by Jerry Craft Year Published: 2019
As Jordan travels from his Washington Heights neighborhood to the upscale Riverdale private school where he's starting seventh grade, he finds himself torn between two worlds---and not really fitting into either on
by Kwame Alexander Year Published: 2014
Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.
by Gordon Korman Year Published: 2019
The Unteachables roast pencil-skewered marshmallows over a wastebasket fire in room 117, but that's not the most shocking thing. It's Mr. Kermit---a teacher with an even worse attitude than the students!
by Sharon Draper Year Published: 2018
Piano-prodigy Isabella, eleven, whose black father and white mother struggle to share custody, never feels whole, especially as racial tensions affect her school, her parents both become engaged, and she and her stepbrother are stopped by police
by Kate Allen Year Published: 2019
Following a tragedy that further alters the course of her life, twelve-year-old Lucy Everhart decides to continue the shark research her marine biologist mother left unfinished when she died years earlier.
by Eric Dinerstein Year Published: 2016
In the threatened jungle of the Borderlands between Nepal and India during the 1970s, an orphaned boy discovers his fate as a great elephant driver.
by Marc Aronson Year Published: 2019
The incredible true story of the twelve boys trapped with their coach in a flooded cave in Thailand and their inspiring rescue.
by Michael Scott Year Published: 2007
Fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, find themselves caught up in the deadly struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient book that holds the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life. Fantasy
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Year Published: 2015
A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother. Historical Fiction
by Margaret Peterson Haddix Year Published: 1998
In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong.
by Ann M. Martin Year Published: 2014
Struggling with Asperger's syndrome, Rose shares a bond with her beloved dog, but when the dog goes missing during a storm, Rose is forced to confront the limits of her comfort levels, even if it means leaving her routines in order to search for her pet
by Peter Brown Year Published: 2016
Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants.
by Jewell Parker Rhodes Year Published: 2016
While learning about September 11th, fifth grader Dáeja (born after the attacks) realizes how much the events still color her world.
by Rob Herrell Year Published: 2013
In a fantastcal 1860's England, every town's pride is its monster that terrorizes the town on a regular basis and draws tourists, but Stoker-on-Avon finds itself embarrassed by their monster, Rayburn. Dr. Charles Wilkie and street urchin Timothy climb to the monster's lair to help cure Rayburn's depression and get him back on the job before a huge threat arrives in Stoker-on-Avon.
by Aaron Blabey Year Published: 2017
The Bad Guys, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Shark, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Piranha, want to be heroes, and they decide that the way to do it is free the 200 dogs in the city dog pound--but their plan soon goes awry.
by Jennifer A. Nielsen Year Published: 2015
When her family is divided by the rise of the Berlin Wall, twelve-year-old Gerda harbors forbidden thoughts about freedom and reuniting with her loved ones before a coded message from her father inspires a daring plan.
by Meg Medina Year Published: 2018
Merci Suárez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, Merci has never been like the other kids at her private school in Florida, because she and her older brother, Roli, are scholarship students. They don't have a big house or a fancy boat, and they have to do extra community service to make up for their free tuition. So when bossy Edna Santos sets her sights on the new boy who happens to be Merci's school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, Merci becomes the target of Edna's jealousy. Things aren't going well at home, either: Merci's grandfather and most trusted ally, Lolo, has been acting strangely lately -- forgetting important things, falling from his bike, and getting angry over nothing. No one in her family will tell Merci what's going on, so she's left to her own worries, while also feeling all on her own at school.
by Trenton Lee Stewart Year Published: 2016
11-year-old Reuben finds a watch that he later discovers has magical powers that make him invisible. Trying to find out more about it's history, Reuben makes friends along the way to try to stop an evil man with a surprising secret. This is one of the best books I have read in a long time because there was always something happening. I never wanted to put the book down. My favorite part is the reaction of Reuben's friends when he shows them the power of the watch. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a page turner. 4.5 starts Andrew B.
by Paul Griffin Year Published: 2017
Lorenzo Ventura, 11 forms a deep bond with a piglet who has been left behind. Lorenzo names the pig Marty after his father. Marty thinks he is a dog and becomes a household pet. Lorenzo dreams of running away to California with his best friend Pal to play music. Lorenzo also dreams of getting to know his father. Marty continues to grow to the point where he is dangerous and may have to be given away. 4 stars.
