Book of the Day Archive

November 23, 2018

What follows is the strange and fateful tale of a boy, a girl, and a ghost. The boy possessed uncommon qualities, the girl was winsome and daring, and the ancient ghost . . . well, let it only be said that his intentions were good.

Topics: Novel, Adventure, Coming of Age, Fantasy / Magic / Myth, Love, Scary Stuff, Boys
Grades: 6, 7, 8, 9

November 22, 2018

“Somebody must have told them suckers I was coming.” “Who?” I asked. “The Congs, man. Who you think I’m talking ’bout?”

Topics: Novel, Real Life Fiction, War and Politics, Boys, African American
Grades: 9, 10

November 16, 2018

Designing the creatures was only the first step. There was still the monumental task of building them.

Topics: Biography, Nonfiction, Picture Storybook, Arts and Creativity, Historical, Science and Tech, Boys, Girls, No Controversial Bits
Grades: 3, 4

November 15, 2018

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.

Topics: Classics, Novel, Adventure, Fantasy / Magic / Myth, Boys, Girls, No Controversial Bits
Grades: 7, 8, 9

November 9, 2018

They were children themselves, my mother and father, when they started having children in 1967 on the border of South Texas.

Topics: Biography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Coming of Age, Humor, Boys, American Experience, Latin / Caribbean
Grades: 10, 11, 12, College Plus

November 8, 2018

This book attempts to provide a short history of everybody for the last 130,000 years. The question motivating the books is: why did history unfold differently on different continents?

Topics: Nonfiction, Ecology and Nature, Historical, Science and Tech, No Controversial Bits
Grades: 11, 12

November 2, 2018

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.

Topics: Classics, Novel, Coming of Age, Humor, Loss, Real Life Fiction, Boys, American Experience
Grades: 10, 11, 12

November 1, 2018

Nya is going to the pond to fetch water for her family, there and back, twice.

Topics: Novel, Real Life Fiction, Girls, Africa, No Controversial Bits
Grades: 5, 6, 7

October 26, 2018

Until he was four years old James Henry Trotter had had a happy life.

Topics: Classics, Novel, Adventure, Friends or Not?, Fantasy / Magic / Myth, Humor, Boys
Grades: 3, 4, 5

October 25, 2018

At the first gesture of morning, flies began stirring. Inman’s eyes and the long wound at his neck drew them, and the sound of their wings and the touch of their feet were soon more potent than a yardful of roosters in rousing a man to wake.

Topics: Classics, Novel, Adventure, Historical, Love, Real Life Fiction, War and Politics, American Experience
Grades: 11, 12, College Plus

October 19, 2018

It was Mrs. May who first told me about them.

Topics: Classics, Novel, Adventure, Family, Fantasy / Magic / Myth, Girls, No Controversial Bits
Grades: 4, 5

October 18, 2018

Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood. If you’re reading this because you think you might be one, my advice is: close this book right now. Believe whatever lie your mom and dad told you about your birth, and try to lead a normal life.

Topics: Classics, Novel, Adventure, Fantasy / Magic / Myth, No Controversial Bits
Grades: 5, 6

October 12, 2018

If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book.

Topics: Classics, Novel, Adventure, Family, Humor, Scary Stuff, Boys, Girls
Grades: 5, 6

October 11, 2018

They took my father three days ago, a week before my tenth birthday. No one knows where he is. Or if they do know, they are not telling me.

Topics: Novel, Family, Real Life Fiction, Sports, Immigrants, Middle Eastern
Grades: 4, 5, 6

October 4, 2018

The room is bright and alive at 8:45 a.m.‹ I can almost ignore Middle Borough High School’s zombie fluorescent lighting.

Topics: Novel, Coming of Age, Friends or Not?, Humor, Love, Real Life Fiction, Boys
Grades: 8, 9, 10

October 5, 2018

Ba-room, ba-room, ba-room, baripity, baripity, baripity, baripity. ‹Good. His dad had the pickup going. He could get up now. Jess slid out of the bed and into his overalls.

