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  • Sootface

    By: Robert D. San Souci
    Recommended for grade(s): 3

    Once, an Ojibwa man whose wife had died raised three daughters alone. The two older girls were lazy and bad-tempered, and made their youngest sister do all the work. When the flames from the cooking fire singed her hair or burned her skin, they laughed and called her Sootface. While she worked, Sootface dreamed that one day she would find a husband. Then a mighty warrior with the power to make himself invisible decides to marry. Only a woman with a kind and honest heart could see him, and be his bride. Though her sisters ridicule her, Sootface sets off to try her luck, never looking back. Her courage and good nature bring her the husband she has longed for. —from the website at Penguin Random House

  • Recommended for grade(s): 4

    Melvin Beederman is fresh out of bad guys to catch. Or is he? Little does he know that trouble is brewing in a dressing room at a large department store . . . Devious and sinister Valley girls Chantele and Brittany aren’t just trying on clothes. They’re hatching a totally cool plan to take over the city. Will Melvin and Candace be outsmarted by two not-so-smart girls from the Valley? –From the website at Macmillan

  • Recommended for grade(s): 11, 12

    The electrifying story of India’s struggle for independence, told in this classic account (first published in 1975) by two fine journalists who conducted hundreds of interviews with nearly all the surviving participants – from Mountbatten to the assassins of Mahatma Gandhi. On 14 August 1947 one-fifth of humanity claimed their independence from the greatest empire history has ever seen. But 400 million people were to find that the immediate price of freedom was partition and war, riot and murder. In this superb reconstruction, Collins and Lapierre recount the eclipse of the fabled British Raj and examine the roles enacted by, among others, Mahatma Gandhi and Lord Mountbatten in its violent transformation into the new India and Pakistan. This is the India of Jawaharlal Nehru, heart-broken by the tragedy of the country’s division; of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, a Moslem who drank, ate pork and rarely entered a mosque, yet led 45 million Moselms to nationhood; of Gandhi, who stirred a subcontinent without raising his voice; of the last viceroy, Mountbatten, beseeched by the leaders of an independent India to take back the powers he’d just passed to them. –From Amazon

  • Anita and Me

    By: Meera Syal
    Recommended for grade(s): 7, 8

    The story of Meena, the daughter of the only Punjabi family in the British village of Tollington. With great warmth and humor, Meera Syal brings to life a quirky, spirited 1960s mining town and creates in her protagonist what the Washington Post calls a “female Huck Finn.” The novel follows nine-year-old Meena through a year spiced with pilfered sweets and money, bad words, and compulsive, yet inventive, lies. Anita and Me offers a fresh, sassy look at a childhood caught between two cultures. —From the New Press

  • Troll Mill (Sequel to Troll Fell)

    By: Katherine Langrish

    ( 1  total rating )

    Recommended for grade(s): 4

    Sequel to the highly-acclaimed Troll Fell, this is just as exciting, dramatic and atmospheric. Follow Peer’s adventures as he tries to get the mill working again. But watch out! You never know what kind of sneaky creatures are lurking in the shadows, waiting to jump out at you at Troll Mill…. Troll Mill follows Peer Ulfsson, his dog Loki, Hilde and their friends and family three years on from where we left them in Troll Fell. Returning from a day’s fishing with his friend Bjorn and with a violent storm brewing, Peer is shocked when Bjorn’s wife Kersten rushes past, thrusts her young baby into Peer’s arms and throws herself into the sea. What kind of creature would do this… and will she ever return? On his way back up the hill, carrying Kersten’s baby to safety through the storm, Peer notices the old mill wheel turning. But it’s been derelict for years… The next day, fed up with Hilde’s constant rejections, he decides to prove himself and goes down to investigate the old mill, determined to get it up and running again and become the miller himself. But who or what creatures will be lurking in the shadows of Troll Mill… And are his greedy scheming uncles really gone for good? —from the HarperCollins website

  • Feather Boy

    By: Nicky Singer
    Recommended for grade(s): 5

    Catherine would say it all began in a time that is yesterday and tomorrow and eternally present. But then Catherine’s a storyteller. I’m not a storyteller. I’m just the guy it happened to. Everyone knows a Robert. He’s the guy who’s never picked for the team, the one who sits alone in the classroom. So no one is more surprised than Robert himself when a strange old lady sends him on a quest to solve the mystery of derelict Chance House. Legend has it that a boy once fell to his death from an upper window. But what has this past to do with Robert’s future? To get to the truth, Robert must learn what it really means to fly. —from the HarperCollins website

