Booklists

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    Parents these links are a good resource for you that link directly to the California Department of Education's resource website.

     

    VUSD Library Services 7-12 Suggested Reading:  http://www.vusd.org/Academics.cfm?subpage=20124  

     

    Recommended Literature Search Reading and Language Arts:    http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/rl/ll/ap/litsearch.asp 

                                                                                                                 

     

    Students and teachers try these if you are looking for a good read: 

Dystopian

  • Candor

    Candor

    by Pam Bachorz Year Published: Average
    For a fee, "model teen" Oscar Banks has been secretly--and selectively--sabotaging the subliminal messages that program the behavior of the residents of Candor, Florida, until his attraction to a rebellious new girl threatens to expose his subterfuge.
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  • Diary of Pelly D.

    by L. J. Adlington Year Published: Average
    Toni V, a construction worker on a futuristic colony, finds the diary of a teenage girl whose life has been turned upside-down by holocaust-like events, and he begins to question his own beliefs.
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  • Epic

    Epic

    by Conor Kostick Year Published: Average
    On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, fourteen-year-old Erik persuades his friends to aid him in some unusual gambits in order to save Erik's father from exile and safeguard the futures of each of their families.

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  • Exodus

    Exodus

    by Julie Bertagna Year Published: Average
    In the year 2100, as the island of Wing is about to be covered by water, fifteen-year-old Mara discovers the existence of New World sky cities that are safe from the storms and rising waters, and convinces her people to travel to one of these cities in order to save themselves.
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  • The Barcode Tattoo

    by Suzanne Weyn Year Published: Average
    Kayla is ostracized at school because she refused to get the required tattooed bar code and now she and her family must run to avoid the dangers threats against them.
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  • The Big Empty

    by J.B. Stephens Year Published: Average
    After half of the world's population is killed by a plague, seven teenagers seek a better life in a nightmarish future by deciphering coded messages and trying to avoid the Slashers.
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  • The City of Ember

    The City of Ember

    by Jeanne Duprau Year Published: Average
    In the city of Ember, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.
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  • The Declaration

    The Declaration

    by Gemma Malley Year Published: Average
    In 2140 England, where drugs enable people to live forever and children are illegal, teenaged Anna, an obedient "Surplus" training to become a house servant, has her world view challenged when she meets Peter and discovers that her birth parents are trying to find her.
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  • The Maze Runner

    by James Dashner Year Published: Average
    Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.
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  • The Other Side of the Island

    by Allegra Goodman Year Published: Average
    Honor, living with her mom and dad on Island 365 in the Tranquil Sea, an environment controlled by the Earth Mother corporation in a post-apocalyptic world, becomes more fearful as she grows older and realizes that her nonconformist parents are putting the entire family at risk.
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  • The Secret Under My Skin

    by Janet McNaughton Year Published: Average
    In the year 2368, humans exist under dire environmental conditions and one young woman, rescued from a work camp and chosen for a special duty, uses her love of learning to discover the truth about the planet's future and her own dark past.
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Animal Stories

  • The Cottage in the Woods

    The Cottage in the Woods

    by Katherine Colville Year Published: Average
    As governess at the Vaughn manor, Ursula has her paws full. There’s her young charge Teddy, several mysterious events to unravel, and the handsome and infuriating bear, Mr. Bentley.

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  • The Wild Ones

    The Wild Ones

    by C. Alexander London Year Published: Average
    Kit, a young raccoon, flees from his country home to rough Ankle Snap Alley, carrying a mysterious heirloom his mother left him . . . an heirloom that leaves the fate of the alley in his paws.

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  • The Wolf Wilder

    The Wolf Wilder

    by Katherine Rundell Year Published: Average
    Feo loves her life—in the snowy Russian wilderness, she and her mother untame domesticated wolves. Then her mother is taken captive, and Feo must go to St. Petersburg to save her.

