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    Becoming Muhammad Ali by Patterson and Alexander
    Before he was a household name, Cassius Clay was a kid with struggles like any other.  Kwame Alexxander and James Patterson join forces to vividly depict his life up to age seventeen in both prose and verse, including his childhood friends, struggles in school, the racism he faced, and his discovery of boxing.  Readers will learn about Cassius' family and neighbors in Louisville, Kentucky and how after a thief stole his bike, Cassius began training as an amateur boxer at the age of 12. Before long he won his first Golden Gloves bout and began his transformation into the amazing Muhammad Ali.



    Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya

    Emilia Torres has a wandering mind.  It's hard for her to follow along at school, and sometimes she forgets to do what her mom or Abuela asks.  But she remembers what matters: a time when her family was whole and home made sense.  When Dad returns from deployment,  Emilia expects that her life will get back to normal.  Instead, it unravels.  

    Dad shuts himself in the back stall of their family's auto shop to work on an old car.  Emilia peeks in on him daily, mesmerized by his welder.  One day, Dad calls Emilia over.  Then, he teaches her how to weld and over time, flickers of her old dad reappear.  But as Emilia finds a way to repair the relationship with her father at home, her community ruptures with some of her classmates, like her best friend Gus, at the center of the conflict.  Each Tiny Spark is a wonderful story about asking big questions and being brave enough to reckon with the anwers.






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Becoming Muhammad Ali
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