Clever Jack Takes the Cake
_A poor boy struggles to deliver a birthday present worthy of the princess. A delightful and original story.
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse
On a special summer vacation road trip, Jimmy McClean visits sites memorializing Crazy Horse, his famous ancestor, and listens to his Grandfather’s enthralling stories about the tribal warriors’ desperate attempts to keep their land and protect their people. He learns that, like himself, Crazy Horse was once teased and bullied by other Navajos for having light skin and hair.
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key**
There’s no knowing what Joey will do when he’s feeling wired. He’s not a bad kid, but his crazy behavior keeps spinning out of control.
_Little Red Chicken wants Papa to read her a bedtime story, but she interrupts him almost as soon as he begins each tale.
A pair of chopsticks are inseparable, but a traumatic moment eventually teaches the two friends the valuable lesson of independence. By the authors of Spoon, this is a humorous tale with equally clever illustrations.
Can We Save the Tiger?
Using the experiences of a few endangered species as examples, this non-fiction picture book highlights the ways human behavior can either threaten or conserve the amazing animals that share our planet.
The War That Changed My Life
Ada’s mother is so ashamed of Ada’s twisted foot that she never lets her go outside. Ada sneaks out to join her brother Jamie in an evacuation of London slum children to escape WWII bombing. Relocated to the countryside, they encounter life-changing new activities and opportunities, but their cruel and neglectful mother wants them back.
Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth
_A rhyming recipe of ingredients (from A to Z!) explains how to make earth-friendly compost.
Red Scarf Girl
This is a memoir of Jiang’s growing up in the midst of the Cultural Revolution in China in the late 1960s. Old customs, old culture, old ideas and old habits were dismissed; family heritage and education were suspect. Jiang was caught squarely between politics and personal and family values.
A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars
This mind-bending exploration of humongous numbers travels from outer space to subterranean Earth. A clever and playful presentation of number estimation and comparison.
George Washington, Spymaster
George Washington was the secret spy-master of the Revolutionary War and delighted in espionage tricks such as planting false information for the enemy to discover. Read about spies, counter spies, double agents, codes and ciphers, and other tools and tricks of the trade.
Revolution is Not a Dinner Party
Ling, the only daughter of two doctors, leads a happy and comfortable life in the city of Wuhan until the beginning of the Cultural Revolution in 1972. The family is forced to share their apartment with an official of the Communist Party, food and supplies become scarce, and worse hardships follow.
This page-turning book follows multiple stories, from Germany to California, linked together by a magical harmonica which inspires and protects the people who possess it. Each story pauses at a cliff-hanger before interweaving with the next story, urging readers to discover how it all turns out.
While the protagonist grows from a boy into a man, more and more whites intrude themselves into traditional Blackfoot life. The tragic dissolution of the Blackfoot culture is set against the protagonist’s struggle to keep it alive.
Warriors: Into the Wild
Pop! The Accidental Invention of Bubble Gum
In a futuristic, desolate world of Traction Cities, London and other municipalities move across the landscape on giant caterpillar tracks. Larger cities hunt and absorb smaller ones. Struggling to survive after they are cast off the city of London, Tom and Hester discover a plot to reactivate an ancient weapon of mass destruction.
Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip through the Motown Sound
Narrated by The Groove, the Motown beat personified, the book is structured like a road trip that cruises through Detroit and a few other places, meeting lots of people along the way. The story centers around Berry Gordy, a songwriter who got tired of seeing the profits from black music go to white record company owners, and started Motown Records, which worked like an assembly line for producing hits.
Julie of the Wolves
Thirteen-year-old Julie runs away from her Alaskan village to escape an unhappy marriage. When she becomes lost on the tundra, a wolf pack helps her survive.
Ender Wiggin is so smart he is being groomed as a boy genius destined to save the Earth from attack by the alien ‘buggers.’ In a plot full of twists and turns, his brother and sister attempt to wrest his power from him.
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler
Knud Pedersen, who provided the information for this true story, was furious when the government in Denmark cooperated with the Nazis instead of fighting, like its neighbors Norway and Great Britain. He and several high school friends decided to fight the Nazis themselves, starting with destroying German traffic signs, then rapidly escalating their daring acts of resistance.
The Seventh Most Important Thing
For reasons he can’t clearly explain, Arthur throws a brick and injures Mr. Hampton, an old man who collects junk from neighborhood trash cans. Arthur goes to juvenile detention and his life appears to be falling apart, until Mr. Hampton himself offers an unusual opportunity for a second chance.
Stone Giant: Michelangelo’s David and How He Came to Be
A fascinating story about how Michelangelo created his great sculpture of David. For art and history fans.
Wonder Woman. Warbringer
Diana lives on a secret island reserved for legendary warriors. In an attempt to prove herself, she risks the lives of everyone by bringing an outsider to the island, but it is actually by leaving the island for the first time that Diana can truly begin her quest to save her people.
Babymouse: Queen of the World!**
Babymouse and Wilson are very best friends, but what happens when sassy Babymouse goes to popular Felicia Furrypaw
When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop
A dramatically illustrated biography of hip hop’s legendary creator, DJ Kool Herc. Hippity hop and ya don’t stop!
A Wreath for Emmett Till
This memorial to the teen-age victim of a racially motivated murder is composed in the strict form of a heroic crown of sonnets. The last line of each poem becomes the first line of the next. The illustrations echo the dignified and somber tone of the poems.
A book of wonder and possibilities, follow Micah Tuttle’s as he searches for a powerful magician named the Lightbender, who owes his dying grandfather a miracle.
We Were Liars [E]
Until her thirteenth summer, Cadence spends blissful summers with her cousins on the family’s private island. The stresses of the summer following her grandmother’s death culminate in an accident that leaves Cadence suffering from severe headaches and no memory of what happened. When she returns to the island two summers later, determined to uncover the truth, no one will talk about it. [ebook]
Moon Over Manifest
In 1938, during the Great Depression, Abilene’s father decides she’s too old for their hobo life on the road and sends her to stay in Manifest, a town that was once important to him. Abilene spends a summer listening to stories, uncovering secrets, and solving mysteries about the town’s past and her father as a young man.
Red Sings from Tree Tops: A Year of Colors
A stunning picture book autobiography, instrumentalist and vocalist Andrews shares the story of his early years growing up in the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans.
A group of summer friends gradually discovers Judy
Four kittens are born in a dumpster in the city. They are very special because they all have wings. Their mother asks them to fly away from their dangerous neighborhood and find a safer home.
Material Girls [E]
In a society driven by consumerism and the recruitment of teenage workers in fashion and entertainment, Marla and Ivy have attained ultimate success and happiness, or so they think. Marla, a fashion trendsetter, begins to question the system when she
My Life in Pictures (Bea Garcia)
Bea Garcia is an artist. She draws anywhere and everywhere—but mostly in her own notebook (which is this book!). A brand-new chapter book series and a must-read for doodlers everywhere.
Amy tries to avoid taking part in any of the good magic practiced by her family of witches, preferring to live like a normal person. While taking care of her aunt’s ranch, she’s drawn into a mystery which, unfortunately, appears to involve the supernatural world she’s trying to ignore.
Sam, a boy in Malawi, Africa, begins a new life at his aunt’s house after his mother dies of AIDS. Accustomed to the city, Sam is upset by the simplicity of traditional life in a small village, and the pressure to share his few belongings with his cousins, especially the running shoes with blinking lights that his mother gave him for his birthday.
A girl and her grandmother live in an abandoned fishing village. When the grandmother dies of old age, the girl starts on a journey to find new people. She encounters both kind and unkind strangers, those who are helpful, and others in need of help. With courage and cleverness, she builds a new family.
One Dog and His Boy
A Boy and a Bear in a Boat
The Boy wishes to get to the other side of the water. The Bear, captain of the rowboat Harriet, is happy to take him across. So begins a journey, like no other. Will they make it to their destination, despite high seas, half a comic book and ... hunger?
A fairy loses her wings in a run-in with a bat. She is dropped in a garden and has to be clever and brave and make new friends in order to survive.
Rose can function only with structure in her life, which she finds in her collection of homonyms, her watchfulness about following rules, and her regular routine with her dog Rain. The shaky order of her home life is destroyed when a hurricane comes and Rain is lost, but Rose turns out to be unexpectedly courageous.
The Port Chicago 50
Before Jackie Robinson and Rosa Parks, before Brown vs the Board of Education of Topeka, there was Port Chicago. This is gripping nonfiction about a WWII incident when 50 sailors — most of them still teenagers — protested unfair treatment by the Navy after an explosion on an ammunition loading dock, and were charged with mutiny.
Freddie Ramos becomes a kid superhero when he receives shoes that give him super speed! An early chapter book series that is equal parts realistic kid drama and action fantasy.
A picture book tribute to the African American female mathematicians who, despite many historical challenges, helped NASA send the United States into space for the first time.
A Confusion of Princes
Raised in privilege as a Prince, Khemri is humbled to find out he is only one of hundreds of candidates who are being tested to lead an intergalactic empire.
The Book of Boy
Boy goes on a journey with a mysterious pilgrim, hoping that he can find a relic to cure him of his hump. This historical fiction novel is a thrilling medieval adventure.
In this classic boy-and-his-pet story, young Jody longs for a pet and finds one in a motherless fawn. Jody must decide the fate of his pet when his family can no longer afford it. This tender story continues to touch each generation of young readers.
To escape the overcrowded conditions brought about by loss of land due to global warming, pioneers like Ty and his family are settling the ocean floor. To Ty, the deep sea is a land of beauty and opportunity, even though the settlers face unjust government demands and many dangers, including the raids of a sinister band of outlaws.
Chiko wants to become a teacher to help educate the people of Burma, but his dreams are shattered when he’s tricked into joining the army and sent to fight the Karenni people near the border with Thailand. On a failed mission, he encounters Tu Reh, an angry young man on the opposite side of the conflict.
Dory Fantasmagory ***
Dory is a little sister (and a little rascal!) with a great imagination. This early chapter book series smartly integrates text and illustration, and the results are hilarious.
Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse
Gone Crazy in Alabama **
The Gaither sisters spend the summer in Alabama, where the Black Panther activism they learned the previous summer (One Crazy Summer) is out of place. Instead, from their grandmother and great grandmother, they learn about their family
Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature
A lively, photographic explanation and exploration of fractal patterns in nature. Also includes biographical information about the man who named fractals, Benoit Mandelbrot.
Before her amazed eyes, Sierra sees strange things happening in her Brooklyn neighborhood, like murals that cry real tears. No one is able or willing to tell her what’s going on until she meets Robbie, a fellow artist, and learns about a mysterious kind of magic that gives form to the benevolent ghosts of ancestors. But something has gone terribly wrong with the magic, and Sierra finds herself in the middle of a ghoulish conflict she barely understands.
The Parker Inheritance
An old letter found in an old house contains a puzzle that leads to a treasure that might correct an historical injustice. To solve this mystery two kids will dig deep into the their town’s past.
Ashes of Roses
Rose’s family immigrates to New York in 1911, but meet so many hardships that they decide to return to Ireland. Sixteen year-old Rose and her younger sister persuade their parents to let them stay. After difficult work in a sweatshop, they are pleased to find jobs in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, which is now remembered as the scene of a terrible fire.
Piecing Me Together
Jade goes to a suburban private school in Oregon and all she wants to do is go on a language trip, but instead she gets chosen for a mentorship program. It seems like neither her mentor, her friends nor her teachers can understand that she doesn’t always want to be helped but also wants to help others.
Catcher in the Rye
Holden Caulfield, a rebellious, mixed-up, independent school drop-out, loses and then finds himself in the wilds of New York City. This well known coming-of-age book is rich in humor and self-discovery.
Twelve-year-old Liam is very tall and has a talent for acting grown-up. He gets into trouble for attempting to drive a car and impersonating a teacher, but that’s nothing compared to what happens when he enters The Greatest Dad Ever Contest and gets lost in space on board a rocket ship.
Three Rivers Rising
A society girl in love with a coal miner’s son; a girl who, after a personal tragedy, devotes her life to the nursing profession; rich industrialists who put money and success ahead of family and community: these stories unfold against the backdrop of the Johnstown flood of 1889, one of America’s greatest catastrophes.
The One-Eyed Giant (Tales from the Odyssey)
Outcasts United: the Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town
The Fugees are a soccer team of boys from all over the world whose families fled conflict and disaster in their home countries. Resettled in Clarkson, Georgia, they struggle to stay in school, find jobs, and live safely in crime-filled neighborhoods. With her own brand of tough love, the Fugees’ enigmatic female coach helps her talented players achieve success on and off the field.
