Bring on the Books 2016
1.___ Alexander, Lloyd. The Book of Three. 188 pgs. ***
Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper to a famous oracular sow, sets out on a hazardous mission to save Prydain from the forces of evil.
2.___ Applegate, Katherine The One and Only Ivan. 305 pgs. *
When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.
3. ___ Avi. Poppy. 176 pgs. ***
Poppy, a deer mouse, urges her family to move to a field of corn big enough to feed them all forever, but Mr. Ocax, an owl, has other ideas.
4.___ Bishop, Claire Huchet. Twenty and Ten. 80 pgs. **
Twenty school children hide ten Jewish children from the Nazis occupying France..
5.___ Cameron, Ann. Stories Julian Tells. 71 pgs. *
This book relates several humorous episodes in seven-year-old Julian's life.
6.___ Clements, Andrew. The School Story. 196 pgs. **
With help from her friend Zoe, Natalie gets her wonderful story published.
7.___ Cole, Joanna. The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System. 40 pgs. *
On a special field trip in the magic school bus, Ms. Frizzle's class goes into outer space and visits each planet in the solar system.
8.___ Creech, Sharon. Love That Dog. 86 pgs. **
A boy learns to like poetry by writing about things that are important to him.
9.___ Freedman, Russell. Out of Darkness. 79 pgs. **
The true story of Louis Braille, who invented a raised dot alphabet for blind.
10.__ Gutman, Dan. Jackie and Me. 160 pgs. **
Joe travels back in time to meet baseball great Jackie Robinson.
11.___Hill, Kirkpatrick. The Year of Miss Agnes. 115 pgs. **
Ten-year-old Fred (short for Frederika) tells about life in an Alaskan village in 1948, the year Miss Agnes arrived as the new teacher.
12.___Inspired by God. Daniel 1-6 (from any version of the Bible). ***
The Bible story of Daniel as a captive in Babylon.
13.___Karr, Kathleen. The Great Turkey Walk. 199 pgs. **
In 1860, a simple but kind 15 year old boy attempts to herd 1,000 turkeys from Missouri to Colorado in order to sell them for profit.
14.___Kelley, True. Where is Mount Rushmore. 108 pgs. **
Explores the history, the people, and the science behind the construction of Mount Rushmore.
15.___King Smith, Dick. Pigs Might Fly. 158 pgs. ***
A runt piglet becomes a hero in a flooded barnyard after a duck and an otter teach him to swim.
16.___Krull, Kathleen Wilma Unlimited. 44 pgs. *
The story of Wilma Rudolph, who overcame polio and racism to become an Olympic athelete.
17.___ Lewis, C. S. The Silver Chair. 257 pgs. ***
Jill and Eustace must defeat an evil witch in order to save Prince Rilian from her spell.
18.___Lord, Bette Bao. In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson. 169 pgs. **
In 1947, a Chinese child moves to Brooklyn, where she becomes Americanized at school, in her apartment complex, and by her love for baseball.
19.___MacLachlan, Patricia. Through Grandpa's Eyes. 36 pgs. *
A young boy learns a different way of seeing from his blind grandfather.
20.___Messner, Kate. Capture the Flag. 231 pgs. **
When the original Star Spangeled Banner is stolen, seventh graders Anne, José and Henry, all descendants of the Silver Jaguar Society, pursue suspects on airport carts and through baggage handling tunnels while stranded at a Washington, D.C. airport during a snowstorm
21.___Naidoo, Beverley. Journey to Jo'Burg. 75 pgs. **
Separated from their mother by difficult conditions for blacks in South Africa, Naledil and her brother travel over 300 kilometers alone to find her in Johannesburg.
22.___Namioka, Lensey. Yang the Youngest and his Terrible Ear. 134 pgs. **
Recently arrived in Seattle from China, musically untalented Yingtao is faced with giving a violin performance to attract new students for his father when he would rather play baseball.
23.___Paterson, Katherine. The King's Equal. 56 pgs. *
In order to wear the crown for his kingdom, an arrogant young prince must find a bride who is his equal. Instead, he finds someone far better than he.
24.___Paulson, Gary. Mr. Tucket. 166 pgs. ***
In 1848, while on a wagon train headed for Oregon, Francis is kidnapped by Pawnee Indians and is helped by a one-armed trapper.
25.___Ryan, Pam Munoz. Riding Freedom. 138 pgs. **
Charley (Charlotte) Parkhurst runs away from an orphanage, poses as a boy, and moves to California.
26.___Selznik, Brian. The Houdini Box. 50 pgs. *
A chance encounter with Howard Houdini leave a boy in possession of a mysterious box.
27.___Tarshis, Lauren. I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake. 88 pgs. *
Leo, a newsboy, finds himself stranded in San Francisco in 1906 as the city crumbles.
28.___Taylor, Theodore. The Cay. 144 pgs. ***
A white boy, blinded after a shipwreck and stranded on a deserted island with an elderly black man, learns about vision, love, and courage from his new companion.
29.___Whelan, Gloria. Listening for Lions. 194 pgs. **
Orphaned in 1919 British East Africa, Rachel is tricked into assuming a dead girl's identity.
30.___Wiles, Deborah. Love, Ruby Lavender. 199 pgs. ***
With her quirky grandma away for the summer, Ruby writes letters, befriends chickens and a new girl, and finally copes with her grandfather's death.
* = easiest; ** = medium difficulty; *** = most challenging.
Reading levels and annotations are adapted from Follett Library Resources.