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2017 Intermediate, 5-8
2017 Intermediate, 5-8
Slacker
Slacker Image

All Cameron and his friends want to do is play video games.  However, Cameron’s parents force him to join a school club.  Cameron takes matters into his own hands and forms the supposed-to-be-fake Positive Action Group.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long before the PAG becomes the most popular school club, performing various community service projects.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon
The Girl Who Drank the Moon Image

Luna was just a baby living in the city when she was stolen from her mother and left to die in the nearby woods. Instead, Luna is rescued by a friendly witch, Xan, and grows up living with the witch, Glerk, a swamp monster, and Fyrian, a dragon. Together, they must work together to reunite Luna with her family and keep the city and their home in the woods from being destroyed by the evil witch.

The Girl I Used to Be
The Girl I Used to Be Image

Ariel was 3 years old when her parents were murdered. Seventeen years later she returns, as Olivia, to help solve the cold case.

The Best Man
The Best Man Image

Middle-schooler Archer strives to be the best man he can be–just like his grandfather, dad, uncle, and teacher. Now that his teacher, Mr. McLeod, and his Uncle Paul are getting married, he’s getting the chance to be the Best Man, too.

Surviving Middle School: Navigating the Halls, Riding the Social Roller Coaster, and Unmasking the Real You
Surviving Middle School: Navigating the Halls, Riding the Social Roller Coaster, and Unmasking the Real You Image

Uses real-life experiences and humor to provide tips for middle school students to deal with relationships (peers, parents ,and teachers), busy schedules (academics and extracurricular activities), success, and failure.

Sticks and Stones
Sticks and Stones Image

Twelve-year old Elyse has a rare disease that causes the words that other think about her appear on her body. Someone in her school keeps leaving her encouraging notes; will Elyse be able to figure out who?

Somewhere There is a Sun
Somewhere There is a Sun Image

The year is 1941 and Nazi Germany has just invaded Prague, Czechoslovakia. Misha’s family is forced to move into the nearby Jewish ghetto. After his father dies, the family –Mother, Misha, and sister Marietta–is moved to the Terezin concentration camp. From November 1942, until May 1945, this is where they survive–barely avoiding a train to Auschwitz.

Soar
Soar Image

Twelve-year old Jeremiah has had a heart transplant. Since he isn’t able to play baseball, the next best thing would be to coach a baseball team. Now that he has moved to Hillcrest, where they are known for baseball success, it shouldn’t be too hard to field a middle school team. Right?

Save Me a Seat
Save Me a Seat Image

It’s the first week of fifth grade for Ravi, who recently moved from India to the USA, and Joe, who suffers from auditory processing disorder, are put in the same class. Told in alternating points of view, the boys describe their school day, and in the process might even become friends.

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story
Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor

Sachiko Yasui was 6 years old when the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki. Her account details her memories and the bomb’s aftermath on her family, community, and country.

Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars
Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars Image

Details the childhood challenges of professional athletes Jim Abbott and RA Dickey (MLB), Caron Butler (NFL), Jacques Demers (NHL), Althea Gibson (tennis), Tim Howard (soccer), and Shane Battier, Stephen Curry, Serge Ibaka, LeBron James, and Dwayne Wade (NBA).

Raymie Nightingale
Raymie Nightingale Image

Raymie Clarke wants to learn how to twirl a baton and complete good deeds in order to win the local beauty pageant. What she doesn’t expect is that her two main competitors, Louisiana and Beverly, will become her best friends.

The Great White Shark Scientist
The Great White Shark Scientist Image

Highlights the work of shark biologist Geg Skomal off the coast of Cape Cod as he and his team tag great white sharks and collect video data. Part of the Scientists in the Fieldseries.

The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
The Inquisitor

Told by multiple storytellers, one learns about Jeanne, her greyhound, William, and Jacob. They each have their own supernatural powers and their travels make them the most famous children in all of Medieval France.

You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen
You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen Image

Using illustrated poetry, depicts the lives of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II. Includes the racism they dealt with during their training in Alabama until their return from Europe as Red Tail Angels.

Wolf Hollow
Wolf Hollow Image

Annabelle stands up to Betty, a manipulative bully whose attacks include a homeless WWI veteran, Toby, who suffers from PTSD.

Wish
Wish Image

If Charlie knows anything, it is all the possible ways to make a wish. She definitely doesn’t know how long she will have to stay in Colby (where all the hillbillies live), while her mom gets well. Maybe once she and her new friend, Howard, catch that stray dog, her secret wish will come true.