Henry the Hippo, FunJungle’s trademark, was a disgusting, obnoxious animal, but he didn’t deserve to be murdered. Teddy, who lives in the theme park because his parents are animal researchers, forms an unlikely alliance with the park owner’s celebrity daughter to find out who’s responsible.
The Scorpio Races
On the isolated island of Thisby,wild horses emerge from the sea every autumn. They are carnivorous and dangerous, but island men capture them to ride in the annual high stakes Scorpio Races. Sean, the defending champion, and Puck, the first ever female contender, each have a desperately good reason for needing to win.
The Scarecrow and His Servant
A scarecrow miraculously comes to life after being struck by lightening and befriends a resourceful boy who agrees to be his servant. They set out on a string of adventures, pursued the whole time by a sinister lawyer named Mr. Cercorelli, who knows a secret about the Scarecrow.
Everyone is a gamer in New Earth, where war and violence have been banned for centuries and all disputes are settled in a fantasy world called Epic. Erik and his friends use the game to challenge the committee that controls Epic and everything else.
_During the Great Depression, Marshall, an African American boy, bravely overcomes discrimination and enters a bean-counting contest to try to win a new sewing machine for his mother.
A series of mysterious events begins after Neela’s grandmother in India sends her a beautiful old veena, a traditional musical instrument. Despite Neela’s care, the veena is stolen. Neela learns of a curse and several reasons why certain people might want to possess this mysterious instrument.
Caitlin and her father are trying to make sense of their world after Caitlin’s brother Devon was tragically killed. It’s a struggle for them both. The father is drowning in grief, and Caitlin, who has Asperger’s syndrome, has trouble navigating everyone’s emotions. The story is told from Caitlin’s point of view, with humor and affection.
The Lemonade War**
Evan and his smart little sister Jessie are usually good friends, until Evan learns that Jessie will skip a grade and start next fall in his class. They develop a not very friendly competition to see who can earn the most money selling lemonade over the summer.
The island gives them everything they need, but there can only be nine on the island at a time or else the sky will fall. When Jinny’s best friend leaves she begs him not go, but he must. When it is her time to leave, will she?
Set in the South during the time of segregation, this picture book brings the civil rights era to life for contemporary readers as two young girls find an inventive way to foil Jim Crow laws.
Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest ***
An energetic early chapter book series. With the encouragement of his loving family, Jaden uses his intelligence and problem-solving skills to navigate the trickiest dilemmas. Ninja dance parties also help!
The Mosquito Coast
A New England farm family is transported to the jungles of Honduras by Charlie’s eccentric father Allie. Survival becomes foremost in this bizarre, entertaining novel.
Vera just wants to go to a cool summer camp like all her friends, but her family can’t afford it. Instead, she gets sent to a Russian, Jewish Orthodox sleepaway camp. She is not prepared!
Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco
Jacinta is proud that her
A homeless dog, a loving girl, a juggler with stage fright. How these stories eventually intersect is a rewarding reading adventure.
This Bridge Will Not Be Gray
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most famous architectural and natural monuments in the world. Eggers’ clever story is educational and fun.
The Turtle Watchers
Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth
A streamlined narrative and impressively detailed illustrations tell the story of diversity on Earth. An important message of environmental interconnectedness and stewardship.
Digby O’Day In the Fast Lane
Digby O’Day loves his car, and he is excited to compete in a road race with best friend Percy. However, disaster and peril wait around every corner. Will Digby O’Day win the race, or even finish? Short chapters and numerous illustrations make this a winning early chapter book.
Written in poetic verse, Caminar is a story of survival in worn-torn Guatemala set in 1981. Carlos is forced to leave his childhood behind as he attempts to keep his village and his family safe from the approaching Communist rebels.
Everyone else thinks George is boy, but if she could just get the part of Charlotte in the school’s production of Charlotte’s Web, everyone will see her for the girl she really is.
Cry, the Beloved Country
A black, South African minister witnesses the tragedy that befalls his son who has gone to find wealth in the city and in the mines. Instead, he finds the evils of apartheid and falls into crime. An intensely sad and beautifully written story.
The One and Only Ivan
Ivan the gorilla lives at The Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. With his friend, the elderly elephant Stella, he is the main attraction. Life isn’t the best, but he has Stella and Bob, a stray dog, to keep him company. Everything changes when a baby elephant named Ruby arrives and starts to ask questions.
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker
Josephine Baker was a jazz performer who was born in the early 1900’s. She was known for her amazing dancing, but had to move from America to France in order to be truly appreciated. This is her wild and colorful story.
This novel-length version of the beloved fairy tale fully develops the characters, offering insight into the turmoil of emotions experienced by Beauty and by her beast as they fall in love.
My Family and Other Animals
Durell left England as a boy of ten to live on the Greek island of Corfu for five years. His recollections are very, very funny as he introduces a procession of kooky characters—human and otherwise.
Blamed as the cause of famine and drought and caught in the 1980s ethnic strife in Ethiopia, Dista, a young Ethiopian-Jewish girl, struggles to protect herself and her family from religious persecution and to escape to a new homeland in Israel.
From the introduction: This book is an adventure story: It tells how a small group of young people saved Yiddish books from extinction. It
A Monster Calls
Fantasy illuminates stark reality in this story about Conor, whose mother is sick with cancer. As his life takes a turn in a direction he dreads, Conor is visited by nightmares. Then, unbelievably, a threatening monster, as large as a tree, visits Conor in real, waking life and makes a terrifying demand.
Delicious: The Life and Art of Wayne Thiebaud
How does a former farmer and restaurant dishwasher become a famous American painter? How does an artist who paints everyday things like gum-balls, shoes and doughnuts convince the art world these things are worth painting? To find out read,
Hinds’ graphic novel helps young readers access this Old English epic poem. Perfect for those who love action and horror.
Stars Beneath Our Feet
Lolly prides himself on building Legos according to the exact instructions, but then he is given a bag of random Legos where there are no rules. Similarly, as he mourns the death of his brother, he wonders if he should follow the rules and join a crew like his brother did or break off and create a path of his own.
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Dwight, the most out-of-step kid in sixth grade, speaks through an origami Yoda finger puppet which gives amazingly accurate advice to his classmates. Tommy investigates the question of how Yoda can be so wise when his friend Dwight is so clueless.
Barrel of Laughs, Vale of Tears
Pug and other Animal Poems
An elegantly illustrated collection of small moment poems about foxes, cats, rabbits, pugs, and other animals
The Wild Robot
ROZZUM unit 7134 is shipwrecked on a remote island and accidentally activated by curious otters. Programmed to learn, Roz figures out how to survive in the wilderness, how to communicate with wildlife, and, eventually, how to be a good neighbor to the island
An original graphic novel, filled with adventure, friendship, a positive female role model, and inventive robot language!
Under the Egg
After a mishap with rubbing alcohol reveals that the large painting of an egg might be a priceless work of art, Theodora sets off on an adventure to uncover the origins of the piece that takes her all over New York City. Along the way, she befriends an eclectic cast of characters and gradually decodes the mystery of “The Egg.”
As An Oak Tree Grows
This clever picture book tells history from the unique perspective of a two hundred year old oak tree. A wonderful introduction to history and ecology.
Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie
As his family operates under the stress caused by his little brother’s serious illness, Steven tries to hold together a normal life. Music, friends, family affection, and a sense of humor help him through the tough times.
Claudette Colvin: Twice toward Justice
More like a novel than a history book, this is the true story of a girl who took a courageous stand when the Civil Rights Movement was new and most grown-ups were afraid to believe in change.
The Adventures of Shola
Entertainment for all ages, a great read aloud, this charming book from Spain includes three stories about Shola, a small dog with a big personality. Shola is frequently wrong about her own heroic nature, but facing her shortcomings never bothers her for long, or distracts her from the next escapade.
The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity
Steve Brixton, a fan of detective books, stumbles into a real adventure when he is mistaken for someone else by an elite group of undercover intelligence agents.
Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious
Attention food lovers! Here is an inspiring picture book introduction to the life of world-famous chef Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse and founder of the Edible Schoolyard movement.
Emma Dilemma : Big Sister Poems
Through a series of connected poems, the sibling “dilemma” of ambivalence and deep loyalty is touchingly explored.
They say don’t go into the woods because there could be jumbies. But Corinne La Mer isn’t afraid of anything. An exciting new tale based on Caribbean folklore.
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
Extraordinary illustrations and lyrical text combine in this award-winning picture book biography of Peter Mark Roget, creator of Roget
Yvain: the Knight of the Lion
Graphic novel based a on an epic Arthurian poem. Telling the story of a young knight set out a quest who defeats a local lord and his life because entwined with the widow and her maid who were left behind.
Moxie Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-You Notes
Ghost finds himself on an elite running team having no formal training. He learned how run fast by running with his mom for his life. Ghost wants to be the fastest but he can only stay on the team if he can stay out of trouble.
When the Sea Turned to Silver
When Pinmei’s Grandmother, the village storyteller, is kidnapped by the Emperor’s soldiers in his quest to get the Luminous Stone, Pinmei with her friend Yishan go on a journey to save Pinmei’s grandmother.
Why has all-star Connor Sullivan suddenly started throwing temper tantrums during his beloved baseball games?
The Secret Life of Bees
Almost all Lily has of her late mother’s is a mysterious picture of a black Madonna with the words Tiburon, South Carolina written on the back. Rosaleen, the beloved servant who helped raise Lily, angers some white men when she tries to register to vote. Lily decides to flee town with Rosaleen, and they chose Tiburon as their destination.
Incident at Hawk’s Hill
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series
Natural wisdom and understanding of human nature equip Precious Ramotswe to be Botswana’s first and only private lady detective. Don’t expect action and suspense; gentle humor, satisfying resolutions to human problems, and a glimpse into African culture are some of the rewards of reading this intriguing series of mystery stories.
Where the Streets Had a Name
Hayaat is determined to comfort her sick grandmother with a jar of symbolic soil from the lost ancestral home in Jerusalem. Because they don’t have the papers to allow them to enter from the West Bank, Hayaat and her friend Samy take a roundabout, illegal route and encounter both obstacles and allies.
The Fourteenth Goldfish
In this humorous and thought-provoking story, Ellie bonds with her cranky grandfather when an unlikely event occurs in their lives. Ellie’s grandfather is often at odds with her mother, an actress, and appreciates that Ellie shares his interest in the possibilities and wonders of science.
Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
The princes from those four classic fairytales (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White & Rapunzel) are in trouble. They’ve been kicked out by their princesses and have stumbled upon a plot that threatens all of their kingdoms. They must dig deep, fight off dragons, troll, witches and the like. Shed their Prince Charming label and get to saving the world.
The Amazing Harry Kellar: Great American Magician
Harry Houdini called Harry Kellar America’s finest magician. From his famous floating women to his escape from knotted ropes Kellar made a name for himself. In a book filled with pictures, posters and fascinating facts, you will learn all about this master showman.
The Watch That Ends the Night
A thick book with a lot of white space, this unusual novel tells the riveting story of the Titanic disaster in many voices. Participants in the mounting drama include the ship builder, the captain, the millionaire, the socialite, the immigrant, the entree cook, the tailor’s young son, and several others. Even a tiny-brained ship rat and the omniscient iceberg contribute points of view.
Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman
This is the story of how two teenage boys created a superhero that came to be known around the world.
Shark vs. Train
Naked Bunyip Dancing
When 6C starts the school year, the students aren’t sure what to think about their bearded, guitar playing, poetry loving teacher. Told in verse format and many voices, this quirky story follows one Australian sixth grade class, through highs and lows, from a tentative beginning to a strong finish.
Ella’s blessing—to be always obedient—turns out to be a curse and, after battling ogres and wicked stepsisters, she makes a huge sacrifice. Levine entwines and expands the original Cinderella tale in this spirited, funny book.
The year she turns twelve, Annabelle confronts difficult truths about honesty and fairness. She comes out sadder but stronger in the end. It all starts when Betty, a new girl from the city, shows up in the one room school house in Annabelle’s quiet town. She’s a bully, but Annabelle is not an easy victim. Betty’s disruptive actions escalate until Annabelle’s younger brothers, friends, and ultimately the whole town are affected.
Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Glf
Inspired by a comment from her third grade teacher, Dessert decides to start a revolution against siblings. Unfortunately, things do not go as planned.
