Summer Reading Program 2017

Build a Better World @ Lakeview Community Library! Summer Reading Program 2017

  • Open to all ages from birth to 100+!
  • For each book you read this summer between June 1st and August 18th, get a raffle ticket to go towards your chance of winning of our famous raffle baskets.
  • If you read the most books in your age group this summer, you will win a grand prize.
  • For each program you attend, get a free raffle ticket!
  • Make your own personal reading goal this summer. When you complete that goal, get your very own yard sign letting everyone know a Lakeview Community Library Superstar lives there!
  • Enjoy reading! All of those who participate receive a complimentary tote bag and additional library swag!
  • Printable Summer Calendar Booklet: Summer 2017 Calendar Booklet
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Check out a list of books for middle schoolers compiled by the Random Lake Middle School! Remember…parents may want to help you choose books, as not every book will suit every student! 🙂 

2017 Summer Reading List

For Incoming 5th and 6th Grade Readers


This list includes a wide variety of books to appeal to the interests and reading levels of middle school students.  These books are available at Lakeview Community Library or can be ordered on Parents are encouraged to review book selections with their children in order to help them make appropriate choices.  Book descriptions are from the various book publishers. 

(F) = Fiction (NF) = Nonfiction

Alexander, Kwame. BOOKED.

In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel THE CROSSOVER, soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-year-old Nick 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. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read.   This electric and heartfelt novel-in-verse by poet Kwame Alexander bends and breaks as it captures all the thrills and setbacks, action and emotion of a World Cup match! (F)



In this true story of a pen-pal correspondence between an American girl and a Zimbabwean boy, a lifelong friendship forms.  Told in alternating chapters, their six-year exchange is both humbling and inspiring.  (NF)



Dwight dons a puppet on his finger: an origami Yoda.  His classmates soon realize that the strange advice Origami Yoda provides will help them solve their middle school problems.  This is the first in the Origami Yoda series.  (F)


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.  (F)



After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting.  Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory.  Suzy’s heartfelt journey helps her reach out to new friends and begin to find her voice.  (F)


Birdsall, Jeanne. THE PENDERWICKS.

This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel’s sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures. The icy-hearted Mrs. Tifton is not as pleased with the Penderwicks as Jeffrey is, though, and warns the new friends to stay out of trouble. Which, of course, they will they or won’t they? One thing is for sure: it will be a summer the Penderwicks will never forget. (F)

Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker. THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE.

Ten-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute: she sneaks out to join him. So begins a new adventure for Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother? (F)



In 2006, nearly 40 percent of the honey bee population in the United States simply vanished.  Bee scientists and beekeepers across the country have been working to understand colony collapse disorder. Photographs and scientific journals help tell the story.  (NF)



This book describes the work of a man who tracks trash as it travels great distances by way of ocean currents.  (NF)


Choldenko, Gennifer.  AL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS

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.  (F)


Clayton, Emma. THE ROAR.

Mika and Ellie live in a future behind a wall, safe from the plague of animals beyond. Or so they’ve been told. But when one of them vanishes and the other takes part in a sinister virtual reality game, they discover their concrete world is built on lies. Lies spun by a government that, decades ago, conspired to “save” the world but only for the chosen few. (F)


Clements, Andrew.  THINGS NOT SEEN.

Bobby wakes up invisible.  His parents and his new blind friend, Alicia, try to reverse his condition.  Also, Things Hoped For and Things That Are.  (F)


Condie, Ally. SUMMER LOST.

It’s the first real summer since the devastating accident that killed Cedar’s father and younger brother, Ben. But now Cedar and what;s left of her family are returning to the town of Iron Creek for the summer. They’re just settling into their new house when a boy named Leo, dressed in costume, rides by on his bike. Intrigued, Cedar follows him to the renowned Summerlost theatre festival. Soon, she not only has a new friend in Leo and a job working concessions at the festival, she finds herself surrounded by mystery. The mystery of the tragic, too-short life of the Hollywood actress who haunts the halls of Summerlost. And the mystery of the strange gifts that keep appearing for Cedar. (F)


Cummingham, Darryl. HOW TO FAKE A MOON LANDING.