When Friendship Followed Me Home
When Friendship Followed Me Home Image

Ben’s life seems to be on the upswing. He has an adopted mom who loves him, he has rescued a stray dog (Flip), and he has a budding friendship with a fellow avid reader and writer, Halley (AKA Rainbow Girl). Then, Ben’s whole world gets turned upside down. Will Flip and Halley be able to help?

We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler
We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler Image

Details the WWII events that led up to Munich University students and professors taking an anti-Nazi stand. Their collaborative efforts resulted in the typed White Rose leaflets. Includes the aftermath of movement members being discovered, arrested, tried, and even beheaded for treason.

Under Their Skin
Under Their Skin Image

Twelve-year old twins Nick and Eryn seek to find the answers about why they are not able to meet their new step-siblings. Their investigation reveals a family secret. Book 1 of the Under Their Skin series.

Ugly
Ugly Image

Robert was born with a tumor on his face. He has spent his entire life being called “ugly.” Now is the time for him to decide whether he wants to risk the surgery that could remove the tumor and repair his face.

Thunder Beneath My Feet
Thunder Beneath My Feet Image

Fifteen-year old Betsy is taking care of her younger brother, Johnnie, while their parents away, when the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812 occurs. Instead of fleeing the damage, Betsy and Johnnie decide to stay in the area.

The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle
The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle Image

Lester Papadopoulos (Apollo as a mortal) and Meg McCaffrey, daughter of Demeter, must work together to learn why demigods have been disappearing from Camp Half Blood, locate the Grove of Dodona, and defeat the Triumvirate before Camp Half Blood is destroyed. Book 1 of the Trials of Apollo series.

The Nameless City
The Nameless City Image

Rat, a native to the Nameless City, and Kaidu, a Dao occupier, must work together to ensure the City is not destroyed.

The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary
The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary Image

Ms. Hill’s fifth-grade students write in a shared poetry journal all school year. When they learn that the school board has okayed the plans to demolish the school so a new supermarket can be built, the students decide to apply their learning of peaceful protests, in hopes that the decision will be reversed. Told from multiple perspectives. Novel in verse.

Projekt 1065
Projekt 1065 Image

Michael’s parents are spies for the British Secret Service; he joins the Hitler Youth movement to use his photographic memory to help them. When Michael gains access to the Nazi’s secret new airplane, Projekt 1065, he must decide the best way to keep his family’s secret safe.

Presenting Buffalo Bill: The Man Who Invented the Wild West
Presenting Buffalo Bill: The Man Who Invented the Wild West Image

Biography of the life of William F. Cody, who is best known as Wild West entertainer Buffalo Bill.

Finding Perfect
Finding Perfect Image

To those on the outside, 12-year old Molly’s life seems perfect; she has the perfect appearance and the perfect grades. When Molly’s mom unexpectedly leaves her family, Molly’s life begins to fall apart and her OCD tendencies become much more prevalent.

Falling Over Sideways
Falling Over Sideways Image

Claire’s middle school life cannot get any worse. She is in the shadow of her older brother who excelled in school, she gets bullied at school, and she doesn’t get promoted with the others in her dance class. Then, her dad unexpectedly has a stroke.

Bubonic Panic: When Plague Invaded America
Bubonic Panic: When Plague Invaded America Image

Follows the contagious plague carried by rats and fleas from A.D. 542 in Constantinople to the early 1900s in the United States.

Bridge to the Wild: Behind the Scenes at the Zoo
Bridge to the Wild: Behind the Scenes at the Zoo Image

Provides a behinds-the-scene look at the work completed by zoo employees at Zoo Atlanta, as well as an up-close look at the various animals housed there.

Booked
Booked Image

Nick loves soccer, but hates that his father forces him to read. An emergency appendectomy keeps Nick from playing in a national soccer tournament, yet finally provides Nick the extra time to read the one book his librarian has been trying to convince him to read. Novel in verse.

Been There, Done That: School Dazed
Been There, Done That: School Dazed Image

Seventeen authors share the details of an event that took place during school. Then, they write a fictionalized short story inspired by the event. No. 2 in series.

Beautiful Blue World
Beautiful Blue World Image

Mathilde worries that she or her best friend, Megs, will be separated forever when they are recruited as children to fight in their country’s, Safarende, war.

