by Jack Chabert Year Published: 2016
This early chapter book is perfect for second and third grade students! This spooky mystery story is supported with vibrant pictures to help with comprehension for our young readers. This book series has suspensful plots to keep young readers interested! What happens when the main character ends up stuck in the jungle which used to be the playground?
by Alan Gratz Year Published: 2013
Yanek Gruener is a 10 year old Jewish boy who lives in Poland during WWII. Yanek walks you through the first hand account of how things gradually change under German rule and how Jewish lives are altered slowly forever.
As the war continues, Yanek is seperated from his parents and taken to his first concentration camp. Over time he experiences ten concentration camps and two death marches. This autobiographical account of events is devistating and unimaginable. Many times you wonder how Yanek had the strength to continue to live and push forward. A heroic tale about a surviver who beats the odds and the most incredible journey.
-For grades 6th and up
by Steve Wilson & Lucy Tapper Year Published: 2015 Early Reader
Horace and Hattie are friends who love to do everything together! They play so wonderfully together but when they try to give each other a hug, they discover that it doesn't work out very well. These two hedgehogs set out to discover a way to be able to show each other love and give each other a hug! Read to find out how they solve their conflict!
by Sheila Turnage Year Published: 2012 Mystery
Mo and Dale are friends who live in Tupelo Landing. A place where everyone knows each other and secrets are impossible to keep. However, a detective comes to town looking to solve a murder case and suddenly her adoptive parents go missing. This adventurous mystery examines the detective work of Mo and Dale while discovering what family is really about. Mo is often tasked with dicifering what is really important and what truely makes up a "family". Mo is obsessed with finding her birth mother, but why? What is she really searching for? Dale has his own difficulties with family members that have their own struggles and he is simply looking to stay out of the way and protect the innocent. This mystery book has all the charm of two sixth graders who are searching for the clues to uncover a murderer in their small town plus the added themes of family and belonging. Can you solve the mystery along with Mo and Dale? Give this book a read to find out!
by Rob Buyea Year Published:
It's the start of fifth grade for seven kids at Snow Hill School. There's Jessica, the new girl, smart and perceptive, who's having a hard time fitting in; Alexia, a bully, your friend one second, your enemy the next; Peter, class prankster and troublemaker; Luke, the brain; Danielle, who never stands up for herself; shy Anna, whose home situation makes her an outcast; and Jeffrey, who hates school.
Only Mr. Terupt, their new and energetic teacher, seems to know how to deal with them all. He makes the classroom a fun place, even if he doesn't let them get away with much...until the snowy winter day when an accident changes everything- and everyone.
This story is one you will never forget. How well do we really know our classmates? You will find out...
by Gordan Korman Year Published: Humor, Realistic Fiction
I know, I know, it doesn't look like much, but the cover reveals more than you would think!
Tie-dye in the windows gives us a clue that this is not your ordinary realistic fiction novel. Although a school bus is pretty standard in a school setting, is a student driving a school bus standard? A student who doesn’t have a driver’s license, but does have a bus full of kids and a dozen police cars chasing him? Schooled takes you on a wild ride through a regular school year with a not so regular student, Capricorn. Growing up in a hippie commune doesn’t really prepare Capricorn for the adventures of a real middle school.
Changing point of views really supports the book by giving us a look into the different way Capricorn is viewed.
My favorite theme in this novel is relationships. The author really invests time into developing relationships, including how they may start and change as people get to know each other.
One of my favorite characters is Hugh Winkleman. A stereotypical nerd who is constantly picked on. Spit-wads, wedgies, and endless teasing are Hugh’s world until someone stranger than his shows up; Capricorn. Hugh becomes Capricorn’s friend and helps Cap navigate middle school, but are his intentions all good or is Hugh really just enjoying not being picked on for a change? If Capricorn is the new target, doesn’t that make Hugh’s life easier? Hugh is a character that goes through many developments and has moments of failure and triumph.
Take an adventure into the reality of middle school. Read Schooled!