Golden and Grey
Better Nate Than Ever **
Nate Foster has runaway from his small-town home in rural Pennsylvania to fulfill his big city dreams of becoming a Broadway star. With the help of his best friend, Nate has just enough time to get to his audition for E.T.: The Extraterrestrial - The Musical before his parents get back from their weekend getaway. Will he make it?
The Family Romanov [E]
This gripping true story starts with the coming of age of Tzar Nicholas of Russia and describes his family life with Alexandria; their daughters, the four young Grand Duchesses; and their extremely ill son, heir to the throne. The family remained unaware of how their excessive way of life contributed to revolutionary fervor. The account concludes with the tragic end of the tsar and tsarina and their almost grown children, and unravels some of the mystery surrounding their fate.[ebook]
Fifteen year old Jazz reluctantly leaves behind a possible romance and a successful business venture in Berkeley to accompany her family on a summer trip to India, where her mother wants to establish a clinic next to the orphanage from which she was adopted by Jazz’s grandparents.
The Bravest Woman in America
Mad about Monkeys
_Learn fascinating facts about over 250 species of monkeys from around the world, and enjoy delightful illustrations.
Otto’s Orange Day
The Rover Adventures
“Chapter Six. Which should probably be called Chapter Five is another of these chapters where nothing much happens except for one very exciting thing at the end.” If you like this chapter title, it’s a good bet you will like these three stories where small creatures called Gigglers try and get a man to step in a big pile of dog poo.
The Chocolate War
In this complex and chilling book, Cormier examines the effects on Jerry Renault when he refuses to submit to the tyranny of a teacher who requires that he sell chocolates for the school
A wily street boy in Victorian London rescues a damsel in distress, and is immediately thrust into intrigue on an international scale. He applies his natural talents and intimate knowledge of the London underground sewer system to solve a mystery and make a fortune, with some help from Charles Dickens and other notable people of the time.
Crash Coogan is a junior high super-jock who thrives on making underdogs squirm. He is making things particularly hard for Penn Webb when life suddenly becomes very complex.
Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles
Lidie left a contented life in Brazil with relatives and a favorite horse to join her father and brother in America. Everything about her new life is challenging, but it helps that her new home is a farm for breeding race horses.
Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos
An accessible introduction to the work of Frida Kahlo, especially her love of animals.
The Kite That Bridged Two Nations
A dramatic account of the story of Homan Walsh, a young man who dreamed of flying his kite across the Niagara, linking America to Canada.
Sona and the Wedding Game
Swear to Howdy
Joey befriends and renames Rusty, the new kid, informing him, You aint never gonna survive around here with a name like Russell. The two boys get into many scrapes together, and each time they swear never to tell, especially not Joeys father. Finally Rusty must decide if keeping secrets is the best thing he can do for his friend.
One book in the acclaimed series about an Ojibwe family in the mid 1800’s. Chickadee and Makoons are eight year old inseparable twins until Chickadee is kidnapped.
In this eerie tale of supernatural powers, Kate is cajoled by a mysterious friend into ‘changing over’ to save her younger brother from evil spirits.
A humorous and fantastical tale of two children in search of their grandmother, who disappears through a magical partition. Based on Korean folktales, this graphic novel has an engaging bilingual attitude.
Baba Yaga’s Assistant
Relying on skills learned from her beloved grandma, Masha faces a series of tests to become an assistant to the legendary Russian witch and get her annoying stepsister home safely.
Aurora County All Stars
In a tiny town in Mississippi, House Jackson lives for baseball. His team gets to play against another team once a year, but the game might get cancelled because of a pageant directed by a girl who once broke his arm.
Stand Straight, Ella Kate: The True Story of a Real Giant
Eagle of the Ninth
Roman Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila tries to solve the mystery of the disappearance in Britain of his father and the Ninth Legion Hispana, last heard from near Hadrian’s Wall. Aquila also hopes to locate the Ninth Legion’s military standard, the missing Eagle, and return it safely to Rome.
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
What is a girl supposed to do when she
The Case of the Missing Marquess**
When her mother disappears, Enola Holmes becomes reacquainted with her estranged, much older brothers, Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes. Shocked by her feminist upbringing, they make plans to send her to boarding school. She escapes to London and discovers her own talents as a sleuth.
A close encounter with the legendary, and virtually unknown, giant squid. Dramatic text and appropriately awesome illustrations evoke the adventure of deep ocean exploration.
Miles Morales, Spider-man
Miles Morales is trying to focus on high school, but it is kind of hard to do with his Spidey sense always going off in history class. Meanwhile, Miles is trying to find a way to talk to the beautiful and smart poet at school and trying to establish a relationship with his cousin who’s in jail.
Binky the Space Cat**
Binky is an ordinary house cat, but in his imagination he is daring space cat. His mission: to blast off into outer space (outside), explore unknown places (the backyard) and battle aliens (bugs).
The Good, the Bad, the Barbie
A balanced account of the fifty year history of the famous and controversial doll.
The Running Dream
Jessica is the star runner on the track but after a tragic accident leaves her without one of her legs she will have to reevaluate her life plans.
How the Cookie Crumbled
An informative and entertaining history of the invention of the chocolate chip cookie. A tasty tale of Massachusetts ingenuity!
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Tom Sawyer, the American ‘trickster,’ thwarts his aunt’s plans to civilize him and has one adventure after another, often with his friend, Huck Finn. Tom exhibits almost fantastic freedoms in a society characterized by respectable convention.
The Thing About Jellyfish
Lost in grief over the death of her former best friend in a swimming accident, Suzy refuses to accept the explanation that “sometimes things just happen.” She becomes absorbed in researching a rare poisonous jellyfish she believes could be the cause of Franny’s death. This strange focus leads, in unexpected ways, toward healing.
P.S. Longer Letter Later
Shy Elizabeth and exuberant Tara*Star are best friends. When Tara*Star moves away, they keep their friendship alive by exchanging lots of letters.
How to Catch a Bogle
_Birdie is a street-smart orphan who is apprenticed to a Bogler. Bogler
Growing up with an addict mother who is in out of his life, Jarrett is raised by his grandparents. Early on he finds art as a way to help him survive. The graphic novel format is perfect for this memoir.
Not for the faint of heart, this is the riveting story of Sabriel, who must take on the task of her necromancer father: to put the disturbed dead back to rest. The modern and magical medieval worlds entwine in this page-turner.
A Faraway Island **
Two sisters are sent to Sweden to escape persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany. Stephie, the older, has a hard time adjusting. Her strict foster mother expects her to accept the local Pentecostal Christian tradition, and classmates taunt her for being foreign. Almost worse, her younger sister is adapting so easily to their new life that she seems to be forgetting their family and where they come from. The girls’ story continues in two sequels as they grow up.
Struggling with his father’s powerful religious and family beliefs, the son of an Hasidic rabbi ultimately chooses to study psychology and join the secular world. For a long time he must live with his father’s silence. This thought-provoking novel contains an engrossing plot.
Never Smile at a Monkey
They Never Came Back
Whatever became of Murielle? Her parents, high profile financial investors, lost and stole millions of dollars of other people’s money before fleeing the country. Murielle, age five, was supposed to join them, but the escape plan failed.
Gen gets involved in a mysterious attempt to recover a precious stone in this adventure novel with the flavor of Greek mythology. The adventures continue in The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia.
The 13-Story Treehouse
Andy and Terry are best friends who live in the most unbelievable treehouse, and with each new book in the series, the treehouse gets 13 stories taller! Hilarious writing and clever illustrations are a compelling combination.
Henry and the Cannons
A visually exciting account of how bookseller Henry Knox moved 59 cannons from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston during the Revolutionary War, helping Americans to a pivotal victory.
Malala’s Magic Pencil
An accessible picture book introduction to the inspirational life story of the youngest Nobel laureate. A testament to the transformational power of words and education.
Partly to annoy a teacher, Nick makes up a new word for pen: frindle. Soon the word takes on a life of its own.
One Crazy Summer
Delphine’s father sends her and her two younger sisters to Oakland to spend the summer with their mother, who has very little interest in them. It’s the restless summer of 1968, and the girls spend their time in a youth center sponsored by the revolutionary Black Panthers.
How Tia Lola Came to Visit/Stay
Miguel is still trying to settle into his new home in Vermont, where he is the only Latino in the school, when his colorful aunt comes to visit from the Dominican Republic. At first Miguel is a little embarrassed by her eccentricities, but she works a sort of magic wherever she goes.
Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians**
Alcatraz Smedry has had a rough start in his first 13 years He has moved from foster home to foster home, disaster and catastrophe following him along the way. However, he soon discovers his destiny and his powerful talent to break things. He must harness this powerful talent to battle the Evil Librarians who control the world we know.
In the southwestern town of Serenity, everything is perfect. Everyone has a pool and all the electronic devices they want. Everyone is perfectly honest and follows all the rules, until one kid discovers that things aren
This multi-faceted account of Hurricane Katrina describes racism and incompetence, and also portrays the courage and resilience of people coping with the disaster.
Who Put That Hair In My Toothbrush?
The Unforgotten Coat
Is a demon after Chingas and his younger brother? These two recent immigrants from Mongolia are convinced of it. When Julie who is chosen to be their Good Guide, a high honor for which she is tasked with showing the new comers the ways of their new home finds her life changed as the pull of a far off land weaves it’s magical spell.
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn
In the Empire of the Celestial Dragons it is the beginning of the New Year. Eon has trained for this moment for four years worked relentlessly for this chance to be one of 12 boys to compete for the honor and power of becoming an apprentice to the ascendant Rat Dragon. However, Eon is hiding a deadly secret: she is 16 and female. If she and her trainer are found out, they will be killed. Dragged into politics and intrigue with life and death consequences this Australian book is a true page-turner.
Saving Montgomery Sole
Montgomery Sole is the president of the Mystery Club. This is not a genre specific book club rather one that looks at the mysteries of the universe. The other members of the club are her only friends in a school of jocks. When an ultraconservative christian moves to town she feel her family of her sister and two moms might be at direct risk. Can the Eye of Know make it all better?
Chew On This
This provocative book delves into all aspects of the fast food industry.
Shade, a young bat, gets lost in a storm during migration. He tries to rejoin the rest of the colony, but many dangers arise along the way.
Montmorency is a small time thief until he discovers the possibilities of London’s new underground sewer system. He develops a split identity: Scarper, the virtuoso thief who escapes crime scenes through the sewers; and Montmorency, a gentleman with fine taste and a better developed sense of honor. This is the first of four books in a popular mystery/spy series.
The Perfect Storm
Crew members of the swordfish boat the Andrea Gail were lost in a ‘perfect storm’ off the coast of New England in 1991. Junger works from radio dialogues and eyewitness accounts to weave together the ferocious truth of their story.
Mercy Watson to the Rescue**
Series: Mercy Watson
The Breaks of the Game
Halberstam’s compelling study of the Portland Trail Blazers provides an excellent view of the many people and needs involved in professional basketball, as well as in other professional sports.
Hot Pink: the Life and Fashions of Elsa Schiaparelli
From a somewhat stifling childhood, through an adventurous and unconventional young life, to eventual success as a hard working designer who made fashion her art, Schiaparelli’s life story, like the hot pink fashion color she invented, holds our attention. A lively layout and fascinating photos add to the fun of this informative biography.
A Crooked Kind of Perfect
Zoes ambition to be a famous concert pianist gets off to a rocky start when her father buys her a Perfectone D-60 electric organ instead of the baby grand piano of her dreams.
Katsas special power, or grace, is the ability to strike people dead, and this makes her valuable as an assassin for the king. Struggling to escape that role and gain control of her own life, Katsa meets a prince who is also specially gifted, and together they undertake a dangerous mission.
Lemonade, and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word
These clever poems find words within a single word to capture scenes from a child’s daily life. Fun to read and a challenge to write!
The 57 Bus: A true story of two teenagers and the crime that changed their lives
Sasha is a white middle class private school kid and Derek is a black public school kid from a poor neighborhood full of crime—two different worlds that cross paths on the 57 bus. One day, a skirt, a lighter, and a reckless decision will change both of their lives forever.
Princess Cora and the Crocodile
An overly protected princess finds unexpected freedom in the gift of a pet crocodile! A very silly story with an even bigger heart.
Franny misses her college age sister, fights with her brother, and is hurt by her best friend. These ordinary problems play out against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis during several tense days in 1962. Advertisements, newspaper clippings, and other period ephemera are used to recreate the flavor of the time.
Legends of the Lost Causes
A band of orphans must go on a race through the Wild West to find a magical stone while also avoiding zombies.
Now an old man, Ruben recalls a boyhood adventure. After discovering a dead body on the beach, he became involved in the dangerous rivalry between two liquor smuggling gangs during Prohibition and the mystery of who shot the crewmen aboard the legendary rum-runner Black Duck.
