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Middle School Library: MIDDLE SCHOOL LIBRARY

Latinx/Hispanic American Heritage Month

•Happy Latinx/Hispanic American Heritage Month•

Please scroll through the following slides to see some of the amazing books by Latinx authors we have in our Middle School library !

 

What Lane?

"Stay in your lane." Stephen doesn't want to hear that—he wants to have no lane. Anything his friends can do, Stephen should be able to do too, right? So when they dare each other to sneak into an abandoned building, he doesn't think it's his lane, but he goes. Here's the thing, though— can he do everything his friends can? Lately, he's not so sure. As a mixed kid, he feels like he's living in two worlds with different rules—and he's been noticing that strangers treat him differently than his white friends...so what'll he do? Hold on tight as Stephen swerves in and out of lanes to find out which are his—and who should be with him. Torrey Maldonado, author of the highly acclaimed "Tight", does a masterful job showing a young boy coming of age in a racially split world, trying to blaze a way to be his best self.

Strange Birds

When three very different girls find a mysterious invitation to a lavish mansion, the promise of adventure and mischief is too intriguing to pass up. Ofelia Castillo (a budding journalist), Aster Douglas (a bookish foodie), and Cat Garcia (a rule-abiding birdwatcher) meet the kid behind the invite, Lane DiSanti, and it isn't love at first sight. But they soon bond over a shared mission to get the Floras, their local Scouts, to ditch an outdated tradition. In their quest for justice, independence, and an unforgettable summer, the girls form their own troop and find something they didn't know they needed—sisterhood.

Each Tiny Spark

From award-winning author Pablo Cartaya comes a deeply moving middle grade novel about a daughter and father finding their way back to each other in the face of their changing family and community.
Emilia Torres has a wandering mind. It's hard for her to follow along at school, and sometimes she forgets to do what her mom or abuela asks. But she remembers what matters: a time when her family was whole and home made sense. When Dad returns from deployment, Emilia expects that her life will get back to normal. Instead, it unravels. This tender story is about asking big questions and being brave enough to reckon with the answers.

My Corner of the Ring

In this inspirational memoir, twelve-year-old Jesselyn Silva offers a ringside seat to girl power and what it takes to win in the ring and in life: punch by punch. Jesselyn (JessZilla in the ring) first donned her boxing gloves at seven years of age, making her one of very few female boxers in the country. Despite an inhospitable environment, Jesselyn still has her sights set on the Olympics. With the help of her dad, Pedro, who has instilled in her a strong work ethic, she just might make it. This exciting and motivational read demonstrates what it means to be true to yourself and stick with your dreams even when facing adversity and ridicule.

Folktales for Fearless Girls

Curses to be broken. Riddles to be solved. Kings' favor to be won. These are the standard stories we've heard in folktales and fables for as long as we can remember—challenges faced and overcome by princes and knights in shining armor. In Folktales for Fearless Girls, however, we see a different set of heroes charge across the page. In fact, we see heroines. Wily women and clever girls, valiant queens and brave villagers—these are the people to save the day in this collection of folktales from around the world and across the ages. With stories from China, Russia, Persia, India, Armenia, the UK, Spain, France, Southern Africa, Egypt, and Germany, this is a collection of tales that showcases the original literary feminists.

Tight

Bryan's mom has always encouraged his quiet, thoughtful nature, but his dad is different. He thinks it's time for the sixth-grader to toughen up. With a quick temper and recently out of jail on probation, he tells Bryan it's better for a man to be feared than to be liked. Bryan's not really sure about this, and it doesn't seem to even matter when he befriends new kid Mike. At first everything is calm and chill, the way Bryan likes it, as the boys bond over their love of reading comics and drawing superheroes. But things get uncomfortable when it turns out Mike has some risky ideas about how to have fun. Then Bryan's dad gets in a fight and ends up back in jail, and something in Bryan snaps. He starts cutting school, jumping subway turnstiles and going train surfing, with Mike in the lead. But when Mike takes things a step too far and shows his true colors, Bryan has a difficult decision to make.

Lucky Broken Girl

In this unforgettable multicultural coming-of-age narrative—based on the author's childhood in the 1960s—a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl is adjusting to her new life in New York City when her American dream is suddenly derailed. Ruthie Mizrahi and her family recently emigrated from Castro's Cuba to New York City. Just when she's finally beginning to gain confidence in her mastery of English—and enjoying her reign as her neighborhood's hopscotch queen—a horrific car accident leaves her in a body cast and confined her to her bed for a long recovery. As Ruthie's world shrinks because of her inability to move, her powers of observation and her heart grow larger and she comes to understand how fragile life is, how vulnerable we all are as human beings, and how friends, neighbors, and the power of the arts can sweeten even the worst of times.

