Middle School Reading List





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    Bailliett, Blue—Chasing Vermeer When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.
     
    Bailliett, Blue—The Wright 3 In the midst of a series of unexplained accidents and mysterious coincidences, sixth-graders Calder, Petra, and Tommy lead their classmates in an attempt to keep Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Robie House from being demolished.
     
    Bailliett, Blue—The Calder Game When seventh-grader Calder Pillay disappears from a remote English village--along with an Alexander Calder sculpture to which he has felt strangely drawn--his friends Petra and Tommy fly from Chicago to help his father find him.
     
    Broach, Elise—Masterpiece After Marvin, a beetle, makes a miniature drawing as an eleventh birthday gift for James, a human with whom he shares a house, the two new friends work together to help recover a Durer drawing stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
     
    Bradford, Chris—Young Samurai: The Way of the Sword Shipwrecked and alone after his father is murdered by ninja pirates, Jack is rescued by a legendary master swordsman and ultimately begins the grueling physical and psychological training needed to become a samurai
     
    Bruchac, Joseph—Code Talker After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.
     
    DeFelice, Cynthia—SignalAfter moving with his emotionally distant father to the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, twelve-year-old Owen faces a lonely summer until he meets an abused girl who may be a space alien.
     
    Farmer, Nancy—The Girl Named Disaster While journeying to Zimbabwe, eleven-year-old Nhamo struggles to escape drowning and starvation and in so doing comes close to the luminous world of the African spirits.
     
    Farmer, Nancy—The House of ScorpionIn a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.
     
    Farmer, Nancy— The Sea of Trolls After Jack becomes apprenticed to a Druid bard, he and his little sister Lucy are captured by Viking Berserkers and taken to the home of King Ivar the Boneless and his half-troll queen, leading Jack to undertake a vital quest to Jotunheim, home of the trolls.
    George, Jean Craighead—Julie of the WolvesWhile running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.
     
    George, Jean Craighead—My Side of the Mountain A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship.
     
    Hiaasen, Carl—Flush With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home.
     
    Hiaasen, Carl—HootRoy, 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.
     
    Kehret, Peg—Runaway Twin Thirteen-year-old Sunny, accompanied by a stray dog, takes advantage of a monetary windfall to travel from her Nebraska foster home to Enumclaw, Washington in order to find the twin sister from whom she was separated at age three.
     
    McCaughrean, Geraldine—The Kite Rider In thirteenth-century China, after trying to save his widowed mother from a horrendous second marriage, twelve-year-old Haoyou has life-changing adventures when he takes to the sky as a circus kite rider and ends up meeting the great Mongol ruler Kublai Khan.
     
    Mikaelsen, Ben—Touching Spirit BearFifteen-year-old Cole, trying to avoid prison, agrees to participate in a sentencing alternative based on the Native American Circle Justice, and is sent to a remote Alaskan Island where an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life.
     
    Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds—ShilohWhen he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.
     
    Napoli, Donna Jo—NorthTired of his mother's overprotectiveness and intrigued by the life of African American explorer Matthew Henson, twelve-year-old Alvin travels north and spends a season with a trapper near the Arctic Circle.
     
    Paulsen, Gary—HatchetAfter a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the Canadian wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.
     
    Philbrick, W. Rodmon—The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg Homer P. Figg escapes from his wretched foster home in Pine Swamp, Maine, and sets out to find his beloved older brother, Harold, who has been illegally sold into the Union Army.
    Shusterman, Neal—The Schwa Was Here A Brooklyn eighth-grader nicknamed Antsy befriends the Schwa, an "invisible-ish" boy who is tired of blending into his surroundings and going unnoticed by nearly everyone.
     
    Smith, Roland—Peak A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.
     
    Stewart, Trenton Lee—The Mysterious Benedict Society After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.
     
    Stewart, Trenton Lee—The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance, all graduates of the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened and members of the Benedict Society, embark on a scavenger hunt that turns into a desperate search for the missing Mr. Benedict.
     
     
     
    Burnett, Frances Hodgson—The Secret Garden Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.
     
    Grimes, Nikki—Bronx Masquerade While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they've written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates.
     
    George, Jean Craighead—Julie of the WolvesWhile running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.
     
    George, Jean Craighead—My Side of the Mountain A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship.
     
    Greene, Bette—Summer of My German Soldier When German prisoners of war are brought to her Arkansas town during World War II, twelve-year-old Patty, a Jewish girl, befriends one of them and must deal with the consequences of that friendship.
     
    Grimes, Nikki—Bronx Masquerade While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they've written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates.
     
    Hearn, Julie—The Minister’s Daughter In 1645 in England, the daughters of the town minister successfully accuse a local healer and her granddaughter of witchcraft to conceal an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, but years later during the 1692 Salem trials their lie has unexpected repercussions.
     
    Hess, Karen—Out of the DustIn a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.
     
    Hunt, Irene—The Lottery RoseA battered child begins to rebuild his life after winning a rose bush in a grocery store lottery.
     
    L’Engle, Madeleine—A Wrinkle in Time Meg Murry, her brother Charles, and their friend Calvin, embark on a journey through space and time, assisted by three otherworldly women, when they set out to find Meg's father, a physicist who disappeared while experimenting with time travel.
     
    Lindgren, Astrid—Pippi LongstockingEscapades of a lucky little girl who lives with a horse and a monkey--but without any parents--at the edge of a Swedish village.
     
    London, Jack—White FangChronicles a wolf-dog's struggles to survive in two worlds, those of people and other dogs, where he endures abuse and a career as a vicious fight dog before learning to trust one of the "gods," a human.
     
    Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds—ShilohWhen he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.
     
    MacLachlan, Patricia—Sarah, Plain and TallCaleb and Anna are captivated by the mail-order bride their father has invited to live with them in their prairie home, and hope that she will stay.
     
    Taylor, Mildred D.—Role of Thunder, Hear My Cry An African-American family living in the South during the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand.
     
     Fantasy
     
    Barry, Dave and Pearson, Ridley—Peter and the Starcatchers Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on the ship Never Land, he befriends and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose mission is to guard a trunk of magical stardust from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants of a remote island.
     
    Baum, Frank—The Wonderful Wizard of Oz After a cyclone transports her to the magical land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great Wizard in order to return to Kansas.
     
    Brooks, Bruce—Throwing Smoke As the urge to win gradually overtakes pitcher Whiz, he begins printing up baseball cards for fictional players with dream stats and they begin to materialize, bringing with them a winning streak for his team.
     
    Christopher, Matt—Ice MagicThe twins' toy hockey game seems to be magic as it plays games identical to the real ones before they even happen.
     
    Clements, Andrew—Things Not SeenWhen fifteen-year-old Bobby wakes up and finds himself invisible, he and his parents and his new blind friend Alicia try to find out what caused his condition and how to reverse it.
     
    Deuker, Carl—On the Devil’s Court Struggling with his feelings of inadequacy and his failure to make the basketball team in his new school, seventeen-year-old Joe Faust finds himself willing to trade his soul for one perfect season of basketball
     
    Farmer, Nancy— The Sea of Trolls After Jack becomes apprenticed to a Druid bard, he and his little sister Lucy are captured by Viking Berserkers and taken to the home of King Ivar the Boneless and his half-troll queen, leading Jack to undertake a vital quest to Jotunheim, home of the trolls.
     
    Harding, Frances—Fly by Night A twelve-year-old orphan, Mosca Mye, and her homicidal goose, Saracen, travel to the city of Mandelion on the heels of smooth-talking con-man Eponymous Clent, driven by her love of language to find a better life.
     
