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Entering GRADE 4

Students entering grade four are required to read Windcatcher by Avi. In addition, students must read three other books. Avi. Windcatcher Tony is learning to sail ­ and loving it! But suddenly he becomes confused about his heading and feels lost. Who are the people with the fancy motorboat who are too busy searching beneath the water to hear his call for help? After getting back to shore, Tony keeps an eye on the mysterious couple and becomes involved in a hunt for a 200-yearold shipwreck.

Entering GRADE 5

Students entering grade five are required to read Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech. In addition, students must read three other books.


Creech, Sharon. Ruby Holler Thirteen-year-old fraternal twins Dallas and Florida have grown up in a terrible orphanage, but their lives change forever when an eccentric but sweet older couple invite them each on an adventure, beginning in an almost magical place called Ruby Holler.

Entering GRADE 6

Students entering grade six are required to read two books. In addition, students must read two other books. DuBois, William Pène, The Twenty-One Balloons. (for Social Studies) Professor William Waterman Sherman intends to fly across the Pacific Ocean. But through a twist of fate, he lands on Krakatoa, and discovers a world of unimaginable wealth, eccentric inhabitants, and incredible balloon inventions. Stone, Tanya, Almost Astronauts: Thirteen Women Who Dared to Dream. (for Language Arts) Women who tried to win admission into NASA's initial astronaut training program in the early 1960's faced hostility and discrimination. Here are the stories of thirteen of those plucky women.




Stead, Rebecca. When You Reach Me As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1970's television game show, The $20,000 Pyramid, a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space. Alexander, Lloyd. The Book of Three The fate of the peaceful kingdom of Prydain hangs in the balance as Taran and the warriors pit their wits and strength against the forces of evil. Allen, Thomas. B. George Washington, Spymaster A suspenseful story of the spies and secret agents who kept George Washington informed during the Revolutionary War. Alvarez, Julia. Return to Sender After his family hires migrant Mexican workers to help save his their Vermont farm from foreclosure, eleven-year-old Tyler befriends the oldest daughter. When he discovers they may not be in the country legally, he realizes that real friendship knows no borders.


Applegate, K. A. The Andalite's Gift A darkly comic tale of friendship and sisterhood showing how beautiful, perfect, loving Angela can have an effect on hateful, frightening, dreadful, Diabola. (Animorphs Megamorphs series #1). Ayres, Katherine. Macaroni Boy Living in Pittsburgh during the Great Depression, Mike investigates the cause of the sickness that is affecting so many in his community, including his own grandfather. To learn the truth he must enlist the help of the neighborhood bully who nicknames Mike Macaroni Boy. Balliet, Blue. The Calder Game Calder, Petra, and Tommy, seventh-graders with a penchant for solving art mysteries, return in a new adventure that takes them across the sea. When Calder's father goes to England to attend a conference, he takes Calder along and, rather surprisingly, allows him to wander the streets of tiny Woodstock, where they are staying, and explore nearby Blenheim Palace alone. Before Calder leaves, his class visits an exhibit of famous artist Alexander Calder's work, including an innovation of the museum, the Calder Game. It invites participants to make or visualize mobiles of real or imaginary objects, and throughout the story, the trio continues to play in various ways. Once in Woodstock, the boy is shocked to see one of Calder's sculptures, a recent donation that is despised by the residents. Then the sculpture goes missing, and so does the boy. - Booklist Barry, Dave & Ridley Pearson. Peter and the Star Catchers (series) Even Peter Pan had to start somewhere.... Base, Graeme. Enigma: A Magical Mystery Graeme Base applies his hallmark lush artistry to this puzzle/picture book. Rhyming quatrains follow young Bertie Badger as he searches for his grandfather's missing magical props. Each two-page spread opens up to Bertie in a different room featuring a different performer: Vlad, the Bear of Wrath; Miss Poodle, the Mademoiselle of Mime; Hin Min Floo, Lord Pandamonium. All, it turns out, are missing their favorite magical artifacts. Eventually, the rabbit Enigma fesses up, claiming he was tired of being the one pulled out of the hat and wanted to perform his own tricks. The challenge is to uncover the whereabouts of the objects hidden throughout in the art, as well as a call to figure out each character's country of origin, all but guarantee multiple readings. A fold-out decoder in the back of the book helps decipher the clues. Booklist. Blackwood, Gary. Second Sight Visit Washington D.C. as it was nearly 150 years ago when the Civil War is ending and John Wilkes Booth is on the loose. Barker, Clive. Abarat Candy Quackenbush wanders into an empty field at the edge of town. As she travels around the islands, she becomes involved in a power struggle between two ruthless and bitter rivals, Rojo Pixler of Commexo City and Christopher Carrion, the Lord of Midnight. Each man seeks to control the island chain, and Candy may be the deciding factor in its survival or destruction.