  • Recommended for grade(s): 6

    Wild animals roaming around Twinford? Ruby Redfort has heard the rumors, but she doesn’t quite believe them. She’s got enough on her mind doing wilderness survival training with the secret agency Spectrum, and her bad eyesight isn’t helping. But as high society buzzes with news of a very exclusive perfume formula coming to town, and some priceless jewelry goes missing, Ruby begins to sense a sinister plot in the works. Can our favorite action hero sniff out the clues in time to keep Twinford safe from evil scents? Well, let’s say this is one of those times when you gotta forget the rules and follow your nose to survive. There’s more to most things than meets the eye—or nose—as code-cracking, wisecracking girl detective Ruby Redfort discovers in her third adventure. –From Candlewick

  • Seaward

    By: Susan Cooper
    Recommended for grade(s): 6

    In this classic adventure from Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper, two strangers embark on a quest for the sea that’s filled with mystery, fantasy, and danger. His name is West. Her name is Cally. They speak different languages and come from different countries thousands of miles apart, but they do not know that. What they do know are the tragedies that took their parents, then wrenched the two of them out of reality and into a strange and perilous world through which they must travel together, understanding only that they must reach the sea. Together, West and Cally embark upon a strange and sometimes terrifying quest, learning to survive and to love—and, at last, discovering the true secret of their journey. —from the website of Simon & Schuster

  • The House of Dies Drear

    By: Virginia Hamilton
    Recommended for grade(s): 5, 6

    The house held secrets, Thomas knew, even before he first saw it looming gray and massive on its ledge of rock. It had a century-old legend – two fugitive slaves had been killed by bounty hunters after leaving its passageways, and Dies Drear himself, the abolitionist who has made the house into a station on the Underground Railroad, had been murdered there. The ghosts of the three were said to walk its rooms —from the website of Simon & Schuster

  • Pablo’s Tree

    By: Pat Mora

    ( 1  total rating )

    Recommended for grade(s): 3

    Each year on his birthday, a young Mexican American boy looks forward to seeing how his grandfather has decorated the tree he planted on the day the boy was adopted. —From Amazon

  • Into the Wild (Warriors #1)

    By: Erin Hunter
    Recommended for grade(s): 5

    For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by their ancestors. But the warrior code is threatened, and the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger. The sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day. Noble warriors are dying—and some deaths are more mysterious than others. In the midst of this turmoil appears an ordinary housecat named Rusty . . . who may turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all. —from the HarperCollins website

  • Fire and Ice (Warriors #2)

    By: Erin Hunter
    Recommended for grade(s): 5

    Deep in the heart of the forest, four clans of warrior cats coexist in uneasy harmony —From but uncertain times are upon them, and dangers threaten the precarious balance of the forest. Fireheart is a ThunderClan warrior cat now, but his troubles are far from over. As the chill of winter sets in, the cats of rival RiverClan grow restless, while WindClan is weak and facing threats from all sides. As tensions build to an explosive climax, Fireheart faces not only imminent battle, but betrayal from within his own Clan. —from the HarperCollins website

  • Recommended for grade(s): 5

    Allegiances are shifting among the Clans of warrior cats that roam the forest. With tensions so delicately balanced, former friends can become enemies overnight, and some cats are willing to kill to get what they want. Fireheart is determined to find out the truth about the mysterious death of brave ThunderClan warrior Redtail. But as he searches for answers, he uncovers secrets that some believe would be better left hidden. —from the HarperCollins website

  • Recommended for grade(s): 4, 5

    ShadowClan has a dark new leader, but will he be satisfied with his power now—or does his desire for revenge burn even more strongly? Fireheart fears that there is a connection between the rise of Tigerstar and the terrible dreams that haunt his nights, murmuring of danger and death. Meanwhile, a mysterious and vicious threat unlike any other has invaded the forest, placing every cat’s life in peril. Fireheart’s beloved leader has turned her back on their warrior ancestors, and Fireheart can’t help but wonder if she’s right. Has StarClan abandoned them forever? —from the HarperCollins website

