Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me. In Shadow Hero (First Second, $17.99), Gene Leun Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints) and Sonny Liew’s Sticks and Stones are tongs that literally break Hank’s bones, while he attempts to defend his dad from their extortion schemes in a 1940s Chinatown. At his mother’s insistence, he becomes a superhero who tries to bring American justice to old-world Chinese thugs, all the while attempting to keep his dignity as cops sling racist words at him. This is a classic golden-era superhero tale, with the spirit guardians of China lurking in the shadows. Ages 12-18. Emily Ellerbe

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By Gene Luen Yang, Sonny Liew (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781596436978
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Published: First Second - July 15th, 2014

Fifty years ago, Marian Anderson subtly but meaningfully changed the lyrics of “America” (better known by its first line, “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”) as she performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial—an anniversary that has been poignantly celebrated this year. Claire Rudolf Murphy’s meticulous research brings to life the history of this song, demonstrating that Marian Anderson was neither the first nor the last to manipulate the lyrics for the cause of civil rights. From suffragettes to slaves to American Indians, it seems that every protest movement in our nation’s history has embraced My Country, ‘Tis of Thee (Holt, $17.99) as an anthem. The great Bryan Collier’s signature collages enhance this important but accessible approach to the history of civil rights. Ages 5-10. Emily Ellerbe

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ISBN: 9780805082265
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - June 3rd, 2014

When he was twelve years old, Arun Gandhi moved from South Africa to the Sevagram ashram in India to live with his Grandfather Gandhi (Atheneum, $17.99), the Mahatma. With cowriter Bethany Hegedus, Gandhi’s fifth grandson tells the story of trying to live up to the Gandhi name during the tempest of adolescence, and shares wisdom learned from his grandfather that cooled him down and eventually inspired him to live his life in the service of peace and nonviolence. Evan Turk’s striking cut-paper and mixed-media illustrations dramatically render both India in the 1940s and the conflicts of youth. Ages 7-12. Emily Ellerbe

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ISBN: 9781442423657
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 11th, 2014

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