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What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?

by Jean Fritz

A brief biography of the eighteenth-century printer, inventor, and statesman who played an influential role in the early history of the United States.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Young Reader

My Side of the Mountain

by Jean Craighead George

Terribly unhappy in his family's crowded New York City apartment, Sam Gribley runs away to the solitude--and danger--of the mountains, where he finds a side of himself he never knew.

Newbery Medal Honors book.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Young Reader

The Sword in the Tree

by Clyde Robert Bulla

In the days of King Arthur there stood a mighty oak tree within the walls of a castle. Peace reigned in the castle until the fearsome night when Lionel, long lost brother of Lord Weldon, returned to cause trouble and unhappiness.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Young Reader

A Lion to Guard Us

by Clyde Robert Bulla

Left on their own in seventeenth-century London, three impoverished children draw upon all their resources to stay together and make their way to the Virginia colony in search of their father.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Young Reader

Ice Magic

by Matthew F. Christopher

Pie Pennelli loves hockey, but his skates are too big and one of his teammates gives him a hard time. When the neighbor kids find an antique hockey game, they swear the game is magic and can predict every play Pie's team will make. Is it magic?

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Young Reader

Charlotte's Web

by E. B. White

Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte's web, high up in Zuckerman's barn. Charlotte's spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur's life when he was born the runt of his litter.

This is a tender novel of friendship, family, and adventure that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come.

Newbery Honor book

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Young Reader

Boxes for Katje

by Candace Fleming

Simple seeds of friendship grow into something extraordinary After World War II there is little left in Katje's town of Olst in Holland. Her family, like most Dutch families, must patch their old worn clothing and go without everyday things like soap and milk. Then one spring morning when the tulips bloom "thick and bright," Postman Kleinhoonte pedals his bicycle down Katje's street to deliver a mysterious box - a box from America! Full of soap, socks, and chocolate, the box has been sent by Rosie, an American girl from Mayfield, Indiana. Her package is part of a goodwill effort to help the people of Europe. What's inside so delights Katje that she sends off a letter of thanks - beginning an exchange that swells with so many surprises that the girls, as well as their townspeople, will never be the same. This inspiring story, with strikingly original art, is based on the author's mother's childhood and will show young readers that they, too, can make a difference.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Young Reader

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

by E. L. Konigsburg

When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn't just want to run from somewhere, she wants to run to somewhere -- to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and, preferably, elegant.

She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing that her younger brother Jamie has money and thus can help her with a serious cash-flow problem, she invites him along.

Once settled into the museum, Claudia and Jamie find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at auction for a bargain price of $225. The statue is possibly an early work of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo, and therefore worth millions. Is it? Or isn't it? Claudia is determined to find out. Her quest leads her to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the remarkable old woman who sold the statue, and to some equally remarkable discoveries about herself.

Newbery Medal Winner

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Young Reader

The Tale of Despereaux

by Kate Dicamillo

Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other's lives. What happens then? As Kate DiCamillo would say: Reader, it is your destiny to find out. Winner of the 2000 Newbery award, and from the master storyteller who brought us Because of Winn-Dixie. This is another classic, a fairy tale full of quirky, unforgettable characters.

Winner of the 2000 Newbery award.

Winner of Pacific Northwest Library Association’s Young Reader’s Choice Junior Award

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Young Reader

The Boxcar Children

by Gertrude Chandler Warner and L. Kate Deal

One warm night four children stood in front of a bakery. No one knew them and where they had come from. Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny are a family of brothers and sisters-and they're orphans, too. The only way they can stay together is to try and make it on their own. But where will they live? One night, during a storm, the children find an old red boxcar that keeps them warm and safe. The children decide to make it their home-and become The Boxcar Children!