    Haddix, Margaret Peterson—Just EllaIn this continuation of the Cinderella story, fifteen-year-old Ella finds that accepting Prince Charming's proposal ensnares her in a suffocating tangle of palace rules and royal etiquette, so she plots to escape.
     
    Jacques, Brian—Castaways of the Flying DutchmanIn 1620, a boy and his dog are rescued from the doomed ship, Flying Dutchman, by an angel who guides them in travelling the world, eternally helping those in great need.
     
    Jacques, Brian—RedwallA collection of three adventure fantasy stories in the Redwall series including "The Wall," "The Quest," and "The Warrior."
     
    Jacques, Brian—The Sable QueanLife’s been peaceful for Redwall’s diverse woodland creatures. But when the abbey’s youngsters mysteriously start disappearing, young hare Buckler, the Long Patrol’s Blademaster, and others embark on a dangerous quest to rescue them from evil Vilaya, the Sable Quean—who, with henchman Zwilt and vermin Ravagers, plans to take over Redwall and Mossflower Wood.
    Levine, Gail Carson—Fairy Dust and the Quest for the EggPrilla, the newest fairy to Never Land, is not like any of the other fairies, and not even Mother Dove, the wisest creature in Never Land, knows what to make of her until they face a devastating hurricane, Captain Hook, and an evil dragon.
     
    Lowry, Lois—Gossamer While learning to bestow dreams, a young dream-giver tries to save an eight-year-old boy from the effects of both his abusive past and the nightmares inflicted on him by the frightening Sinisteeds.
     
    Lynn, Tracy—SnowA "Snow White" retelling in which Jessica, a duchess, runs away from her new stepmother's murderous jealousy, is welcomed into the fold of a group of outcasts in London, and must decide whether to trust and forgive when her stepmother shows up, apparently repentant.
     
    McKinley, Robin—Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the BeastBeauty grows to love the Beast at whose castle she is compelled to stay and through her love releases him from the spell which had turned him from a handsome prince into an ugly beast.
     
    McKinley, Robin—The Door in the HedgeThe stolen princess -- The princess and the frog -- The hunting of the hind -- The twelve dancing princesses. Contains four stories about princesses including two retellings of fairy tales and two new stories.
     
    McKinley, Robin—Rose DaughterA novelized retelling of the Beauty and the Beast story in which Beauty grows to love the Beast at whose castle she is compelled to stay, and is forced to follow her heart to make the best choice for their futures.
     
    McKinley, Robin—Dragonhaven When Jake Mendoza, who lives in the Smokehill National Park where his father runs the Makepeace Institute of Integrated Dragon Studies, goes on his first solo overnight in the park, he finds an infant dragon whose mother has been killed by a poacher.
     
    McKinley, Robin—Spindle’s EndThe infant princess Briar Rose is cursed on her name day by Pernicia, an evil fairy, and then whisked away by a young fairy to be raised in a remote part of a magical country, unaware of her real identity and hidden from Pernicia's vengeful powers.
     
    O’Dell, Scott—The Black PearlIn claiming as his own the magnificent black pearl he finds, a sixteen-year-old youth enrages the sea devil who legend says is its owner.
     
    Tolkien, J.R.R.—The Hobbit  The delightful tale which first creates the fantasy called Middle Earth and its charming dwarf-like creatures, the Hobbits.
     
    Yolan, Jane—Lord of the Rightful King Merlinnus the magician devises a way for King Arthur to prove himself the rightful king of England--pulling a sword from a stone--but trouble arises when someone else removes the sword first.
     
     
     
    Anderson, M. T.—The Pox PartyVarious diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.
     
    Avi—Crispin: The Cross of Lead Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret.
     
    Britteney, L.—Nathan Fox: Dangerous TimesAfter Nathan Fox--an actor in the same company as Shakespeare--is hired by England's spymaster general, he is trained and sent on a mission to Venice to forge an alliance against the King of Spain, eventually crossing paths with General Othello and becoming involved with Desdemona, a young noblewoman.
     
    Bruchac, Joseph—Code Talker After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.
     
    Carbone, Elisa—Storm Warriors In 1895, after his mother's death, twelve-year-old Nathan moves with his father and grandfather to Pea Island off the coast of North Carolina, where he hopes to join the all-black crew at the nearby lifesaving station, despite his father's objections.
     
    Cooney, Carolina—Ransom of Mercy CarterIn 1704, in the English settlement of Deerfield, Massachusetts, eleven-year-old Mercy and her family and neighbors are captured by Mohawk Indians and their French allies, and forced to march through bitter cold to French Canada, where some adapt to new lives and some still hope to be ransomed.
     
    Curtis, Christoper Paul—Bud, Not BuddyTen-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.
     
    De Angeli, Marguerite—Door in the Wall A crippled boy in fourteenth-century England proves his courage and earns recognition from the King.
     
    Fox, Paula—The Slave DancerKidnapped by the crew of an Africa-bound ship, a thirteen-year-old boy discovers to his horror that he is on a slaver and his job is to play music for the exercise periods of the human cargo.
     
    Greene, Bette—Summer of My German Soldier When German prisoners of war are brought to her Arkansas town during World War II, twelve-year-old Patty, a Jewish girl, befriends one of them and must deal with the consequences of that friendship.
    Hess, Karen—Out of the DustIn a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.
     
    Hoobler, Dorothy—The Ghost in the Tokaido InnWhile attempting to solve the mystery of a stolen jewel, Seikei, a merchant's son who longs to be a samurai, joins a group of kabuki actors in eighteenth-century Japan.
     
    Hughes, Dean—Missing In Action While his father is missing in action in the Pacific during World War II, twelve-year-old Jay moves with his mother to small-town Utah, where he sees prejudice from both sides, as a part-Navajo himself and through an unlikely friendship with Japanese American Ken from the nearby internment camp.
     
    Kelly, Jacqueline—The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.
     
    McCaughrean, Geraldine—The Kite Rider In thirteenth-century China, after trying to save his widowed mother from a horrendous second marriage, twelve-year-old Haoyou has life-changing adventures when he takes to the sky as a circus kite rider and ends up meeting the great Mongol ruler Kublai Khan.
     
    Park, Linda Sue—A Single ShardTree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.
     
    Paulsen, Gary—Woods RunnerFrom his 1776 Pennsylvania homestead, thirteen-year-old Samuel, who is a highly-skilled woodsman, sets out toward New York City to rescue his parents from the band of British soldiers and Native Americans who kidnapped them after slaughtering most of their community.
     
    Peck, Richard—A Long Way from Chicago Joey and his younger sister, Mary Alice, who live in Prohibition-era Chicago, travel to a rural part of Illinois to visit their tough and vivacious Grandma Dowdel, who concocts outlandish schemes against various members of her small-town community.
     
    Peck, Richard—A Year Down UnderSequel to: A long way from Chicago. During the recession of 1937, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice is sent to live with her feisty, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois and comes to a better understanding of this fearsome woman.
     
     
    Peck, Richard—A Season of GiftsA companion novel to: A long way from Chicago and A year down yonder. Relates the surprising gifts bestowed on twelve-year-old Bob Barnhart and his family, who have recently moved to a small Illinois town in 1958, by their larger-than-life neighbor, Mrs. Dowdel.
     
    Peck, Richard—Here Lies the LibrarianFourteen-year-old Eleanor "Peewee" McGrath, a tomboy and automobile enthusiast, discovers new possibilities for her future after the 1914 arrival in her small Indiana town of four young librarians.
     
    Philbrick, W. Rodmon—The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg Homer P. Figg escapes from his wretched foster home in Pine Swamp, Maine, and sets out to find his beloved older brother, Harold, who has been illegally sold into the Union Army.
     