Bruchac, Joseph. The Warriors One of the best lacrosse players on his Iroquois reservation team, Jake is conflicted when his mother relocates him to a boarding school. Jake is praised for his athletic abilities, but feels like an outcast until he resolves a school crisis with a special game of lacrosse. Buckley, Michael. The Sisters Grim: The Fairy-Tale Detectives (Sequel: The Unusual Suspects) Foster children Sabrina and Daphne Grimm see their supposed grandmother Relda carried off by a giant in this adventurous tale with many folktale and literary references. Carroll, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass A little girl's adventure with mischievous, weird, and entertaining characters. Her world changes dramatically from one moment to the next as she struggles to leave Wonderland and return home. Cassedy, Sylvia. Behind the Attic Wall At 12, Maggie has been thrown out of more boarding schools than she can remember. Every school described her as mean, nasty, disobedient, rebellious. Now she is sent to live with her elderly great-aunts and her uncle Morris, her only living relatives. What she finds in the prisonlike home of her great-aunts may be the answer to her lost parents Cepeda, Joe. Juan Bobo Goes to Work A retelling of traditional Puerto Rican folktales. Juan Bobo's determined but disastrous antics are told through bold brush strokes, expert use of varied perspectives and vibrant Caribbean colors. Choldenko, Gennifer. Notes From a Liar and Her Dog This is a bittersweet novel about Antonia MacPherson's fervent belief that she is adopted. It's a painful journey that ends with our heroine understanding that life is what you make it. Colfer, Eoin. Artemis Fowl The first in a series of stories about Artemis Fowl ­ detective, adventurer and master of magic. Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games The rulers of Panem in future North America sponsor a televised survival competition that pits sixteen-year-olds against each other. (This series continues in Catching Fire and the forthcoming Mockingjay.) Coville, Bruce. Jennifer Murdley's Toad Jennifer, the kid in the plain brown wrapper, buys a talking toad who can speak only the truth and they set out on an extraordinary adventure. Creech, Sharon. Granny Torreli Makes Soup Mix a little bit of wisdom, a ton of love, and a pinch of friendship. That's how Granny Torrelli and twelve-year-old Rosie cook a delicious soup that proves life tastes good. DeClements, Barthe. Nothing's Fair in the Fifth Grade Mrs. Hanson's fifth grade class is off to a good start until transfer student Elsie Edwards arrives. A humorous tale evolves as the fifth graders deal with issues related to "growing up.


