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Dunya Khair is a 30-something journalist living under Muslim law. When she publishes a series of honest articles expressing critiques of current patriarchal systems and discussing controversial topics (primarily centered around gender equality and apostasy), she experiences more than the anticipated mixture of backlash and acclaim.

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Albert Einstein Chaudhury, also known as Al, has his twelfth birthday and gets two presents that lead to so much drama. He got a hamster and a letter from his dad, who died four years ago. The letter revealed a time machine, which is a zinc tub and a computer.

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Lily Lo, the main character in Lily Lo and the Wonton Maker by Frances Lee Hall, is a nine-year-old girl who loves playing soccer. Lily’s widowed mother can’t come to her soccer games because she’s too busy working, which leaves only Lily’s grandfather, Gung Gung, to watch her play. Lily tries hard to help Gung Gung fit in with all the other enthusiastic, cheering parents, but all her grandfather seems to do during the games is read and clip coupons from the newspaper.

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Last of the Name is a well-researched story of an Irish brother and sister who have traveled to America to escape the Great Hunger of 1845. Their entire family has either perished or been sent to Australia, except for their grandmother who joined them on their trip to the U.S.A. Shortly before dying on the trip to the U.S.A, their grandmother gave them a family "treasure." Now the siblings have to make their way in the new world, which includes getting jobs, changing their names, and sadly for young Danny O'Carolan, pretending to be a girl.

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With a raw and down-to-earth narration style reminiscent of English and American folk music, author Philip Dodd translates commonly encountered emotions and experiences of humanity into nimbly observant, environmentally urgent, and thoughtfully melancholy poems compiled in the book Last Flocks of the Geese.

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Sarafina Garcia thinks that her grandmother hates her. She does not understand why her mother is so secretive about her past. It all begins with a genealogy assignment at school; all she knows is that the Garcia family is from Chihuahua, Mexico. It is up to Sara to uncover her family secrets. Mom says, “Your father is dead…don’t go digging up old bones,” and her grandmother passed away last spring.

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Crisis is the third book in the suspenseful Card People trilogy by James Sulzer. It doesn’t seem possible, but I think it has more surprises and plot twists than the first two books combined! First, Paul’s nanodust transfer from a card person back to himself as a human goes awfully wrong. While he, his brother Sam, and their friends try to figure out what happened with that, the news starts reporting that a bomb has been set in Chicago and the President of the United States is sick.

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This book is about a 12-year-old girl who has just moved to a farm and is going to a new school. As if trying to make new friends isn’t difficult enough, she is a poultry farmer learning to hatch and take care of some very unusual chickens...chickens with superpowers. Then there's her cousin, Lupe, who will be moving in with Sophie's family. Read the sequel to Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer to find out what happens along the way.

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The book Elle of the Ball is about a girl who is 6 feet tall in 7th grade. She seems especially oversized because everyone else in the grade is 5 feet tall. Elle has to do a dance performance with the rest of the 7th grade in front of parents. On top of that, Elle doesn't get the position she wants as point guard in basketball. She really needs some help with her height!

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