Summer Reading


Why should students read during the summer? 

The purpose of the PWCS Summer Reading Program is to encourage students to enjoy quality literature and to continue developing their independent reading skills. Students:

  • Build their vocabulary
  • Develop their reading skills
  • Enjoy new stories
  • Learn new information

What are the requirements?

This is a voluntary program. Students who participate complete a minimum number of readings:

Grades K–2, read 5 books
Grades 35, read 3 books
Grades 612, read 2 books

How do students document their reading?

Summer is a great time for students to read for pleasure and dive deep into their favorite genre or experience something new. Providing students with choice in what they read increases their reading motivation and engagement. You are free to capture your child’s reading log by recording the title, author, and date read.

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Students May Use the Prince William Public Library Summer Reading Programs:

Students who participate in the Prince William Public Library Summer Program – Kids (grades K-5) or the Summer Program – Teens (Middle & High School Students) may use the documentation provided by the library. However students should read the number of books that has been designated for their grade level.


Reading Lists

You can find many titles at the Prince William Public Library (PWPL). The PWPL Digital library "provides free access to thousands of online and digital resources including eBooks, audiobooks, newspapers, and Premium Websites." Options for the digital content include: Read, Listen, Watch, and Learn. If you do not have a PWPL card, you can contact the public library to register for a Digital Library card.   

The following titles are suggestions to help foster a love of reading for pleasure. Other books selected by the student with guidance from a parent, guardian, or librarian are also acceptable.

Kindergarten

Author Title Publication Date Annotation
Alexie, Sherman Thunder Boy Jr.  2016 "Thunder Boy Jr. wants a normal name ... one that's all his own. Dad is known as Big Thunder, but Little Thunder doesn't want to share a name"-- Provided by publisher.
Byers, Grace I Am Enough 2019 This gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another.
Beaty, Andrea Ada Twist, Scientist 2016 Ada Twist’s head is full of questions. Like her classmates Iggy and Rosie—stars of their own New York Times bestselling picture books Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer—Ada has always been endlessly curious. Even when her fact-finding missions and elaborate scientific experiments don’t go as planned, Ada learns the value of thinking her way through problems and continuing to stay curious.
Cabrera, Jane  Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star or any primary picture book by Jane Cabrera   2012 A variety of baby animals are lulled to sleep by a version of the familiar lullaby tailored to their environment. 
Capucilli, Alyssa Satin   Biscuit Loves the Library or any book in the Biscuit Series    2014   In "Read to a Pet Day" at the library, Biscuit plays with story time puppets, visits with friends, and listens to recorded books before a librarian helps him discover his favorite activity of all.
Carle, Eric   Amigos or any primary picture book by Eric Carle   2016  A sweet and heartfelt story about the power of friendship. When a best friend moves away, it can be painful for the child who is left behind. But the spunky boy in this upbeat story makes up his mind to find his missing playmate. Friends tells a story alive with love, perseverance, and hope, all brightened with the vibrant, unmistakable art of Eric Carle. 
Cherry, Matthew A Hair Love 2019 Zuri's hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it's beautiful. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he'll do anything to make her -- and her hair -- happy.
Dean, Kimberly and James  Pete the cat: Snow Daze or any book in the Pete the Cat Series  2016 After a heavy snowfall cancels school, Pete enjoys his day off, but when one snow day turns into many, he realizes that you can have too much of a good thing. 
Dewdney, Anna   Llama Llama Hoppity-hop or any book in the Llama Llama Series 2012 Llama Llama TOUCH! Llama Llama TAP! Llama Llama Red Pajama CLAP, CLAP, CLAP! Can you move like Llama Llama? Watch Llama hop, stretch, touch, and tap. Then you can do it, too! 
Dodd, Emma   Dog’s 123: a canine counting adventure or any primary picture book by Emma Dodd   2015 Dog starts the day with just one black spot on his ear. But wherever he goes, he runs into different things, all of which leave their mark. By the time he finally arrives home, Dog has ten spots. Then it's bath time. 
Ehlert, Lois   Rain Fish or any primary picture book by Lois Ehlert  2016 Through rhyme and mixed-media collage illustrations, 'rain fish'--the varied, colorful, and unique little collections of materials that float along on streams of rain water during storms--come to life.
Henkes, Kevin  When Spring Comes or any primary picture book by Kevin Henkes 2016 Animals and children alike watch as the world transforms from the dark and dead of winter to a full and blooming spring.
Jenkins, Steve  Creature Features or any  primary book Steve Jenkins 2014 Packed with many cool facts and visuals on where certain animals live and what they eat, this book captures twenty-five humorous--and very true--explanations of why animals look the way they do in order to exist in this world.
Jules, Jacqueline  Sofia Martinez: Lights Out or any book in the Sofia Martinez Series  2017 After a strong storm, Sofia and her family are without power. Sofia and her dad head to the store to buy supplies and come home with the perfect plan to have fun with or without power! This early chapter book includes Spanish words.
Levine, Michelle  Giant Pandas or any book in the Pull Ahead Animal Series   2006 Do you know....Why giant pandas rub on trees? What baby giant pandas are called? What sounds giant pandas make? Read this book to discover the answers!
Numeroff, Laura Jaffe  If You Give a Mouse a Cookie or any picture book by Laura Numeroff    1985   Relating the cycle of requests a mouse is likely to make after you give him a cookie takes the reader through a young child's day. 
Manushkin, Fran  Pedro’s Mystery Club or any book in the Pedro Series.  2017 Pedro forms a new club with his friends dedicated to solving mysteries--and the first two assignments are finding his mother's locket, and his father's cell phone.                                                                                                       
Manushkin, Fran The Best Club or any book in the Katie Woo Series   2017 Katie Woo and her friends would love to be part of Sophie's new club, but Sophie does not think they, or anyone, is good enough, so they form their own club.
Martin, Bill  Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom or any primary picture book by Bill Martin 1989 When all the letters of the alphabet race one another up the coconut tree, will there be enough room? 
Marzollo, Jean  I Spy Numbers or any I Spy book by Jean Marzollo  2012 Toddlers and preschoolers can search photos from the original I Spy series for numbers to help them learn counting and basic math skills. 
Pinkney, Jerry  The Lion & the Mouse or any primary picture book by Jerry Pinkney  2009 In this 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. 
Robinson, Christian You Matter 2020 In this full, bright, and beautiful picture book, many different perspectives around the world are deftly and empathetically explored—from a pair of bird-watchers to the pigeons they’re feeding. Readers see how everyone is connected, and that everyone matters.
Ruddell, Deborah  The Popcorn Astronauts: and other bitable rhymes  2015 A collection of seasonal poems pays tribute to favorite foods with entries ranging from "Strawberry Queen" and "Only Guacamole" to "21 Things to Do With an Apple" and "The Cocoa Cabana."
Shannon, David   No, David or any book in the David Series 1998 A young boy is depicted doing a variety of naughty things for which he is repeatedly admonished, but finally he gets a hug. 
 Shea, Bob   Dinosaur vs. School or any "Dinosaur vs" book in the Series  2014  Fearless Dinosaur takes on new challenges as he starts preschool, from meeting new friends to pasting glitter and googly eyes, but one task requires assistance from everyone. 
Wilson, Karma Bear Says Thanks (The Bear Books)  2012 What better way for Bear to say thanks than over a nice, big dinner? Bear decides to throw a feast! One by one, Bear’s friends show up with different platters of delicious food to share. There's just one problem: Bear’s cupboards are bare! What is he to do?
Thomas, Jan  Rhyming Dust Bunnies or any primary picture book by Jan Thomas  2008 As three dust bunnies, Ed, Ned, and Ted, are demonstrating how much they love to rhyme, a fourth, Bob, is trying to warn them of approaching danger. 
Thompkins-Bigelow, Jamilah Mommy's Khimar 2018 A young Muslim girl spends a busy day wrapped up in her mother's colorful headscarf in this sweet and fanciful picture book from debut author Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow and illustrator Ebony Glenn.
Wallace, Karen  Big Machines 2000 Big Machines by Karen Wallace shows diggers, dump trucks, and other machines as they transform an old factory site into a park for the community. 
Willems, Mo and Charise Mericle  The Good for Nothing Button or any book in the Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Series. 2017 "Yellow Bird has found a button and wants to share it with Red Bird and Blue Bird. This is just an ordinary button. It does not do anything when you press it. But when Red Bird and Blue Bird give it try, they are delighted to find that the button does not do nothing, and that is something!"-- Provided by publisher.

