2018-2019 Crown Book List

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.