    Ryan, Pam Munoz—Esperanza RisingEsperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.
     
    Schmidt, Gary D.—The Wednesday Wars  Seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood, stuck in Mrs. Baker's classroom during the 1967 school year while his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, learns much of value about the world in which he lives from the study of the plays of William Shakespeare.
     
    Taylor, Mildred D.—Role of Thunder, Hear My Cry An African-American family living in the South during the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand.
     
    Yolan, Jane—The Devil’s Arithmetic Hannah resents the traditions of her Jewish heritage until time travel places her in the middle of a small Jewish village in Nazi-occupied Poland.
     
    Mystery
     
     
    Bailliett, Blue—Chasing Vermeer When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.
     
    Bailliett, Blue—The Wright 3 In the midst of a series of unexplained accidents and mysterious coincidences, sixth-graders Calder, Petra, and Tommy lead their classmates in an attempt to keep Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Robie House from being demolished.
     
    Bailliett, Blue—The Calder Game When seventh-grader Calder Pillay disappears from a remote English village--along with an Alexander Calder sculpture to which he has felt strangely drawn--his friends Petra and Tommy fly from Chicago to help his father find him.
    Gaiman, Neil—The Graveyard Book 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 otherworldly creatures.
     
    Hoobler, Dorothy—The Ghost in the Tokaido InnWhile attempting to solve the mystery of a stolen jewel, Seikei, a merchant's son who longs to be a samurai, joins a group of kabuki actors in eighteenth-century Japan.
     
    Stewart, Trenton Lee—The Mysterious Benedict Society After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.
     
    Stewart, Trenton Lee—The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance, all graduates of the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened and members of the Benedict Society, embark on a scavenger hunt that turns into a desperate search for the missing Mr. Benedict.
     
    Westerfield, Scott—So Yesterday Hunter Braque, a New York City teenager who is paid by corporations to spot what is "cool," combines his analytical skills with girlfriend Jen's creative talents to find a missing person and thwart a conspiracy directed at the heart of consumer culture.
      
    Realistic
     
     
     
    Avi—Nothing But the Truth A ninth-grader's suspension for humming "The Star-Spangled Banner" during homeroom becomes a national news story, and leads to him and his teacher both leaving the school.
     
    Bauer, Joan—Squashed As sixteen-year-old Ellie pursues her two goals--growing the biggest pumpkin in Iowa and losing twenty pounds herself--she strengthens her relationship with her father and meets a young man with interests similar to her own.
     
    Bauer, Joan—Sticks With the help of his grandmother, his dead father's best friend, and his own best friend, a math genius, ten-year-old Mickey prepares to compete in the most important pool championship of his life, despite his mother's reservations.
     
    Bertrand, Diane Gonzales—Trino’s TimeWith the help of some friends and a Tejano hero that he discovers in history class, thirteen-year-old Trino copes with his problems and his world.
     
    Bredsdorff, Bedil—Eidi: The Children of Crow Cove Series Eidi leaves her mother and stepfather in Crow Cove to live in a nearby village, where she meets the much younger Tink and rescues him from the abusive man he has been living with.
     
    Brooks, Bruce—What Hearts When Asa is eleven, his dreams of playing baseball are thwarted when his mother attempts suicide on the very day of tryouts.
     
    Christopher, Matt—Basket CountsMel Jensen, an African-American boy, is talented enough to be on the basketball team's starting lineup, but two of the white players want to keep him in the background.
     
    D’Adamo, Francesco—Iqbal: A Novel A fictionalized account of the Pakistani child who escaped from bondage in a carpet factory and went on to help liberate other children like him before being gunned down at the age of thirteen.
     
    Dowell, Frances O’Roark—Chicken Boy Since the death of his mother, Tobin's family life and
    school life have been in disarray, but after he starts raising chickens with his seventh-grade classmate, Henry, everything starts to fall into place.
     
    Deuker, Carl—Night Hoops While trying to prove that he is good enough to be on his high school's varsity basketball team, Nick must also deal with his parents' divorce and the erratic behavior of a troubled classmate who lives across the street.
     
    Ellis, Deborah—I Am a TaxiIn order to make more money for his family, twelve-year-old Diego, who lives with his imprisoned mother in the San Sebastian Women's Prison in Cochabamba, Bolivia, leaves his job as an errand boy and begins working as part of an illegal cocaine operation.
     
    Grimes, Nikki—Bronx Masquerade While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they've written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates.
     
    Hunt, Irene—The Lottery RoseA battered child begins to rebuild his life after winning a rose bush in a grocery store lottery.
     
    Klise, Kate—Regarding the Fountain: A Tale, In Letters, of Liars and LeaksWhen the principal asks a fifth-grader to write a letter regarding the purchase of a new drinking fountain for their school, he finds that all sorts of chaos results.
     
    Konigsburg, E. L.—The View from SaturdayFour students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who chooses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.
     
    Langan, Paul—Blood Is ThickerHakeem Randall, already upset by his father's illness, and his family's move to Detroit, finds his anger reaching a boiling point when he is forced to share a bedroom with his moody and secretive cousin Savon, a childhood friend who soon becomes an enemy.
    Langan, Paul—Brothers in ArmsWhen his eight-year-old brother is killed in a drive-by shooting, Hispanic teenager Martin Luna is torn between his thirst for revenge and the pleas of his mother, teacher, and girlfriend for him to resist becoming a gangbanger.
     
    Langan, Paul—The Bully Ninth-grader Darrell Mercer and his mother move to the Bluford area in the middle of the school year, where Darrell quickly becomes a target for Tyray Hobbs, the freshman class bully.
     
    Langan, Paul—Payback Bluford freshman Tyray Hobbs, the class bully and tormentor of Darrell Mercer, is determined to get revenge on Darrell, the only boy who ever stood up to Tyray.
     
    Langan, Paul—Summer of SecretsLonely without her grandmother and ex-boyfriend, sad about the troubles in her parents' marriage, and struggling with anxiety after nearly being raped, Darcy Willis learns that one of her friends is hiding a difficult secret.
     
    London, Jack—White FangChronicles a wolf-dog's struggles to survive in two worlds, those of people and other dogs, where he endures abuse and a career as a vicious fight dog before learning to trust one of the "gods," a human.
     
    Lupica, Mike—Million Dollar Throw Eighth-grade star quarterback Nate Brodie's family is feeling the stress of the troubled economy, and Nate is frantic because his best friend Abby is going blind, so when he gets a chance to win a million dollars if he can complete a pass during the halftime of a New England Patriot's game, he is nearly overwhelmed by the pressure to succeed.
     
    Mass, Wendy—Every Soul a StarAlly, Bree, and Jack meet at Moon Shadow, an isolated campground, to watch a total eclipse of the sun; but soon they begin to learn a great deal about themselves, each other, and the universe.
     
    Mass, Wendy—Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life Just before his thirteenth birthday, Jeremy Fink receives a keyless locked box--set aside by his father before his death five years earlier--that purportedly contains the meaning of life.
     
    Myron, Vicki—Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the WorldTells the story of Dewey Readmore Books, the resident cat at Spencer Public Library in Spencer, Iowa, who was found in the book return in December 1988, adopted by the library staff, and immediately became a loving member of the community.
     
    O’Dell, Scott—Island of the Blue Dolphins"Sandpiper." Records the courage and self-reliance of
    an Indian girl who lived alone for eighteen years on an isolated island off the California coast when her tribe emigrated and she was left behind.
     
    Paulsen, Gary—HatchetAfter a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the Canadian wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.
     
