2018 Books for Missouri Students
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.