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Adventure Stories

  • Battlesaurus: Rampage at Waterloo

    Battlesaurus: Rampage at Waterloo

    by Brian Falkner Year Published: Average
    Belgium, 1815: “We conquer Europe with an army of fear,” Napoléon says. “If word spreads that even a child can kill one of [these] terrible lizards, then who will fear them? . . . Bring me this boy.”

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  • School for Sidekicks

    by Kelly McCullough Year Published: Average
    Evan quickly learns that the great power of being a hero’s sidekick comes with great responsibility—as well as conspiracy, deception, and government cover-ups.

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  • The Badger Knight

    The Badger Knight

    by Katherine Erskine Year Published: Average
    England, 1346: Adrian—twelve years old, sickly, and a skilled archer—plans to prove himself in battle against the Scots. But war is not as noble as Adrian imagined.

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Fantasy Fiction

  • Circus Mirandus

    Circus Mirandus

    by Cassie Beasley Year Published: Average
    Micah has always loved Grandpa Ephraim’s stories about a magical circus—but he never thought they were true! Now can Micah find—and convince—one of the performers to save Grandpa’s life?

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  • Dragon Rider

    by Cornelia Funke Year Published: Average
    After learning that humans are headed toward his hidden home, Firedrake, a silver dragon, is joined by a brownie and an orphan boy in a quest to find the legendary valley known as the Rim of Heaven, encountering friendly and unfriendly creatures along the way, and struggling to evade the relentless pursuit of an old enemy.

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  • Falling In

    by Frances O'Roark Dowell Year Published: Average
    Middle-schooler Isabelle Bean follows a mouse's squeak into a closet and falls into a parallel universe where the children believe she is the witch they have feared for years, finally come to devour them.

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  • Inkheart

    Inkheart

    by Cornelia Funke Year Published: Challenging
    Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father Mo, a bookbinder, can "read" fictional characters to life when an evil ruler named Capricorn, freed from the novel "Inkheart" years earlier, tries to force Mo to release an immortal monster from the story.

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  • Tell the Story to Its End

    Tell the Story to Its End

    by Simon P. Clark Year Published: Average
    Oli finds that leaving London for his uncle’s country home isn’t so bad. Nice kids live nearby, and there’s Eren—a creature in the attic that feeds on Oli’s stories. Black-and-white illustrations.
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Historical Fiction

  • Fever, 1793

    Fever, 1793

    by Laurie Halse Anderson Year Published: Average
    In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.

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  • Like a River: A Civil War Novel

    Like a River: A Civil War Novel

    by Kathy Cannon Wiechman Year Published: Average
    Lee, fifteen, yearns for his father’s respect. So when his older brother, Nate, has an accident that prevents him from joining the Union army, Lee enlists instead.

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  • Listen to the Moon

    Listen to the Moon

    by Michael Morpurgo Year Published: Average
    1915: While Alfie and his father are fishing near their home off the coast of England, they find a girl on a deserted isle. The girl is starving, injured, mute . . . and villagers fear she may be a German spy.

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  • The Madman of Piney Woods

    The Madman of Piney Woods

    by Christopher Paul Curtis Year Published: Average
    Benji and Red don’t know each other or even live in the same town. But their fates are entwined: they both have encountered a strange presence in the woods, watching and tracking them

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  • The Revelation of Louisa May

    The Revelation of Louisa May

    by Michaela MacColl Year Published: Average
    In charge of the house while her mother is away, Louisa May Alcott is juggling her temperamental father, a mysterious murder, and a fugitive on the Underground Railroad. Author ’s note. Further reading.

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Funny Stories

  • A Year in the Life of a Complete and Total Genius

    A Year in the Life of a Complete and Total Genius

    by Stacey Matson Year Published: Average
    Once Arthur is a famous author, his teachers, nemesis, and crush will see his greatness. First, Arthur must win his school’s story contest—meaning he actually has to write something. Black-and-white illustrations.

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  • The Astounding Broccoli Boy

    by Frank Cottrell Boyce Year Published: Average
    Rory, “smallest and weakest” in his class, and Tommy-Lee, “biggest and meanest,” are isolated in the hospital together—they’ve turned green. Bright green. Are they sick? Or are they . . . superheroes?

