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Aylesworth: Naughty Little Monkeys c2003 alphabet
Twenty-six monkeys get into mischief when their parents go out for the evening in this rhyming
alphabet book.

Bang: When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry... c1999 character
Sophie expresses her anger when she must surrender a toy to her sister.

Crews: The Neighborhood Mother Goose c2004 nursery rhymes, diversity
This collection of nursery rhymes features the familiar and unfamiliar, all set in the city.

Ehlert: Pie in the Sky c2004 family fiction
As a father and his child view the cherry tree in their back yard, they refer to it as a pie tree. Includes a

Kimmel: The Gingerbread Man c1993 fairy tale
This familiar fairy tale features a gingerbread man who runs away from the woman who bakes him and
meets other animals along the way, including a clever fox.

Penn:The Kissing Hand c1993 family life
Chester Raccoon is afraid to attend kindergarten until his mother shows him a special way to take her
love along.

Pfister: Rainbow Fish animal stories
The most beautiful fish in the ocean with the shimmering silver scales discovers the beauty of sharing.

Pinkney: The Lion & the Mouse c2009 wordless, fairy tale
Wordless retelling of an Aesop fable, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are
capable of great deeds when he rescues the King of the Jungle.

Prelutsky: Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young c1986 poetry
This collection of 200 short poems is designed for young children and includes illustrations that
correlate with the poems.

Rosen: We're Going on a Bear Hunt c2003 animals, fiction
Brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter
with the bear forces a headlong retreat.

Rosenthal: Duck! Rabbit! c2009 animals
Two unseen characters argue about whether the creature they are looking at is a rabbit or a duck.

Shannon: David Goes to School c1999 humor
David's school behavior needs to be improved.
Sierra: Counting Crocodiles c1997 counting, rhyming
A monkey outsmarts ten crocodiles that stand between her and a banana tree by using her ability to

Sierra: Wild About Books c2004 animals, humor
A librarian accidentally drives her bookmobile to the zoo and subsequently reads a Dr. Seuss book to the

Slate: Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten c2003 school
Introduces the letters of the alphabet as Miss Bindergarten and her students get ready for kindergarten.

Taback: Joseph Had a Little Overcoat c1999 diversity
Joseph starts out with an overcoat and ends with a button.

Thompson: Little Quack c2003 animals
Mama Duck encourages her four ducklings to leave the nest. The youngest and smallest, Little Quack,
proves to be the most reluctant.

Wood: Alphabet Adventure c2001 alphabet
The letters of the alphabet join the search to help "i" find her dot in order to continue their journey in this
colorful alphabet book.

Wood: The Napping House c1984 sleep, fiction
While a number of creatures sleep, a flea causes a commotion among them with just one bite.
First Grade
Read Alouds

Bailey: Stanley’s Party c2003 dogs, humor
When a dog’s owners leave for the evening, he gets into a lot of mischief.

Bloom: A Splendid Friend Indeed c2005 friendship
A polar bear and a goose learn to get along and be friends.

Bourgeois: Franklin in the Dark c1986 fear, fiction
A turtle afraid of small dark places, and therefore of crawling into his shell, asks a variety of animals for
advice, only to find out that each has a fear of its own.

Bruel: Bad Kitty c2005 alphabet
Finding that there is no food in the house, a kitty chooses to be very bad.

Carle: Mister Seahorse c2004 animals, fiction
Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs, after which Mr. Seahorse carries the eggs through the sea, greeting other
fish fathers.

Cousins: Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales c2009 fairy tales
Simple text and bold illustrations tell eight classic fairy tales.

Cronin: Dooby, Dooby, Moo c2004 animal humor
Duck organizes the farm animals for a talent show at the county fair. The first prize is a trampoline.

Ehlert: Market Day: A Story Told with Folk Art c2000 stories in rhyme, fiction
While keeping a diary, the young fly records how hard it is to be an insect.

Falconer: Olivia series pigs, fiction
Olivia is a feisty pig who has too much energy for her own good.

Lester: Hooway for Wodney Wat c1999 fantasy, abilities awareness
Students in Rodney’s class make fun of him, because he can’t pronounce his name properly; but it is his
speech problem that helps to punish the class bully.

Lionni: Swimmy c1991 fish stories
A small black fish, finds a way to protect a school of small red fish from their natural enemies.

McKinley: One Smile c2002 kindness
While walking through the park with her mother, a child smiles at a discouraged stranger and sets off a
chain of events that spreads kindness and comes full circle.

Numeroff: Beatrice Doesn't Want To c2004 realistic fiction, humor
Beatrice Doesn't Like to Read, but a librarian changes her attitude during a story session in this
humorous, well illustrated book.

