Summer Reading List - Plymouth Meeting Friends School

Summer Reading List - Plymouth Meeting Friends School

Hi PMFS Families! Each year I recommend award-winning books for your summer reading pleasure. I hope you enjoy these multi-cultural selections put tog...

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Hi PMFS Families! Each year I recommend award-winning books for your summer reading pleasure. I hope you enjoy these multi-cultural selections put together by the folks in Connecticut. Happy Reading!

Summer Reading List* Build a Better World ~ Grades K-2 Suggested summer reading compiled for the Connecticut Department of Education by Linda Williams, Connecticut State Library PICTURE BOOKS

Building Our House by Jonathan Bean A young girl narrates her family's move from the city to the country, where they have bought a piece of land and live in a trailer while they build a house from the ground up, with help from relatives and friends. | ALA | Lexile: 820

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown Liam discovers a hidden garden and with careful tending spreads color throughout the gray city. | ALA | Lexile: 840

Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy & Theresa Howell Mira lives in a gray and hopeless urban community until a muralist arrives and, along with his paints and brushes, brings color, joy, and togetherness to Mira and her neighbors. | ALA | Lexile: 580

The Night Gardener by Terry Fan Everyone on Grimloch Lane enjoys the trees and shrubs clipped into animal masterpieces after dark by the Night Gardener, but William, a lonely boy, spots the artist, follows him, and helps with his special work. | ALA, NCSS | Lexile: 390

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker At sunset, when their work is done for the day, a crane truck, a cement mixer, and other pieces of construction equipment make their way to their resting places and go to sleep. | ALA | Lexile: 820

The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade by Justin Roberts Sally McCabe is a very little girl, and nobody notices her, although she notices everything that goes on around her-but when she speaks out about the unkindness she sees, people start to pay attention. (CIP) Conduct of life. Human behavior. Stories in rhyme. Bullying. | E.B. White Read Aloud Honor Book | Lexile: 1010

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

Construction by Sally Sutton

As a child Great-aunt Alice Rumphius resolved that when she grew up she would go to faraway places, live by the sea in her old age, and do something to make the world more beautiful--and she does all those things, the last being the most difficult of all. | National Book Award Winner |

Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg

Lexile: 680

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things. | ALA, ILA, NCSS, NCTE | Lexile: 610

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle Follows a girl in the 1920s as she strives to become a drummer, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums, and that there has never been a female drummer in Cuba. Includes note about Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, who inspired the story, and Anacaona, the all-girl dance band she formed with her sisters. | ALA, ILA, NCSS April 2017

Big machines and their drivers work together to build a library. | NCTE | When he has a dream about a future Earth devastated by pollution, Walter begins to understand the importance of taking care of the environment. | Lexile: 550

The Water Princess by Susan Verde The story of one young girl's quest to bring clean drinking water to her African village. | ALA | Lexile: 290

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson Two girls, one white and one black, gradually get to know each other as they sit on the fence that divides their town. | ALA, ILA | Lexile: 300

Summer Reading List* GRAPHIC NOVEL

The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan by Maxwell Eaton Two beavers thwart an evil plot by penguins who plan to turn Beaver Island into a frosty resort. | Nutmeg | Lexile: 290

FOLKLORE

The Three Pigs by David Wiesner The three pigs escape the wolf by going into another world where they meet the cat and the fiddle, the cow that jumped over the moon, and a dragon. | ALA

Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building by Christy Hale A collection of concrete poetry, illustrations, and photographs that shows how young children's constructions, created as they play, are reflected in notable works of architecture from around the world. Includes biographies of the architects, quotations, and sources. | Lexile: 550 BIOGRAPHY

The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins

NONFICTION

Can We Help?: Kids Volunteering to Help Their Communities by George Ancona Describes how children can help their communities in different ways, from tending a community garden and training service dogs to volunteering to help people with disabilities and mentoring younger students. | NCSS

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul Tells the story of a Gambian woman who came up with a way to recycle the plastic bags that had littered the landscape in her nation, an act that saved the environment and transformed her community. | ALA, Nutmeg | Lexile: 480

Follow the Moon Home by Philippe Cousteau A book about loggerhead sea turtles, and a girl's attempts to help save their babies from man-made light. | Lexile: 520

Documents the true story of the nature pioneer and activist who, after becoming the first woman to earn a science degree from the University of California, took a teaching position in the desert region of San Diego and single-handedly launched a movement to transform the area with trees and gardens. | ALA, NCSS | Lexile: 760

Luna and Me: The Story of Julia Butterfly Hill by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw Social activism combines with environmentalism in this picture book bio of Julia Butterfly Hill and Luna, the thousand-year-old redwood tree whose life she saved. | NCSS

A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz The renowned cat conservationist reflects on his early childhood struggles with a speech disorder, describing how he only spoke fluently when he was communicating with animals and how he resolved at a young age to find his voice to be their advocate. | ALA, NCSS | Lexile: 670

The House that Jane Built: A Story About Jane Addams by Tanya Lee Stone This is the story of Jane Addams, the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, who transformed a poor neighborhood in Chicago by opening up her house as a community center. | NCSS | Lexile: 810

*Many of the listed books were selected as exemplary books by one or more of the following organizations: the American Library Association (ALA), the International Literacy Association (ILA), the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) or the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY). Other awards as noted.