DeCLements, Barthe. Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You DeClements did a great job depicting Helen's challenges with a learning disability as she navigates sixth grade and finally finds some answers in the end. DiCamillo, Kate. The Tale of Despereaux A small mouse falls in love with music, stories and a princess named Pea. This tiny hero faints at loud noises but gathers the courage to fulfill his dreams. Draper, Sharon M. Out Of My Mind Imagine being born with cerebral palsy ­ unable to speak, talk or write. Eleven-year-old Melody has a head full of thoughts and feelings, but she is unable to express them. Things change for this plucky girl during her fifth grade year when an insightful student teacher helps her begin to realize her potential. Farmer, Nancy. The Sea of Trolls Kidnapped by bloodthirsty Viking berserkers, an apprentice bard and his little sister face one deadly challenge after another as they make their way home. Fox, Paula. Western Wind Elizabeth is so sure of the reason she's been sent to Gran's. At age twelve, she feels orphaned - by the birth of a baby brother (it's embarrassing; her parents are in their 40's). Franklin, Kristine L. Lone Wolf Perry is a "loner" who must learn to share himself with his family and neighbors. Frederick, Heather Bogel. The Black Paw Spies of the two-and four-legged variety become allies in a fight against an evil kingpin rat. Funke, Cornelia. The Thief Lord Two orphans escape from their cruel aunt and uncle and find themselves in the company of a gang of children led by the Thief Lord. Gaiman, Neil. The Graveyard Book This gothic fantasy, a coming-of-age story modeled after The Jungle Book and with slight nods to Harry Potter, will appeal to all ages. By juxtaposing the world of the dead with the world of the living, Gaiman creates a fantastical world where the thoughtful protagonist comes to understand the power of family as he experiences the fear, pains, confusions, and joys of growing up. Critics praised each illustrated chapter as its own little gem, with moments both tender and terrifying--and each equally exciting. The Graveyard Book is sure to become a book to last the ages. Booklist 2009 Gantos, Jack. Joey Pigza Loses Control Joey has to spend six weeks with his father and hopes to show that he has calmed down. Unfortunately, Dad is rule happy, and Joey has a hard time knowing how best to behave. A sequel to Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key. Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Found (The Missing series, Book 1) Haddix's latest science fiction series starts off with a bang in this nail-biter. A plane arrives at an airline gate unnoticed by radar and most personnel. There are no flight attendants, no


pilot, in fact no adults at all, but there are 36 passengers--each seat is inhabited by an infant. Thirteen years later in Ohio, teenage adoptees Jonah and his friend Chip begin receiving ominous messages declaring that they are among "the missing" and that someone is coming to find them. Frightened yet intrigued, the boys begin a search for their real identities with the help of Jonah's younger sister. School Library Journal Hale, Shannon. Princess Academy Forced to attend Princess school, a stone worker's daughter discovers that becoming a true princess is much more challenging than just learning how to be polite. Hatrick, Gloria. Masks Desperate to help his older brother Will, who has become paralyzed by a rare disease, Pete uses tribal animal masks to communicate with Will, allowing him to escape his useless body and embark on a series of strange and powerful dream journeys. Harlow, Joan Hiatt. Thunder From the Sea Harsh weather brings an orphan boy, Tom, and a stranded dog, Thunder, together on the island of Newfoundland. They struggle to find a family despite a blizzard, a tidal wave, and worst of all, Thunder's former owner. Hesse, Karen. Out of the Dust A story told in free verse about a family in the Oklahoma dust bowl. Hiaasen, Carl. Hoot The new kid, Roy, joins forces with tough Beatrice and the elusive Mullet Fingers to defeat a bully, thwart an avaricious corporation, and save a colony of burrowing owls. Hill, Kirkpatrick. The Year of Miss Agnes Ten-year-old Frederika (Fred for short) doesn't have much faith that the new teacher in town will last very long. Most teachers who come to their one-room schoolhouse in remote Alaska leave at the first smell of fish, claiming that life there is just too hard. But Miss Agnes is different. For the first time, Fred and her classmates begin to enjoy their lessons and learn to read and write. But will Miss Agnes be like all the rest and leave as quickly as she came? Jacques, Brian. The Outcast of Redwall Popular series of fantasy fiction. The destinies of the badger lord and his mortal enemy, the ferret, are entwined with those of many creatures, particularly the inhabitants of Redwall. Jansson, Tove. Finn Family Moomintroll The Moomintroll's world is one of enchantment and humor. Get to know them as you enjoy their stories. Johnson, Angela. Heaven Fourteen-year-old Marley struggles with the idea of what makes a family when she discovers that the people she has always thought of as her parents are not her real parents after all. Kadohata, Cynthia. Kira-Kira Kira-kira is the Japanese word for glittering, and Katie uses it to describe everything she likes.


