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Echo Mountain by
When twelve-year-old Ellie and her family lose their livelihood and move to a mountain cabin in 1934, she quickly learns to be an outdoors woman and, when needed, a healer.
In graphic novel format this is the exciting life story of John Muir--who sailed to America as a boy and ended up changing the world. He inspired people in many countries to start protecting planet Earth.
The Young Adventurer's Guide to (Almost) Everything by
55 step-by-step, illustrated activties that teach kids everything from how to see like an owl to build the world's coolest fort from sticks. The Young Adventurer's Guide brings back forgotten skills like using the stars instead of GPS and building forts out of foraged sticks. Sections include- Secrets of the Woods, The Best Camping Trip, Make Cool Stuff That's Actually Useful, and Turn the Ordinary into the Extraordinary.
Forest World by
A novel in verse that tells the story of a Cuban-American boy who visits his family's village in Cuba for the first time--and meets a sister he didn't know he had. Now, to save the Cuban jungle they love, they are going to have to find a way to conquer a real villain!
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by
Calpurnia Virginia Tate wonders why the yellow grasshoppers in her Texas backyard are so much bigger than the green ones. With a little help from her grandfather, an avid naturalist, she figures out that the green grasshoppers are easier to see against the yellow grass, so they are eaten before they can get any larger. As Callie explores the natural world around her, she develops a close relationship with her grandfather.
A World Below by
Mr. Baker's eighth grade class thought they were in for a normal field trip to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, but their journey takes a terrifying turn when an earthquake hits and the students are plunged into a frigid underground lake, forcing them to fight for survival and find their way back above ground.
Scar Island by
Twelve-year-old Jonathan Grisby has been sent to the Slabhenge Reformatory School for Troubled Boys, a former lunatic asylum which is currently run by a sadist who enjoys punishing the boys and setting them against each other; but when a lightning strike kills all the adults the boys find themselves suddenly free--and trapped on Scar Island which seems to be sinking into the ocean.
The Disaster Days by
We were all alone, in a shaken and shattered house, in the dark. And I was in charge. Hannah Steele loves living on Pelling, a tiny island near Seattle. She's always felt totally safe there. So when she's asked to babysit after school one day, it's no big deal. Then the shaking begins. The terrifying earthquake only lasts four minutes, but it changes everything--damaging the house, knocking out the power, and making cell service nonexistent. Evenworse, the ferry and the bridge connecting the kids to help--and their parents--are both blocked, which means they're stranded alone. And Hannah's in charge as things go from bad to worse.
Grades 6-8 Graphic Novels
At home, Maggie is the odd one out. Her parents are preoccupied with the new baby they're expecting, and her younger brothers are twins and always in their own world. Maggie thinks a new puppy is the answer, but when she goes to select one on her birthday, she breaks out in hives and rashes. She's severely allergic to anything with fur! Can Maggie outsmart her allergies and find the perfect pet?
Hudi needs to lose weight, according to his doctors. His parents push him to try out for sports. Hudi would rather do anything else, but then he meets Chunky, his imaginary friend and mascot. Together, they decide to give baseball a shot. Baseball doesn't go well (unless getting hit by the ball counts). While Hudi's parents keep trying to find the right sport for Hudi, Chunky encourages him to pursue his true love--comedy.
Class Act by
Jordan's friend Drew takes center stage in another laugh-out-loud funny, powerful, and important story about being one of the few kids of color in a prestigious private school.
Fly on the Wall by
In Fly on the Wall, a twelve-year-old boy goes on a (forbidden) solo adventure halfway around the world to prove his independence to his overprotective family.
Meet Abbie Wu. Abbie is in crisis--and not just because she's starting middle school or because she's stuck in a family that doesn't quite get her or because everyone seems to have a Thing except her. Abbie Wu is always in crisis.
Katie the Catsitter by
Katie is dreading the boring summer ahead while her best friends are all away at camp--something that's way out of Katie and her mom's budget, UNLESS Katie can figure out a way to earn the money for camp herself. But when Katie gets a job catsitting for her mysterious upstairs neighbor, life get interesting. Some heroes have capes . . . Katie has cats!
