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Be Kind Pat Zietlow Miller
Illustrated by Jen Hill Publisher Roaring Brook Press ISBN# 978-1626723214 (HB) Copyright 2/6/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 2.20

When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate wants to make her feel better, wondering: What does it mean to be kind?

From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving story explores what kindness is, and how any act, big or small, can make a difference―or at least help a friend.

A Boy Called Bat Elana K. Arnold 2019-2020
Crown
Illustrated by Charles Santoso Publisher Walden Pond Press ISBN# 978-0062445827 (HB) Copyright 3/14/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.60

For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises—some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter. But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.

Confessions from the Principal’s Kid Robin Mellom 2019-2020
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-0544813793 (HB) Copyright 8/1/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.90

During the school day, fifth-grader Allie West is an outsider. Everyone knows the principal’s kid might tattle to her mom! But after school, Allie is an insider. She’s friendly with the janitor, knows the shortest routes around the building, and hangs out with the Afters, a group of misfits whose parents are teachers at their school. Although Allie secretly loves her insider life, she’s sick of being an outsider—so she vows to join the Pentagon, the popular math team led by her ex–best friend. But can Allie change her status without betraying where she really belongs?

Ellie, Engineer Jackson Pearce 2019-2020
Crown
Illustrated by Tuesday Mourning Publisher Bloomsbury USA Childrens ISBN# 978-1681195193 (HB) Copyright 1/16/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.50

Ellie is an engineer. With a tool belt strapped over her favorite skirt (who says you can’t wear a dress and have two kinds of screwdrivers handy, just in case?), she invents and builds amazing creations in her backyard workshop. Together with her best friend Kit, Ellie can make anything. As Kit’s birthday nears, Ellie doesn’t know what gift to make until the girls overhear Kit’s mom talking about her present—the dog Kit always wanted! Ellie plans to make an amazing doghouse, but her plans grow so elaborate that she has to enlist help from the neighbor boys and crafty girls, even though the two groups don’t get along. Will Ellie be able to pull off her biggest project yet, all while keeping a secret from Kit?

Gone Camping Tamera Will Wissinger
Illustrated by Matthew Cordell Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-0544638730 (HB) Copyright 3/28/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.00

Hiking in the great outdoors, catching fish, watching the stars come out at night—camping is fun. Until it’s time to sleep. Then, Lucy wonders, what kinds of creatures lurk in the dark? With only her brother and grandpa as tent-mates, will Lucy be able to face her camping fears?

The Hiding Game Gwen Strauss 2019-2020
Crown
Illustrated by Herb Leonhard Publisher Pelican Publishing Company, Inc. ISBN# 978-1455622658 (HB) Copyright 2/8/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

At their new home in the Villa Air-Bel, Aube and her family are used to things being hidden. Among the secrets kept at the château are a radio, a cow, and—most secret of all—Aube herself. Even with the threat of Nazi capture looming over their heads, life at the villa has been colorful for the refugees awaiting their escape to safety. Joined by writers, musicians, artists, and great thinkers like Marc Chagall and Max Ernst, Aube spends each day singing, playing games, and creating art. Together, this lively congregation are able to fight back fear and hatred with bravery and laughter—not just for young Aube, but for themselves as well.

How Oscar Indigo Broke the Universe David Teague 2019-2020
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Illustrated by Publisher HarperCollins ISBN# 978-0062377494 (HB) Copyright 11/7/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.90

Oscar Indigo has never been good at baseball, so naturally he’s nervous when he has to fill in for his team’s injured All-Star, Lourdes. Luckily, Oscar has a mysterious gold watch that can stop time, which he uses to fake a game-winning home run. Now Oscar’s the underdog hero of his town and even Lourdes wants to be his friend.

I Can Only Imagine Bart Millard
Illustrated by Sumiti Collina Publisher Thomas Nelson ISBN# 978-1400321339 (HB) Copyright 7/3/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

I Can Only Imagine asks questions a child might ask and invites families to wonder together: What is heaven like? What does God do? What would it be like to spend a day with Jesus? Children will see that although experiencing the glory of heaven may be far off, we can enjoy a friendship with Jesus every day - right here on earth. Whimsical, playful illustrations and thought-provoking questions make this a book that families will cherish.

I Love You, Michael Collins Lauren Baratz-Logsted 2019-2020
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux ISBN# 978-0374303853 (HB) Copyright 6/20/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.10

It’s 1969 and the country is gearing up for what looks to be the most exciting moment in U.S. history: men landing on the moon. Ten-year-old Mamie’s class is given an assignment to write letters to the astronauts. All the girls write to Neil Armstrong (“So cute!”) and all the boys write to Buzz Aldrin (“So cool!”). Only Mamie writes to Michael Collins, the astronaut who will come so close but never achieve everyone else’s dream of walking on the moon, because he is the one who must stay with the ship. After school ends, Mamie keeps writing to Michael Collins, taking comfort in telling someone about what’s going on with her family as, one by one, they leave the house thinking that someone else is taking care of her―until she is all alone except for her cat and her best friend, Buster. And as the date of the launch nears, Mamie can’t help but wonder: Does no one stay with the ship anymore?

In Over Their Heads Margaret Peterson Haddix 2019-2020
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Illustrated by Publisher Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-1481417617 (HB) Copyright 4/11/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.30

In Under Their Skin, twins Nick and Eryn successfully met their new stepsiblings, Ava and Jackson. But in doing so, the twins found themselves on a mission to discover how to prevent humanity from facing certain doom.

John Ronald’s Dragons Caroline McAlister
Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler Publisher Roaring Brook Press ISBN# 978-1626720923 (HB) Copyright 3/21/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.00

John Ronald loved dragons. He liked to imagine dragons when he was alone, and with his friends, and especially when life got hard or sad. After his mother died and he had to live with a cold-hearted aunt, he looked for dragons. He searched for them at his boarding school. And when he fought in a Great War, he felt as if terrible, destructive dragons were everywhere. But he never actually found one, until one day, when he was a grown man but still very much a boy at heart, when he decided to create one of his own.

Malala’s Magic Pencil Malala Yousafzai
Illustrated by Kerascoët Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-0316319577 (HB) Copyright 10/17/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.60

As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.

Moto and Me: My Year as a Wildcat’s Foster Mom Suzi Eszterhas 2019-2020
Crown
Illustrated by Suzi Eszterhas Publisher Owlkids ISBN# 978-1771472425 (HB) Copyright 4/11/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.30

Moto and Me tells the remarkable firsthand story of wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas’s care for an orphaned baby serval—a small, spotted wildcat—in Kenya. When a grass fire separates the serval from his family, a ranger asks Suzi, who is living in a bush camp and is skilled with animals, to be the serval’s foster mom.