by Kelly Regan Barnhill Year Published: 2016
Once a year in the Protectorate there is a Day of Sacrifice. The youngest baby is taken by the Elders and left in the forest to die, thus appeasing the witch who threatens to destroy the village if not obeyed. Unbeknownst to the people, Xan, the witch of the forest, is kind and compassionate. When she discovers the first baby left as a sacrifice, she has no idea why it has been abandoned. She rescues the infants, feeds each one starlight, and delivers the shining infants to parents in the Outside Cities who love and care for them. On one occasion, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight along with starlight, filling her with glowing magic. Xan is smitten with the beautiful baby girl , who has a crescent moon birthmark on her forehead, and chooses to raise her as her own child. Twists and turns emerge as the identity of the true evil witch becomes apparent. SLJ
Newbery Medal Winner 2017
by Elizabeth George Speare Year Published: 1983
Matt is a young boy living by himself in the woods. Matt got stung by a lot of bees. He passed out from pain and was saved by the Indians. The Indians teach him their skills and Matt teaches Attean how to read and learn English. I liked the book a lot. My favorite part was when Matt sees his family again. It was funny when Ben, a mean person, got stuck in his own trap. I would recommend this book. It was adventurous and kept me entertained. 5 stars. Aidan R.
by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein Year Published: 2012
Middle schooler Jamie Grimm got into a tragic accident that has confined him to a wheelchair. That does not stop him from following his dream to become a world renowned stand up comedian and apear on SNL. This book is a mix of sad and funny. 4 stars. Matt M.
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Year Published: 2015
An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War 2, from the acclaimed author of Jefferson's Sons and for fans of Number the Stars . Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada's twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn't waste a minute--she sneaks out to join him. So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan--and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother? This masterful work of historical fiction is equal parts adventure and a moving tale of family and identity--a classic in the making.
by Jeffrey Brown Year Published: 2013
Roan Navochez wants to go to pilot school but his application is rejected. He gets accepted into a new academy but has a hard time keeping up. He tries to go unnoticed at his new school and spends the days drawing comics. 3 stars. Isaiah B.
by Gerry Swallow Year Published: 2017
Elspeth Pule travels to a make believe world where storybook characters are real. Elspethś friend Queen Farrah has been kidnapped by an evil witch and Elspeth and her friends are on a journey to save the queen. Will they succeed? I learned that it is important to remain strong and brave in tough situations. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat. 5 stars. Riley S.
by Leisel Shurtliff Year Published: 2014
Rump is the laughing stock of the town because of his name. Rump and his grandmother spend long hours in the mines searching for gold for the king but most of the gold is gone. How can the kingdom cope with paying for such high taxes from just the windmillś food? Why are the pixies searching for gold when there is none and becoming biting nuisances? Rump soon discovers that spinning gold is a curse. My favorite part is when Rump visits his aunts and discover their secrets. This story is a page turner. 3.5 stars Ethan B.
by Tom O´Donnell Year Published: 2016
Hamstersaurus Rex is about an unusual hamster who is cute but not like other hamsters. HR growls like a dinosaur, has hands like a dinosaur and acts like a dinosaur. HR helps save Sam from the school bully Kiefer “Beefer” Vanderkoff!! HR is a fun and entertaining read. 5 stars Dylan P.
by R. J. Palacio Year Published: 2012
Auggie Pullman is a boy with facial abnormalities. He has been home schooled for the first ten years of his life but now he is about to start fifth grade at Beecher Prep. His family is worried for him but making it through fifth grade is the least of his worrys. Wonder is the best book I have ever read because it is heart filled and all you do throughout the book is root for Auggie. I recommend this book because it teaches you a very important lesson about people who are different and that it is important to treat them just like everyone else. 5 stars. Addison G. Jessica J.
by Raina Telgemeier Year Published: 2016
Catrina and her family move to northern California because her little sister Maya is sick. Catrina meets the next door neighbor Carlos who is always talking about the ghosts that visit the town. Catrina and Maya start exploring the neighborhood in the hopes of meeting the town ghosts. My favorite part is when Catrina goes trick or treating and she goes to a cemetery where humans and ghosts are partying together. 4 stars. Cidalia F.