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  • The Worst Class Trip Ever

    by Dave Barry Year Published: Average
    Wyatt’s class trip to Washington, D.C., has all the usual boring stuff: museums, monuments, and memorials. But there’s also kidnapping, terrorist plots, and best of all, Suzana.

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Friendship

  • Moonpenny Island

    Moonpenny Island

    by Tricia Springstubb Year Published: Average
    Moonpenny is a tiny island in a great lake. When the summer people leave and the ferries stop running, just the tried-and-true islanders are left behind. Flor and her best, her perfect friend, Sylvie, are the only eleven-year-olds for miles and miles—and Flor couldn't be happier. But come the end of summer, unthinkable things begin to happen. Sylvie is suddenly, mysteriously, whisked away to school on the mainland. Flor's mother leaves to take care of Flor's sick grandmother and doesn't come back. Her big sister has a secret, and Flor fears it's a dangerous one.

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Mystery Fiction

  • Beastly Bones

    Beastly Bones

    by William Ritter Year Published: Average
    1892: Abigail and her boss, Jackaby—who studies the supernatural—are investigating a murder. But then a nearby town needs their help finding stolen dinosaur bones and a deadly monster.

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  • Ink and Ashes

    Ink and Ashes

    by Valynne E. Maetani Year Published: Average
    When Claire Takata discovers that her late father knew her stepdad, it leads to a mystery that endangers her and her family—and unveils disturbing secrets.

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  • Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter

    Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter

    by Beth Fantaskey Year Published: Average
    Chicago, 1926: Ten-year-old Isabel sells newspapers but wants to be a journalist. When her favorite customer is accused of murder, Isabel has an investigation to conduct and a hot story to write. Historical note.

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  • The 100-year-old secret

    The 100-year-old secret

    by Tracy Barrett Year Published: Average
    Xena and Xander Holmes, an American brother and sister living in London for a year, discover that Sherlock Holmes was their great-great-great grandfather when they are inducted into the Society for the Preservation of Famous Detectives and given his unsolved casebook, from which they attempt to solve the case of a famous missing painting.
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Realistic - Drama

  • All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook

    by Leslie Connor Year Published: Average
    Perry has always been happy living at Blue River Correctional Facility, where his mom is an inmate. So when the new district attorney moves Perry “outside,” he feels like he’s traded home for prison, not the other way around.

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  • Binny in Secret

    Binny in Secret

    by Hilary McKay Year Published: Average
    Binny hates her new school. So, “how lucky that just when she needed it, she had found a private world”—an overgrown wilderness in the valley behind their new rented house. Black-and-white ink and watercolor illustrations.

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  • Dream On, Amber

    Dream On, Amber

    by Emma Shevah Year Published: Average
    Amber’s little sister asks Amber to mail an envelope that says, “To my dad.” Amber knows there’s a “humongous hole where our dad was supposed to be.” So she secretly opens the letter—then writes back.

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  • Finding Ruby Starling

    Finding Ruby Starling

    by Karen Rivers Year Published: Average
    Ruth, thirteen, finds photos of herself online, in unfamiliar clothes and locations. Could Ruth—who’s adopted—have a twin? And if so, why were they separated?

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  • Nest

    by Esther Ehrlich Year Published: Average
    “White lights flashing and the awful red wail of that siren.” On Cape Cod, in 1972, Chirp comes home from bird-watching to find an ambulance taking her mom to the hospital.

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  • Orbiting Jupiter

    Orbiting Jupiter

    by Gary D. Schmidt Year Published: Average
    Jackson, twelve, and his parents do all they can for Joseph, the fourteen-year-old they’re fostering. But they can’t get approval for Joseph to see his baby daughter, whom he’s never met.

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  • Summerlost

    Summerlost

    by Ally Condie Year Published: Average
    Cedar had no plans to work at the summer Shakespeare festival or give tours about a late local actress. But that was before she met Leo, whose friendship helps Cedar cope with losing her dad and younger brother.

