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Suggested Secondary School Summer Reading Lists

Research has shown that the summer months away from school can cause a decline in student skills in both reading and math.

To help combat this decline, Unadilla Valley Central School encourages students entering grades 7, 8, and 9 to read at least one novel from a list of award winners and recommendations from the public library system.

With multiple titles to choose from, there is something for everyone to enjoy this summer. The reading list has been distributed to students in their English classes and can also be found on the school website. In addition, there will be hard copies in the main office. If your child does not find a book of interest on the list, he/she may substitute it with one at or above their Lexile level.

A Lexile rating is also included beside each title. The Lexile Framework for Reading is intended to match readers with a text at the level he/she is reading. There is no direct correspondence between a specific Lexile and grade; within any grade, there is a range of readers. As a guide, a typical reader measure for a 7th grader is 735L-1065. A typical measure for an 8th grader is 805L-1100L. Students have received their Lexile range this year.

If interested in obtaining a Four County library card that provides students access to all local libraries, as well as online books, please contact Megan Tumilowicz at mtumilowicz@uvstorm.org.


Students will be required to complete a project in late September on a book from the summer reading list.

Please be thinking of these questions as you read your book, so you can prepare for the school year.

1. Describe a significant setting in your text. What makes this setting important?

2. What was the main character like? What did he or she do or say to show this?

3. What was the main conflict or struggle in the story and how did it develop?

4. Rate your book on a scale of 1-4 (4=excellent). Explain your rating.

Please feel free to contact the ELA teachers, Katie Wolford (kwolford@uvstorm.org) and Aimee Slagle (aslagle@uvstorm.org) with any questions.

Have a safe and enjoyable summer and happy reading!








Here is the High School suggested summer reading list:

High School Summer Reading List

Here is the Middle School suggested summer reading list:

Middle School Reading List

Alifirenka, Caitlin and Martin Ganda
I WILL ALWAYS WRITE BACK (790)
Chronicles the friendship between an American girl and her pen pal from Zimbabwe, discussing how a class assignment was the beginning of a correspondence that spanned six years and changed two lives.

Applegate, Katherine
THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN (570)
(Fiction)
Ivan is a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall. When he meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

Baskin, Nora Raleigh
SUMMER BEFORE BOYS (720)
(Fiction) Julia and Eliza are lifelong friends who have shared everything until one develops her first real crush. The girls find themselves drifting apart until Eliza does something drastic to win Julia back.

Federle, Tim
BETTER NATE THAN EVER (930)
(Fiction)
Nate Foster has big dreams. His whole life, he’s wanted to star in a Broadway show. But how is Nate supposed to make his dreams come true when he’s stuck in Jankburg, Pennsylvania, where no one (except his best pal Libby) appreciates a good show tune? With Libby’s help, Nate plans a daring overnight escape to New York.

Abdel-Fattah, Randa
DOES MY HEAD LOOK BIG IN THIS? (850)

Sixteen-year-old Ama, an Australian-born Muslim Palestinian, decides she is ready to wear the hijab, or head covering, as a sign of her deep faith. Ama copes with misconceptions and discrimination in a humorous way as she defends her decision to herself and others.

Angleberger, Tom
DARTH PAPER STRIKES BACK (720)
(Fiction)
Harvey is upset when his Darth Paper finger puppet brings humiliation and gets Dwight suspended. Origami Yoda asks Tommy and Kellan, now in seventh grade, to make a new casefile to persuade the School Board to reinstate Dwight.

Angleberger, Tom
STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA (760)
(Fiction)
Sixth grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight. They try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future.

Nielsen, Jennifer
THE FALSE PRINCE (710)
(Fiction)
In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son.

Peck, Richard
THE SECRETS AT SEA (600)
(Fiction)
In 1887, the social-climbing Cranston family is secretly accompanied on their voyage from New York to London by Helena and her mouse siblings. The journey is both terrifying and wondrous as the mice meet an array of titled humans despite their best efforts at remaining hidden.

Carringer, Gail
ETIQUETTE AND ESPIONAGE (780)
Far from being a proper Victorian young lady, Sophronia would rather take apart machinery, climb, and generally cause trouble than learn to curtsy. When her mother sends her off to Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality to learn how to be a proper lady, she is shocked to learn that the school is actually a floating airship where young girls are taught the skills of espionage. This steampunk mystery is filled with dirigibles, robots, werewolves, and vampires!