Oh My Gods by
Raina Telgemeier and Rick Riordan teamed up to write a comic, and offers a fresh and funny spin on Greek mythology. When an average girl moves to Mt. Olympus, she discovers her new classmates are gods and mythological creatures are actually real--as if junior high isn't hard enough! Karen is just an average thirteen-year-old from New Jersey who loves to play video games with her friends and watch movies with her mom. But when she moves to Greece to live with her eccentric, mysterious father, Zed, suddenly everything she thought about herself--about life--is up in the air. Starting a new school can be difficult, but starting school at Mt. Olympus Junior High, where students are gods and goddesses, just might take the cake. Especially when fellow classmates start getting turned to stone. Greek mythology . . . a little less myth, a little more eek! And if Karen's classmates are immortal beings, who does that make her?
Pepper Page Saves the Universe! by
The year is 2421. Awkward and shy, Pepper buries herself in the universe of the classic fictional superhero Supernova to avoid dealing with the perils of the 9th grade. But then fate intervenes when Pepper encounters a strange cat named Mister McKittens and stumbles into a volatile science experiment run by a sinister substitute teacher named Doctor Killian.Pepper and is flung into another dimension, bringing her face to face with an order of cosmic beings who declare her to be the steward of their great power, champion of harmony in the universe, protector of worlds present and past. Now, in the 21st Century, Pepper finds that she herself is the real Supernova. But as Pepper soon learns, escapist fantasy and reality are two very different things.
Stepping Stones by
Jen did not want to leave the city. She did not want to move to a farm with her mom and her mom's new boyfriend, Walter. She did not want to leave her friends and her dad. Most of all, Jen did not want to get new "sisters," Andy and Reese. As if learning new chores on Peapod Farm wasn't hard enough, having to deal with perfect-at-everything Andy might be the last straw for Jen. Besides cleaning the chicken coop, trying to keep up with the customers at the local farmers' market, and missing her old life, Jen has to deal with her own insecurities about this new family . . . and where she fits in.
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Black Brother, Black Brother by
After Donte and his twin brother Trey start at a new school he finds he is being treated unfairly due to his dark skin color, while Trey with his lighter skin is not. Donte decides to try fencing to beat the boy who has been bullying him, and finds support and friendship at the same time.
In this first book of The Overthrow Trilogy, Anaya, Petra and Seth seem to be the only people immune to the toxic plants invading their Canadian island home and soon realize this rapidly spreading worldwide invasion must be stopped. With their soon-to-be revealed hidden powers these teens must stop this invasive carnivourous alien plant species from destroying Earth.
The Canyon's Edge by
One year after the death of her mother, Nora and her father go exploring at canyon deep in the Arizona desert, hoping it will help them find peace. While Nora longs for things to go back to normal, her father wants to keep them isolated. When they reach the bottom of the canyon a flash flood rips across their path, sweeping away Nora's father and all of their supplies. Suddenly, Nora finds herself lost and alone in the desert, facing dehydration, venomous scorpions, deadly snakes, and, worst of all, the Beast who has terrorized her dreams for the past year.
City Spies by
When Sara is caught hacking the NYC foster care system she expects to head to juvie. But a man claiming to be her her lawyer whisks her away to a private school in England where she beings her real education - as part of a group of international spy kids who just might save the world.
Dress Coded by
Dress Coded is a podcast, a protest, and powerful. Molly is making eighth grade girls voices heard. The school's dress code is biased and unfair and these girls are going to make sure everyone knows about it.
Efrén Divided by
Although Efren is American-born, his parents are undocumented. He worries about his parents, and his nightmare comes true when his Ama doesn't return from work because she has been deported to Mexico. Efren decides he must be brave and come up with a plan to keep his family together.
Fighting Words by
Ten-year-old Della is a tough kid. A survivor. She and her older sister are inseparable. After escaping an abusive household, the girls find comfort with Francine, their Foster mother, who turns out to be exactly who they need to help them work through their trauma.
A High Five for Glenn Burke by
When sixth grader Silas Wade does a school presentation on former Major Leaguer Glenn Burke, it's more than just a report about baseball and the inventor of the high five. Burke was a black, gay baseball player in the 1970s--and for Silas, the presentation is his own first step toward coming out as gay.