    Peck, Richard—A Long Way from Chicago Joey and his younger sister, Mary Alice, who live in Prohibition-era Chicago, travel to a rural part of Illinois to visit their tough and vivacious Grandma Dowdel, who concocts outlandish schemes against various members of her small-town community.
     
    Peck, Richard—Strays Like UsWhen her drug-addict mother can no longer care for her, twelve-year-old Molly comes to stay with her great-aunt and slowly begins to realize that others in the small town also feel as if they don't belong.
     
    Peck, Richard—A Year Down UnderSequel to: A long way from Chicago. During the recession of 1937, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice is sent to live with her feisty, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois and comes to a better understanding of this fearsome woman.
     
    Peck, Richard—A Season of GiftsA companion novel to: A long way from Chicago and A year down yonder. Relates the surprising gifts bestowed on twelve-year-old Bob Barnhart and his family, who have recently moved to a small Illinois town in 1958, by their larger-than-life neighbor, Mrs. Dowdel.
     
    Philbrick, W. Rodman—Freak the MightyAt the beginning of eighth grade, Max, who has a learning disability, and his new friend Freak, whose birth defect has affected his body but not his brilliant mind, find that when they combine forces they make a powerful team.
     
    Philbrick, W. Rodman—The Young Man and the SeaAfter his mother's death, twelve-year-old Skiff Beaman decides that it is up to him to earn money to take care of himself and his father, so he undertakes a dangerous trip alone out on the ocean off the coast of Maine to try to catch a huge bluefin tuna
     
    Russon, Marisabina—House of SportsThrough a series of triumphs and tragedies at home, at school, and on the basketball court, plus time reluctantly spent with his elderly grandmother, twelve-year-old Jim Malone learns that there is a lot more to life than basketball.
     
    Ryan, Pam Munoz—Esperanza RisingEsperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.
     
    Schraff, Anne E.—A Matter of Trust. At Bluford High, Darcy Wills and Brisana Meeks, who used to be friends, become bitter rivals, especially when Darcy finds out the Brisana wants her boyfriend.
    Schraff, Anne E.—Secrets in the Shadows When Roylin Bailey falls in love with a new girl in his history class, he finds that his life starts to fall apart.
     
    Schraff, Anne E.—Someone to Love Me Cindy Gibson, an African-American teenager struggling with her mother's neglect and her mother's boyfriend's emotional abuse, must find strength she did not know she had when the boy she thought would be her savior begins beating her.
     
    Schraff, Anne E.—Until We Meet Again Darcy's distress over her boyfriend Hakeem's move to Detroit, her grandmother's increasing frailness, and other changes in her life, leads her to make a big error in judgment when she becomes involved with the brother of a young woman who is employing Darcy as a babysitter.
     
    Sonnenblick, Jordan—Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie When his younger brother is diagnosed with leukemia, thirteen-year-old Steven tries to deal with his complicated emotions, his school life, and his desire to support his family.
     
    Sonnenblick, Jordan—Notes from the Midnight Driver After being assigned to perform community service at a nursing home, sixteen-year-old Alex befriends a cantankerous old man who has some lessons to impart about jazz guitar playing, love, and forgiveness.
     
    Sonnenblick, Jordan—Zen, and the Art of Faking It When thirteen-year-old San Lee moves to a new town and school for the umpteenth time, he is looking for a way to stand out when his knowledge of Zen Buddhism, gained in his previous school, provides the answer--and the need to quickly become a convincing Zen master.
     
    Soto, Gary—Petty Crimes A collection of short stories about Mexican American youth growing up in California's Central Valley.
     
    Tarshis, Lauren—Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love Seventh-grader Emma-Jean Lazarus uses her logical, scientific mind to navigate the mysteries of the upcoming Spring Fling, her friend Colleen's secret admirer, and other love-related dilemmas.
     
    Tolan, Stephanie—Listen! During her solitary convalescence from a crippling accident, twelve-year-old Charley finds a wild dog, and the arduous process of training him leads her to explore her feelings about her mother's death two years earlier.
     
    Tolan, Stephanie—Surviving the Applewhites Jake, a budding juvenile delinquent, is sent for home schooling to the arty and eccentric Applewhite family's Creative Academy, where he discovers talents and interests he never knew he had.
     
    Ullman, James—Banner in the Sky Rudi's father had been killed trying to climb the Citadel, a dangerous Swiss mountain, and now it is his dream to make that same climb.
    Voight, Cynthia—Dicey’s Song Now that the four abandoned Tillerman children are settled in with their grandmother, Dicey finds that their new beginnings require love, trust, humor, and courage.
     
     
     
     
    Kelly, Jacqueline—The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.
     
    McKinley, Robin—Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the BeastBeauty grows to love the Beast at whose castle she is compelled to stay and through her love releases him from the spell which
    had turned him from a handsome prince into an ugly beast.
     
    McKinley, Robin—Rose DaughterA novelized retelling of the Beauty and the Beast story in which Beauty grows to love the Beast at whose castle she is compelled to stay, and is forced to follow her heart to make the best choice for their futures.
     
    Tarshis, Lauren—Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love Seventh-grader Emma-Jean Lazarus uses her logical, scientific mind to navigate the mysteries of the upcoming Spring Fling, her friend Colleen's secret admirer, and other love-related dilemmas.
     
    Voight, Cynthia—Dicey’s Song Now that the four abandoned Tillerman children are settled in with their grandmother, Dicey finds that their new beginnings require love, trust, humor, and courage.
     
     
    Adams, Douglas—The Hitchiker’s Guide to the UniverseThe insanely funny, satiric best-seller about the end of the world and the days that follow it. Seconds before Earth is demolished to make room for a galactic freeway, an earthman is saved by his friend. Together they journey through the galaxy.
     
    Blake, Leslie—Remembering Green In the twenty-third century, global warming has caused a massive drought so the Tekkies seize an African girl and her lion cub in a terrible plan to restore the balance of the world.
     
    Boyce, Frank Cottrell—CosmicTwelve-year-old Liam, who looks like he is thirty and is tired of
    being treated like he is older than he actually is, decides he is going to pose as the adult chaperone on the first spaceship to take civilians into space, but when he ends up in outer space with a group of kids and no adult supervision, he must think fast to make things right.
    Bradbury, Ray—The Martian ChroniclesChronicles the early attempts by humans to colonize an inhabited Mars by transforming the Red planet into a mirror image of the world they left behind.
     
    Card, Orson Scott—Ender’s GameYoung Ender Wiggin may prove to be the military genius Earth needs to fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race that will determine the future of the human race.
     
    Farmer, Nancy—The Ear, the Eye, the Arm In 2194 in Zimbabwe, General Matsika's three children are kidnapped and put to work in a plastic mine while three mutant detectives use their special powers to search for them.
     
    Farmer, Nancy—The House of ScorpionIn a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.
     
    Hughes, Monica—Invitation to the GameUnemployed after high school in the highly robotic society of 2154, Lisse and seven friends resign themselves to a boring existence in their "Designated Area" until the government invites them to play the Game.
     
    L’Engle, Madeleine—A Wrinkle in Time Meg Murry, her brother Charles, and their friend Calvin, embark on a journey through space and time, assisted by three otherworldly women, when they set out to find Meg's father, a physicist who disappeared while experimenting with time travel.
     
    Lowry, Lois—The GiverGiven his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.
     
    Lowry, Lois—Gathering BlueLame and suddenly orphaned, Kira is mysteriously removed from her squalid village to live in the palatial Council Edifice, where she is expected to use her gifts as a weaver to do the bidding of the all-powerful Guardians.
     
    Lowry, Lois—MessengerMatty, a young member of a utopian community that values honesty, conceals an emerging healing power that he cannot explain or understand.
     
