Sixth-graders Russell and Shawn, poor and picked on, work together “pooper scooping” up dog droppings to earn money for a Rottweiler puppy who will protect them from bullies. When they learn the puppies' owner is running an illegal dog-fighting ring, they are torn about how to respond.
Because of Mr. Terupt (Grades 4-6) by Rob Buyea
Seven fifth-graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed for the better by "rookie teacher" Mr. Terupt.
Floors: Book 1 (Grades 4-6) by Patrick Carman
Ten-year-old Leo's future and the fate of the extraordinary Whippet Hotel, where his father is the maintenance man, are at stake when a series of cryptic boxes leads Leo to hidden floors, strange puzzles, and unexpected alliances.
Tortilla Sun (Grades 4-6) by Jennifer Cervantes
While spending a summer in New Mexico with her grandmother,twelve-year-old Izzy makes new friends, learns to cook, and for the first time hears stories about her father, who died before she was born.
Jake (Grades 4-6) by Audrey Couloumbis
What is family? It has always been just Jake and his mom until she is suddenly hospitalized and he finds himself alone. Jake needs help and finds it in unexpected places.
2013 Rhode Island Children's Book Award nominees
Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (Grades 3-6) by Matt De la Peña
When an African American boxer has a 1938 bout with Adolph Hitler’s “Master Race” German heavyweight, it becomes more than just a boxing match: the honor of the entire racially divided United States is at stake!
Small as an Elephant (Grades 4- 6) by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
Abandoned by his mother in an Acadia National Park campground, Jack tries to make his way back to Boston before anyone figures out what is going on, with only a small toy elephant for company.
The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale (Grades 3-6) by Carmen Agra Deedy
A community of mice and a cheese-loving cat form an unlikely alliance at London's Cheshire Cheese, an inn where Charles Dickens finds inspiration and Queen Victoria makes an unexpected appearance.
Worst of Friends- Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and the True Story of an American Feud (Grades 4-6) by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain
These two best friends worked together to help form a new nation, but can they fix their broken friendship?
Inside Out & Back Again (Grades 4-6) by Thanhha Lai
Based on the author’s own life, a ten-year-old girl experiences the culture shock of moving to America from Vietnam; this story expresses both the humor and heartbreak of this time in her life.
Marty Mcguire (Grades 3-4) by Kate Messner
When tomboy Marty is cast as a princess in the school play, she doesn’t want anything to do with it until her parents force her to take part. It’s only then that she discovers she can adapt and still be herself.
Fractions = Trouble (Grades 3-4) by Claudia Mills
When Wilson Williams is struggling with fractions and his parents hire a math tutor for him, he is mortified. He is determined to make sure that no one finds out, not even his best friend, Josh.
When Life Gives you O.J. (Grades 3-6) by Erica S. Perl
Zelly Fried wants a dog more than anything, so at the urging of her grandfather, during the summer before sixth grade she takes care of a "practice dog" made out of an orange juice jug to show her parents that she is ready for the responsibility, even though she is sometimes
not entirely sure about the idea.
Sidekicks (Grades 3-6) by Dan Santat
In this graphic novel, Captain Amazing feels he is getting too old to be a reliable superhero, so he tries to hire a new sidekick, but his super powered pets have different ideas. When the arch villain Dr. Havoc returns to town Captain Amazing finds himself in trouble. Can his pets save the day?
Wonderstruck (Grades 4-6) by Brian Selznick
The lives of Rose and Ben, two deaf children growing up 50 years apart, intersect at the American Museum of Natural History. Why is Rose running away? Who is Ben's father? Are their lives connected? Explore the words and the pictures to discover the truth.
2013 Rhode Island Children's Book Award nominees
The Great Wall of Lucy Wu (Grades 3-6) by Wendy Wan-Long Shang
Eleven-year-old aspiring basketball star and interior designer Lucy Wu is excited about finally having her own bedroom, until she learns that her great-aunt is coming to visit from China and Lucy will have to share a room with her for several months. Will this and her parents forcing her to attend Chinese school bring to an end of her plans for a
perfect sixth-grade year?
Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade (Grades 3-6) by Melissa Sweet
As a boy, Tony Sarg invented a method for feeding his family's chickens while still in bed. As an adult, he created awe-inspiring, floating, balloons to star in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.
My Life as a Stuntboy (Grades 3-6) by Janet Tashjian
Derek Fallon has the opportunity of a lifetime when he gets to perform skateboarding stunts and other disciplines of parkour in a movie opposite teen idol, Tanya Billings. But when he learns that he must wear a wig and his friend posts the embarrassing videos of him on the Internet he wonders if life can get any worse.
Won-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku (Grades 3-6) by Lee Wardlaw
A skeptical shelter cat finally finds a home with the perfect boy. Told in senryu (a form of haiku) with expressive illustrations; this whole literary package is heartwarming and unforgettable.
Pie (Grades 4-6) by Sarah Weeks
Alice’s Aunt Polly is the best pie maker in the country. When she dies suddenly, the whole town tries to discover how to make pies like Aunt Polly. Alice, however, is trying to find out who the mysterious stranger is that is lurking around town looking for the answer.