Prelutsky: Me I Am c2007 poetry
A book of poem for children celebrating being an individual.
Rathmann: Ruby the Copycat c1991 school, fiction
Ruby wants to fit in on her first day at school, so she begins to copy her classmate Angela; but then
Ruby's teacher shows her how much fun it is to just be herself.

Shannon: A Bad Case of Stripes c1998 individuality, fiction
A girl who is always concerned about what others think of her wakes up one day to discover she is
covered with stripes.

Independent Reading

Capucilli: Biscuit series dog stories
Biscuit, the adorable little tan puppy, has many adventures.

Gelman: More Spaghetti I Say c1993 stories in rhyme, humor
Minnie the monkey is too busy eating spaghett all day, in all ways to play with her friend Freddie.

Johnson: Alphabet City c1995 alphabet
Photographs of objects in an urban setting present the letters of the alphabet.
Second Grade
Read Alouds

Brett: Town Mouse, Country Mouse c1994 fable
After trading houses, the country mice and the town mice discover there's no place like home.

Cannon: Crickwing, Pinduli, Stellaluna, Verdi, insects, fiction
Picture books about unappreciated and fascinating creatures

Ernst: Sylvia Jean, Drama Queen c2005 fantasy animals, humor
Although Sylvia Jean owns plenty of costumes, she struggles to come up with a costume for the big

Hoberman: You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together c2001 stories in
This collection of short, rhythmic stories and cheerful art is designed to be read out loud by both child
and adult.

Hoffman: Amazing Grace c1991 diversity, fiction
Although a classmate says that she cannot play Peter Pan in the school play because she is black, Grace
discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to do.

Mayer: Little Critter stories fantasy, animals
Little Critter is a small creature who is amazingly like a young human boy. His adventures take place
with different members of his family who expose him to daily life experiences.

McKissack: The Honest-to-Goodness Truth c2000 character, ethnic diversity
A young girl promises not to ever lie but then discovers that there are times that one actually should not
tell the entire truth.

McNaughton: Once Upon an Ordinary School Day c2004 school story
Mr. Gee, the new teacher, changes "ordinary" when he challenges all the children to use their

Numeroff: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and sequels c1985 cumulative tales
When a mouse requests a cookie, a cycle of events occurs that brings the reader full circle.

Orloff: I Wanna Iguana c2004 letters, fiction
Alex and his mother write notes back and forth in which Alex tries to persuade her to let him have a
baby iguana for a pet.

Pallotta: Dory Story c2000 sea story, fiction
Danny's ocean adventures are completely enchanting, even if they take place in the bathtub.

Peet: The Ant and the Elephant c1972 animals, fiction
Of all the animals the elephant rescues, only the tiny ant returns the favor..

Polacco: Aunt Chip and the Triple Creek Dam Affair c1996 TV, reading, fiction
Since the invasion of television, no one can remember how to read.
Schachner: Skippyjon Jones c2003 humor
This Siamese kitten spends his "time-out" imagining himself as "El-Skippito" who comes to the rescue
of some Chihuahuas.

Steig: Brave Irene c1986 fiction
Brave Irene, the dressmaker's daughter, ventures out into a fierce snowstorm to deliver the beautiful ball
gown her mother has made for the duchess.

Stevens: And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon c2001 nursery rhymes
From the Mother Goose nursery rhyme, Dish and Spoon run away. Concerned about the fate of the
rhyme, Cat, Cow and Dog set out to find them.

Woodson: The Other Side c2001 friendship, ethnic diversity
A fence divides a town where two girls - one white and one black - sit and gradually become acquainted.

Independent Reading

Crews: Below c2006 fiction
When Jack drops his action figure into a mysterious hole, he has to devise a rescue.

Lionni: Little Blue and Little Yellow c1959 friendship, colors
A little blue spot and a little yellow spot are best friends, and when they hug each other they become

Lobel: Frog and Toad stories classics
Each of the frog and toad stories include several short tales about two very good friends.

Rylant: Henry and Mudge stories family, dogs, humor
A young boy named Henry and his dog Mudge share many adventures with Henry’s parents and other
important people in his life.

Sharmat: Nate the Great series mystery
Solve each mystery alongside the most popular sleuth in the business.

Silverman: Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa series fiction
Two new wranglers have hit the ranch. Read how the west will never be the same again!
Third Grade
Read Alouds

Bridges: Ruby’s Wish c2002 historical fiction, ethnic diversity
During the 1800s in China, when few girls learn to read and write, Ruby fervently desires to attend
university with all the males in her family.