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Miss Nelson is Missing! by Harry Allard The kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher's good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute. | Lexile: 340

Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang Numbers from ten to one are part of this lullaby which observes the room of a little girl going to bed. | Lexile: 450

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett Life is delicious in the town of Chewandswallow where it rains soup and juice, snows mashed potatoes, and blows storms of hamburgers — until the weather takes a turn for the worse. | Lexile: 730

The Mitten by Jan Brett One by one, animals in a snowy forest crawl into Nicki's lost white mitten to get warm until the bear sneezes, sending the animals flying up and out of the mitten. On each turn page, signature borders inspired by Ukrainian folk art hint at what animal is coming next. | Lexile: 800

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown Goodnight to each of the objects in the great green room: goodnight chairs, goodnight comb, goodnight air. | Lexile: 360

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle

pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works. | Lexile: 800

Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía una Llamita by Angela Dominguez In this bilingual version of the classic rhyme, Maria takes her llama to school one day.

Abuela by Arthur Dorros While riding on a bus with her grandmother, a little girl imagines that they are carried up into the sky and fly over the sights of New York City. | Lexile: 520

Millions of Cats by Wanda Gág How can an old man and his wife select one cat from a choice of millions and trillions? | Lexile: 730

Honey I Love: and Other Love Poems by Eloise Greenfield Titles include "I Look Pretty," "Fun," "Riding on the Train," "Harriet Tubman," and "By Myself." | Lexile: 290

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson Harold goes for an adventurous walk in the moonlight with his purple crayon. | Lexile: 490

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day. | Lexile: 500

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a teacher looking at them. | Lexile: 440

Despite everyone's dire predictions, a little boy has faith in the carrot seed he plants. | Lexile: 230

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by

Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! by Grace

Doreen Cronin

Lin

When Farmer Brown's cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want. |

Ling and Ting are identical twins that people think are exactly the same, but time and again they prove to be different. | Lexile: 390

Lexile: 160

Frederick by Leo Lionni

Strega Nona: An Old Tale by Tomie de Paola When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic

April 2017

Frederick, the poet mouse, stores up something special for the long cold winter. | Lexile: 500

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The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey

children, finds companionship and love in a big dog named Mudge. | Lexile: 420

One night a puppy, who is always late coming home, finds there is no dessert for him. | Lexile: 640

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon

George and Martha by James Marshall

The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs. |

Relates several episodes in the friendship of two hippopotamuses. | Lexile: 500

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin An alphabet rhyme/chant that relates what happens when the whole alphabet tries to climb a coconut tree. | Lexile: 530

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring. | Lexile: 630

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

Scieszka Lexile: 570

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king. | Lexile: 740

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina A band of mischievous monkeys steals every one of a peddler's caps while he takes a nap under a tree. | Lexile: 480

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Although she is not very big, the Little Blue Engine agrees to try to pull a stranded train full of toys over the mountain. | Lexile: 680

On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too. | Lexile: 970

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by

Adventurous Peter Rabbit disobeys his mother and wanders into Mr. McGregor's garden. | Lexile: 660

Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann An unobservant zookeeper is followed home by all the animals he thinks he has left behind in the zoo.

Mo Willems When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place. | Lexile: 120

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

Adventures by Cynthia Rylant

On a cold winter night many animals gather to party in the cave of a sleeping bear, who then awakes and protests that he has missed the food and the fun. | Lexile:

Henry, feeling lonely on a street without any other

280

Henry and Mudge: The First Book of Their

FAVORITE AUTHORS

Byron Barton Margaret Wise Brown Anthony Browne Eric Carle Donald Crews Tomie de Paola P. D. Eastman Ed Emberley

Mem Fox Ezra Jack Keats Jon Klassen James Marshall Robert McCloskey Jon Muth Jerry Pinkney Peggy Rathmann

Dr. Seuss Maurice Sendak David Shannon Williams Steig David Wiesner Mo Willems Karma Wilson Jacqueline Woodson

Summer Reading List* Build a Better World ~ Grades 3-4 Suggested summer reading compiled for the Connecticut Department of Education by Linda Williams, Connecticut State Library