Based on a True Story (Series)
Based on a True Story (Series) Image

This series includes a historical fictional account of real children who made an impact in American History. Review titles include: Sybil Ludington: Revolutionary War Rider; Mary Jemison: Native American Captive; John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy; Nettie & Nellie Crook: Orphan Train Sisters.

Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine
Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine Image

Ms. Barakat details her life (from the ages of 7 to 18) as a member of a large family and being educated while living in the Palestine region from 1971-1981. Sequel to Tasting the Sky.

Ashes
Ashes Image

Escaped slaves Isabel and Curzon must travel south in order to find Isabel’s sister, Ruth. All three end up in Williamsburg where they must decide whether to support George Washington’s Continental Army or the British redcoats. Book 3 in The Seeds of America trilogy.

As Brave As You
As Brave As You Image

Eleven-year old Genie and his older brother are sent away from Brooklyn to spend their summer in rural Virginia with their grandparents, one of whom is blind.

Free Verse
Free Verse Image

Sarah hasn’t had any parents since she was little and now her brother, Michael, has died in a fire. She moves in with long-lost family members and learns to deal with her anxiety and grief (and her little cousin, Mikey) through the use of poetry.

Full of Beans
Full of Beans Image

During the Great Depression, 10-year-old Beans Curry and the rest of the “Keepsies” gang members find ways to scheme money from the “New Dealers” responsible for rebuilding Key West as a tourist attraction.

Pax
Pax Image

In alternating points of view, Peter and his beloved fox, Pax, journey hundreds of miles, despite war preparations, in order to reunite.

Paper Wishes
Paper Wishes Image

After Japan bombs Pearl Harbor, 10-year old Manami and her family are forced to leave their home in Washington to move to Manzanar, a Japanese internment camp in California.

Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story
Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story Image

On Sept. 10, 2011, Sergio, Will, Naheed, and Aimee were each facing difficulties in their lives and had never met each other. Then, Sept. 11, 2001, happened. A year later, the four children’s’ lives will intersect in New York City.

Ms. Bixby's Last Day
Ms. Bixby

Told in alternating points of view of sixth-graders Topher, Brand, and Steve. Ms. Bixby is their beloved teacher who is in the hospital dying from cancer. The boys take it upon themselves to skip school one day to provide Ms. Bixby her perfect, with a few exceptions, last day.

Mighty Jack
Mighty Jack Image

Jack normally dislikes his boring summer break. Not this year! His autistic sister, Maddy, has traded their mom’s car for a box of mysterious seeds. Now, their backyard garden is growing many different types of plants with special powers. When Maddy is kidnapped by the plant creatures, it is up to Jack and neighbor, Lilly, to rescue her. Retelling of Jack in the Beanstalk.

Maybe a Fox
Maybe a Fox Image

Sylvia wasn’t only Jules’s older sister; she was her best friend. Now Sylvia is dead and Jules is heartbroken. How will the encounters with the newborn fox cub help her? What Jules doesn’t know is that the fox is actually a shadow fox, part animal and part spirit.

Lion Island: Cuba's Warrior of Words
Lion Island: Cuba

Depicts the life of Antonio Chuffat, a mixed-race messenger who worked as a translator to document the plight of Chinese workers, including his friends, Wing and Fan, throughout Cuba. Novel in verse.

Lily and Dunkin
Lily and Dunkin Image

Dunkin suffers from bipolar disorder. Lily is a girl born in a boy’s body. When they meet in eighth grade, both of their lives are changed forever.

Ghosts
Ghosts Image

Catrina’s first problem is that she has an annoying younger sister named Maya. Catrina’s second problem is that Maya suffers from cystic fibrosis. Catrina’s third problem is that her family has now moved to a California town known for its paranormal activity. Catrina’s biggest problem is that Maya REALLY wants to meet a ghost.

Ghost
Ghost Image

Castle Cranshaw (nicknamed Ghost) has always loved basketball, but when he challenges a sprinter to a race, and wins, he begins looking toward the future instead of the past.

Garvey's Choice
Garvey

Garvey’s father wants him to be a jock. Garvey’s classmates want him to lose weight. Through the use of Tanka poems, readers learn what Garvey wants for himself. Novel in verse.

A Bandit's Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a PickPocket
A Bandit

Eleven-year old Italian immigrant Rocco has made it to America. Now, he must pay off his padrone by working as a begging street performer and by learning how to pick-pocket. Over time, Rocco befriends Mary; together, they strive for social reform for adequate child and animal cruelty laws.

