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Summer Reading Suggestions
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Palacio, R. J. Auggie & me : three wonder stories. 1st omnibus ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, .
Three previously-published novellas that shed further light on the world of Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, set before he entered Beecher Prep and during his first year there and told from other characters' points of view. "The Julian Chapter" reveals why the bully dislikes Auggie so much. "Pluto" is about the lifelong friendship between Auggie and Christopher. And, finally, "Shingaling" offers a view of how the girls at Beecher Prep see Auggie when he first comes on the scene.
Alexander, Kwame. The crossover. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, .
Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.
Bell, Cece. El Deafo. New York : Amulet Books, 2014.
A graphic novel memoir of author/illustrator Cece Bell who grew up hearing impaired.
Stephens, John, 1972-. The emerald atlas. 1st Yearling ed. New York : Yearling Book, 2012.
Kate, Michael, and Emma have passed from one orphanage to another in the ten years since their parents disappeared to protect them, but now they learn that they have special powers, a prophesied quest to find a magical book, and a fearsome enemy.
Grabenstein, Chris. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library. 1st ed. New York : Random House, .
"Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape"--Provided by publisher.
Anderson, Laurie Halse. Fever, 1793. 1st ed. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2000.
Sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia in 1793.
DiCamillo, Kate. Flora & Ulysses : the illuminated adventures. 1st ed. Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2013.
A girl named Flora and a squirrel named Ulysses, whose life was saved by Flora after he was involved in an incident with a vacuum cleaner, team up to use Ulysses' superpowers to conquer villains and protect the weak.
Milford, Kate. Greenglass House. Boston : Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, .
At Greenglass House, a smuggler's inn, twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers' adopted son, plans to spend his winterholidays relaxing, but soon guests are arriving with strangestories about the house that send Milo and Meddy, the cook's daughter, on an adventure.
Patterson, James, 1947-. I funny. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2012.
Jamie Grimm tries to win the Planet's Funniest Kid Comic Contest, while also dealing with his stepfamily, friends, and a school bully.
Graff, Lisa (Lisa Colleen), 1981-. Lost in the sun. New York, NY : Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), .
"As Trent Zimmerman struggles to move past a traumatic event that took place several months earlier, he befriends class outcast Fallon Little, who helps him understand that he can move on"--Provided by publisher.
Korman, Gordon. Masterminds. 1st ed. New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, .
"A group of kids discovers they were cloned from the DNA of some of the greatest criminal masterminds in history for a sociological experiment"--Provided by publisher.
Dahl, Roald. Matilda. [New York] : Viking Kestrel, 1988.
The adventures of Matilda, considered a brilliant pest by her parents, who enters Crunchem Hall and meets Miss Honey, a teacher who believes in her.
Philbrick, W. R. (W. Rodman). The mostly true adventures of Homer P. Figg. New York : Blue Sky Press, c2009.
Homer P. Figg escapes from his wretched foster home in Pine Swamp, Maine, and sets out to find his beloved older brother, Harold, who has been illegally sold into the Union Army.
Stewart, Trenton Lee. The mysterious Benedict Society. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2007.
After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.
Nielsen, Jennifer A. A night divided. 1st ed. New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
When the Berlin Wall went up, Gerta, her mother, and her brother Fritz were trapped on the eastern side where they were living, while her father, and her other brother Dominic were in the West--four years later, now twelve, Gerta sees her father on a viewing platform on the western side and realizes he wants her to risk her life trying to tunnel to freedom.
Baskin, Nora Raleigh. Nine, ten : a September 11 story. 1st ed. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, .
Relates how the lives of four children living in different parts of the country intersect and are affected by the events of September 11, 2001.
Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills). Out of my mind. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2010.
Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.
Smith, Roland, 1951-. Peak. Orlando, FL : Harcourt Children's Books, 2007.
A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.
Auxier, Jonathan. Peter Nimble and his fantastic eyes. P New York : Amulet Books, c2011.
Raised to be a thief, blind orphan Peter Nimble, age ten, steals from a mysterious stranger three pairs of magical eyes, that lead him to a hidden island where he must decide to become a hero or resume his life of crime.
Weeks, Sarah. Pie. 1st ed. New York : Scholastic Press, 2011.
Alice's Aunt Polly passes away and entrusts the recipe for her world-famous pie crust to her cat, which she leaves in Alice's care, and as everyone, including Alice, tries to discover the secret ingredients, Alice learns some important lessons about faith, love, and family.
Martin, Ann M., 1955-. Rain reign. 1st ed.: 2014. New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2014.
"Struggling with Asperger's syndrome, Rose shares a bond with her beloved dog, but when the dog goes missing during a storm, Rose is forced to confront the limits of her comfort levels, even if it means leaving her routines in order to search for her pet"--OCLC.
Jamieson, Victoria. Roller girl. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, .
"A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart"--Provided by publisher.
Lord, Cynthia. Rules. 1st ed. New York : Scholastic Press, 2006.
Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with an young paraplegic.
Shurtliff, Liesl. Rump : the true story of Rumpelstiltskin. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, .
Relates the tale of Rumpelstiltskin's childhood and youth, explaining why his name is so important, how he is able to spin straw into gold, and why a first-born child is his reward for helping the miller's daughter-turned-queen.
Korman, Gordon. Slacker. 1st ed., May 2016. New York : Scholastic Press, 2016.
When eighth-grader Cameron Boxer creates the Positive Action Group at school he intends it as a diversion to fool his parents, teachers, and sister into letting him continue to concentrate on his video-gaming--but before he knows it other kids are taking it seriously, and soon he finds himself president of the P.A.G., and involved in community service, so the boy who never cared about anything is now the center of everything, whether he likes it or not.
Weeks, Sarah. So B. It : a novel. New York : Scholastic, c2004.
After spending her life with her mentally retarded mother and agoraphobic neighbor, twelve-year-old Heidi sets out from Reno, Nevada, to New York to find out who she is.
Holm, Jennifer L. Sunny side up. 1st ed., September 2015. New York, NY : Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, 2015.
After her older brother starts acting strangely, Sunny Lewin is shipped off to Florida to spend the summer with her grandfather. She makes a friend her age and tries to enjoy her stay but, other than Buzz, everyone is really old. Besides, Sunny just knows her parents sent her away because she somehow made her brother the way he is. She just wants things to go back to how they were before.
Stead, Rebecca. When you reach me. 1st ed. New York : Wendy Lamb Books, c2009.
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s 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.
Palacio, R. J. Wonder. Special ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, .
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunts and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
L'Engle, Madeleine. A wrinkle in time. Movie tie-in ed., 2017. New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017.
Meg Murry, her brother Charles, and their friend Calvin, embark on a journey through space and time, assisted by three otherworldly women, to find Meg's father, a physicist who disappeared while experimenting with time travel. Includes a foreword from the film's director, an author interview, and the author's Newberry Medal acceptance speech.
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