Is hydro-fracking safe? Is climate change real? Did the moon landing actually happen? How about evolution: fact or fiction? Award-winning author-illustrator Darryl Cunningham looks at these and other hot-button science topics and presents a fact-based, visual assessment of current thinking and research on eight different issues everybody’s arguing about. His lively storytelling approach incorporates comics, photographs, and diagrams to create substantive but easily accessible reportage. Cunningham’s distinctive illustrative style shows how information is manipulated by all sides; his easy-to-follow narratives allow readers to draw their own fact-based conclusions. A graphic milestone of investigative journalism! (NF)

DeCristofano, Carolyn Cinami.  A BLACK HOLE IS NOT A HOLE.

What is a black hole?  Where do black holes come from?  How do we know they exist?  Will Earth fall into one?  This book is an excellent introduction to an extremely complex scientific concept as it takes readers on a ride through the galaxies: ours and others.  Fall into this book and learn about the phenomenon known as a black hole.  (NF)


Draper, Sharon. OUT OF MY MIND.

Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom; the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know somehow. (F)



Stella lives in the segregated Southern Bumblebee, North Carolina, to be exact about it. Some stores she can go into. Some stores she can’t. Some folks are right pleasant. Others are a lot less so. To Stella, it sort of evens out, and heck, the Klan hasn’t bothered them for years. But one late night, later than she should ever be up, much less wandering around outside, Stella and her little brother see something they’re never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come, unwelcome change by any stretch of the imagination. As Stella’s world is upended, she decides to fight fire with fire. And she learns that ashes don’t necessarily signify an end. (F)


Ellis, Deborah.  THE BREADWINNER.

Parvana lives in Kabul, Afghanistan.  When conditions grow desperate for her family, she poses as a boy so she can earn money to help them.  (F)


Erskine, Kathryn.  MOCKINGBIRD.

Imagine having to go to the dictionary to understand emotions and always struggling to make friends.  Caitlin’s confusion and discomfort, results of her Asperger’s Syndrome, are made even worse when her brother is killed and her father is overwhelmed with grief.  (F)



The heroes, gods, and monsters of Greek mythology come alive in this exciting collection of retellings of the ancient myths that includes tales of Zeus, Hera, Apollo, Artemis, and many more. Written in simple, direct language, Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths is an accessible and entertaining guide to the Greek myths and their players, following fearless heroes as they battle epic beasts under the eyes of the mighty immortals who rule them.  From mortal warriors like Perseus and his impossible task of slaying the monstrous Medusa, to Zeus, the king of the Gods whose thunderbolts can shake the earth, to the minotaur, a gruesome beast, half-man and half-bull, who destroys young victims that are sacrificed to his terrifying power, this world is one of magic and adventure. (F)

Feinstein, John.  THE WALK ON.

Newcomer Alex really wants the quarterback position on his new high school’s football team; however, that position is currently filled by the coach’s son.  (F)


Frederick, Heather Vogel. ABSOLUTELY TRULY.

After serving in Afghanistan and returning home with an injury, Truly’s father has a hard time finding a job. He moves his reluctant family to New Hampshire to take over a struggling bookshop. Although she feels alone and left out, Truly finds a mysterious letter in a first edition copy of Charlotte’s Web and makes new friends as she tries to solve the clues to discover the letter’s writer.  (F)


Gibbs, Stuart. BELLY UP.

When he discovers that FunJungle’s mascot has been murdered, twelve-year-old Teddy is on the case. With help from the owner’s thirteen-year-old daughter, Teddy risks his life to find the person guilty of destroying the famous Henry the Hippo. (F)


Goldberg Sloan, Holly. COUNTING BY 7S.