by Patrick Carman Year Published: 2005
Alexa Daley spends the summer in Bridewell with her father. But this year Alexa tries to solve the mystery of what lies beyond the walls of Bridewell. Once Alexa finds her way to the dark hills she discovers an evil plan that could destroy Bridewell. This book is an interesting, exciting and fun read. 5 stars. Amanda N.
by Andy Griffiths Year Published: 2013
Andy and Terry are trying to write a comic book but there are too many distractions in their 13 story treehouse. The treehouse is so cool! The treehouse has a man eating shark tank, bowling alley, swinging vines, library, theater, and games room. Their stories include giant bananas, flying cats, a monster mermaid and burp-filled bubblegum bubbles!!! My favorite part are the comics. I recommend this book because it is really funny and weird. 5 stars. Jordan
by Sarah Mlynowski Year Published: 2012
Brother and sister Jonah and Abby have moved into a new home and find a mirror down in the basement that transports them to the land of Snow White. Abby and Jonah are trying to make the prince fall in love with Snow White. But at the same time Abby and Jonah have to get home to Smithville. I really recommend this book because it is adventurous and very entertaining. 5 stars. Katelyn E.
by Dave Pilkey Year Published: 2016
A policeman and his canine friend are injured in an explosion. The dog's head is sewn on to the policeman's body and Dog Man is created! Dog Man saves the day as he deals with an evil robot, a gangster cat and an army of hot dogs. This book is so funny. It is filled with action and even has a "flip-o-rama." 4.5 stars Josh S. 5 stars John L.
by Various Year Published: 2013
This is a story about dogs finding their "just right" homes. It is fun to read because every chapter is written by a different author and is about a different dog in a different place. I liked this book because I like dogs and it had funny parts. I recommend this book if you like dogs!! 5 stars. Sadie P.
by Marty Crisp Year Published: 2004
Twelve year old Sam Harris is a passenger on the Titanic. He volunteers to work in the kennel on the ship and becomes best friends with the Irish Setter Star. When the Titanic starts sinking, Sam's escape is in the "paws" of one brave dog. This book really interested me! My favorite part is when Sam meets White Star. Even though there are scary and sad parts, I still enjoyed this book!! I recommend this book because of the adventure in it. Also, if you like dogs, you'll probably like this story!! 4 stars. Madison L.
by Ingrid Law Year Published: 2010
In the story Scumble Ledge's family has been known to have strange powers or abilities called "savvy." When it is time, Ledge learns that his "savvy" is the ability to make things fall apart. Will Ledge figure out how to control his "savvy" before he dstroys everything? I would recommend this book because it is full of action and humor. 5 stars. Will L.
by Tony DiTerlizzi Year Published: 2010
With the help of her robot Muthr, Eva 9 is on a quest to find out if she is the last human on Earth. She is interupted on her journey by the evil bounty hunter Besteel. I like this book because it has drama, a bit of humor and is futuristic. I recommend this book to those who like sci fi. 5 stars Christian P.
by Cal Ripken, Jr. Year Published: 2011
Connor, all-star third baseman is about to get kicked off of his team because of his meltdowns and terrible temper. The coach is on his final straw with his star player. Will Connor lose his temper in the playoffs or will he lead his team to victory? I loved this book!! My favorite part is when Connor talks his feelings out with the coach. This book was INSANELY suspenseful. I learned that having meltdowns won't fix your problems. I recommend this book because the suspnse makes this book impossible to put down. 4.5 stars Nolan B.
by Carolyn Cohagan Year Published: 2011Twelve-year-old Josephine Russing lives alone with her father. Mr. Russing is a distant, cold man best known for his insistence that every member of their town wear gloves at all times, just as he does--even at home--and just as he forces his daughter to do as well. Then one day Josephine meets a boy named Fargus. But when she tries to follow him, he mysteriously disappears and Josephine finds herself in another world called Gulm. Gulm is ruled by the "Master," a terrifying villain who has taken all the children of Gulm. With Fargus by her side, and joined by Fargus's friend Ida, Josephine must try to find her way home. As the trio attempt to evade the Master, they encounter numerous adventures and discover the surprising truth about the land of Gulm, and Josephine's own life back home. I recommend this book. 4.5 stars Akhila G. by J. K. Rowling Year Published: 1998Lord Voldemort killed Harry's parents and tried to kill baby Harry but ended up killing himself. Harry is sent to live with his terrible Aunt and Uncle. Harry later learns that he is a wizard and goes to Hogwarts School of Wizardry where he meets friends Ron & Hermione. Harry learns that Voldemort is trying to return using the Sorcerer's Stone so he, Ron and Hermione try to get it before Voldemort. I liked the book! My favorite part was when Harry gets the Sorcerer's Stone from Professor Quirrell. There are some funny parts in the story. Yes...I recommend this book. It is very exciting and adventurous. It also makes you want to keep reading the rest of the series. 5 stars. Darshan K.
