• Charlie, 12 ans, n'a pas de chance : son père métayer vient de mourir et Captain Buck - l'homme le plus redoutable de Possum Moan, Caroline du Sud - est venu collecter sa dette. Craignant pour sa vie, Charlie conclut un accord avec lui et accepte de retrouver des gens accusés d'avoir volé le Captain et son patron. Ce n'est pas une si mauvaise affaire pour Charlie... jusqu'à ce qu'il se retrouve confronté aux fugitifs et découvre leur véritable identité. Déchiré entre sa conscience et son instinct de survie, Charlie doit faire un choix, et vite. Car ce n'est qu'une question de temps avant que Captain Buck n'ait des soupçons.

  • La vie quotidienne de la famille Watson, dans l'état du Michigan au début des années 60, est celle d'une famille noire des plus normales, avec son lot de bons souvenirs, de chamailleries, de projets raisonnables et de serrages de vis. Joetta est une bonne petite, Kenny travaille si bien à l'école que tout le monde l'appelle Einstein. Mais Byron, le fils aîné, est en train de mal tourner. Alors, pour lui apprendre à vivre tant qu'il en est encore temps, les parents décident de l'envoyer en pension chez sa grand-mère du Sud, là où la vie est difficile pour les Noirs, là où leurs toilettes, leurs autobus, leurs écoles et leurs églises sont séparées de celles des Blancs. Tout le monde profite des grandes vacances pour l'accompagner, et pour que ce long voyage soit tout de même une partie de plaisir, Papa Watson équipe sa voiture, la Grosse Bombe, d'une électrophone dernier-cri où chacun peut jouer ses disques préférés. Et la famille prend la route, avec sandwiches au beurre de cacahuète et bagages. C'est l'été 1963. Dans le Sud, le mouvement pour les droits civiques bat son plein, les foules noires protestent pacifiquement contre la ségrégation, les racistes ripostent en posant des bombes jusque dans les églises. C'est l'été 1963. Il fait chaud. Dans quinze jours, le 15 septembre, Martin Luther King prononcera son immortel discours : J'ai fait un rêve...

  • Steven and his best friend Russell are back!@16@@16@When Russell's dog, Rodney Rodent, jumps into a mural to chase a demonic-looking gnome and disappears, the Flint Future Detectives are on the case. With the secret password (Bow-wow-wow yippee yo yippee yay!) Steven, Richelle, and Russell enter the mural too, only to find the mysterious Mr. Chickee on the other side. To find a way out, the detectives must complete a mission@95@#8212;finding Rodney Rodent. And that means they're in some wild adventure!@16@@16@As Steven says, @11@I second that emotion.@11@@16@@16@@16@@18@From the Hardcover edition.@19@

  • In the Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award–winning Bud, Not Buddy, Bud met a girl named Deza Malone in a Hooverville. This is her story.
    “We are a family on a journey to a place called wonderful" is the motto of Deza Malone's family. Deza is the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Indiana, singled out by teachers for a special path in life. But the Great Depression has hit Gary hard, and there are no jobs for black men. When her beloved father leaves to find work, Deza, Mother, and her older brother Jimmie go in search of him, and end up in a Hooverville outside Flint, Michigan. Jimmie's beautiful voice inspires him to leave the camp to be a performer, while Deza and Mother find a new home, and cling to the hope that they will find Father. The twists and turns of their story reveal the devastation of the Depression and prove that Deza truly is the Mighty Miss Malone.
    “Witty and moving.” --The Wall Street Journal
    “The fluidity of the writing, the strong sense of place and time combined with well-drawn characters will captivate and delight. . . . a fitting literary companion to Bud Caldwell.” --Kirkus Reviews, Starred
    “Curtis threads important bits of African-American history throughout the narrative. . . . Some readers will feel they are due a bit of happiness; others will be struck by how little has changed in 75 years for the nation’s have-nots.” --Publishers Weekly, Starred
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Mr. Chickee, the genial blind man in the neighborhood, gives 9-year-old Steven a mysterious bill with 15 zeros on it and the image of a familiar but startling face. Could it be a quadrillion dollar bill? Could it be real? Well, Agent Fondoo of the U.S. Treasury Department and his team of Secret Government Agents are determined to get that money back! But Steven and his best friends, Russell and Zoopy the giant dog, are more than a match for the Feds. After all, Steven is the president of the Flint Future Detectives Club, and the inventor of fantastic spying and detecting equipment such as the Snoopeeze 9000!
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Bud (like a plant, not short for 'Buddy', as he determinedly tells everyone) is a motherless boy on the run. He's determined to find his father but doesn't really know where to start. The only clue his late mother left him was a bunch of flyers about Herman E Calloway and his famous jazz band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression! Bud's search for his dad is a tough one but just occasionally he hits a note as high as even the Dusky Devastators can play! A superbly entertaining, prize-winning novel.

