese vocabulary...

Outside Beauty

There's only one way Shelby and her sisters can describe their mother: she's a sexpot. She collects men (and loans, spending money, and gifts of all kinds) from all over the...

The Thing About Luck

The winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, from Newbery Medalist Cynthia Kadohata. There is bad luck, good luck, and making your own...

A Million Shades Of Gray

DISCUSSION QUESTIONSDiscuss Y’Tin’s attitude toward school. Why is his mother so determined that he complete his education? Cite evidence that Y’Tin is...

Half A World Away

A kid who considers himself an epic fail discovers the transformative power of love when he deals with adoption in this novel from Cynthia Kadohata, winner of the Newbery Medal...