"When Vincent is sent to his aunt Mimi's city apartment for the summer, he's surrounded by more concrete than nature. Things are looking gray. But before long, Vincent meets Toma, and the boys bond while throwing some strange dirt balls into an empty lot. All summer long, they toss and launch, throw and catch. Little do they know, though, just as their friendship is growing, something is also blooming in the empty lot. A celebration of the joy of a budding friendship, The Concrete Garden shows us the value of community and reminds us that sometimes everything can come up roses."--|cProvided by publisher
"As a little boy gets ready for bed, the sounds of a wild storm echo around him, lulling him to sleep. From the crash of thunder to the pitter-patter of raindrops to the beat of passing cars, the music of the city creates a cozy bedtime soundtrack"--|cProvided by publisher
"Have you ever been told that you're not enough? That you're not strong enough, tall enough, or fast enough? Bessie was told she was not enough. This book combines an imagined story of Bessie Stringfield as a young girl with historical facts about the real Bessie, a true adventurer and one of the first African-American women to travel solo across the United States on a motorcycle"--Back cover
Soon after her beloved grandmother's death, Trisha's family moves to a diverse California neighborhood where she meets Stewart and his grandmother, Miss Eula, who brings people together to help a grieving neighbor.
"The tradition of African hair braiding is more than just a Sunday routine. Come join Nikki on an adventure as she is transformed into an Egyptian queen, a Nigerian goddess, and Zulu warrior, and a Maasai girl."--Book jacket
"When Ava decides to learn to play the tuba, it isn't as easy as she thought it would be. But with the encouragement of her music teacher, Ava finds a place for her and her tuba in a special holiday celebration"-- |cProvided by the publisher
No discussion of the Civil Rights Movement is complete without the story of Rosa Parks. But what was this activist like as a child? Following young Rosa from a fishing creek to a one-room schoolhouse, from her wearing homemade clothes to wondering what "white" water tastes like, readers will be inspired by the experiences that shaped one of the most famous African-Americans in history.