Willow Chance is a 12-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life until now. (F)



In the Great Disruption, time fragmented, stranding countries and continents in different time periods, some of them thousands of years apart.  Eight years ago, Sophia’s parents disappeared on a mission, leaving her uncle, Shadrack, to raise her.  When Shadrack is kidnapped, Sophia and her friend, Theo, leave their home to search for him.  As they travel over oceans and new lands, they encounter pirates and hidden cities, and they must rely on Shadrack’s maps and each other to uncover the mystery and save Sophia’s family.  (F)



Nathan Hale, the author’s historical namesake, was America’s first spy, a Revolutionary War hero who famously said “I regret that I have but one life to give for my country” before being hanged by the British. In the Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series, author Nathan Hale channels his namesake to present history’s roughest, toughest, and craziest stories in the graphic novel format. (F)



Ellie Cruz misses her old best friend, her dearly departed goldfish, and even her old class.  Everything changes when her mother brings home a strange boy: her estranged grandfather.  Melvin, a scientist, has discovered how to reverse aging and is now 13 again!  While it is difficult having her teenage grandfather as a classmate, Ellie finally has the opportunity to get to know her grandfather, and her interest in science grows.  She begins to question whether science can go too far. (F)


Hunt, Lynda Mullaly. FISH IN A TREE.

Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid. Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions.  She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her and to everyone than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike. (F)

Johnson, Jayleigh. MARK OF THE DRAGONFLY.

Piper has never seen the Mark of the Dragonfly until she finds the girl amid the wreckage of a caravan in the Meteor Fields. The girl doesn’t remember a thing about her life, but the intricate tattoo on her arm is proof that she’s from the Dragonfly Territories and that she’s protected by the king. Which means a reward for Piper if she can get the girl home. The one sure way to the Territories is the 401, a great old beauty of a train. But a ticket costs more coin than Piper could make in a year. And stowing away is a difficult prospect: everyone knows that getting past the peculiar green-eyed boy who stands guard is nearly impossible. Life for Piper just turned dangerous. A little bit magical. And very exciting, if she can manage to survive the journey. (F)


Kelly, Erin Entrada. BLACKBIRD FLY.

Apple has always felt a little different from her classmates. She and her mother moved to Louisiana from the Philippines when she was little, and her mother still cooks Filipino foods and chastises Apple for becoming “too American.” When Apple’s friends turn on her and everything about her life starts to seem weird and embarrassing, Apple turns to music. If she can just save enough to buy a guitar and learn to play, maybe she can change herself. It might be the music that saves her . . . or it might be her two new friends, who show her how special she really is. Erin Entrada Kelly deftly brings Apple’s conflicted emotions to the page in her debut novel about family, friendship, popularity, and going your own way. (F)



It was a surprise to a lot of people when Mrs. Olinski’s team won the sixth-grade Academic Bowl contest at Epiphany Middle School. It was an even bigger surprise when they beat the seventh grade and the eighth grade, too. And when they went on to even greater victories, everyone began to ask: How did it happen? (F)


Korman, Gordan. THE UNGIFTED.

The word gifted has never been applied to a kid like Donovan Curtis. It’s usually more like Don’t try this at home. So when the troublemaker pulls a major prank at his middle school, he thinks he’s finally gone too far. But thanks to a mix-up by one of the administrators, instead of getting in trouble, Donovan is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction (ASD), a special program for gifted and talented students. (F)


Law, Ingrid.  SAVVY. 

When Beaumont family members turn 13, they receive their savvy: a magical gift unique to each one of them.  Mibs’ thirteenth birthday arrives when her father is out of town and becomes ill.  Mibs, her savvy, and a cast of characters hit the road to save him.  Also, the companion novel Scumble.  (F)


L’Engle, Madeleine. A WRINKLE IN TIME.

Everything is wrong in Meg Murray’s life. In school, she’s been dropped down to the lowest section of her grade. She’s teased about her five-year-old brother, Charles Wallace, who everyone mistakenly thinks is dumb. Not to mention that Meg wears braces and glasses and has mouse-brown hair.

Winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal, L’Engle’s novel, the first in the Time Quartet, still has the power to mesmerize even the most jaded reader. A profound sense of mystery courses through every page. The novel’s sophisticated concept, along with its warm and sensitive narrative tone, set the perfect stage for Meg to discover that love is the most powerful force in the universe. (F)


Lupica, Mike.  FANTASY LEAGUE.

Charlie loves playing football, but his real gift is playing fantasy football.  As a student of the game, he has a knack for choosing players and watching his team win.  When his best friend’s grandfather, owner of the new LA Bulldogs NFL team, hears Charlie’s podcast and gets a peek at Charlie’s skills on the sidelines of a real NFL game, he hires Charlie to consult.  But this is the National Football League, and Charlie’s decisions become real instead of fantasy.  (F)


Lupica, Mike. GAME CHANGERS: BOOK 1.

