A Handful of Stars
By Cynthia Lord
DB 82133, BR 20968, Available as BARD Download
When her blind dog, Lucky, slips his collar, twelve-year-old Lily meets Salma Santiago, a young Hispanic girl whose migrant family is in Maine for the blueberry-picking season. The two forge a friendship, but are confronted with some of the hard truths of prejudice and migrant life. For grades 4-7. 2015.
A Handful of Stars
A Summer in Sonoma
By Robyn Carr
DB 71790, Available as BARD Download
Four girlfriends since high school worry about their lives as they face the big three-oh, each with different problems. Beth, a doctor, hides her cancer; Marty's husband takes her for granted; Julie has too many kids and too many bills; and Cassie can't find Mr. Right. Some strong language. 2010.
This Side of Home
By Renée Watson
DB 81902, Available as BARD Download
Twins Nikki and Maya Younger agree on most things. But as their senior year begins, they react differently to the gentrification of their Portland, Oregon, neighborhood and the new white family that moves in--after their best friend and her mother are evicted. For senior high and older readers. 2015.
An Unlikely Friendship: a Novel of Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley.
By Ann Rinaldi
DB 65153, Available as BARD Download
Mary Todd Lincoln, raised in a wealthy Virginia family, and Lizzy Keckley, a dressmaker born a slave, grow up separately but become best friends when Mary's childhood dream of living in the White House comes true. For grades 6-9. 2007.
The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy
By Kate Hattemer
DB 81729, BR 20843, Available as BARD Download
When a sleazy reality television show takes over Ethan's arts academy, he and his friends concoct an artsy plan to take it down. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2014.
War of the Encyclopaedists
By Christopher Gerald Robinson
DB 82216, Available as BARD Download
Mickey Montauk and Halifax Corderoy find their friendship tested when Mickey's orders to report for duty in Iraq with his National Guard unit come through. Hal continues on to grad school. Complications arise with Hal's roommate, Tricia, and his sometime girlfriend, Mani. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2015.
Waiting to Exhale
By Terry McMillan
BR 19137, Available as BARD Download
Phoenix, Arizona; 1990. Four African American girlfriends commiserate over the lack of eligible men. Savannah has moved to town at the urging of the jilted Bernadine. Robin jumps from one loser to another, while Gloria tries to ignore her nonexistent love life. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 1992.
What a Woman Wants
By Brenda Jackson
DB 70132, Available as BARD Download
After their close friend Cely commits suicide, Faith, Monique, and Shannon spend the summer at a beach house on Hilton Head Island to honor Cely's memory and make the most of their lives. They embrace new adventures, new friendships--and new men. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.
The Wisdom of Perversity
By Rafael Yglesias
DB 81750, Available as BARD Download
Best friends Brian and Jeff went their separate ways when they were both abused at age nine by Jeff's cousin Richard Klein. Forty years later, Klein has been publicly accused of molestation, and the two must decide whether to speak out. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2015.