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Esther's Library Book Drive - Children's Selections
Inspired by Esther Mills, the protagonist of Lynn Nottage's play Intimate Apparel, McCarter Theatre Group is sponsoring a book drive to benefit local social justice and literacy organizations for children and adults. Organizations to benefit from the drive include Trenton Books and Breakfast, Trenton Makes Words!, HomeFront, Room to Read, and the Trenton Literacy Movement. .................................................................................................................................... IMPORTANT!! For your donation to be processed correctly you MUST follow these directions. .................................................................................................................................... Select and add to your cart books from the list below, curated to reflect the needs of recipient organizations. When you are ready to check out, enter discount code ESTHER to apply a 15 percent discount and remove shipping costs. When entering a shipping address, you must enter ESTHER (as the name AND street address), Princeton, NJ 08542. Labyrinth will collect and deliver the books to McCarter. For more information about the play and the inspiration behind this initiative, visit http://www.mccarter.org/bookdrive ..................................................................................................................................... This list contains Children's book selections. View Adult book selections here: http://www.labyrinthbooks.com/all_tables.aspx?list=667
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Hate U Give
Thomas, Angie

Eight Starred Reviews!

"Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds

"Stunning." —John Green

"This story is necessary. This story is important." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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March
Lewis, John & Andrew Aydin
Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper's farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receivi... (more)

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March
Lewis, John & Andrew Aydin
Don't miss the long-awaited sequel to the #1 bestseller March: Book One!

"With March, Congressman John Lewis takes us behind the scenes of some of the most pivotal moments of the Civil Rights Movement. In graphic novel form, his first-hand... (more)

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March: Book Three: Book Three
Powell, Nate & John Lewis
Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to v... (more)

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One Crazy Summer
Williams-Garcia, Rita

Set during one of the most tumultuous years in recent American history, One Crazy Summer is the heartbreaking, funny tale of three girls who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 in search of the mother who abandoned them. It's an unforgettable story told by a distinguished author of boo... (more)

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Rad American Women A-Z
Schatz, Kate
"This is not a book. This is a guest list for a party of my heroes. Thank you for inviting us."--Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events books

"I feel honored to be included in this book. Women need to take radical steps to become feminists, and to be stron... (more)

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Brown Girl Dreaming
Woodson, Jacqueline
Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.
 
Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the... (more)

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Come On, Rain
Hesse, Karen
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Flying Lessons and Other Stories
Oh, Ellen, ed.
Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascos, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold anthology—written by the best children’s authors—celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.
 
In a partnership with We Need Diverse Books, industry giants Kwame Alexander, Soman Chai... (more)

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Ghost
Reynolds, Jason
A National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.

Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel of a brand-new series from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award–winning author Jason ... (more)

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Gone Crazy in Alabama
Williams-Garcia, Rita

Coretta Scott King Award winner * ALA Notable Book * School Library Journal Best Book of the Year * Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year * ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice * Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year * Washington Post Best Book... (more)

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Hello, Goodbye Window
Juster, Norton
The kitchen window at Nanna and Poppy's house is, for one little girl, a magic gateway. Everything important happens near it, through it, or beyond it. Told in her voice, her story is both a voyage of discovery and a celebration of the commonplace wonders that define childhood. It is also a love son... (more)

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Kindred
Butler, Octavia E.
The twenty-fifth-anniversary edition of the classic novel that has sold over 250,000 copies Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white s... (more)

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Water Princess
Verde, Susan

Based on supermodel Georgie Badiel’s childhood, a young girl dreams of bringing clean drinking water to her African village

With its wide sky and warm earth, Princess Gie Gie’s kingdom is a beautiful land. But clean drinking water is scarce in her small African village. And try as s... (more)

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Bud, Not Buddy
Curtis, Christopher Paul
It's 1936 Flint, Michigan. Times may be hard, and 10-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy, but Bud's got a few things going for him: 1. He has his own suitcase full of special things; 2. He's the author of 'Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Your... (more)

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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
Hoose, Phillip
“When it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can’t sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, ‘This is not right.’”—Claudette Colvin

On March 2, 1955, an impassioned teenager, fed up with the daily injustices of Jim Crow segregation, refused... (more)

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Full Cicada Moon
Hilton, Marilyn
Inside Out and Back Again meets One Crazy Summer and Brown Girl Dreaming in this novel-in-verse about fitting in and standing up for what’s right.

It's 1969, and the Apollo 11 mission is getting ready to go to the moon. But for half-blac... (more)

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Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition
Shetterly, Margot Lee

Now in a special new edition perfect for young readers, this is the amazing true story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program. Soon to be a major motion picture.

Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil ... (more)

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Mama's Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation
Danticat, Edwidge
A touching tale of parent-child separation and immigration, from a National Book Award finalist

After Saya's mother is sent to an immigration detention center, Saya finds comfort in listening to her mother's warm greeting on their answering machine. To ease the distance between them wh... (more)

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Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom
Hamilton, Virginia
Unavailable for several years, Virginia Hamilton’s award-winning companion to The People Could Fly traces the history of slavery in America in the voices and stories of those who lived it. Leo and Diane Dillon’s brilliant black-and-white illustrations echo the stories’ subtl... (more)

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Monster
Myers, Walter Dean

FADE IN: INTERIOR: Early morning in CELL BLOCK D, MANHATTAN DETENTION CENTER.

Steve (Voice-Over)
Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I'll call it... (more)

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Niño Wrestles the World
Morales, Yuyi
Señoras y señores, put your hands together for the fantastic, spectacular, one of a kind . . . Niño!
 
Fwap! Slish! Bloop! Krunch! He takes down his competition in a single move!

No opponent is too big a challenge for the cunning skills of Niño—popsicle ea... (more)

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Rosa Parks: My Story
Parks, Rosa
Rosa Parks is best known for the day she refused to give up her seat on asegregated bus, sparking the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott. Yet there is much more to her story than this one act of defiance. In this straightforward, compelling autobiography, Rosa Parks talks candidly about the civil righ... (more)

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Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation
Tonatiuh, Duncan
A 2015 Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book and a 2015 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book
Almost 10 years before Brown vs. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez and her parents helped end school segregation in California. An American citizen of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage who spoke a... (more)

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Sun Is Also a Star
Yoon, Nicola
Be the first to read the dazzling new novel from Nicola Yoon, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything

Natasha:
I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind ... (more)

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Adventures of Super Diaper Baby
Pilkey, Dav
Move over, Dav Pilkey, it's George and Harold's turn to tell the tale of the all-new superhero who's faster than a speeding stroller and more powerful than diaper rash. Make way for Super Diaper Baby!

Oh, no! It looks like George and Harold are in trouble again. . . . As punishment, the ... (more)

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Everett Anderson's Goodbye
Clifton, Lucille
A Coretta Scott King Award winnerA Reading Rainbow SelectionAn NCTE Teachers' Choice... (more)

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House for Hermit Crab
Carle, Eric
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Lucky Stone
Clifton, Lucille
There is nothing Tee enjoys more than sitting out on the porch with her great-greatmother, listening to the fascinating stories about the lucky stone.



Shiny and black as night, it brought good fortune to each of its owners for over one hundred years. First it helped Mandy, a runaway s... (more)

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Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters
Obama, Barack
In this tender, beautiful letter to his daughters, President Barack Obama has written a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation. From the artistry of Georgia O'Keeffe, to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington, Pr... (more)

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Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets
Alexander, Kwame & Chris Colderley
A Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Honoree offer a glorious, lyrical ode to poets who have sparked a sense of wonder.

Out of gratitude for the poet’s art form, Newbery Award–winning author and poet Kwame Alexander, along with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth, present original poem... (more)

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Red Pencil
Pinkney, Andrea Davis

The powerful story of one girl's triumphant journey, inspired by true tales of life in Sudan -- now in paperback.
Life in Amira's peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when Janjaweed attackers arrive, unleashing unspeakable horrors. Aft... (more)

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Snowy Day
Keats, Ezra Jack
No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child's wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever.... (more)

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Viva Frida
Morales, Yuyi

A 2015 Caldecott Honor Book
A 2015 Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award

Frida Kahlo, one of the world's most famous and unusual artists is revered around the world. Her life was filled with laughter, love, and tragedy, all of which influenced what she painted on her canvases.

Distingu... (more)

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Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
McBride, James
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Last Stop on Market Street
de la Peña, Matt
Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging... (more)

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Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women
Thimmesh, Catherine
In kitchens and living rooms, in garages and labs and basements, even in converted chicken coops, women and girls have invented ingenious innovations that have made our lives simpler and better. Their creations are some of the most enduring (the windshield wiper) and best loved (the chocolate chip c... (more)

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My People
Hughes, Langston
Langston Hughes's spare yet eloquent tribue to his people has been cherished for generations. Now, acclaimed photographer Charles R. Smith Jr. interprets this beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today.... (more)

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Ninth Ward
Rhodes, Jewell Parker
Twelve-year-old Lanesha lives in a tight-knit community in New Orleans' Ninth Ward. She doesn't have a fancy house like her uptown family or lots of friends like the other kids on her street. But what she does have is Mama Ya-Ya, her fiercely loving caretaker, wise in the ways of the world and able ... (more)

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Towers Falling
Rhodes, Jewell Parker
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What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors
Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem & Raymond Obstfeld
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, basketball legend and the NBA's alltime leading scorer, champions a lineup
of little-known African-American inventors in this lively, kid-friendly book.


Did you know that James West invented the microphone in your cell phone? That Fred Jones invented the refrige... (more)

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