Manatee Rescue by Nicola

PICTURE BOOKS

Davies When her father successfully harpoons a manatee, leaving its baby orphaned, Manuela vows to rescue the calf and return it to the river, helping change the attitudes of the people in her village in the process. | NSTA | Lexile: 910

Dream Something Big by Dianna Hutts Aston In Watts, California, over a period of many years, a man known to all as Uncle Sam spends his free time collecting broken bits of pottery, glass, and other scraps and turning them into a work of art. (CIP) Simon Rodia, 1879-1965. Simon Rodia's Towers. Watts. Los Angeles. | ILA | Lexile: 830

Marvelous Cornelius by Phil Bildner A man known as the "Trashcan Wizard" sings and dances his way through the French Quarter in New Orleans, keeping his beloved city clean, until Hurricane Katrina's devastation nearly causes him to lose his spirit. | ILA, NCSS | Lexile: 560

Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami Every day, Yasmin borrows a book from Book Uncle, a retired teacher who has set up a free lending library on the street corner. But when the mayor tries to shut down the rickety book-stand, Yasmin has to take her nose out of her book and do something. | Lexile: 580

The Wild Ones by C. Alexander London After his parents are killed, Kit, a young raccoon sets off for the city with a stone that may be the key to finding the Bone of Contention, a legendary object that is proof of a deal giving the wild animals the rights to Ankle Snap Alley, which the dogs and cats--known as the flealess--want back and are willing to kill for. | Lexile: 810

Buffalo Music by Tracey E. Fern

Waiting for the Magic by

After hunters kill off the buffalo around her Texas ranch, a woman begins raising orphan buffalo calves and eventually ships four members of her small herd to Yellowstone National Park, where they form the beginnings of newly thriving buffalo herds. | ALA | Lexile:

Patricia MacLachlan When Papa goes away for a little while, his family tries to cope with the separation by adopting four dogs and a cat. | Nutmeg | Lexile: 420

860

Lulu and the Dog from the Sea by Hilary McKay

CHAPTER BOOKS

Annie Glover is Not a Tree Lover by Darleen Bailey Beard When her grandmother chains herself to the tree across from the school to save it from being cut down, fourth-grader Annie wants to die of humiliation, but when she discovers the town's history, her attitude changes. | Lexile: 630

Violet Mackerel’s Pocket Protest by Anna Branford Violet and Rose organize a protest to save the big oak tree in Clover Park. | Lexile: 1110 April 2017

Seven-year-old Lulu and her cousin think their vacation house is the most perfect place ever until they find a trouble-prone, stray dog living on the beach. | Nutmeg | Lexile: 770

Sydney & Simon Go Green! by Paul A. Reynolds After discovering that a green sea turtle was harmed by plastic in the ocean, twin mice Sydney and Simon come up with a creative campaign to increase recycling and reduce the amount of trash created in their home, school, and town. | Lexile: 750

Summer Reading List* GRAPHIC NOVELS

The Legend of Hong Kil Dong:

BIOGRAPHY The Robin

Hood of Korea by Anne Sibley O'Brien Graphic novel treatment of the life and career Hong Kil Dong, the Korean equivalent of Robin Hood. | ALA | Lexile: 680

NONFICTION

Energy Island: How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed Their World by Allan Drummond It's windy on the Danish island of Samsø. Meet the environmentally friendly folks who, in a few short years, worked together for energy independence, and who now proudly call their home Energy Island. | ILA, NSTA | Lexile: 920

Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood A town built on a landfill. A community in need of hope. A girl with a dream. A man with a vision. An ingenious idea. | ILA, NCTE | Lexile: 820

Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs by Michaela Muntean Luciano Anastasini, a man who calls the circus home, and ten homeless dogs are brought together by fate. | Nutmeg | Lexile: 760

Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi Mathama Gandhi's grandson tells the story of how his grandfather taught him to turn darkness into light. | ILA, NCSS | Lexile: 600

Fur, Fins, and Feathers: Abraham Dee Bartlett and the Invention of the Modern Zoo by Cassandre Maxwell A biography of Abraham Dee Bartlett and how he helped to invent the modern zoo. | NCSS

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children by Jan Pinborough A picture book biography about librarian Anne Carroll Moore who, as the New Yorker said, "more or less invented the children's library. | NCSS

Wangari Maathai: The Woman who Planted Millions of Trees by Franck Prevot Wangari Maathai received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her efforts to lead women in a nonviolent struggle to bring peace and democracy to Africa through its reforestation. Her organization planted over thirty million trees in thirty years. This beautiful picture book tells the story of an amazing woman and an inspiring idea. | ALA, ILA, NCSS | Lexile: 970

The Camping Trip That Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers'

Our National Parks by Barb Rosenstock

Describes how immigrant Clara Lemlich, fought back against the poor treatment of her fellow factory workers and led the largest walkout of women workers in the country. | ALA, NCTE | Lexile: 760

Introduces the story of how President Theodore Roosevelt, on a camping trip with naturalist John Muir in Yosemite National Park, decided to support the conservation of national parks. | NCSS | Lexile: 740

Brick by Brick by Charles R. Smith, Jr. Constructed brick by brick, the White House was created by human hands, many of them slaves', whose hard labor helped create the symbol of this country, in the story of how the official residence and principal workplace of the United States presidents was built.

Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel

A Boy Named FDR: How Franklin D. Roosevelt Grew Up to Change America by Kathleen Krull Focuses on Franklin D. Roosevelt's childhood years and summarizes his achievements as president. | ILA | Lexile: 930

*Many listed books were selected as exemplary by one or more of the following organizations: the American Library Association (ALA), the International Literacy Association (ILA), the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) or the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY). Other awards as noted.

Summer Reading Favorites & Classics For Grades 3-4

My Name Is Maria Isabel by Alma Flor Ada Third grader María Isabel, born in Puerto Rico and now living in the U.S., wants badly to fit in at school; and the teacher's writing assignment "My Greatest Wish" gives her that opportunity. | Lexile: 880

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions. | Lexile: 910

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing any older. | Lexile: 770

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans Madeline, smallest and naughtiest of the twelve little charges of Miss Clavel, wakes up one night with an attack of appendicitis. | Lexile: 480

Freckle Juice by Judy Blume

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes In winning a medal she is no longer there to receive, a tight-lipped little Polish girl teaches her classmates a lesson. | Lexile: 870

My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett A young boy determines to rescue a poor baby dragon who is being used by a group of lazy wild animals to ferry them across the river on Wild Island. | Lexile: 990

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry Paul and his sister Maureen's determination to own a pony from the herd on Chincoteague Island, Virginia, is greatly increased when the Phantom and her colt are among the ponies rounded up for the yearly auction. | Lexile: 750

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf Ferdinand likes to sit quietly and smell the flowers, but one day he gets stung by a bee and his snorting and stomping convince everyone that he is the fiercest of bulls. | Lexile: 710

The Tales of Uncle Remus as told by Julius Lester

Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon's freckle recipe for fifty cents. | Lexile: 370

A retelling of the African American tales about the adventures and misadventures of Brer Rabbit and his friends and enemies. | Lexile: 760

The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Relates episodes in seven-year-old Julian's life which include getting into trouble with his younger brother Huey, planting a garden, what he did to try to grow taller, losing a tooth, and finding a new friend. | Lexile: 520

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Escapades of a lucky little girl who lives with a horse and a monkey — but without any parents — at the edge of a Swedish village. | Lexile: 870

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Wonderful adventures abound after James escapes from his fearful aunts by rolling away inside a giant peach. | Lexile: 870

When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay. | Lexile: 560

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Archer's Quest by Linda Sue Park

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. | Lexile: 610

April 2015

Twelve-year-old Kevin Kim helps Chu-mong, a legendary king of ancient Korea, return to his own time. | Lexile: 690

Summer Reading Favorites & Classics For Grades 3-4

Little Red Riding Hood by Jerry Pinkney A sweet little girl meets a hungry wolf in the forest while on her way to visit her grandmother. | Lexile: 840

Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco Say Curtis describes his meeting with Pinkus Aylee, a black soldier, during the Civil War, and their capture by Southern troops. Based on a true story about the author's great-great-grandfather. | Lexile: 590

Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

Mufaro's

Beautiful

Daughters

by John Steptoe Mufaro's two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, one kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife. | Lexile: 720

All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor The adventures of five sisters growing up in a Jewish family in New York in the early twentieth century. | Lexile: 750

A young girl dreams of flying above her Harlem home, claiming all she sees for herself and her family. Based on the author's quilt painting of the same name. | Lexile:

Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

790

Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him. | Lexile: 680

Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather's journey to America which he also undertakes later, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries. | Lexile: 560

Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka Joe receives a magic book for his birthday present from his uncle. Joe, Fred, and Sam are transported to a time when evil knights, fire-breathing dragons, and vilesmelling giants roamed the land. | Lexile: 630

Where the Sidewalk Ends

By the time the Velveteen Rabbit is dirty, worn out, and about to be burned, he has almost given up hope of ever finding the magic called Real. | Lexile: 820

Dragonwings by Lawrence Yep In the early twentieth century a young Chinese boy joins his father in San Francisco and helps him realize his dream of making a flying machine. | Lexile: 870

Lon Po Po by Ed Young Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother. | Lexile: 670

by Shel Silverstein A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in this collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author's own drawings.

Rumpelstiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky A strange little man helps the miller's daughter spin straw into gold for the king on the condition that she will give him her first-born child. | Lexile: 740

SERIES

Ramona series by Beverly Cleary Amber Brown series by Paula Danziger Bink & Gollie series by Kate DiCamillo Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo Sassy series by Sharon Draper Nikki and Deja series by Karen English Babymouse series by Jennifer L. Holm Bunnicula series by James Howe Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel

Gooney Bird series by Lois Lowry Lulu series by Hilary McKay Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker Calvin Coconut series by Graham Salisbury The Time Warp Trio series by Jon Scieszka EllRay Jakes series by Sally Warner Commander Toad series by Jane Yolen

Summer Reading List* Build a Better World ~ Grades 5-6 Suggested summer reading compiled for the Connecticut Department of Education by Linda Williams, Connecticut State Library FICTION

The End of the Wild by Nicole

Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob

Eleven-year-old Fern helps to take care of her impoverished family by foraging for food in the forest, but when a fracking company rolls into town, she realizes that her peaceful woods and her family's livelihood could be threatened.

Buyea Seven fifth-graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed for the better by "rookie teacher" Mr. Terupt. | Nutmeg | Lexile: 560

This Journal Belongs to Ratchet by Nancy J. Cavanaugh Homeschooled by her mechanicenvironmentalist father, eleven-year-old Rachel "Ratchet" Vance records her efforts to make friends, save a park, remember her mother, and find her own definition of "normal." | NCTE | Lexile: 830

Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes Gaby Howard loves volunteering at the local animal shelter. Her mother has been deported to Honduras and Gaby is stuck living with her inattentive dad. She's confident that her mom will come home soon so that they can adopt Gaby's favorite shelter cat together. But Gaby worries that her plans for the perfect family are about to fall apart. | NCTE, Nutmeg | Lexile: 640

Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman One by one, a number of people of varying ages and backgrounds transform a trashfilled inner-city lot into a productive and beautiful garden, and, in doing so, the gardeners are themselves transformed. | ALA, ILA, NCSS | Lexile: 710

Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French In northern California, Julian Carter-Li and his friends old and new fight to save a grove of redwoods from an investment company that plans to cut them down. | ILA | Lexile: 700

April 2017

Helget

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen 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. | ALA, Nutmeg | Lexile: 760

One White Dolphin by Gill Lewis When a baby albino dolphin caught in old fishing netting washes ashore, Paralympics sailing hopeful Felix and English school girl Kara work with veterinarians and specialists to save and reunite the dolphin with her mother, setting off a chain of events that might just save the reef from the environmental effects of proposed dredging. | NSTA | Lexile: 620

Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes Visiting her grandmother in the Louisiana bayou, ten-year-old Maddy begins to realize that she may be the only sibling to carry on the gift of her family's magical legacy. | Lexile: 410

Last in a Long Line of Rebels by Lisa Lewis Tyre When the city of Zollicoffer, Tennessee, where her family lives, announces plans to seize their one hundred seventy-five year old house through eminent domain, twelve-year-old Louise Mayhew needs to come up with a way to save it--and her ancestor's Civil War diary linking the house to the Underground Railroad, as well as a hidden treasure, seem to offer her family the best chance of saving their home. | ILA, NCSS | Lexile: 660

Summer Reading List* GRAPHIC NOVELS

Saving the Whole Wide World by Judd Winick Hilo and his friends must save the world from monsters from another dimension. | Book 1 was a Nutmeg | Lexile: 260

NONFICTION

Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Flight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh Years before the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez, an eightyear-old girl of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage, played an instrumental role in Mendez v. Westminster, the landmark desegregation case of 1946 in California. | ALA | Lexile: 870

BIOGRAPHY

Fire in Their Eyes: Wildfires and the People Who Fight Them by Karen Magnuson Beil Depicts in text and photographs the training, equipment, and real-life experiences of people who risk their lives to battle wildfires, as well as people who use fire for ecological reasons. | NCSS | Lexile: 1010

We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement that Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman The true story of the White Rose, a group of students in Nazi Germany who were active undercover agents of the resistance movement against Hitler and his regime. | ALA | Lexile: 630

The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial by Susan Goodman Shares the story of Sarah Roberts and her 1847 case petitioning that she be allowed to attend a white school, explaining how her heroic efforts established key precedents and paved the way for civil rights advancements. | NCTE, NCSS | Lexile: 770

Chasing Cheetahs: The Race to Save Africa's Fastest Cats by Sy Montgomery Describes the cheetah's essential role in the ecosystem and the ways in which Namibia's Cheetah Conservation Fund is promoting cohabitation between cheetahs and farmers. | ALA, NSTA | Lexile: 1000

Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who Are Helping to Protect the Planet by Harriet Rohmer Highlights the accomplishments of twelve people from across North America who have worked to protect the environment, including a Mexican superstar wrestler who protects turtles and whales. | Lexile 1070

Fannie Never Flinched: One Woman's Courage in the Struggle for American Labor Union Rights by Mary Cronk Farrell Traces the life of Fannie Sellins, a union activist who traveled the nation promoting fair wages and decent working and living conditions for workers in the garment and mining industries. | NCSS | Lexile: 1020

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery Examines the life and accomplishments of Temple Grandin, whose childhood diagnosis of autism and love of cows led her to revolutionize the livestock industry. | ALA, NSTA | Lexile: 960

Stand There! She Shouted: The Invincible Photographer Julia Margaret Cameron by Susan Goldman Rubin The story of British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron and her exotic bohemian life. | NCSS | Lexile: 980

Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall by Anita Silvey A biography of one of the most recognized scientists in the world. | NCSS | Lexile: 1100

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford A collage-illustrated collection of free form poems describing the life and work of civil rights advocate Fannie Lou Hamer. | ALA, NCSS | Lexile: 820

*Many listed books were selected as exemplary books by one or more of the following organizations: the American Library Association (ALA), the International Literacy Association (ILA), the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) or the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY). Others awards as noted.

Summer Reading Favorites & Classics For Grades 5-6

The Secret Garden

by Frances Hodgson Burnett A ten-year-old orphan comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors where she discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden. | Lexile: 970

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich

The Incredible Journey by Sheila

Farmer 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. | Lexile: 660

Burnford A Siamese cat, an old bull terrier, and a young Labrador retriever travel together 250 miles through the Canadian wilderness to find their family. | Lexile: 1320

Extra Credit by Andrew Clements As letters flow back and forth — between the prairies of Illinois and the mountains of Afghanistan, across cultural and religious divides — sixth-grader Abby, ten-year-old Amira, and elevenyear-old Sadeed begin to speak and listen to each other. | Lexile: 830

The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963. | Lexile: 1000

The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi Living in isolation with a robot on what appears to be an alien world populated with bizarre life forms, a twelve-year-old human girl called Eva Nine sets out on a journey to find others like her. Features "augmented reality" pages, in which readers with a webcam can access additional information about Eva Nine's world. | Lexile: 760

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions. | Lexile: 680 April 2017

Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847. | Lexile: 970

The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh Eleven-year-old Harriet, who is a spy and plans to be an author keeps a secret notebook filled with thoughts and notes on her schoolmates and people she observes on her afterschool spy route, but when some of her classmates read the notebook, they seek revenge. | Lexile: 760

Coraline by Neil Gaiman Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others. | Lexile: 740

No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman Eighth-grade football hero Wallace Wallace is sentenced to detention attending rehearsals of the school play where, in spite of himself, he becomes wrapped up in the production and begins to suggest changes that improve not only the play but his life as well. | Lexile: 610

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter. | Lexile: 940

Summer Reading Favorites & Classics For Grades 5-6

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce

In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis. | Lexile: 670

While staying with his aunt and uncle, Tom discovers a beautiful garden that is visible only at night and meets a little girl from the Victorian era with whom he travels back in time. | Lexile: 860

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes

850

In New Orleans' Ninth Ward, twelve-year-old Lanesha, who can see spirits, and her adopted grandmother have no choice but to stay and weather the storm as Hurricane Katrina bears down upon them. | Lexile: 470

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her. | Lexile:

Miniature people who live in an old country house by borrowing things from the humans are forced to emigrate from their home under the clock. | Lexile: 780

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park Tree-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. | Lexile: 920

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm. | Lexile: 810

Esperanza 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. | Lexile: 750

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp. | Lexile: 750

SERIES

The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander Crispin trilogy by Avi Poppy series by Avi John Bellairs Mysteries by John Bellairs The Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper The Unicorn Chronicles by Bruce Coville The Moffats series by Eleanor Estes Joey Pigza series by Jack Gantos Shadow Children by Margaret Peterson Haddix Redwall series by Brian Jacques Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

Regarding the.... series by Kate Klise Dog Friday trilogy by Hilary McKay Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage Enola Holmes Mysteries by Nancy Springer The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart Sammy Keyes series by Wendelin Van Draanen Adam Canfield series by Michael Winrip Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede Dear America series by various authors

Summer Reading List* Build a Better World ~ Grades 7-8 Suggested hero-themed summer reading titles compiled for the Connecticut Department of Education by Linda Williams, Connecticut State Library and CT Librarians FICTION

build the world's largest tetrahedron affects the lives of everyone involved. | ALA | Lexile: 950