The town of Gentry is a strange little place where the citizens routinely use charms to appease the faerie folk. Mackie and his loving family know that he is a changeling, a faerie who was exchanged for a stolen human child. As Mackie grows, he increasingly feels the sinister pull of the dark faerie world.
The House on Mango Street
A Mexican American girl lives in a dingy house in Spanish Chicago. In short, poetic, and beautifully written chapters, reveals her feelings about herself, her family, and her neighborhood.
Lincoln, class goof-off and troublemaker, is expelled for liberating abused chickens during a field trip. To help pay for damages, he reluctantly participates when government agents recruit him to impersonate a junior secret agent look-alike who has disappeared.
My Seneca Village
Through an assortment of poetic forms, this collection brings to life a long lost neighborhood in Manhattan, giving personalities and stories to names from history.
In a completely sealed off prison, a failed social experiment from a previous century, four prisoners develop a vision of escape, although they’re not even sure the outside exists. Meanwhile, outside, the Warden’s daughter searches for a lost prince whose existence would save her from a dreaded arranged marriage.
The Chocolate Touch
Like the tale of King Midas, this story reminds us to be careful about what we wish for.
The Baby Tree
An utterly charming and original story about a young boy who poses an age-old question to the adults in his life: “Where do babies come from?”
Dylan has a terrible psychic gift — her visions lead police to murder sites where the victims were children. Can she use her special sight to stop a murder that hasn’t yet happened?
_An evil heart of stone is made for a power hungry warrior. It causes much heartache and distruction and then is lost for 1000s of years. When a loving farmer chances upon it and is turned to a cruel and brutal man, his son, daughter and dog set out to free him from the curse. The world they enter to save their father is full of talking animals, fairy banquets, and much good natured magical trouble. Can the children save the day?
Mae Among the Stars
Seemingly impossible dreams can come true, as they did for Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space. A delightful and inspiring picture book biography.
The Fairy’s Mistake
Series: Princess Tales
The Mostly True Story of Jack
Jack’s mother delivers him to into the care of an elderly aunt and uncle in a small Iowa town, and then seems to forget about him completely. Struggling to hold onto normal life, Jack resists learning the dangerous secrets of the strange town and the truth about why he is there.
I Will Always Write Back
The true story of a girl in Pennsylvania and a boy in Zimbabwe who become pen pals in middle school. Overcoming distance and vast cultural differences, they progress beyond cheerful, superficial letters to a deep, genuine friendship that eventually extends to their families and influences what they become in life.
The Mammoth Academy
Mammoth Academy students are just like students anywhere: some like studying, some like sports, some experiment with not bathing. But when danger comes in the form of the two footed humans, the big adventure begins.
Charles and Emma
The love story of Charles Darwin a scientist and Emma Darwin a devout Christian shows us the opposites really do attract. When Charles Darwin published Origin Species which introduced the idea of evolution it sparked a lot of tension between the scientific and the religious community, but brought Charles and Emma even closer together.
Dodsworth in London
The Grand Plan to Fix Everything
Dini and Maddie are best friends and huge fans of Bollywood movies made in India. They are devastated when they learn that Dini will be moving to India for two years, but, just like in the movies, every cloud has a silver lining and even the worst difficulties can lead to a happy ending.
We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
Written in a conversational tone from a player’s point of view and illustrated with stunning oil paintings, this history of the Negro Leagues starts with Rube Foster, a gifted manager, and ends with Jackie Robinson.
Waiting for Normal
Addie lives in a funky yellow trailer with her mother, who is moody and sometimes disappears for days at a time. Addie yearns to live with her stepsisters and ex-stepfather, but he has no legal custody rights.
The Wind in the Willows
Mole, Toad of Toad Hall, Ratty, Badger… These are characters you don’t want to miss. Consider reading this classic aloud to anyone who will listen.
Young Frankenstein creates a living, yet imperfect creature which, in turn, seeks revenge by pursuing its creator and all that he loves. A terrifying and most thought-provoking tale, especially for students reading Hawthorne’s Rappaccini’s Garden or Dickens’s Great Expectations.
Thank You, Lucky Stars
Allys best friend drops her on the first day of school, and suddenly Ally is the least popular kid in class except for the new girl who wears her hair like Princess Leia and never stops talking. Fortunately, Allys passion for disco dancing saves her from complete misery.
In the Wild
Tess hopes that a foster child in the family will be like a big brother, but when Aaron arrives, he doesn’t seem interested in any of the things she loves about living on a small Maine island. If he leaves, the island school will be too small to stay open, and Tess’s family will have to move to the mainland.
The White Giraffe
Maritine’s life is changed forever after a terrible accident kills her mother and father. Before she knows what’s happening, she finds herself living on an animal reserve in Zimbabwe. There she encounters the wondrous white giraffe that people only whisper about. Together the giraffe and Maritine find a way to heal each other.
Yep gathers together poems and short stories by a number of authors all reflecting on what it is to be young and Asian American, bringing one’s ‘inner dragon’ to sometimes highly discordant experiences. Some entries are heart-wrenching, some humorous; all are touching.
This story of World War I, from a horse’s point of view, unfolds on battlefields and behind the lines of both the English and German sides. Throughout these experiences, the horse yearns to be reunited with the boy from the English farm where he lived before he was sold to the cavalry.
Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight
A rapid-fire retelling of the classic tale of good and evil set in a galaxy far, far away. The illustrations are the original concept art designed for the movies, never before collected in a picture book.
Tell All the Children Our Story: Memories and Mementos of Being Young and Black
The story of African-American children throughout the nation’s history is told and celebrated, with abundant historical photographs and lots of visual interest.
A Tale Dark and Grimm
Many stories by the Brothers Grimm including scary, gory parts often left out of retellings are woven together to create an exciting new adventure for Hansel and Gretel.
Children of the Longhouse
I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912**
Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out!
In this exciting story, learn about the adventures and dangers a newborn turtle faces.
A Long Walk to Water
When Salva’s village in Sudan is attacked, he and the other boys run away to escape the fighting. Many boys are separated from their families this way and band together on a long, dangerous walk to safety. Many years later, Nya spends the entire day, every day, walking back and forth to a pond to supply her family with water. Eventually the stories of Nya and Salva come together.
Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau
This exciting picture book biography introduces young readers to Jacques Cousteau, the world
The Lion Who Stole My Arm
Pedru wants to be a great hunter like his father, but after a lion takes his arm, he worries that his dream won’t come true.
Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends forever. Together, they play a complex game of pirates, robbers and evil royalty using action figures and a mysterious china doll that is locked away in a cabinet. Middle school has changed things and the friendship between the trio is growing thin. Suddenly Poppy begins having ominous dreams about the porcelain doll and forces the gang to get back together to uncover the mystery.
Everyone believes that Sophie is an orphan, except Sophie. After barely escaping a trip to a London orphanage, Sophie discovers that there are strange and hidden worlds and societies in the city’s underbelly. Together with the new “rooftopper” friends she uncovers, Sophie embarks on an adventure to try to find her mother.
The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer’s Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors
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The Devil’s Arithmetic
Tired of hearing about her family’s history, Hannah is given the opportunity to live it when time-travel sends her back fifty years. Retaining her own memories, Hannah lives as her namesake and experiences Nazi-occupied Poland.
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
Raccoon brothers Bingo and J’miah are newly recruited scouts who are attempting to protect Sugar Man swamp from a band of hungry, marauding hogs. Twelve-year old Chap Brayburn is also trying to protect the swamp but from an alligator wrestler who wants to turn the land into a world-class wrestling facility. When the raccoons cross paths with Chap, they team up to devise a plan to save their beloved swamp for certain destruction.
Queen of the Falls
In 1901 Annie Edson Taylor crawled in a wooden barrel and rode over Niagara Falls. She was the first person to ever attempt such a feat. Find out how and why this former charm school teacher took on this death-defying adventure.
This memoir describes how several full years of growing up experiences were made even more complicated by endless uncomfortable dental procedures the author went through after tripping and seriously damaging her two front teeth.
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
If you think you know your fairy tales, think again. Follow along as Jack the Narrator runs through a number of stories, making a hilarious mess as he goes.
Alex is a bruja and the most powerful witch of her generation. When she tries to rid herself of her magic, it backfires and results in her family’s disappearance. To get her family back she will have to team up with a brujo boy who she’s not sure she can trust.
Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword
An eleven year old troll fighting Orthodox Jewish girl wins her sword in this unlikely superhero story.
Bomb: The Race to Build - And Steal - the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon
As fascinating as any thriller, this true story of espionage, science, and politics describes the race to create the first nuclear weapon.
King of the Screwups
Like his mother, a star model, Liam has great fashion sense and lots of charm; but he never fails to disappoint his demanding father. Finally Liam gets kicked out of the house and does something completely different: his uncle, a gay glam-rocker who lives in upstate New York, agrees to take him in, and Liam lives in a trailer and goes to a small town high school.
Arabel and Mortimer
A funny story about a girl and her pet raven, told in a highly opinionated first person voice.
Life As We Knew It
Miranda is leading the life of a typical high school student in Pennsylvania when a meteor hits the moon. No one expected the astrological event to be a catastrophe, but when volcanoes erupt and tsunamis hit the coasts, it becomes clear that nothing will ever be the same. Abruptly, Miranda and her family find themselves struggling to survive as civilization breaks down worldwide.
The Dangerous Book for Boys
This collection of boy lore and how-to information includes The Greatest Paper Airplane in the World, Slingshots, Timers and Tripwires, Famous Battles, and much more. The book was a big hit in England before arriving recently in the U.S. If you enjoy it, you might also likeThe American Boys Handy Book, by Daniel Carter Beard, a boy
The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker
An exuberant tribute to the significance of a haircut and the barbershop for a young black boy.
The Best Man
A fun story about a boy and his family relationship during his grade 5 and 6 years.
Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales
Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse
A must read for all Red Sox fans! Part biography and part history of the
The story follows the adventures of the inhabitants of an abandoned castle which provides refuge to a makeshift family, including a runaway girl, a nun of the helpful Solicitine Order, a broken-hearted blacksmith, and several other people and creatures.
In a London setting straight out of a Charles Dickens novel, two well-bred sisters, orphaned and fallen on hard times, survive by selling watercress on the street. When things can get no worse, they are employed in the funeral business of the scheming, deceitful Unwin family, who see a way to profit from the girls’ misfortune.
The remarkable true story of a world-renowned children’s orchestra in Paraguay, where all the instruments are made from recycled trash.
The Inquisitor’s Tale
Who knew a book set in 13th century France would be such a page turner? Destined to be a classic, this is a tale of three persecuted children and their dog, coming together to fight injustice and intolerance, while also saving one another. The book is beautifully constructed as well.
Becky meets Kip at the comedy club where they are both practicing their routines. He’s handsome, funny, and he even likes her freckles. They become close as they support each other’s progress on the comedy performance circuit, but Becky learns that Kip can be jealous and controlling. The points of view of both teens are incorporated into this story of an increasingly violent relationship.
A classic African-American folk tale, beautifully retold and illustrated.
The Mysterious Benedict Society**
Reynie Muldoon, an orphan, is one of the children who responds to an advertisement for gifted children looking for special opportunities.After passing a series of strange tests, he joins an undercover operation to prevent a master criminal from carrying out an evil plan.
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
In this autobiographical novel, Solzhenitsyn describes a typical day in one of Stalin’s forced-labor camps. Clear and persuasive writing enables the reader to see the horrors of camp life and to appreciate the resilience of human beings.
All Stations Distress!
THE “UNSINKABLE” MEETS THE UNTHINKABLE—A gripping account of the ill-fated maiden voyage of the Titanic.
My life as a Book
Derek hates to write, and hates to read. Stuck over the summer with having to do both, he finds a way to keep track of new vocabulary words with small hilarious line drawings. You can follow along on this funny and warm hearted summer adventure.
What the World Eats
Families in 21 countries are photographed in their kitchens surrounded by a week’s worth of food and groceries. The visual details and contrasts provide a fascinating way to learn about food and life in many different places in the world.
A Plains Indian girl gains the skills of a man, yet must perform as a traditional woman in a land which is increasingly violated by white officials. Highwater successfully blends Native American legends with historical realities.
Lulu and the Duck in the Park**
Lulu, who loves animals, brings an abandoned duck egg to school, even though her teacher disapproves. A charming series for young readers.