Not So Different Shane Burcaw
Illustrated by Matt Carr Publisher Roaring Brook Press ISBN# 978-1626727717 (HB) Copyright 11/7/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.10

Shane Burcaw was born with a rare disease called spinal muscular atrophy, which hinders his muscles’ growth. As a result, his body hasn’t grown bigger and stronger as he’s gotten older―it’s gotten smaller and weaker instead. This hasn’t stopped him from doing the things he enjoys (like eating pizza and playing sports and video games) with the people he loves, but it does mean that he routinely relies on his friends and family for help with everything from brushing his teeth to rolling over in bed.

Orphan Train Girl Christina Baker Kline 2019-2020
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Illustrated by Publisher HarperCollins; Young Readers' ed. edition ISBN# 978-0062445940 (HB) Copyright 5/2/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.50

Molly Ayer has been in foster care since she was eight years old. Most of the time, Molly knows it’s her attitude that’s the problem, but after being shipped from one family to another, she’s had her fair share of adults treating her like an inconvenience. So when Molly’s forced to help a wealthy elderly woman clean out her attic for community service, Molly is wary. But from the moment they meet, Molly realizes that Vivian isn’t like any of the adults she’s encountered before. Vivian asks Molly questions about her life and actually listens to the answers.

Resistance Jennifer A. Nielsen 2019-2020
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Illustrated by Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN# 978-1338148473 (HB) Copyright 8/28/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.80

Chaya Lindner is a teenager living in Nazi-occupied Poland. Simply being Jewish places her in danger of being killed or sent to the camps. After her little sister is taken away, her younger brother disappears, and her parents all but give up hope, Chaya is determined to make a difference. Using forged papers and her fair features, Chaya becomes a courier and travels between the Jewish ghettos of Poland, smuggling food, papers, and even people. Soon Chaya joins a resistance cell that runs raids on the Nazis’ supplies. But after a mission goes terribly wrong, Chaya’s network shatters. She is alone and unsure of where to go, until Esther, a member of her cell, finds her and delivers a message that chills Chaya to her core, and sends her on a journey toward an even larger uprising in the works—in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Run with Me: The Story of a U.S. Olympic Champion Sanya Richards-Ross 2019-2020
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Illustrated by Publisher Zondervan ISBN# 978-0310761211 (HB) Copyright 6/6/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

From her early days running in Jamaica to her final race, Sanya shares the importance of determination, courage and faith. She uses the 4 Ps—push, pace, position and poise—a model created by her coach, Clyde Hart, to approach and tackle every obstacle. In her book, Sanya reveals how these strategies have helped her and will help kids learn how to run their best race in life. Run with Me is Sanya’s story—her wins and her losses—chronicling her unique triumphs and trials with fame, family and faith. Written purposely for the 8-12 audience, this book will inspire kids to pursue their dreams at full speed.

Running on Empty S.E. Durrant 2019-2020
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Illustrated by Publisher Holiday House ISBN# 978-0823438402 (HB) Copyright 11/18/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

CJ is a runner—and when he’s running, he’s fast, free, and flying. It was Grandad who taught him to run, and who did a lot more, besides. Grandad always made sure things were in order around CJ’s house, because his parents could not. CJ’s parents are different, and because they do not have the tools to cope with certain elements of everyday life, it was Grandad who reviewed the water bill, saw to it that the electricity meter had funds, and kept everything else shipshape. But now, with Grandad’s sudden passing and Aunt Joan about to have a baby, CJ knows it’s up to him to make sure Mum and Dad are okay and to keep the household going. It would be a hard job for any adult, but for a kid who’s also starting middle-school and trying to impress the gruff track coach . . . is staying afloat even possible?

See You on a Starry Night Lisa Schroeder 2019-2020
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Illustrated by Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN# 978-1338195743 (HB) Copyright 6/26/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.80

Juliet has just moved to a beachside town with her newly separated mother and her moody older sister. When she meets their new neighbor, Emma, the girls form an instant bond. Emma’s big family takes Juliet in, and the girls have fun together—starting with the night they throw bottles with secret messages into the sea.

This is How We Do It Matt Lamothe
Illustrated by Publisher Chronicle Books ISBN# 978-1452150185 (HB) Copyright 5/2/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

In Japan, Kei plays Freeze Tag, while in Uganda, Daphine likes to jump rope. While the way they play may differ, the shared rhythm of their days—and this one world we all share—unites them.

This is the Day! Amy Parker
Illustrated by Leeza Hernandez Publisher Little Shepherd ISBN# 978-1338047035 (HB) Copyright 3/27/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

Every day is a day to celebrate and find hope in this colorful, creative storybook inspired by Psalm 118:24. With joyous rhymes and colorful illustrations of all kinds of children, find the beauty and wonder of every moment of the day—and learn that you can make the world even more glorious, too!

The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library Linda Bailey 2019-2020
Crown
Illustrated by Victoria Jamieson Publisher Greenwillow Books ISBN# 978-0062440938 (HB) Copyright 6/20/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.70

Eddie is a tiny green bug who loves to read and who lives behind the chalkboard in the fourth-grade classroom with his parents, his 53 brothers and sisters, and his aunt Min. But when Aunt Min goes to the school library to read a book and never returns, Eddie leaves the comfort of his home for the first time and makes the dangerous trek through Ferny Creek Elementary School to find her. After dodging running sneakers, falling books, and terrifying spiders, Eddie reaches the library, where he discovers Aunt Min stuck in a perilous situation! To top it all off, there’s a substitute librarian who aims to close the library for good and get rid of all the books!

Trouble at School for Marvin & James Elise Broach
Illustrated by Kelly Murphy Publisher Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) ISBN# 978-1627793186 (HB) Copyright 4/11/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.40

Marvin the beetle is off to school with James for the very first time! Everything runs smoothly on this big adventure until the bell rings after lunch and Marvin gets separated from James. In fact, he gets accidentally thrown away! Will Marvin make it back home to his family? How will James find him?

The Unicorn Quest Kamilla Benko 2019-2020
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Illustrated by Publisher Bloomsbury USA Childrens ISBN# 978-1681192451 (HB) Copyright 1/30/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.40

Claire Martinson still worries about her older sister Sophie, who battled a mysterious illness last year. But things are back to normal as they move into Windermere Manor . . . until the sisters climb a strange ladder in a fireplace and enter the magical land of Arden. There, they find a world in turmoil. The four guilds of magic no longer trust each other, the beloved unicorns have disappeared, and terrible wraiths roam freely. Scared, the girls return home. But when Sophie vanishes in the night, it will take all of Claire’s courage to climb back up the ladder, find her sister, and uncover the unicorns’ greatest secret.

The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City Jodi Kendall 2019-2020
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Illustrated by Pascal Campion Publisher HarperCollins ISBN# 978-0062484536 (HB) Copyright 10/3/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.80

Josie Shilling’s family is too big, their cramped city house is too small, and she feels like no one’s ever on her side. Then, on Thanksgiving Day, her older brother, Tom, brings home a pink, squirmy bundle wrapped in an old football jersey—a piglet he rescued from a nearby farm. Her name is Hamlet.