    Lubar, David—Hidden Talents Thirteen-year-old Martin, a new student at an alternative school for misfits and problem students, falls in with a group of boys with psychic powers and discovers something surprising about himself.
     
    Patterson, James—The Final WarningWhile on a mission to Antarctica to save the world from global warming, fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride and the other members of the Flock--a band of genetically modified children who can fly--are pursued by their creator, the Uber-Director, who wants to auction them off to the highest bidder.
    Patterson, James—Maximum Ride: The Angel ExperimentWinged fourteen-year-old Max and her cohorts, children bred in a laboratory to be part human, part bird, search for clues about their parents and race to rescue Angel, one of their flock, when she is kidnapped by a wolf-human predator who long ago was Max's friend.
     
    Patterson, James—Saving the World and Other Extreme SportsThe time has come for Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel to face their ultimate enemy and, despite many obstacles, try to save the world from a sinister plan to re-engineer a select population into a scientifically superior master race.
     
    Patterson, James—School’s Out—ForeverAfter a short stay with an FBI agent who gives them a chance to attend school and live a normal life, the six genetically-altered, winged youths head toward Florida and Max's ultimate destiny--to save the world, whether she wants to or not.
     
    Philbrick, W. Rodman—The Last Book in the UniverseAfter an earthquake has destroyed much of the planet, an epileptic teenager nicknamed Spaz begins the heroic fight to bring human intelligence back to the Earth of a distant future.
     
    Stead, Rebecca—When You Reach Me As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.
     
    Westerfield, Scott—Uglies, Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.
     
    Westerfield, Scott— Pretties When Tally was ugly she promised her friends on the outside to be their guinea pig, yet now that she's pretty and she gets their message, she isn't sure she's willing to give up the life she's been enjoying.
     
    Westerfield, Scott—Specials To maintain order in the world, Tally's job is to keep the uglies down and pretties stupid.
     
     
    Yolan, Jane—The Devil’s Arithmetic Hannah resents the traditions of her Jewish heritage until
    time travel places her in the middle of a small Jewish village in Nazi-occupied Poland.
     
    Wells, H. G.—The Time Machine A scientist invents a time machine and travels 800,000 years into the future where he discovers humans have evolved into two groups--the Eloi and their Morlock oppressors.
     
     
    Brooks, Bruce—Throwing Smoke As the urge to win gradually overtakes pitcher Whiz, he begins printing up baseball cards for fictional players with dream stats and they begin to materialize, bringing with them a winning streak for his team.
     
    Brooks, Bruce—What Hearts When Asa is eleven, his dreams of playing baseball are thwarted when his mother attempts suicide on the very day of tryouts.
     
    Christopher, Matt—Basket CountsMel Jensen, an African-American boy, is talented enough to be on the basketball team's starting lineup, but two of the white players want to keep him in the background.
     
    Christopher, Matt—Catch that Pass!Everyone knows Jim will be the star linebacker on the team if he can only conquer his fear of being tackled, but it takes a boy in a wheelchair to teach him that kind of courage.
     
    Christopher, Matt—Ice MagicThe twins' toy hockey game seems to be magic as it plays games identical to the real ones before they even happen.
     
    Deuker, Carl—Night Hoops While trying to prove that he is good enough to be on his high school's varsity basketball team, Nick must also deal with his parents' divorce and the erratic behavior of a troubled classmate who lives across the street.
     
    Deuker, Carl—On the Devil’s Court Struggling with his feelings of inadequacy and his failure to make the basketball team in his new school, seventeen-year-old Joe Faust finds himself willing to trade his soul for one perfect season of basketball.
     
    Lupica, Mike—Million Dollar Throw Eighth-grade star quarterback Nate Brodie's family is feeling the stress of the troubled economy, and Nate is frantic because his best friend Abby is going blind, so when he gets a chance to win a million dollars if he can complete a pass during the halftime of a New England Patriot's game, he is nearly overwhelmed by the pressure to succeed.
     
    Peck, Richard—Strays Like UsWhen her drug-addict mother can no longer care for her, twelve-year-old Molly comes to stay with her great-aunt and slowly begins to realize that others in the small town also feel as if they don't belong.
     
    Russon, Marisabina—House of SportsThrough a series of triumphs and tragedies at home, at school, and on the basketball court, plus time reluctantly spent with his elderly grandmother, twelve-year-old Jim Malone learns that there is a lot more to life than basketball.
     
     
     
    Farmer, Nancy—The Girl Named Disaster While journeying to Zimbabwe, eleven-year-old Nhamo struggles to escape drowning and starvation and in so doing comes close to the luminous world of the African spirits.
     
    Gaiman, Neil—The Graveyard Book 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 otherworldly creatures.
     
    Hawkins, Rachel—Hex HallWitch Sophie Mercer, having been sent to a reform school by her father after a prom night spell went horribly wrong, learns her roommate, who is the only vampire on campus, is the suspect in a series of attacks on students and sets out to find the real culprit.
     
    Law, Ingrid—SavvyRecounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her "savvy"--a magical power unique to each member of her family--just as her father is injured in a terrible accident.
     
    Lubar, David—Hidden Talents Thirteen-year-old Martin, a new student at an alternative school for misfits and problem students, falls in with a group of boys with psychic powers and discovers something surprising about himself.
     
    Mikaelsen, Ben—Touching Spirit BearFifteen-year-old Cole, trying to avoid prison, agrees to participate in a sentencing alternative based on the Native American Circle Justice, and is sent to a remote Alaskan Island where an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life.
     
    O’Dell, Scott—The Black PearlIn claiming as his own the magnificent black pearl he finds, a sixteen-year-old youth enrages the sea devil who legend says is its owner.
     
     
    Barnhill, Kelly—Bizarre, Creepy Hoaxes
    Describes famous hoaxes from throughout history, such as the Piltdown man, the Hitler diaries, the Kensington Runestone, and others.
     
    Roberts, David and Leslie, Jeremy—Pick Me Up Stuff You Need to Know…
    A reference book for modern kids and teens that presents fun information about history, science, nature, geography, and culture
    Todd and Watson—Whatca Mean, What’s Zine?: The Art of Making Zines
     
     
    Cohen, Daniel—Great Ghosts
    A collection of nine creepy tales of ghosts features the story of the ghost ship that appears to doomed sailors, the spirit who left the morgue with his body, and others.
    Cohen, Daniel—Young Ghosts
    A spooky collection of ghostly tales includes the story of a boy who brings a murderer to justice, the legendary and doom-predicting appearances of Radiant Boys, and more. By the author of Great Ghosts.
     
     
     
    O’Conner, George—Olympians—Zeus: King of the Gods
    In OLYMPIANS, O'Connor draws from primary documents to reconstruct and retell classic Greek myths. But these stories aren't sedate, scholarly works. They're action-packed, fast-paced, high-drama adventures, with monsters, romance, and not a few huge explosions. O'Connor's vibrant, kinetic art brings ancient tales to undeniable life, in a perfect fusion of super-hero aesthetics and ancient Greek mythology.
     
    Gates, Doris—A Fair Wind for Troy
    Retells the events leading up to the Trojan War including Helen's capture by Paris and the sacrifice of Iphigenia at Aulis.
     
    Gates, Doris—Two Queens of Heaven: Aphrodite, Demeter
    Retells the Greek myths in which Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, and Demeter, goddess of grain and agriculture, play major roles.
     
     
    Social Issues/Folklore/Urban Legends
     
    Barnhill, Kelly—Blood-sucking, Man-eating Monsters
    Enter if you dare! -- Werewolves -- Giants -- Bigfoot -- Chupacabras -- Vampires -- Zombies -- Sea monsters -- Goblins -- Dragons. Describes a variety of popular monsters, including real-life accounts that inspire the legends behind the creatures.
     