Bauer, Joan
ALMOST HOME (590)
(Fiction)
Sixth-grader Sugar and her mother lose their beloved house and experience the harsh world of homelessness.

Lubar, David
DOG DAYS (630)
(Fiction)
Larry has to work hard to try to earn money to buy food to feed three stray dogs. Now his brother has taken him to an alley where another dog is staying. How can he afford to take care of another dog?

Lord, Cynthia
TOUCH BLUE (750)
(Fiction)
The state of Maine plans to shut down her island's schoolhouse, which would force her family to move to the mainland--and Tess to leave the only home she has ever known. Fortunately, the islanders have a plan too: increase the numbers of students by having several families take in foster children. So now Tess and her family are taking a chance on Aaron, who has been bounced from home to home.

Patterson, Nancy Ruth
Ellie Ever (820)
(Fiction)
After losing her father and all their possessions in a hurricane, nine-year-old Ellie and her mother move to a small apartment on a horse farm in Virginia. There her new classmates think that she lives in a mansion and is a princess.


Mills, Claudia
HOW OLIVER OLSON CHANGED THE WORLD (730)
(Realistic Fiction)
Oliver has a problem...his parents are way too protective and to top it off, they won’t even let him do school projects by himself. When his teacher proclaims that anyone can change the world with a good idea, Oliver is skeptical but hopeful that it is true.

Pitchford, Dean
CAPTAIN NOBODY (750)
(Realistic Fiction)
Newt Newman has always been in his big brother’s shadow. When a football injury sends his brother into a coma, Newt is noticed even less by his too-busy parents. Along with some quirky friends, Newt creates a Halloween costume that creates an alter ego for him–Captain Nobody–the defender of the little guy.

Schmidt, Gary D.
OKAY FOR NOW. (850)
(Fiction)
As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, Doug Swieteck has no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother. He finds an ally in Lil Spicer--a fiery young lady. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon's birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage.

Selznick, Brian
WONDERSTRUCK (830)
. (Fiction)
Having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, twelve-year-old Ben leaves is Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City. There he meets Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life. Ben's story is told in words; Rose's in pictures.

Ritter, William
JACKABY (920)
Newly arrived in 1892 New England, Abigail Rook becomes assistant to R.F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with the ability to see magical beings, and she helps him delve into a case of supernatural serial murder.

Barrett, Tracy
THE 100-YEAR-OLD SECRET (650)
(Mystery) An American brother and sister living in London, discover that Sherlock Holmes was their great-great-great grandfather. They are inducted into the Society for the Preservation of Famous Detectives and given his unsolved casebook. They attempt to solve the case of a famous missing painting.

Berlin, Eric
THE PUZZLING WORLD OF WINSTON BREEN: THE POTATO CHIP PUZZLES (670)
(Fiction)
Puzzle-crazy, twelve-year-old Winston and his ten-year-old sister Katie find themselves involved in a dangerous mystery involving a hidden ring.

Black, Holly
DOLL BONES (840)
(Fiction)
Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends forever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. Just when it looks like the three might be growing up and leaving the game behind, Poppy reveals she is being haunted. Reality and make-believe begin to blend, and the three head out on an adventure they will never forget

Hiaasen, Carl
CHOMP (800)
(Fiction)
When filming an episode of the reality television show "Expedition Survival" in the Florida Everglades, the difficult star disappears. Wahoo and classmate, Tuna Gordon, set out to solve the mystery.


DiCamillo, Kate
THE MAGICIAN’S ELEPHANT (730)
(Fiction)
When ten-year-old orphan Peter Augustus Duchene encounters a fortune teller in the marketplace, she tells him that his sister, who was presumed dead, is alive. He goes on a series of adventures to find her.

Carter, Ally
ALL FALL DOWN (610)
(Fiction)
Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:
1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.
As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her -- so there's no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.
Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can't control Grace -- no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do. Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn't stop it, Grace isn't the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

Mass, Wendy
13 GIFTS (720)
Shortly before her thirteenth birthday, shy and withdrawn Tara is sent to stay with her aunt, uncle, and cousin in her parents' hometown of Willow Falls. She makes new friends and becomes involved with an elderly buyer and seller of collectibles, who seems to be trying to give Tara some kind of mysterious message.