Unstoppable: True Stories of Amazing Bionic Animals Nancy Furtsinger 2019-2020
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Illustrated by Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-0544879669 (HB) Copyright 10/10/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 7.70

Nancy Furstinger profiles Chris P. Bacon and many other animals in Unstoppable—all of whom are making their way around with the help of prosthetics, braces, orthotics and wheelchairs! Readers will meet the caretakers, prosthetists, vets, and loving families that help to make recovery possible. Furstinger offers a glimpse into the cutting-edge technologies, such as 3D printing and brain-controlled prosthetics, that are helping to improve the lives of animals and humans alike.

Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge Kristin L. Gray 2019-2020
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books ISBN# 978-1481458429 (HB) Copyright 3/7/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.30

Being responsible is NOT easy. Fourth grader Vilonia hasn’t lost her rain coat in the three weeks she’s had it and she’s brushed her teeth every night andshe’s volunteered to be the Friday Library Helper. But all that hard work is worth it if it means she can get a dog. Besides, this dog isn’t just because Vilonia has wanted one for pretty much ever. It’s also to help Mama, who’s been lost in one, big sadness fog for forty-three days—ever since Nana died. But Vilonia read that pets can help with sadness. Now all she has to do is keep the library goldfish alive over spring break, stop bringing stray animals home, and help Mama not get fired from her job. And she’s got to do all of it before the Catfish Festival. Easy as pie, right?

When the Cousins Came Katie Yamasaki
Illustrated by Publisher Holiday House ISBN# 978-0823434572 (HB) Copyright 7/3/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

Lila is excited for her cousins Takeo and Rosie to visit. They’re going to ride bikes, paint, and camp together! But when the cousins arrive, everything’s wrong: Rosie and Takeo are better painters than Lila, have skateboards instead of bikes, and don’t want to camp outside. Lila is terribly disappointed until the cousins make her a surprise: a big banner for their “best cousin” Lila!

Wishtree Katherine Applegate 2019-2020
Crown
Illustrated by Charles Santoso Publisher Feiwel & Friends; First Edition edition ISBN# 978-1250043221 (HB) Copyright 11/26/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.20

Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood “wishtree”―people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red’s hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red’s experience as a wishtree is more important than ever.

Zack and the Turkey Attack Phyllis Reynolds Naylor 2019-2020
Crown
Illustrated by Vivienne Publisher Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books ISBN# 978-1481437790 (HB) Copyright 10/3/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.90

Zack has a problem. A turkey problem. A TOM turkey to be exact. Every weekend Zack goes to his grandparents’ farm with his father. As soon as he and his dad pull up in the truck, that ol’ Tom turkey’s right there, waiting, ready to peck, peck, peck at Zack’s legs. Now, Zack isn’t usually a scaredy-cat but this is different. The bird is flat out mean, and has clearly got it out for Zack.

Ashes Laurie Halse Anderson 2018-2019
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Illustrated by Publisher Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books ISBN# 978-1416961468 (HB) Copyright 10/3/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.60

As the Revolutionary War rages on, Isabel and Curzon have narrowly escaped Valley Forge, but their relief is short-lived. Before long they are reported as runaways, and the awful Bellingham is determined to track them down. With purpose and faith, Isabel and Curzon march on, fiercely determined to find Isabel’s little sister Ruth, who is enslaved in a Southern state where bounty hunters are thick as flies.

Be a Friend Salina Yoon
Illustrated by Publisher Bloomsbury USA Childrens ISBN# 978-1619639515 (HB) Copyright 1/4/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 1.90

Dennis is an ordinary boy who expresses himself in extraordinary ways. Some children do show-and-tell. Dennis mimes his. Some children climb trees. Dennis is happy to BE a tree . . . But being a mime can be lonely. It isn’t until Dennis meets a girl named Joy that he discovers the power of friendship—and how special he truly is! At its core, this book is a heartwarming story of self-acceptance, courage, and unbreakable friendship for anyone who has ever felt ‘different.’

Before She Was Harriet Lesa Cline-Ransome
Illustrated by James E.Ransome Publisher Holiday House ISBN# 978-0823420476 (HB) Copyright 11/6/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.50

We know her today as Harriet Tubman, but in her lifetime she was called by many names. As General Tubman she was a Union spy. As Moses she led hundreds to freedom on the Underground Railroad. As Minty she was a slave whose spirit could not be broken. An evocative poem and opulent watercolors come together to honor a woman of humble origins whose courage and compassion make her larger than life.

Beyond the Bright Sea Lauren Wolk 2018-2019
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Illustrated by Publisher Dutton Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-1101994856 (HB) Copyright 5/1/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.80

Twelve-year-old Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. Abandoned and set adrift in a small boat when she was just hours old, Crow’s only companions are Osh, the man who rescued and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their fierce and affectionate neighbor across the sandbar. Crow has always been curious about the world around her, but it isn’t until the night a mysterious fire appears across the water that the unspoken question of her own history forms in her heart. Soon, an unstoppable chain of events is triggered, leading Crow down a path of discovery and danger.

Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion Chris Barton 2018-2019
Crown
Illustrated by Victo Ngai Publisher Millbrook Press ISBN# 978-1512410143 (HB) Copyright 8/31/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 6.10

During World War I, British and American ships were painted with bold colors and crazy patterns from bow to stern. Why would anyone put such eye-catching designs on ships? Desperate to protect ships from German torpedo attacks, British lieutenant-commander Norman Wilkinson proposed what became known as dazzle. These stunning patterns and colors were meant to confuse the enemy about a ship’s speed and direction. By the end of the war, more than four thousand ships had been painted with these mesmerizing designs.

Elsie Mae Has Something to Say Nancy Cavanaugh 2018-2019
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Sourcebooks Jabberwocky ISBN# 978-1492640226 (HB) Copyright 9/4/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

Elsie Mae is pretty sure this’ll be the best summer ever. She gets to explore the cool, quiet waters of the Okefenokee Swamp around her grandparents’ house with her new dog, Huck, and she’s written a letter to President Roosevelt that she’s confident will save the swamp from a shipping company and make her a major hometown hero. Then, news reaches Elsie Mae of some hog bandits stealing from swamper families, and she sees another opportunity to make her family proud while waiting to hear back from the White House. But when her cousin Henry James, who dreams of one day becoming a traveling preacher like his daddy, shows up and just about ruins her investigation with his ‘Hallelujahs,’ Elsie Mae will learn the hard way what it really means to be a hero.

Genevieve’s War Patricia Reilly Giff 2018-2019
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Illustrated by Becca Stadtlander Publisher Holiday House ISBN# 978-0823438006 (HB) Copyright 3/29/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.00

Thirteen-year-old American girl Genevieve has spent the summer of 1939 at her grandmother’s farm in Alsace, France. Then she makes an impulsive choice: to stay in France. It proves to be a dangerous decision. World War II erupts. The Nazis conquer Alsace and deport the Jews and others. A frightening German officer commandeers a room in Meme’s farmhouse. And when Gen’s friend Remi commits an act of sabotage, Gen is forced to hide him in the attic right above the Nazi officer’s head. Genevieve’s War is a gripping story that brings the war in occupied France vividly to life. It is a companion work to Lily’s Crossing, a Newbery Honor Book.