First Grade

Author Title Publication Date Annotation
 DiTerlizzi, Angela Just Add Glitter 2018 It all starts with a mysterious mail delivery, a little girl with a big imagination, and a sprinkling of twinkling glitter. Before long there's glitter here, glitter there--glitter, glitter EVERYWHERE! But just when she's about to add more glitter, the little girl realizes maybe there is such a thing as too much bling when you and your best pal start to get lost in it...
 Kurtz, Jane What Do They Do With All That Poo? 2019 There are so many different animals at the zoo, and they each make lots and lots (and sometimes LOTS!) of poo. So what do zoos do with all of that poo? This laugh-out-loud picture book explores all kinds of zoo poo, from cube-shaped wombat poo to teeny tiny worm droppings, and all of the places it ends up, including in science labs and your back garden!
Welcome to the wonderful world of poo! Take a whiff and learn something new...
 Pallotta, Jerry Ultimate Showdown 2019 Which dangerous animals would win in a fight? Find out in this awesome bind-up of five books from the Who Would Win? series. The collection features a range of mammals, sea creatures, insects, and dinosaurs to satisfy all kinds of animal fans.
“Rookie Biography” series Benjamin Franklin or any book in the Rookie Biography Series Various Briefly introduces the life of Benjamin Franklin, touching on his inventions and his contributions to the city of Philadelphia as well as to the newly formed United States of America. 
“Rookie Read-About Science” series Giant Pandas: Gifts from China or any book in the Rookie Read about Science Series Various A series about a wide variety of science topics, published by Children’s Press.
Barnes, Derrick I Am Every Good Thing 2020 A boy, speaking in first person, tells about experiences and characteristics of himself that contribute to his personality, strength, and feeling of self-worth.
Berger, Samantha What If... 2018 A young girl ponders the possibilities on how to create if resources were diminishing.
Blabey, Aaron I Need a Hug or any primary picture book by Aaron Blabey 2019 A tiny porcupine just wants a cuddle. All of the other animals turn him away because of his prickly spikes. But finally the porcupine meets an animal who's happy to hug — a snake!
Brown, Skila Clackety Track: Poems About Trains 2019 Trains of all shapes and sizes are coming down the track — bullet train, sleeper train, underground train, zoo train, and more. All aboard! Skila Brown’s first-class poems, as varied as the trains themselves, reflect the excitement of train travel, while Jamey Christoph’s vintage-style illustrations provide a wealth of authentic detail to pore over.
Clanton, Ben Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea or any book in the A Narwhal and Jelly Book Series 2016 A wonderfully silly early graphic novel series featuring a happy-go-lucky Narwhal and Jelly, a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do love waffles, parties, and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together.
Clark- Robinson, Monica Let The Children March 2018 In 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, thousands of African American children volunteered to march for their civil rights after hearing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak. They protested the laws that kept black people separate from white people. Facing fear, hate, and danger, these children used their voices to change the world. Monica Clark-Robinson's moving and poetic words document this remarkable time.
Deenihan, Jamie L.B. When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree 2019 When Grandma gives you a lemon tree, definitely don’t make a face! Care for the tree, and you might be surprised at how new things, and new ideas, bloom. 
Dominguez, Angela Sing, Don't Cry 2017 Presents a loving Abuelo who brings his guitar and memories on visits spent singing with his grandchildren in the face of good and bad times.
Duling, Kate Sun Power or any other book in the  My Physical Science Library Series 2019 The sun is huge and bright. We get heat, light, and energy from this star.  Readers will also learn about cause and effect.
Faruqi, Saadia Meet Yasmin! Or any book in the Yasmin collection 2018 Yasmin is a spirited second-grader who's always on the lookout for those "aha" moments to help her solve life's little problems. Taking inspiration from her surroundings and her big imagination, she boldly faces any situation, assuming her imagination doesn't get too big, of course! A creative thinker and curious explorer, Yasmin and her multi-generational Pakistani American family will delight and inspire readers.
Freedman, Deborah Carl and the Meaning of Life 2019 Carl is an earthworm. He spends his days happily tunneling in the soil until a field mouse asks him a simple question that stops him short: "Why?" Carl's quest takes him on an adventure to meet all the animals of the forest, each of whom seems to know exactly what they were put on this earth to do, unlike the curious Carl. But it's not until the world around him has changed that Carl begins to realize everyone, no matter how small, makes a big difference just by being themselves.
Jules, Jacqueline My Family Adventure or any book in the Sofia Martinez Series 2015 Little Sofia Martinez has a big personality and big plans, which makes every day memorable. Between her sisters and cousins, her family is the focus of her many adventures. From taking school pictures to doing chores, this 7-year-old knows how to make every moment count. Sofia loves her family and loves her life. What could be better?
Manushkin, Fran Pedro Book Series 2016 Spend some time with Pedro, Katie Woo's fun-loving friend. From a buggy disaster to a run for class president, Pedro has what it takes to be the hero of first-grade. No matter what he's doing, Pedro is always good for some laughs and adventure.
Morales, Yuyi Dreamers 2018 Dreamers is a celebration of making your home with the things you always carry: your resilience, your dreams, your hopes, and history. It's the story of finding your way in a new place, of navigating an unfamiliar world, and finding the best parts of it. In dark times, it's a promise that you can make better tomorrows.  
Muhammad, Ibtihaj The Proudest Blue 2019 Faizah relates how she feels on the first day her sister, sixth-grader Asiya, wears a hijab to school.
Pettiford, Rebecca Matter or any other book in the Science Starters Series 2019 Whether solid, liquid, or gas, matter is everywhere.  We need all states to live and this book shows how.
Pizzoli, Greg The Book Hog 2019 A hog who loves to collect books eventually learns that he can learn to read them himself. 
Sarcone-Roach, Julia There Are No Bears in This Bakery 2019 One night, Muffin hears a suspicious noise. Mouse? Raccoon? Bat? Nope, not the usual suspects. But Muffin hears . . . growling. Could it be? Yup. A bear. Just a cub. Whose stomach is definitely growling. Muffin's got this case solved--clearly this bear needs some donuts.

Scotton, Rob Splat the Cat Takes the Cake or any book in the Splat the Cat Series 2012 Splat enters a cake-baking contest, and has the goal of creating a cake shaped like a superhero.
Sherman, Jill Animals and Fish or any other book in the Let's Learn About Natural Resources Series 2017 We share this Earth with many other species. They are treasured natural resources used for food, clothing, and work. An activity is included.
Starling, Robert Super Sloth 2019 Super Sloth is not fast. He cannot fly. But he is very good at moving slowly and looking like a tree. He vows to save the day when his enemy Anteater makes off with some prize mangoes.
Stevens, Janet The Donkey Egg or any primary picture book by Janet Stevens 2019 Bear would rather sleep all day than work on his farm, and Fox knows just the kind of help he needs—a donkey! When Fox tricks Bear into buying a donkey egg, Bear can't wait for it to hatch so he can meet his new friend. But donkeys don't come from eggs! And when the "egg" finally opens, Bear gets a fruity surprise. Luckily, Bear doesn't have to face disappointment alone . . . Hare is there to help!
Thong, Roseanne Greenfield One is a Pinata 2019 One is a rainbow, one is a cake, one is a pinata that's ready to break.  Children discover a fiesta of numbers in the world around them. Many of the objects are Latino in origin.
Variety of Authors Blastoff! Readers  Backyard Wildlife Series 2011 Young learners will discover the physical characteristics of a variety of animals, where they live, and what they eat. There is a table of contents and a glossary in these nonfiction books.
Willems, Mo Today I Will Fly! or any book in the Elephant and Piggie Series 2007 While Piggie is determined to fly, Elephant is skeptical, but when Piggie gets a little help from others, amazing things happen.

Second Grade

Author Title Publication Date Annotation
Alexander, Kwame The Undefeated 2019 This poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith, and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes.
Bates, Amy The Big Umbrella 2018 A spacious umbrella welcomes anyone and everyone who needs shelter from the rain.
Bentley, Tadgh Little Penguin and the Lollipop 2017 Little Penguin has a problem...his friend Kenneth is upset! And it's all because Little Penguin ate Kenneth's deliciously yummy razzle dazzle seaweed lollipop! Little Penguin's tried everything he can think of to make it up to Kenneth but nothing seems to help--not even a hug! Can YOU help him save the day?
Byers, Grace I am Enough 2018 "Shares a story of loving who you are, respecting others and being kind to one another"--OCLC.
Christoph, Jamey Clackety Track-Poems about Trains 2019 A collection of poems about railroad trains.
Cornwall, Gaia Jabari Jumps 2017 Working up the courage to take a big, important leap is hard, but Jabari is almost absolutely ready to make a giant splash.
Davis, Viola Corduroy Takes a Bow 2018 When Lisa takes Corduroy to the theater for the very first time, it's so magnificent and exciting that he just can't help heading out on his own to explore. From the orchestra pit to the prop table and the dressing rooms, Corduroy sees it all. Could there be a place for Corduroy on stage, too?
Dean, James & Kimberly Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party 2019 "After inviting his friends over for a pizza party, Pete piles his favorite pepperoni topping on the pie he is making, but when his guests arrive and add their own toppings to the pizza, Pete begins to wonder if his perfect pizza will be ruined"--OCLC.
Deenihan, Jamie When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree 2019 A young girl is given a lemon tree and learns to care for it until she can make lemonade for a lemonade stand.
DiTerlizzi, Angela Just Add Glitter 2018 Illustrations and simple, rhyming text encourage the reader to add glitter to everything in sight, until even what should really sparkle is obscured.
Easton, Emily Enough! 2018 A nonfiction picture book that briefly introduces twenty historic leaders, including Samuel Adams, Harriet Tubman, Jazz Jennings, and Colin Kaepernick.
Fitch, Sheree Everybody's Different on Everybody Street 2018 A picture book with rhyming text that celebrates individuality.
Freedman, Deborah Carl and the Meaning of Life 2019 "When a field mouse asks Carl the earthworm why he tunnels through the dirt, Carl doesn't have an answer, so he sets off to find out"--OCLC.
John, Jory The Good Egg 2019 A very good egg learns to relax and not be perfect all the time.
Kostecki-Shaw, Jenny Sue Same, Same but Different 2011 Pen pals Elliott and Kailash discover that even though they live in different countries--America and India--they both love to climb trees, own pets, and ride school buses.
Meltzer, Brad Ordinary People Change the World or any book in the Series               2000s Each book tells the story of one of America's icons in a vivacious, conversational way. And each book focuses on a particular character trait that made that person heroic.
Noll, Amanda Are You My Monster? 2019  "A young boy compares a drawing of his monster--depicted with a long tail, pointy nails, and big teeth--with various other monsters until he finds the perfect match"--OCLC.
Nywong'o, Lupita Sulwe 2019 When five-year-old Sulwe's classmates make fun of her dark skin, she tries lightening herself to no avail, but her encounter with a shooting star helps her understand there is beauty in every shade.
Parish, Herman Amelia Bedelia Tries Her Luck 2013 Literal-minded Amelia Bedelia and her friends test superstitions related to such symbols as black cats, four-leaf clovers, and broken mirrors.
Park, Barbara Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus or any book from the Series  1992 In her own words, a young girl describes her feelings about starting kindergarten and what she does when she decides not to ride the bus home.
Parr, Todd It's Okay to Make Mistakes 2014 Presents a series of situations in which taking chances and trying new things can lead to good results, even if there were mistakes along the way.
Penfold, Alexandra All are Welcome 2018 "Illustrations and simple, rhyming text introduce a school where diversity is celebrated and songs, stories, and talents are shared"--Provided by publisher.
Elliott, Rebecca Eva's Treetop Festival or any book from the Owl Diaries Series 2015 Having a Bloomtastic Festival at school to celebrate spring is a great idea--but Eva Wingdale, a young owl, discovers that it is also a lot of work, and there is nothing wrong with asking her friends for help.
Sarcone-Roach, Julia There are No Bears in This Bakery 2019 When Muffin, a cat, hears a suspicious noise at the Little Bear Bakery, his investigation reveals a hungry bear cub.
Scotton, Rob Splat The Cat And The Lemonade Stand 2019 Splat opens a lemonade stand to make enough money to buy a ticket to the Super Jump Water Park.
Stevens, Janet The Donkey Egg or any primary picture book by Janet Stevens 2019 After fast-talking Fox leaves him with a large, green egg, Bear spends minutes, hours, days, and weeks lovingly caring for it with the help of his neighbor Hare.
Stewart, Melissa Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, & Stinkers: celebrating animal underdogs 2018 A look at the behaviors of a variety of animals, such as shrews, armadillos, naked mole rats, and okapi.
Teckentrup, Britta We are Together 2020 On our own, we're special, and we can chase our dream. But when we join up, hand in hand, together, we're a team. Celebrate the power of love and friendship in this beautiful book featuring vibrant artwork and peek-through pages.
Verde, Susan I Am Human 2018 A child recognizes his own humanity, his capacity for doing harm and being harmed, his ability to feel joy and sadness, and his belief in hope and promise to keep learning.
Wong, Liz Quackers 2016 Quackers has always believed that he is a duck, but when he meets new friends who look like him and call themselves cats, he has to find a way to combine the best of both worlds.