Her loving family has a hard life in rural Georgia in the 1950's as they encounter prejudice, poverty, and family tragedy. Kerr, Judith. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit This is an autobiographical novel about the refugee experiences of a Jewish girl and her family after they flee Nazi Germany in 1933. Kinsey-Warnock, Natalie. Gifts From the Sea Quila receives an unexpected surprise when the sea washes a baby up on the shore outside her family's Maine lighthouse. Klass, Sheila Solomon. A Shooting Star: A Novel About Annie Oakley How a servant to a cruel family becomes a sharpshooter known to us as Annie Oakley. Knight, Joan MacPhail. Charlotte in Giverny While living in France in 1892, Charlotte, a young American girl, writes a journal of her experiences. L'Engle, Madeleine. The Young Unicorns A mystery surrounds the strange visitor from England who seems to know too much about Dave, Emily and the Austin family. They all live in New York City and know not to trust strangers, but curiosity and the longing for a new identity draws Dave and his friends into the mystery and puts his life in grave danger. Levine, Gail Carson. The Two Princesses of Bamarre One princess is adventurous and brave. The other princess is meek and afraid. In this tale, set in times of sorcerers, monsters, and plagues, a princess shows that courage can be found in the face of adversity. Levitin, Sonia. Journey to America A Jewish family fleeing Nazi Germany in 1938 endures innumerable separations before they are once again united. Lewis, C.S. The Magician's Nephew How Aslan created Narnia and gave speech to the animals. Lunge-Larsen, Lise. The Hidden Folk: Stories of Fairies, Dwarves, Selkies, and Other Secret Beings From the hazards of mistreating the local gnome to the (gross) reason why parsley tastes bitter, these tales of magical folk will transport readers to the elusive edge of reality. McKinley, Robin. The Hero and the Crown. Princess Aerin comes to find herself in battle with the huge Dragon Maur and the fate of the Country of Daman hanging on balance. Montgomery, L. M. Anne of Green Gables When the Cuthberts of Green Gables decide to adopt a sturdy boy to help with the farm chores, they are astonished when Anne, a mischievous, talkative redhead, arrives instead.


Morpurgo, Michael. Kensuke's Kingdom Sailing in the Pacific Ocean, eleven­year-old Michael falls overboard and ends up stranded on a nearly deserted island. He is befriended by an elderly Japanese man, the island's other inhabitant, in this exciting tale of friendship and survival. Namioka, Lensey. Ties That Bind, Ties That Break It's 1911, and China is slowly beginning to accept modern ideas--but the changes may not happen fast enough for young Ailin. Her grandmother has decided it's time she has her feet bound, to make her more attractive to a future husband. When Ailin sees the sad state of her sister's feet, she is stunned. .. Luckily, Ailin's progressive father allows her to keep her feet unfettered, even though it means breaking off her prearranged marriage into a more traditional family. He also sends her to a public school to learn English. But by the time Ailin is in her teens, her father has died, leaving her less tolerant Big Uncle to be the head of the family. Big Uncle forbids Ailin's schooling and gives her the choice of either being a nun or a peasant's wife--the only alternatives left for an unmarried Chinese woman with "big feet." Ailin refuses both options, and instead becomes a nanny for an American missionary couple. Due to their generosity, Ailin starts a new life in the United States. Amazon Osborne, Mary Pope. Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catherine Carey Logan A fictionalized account of an adolescent Quaker girl's capture in 1763 by Lenape Indians in the Delaware Valley of Pennsylvania, written in diary format. (Part of the Dear America series) Park, Linda Sue. The Kite Fighters In Seoul, Korea , in 1473, two brothers anticipate the annual New Year's Kite competition, wondering how to balance family loyalty and their competitive spirits. Paver, Michelle. Wolf Brother and Spirit Walker (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series) Young Turak loses his father but gains steadfast friends while battling first a bear that is under an evil spell and then a powerful shaman. Peck, Richard. Fair Weather In 1893 thirteen-year-old Rosie and members of her family travel from their Illinois farm to Chicago to visit Aunt Euterpe and attend the World's Columbian Exhibition. This, complete with an encounter with Buffalo Bill and Lillian Russell, turns out to be a life-changing experience for everyone. Pratchett, Terry. The Wee Free Men and A Hat Full of Sky Tiffany's little brother has been stolen by the Queen of Fairyland, and it's up to her--with some help from a band of very small, very blue cattle rustlers--to mount a rescue. Riordan, Rick. The Lightning Thief (Book 1 of series) Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. When his mom tells him the truth about where he came from, she takes him to the one place he'll be safe--Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island). There, Percy learns that the father he never knew is actually Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon Percy finds himself caught up in a mystery that could lead to disastrous consequences. Together with his friends--a satyr and other the demigod daughter of Athena--Percy sets out on a quest to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood)