Topics: Novel, Friends or Not?, Real Life Fiction, No Controversial Bits
Grades: 4, 5

September 28, 2018

In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.

Topics: Classics, Picture Storybook, Adventure, Girls, Europe, No Controversial Bits
Grades:

September 27, 2018

Jim Webb’s luck was running muddy when Bass Reeves rode into town. Webb had stayed one jump ahead of the lawman for two years. He wasn’t about to be caught now.

Topics: Nonfiction, Historical, Boys, No Controversial Bits
Grades: 4, 5

September 26, 2018

I shouldn’t have come to this party. I’m not even sure I belong at this party. That’s not on some bougie shit, either. There are just some places where it’s not enough to be me. Either version of me.

Topics: Coming of Age, Real Life Fiction, Girls, African American, American Experience
Grades: 9, 10, 11

September 21, 2018

Eleven-year-old Virgil Salinas already regretted the rest of middle school, and he’d only just finished sixth grade. He imagined all those years stretching ahead of him like a long line of hurdles, each of them getting taller, thicker, and heavier, and him standing in front of them on his weak and skinny legs.

Topics: Novel, Real Life Fiction, Boys, Girls, Latin / Caribbean, No Controversial Bits
Grades: 5, 6

September 14, 2018

When the deacons at our Bible Belt church cued up a horror flick aimed at dramatizing Hell according to the apocalyptic book of Revelation, I figured I better get right with God, and soon.

Topics: Biography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Arts and Creativity, Coming of Age, Family, Humor, Loss, Boys, American Experience
Grades: 10, 11, 12

September 13, 2018

Today I moved to a twelve acre rock covered with cement, topped with bird turd and surrounded by water.

Topics: Novel, Family, Historical, Real Life Fiction, Boys, American Experience, No Controversial Bits
Grades: 5, 6

September 7, 2018

My name is LaVaughn and I am 15. When a little kid draws a picture it is all a big face and some arms stuck on. That’s their life. Well then, you get older and you are a whole mess of things, new thoughts, sorry feelings, big plans, enormous doubts, going along hoping and getting disappointed, over and over again. Nno wonder I don’t recognize my little crayon picture.

Topics: Novel, Poetry, Coming of Age, Love, Real Life Fiction, Girls, African American
Grades: 7, 8

September 6, 2018

It begins, as most things begin, with a song.

Topics: Classics, Novel, Adventure, Coming of Age, Fantasy / Magic / Myth, Boys
Grades: 7, 8, 9

August 31, 2018

Miyax pushed back the hood of her sealskin parka and looked at the Arctic sun. It was a yellow disc in a lime green sky, the colors of six o’clock in the evening and the time when the wolves awoke.

Topics: Classics, Novel, Adventure, Ecology and Nature, Friends or Not?, Real Life Fiction, Girls, American Experience, Native Peoples, No Controversial Bits
Grades: 5

August 24, 2018

They didn’t say anything about this in the books, I thought, as the snow blew in through the gaping doorway and settled on my naked back. I lay face down on the cobbled floor in a pool of nameless muck, my arm deep inside the straining cow, my feet scrabbling for a toe hold between the stones.

Topics: Biography, Classics, Memoir, Nonfiction, Humor, Science and Tech, Europe, No Controversial Bits
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

August 23, 2018

“Where’s Papa going with that ax?” said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.

Topics: Novel, Friends or Not?, No Controversial Bits
Grades: 3, 4, 5

August 22, 2018

The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. Conor was awake when it came.
Topics: Novel, Adventure, Family, Scary Stuff, Boys, No Controversial Bits
Grades: 6, 7, 8

August 17, 2018

I am born on a Tuesday at University Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, USA‹, a country caught between Black and White.

Topics: Memoir, Arts and Creativity, Coming of Age, Family, Real Life Fiction, Girls, African American, American Experience
Grades: 6, 7

August 16, 2018

We shot dogs. Not by accident. We did it on purpose, and we called it Operation Scooby.

Topics: Classics, Short Stories, Humor, Loss, War and Politics, American Experience, Middle Eastern
Grades: College Plus