This fascinating encyclopedia of monsters delves into the history and science behind eight legendary creatures, from Bigfoot and the kraken to zombies and more. Find out each monster's origin story and the real-world history that informed it. Then explore the science of each creature in fun and surprising ways.
Once upon an Eid by
Once Upon an Eid is a collection of short stories that showcases the most joyful Islamic holiday of the year: Eid!
These stories will fill you with joy and comfort as you learn about the celebrations of family and food!
The Only Black Girls in Town by
Beach-loving surfer Alberta has been the only Black girl in town for years. When new people move into the house across the street, Alberta is ecstatic to learn the family is black--and they have a 12-year-old daughter. As they bond over shared experiences, they discover old journals in the attic that lead them into a mystery about the past.
Snap is determined to save her dog from the town witch but when she meets Jacks she realizes that she is not what she expected. Jacks is really just a cool and creepy old lady who cares for animals and sells taxidermy roadkill on the side. They become friends when Jacks promises to teach her to care for orphaned baby opossums and Snap starts to think that maybe there was something to those "witch" rumors after all.
Song for a Whale by
Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award. Twelve-year-old Iris and her grandmother, both deaf, drive from Texas to Alaska armed with Iris's plan to help Blue-55, a whale unable to communicate with other whales.
Superman Smashes the Klan by
When Dr. Lee moves his family to Metropolis, his son Tommy adjusts to the new neighborhood while daugher Roberta feels out of place. When the evil Klan of the Fiery Cross begins a string of terrorist attacks on the city, Superman fights them, and Roberta and Superman soon learn to embrace their own unique features that set them apart.
When 12 year old Elle's mother disappears, she is sent to live with relatives in a "perfect" town. There she meets Pip and Otto and learn they all share the same birthday - Halloween. When they discover that the town has a pact to sacrifice three 13 year olds every 13 years, they must break the curse, or disappear forever.
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by
Tristan Strong is a seventh grade boxer who has just tragically lost his best friend. When is sent to his grandparents' farm in the hopes that some fresh air will do him some good, the last thing he expects is an adventure. One night Tristan chases a mysterious intruder and accidentally punches a hole into the world of the gods. He must repair the hole before the iron monsters can consume that world and ours.
Maureen and Francine are twins and best friends so when Francine wants to be called Fran, join different clubs, and have different classes, Maureen worries they will lose their special twin bond. Will middle school change their relationship forever?
When Stars Are Scattered by
Omar and his younger brother Hassan live in a refugee camp, and when an opportunity for Omar to get an education comes along, he must decide between going to school every day or caring for his nonverbal brother.
A Wish in the Dark by
A boy on the run. A girl determined to find him. All light in Chattana is created by one man -- the Governor, who appeared after the Great Fire to bring peace and order to the city. For Pong, born in Namwon Prison, the magical lights represent freedom, but when Pong escapes from prison, he realizes that the world outside is no fairer than the one behind bars. When Nok, the prison warden's daughter, decides to find Pong she uncovers secrets that make her question the truths she has always held dear.
Zenobia July by
Zenobia July, an excellent coder and hacker, investigates a mystery while wrestling with the challenges of a new school, a new family, and presenting her true gender for the first time.
Read Across Rhode Island
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by
RARI selection - A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism--and antiracism--in America This is NOT a history book. This is a book about the here and now. A book to help us better understand why we are where we are. A book about race. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited. Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas--and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.
Becoming Muhammad Ali by
KRARI selection - Before he was a household name, Cassius Clay was a kid with struggles like any other. Kwame Alexander and James Patterson join forces to vividly depict his life up to age seventeen in both prose and verse, including his childhood friends, struggles in school, the racism he faced, and his discovery of boxing. Readers will learn about Cassius' family and neighbors in Louisville, Kentucky, and how, after a thief stole his bike, Cassius began training as an amateur boxer at age twelve. Before long, he won his first Golden Gloves bout and began his transformation into the unrivaled Muhammad Ali. Fully authorized by and written in cooperation with the Muhammad Ali estate, and vividly brought to life by Dawud Anyabwile's dynamic artwork, Becoming Muhammad Ali captures the budding charisma and youthful personality of one of the greatest sports heroes of all time.