and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods. Amazon Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Harry, orphaned after an evil wizard kills his parents, goes to live with his aunt, uncle, and spoiled cousin and is invited to attend the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Ryan, Pam Munoz. Esperanza Rising Pampered thirteen-year-old Esperanza and her mother are forced to flee Mexico following her father's sudden death and his brothers' takeover of their land. In a depression era California migrant-worker camp, they encounter poverty and racism that are mitigated by the support of family and friends. Ryan, Pam Munoz. Becoming Naomi Leon Naomi and her brother are being raised by their great-grandmother in a trailer park. When her mother reappears after a seven year absence, Naomi struggles to keep her family together and discover her Mexican heritage. Ritter, John H. The Boy Who Saved Baseball Can an average boy, an ornery old baseball star, and one last game save Tom's small, California town from destruction by a developer? Schwartz , Virginia France. Send One Angel Down This novel, set in the pre-Civil War South, depicts anguishing hardships and also celebrates the resilience and determination of the human spirit. Sedgwick, Marcus. Witch Hill Jamie solves a supernatural mystery while recovering from a trauma. Excitement and adventure abound. Seidler, Tor. Brain Boy and the Deathmaster Darryl, video game whiz, is drawn into a high-tech program where kids compete to be the best video gamers. However, Darryl discovers the ultimate prize may be winning his survival and that of his friends. Skelton, Matthew. The Story of Cirrus Flux In 18th century London, Cirrus lives in an orphanage until a member of the Guild of Empirical Sciences comes seeking him and the mysterious token left to him by his father. Sleater, William. Singularity Twin brothers discover a gateway to another universe. Smith, Jeff. Out From Boneville - (series, graphic novels) The story follows three cousins who have been thrown out of their town for cheating the citizens. Shortly thereafter, they are separated. Each Bone stumbles into a mysterious valley full of odd creatures that reveal strange happenings. School Library Journal Snicket, Lemony. A Series of Unfortunate Events (series) Unhappy tales about three very unlucky children.


Steinbeck, John. The Red Pony This tale of a boy growing up on a Californian ranch is a moving story that shows Jody's love for his pony and his increasing understanding of the spirit of the American West. Taylor, Mildred. The Land Prequel to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, this novel tells of the early life of Paul Edward Logan. Son of a white landowner and a slave, he decides that owning his own piece of land is the only way to live with dignity. Thompson, Kate. Switchers Taking on and discarding one animal form after another, the two Switchers battle the icy evil. Thompson, Lauren. One Riddle, One Answer One riddle determines who will marry Aziza, a Persian princess. The explanation at the end adds to the value of the book and its math connection. Uchida, Yoshiko. Journey Home The plight of Japanese immigrants as experienced by 12 year old Yuki in a warm and authentic story that offers a glimpse into a tragic episode in our country's history. Ure, Jean. Skinny Melon and Me Cherry keeps a diary about her parents' divorce, her new stepfather, Roland Butter, who draws rebuses for her, and the coming stepbrother or stepsister. Vaugelade, Anais. The War The Reds and the Blues are at war. Prince Julius and Prince Fabien decide a duel will determine the winner. When tragedy strikes, Fabien has a plan that he hopes will bring peace to the land. Voigt, Cynthia. Homecoming Abandoned by their mother, Dicey and her brothers and sisters are left destitute, wanting to find one adult whom they can trust to hold their family together. Westall, Robert. Ghost Stories Suspense and surprise are key ingredients in this collection of 21 stories from some of the world's best known writers. Witches, ghosts, and specters fill these tales of the supernatural. Illustrated by Sean Eckett. Wood, Don A. Into the Volcano (graphic novel) Brothers Duffy and Sumo Pugg embark on an adventure after their eccentric aunt invites them to come see the island of Kocalaha, their mother's birthplace. Duffy, excited to get away from the gloomy winter in their hometown, jumps at the chance, but Sumo is worried: a lot of things could go wrong so far away from home. The boys are taken into the heart of a volcano to explore and learn more about their heritage, but the seemingly dormant volcano is in the midst of waking up. The situation quickly becomes perilous, and between the volcano's power and shocking revelations of family secrets, it appears neither boy will make it out alive. Booklist