The First Rule of Punk

There are no shortcuts to surviving your first day at a new school—you can't fix it with duct tape like you would your Chuck Taylors. On Day One, twelve-year-old Malo (Maria Luisa, if you want to annoy her) inadvertently upsets Posada Middle School's queen bee, violates the school's dress code with her punk rock look, and disappoints her college-professor mom in the process. Her dad, who now lives a thousand miles away, says things will get better as long as she remembers the first rule of punk—be yourself. The real Malo loves rock music, skateboarding, zines, and Soyrizo (hold the cilantro, please). And when she assembles a group of like-minded misfits at school and starts a band, Malo finally begins to feel at home. She'll do anything to preserve this, which includes standing up to an anti-punk school administration to fight for her right to express herself!
Black and white illustrations and collage art throughout make this book a perfect pick for fans of titles like "Roller Girl" and "Real Friends."

The Poet X

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami's determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. So when she is invited to join her school's slam poetry club, she doesn't know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out. But she still can't stop thinking about performing her poems. Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent. Fans of Jacqueline Woodson, Meg Medina, and Jason Reynolds will fall hard for this astonishing novel-in-verse by an award-winning slam poet, about an Afro-Latina heroine who tells her story with blazing words and powerful truth.

We Are Not from Here

A poignant novel of desperation, escape, and survival across the U.S.-Mexico border, inspired by current events. Pulga has his dreams. Chico has his grief. Pequeña has her pride. And these three teens have one another. But none of them have illusions about the town they've grown up in and the dangers that surround them. Even with the love of family, threats lurk around every corner. And when those threats become all too real, the trio knows they have no choice but to run: from their country, from their families, from their beloved home.
Crossing from Guatemala through Mexico, they follow the route of La Bestia, the perilous train system that might deliver them to a better life—if they are lucky enough to survive the journey. With nothing but the bags on their backs and desperation drumming through their hearts, Pulga, Chico, and Pequeña know there is no turning back, despite the unknown that awaits them, and the darkness that seems to follow wherever they go.

Undead Girl Gang

Meet teenage Wiccan Mila Flores, who truly could not care less what you think about her Doc Martens, her attitude, or her weight because she knows that, no matter what, her BFF Riley is right by her side. So when Riley and Fairmont Academy mean girls June Phelan-Park and Dayton Nesseth die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone's explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth—she brings the girls back to life. Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders. But they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer...before the killer strikes again.

Clap When You Land

Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people...
In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal's office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash. Separated by distance—and Papi's secrets—the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they've lost everything of their father, they learn of each other. This is a novel-in-verse that brims with grief and love.

Voces Sin Fronteras

Sixteen young people from the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) in Washington, D.C. came together to tell their own stories of immigration and transformation in comics form. This group of teen immigrants from Central America and the Caribbean are dedicated to promoting cross-cultural understanding and social justice in their community. The result is this side-by-side bilingual collection of graphic memoirs that not only builds connections across language, but also breaks down barriers and expands hope.

7th Grade Podcasts

During distance learning, the 7th graders created podcast episodes about a variety of subjects. Here are some examples of their amazing work!

Frances Clifford, "Adoption"

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Parker Hanna, "The Evolution of Women's Rights"

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Alexa Lisher, "Salem Witchcraft Trials"

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Sophie Grace Stevenson, "Peruvian Food"

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Goodbye from Ms. Weber!

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(click on the photo to read Ms. Weber's letter!)

Library Info

Middle School
Library Hours

Monday-Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Libby Molina
Middle School Librarian

Ebooks access

MackinVIA is Sacred Heart's ebook platform. Here you can find all of the ebooks highlighted on the distance learning book lists, as well as many others. The MackinVIA app is available for both Android and Apple devices. Please see this page for more information.

SORA (whether the app or via the browser) is your portal into the Sacred Heart Library e and audio collection of Duke Classics—Unlimited Access!

Free ebooks, grades 5-12. Must access with username (ABDO Secondary) and password (2020)

  • SimplyE with New York Public Library

To use NYPL's e and audiobooks:

  • Download the SimplyE app (it's free!)

If you don't have a library card, you can apply for an e-card once you are in the app. For more information, including download links for iOS and Android versions of the SimplyE app, visit NYPL's e-service landing page.

To access e and audiobooks from Queens Public Library:

  • Download the Libby App (free for iOS or Android)

If you don't have a card from QPL you can apply for an e-card here (you just need to provide an in-state mailing address). These e-cards will give you access to a range of amazing digital resources.

To access e and audiobooks from Brooklyn Public Library:

If you don't have a card from BPL you can apply for an e-card here. Note that if you are currently outside of NY State, you will need someone in-state to fill out the information or you will not be able to get your e-card. Brooklyn's e-cards are good for one year and will give you access to all of the amazing digital resources they offer.