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Young Reader

Christopher Mouse

by William Wise and Patrick Benson

Though his life begins "in a commonplace way," Christopher Mouse is not the least bit common. Born in an ordinary wire cage, he endures various young owners who range from bad to worse before narrowly escaping death by taxidermy. His adventures continue in the Metropolitan Museum of Art as he encounters a large cat in the Egyptian room. Throughout his journeys, Christopher proves an adventurer of the most intrepid sort-and a budding poet as well. With the delightful feel of a lost (and found) classic, this is the story of an extraordinary mouse who, through strong will and good luck, finds his own small way in a very large world.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Young Reader

The Yellow Star

by Carmen Agra Deedy and Henri Sorensen

Without the yellow star to point them out, the Jews looked like any other Danes. For centuries, the Star of David was a symbol of Jewish pride. But during World War II, Nazis used the star to segregate and terrorize the Jewish people. Except in Denmark. When Nazi soldiers occupied his country, King Christian X of Denmark committed himself to keeping all Danes safe from harm. The bravery of the Danes and their king during that dangerous time has inspired many legends. The most enduring is the legend of the yellow star, which symbolizes the loyalty and fearless spirit of the king and his people. Award-winning author and storyteller Carmen Deedy has poignantly recreated this legend, which is accompanied by Danish illustrator Henri Sørensen's arresting full-color portraits. The result is a powerful and dignified story of heroic justice, a story for all people and all times.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Young Reader

The Great Turkey Walk

by Kathleen Karr

In 1860, a somewhat simple-minded fifteen-year-old boy attempts to herd one thousand turkeys from Missouri to Denver, Colorado, in hopes of selling them at a profit.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Young Reader

Muggie Maggie

by Beverly Cleary and Tracy Dockray

In this humorous and relatable novel from Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary, a girl must overcome her rebellious attitude toward learning cursive.

At first, Maggie is just feeling stubborn when she declares she won't learn cursive. What's wrong with print, anyway? And she can easily type on a computer, so why would she need to know how to read those squiggly lines? But soon all her classmates are buzzing about Maggie's decision, especially after her teacher, Mrs. Leeper, says Maggie's cursive is so sloppy that her name looks like "Muggie."

With "Muggie Maggie" ringing in her ears, Maggie absolutely, positively won't back down...until she's appointed class mail messenger. All the letters that Mrs. Leeper sends to the office are in cursive, and Maggie thinks they are written about her. But there's only way to know for sure...so what's Maggie going to do?

For generations, Beverly Cleary has captivated readers of all ages with beloved characters such as Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, Ribsy, and Ralph S. Mouse. Muggie Maggie follows suit with what School Library Journal calls "a likable, funny heroine whom readers will want to know."

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Young Reader

Time for Andrew

by Mary Downing Hahn

When he goes to spend the summer with his great-aunt in the family's old house, 11-year-old Drew is drawn eighty years into the past to trade places with his great-great uncle who is dying of diphtheria.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Young Reader

Because of Winn-Dixie

by Kate Dicamillo

Recalling the fiction of Harper Lee and Carson McCullers, here is a funny, poignant, and utterly genuine first novel from a major new talent.

The summer Opal and her father, the preacher, move to Naomi, Florida, Opal goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket--and comes out with a dog. A big, ugly, suffering dog with a sterling sense of humor. A dog she dubs Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, the preacher tells Opal ten things about her absent mother, one for each year Opal has been alive. Winn-Dixie is better at making friends than anyone Opal has ever known, and together they meet the local librarian, Miss Franny Block, who once fought off a bear with a copy of WAR AND PEACE. They meet Gloria Dump, who is nearly blind but sees with her heart, and Otis, an ex-con who sets the animals in his pet shop loose after hours, then lulls them with his guitar.Opal spends all that sweet summer collecting stories about her new friends and thinking about her mother. But because of Winn-Dixie or perhaps because she has grown, Opal learns to let go, just a little, and that friendship--and forgiveness--can sneak up on you like a sudden summer storm.

Newbery Medal Honor book

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Young Reader

Redwall

by Brian Jacques

It's a classic good versus evil tale, as rats and mice prepare to battle over ownership of Redwall Abbey.

Booklist Best Books of 1980's

School Library Journal Best Books of 1987

ALA "75 Best Books of the Last 25 Years"

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Young Reader

George's Marvelous Medicine

by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake

A taste of her own medicine.George is alone in the house with Grandma. The most horrid, grizzly old grunion of a grandma ever. She needs something stronger than her usual medicine to cure her grouchiness. A special grandma medicine, a remedy for everything. And George knows just what to put into it. Grandma's in for the surprise of her life--and so is George, when he sees the results of his mixture!