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town. | ALA, ILA, NCSS |

Faith, Hope, and Ivy June by Phyllis

Lexile: 740

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt After heartbreaking betrayal, Carley is sent to live with a foster family and struggles with opening herself up to their love. | Nutmeg | Lexile: 520

Pay It Forward (Young Readers Edition) by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Ghost, a naturally talented runner and troublemaker, is recruited for an elite middle school track team. He must stay on track, literally and figuratively, to reach his full potential. | ALA | Lexile: 730

Reynolds Naylor During a student exchange program, seventh-graders Ivy June and Catherine share their lives, homes, and communities, and find that although their lifestyles are total opposites they have a lot in common. | Lexile: 900

Counting by Sevens by Holly Goldberg Sloan Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident. | ALA, NCTE, Nutmeg | Lexile: 770

Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie by Jordan

Trevor McKinney, a twelve-year-old boy in a small California town, accepts his teacher's challenge to earn extra credit by coming up with a plan to change the world. His idea is simple: do a good deed for three people and instead of asking them to return the favor, ask them to 'pay it forward' to three others who need help. |

Sonnenblick 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. | ALA, Nutmeg

Lexile: 610

A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier When the Spanish influenza epidemic reaches Portland, Oregon, in 1918, seventeen-year-old Cleo leaves behind the comfort of her boarding school to work for the Red Cross. | NCSS, Nutmeg | Lexile: 600

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park 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. | NCSS, Nutmeg | Lexile: 720

All of the Above by Shelley Pearsall Five urban middle school students, their teacher, and other community members relate how a school project to April 2017

Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus In Nazi-occupied Norway, fourteen-year-old Espen joins the resistance movement, graduating from deliverer of illegal newspapers to courier and spy. | ILA, Nutmeg | Lexile: 730

Endangered by Eliot Shrefer Sophie is not happy to be back in the Congo for the summer, but when she rescues an abused baby bonobo she becomes more involved in her mother’s sanctuary– and when fighting breaks out and the sanctuary is attacked, it is up to Sophie to rescue the apes and somehow survive in the jungle. | ALA, NCTE, Nutmeg | Lexile: 900

Summer Reading List* GRAPHIC NOVEL

Primates :

The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks This is the true story of three scientists who risked their lives for research that forever changed the way we think of primatesincluding ourselves. | ALA, NSTA NONFICTION

It's Your World--If You Don't Like It, Change It: Activism For Teenagers by Mikki Halpin A how-to reference guide to becoming politically active for teens includes youth activists resources, contact lists for local and national governments, information on the upcoming presidential election, various success stories, and more. | NYPL Books for the Teen Age

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip M. Hoose

Sandler explores The Beatles' long-lasting impact on the world. | NCSS | Lexile: 1160 BIOGRAPHY

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip M. Hoose Presents the life of the Alabama teenager who played an integral role in the Montgomery bus strike, once by refusing to give up a bus seat, and again, by becoming a plaintiff in the landmark civil rights case against the bus company. | ALA, NCSS | Lexile: 1000

A Volcano Beneath the Snow: John Brown's War Against Slavery by Albert Marrin A biography of American abolitionist John Brown, discussing his childhood, his career and family, and his involvement in the abolition movement during the Civil War in which he led a raid on a military armory at Harper's Ferry, West Virginia. | NCSS | Lexile: 990

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer Presents a story of how an African teenager built a windmill from scraps to create electricity for his home and his village, improving life for himself and his neighbors. | ILA, NCSS| Lexile: 860

Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four AfricanAmerican Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation Into Space by Margot Lee Shetterly

The true story of a group of boy resistance fighters in Denmark after the Nazi invasion. | ALA, ILA, NCSS | Lexile: 970

The Girl from the Tar Paper School by Teri Kanefield Describes the peaceful protest organized by teenager Barbara Rose Johns in order to secure a permanent building for her segregated high school in Virginia in 1951, and explains how her actions helped fuel the civil rights movement. | NCSS | Lexile: 1100

The Next Wave: The Quest to Harness the Power of the Oceans by Elizabeth Rusch Explores the use of ocean waves as a renewable energy source. | NSTA | Lexile: 1070

How the Beatles Changed the World by Martin W. Sandler Fifty years after the British invasion began, Martin

Explores the previously uncel ebr at ed but pi vot al contributions of NASA's AfricanA m e r i c a n w o m e n mathematicians to America's space program, describing how Jim Crow laws segregated them from their white counterparts despite their groundbreaking successes. | Lexile: 1120

Trailblazers: 33 Women in Science Who Changed the World by Rachel Swaby Profiles thirty-three women who have made notable contributions to science, including Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Virginia Apgar, and Rachel Carson. | NSTA STEM | Lexile: 1130

*Many listed books were selected as exemplary by one or more of the following organizations: the American Library Association (ALA), the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) or the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY). Other awards as noted.