The Hunger Games**
In a future United States, absolute rulers exert power and control through the annual Hunger Games, a televised reality show in which participants compete until only one remains alive. Each of the subjugated districts is required to send two young people. Katniss volunteers to go in place of her little sister, hoping that her hunting skills will give her a chance of survival.
One Hundred Adventures
Jane wants adventure to take her away from her family and tumble-down seaside house. She gets her wish but not quite in the way she anticipates. Balloon rides, unpredictable road trips with a wacky bible selling preacher and baby sitting peanut butter covered children are just a few of the adventures her summer brings.
B for Buster
Kak is excited and proud to join a bomber crew. The glamour fades fast when he flies his first few operations aboard the battered WWII aircraft named B for Buster and realizes that his chances of surviving the war are very small.
The Westing Game
Turtle Wexler and neighboring heirs to an eccentric millionaire’s fortune find themselves compelled to unravel a strange and clever murder mystery, full of word games and aliases. Only one person in the story (plus the reader) has all the clues and stands to inherit the fortune, if the mystery is solved.
The Kneebone Boy
The Hardscrabble children discover a brief letter crumpled in the trash which offers a possible clue to the disappearance of their mother. Although this story is contemporary and completely realistic, it includes a castle, a secret passage guarded by a fiendish creature, and a legendary wild boy.
Meet the All-of-a-Kind Family—Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, and Gertie—who live with their parents in New York City at the turn of the century.
Barack Obama: Out of Many, One
An excellent biographical introduction to Barack Obama, written in clear and accessible language.
The Sword in the Stone
Wart, unaware of his identity as the future King Arthur, is nurtured by a wily wizard named Merlyn in White’s classic story.
The Sinking of the Vasa
Like the Titanic, the Vasa was built to be the crown jewel warship of the Swedish Navy, but it sank on its maiden voyage in 1628. This meticulously illustrated picture book explores the history of the Vasa and her recovery from the seas in 1961.
The Doll Who Knew the Future
The Witch’s Boy
Aine and Ned, children from separate kingdoms, are brought together by the magic that Ned’s mother protects and Aine’s father wants to steal. They develop an uncertain trust in each other as they attempt to cross an enchanted forest, restore the magic to its rightful place, and stop the war brewing between their kingdoms. [ebook]
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Jacob’s grandfather is an adventurous man who tells fantastic stories about monsters and special children on a magical island. Maybe this is his way of dealing with the trauma of growing up in an orphanage after escaping
the Nazis. But when something awful happens to Grandpa, Jacob decides to investigate. Could the stories possibly be true? Fiction mixes with photography in this story where truth is found in the most peculiar places.
Chase warns the principal not to send kids home on the school bus in the hours before Hurricane Emily makes landfall, and he should know. His father makes a living providing emergency services after weather disasters. Unfortunately, the principal doesn
Felix knows that his father is a superstar ballplayer in Cuba. His mother, who has struggled since he was a baby to make a new life for them in Florida, will tell him no more. When a visiting Cuban team mistakes him for their new batboy, Felix jumps at the chance to learn about his father and his past.
We Are All Made of Molecules
Super smart, nerdy Stewart and queen bee Ashley are expected to live together in a blended family when their parents fall in love. With humor and optimism, Stewart tries to make the best of it. Worried about her social status at school, Ashley rudely refuses to cooperate. To complicate matters, Ashley’s father, who “ruined her life” by coming out as gay, lives in a tiny house on the same property.
Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy**
_Five dragons have been raised together from birth. Living underground in hiding. Overseen by guards while waiting to fulfill their destiny to end the great dragon war. They are each other
Aspiring journalists Steven and Carol discover a conspiracy to fix the last game of the NCAA Final Four men’s basketball tournament. This same pair of sleuths solves many other mysteries at major sporting events.
The life of Ben Orville, a young gentleman in 1860s Baltimore, changes abruptly when he’s kidnapped and forced to join an oyster fishing crew. The oystering business is lawless and violent, and the work so hard and dangerous that only desperate men do it by choice.
Historical fiction based on the Navajo who joined military in World War II and used their language to create an uncrackable code for communicating during war times.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Malcolm X’s story is one of courage, intelligence, struggle, personal magnetism, and leadership. Here we see the beginnings of Black Power and of Muslim eminence.
Escape or Die
Friedman narrates the stories of Jews who survived in various parts of Europe during the Holocaust. The text often is disturbing, if not alarming, and the lesson is one of amazing human resilience.
The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary
With the look and feel of an old fashioned newspaper, this wide ranging look at the Lincolns uses photographs, period documents and original text to chronicle the life and times of both Mary Todd and Abraham. By using all different types of primary source material, a full picture is created of the people and events of a critical time in our countrys history. Good for history buffs and browsers alike.
Regarding the Fountain**
Plans for constructing a new water fountain for their school lead a fifth grade class to uncover a criminal plot. The story is told humorously in the form of letters, faxes, and sketches.
Counting by 7s
With help from strangers and new friends, Willow learns to cope with the sudden death of her parents. The story is told with unexpected humor from the perspectives of Willow, an unusual and often misunderstood girl whose genius level brain processes everything uniquely; and Dell Duke, her hopelessly inept school counselor and intellectual opposite.
Beauty and the Beak : How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle
The Falconer’s Knot
Wrongly accused of a murder, Silvano, a young nobleman in 16th century Italy, takes sanctuary in a monastery, where he learns to make pigments for artists painting frescoes in a nearby cathedral. Soon a murder takes place in the monastery and Silvano is once again a prime suspect.
Inspector Flytrap **
Be prepared for wacky and wild adventures with a Venus fly trap detective and his goat assistant. Mysteries will be solved, flies and trash will be eaten!
This artfully interwoven story brings the past into the present when Andi, on the edge of an emotional meltdown, is dragged by her father to Paris to work on a senior thesis that might salvage her disastrous year at a high-achieving New York prep school. She discovers an old diary that draws her into the mystery of Louis Charles, the lost boy king of the French Revolution.
Hound Dog True
Mattie and her mother move often. She hates the moment when she must introduce herself to a new class. This time, it helps that her uncle is the school custodian. Maybe he
In each of these four interwoven stories, a member of the Snow family of Jefferson, Iowa, makes a pivotal decision at the age of sixteen. The events take place over four generations, spanning the Great Depression, the World War II and Vietnam War eras, and a time close to the present.
Written in 1949 and set in a grim London of the future, Orwell’s now-classic novel of Big Brother and the Thought Police is still chilling. Winston Smith, a worker at the Ministry of Truth, is gravely endangered simply because he has a memory.
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute***
She serves lunch, she serves justice! A unique and entertaining graphic novel series about a crime fighting school lunch lady. Fish-stick Nunchucks and Lunch-Tray Laptops are just examples of her ingenious gadgets.
Sea of Trolls**
In a story that draws on the legend of Beowolf, Jack and his little sister are kidnapped by Vikings. Jack faces trolls and dragons, and eventually finds things to admire about the fierce Viking culture.
The Lord of the Rings (trilogy)
Bilbo, an aging hero, bequeaths a magic ring to Frodo, who, with his faithful friend Samwise, must return it to a treacherous and evil creature dwelling in the distant mountains. Their journey is one of terror, courage, and beauty. Tolkien
Out of the Woods
An original picture book about a great fire in an early 20th-century Ontario logging community. Highly detailed illustrations convey as much information as the story.
Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny **
Bunjitsu Bunny’s greatest weapon is her mind! Follow her through a series of humorous martial arts adventures.
The Year of the Dog
It is the Chinese Year of the Dog. Grace is supposed to use the year to understand herself, which she tries to do within her family and with her friends.
Play, Louis, Play!: The True Story of a Boy and His Horn
The Houdini Box
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Four English school children find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia.
Three Times Lucky
In an atmospheric small town full of quirky characters, Mo and her friend Dale work on two mysteries. Where is Mo’s birth mother, from whom she was separated as a baby during a terrible storm? And who murdered Jesse Tatum, a mean and solitary man who nevertheless didn’t deserve a violent end?
Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth ***
D.J. and Gina are ordinary kids, but their lives dramatically change when they befriend Hilo, a robot boy who falls to Earth from outer space. A dynamic tale of epic friendship and intergalactic adventure.
Ruby On the Outside
Ruby is starting middle school where no one knows her mom is in prison. As Ruby makes friends with the new girl in her building, Margelit, Ruby is not sure she can tell Margalit about her mother, especially since she suspects there may be a connection between Margalit’s family and her mother’s imprisonment.
Alice is traveling with her family to Sanibel Island, Florida, where they go every year. She will be celebrating her tenth birthday, and has plans to find the very rare junonia shell. But the celebratory week might be ruined because things are very, very different this year.
El Bronx Remembered
El Bronx Remembered consists of a series of short vignettes interconnected by their setting in New York City. Each story offers insight into Hispanic culture and urban life.
Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut: Bowling Alley Bandit**
Arnie is a doughnut-dog, Mr. Bing Arnie is a doughnut-dog, Mr. Bing’s pet and best friend. Silly humor and dynamic illustrations make this
lighthearted mystery a winner.
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen
In this graphic novel memoir of growing up in a food loving family, the author recalls the tastes, smells, and associations of various meals and dishes. Every chapter includes a recipe.
Stink: Solar System Superhero
Strong As Sandow
Eugen Sandow, the father of modern-day bodybuilding, was a larger-than-life figure. This entertaining biography also contains helpful exercises for kids!
Shipwrecked as a toddler and raised by a caring woman on a tiny Italian island, Vango eventually decides to see the world. In Paris, he is falsely accused of murder and goes on the run, pursued by the police and a mysterious unknown assailant. To his advantage, Vango has a few friends, knowledge of many languages, and the ability to climb fearlessly to great heights.
Esperanza lives like a princess on an estate in Mexico until a terrible misfortune happens to her family. She is forced to immigrate to California, where she becomes a farm worker. Family love and the help of friends make the hardships bearable.
Separate Is Never Equal
An important account of how Sylvia Mendez and her parents helped end school segregation in California, almost ten years before Brown vs. Board of Education.
Poem-Mobiles: Crazy Car Poems
Fanciful illustrations and inventive poems make for a fun read. Be inspired to create your own crazy car!
The Watcher : Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps
See How They Run : Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race ...
Complicated information about the electoral process becomes understandable and fun when you read this lighthearted explanation with humorous illustrations.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
A delightful constellation of characters (Zaphod Beeblebox, Trillian, Veet Voojagig, Ford Prefect, and Arthur Dent, to name just a few) partake in Adams’s galactic adventure, a wry and very funny commentary on the human, as it were, condition.
Only One Year
Sharon and Mary are shocked when their parents tell them that they are sending their younger brother to live with relatives in China for one year.
Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras
Artist Jose Guadalupe Posada became famous for his prints of dressed up skeletons engaged in ordinary activities, called calaveras. His art made quietly witty statements about vanity, foolish pride, and people in power.
The Great Greene Heist
Jackson Greene has promised to reform from his middle school career as a con man, until he learns that the school election is rigged — by the principal! With a team of friends talented in computer programming, lock-picking, and other useful skills, he plans an elaborate scheme to make sure the elections are fair.
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
A young girl travels by ship to join her family in America in the 1800s. The cruel captain is faced with mutiny, and the voyage is marked by betrayal and murder. With its surprise ending, this exciting story is well worth reading.
The Secret of Platform 13
Great Britain’s gump (a grassy bump that’s really a hidden door) is located under platform 13 in an abandoned train station. Every nine years it opens for nine days, revealing a tunnel to another world. This year a rescue mission is sent to recover an infant prince kidnapped nine years before.
13-year-old Kit moves to the town of his ancestors and becomes involved in a game called ‘Death,’ a spin-the-knife, pretend-to-die game that is hosted by a classmate in a deep hole dug in the earth, with candles, bones, and carved pictures of the children of the old families of Stoneygate.
Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery by Deborah Howe
I Want My Hat Back
_In this outrageously clever picture book, a bear almost gives up his search for his missing hat until he remembers something important.
Hands of the Rain Forest
Photographs and stories introduce children to the Emberá people of Panama, who use their hands to transform the gifts of the tropical rain forest.
Shooting the Moon
Army brat Jaime Dexter is frustrated and jealous that her brother TJ is going to Vietnam where all the excitement and action is. TJ is a photographer and instead of letters home he sends film for his younger sister to process and print. Through these images Jaime leans about the grim realities of war and comes to understand herself, her family and the nature of the Army a little better.