Yep, Laurence. The Star Fisher A young Chinese girl faces many responsibilities moving from Ohio to West Virginia in 1927 to open a business with her family.



Adler, David. Fraction Fun A basic introduction to the concept of fractions. Bardoe, Cheryl. Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas This picture-book biography of the father of genetics describes his early life, his quest for education, and the research that resulted in his significant contribution to the world of science. Bausum, Ann. Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement The 1961 Freedom Rides come to life through the unflinching personal stories of two men uniting for a common cause: Lewis, the African American Southerner and Zwerg, the Caucasian Midwesterner. Blackwood, Gary. The Great Race: The Amazing Round-the-World Auto Race of 1908 When it began in February 1908, there were six official entries--three from France and one each from Germany, Italy, and the United States. Starting in Times Square, the route would take the crews across America, up across the Bering Strait into Siberia, and through Asia before entering Europe and finishing in Paris. Collectively, the planners and racers got so caught up in the excitement that they gave little thought to such practicalities as harsh winter weather, a lack of real roads, and the personality conflicts that were bound to crop up among those forced to spend long periods of time in close quarters. School Library Journal Borden, Louise. The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H. A. Rey How Curious George, and the people who created him, almost fell into Nazi hands. Branzei, Sylvia. Grossology: The Science of Really Gross Things! This science book is for those who are very curious and who have really strong stomachs for learning about gross things. Chaikin, Andrew. Mission Control, This is Apollo: the Story of the First Voyages to the Moon This handsome, large-format book spotlights 12 significant missions, from Apollo 1, with its fatal cockpit fire, to Apollo 17, with its sweet success and bittersweet awareness that the program was ending. Chaikin, author of A Man on the Moon (1994), has extensively researched the Apollo program and conducted hundreds of related interviews, including 28 with former Apollo astronauts. Booklist


Dahl, Roald. Going Solo Autobiography of Roald Dahl's war time exploits. Dash, Joan. A Dangerous Engine: Benjamin Franklin, from Scientist to Diplomat Ben Franklin was first and foremost a scientist. Then he became involved in the politics of forming a new nation. Forester, C.S. The Barbary Pirates C.S. Forester, creator of the beloved Horatio Hornblower series, takes readers on an exciting adventure to the shores of Tripoli in North Africa. That's where, more than 200 years ago, the United States was threatened by pirates who snatched American merchant ships and imprisoned sailors--and the country's young, untested navy took on the task of fighting the pirates in their home waters. This true tale features thrilling ocean battles, hand-to-hand combat, and the first landing on foreign soil by the US Marines, and it's as fresh and relevant today as when it was first published. Freedman, Russell. Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery 1994 Newbery Honor. Fritz, Jean. Homesick - My Own Story This is the autobiographical account, told with warmth and understanding, of Fritz's childhood in pre-revolutionary China. The story captures the Chinese mistrust of foreigners who controlled their land at the time. Geisert, Arthur. Roman Numerals I to MM A search and count math concept game. Giblin, James Cross. Good Brother, Bad Brother: The Story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth The story of two brothers who live very different lives. Grogan, John. Marley: A dog like no other. Young readers with pets of their own will recognize the unconditional affection Marley gave and the love he earned in return. Both humorous and sentimental, this should attract a broad range of readers. Jimenez, Francisco. The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child A powerful, autobiographical account of a family's journey to the fields of California - moving from strawberry fields to cotton fields, from tent cities to one-room shacks - seen through the eyes of a boy who longs for an education and a home. Keegan, Marcia. Pueblo Boy: Growing Up in Two Worlds Timmy, a 10 year old boy lives in a New Mexico pueblo combining contemporary American culture and Native American traditions. Krull, Kathleen. Lives of the Writers: Comedies, Tragedies (and What the Neighbors Thought) Includes 20 well known authors - cozy companion to any collection of the classics.