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  • Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up

    by Jennifer L. Holm Year Published: Easy Reading
    Sunny spends the summer with her grandfather at his retirement home—not because she wants to, but because her older brother’s behavior has thrown the family into chaos.

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  • The Thing About Jellyfish

    The Thing About Jellyfish

    by Ali Benjamin Year Published: Average
    Suzy doesn’t believe that her former best friend Franny, a strong swimmer, could have drowned. After seeing a jellyfish exhibit, she sets out to prove her hypothesis: Franny was stung by a deadly Irukandji.

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  • Where You’ll Find Me

    by Natasha Friend Year Published: Average
    Anna’s best friend dumped her, her mother attempted suicide, and now she lives with her dad, twenty-four-year-old stepmom, and their baby. Eighth grade must get better, because it can’t get worse.
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Scary Stories

  • Guys Read: Terrifying Tales

    Guys Read: Terrifying Tales

    by Jon Scieszka Year Published: Average
    An imaginary friend who won’t let go; a recluse bird-hunter who kidnaps girls; and a magician with sinister tricks. A collection of suspenseful stories from eleven masterful children’s authors.

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  • Mothman's Curse

    Mothman's Curse

    by Christine Hayes Year Published: Average
    The Mothman legend becomes reality when Josie and her brothers discover a haunted camera and get drawn into a century-old mystery that threatens their entire town.

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  • Night Parade

    Night Parade

    by Kathryn Tanquary Year Published: Average
    On a dare, Saki rings the sacred bell at her family shrine outside of Tokyo and accidentally invokes a death curse. Now Saki must find a way to break it with the help of the mountain spirits.

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  • The Nest

    The Nest

    by Kenneth Oppel Year Published: Average
    “The first time I saw them, I thought they were angels. . . . They appeared in my dreams the tenth night after the baby was born.” But they’re not angels, and they’re not just in Steve’s dreams. Black-and-white graphite illustrations.

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  • Took: A Ghost Story

    Took: A Ghost Story

    by Mary Downing Hahn Year Published: Average
    Moving to West Virginia is bad enough before Daniel and his little sister, Erica, learn that a witch lives close by. Daniel thinks it’s just a tall tale . . . until Erica vanishes.

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Science Fiction

  • Airborn

    Airborn

    by Kenneth Oppel Year Published: Average
    Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface.

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  • Ambassador

    Ambassador

    by William Alexander Year Published: Average
    Just before Gabe’s parents are detained by the Department of Immigration, an otherworldly creature approaches Gabe about serving as Earth’s ambassador to the galaxy.

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  • Fuzzy Mud

    Fuzzy Mud

    by Louis Sachar Year Published: Average
    After smearing some fuzzy-looking mud in a bully’s face to end a fight out in the woods, Tamaya’s hand is red and blistered. If this is how her hand looks, then how does Chad’s face look?

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  • Leviathan

    Leviathan

    by Scott Westerfeld Year Published: Average
    In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.

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  • Six

    Six

    by M. M. Vaughan Year Published: Average
    Parker and Emma’s father has vanished, leaving them only one clue to his whereabouts. Investigating leads them to secret project SIX—and into another world.

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  • Space Case

    by Stuart Gibbs Year Published: Average
    Dash is feeling confined by his new home, Moon Base Alpha. Now, after a suspicious death, he starts to worry that there’s a murderer among the “Moonies.”

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  • The Trap

    The Trap

    by Steven Arnston Year Published: Average
    Farro, Iowa, 1963. Henry Nilsson finds an old book that teaches “subtle travel,” a way to move outside of one’s body. Could this trick explain the disappearance of his best friend’s brother?

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Series

  • Alex Rider Adventures

    Alex Rider Adventures

    by Anthony Horrowitz Year Published: Average
    After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, MI6.

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  • Artemis Fowl

    by Eoin Colfer Year Published: Average
    When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.

