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2019 Intermediate, 5-8
Countdown: 2979 days to the moon
Countdown: 2979 days to the moon Image

Details in verse the accomplishments of NASA and the Apollo missions during the 2979 days after President Kennedy’s speech that challenged America to have a man on the moon within 10 years.

Checked
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Conor is an 11-year old AAA hockey star whose life is absorbed by stick time, and private and team skating lessons.  When Sinbad, Conor’s pet Doberman, is diagnosed with cancer, Conor must make difficult choices in order to come up with the money necessary for Sinbad’s treatments.

History's Worst: Bonnie and Clyde
History

Biography of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow from birth to their lives of crime that led to their violent deaths.

Finding Langston
Finding Langston Image

Langston’s mom has died resulting in his dad moving them from the Alabama country to Chicago.  To avoid school bullies, Langston takes a new route home and discovers a public library.

Serpent's Secret: Kiramala and the Kingdom Beyond
Serpent

Kiranmala is surprised to find out on her 12th birthday that she is a Princess and must travel to the Kingdom Beyond Seven Oceans and Thirteen Rivers to find her parents.  Based on Indian folklore.

Science of Breakable Things, The
Science of Breakable Things, The Image

Middle schoolers Natalie, Twig, and Dari team up to enter an egg drop competition, in hopes that the prize money will help Natalie’s depressed mom.

Parker Inheritance, The
Parker Inheritance, The Image

Candice and Brandon follow the puzzle clues left behind in a letter to Candice’s grandmother to learn more about Lambert, South Carolina’s history and find an inheritance meant to correct the past.

Calling All Minds: How To Think and Create Like an Inventor
Calling All Minds: How To Think and Create Like an Inventor Image

Memoir of author Temple Grandin, interspersed with 25 step-by-step STEM projects and historical information about scientists and inventors.

Harbor Me
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Six middle school students spend an hour each week in the ARTT (a room to talk) room, without any adults to guide their conversations.

Totally Middle School: Tales of Friends, Family, and Fitting in
Totally Middle School: Tales of Friends, Family, and Fitting in Image

Anthology of eleven short stories depicting the life of middle school students, in a wide range of writing styles.

Lions & Liars
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5th grader Frederick is sent to a disciplinary camp, where he attempts to be the toughest boy attending.  Thankfully, he forms a friendship with Ant Hill, Nosebleed, Specs, and the Professor because they all must work together to survive the impending hurricane.

Wonderland
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Rose and Mavis are very different from each other, but those differences don’t keep them from becoming friends.  Mr. Duffy is having a tough time recovering from the recent loss of a beloved pet, until the two girls bring him Henry, a lost dog they found on their adventures together.

Property of the Rebel Librarian
Property of the Rebel Librarian Image

June loves to read!  Her parents find an “inappropriate” book in June’s school library and work to get the school library collection revamped (including the release of the school librarian and cancellation of an author visit).  June fights back by using a vacant locker as a Little Free Library.

Mascot
Mascot Image

Noah, partially paralyzed in an accident that killed his father, must learn to navigate middle school, friendship, baseball, and his feelings from a wheelchair.

Amal Unbound
Amal Unbound Image

In Pakistan, Amal holds on to her dreams of becoming a teacher even after she misses school in order to stay home to help take care of her younger siblings and being forced to become an indentured servant to help pay off her family’s debt to the corrupt Khan family.

Lifeboat 12
Lifeboat 12 Image

During World War II, 12-year old Ken Sparks is one of the lucky 90 youth chosen to leave Britain on the ship SS City of Benares headed to seek refuge in Canada. The same day the captain declares they are safe from German’s attacks, the ship is hit by a torpedo and Ben must survive on Lifeboat 12.

Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
Miscalculations of Lightning Girl Image

12-year old Lucy Callahan has been homeschooled since being struck by lightning (which causes her to be a genius at math). Before she is able to enter college, her grandma asks Lucy to finish one year of middle school, make one friend, join one organization, and read one book.

Whatshisface
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Cooper Vega befriends the ghost of a 16th-century boy, Roderick Northrop, through the use of his top-of-the-line smart phone, all while Cooper’s new 7th grade class prepares for a production of Romeo and Juliet.

Be Prepared
Be Prepared Image

Memoir of author Vera Brosgol’s first trip to a Russian summer camp, which she wrongly assumes will be just like the other summer camps her non-Russian school friends attend.