Hidden Figures: Young Readers’ Edition Margot Lee Shetterly 2018-2019
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Illustrated by Publisher HarperCollins ISBN# 978-0062662385 (HB) Copyright 11/28/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 8.20

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as ‘human computers’ used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. It is the powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program.

Hippopotamister John Patrick Green
Illustrated by John Patrick Green, with color by Cat Caro Publisher First Second ISBN# 978-1626722002 (HB) Copyright 5/9/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 2.80

The zoo isn’t what it used to be. It’s run down, and Hippo hardly ever gets any visitors. So he decides to set off for the outside with his friend Red Panda. To make it in the human world, Hippo will have to become a Hippopotamister: he’ll have to act like a human, get a job, and wear a hat as a disguise. He’s a good employee, whether he’s a construction worker, a hair stylist, or a sous chef. But what he really needs is a job where he can be himself.

Litte Ree Ree Drummond
Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers Publisher HarperCollins ISBN# 978-0062453181 (HB) Copyright 3/27/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 2.40

Little Ree trades in her city days for a country way of life when she moves with her family to her grandparents’ ranch. She’s excited to ride horses, swim in the pond, and help Grandma cook for everyone. But on her first day, she finds that living on a ranch can be tough.

Moo Sharon Creech 2018-2019
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher HarperCollins ISBN# 978-0062415240 (HB) Copyright 8/29/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.40

When Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents first move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches, blueberries, and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents ‘volunteer’ Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna and that stubborn cow, Zora.

Nick Newton is Not a Genius S.E.M. Ishida 2018-2019
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher JourneyForth ISBN# 978-1628562354 (PB) Copyright 10/18/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

Nick Newton is not a Genius. He’s just a merely average boy from the country of Thauma. He may not be brilliant like his mom and dad or a child prodigy like his sister, but he won’t let that stop him from uncovering the mysteries of a clockwork factory or revealing a war hero’s greatest secret. With help from two new friends and his butler named Jude, Nick embarks on an adventure that will change his life forever.

Once Was a Time Leila Sales 2018-2019
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Illustrated by Publisher Chronicle Books ISBN# 978-1452140094 (HB) Copyright 5/4/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.10

In the war-ravaged England of 1940, Charlotte Bromley is sure of only one thing: Kitty McLaughlin is her best friend in the whole world. But when Charlotte’s scientist father makes an astonishing discovery that the Germans will covet for themselves, Charlotte is faced with an impossible choice between danger and safety. Should she remain with her friend or journey to another time and place? Her split-second decision has huge consequences, and when she finds herself alone in the world, unsure of Kitty’s fate, she knows that somehow, some way, she must find her way back to her friend. Written in the spirit of classic time-travel tales, this book is an imaginative and heartfelt tribute to the unbreakable ties of friendship.

Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood Liesl Shurtliff 2018-2019
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Illustrated by Publisher Knopf Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-0385755832 (HB) Copyright 4/11/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.30

Red is not afraid of the big bad wolf. She’s not afraid of anything . . . except magic. But when Red’s granny falls ill, it seems that only magic can save her, and fearless Red is forced to confront her one weakness.

Save Me a Seat Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan 2018-2019
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN# 978-0545846608 (HB) Copyright 5/9/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.80

Joe and Ravi might be from very different places, but they’re both stuck in the same place: SCHOOL. Joe’s lived in the same town all his life, and was doing just fine until his best friends moved away and left him on his own. Ravi’s family just moved to America from India, and he’s finding it pretty hard to figure out where he fits in. Joe and Ravi don’t think they have anything in common—but soon enough they have a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and a common mission: to take control of their lives over the course of a single crazy week.

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Steve Sheinkin 2018-2019
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Illustrated by Publisher Roaring Brook Press ISBN# 978-1596439542 (HB) Copyright 1/16/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 6.80

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team is an astonishing underdog sports story and more. It’s an unflinching look at the U.S. government’s violent persecution of Native Americans and the school that was designed to erase Indian cultures. Expertly told by three-time National Book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin, it’s the story of a group of young men who came together at that school, the overwhelming obstacles they faced both on and off the field, and their absolute refusal to accept defeat.

We’re All Wonders R.J. Palacio
Illustrated by Publisher Knopf Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-1524766498 (HB) Copyright 3/27/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 1.50

We’re All Wonders may be Auggie’s story, but it taps into every child’s longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. It’s the perfect way for families and educators to talk about empathy and kindness with young children.

What Do You Do With a Problem? Kobi Yamada
Illustrated by Mae Besom Publisher Copendium, Inc ISBN# 978-1943200009 (HB) Copyright 6/30/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 2.20

This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn’t so sure what to make of it. The longer the problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get. But when the child finally musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be something quite different than it appeared.

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons Julie Fogliano 2018-2019
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Illustrated by Julie Morstad Publisher Roaring Brook Press ISBN# 978-1596438521 (HB) Copyright 2/29/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.90

Flowers blooming in sheets of snow make way for happy frogs dancing in the rain. Summer swims move over for autumn sweaters until the snow comes back again. In Julie Fogliano’s skilled hand and illustrated by Julie Morstad’s charming pictures, the seasons come to life in this gorgeous and comprehensive book of poetry.

Zoe in Wonderland Brenda Woods 2018-2019
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Illustrated by Publisher Nancy Paulsen Books ISBN# 978-0399170973 (HB) Copyright 8/15/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.50

Zoe Reindeer considers herself ‘just Zoe’ never measuring up to her too-perfect older sister or her smarty-pants little brother. Truthfully, though, she’d rather just blend in with the plants at the family business, Doc Reindeer’s Exotic Plant Wonderland. She does have one friend, Q, and he’s the best one ever, but he’s moving away, leaving Zoe to fend for herself, and she doesn’t know what she’ll do without him. That is until a tall astronomer from Madagascar comes to the nursery looking for a Baobab tree. His visit starts a ball rolling that makes Zoe long for real adventures, not just imaginary ones, and shows her that perhaps her first real adventure is finally beginning.

Child of Books Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston
Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston Publisher Candlewick ISBN# 978-0763690779 (HB) Copyright 9/5/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

A little girl sails her raft across a sea of words, arriving at the house of a small boy and calling him away on an adventure. Through forests of fairy tales and across mountains of make-believe, the two travel together on a fantastical journey that unlocks the boy’s imagination. Now a lifetime of magic and adventure lies ahead of him . . . but who will be next?

Green Colt S.J. Dahlstrom 2018-2019
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Illustrated by Publisher Paul Dry Books ISBN# 978-1589881143 (PB) Copyright 10/31/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

In this fourth book of the series, Wilder is back at his grandfather’s ranch in West Texas. Papa Milam gives him an unexpected gift―his very own ‘green’ colt to break. Wilder is excited to begin, but he quickly realizes that even getting near the colt is much harder than he expected. So Papa hires Tequito, a Mexican vaquero, to help. Tequito doesn’t speak much English, and at first Wilder is intimidated. But the vaquero is both gentle and firm with the colt, and soon they’re making good progress. Wilder sees how skilled Tequito is with horses, and learns that American cowboying has its roots in a much older Mexican tradition.

