State Street School’s 11. Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City by Janet Schulman Grades: 3-6 The birdwatchers of Central Park were BATTLE OF THE BOOKS buzzing about a young red-tailed hawk that had been spotted. 2010 What adventure would the hawk find in the park? 12. Puppy Power by Judy Cox Grades: 3-4 Boisterous Fran 1. Along Came Spider by James Preller Grades: 4-6 has trouble controlling herself, but learning how to train her Spider, trying to fit in with the "in-crowd," struggles with gigantic Newfoundland puppy helps her gain enough self- loyalty to his life-long friend and neighbor, Trey, whose quirky control to win the part of the princess in the school play. personality is seen as uncool. Can the librarian and new student 13.The Real Lucky Charm by Charisse Richardson Ava help them through this rough time? Grades 3-5 Mia gets to play basketball with her twin brother 2. Alvin Ho Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Marcus when his rec center team goes co-ed. For luck, her father gives her a basketball charm for her bracelet. When she things by Lenore Look Grades: 3-5 In a series of laugh-out- does well on the court, she credits her lucky charm. So who loud vignettes, Alvin, a boy who is afraid of everything, tells us needs practice? about his inability to talk at school, his quirky, but supportive family, and his search for a friend. 14. Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins Grades 3-5 When Naima damages her father's new rickshaw, she knows she could 3. Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman by Marc use her artistic ability to earn the money to have it repaired, but Tyler Nobleman Grades: 3-6 Jerry Seigel and Joe Shuster, in Bangladesh girls are not allowed to work so she must disguise two super- nerdy teens bonded over their love of science fiction. herself as a boy. Together they created a new superhero, Superman, in a new format, the comic book, but it took years of trial and tribulations 15. The Seer of Shadows by Avi Grades: 5-6 Horace to get it published Carpetine, an apprentice to an unscrupulous photographer, is forced to deceive a client by planting a ghostly image in a 4. Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything in It by photograph. He finds that he has the ability to bring a ghost to Sundee Frazier Grades: 4-6 Brendan's love of rocks and life through his images, with dangerous consequences. minerals leads him to his grandfather, whom he has never met. Will their common interest bring them close together, or will 16. Shooting the Moon by Frances O'Roark Dowell family differences keep them apart? Grades: 5-6 Jamie's father is the commander of an army base and her life is the army but when her brother is reported missing 5. Dexter the Tough by Margaret Peterson Haddix in Vietnam, she starts questioning her idealism about war . Grades: 3-5 Just how tough is he? At his new school, Dexter's journal entry claims that he beat up a student but what really 17. Squirrel World by Johanna Hurwitz Grades: 3-4 happened? Two curious squirrels living in Central Park embark on an exciting, though sometimes dangerous, adventure into the 6. Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff Grades: 4-6 Sam, a non- heart of New York City. Will they make it safely back on reader, sees his picture in an old newspaper clipping but what does it say? When he asks the new girl at school to help him, their own, or will they rely on the bravery of relatives to what he learns, and the questions that arise, may change the rescue them? everything he knows about himself and his family. 18. Shredderman: Secret Identity, by Wendelin Van 7. The Goat Lady by Jane Bregoli. Grades 3-5 When the Draanen Gr 3-5 Nolan has been teased and bullied by neighbors look at the farmhouse, all they see is a rundown classmate Bubba Bixby long enough. With humor and building with unruly animals and a messy yard. Two children cleverness, he creates his own top-secret web page to expose discover the special person who lives there and change their Bubba's dirty tricks. neighbors’ minds. 19. Swindle by Gordon Korman Grades: 4-6 8. Gooney Bird Green by Lois Lowrey Grades 3-4 How far would you go to get back what is rightfully yours? Her name is weird, her clothes are wacky and her stories? When Griffin Bing is cheated out of a priceless baseball card he WILD! Meet this unusual girl and laugh out loud as you learn makes a plan. With an unlikely group of sixth graders, Griffin about the changes she brings to her 2nd grade class. will need to be daring and resourceful in order to outsmart the swindler. 9. Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka Grades: 4-6 How much trouble can one boy and his five brothers get into? A 20. Tap Dancing on the Roof by Linda Sue Park lot! These memories of Halloween, sword fighting, brother Grades:4-6 Do you like funny poetry with a twist at the end? sitting, school, and sports will make you laugh out loud. Sijo, a form of Korean poetry similar to haiku, will capture your imagination. 10. The Magic Half by Annie Barrows Grades 4-6 Look through the lens and travel back in time to 1935. Could a daring rescue of a girl named Molly bring Miri the twin sister she's always longed to have?