Ben McBain is every football team’s dream player. He’s a jack-of-all-trades guy that can handle almost any position. When the game is on the line, Ben’s number is the one being called for the final play. But Ben wants to be the starting quarterback and the one thing standing in his way is the coach’s son. Shawn O’Brien looks the part. He has been groomed by his father, a former professional quarterback. But despite his size and arm strength, Shawn is struggling. Ben is torn between being a good teammate and going after his own dream. As Ben finds out, Shawn isn’t the easiest person to help. And when Ben gets an unexpected opportunity, the entire game will change for the both of them. (F)



Perry Wallace was born at an historic crossroads in U.S. history. He entered kindergarten the year that the Brown v. Board of Education decision led to integrated schools, allowing blacks and whites to learn side by side. A week after Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Wallace enrolled in high school and his sensational jumping, dunking, and rebounding abilities quickly earned him the attention of college basketball recruiters from top schools across the nation. In his senior year his Pearl High School basketball team won Tennessee’s first racially-integrated state tournament. The world seemed to be opening up at just the right time, and when Vanderbilt University recruited Wallace to play basketball, he courageously accepted the assignment to desegregate the Southeastern Conference. The hateful experiences he would endure on campus and in the hostile gymnasiums of the Deep South turned out to be the stuff of nightmares. Yet Wallace persisted, endured, and met this unthinkable challenge head on. This insightful biography digs deep beneath the surface to reveal a complicated, profound, and inspiring story of an athlete turned civil rights trailblazer. (NF)



Janie Scott’s family has just moved from Los Angeles to London, where she meets Benjamin Burrows, the son of a mysterious apothecary.  When Ben’s father is kidnapped, Janie and Ben must use the apothecary’s magical book, The Pharmacopoeia, to find him and save the world.  (F)



After severely injuring Peter Driscal in an empty parking lot, mischief-maker Cole Matthews is in major trouble. But instead of jail time, Cole is given another option: attend Circle Justice, an alternative program that sends juvenile offenders to a remote Alaskan Island to focus on changing their ways. Desperate to avoid prison, Cole fakes humility and agrees to go.

While there, Cole is mauled by a mysterious white bear and left for dead. Thoughts of his abusive parents, helpless Peter, and his own anger cause him to examine his actions and seek redemption ”from the spirit bear that attacked him, from his victims, and from himself. (F)



1793, Philadelphia. The nation’s capital and the largest city in North America is devastated by an apparently incurable disease, cause unknown . . .

In a powerful, dramatic narrative, critically acclaimed author Jim Murphy describes the illness known as yellow fever and the toll it took on the city’s residents, relating the epidemic to the major social and political events of the day and to 18th-century medical beliefs and practices. Drawing on first-hand accounts, Murphy spotlights the heroic role of Philadelphia’s free blacks in combating the disease, and the Constitutional crisis that President Washington faced when he was forced to leave the city and all his papers ”while escaping the deadly contagion. The search for the fever’s causes and cure, not found for more than a century afterward, provides a suspenseful counterpoint to this riveting true story of a city under siege. (NF)


Nielsen, Jennifer A.  THE FALSE PRINCE.

In a kingdom ravaged by civil war, a nobleman of the court seeks an impersonator to play the role of the king’s long-lost son in order to unify the people.   He enlists a group of four orphans, including Sage, who must compete for the part.  Can Sage win the part and pull off the role as a prince?  (F)


Palacio, R. J.  WONDER

Auggie is a normal boy.  He likes Star Wars, video games, and playing with his dog, but Auggie was born with a facial deformity that until now has prevented him from going to public school.  Auggie wants nothing more than to be treated like an ordinary kid, but it’s hard for his classmates to get past his extraordinary face.  Wonder is Auggie’s story, but it also includes chapters from his sister, classmates, and friends.  Through these multiple perspectives, we see that Auggie’s journey not only changes his life but the lives of everyone around him.  (F)


Paulsen, Gary. MY LIFE IN DOG YEARS.