Curtis: The Bat Boy and His Violin c1998 sports, music, ethnic diversity
Reginald loves to play his violin, but Papa wants him to be outdoors more and enlists him as the bat boy
for the baseball team Papa manages. Reginald plays his violin in the dugout, and the team improves.

Independent Reading

Adler: Bones series mystery
Everyone needs bones — Detective Jeffrey Bones that is. With his bag of detective tools in hand, read
how Jeffrey can solve any mystery.

Bourke: Christian the Lion: Based on the True Story of Anthony (Ace) Bourke, John Rendall and
Christian the Lion c2009 nonfiction
Details the experiences of Anthony Bourke and John Rendall, who bought a lion cub from a department
store, raised him as a pet, reintroduced him to the wild in Kenya and years later received a warm
welcome from the grown lion.

Bunting: One Green Apple c2006 historical fiction, ethnic diversity
Farah is new to the U.S. and her class. She feels alone until she goes on a field trip and realizes things
are alike everywhere.

Cleary: Math is CATegorical series stores in rhyme, mathematics
Mathematical functions are explained in rhyming text and simple, silly cartoons.

Cronin: Diary of a Fly c2007 animal fiction
A young fly discovers, day by day, that there is a lot to learn about being an insect, including the
dangers of flyswatters and that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

Dadey: Adventures of the Bailey School Kids series schools, fiction
There are some pretty weird grown-ups living in Bailey City.

DeFelice: One Potato, Two Potato c2006 fairy tale
A very poor, humble couple live so simple a life they share everything, until the husband discovers a pot
with magical powers buried under the very last potato in the garden.

DiCamillo: Mercy Watson series animal, fantasy, humor
Welcome to the wry and endearing world of Mercy Watson, the beloved "pig wonder" of the Watson

Foxworthy: Dirt On My Shirt c2008 poetry
Comedian Jeff Foxworthy presents more than thirty illustrated poems for children on such topics as
friends, bugs, family members and pretending.
Holm: Babymouse series c2005 graphic fiction, friendship, imagination
An imaginative mouse learns life lessons while living her life.

Hopkinson: Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale (Introducing His Forgotten Frontier
Friend) c2008 historical fiction
In Knob Creek, Kentucky, in 1816, seven-year-old Abe Lincoln falls into a creek and is rescued by his
best friend.

Johnson: Just Like Josh Gibson c2007 sports fiction, historical fiction
A grandmother recounts the story of the day she was allowed to play in a baseball game, even though
she was a girl.

Kerrin: Martin Bridge: Ready for Takeoff! c2005 fiction
Martin means well, but his ideas don’t always turn out as expected. In three stand-alone chapters, Martin
deals with issues at home and school.

Pinkney: The Ugly Duckling c1999 fairy tale
This adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic portrays an unhappy year for an ugly duckling
who eventually grows up and transforms into a beautiful swan.

Sachar: Marvin Redpost series fiction
Marvin Redpost encounters hilarious problems with school, family and friends.

Stilton: The Geronimo Stilton series mice, fantasy, mystery
Geronimo Stilton is a mouse newspaper editor and journalist who travels the world to chase important
interviews but winds up in the middle of adventures that involve solving intriguing mysteries.

Tunnell: Mailing May c1997 historical fiction
Five-year-old May wishes to visit her grandmother, but the train is too expensive. May's father and
cousin concoct a clever means of sending the child after all.

Warner: Only Emma c2005 fiction
Emma’s mother loses her job, so Emma becomes the new kid in the school and neighborhood. An only
child, Emma’s life changes when a four year old comes for a visit.
Fourth Grade
Abbot: Secrets of Droon series fantasy
Take along with a trio of best friends who stumble upon the magical world of Droon.

Birney: The World According to Humphrey c2005 fiction, humor
Humphrey, a classroom hamster, surveys his surroundings and finds ways to help the children in the

Bruchac: The Girl Who Helped Thunder and Other Native American Folktales c2008 folklore
A collection of illustrated Native American folktales.

Clements: Lunch Money c1994 school, humor
Hart is a popular boy who sometimes "goofs off". When he hits the music teacher with a rubber band, he
is put in charge of the holiday concert. Both Hart and his teacher learn lessons.

Fleming: The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School c2007 fiction, school
Mr. Jupiter becomes the 4th grade teacher of an unruly class with surprising results.

Grimes: Talkin' About Bessie c2002 biography, ethnic diversity
How Bessie Coleman became the first African-American woman to become a licensed pilot as told by
her family and friends.

Gutman: My Weird School school, humor
A fun series of books about school life that appeal to reluctant readers.

Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat c2008 poetry

Hurwitz: Fourth Grade Fuss c2004 school story
Julio and his friends enjoy their fourth grade activities - the yard sale, ice skating, and a surprise party;
but the students get serious when they have to study for end-of-the-year statewide tests.

Kehret: Shelter Dogs: Amazing Stories of Adopted Strays c1999 animals, non-fiction
Tells the story of 8 dogs who were saved from the animal shelter and went on to better lives.

Klingel: Go Fly a Kite! (And Other Sayings We Don't Really Mean) c2008 idioms, figures of speech
Explains the meaning of many common idiomatic expressions used in English.

Mazer: Amazing Days of Abby Hayes fiction

Myers: Blues Journey c2003 poetry, ethnic diversity
Presents blues lyrics that chronicle the history of the African-American experience, and includes
information about the development of blues music.

Noble: The Last Brother (Tales of Young America series) c2006 historical fiction
Gabe becomes a bugler in the Civil War to protect his only surviving brother.

Osborne: Magic Tree House series time travel, fiction
Explore the world with Jack and Annie.
Pennypacker: Clementine c2006 fiction, series
Clementine is a funny, energetic, third grader with a talent for getting in trouble and a heart of gold.

Shelby: Adventures of Molly Whuppie and Other Appalachian Folktales c2007
A collection of fourteen that combine traditional Appalachian folktales with contemporary themes.

Van Draanen: Shredderman series fiction
Discover how Nolan Byrd goes from being the number one nerd at Cedar Valley Elementary to a world
famous superhero.

Wiles: Each Little Bird Sings c2005 family life, grief, fiction
Comfort Snowberger is well acquainted with death since her family runs the funeral parlor in their small
southern town, but even so the ten-year-old is unprepared for the series of heart-wrenching events that
begins on the first day of Easter vacation with the sudden death of her beloved great-uncle Edisto.
Fifth Grade
Alvarez: How Tia Lola Learned to Teach c2010 divorce, family life, fiction
Juanita and Miguel's great aunt, Tía Lola, comes from the Dominican Republic to help take care of them
after their parents divorce, and soon she is so involved in their small Vermont community that when her
visa expires, the whole town turns out to support her.

Clements: We the Children series c2010 mystery
Sixth-grader Ben Pratt's life is full of changes that he does not like but when the school janitor gives him
a tarnished coin with some old engravings and then dies, Ben is drawn into an effort to keep the school
from being destroyed.

Pearl: Gregor the Overlander c2003 fantasy
Gregor and his two-year sister fall down a shaft in the basement and find a world of giant insects and
rats. They become part of a huge battle.

DiCamillo: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane c2006 fantasy
Edward Tulane is a selfish, thoughtless toy rabbit until he loses the little girl who loves him.

Giff: Storyteller c2010 families, historical fiction
Forced to spend months at an aunt's house, Elizabeth feel a connection to her ancestor Zee, whose
picture hangs on the wall, and who reveals her story of hardships during the Revolutionary War as
Elizabeth comes to terms with her own troubles.

Going: The Liberation of Gabriel King c2005 race relations, friendship
Gabriel, a white boy who is being bullied, and Frita, an African-American girl facing prejudice, decide
to overcome their many fears together as they enter fifth grade in Georgia in 1976.

Hahn: All the Lovely Bad Ones ghost stories
Travis and his sister Corey decide to boost business at their grandmother's Vermont inn by staging a few
"hauntings" that soon draw tourists from across the country, but when their antics awaken a dark force,
they must find a way to put to rest the ghosts they have disturbed.

Hawkins: The Year the Money Grew on Trees c2008 farm life, fiction
In early 1980s New Mexico, thirteen-year-old Jackson Jones recruits his cousins and sisters to help tend
an elderly neighbor's neglected apple orchard for the chance to make big money and, perhaps, to own
the orchard.

Lowry: The Willoughbys c2008 family life, humorous stories
A tongue-in-cheek take on classic themes in children's literature, in which the four Willoughby children
set out to become "deserving orphans" after their neglectful parents embark on a treacherous around-the-
world adventure, leaving them in the care of an odious nanny.

Lupica: Two-Minute Drill c2007 dyslexia, football stories
Brainy Scott, a great kicker who otherwise struggles with football, and star quarterback Chris, who has
dyslexia, team up to help each other succeed in both football and school.

Maya Angelou c2007 poetry
A brief profile of African American poet Maya Angelou accompanies some of her better known poems.
Nelson: Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, US Marshal c2009 biography,
ethnic diversity
An illustrated biography of Bass Reeves, a former slave who was recruited as a deputy United States
marshal, based on his ability to communicate with the Native Americans in the area that was to become

Paulsen: Hatchet c1987 survival, fiction
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the Canadian wilderness, learning
to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given to him by his mother and learning also to survive
his parents' divorce.