Hero Two Doors Down Sharon Robinson 2018-2019
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Illustrated by Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN# 978-0545804516 (HB) Copyright 1/25/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.30

Stephen Satlow is an eight-year-old boy living in Brooklyn, New York, which means he only cares about one thing-the Dodgers. Steve and his father spend hours reading the sports pages and listening to games on the radio. Aside from an occasional run-in with his teacher, life is pretty simple for Steve. But then Steve hears a rumor that an African American family is moving to his all-Jewish neighborhood. It’s 1948 and some of his neighbors are against it. Steve knows this is wrong. His hero, Jackie Robinson, broke the color barrier in baseball the year before.

Lion Inside Rachel Bright
Illustrated by Jim Field Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN# 978-0545873505 (HB) Copyright 5/30/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.10

A mouse feels small and insecure and determines that what he needs to do is learn how to roar like a lion. He knows he has to act brave when he approaches a lion to learn how. In a hilarious turn of events, the lion is afraid of mice! The mouse comforts the lion, they become friends, and we learn that there’s a lion and a mouse inside all of us.

Marvelous Mud House April Graney
Illustrated by Alida Massari Publisher B & H Kids ISBN# 978-1462740994 (HB) Copyright 9/30/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

Ben and his American family live in a hungry ranch house where they are always wanting more. But then they travel far across the world to Kenya and visit the marvelous mud house where George and Mama George live. There, among the mango trees, they discover a marvelous lesson about what it’s like to be full of joy instead.

Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in the Game of Life Kwame Alexander 2018-2019
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Illustrated by Thai Neave Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-0544570979 (HB) Copyright 2/13/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

You gotta know the rules to play the game. Ball is life. Take it to the hoop. Soar. What can we imagine for our lives? What if we were the star players, moving and grooving through the game of life? What if we had our own rules of the game to help us get what we want, what we aspire to, what will enrich our lives? Illustrated with photographs by Thai Neave, The Playbook is intended to provide inspiration on the court of life. Each rule contains wisdom from inspiring athletes and role models such as Nelson Mandela, Serena Williams, LeBron James, Carli Lloyd, Steph Curry and Michelle Obama. Kwame Alexander also provides his own poetic and uplifting words, as he shares stories of overcoming obstacles and winning games in this motivational and inspirational book just right for graduates of any age and anyone needing a little encouragement.

Somewhat True Adventures of Sammy Shine Henry Cole 2018-2019
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Illustrated by Henry Cole Publisher Peachtree Publishers, Ltd ISBN# 978-1561458660 (HB) Copyright 3/31/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.10

When Sammy Shine’s plane takes off unexpectedly, he ends up in a whole new world; no longer does he live in comfort in his shoebox in Hank’s room. Now he’s lost in the woods, with no way to get home and a dangerous new enemy. Fortunately, a group of new friends, including a mouse, an injured crow, a newt, and a shrew, will help him find and repair his plane so he can try to get back home.

Unbreakable Code Jennifer Chambliss Bertman 2018-2019
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Illustrated by Publisher Henry Holt and Co. ISBN# 978-1627791168 (HB) Copyright 4/24/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.80

Mr. Quisling is definitely up to something mysterious, and Emily and James are on high alert. First, there’s the coded note he drops at a book event. Then, they uncover a trail of encrypted messages in Mark Twain-penned books hidden through Book Scavenger. What’s most suspicious is that each hidden book triggers an arson fire. As the sleuthing friends dig deeper, they discover Mr. Quisling has been hunting a legendary historical puzzle: the Unbreakable Code. This new mystery is irresistible, but Emily and James can’t ignore the signs that Mr. Quisling might be the arsonist.

Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling Timothy Basil Ering
Illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering Publisher Candlewick ISBN# 978-0763664329 (HB) Copyright 1/9/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.60

Captain Alfred is sailing home with new ducks for his farm when his little boat is caught in an unexpected and mighty storm. Everything aboard the ship is flung to the far reaches of the sea, including the very special and beautiful duck egg he had nestled safely inside his fiddle case. But perhaps all is not lost: the little duckling stumbles out of his shell and discovers Captain Alfred’s fiddle, floating not too far away in the waves. And when the duckling embraces the instrument with all his heart, what happens next is pure magic. Through an enchanting read-aloud text and beautiful artwork, award-winning author-illustrator Timothy Basil Ering shares a thrilling and fantastical story of a farmer, a gentle old lady, a dancing dog, and one brave, tiny duckling that will warm the heart.

Way Things Work Now David Macaulay 2018-2019
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Illustrated by Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-0544824386 (HB) Copyright 10/3/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

Explainer-in-Chief David Macaulay updates the worldwide bestseller The New Way Things Work to capture the latest developments in the technology that most impacts our lives. Famously packed with information on the inner workings of everything from windmills to Wi-Fi, this extraordinary and humorous book both guides readers through the fundamental principles of machines, and shows how the developments of the past are building the world of tomorrow. This sweepingly revised edition embraces all of the latest developments, from touchscreens to 3D printer. Each scientific principle is brilliantly explained—with the help of a charming, if rather slow-witted, woolly mammoth.

Adventures with Waffles Maria Parr 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Publisher Candlewick Press ISBN# 978-0763672812 (HB) Copyright 5/12/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.80

Hardly a day passes without Trille and Lena inventing some kind of adventure that often ends in trouble. Whether it’s coaxing a cow onto a boat or sledding down the steepest and iciest hill with a chicken, there is always a thrill and sometimes an injury to be had. Trille loves to share everything with Lena, even Auntie Granny’s waffles. But when Lena has to move away and Auntie Granny leaves the world, it sometimes seems like nothing will ever be right again. The warmth of friendship and the support of family suffuse this lightly illustrated novel, proving that when times are tough, a little taste of sweetness can make all the difference.

Angel Tree Daphne Benedis-Grab 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN# 978-0545613781 (HB) Copyright 9/30/2014 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.70

Every Christmas in the small town of Pine River, a tree appears in the town square—the Angel Tree. Some people tie wishes to the tree, while others make those wishes come true. Nobody’s ever known where the tree comes from, but the mystery has always been part of the tradition’s charm. This year, however, four kids who have been helped—Lucy, Joe, Max, and Cami—are determined to solve the mystery and find out the true identity of the town’s guardian angel, so that Pine River can finally thank the person who brought the Angel Tree to their town.

Another Day as Emily Eileen Spinelli 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff Publisher Knopf Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-0449809884 (PB) Copyright 5/13/2014 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.20

Eleven-year-old Suzy just can’t win. Her brother is a local hero for calling 911 after seeing their elderly neighbor collapse, and only her best friend was able to win a role in the play they both auditioned for. Feeling cast aside from all angles, Suzy sees a kindred spirit in Emily Dickinson, the subject of her summer project. Suzy decides to escape from her disappointments by emulating the poet’s life of solitude: no visitors or phone calls (only letters delivered through her window), no friends (except her goldfish, Ottilie), and no outings (except church, but only if she can wear her long white Emily dress). But being a recluse is harder than Suzy predicted. Will she find a way to fold Emily into her life while also remaining true to herself?

