June 2014 archive

Summer Reading List for Grades 9-12

Here are some of our favorite books for grades 9-12:

 

The_Fault_in_Our_Stars code name verity daughter-of-smoke-and-bone REVENGE OF THE WITCH

Chilling Tales of Horror: Dark Graphic Short Stories, adaptation by Pedro Rodriguez

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

Maximum Ride: The Manga #7 by James Patterson and NaRae Lee

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Zombicorns (available exclusively as a FREE ebook; get it here) by John Green

 

Miss our earlier lists? Check out previous lists for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8! Stay tuned for our picks for pre-K readers!

Summer Reading List for Grades 6-8

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

 

Siblings Josh and Sophie discover that the owner of a bookstore is none other than the famous Nicholas Flamel.First in a series.

 


Bad Island by Doug TenNapel

In this graphic novel, Lyle, Karen, Janie, and Reese must find a way off an island while they dodge strange and dangerous creatures.


 

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle
Nate has a plan that—with a little luck—will take him from his non-fabulous Pennsylvania town to New York City and land him a role in E.T.: The Musical.


 

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

A gripping account of the development of nuclear weapons and the global fight for control of power.


Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Tragedy changes Willow’s quirky but comfortable life, and as she adapts, she changes the lives of those around her.


 

Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Outspoken and funny sixteen-year-old Amal, lover of shopping and television, decides to wear the hijab full time and perseveres despite resistance from classmates, townspeople, and even relatives.


Dogs of War by Sheila Keenan, illustrated by Nathan Fox

This graphic novel tells the unforgettable true stories of three wars heroes from three different eras—World War I, World War II, and Vietnam—and they all happened to have four legs.


 

The Dolphins of Shark Bay by Pamela S. Turner

Meet amazing dolphins that have learned to use tools to hunt for their dinner.


 

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Drama abounds on and off the stage in this hilarious graphic novel about school theater productions.


Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale

In this fairy tale world, Raven Queen does not want to be evil like her mother, and Apple White, daughter of Snow White, is willing to be a little bad.


The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson

Jackson Greene vowed never to get involved in another middle-school con, but he is put to the test when the girl of his dreams runs for class president.


 

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

When Elizabeth begins working in the New York Circulating Material Repository, she learns that some of the objects (and people) aren’t as normal as they seem.


Legend by Marie Lu

For those who like The Hunger Games, meet slumborn Day and elite-born June as they fight to save their lives and their world. First in a trilogy.


The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

In 1958, in Little Rock, Arkansas, painfully shy Marlee sees her city and family divided over school integration.


The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

When plucky machinist Piper rescues Anna after a meteor shower, both girls stow away on an armored train to escape the man chasing them.


Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, illustrated by Laura Park

Rafe’s plan to break every rule in the school handbook is soon out of his control.


One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Three girls spend an unforgettable summer in the 1960s with their longlost mother and learn about Black Power, revolution, and forgiveness.


Road Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen

Initially expecting a simple trip to rescue a border collie, Ben finds himself traveling by school bus with his enthusiastic father, a crusty mechanic, and other colorful characters.


 

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

In a London overrun by ghosts, Lucy works with the ghost-hunting agency Lockwood & Co. to combat hauntings. First in a series.


A Song for Bijou by Josh Farrar

When Alex falls head over heels in love with the mysterious Bijou, he is going to have to break out of his shell to woo her.


Tesla’s Attic by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman

When Nick holds a yard sale to get rid of the junk in the attic of his new home, he realizes too late that all the objects have mysterious powers and he needs to get them back.


Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

Survivors’ accounts bring the Titanic disaster to life.


 

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

A heartfelt story of the coming of age of seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood in the 1960s, as he struggles with the everyday traumas of adolescence and matures under the watchful eyes of his teacher and through the words of William Shakespeare.


When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Miranda receives a series of mysterious notes, but will she be too late to stop the tragedy the notes predict?


Wonder by R. J. Palacio

August Pullman, a fifth-grader born with a facial deformity, is about to start mainstream school for the first time in this funny, touching book.


 

Stay tuned for our staff picks for pre-K and grades 9-12!

2014 Summer Reading List for 3rd-5th Grades

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of The American Library Association (ALA) has released its 2014 summer reading lists for grades K-8. Encouraging children to read over the summer can help them retain more information so that they are ready for the next school year.

Here are the books ALSC recommends for those in grades 3-5:

The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut: Bowling Alley Bandit
by Laurie Keller
Henry Holt/Christy Ottaviano
Books, 2013
ISBN: 9780805090765.
Arnie the pet “doughnut dog”
always has a fun time at the
bowling alley, until something
causes his owner to throw
gutter ball after gutter ball.

Battle Bunny
by Jon Scieszka and Mac
Barnett, illustrated by
Matthew Myers
Simon & Schuster, 2013
ISBN: 9781442446731.
Gran Gran gave Alexander a
beautiful book about Birthday
Bunny, but Alexander decides
to “create” his own book
about Battle Bunny, which
suits his tastes much better.

Big Nate: In a Class by Himself
by Lincoln Peirce
HarperCollins, 2010
ISBN: 9780061944345.
Supremely confident middleschool
student Nate Wright
manages to make getting
detention from every one of
his teachers in the same day
seem like an achievement.
First in a series.

The Birchbark House
by Louise Erdrich
Hyperion, 1999
ISBN: 9780786814541 (PB).
Omakayas, a young Ojibwa
girl living near Lake Superior in
the mid-1800s, cares for her
baby brother and experiences
the growing settlement of
white people on her family’s
land. First in a series.