2017 Intermediate, 5-8
Slacker Image
Slacker
All Cameron and his friends want to do is play video games.  However, Cameron’s parents force him to join a school club.  Cameron takes matters into his own hands and forms the supposed-to-be-fake Positive Action Group.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long before the PAG becomes the most popular school club, performing various community service projects.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon Image
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Luna was just a baby living in the city when she was stolen from her mother and left to die in the nearby woods. Instead, Luna is rescued by a friendly witch, Xan, and grows up living with the witch, Glerk, a swamp monster, and Fyrian, a dragon. Together, they must work together to reunite Luna with her family and keep the city and their home in the woods from being destroyed by the evil witch.
The Girl I Used to Be Image
The Girl I Used to Be
Ariel was 3 years old when her parents were murdered. Seventeen years later she returns, as Olivia, to help solve the cold case.
The Best Man Image
The Best Man
Middle-schooler Archer strives to be the best man he can be–just like his grandfather, dad, uncle, and teacher. Now that his teacher, Mr. McLeod, and his Uncle Paul are getting married, he’s getting the chance to be the Best Man, too.
Surviving Middle School: Navigating the Halls, Riding the Social Roller Coaster, and Unmasking the Real You Image
Surviving Middle School: Navigating the Halls, Riding the Social Roller Coaster, and Unmasking the Real You
Uses real-life experiences and humor to provide tips for middle school students to deal with relationships (peers, parents ,and teachers), busy schedules (academics and extracurricular activities), success, and failure.
Sticks and Stones Image
Sticks and Stones
Twelve-year old Elyse has a rare disease that causes the words that other think about her appear on her body. Someone in her school keeps leaving her encouraging notes; will Elyse be able to figure out who?
Somewhere There is a Sun Image
Somewhere There is a Sun
The year is 1941 and Nazi Germany has just invaded Prague, Czechoslovakia. Misha’s family is forced to move into the nearby Jewish ghetto. After his father dies, the family –Mother, Misha, and sister Marietta–is moved to the Terezin concentration camp. From November 1942, until May 1945, this is where they survive–barely avoiding a train to Auschwitz.
Soar Image
Soar
Twelve-year old Jeremiah has had a heart transplant. Since he isn’t able to play baseball, the next best thing would be to coach a baseball team. Now that he has moved to Hillcrest, where they are known for baseball success, it shouldn’t be too hard to field a middle school team. Right?
Save Me a Seat Image
Save Me a Seat
It’s the first week of fifth grade for Ravi, who recently moved from India to the USA, and Joe, who suffers from auditory processing disorder, are put in the same class. Told in alternating points of view, the boys describe their school day, and in the process might even become friends.
Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor
Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story
Sachiko Yasui was 6 years old when the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki. Her account details her memories and the bomb’s aftermath on her family, community, and country.
Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars Image
Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars
Details the childhood challenges of professional athletes Jim Abbott and RA Dickey (MLB), Caron Butler (NFL), Jacques Demers (NHL), Althea Gibson (tennis), Tim Howard (soccer), and Shane Battier, Stephen Curry, Serge Ibaka, LeBron James, and Dwayne Wade (NBA).
Raymie Nightingale Image
Raymie Nightingale
Raymie Clarke wants to learn how to twirl a baton and complete good deeds in order to win the local beauty pageant. What she doesn’t expect is that her two main competitors, Louisiana and Beverly, will become her best friends.
The Great White Shark Scientist Image
The Great White Shark Scientist
Highlights the work of shark biologist Geg Skomal off the coast of Cape Cod as he and his team tag great white sharks and collect video data. Part of the Scientists in the Fieldseries.
The Inquisitor
The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
Told by multiple storytellers, one learns about Jeanne, her greyhound, William, and Jacob. They each have their own supernatural powers and their travels make them the most famous children in all of Medieval France.
You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen Image
You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen
Using illustrated poetry, depicts the lives of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II. Includes the racism they dealt with during their training in Alabama until their return from Europe as Red Tail Angels.
Wolf Hollow Image
Wolf Hollow
Annabelle stands up to Betty, a manipulative bully whose attacks include a homeless WWI veteran, Toby, who suffers from PTSD.
Wish Image