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Young Reader

The Castle in the Attic

by Elizabeth Winthrop

"You must find your own way through the forest, William. That's what I've been trying to tell you all along." Mrs. Phillips is moving back to England. She has taken care of William for ten years and even though he loves his parents, nothing will be the same without her. As her farewell present, she gives him a wooden model of a medieval castle that has been in her family for generations. It has everything William could possibly want, right down to a miniature drawbridge, a portcullis and a silver knight. But despite the castle, William is miserable. He wants to find a way of keeping Mrs. Phillips with him forever. And he does . . . once he breaks the spell cast on the silver knight. This is an enthralling story of magic and fantasy, which weaves the everyday problems of growing up into the age-old battle between good and evil. William's quest, on which he faces a ferocious dragon and a wicked wizard, is a brilliant journey into William's soul—where courage finally triumphs over fear.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Young Reader

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

by Roald Dahl

Mr Wonka's inventions are out of this world. He's thought up every kind of sweet imaginable in his amazing chocolate factory, but no one has ever seen inside, or met Mr Wonka! Charlie can't believe his luck when he finds a golden ticket and wins the trip of a lifetime around the famous factory.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Young Reader

A Wrinkle in Time

by Madeleine L'Engle

Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

[This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 6-8 at http://www.corestandards.org.]

Newbery Medal Winner

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Young Reader

No Talking

by Andrew Clements and Mark Elliott

In No Talking, Andrew Clements portrays a battle of wills between some spunky kids and a creative teacher with the perfect pitch for elementary school life that made Frindle an instant classic.It's boys vs. girls when the noisiest, most talkative, and most competitive fifth graders in history challenge one another to see who can go longer without talking. Teachers and school administrators are in an uproar, until an innovative teacher sees how the kids' experiment can provide a terrific and unique lesson in communication.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Young Reader

Be A Perfect Person In Just Three Days!

by Stephen Manes

One day at the library, a book fell off the top shelf and hit Milo on the head. It was called Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days! The book's author, Dr. K. Pinkerton Silverfish, didn't look too perfect himself. In the picture on the back cover he was wearing a clown nose, and mustard was dripping down his chin. Milo figured the book was worth a try anyway. Perfect was obviously the perfect thing to be! But who had ever heard of wearing a stalk of broccoli around your neck for twenty-four hours? And that was only the first day....Milo is tired of feeling clunky and criticized. If he were perfect, he wouldn't break things, have terrible table manners or be scolded by anyone. To become perfect he has to do such odd things that his family and everyone at school thinks he's crazy or sick or both! Their reactions to his antics are hilarious. Here is an author who doesn't use parents as brainless props. Milo's father cares enough to find out why his son is being so polite and missing meals. He keeps Milo's secret and helps him in his quest. The weird Professor silverfish knows a thing or two about perfection that Milo never guessed. Don't miss the sequel to this book, Make A Million Dollars by Next Thursday and Stephen Manes' other humorous, popular, children's books. Mr. Manes is well known by adults for his columns in PC/Computer Magazine.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Young Reader

Tornado

by Betsy Byars

A tornado is coming, and once Pete the farmhand gathers the family safely in the storm cellar, he distracts them with a favorite tale about a tornado from his childhood--and the surprise it brought: Among the debris left by this twister was a doghouse, complete with a dog inside! Pete goes on to tell more stories about this hole-digging, cardtrick-playing dog, aptly named Tornado; and it isn't hard to see how Tornado, and the stories about him, soon become a part of both past and present families.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Young Reader

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

by Eleanor Coerr

The hardest race of Sadako's life... the race against time. Hiroshima-born Sadako is lively and athletic — the star of her school's running team. And then the dizzy spells start. Soon gravely ill with leukemia, an aftereffect of the atomic bomb that fell on her city when she was only an infant, Sadako approaches her illness as she did her running — with irrepressible spirit. Recalling a Japanese legend, Sadako sets to work folding paper cranes. For the legend holds that if a sick person folds one thousand cranes, the gods will grant her wish and make her healthy again. Based on a true story, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes celebrates the courage that made one young woman a heroine in Japan. "An extraordinary book, one no reader will fail to find compelling and unforgettable." —Booklist

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Young Reader


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