Third Grade

Author Title Publication Date Annotation
Alexander, Kwame The Undefeated 2019 An ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree in picture book form. (Caldecott Medal Award)
Barton, Bethany I’m Trying to Love Spiders 2019 I'm Trying to Love Spiders will help you see these amazing arachnids in a whole new light, from their awesomely excessive eight eyes, to the seventy-five pounds of bugs a spider can eat in a single year! And you're sure to feel better knowing you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than being fatally bit by a spider.  (Children’s Choice Award)
Barton, Chris Whoosh! 2016 You know the Super Soaker. It's one of top twenty toys of all time, and it was invented entirely by accident. Read how this toy was invented and is so popular.
Clark-Robinson, Monica  Let the Children March 2018 Under the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, children and teenagers march against segregation in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963. (Coretta Scott King Award, Virginia Readers Choice)
Elliott, Zetta Dragons in a Bag 2018 In Brooklyn, nine-year-old Jax joins Ma, a curmudgeonly witch who lives in his building, on a quest to deliver three baby dragons to a magical world, and along the way discovers his true calling.
Engle, Margarita Dancing Hands 2019 The story of Teresa Carreño, a child prodigy and immigrant from Venezuela who played piano for Abraham Lincoln.  (Pura Belpre Award)
Eulberg, Elizabeth The Great Shelby Holmes: Girl Detective 2017 Shelby Holmes, age 9, is the best detective her New York City neighborhood has ever seen. She uses her mind to solve crimes even before the police have a chance. When John Watson, age 11, moves into her building, Shelby finds a new friend to help her solve the dog napping case in her neighborhood.  (Virginia Readers' Choice nomination 2-18-19)
Florian, Douglas  Poem Depot: Aisles of Smiles or any children’s poetry book by this author  2014 An illustrated collection of silly nonsense poems about topics kids care about: talents, avoiding homework, friends and more. 
Gates, Stefan Science You Can Eat: Putting What We Eat Under the Microscope 2019 This exciting kids' book tackles all the tasty science questions you have about food - plus plenty more that you hadn't even thought of! Science You Can Eat will transform your kitchen into an awesome lab through 20 fun food experiments. (Children’s Choice Awards)
Johnson, Terry Lynn Avalanche!  (Survivor Diaries) 2018 Twelve-year-old twins Ashley and Ryan are tested to the extreme when faced with a powerful avalanche while skiing in Wyoming's Grand Teton mountains. (Virginia Readers Choice)
Jones, Noah  Moldylocks and the Three Beards or any book in the Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe Series  2014 After falling through the refrigerator into the Land of Fake-Believe, Princess meets a girl named Moldylocks who takes her to the home of the Three Beards for chili – but when the Beards capture her friend, Princess must come up with a plan to save her. 
Kirby, Stan  Captain Awesome to the Rescue! or any book in the Captain Awesome Series  2012   When second-grader Eugene and his family move to a new neighborhood and he starts at a new school, he has a chance to bring out his superhero alter ego, Captain Awesome, to find the kidnapped class hamster. 
Krieg, Katherine Marie Curie: Physics and Chemistry Pioneer 2014 The life and career of the famous scientist; from her work to her two Noble Prize awards.
Lieb, Josh Chapter Two is Missing 2019 An investigation is launched to find the missing chapter. Milo, the book’s janitor, offers to help, but he ends up not really helping. This comical mystery is a favorite that will prompt readers to talk to the book in order to help solve the mystery. (Children’s Choice Awards)
Lorenzi, Natalie Long Pitch Home 2016 Bilai, age ten, has to leave his home, Pakistain, to come live in America,  Bilai tries to keep up with his older cousin by joining a baseball team.  Being a cricket player doesn't really help with baseball, but maybe if he proves himself as a pitcher his father just may join the family in America. (Virginia Readers' Choice Title 2018-19)
Maas, Wendy and Stead, Rebecca Bob 2019 It’s been five years since Livy and her family have visited Livy’s grandmother in Australia. Now that she’s back, Livy has the feeling she’s forgotten something really, really important about Gran’s house. Bob, a short greenish creature dressed in a chicken suit, has been waiting five years for Livy to come back, hiding in a closet like she told him to (Virginia Readers Choice)
Maciano, Johnny  Chenoweth, Emily Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat 2018 Klawde is not your average cat but an emperor from another planet exiled to Earth. He's cruel. He's cunning. He's brilliant...and about to become Raja's best friend. Elementary Virginia Readers' Choice nomination 2020-21
Marko, Cindy  Let’s Get Cracking or any book in the Kung Pow Chicken Series  2014 Gordon Blue and his brother Benny, unlikely superheroes, must save Fowladelphia from Granny Goosebumps, who has filled the city with cookies that cause innocent chickens’ feathers to fall off.  
McDonald, Megan  Judy Moody, Mood Martian or any book in the Judy Moody Series  2014 When it is “Backward Day,” Judy must turn her usual sour mood upside down and be happy and nice for a change. 
Meltzer, Brad  I Am Martin Luther King, Jr. or any book in the Ordinary People Change the World Series  2016 A biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. that tells the story of how he used nonviolence to lead the civil rights movement.
Mylnowski, Sarah  Fairest of All or any book in the Whatever After Series  2012 After moving to a new house ten-year-old Abby and brother Jonah discover an antique mirror that transports them into the Snow White fairy tale. 
Parry, Rosanne A Whale of the Wild 2020 A young orca whale must lead her brother on a adventurous journey to be reunited with their pod. This animal adventure novel explores family bonds, survival, global warming, and a changing seascape. Includes information about orcas and their habitats. (Booklist Starred Review)
Peirce, Lincoln  Big Nate: In a Class by Himself or any book in the Big Nate Series  2010 Supremely confident middle school student Nate Wright manages to make getting detention from every one of his teachers in the same day seem like an achievement.
Pierce, Lincoln Max and the Midknights  (series) 2020 With his trademark comic book-style illustrations, Lincoln Peirce brings epic adventure, riotous fun and medieval silliness in Max and the Midknights (Virginia Readers Choice)
Robeson, Teresa Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom
2019 When Wu Chien Shiung was born in China 100 years ago, most girls did not attend school; no one considered them as smart as boys. But her parents felt differently. They encouraged her love of learning and science. This engaging biography follows Wu Chien Shiung as she becomes what Newsweek magazine called the “Queen of Physics” for her work on beta decay.  (International Literacy Association Award)
Shaffer, Jody Jensen Bearded Dragons 2014 Describes the physical characteristics, behavior and environment of the bearded dragons.
Sherman, Jill All About Online Gaming 2017 Explores the fascinating world of online gaming with exciting looks at this technology and all it does.
Stewart, Melissa Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes and Stinkers:  Celebrating Animal Underdogs 2020 Describes how the characteristics of some animals that may appear to be weaknesses are critical for finding food or staying safe, from the size of the Amau frog to the stink of the hoatzin's feathers. (Virginia Readers Choice)
Ullman, R. L. Epic Zero Book 7: Tales of a Long Lost Leader 2020 Elliott Harkness is now the leader of Next Gen, his very own team of preteen superheroes! But when they try to stop a powerful Meta villain from attacking Keystone City, Elliott discovers they’re in way over their heads, resulting in absolute disaster! (series)
Winick, Judd Hilo Book 6: All the Pieces Fit 2020 D.J. and Gina are totally ordinary kids. But Hilo isn't! Hilo fell out of the sky and doesn’t know where he came from, or what he’s doing on Earth. But UH-OH, what if Hilo wasn’t the only thing to fall to our planet? Can the trio unlock the secrets of Hilo's past? Find out in each HILO  laugh-out-loud, epic story of friendship! Adventure!  (Series)

