2020-2021 Lamplighter Book List

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Courageous: A Novel of Dunkirk Yona Zeldis McDonough 2020-2021
Illustrated by Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN# 978-1338226850 (HB) Copyright 11/27/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.10

Aiden has been afraid of the ocean since his brother’s ship was sunk by the Germans. Then the call comes in: British forces are stranded at Dunkirk, and they need help from civilian boats.

A Ray of Light Walter Wick 2020-2021
Illustrated by Walter Wick Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN# 978-0439165877 (HB) Copyright 2/26/2019 Intl. Setting Reading Level 6.90

The wonder of light has fascinated readers for ages. Walter Wick’s mesmerizing photographs paired with simple yet fascinating text and scientific observations help readers understand the secrets and complexity of light.

An Invisible Thread Young Readers Edition Laura Schroff, Alex Tresniowski 2020-2021
Illustrated by Publisher Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-1534437272 (HB) Copyright 5/7/2019 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.20

On one rainy afternoon, on a crowded New York City street corner, eleven-year-old Maurice met Laura. Maurice asked Laura for spare change because he was hungry, and something made Laura stop and ask Maurice if she could take him to lunch. Maurice and Laura went to lunch together, and also bought ice cream cones and played video games. It was the beginning of an unlikely and magical friendship that changed both of their lives forever.

Library on Wheels Sharlee Glenn 2020-2021
Illustrated by Publisher Harry N. Abrams ISBN# 978-1419728754 (HB) Copyright 4/10/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 6.30

Mary Lemist Titcomb (1852–1932) was always looking for ways to improve her library. As librarian at the Washington County Free Library in Maryland, Titcomb was concerned that the library was not reaching all the people it could. She was determined that everyone should have access to the library—not just adults and those who lived in town. Realizing its limitations and inability to reach the county’s 25,000 rural residents, including farmers and their families, Titcomb set about to change the library system forever with the introduction of book-deposit stations throughout the country, a children’s room in the library, and her most revolutionary idea of all—a horse-drawn Book Wagon. Soon book wagons were appearing in other parts of the country, and by 1922, the book wagon idea had received widespread support. The bookmobile was born!

Ruby in the Sky Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo 2020-2021
Illustrated by Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux ISBN# 978-0374309053 (HB) Copyright 2/5/2019 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.10

Twelve-year-old Ruby Moon Hayes does not want her new classmates to ask about her father. She does not want them to know her mother has been arrested. And she definitely does not want to make any friends. Ruby just wants to stay as silent and invisible as a new moon in the frozen sky. She and her mother won’t be staying long in Vermont anyway, and then things can go back to the way they were before everything went wrong. But keeping to herself isn’t easy when Ahmad Saleem, a Syrian refugee, decides he’s her new best friend. Or when she meets “the Bird Lady,” a recluse named Abigail who lives in a ramshackle shed near Ruby’s house. Before long Ahmad and Abigail have become Ruby’s friends―and she realizes there is more to their stories than everyone knows.

Smart Cookie Elly Swartz 2020-2021
Illustrated by Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN# 978-1338143560 (HB) Copyright 1/30/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.10

Frankie knows she’ll be in big trouble if Dad discovers she secretly posted a dating profile for him online. But she’s determined to find him a wife, even if she ends up grounded for life. Frankie wants what she had before Mom died. A family of three. Two is a pair of socks or the wheels on a bicycle or a busy weekend at the B&B where Frankie and Dad live. Three is a family. And Frankie’s is missing a piece. But Operation Mom is harder to pull off than Frankie expects. None of the Possibles are very momish, the B&B’s guests keep canceling, Frankie’s getting the silent treatment from her once best friend, and there’s a maybe-ghost hanging around. Worst of all, Gram and Dad are definitely hiding secrets of their own. If a smart cookie like Frankie wants to save the B&B and find her missing piece, she’s going to have to figure out what secrets are worth keeping and when it’s time to let go.

The Alcatraz Escape Jennifer Chambliss Bertman 2020-2021
Illustrated by Sarah Watts Publisher Henry Holt and Co ISBN# 978-1627799638 (HB) Copyright 5/1/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.80

Legendary literary game-maker Garrison Griswold is back in action―this time with “Unlock the Rock.” For his latest game, Griswold has partnered with the famous—and famously reclusive—mystery writer Errol Roy to plan an epic escape room challenge on Alcatraz Island.

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler John Hendrix 2020-2021
Illustrated by Publisher Harry N. Abrams ISBN# 978-1419728389 (HB) Copyright 9/18/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 7.60

Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party is gaining strength and becoming more menacing every day. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor upset by the complacency of the German church toward the suffering around it, forms a breakaway church to speak out against the established political and religious authorities. When the Nazis outlaw the church, he escapes as a fugitive. Struggling to reconcile his faith and the teachings of the Bible with the Nazi Party’s evil agenda, Bonhoeffer decides that Hitler must be stopped by any means possible!

The Winter War Priscilla Shirer and Gina Detwiler 2020-2021
Illustrated by Publisher B&H Kids ISBN# 9781462796755 (HB) Copyright 8/15/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.50

Two years ago, the Prince Warriors lost one of their own, but now they must stand firm . . . because death is coming once again. In this sequel to Priscilla Shirer’s best-selling trilogy, the Prince Warriors return to Ahoratos to find it bare and dangerous. The Winter War is upon them

Wish on All the Stars Lisa Schroeder 2020-2021
Illustrated by Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN# 978-1338195774 (HB) Copyright 7/9/2019 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

Juliet is now an official member of the Starry Beach Club, and loves working with her new friends, Emma and Carmen, to make people’s wishes come true. Living away from her dad is still hard, and she misses her best friend from her old town, but she has her friends and the bookmobile, and San Diego feels more like home than ever. But then she learns that the bookmobile is going to have to shut down. The owner of the parking lot wants to start charging rent, and soon the bookmobile won’t be able to stay in business. The Starry Beach Club comes up with different ways to save their favorite store, but none seem to work. But then Emma gets the idea to have a crafts fair…and she wants Juliet to sell her paintings! Juliet is nervous, and isn’t sure whether she’s ready to put herself on display. Meanwhile, Carmen is feeling anxious about the possibility of her mother being deported. Will Juliet be able to be brave for herself and for Carmen?