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Ghost Boys

by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Grade Level:
    4-8
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts, History, Social Studies
  • Genres:
    Science Fiction / Fantasy
  • Cultural Areas:
    African American
  • Year Published:
    2018
  • Author Resources:
    Author Interviews (7), Author Personal Websites (1), Author Blogs (1), Audio Name Pronunciations (1)
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Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty

by G. Neri and Randy DuBurke
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Rock and the River, The

by Kekla Magoon
  • Grade Level:
    1-8
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts, History
  • Genres:
    Historical Fiction
  • Cultural Areas:
    African American
  • Year Published:
    2009
  • Author Resources:
    Author Interviews (8), Author Personal Websites (1), Author Blogs (1), Audio Name Pronunciations (1)
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Long Way From Chicago, A

by Richard Peck

Book 1 of the Long Way From Chicago Series

  • Grade Level:
    4-12
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts
  • Genres:
    Adventure, Historical Fiction, Humor
  • Year Published:
    1998
  • Author Resources:
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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

by Erika L. Sanchez
  • Grade Level:
    7-12
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts, Spanish
  • Genres:
    Realistic Fiction
  • Cultural Areas:
    Latino, Women / Girls
  • Year Published:
    2017
  • Author Resources:
    Author Interviews (5), Author Personal Websites (1), Audio Name Pronunciations (1)
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Year Down Yonder, A

by Richard Peck

Book 2 of the Long Way From Chicago Series

  • Grade Level:
    4-12
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts, Health
  • Genres:
    Historical Fiction
  • Year Published:
    2000
  • Author Resources:
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Great Fire, The

by Jim Murphy
  • Grade Level:
    4-8
  • Curricular Areas:
    Science, History, Social Studies
  • Genres:
    Nonfiction
  • Year Published:
    1995
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Few Red Drops, A: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919

by Claire Hartfield
  • Grade Level:
    7-12
  • Curricular Areas:
    History, Social Studies
  • Genres:
    Nonfiction
  • Cultural Areas:
    African American
  • Year Published:
    2018
  • Author Resources:
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Project Mulberry

by Linda Sue Park
  • Grade Level:
    4-8
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
  • Genres:
    Realistic Fiction
  • Cultural Areas:
    Asian / Pacific American
  • Year Published:
    2005
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Summer I Saved the World... in 65 Days, The

by Michele Weber Hurwitz
  • Grade Level:
    4-8
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts
  • Genres:
    Realistic Fiction
  • Year Published:
    2014
  • Author Resources:
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Love, Hate and Other Filters

by Samira Ahmed
  • Grade Level:
    7-12
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts
  • Genres:
    Realistic Fiction
  • Year Published:
    2018
  • Author Resources:
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Something Wicked This Way Comes

by Ray Bradbury
  • Grade Level:
    7-12
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts
  • Genres:
    Horror, Science Fiction / Fantasy
  • Year Published:
    1962
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Extra Credit

by Andrew Clements and Mark Elliott
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Secrets of the Cicada Summer

by Andrea Beaty
  • Grade Level:
    4-8
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts, Health
  • Genres:
    Realistic Fiction
  • Author Resources:
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Hold Fast

by Blue Balliett
  • Grade Level:
    4-8
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts, Social Studies
  • Genres:
    Mystery
  • Year Published:
    2013
  • Author Resources:
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Freaky Fast Frankie Joe

by Lutricia Clifton
  • Grade Level:
    1-8
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts
  • Genres:
    Realistic Fiction
  • Year Published:
    2012
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River Between Us, The

by Richard Peck
  • Grade Level:
    4-12
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts, History
  • Genres:
    Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction
  • Year Published:
    2003
  • Author Resources:
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Black Panther: The Young Prince

by Ronald L. Smith
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Across Five Aprils

by Irene Hunt
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Dandelion Wine

by Ray Bradbury
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Ten Cents a Dance

by Christine Fletcher
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Season of Gifts, A

by Richard Peck

Book 3 of the Long Way From Chicago Series

  • Grade Level:
    4-12
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts
  • Genres:
    Historical Fiction, Holiday, Humor
  • Year Published:
    2009
  • Author Resources:
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On the Blue Comet

by Rosemary Wells and Bagram Ibatoulline
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Love, Amalia

by Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel M. Zubizarreta
  • Grade Level:
    4-8
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts, Spanish
  • Genres:
    Realistic Fiction
  • Cultural Areas:
    Latino
  • Year Published:
    2012
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Pointe

