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  • To Be a Slave

    Julius Lester, Tom Feelings

    Hardcover (Dial, Jan. 1, 1968)
    Lester's first book and runner-up for the 1969 Newbery Medal. First Edition. "To be a slave. To be owned by another person, as a car, house, or table is owned. To live as a piece of property that could be sold, a child sold from its mother, a wife from her husband. To be considered not human, but a 'thing' that plowed the fields, cut the wood, cooked the food, nursed another's children, a 'thing' whose sole function was determined by the one who owned you." This book is about how it felt. All the aspects of slavery in America are described in vivid and often painful detail by black men and women who had themselves been slaves. The material is arranged in a historical time sequence which begins in Africa and culminates with the Civil War and Emancipation, but the emotions of the people who lived through it are timeless.
  • The Red Necklace

    Sally Gardner

    Hardcover (Dial, May 1, 2008)
    Set against the French Revolution, fourteen-year-old orphan Yann Margoza's encounter with a shy heiress, twelve-year-old Sido, changes his life after turmoil in their country takes hold and he becomes the only one who can rescue her from the evil Count Kalliovski.
  • The Sea Chest

    Toni Buzzeo, Mary GrandPré

    Hardcover (Dial, Aug. 5, 2002)
    From the author of the 2013 Caldecott Honor Book, ONE COOL FRIEND! As they wait for the arrival of a new baby, Maita tells her great-grandniece the story of her remarkable childhood. Living sheltered on a lighthouse island with only her parents for company, Maita always longed for a sibling-longed not to be the only child the ragged island knew. And then one icy night, howling winds blew wave after wave against the shore, and from that fearsome storm came a sea chest-a gift that would change Maita's life forever. From a beguiling Maine legend, newcomer Toni Buzzeo has fashioned this exquisitely lyrical, intimate tale, illustrated in vibrant oil paintings by Mary GrandPre. Together they have created a book of classic beauty and resonance.
  • The Great Brain at the Academy

    John D. Fitzgerald

    Hardcover (Dial, June 3, 1980)
    The Great Brain faces the challenge of life at a strict Catholic boarding school with daring exploits and money-making schemes.
  • The Sign of the Sinister Sorcerer

    Brad Strickland

    Hardcover (Dial, Oct. 16, 2008)
    In Michigan in the mid-1950s, Lewis Barnavelt is convinced that the series of accidents he and his uncle are experiencing are the result of a curse by a mysterious, hooded figure that may be part of his uncle's past.
  • Boots and the Glass Mountain

    Claire Martin, Gennady Spirin

    Hardcover (Dial, June 1, 1992)
    Boots saves his father's fields from the ravages of the trolls' wild stallions, and with their help, he rides up the glass mountain and wins the princess's hand
  • The Boy Who Held Back the Sea

    Thomas Locker, Lenny Hort

    Hardcover (Dial, Sept. 30, 1987)
    By blocking a leaking hole in the dike, a young boy saves his town from destruction
  • Sly the Sleuth and the Sports Mysteries

    Donna Jo Napoli, Robert Furrow, Heather Maione

    Hardcover (Dial, April 20, 2006)
    Sly (a.k.a. Sylvia) has newly set up shop as a neighborhood detective, and the advice from Kirkus Reviews is plain and simple: "Clear some shelf space" for this funny, engaging series.With each zany mystery brought to her by friends and parents—this time involving soccer, ballet, swimming, and basketball—Sly uses her keen observation and reasoning skills to solve the case, while young readers will get a kick out of guessing the solutions alongside her.
  • The Whistle, the Grave, and the Ghost

    Brad Strickland

    Hardcover (Dial, Aug. 11, 2003)
    In the woods near his home in Michigan, thirteen-year-old Lewis Barnavelt stumbles upon an ancient grave and silver whistle that draw him, his best friend Rose Rita Pottinger, his uncle Jonathan, and their friend Mrs. Zimmermann into a battle with an ancient evil.
  • Jazmin's Notebook

    Nikki Grimes

    Hardcover (Dial, June 1, 1998)
    Her name is Jazmin, and like the music of her name, her life throbs and swings?a few flat notes to be sure, but also bursting with rich passages that rise and soar. Sitting on her stoop she fills her notebook with laughs, anger, and hope. There?s the risky lure of ?luscious-looking? men and the consequences of free haircuts. This is a fourteen-year-old so-real girl living in Harlem in the 1960?s, ?born with clenched fists? and big dreams, and strengthened by the love of a steadfast sister. Captured within pages of her tough, exuberant life are all the beauty, chaos, confusion, and clarity that accompany the excitement of exploring life?s possibilities?and discovering they are endless.
  • Last Tales of Uncle Remus

    Julius Lester, Jerry Pinkney

    Hardcover (Dial, Jan. 1, 1994)
    In the fourth collection of Uncle Remus tales, the irrepressible Brer Rabbit gets a job and figures out how to get paid twice a day. By the award-winning author of To be a Slave.
  • The Beast Under the Wizard's Bridge

    Brad Strickland, Edward Gorey

    Hardcover (Dial, Sept. 1, 2000)
    Lewis Barnavelt tries to avert disaster when the destruction of an old bridge threatens to release a diabolical force, the legacy of a long-dead evil magician. By the author of The Specter from the Magician's Museum.