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Fortunate Fayola
Stephanie Mhango
A famine threatens the village, and Fayola will do anything to keep her son from going hungry. Her situation quickly goes from bad to worse . . . but perhaps fortune will smile on her in the end.
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The Market At Night
Cat Jenkins
Pike Place Market is known as "the soul of Seattle." It's one of the oldest public markets in the U.S. and draws thousands of visitors all year long. It's a magical, colorful place. But there's another Market. One that only a few are allowed to see. One that sells strange things and has even stranger people in it. One that only a few can find. And only if they look for it at night...
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Born In Danger
Pius Agbangbatin
Dulani experiences the pain of having albinism. With the death of his best friend and an attack on his own life, Dulani realizes that albinism in his country is not only about prejudice but also about survival.
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5 Steps To Win Her Heart
Natasha Lopez
Mateo's best friend Kat Nguyen breaks up with him, and he’s far from over it. He has to win her back, but how? The 1950s book "5 Steps to Win Her Heart" just might be the answer he’s looking for. Will the force be with him? Or will it be with his nemesis—Kat’s new love interest—Josh Fowler?
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Honorable Mentions
"TRANSITIONING"
DEAN GESSIE
A transgender school teacher returns to the classroom after undergoing some degree of gender reassignment. They explain their identity to their young students by reading an original short story that parallels their own challenges and successes.
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
TARA ANDERS
When Aubree suggests stealing their rival high school's mascot just before the big basketball game, she doesn't expect Finn, the star of the school (and her crush), to take her seriously. Join Aubree and Finn as they discover their true feelings for one another while they also try to finagle a giant lobster costume!
CHANCE AND LITTLE STAR
JOSEPH LEGASPI
A teenage girl faces a life-or-death problem. No one can seem to help her, that is, until she meets a boy with autism who ends up changing her life forever.
DIVIDED IN LAND BUT TOGETHER IN HEART: A TALE OF CYPRUS
KUGU SOYKAN
Since the war in Cyprus in 1974, the country has been divided in two. The north belongs to the Turkish Cypriots and the south to the Greek Cypriots. In this story, Cipriana, a Greek Cypriot, becomes friends with Şerife, a Turkish Cypriot, and plans a bi-communal concert to bring together old and new friends.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR MY FIFTH-GRADE SELF
LISA ZHANG
Yijia's fifth-grade self has a knack for attracting attention from Mrs. Lou . . . but not the good kind of attention. There's one moment that stands out in particular, one that she just can't ever forget.
LILY AZALEA
SHARON ELWELL
Lily Azalea was given as a gift to her master's daughter, Molly Rose, when the two of them were little girls. As they grow, Lily comes to love Molly, who treats her almost as if she's a white girl too. When the two of them near their sixteenth birthdays, Lily's mother arranges for Lily to escape to freedom, The problem is, Lily doesn't want to go.
MY DAD'S SECRET
MARY FRANCIS
Abby is given an assignment to write an essay on her family history. As she listens to her classmates stories she feels disappointed that she has such a boring family history. Once Abby starts asking questions she realizes she does not have a boring family history after all.
SUCKER STICK
STEPHEN LEITSCHUH
Coming from a large family back in the 60's, where money was tight, one of the children gets up early one morning. He finds a sucker on the kitchen counter. Unbeknowist to him it has ant poison in it. He eats it and get an unpleasant surprise. He drinks milk to get rid of the awful taste. When he turns he see his little brother with the stick in his hand and his mother behind him with a look of horror on her face. The house erups in a torrid rush by his parents to save the life of his brother.
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