emmett-tillEmmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World & Propelled the Civil Rights Movement by Anderson, Devery S.

Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement” offers the first truly comprehensive account of the 1955 murder and its aftermath. It tells the story of Emmett Till, the fourteen-year-old African American boy from Chicago brutally lynched for a harmless flirtation at a country store in the Mississippi Delta.

Recommended by: Lyric A.




jane-eyreJane Eyre by Bronte, Charlotte

In early nineteenth-century England, an orphaned young woman accepts employment as a governess and soon find herself in love with her employer who has a terrible secret.

Recommended By: Melissa G.





return-to-senderReturn to Sender by Alvarez, Julia

After his family hires migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure, eleven-year-old Tyler befriends the oldest daughter, but when he discovers they may not be in the country legally, he realizes that real friendship knows no borders.

Recommended By: Yesenia G.





cinder-bottomA Hanging at Cinder Bottom by Taylor, Glenn

The year is 1910. Halley’s Comet has just signaled the end of the world, and Jack Johnson has knocked out the “Great White Hope,” Jim Jeffries. Keystone, West Virginia, is the region’s biggest boomtown, and on a rainy Sunday morning in August, its townspeople are gathered in a red-light district known as Cinder Bottom to witness the first public hanging in over a decade. Abe Baach and Goldie Toothman are at the gallows, awaiting their execution.

Recommended By: Darrin A.





hotelHotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Ford, Jamie

Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps of the era, this debut novel tells the heartwarming story of widower Henry Lee, his father, and his first love Keiko Okabe.

Recommended By: Leigh S.