Curiosity Gary Blackwood 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Publisher Dial Books ISBN# 978-0803739246 (PB) Copyright 4/10/2014 Intl. Setting Reading Level 6.30

In 1835, when his father is put in debtors’ prison, 12-yr-old chess prodigy Rufus Goodspeed is relieved to be recruited to secretly operate a chess-playing automaton but soon questions his own safety.

Daniel Finds a Poem Micha Archer
Illustrated by Publisher Nancy Paulsen Books ISBN# 978-0399169137 (HB) Copyright 2/15/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 2.80

What is poetry? Is it glistening morning dew? Spider thinks so. Is it crisp leaves crunching? That’s what Squirrel says. Could it be a cool pond, sun-warmed sand, or moonlight on the grass? Maybe poetry is all of these things, as it is something special for everyone you just have to take the time to really look and listen. The magical thing is that poetry is in everyone, and Daniel is on his way to discovering a poem of his own after spending time with his animal friends. What is poetry? If you look and listen, it’s all around you!

Dash Kirby Larson 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Publisher Scholastic, Inc. ISBN# 978-0545416368 (PB) Copyright 5/10/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.90

Although Mitsi Kashino and her family are swept up in the wave of anti-Japanese sentiment following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mitsi never expects to lose her home—or her beloved dog, Dash. But, as World War II rages and people of Japanese descent are forced into incarceration camps, Mitsi is separated from Dash, her classmates, and life as she knows it. The camp is a crowded and unfamiliar place, whose dusty floors, seemingly endless lines, and barbed wire fences begin to unravel the strong Kashino family ties. With the help of a friendly neighbor back home, Mitsi remains connected to Dash in spite of the hard times, holding on to the hope that the war will end soon and life will return to normal. Though they’ve lost their home, will the Kashino family also lose their sense of family? And will Mitsi and Dash ever be reunited?

Diana’s White House Garden Elisa Carbone
Illustrated by Jen Hill Publisher Viking Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-0670016495 (HB) Copyright 5/3/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.60

Diana Hopkins lived in a white house. THE White House. World War II is in full force across the seas. It’s 1943, President Roosevelt is in office, and Diana’s father, Harry Hopkins, is his chief advisor. And Diana wants to be part of the war effort. After some well-intentioned missteps (her quarantine sign on her father’s office door was not well-received), the President requests her help with his newest plan for the country’s survival: Victory Gardens! From award-winning author Elisa Carbone comes the true story of how Diana Hopkins started her own Victory Garden on the White House lawn under the tutelage of Eleanor Roosevelt. With dedication and patience, she showed the nation that the war effort started first on the homefront.

Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah Laurie Ann Thompson 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Sean Qualls Publisher Schwartz & Wade ISBN# 978-0449817452 (HB) Copyright 1/5/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.40

Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was dismissed by most people—but not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams. As a boy, Emmanuel hopped to school more than two miles each way, learned to play soccer, left home at age thirteen to provide for his family, and, eventually, became a cyclist. He rode an astonishing four hundred miles across Ghana in 2001, spreading his powerful message: disability is not inability. Today, Emmanuel continues to work on behalf of the disabled.

Enormous Smallness: The Story of E.E. Cummings Matthew Burgess 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo Publisher Enchanted Lion Books ISBN# 978-1592701711 (HB) Copyright 4/7/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.20

This introduction to the life and work of the twentieth-century American writer highlights key moments in his creative development, shares insights about his beliefs, and introduces some of his signature poems.

Fish in a Tree Lynda Mullaly Hunt 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Publisher Nancy Paulsen Books ISBN# 978-0399162596 (HB) Copyright 2/4/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.70

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her and to everyone than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.

Flags Over America: A Star-Spangled Story Cheryl Harness 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Publisher Albert Whitman & Company ISBN# 978-0807524701 (HB) Copyright 9/1/2014 Intl. Setting Reading Level 6.60

This history-of-flags picture book focuses on the United States’s revolutionary beginnings, from liberty poles to the legendary “Star-Spangled Banner” that flew over Fort McHenry in 1814.

Fleabrain Loves Franny Joanne Rocklin 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Publisher Harry N. Abrams ISBN# 978-1419716768 (PB) Copyright 8/11/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.30

Franny Katzenback, while recovering from polio, reads and falls in love with the brand-new book Charlotte’s Web. Bored and lonely and yearning for a Charlotte of her own, Franny starts up a correspondence with an eloquent flea named Fleabrain who lives on her dog’s tail. While Franny struggles with physical therapy and feeling left out of her formerly active neighborhood life, Fleabrain is there to take her on adventures based on his extensive reading.

Fur, Fins, and Feathers: Abraham Dee Bartlett and the Invention of the Modern Zoo Cassandre Maxwell 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Publisher Eerdmans Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-0802854322 (HB) Copyright 8/10/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.10

Abraham Dee Bartlett knew from a young age that he wanted to spend his life working with animals. But in Victorian London, there weren’t many jobs that provided an opportunity to do that. Still, Abraham spent years gaining knowledge and pursuing his dream until he eventually became superintendent in the London Zoo. Driven by his compassion for the animals, Abraham dramatically improved the conditions of the zoo to ensure that the animals could be happy and healthy.

Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse Tamera Will Wissinger
Illustrated by Matthew Cordell Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-0544439313 (PB) Copyright 3/24/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 2.60

Nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad. So when his pesky little sister, Lucy, horns in on their fishing trip, he’s none too pleased: “Where’s my stringer? / Something’s wrong! / The princess doll does not belong!” All ends well in this winsome book of poems—each labeled with its proper poetic form, from quatrain to tercet. Together the poems build a dawn-to-dusk story of a father-son bond, of sibling harmony lost and found—and most of all, of delicious anticipation. Charming line drawings animate the poetry with humor and drama, and the extensive Poet’s Tackle Box at the end makes this the perfect primer to hook aspiring poets of all ages.

Lenny & Lucy Philip C. Stead
Illustrated by Erin E. Stead Publisher Roaring Brook Press ISBN# 978-1596439320 (HB) Copyright 10/6/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.30

Peter and his father are moving to a new house beyond the dark unfriendly woods. When they arrive at their new home, Peter wants to turn back. Fortunately, he has Harold for company, but Harold is just a dog and can’t help Peter. Scared of the things hidden in the woods, Peter makes a tall pile of pillows. He stitches and sews. He pushes and pulls. And when he is done, he has Lenny, Guardian of the Bridge, to protect him and Harold. Lenny is a good guard but Peter worries that Lenny will get lonely out by the woods all by himself, so he makes Lucy, who is a good friend. Together, Lenny, Lucy, Peter, and Harold discover that this new place isn’t so scary after all.