Gary Paulsen has owned dozens of unforgettable and amazing dogs. In each chapter he tells of one special dog, among them Cookie, the sled dog who saved his life; Snowball, the puppy he owned as a boy in the Philippines; Ike, his mysterious hunting companion; Dirk, the grim protector; and his true friend Josh, a brilliant border collie. (NF)



Basketball clinics, a revolving door of coaches, incensed parents, and the importance of the right sneakers: is that what the game is about? Told from the perspective of four unlikely friends, Nora Raleigh Baskin’s poignant novel focuses on the action, drama, and fun of playing ball and explores what it takes to be a winner of the game, both on the court and off. (F)



So begins Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic–and sarcastic asides–to the classics. He explains how the world was created, then gives readers his personal take on a who’s who of ancients, from Apollo to Zeus. Percy does not hold back. “If you like horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing, and cannibalism, then read on, because it definitely was a Golden Age for all that.” This novel-sized paperback, complete with an insert of full-color illustrations by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco, is portable and friendly, and the ideal way to introduce young readers to the classic stories. (F)


These books draw off of Ripken’s experience playing baseball, as well as the issues he sees facing kids today. It’s an area Ripken is expertly qualified to write about: The Hall of Famer works with kids through his Ripken Baseball program to help them appreciate the value of hard work and sportsmanship while having fun playing the game. (F)


Ryan, Pam Munoz.  ESPERANZA RISING. 

After her father is murdered, Esperanza Ortega is forced to flee her beloved El Rancho de las Rosas in Mexico to a migrant camp in California.  (F)



When 12-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toy seller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.  This novel in words and pictures is the winner of the 2008 Caldecott Medal.  (F)



A group of counterfeiters scheme to steal Abraham Lincoln’s body from his tomb, ransom Lincoln’s remains for money, and 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.  (NF)



After their parents are lost in an accident, thirteen-year old twins Grace and Marty are whisked away to live with their Uncle Wolfe-an uncle that they didn’t even know they had! The intimidating Uncle Wolfe is an anthropologist who has dedicated his life to finding cryptids, mysterious creatures believed to be long extinct. (F)


Stead, Rebecca.  WHEN YOU REACH ME.

Sixth grader Miranda lives in 1978 New York City with her mother and is never without her favorite book, A Wrinkle in Time.  When she starts to receive a series of notes that claim to want to save her life, Miranda begins to believe they are coming from someone who knows the future.  This is the 2010 Newbery Medal winner.  (F)


Van Draanen, Wendelin. THE RUNNING DREAM.

Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She’s not comforted by the news that she’ll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run? As she struggles to cope, Jessica feels that she’s both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don’t know what to say act like she’s not there. Jessica’s embarrassed to realize that she’s done the same to a girl with CP named Rosa. A girl who is going to tutor her through all the math she’s missed. A girl who sees right into the heart of her. With the support of family, friends, a coach, and her track teammates, Jessica may actually be able to run again. But that’s not enough for her now. She doesn’t just want to cross finish lines herself; she wants to take Rosa with her. (F)


Malala Yousafzai is an outspoken advocate for education for all children.  In October 2012, she nearly lost her life when she was shot at point-blank range on the way home from school because of her education advocacy.  Malala tells her remarkable story of her crusade for education rights, recovery, and survival. (NF



2017 Summer Reading List

For Incoming 7th and 8th Grade Readers:


This list includes a wide variety of books to appeal to the interests and reading levels of middle school students.  These books are available at Lakeview Community Library or can be ordered on Parents are encouraged to review book selections with their children in order to help them make appropriate choices. Book descriptions are from the various book publishers. 

(F) = Fiction (NF) = Nonfiction


Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor. Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox—the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.  Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don’t forget to bring a towel! (F)



Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met. (F)


Alcott, Louisa M.  LITTLE WOMEN.

The March family endures trials and tribulations while their father is involved in the Civil War.  (F)


Amato, Mary.  GUITAR NOTES. 

Two very different high school students, Tripp and Lyla, begin an unexpected friendship after discovering a common love of writing songs for the guitar.  Also, Get Happy.  (F)



This book explores the history and impact of sugar on our world, from slavery to revolution to human rights.  (NF)



In this comedy of manners, Elizabeth Bennet, a spirited heroine, doesn’t always agree with her opinionated beau, Mr. Darcy.  (F)


Aveyard, Victoria. RED QUEEN.