Bluffton: My Summers with Buster
by Matt Phelan
Candlewick Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780763650797.
Muskegon, Michigan, is an
ordinary town until a band
of vaudeville performers,
including young Buster
Keaton, decide to spend the
summer there.

Clementine
by Sara Pennypacker,
illustrated by Marla Frazee
Hyperion, 2006
ISBN: 9780786838820.
While sorting through
difficulties in her friendship
with her neighbor Margaret,
eight-year-old Clementine
gains several unique hairstyles
while also helping banish the
pigeons from her apartment
building. First in a series.

The Day-Glo Brothers
by Chris Barton
Charlesbridge, 2009
ISBN: 9781570916731.
The true story of two brothers
who, messing around in their
basement, discover colors
that glow in the dark.

Doll Bones
by Holly Black, illustrated by
Eliza Wheeler
Simon & Schuster/Margaret K.
McElderry, 2013
ISBN: 9781416963981.
Three friends set off for an
adventure to bury a haunted
doll made of the bones of a
long-ago girl.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
by Chris Grabenstein
Random House, 2013
ISBN: 9780375870897.
Kyle, a huge lover of games,
G r a d e s 3 – 5
gets to spend the night in Mr.
Lemoncello’s amazing new
library and join in the biggest
game of all—with a prize
beyond his imagination.
The Grand Plan to Fix

Everything
by Uma Krishnaswami,
illustrated by Abigail Halpin
Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, 2011
ISBN: 9781416995906 (PB).
Bollywood fan Dini is moving to
India. Will she get a chance to
meet her favorite movie star?
Inside Out and Back

Again
by Thanhha Lai
HarperCollins, 2011
ISBN: 9780061962783.
Hà escapes South Vietnam
with her family and finds that
life is very different in the
United States.

Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse
by Marilyn Singer, illustrated
by Josée Masse
Dutton, 2010
ISBN: 9780525479017.
Read these poems both
forwards and backwards for a
wild new spin on your favorite
fairy tale characters!

The Mysterious Benedict
Society
by Trenton Lee Stewart,
illustrated by Carson Ellis
Little, Brown; 2007
ISBN: 9780316057776.
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.
Nathan Hale’s Hazardous

Tales: One Dead Spy
by Nathan Hale
Abrams/Amulet Books, 2012
ISBN: 9781419703966.
Just before Nathan Hale
is hung as a spy in the
Revolutionary War, he tells
a British soldier and the
hangman a bit of American
history.

Out of My Mind
by Sharon M. Draper
Simon & Schuster/Atheneum,
2010, ISBN: 9781416971702.
Considered by many to be
intellectually disabled, a
brilliant, impatient fifth-grader
with cerebral palsy is given
her voice with a technological
device, opening the door to a
new life.

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin
by Liesl Shurtliff
Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
ISBN: 9780307977939.
Twelve-year-old Rump goes
on a quest to discover his true
identity and to break a magical
curse in this humorous take
on the classic fairy tale.

Serafina’s Promise
by Ann E. Burg
Scholastic, 2013
ISBN: 9780545535649.
Serafina, who lives in Haiti,
longs to become a doctor, but
how will she find the money
and the time, when her family
needs her help with chores,
and earthquakes and floods
keep setting them back?
Spirit Animals, Book One:

Wild Born
by Brandon Mull
Scholastic, 2013
ISBN: 9780545522434.
In Erdas, four children have
four mighty spirit animals,
but can these kids and their
animals save their world?
First in a series.

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
by Tom Angleberger
Abrams/Amulet Books, 2010
ISBN: 9780810984257.
Sixth-grader Tommy and
his friends describe their
interactions with a paper
finger puppet of Yoda as they
try to figure out whether or not
the puppet can really predict
the future. First in a series.

The 13-Story Treehouse
by Andy Griffiths, illustrated
by Terry Denton
Feiwel and Friends, 2013
ISBN: 9781250026903.
Join Andy and Terry for
adventures in their amazing
treehouse, complete with
bowling alley, see-through
swimming pool, lemonade
fountain, and man-eatingshark
tank!

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
by Stephan Pastis
Candlewick Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780763660505.
Introducing Total Failure, Inc.,
the best detective agency in
town, run by eleven-year-old
Timmy Failure and his partner,
Total, a 1,500-pound polar
bear. First in a series.

Tuesdays at the Castle
by Jessica Day George
Bloomsbury, 2011
ISBN: 9781599906447.
On Tuesdays, Castle Glower
takes on a life of its own,
magically rearranging itself.
When the castle is ambushed,
it’s up to Princess Celie to
save the day. First in a series.
Weird but True: 300

Outrageous Facts
National Geographic Children’s Books, 2010
ISBN: 9781426305948 (PB).
These facts are outrageous,
wacky, funny, weird . . . and
all true! You won’t be able
to stop flipping through this
incredible book.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
by Grace Lin
Little, Brown; 2009
ISBN: 9780316114271.
Minli and a dragon begin a
quest to find the Old Man
on the Moon, who may have
answers to Minli’s family’s
troubles.
Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy
by Tui T. Sutherland
Scholastic, 2012
ISBN: 9780545349185.
Five young dragons from
different tribes must face
treachery and deceit and work
together to fulfill the prophecy
that will bring an end to the
dragon wars. First in a series.

Check back soon for grades 6-8, as well as our staff picks for pre-K and grades 7-9!