Fourth Grade

Author Title Publication Date Annotation
Applegate, Katherine One and Only Ivan 2012 When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.
Bowen, Carl Quarterback Rush or any Sports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novel book 2015 The Otters keep leaving their game on the practice field and losing their football games.Wide receiver Steve Michaels must overcome his own frustrations and help Aaron Corbin, his quarterback, get past his fears and play like the champion he can be.
Brallier, Max The Last Kids on Earth or any book in the Last Kids on Earth Series 2015 After a monster apocalypse hits town, average thirteen-year-old Jack Sullivan builds a team of friends to help slay the eerily intelligent monster known as Blarg.
Castaldo, Nancy Mission: Polar Bear Rescue, or The Story of Seeds, or Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs Save the World 2014 Mission: Polar Bear Rescue shares stories and facts that reveal the real-life survival challenges that have caused polar bears to become endangered and provides information about what kids can do to support conservation efforts.
Colfer, Chris Land of Stories 2012 "Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about"--Provided by publisher.
Dahl, Roald James and the Giant Peach 1961 When James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree, strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it's as big as a house. When James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit and crawls inside, he meets wonderful new friends--the Old-Green-Grasshopper, the dainty Ladybug, and the Centipede of the multiple boots. After years of feeling like an outsider in his aunts' house, James finally found a place where he belongs. With a snip of the stem, the peach household starts rolling away--and the adventure begins!  Roald Dahl's first and most widely celebrated book for young people continues to thrill readers around the world.
DiCamillo, Kate Because of Winn-Dixie 2002 Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn Dixie.
Draper, Sharon Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs: The Buried Bones Mystery or any book in the Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs Series 2006 After the neighborhood basketball court is vandalized, Ziggy and his friends decide to form a club called the Black Dinosaurs and build their clubhouse in Ziggy’s backyard.
Fleming, Candace Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera 2020 Describes the life cycle of the hard-working honeybee.
Hiaasen, Carl Hoot 2002 Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.
Holm, Jennifer Babymouse: Queen of the World! or any book in the Babymouse Series 2005 An imaginative mouse dreams of being queen of the world, but will settle for an invitation to the most popular girl’s slumber party. (Graphic Novel)
Kibuishi, Kazu Amulet Book 1: The Stonekeeper or any book in the Amulet Series 2008 Emily and Navin follow their mother into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals.(Graphic Novel)
Law, Ingrid Savvy or any other book in the Savvy Series  2008 Savvy recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her “savvy” – a magical power unique to each member of her family.
Luper, Eric Key Hunters: The Mysterious Moonstone or any book in the Key Hunters Series 2016 Cleo and Evan are curious about where the librarian disappears to at the back of the library, so they follow her into a magical library full of locked books and find a letter which tells them that the previous librarian is trapped between the covers of one of the enchanted books, and that they must find her.
McDonough, Yona Zeldis Who Was Harriet Tubman? or any book in the Who Was…? Series 2002 A biography of the nineteenth-century woman who escaped slavery and went back many times to take other slaves north to freedom on the Underground Railroad.
Park, Linda Sue Wing & Claw: Forest of Wonders or any book in the Wing & Claw Series 2016 When Raffa makes a cure from a rare crimson vine he finds deep in the forbidden forest, the bat he saves transforms into something much more.
Patterson, James & Alexander, Kwame Becoming Muhammad Ali 2020 A biographical novel tells the story of Cassius Clay, the determined boy who would one day become Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest boxers of all time.
Paulson, Gary Hatchet 1987 After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.
Peirce, Lincoln Big Nate Blasts Off or any book in the Big Nate Series 2016 After his fight with Randy Betancourt makes headlines in the school paper, Big Nate has a problem worse than detention on his hands.
Riley, James Story Thieves or any book in the Story Thieves Series 2015 Except for reading the Kiel Gnomenfoot magic adventure series, Owen’s life is boring until he sees his classmate Bethany climb out of a book in the school library and he learns that Bethany is half-fictional and has been searching every book for her missing father, a fictional character.
Riordan, Rick Percy Jackson, and the Olympians 2005 After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.
Sachar, Louis Fuzzy Mud or any children’s book by this author 2015 Fuzzy Mud is the story of two middle-grade kids who take a shortcut home from school and discover what looks like fuzzy mud but is actually a substance with the potential to wreak havoc on the entire world.
Sachar, Louis Holes 1998 As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.
Spinelli, Jerry Crash 1996 Seventh-grader John "Crash" Coogan has always been comfortable with his tough, aggressive behavior, until his relationship with an unusual Quaker boy and his grandfather's stroke make him consider the meaning of friendship and the importance of family.
Spyri, Johanna Heidi 1880 After Heidi, an orphan, builds a strong bond with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps, she is sent into town to attend school and be a friend to a wealthy man's daughter, who is restricted to a wheelchair, but Heidi's health begins to fail as her desire to return to her home in the mountains increases.
Stilton, Geronimo Bollywood Burglary or any book in the Geronimo Stilton Series 2017 Asked by a Bollywood star for help protecting a valuable ruby, Geronimo Stilton and Hercule Poirat are inadvertently cast in the actress’s film in spite of limited acting skills and are horrified when an anonymous thief makes off with the ruby.
Tarshis, Lauren Tornado Terror or any book in the I Survived: True Stories Series 2017 Tells the stories of two young people who survived terrifying tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri and includes tornado facts and profiles of the well-respected scientists and storm chasers who study them.
Watson, Jude Mission Titanic or any book in the 39 Clues series  2015 Seventeen-year-old Ian Kabra, the head of the powerful Cahill family, hopes he can find Amy and Dan to decipher clues that will help him prevent four of history’s greatest disasters. 
Williams-Garcia, Rita One Crazy Summer 2010 Delphine, 11, and her two younger sisters don’t know what to expect when their dad puts them on a plane to visit their mother, who abandoned the family years ago. It is 1968 and their mother is active in Oakland’s Black Power movement.The girls hope to visit Disneyland, but instead, their mother sends them to a camp run by the Black Panthers. As the summer wears on, the sisters learn about themselves, their mother, and their country during a pivotal moment in African American history. Delphine both blames and longs for her mother, and in the end these two strong characters find a measure of reconciliation. If this is your child’s first exposure to historical fiction, she may be hooked.