by Michael Scott Year Published: 2007
Fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, find themselves caught up in the deadly struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient book that holds the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life. In the book Josh and Sophie have rare gold and silver auroras. They get taken on a quest to master five elemental magics. I liked this book because it has magic, action, suspense and cliff hangers. I would recommend this book to people who like thrillers, action and cliffhangers. Parker K.
by Margaret Peterson Haddix Year Published: 1998
Luke, a twelve year old boy lives in a world where a family can only have two children and this law is enforced by the Population Police. Luke has remained in hiding all of his life because he is the "third" child in a family. He finds out that there is a girl living right next to him and she is also a "third" child. She convinces Luke that the government is wrong. I liked this book because each chapter leaves you hanging. I recommend this book to those who like cliffhangers. 4.5 stars. Aaliyah R.
by Dan Gutman Year Published: 2009
Stosh gets hit in the head with a baseball and Dr. Wright saves his life. Flip, who is Stosh'baseball coach, tells them about a guy named Ray Chapman, a player for the Cleveland indians who died from getting hit in the head with a baseball. Stosh takes Dr. Wright back to 1920 to try and save Ray's life. I learned to never give up and recommend this to people who love baseball history. 5 stars. Nick G.
by Jerry Spinelli Year Published: 1990
Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee might have lived a normal life if a freak accident hadn't made him an orphan. After living with his unhappy and uptight aunt and uncle for eight years, he decides to run--and not just run away, but run. Maniac runs around making friends and enemies throughout the West End of townThis is where the myth of Maniac Magee begins, as he changes the lives of a racially divided small town with his amazing and legendary feats. Maniac runs around making friends and enemies throughout the West End of town. I liked this book because it is action packed and filled with plenty of surprises. My favorite part is when Maniac untied the untiable knot and wins a pizza every week for a year. I learned it's easy to make friends and lose them but you must keep them. 5 stars. Caleb B.
by Jeff Kinney Year Published: 2011
Greg Heffley is in big trouble. School property has been damaged, and Greg is the prime suspect. But the crazy thing is, he's innocent. Or at least sort of. The authorities are closing in, but when a surprise blizzard hits, the Heffley family is trapped indoors. Greg knows that when the snow melts he's going to have to face the music, but could any punishment be worse than being stuck inside with your family for the holidays? This book is funny. 4 stars. Anthony D.
by Lois Lowry Year Published: 1989
The Nazi's are invading Denmark and the Rosens are in danger of being "relocated". It is up to the Johansens to keep Ellen Rosen safe. My favorite part is when Annemarie faces the Nazis while she is bringing a basket to her uncle. I recommend this book because it is full of historical facts. 5 stars. Kailyn S.
by Julie Mata Year Published: 2014
Kate Walden is directing the movie Night of the Zombie Chickens starring her best friend Alyssa, but the chickens are not easy to work with. Kate hates the chickens and her mom for moving out to the farm to be an organic chicken farmer. Alyssa becomes friends with the MPG (most poular girl) and Kate seeks revenge. I would recommend this book to anyone with theater knowledge. 4.5 stars. Sophia B.
by Chris Colfer Year Published: 2014
Alex, Conner and the gang have to stop the French army with General Jacques du Marquis and the masked man from invading the Land of Stories and taking it over. This task will be extremely hard when the masked man supplies the French army with a dragon egg!! I would definitely recommend this book to readers who like fantasy that is fun, scary and dramatic. The plot is very creative and enjoyable to read. 5 stars. Kavya I.
