Belle Teal by Ann M. Martin
Belle Teal Harper is going into 5th grade, and she is very excited for this school year. There are two new kids in her class, and she becomes great friends with one of them, Darryl. The book deals with many difficult aspects of growing up; Belle Teal encounters racism, death, abuse, bullying, and other harsh realities of adulthood, forcing her and other characters to learn acceptance.
A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams
A World of Pausabilities: An exercise in mindfulness by Frank J. Sileo,Rated 4.00 out of 5
Children (and adults) live in a fast-paced, demanding and stressful world. It is often difficult to slow-down our children’s minds and bodies. This book was written to teach children to take a pause in their lives, to stop activity, to understand quiet time, and to think about what they are doing and where they are going
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.