Fifth Grade

Author Title Publication Date Annotation
Alexander, Kwame Animal Ark 2017 The world’s threatened species are celebrated in gorgeously hued photos and haiku in this engaging informational picture book. Alexander and Sartore have crafted a stunning journey through the animal kingdom to provide an up-close look at dozens of animals, in poetry and photographs.
Blair, Shelia  Rock, Brock, and the Savings Shock  2017 Rock and Brock may be twins, but they are as different as two twins can be. One day, their grandpa offers them a plan―for ten straight weeks on Saturday he will give them each one dollar. But there is a catch! "Listen now, for here's the trick, each buck you save, I’ll match it quick. But spend it, there’s no extra dough, so save your cash, and watch it grow." Rock is excited―there are all sorts of things he can buy for one dollar! Brock is saving his. .... it is never too late to start saving.
Boston-Weatherford, Carole  Box: Henry Brown Mails Himself To Freedom  2010 Henry Brown wrote that long before he came to be known as Box, he “entered the world a slave.” He was put to work as a child and passed down from one generation to the next — as property. When he was an adult, his wife and children were sold away from him out of spite. Henry Brown watched as his family left bound in chains, headed to the deeper South. What more could be taken from him? But then hope — and help — came in the form of the Underground Railroad. Escape!
Barton, Carl Whoosh! : Lonnie Johnson's Super-soaking Stream of Inventions  2016 Lonnie Johnson always tinkered with something. Early projects included rockets, a robot, and a powerful sound system for parties. The story documents his perseverance in overcoming obstacles, some stemming from being African American—a school aptitude test that indicated he was not cut out to be an engineer, the prejudice he and his high-school team experienced while winning the 1968 University of Alabama science fair. Barton makes clear how Johnson struggled in his unconventional line of work, and also shows the rewards of his persistence -- attending Tuskegee Institute, engineering for NASA, and developing a super-blast water gun.
Bowen, Carl Quarterback Rush or any Sports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novel book 2015 The Otters keep leaving their game on the practice field and losing their football games.Wide receiver Steve Michaels must overcome his own frustrations and help Aaron Corbin, his quarterback, get past his fears and play like the champion he can be.
Brown, Monica Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos 2017 This title is based on the life of one of the world's most influential painters, Frida Kahlo, and the animals that inspired her art and life. The fascinating Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is remembered for her self-portraits, her dramatic works featuring bold and vibrant colors. Her work brought attention to Mexican and indigenous culture and she is also renowned for her works celebrating the female form.
Bryant, Jen Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball  2020 Hall-of-famer Elgin Baylor was one of basketball’s all-time-greatest players—an innovative athlete, team player, and quiet force for change. One of the first professional African-American players, he inspired others on and off the court. But when traveling for away games, many hotels and restaurants turned Elgin away because he was black. One night, Elgin had enough and staged a one-man protest that captured the attention of the press, the public, and the NBA.
Chin, Jason  Redwoods 2015 A ordinary subway trip is transformed when a young boy happens upon a book about redwood forests. As he reads the information unfolds, and with each new bit of knowledge, he travels―all the way to California to climb into the Redwood canopy. Crammed with interesting and accurate information about these great natural wonders, Jason Chin's first book is innovative nonfiction set within a strong and beautiful picture storybook. 
Garcia-Williams, Rita Clayton Byrd Goes Underground 2018 Clayton is happiest when he can play his harmonica with his grandfather, Cool Papa Byrd and his band, the Bluesman. When his grandfather dies suddenly, Clayton's pain is unbearable and he has to figure out how to live life without him. Cool Papa's daughter, Clayton's mother disapproved of her father's music and gets rid of all of Cool Papa's things even his guitars. Clayton decides to run away hoping to find a place with bluesman. What he finds instead is a group of street boys making their way with beat music and dance. 
Gianferrari, Maria Hawk Rising 2018 A red-tailed hawk hunts as its chicks wait in a cedar tree and two human children observe from their house and backyard. Over the course of the day, he makes several failed attempts at catching prey, and the children watch as he is mobbed by crows. Eventually, as the day ends, he succeeds, carrying a squirrel back to his hungry young. Realistic ink and watercolor illustrations accompany a sensory, poetic text, setting the suburban scene and offering a dynamic, naturalistic depiction of the predator's behavior. Perspectives and colors shift, presenting breathtaking bird's- and child's-eye views of sunrises, sunsets, prey, the neighborhood, and more.
Fleming, Candance Giant Squid 2016 Fleming artfully introduces readers to a mysterious sea monster that glides through the deepest and darkest reaches of the ocean. Double-page close-ups are excellently detailed, and the dark color palette adds to the eerie, deep-sea feel. Bit by bit, each illustration focuses on a particular part of the sea creature until the entire squid is portrayed in a dramatic foldout spread. A final diagram and a list of further reading add a scientific bent to this visually stunning exploration of a mysterious creature.
Floca, Brian Moonshot!: the Flight of Apollo 11   A fresh, expanded edition of Floca’s tribute to the first moon landing. How is the revised edition different? The text is more inclusive (no longer implying that only men worked in NASA's control room) and more expressive. A double-page spread acknowledges and depicts racially diverse groups of individuals representing the thousands of men and women who planned the mission, designed and built the spacecraft, and made the spacesuits. Includes a fuller portrayal of the mission, including the night spent on the moon, Eagle’s crucial docking with Columbia, and the capsule's dramatic reentry into Earth’s atmosphere.
Grundmann, Emmanuelle  When Elephants Listen With Their Feet: Discover Extraordinary Animal Senses 2021 This book highlights the extraordinary ways some creatures' unique senses are highly developed. The text is graceful and often humorous, with an extensive vocabulary. Each section begins with a short introduction to the sense, usually comparing it to humans' use of it. The text is organized by the five senses. There is a section that describes animals that use Earth's electromagnetism and one section on those that use vibrations. For example, the termite will bang its head against the wall using a specific, rapid rhythm to warn the others if the colony is being attacked. An index of animals offers additional information about each creature and the corresponding page number.
Haynes, Richard Orangutan Hats and Other Tools Animals Use 2021 Move over, humans! We’re not the only creatures who can invent and use tools to keep ourselves fed, warm, safe, healthy, comfortable—even entertained. Thanks to the careful observations of biologists working in the field, we now know that elephants use sunscreen, long-tailed macaques floss their teeth, assassin bugs use bait to lure their prey, orangutans make pillows, and crows will go sledding just for fun. Who’s the clever one now, eh? 
Lê, Minh Lift 2020 Iris loves to push the elevator buttons in her apartment building, but when it's time to share the fun with a new member of the family, she's pretty put out. That is, until the sudden appearance of a mysterious new button opens up entire realms of possibility, places where she can escape and explore on her own. But when she's forced to choose between going at it alone or letting her little brother tag along, Iris finds that sharing a discovery with the people you love can be the most wonderful experience of all.
Levine, Gail Carson Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly 2014 Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine shares the secrets of her writing success, including how to get ideas, creating beginnings and endings, writing great dialogue, developing memorable characters, and more.
Lombard, Jenny Drita, My Homegirl 2008 Drita is a ten year old, Muslim Albanian refugee from Kosovo now living in Brooklyn, New York. Maxie is African American, one of the in-crowd that wants nothing to do with the newcomer--until their 4th grade social studies teacher charges Maxie with interviewing Drita about her story. The two girls learn both their differences and their connections: Drita's mother is having a breakdown; Maxie cannot confront her grief about her mother's death in a car accident three years before. The message connecting schoolyard bullying with war is heavy, but the girls' growing friendship and respect for one another is touching, as is the climax when Maxie presents her report about what Drita left behind. 
Luper, Eric Key Hunters: The Mysterious Moonstone or any book in the Key Hunters Series 2016 Cleo and Evan are curious about where the librarian disappears to at the back of the library, so they follow her into a magical library full of locked books and find a letter which tells them that the previous librarian is trapped between the covers of one of the enchanted books, and that they must find her.
Magoon, Kekla The Season of Styx Malone 2018 Caleb, the narrator of the story and older brother Bobby Gene meet Styx Malone, a mysterious, lanky, smooth-talking teenager. The boys embark on an adventure of a lifetime that encompasses rule breaking, laugh-out-loud, and nail-biting fun. Magoon creates a summer adventure with humor, heart, and a touch of melancholy. A hopeful story with a captivating cast of characters. 
Marks, Janae From the Desk of Zoe Washington 2020 On her 12th birthday, Zoe Washington receives a letter from her birth father, Marcus, who has been in prison her entire life. He wants to get to know her, and even though she knows her mom won't like it, she writes back. So Zoe keeps the letter a secret and begins corresponding with Marcus on a regular basis. He shares his favorite songs and encourages Zoe’s baking-competition dreams. When Marcus tells Zoe he is innocent, and her grandmother agrees, Zoe begins to learn about inequality in the criminal justice system, and she and her best friend Trevor set out to find the alibi witness who can prove his innocence. Marcus doesn't want her to get involved. But keeping secrets from her mom quickly gets Zoe in over her head, jeopardizing her chances of obtaining the information she needs to save Marcus. Zoe’s relationship with Marcus is at the center of the novel, but her relationships with her mother, stepfather, grandmother, and Trevor are also richly conveyed. This powerful debut packs both depth and sweetness, tackling a tough topic in a sensitive, compelling way. An extraordinary, timely, must-read debut about love, family, friendship, and justice.
Medina, Meg Merci Suárez Can't Dance 2021 A follow-up to the Newbery Medal-winning Merci Suarez Changes Gears, this books follows another year of highs and lows in the life of Cuban American middle schooler Merci Suárez. Life is a little different for Merci Suárez in seventh grade. Her older brother, Roli, is off at college; her grandfather Lolo’s Alzheimer’s is more pronounced; and she has to regularly babysit her Tía Inés’ spirited young twins. She also finds a new responsibilities at school too. She works in the school store alongside her classmate Wilson, who she might have a crush on, and is still at odds with classmate Edna. The struggles with friendships, responsibility, school, crushes, and jealousy that Merci and her friends face will strike a chord with many readers.  
Montgomery, Heather L. Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill 2018 Montgomery’s story—part memoir, part scientific overview—begins with a squashed snake and follows her as she learns more and more about the animals she finds run over on the side of the road. With wry humor, gory detail, and great enthusiasm, the author explains how this mystery, and others, are being solved thanks to civilian scientists who pick up and/or report roadkill sightings to science centers.“The book is not,” she writes, “for squeamish souls.” But budding naturalists or eco-activists will find it a smashing read.
National Geographic National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry: more than 200 Poems with Photographs that Float, Zoom, and Bloom! 2015 Former U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis has compiled a selection of poems from poets both well-known and obscure. Each poem is paired with captivating photos, which, on every page, show an element of nature that fits along with the various themed sections. The selections represent a variety of styles, time periods, countries of origin, lengths, and themes; all are set against a stunning backdrop.
Rusch, Elizabeth The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity 2017 On June 10, 2003, a little rover named Spirit blasted off on a rocket headed for Mars. On July 7, 2003, a twin rover named Opportunity soared through the solar system with the same mission: to find out if Mars ever had water that could have supported life. A thrilling addition to the acclaimed Scientists in the Field series, The Mighty Mars Rovers tells the greatest space robot adventure of all time through the eyes—and heart—of Steven Squyres, professor of astronomy at Cornell University and lead scientist on the mission.
Sepahban, Lois Paper Wishes 2016 In 1942, ten-year-old Manami's family is forced into the Manzanar internment camp. Heartbroken by the loss of her dog, Yujiin, Manami becomes mute; her emotional trauma is sensitively portrayed. Manami recovers her voice when she needs it most, and the story closes on a hopeful note. Readers ready for a somber story should find this novel about Japanese American internment honest and engaging.
Sotomayor, Sonia  Turning Pages: My Life Story  2018 As the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor has inspired young people around the world to reach for their dreams. But what inspired her? For young Sonia, the answer was books! They were her mirrors, her maps, her friends, and her teachers. They helped her to connect with her family in New York and in Puerto Rico, to deal with her diabetes diagnosis, to cope with her father's death, to uncover the secrets of the world, and to dream of a future for herself in which anything was possible.
Williams-Garcia, Rita One Crazy Summer 2010 Delphine, 11, and her two younger sisters don’t know what to expect when their dad puts them on a plane to visit their mother, who abandoned the family years ago. It is 1968 and their mother is active in Oakland’s Black Power movement. The girls hope to visit Disneyland, but instead, their mother sends them to a camp run by the Black Panthers. As the summer wears on, the sisters learn about themselves, their mother, and their country during a pivotal moment in African American history. Delphine both blames and longs for her mother, and in the end these two strong characters find a measure of reconciliation. If this is your child’s first exposure to historical fiction, she may be hooked.