by Brandy Colbert
  • Grade Level:
    7-12
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts
  • Genres:
    Realistic Fiction, Sports
  • Cultural Areas:
    African American
  • Year Published:
    2014
  • Author Resources:
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There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America

by Alex Kotlowitz
  • Grade Level:
    7-12
  • Curricular Areas:
    Social Studies
  • Genres:
    Nonfiction
  • Cultural Areas:
    African American
  • Year Published:
    1991
  • Author Resources:
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Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year

by Esme Raji Codell
  • Grade Level:
    4-8
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts
  • Genres:
    Biography
  • Year Published:
    1999
  • Author Resources:
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Farewell Summer

by Ray Bradbury
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From the Dust Returned

by Ray Bradbury
  • Grade Level:
    7-12
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts
  • Genres:
    Science Fiction / Fantasy
  • Author Resources:
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On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave

by Candace Fleming
  • Grade Level:
    4-8
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts
  • Genres:
    Horror
  • Year Published:
    2012
  • Author Resources:
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Con carino, Amalia

by Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel M. Zubizarreta
  • Grade Level:
    4-8
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts, Spanish
  • Genres:
    Realistic Fiction
  • Cultural Areas:
    Latino
  • Year Published:
    2012
  • Author Resources:
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Coaltown Jesus

by Ron Koertge
  • Grade Level:
    7-12
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts, Health, Social Studies
  • Genres:
    Humor
  • Year Published:
    2013
  • Author Resources:
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Pieces and Players

by Blue Balliett
  • Grade Level:
    4-8
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts
  • Genres:
    Mystery
  • Year Published:
    2015
  • Author Resources:
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Celebrating Illinois

by Marion Dane Bauer and C.B. Canga

Part of the 50 States to Celebrate

  • Grade Level:
    1-5
  • Curricular Areas:
    Social Studies
  • Genres:
    Beginning Reader, Nonfiction
  • Year Published:
    2014
  • Author Resources:
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Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

by Erik Larson
  • Grade Level:
    7-12
  • Curricular Areas:
    History
  • Genres:
    Mystery
  • Year Published:
    2004
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Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo

by Greg Leitich Smith
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Saving Strawberry Farm

by Deborah Hopkinson and Rachel Isadora
  • Grade Level:
    PK-5
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts, Social Studies
  • Genres:
    Historical Fiction
  • Year Published:
    2005
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Secret of the Painted House, The

by Marion Dane Bauer and Leonid Gore
  • Grade Level:
    1-5
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts
  • Genres:
    Horror, Mystery
  • Year Published:
    2007
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Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic

by Ginnie Lo and Beth Lo
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Paper Cowboy, The

by Kristin Levine
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Fiona's Lace

by Patricia Polacco
  • Grade Level:
    PK-2
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts, History, Social Studies
  • Genres:
    Historical Fiction
  • Year Published:
    2014
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What Was the Great Chicago Fire?

by Janet B. Pascal

Part of the Who Was? What Was? Where Is? Series

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Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik, The

by David Arnold
  • Grade Level:
    7-12
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts
  • Genres:
    Science Fiction / Fantasy
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Now You See Her

by Jacquelyn Mitchard
  • Grade Level:
    7-12
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts
  • Genres:
    Realistic Fiction
  • Year Published:
    2007
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Ordinary People

by Judith Guest
  • Grade Level:
    7-12
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts, Health, Social Studies
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Rosa, Sola

by Carmela A. Martino
  • Grade Level:
    4-8
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts, Health
  • Genres:
    Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction
  • Year Published:
    2005
  • Author Resources:
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On the Wings of Heroes

by Richard Peck
  • Grade Level:
    1-8
  • Curricular Areas:
    English Language Arts, History
  • Genres:
    Historical Fiction, Humor
  • Year Published:
    2007
  • Author Resources:
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Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago

by LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman
  • Grade Level:
    7-12
  • Curricular Areas:
    Social Studies
  • Genres:
    Biography, Nonfiction
  • Cultural Areas:
    African American
  • Year Published:
    1997
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Claim to Fame

by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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My Life with the Lincolns

by Gayle Brandeis
  • Grade Level:
    4-8
  • Curricular Areas:
    History, Social Studies
  • Genres:
    Humor, Realistic Fiction
  • Year Published:
    2010
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