  • Recommended for grade(s): 4, 5

    ThunderClan’s darkest hour is upon them, as Tigerstar’s quest for power plunges all the Clans into the most terrible danger any cat has ever faced. In order to save his Clan and his friends, Fireheart must uncover the meaning of an ominous proclamation from StarClan: “Four will become two. Lion and tiger will meet in battle, and blood will rule the forest.” The time has come for prophecies to unfold, and for heroes to rise … —from the HarperCollins website

  • Recommended for grade(s): 4, 5

    There’s trouble at Gray House, the girlhood home that Poppy left long ago. Poppy’s family has called her back to save them all—mother, father, sisters and brothers, and dozens and dozens of deer mouse cousins. Poppy invites her rebellious son, Junior, to join her on the long trip across Dimwood Forest, hoping the journey will bring them closer together. But with Junior’s skunk pal, Mephitis, and Ereth, the cantankerous porcupine, in tow—sugared slug soup!—Poppy and Junior may be in for unexpected adventure. —from the HarperCollins website

  • Recommended for grade(s): 2

    One of the scariest nights of the year turns into one of the funniest! After racing into town on a runaway bed, Minnie and Moo and their fellow farm buddies decide to join the Halloween festivities —From performing hilarious tricks to earn their treats! —from the HarperCollins website

  • Recommended for grade(s): 7

    Award-winning author Andrea Warren presents a life-changing story of a young boy’s struggle for survival in a Nazi-run concentration camp. In this Robert F. Silbert Honor Book, narrated in the voice of Holocaust survivor Jack Mandelbaum, readers will glimpse the dark reality of life during the Holocaust, and how one boy made it out alive. When twelve-year-old Jack Mandelbaum is separated from his family and shipped off to the Blechhammer concentration camp, his life becomes a never-ending nightmare. With minimal food to eat and harsh living conditions threatening his health, Jack manages to survive by thinking of his family. —from the HarperCollins website

  • Geography Club

    By: Brent Hartinger
    Recommended for grade(s): 7, 8, 9, 10

    Russel Middlebrook is convinced he’s the only gay kid at Goodkind High School. Then his online gay chat buddy turns out to be none other than Kevin, the popular but closeted star of the school’s baseball team. Soon Russel meets other gay students, too. There’s his best friend Min, who reveals that she is bisexual, and her soccer-playing girlfriend Terese. Then there’s Terese’s politically active friend, Ike. But how can kids this diverse get together without drawing attention to themselves? “We just choose a club that’s so boring, nobody in their right mind would ever in a million years join it. We could call it Geography Club!” Brent Hartinger’s debut novel, what became first of a series about Russel Middlebrook, is a fast-paced, funny, and trenchant portrait of contemporary teenagers who may not learn any actual geography in their latest club, but who learn plenty about the treacherous social terrain of high school and the even more dangerous landscape of the human heart. —from the HarperCollins website

  • Recommended for grade(s): 6, 7, 8

    War has come to Discworld … again. And, to no one’s great surprise, the conflict centers around the small, arrogantly fundamentalist duchy of Borogravia, which has long prided itself on its unrelenting aggressiveness. A year ago, Polly Perks’s brother marched off to battle, and Polly’s willing to resort to drastic measures to find him. So she cuts off her hair, dons masculine garb, and — aided by a well-placed pair of socks — sets out to join this man’s army. Since a nation in such dire need of cannon fodder can’t afford to be too picky, Polly is eagerly welcomed into the fighting fold—along with a vampire, a troll, an Igor, a religious fanatic, and two uncommonly close “friends.” It would appear that Polly “Ozzer” Perks isn’t the only grunt with a secret. But duty calls, the battlefield beckons. And now is the time for all good … er … “men” to come to the aid of their country. –From the website at HarperCollins

  • Recommended for grade(s): 1, 2

    Mr. Paris ties balloons outside his toy store every morning. On Fridays, the balloons disappear! What is special about Fridays? And who is taking the balloons? This sounds like a case for the High-Rise Private Eyes — Bunny Brown and Jack Jones, ace detectives and very best friends! —from the HarperCollins website

  • The Stepford Wives

    By: Ira Leven
    Recommended for grade(s): 10, 11, 12

    For Joanna, her husband, Walter, and their children, the move to beautiful Stepford seems almost too good to be true. It is. For behind the town’s idyllic facade lies a terrible secret — a secret so shattering that no one who encounters it will ever be the same. At once a masterpiece of psychological suspense and a savage commentary on a media-driven society that values the pursuit of youth and beauty at all costs, The Stepford Wives is a novel so frightening in its final implications that the title itself has earned a place in the American lexicon. –From the website at HarperCollins

