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Hana's Suitcase: A True Story

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I loved this book. Fumiko Ishioka is teaching her class about the Holocaust. She digs for information and gets Hana's suitcase. Nobody knows who Hana is so they research and find out she was just a little girl during this time. She was separated from her family and eventually died. I loved how the book switched fromt he Fumiko to Hana. I also like that her brother, George, came to speak to the class. This was a real touching book.
When You Reach Me

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Miranda finds a note which is the start of the story. She must deal with losing her best friend, Sal and being the poor kid around rich kids at school. I like this book because it was like a mystery to find out about the people around us and our experiences. I couldn't put it down because I wanted to know who was leaving the notes for Miranda.
The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had

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Dit hopes the postmaster as a boy his age so he can play baseball with during the summer. It's his bad luck because the postmaster has a daughter instead. Dit is white and Emma is black but they still become good friends. When racial tensions rise they have to figure out how they can continue to be close and make things right. I liked this book because it shows how the innocence of a child outshines the ignorance of an adult. Most children don't see color.
Children of the Dust Bowl

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This story is about the Okie people who travelled to California looking for a better life. They did not get what they were looking for. The adults and children worked hard for money. I liked the real pictures in this book. I never heard of the Okie people so this was all new information to me.
The Other Side

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I really liked this book because a fence, which is used to separate things, is essentially used to bring together a white and black girl despite segregation. It's also interesting that the crease in the page, the gutler, is also used to separate the girls until Woodson puts them on the same page signifying unity. This shows how innocent children are despite the world around them.
Me...Jane

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This book is about Jane Goodall and her childhood dreams to go to Africa for the chimpanzees. I like that some of her actual notes is in the book.
Totally Joe

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I liked this book because it was bout accepting a boy's homosexuality. The alpha-biography was annoying at times. Everybody accepts him despite some bullying. Ii have to go watch The Misfits again to see his character.
Losers, Inc.

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This book shows the good and bad in middle school. It also shows a good definition of friendship. Ethan and his friend, Julius, are in love with the new student teacher, Grace. They are usually slackers but Ethan wants to change his ways, for the better, so Grace can fall for him. The class nerd, Lizzie, is in love with Ethan but he wants to make it clear he does not like her. I like how Mills show that even if your best isn't good enough for what you want it is good for something.
Math Curse

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I like this book because I'm a math person. I really loved how the author made everything a math problem, even the price of the book. THere was also a few riddles which was fun to solve.
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

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I really loved this book because it had quotes from Claudette herself. She was honest about everything from her teen pregnancy to Rosa Parks being chosen for the movement. This gives me a better insight on what really happened during the boycotts.
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