A Long Walk by
A Long Walk to Water is based on the true story of Salva, one of some 3,800 Sudanese “Lost Boys” airlifted to the United States beginning in the mid 1990’s.
Linda Sue Park is the author of the Newbery Medal book A Single Shard, many other novels, several picture books, and most recently a book of poetry: Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo (Poems). She lives in Rochester, New York, with her family, and is now a devoted fan of the New York Mets.
Bystanderby James Preller
Thirteen-year-old Eric discovers there are consequences to standing by and watching as the bully at his new school hurts people, and although school officials are aware of the problem, Eric may be the one with a solution.
The youngest in a family of seven children, James Preller always dreamed of playing baseball for the New York Mets. After he graduated from college, he worked as a copywriter for Scholastic publishing. Revising other authors’ work inspired him to write his own books.
Restart by Gordon Korman
From the #1 bestselling author of Swindle and Slacker, Restart is the spectacular story of a kid with a messy past who has to figure out what it means to get a clean start.
Gordon Korman has been writing for more than three-quarters of his life. His books have been translated into 32 languages and have sold over 28 million copies worldwide.
He now lives on Long Island, outside New York City, with his wife and family. When not writing, you can find him driving one of his three kids to some practice or rehearsal or game. Either that, or he’s on the road, appearing at schools, libraries, and bookstores, and meeting readers.