    Rumford, James—Beowulf: A Hero’s Tale Retold
    A beautifully illustrated retelling of the exploits of the Anglo-Saxon warrior, Beowulf, and how he came to defeat the monster Grendel, Grendel's mother, and a dragon that threatened the kingdom.
     
    Taylor, Clark—The House that Crack Built
    Cumulative verses describe the creation, distribution, and destructive effects of crack cocaine.
     
    Best of Judge Whedbee
     
    Williams, Terrie—Stay Strong: Simple Life Lessons
     
    Wise, Steven—Drawing the Line: Science and the Case for Animal Rights
     
    Barnhill, Kelly—Terrifying, Bone-chilling Rituals and Sacrifices
    Mummy makers -- Self mummification -- Self immolation -- Chinese foot binding -- Gladiators -- Human sacrifices -- Polynesian tattoos -- Fire walking -- Land diving. Describes rituals and sacrifices practiced by different cultures throughout history, such as mummification, Chinese foot binding, fire walking, and others.
     
    Cohen, Daniel—Dangerous Ghosts
    Legends, folklore, and even the files of the Society for Psychical Research are the sources for these 17 tales of wicked spirits and curses. Most of the stories originated in England and Scotland with just two taking place in the United States and one in Italy.
     
    Gore, Al—An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming
    Former Vice President Al Gore's New York Times #1 bestselling book is a daring call to action, exposing the shocking reality of how humankind has aided in the destruction of our planet and the future we face if we do not take action to stop global warming. Now, Viking has adapted this book for the most important audience of all: today's youth, who have no choice but to confront this climate crisis head-on.
     
    Holt, David—Spiders in the Hairdo: Modern Urban Legends
    Hey, did you hear the one about the lady who had her beehive hairdo sprayed so hard that spiders started to nest in it? Of course you did, it happened to your next-door neighbor's cousin. Or was it your cousin's next-door
    neighbor?
     
    Jackson, Donna—The Bone Detectives: How Forensic Anthropologists Solve Crimes and Uncover Mysteries of the Dead
    Explores the world of forensic anthropology and its applications in solving crimes.
     
    Miller, Connie—Getting to Know Your Toilet
    Toilets today can be found in every house in America, but this was not always the case. This book explores the stinky and creative history behind how man disposed of his waste from ancient Rome to modern America including pits, chamber pots, and the modern flush toilet.
     
     
    Monson-Burton, Marianne—Girls Know Best 2: Tips on Life and Fun Stuff to Do!
    More than forty girls from around the country write on issues ranging from redecorating bedrooms and overcoming shyness to analyzing dreams.
     
    Orr, Tamra—Forensic Science Investigator
    Describes the tools and techniques used by forensic investigators and discusses their use in murder cases and after tragedies such as the World Trade Center attacks.
     
     
     
    Anno, Masaichiro—Anno’s Mysterious Multiplying Jar
    This book is an amazing way to teach the math concept "factorial" to even very young children. Anno begins with a jar, which contains 1 island, which has 2 countries, each of which has 3 mountains. The story continues like this until 10 is reached. I love the way the pictures are arranged within borders on the page as many times as that of the number of objects being discussed.
     
    Ball, Johnny—Go Figure! A Totally Cool Book about Numbers
    Presents a collection of math activities that include brainteasers, magic tricks, and mind-reading games. Grades 4-7
     
    Bishop, Nic—Frogs
    Full-color, illustrated photographs describing the characteristics and behaviors of a variety of frogs around the world.
    Bishop, Nic—Spiders
    Much different from the usual sweet spider story, this photo-rich picture book is packed with astonishing facts about these highly successful predators.
     
    Burns, Louise—Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion
    Describes the work of a man who tracks trash as it travels great distances by way of ocean currents. 8.3 reading level.
     
    Burns, Marilyn—The I Hate Mathematics! Book
    Events, gags, magic tricks, and experiments to change one from a mathematical weakling into a mathematical heavyweight.
     
    Cosgrove, Brian—Weather
    An illustrated introduction to how the weather works, discussing air currents, the science of weather, forecasting, the power of the sun, frost and ice, clouds, thunder and lightning, snow, wind, storms, weather in different regions, extreme weather, and other topics. A DK book
     
    Cushman, Jean—Do You Want to Bet: Your Chance to Find Out about Probability
    Brian and Danny are introduced to the laws of chance through coin tossing, spinner and card games, and the weather.
     
     
    Deem, James M.—Bodies from the Bog
    Describes the discovery of prehistoric bog bodies in northern Europe and the evidence which their remains reveal about themselves and the civilizations in which they lived.
     
    Dingus, Lowell—Dinosaur Eggs Discovered: Unscrambling the Clues
    Provides interesting facts and information on dinosaur eggs discovered in Patagonia by paleontologist Dr. Lowell Dingus.
     
     
    Fradin, Dennis B.—With a Little Luck: Surprising Stories of Amazing Discoveries
    Describes the critical events and timing which led to major scientific discoveries including Newton's laws of gravity, Lise Meitner's work with nuclear fission, and experiments with penicillin.
     
    Jackson, Ellen B.—Looking for Life in the Universe: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
    Investigates how scientists, particularly Jill Tarter, Director of the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, use twenty-first century technology to investigate whether life exists on other planets.
     
    Seuling, Barbara—Too Cold to Hatch a Dinosaur: And Other Freaky Facts about the Weather
    Hundreds of weather facts and figures are presented in chapters for the different types of weather phenomenon such as climate, rain, fog and smog, wind, thunder and lightning, hurricanes, tornadoes, hail, and snow.
     
    Singer, Marilyn—Venom
    From the menacing pit viper on the cover to the various scorpions, ants, bees, wasps, cone shells, sea jellies, snakes, spiders, and other poisonous critters that slither across the pages, this volume looks at the world of venomous creatures.
     
     
    Sloan, Christopher—How Dinosaurs Took Flight: The Fossils, the Science, What We Think We Know and the Mysteries Yet Unsolved
    Presents full-color illustrated drawings that describes a number of prehistoric dinosaurs that scientists believe had feathers, and attempts to determine exactly when and how these creatures took flight.
     
    Barnhill, Kelly—Sewers and the Rats that Love Them
    Describes the history of sewage treatment and discusses wastewater treatment plants, rats that live in sewers, and other related topics.
     
    Barnhill, Kelly—Sick, Nasty Medical Practices
    Bloodletting -- Trepanation -- Staying filthy -- Mrs. Winslow's soothing syrup -- Mercury -- Lobotomies -- Cruel mental treatments -- The vibratory chair -- Magnets to the rescue -- See it up close. Describes a variety of nonconventional medical practices, such as bloodletting, lobotomies, vibratory chairs, and others.
     
    Boos, Ben—Swords: An Artist’s Devotion
    Full-color illustrations and easy-to-follow text provides a history of the sword, and covers ancient warriors, medieval knights, ninjas, samurai, and more; and discusses designs and uses.
     
    Dendy, Leslie A.—Guinea Pig Scientists: Bold Experimenters in Science and Medicine
    Recounts the true stories of ten scientists and medical researchers that have endured extreme hardship and discomfort in order to test new discoveries and inventions in the fields of medicine and science.
     
    Hynes, Patricia Freeland—Sound Engineer
    Movies, television, music, and more owe much of their success to sound engineers. These technicians record, produce, even alter, almost everything we hear today.
     