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer
After moving to a farm inherited from Uncle Jim, Sophie decides to raise chickens. Sophie describes her progress through letters to Uncle Jim and her beloved, deceased abuelita, who are both alive in her memory. She also corresponds with a mysterious poultry seller, who gives her bizarre but accurate advice. Sophiee’s chickens eventually reveal strange powers and attract the attention of a poultry thief.
Poppy and Rye
Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes
A perfect elementary introduction to microbes, the tiniest lives doing some of the biggest jobs in the world. An intellectual and visual delight.
Everything on a Waffle
Primrose Squarp has problems:her parents are lost at sea, and she is the only one who believes they are alive; her Uncle Jack, who takes her in, is perfectly nice, but rather busy; Miss Perfidy, her paid babysitter, smells like mothballs and doesn
After her sister is murdered in South Africa, Berry finds comfort in lap swimming, an undemanding boyfriend, and a ritual of collecting small stones. Apprehensive but hopeful, she agrees to travel to South Africa with her estranged father on a journey of healing.
Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer
After Magnus Chase’s mom dies he spends a year homeless on streets that is until he dies in a battle, but lucky for him a Valkyrie saw his brave deed in he is taken to Valhalla home of Norse heroes. On top that he finds out that he is not an orphan as he thought but the son of the god of summer.
Having lost her leg in a drunk-driving accident, Izzy hopes to resume her picture-perfect life. She quickly learns, however, that everything has changed. Voigt explores the irreversible consequences of driving under the influence.
Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes
Stifled by his over protective mother and inspired by his hero, Matthew Henson, Alvin strikes out on his own to see how far North he can get from Washington D.C. His adventure takes him farther than he imagined possible.
The Bitter Side of Sweet
After two years of forced labor on a cacao plantation in the Ivory Coast, Amadou thinks of nothing but meeting the daily quota and protecting his younger brother. Then an unlikely new prisoner arrives, a fiery town girl who is determined to escape. Her anger awakens sparks of compassion and hope in Amadou.
The Sun is Also a Star
Natasha believes in science and fact but refuses to accept the fact that her family is about to be deported back to Jamaica. Daniel is a dreamer and a poet trying to live up to his parents high expectations. The universe has brought them together for one day.
A Nigerian born in America, and an albino, Sunny is used to not fitting in. After her family returns to Nigeria, she discovers she has hereditary powers that bind her to a group of magically gifted people.The elders assign her, together with another girl and two boys, to unravel a dangerous mystery.
A girl comes to live with her grandparents in Shanghai at the time of the May 30, 1925, workers’ uprisings. Told from several points of view, the story chronicles the turmoil experienced by one family during this major political upheaval.
During childhood summers, the author falls in love with the magical tropical island of Cuba. When she’s almost old enough to enjoy the long awaited promise of summer horseback riding, Cuba and the United States become enemies. The two places she loves are full of hate for each other. The summer visits end, and Cuba becomes a distant dream.
The Unsinkable Walker Bean
Some of the Kinder Planets
A great cast of quirky, interesting characters inhabits this collection of stories by a Canadian writer. While the settings and emotional climates of these stories are varied, their zaniness is memorable.
China’s Long March
Here are the events leading up to and during the historic Long March of the Chinese Communist Army in 1934-1935. Historically accurate and adventurous, this is an exciting book to read.
Fun Things to Do with Egg Cartons
Get crafty! Recycled egg cartons are the main ingredient in ten craft projects that have a reassuringly low degree of difficulty.
Mitch didn’t get the editor’s job on the school newspaper, but sports reporting turns out to be much more exciting, especially when a remarkably talented new player appears on the football team, just in time to play defense in the championship playoffs, and the coach appears to be covering up his real identity.
The Giver **
A twelve-year-old boy becomes the ‘receiver of memory’ in his dysfunctional, cold society where no one feels pain or discomfort. As he learns of the perverseness of his world, he revolts.
Lord of the Deep
Mikey adores his stepfather Bill and is thrilled to be allowed to help out as deck hand on Bill
Jake and Lily
Inseparable twins, Jake and Lily have just turned eleven and their parents have declared it is time for each to have their own bedroom. This marks the beginning of many changes for the pair. Jake has found a gang of boys to hang out with and Lily is feeling more than left out. She’s mad. Follow along as Lily finds a new place in the world and Jake learns to take on trouble without the help of his sister.
Egg and Spoon [E]
The story begins when an young lady French-Russian aristocrat and a peasant girl accidentally switch places and end up, for different reasons, traveling to see the Tsar. In a humorous, action filled adventure, they hunt for a mythical firebird’s egg and encounter a large and colorful cast of characters, including the legendary Russian witch Baba Yaga. [ebook]
Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina
_In this gripping historical novel, Zane and his dog are trapped in New Orleans during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina. Together, they must find a way to survive the intense winds, drenching rain and the devastating flooding that destroyed the city.
Turning Fifteen on the Road to Freedom
In this simple and powerful account, Ms. Blackmon describes the Selma Voting Rights March of 1965. She was the youngest marcher that day. Already a trained and experienced nonviolent activist, she had been injured two weeks earlier on Bloody Sunday. During the March, she experienced terror and exhilaration, triumph and healing.
Squish, Super Amoeba
Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same**
Ling and Ting are identical twins that people think are exactly the same, but time and again they prove to be different. A refreshing and original early reader (let’s hope for more!).
Steve Harmon is standing trial for driving the getaway car from a holdup where someone was killed. He might be sentenced to twenty-five years in jail. Is he a monster, as the prosecutor claims, or a good kid who made a bad choice? You won’t know until you reach the end of the story.
Summer of the Death Warriors
Grieving over the death of his sister, Pancho wars with himself, contemplating angry, reckless acts that could ruin his life. D.Q. fights cancer and struggles with his estranged mother for control over his own medical treatment. The two young men form an unlikely friendship, recognizing a bond much deeper than their superficial differences.
Tituba of Salem Village
Sold to a greedy minister, Tituba and her husband move to the Bay Colony. Tituba becomes one of many accused of witchcraft. This story provides a good picture of the witchcraft hysteria that plagued Salem, Massachusetts, in the late 1600s.
Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face and the Badness of Badgers *
If you like silly, messy, and funny books you will like this book about a brother and sister who are able to turn any event into an epic adventure.
El Gato, the world’s best soccer goalkeeper, tells the incredible story of how he developed his skills growing up in a remote rain forest in South America. A supernatural mystery embedded in a great sports story, this is a summer reading favorite.
Rivalry, friendship, conflict between fathers and sons, disappointment, triumph, and play by play action on the basketball court are all included in this page-turning sports story.
Baby Monkey, Private Eye
Baby Monkey may be a baby (and a monkey) but he has a full-time job as a private eye. Help solve the mysteries in this innovative early chapter book.
Death and the Arrow**
This classically structured mystery, set in London in 1715, involves a murderer who seems to disappear into thin air, and who leaves behind a calling card with a picture of a skeleton holding an arrow.
A story of the Galapagos Islands and of Lonesome George, a giant tortoise who lived to be one hundred years old and was once known as the rarest creature in the world.
Eleven-year-old Serafina has dreamt of becoming a doctor her entire life but their are many obstacles that stand in her way. She lives in a rural village outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti where her family is very poor and constant chores keep her from chasing her dreams. When a devastating flood and earthquake ravages her home, Serafina’s dreams seem impossibly far away. She must find a way to survive and maintain her hope.
In this visually inventive picture book, a busy family’s activities (and technology devices!) come to a halt because of a blackout, but they discover they enjoy spending time together.
This atmospheric Southern gothic mystery won the Coretta Scott King John Steptoe award for new talent. Hoodoo has not yet lived up to his name by displaying the family gift for folk magic, but when a sinister stranger shows up in town, Hoodoo is urgently motivated to activate his conjuring ability.
Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and Defender of His People
_Using illustrations and photographs, this biography tells about the life of the great Lakota/Sioux leader and warrior Sitting Bull. Beginning with his childhood, through his war against the U.S. Army, this amazing and brave story will leave you wanting more.
Zach’s long wait for a pet dog does not end the way he wants, but when magical and amazing things being to occur, there may be more to the dog than meets the eye.
The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth
Okay for Now
The story follows Doug Swieteck, a character in Schmidt’s previous Vietnam era book The Wednesday Wars, as he moves to a new town and develops purpose in life, in contrast to his thuggish father and bullying brothers.
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach
A hilarious retelling of a classic Cuban folktale. The audiobook is also a winner.
A young bride arrives with her husband at his ancestral estate. There she meets the sinister Mrs. Danvers, who will not allow the memory of the first Mrs. de Winter to fade. This is a page turner and a wonderfully eerie romance.
The Three Musketeers
This swashbuckling classic captures the flavor of 17th century France—court intrigues, romance, duels, sieges, and so on.
Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart
Sisters Amber and Essie share their talents, joys, and struggles.
Everybody Paints: The Lives and Art of the Wyeth Family
_Three generations of painters, all famous, all from New England, read about how their remarkable and beautiful story.
Jack deals with his parents’ separation and comes to accept the fact that his dad is gay. A realistic depiction of teenage friendships, crises, and changeful feelings.
Deadweather and Sunrise **
Egg (short for Eggbert) lives with his horrible family on unattractive Deadweather Island, which, as it turns out, might hide a secret treasure. Egg’s adventures begin when the rest of the family disappears in a freak accident. Friends turn out to be enemies and unlikely people become friends as Egg runs for his life and tries to figure out why he became the target of powerful villains.
Sam and Charlie (and Sam too!)
In this appealing series, each book contains short stories that emphasize elements of friendship, including sharing, kindness, and saying sorry.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Arnold Spirit, basketball player, aspiring cartoonist, and self-described dork, decides to make a daily twenty mile trip out of the Spokane Indian reservation and across a vast cultural gap to attend a rich white high school.
No Ordinary Day
Set in current day India, this story follows Valli, a homeless child, as she makes her way from a small coal mining village to the streets of a big city. Valli
The Omnivore’s Dilemma for Kids: The Secrets Behind What You Eat
The author challenges readers to understand the effects of modern food production on health, the environment, and animal welfare, and to make conscious decisions about what we eat.
Who Stole Mona Lisa?
This is the story of one of the most famous paintings in the world and how it was stolen from one of the most famous museums in the world.
The Great Gilly Hopkins
How I, Nicky Flynn, Finally Get a Dog and a LIfe
After his parents divorce, Nicky and his mom move from pleasant Concord to a grittier neighborhood in Charlestown. Nicky always wanted a dog, but not the one his impractical mother finally adopts for him: a former guide dog with a mysterious past who is much too big for their apartment and too expensive for her salary.
Magnificent illustrations anchor this tribute to the daily and the dramatic aspects of lighthouse life.
Jerome is a 12-year-old black boy who is playing with a toy gun when he is shot and killed by a white police officer. Jerome’s ghost witnesses the aftermath for both his family and the police officer’s family. He and the other Ghost Boys try to stop history from always repeating itself.
Sadie and Ratz
An inventive story about Hannah and her hands, named Sadie and Ratz, which regularly get into trouble, especially when the younger brother is around.
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie**
Set in 1950 and dense with eccentric details of British country life, the story follows Flavia de Luce, a precocious young chemistry enthusiast and busybody, as she untangles the mystery of the body that appeared in the garden of her family’s manor house.
Hopelessly awkward, annoying, and a mama’s boy, Ambrose is friendless and a target for bullies. When his overprotective mother takes him out of school, he seems doomed to complete social isolation. Help comes from the West Side Scrabble Club and Cosmo, the tough guy who lives upstairs.
A fuel shortage strands Mom and Dad on a trip, leaving Dewey in charge of the small family bike repair business, which is booming. In addition to running a business and getting along with his siblings, Dewey worries about a series of mysterious break-ins in the neighborhood.
The Magic Finger
The Gregg family hunts just for fun, to the disgust of the girl next door. After trying politely to change their attitude, she gets mad and turns her magic finger on them.
While visiting Maddi’s apartment, Sofia learns that her family does not have enough money to buy food. Sofia promises Maddi that she won’t tell anyone, but can she keep this promise? A compassionate look at the issue of childhood hunger.
My Brother Sam is Dead
Sam Meeker was sixteen when he ran away to fight in the American Revolution. In this popular historical novel, the compelling story of the tragedy that strikes the Meeker family when Sam joins the rebel forces is told by Sam’s younger brother, Tim.
Over Sea, Under Stone **
While on vacation, three children discover an old map which tells of an ancient treasure linked to King Arthur. Hidden ‘over sea, under stone,’ the treasure is the key to containing the ancient forces of evil which were once so powerful in the world.
Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives
_This visually delightful biography looks at the ideas of Thomas Edison and shows some of his inventions such as record players, batteries, and movie cameras.
