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Meet the author of WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU MANGOS!

When Life Gives You Mangos

Q&A with Kereen Getten

Twelve-year-old Clara lives on an island that visitors call exotic. But there’s nothing exotic about it to Clara. She loves eating ripe mangos off the ground, running outside in the rain with her Papa during rainy season, and going to her secret hideout with Gaynah—even though lately she’s not acting like a best friend.

The only thing out of the ordinary for Clara is that something happened to her memory that made her forget everything that happened last summer after a hurricane hit. Sometimes things come back to her in drips like a tap that hasn’t been turned off properly. Other times her Mama fills in the blanks…only she knows those aren’t her memories and it is hard feeling like she is not like everybody else.

But this summer is going to be different for Clara. Everyone is buzzing with excitement over a new girl in the village who is not like other visitors. She is about to make big waves on the island—and give Clara a summer she won’t forget.

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Oscar’s American Dream Poster & Activities

It all begins with an immigrant named Oscar who arrives at Ellis Island to live his dream and open a barbershop. Then Oscar moves on and his barbershop becomes Nettie and Yetti’s clothing store . . . then Moises’s Bodega Suprema . . . and many other types of stores as the twentieth century unfolds before our eyes. Download this poster that includes projects for before, during, and after reading Oscar’s American Dream.

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The Nerviest Girl in the World

The Nerviest Girl in the World By Melissa Wiley

Pearl lives on a ranch where her chores include collecting eggs and feeding ornery ostriches. She has three older brothers, who don’t coddle her at all. And she knows a thing or two about horses, too.

One day, Pearl’s brothers get cushy jobs doing stunts for this new form of entertainment called “moving pictures.” They’re the Daredevil Donnelly Brothers, a Death-Defying Cowboy Trio. Before she knows it, Pearl has stumbled into being a stunt girl herself—and dreams of becoming a star. The only problem is, her mother has no idea what she’s up to. And let’s just say she wouldn’t be too happy to find out that Pearl’s been jumping out of burning buildings in her spare time.

Filled with action, humor, and heart—not to mention those pesky ostriches—The Nerviest Girl in the World introduces a spunky heroine whose adventures will have kids on the edge of their seats and whose sense of humor will have them laughing until the very last line.

Author Spotlight

Cheryl Willis Hudson and Wade Hudson

Cheryl and Wade are authors and the publishers of  Just Us Books, Inc., an independent publisher of black-interest books for children and young adults. Together, they have published numerous books, including We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices and The Talk. They live in East Orange, New Jersey.