Scieszka, Jon
GUYS READ: THRILLER (760)
This is a series of short stories that are full of mystery, intrigue, and nefarious activity. Featuring some of the best writers around, it is a pulse-pounding collection of brand-new short stories, each one guaranteed to keep you riveted until the final page.

Stead, Rebecca
WHEN YOU REACH ME (750)
(Fiction)
By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it's safe to go, and they know who to avoid.
But things start to unravel. A mysterious note arrives, scrawled on a tiny slip of paper. The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows things that haven’t yet happened.

Stone, Phoebe
THE ROMEO AND JULIET CODE (850)
(Historical Fiction)
During World War II, eleven-year-old Felicity is sent from London to Bottlebay, Maine, to live with her grandmother, aunt, uncle, and a reclusive boy. He helps her decode mysterious letters that contain the truth about her missing parents.

Turnage, Shelia
THREE TIMES LUCKY (560)
(Fiction)
Mo LoBeau was washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina. Now eleven, Mo and her best friend turn detective when the co-owner of a café and his cook appear to be implicated in a murder.

Weeks, Sarah
PIE. (930)
(Fiction)
Polly Portman’s award-winning pies put the town of Ipswitch, Pennsylvania, on the map. After Polly’s death, her devoted niece Alice and Alice's friend investigate who is going to extremes to find Aunt Polly's secret pie crust recipe.
Fourteen pie recipes are included.

Gaiman, Neil
THE GRAVEYARD BOOK (820)
After losing his family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard, where he will be raised by the groundskeeper and the ghosts that dwell there. As he grows up, he learns that his family’s killer is still out there looking for him.

Paulsen, Gary
HATCHET (1020)
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the Canadian wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.

Wallace, Brandon
WILDER BOYS (750)
To evade their mother's abusive boyfriend, brothers Jake, thirteen, and Taylor, eleven, venture from the suburbs of Pittsburgh toward the wilds of Wyoming in search of the father they have not seen in four years, using their wilderness skills to survive against both natural and human dangers.

Smith, Roland
PEAK (780)
A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.

Korman, Gordon
MASTERMINDS (730)
A group of kids discovers they were cloned from the DNA of some of the greatest criminal masterminds in history for a sociological experiment.

Green, Tim
FORCED OUT (760)
When Joey has to compete with his best friend, Zach, for a single spot on an elite baseball team, he is forced to decide how far he is willing to go to win.

Green, Tim
UNSTOPPABLE (730)
If anyone understands the phrase "tough luck," it's Harrison, and as a foster kid in a cruel home, he knows his dream of one day playing for the NFL is a long shot--but then his luck seems to change.

Feinstein, John
LAST SHOT: A FINAL FOUR MYSTERY (760)
Stevie and Susan Carol win a sports writing contest and have a chance to cover the NCAA Final Four games. When these teenage journalists discover a scheme to fix the games, they go undercover to stop the plot.
This is the first in Feinstein’s sports mystery series.

Murdock, Catherine Gilbert
DAIRY QUEEN (990)
After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.

Flake, Sharon
PINNED (460)
Adonis is smart, intellectually gifted and born without legs; Autumn is strong, a great wrestler, and barely able to read in ninth grade; but Autumn is determined to make Adonis a part of her life, whatever he or her best friend thinks.

Sheinkin, Steve
LINCOLN’S GRAVE ROBBERS (930)
(Nonfiction)
A group of counterfeiters scheme to steal Abraham Lincoln’s body from his tomb and ransom his remains for money to free a master counterfeiter from jail. Secret Service agents learn of the plot, recruit an undercover agent to infiltrate the gang, and try to catch the criminals before they can rob Lincoln’s grave.

Bascomb, Neal
THE NAZI HUNTERS: HOW A TEAM OF SPIES AND SURVIVORS CAPTURED THE
WORLD’S MOST NOTORIOUS NAZI (1000)
In 1945, at the end of World War II, Adolf Eichmann, the head of operations for the Nazis' Final Solution, walked into the mountains of Germany and vanished from view.
Sixteen years later, an elite team of spies captured him at a bus stop in Argentina and smuggled him to Israel, resulting in one of the century's most important trials.