Mark of the Thief Jennifer A. Nielsen 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Publisher Scholastic, Inc. ISBN# 978-0545561556 (PB) Copyright 12/28/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.20

When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing the lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds much more than gold and gemstones: He discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for the Gods—magic some Romans would kill for. Now, with the deadly power of the bulla pulsing through his veins, Nic is determined to become free. But instead, he finds himself at the center of a ruthless conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor War, a battle to destroy Rome from within. Traitors and spies lurk at every turn, each more desperate than the next to use Nic’s newfound powers for their own dark purposes. In a quest to stop the rebellion, save Rome, and secure his own freedom, Nic must harness the magic within himself and defeat the empire’s most powerful and savage leaders.

Nuts to You Lynne Rae Perkins 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Publisher Greenwillow Books ISBN# 978-0060092757 (PB) Copyright 8/26/2014 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.20

Jed, TsTs, and Chai are the very best of friends. So when Jed is snatched up by a hawk and carried away to another realm, TsTs and Chai resolve to go after him. Mysteriously, the hawk has dropped him. They saw it. Jed could be alive. New communities are discovered, new friends are made, huge danger is encountered (both man-made and of the fox and bobcat variety) and the mysteries of squirrel culture are revealed.

Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton Don Tate 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Publisher Peachtree Publishers ISBN# 978-1561458257 (HB) Copyright 9/1/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.50

In the nineteenth century, North Carolina slave George Moses Horton taught himself to read and earned money to purchase his time though not his freedom. Horton became the first African American to be published in the South, protesting slavery in the form of verse.

Spidermania: Friends on the Web Alexandra Siy 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Dennis Kunkel: Photographer Publisher Holiday House ISBN# 978-0823428717 (HB) Copyright 7/20/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 6.60

Debunking myths about spiders, this book takes an extremely close look at creatures that have both fascinated and terrified humans. An introduction explains what makes spiders unique. Then ten species are highlighted with incredible electron micrograph photographs and surprising facts. From diving bell spiders that live in bubbles underwater, to spitting spiders that shoot venomous wads of spit at their prey, to black widows and wolf spiders, this unusual book will intrigue readers and help dispel arachnophobia.

Such a Little Mouse Alice Schertle
Illustrated by Stephanie Yue Publisher Orchard Books ISBN# 978-0545649292 (HB) Copyright 3/31/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 2.70

In every season, a little mouse pops out of his hole in the meadow and explores his world, gathering the food and supplies he will need when winter comes.

Super Sniffers: Dog Detectives on the Job Dorothy Hinshaw Patent 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Publisher Bloomsbury USA Childrens ISBN# 978-0802736185 (HB) Copyright 9/2/2014 Intl. Setting Reading Level 7.00

A dog’s nose is 300 times more powerful than a human nose, so it’s no wonder that dogs use their incredibly advanced sense of smell to do some very important jobs. Dorothy Hinshaw Patent explores the various ways specific dogs have put their super sniffing ability to use: from bedbug sniffers to explosive detectors to life-saving allergy detectors . . . and more. This dynamic photo-essay includes first-hand accounts from the people who work closely with these amazing dogs.

This is the Earth Diane Z. Shore & Jessica Alexander
Illustrated by Wendell Minor Publisher HarperCollins ISBN# 978-0060555269 (HB) Copyright 2/22/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

This Is the Earth explores hundreds of years of changing landscapes and the positive and negative impacts humans have had on the environment. Even the smallest actions can help save the world, and this lyrical, rhyming read-aloud text shows how smart and simple everyday habits can protect the planet.

Tiger Boy Mitali Perkins 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Jamie Hogan Publisher Charlesbridge ISBN# 978-1580896603 (HB) Copyright 4/14/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.10

Passing exams will earn young Neel a much-coveted scholarship for a private boarding school in Kolkata, and the boy’s family has their dreams pinned on him, feeling that a good education will ensure him a better quality of life. But Neel is too attached to the “golpata branches swaying in the monsoon rains…the evening smell of jasmine flowers…mingling with green chilies and fresh ilish fish simmering in mustard-seed oil” to ever consider leaving his home. He studies only halfheartedly for his tests, incurring the wrath of his serious headmaster. When a female tiger cub escapes from a neighboring animal reserve, Neel is determined to find her before she’s snagged by greedy poachers led by Mr. Gupta, a corrupt local businessman. Gupta employs several of the villagers, including Neel’s father, tempting them with additional income if they assist in the illegal effort.

Two Friends Dean Robbins
Illustrated by Sean Qualls & Selina Alko Publisher Orchard Books ISBN# 978-0545399968 (HB) Copyright 1/4/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 2.50

Two friends, Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, get together for tea and conversation. They recount their similar stories fighting to win rights for women and African Americans. The premise of this particular exchange between the two is based on a statue in their hometown of Rochester, New York, which shows the two friends having tea.

Under Their Skin Margaret Peterson Haddix 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Publisher Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-1481418594 (PB) Copyright 1/9/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.40

Nick and Eryn’s mom is getting remarried, and the twelve-year-old twins are skeptical when she tells them their lives won’t change much. Well, yes, they will have to move. And they will have a new stepfather, stepbrother, and stepsister. But Mom tells them not to worry. They won’t ever have to meet their step siblings. This news puzzles Nick and Eryn, so the twins set out on a mission to find out who these kids are and why they’re being kept hidden.

Waiting Kevin Henkes
Illustrated by Publisher Greenwillow Books ISBN# 978-0062368447 (HB) Copyright 9/1/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 1.90

Five friends sit happily on a windowsill, waiting for something amazing to happen. The owl is waiting for the moon. The pig is waiting for the rain. The bear is waiting for the wind. The puppy is waiting for the snow. And the rabbit is just looking out the window because he likes to wait! What will happen? Will patience win in the end? Or someday will the friends stop waiting and do something unexpected?

Wilder and Sunny S.J. Dahlstrom 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Publisher Paul Dry Books ISBN# 978-1589881006 (PB) Copyright 6/23/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

In this third installment of “The Adventures of Wilder Good,” Wilder and his “secret” girlfriend, Sunny Parker, set out with Wilder’s mentor, Gale Loving, for a day of fly fishing on the Rio Grande. But in the Colorado wilderness an afternoon of fishing and fun can shift suddenly to a life-and-death challenge. When Gale is injured, Wilder and Sunny must take charge. Together, the two learn what it is to aid and protect a friend. With no one to turn to, they have to make their own decisions and rely on their own skills as darkness falls and they prepare to spend the night in the canyon tending to Gale.

Winter Sky Patricia Reilly Giff 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Publisher Wendy Lamb Books ISBN# 978-0375838927 (PB) Copyright 1/6/2014 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.80

Siria loves everyone at Pop’s firehouse. And she loves the stars in the winter sky. Her mother, who died, named her after Sirius—the Dog Star, brightest in January. But starry nights can fill with flames, and Siria sneaks out to chase the fire trucks. If she’s there, everyone will be safe. Still, Siria’s not brave like Pop. Her best friend Douglas used to chase with her, and it wasn’t so scary. But she did something wrong; they’re not friends now. This winter, Siria must learn to be brave. Because she’s got to fix things with Douglas; and when Pop is injured, she needs courage, and her friends, more than ever.