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  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians

    by Rick Riordan Year Published: Average
    Percy, expelled from six schools for being unable to control his temper, learns the truth from his mother that his father is the Greek god Poseidon, and is sent to Camp Half Blood where he is befriended by a satyr and the demigod daughter of Athena who join him in a journey to the Underworld to retrieve Zeus's lightning bolt and prevent a catastrophic war.

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  • Ranger's Apprentice

    by John Flanagan Year Published: Average
    When Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.

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  • Sammy Keyes Mysteries

    by Wendelin Van Draanen Year Published: Average
    Thirteen-year-old Sammy's penchant for speaking her mind gets her in trouble when she involves herself in the investigation of a robbery at the "seedy" hotel across the street from the seniors' building where she is living with her grandmother.

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  • The Books of Ember

    by Jeanne Duprau Year Published: Average
    In the city of Ember, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.

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  • The Edge Chronicles

    by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell Year Published: Average
    Thirteen-year-old Twig, having always looked and felt different from his woodtroll family, learns that he is adopted and travels out of his Deepwoods home to find the place where he belongs.

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  • The Enola Holmes Mysteries

    by Nancy Springer Year Published: Average
    Enola Holmes, much younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, must travel to London in disguise to unravel the disappearance of her missing mother.

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  • The Sisters Grimm

    by Michael Buckley Year Published: Average
    Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead.

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  • The Underland Chronicles

    by Suzanne Collins Year Published: Average
    When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving humans, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.

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Survival

  • Into the Killing Seas

    Into the Killing Seas

    by Michael P. Spradlin Year Published: Average
    Stranded in the war-torn Pacific, Patrick and Teddy are stowaways on the USS Indianapolis when a shipwreck sets them adrift. An injured soldier offers guidance, but sharks circle below.

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  • Pax

    Pax

    by Sara Pennypacker Year Published: Average
    Peter regrets that his father made him let his pet fox go free—Pax won’t be able to survive in the wild. So Peter sets off from his grandfather’s house, determined to cross hundreds of miles to find him.

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  • Surviving Bear Island

    Surviving Bear Island

    by Paul Greci Year Published: Average
    Disaster strikes while Tom and his father are kayaking in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, stranding Tom alone on a remote island with just a small emergency kit.
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  • The Skeleton Tree

    by Iain Lawrence Year Published: Average
    Chris is shipwrecked in Alaska with Frank, an older boy he’s just met. They barely tolerate each other as they forage, fish, and scavenge to survive. But then Chris discovers that they have an improbable bond.

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Graphic Novels

  • Appollo: The Brilliant One

    Appollo: The Brilliant One

    by George O'Connor Year Published: Average
    The nine Muses narrate some of the famous myths about the Greek sun god: his birth on the island of Delos, his pursuit of the nymph Daphne, and his slaying of the Python of Delphi.

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  • Orpheus in the Underworld

    Orpheus in the Underworld

    by Yvan Pommaux Year Published: Average
    Bereaved at the loss of his love Eurydice, the talented Orpheus travels to the underworld to attempt the impossible: defeat death itself. Information about characters. Index. Further reading and resources.

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  • Secret Coders

    by Gene Luen Yang Year Published: Average
    Hopper’s new school is mysterious. Will she and her new friend Eni be able to figure out how all of the strangely numbered buildings, four-eyed birds, and turtle robots connect? Author’s note. Two-color illustrations.

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Informational Text

  • Chernobyl’s Wild Kingdom: Life in the Dead Zone

    Chernobyl’s Wild Kingdom: Life in the Dead Zone

    by Rebecca L. Johnson Year Published: Challenging
    Scientists are studying the “Dead Zone,” an area contaminated by the 1986 meltdown of a Ukrainian nuclear plant, which now teems with wildlife—radioactive wildlife.

