2024-2025 Crown Book List

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The Brilliant Calculator: How Mathematician Edith Clarke Helped Electrify America Jan Lower 2024-2025
Crown
Illustrated by Susan Reagan Publisher Calkins Creek ISBN# 978-1662680069 (HB) Copyright 3/14/2023 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

Long before calculators were invented, little Edith Clarke devoured numbers, conquered calculations, cracked puzzles, and breezed through brainteasers. Edith wanted to be an engineer—to use the numbers she saw all around her to help build America.

Just Gus McCall Hoyle 2024-2025
Crown
Illustrated by Vivienne To Publisher Shadow Mountain Publishing ISBN# 978-1639930937 (HB) Copyright 4/3/2023 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

Gus is a livestock guardian dog with one job―protecting his farm from coyotes and foxes. He likes keeping the sheep, the chickens, and his humans safe, and he’s very good at it.One day, Diego and his dad come to visit the farm, and Gus immediately connects to the small boy. They both like to sit still and enjoy the quiet, and Gus can tell that Diego likes being around a gentle giant of a dog, that it helps relieve the boy’s constant worry.When Gus detects the scent of a bear in the woods, he rushes to protect his flock, injuring his leg in a fight with the dangerous beast. Wounded, Gus needs to rest and heal away from his sheep, so he doesn’t risk reinjuring his leg. Diego suggests Gus come home with them to the North Carolina coast.Suddenly, Gus is thrust into a new world of saltwater and sand and neighbors who don’t appreciate the presence of a large guard dog, like the neighbor who reminds Gus of his first owner―the junkyard man with the heavy boots.Gus realizes Diego might need a friend as much as his sheep need a protector, but if he can’t learn to control his instincts, like barking and patrolling the neighborhood, Gus might lose his chance to stay in his new home. If he can’t protect the farm or his boy, Gus worries he might never find his place in the world.

Clara Poole and the Long Way Round Taylor Tyng 2024-2025
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Pixel+Ink ISBN# 978-1645951599 (HB) Copyright 7/4/2023 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

When an unintended flight over Michigan in her class science project—a lawn chair held aloft by balloons—brings her instant celebrity, Clara Poole is invited to be the spokesperson for a round-the-world adventure race. But when her overprotective father refuses, Clara forges his signature in a moment of defiance and runs away to Paris to take her place in the skies. If only she’d read the fine print first.

Far Out! Anne Bustard 2024-2025
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-1665914192 (HB) Copyright 4/18/2023 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

It’s 1964, the Space Race is well underway, and eleven-year-old Magnolia Jean Crook and the other residents of Totter, Texas, are over the moon about UFOs.The whole town is gearing up for the First Annual Come on Down Day—in just one week, they are hoping to host any and all space aliens who would like to visit Earth. But right before the kick-off party, a meteorite goes missing—and MJ’s beloved grandmother Mimi, who is the vice president of the Totter Unidentified Flying Object Organization, is the prime suspect.

Light Comes to Shadow Mountain Toni Buzzeo 2024-2025
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Holiday House ISBN# 978-0823453849 (HB) Copyright 7/11/2023 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.50

It’s 1937 and the government is pushing to bring electricity to the mountains of southeastern Kentucky. It’s all Cora can think of; radios with news from around the world, machines that keep food cold, lightbulbs by which to read at night! Cora figures she can help spread the word by starting a school newspaper and convincing her neighbors to support the Rural Electrification Act. But resistance to change isn’t easy to overcome, especially when it starts at home. Cora’s mother is a fierce opponent of electrification. She argues that protecting the landscape of the holler—the trees, the streams, the land that provides for their way of life—is their responsibility. But Cora just can’t let go of wanting more.

Serpent Slayer and the Scroll of Riddles Andy Naselli and Champ Thornton 2024-2025
Crown
Illustrated by Dana Thompson Publisher New Growth Press ISBN# 978-1645072331 (PB) Copyright 2/14/2022 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

The Serpent Slayer and the Scroll of Riddles is a time travel adventure with a twist—middle school students will discover theological themes as they travel through God’s Word. By placing the characters into Bible events, Champ Thornton and Andrew Naselli show the Bible is far from being a boring book full of instructions. Readers will discover life-changing truths they’ll never forget.

The Dragon and the Stone Kathryn Butler 2024-2025
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Crossway ISBN# 978-1433579479 (PB) Copyright 5/10/2022 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

Even though she’s only 12 years old, Lily McKinley already feels the weight of the world’s brokenness. She’s seen it in her mother’s exhaustion, her grandmother’s illness, and the cruelty of Adam, the bully at her school. But most tragically, she experienced it two months ago when her father died in a terrible accident. As an artistic daydreamer, Lily has a brilliant imagination to help her cope, but that imagination often gets her into trouble. One day, it transports her to a fantasy world called the Somnium Realm, where her father’s secret history embroils her in an epic quest. With the help of a dragon guide named Cedric, Lily battles evil shrouds, harpies, and other creatures to find her way through grief, rescue the world from evil, and discover the power of redemption.

The Girl Who Lost a Leopard Nizarana Farook 2024-2025
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Peachtree ISBN# 978-1682635810 (HB) Copyright 5/9/2023 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.60

Selvi is a free spirit who loves climbing in the beautiful mountains behind her home. There, she befriended Lokka, a leopard with a beautiful coat and huge golden eyes. Together, they roam the wilderness as they please.But when hunters come with bows and arrows, Selvi knows she must stop them before they hurt Lokka. But what can she do against such powerful enemies, especially when the friends and family she turns to for help are not all they seem to be? To rescue her leopard friend, first Selvi must outwit the poachers and expose the mastermind behind it all.

The Grand Teton Stampede C.R. Fulton 2024-2025
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Bakken Books ISBN# 979-8436149448 (PB) Copyright 3/20/2022 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.90

Twelve-year-old Isaiah Rawlings wished for only one thing this summer, a camping trip outside of Kentucky. I’m so tired of camping in my backyard, he groaned. Isaiah pleads with his parents to reconsider their usual summer trip to dusty old museums and big cities.When his dad unexpectedly announces a trip to Grand Teton National Park, Isaiah is ecstatic! On the second night of camping, He wakes to a thunderous noise that grows louder and louder. The ground begins to tremble. Earthquake?! Isaiah scrambles from his tent…When Isaiah, his cousin Ethan, and sister Sadie investigate the next morning, tracks lead them back to a broken fence. As they scan the surrounding area, something seems off…Why? More than one set of tracks lead into the park. Was this stampede accidental or is there more to the story?

The Inkwell Chronicles: the Ink of Elspet J.D. Peabody 2024-2025
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher WorthyKids ISBN# 978-1546001980 (HB) Copyright 9/13/2022 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

When their father goes missing after a mysterious train crash, Everett and his little sister Bea find a curious pen in his belongings, and its magical Ink begins to rewrite their once-ordinary lives. The Ink leads them to a world they never knew existed—one teeming with impossible magic, formidable allies, and villains who are determined to destroy everything they hold dear. Together, Everett and Bea embark on an adventure through secret tunnels in England and Scotland to find and protect the last Inkwell, and ultimately to save their father. But in order to do so, Everett must find a way to tap into the most magical power of all: his courage. Perfect for fans of The Silver Arrow, the Bookwanderers, and Inkheart, this classic battle of good and evil pits creativity against the forces that would seek to blot it out for good.