  • One Candle

    By: Eve Bunting
    Recommended for grade(s): 2

    For one family the traditional Hanukkah celebration has a deeper meaning. Amidst the food and the festivities, Grandma and Great-Aunt Rose begin their story—the one they tell each year. They pass on to each generation a tale of perseverance during the darkest hours of the Holocaust, and the strength it took to continue to honor Hanukkah in the only way they could. Their story reaffirms the values of tradition and family, but also shows us that by continuing to honor the tragedies and the triumphs of the past there will always be hope for the future. —from the HarperCollins website

  • Recommended for grade(s): 5

    For centuries, Japan had isolated itself from the outside world by refusing to trade with other countries and even refusing to help shipwrecked sailors, foreign or Japanese. The country’s people still lived under a feudal system like that of Europe in the Middle Ages. But everything began to change when American Commodore Perry and his troops sailed to the Land of the Rising Sun, bringing with them new Science and Tech, and a new way of life. —-from the HarperCollins website

  • The Ghost of Spirit Bear

    By: Ben Mikaelsen
    Recommended for grade(s): 9, 10

    Alone in the wilderness, Cole found peace. But he’s not alone anymore. Cole Matthews used to be a violent kid, but a year in exile on a remote Alaskan island has a way of changing your perspective. After being mauled by a Spirit Bear, Cole started to heal. He even invited his victim, Peter Driscal, to join him on the island and they became friends. But now their time in exile is over, and Cole and Peter are heading back to the one place they’re not sure they can handle: high school. Gangs and violence haunt the hallways, and Peter’s limp and speech impediment make him a natural target. In a school where hate and tension are getting close to the boiling point, the monster of rage hibernating inside Cole begins to stir. —from the HarperCollins website

  • Recommended for grade(s): 1, 2

    Melvin’s lucky fluffy dice are missing. Without them, he can’t drive his bus. How will his passengers get around town? Who need so much extra luck? This sounds like a case for the High-Rise Private Eyes —Case #006, to be exact, the case of the fidgety fox. Because no mystery is too mysterious, no puzzle too puzzling, no crime too criminal, no trouble too troubling for ace detectives and very best friends Bunny Brown and Jack Jones. —from the HarperCollins website

  • Criss Cross

    By: Lynne Rae Perkins
    Recommended for grade(s): 6

    She wished something would happen. Something good. To her. Checking her wish for loopholes, she found one. Hoping it wasn’t too late, she thought the word soon. Meanwhile, in another part of town, he felt as if the world was opening. Life was rearranging itself and bulging in places, fraying in spots. He felt himself changing, too, but into what? So much can happen in a summer. —-from the HarperCollins website

  • Biscuit Wins a Prize (Biscuit series)

    By: Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Pat Schories
    Recommended for grade(s): 1

    It’s the day of the pet show, and Biscuit has to look his best. All his old friends are at the show, and he sees so many new friends that he can’t sit still — even for the judge! The lovable yellow puppy’s friendliness helps him win a big prize — and the hearts of his readers! The lovable yellow puppy’s friendliness helps him win a big prize and the hearts of his readers! –From the HarperCollins website

  • Biscuit and the Baby (Biscuit series)

    By: Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Pat Schories
    Recommended for grade(s): 1

    Biscuit wants to meet the new baby. But the baby is sleeping, and Biscuit must be patient — and quiet! It’s not easy having to wait, but at last the curious puppy gets to meet the baby, and make a brand-new friend! –From the HarperCollins website

  • Biscuit Loves Mother’s Day (Biscuit series)

    By: Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Pat Schories
    Recommended for grade(s): 1

    Let’s celebrate Mother’s Day, Biscuit! There are so many ways to make Mom feel special. Pull back the big flaps to see the surprises Biscuit and the little girl have in store for Mom! –From the HarperCollins website

  • Biscuit Visits the Pumpkin Patch (Biscuit Series)

    By: Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Pat Schories
    Recommended for grade(s): 1

    What will Biscuit find in the pumpkin patch? The perfect pumpkin, and some friendly surprises! –From the HarperCollins website

  • Biscuit Gives a Gift (Biscuit series)

    By: Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Pat Schories
    Recommended for grade(s): 1

    Christmas is a wonderful time for sharing. Biscuit finds the perfect gifts foreveryone he loves. –From the HarperCollins website

189 pages