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Abuelos

Pat Mora (2008), 32 pages
Illustrated by Amelia Lau Carling
Audience: K - 3rd Grade
Category: Fiction, Multicultural, Picture Books
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During her first cold winter in the mountains of New Mexico, Amelia's father tells her the story of the abuelos, the old men of the mountains who come out of the mountains to make sure that children have been good. The story scares Amelia and her brother Ray loves to tease her about it. One day in December, Amelia's uncle arrives to say that the abuelos are coming. Amelia learns that this tradition, with roots from the Spanish and Pueblo cultures, can be scary but also fun.
Reviewed by: vfv
Date read: 2/28/2017
ISBN-10: 0888997167
ISBN-13: 9780888997166
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Akata Witch

Nnedi Okorafor (2011), 349 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Books about Girls, Fantasy, Multicultural
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It's not easy being a girl of two worlds, but Sunny is just that. Born in the United States to Nigerian parents, Sunny moves back to her parents' homeland where her American accent and albino skin don't help her to fit in. She is 'Akata': not quite American, but not quite African, either. And Sunny is about to discover that while she was born to a family of Lambs - people with no magic - she is a Leopard, a free agent with the ability to use magic and forever unable to reveal her secret to her Lamb family. It's not easy being a girl of two worlds, and it's about to get even harder when the serial killer targeting children reveals his true intentions.
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Reviewed by: nwands
Date read: 2/23/2017
ISBN-10: 0670011967
ISBN-13: 978-067001196
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Akimbo and the Elephants

Alexander McCall Smith (2005), 80 pages
Illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Audience: 2nd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Animal, Fiction, Multicultural
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Akimbo lives next to a game reserve in the heart of Africa. His father works on the reserve, and Akimbo develops a love for the wild animals of Africa. When he discovers that poachers are killing elephants and selling the ivory, Akimbo comes up with a daring plan to catch these poachers. Will Akimbo be able to save the elephants from danger? If you enjoy this book, be sure to look for Akimbo and the Lions and Akimbo and the Snakes.
Reviewed by: msp
Date read: 8/7/2012
ISBN-10: 1582346860
ISBN-13: 9781582346861
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Aldar the Trickster

Mollie Clarke (1965), 32 pages
Audience: 1st Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Fiction, Folklore, Multicultural
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In a village in Finland, there once lived a man named Aldar. Because he was very good at deceiving people, he was called Aldar the Trickster. There was a man nicknamed Goat Man who believed that he could not be deceived by Aldar. But deceived he was-6 different times! Everything began when Goat Man believed that Aldar was holding up a tree by leaning against it. Be prepared to laugh as Goat Man keeps falling for Aldar's antics.
Reviewed by: jb
Date read: 7/26/2010
ISBN-13: 9780247643024
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Alphabet of Dreams

Susan Fletcher (2006), 304 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical, Multicultural
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Ancient Persia is a wondrous land filled with Kings, Magi, palaces, and more for those of noble birth. For many others, life is a difficult journey. Rarely do the nobles know what it is like to be without priviledge. Mitra and Babak find themselves in that world when their family is exiled after their father is killed in an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the King. Disguised as a boy, Mitra cares for her little brother as they live on the street trying to pull together enough to be reunited with family. During these difficult times, Babak begins to dream about others and this gift is soon sought after by others when a dream comes true for a merchant. Trusting the wisdom of an older woman, Mitra and Babak find themselves under the power of a Magus who needs Babak's gift. The journey is dangerous, trust is limited to a very few, and each day becomes more complex as Mitra must protect not only their true identity but also the fact she is a girl. A wonderous tale rich in story and language.
Reviewed by: adf
Date read: 4/26/2011
ISBN-10: 9780689850424
ISBN-13: 9780689850424
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