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  • Cool Knitting for Kids: A Fun and Creative Introdu

    Cool Knitting for Kids: A Fun and Creative Introduction to Fiber Art

    by Alex Kuskowski Year Published: Average
    Learn about the basics of fiber arts while creating cool stuff. The Cool Knitting for Kids title teaches the first steps of how to knit. Activities will help kids use what they learned to make warm mitts for your hands, a simple scarf, hand-dyed yarn and more. Custom how-to photos and easy step-by-step instructions make crafting a blast. Don't wait to get cool crafting!

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  • Examining Shipwrecks

    Examining Shipwrecks

    by Hayden Wedge Year Published: Average
    Did you know that ships have been around for more than 4,000 years? Over time, technology has improved significantly, causing the number of shipwrecks to decline. More than a century after the Titanic went down, the South Korean ferry Sewol sank in April 2014, claiming 304 lives. This disaster could have been prevented if the ship had not hit something underwater, as the Titanic had. In this book, you'll examine why ships sink and what experts are doing to prevent future shipwrecks.

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  • Harlem Hellfighters

    Harlem Hellfighters

    by J. Patrick Lewis Year Published: Average
    This illustrated volume honors an African American army regiment that fought in World War I—and played a unique type of jazz as they traveled through France. Bibliography. Artist’s notes. Full-color illustrations.

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  • Horrible Jobs of the Renaissance

    Horrible Jobs of the Renaissance

    by Louise Spilsbury Year Published: Average
    Describes the horrible jobs that were performed during the Renaissance, including executioner, dung collector, and ship's cabin boy.
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  • Iron Rails, Iron Men, and the Race to Link the Nation: The Story of the Transcontinental Railroad

    by Martin W. Sandler Year Published: Average
    1850s: Two rival companies accomplished the impossible—they tunneled through mountains and constructed the highest-ever bridges to connect 1,800 miles of America by rail.

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  • Seismology: Our Violent Earth

    Seismology: Our Violent Earth

    by Roberta Baxter Year Published: Average
    Looks at the history of the study of earthquakes.

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  • Smart and Spineless: Exploring Invertebrate Intell

    Smart and Spineless: Exploring Invertebrate Intelligence

    by Ann Downer Year Published: Average
    Although invertebrates usually have tiny, simple brains—or no brains at all—their unique forms of intelligence are inspiring new technologies designed to improve humans’ lives.

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  • Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadlie

    Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America

    by Susan Campbell Bartoletti Year Published: Challenging
    Typhoid Mary, Mary Mallon became famous as an asymptomatic typhoid carrier. But who was Typhoid Mary, really? And did she deserve all the scorn heaped upon her?

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  • The American Revolution

    The American Revolution

    by Enzo George Year Published: Average
    Examine the causes, circumstances, and effects of the Revolutionary War through the eyes of the Founding Fathers, generals, soldiers, and common people.

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  • The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and

    The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club

    by Phillip Hoose Year Published: Average
    Ashamed by adult inaction in Denmark during the 1940 Nazi occupation, Knud Pedersen, his brother, and six other schoolmates began a resistance group that inspired the nation.

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  • The Jerrie Mock Story: The First Woman to Fly Solo

    The Jerrie Mock Story: The First Woman to Fly Solo Around the World

    by Nancy Roe Pimm Year Published: Average
    1964: Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock had immediate trouble when she began her historic flight. Her plane’s long-distance radio was broken, the compass wasn’t true, and the brakes didn’t work! Time line. List of Jerrie Mock’s achievements and awards. Glossary. Notes on sources. Bibliography. Black-and-white photographs, reproductions of correspondence and artifacts, and maps.

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  • The Korean War

    by Tom Streissguth Year Published: Average
    Provides an account of the Korean War, in which the United States moved to support its ally South Korea against an attack by North Korea.

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  • The Vietnam War

    by Sarah Levete Year Published: Average
    Informational text about the Vietnam War.

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  • Unusual and Awesome Jobs Using Science: Food Taste

    Unusual and Awesome Jobs Using Science: Food Taster, Human Lie Detector, and More

    by Jennifer Wendinger Year Published: Average
    Introduces a variety of unusual careers including adventure guide, professional sleeper, food taster, and more.

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