Wish
If Charlie knows anything, it is all the possible ways to make a wish. She definitely doesn’t know how long she will have to stay in Colby (where all the hillbillies live), while her mom gets well. Maybe once she and her new friend, Howard, catch that stray dog, her secret wish will come true.
When Friendship Followed Me Home Image
When Friendship Followed Me Home
Ben’s life seems to be on the upswing. He has an adopted mom who loves him, he has rescued a stray dog (Flip), and he has a budding friendship with a fellow avid reader and writer, Halley (AKA Rainbow Girl). Then, Ben’s whole world gets turned upside down. Will Flip and Halley be able to help?
We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler Image
We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler
Details the WWII events that led up to Munich University students and professors taking an anti-Nazi stand. Their collaborative efforts resulted in the typed White Rose leaflets. Includes the aftermath of movement members being discovered, arrested, tried, and even beheaded for treason.
Under Their Skin Image
Under Their Skin
Twelve-year old twins Nick and Eryn seek to find the answers about why they are not able to meet their new step-siblings. Their investigation reveals a family secret. Book 1 of the Under Their Skin series.
Ugly Image
Ugly
Robert was born with a tumor on his face. He has spent his entire life being called “ugly.” Now is the time for him to decide whether he wants to risk the surgery that could remove the tumor and repair his face.
Thunder Beneath My Feet Image
Thunder Beneath My Feet
Fifteen-year old Betsy is taking care of her younger brother, Johnnie, while their parents away, when the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812 occurs. Instead of fleeing the damage, Betsy and Johnnie decide to stay in the area.
The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle Image
The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle
Lester Papadopoulos (Apollo as a mortal) and Meg McCaffrey, daughter of Demeter, must work together to learn why demigods have been disappearing from Camp Half Blood, locate the Grove of Dodona, and defeat the Triumvirate before Camp Half Blood is destroyed. Book 1 of the Trials of Apollo series.
The Nameless City Image
The Nameless City
Rat, a native to the Nameless City, and Kaidu, a Dao occupier, must work together to ensure the City is not destroyed.
The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary Image
The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary
Ms. Hill’s fifth-grade students write in a shared poetry journal all school year. When they learn that the school board has okayed the plans to demolish the school so a new supermarket can be built, the students decide to apply their learning of peaceful protests, in hopes that the decision will be reversed. Told from multiple perspectives. Novel in verse.
Projekt 1065 Image
Projekt 1065
Michael’s parents are spies for the British Secret Service; he joins the Hitler Youth movement to use his photographic memory to help them. When Michael gains access to the Nazi’s secret new airplane, Projekt 1065, he must decide the best way to keep his family’s secret safe.
Presenting Buffalo Bill: The Man Who Invented the Wild West Image
Presenting Buffalo Bill: The Man Who Invented the Wild West
Biography of the life of William F. Cody, who is best known as Wild West entertainer Buffalo Bill.
Finding Perfect Image
Finding Perfect
To those on the outside, 12-year old Molly’s life seems perfect; she has the perfect appearance and the perfect grades. When Molly’s mom unexpectedly leaves her family, Molly’s life begins to fall apart and her OCD tendencies become much more prevalent.
Falling Over Sideways Image
Falling Over Sideways
Claire’s middle school life cannot get any worse. She is in the shadow of her older brother who excelled in school, she gets bullied at school, and she doesn’t get promoted with the others in her dance class. Then, her dad unexpectedly has a stroke.
Bubonic Panic: When Plague Invaded America Image
Bubonic Panic: When Plague Invaded America
Follows the contagious plague carried by rats and fleas from A.D. 542 in Constantinople to the early 1900s in the United States.
Bridge to the Wild: Behind the Scenes at the Zoo Image
Bridge to the Wild: Behind the Scenes at the Zoo
Provides a behinds-the-scene look at the work completed by zoo employees at Zoo Atlanta, as well as an up-close look at the various animals housed there.
Booked Image
Booked
Nick loves soccer, but hates that his father forces him to read. An emergency appendectomy keeps Nick from playing in a national soccer tournament, yet finally provides Nick the extra time to read the one book his librarian has been trying to convince him to read. Novel in verse.
Been There, Done That: School Dazed Image
Been There, Done That: School Dazed
Seventeen authors share the details of an event that took place during school. Then, they write a fictionalized short story inspired by the event. No. 2 in series.
Beautiful Blue World Image
Beautiful Blue World