Grade 6

Author Title Publication Date Annotation
Alexander, Kwame Rebound, or any middle school book by Kwame Alexander 2016 In the summer of 1988, twelve-year-old Chuck Bell is sent to stay with his grandparents, where he discovers jazz and basketball and learns more about his family's past.
Auxier, Jonathan Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster 2018 In nineteenth-century England, after her father's disappearance Nan Sparrow, ten, works as a "climbing boy," aiding chimney sweeps, but when her most treasured possessions end up in a fireplace, she unwittingly creates a golem.
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America, or any middle school book by Susan Campbell Bartoletti 2015 (nonfiction) True story of Mary Mallon, a cook who unwittingly infected dozens with typhoid in the early 1900s, and the efforts of doctors and scientists to identify the cause and stop the spread of the disease.
Becker, Helaine Dirk Daring, Secret Agent, or any middle school book by Helaine Becker 2014 The spy missions of Darren Dirkowitz (aka Dirk Daring, Secret Agent) are interrupted when his stepbrother gets hold of his top-secret notebook.
Bunce, Elizabeth C. Premeditated Myrtle, or any Myrtle Hardcastle mystery book by Elizabeth C. Bunce 2020 When twelve-year-old aspiring detective Myrtle Hardcastle learns her neighbor in quiet Swinburne, England, a breeder of rare flowers, has died she is certain it was murder and that she must find the killer.
Cisneros, Ernesto Efrén Divided 2020 While his father works two jobs, seventh-grader Efrén Nava must take care of his twin siblings, kindergartners Max and Mia, after their mother is deported to Mexico. Includes glossary of Spanish words.
Haddix, Margaret Peterson The Strangers, or any middle school book by Margaret Peterson Haddix 2019 Told from separate viewpoints, Chess, Emma, and Finn Greystone, ages twelve, ten, and eight, investigate why their mother went missing and uncover their ties to an alternate world.
Higuera, Donna Barba Lupe Wong Won't Dance 2020 Lupe Wong is going to be the first female pitcher in the Major Leagues. She's also championed causes her whole young life. So, when the horror that is square dancing rears its head in gym. Obviously she's not going to let that slide.
Jamieson, Victoria, and Omar Mohamed When Stars Are Scattered 2020 (graphic novel) Omar and his younger brother Hassan live in a refugee camp, and when an opportunity for Omar to get an education comes along, he must decide between going to school every day or caring for his nonverbal brother. 
Johnson, Varian Twins, or any middle school book by Varian Johnson 2020 (graphic novel) Maureen and Francine Carter are twins and best friends.  But just before the girls start sixth grade, Francine becomes Fran -- a girl who wants to join the chorus, run for class president, and dress in ways that set her apart from Maureen. The sisters are growing apart and there's nothing Maureen can do to stop it. 
Keller, Tae When You Trap a Tiger, or any middle school book by Tae Keller 2020 When Lily, her sister Sam, and their mother move in with her sick grandmother, Lily traps a tiger and makes a deal with him to heal Halmoni.
Korman, Gordon Supergifted, or any book by Gordon Korman 2018 After years at the Academy for Scholastic Distinction, all Noah dreams of is the opportunity to fail if he wants to and he's landed in the perfect place to do it-Donovan's school.
Levy, Joshua S. Seventh Grade vs. the Galaxy 2019 What was supposed to be the last day of seventh grade turns into the first day of saving the world.
McManis, Charlene Willing Indian No More 2020 When Regina's Umpqua tribe is legally terminated and her family must relocate from Oregon to Los Angeles, she goes on a quest to understand her identity as an Indian despite being so far from home.
Medina, Meg Merci Suarez Changes Gears, or any middle school book by Meg Medina 2018 Merci attends sixth grade in a private school in Florida as a scholarship student and deals daily with problem girls. At home, her beloved grandfather begins forgetting things and becomes clumsy and angry. When the other adults in her life aren’t really helping her, Merci changes gears to help herself. 
Reynolds, Jason Patina, or any book in the Track series by Jason Reynolds 2017 A newbie to the track team, Patina must learn to rely on her teammates as she tries to outrun her personal demons.
Soontornvat, Christina A Wish in the Dark 2020 Set in a Thai-inspired fantasy world, Christina Soontornvat's twist on Victor Hugo's Les Misérables is a dazzling, fast-paced adventure that explores the difference between law and justice -- and asks whether one child can shine a light in the dark.
Swanson, James "The President Has Been Shot!" The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, or any middle school book by James Swanson 2013 (nonfiction) A breathtaking and dramatic account of the JFK assassination. 
Telgemeier, Raina Guts, or any middle school book by Raina Telgemeier   2019 (graphic novel) After a particularly bad bout of the flu in fourth grade, Raina keeps having stomach aches and intense feelings about food and germs. The thought of being near a sick person sends her into a panic, and conflicts among her friends at school and embarrassment about bodily functions in general certainly don't help matters. 
Warga, Jasmine Other Words for Home 2019 Sent with her mother to the safety of a relative's home in Cincinnati when her Syrian hometown is overshadowed by violence, Jude worries for the family members who were left behind as she adjusts to a new life with unexpected surprises.

Grade 7

Author Title Publication Date Annotation
Bigelow, Lisa Jenn Hazel's Theory of Evolution 2020 Hazel knows a lot about the world. But even Hazel doesn't have answers for the questions awaiting her as she enters eighth grade. As Hazel struggles to cope, she'll come to realize that sometimes you have to look within yourself--instead of the pages of a book--to find the answer to life's most important questions.
Braden, Ann The Benefits of Being an Octopus 2018 Seventh-grader Zoey Albro focuses on caring for three younger siblings and avoiding rich classmates at school until her fascination with octopuses gets her on the debate team and she begins to speak out.
Callender, Kacen King and the Dragonflies 2020 Twelve-year-old Kingston James is sure his brother Khalid has turned into a dragonfly. When his former best friend, the gay son of the local sheriff, runs away, the weight of expectations and secrets leads King to examine everything he thinks he knows about being brave, being a man, and being himself. 
Craft, Jerry New Kid, or any middle school book by Jerry Craft 2019 (graphic novel) Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. 
Dionne, Evette Lifting As We Climb: Black Women's Battle for the Ballot Box 2020 (nonfiction) This National Book Award longlisted book tells the important, overlooked story of Black women as a force in the suffrage movement, when fellow suffragists did not accept them as equal partners in the struggle. 
Engle, Margarita Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings : a Memoir, or any middle school book by Margarita Engle. 2015 In this poetic memoir, Margarita Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War.
Gemeinhart, Dan The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise 2019 Twelve-year-old Coyote and her father rush to Poplin Springs, Washington, in their old school bus to save a memory box buried in a park that will soon be demolished.
Gratz, Alan Grenade, or any middle school book by Alan Gratz 2020 On April 1, 1945, fourteen-year-old native Okinawan Hideki, is handed two grenades and told to go kill American soldiers. Hideki just wants to find his family, and his struggle across the island will bring him face-to-face with Ray, a marine in his very first battle. 
Haddix, Margaret Peterson Children of Exile, or any middle school book by Margaret Peterson Haddix 2016 Twelve-year-old Rosi, raised in a foster village, is returned to her biological parents and discovers home is not what she expected it to be.
Hale, Nathan Blades of Freedom, or any book in the series Nathan Hale's hazardous tales 2020 (graphic novel) The story of the Haitian Revolution and its role in Napoleon's decision to sell Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe the whole Louisiana Territory, when they sought to buy only New Orleans. 
Hiaasen, Carl Squirm, or any middle school book by Carl Hiaasen 2018 Billy Dickens discovers that his mysterious father lives in Montana, so this summer Billy will fly across the country, hike a mountain, float a river, dodge a grizzly bear, shoot down a spy drone, and save his own father.
Hiranandani, Veera The Night Diary 2018 Set in 1947, during the months before and after the independence of India and subsequent division with Pakistan, and is written as diary entries from the perspective of Nisha, a girl who has just celebrated her twelfth birthday along with her twin brother, Amil. 
Hunt, Lynda Mullaly Shouting at the Rain, or any book by Lynda Mullaly Hunt 2019 Delsie loves tracking the weather, living with her grandmother, and the support of friends and neighbors, but misses having a "regular family," especially after her best friend outgrows her.
Key, Watt Deep Water, or any middle school book by Watt Key 2018 When a dive off the coast of Alabama goes horribly wrong, twelve-year-old Julie and one of her father's scuba clients struggle to survive after reaching an abandoned oil rig.
Korman, Gordon Restart, or any book by Gordon Korman 2017 Chase does not remember falling off the roof, in fact he does not remember anything about himself, and when he gets back to middle school he begins to learn who he was through the reactions of the other kids--trouble is, he really is not sure he likes the Chase that is being revealed, but can he take the opportunity amnesia has provided and restart his life?
Ponti, James City Spies 2020 Sentenced to juvenile detention after exposing her foster parents' crimes, a talented young hacker is rescued by a British spy who recruits five teen savants from different world regions to become elite agents for MI5.
Reedy, Trent Words in the Dust, or any middle school titles by Trent Reedy 2011 Zulaikha, a thirteen-year-old girl in Afghanistan, faces a series of frightening but exhilarating changes in her life as she defies her father and secretly meets with an old woman who teaches her to read, her older sister gets married, and American troops offer her surgery to fix her disfiguring cleft lip.
Rhodes, Jewell Parker Ghost Boys, or any book by Jewell Parker Rhodes 2018 After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a White police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys including Emmett Till.
Soontornvat, Christina All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team 2020 (nonfiction)  A unique account of the amazing Thai cave rescue told in a heart-racing, you-are-there style that blends suspense, science, and cultural insight. 
Surrisi, Cynthia Side of Sabotage, or any middle school book by Cynthia Surrisi 2018 A fancy fine dining establishment has opened in Quinnie Boyd's Maine town, creating new competition for her father's humble café. When things start to go wrong at the café, Quinnie suspects the people behind the new restaurant are to blame
Ying, Victoria City of Secrets 2020 (graphic novel) Since his father's death, Ever Barnes has secretly been in charge of an amazing mechanical building but now, ruffians are after him and his new friend Hannah, the building owner's spunky daughter.