Case of the Vanishing Little Brown Bats Sandra Markle 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Publisher Millbrook Press ISBN# 978-1467714631 (HB) Copyright 8/1/2014 Intl. Setting Reading Level 6.30

Little brown bats do us a big favor. They eat huge numbers of insects! That helps limit the spread of diseases and the damage that insects do to farm crops. But in recent years, large populations of little brown bats have been dying off each winter. Is a virus killing them? Could climate change or pesticides be the cause? Or is it something else? Follow a team of dedicated scientists working to save the little brown bats in this real-life science mystery.

Dead Bird Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by Christian Robinson Publisher HarperCollins ISBN# 978-0060289317 (HB) Copyright 2/29/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.30

One day, the children find a bird lying on its side with its eyes closed and no heartbeat. They are very sorry, so they decide to say good-bye. In the park, they dig a hole for the bird and cover it with warm sweet-ferns and flowers. Finally, they sing sweet songs to send the little bird on its way.

Desperate Adventure of Zeno & Alya Jane Kelley 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Publisher Square FIsh ISBN# 978-1250062826 (PB) Copyright 7/14/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.80

An orphaned African grey parrot who can speak 127 words. A girl so sick, she has forgotten what it means to try. Fate––and a banana nut muffin––bring them together. Will their shared encounter help them journey through storms inside and out? Will they lose their way, or will they find what really matters?

Fine Dessert Emily Jenkins
Illustrated by Sophie Blackall Publisher Schwartz & Wade ISBN# 978-0375968327 (HB) Copyright 1/26/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.60

In 1710, a girl and her mother in Lyme, England, prepare a blackberry fool, picking wild blackberries and beating cream from their cow with a bundle of twigs. The same dessert is prepared by an enslaved girl and her mother in 1810 in Charleston, South Carolina; by a mother and daughter in 1910 in Boston; and finally by a boy and his father in present-day San Diego.

First Case Ulf Nilsson 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Gitte Spee Publisher Gecko Press ISBN# 978-1927271490 (HB) Copyright 2/28/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.00

Someone’s stealing nuts from the forest, and it’s up to Detective Gordon to catch the thief! Unfortunately, solving this crime means standing in the snow and waiting for a long time…. If only he had an assistant—someone small, fast, and clever―to help solve this terrible case. A brilliant detective story by one of Sweden’s top children’s writers and illustrated in full color throughout. A book to read alone or aloud!

Handful of Stars Cynthia Lord 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Publisher Scholastic, Inc. ISBN# 978-0545700276 (HB) Copyright 5/26/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.40

When Lily’s blind dog, Lucky, slips his collar and runs away across the wide-open blueberry barrens of eastern Maine, it’s Salma Santiago who manages to catch him. Salma, the daughter of migrant workers, is in the small town with her family for the blueberry-picking season. After their initial chance meeting, Salma and Lily bond over painting bee boxes for Lily’s grandfather, and Salma’s friendship transforms Lily’s summer. But when Salma decides to run in the upcoming Blueberry Queen pageant, they’ll have to face some tough truths about friendship and belonging. Should an outsider like Salma really participate in the pageant-and possibly win?

Horse Called Hero Sam Angus 2017-2018
Lamplighter
Illustrated by Publisher Square FIsh ISBN# 978-1250062833 (PB) Copyright 6/30/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.80

In 1940, as the war escalates and London becomes a target for German bombs, Dodo and Wolfie are evacuated to the country. After weeks of homesick loneliness, they come across an orphaned foal and name him Hero for surviving against the odds.

House That Jane Built: A Story about Jane Addams Tanya Lee Stone 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Kathryn Brown Publisher Henry Holt and Co. ISBN# 978-0805090499 (HB) Copyright 6/23/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.50

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.

Island of Dr. Libris Chris Grabenstein 2017-2018
Lamplighter
Illustrated by Publisher Yearling ISBN# 978-0385388450 (PB) Copyright 4/5/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.30

What if your favorite characters came to life? Billy’s spending the summer in a lakeside cabin that belongs to the mysterious Dr. Libris. But something strange is going on. Besides the security cameras everywhere, there’s Dr. Libris’s private bookcase. Whenever Billy opens the books inside, he can hear sounds coming from the island in the middle of the lake. The clash of swords. The twang of arrows. Sometimes he can even feel the ground shaking. It’s almost as if the stories he’s reading are coming to life! But that’s impossible . . . isn’t it?

Lion Who Stole My Arm Nicola Davies 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Annabel Wright Publisher Candlewick Press ISBN# 978-0763666200 (HB) Copyright 2/24/2014 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.40

Zoologist Nicola Davies presents an illustrated novel for young readers that proves you don’t need two arms to be strong. Pedru has always wanted to be a great hunter like his father, but after a lion takes his arm, he worries that he’ll always be the crippled boy instead. Pedru longs to kill the lion that mauled him and strengthens himself to be ready for the hunt. But when the opportunity arises, will Pedru have the strength to turn his back on revenge? Zoologist Nicola Davies perfectly merges a heart-pounding adventure with an important message about conservation, and Annabel Wright’s gorgeous black-and-white illustrations bring Pedru’s story to life.

Red Bicycle: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Bicycle Jude Isabella 2017-2018
Crown
Illustrated by Simone Shin Publisher Kids Can Press ISBN# 978-1771380232 (HB) Copyright 2/28/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.00

In this unique nonfiction picture book, the main character is a bicycle that starts its life like so many bicycles in North America, being owned and ridden by a young boy. The boy, Leo, treasures his bicycle so much he gives it a name—- Big Red. But eventually Leo outgrows Big Red, and this is where the bicycle’s story takes a turn from the everyday, because Leo decides to donate it to an organization that ships bicycles to Africa. Big Red is sent to Burkina Faso, in West Africa, where it finds a home with Alisetta, who uses it to gain quicker access to her family’s sorghum field and to the market. Then, over time, it finds its way to a young woman named Haridata, who has a new purpose for the bicycle—- renamed Le Grand Rouge—- delivering medications and bringing sick people to the hospital.

Way to Stay in Destiny Augusta Scattergood 2017-2018
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN# 978-0545538251 (PB) Copyright 5/10/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.10

When Theo gets off a bus in Destiny, Florida, he’s left behind the only life he’s ever known. Now he’s got to live with Uncle Raymond, a Vietnam War vet and a loner who wants nothing to do with this long-lost nephew. Thank goodness for Miss Sister Grandersole’s Rooming House and Dance School. The piano that sits in Miss Sister’s dance hall calls to Theo. He can’t wait to play those ivory keys. When Anabel arrives things get even more enticing. This feisty girl, a baseball fanatic, invites Theo on her quest to uncover the town’s connection to old-time ball players rumored to have lived there years before. A mystery, an adventure, and a musical exploration unfold as this town called Destiny lives up to its Name.