Winner. Just one day can change the world.June 6, 1944: The Nazis are terrorizing Europe, on their evil quest to conquer the world. The only way to stop them? The biggest, most top-secret operation ever, with the Allied nations coming together to storm German-occupied France.Welcome to D-Day.Dee, a young U.S. soldier, is on a boat racing toward the French coast. And Dee -- along with his brothers-in-arms -- is terrified. He feels the weight of World War II on his shoulders. But Dee is not alone. Behind enemy lines in France, a girl named Samira works as a spy, trying to sabotage the German army. Meanwhile, paratrooper James leaps from his plane to join a daring midnight raid. And in the thick of battle, Henry, a medic, searches for lives to save .In a breathtaking race against time, they all must fight to complete their high-stakes missions. But with betrayals and deadly risks at every turn, can the Allies do what it takes to win?
Maybe He Just Likes You by
When boys in her class start hugging seventh-grader Mila and making her feel uncomfortable, she does not want to tell her friends or mother until she reaches her breaking point. Yet, Mila begins to find solace in a new place: karate class. Slowly, with the help of a fellow classmate, Mila learns how to stand her ground and how to respect others--and herself.
New Kid by
Winner of the Newbery and Corretta Scott King Award. As Jordan travels from his Washington Heights neighborhood to the upscale Riverdale private school where he's starting seventh grade, he finds himself torn between two worlds---and not really fitting into either one.
When You Trap a Tiger by
Newbery Award Winner. When Lily and her family move in with her sick grandmother, a magical tiger straight out of her halmoni's Korean folktales arrives, prompting Lily to unravel a secret family history.
Before the Ever After by
Coretta Scott King Award. For as long as ZJ can remember, his dad has been everyone's hero. As a charming, talented pro football star, he's as beloved to the neighborhood kids he plays with as he is to his millions of adoring sports fans. But lately life at ZJ's house is anything but charming. His dad is having trouble remembering things and seems to be angry all the time. ZJ's mom explains it's because of all the head injuries his dad sustained during his career. ZJ can understand that--but it doesn't make the sting any less real when his own father forgets his name. As ZJ contemplates his new reality, he has to figure out how to hold on tight to family traditions and recollections of the glory days, all the while wondering what their past amounts to if his father can't remember it. And most importantly, can those happy feelings ever be reclaimed when they are all so busy aching for the past?
Show Me a Sign by
Schneider Family Book Award. Mary Lambert has always felt safe and protected on her beloved island of Martha's Vineyard. Her great-great-grandfather was an early English settler and the first deaf islander. Now, over a hundred years later, many people there -- including Mary -- are deaf, and nearly everyone can communicate in sign language. Mary has never felt isolated. She is proud of her lineage. But recent events have delivered winds of change. Mary's brother died, leaving her family shattered. Tensions over land disputes are mounting between English settlers and the Wampanoag people. And a cunning young scientist has arrived, hoping to discover the origin of the island's prevalent deafness. His maniacal drive to find answers soon renders Mary a "live specimen" in a cruel experiment. Her struggle to save herself is at the core of this penetrating and poignant novel that probes our perceptions of ability and disability.
Everything Sad Is Untrue by
Michael L. Printz Award. At the front of a middle school classroom in Oklahoma, a boy named Khosrou (whom everyone calls "Daniel") stands, trying to tell a story. His story. But no one believes a word he says. To them he is a dark-skinned, hairy-armed boy with a big butt whose lunch smells funny; who makes things up and talks about poop too much. But Khosrou's stories, stretching back years, and decades, and centuries, are beautiful, and terrifying, from the moment his family fled Iran in the middle of the night with the secret police moments behind them, back to the sad, cement refugee camps of Italy.and further back to the fields near the river Aras, where rain-soaked flowers bled red like the yolk of sunset burst over everything, and further back still to the Jasmine-scented city of Isfahan. Based on a true story.