Meltzer, Milton. Ten Queens: Portraits of Women of Power Essays about Esther, Cleopatra, Elizabeth I, Catherine the Great, and others. Montgomery, Sy. Search for the Golden Moon Bear: Science and Adventure in Southeast Asia Lively writing and engaging photographs of rare Asian animals show how scientists are making new natural discoveries. Murphy, Jim. An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 The true story of the plague that terrorized Philadelphia in1793. Murphy, Stuart. Too Many Kangaroo Things To Do Introduction to the concept of multiplication. Schanzer, Rosalyn. What Darwin Saw: The Journey that Changed the World On the cover, a wide-eyed, handsome Charley Darwin peers through lush greenery at the top, and an equally wide-eyed and handsome monkey ignores him at the bottom. Inside, Schanzer uses Darwin's own words, taken from his journals, books, and letters, in the speech balloons of her graphic depiction of the voyage of the Beagle. This is not a full biography, but begins with Darwin's acceptance of the offer to sail on the expedition and ends with the presentation of his theory of evolution in 1860. Bright, watercolor cartoons accurately portray landscapes and specimens while also creating a vivid sense of adventure. School Library Journal Schwartz, David. How Much Is A Million? Meet Marvelosissimo the mathematical magician. Schyffert, Uusma. The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon This is the story of Michael Collins, the astronaut on the 1969 Apollo 11 moon mission who did not walk on the moon. His job was to maneuver the capsule and wait while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module and planted the first footprints into the moon dust. Siy, Alexandra. Footprints on the Moon This outstanding book combines a generous array of full-color photos with lively, if concise, descriptions of the Apollo Program, its predecessors, and the early history of rocketry. A look at the Moon's face in different phases gives way to portraits of Galileo and Robert Goddard's homemade-looking rocket, followed by shots of astronauts posing in and out of their massive spacesuits. Artists' conceptions of futuristic lunar colonies, a composite look at the other planets on our upcoming itinerary, and, finally, a parting view of a dusty, desolate moonscape round out the presentation. School Library Journal Stone, Tanya Lee. Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream Space gals, Astronettes, Astrodolls . . . Who do these women think they are? The media mocked them. Male astronauts did not want them, and neither did then vice-president Lyndon Johnson. If they were to let women into the space program, blacks and other minorities would be next. Nearly 20 years before the U.S. officially admitted women into the astronaut program, 13 women, known as the Mercury 13, fought for the right to soar into space. Booklist


Thimmesh, Catherine. Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon With heart-stopping prose and stunning NASA photographs, Thimmesh celebrates the men and women who solved a series of unfolding crises that threatened the mission of Apollo 11. The animated text lets the reader experience the tension of the mission from multiple vantage points and takes the reader along as an active participant. Personal interviews and oral histories help recreate the immediacy of the event for a new generation. Walker, Sally M. Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland Walker takes readers on an archaeological investigation of human and material remains from 17th- and 18th-century Jamestown and colonial Maryland, while addressing relevant topics in forensic anthropology, history, and archaeology. The excavations encompass burial sites of colonists from various backgrounds, including a teenage indentured servant hastily buried in a trash pit, a grouping of prominent colonists laid to rest in lead coffins, and a woman of African heritage who likely toiled as a slave. The text succinctly explains complex forensic concepts, such as determining the gender and age of a skeleton, or whether a skull represents a person originating from Europe or Africa. Booklist Weatherford, Carole Boston. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. (P) Dramatic illustrations evoke the spiritual and physical journey of Harriet Tubman, a strong woman who followed her star to an extraordinary destiny.