Grade 8

Author Title Publication Date Annotation
Bossley, Michele Martin Cracked 2007 Junior high detectives Trevor, Robyn and Nick help their friend Courtney whose brother Josh, competing for the Canadian national bobsled team, is accused of sabotaging another competitor's sled. 
Bowling, Dusti Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus 2017 New friends and a mystery help Aden, thirteen, adjust to middle school and life at a dying western theme park in a new state, where her being born armless presents many challenges.
Cartaya, Pablo Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish 2018 After a fight at school leaves Marcus facing suspension, Marcus's mother takes him and his younger brother, who has Down syndrome, to Puerto Rico to visit relatives they do not remember or have never met, and while there Marcus starts searching for his father, who left their family ten years ago and is somewhere on the island.
Collins, Suzanne Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, or any book in the Hunger Games series 2020 An origin story for both President Snow and the Hunger Games as we know them.
Day, Christine I Can Make this Promise 2019 When twelve-year-old Edie finds letters and photographs in her attic that change everything she thought she knew about her Native American mother's adoption, she realizes she has a lot to learn about her family's history and her own identity
Fleming, Candace The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh 2020 (nonfiction) Discover the dark side of Charles Lindbergh, one of America's most celebrated heroes and complicated men, in this riveting biography.
Greenwald, Tom Game Changer 2018 While thirteen-year-old Teddy fights for his life after a football injury at training camp, his friends and family gather to support him and discuss events leading to his coma. Told through dialogue, text messages, newspaper articles, transcripts, an online forum, and Teddy's inner thoughts.
Hale, Shannon Real Friends, or any middle school book by Shannon Hale 2017 (graphic memoir) Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends ever since they were little. But one day, Adrienne starts hanging out with Jen, the most popular girl in class and the leader of a circle of friends called The Group. Everyone in The Group wants to be Jen's #1, and some girls would do anything to stay on top . . . even if it means bullying others. 
Lee, Yoon Ha Dragon Pearl 2020 Min, a thirteen-year-old girl with fox-magic, stows away on a battle cruiser and impersonates a cadet in order to solve the mystery of what happened to her older brother in the Thousand World Space Forces.
McIntosh, Will Watchdog 2017 Orphaned and homeless, fourteen-year-old twins Vick and Tara, who is autistic, go up against a crime lord and her four-legged robotic army, with help from their robotic dog, Daisy.
Messner, Kate Breakout, or any middle school book by Kate Messner 2018 From multiple perspectives, tells of a time capsule project and the middle schoolers who contribute, including future journalist Nora Tucker and newcomer Elidee Jones, whose brother is in the local prison.
Oppel, Kenneth Bloom, or any middle school book by Kenneth Oppel 2020 When the world is overtaken by monster alien plants that emit toxic pollens and swallow up people, three kids on a remote island look for clues in their unusual allergies to understand their immunity to the invaders.
Reynolds, Jason Stamped--racism, antiracism, and you A remix of the national book award-winning stamped from the beginning. 2020 (nonfiction) A history of racist and antiracist ideas in America, from their roots in Europe until today, adapted from the National Book Award winner "Stamped from the Beginning."
Saeed, Aisha Amal Unbound 2018 In Pakistan, Amal holds onto her dream of being a teacher even after becoming an indentured servant to pay off her family's debt to the wealthy and corrupt Khan family.
Smith, Roland Peak, or any book by Roland Smith 2014  After 14 year old Peak Marcello is caught climbing a building, the judge tells him he must leave New York and join his father in Thailand. Peak's father wants him to become the youngest person ever to climb Mt. Everest, and Peak excitedly agrees, not knowing what sacrifices the adventure will demand of him.
Takei, George They Called Us Enemy 2019 A stunning graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei's childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II.
Taylor, Mildred All the Days Past, All the Days to Come, or any middle school book by Mildred Taylor 2020 Cassie Logan, first met in  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, is a young woman now, searching for her place in the world, a journey that takes her from Toledo to California, to law school in Boston, and, ultimately, in the 60s, home to Mississippi to participate in voter registration. 
Westerfeld, Scott Impostors, or any middle school book by Scott Westerfeld 2019 Frey and Rafi are twin sisters, but few people know of Frey's existence, because she has been raised to be her sister's body double and lethal bodyguard, while Rafi has been raised to further the family's political power. When their father sends Frey in her sister's place as collateral in a tricky deal,  the son of a rival leader gets close enough to suspect something is amiss.
Woodson, Jacqueline Before the Ever After, or any middle school book by Jacqueline Woodson 2020 ZJ's friends Ollie, Darry and Daniel help him cope when his father, a beloved professional football player, suffers severe headaches and memory loss that spell the end of his career. 
Yang, Gene Luen Dragon Hoops, or any middle school book by Gene Luen Yang 2020 (graphic novel) The men's varsity team, the Dragons, is having a phenomenal season that's been decades in the making. Each victory brings them closer to their ultimate goal: the California State Championships.

Grade 9

Author Title Publication Date Annotation
Alifirenka, Caitlin  & Martin Ganda with Liz Welch I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives 2015 In this ... dual memoir, Caitlin and Martin recount how they became best friends--and better people--through their long-distance exchange [as pen-pals]. (Nonfiction) 
Cabot, Meg All American Girl or any title by Meg Cabot 2002 A sophomore girl stops a presidential assassination attempt, is appointed Teen Ambassador to the United Nations, and catches the eye of the very cute First Son.
Card, Orson Scott Children of the Fleet or any book by Orson Scott Card 2017 Dabeet Ochoa is a very smart kid. He's top of his class in every school, but he doesn't think he has a chance at Fleet School, because he has no connections to the Fleet. But then Colonel Graff arrives at his school for an interview, and everything changes.
Cass, Kiera The Selection or any book by Kiera Cass 2012 Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illea, which formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection--a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illea's prince--but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her.--Provided by publisher.
Chee, Traci We Are Not Free 2020 For fourteen-year-old budding artist Minoru Ito, his two brothers, his friends, and the other members of the Japanese-American community in southern California, the three months since Pearl Harbor was attacked have become a waking nightmare: attacked, spat on, and abused with no way to retaliate--and now things are about to get worse, their lives forever changed by the mass incarcerations in the relocation camps.
Clare, Cassandra  Clockwork Angel or any book by Cassandra Clare  2010 Sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray travels to England in search of her brother only to be abducted by the Dark Sisters, residents of London's Downworld, home to the city's supernatural folk, and she becomes the object of much attention--both good and bad--when it is discovered she has the power to transform at will into another person.
Condie, Allyson Matched or any book by Allyson Condie 2010 All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia as she turns 17, who to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn't be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky's face show up on her match disk as well?
Dashner, James The Eye of Minds or any book by James Dashner 2013 Michael is a skilled internet gamer in a world of advanced technology. When a cyber-terrorist begins to threaten players, Michael is called upon to seek him and his secret's out-- Provided by publisher.
Deuker, Carl Golden Arm 2020 Lazarus Weathers, a high school senior from the wrong side of the tracks, seeks to protect his half-brother while pitching his way out of poverty, one strike at a time.
Fleming, Candace The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh 2020 (Nonfiction) A biography of one of America's most celebrated heroes, and most complicated, troubled men, Charles Lindbergh.
Lu, Marie Warcross or any other title by Marie Lu 2017 When teenage coder Emika Chen hacks her way into the opening tournament of the Warcross Championships, she glitches herself into the game as well as a sinister plot with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.
Lupica, Mike  The Batboy or any book by Mike Lupica 2010 Even though his mother feels baseball ruined her marriage to his father, she allows fourteen-year-old Brian to become a bat boy for the Detroit Tigers, who have just drafted his favorite player back onto the team.
Paolini, Christopher Eragon or any title by Christopher Paolini 2003 In Alagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.
Park, Linda Sue  A Long Walk to Water or any high school title by Linda Sue Park 2010 When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.
Pierce, Tamora  Trickster’s Choice or any title by Tamora Pierce 2003 Alianne must call forth her mother's courage and her father's wit in order to survive on the Copper Isles in a royal court rife with political intrigue and murderous conspiracy.
Rivera, Lilliam Never Look Back 2020 A modern retelling of the myth, Orpheus and Eurydice, in which Eury leaves Puerto Rico for the Bronx, haunted by losing all to Hurricane Maria and by evil spirit Ato, and meets a bachata-singing charmer, Pheus.
Sáenz, Benjamin Alire  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe 2012 Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.
Yang, Gene Luen American Born Chinese or any book by Gene Luen Yang  2006 (Graphic Novel) Alternates interrelated stories about three characters, including a Chinese American trying to participate in popular culture; a Chinese folk hero attempting to be worshipped as a god; and a teenager who is so ashamed by his Chinese cousin's behavior that he changes schools.  
Yousafzai, Malala I Am Malala : The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban 2013 (Nonfiction) Malala Yousafzai describes her fight for education for girls under Taliban rule, the support she received from her parents to pursue an education, and how the Taliban retaliated against her by trying to kill her. 
Zusak, Markus The Book Thief or any title by Markus Zusak 2006 Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. 

Grade 10

Author Title Publication Date Annotation
Acevedo, Elizabeth Clap When You Land 2020 (Novel in verse) Sixteen-year-olds Camino Rios, of the Dominican Republic, and Yahaira Rios, of New York City, are devastated to learn of their father's death in a plane crash and stunned to learn of each other's existence. 
Adeyemi, Tomi Children of Blood and Bone or any title by Tomi Adeyemi 2018 Seventeen-year-old Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue Princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy. 
Alameda, Courtney Pitch Dark or any title by Courtney Alameda 2018 Tuck Durante, a shipraider, and Lana Gray, a curator, must work together to try to rescue a space capsule hijacked by nightmarish creatures who kill with a scream. 
 Bagieu, Pénélope Brazen: Rebel Ladies who Rocked the World 2018 (Graphic Novel/Nonfiction)  With her characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist. Penelope Bagieu. profiles the lives of these feisty female role models. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, the stories in this comic biography are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.
Carter, Ally All Fall Down or any title by Ally Carter 2015 There are many powerful people along Embassy Row who want Grace to block out all her unpretty thoughts. But Grace will not stop until she finds out who killed her mother and make the killer pay.
Dessen, Sarah The Rest of the Story or any title by Sarah Dessen 2019 Unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her late mother's estranged relatives at scenic North Lake, a teen finds herself torn between her mother's working-class relatives and her father's wealthier associates.
Doerr, Anthony All the Light We Cannot See 2014 A blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
Feinstein, John The Walk On or any title by John Feinstein 2014 After moving to a new town his freshman year in high school, Alex Myers is happy to win a spot on the varsity team as a quarterback but must deal with the idea of not playing for two years since the first-string quarterback is not only a local hero, he is also son of the corrupt head coach.
Gansworth, Eric L Apple: Skin to the Core --A Memoir in Words and Pictures 2020 (Nonfiction) Eric Gansworth tells the story of his life and family through poems about their Onondaga heritage, from the horrible legacy of government boarding schools, to watching his siblings leave and return and leave again, to his fight to be an artist who balances multiple worlds.
Khorram, Adib Darius the Great Is Not Okay 2018 Clinically depressed Darius Kellner, a high school sophomore, travels to Iran to meet his grandparents, but it is their next-door neighbor, Sohrab, who changes his life.
Lockhart, E. We Were Liars or any title by E. Lockhart 2013 Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer. 
Yamile Saied Méndez Furia 2020 Seventeen-year-old Camila Hassan, a rising soccer star in Rosario, Argentina, dreams of playing professionally, in defiance of her fathers' wishes and at the risk of her budding romance with Diego.
Myers, Walter Dean Monster or any high school title by Walter Dean Myers 1999 While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.
Oppel, Kenneth Airborn or any title by Kenneth Oppel 2004 Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface.
Sepetys, Ruta Between Shades of Gray (also released as Ashes in the Snow) or any title by Ruta Sepetys 2011 In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author's family, includes a historical note.
Shusterman, Neal Dry or any high school title by Neal Shusterman 2018 A lengthy California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, turning Alyssa's quiet suburban street into a warzone, and she is forced to make impossible choices if she and her brother are to survive.
Silvera, Adam More Happy Than Not 2015 After enduring his father's suicide, his own suicide attempt, broken friendships, and more in the Bronx projects, Aaron Soto, sixteen, is already considering the Leteo Institute's memory-alteration procedure when his new friendship with Thomas turns to unrequited love.
Skloot, Rebecca The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or any title by Rebecca Skloot 2010 (Nonfiction) This book documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization, and gene mapping.
Stiefvater, Maggie Raven Boys or any title by Maggie Stiefvater 2012 Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent's only gift seems to be that she makes other people's talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own--and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.
Venkatraman, Padma A Time to Dance or any other title by Padma Venkatraman 2015 (Novel in verse) In India, a girl who excels at Bharatanatyam dance refuses to give up after losing a leg in an accident.

