Grades 3 – 7
Introduced and moderated by Leslie C. Campbell, school counselor at Park Lakes Elementary.
In Class Act, Jerry Craft’s companion novel to New Kid, eighth-grader Drew Ellis, one of the few kids of color in a prestigious private school, faces privilege and the value of friendship. Kereen Getten’s When Life Gives You Mangoes is about friendship, loss, and Clara, who knows that something happened to her memory that made her forget everything that happened last summer after a hurricane hit. Lupe Wong Won’t Dance by Donna Barba Higuera tells the story of a Chinacan/Mexinese sports-loving girl who refuses to stay in her lane – even if that means dealing with square dancing.