2019 Intermediate, 5-8
Countdown: 2979 days to the moon Image
Countdown: 2979 days to the moon
Details in verse the accomplishments of NASA and the Apollo missions during the 2979 days after President Kennedy’s speech that challenged America to have a man on the moon within 10 years.
Checked Image
Checked
Conor is an 11-year old AAA hockey star whose life is absorbed by stick time, and private and team skating lessons.  When Sinbad, Conor’s pet Doberman, is diagnosed with cancer, Conor must make difficult choices in order to come up with the money necessary for Sinbad’s treatments.
History
History's Worst: Bonnie and Clyde
Biography of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow from birth to their lives of crime that led to their violent deaths.
Finding Langston Image
Finding Langston
Langston’s mom has died resulting in his dad moving them from the Alabama country to Chicago.  To avoid school bullies, Langston takes a new route home and discovers a public library.
Serpent
Serpent's Secret: Kiramala and the Kingdom Beyond
Kiranmala is surprised to find out on her 12th birthday that she is a Princess and must travel to the Kingdom Beyond Seven Oceans and Thirteen Rivers to find her parents.  Based on Indian folklore.
Science of Breakable Things, The Image
Science of Breakable Things, The
Middle schoolers Natalie, Twig, and Dari team up to enter an egg drop competition, in hopes that the prize money will help Natalie’s depressed mom.
Parker Inheritance, The Image
Parker Inheritance, The
Candice and Brandon follow the puzzle clues left behind in a letter to Candice’s grandmother to learn more about Lambert, South Carolina’s history and find an inheritance meant to correct the past.
Calling All Minds: How To Think and Create Like an Inventor Image
Calling All Minds: How To Think and Create Like an Inventor
Memoir of author Temple Grandin, interspersed with 25 step-by-step STEM projects and historical information about scientists and inventors.
Harbor Me Image
Harbor Me
Six middle school students spend an hour each week in the ARTT (a room to talk) room, without any adults to guide their conversations.
Totally Middle School: Tales of Friends, Family, and Fitting in Image
Totally Middle School: Tales of Friends, Family, and Fitting in
Anthology of eleven short stories depicting the life of middle school students, in a wide range of writing styles.
Lions & Liars Image
Lions & Liars
5th grader Frederick is sent to a disciplinary camp, where he attempts to be the toughest boy attending.  Thankfully, he forms a friendship with Ant Hill, Nosebleed, Specs, and the Professor because they all must work together to survive the impending hurricane.
Wonderland Image
Wonderland
Rose and Mavis are very different from each other, but those differences don’t keep them from becoming friends.  Mr. Duffy is having a tough time recovering from the recent loss of a beloved pet, until the two girls bring him Henry, a lost dog they found on their adventures together.
Property of the Rebel Librarian Image
Property of the Rebel Librarian
June loves to read!  Her parents find an “inappropriate” book in June’s school library and work to get the school library collection revamped (including the release of the school librarian and cancellation of an author visit).  June fights back by using a vacant locker as a Little Free Library.
Mascot Image
Mascot
Noah, partially paralyzed in an accident that killed his father, must learn to navigate middle school, friendship, baseball, and his feelings from a wheelchair.
Amal Unbound Image
Amal Unbound
In Pakistan, Amal holds on to her dreams of becoming a teacher even after she misses school in order to stay home to help take care of her younger siblings and being forced to become an indentured servant to help pay off her family’s debt to the corrupt Khan family.
Lifeboat 12 Image
Lifeboat 12
During World War II, 12-year old Ken Sparks is one of the lucky 90 youth chosen to leave Britain on the ship SS City of Benares headed to seek refuge in Canada. The same day the captain declares they are safe from German’s attacks, the ship is hit by a torpedo and Ben must survive on Lifeboat 12.
Miscalculations of Lightning Girl Image
Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
12-year old Lucy Callahan has been homeschooled since being struck by lightning (which causes her to be a genius at math). Before she is able to enter college, her grandma asks Lucy to finish one year of middle school, make one friend, join one organization, and read one book.
Whatshisface Image
Whatshisface
Cooper Vega befriends the ghost of a 16th-century boy, Roderick Northrop, through the use of his top-of-the-line smart phone, all while Cooper’s new 7th grade class prepares for a production of Romeo and Juliet.
Be Prepared Image
Be Prepared
Memoir of author Vera Brosgol’s first trip to a Russian summer camp, which she wrongly assumes will be just like the other summer camps her non-Russian school friends attend.