Pigs Might Fly
Daggy Dogfoot, the runt of the litter, proves he has unusual talents when he learns to swim and fly.
During a summer spent at her grandmother’s seaside house, Olive experiences a few of life’s milestone events.
WWI changes the lives of four young people in a farming community. The boys enlist and are sent overseas, leaving their sisters to cope at home. When Muriel begins to question the war, rebellious feelings inspire her to travel to Washington DC to help her suffragist aunt.
After a traffic accident, Liz finds herself in a place called Elsewhere. At first nothing, not even meeting her favorite rock star, can lift her depression. Gradually she realizes that she must get on with her life, even though it’s actually her death.
The Schwa Was Here
Calvin Schwa is a boy who is so unnoticeable he’s practically invisible. His friend Antsy starts taking bets on what Calvin can do without being seen. The scheme works well until they try to sneak into the house of an eccentric recluse who turns out to be a formidable old man. They get caught and are obliged to make amends.
Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man who Sold the Eiffel Tower
Count Victor Lustig (real name - Robert Miller) managed to sell the Eiffel Tower (twice) without getting caught. Read all about this adventure and his other thrilling and scandalous schemes.
_Anna Hibiscus lives in amazing Africa with her mother, her father, her baby twin brothers, and lots and lots of her family. A wonderful chapter book series for younger readers.
Aru Shah and the End of Time**
Using Hindu mythology, Chokshi weaves together an action-packed adventure story. Caught in a lie, Aru Shah tries to prove herself by lighting a supposedly cursed ancient lamp. When an ancient demon is released, it is up to Aru to save the day.
Tiger’s parents are aid workers in a desolate village in an unnamed country. When the family is forced by civil war to escape to the border by a difficult desert route, Tiger brings along a fish rescued from a mud puddle.
Yang the Third and Her Impossible Family
The Twenty-One Balloons
A dedicated traveler, daring to fly across the Pacific Ocean in a giant air balloon is marooned, in a sense, on the island of Krakatoa.
Written by Hinton at age sixteen, this novel about teenage gangs has an authentic voice. When ‘greasers’ Ponyboy and Johnny accidentally kill a ‘soc,’ a member of the rival gang from the rich part of town, they flee from the culture of violence that has engulfed them.
Make Way Dyamonde Daniel **
Dyamonde Daniel is a gem waiting to be discovered in this spirited early chapter book series filled with age-appropriate dilemmas about friendship, family, school, and life!
The Red Umbrella
Lucia is more interested in clothes and parties than politics, but the Communist takeover of Cuba becomes very real when her father loses his job. Believing rumors that their children might be taken away, Lucia’s parents send her and her brother to the United States, hoping that the family will someday be reunited.
War and Watermelon
Parts of Brody’s summer are normal: football practice, meeting girls, hanging out with friends. Parts of it are different: going to Woodstock, following the Mets’ amazing season, listening to his parents argue with his older brother about avoiding the draft. It’s 1969, and times are changing.
Things are going great for Nick until his ex-girlfriend Alicia gives him the worst possible news. When in need of advice, Nick talks to his imaginary friend, the legendary Tony Hawk as he is pictured on a poster in Nick’s room.
The Inquisitor’s Apprentice
Why is a nice Jewish boy like Sasha apprenticing with the police department to root out magical crime? Well, for one thing, he can see witches.
The Frog Scientist**
Part science, part biography, this beautifully photographed book describes the work of biologist Tyrone Hayes. An African-American from South Carolina with a lifelong passion for amphibians, he studies the effects of pesticides on frogs, with a team of graduate students at UC Berkeley he calls the Frog Squad. This book is part of the Scientists in the Field series.
I’ll Be There
In this gripping, uplifting story of survival and star-crossed love, Sam lives on the road with his little brother and criminal father and doesn’t even know how crazy his existence is until he meets happily normal Emily.
Save Me a Seat
Starting school in New Jersey, Ravi expects the same kind of success and popularity he had as a top student in Bangalore. To his shock, he’s seen as an outsider. His accent, formal manners, and the spicy food in his lunch box set him apart. Worst of all, he’s sent to remedial English Language Learning, with Joe, a student with learning issues. Ravi and Joe have nothing in common except that both are targets of mean and sneaky Dillon, who will do anything to be the center of attention.
Into Thin Air
This is the chilling story of the ill-fated expedition to the summit of Everest in May 1996, told in Krakauer’s eyewitness account. Readers experience an unforgettable connection to the dynamics of a challenge fraught with peril and ending in tragedy.
Brown Girl Dreaming [E]
Jacqueline Wilson has a talent for writing convincingly about all sorts of characters. In this memoir, she writes about herself — universal experiences that anyone can connect with, like moving to a new place and struggling in school; and more unique experiences such as witnessing the beginning of the Civil Rights movement in both the North and the South. [ebook]
Heart of a Samurai
This is an imaginative retelling of the incredible true story of the Japanese boy Manjiro, who was shipwreckedand rescued by an American whaling ship at a time in the 1840s when the Japanese had a deep distrust of foreigners. Manjiro became friends with the captain, lived in the United States, and traveled places none of his countrymen had ever seen.
Moon has been raised by his anti-government father away from society in a shelter in the woods. After his father dies, Moon starts to question his beliefs, but unpleasant encounters with the authorities make him determined to stay self-sufficient.
In Aunt Lucy’s Kitchen
_For three cousins, a cookie company seems the perfect way to make money over the summer. It also turns out to be an opportunity to meet some special neighbors.
The Good Liar
Leroy Brown, nicknamed Encyclopedia, solves ten mini-mysteries and, by putting the solutions at the back of the book, challenges the reader to do the same.
Sideways Stories from Wayside School
Storm in the Barn
This graphic novel combines tall tale with an historically accurate portrayal of Kansas during the severe drought that caused the Dust Bowl. Young Jack feels uselesstheres no farm work to help with, and he has trouble standing up to the boys who bully him. Eventually he confronts a huge test of his courage.
The Day the Crayons Quit
A laugh out loud story in which crayons write persuasive letters complaining about their traditional coloring roles.
SPHDZ Book #1!
The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn**
A merchant’s son in 18th century Japan helps a learned judge solve a mystery about the theft of a precious jewel.
Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys
A lighthearted treasury of haiku poems that celebrates the experience of the outdoor world, from splashing in puddles to skipping rocks.
Chasing Lincoln’s Killer
A true thriller about the conspiracy to assassinate President Lincoln and the twelve day chase to catch John Wilkes Booth after he ran from Fords Theater.
The famous adventures of Odysseus are retold in graphic novel form with powerful water color illustrations.
Bat Boy and His Violin
Papa is the manager of the worst baseball team in the Negro League. He wants his son Reginald to be the bat boy. Reginald is a wonderful violin player but a terrible athlete.
Yetis, or Abominable Snowmen, are forced to leave their home due to global warming. As they make their way to England, there are many exciting adventures involving very confusing behavior by humans. Once in England,
they discover home turns out to be a big game preserve where THEY are the big game!
The Wednesday Wars
The only kid who doesnt leave on Wednesday afternoon for Catholic or Jewish religious instruction, Holling is stuck in school with Mrs. Baker. Even worse, she makes him read Shakespeare. Eventually Holling becomes aware of Mrs. Bakers unexpected talents and some of her troubles, especially the stress of waiting for her husbands return from Vietnam.
Nolan Byrd takes on the secret identity of Shredderman in order to expose the truth about a bully the kids call Bubba, in this first book in the Shredderman series.
One Came Home
Georgie doesn’t believe that her sister is dead. Determined to discover what happened to her sister Agatha after she left with a group of pigeoners, Georgie sets out after her. Will she uncover the mystery of her sister’s disappearance?
In the 1960s, thirteen skilled female pilots passed rigorous tests to prove they had the ability to serve on space missions, but NASA never permitted them to become astronauts.
To Kill A Mockingbird
In this classic American novel, Scout and her brother try to unravel the mystery of Boo Radley, their reclusive next-door neighbor. Meanwhile, their father, Atticus, defends a local black citizen on false charges of rape. A favorite novel since the 1950s, this remains a suspenseful and powerful reading experience.
Duncan’s summer working underground in the Toronto Transit System’s Lost and Found Department turns unexpectedly suspenseful when he discovers the diary of a stalker. Duncan becomes convinced that the unidentified writer of the diary fits the profile of a serial killer and is on the verge of committing a horrible act.
_Oggie has a special talent. He can charve cheese. What? He can take a slice of cheese and with tiny bites make it into whatever shape he likes. Donnica is a sneaky cheerleader who wants to steal Oggie
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of Gambia
A thought-provoking tale of ecological awareness and recycling.
Facing the Lion
The author of this autobiography is a member of the Maasai, a nomadic people whose life in Northern Kenya centers around the ownership and care of cows. He describes how the experiences of village life, such as going on a lion hunt to prove his bravery, contrasted with his life at school, where his academic success eventually led him to college in the US.
Book of Dust
This prequel to the highly acclaimed Golden Compass fantasy series features its heroine Lyra as a baby who needs to be saved. Two young new friends will go on an incredible journey to protect her.
Travis starts a new school, with low expectations for himself and everyone else. Right away he’s adopted by a smart, funny girl who calls herself Velveeta. Then the English teacher takes an interest in him. Travis is used to just getting by, but his new friends seem to think he can do better.
The Ruby in the Smoke**
Sally Lockhart’s quest to learn why her father was murdered on a merchant voyage to India leads her to the most dangerous parts of Victorian London. Her inheritance includes a magnificent ruby that seems to bring death and destruction to all who own or covet it. Sally’s adventures are continued in The Shadow in the North and The Tiger in the Well.
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
A young African American
Ship Breaker **
In a dystopian future America, Nailer survives by crawling through the dangerous wrecks of ancient oil tankers on the Gulf coast collecting scrap metal. After a storm, he and a friend find the wreck of a modern luxury ship and think their fortune is made, until they discover a survivor, the wealthy ship owner’s daughter.
The Red Bicycle
This informative and fascinating story follows the journey of a donated bike from North America to Burkina Faso. An excellent choice for helping kids think globally.
The King Must Die
As a youth, Theseus carries out two quests: one for his father, the King of Athens, and an other for the Minotaur to whom Athenian children have been sacrificed.
From a colonial letter to a hip-hop recording, this book contains powerful words in many forms, written and spoken by African-Americans over the course of two hundred years. Sidebars of biographical and historical information accompany excerpts from literature, letters, and speeches.
Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25
_Clara has joined the
Ramona Quimby, Age 8
A city that is conquered by a new outside ruler every couple of year has many names and not one at all. A boy named Kaidu of the current ruling group, Dao travels to the city to learn how to be a soldier but is much more interested in learning from Rat, a native of the city, a looked down upon group. He will discover things that could affect the whole future of the city.
Preaching to the Chickens
A fascinating glimpse into the childhood of civil rights leader John Lewis. Faith, humor, and purposeful action are equally present in this stunningly illustrated biography.
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Two children have a unique plan for running away — they camp out at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where they become involved in the mystery of a statue that may or may not have been made by the famous Michelangelo.
All the Water in the World
Introduces children to the water cycle through poetic text and dynamic illustrations.
Dare to Disappoint
Growing up in Turkey against a backdrop of conflict, government repression, and economic turmoil, Osje faces a choice familiar to many young people: should she work hard and sacrifice her true passions to win a secure job, or should she follow her dreams?
Rad American Women A-Z
You don’t have to be a girl to be inspired by this ABC of female change-makers who broke the mold and shaped history. From Angela Davis to Zora Neale Hurston, read about gritty, zestful Americans who meet the definition of “rad” — grassroots organizers, fighters for social justice, innovators, artists, athletes, and performers.
Listening for Lions
When Rachel’s missionary parents die in a flu epidemic in Kenya, her new guardians trap her in an evil scheme. She travels to England under a false identity to trick an elderly man into giving her an inheritance.
Matilda is a very nice child. However, when she discovers that Mrs. Trunchbull, the mean headmistress, is being unfair to Miss Honey, Matilda uses her talents to seek justice for her kind teacher.
Inspired by an old ballad, this is the story of a modern girl who discovers she has only a few months to figure out how to break an ancient curse on her family, or, like her mother and grandmothers, she will suffer a dismal fate.
Madeleine is sent to work in Paris in her vile uncle
Claudette wants nothing more than to slay a giant but her little village is too safe and quiet. Equal parts action and humor, this graphic novel is a winner!
