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Primary (Grades 2 & 3)
Goal by Robert Burleigh
J 811.54 BUR
This book describes the action during the final moments of a soccer game. The score is tied; who will score a goal and win the game? Unpaged.
Dogku by Andrew Clements
J 808.8141 CLE
A stray dog becomes part of a family. The story is told in haiku from the dog’s perspective. Unpaged.
Oh, Theodore!: Guinea Pig Poems by Susan Katz E
J 811.54 KAT
Though at first he is frightened, Theodore the guinea pig settles into his new home. 43 pgs.
Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Sternberg
J 811.6 STE
Nine-year-old Eleanor is unhappy when her beloved babysitter must move away. Things are going so badly, they’re like pickle juice on a cookie! Can Eleanor learn to love her new babysitter? 122 pgs. (See also Like Bug Juice on a Burger.)
J (Intermediate: Grades 3-6)
Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer
J 811.54 BAU
A dog is lost and needs a home, while a lonely boy needs a friend. Can he talk his mom into allowing him to keep the dog? 197 pgs.
Love that Dog by Sharon Creech A
J 811.6 CRE
Jack thinks that only girls write poetry, but when his teacher makes him keep a poetry journal, he finds that he has things to say about his dog and other topics. 153 pgs. (See also Hate that Cat.)
Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind by Gary Ross
J 811.6 ROS
When a strong wind blows, Bartholomew uses a bed sheet to fly off to adventures. He encounters pirates, a strange, drab school and a place where downed pilots wait. Will he ever return home? 92 pgs.
Where I Live by Eileen Spinelli
J 811.54 SPI
Diana lives in a yellow house with her family until one day her dad loses his job. When they decide to move to another town, Diana slowly adjusts to this change. Unpaged. (See also The Dancing Pancake.)
Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston
J 821.92 WES
Katrina runs away from her evil guardian and joins forces with a Zorgle named Morty. They venture underground in search of missing Zorgles, and eventually end up on the moon. Will they be able to free the fantastic creatures that are held captive there? 281 pgs. (See also Prince Puggly of Spud.)
Gone Fishing by Tamera Will Wissinger
J 811.6 WIS
Nine-year-old Sam loves going fishing with his dad. When his little sister wants to come, Sam is not happy about having her along. Will he be able to catch a big fish? 120 pgs.
JH (Middle School: Grades 6 – 8)
Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate A
Kek has come to Minnesota as a refugee from war-torn Sudan. Life at his aunt’s house is very different from Africa, but he gradually adapts to this new, cold land. 249 pgs.
Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham E
J 811.6 BIN
After a shark attack causes her to lose her right arm, fifteen-year-old Jane gradually learns to adjust to her new circumstances. 276 pgs.
Kaleidoscope Eyes by Jennifer Bryant
J 811.54 BRY
The year is 1968, and thirteen-year-old Lyza finds some mysterious maps in the attic. Could treasure be buried in her New Jersey town? 264 pgs.
All the Broken Piecesby Ann E. Burg A P Ea
J 811.6 BUR
Twelve-year-old Matt was airlifted from Vietnam as a refugee and adopted by an American family. Although his memories of the Vietnam War haunt him, Matt slowly adapts to his new life. 219 pgs.
Diamond Willow by Helen Frost A
Willow helps her father care for their sled dogs at their home in the Alaskan wilderness. What will happen when Willow’s favorite dog is blinded in an accident? 111 pgs. (See also Hidden.)
Witness by Karen Hesse L A Ea
In the 1920s, a small Vermont town struggles with issues of racism when the Ku Klux Klan tries to move in. The story is told from the perspectives of eleven different residents of the town. 161 pgs. (See also Out Of the Dust.)
Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge
J 811.54 KOE
Fourteen-year-old Kevin comes down with a bad case of mono. Bored by the weeks spent resting at home, Kevin keeps a poetry journal where he discusses baseball and life in junior high. Can poetry be almost as cool as baseball? 116 pgs. (See also Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs.)
Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
J 811.6 MCC
Lupita is the oldest of eight siblings in a Mexican-American family living in Texas. When her mother is diagnosed with cancer, Lupita must help keep the family together. 224 pgs.
Never Forgotten by Patricia C. McKissack
J 811.54 MCK
In 1725 in Mali, West Africa, a boy learns to be a blacksmith from his father. When he is captured and taken to America as a slave, his father mourns until the wind brings him news that his son is doing well in Charleston, South Carolina. Unpaged.
May B: A Novel by Caroline Starr Rose
J 811.6 ROS
On the Kansas prairie in the 1870s, May B. is sent to work for a young couple in order to earn money that her folks need. When she is left alone in their sod house, will May B. be able to survive the winter? 231 pgs.
Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy E A
J 811.6 ROY
Sylvia is one of the few children to survive the holocaust in the Polish ghetto in Lodz. From 1939 to 1945, she and her family struggle through the horrors of the Nazi occupation. 227 pgs.
Becoming Joe DiMaggio by Maria Testa
J 811.54 TES
Joseph Paul grows up in an Italian-American family in New York during the 1940s. He loves listening to baseball games with his grandfather, and the success of the Italian-American player Joe DiMaggio inspires Joseph Paul to succeed. 51 pgs.
Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson A
J 811.54 WOO
Four years ago, eleven-year-old Lonnie lost his parents in a fire. He lives with a foster mom while his sister lives with another family. Lonnie finds that writing a poetry journal helps him sort out his feelings. 100 pgs. (See also Peace, Locomotion.)