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. There, before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess, and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays the only certainty is betrayal.




Bardugo, Leigh. SIX OF CROWS.

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone.…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction–if they don’t kill each other first. (F)



On a plane to Washington DC, Wyatt and Matt listen to a sketchy conversation between two men sitting behind them.  They also notice that those men have aerial pictures of the White House.  Convinced that they must be terrorists, Matt steals a strange device from one of the men in hopes of stopping an attack.  Here begins a hilarious chase through the streets of DC as the bad guys attempt to retrieve the device from a group of bumbling eighth graders.  (F)


Bartoletti, Susan Campbell.  THE BOY WHO DARED. 

In jail awaiting his execution, a German teenager recalls Hitler’s rise to power and the courage he found to stand up against the Nazi regime.  (F)



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.  (NF)


Bell, CeCe. EL DEAFO.

Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid. The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear—sometimes things she shouldn’t—but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become “El Deafo, Listener for All.” And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she’s longed for. (F)


Black, Holly, and Cassandra Clare.  THE IRON TRIAL.

Callum Hunt has been warned his whole life to stay away from magic.  When Call is called to attend the entrance exams for The Magisterium, a school of magic, he promises his father he will deliberately fail the test.  Unfortunately, magic is in Call’s blood, and he is selected to study with the greatest magician of all time, Master Rufus.  Call and his new friends discover that mysteries lie deep in the Magisterium caverns, and they learn that sometimes it is hard to tell the good from the bad.  (F)


Bodeen, S. A.  THE COMPOUND. 

Fifteen-year-old Eli has spent the last six years with his family in a massive underground shelter his father built.  Nuclear war has destroyed the world he knows, including his grandmother and twin brother, who couldn’t reach the compound in time.  With nine years to go before the air outside will be safe to breathe, Eli is starting to have doubts about his father’s motives, explanations, and sanity.  (F)


Brontë, Charlotte.  JANE EYRE.

In early 19th century England, an orphaned young woman accepts employment as a governess and soon finds herself in love with her employer, who has a terrible secret.  (F)





Brown, Daniel James. THE BOYS IN THE BOAT.

It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest. (NF)



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.  (F)



Ten strangers marooned off the Devon coast at the island home of the mysterious Mr. Owen find they all have one thing in common–each has been responsible for the death of at least one other person. As the “guests” are murdered one-by-one with the methods. (F)


Dashner, James.  THE MAZE RUNNER. 

Fighting against a mysterious group named WICKED, Thomas and the other boys in the Glade must crack the secret code and find a way out of the moving maze before it’s too late.  This the first book in the Maze Runner trilogy.  (F)



Matt is the young clone of El Patron, the leader of a corrupt drug empire located between Mexico and the United States.  El Patron has lived 140 years with the help of transplants from a series of clones.  Gradually, Matt realizes his fate, but can he escape in time?  (F)



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.  (F)


Gardner, Sally. MAGGOT MOON.

What if the football hadn’t gone over the wall. On the other side of the wall there is a dark secret. And the devil. And the Moon Man. And the Motherland doesn’t want anyone to know. But Standish Treadwell — who has different-colored eyes, who can’t read, can’t write, Standish Treadwell isn’t bright â€” sees things differently than the rest of the “train-track thinkers.” So when Standish and his only friend and neighbor, Hector, make their way to the other side of the wall, they see what the Motherland has been hiding. And it’s big…One hundred very short chapters, told in an utterly original first-person voice, propel readers through a narrative that is by turns gripping and darkly humorous, bleak and chilling, tender and transporting. (F)



In this true story, Eric Greitens describes his journey to become a Navy SEAL.  Before becoming a SEAL, Greitens traveled the world from Bosnia to Rwanda, where he worked to help children and refugees attempting to recover from devastating conflicts.  These humanitarian trips led Greitens to the belief that to protect those in need, one must be willing to act.  This memoir focuses on the idea that the greatest strength is actually compassion.  (NF)


Hesse, Karen. WITNESS.

