2024-2025 Lamplighter Book List

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Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'round: My Story of the Making of Martin Luther King Day Kathlyn J. Kirkwood 2024-2025
Illustrated by Steffi Walthall Publisher Versify ISBN# 978-0358387268 (HB) Copyright 1/4/2022 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ’Round is a deeply moving middle grade memoir about what it means to be an everyday activist and foot solider for racial justice, as Kathlyn recounts how, drawn to activism from childhood, she went from attending protests as a teenager to fighting for Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s birthday to become a national holiday as an adult. A blueprint for kids starting down their own paths to civic awareness, it shows life beyond protests and details the sustained time, passion, and energy it takes to turn an idea into a law.

Beneath the Swirling Sky Carolyn Leiloglou 2024-2025
Illustrated by Vivienne To Publisher WaterBrook ISBN# 978-0593579527 (HB) Copyright 9/12/2023 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

A house full of paintings, a missing sister, and a family secret send a boy and his cousin into a world where art is the key in this fantasy adventure perfect for fans of The Wingfeather Saga and Pages & Co.After an experience he’d rather forget, Vincent is determined to be done with art. So when he and his little sister, Lili, spend spring break with their art conservator great-uncle, Vincent’s plan is to stay glued to his phone.That is, until Lili disappears into one of the world’s most famous paintings and Vincent learns his parents have been hiding something from him: Their family is the last of The Restorationists, a secret society with the power to travel through paintings—and a duty to protect them from evil forces.

Half Moon Summer Elaine Vickers 2024-2025
Illustrated by Publisher Peachtree ISBN# 978-1682635391 (HB) Copyright 6/6/2023 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

Drew was never much of a runner. Until his dad’s unexpected diagnosis. Mia has nothing better to do. Until she realizes entering Half Moon Bay’s half-marathon could solve her family’s housing problems. And just like that they decide to spend their entire summer training to run 13.1 miles. Drew and Mia have very different reasons for running, but these two twelve-year-olds have one crucial thing in common (besides sharing a birthday): Hope. For the future. For their families. And for each other.

I Will Protect You Eva Mozes Kor and Danica Davidson 2024-2025
Illustrated by Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-0316460637 (HB) Copyright 4/5/2022 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

Eva and her identical twin sister, Miriam, had a mostly happy childhood. Theirs was the only Jewish family in their small village in the Transylvanian mountains, but they didn’t think much of it until anti-Semitism reared its ugly head in their school. Then, in 1944, ten-year-old Eva and her family were deported to Auschwitz. At its gates, Eva and Miriam were separated from their parents and other siblings, selected as subjects for Dr. Mengele’s infamous medical experiments.

Outside Nowhere Adam Borba 2024-2025
Illustrated by Sam Kalda Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-0316542647 (HB) Copyright 10/18/2022 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

Once Parker’s father catches wind of his latest scheme, he decides enough is enough, and Parker is sent halfway across the country to work on a farm alongside five other kids who aren’t his biggest fans. As Parker learns to roll up his sleeves and keep his head down, strange things start happening. And after he awakens one morning to find a seventeen-hundred-pound dairy cow on the roof of a barn, he suspects that something magical and mysterious is growing in the farm’s fields.

Sisterhood of Sleuths Jennifer Chambliss Bertman 2024-2025
Illustrated by Vesper Stamper Publisher Christy Ottaviano Books ISBN# 978-0316331074 (HB) Copyright 10/4/2022 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.10

Maizy always assumed she knew everything about her grandmother, Jacuzzi. So when a box full of vintage Nancy Drew books gets left at her mom’s thrift store, Maizy is surprised to find an old photo of her grandmother and two other women tucked beneath the collection. Stranger still, when Maizy shows the photo to Jacuzzi she feigns ignorance, insisting the woman is someone else. Determined to learn the truth — and inspired by the legacy of Nancy Drew — Maizy launches her own investigation with the help of new friends, Nell and Cam. What they discover not only points to the origins of the iconic series, but uncovers a truth from the past that will lead to self-discovery in the present, connecting three generations of women.

The Songs of a Warrior: Saul and David Katy Morgan 2024-2025
Illustrated by Publisher The Good Book Company ISBN# 978-1784988173 (PB) Copyright 2/1/2023 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

This dramatic retelling of the accounts of the first two kings of Israel follows the intertwining stories of Jonathan, Saul, David and Michal documented in 1 and 2 Samuel.In this imaginative yet biblically faithful book, readers will find themselves immersed in the hearts and minds of the key players as they experience battles, intrigue, plots, betrayal, love, and friendship.

Thirst Varsha Bajaj 2024-2025
Illustrated by Publisher Nancy Paulsen Books ISBN# 978-0593354391 (PB, HB) Copyright 7/19/2022 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.40

Minni lives in the poorest part of Mumbai, where access to water is limited to a few hours a day and the communal taps have long lines. Lately, though, even that access is threatened by severe water shortages and thieves who are stealing this precious commodity—an act that Minni accidentally witnesses one night. Meanwhile, in the high-rise building where she just started to work, she discovers that water streams out of every faucet and there’s even a rooftop swimming pool. What Minni also discovers there is one of the water mafia bosses. Now she must decide whether to expose him and risk her job and maybe her life. How did something as simple as access to water get so complicated?

This Seats Saved Heather Holleman 2024-2025
Illustrated by Publisher Moody Publishers ISBN# 978-0802428868 (PB) Copyright 6/6/2023 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

At the start of 7th grade, Elita Brown’s friends enjoy their seats at the popular lunchroom table. Meanwhile, Elita hides in the bathroom. This is not how she envisioned middle school. And her omission from the popular table is only the beginning of her problems. What will she do when she’s terrorized by the meanest girl in school and accused of a crime she didn’t commit? Elita befriends an older couple living in the woods and gains confidence through her project on the red fox. Will Elita find her way and take her seat at the best table? Full of suspense and divine moments, readers will be captivated by this story.

Wild Ride (Adapted for Young Readers) Hayley Arceneaux 2024-2025
Illustrated by Publisher Convergent Books ISBN# 978-0593443880 (HB) Copyright 8/8/2023 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

In this adaptation of her heartfelt memoir, especially inspiring for middle-grade readers, Arceneaux shares the details of her wild ride with never-before-told stories written especially for kids coming to this edition. Arceneaux not only tells readers what it was like to go to space—from training in a fighter jet to lifting off in a Dragon capsule—but she also offers stories from her childhood: things that she faced at the hospital when going through cancer treatment, what she had to overcome when she went back to school, and the courage it took to dream big dreams for her teenage and adult years.