Florian, Douglas. Poetrees A whimsical, playful look at the impact and beauty of trees, by a perennial favorite. Holbrook, Sara. By Definition: Poems of Feelings 40 brief poems addressing a range of emotions including anger, mistrust, disappointment, jealousy, honesty, and loneliness. Prelutsky, Jack. Something Big Has Been Here A collection of humorous poems, illustrated by James Stevenson. Sidman, Joyce. Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature's Survivors Well-researched science facts are paired with vivid poems to describe how these very special life-forms avoided extinction to become nature's survivors. Singer, Marilyn. Mirror, Mirror: a Book of Reversible Verse Poems show that there are two sides to every story ­ in this case fairy tales. Testa, Maria. Becoming Joe DiMaggio Growing up in New York City during the 1940s and 1950s, Joseph Paul, an Italian boy, finds solace from a difficult life by listening to baseball games with his beloved grandfather. This powerful story, told in 24 poems, describes their relationship and their love of listening as


another Italian, Joe DiMaggio, achieves success. Unobagha, Uzo. Off to the Sweet Shores of Africa and Other Talking Drum Rhymes The author has created a series of simple rhymes to portray West African culture, weaving people, animals, objects, and customs into her verses.


Recommended Summer Reading By Hamden Hall 4th and 5th grade students

"Take out the tedium and read for pleasure!" is the message from our 4th and 5th graders. They suggest that you dive into this list and, as poet Marge Piercy says in To Be of Use, "swim off with sure strokes" reading with a friend or with your family, lounging on your comfy bed or in a hammock, resting at the beach or on your lawn, lazing under the shade of a tree or in the sun, cooling off in a quiet place or among the hurlyburly at the beach. It doesn't matter... just enjoy.

Non Fiction

Any book about World War ll or Gettysburg.


Roll of Thunder; Hear my Cry by Mildred Taylor

This Newbery Medal-winning Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry tells the story of one African American family, fighting to stay together in the face of brutal racist attacks, illness, poverty, and betrayal in the Deep South of the 1930s. Amazon Review

Stuart Little by E.B.White

A story about a two-inch-tall mouse with a big heart and a love for adventure. Booklist

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Exciting and excellently written.--The New York Times Book Review

Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech "Filled with humor, poignancy, cookies and treasure maps, this book is about a special place where it is never too late to be loved."Amazon Review



Bones by Jeff Smith

The nine-volume Bone graphic novel series is the toast of the comic's world Amazon Review

Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon "Franklin W. Dixon was the pseudonym devised by Edward Stratemeyer for the author of a series

of mystery books he was developing which became the Hardy Boys series. Amazon Review

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Christopher Paolini's abiding love of fantasy and science fiction inspired him to begin writing his debut novel, Eragon, when he graduated from high school at 15. BooklIst

The Doll People by Ann M. Martin

You will love this exciting story of adventure and mystery. The relationship between the two doll families, one antique, one modern, is hilariously. Booklist

Heroes and Heroines

These stories have everything.... romance, magic, mystery, action, and great characters! The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

The heroics of Percy Jackson and the Olympians are a non-stop thrill-ride and a classic of mythic proportions. Amazon Review

Heroes Don't Run by Harry Mazer

This is the final entry in a trilogy about a boy coming of age during World War II. Mazer shows how his hero handles actual military service. School Library Journal

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Gail Carson Levine's examination of traditional female roles in fairy tales takes some satisfying twists and deviations from the original. Ella is bound by obedience against her will, and takes matters in her own hands with ambition and verve. Her relationship with the prince is balanced and based on humor and mutual respect; in fact, it is she who ultimately rescues him. Ella Enchanted has won many well-deserved awards, including a Newbery Honor. Amazon Review


Chasing Vermeer

*Starred Review* Gr. 5-8. The Westing Game, The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler-how exciting to find a book that conjures up these innovative, well-loved titles. Already being heralded as The DaVinci Code for kids, Chasing Vermeer will have readers scrutinizing art books as they try to solve the mystery along with Calder and Petra. School Library Journal Review.

Any book by favorite author Roald Dahl




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