Leanora Sutter. Esther Hirsh. Merlin Van Tornhout. Johnny Reeves . . . These characters are among the unforgettable cast inhabiting a small Vermont town in 1924. A town that turns against its own when the Ku Klux Klan moves in. No one is safe, especially the two youngest, twelve-year-old Leanora, an African-American girl, and six-year-old Esther, who is Jewish. In this story of a community on the brink of disaster, told through the haunting and impassioned voices of its inhabitants, Newbery Award winner Karen Hesse takes readers into the hearts and minds of those who bear witness.

Hickham, Homer. OCTOBER SKY.

October Sky (originally published as Rocket Boys) is the first memoir in a series of three, by Homer Hickam, Jr. It is a story of growing up in a mining town, and a boy’s pursuit of amateur rocketry in a coal mining town.  (NF)




Hillenbrand, Laura. UNBROKEN.

In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will. (NF)


Horowitz, Anthony.  STORMBREAKER.  

After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, 14-year-old Alex is coerced to continue his uncle’s dangerous work for Britain’s intelligence agency, M16.  This is the first book in the Alex Riderspy thriller series.  (F)



Was Egypt’s first female pharaoh murdered?  Did the city of Ubar, located on the Arabian Peninsula, just vanish into thin air?  Was Anastasia, a Russian princess, murdered, or is she alive and well?  With the help of DNA testing and modern-day science, uncover the truth behind these age-old mysteries.  (NF)



Before one fateful April day, Jeanne lived the life of a typical Rwandan girl. She fought with her little sister, went to school, and teased her brother. Then, in one horrifying night, everything changed. Political troubles unleashed a torrent of violence upon the Tutsi ethnic group. Jeanne’s family, all Tutsis, fled their home and tried desperately to reach safety. They―along with nearly 1 million others―did not survive. The only survivor of her family’s massacre, Jeanne witnessed unspeakable acts. But through courage, wits, and sheer force of will, she survived. Based on a true story, this haunting novel by Jeanne’s adoptive mother makes unforgettably real the events of the 1994 Rwandan genocide as one family experienced it. Jeanne’s story is a tribute to the human spirit and its capacity to heal. (F)



Fever, chills, headaches, vomiting blood, and liver failure are all symptoms of the deadly disease yellow fever. In this story, follow Walter Reed and his team of doctors as they travel to Cuba in 1900 to run lab reports, use soldiers as test subjects, and experience inevitable challenges and triumphs in an effort to unlock the secret of what once was an unsolved medical mystery.  (NF)



Charlie Gordon is about to embark upon an unprecedented journey. Born with an unusually low IQ, he has been chosen as the perfect subject for an experimental surgery that researchers hope will increase his intelligence, a procedure that has already been highly successful when tested on a lab mouse named Algernon.

As the treatment takes effect, Charlie’s intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment appears to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance, until Algernon suddenly deteriorates. Will the same happen to Charlie? (F)



The history of sneakers is anything but boring.  Learn about the feud between brothers that lead to the creation of rival sneaker companies, how endorsement deals put sneakers on the map, what it really costs to manufacture a sneaker, and how companies use teenagers to make shoes cool (and then make them too expensive for teenagers to keep up with the trend they started).  (NF)


Klass, David. GRANDMASTER.

Freshman Daniel Pratzer gets a chance to prove himself when the chess team invites him and his father to a weekend-long parent-child tournament. Daniel, thinking that his father is a novice, can’t understand why his teammates want so badly for them to participate. Then he finds out the truth: as a teen, his father was one of the most promising young players in America, but the pressures of the game pushed him too far, and he had to give up chess to save his own life and sanity. Now, thirty years later, Mr. Pratzer returns to the game to face down an old competitor and the same dark demons that lurk in the corners of a mind stretched by the demands of the game. Daniel was looking for acceptance—but the secrets he uncovers about his father will force him to make some surprising moves himself. (F)



Lane, Andy. DEATH CLOUD.

It is the summer of 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is fourteen. On break from boarding school, he is staying with eccentric strangers — his uncle and aunt — in their vast house in Hampshire. When two local people die from symptoms that resemble the plague, Holmes begins to investigate what really killed them, helped by his new tutor, an American named Amyus Crowe. So begins Sherlock’s true education in detection, as he discovers the dastardly crimes of a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent. (F


Levithan, David. EVERY DAY.

