BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson. Worthy of every single award it won this year, Woodson's autobiographical verse novel covers the first ten years of her life and her birth as a writer. Interspersed in her story are 10 haikus titled, "How to Listen," which are wonderful.
Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine--- Henry "Box" Brown has his family sold at the slave market in Virginia. Desperate for freedom, Henry escapes by mailing himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.