    Jones, Charlotte Foltz—Accidents May Happen: Fifty Inventions Discovered by Mistake
    Describes how a wide variety of things such as nursery rhymes, the national anthem, anesthesia, cellophane, raisins, and dynamite came into being.
     
    Kotlowitz, Alex—There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America
    In his acclaimed 1987 series for The Wall Street Journal, Alex Kotlowitz established that the tender underside of our embattled inner cities is the children, urban America's greatest casualty and its only hope. With this searing and important work, he continues the stories of 12-year-old Lafayette Rivers and his younger brother Pharoah as they confront tragedy on a daily basis
     
    Manatt, Kathleen G.—Robot Scientist
    Robots have been long a key feature of science fiction movies and comic books Today they are having a real impact on businesses. Look inside to learn about robots and what they do in medicine, industry, and elsewhere and their potential in the 21st century.
     
    Murphy, Jim—An American Plague
    Thoroughly researched, generously illustrated with fascinating archival prints, and unflinching in its discussion of medical details, this book offers a glimpse into the conditions of American cities at the time of our nation’s birth while drawing timely parallels to modern-day epidemics.
     
    Thimmesh, Catherine—How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon
    Chronicles the Apollo 11 mission, the spaceflight that landed the first man on Earth's moon on July 20, 1969, emphasizing the contributions and reactions of the thousands of people who made the mission successful.
     
    Woodford, Christopher—Cool Stuff and How It Works
     
    Zahler, D. L.—The Black Death
     
     
    David Beckham—David Beckham’s Soccer Skills
    David Beckham tells the story of his life as a soccer player and shares what he has learned about how to play the game.
     
    Bolden, Tonya-Abrahms—Wake Up Our Souls: A Celebration of Black American Artists
    This book is a celebration of the contributions African Americans have made to the art world.
     
    Nagatomo, Harino—Draw Your Own Manga: All the Basics
    Ever wanted to draw manga but didn't know where to start? Ever felt there's something not quite right with your drawing but not sure what? Draw Your Own Manga: All The Basics is the book for you! The textbook of choice at Tokyo Animation College--the leading school for mango artists in Japan, it covers all the basic information you need to get started on drawing manga with clear and easy-to-understand instructions
     
    Peffer, J. “NeonDragon”—DragonArt: How to Draw Fantastic Dragons and Fantasy Creatures
    Features clear instruction for drawing, shading and painting dragons.
     
    Thalacker, Karen—Knitting with Gigi
    Provides step-by-step, illustrated instructions for the beginning knitter, discussing making a yarn ball, slipknots and casting on, the knit stich, decreasing, binding off, sewing a seam, weaving in ends, and fixing mistakes; and includes directions for seven projects, including a pot holder, a belt, a blanket, a scarf, a wrist warmer, a bag, and a hat.
     
     
    Abrams, H. N.—Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by 20th Century American Art
    Greenberg invited 43 poets to choose a piece of modern art and to write a poetic response to it. What resulted is a beautiful art/poetry book that is for grades 5 and up.
     
    Card, Orson Scott, Carey, Mike, Fiumara, Sebastian, Brusco, Giulia—Ender’s Shadow: Battle School
    Fifty-five years after the second Formic War, a small and mysterious orphan named Bean struggles to survive on the streets of Rotterdam with other vagabonds while using his tactical talents to stay alive.
     
    George, Kristine O’Connell—Swimming Upstream: Middle School Poems
    A collection of poems capture the feelings and experiences of a girl in middle school.
     
    Glenn, Mel—Jump Ball: A Basketball Season of Poems
    Tells the story of a high school basketball team's season through a series of poems reflecting the feelings of students, their families, teachers, and coaches.
     
    Grandits, John—Technically, It’s not My Fault: Concrete Poems
    An eleven-year-old boy named Robert voices typical and not so typical middle-grade concerns in this unique, memorable collection of hilarious poems.
     
    Kibuishi, Kazu—Copper
    Each Copper and Fred story in this graphic novel collection is a complete vignette, filled with richly detailed settings and told with a wry sense of humor. These two enormously likable characters build ships and planes to travel to surprising destinations and have a knack for getting into all sorts of odd situations.
     
    Marcus, Leaonard S.—Funny Business: Conversations with Writers of Comedy
    What makes funny FUNNY? An esteemed anthologist interviews thirteen favorite children’s authors — and asks them to share their trade secrets.
     
    Patterson, James and Gout, Leopoldo—Daniel X: Alien Hunter
    With an exciting new Patterson narrative in a graphic novel format, Daniel X continues his quest in a full-color, action-packed adventure! Long ago, after his parents' brutal murder, Daniel inherited the coveted List of Alien Outlaws and assumed his father's role as Alien Hunter. With his supreme abilities, like being able to shape-shift and conjure up long-dead family members out of thin air, Daniel is ready to take on the scum of the universe.
     
    Patterson, James and Lu, Na Rae—Maximum Ride, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2
    In this graphic novel format the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the "birdkids," who are the result of genetic experimentation, and take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.
     
    Peterson, David—Mouse Guard Fall 1152 and Mouse Guard Winter 1152
    A graphic comic about the world of Mouse Guard, mice with capes and swords defending themselves against their enemies as if they were Knights of the Round Table.
     
    Seeing the Blue Between: Advice and Inspiration for Young Poets
    Letters of advice from 32 of today's best poets for kids and teens are accompanied by their poems.
     
    Schlitz, Laura Amy—Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from and Medieval Village
    This Newbery Medal–winning volume of 17 monologues and two dialogues begins with Hugo, the lord’s nephew who has faced down a charging wild boar.
     
    Singer, Marilyn—Footprints on the Roof: Poems about the Earth
    Presents nineteen poems about Earth, including its weather, seasons, landforms, and animals, by American writer Marilyn Singer.
     
    Yolen, Jane--Foiled
     
     
    Story of Shackelton and the Endurance
    Describes the events of the 1914 Shackleton Antarctic expedition when, after being trapped in a frozen sea for nine months, their ship, Endurance, was finally crushed, forcing Shackleton and his men to make a very long and perilous journey to reach inhabited land. Filled with intriguing details and written with dramatic style, this riveting account of the ill-fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition reads like an adventure novel.
     
    Barton, Chris—The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story fo Bob and Joe Switzer’s Bright Ideas and Brand New Colors
    Illustrations and easy-to-follow text describe how brothers Bob and Joe Switzer invented fluorescent paint and colors; and explains how fluorescence works.
     
    Bausum, Ann—Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement
    The incredible courage and determination of young people, black, white, male and female, who risked great personal danger and even death as they participated in the freedom rides during the Civil Rights Movement are the focus of this book.
     
    Bowers, Rick—Spies of the Mississippi: The Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement
    Chronicles how the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission attempted to halt racial integration in the 1950s and 1960s through an extensive propaganda effort to label civil rights leaders and their followers as communists.
     
    Burgan, Michael—The Salem Witch Trials
    Contains information on the Salem Witch Trials, from how the seacrch for witches was conducted, the nature of Salem'sPuritan roots, the trials themselves, and how the witch hunt ended.
     
    Crowe, Chris—Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmet Till Case
    Presents a true account of the murder of fourteen-year-old, Emmett Till, in Mississippi, in 1955.
     
    Fleming, Candace—The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary
    A dual biography of Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary, using photographs, letters, engravings, and cartoons to look at their childhoods, courtship, marriage, children, and other joys and traumas of their years together, including their deaths.
     
    Filipovic, Zlata—Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Sarajevo
    The diary of a thirteen-year-old girl living in Sarajevo, begun just before her eleventh birthday when there was still peace in her homeland.
     