Pearson: Kingdom Keepers series suspense fiction
When Disney comes looking for five teenagers to serve as actors for a new technology-Daylight
Hologram Images (DHIs), there is more to it than meets the eye.

Peck: A Year Down Yonder c2000 humor, historical fiction
In 1937, during the Great Depression, Mary Alice lives with her very unusual grandmother in rural

Smith: Bone c2004 graphic novel
Three cousins leave their home of Boneville. On their journey they meet royalty, dragons, and monsters
as they try to return home.

Stewart: The Mysterious Benedict Society c2007 fiction, adventure
Four children are secretly spies as students in the Learning Institute for the Enlightened. They have to
avoid being brainwashed by Mr. Curtain, one of the owners of the school. This is a mystery you will be
eager to see unfold.

Thomas: The Kids Guide to Money Cent$ c2004 , personal finance, nonfiction
Text and cartoon illustrations introduce kids to the concept of money.

Various authors: 39 Clues series mystery
Follow Amy Cahill and her brother, Dan, as they travel the world to hunt for the 39 Clues.

Various authors: Dear America series historical fiction
Sixth Grade
Blackwood: The Shakespeare Stealer c1998 historical fiction, mystery
Widge, a likeable orphan, finds himself in the middle of an adventure to steal and copy the play
HAMLET from Shakespeare. He soon discovers that life in the Globe Theatre is much better than the
other places he has apprenticed.

Broach: Shakespeare's Secret c2005 mystery
Hero moves into a new town and finds she is living in an old house with an unusual past. With the help
of the police chief's son and her neighbor, Hero tries to unravel the mystery.

Carbone: Stealing Freedom c1998 historical fiction, diversity
This story is based on the true experiences of a young slave girl who escapes to Canada on the
Underground Railroad.

Creech: The Wanderer c2000 adventure
Told through journal writings, Sophie and her cousin, Cody, share the experiences of their journey on a
sailboat, The Wanderer, from Connecticut to England with six crew members, including her uncles and

Cushman: The Ballad of Lucy Whipple c1996 historical fiction
Lucy isn’t happy when her mother moves the family from New England to California for the Gold Rush.

Di Camillo: The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a
Spool of Thread c2003 fantasy
Tale of a tiny mouse with huge ears, a princess that he loves, a servant girl who wishes to be a princess
and a rat named Roscuro who yearns for soup.

Funke: Inkheart c2003 fantasy
A girl and her father, a bookbinder who can “read” fictional characters into real life, are abducted by one
of the characters, who tries to force them into his service.

Giff: Nory Ryan’s Song c2000 historical fiction
Twelve-year-old Nory Ryan helps her family and neighbors survive during the 1845 potato famine in

Golding: The Secret Within c2002 realistic fiction
Carly’s domineering father has a painful family secret that causes Carly to face danger and seek freedom
at night.

Haddix: Double Identity c2005 mystery
Bethany becomes curious about her past when her parents unexpectedly disappear after leaving her with
an aunt who she did not know existed. As the story unravels, the conclusion uncovers a shocking secret.

Hesse: Music of the Dolphins c1996 realistic fiction
The thoughts of a young girl, who was raised by dolphins from 4 years old after a plane crash, are
recorded by a scientist as she is reintroduced to a civilized way of life.

Holm: Penny from Heaven c2006 historical fiction Newbery Honor winner
In New Jersey during the summer of 1953, eleven-year-old Penny, living with her mother and maternal
grandparents, learns the truth about her father's death and about her upbringing after she has a serious

Isaacs: Torn Thread c2000 historical fiction
During World War II, twelve year-old Eva, living in Poland at the time, is sent by her father to a Nazi
labor camp in Czechoslovakia, where her sickly sister has been taken.

Kehret: Abduction! c2004 adventure, contemporary realistic fiction

Thirteen-year-old Bonnie, on a quest to find her kidnapped brother and his dog, becomes a victim of the
kidnapper as well.

Levine: Hana's Suitcase: A True Story c2002 biography
The director of a newly opened Holocaust museum in Japan and her students become intrigued with a
suitcase from a concentration camp found among the museum's artifacts. The story of a Czech girl, Hana
Brady, a victim of the Holocaust, unfolds through the search for information about a suitcase.

Paratore: The Wedding Planner’s Daughter c2005 humor, romance
A twelve-year-old girl, whose mother is a wedding planner, wishes for her mother to marry.