  • Luther T. Farrell has got to get out of Flint, Michigan.
    As his best friend Sparky says, "Flint's nothing but the Titanic."
    And his mother, a.k.a. the Sarge, says, "Take my advice and stay off the sucker path."
    The Sarge milked the system to build an empire of slum housing and group homes. Luther's just one of the many people trapped in the Sarge's Evil Empire--but he's about to bust out.
    If Luther wins the science fair this year, he'll be on track for college and a future as America's best-known and best-loved philosopher. All he's got to do is beat his arch rival Shayla Patrick, the beautiful daughter of Flint's finest undertaker--and the love of Luther's life.
    Sparky's escape plans involve a pit bull named Poofy and the world's scariest rat. Oh, and Luther. Add to the mix Chester X., Luther's mysterious roommate; Dontay Gaddy, a lawyer whose phone number is 1-800-SUE'M ALL; and Darnell Dixon, the Sarge's go-to guy who knows how to break all the rules.
    Bucking the Sarge is a story that only Christopher Paul Curtis could tell. Once again the Newbery Award-winning author of Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 gives us a whole new angle on life and a world full of unforgettable and hilarious characters. Readers will root for Luther and Sparky every step of the way.
    Praise for The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963:
    "An exceptional first novel."--Publishers Weekly, Starred
    "Ribald humor . . . and a totally believable child's view of the world will make this book an instant hit."--School Library
    Journal, Starred
    Praise for Bud, Not Buddy:
    "Curtis has given a fresh, new look to a traditional orphan-finds-a-home story that would be a crackerjack read-aloud."
    --School Library Journal, Starred
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • The Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree about the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan--from Christopher Paul Curtis, author of Bud, Not Buddy, a Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott Award Winner.
    Enter the hilarious world of ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. There's Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron, who's thirteen and an "official juvenile delinquent."
    When Byron gets to be too much trouble, they head South to Birmingham to visit Grandma, the one person who can shape him up. And they happen to be in Birmingham when Grandma's church is blown up.
    AN ALA TOP TEN BEST BOOK
    AN ALA NOTABLE CHILDREN'S BOOK
    AN IRA YOUNG ADULT'S CHOICE
    A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW BEST BOOK
    NAMED TO MULTIPLE STATE AWARD LISTS
    "Every so often a book becomes a modern classic almost as soon as it arrives on bookshelves. That happened in the mid-'90s when Christopher Paul Curtis released his first book, The Watsons Go to Birmingham -- 1963." --NPR
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • The Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree about the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan--from Christopher Paul Curtis, author of Bud, Not Buddy, a Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott Award Winner.
    Enter the hilarious world of ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. There's Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron, who's thirteen and an "official juvenile delinquent."
    When Byron gets to be too much trouble, they head South to Birmingham to visit Grandma, the one person who can shape him up. And they happen to be in Birmingham when Grandma's church is blown up.
    AN ALA TOP TEN BEST BOOK
    AN ALA NOTABLE CHILDREN'S BOOK
    AN IRA YOUNG ADULT'S CHOICE
    A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW BEST BOOK
    NAMED TO MULTIPLE STATE AWARD LISTS
    "Every so often a book becomes a modern classic almost as soon as it arrives on bookshelves. That happened in the mid-'90s when Christopher Paul Curtis released his first book, The Watsons Go to Birmingham -- 1963." --NPR
    From the Hardcover edition.

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