Grade 11

Author Title Publication Date Annotation
Acevedo, Elizabeth The Poet X or any other title by Elizabeth Acevedo 2018 (Novel in Verse) Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.
Aveyard, Victoria Red Queen or any other title by Victoria Aveyard 2015 In a world divided by blood--those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities--seventeen-year-old Mare, a Red, discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. But Mare risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard --a growing Red rebellion--even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction.
Bardugo, Leigh Six of Crows or any other title by Leigh Bardugo 2015 Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction--if they don't kill each other first.
Divine, L. Drama High Series 2006-2016 After a summer of bliss with boyfriend KJ, Jayd Jackson returns to South Bay High (aka Drama High) to discover that she's been dumped, her former best friend is out to get her and KJ's new girl is looking to knock her out. (Book 1)
Gaiman, Neil The Graveyard Book or any other title by Neil Gaiman 2008 The orphan Bod, short for Nobody, is taken in by the inhabitants of a graveyard as a child of eighteen months and raised lovingly and carefully to the age of eighteen years by the community of ghosts and other worldly creatures.
Giles, L.R. Not So Pure and Simple or any other title by L.R. (Lamar) Giles 2020 High school junior Del Rainey unwittingly joins a Purity Pledge class at church, hoping to get closer to his long-term crush, Kiera.
Godbersen, Anna The Luxe or any other title by Anna Godbersen  2007 In Manhattan in 1899, five teens of different social classes lead dangerously scandalous lives, despite the strict rules of society and the best-laid plans of parents and others.
Green, John The Fault in Our Stars or any other title by John Green 2012 Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.
Hesse, Monica  They Went Left 2020 Eighteen-year-old Zofia Lederman, a Holocaust survivor, travels across post-war Europe as she searches for her younger brother, Abek, and seeks to rebuild her shattered life.
Iloh, Candice Every Body Looking 2020 (Novel in verse) A mixed-heritage dancer's coming of age within the African diaspora is shaped by abuse at the hands of a cousin, her mother's descent into addiction, and her father's efforts to create a Nigerian-inspired home in America.
Keplinger, Kody That's Not What Happened 2015 In the three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre, a story has grown up around one of the victims, Sarah McHale, that says she died proclaiming her Christian faith--but Leanne Bauer was there, and knows what happened, and she has a choice: stay silent and let people believe in Sarah's martyrdom, or tell the truth.
Lee, Stacey The Downstairs Girl 2019 1890, Atlanta. By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady's maid for the cruel Caroline Payne, the daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for 'the genteel Southern lady.'
Lewis, John March or any other title by John Lewis 2013 (Graphic Novel/Nonfiction) Book One spans John Lewis’ youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.
Mafi, Tahereh A Very Large Expanse of Sea or any title by Tahereh Mafi 2018 In 2002, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl named Shirin starts over at yet another high school, having dealt with the prejudice and abuse that followed 9/11. She copes with the anti-Islamic animosity by turning to music and break-dancing. She meets Ocean James, who comes from a very different background, but really seems to want to get to know her. But she's had the walls up for so long, she doesn't know if she can really let him in.
McCullough, David 1776 or any title by David McCullough 2005 (Nonfiction) In this masterful book, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence—when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amounted to little more than words on paper.
McGinnis, Mindy Heroine or any title by Mindy McGinnis 2019 When a car crash sidelines Mickey just before softball season, she has to find a way to hold on to her spot as the catcher for a team expected to make a historic tournament run. Behind the plate is the only place she’s ever felt comfortable, and the painkillers she’s been prescribed can help her get there.
Reynolds, Jason Long Way Down or other high school title by Jason Reynolds 2017 (Novel in Verse) As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know. 
Ribay, Randy After the Shot Drops or any title by Randy Ribay 2018 Told from alternating perspectives, Bunny takes a basketball scholarship to an elite private school to help his family, leaving behind Nasir, his best friend, in their tough Philadelphia neighborhood.
Thomas, Angie The Hate U Give or any other title by Angie Thomas 2017 Starr Carter, a 16-year-old Black girl, may live in a neighborhood infested with gang violence, but she goes to school at Williamson Prep, a private school miles away. She has a White boyfriend there, and though there is a handful of Black students at the school, she still cannot feel like herself in either place. One day she gets a ride home from Khalil, a childhood friend. They are pulled over by a white cop and Khalil, unarmed, is shot and killed. Only Starr knows what really happened in that confrontation, but what she says, or refuses to say, could upend her community and even endanger her family and herself.
Wile, Deborah Kent State 2020 (Free-verse/Nonfiction) Told from different points of view--protesters, students, National Guardsmen, and "townies"--recounts the story of what happened at Kent State in May 1970, when four college students were killed by National Guardsmen, and a student protest was turned into a bloody battlefield.

Grade 12

Author Title Publication Date Annotation
Acevedo, Elizabeth With the Fire on High or any other title by Elizabeth Acevedo 2019 Teen mother Emoni Santiago struggles with the challenges of finishing high school and her dream of working as a chef.
Anderson, Laurie Halse The Impossible Knife of Memory or any other high school title by Laurie Halse Anderson 2014 Hayley Kincaid and her father move back to their hometown to try a 'normal' life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives.
Atkinson, Rick The Army at Dawn or any title by Rick Atkinson 2002 (Nonfiction) In 1942-1943, North Africa became a proving ground where American officers learned how to lead and just what it took to vanquish the enemy. This is the first volume in a trilogy about the liberation of Europe in World War II.
Brown, Don  The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees 2018 (Graphic Novel/Nonfiction) An important, timely, and eye-opening exploration of the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, exposing the harsh realities of living in, and trying to escape, a war zone.   
Crutcher, Chris Whale Talk or any other title by Chris Crutcher 2001 There's bad news and good news about the Cutter High School swim team. The bad news is that they don't have a pool. The good news is that only one of them can swim anyway. Bestselling author Chris Crutcher's controversial and acclaimed novel follows a group of outcasts as they take on inequality and injustice in their high school.
Culley, Betty Three Things I know Are True 2020 (Novel in verse) When Liv's older brother, Jonah, accidentally shoots himself with his best friend Clay's father's gun, her life changes forever. Now Jonah needs round-the-clock care just to stay alive and Liv feels like she's the only one who can still see her brother inside his broken body. When Liv's mom sues Clay's family, Liv knows there are lines that she can't cross, but Clay is her friend too and she refuses to give up on Clay and Jonah.
Deuker, Carl Swagger 2013 High school senior point guard Jonas Dolan is on the fast track to a basketball career until an unthinkable choice puts his future on the line.
Grisham, John The Firm or any title by John Grisham 1999 Mitch McDeere, a Harvard Law graduate, becomes suspicious of his Memphis tax firm when mysterious deaths, obsessive office security, and the Chicago mob figure into its operations.
Hammonds Reed, Christina The Black Kids 2020 With the Rodney King riots closing in on high school senior Ashley and her family, the privileged bubble she has enjoyed, protecting her from the difficult realities most black people face, begins to crumble. 
Holland, Sara Everless or any title by Sara Holland 2018 In a land where the rich are able to hoard time, Jules Ember returns to the estate where she and her father used to be servants and where the youngest son of an aristocratic family is planning to marry the daughter of the queen. 
Hosseini, Khaled A Thousand Splendid Suns or any title by Khaled Hoesseini 2007 Two women born a generation apart witness the destruction of their home and family in war torn Kabul, losses incurred over the course of thirty years that test the limits of their strength and courage.
Jackson, Tiffany D. Allegedly 2017 A young girl, convicted of murder as a child, serves her sentence only to be placed in a group home, where, upon her release, she must grapple with starting over and an unplanned pregnancy.
Krakauer, Jon Into Thin Air or any title by Jon Krakauer 1999 (Nonfiction) The author relates his experience of climbing Mount Everest during its deadliest season and examines what it is about the mountain that makes people willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense.
Magoon, Kekla How It Went Down or any title by Kekla Magoon 2014 When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson is shot to death, his community is thrown into an uproar because Tariq was Black and the shooter, Jack Franklin, is White, and in the aftermath everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events agree. 
Medina, Meg Burn Baby Burn or any high school title by Meg Medina 2016 Nora Lopez is seventeen during the summer of 1977, when New York is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam. Meg Medina transports us to a time when tempers and temperatures ran high to share the story of a young woman who discovers that the greatest dangers are often closer than we like to admit.
Panetta, Kevin Bloom 2019 (Graphic Novel) Ari can't wait to escape his home town and the boredom of working in his family's bakery. He has plans to move to the city and hopes to make it big with his band. But before he can move forward, his family needs to find a replacement for him at the bakery. That's when he meets Hector, one of the candidates for his job. And the more they get to know each other, the more obvious it becomes that there could be a love connection if Ari plays his cards right.
Slater, Dashka The 57 Bus or any other high school title by Dashka Slater 2017 (Nonfiction) If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a White teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a Black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes
Stone, Peter The Perfect Candidate 2018 When Cameron Carter goes straight from high school in small-town California to a summer internship with a powerful U.S. Congressman he admires, he soon learns that not everything in Washington, D.C. is as it appears. 
Sullivan, Mark Beneath a Scarlet Sky or any title by Mark Sullivan 2017 In 1940s Italy, teenager Pino Lella joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps and falls for a beautiful widow, he also becomes the personal driver of one of the Third Reich's most powerful commanders.
Yoon, David Frankly in Love 2019 High school senior Frank Li takes a risk to go after a girl his parents would never approve of, but his plans will leave him wondering if he ever really understood love--or himself--at all.

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