Ryan: Esperanza Rising c2000 historical fiction, diversity
During the Great Depression, Esperanza and her mother are forced from their wealthy home in Mexico
to Southern California where they work in harsh conditions.

Selznick: The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures c2007 adventure, mystery
Caldecott Medal Winner
When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train
station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest
secret are jeopardized.

Smith: Peak c2005 adventure, coming-of-age
Fourteen-year-old Peak Marcello’s goal is to become the youngest person to reach the top of Mt.

Whelan: Angel on the Square c2001 historical fiction
In 1913 Russia, World War I and the revolution bring unwanted changes into twelve-year-old Katya's
life after she joins her mother in the household of Tsar Nicholas II.
7th Grade
Anderson: Fever, 1793 c2000 historical fiction
In 1793 sixteen year-old Matty, who is forced to leave her home to aviod the yellow fever epidemic in
Philadelphia, learns self-reliance and perseverance.

Avi: Crispin: The Cross of Lead c2004 historical fiction
Crispin is a poor, motherless child who finds that there is a price on his head. When the only person who
can tell him who he really is dies, he is left to fend for himself. He does make a friend of a strange
fellow who protects him and teaches him skills to make his way in the lonely world of 14th century

Bradley: For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy c2003 historical fiction
During World War II, a 13-year-old French girl finds her life changed and in danger when she becomes
a spy for the French Resistance.

Caputo: 10,000 Days of Thunder: A History of the Vietnam War c2005
Accounts from Vietnam soldiers and civilians, profiles of persons involved and the role of the female on
the battlefield are depicted in this book, which includes a collection of photographs and maps of the war
from its beginning to the fall of Saigon in 1975.

Carson: Gifted Hands: The Story of Ben Carson c1990 autobiography
The inspirational story of Ben Carson, an African American pediatric neurosurgeon, who achieved his
life goals in spite of the many obstacles he encountered.

Colfer: Airman c2008 adventure, survival, fantasy
After being branded a traitor, imprisoned, and forced to work in the diamond mines under horrible
conditions, Conor Broekhart encounters many adventures while planning a prison escape in a flying
machine that he must build.

DuPrau: The City of Ember c2003 fantasy
Twelve-year-old Lina lives in the 241 year-old ruined, underground city of Ember where she and a
friend embark on a harrowing journey to find a way out of the city and save their people before it is too

Funke: The Thief Lord c2001 adventure, fantasy
The threat of being separated causes two orphaned brothers to run away to Venice where they join a
group of fugitive children and a gentle undercover detective.

Haddix: Among the Hidden c1998 science fiction, adventure
Luke, twelve years old and an illegally born third child, has been in hiding all of his life from the
Population Police who are trying to eliminate "shadow children."

Hiaasen: Hoot c2002 mystery, environmental issue
Roy, a middle school boy who is the target of a school bully, gets involved in a mysterious case of
vandalism and a barefoot boy’s commitment to save burrowing owls living on a construction site.

Hobbs: Jackie’s Wild Seattle c2003 adventure
While spending the summer with their uncle at a wildlife rescue center, 14-year-old Shannon and her
younger brother encounter life-changing experiences.
Horowitz: Alex Rider Adventures series adventure
Read about the adventures of Alex Rider, a teenage super spy. 1st book: Stormbreaker (Series does not
have to be read in order)

Lobel: No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War c1998 autobiography
Anita Lobel, a Polish Jew and an illustrator of children’s books, writes of her experiences during World
War II and in Sweden after the war.

Riordan: The Lightning Thief c2005 fantasy
Percy learns that he has special powers after he makes his pre-algebra teacher disappear. Further
investigation reveals that he is the son of Greek god Poseidon. To save humankind Percy embarks on an
adventure to return a lightning bolt his father stole from Zeus.

Roberts: Undercurrents c2002 mystery
Fourteen-year-old Nikki has trouble accepting her new stepmother Crystal, and the problem grows
worse when they visit the Northern California house where Crystal lived as a child and experienced
some horrible event that she is trying to keep secret.

Sachar: Holes c1998 adventure
Stanley Yelnats finds true friendship, a treasure and a new beginning at Camp Greenwood, a
correctional camp in Texas for juveniles, where he is sent for a crime he did not commit.

Smith: Cryptid Hunters c2005 adventure, mystery
Adventurous and orphaned twins, Grace and Marty, are sent to live with their mysterious uncle who is
an authority on cryptids. They find themselves being dropped from a plane in the Congolese jungle,
where they discover truths about themselves and their family.

Weeks: So B. It c2005 contemporary realistic fiction, diversity
Heidi searches to discover the background of her mentally disabled mother.