Fleming, Candace
AMELIA LOST (930)
(Biography)
This book tells the story of Amelia Earhart's life-as a child, a woman, and a pilot-and describes the search for her missing plane.

Borden, Louise
THE JOURNEY THAT SAVED CURIOUS GEORGE: THE TRUE WARTIME ESCAPE OF MARGARET AND H. A.REY (950)
(Nonfiction)
This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of the Reys and their escape from Paris during World War II.

Freedman, Russell
ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND FREDERICK DOUGLASS (1110)
(Nonfiction)
Freedman tells the story of a friendship between two men who shared many characteristics. Lincoln and Douglass were both self-educated, born into poverty, and through relentless effort and hard work, reached great success.


Freedman, Russell
FREEDOM WALKERS (1110)
(Nonfiction) The author breathes life into the key personalities and events that contributed to the yearlong civil rights struggle. The struggle became known as the
Montgomery Bus Boycott.


Pinkney, Andrea Davis
HAND IN HAND: TEN BLACK MEN WHO CHANGED AMERICA
(Biography)
This biography profiles the lives of 10 brave men from different eras of American History. Readers discover that each man left an indelible legacy and that courage and determination can turn ordinary citizens into heroes.

Freedman, Russell
THE BOSTON TEA PARTY (1130)
(Nonfiction)
More than any other event, the Boston Tea Party of 1773 has come to stand for the determination of American colonists to control their own destinies. From the arrival of the ships full of tea in Boston Harbor, through the protest meetings at the Old South Church, to the act of dumping 226 chests of tea into the harbor, Freedman captures this exciting story.

Patent, Dorothy Henshaw
DOGS ON DUTY (1190)
(Nonfiction) The invaluable contributions of Military Working Dogs are well documented in this book. Patent discusses their special attributes such as the night vision and sense of smell that help these dogs keep their human partners safe. The roles they have played in World Wars I and II, in Vietnam, and in Iraq and Afghanistan are highlighted. Brief histories of individual dogs such as Stubby from World War I and Eli in Afghanistan are told.

Simon, Seymour
SEYMOUR SIMON’S EXTREME OCEANS (1170)
(Nonfiction)
Seymour Simon investigates the most extreme environments, animals, plants, and weather in the ocean. Imagine exploring the most extreme parts of our amazing oceans—the tallest waves, the darkest depths, and the largest and most dangerous sea creatures on Earth. Interesting facts and stunning photographs make for an exciting underwater expedition!

Thimmesh, Catherine and Melissa Sweet
GIRLS THINK OF EVERYTHING: STORIES OF INGENIOUS INVENTIONS BY WOMEN (960)
(Biography)
This book tells how women throughout the ages have responded to situations confronting them in daily life by inventing such items as correction fluid, space helmets, and disposable diapers.

Scott, Elaine
BURIED ALIVE (1060)
(Nonfiction)
This book describes the 2010 mining accident in San José, Chile, in which thirty-three men became trapped underground for over sixty days and details the rescue efforts and the worldwide media coverage of the event.

Montgomery, Sy and Temple Grandin
TEMPLE GRANDIN: HOW THE GIRL WHO LOVED COWS EMBRACED AUTISM AND CHANGED THE WORLD (960)
This biography explores the life and mind of Temple Grandin, a brilliant autistic woman who revolutionized the livestock industry.

Aronson, Marc
SUGAR CHANGED THE WORLD: A STORY OF MAGIC, SPICE, SLAVERY, FREEDOM, AND SCIENCE (1130)
This book explores the history and impact of sugar on our world, from slavery to revolution to human rights.

Fleischman, John
PHINEAS GAGE (1030)
This is the gruesome, true account of an accident that happened to a railroad foreman in Vermont in 1848. A 13-pound iron rod shot through his brain. He survived but became a textbook case in brain science.

