by R. J. Palacio
Interest Level: 5th-6th Pages: 320
Soon to be a major motion picture! August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Told from the perspective of different characters, Wonder paints a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, & acceptance.
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Once was a Time
by Leila Sales
Interest Level: 5th-8th Pages: 272
Charlotte's Brommley's scientist father makes an astonishing discovery about time travel that the wrong people will stop at nothing to steal! In a split second, Charlotte is faced with an impossible choice between danger and safety. When she finds herself alone in the world, unsure of the fate of her best friend Kitty, she knows that somehow, some way, she must find her way back home.
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Last Day on Mars
by Kevin Emerson
Interest Level: 5th-8th Pages: 325
It is Earth year 2213—in less than 24 hours, Liam and his friend Phoebe will be on the last starliner to depart Mars. The last remaining humans must leave the red planet before it is destroyed by the sun which has mysteriously begun the process of going supernova. Before the day is done the two friends will make a shocking discovery that could change the fate of all humankind.
by Adriana Carlson
Interest Level 5th-8th Pages:300
Illustrated with over 40 photos, Penelope's Perils, the first book in The Story Weaver Series is filled with adventure, magic, and legends. Follow Penelope on her quest to rescue the mother she's never met. Click these photos to visit the author's website! You
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The Boys in the Boat:
Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
At the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, nine working class American boys showed the world what true grit really is. These rowers were the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers. They were never expected to even make it to the Olympic Games. Yet they did, going on to shock the world by challenging the German boat rowing for Adolf Hitler. Read the original, or the young readers adaptation.
Watch The Boys of '36, the PBS documentary that was inspired by Daniel Brown's book The Boys in The Boat. Look at historical photographs, watch video clips, and learn more about the real life heroes from the 1936 Olympic team. Find out more at pbs.org.
The Boy Who
Harnessed The Wind
by William Kamkwamba
Interest Level: 7th-8th
Interest Level: 5th-8th
When a terrible drought struck 14 year old William's tiny village in Malawi, his family lost all of their crops, leaving them with nothing to eat and nothing to sell. With nothing more than pictures in a book to guide him, scrap metal and old bicycle parts, he designed and constructed a windmill and brought electricity to his home to pump the water his family needed to farm the land.
With the Liars
by Caela Carter
Interest Level: 6th-8th Pages: 288
Behind the white-washed walls of the Arizona compound, life was simple. Follow the rules, "live in the light," and all would be well. When she is taken away by a man who claims to be her father, Zylynn is confused, and desperate to return to her home...until she realizes that the life she has known was not what it seemed. If you liked The Giver, try this dystopian thriller.
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in the Striped Pajamas
by John Boyne
Interest Level: 7th-8th Pages: 215
Berlin, 1942: Bruno's father receives a promotion and the family must move to a new house far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.
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by Neil Gaiman
Interest Level 7th - 8th
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Behold the gods of the great Norse Myths. Odin, the highest of the high is wise and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, is incredibly strong; and Loki―son of a giant―blood brother to Odin is a trickster and unsurpassed manipulator. These primeval stories begin with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delve into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants.
by Rebecca Stead
Interest Level: 7th - 8th Pages: 304
Long ago, three best friends made a pact: no fighting. But it’s the start of seventh grade, and everything is changing. Emily’s new curves are attracting attention, & Tab is suddenly a member of the Human Rights Club. Then there’s Bridge. She’s started wearing cat ears & is the only one who’s still tempted to draw funny cartoons on her homework. Can the girls grow up without growing apart?
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Interest Level: 7th-8th
In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history & ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history. Woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, & fresh, emotional reportage, Between the World and Me illuminates the past, confronts our present, & offers a vision for a way forward.
The Man in The High Castle
by Philip K. Dick
Interest Level: 8th Pages: 288
In this fictional alternate history, it’s America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some twenty years earlier the United States lost a war—and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan.
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by Peter Benchley
Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline
Interest Level: 8th Pages: 400
In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. Wade Watts has devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within the digital world of OASIS—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this prize.
We Are All
Made of Molecules
by Susin Nielsen
Interest Level: 8th Pages: 248
Stewart, 13: Socially clueless genius. Ashley, 14: Popular with everyone but her teachers. Ashley's and Stewart's worlds collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. Stewart is trying to be happy about it but Ashley is horrified. She already has to hide the real reason her dad moved out; “Spewart” could further threaten her position at the top of the social ladder.