2018-2019 Book List

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.