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.(F)



From Cleopatra to Nikolay Romanov, kings and queens over the ages have been the targets of murderers or have done the targeting themselves.  Read about gruesome deeds, deadly poisons, and political mysteries.  (NF)


Magoon, Kekla. HOW IT WENT DOWN.

When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson dies from two gunshot wounds, his community is thrown into an uproar. Tariq was black. The shooter, Jack Franklin, is white.

In the aftermath of Tariq’s death, everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events line up. Day by day, new twists further obscure the truth.

Tariq’s friends, family, and community struggle to make sense of the tragedy, and to cope with the hole left behind when a life is cut short. In their own words, they grapple for a way to say with certainty: This is how it went down. (F)



Perry Wallace was born at an historic crossroads in U.S. history. He entered kindergarten the year that the Brown v. Board of Education decision led to integrated schools, allowing blacks and whites to learn side by side. A week after Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Wallace enrolled in high school and his sensational jumping, dunking, and rebounding abilities quickly earned him the attention of college basketball recruiters from top schools across the nation. In his senior year his Pearl High School basketball team won Tennessee’s first racially-integrated state tournament. The world seemed to be opening up at just the right time, and when Vanderbilt University recruited Wallace to play basketball, he courageously accepted the assignment to desegregate the Southeastern Conference. The hateful experiences he would endure on campus and in the hostile gymnasiums of the Deep South turned out to be the stuff of nightmares. Yet Wallace persisted, endured, and met this unthinkable challenge head on. This insightful biography digs deep beneath the surface to reveal a complicated, profound, and inspiring story of an athlete turned civil rights trailblazer. (NF)


Martin, Ann. RAIN REIGN.

Rose Howard has OCD, Asperger’s syndrome, and an obsession with homonyms (even her name is a homonym). She gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose’s rules of homonyms, is very special. Rain was a lost dog Rose’s father brought home. Rose and Rain are practically inseparable. And they are often home alone, as Rose’s father spends most evenings at a bar, and doesn’t have much patience for his special-needs daughter.

Just as a storm hits town, Rain goes missing. Rose’s father shouldn’t have let Rain out. Now Rose has to find her dog, even if it means leaving her routines and safe places to search. Rose will find Rain, but so will Rain’s original owners.

Hearts will break and spirits will soar for this powerful story, brilliantly told from Rose’s point of view. (F)


Murphy, Julie. DUMPLIN’

Dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . .  until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. (F)



What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions. (F)


Pullman, Phillip. THE GOLDEN COMPASS. 

This fantasy relates Lyra’s adventures while preventing her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming victims of experiments in the Far North.  This is the first in the His Dark Materials trilogy.  (F)



The two-time Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt delivers the shattering story of Joseph, a father at thirteen, who has never seen his daughter, Jupiter. After spending time in a juvenile facility, he’s placed with a foster family on a farm in rural Maine. Here Joseph, damaged and withdrawn, meets twelve-year-old Jack, who narrates the account of the troubled, passionate teen who wants to find his baby at any cost. In this riveting novel, two boys discover the true meaning of family and the sacrifices it requires. (F)


Stevenson, Robert Louis.  TREASURE ISLAND.

An innkeeper and his son find a map on the body of a deceased guest.  The map promises a pirate’s fortune, and many adventures follow.  (F)


Tolkien, J. R. R.  THE HOBBIT. 

In this prelude to The Lord of the Rings, Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who enjoys his comfortable life, is the last person anyone would expect to head off on an adventure. But that is exactly what happens when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep.  The dwarves have a plan to return to their ancestral home and reclaim a stolen fortune from the dragon Smaug, and soon Bilbo is swept into a dangerous adventure complete with giant spiders, hostile elves, and a creature named Gollum.  (F)



Malala Yousafzai is an outspoken advocate for education for all children.  In October 2012, she nearly lost her life when she was shot at point-blank range on the way home from school because of her education advocacy.  Malala tells her remarkable story of her crusade for education rights, recovery, and survival. (NF)


Zusak, Markus. THE BOOK THIEF.

It’s 1939 in Molching, Germany, and horror is everywhere. Nazi rule has divided the nation into those who are brutalized and those who are merely oppressed. Hunger, fear, and isolation reign. There are stories here, and who better to tell them than Death? (F)