Whelan: Burying the Sun c2004 historical fiction, diversity
While trying to survive the cold and starvation during the WW II siege of Leningrad, fourteen-year-old
Georgi, his family and their neighbors try to keep hope alive by focusing on the beauty in the world.

Woodson: Hush c2002 contemporary realistic fiction, diversity
A twelve-year-old African American girl encounters many challenges when her family enters the
Witness Protection Program.
Eighth Grade
Bartoletti: Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow c2005 nonfiction
Against the backdrop of Hitler’s world, we follow German young people through the many different
organizations which formed them into soldiers faithful to the fatherland.

Beals: Warriors Don’t Cry: A Seering Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High
c1994 nonfiction
Melba Patillo Beals, one of the nine students who integrated Central High in 1957, shares the horrific
experiences she and the others encountered and how they were able to survive.

Cummings: Red Kayak c2004 contemporary realistic fiction
After a young boy is killed in a kayaking accident, 13-year-old Brady struggles with whether he should
divulge the prank that caused the accident or keep silent to protect the pranksters.

Forbes: Johnny Tremain c1943 historical fiction, classic
Johnny Tremain is drawn into the Revolutionary War and becomes a patriot fighting to free the colonies
from England. Along the way he learns about life and about himself.

Friend: Perfect c2004 contemporary realistic fiction
Developing bulimia after the death of her father, 13-year-old Isabelle is forced to attend a therapy group.
There she discovers that one of the school’s most popular girls is also battling the same disease.

Giblin: Good Brother, Bad Brother: The Story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth c2005
collective biography
Both John Wilkes Booth and his elder brother Edwin made lasting impressions on American history.
Find out how they were alike and how they were different.

Haddix: Uprising c2007 historical fiction
After 16 years, Bella Livingston finally shares the story of the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory that
killed her two best friends in 1911 and the poor working conditions.

Jackson: I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust c1997 nonfiction
Holocaust memoir of a 13 year-old girl Jewish girl.

McWhorter: A Dream of Freedom: The Civil Rights Movement from 1954 to 1968 c2004 nonfiction
The author writes personal and factual accounts of the modern Civil Rights movement, from Brown v
the Board of Education through the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Oppel: Airborn c2004 mystery
A cabin boy and wealthy young girl on luxury airship team-up to search for mysterious creatures that a
dying balloonist claimed he saw.

Paolini: Eragon c2003 fantasy
Eragon’s life is changed into a world of suspense, survival and magic after he finds a mysterious stone
from which a dragon hatches.

Park: When My Name was Keoko c2002 historical fiction
Teenage siblings describe the struggles of their Korean family to preserve its culture during WWII
Japanese occupation.

Patent: Buffalo and the Indians: A Shared Destiny c2006 nonfiction
The history of the American Indian’s dependence on the bison and their relationship from prehistoric
times to the present is traced. Each chapter is intorduced with a legend about the buffalo from various

Peck: The River Between Us c2003 historical fiction, diversity
During the Civil War, two mysterious young ladies travel from New Orleans to Illinois and are taken in
by a family. As the story unfolds so does the mystery of their lives.

Perkins: The Not-So-Star-Spangled Life of Sunita Sen (Original Title: The Sunita Experiment)
c1993 diversity
When grandparents from India visit, Sunita resents her Indian heritage.

Rinaldi: A Break with Charity: A Story about the Salem Witch Trials c1992 historical fiction
In 1706, the town of Salem is in an uproar due to the Salem witch trials. The story is told from the
perspective of Susanna English, who is caught between her desire to join the malicious group of girls
who are spreading the mischief and her fear of what they are doing.

Spinelli: Stargirl c2000 contemporary realistic fiction
A sixteen-year-old eccentric high school girl and her boyfriend discover the ill effects of her
unconventional behavior.

Stevenson: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde classic
The classic story about a respected doctor who creates a drug that transforms him into a murderous

White: Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083 c2005 adventure, science fiction
In the year 2083, five 14-year-olds contestants in a reality TV program reenact Scott’s 1910-1913
dangerous expedition to the South Pole.
Ninth Grade
Adams: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy c1980 humor, science fiction
After narrowly escaping Earth’s destruction, Arthur Dent travels the galaxy with the help of tour guide
Ford Prefect, on a quest to save the universe.

Anaya: Bless Me, Ultima c1972 diversity, fiction
A healer helps Antonio when he comes to live with his family in New Mexico.

Anderson, Laurie Halse: Speak c1999 emotional problems
Melinda begins high school as a social outcast after a traumatic experience in the summer.