CPS/CPL Librarian Faves
No Fixed Address by
Felix Knutsson has a knack for trivia. His favorite game show is Who What Where When; he even named his gerbil after the host. Felix's mom, Astrid, is loving but can't seem to hold on to a job. So when they get evicted from their latest shabby apartment, they have to move into a van. Astrid swears him to secrecy; he can't tell anyone about their living arrangement, not even Dylan and Winnie, his best friends at his new school. If he does, she warns him, he'll be taken away from her and put in foster care. As their circumstances go from bad to worse, Felix gets a chance to audition for a junior edition of Who What Where When, and he's determined to earn a spot on the show. Winning the cash prize could make everything okay again.
Ever since Ellie wore a whale swimsuit and made a big splash at her fifth birthday party, she's been bullied about her weight. To cope, she tries to live by the Fat Girl Rules--like "no making waves," "avoid eating in public," and "don't move so fast that your body jiggles." And she's found her safe space--her swimming pool--where she feels weightless in a fat-obsessed world. In the water, she can stretch herself out like a starfish and take up all the room she wants. It's also where she can get away from her pushy mom, who thinks criticizing Ellie's weight will motivate her to diet. Fortunately, Ellie has allies in her dad, her therapist, and her new neighbor, Catalina, who loves Ellie for who she is. With this support buoying her, Ellie might finally be able to cast aside the Fat Girl Rules and starfish in real life--by unapologetically being her own fabulous self.
Dragon Hoops by
Gene understands stories--comic book stories, in particular. Big action. Bigger thrills. And the hero always wins. But Gene doesn't get sports. He lost interest in basketball long ago, but at the high school where he now teaches, it's all anyone can talk about. The men's varsity team, the Dragons, is having a phenomenal season. Each victory brings them closer to their ultimate goal: the California State Championships. Once Gene gets to know these young all-stars, he realizes that their story is just as thrilling as anything he's seen on a comic book page. He knows he has to follow this epic to its end. What he doesn't know yet is that this season is not only going to change the Dragons's lives, but his own life as well.
Gabby Woods is looking forward to another summer vacation at her family's lake house, even though she would rather bury herself in a mystery novel than make new friends. But soon Gabby meets Paige, a snarky kid from Chicago, and they get caught up in a local mystery: the sudden disappearance of a glamorous couple and the extravagant lake house they left behind. To gather clues about the missing couple, Paige coaxes Gabby into trespassing. Though Gabby knows it's wrong, each sneaky visit to the abandoned lake house uncovers new mysteries. With suspicions mounting about foul play, Gabby must decide what she's willing to risk to uncover the truth, or if solving this mystery -- and keeping her friendship with Paige -- are more trouble than they're worth.
Almost American Girl by
For as long as she can remember, it's been Robin and her mom against the world. Growing up as the only child of a single mother in Seoul, Korea, wasn't always easy, but it has bonded them fiercely together. So when a vacation to visit friends in Huntsville, Alabama, unexpectedly becomes a permanent relocation--following her mother's announcement that she's getting married--Robin is devastated. Then one day Robin's mother enrolls her in a local comic drawing class, which opens the window to a future Robin could never have imagined.
Salt to the Sea by
As World War II draws to a close, refugees try to escape the war's final dangers, only to find themselves aboard a ship with a target on its hull.
Free Lunch by
An honest and engrossing account of Ogle’s sixth-grade year and his family’s experience with poverty and its effect on their relationships. Ogle captures the voice and emotion of his sixth-grade self in this powerful story of trauma and resilience.
You May Already Be a Winner by
Twelve-year-old Olivia Hales has a foolproof plan for winning a million dollars so that she and her little sister, Berkeley, can leave behind Sunny Pines Trailer Park. But first she has to- Fix the swamp cooler and make dinner and put Berkeley to bed because her mom is too busy to do all that Write another letter to her dad even though he hasn't written back yet Teach Berk the important stuff, like how to make chalk drawings, because they can't afford day care and Olivia has to stay home from school to watch her Petition her oddball neighbors for a circus spectacular, because there needs to be something to look forward to at dumb-bum Sunny Pines Become a super-secret spy to impress her new friend Bart Enter a minimum of fourteen sweepstakes a day. Who knows? She may already be a winner! Olivia has thought of everything . . . except herself. Who will take care of her when she needs it?
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by
Twelve-year-old Coyote and her father rush to Poplin Springs, Washington, in their old school bus to save a memory box buried in a park that will soon be demolished.
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