Mathilde worries that she or her best friend, Megs, will be separated forever when they are recruited as children to fight in their country’s, Safarende, war.
Based on a True Story (Series) Image
Based on a True Story (Series)
This series includes a historical fictional account of real children who made an impact in American History. Review titles include: Sybil Ludington: Revolutionary War Rider; Mary Jemison: Native American Captive; John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy; Nettie & Nellie Crook: Orphan Train Sisters.
Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine Image
Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine
Ms. Barakat details her life (from the ages of 7 to 18) as a member of a large family and being educated while living in the Palestine region from 1971-1981. Sequel to Tasting the Sky.
Ashes Image
Ashes
Escaped slaves Isabel and Curzon must travel south in order to find Isabel’s sister, Ruth. All three end up in Williamsburg where they must decide whether to support George Washington’s Continental Army or the British redcoats. Book 3 in The Seeds of America trilogy.
As Brave As You Image
As Brave As You
Eleven-year old Genie and his older brother are sent away from Brooklyn to spend their summer in rural Virginia with their grandparents, one of whom is blind.
Free Verse Image
Free Verse
Sarah hasn’t had any parents since she was little and now her brother, Michael, has died in a fire. She moves in with long-lost family members and learns to deal with her anxiety and grief (and her little cousin, Mikey) through the use of poetry.
Full of Beans Image
Full of Beans
During the Great Depression, 10-year-old Beans Curry and the rest of the “Keepsies” gang members find ways to scheme money from the “New Dealers” responsible for rebuilding Key West as a tourist attraction.
Pax Image
Pax
In alternating points of view, Peter and his beloved fox, Pax, journey hundreds of miles, despite war preparations, in order to reunite.
Paper Wishes Image
Paper Wishes
After Japan bombs Pearl Harbor, 10-year old Manami and her family are forced to leave their home in Washington to move to Manzanar, a Japanese internment camp in California.
Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story Image
Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story
On Sept. 10, 2011, Sergio, Will, Naheed, and Aimee were each facing difficulties in their lives and had never met each other. Then, Sept. 11, 2001, happened. A year later, the four children’s’ lives will intersect in New York City.
Ms. Bixby
Ms. Bixby's Last Day
Told in alternating points of view of sixth-graders Topher, Brand, and Steve. Ms. Bixby is their beloved teacher who is in the hospital dying from cancer. The boys take it upon themselves to skip school one day to provide Ms. Bixby her perfect, with a few exceptions, last day.
Mighty Jack Image
Mighty Jack
Jack normally dislikes his boring summer break. Not this year! His autistic sister, Maddy, has traded their mom’s car for a box of mysterious seeds. Now, their backyard garden is growing many different types of plants with special powers. When Maddy is kidnapped by the plant creatures, it is up to Jack and neighbor, Lilly, to rescue her. Retelling of Jack in the Beanstalk.
Maybe a Fox Image
Maybe a Fox
Sylvia wasn’t only Jules’s older sister; she was her best friend. Now Sylvia is dead and Jules is heartbroken. How will the encounters with the newborn fox cub help her? What Jules doesn’t know is that the fox is actually a shadow fox, part animal and part spirit.
Lion Island: Cuba
Lion Island: Cuba's Warrior of Words
Depicts the life of Antonio Chuffat, a mixed-race messenger who worked as a translator to document the plight of Chinese workers, including his friends, Wing and Fan, throughout Cuba. Novel in verse.
Lily and Dunkin Image
Lily and Dunkin
Dunkin suffers from bipolar disorder. Lily is a girl born in a boy’s body. When they meet in eighth grade, both of their lives are changed forever.
Ghosts Image
Ghosts
Catrina’s first problem is that she has an annoying younger sister named Maya. Catrina’s second problem is that Maya suffers from cystic fibrosis. Catrina’s third problem is that her family has now moved to a California town known for its paranormal activity. Catrina’s biggest problem is that Maya REALLY wants to meet a ghost.
Ghost Image
Ghost
Castle Cranshaw (nicknamed Ghost) has always loved basketball, but when he challenges a sprinter to a race, and wins, he begins looking toward the future instead of the past.
Garvey
Garvey's Choice
Garvey’s father wants him to be a jock. Garvey’s classmates want him to lose weight. Through the use of Tanka poems, readers learn what Garvey wants for himself. Novel in verse.
A Bandit
A Bandit's Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a PickPocket
Eleven-year old Italian immigrant Rocco has made it to America. Now, he must pay off his padrone by working as a begging street performer and by learning how to pick-pocket. Over time, Rocco befriends Mary; together, they strive for social reform for adequate child and animal cruelty laws.