This free verse novel is the perfect format to tell the story of Blade, who is trying to escape the celebrity fame brought on by his rock star, drug addicted father. Blade’s journey to find himself will take him on a soul journey from Hollywood to Ghana.
The Kingdom of Wrenly **
A prince and a seamstress’s daughter team up for fantastical adventures throughout the Lands of Wrenly.
Near his home in the mountains of Laos, on a dare, Tam tries to steal a bear cub from its den, and barely escapes alive. Many changes then happen to Tam: his village relocates, tragedy strikes his family, and he must work at a bear farm, where bears are kept in cruel captivity. When the very same cub reappears as a prisoner in the bear farm, Tam does his best to protect it.
Breaking Stalin’s Nose
Sasha is a good Russian Communist who can’t wait to join the Young Pioneers. But as the long awaited day draws near, everything starts to go terribly and absurdly wrong.
Alma and How She Got Her Name
Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has a long name. This heart-warming tale shares the discovery of her name story.
The Emerald Atlas**
Kate, Michael, and Emma grew up in orphanages, never understanding why their parents abandoned them, until they are sent to the blighted town of Cambridge Falls. There they make friends with a magician, join the townspeople in fighting a sorceress, travel back and forth in time, and discover that they have been named in a prophecy connected to three ancient books of magic.
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora
Arturo’s family has a restaurant in a fast developing area of the city. Arturo only has weeks to figure out a way to save the restaurant, save the town, and get the girl.
Lions of Little Rock [E]
To get a good education, Liz, a determined African American girl, passes for white in a segregated school in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1958. She is discovered and expelled, but not before she befriends Marlee, an extremely shy white classmate. Hurt and confused about why their friendship cannot continue, Marlee finds her voice. Winner of the 2015 Massachusetts Children’s Book Award.
Terrible Typhoid Mary: the True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America
This real life account gives many sides to the story of an Irish immigrant cook in the early 1900s who unknowingly spread the deadly disease among her New York employers. It covers the flurry in the press over her story and the fight to detect the causes of typhoid fever and eliminate it.
Carver: A Life in Poems
A biography, told in poems, of George Washington Carver, gifted botanist, artist, and teacher, born a slave. Many of the poems are in the imagined voices of Carver and various people in his life. Brief historical notes and small photographs accompany the poems in chronological order.
Hear the Wind Blow
Haswell’s family’s decision to help a wounded Confederate soldier leads to a string of difficult consequences.
Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France
Ben Franklin get’s top billing in the title, but this is also about Franz Mesmer and Austrian doctor who was curing people in France by hypnotizing them. It is also about the beginning of science as a field of study and the scientific method. With great illustrations, this is a tale of mystery and intrigue.
When Koly’s family arranges a marriage for her, the groom turns out to be an invalid. Soon Koly finds herself in a very difficult situation for a young girl in India.
Colfer’s graphic novel chronicles one boy’s hazardous journey from Ghana to Europe.
Desperate, evil, wicked Uncle Pirate Bob shows up out of the blue and helps to rescue Wilson, the most bullied kid in his fourth grade class.
_Stunning photographs by Bishop and appealing narratives characterize this non-fiction animal series.
Hannah comes from Australia to spend a winter in Kanazawa, a Japanese town with beautiful temples, gardens, and ancient twisty streets. Hannah and her new friends Miki and Hiro try to figure out the meaning of a mysterious message in an old toy box, and gradually realize that it is from the ghost of a boy who needs a favor from them.
Whales on Stilts
Lily’s dad works for an evil genius who is plotting to take over the world with mechanical, stilt-walking whales. Will she and her plucky friends be able to defeat the bad guy and save the world?
Mibs is turning 13 and her special talent or savvy is about to be revealed to her. Not only does she have to discover what her new power is, she will also spend the next few years away from the world learning how to control it. Her attempts to understand her savvy leads her on a wild adventure that includes a trailer park, a kidnapping, a renegade bible delivery bus and talking tattoos.
Thomas Peaceful lied about his age to follow his much admired older brother to join the fighting in World War I. During a long, lonely night on the front line, waiting for a dreaded event the next morning, he reflects on his life and the war.
Trouble Don’t Last
Samuel is too fearful to want to run away, but old Harrison is determined to escape slavery and take Samuel along. On the trip from Kentucky to Canada, they must put their trust in a series of people who provide stops on the Underground Railroad.
Orangutan Tongs: Poems to Tangle Your Tongue
The Paperboy [E]
A debilitating stutter has made 11-year old “Little Man’s” life difficult. His best friend, Rat, is on vacation for the month of July and has asked that Little Man take his route. Little Man knows that it will be tough with to communicate with customers due to his stutter, but with the encouragement of his beloved housekeeper Nan, he’s determined to make it work. Despite his enthusiasm bullies, thieves and delinquent customers stand in the way of his route. [ebook]
You Can’t See the Elephants
Mascha, a lonely girl, meets brother and sister, slightly younger, at the park and quickly realizes that they’re being beaten by their father at home. She tells adults, but no one will listen. They don’t want to hear about anything that contradicts their view of their village as harmonious and friendly. Determined to help, Mascha makes a plan of her own.
Close to Famous
After escaping Memphis and her mother’s scary Elvis impersonator ex-boyfriend, Foster and her mother end up in the tiny town of Culpepper. Both of them have dreams: Mama wants to be a lead singer and Foster wants to star in her own TV cooking show. Can dreams come true in a place like Culpepper?
Lowriders in Space
Sprinkled with Spanish phrases and drawn in red, blue, and black ballpoint pens by Raul the Third, this book features a talented team of friends who want to enter a car contest for prize money to start their own garage to work on cars. They discover and recover a car
After moving from Chicago to Grand River, Michigan, fifth grader Yolanda determines to prove that her younger brother is not a slow learner but a true musical genius.
Shark Beneath the Reef
Amal dreams of becoming a teacher but those hopes are dashed when she is forced into indentured servitude. Nevertheless, through this misfortune she learns the importance of working with others to achieve her dreams.
Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines
An accessible introduction to the life and achievements of Asian-American artist-architect Lin, highlighting her astonishing design for the Vietnam War memorial in Washington, D.C.
Fergel collects cans without labels. When he decides to open one, what he discovers inside leads him on a quirky adventure full of suspense.
In this visual retelling of the popular novel, a girl moves into an apartment and discovers a spooky mirror world next door.
Titanic: Voices from the Disaster
Drawing on historical sources, this gripping, authentic account recreates real peoples’ experiences on that fateful night, through the eyes of passengers of all classes, children, ship’s officers, crew, and rescuers. Many photos, diagrams, and maps add visual excitement.
Bread and Roses, Too
Rosa, diligent student and daughter of Italian immigrants, is thrown together with homeless orphan Jake in the tumult of a 1912 mill strike, as workers unite in the struggle for better wages and conditions.
The Raucous Royals
Was Prince Dracula a vampire? Did Anne Boleyn have six fingers? Even in the old days, celebrities attracted rumors and gossip. This book helps you separate historical truth from falsehood.
The Rock and the River
Their father is a civil rights leader who believes that patient, nonviolent work will lead to change, but in the angry summer of 1968 in Chicago, Spike and Sam are swept up in the Black Panther movement.
What Can You Do With an Old Red Shoe?
Cute bunnies take you through twelve fun projects that reuse old stuff around the house.
Tillage grew up as a sharecropper’s son in the South, soon becoming a civil-rights protester. He matter-of-factly explains the realities of segregation, his own and others’ mistreatment and his ideas of nonviolent protest. A black custodian in a Baltimore private school, Tillage records his recollections with spare dignity.
The Phantom Tollbooth
A tollbooth suddenly appears in Milo’s bedroom, and thus begins an inventive and hilarious journey through The Doldrums toward Dictionopolis. Milo meets numerous memorable characters along the way, including Officer Short Shrift and Tock the watchdog.
My Mother the Cheerleader
Every morning Louise’s mother dresses up and goes to stand with a group of neighborhood women known as the Cheerleaders, who taunt six-year old Ruby Bridges as she enters the elementary school. Louise never questions
the situation in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans until a likable New Yorker with radical views becomes a boarder in their house.
In the late 19th century, trainloads of city orphans were sent West to be adopted by prairie families. Many of the children escaped urban hardships only to enter a hard life as unpaid farm laborers. This story is told from the point of view of a Nebraska farm boy whose life is changed by a disabling accident and the arrival of a boy from the orphan train. More orphan train stories: Rodzina, Jake, We Rode the Orphan Trains.
The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder
There is a world of wonder in every snowstorm. Learn how snowflakes form and how to build a snow observation stage.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
William Kamkwamba and his family barely survived a famine in Malawi, which left them so short of money that William couldn’t go to school. These hardships inspired him to use his talent for tinkering to improve conditions in his family and village. By finding ingenious uses for trash and scrap, William earned a reputation as an inventor and connections to scientists and innovators worldwide.
Julia and Patrick do a project for the state fair. Patrick, who is fascinated by Julia’s Korean heritage, persuades her to raise silkworms, although Julia wants to do something more American. Between chapters, the main character enters into conversation with the author.
Who Was Amelia Earhart?**
The first woman to fly by herself across the Atlantic and Pacific, Amelia Earhart is also famous for the mystery of her disappearance. Other titles in the series: Who Was Harriet Tubman?, Who Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?,Who Was Harry Houdini?, Who Was Maria Tallchief?
Stop the Train!
Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder
Tiny eleven year old Nilly has just moved to Oslo, Norway. With his new friend Lisa they meet Dr. Proctor, inventor of some remarkable powder that causes farts powerful enough to send people into outer space. When some dastardly twins discover the powder Nilly and Lisa must do everything possible to keep the super powder from falling into the wrong hands.
The Legend of Spud Murphy**
It’s summer, and three brothers have nowhere to go except the library, with the meanest, scariest librarian on the
face of the earth.
Lost! A Dog Called Bear**
_The first book in the Rainbow Street Shelter series. When Logan
Liesl and Po
Liesl is a girl whose wicked stepmother keeps her in an attic. Po is a ghost who can’t find his way to Beyond. Will is an unhappy alchemist’s apprentice. When they are most in need, they find each other.
Deep Down Popular
When handsome, athletic Conrad Parker Smith experiences a dip in popularity in the sixth grade, two of the most awkward kids in class offer true friendship.
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas
A delightfully true story about an elephant seal who makes a most unusual home in the middle of the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. The perfect book for any animal lover.
In this well-known political science fiction novel, a young man dares to defy the book-burning laws of his totalitarian government.
Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm
King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats **
An early reader mystery series entertainingly told from the dog’s perspective.
The Haunted Library **
Kaz is an ordinary ghost who gets separated from his family and carried off to a library far away. Can his new human friends, a little girl and her grandmother librarian, help him find his way back home? This new mystery series includes a helpful glossary of ghostly terms.
Two brothers—one brilliant but a dreamer and the other reckless but cunning—make a perilous journey across sixteenth-century China in pursuit of their destinies. A superb and stimulating adventure story.
New town, new school, new friends a move is hard enough, but Evie also has a new name and a made-up history. Her family has been relocated by the federal witness protection program, leaving their former happy life far behind.
The London Eye Mystery
Two siblings take their visiting cousin sightseeing to the London Eye. They watch him go into the ride, and they watch all the passengers leave, but their cousin has disappeared.
Paul wears thick glasses and thinks of himself as a nerd, but he sees well enough to play on the undefeated Tangerine Middle School soccer team. He also sees hidden things, like the sinister side to his older brother, the family
The Night Gardener
A parentless brother and sister take jobs in a remote manor house in a spooky forest. Although they soon become aware of danger, they are trapped by their desperate need for somewhere to live. They discover a powerful evil force growing inside an indestructible tree, which exerts a destructive power over the family who owns the house.
A graphic novel rendition of Snow White taking place from the Roaring Twenties to the Great Depression. After Snow’s father survives the stock market crash but then suddenly dies, “the seven,” a group of street urchin children help take care of her.
As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth
Looking for cell phone reception, Ry unwisely gets off a stopped train in the middle of nowhere, and it leaves without him. Furthermore, the summer program he was headed to is called off and his parents are out of the country. This is the start of a chain of calamities and surprising adventures for Ry.
The Superheroes Employment Agency
Not all superheroes are well known. That’s where S.E.A. comes in, Superheroes Employment Agency. Through funny poems you will learn about Blunder Woman, the Verminator and every kid’s favorite Cajoler.
Crack in the Sea
This fantasy novel that reads like a classic folktale tells the story of three siblings who have passed to a “second world” through a magical portal in the ocean. A compelling story of immigration and its turmoil.