Summer Reading Favorites & Classics For Grades 7-8

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton

When their owner dies at the start of the Revolution, Isabel and her younger sister are sold to Loyalists in New York, where Isabel is offered the chance to spy for the Patriots. |

A black family of five moves into an enormous house once used as a hiding place for runaway slaves. Mysterious sounds and events as well as the discovery of secret passageways make the family believe they are in grave danger. | Lexile: 670

Lexile: 780

City of Orphans by Avi In 1893 New York, thirteen-year-old Maks, a newsboy, teams up with Willa, a homeless girl, to clear his older sister, Emma, from charges that she stole from the brand new Waldorf Hotel, where she works. Includes historical notes. | Lexile: 570

Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi While practicing for their next baseball game, thirteen-yearold friends Rabi, Miguel, and Joe discover that the nefarious activities of the Delbe, Iowa, meatpacking plant have caused cows to turn into zombies. | Lexile: 650

Diamonds in the Shadow by Caroline B. Cooney The Finches, a Connecticut family, sponsor an African refugee family of four, all of whom have been scarred by the horrors of civil war, and who inadvertently put their benefactors in harm's way. | Lexile: 750

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, which is a haven for slaves fleeing the American south, uses his wits and skills to try to bring to justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family's freedom. | Lexile: 1070

Eva by Peter Dickinson After a terrible accident, a young girl wakes up to discover that she has been given the body of a chimpanzee. | Lexile: 1010

Whirligig by Paul Fleischman While traveling to each corner of the country to build a whirligig in memory of the girl whose death he caused, sixteen-year-old Brian finds forgiveness and atonement. | Lexile: 760

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own. | Lexile: 820 April 2017

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen When the difficult star of the reality television show "Expedition Survival" disappears while filming an episode in the Florida Everglades using animals from the wildlife refuge run by Wahoo Crane's family, Wahoo and classmate Tuna Gordon set out to find him while avoiding Tuna's gunhappy father. | Lexile: 800

Standing Against the Wind by Traci L. Jones As she tries to escape her poor Chicago neighborhood by winning a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, shy and studious eighth-grader Patrice discovers that she has more options in life than she previously realized. | Lexile: 780

The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause A mysterious teenage boy harboring a dark secret helps Zoë come to terms with her mother's terminal illness. | Lexile: 690

Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel by Diana Lopez When thirteen-year-old Erica "Chia" Montenegro finds out her mother has breast cancer, she makes a promise to God to raise money for breast cancer awareness and discovers that when family and friends work together, miracles can happen. | Lexile: 700

The Giver by Lois Lowry Given 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. | Lexile: 760

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen After his anger erupts into violence, Cole, in order to avoid going to prison, agrees to participate in a sentencing alternative based on the native American Circle Justice, and he is sent to a remote Alaskan Island where an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life. | Lexile: 670

Summer Reading Favorites & Classics For Grades 7-8

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life. | Lexile: 1000

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the Canadian wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce. | Lexile: 1020

All of the Above by Shelley Pearsall Five urban middle school students, their teacher, and other community members relate how a school project to build the world's largest tetrahedron affects the lives of everyone involved. | Lexile: 1000

The River Between Us by Richard Peck During the early days of the Civil War, the Pruitt family takes in two mysterious young ladies who have fled New Orleans to come north to Illinois. | Lexile: 740

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

marriage to an older man whose money will bring prestige to the family, she must either accept the decision, as is the custom, or risk the consequences of defying her father's wishes. | Lexile: 970

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor A black family living in the South during the 1930s are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand. | Lexile: 920

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return. | Lexile: 1000

Izzy, Willy-Nilly by Cynthia Voigt A car accident causes fifteen-year-old Izzy to lose one leg and face the need to start building a new life as an amputee. | Lexile: 790

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Tiffany, a young witch-to-be in the land of Discworld, teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland. | Lexile: 680

Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl. | Lexile: 800

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

The Pigman by Paul Zindel

In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever. |

A teenage boy and girl, high school sophomores from unhappy homes, tell of their bizarre relationship with an old man. | Lexile: 950

Lexile: 590

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Fisher Staples When eleven-year old Shabanu, the daughter of a nomad in the Cholistan Desert of present-day Pakistan, is pledged in

Death tells the story of a young German girl, Liesel, whose book-stealing and story-telling talents during World War II help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. | Lexile: 730

FAVORITE SERIES

The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer Young Wizards series by Diane Duane The Rangers Apprentice by John Flanagan Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer The Squire's Tales series by Gerald Morris The News Crew series by Walter Dean Myers

Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott The Tillermans series by Cynthia Voigt Leviathan series by Scott Westerfield