Blumenthal, Karen
BOOTLEG: MURDER, MOONSHINE, AND THE LAWLESSNESS OF PROHIBITION (1250)
When Congress passed the 18th Amendment, prohibiting the manufacture and sale of alcohol, supporters were convinced it would create a stronger, more moral nation. Instead, corruption and lawlessness erupted. This is a fast-paced, gripping account with vivid photos from the period.

McClafferty, Carla Killough
FOURTH DOWN AND INCHES: CONCUSSIONS AND FOOTBALL’S MAKE-OR-BREAK MOMENT (1070)
Nineteen players died because of injuries suffered during the 1905 football season, and public outrage almost got the game banned. However, football players, coaches, fans, and officials made changes to make the game safer. Now, football is coming under scrutiny again as scientists learn more about concussions and brain injuries sustained during football games and practices. Will these new understandings about the dangers of brain injuries and football lead to the end of the sport or safer practices for athletes?

Rappaport, Doreen
BEYOND COURAGE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF JEWISH RESISTANCE DURING THE HOLOCAUST (1030)
Under the noses of the military, thousands of children are smuggled out of occupied France into Switzerland. In Belgium, three resisters ambush a train, allowing scores of Jews to flee from the cattle cars. In Poland, four brothers lead more than 1,200 ghetto refugees into the forest to build a guerilla force and self-sufficient village. And a 12-year-old entertains German officers with his violin moments before setting off a bomb. Through 21 meticulously researched accounts, the author illuminates the defiance of tens of thousands of Jews with the weapons of courage, ingenuity, the will to survive, and the resolve to save others or to die trying.

Alexander, Kwame
THE CROSSOVER (750)
Twin brothers Josh and Jordan love basketball and their dad, a former professional player. Told in verse by Josh, the story’s play-by-play basketball action is interspersed with the details of how he and his brother are growing up in different ways and at different speeds.

Alexander, Kwame
BOOKED (660)
Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.

Applegate, Katherine
HOME OF THE BRAVE
Kek, an African refugee, is confronted by many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in his fifth grade classroom, and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner.

Bryant, Jennifer
RINGSIDE, 1925: VIEWS FROM THE SCOPES TRIAL
Visitors, spectators, and residents of Dayton, Tennessee, in 1925 describe, in a series of free-verse poems, the Scopes "monkey trial" and its effects on that small town and its citizens.

Burg, Ann
ALL THE BROKEN PIECES (680)
Two years after being airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975, Matt Pin is haunted by the terrible secret he left behind and, now, in a loving adoptive home in the United States, a series of profound events forces him to confront his past.

Creech, Sharon
LOVE THAT DOG (1010)
A young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous poems mean to him, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem.

Creech, Sharon
HATE THAT CAT (830)
Jack is studying poetry again in school, and he continues to write poems reflecting his understanding of famous poems and how they relate to his life.

McCall, Guadalupe Garcia
UNDER THE MESQUITE (990)
Throughout her high school years, as her mother battles cancer, Lupita takes on more responsibility for her house and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in acting and writing poetry.

Hesse, Karen
WITNESS
A series of poems express the views of various people in a small Vermont town, including a young black girl and a young Jewish girl, during the early 1920s when the Ku Klux Klan is trying to infiltrate the town.

Hesse, Karen
OUT OF THE DUST (1040)
In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.

Pinkney, Andrea Davis
RED PENCIL (620)
After her tribal village is attacked by militants, Amira, a young Sudanese girl, must flee to safety at a refugee camp, where she finds hope and the chance to pursue an education in the form of a single red pencil and the friendship and encouragement of a wise elder.

Buyea, Rob
BECAUSE OF MR. TERUPT (560)
(Fiction)
Seven fifth-graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed for the better by "rookie teacher" Mr. Terupt.

Korman, Gordon
UNGIFTED (730)
(Fiction)
After pulling a major prank in school and due to an administrative mix-up, troublemaker Donovan Curtis is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction.

Hale, Shannon
PRINCESS ACADEMY (890)
(Fiction)
While attending a strict academy for potential princesses with the other girls from her mountain village, fourteen-year-old Miri discovers unexpected talents and connections to her homeland.

Korman, Gordon
SCHOOLED (740)
(Fiction)
Capricorn Cap Anderson has been homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Rain. When Rain is injured in a fall, Cap is forced to attend the local middle school. Although he knows a lot about Zen Buddhism, nothing has prepared him for public school.