Blackwood: The Year of the Hangman c2002 alternate hitory adventure
In 1777, 15-year-old Creighton is kidnapped from England and taken to the American colonies, where
he becomes involved in the political unrest than can change the course of history.

Covey: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens c1998 nonfiction
Hints and strategies for success in life, communicated through engaging stories, cartoons and quotations.

Cox: Swimming to Antarctica c2004 nonfiction, memoir
Follow the story of Lynne Cox as she deals with achieving her dreams of conquering some of the
roughest waters in the world. The story shows that even young people can accomplish great things.

Dessen: The Truth about Forever c2004 grief, fiction
The summer after her father dies holds unexpected changes that help Marcy face her grief.

Dickens: Oliver Twist c1867 classic
An orphan in Victorian England finds his true identity through his misadventures.

Dumas: The Count of Monte Cristo c1846 historical fiction, classic
This classic adventure novel involves a daring prison escape, a risky search for buried treasure and a
quest for revenge.

Farmer: The House of the Scorpion c2002 science fiction
In the future, clones are looked down upon by humans. However, Matt, a clone of a powerful leader,
experiences special privileges.

Grimes: Dark Sons c2005 African American fiction
This starkly written novel is a story of two young men, separated by history, who struggle with identity,
race and faith. Both young men struggle with societal acceptance and a place to belong.

Halberstam: Firehouse c2002 nonfiction, biography
Out of all the men who responded to the terrorists' attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, from the Engine 40 Ladder
35 firehouse, only one man survived.

Johnson: The First Part Last c2003 teenage, African American fiction
The birth of Bobby’s baby girl brings life changes to his carefree teenage life.
Krakauer: Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster c1998 nonfiction,
In March 1996, a group of people joined an expedition to climb Mount Everest. This group included
journalist Jon Krakauer and lead climber Rob Hall. Despite the expertise of the climbers, the expedition
met with disaster. Krakauer analyzes why.

Lord: A Night to Remember c1955 nonfiction, history
The story of the sinking of the Titanic is told in a "you were there" approach.

McKinley: Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast c1978 romance, folklore fiction
While the beautiful heroine is being held captive in the castle of the frightening beast, her love for the
beast releases him from the spell that transformed him.

Murdock: Dairy Queen c2006 farm life, fiction
With humor, sports action, romance and wit, this book could appeal to both male and female. The
interesting and empathetic characters in non-conventional roles provide “food for thought” and provide
insight into situations not usually covered in young adult fiction.

Murray: Bottled Up c2003 drug abuse, realistic fiction
Pip must face his high school principal, his drug addiction, his alcoholic father and a younger brother
who looks up to him.

Nolan: Dancing on the Edge c2007 fiction
Miracle McCloy feels like a misfit in a dysfunctional family. Her mother died when she was born and
her distant, brooding father disappears suddenly. Raised by her psychic grandmother, Gigi, Miracle
searches for her identity and dancing becomes the only thing that makes Miracle feel like a whole
person. After being committed to the psychiatric ward of a hospital, Miracle must face the truth about
her past.

Nye: 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East c2002 poetry
Poetry of the Middle East.

Oates: Freaky Green Eyes c2003 realistic fiction
Fourteen-year-old Frankie relates the events leading up to her mother’s disappearance and her own
attempt to come to terms with her parents’ relationship.

Peck: The Teacher’s Funeral c2004 teenage guys’ fiction
In rural Indiana in 1904, fifteen-year-old Russell’s dream of quitting school and joining a wheat
threshing crew is disrupted when his older sister takes over teaching at his one room schoolhouse after
mean, old Myrt Arbuckle, "hauls off and dies."

Philbrick: In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex c2000 nonfiction, survival
This is the story of the tragic sinking of the Essex by an 80 foot sperm whale in 1820. Elements of this
tragedy inspired the writing of the classic tale Moby Dick.

Schaap: Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics c2007 nonfiction, sports
This book uncovers the history of one of sports greatest track and field stars, Jesse Owens. It traces the
racial struggles he faced in America and the dramatic contests in 1936 at the Olympics in Nazi Berlin.
Tolkien: Lord of the Rings Trilogy c1954 fantasy, classic
This trilogy includes The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King. It is the
story of how the dark power of Sauron is destroyed.

Uchida: Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese-American Family c1982 nonfiction, survival
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, like many other Japanese-American families, Yoshiko’s family is
assigned to an internment camp in Utah.

Woodson: Behind You c2004 African American fiction
After fifteen-year-old Jeremiah is mistakenly shot by the police, his loved ones struggle to cope with his
loss, unaware that he is watching over them.

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