    Fleischman, John—Phineas Gage: A Gruesome But True Story about Brain Science
    The true story of Phineas Gage, whose brain had been pierced by an iron rod in 1848, and who survived and became a case study in how the brain functions.
     
    Fleischman, Sid—The Abracadabra Kid: A Writer’s Life
    The autobiography of the Newbery award-winning children's author who set out from childhood to be a magician.
     
     
    Fleischman, Sid—Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini
    A biography of the magician, ghost chaser, aviator, and king of escape artists whose amazing feats are remembered long after his death in 1926.
     
    Freedman, Russell—Children of the Great Depression
    Presents a collection of illustrated archival photographs describing children of the Great Depression, and draws upon memoirs, diaries, letters, and other first-hand accounts that look at the lives of young Americans during the 1930s.
     
    Freedman, Russell—Children of the Wild West
    Historical photographs with explanatory text present a picture of life in the American West from 1840 to the early 1900s.
     
    Freedman, Russell—In the Days of the Vaqueros: America’s First True Cowboys
    Describes the work, equipment, and culture of the vaqueros, the Spanish cowherders who shaped the Mexican plains five hundred years ago, and traces their evolution over the centuries into "cowboys" and "buckaroos."
     
    Freedman, Russell—The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane
    Follows the lives of the Wright brothers and describes how they developed the first airplane.
     
    Freedman, Russell—Lincoln: A Photobiography
    Photographs and text trace the life of the Civil War President.
     
    Freedman, Russell—Martha Graham, A Dancer’s Life
    A photo-biography of the American dancer, teacher, and choreographer who was born in Pittsburgh in 1895 and who became a leading figure in the world of modern dance.
     
    Freedman, Russell—Washington at Valley Forge
    Provides an account of the six months during which the soldiers in George Washington's command camped at Valley Force, enduring the harsh winter of 1777-78 without adequate food, clothing, or blankets.
     
    George, Jean Craighead—The Tarantula in My Purse and 172 Other Wild Pets
    A collection of autobiographical stories about raising a houseful of children and wild pets including crows, skunks, and raccoons.
     
    Giblin, James Cross—The Many Rides of Paul Revere
    Paul Revere is commonly remembered in the Longfellow legend of his Midnight Ride before the 1775 Battles of Lexington and Concord. In this bright, informative biography, Giblin follows Revere's life from his humble beginnings as a French immigrant's son to his work as a silversmith and a horse messenger amid the mounting pressures of revolution.
    Jiang, Ji-li—Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution
    When China's Communist Party detained Ji-li's father, the 12-year-old was faced with the most difficult choice of her life. She could denounce her father and break with her family, or she could refuse to testify and sacrifice her future in her beloved Communist Party.
     
    Kotlowitz, Alex—There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America
    In his acclaimed 1987 series for The Wall Street Journal, Alex Kotlowitz established that the tender underside of our embattled inner cities is the children, urban America's greatest casualty and its only hope. With this searing and important work, he continues the stories of 12-year-old Lafayette Rivers and his younger brother Pharoah as they confront tragedy on a daily basis.
     
    Landau, Elaine—The Heroine of the Titanic: The Real Unsinkable Molly Brown
    Margaret (Molly) Brown is best known for her bravery and compassion during the tragic sinking of the Titanic, which catapulted her to international fame virtually overnight. But few people are aware that she was also an outspoken suffragist, a tireless champion of miners’ rights, and one of the first women to run for the U.S. Congress.
     
    Murphy, Jim—Blizzard!
    Snow began falling over New York City on March 12, 1888. All around town, people struggled along slippery streets and sidewalks -- some seeking the warmth of their homes, some to get to work or to care for the less fortunate, and some to experience what they assumed would be the last little snowfall of one of the warmest winters on record. What no one realized was that in a very few hours, the wind and snow would bury the city in nearly 21 inches of snow and bring it to a ferocious standstill.
     
    Murphy, Jim—The Great Fire
    Vivid firsthand descriptions by persons who lived through the 1871 Chicago fire are woven into a gripping account... Absorbing and riveting reading."
     
    Murphy, Jim—Inside the Alamo
    An overview of the struggle between the Texan settlers and Mexico's General Santa Anna for control of Texas, with a detailed description of the 1836 siege of the Alamo. Includes biographical sketches and quotations of some of those involved.
     
    Murphy, Jim—The Real Benedict Arnold
    Every account of the American Revolution mentions Benedict Arnold and brands him—correctly—as a traitor. There’s no question that Arnold, an American army officer, switched his loyalty to the British side. Over the years, however, historians, partisans, and gossips have added to Arnold’s unsavory reputation by distorting, embroidering, or simply ignoring factual details.
     
    Murphy, Jim—Savage Thunder
    In September 1862, two great Civil War armies faced each other across tiny Antietam Creek. General Robert E. Lee's Confederate army found itself vastly out-numbered, with retreat all but cut off by the Potomac River. Lee's opponent was General George B. McClellan, who worried constantly that Lee would outfox him and annihilate his Union army. Using archival photographs, maps, and numerous first-person accounts, Jim Murphy sweeps young readers into the chaos and confusion of battle—shoulder to shoulder with the generals and soldiers who fought it. The result is a gritty, utterly engaging look at the battle destined to change the United States forever.
     
    Myers, Walter Dean—The Greatest: Muhammad Ali
    Muhammad Ali has long been a source of inspiration. In this new book from Walter Dean Myers, we see a story of determination, energy, pride, and strength. From a daring young boxer to man at war with a disease, Myers covers Ali's life with prowess and honesty.
     
    Nelson, Kadir—We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
    This story of the Negro Leagues is about hundreds of unsung heroes who overcame segregation, hatred, terrible conditions, and low pay to do the one thing they loved more than anything else in the world: play ball.
     
    Parks, Rosa—Rosa Parks, My Story
    "The only tired I was, was tired of giving in." These are the simple yet eloquent words of Rosa Parks, who on December 1, 1955, refused to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus, sparking the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott. Written in her own straightforward and moving language, this is her compelling story.
     
    Partridge, Elizabeth—Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don’t You Grow Weary
    Award-winning author Elizabeth Partridge leads you straight into the chaotic, passionate, and deadly three months of protests that culminated in the landmark march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.
     
    Perl, Lila—Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story
    The author tells the story of her family's experiences as Jews in Hitler's Germany, tracing their horrifying journey from their home country to Holland and back again, living in refugee, transit, and prison camps, including Bergen-Belson.
     
    Paulsen, Gary—My Life in Dog Years
    The author describes how dogs have impacted his life from childhood through the present day, recounting the stories of his first dog, Snowball, in the Philippines; Dirk, who protected him from bullies; and Cookie, who saved his life.
     
    Paulsen, Gary—Guts: The True Stories Behind Hatchet and the Brian Books
    The author here spells out the incidents in his own life that appear in Hatchet and its sequels.
     
    Paulsen, Gary—How Angel Peterson Got His Name and Other Outrageous Tales from Extreme Sports
    Author Gary Paulsen relates tales from his youth in a small town in northwestern Minnesota in the late 1940s and early 1950s, such as skiing behind a souped-up car and imitating daredevil Evel Knievel.
     
    Spinelli, Jerry—Knots in My Yo-Yo String—The Autobiography of a Kid
    This Italian-American Newbery Medalist presents a humorous account of his childhood and youth in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
     
    Sullivan, George—Helen Keller
    A biography, told using excerpts from her own writings, of the woman who successfully dealt with her own disabilities while trying to better the lives of other deaf and blind people.
     
    33 Things Every Girl Should Know about Women’s History
     
    Warren, Andrea—Surviving Hitler: A Boy in a Nazi Death Camp