Curtis, Christopher Paul
THE MIGHTY MISS MALONE (750)
(Fiction)
With love and determination befitting the "world's greatest family," Deza Malone, her brother Jimmie, and their parents endure tough times in Indiana and later Michigan, during the Great Depression.

Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker
THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE (580)
A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.

Gratz, Alan
PROJEKT 1065 (780)
Originally from Ireland, Michael O'Shaunessey now lives in Nazi Germany with his parents. They are a family of spies. Now, Michael must infiltrate Hitler Youth, risking everything to uncover Projekt 1065, a secret Nazi war mission.

Scattergood, Augusta
GLORY BE (680)
(Fiction)
Gloria Hemple celebrates her Fourth of July birthday at the community pool, but 1964 brings changes that she had not anticipated. Her hometown of Hanging Moss,
Mississippi, is in turmoil, and Gloria must navigate her way through changing relationships with family and friends.

Rinaldi, Ann
SARAH’S GROUND (690)
(Historical Fiction)
In 1861, eighteen-year-old Sarah Tracy, from New York State, comes to work at Mount Vernon, the historic Virginia home of George Washington. While there she tries to protect the safety and neutrality of the site during the Civil War. She also meets her future husband, Upton Herbert, the plantation superintendent. Historical notes are included

Garcia, Rita
ONE CRAZY SUMMER (750)
(Fiction)
In the summer of 1968, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters travel from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know. They arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

Bruchac, Joseph
CODE TALKERS: A NOVEL ABOUT THE NAVAJO MARINES OF WORLD WAR TWO (910)
After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay is recruited by the Marines to become a code talker, sending urgent messages during World War II in his native tongue.

Choldenko, Gennifer
AL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS (530)
In 1935, Moose Flanagan and his family move to Alcatraz Island, where Moose’s father has found work in the prison housing such notorious criminals as Al Capone.
Moose must balance the responsibilities of caring for his autistic sister and cope with the free-spirited warden’s daughter. This is the first of a three-book series.

Mazer, Harry
BOY AT WAR: A NOVEL OF PEARL HARBOR (530)
Fourteen-year-old Adam is caught in the midst of the attack on December 7, 1941. Also, A Boy No More and Heroes Don’t Run: A Novel of the Pacific War.

Sepetys, Ruta
BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY (490)
Soviet officers force Lina and her family into a labor camp in Siberia during World War II. They face great hardship, struggling to survive the horrifying conditions.

Sepetys, Ruta
SALT TO THE SEA (560)
(Fiction)
In this novel based on real-life events, Prussian World War II refugees find their hopeful exodus turning into a desperate fight for survival when the ship on which they are escaping sinks in the Atlantic.

Draper, Sharon
OUT OF MY MIND (700)
(Fiction)
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.

Erskine, Katherine
MOCKINGBIRD (630)
(Fiction)
Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.

Palacio, R. J.
WONDER (790)
(Fiction)
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. There he endures the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

Telgemeier, Raina
SMILE (410)
(Fiction—Graphic Novel).
Raina trips and severely injures her two front teeth. She copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself.

Patterson, James and Chris Grabenstein
I FUNNY (610)
(Fiction)
Wheelchair-bound Jamie Grimm resolves to become the world's greatest stand-up comedian despite less-than-funny challenges in his life. He endures bullying from his mean-spirited cousin and hopes he will be fairly judged when he enters a local comedy contest.

Telgemeier, Raina
DRAMA (400)
(Fiction—Graphic Novel).
Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.

Bell, Cece
EL DEAFO
If you think going to school and making friends can be tough, try doing it with a hearing aid strapped to your chest! Cece loses her hearing from an illness at a young age. This graphic memoir recounts CeCe’s journey with her Phonic Ear, a very powerful but very awkward hearing aid. CeCe struggles to fit in and still be herself.

Applegate, Katherine
THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN (570)
Spectators come to see Ivan, a silverback gorilla, and other animals housed behind the glass walls in the Big Top Mall. He is content until Ruby, a baby elephant from
Africa, joins the group. Ivan is now determined to find her a way out of this caged existence. This book is loosely based on a true story.
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