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East of Salinas

by Laura Pacheco and Jackie Mow

Born in Mexico but living in Salinas, California, third-grader José Ansaldo loves school. With little support at home, he turns to his teacher Oscar Ramos, who inspires him to imagine a life beyond the fields where his parents work.

Epiphany in Progress

by Michal Goldman

A look at the tumultuous first year of an experimental middle school of low-income, ethnically diverse students in inner-city Boston.

The Eyes of Me

by Keith Maitland

How do you see yourself, when you can’t see at all? Follow four visually impaired teenagers in Texas as they face the usual challenges of adolescence while simultaneously learning to navigate a world designed for the sighted.

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Fishbowl

by Kayo Hatta, Linda Barry, and Eleanor Nakama-Mitsungaga

Adapted from Lois-Ann Yamanaka’s Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers, this dramatic short follows 13-year-old Lovey of Hilo, Hawaii, as she tries to be anything but herself.

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From Swastika to Jim Crow

by Lori Cheatle, Steven Fischler, Joel Sucher, and Martin D. Toub

From Swastika to Jim Crow traces the story of Jewish intellectuals who escaped Nazi Germany only to find anti-Semitism at major U.S. universities. Many secured positions at black colleges in the South, and ultimately impacted the civil rights movement.

Front Wards, Back Wards

by William C. Rogers

Fernald State School, America’s first institution for individuals with developmental disabilities, was founded in Massachusetts in 1848 and still operates today. It stands as a powerful case study of an endeavor in which the best of intentions go awry.

Girl Wrestler

by Diane Zander

Texas teenager Tara Neal wrestles through the last year that state guidelines allow her to compete with boys, amid conflict and pressures from family and community.

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A Girl's Life

by Tug Yourgrau

Author Rachel Simmons brings together the latest research on the psychological, physical and emotional development of girls.

Girls' Hoops

by Justine Richardson

Through accounts of women aged 14 to 94, Girls’ Hoops examines girls’s high school basketball programs in the basketball-obsessed state of Kentucky.

The Great Pink Scare

by Tug Yourgrau and Dan Miller

The little-known 1960 felony conviction of three gay Smith College professors marked the peak of sexual McCarthyism, pitting an individual’s right to privacy against national security claims.

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