by Gary Paulsen Year Published: 1987
In the book Hatchet, the problem is that Brian crashed into the Canadian wilderness and needs to survive with just himself and a hatchet given to him by his mom. This is a true adventure book that hooks you in at each chapter. You learn about Brian's personality and how a non-experienced human survives in a dangerous and different habitat. 4.5 stars. Maggie L.
by Siobhan Dowd Year Published: 2008
Ted and Kat watched their cousin Salim board the London Eye. But after half an hour it landed and everyone trooped off-except Salim. Where could he have gone? How on earth could he have disappeared into thin air? Ted and his older sister, Kat, become sleuthing partners, since the police are having no luck. Despite their prickly relationship, they overcome their differences to follow a trail of clues across London in a desperate bid to find their cousin. And ultimately it comes down to Ted, whose brain works in its own very unique way, to find the key to the mystery. This is an unput-downable spine-tingling thriller-a race against time. This is one of the best books I have ever read. There are some scary parts and tense parts buy the entire book is amazing. This book is mystery and it is fun. 5 stars. Rishi K.
by James Patterson Year Published: 2013
Georgia is going to school but has a hard time fitting in because of what her brother did before she was there. He tried to break every rule the school had, and he almost did. Now Georgia has to deal with "A Katchadorian" every time a teacher hears her name even though she's nothing like him. I recommend this book becuase it hooks you in and you don't know what's going to happen next. 5 stars. Jameson M.
by Rachel Renee Year Published: 2011
Nikki Maxwell has been doing everything she can to keep everyone at school from learning the truth--that she's there on scholarship in exchange for her Dad working as the school's exterminator. The last thing Nikki needs is having her friends and--worst case scenario--her crush, Brandon, associating her with the humongous roach on top of her Dad's van. Nikki gets into the school talent show. Mackenzie ( who is mean and rude) finds a way to sabotage Nikki's audition so the group cannot perform. Nikki always finds a way to make things better. I would recommend this book to my classmates because it is very interesting. 4.5 stars. Siya G.
by Coco Simon Year Published: 2011
At Park Street School, you have the Popular Girls. They even have a Popular Girls Club. But what happens when you aren't invited to join? Do you start an Unpopular Club? No, you start a Cupcake Club! Mia has never had a problem making friends before. Her motto is to be open and friendly with everyone. However, not everyone at Park Street school believes in mixing in with different groups of friends. When the Popular Girls Club takes interest in Mia's keen fashion sense and decide to recruit her, Mia has to decide between them and the Cupcake Club members. What's a girl to do? The Cupcake club makes cupcakes for Mia's Mom's fashion show. They were supposed to put 1/2 cup of lemon but they accidentally put 1 1/2 cups of lemon and end up with some very sour cupcakes. There are some very funny parts in this story. 5 stars. Alexa P.
by Lesley Choyce Year Published: 2010
Josh knows he's riding recklessly when he knocks down the old man he suspects is the hermit of Loggerman Creek. But he is shocked when the hermit walks into the forest with his bike after the accident. Being without his beloved bike for a week motivates Josh to hike into the woods and confront the crazy old man. The hermit, Jonathan, has fixed Josh's bike, and Josh learns that he has more in common with the old man than he ever imagined. When Jonathan needs help, Josh has to respect the old man's choices in order to save his life. This book is intense and has very interesting parts. 5 stars
by James Patterson Year Published: 2015
Jamie Grimm is signed to a TV show but nothing is what it is supposed to be. if Jamie doesn't do the show he'll lose a milion dollars and his Uncle Frankies diner. And with a new school bully things don't look good for the wheelchaired comedian. If you're into "sitdown comedy" this book is perfect. The only funny part is the entire books! Alec S.
by Wendy Mass Year Published: 2008
16 year old Tessa is in high school and she was playing dodgeball in gym when she got hit in the head and went into a coma. While in the coma Tessa goes to "heaven" and heaven looks like the mall that her mom and dad work at. While at the mall Tessa starts to relive every moment of her life. The book had a good plot. I recommend this book becuase it is very funny and it makes you happy and sad. 5 stars. Shannon O.
by Nan Marino Year Published: 2014
Eleven-year-old musical prodigy, Elvis Ruby, was supposed to win the most coveted reality show on television,Tween Star . None of the other contestants even came close to his talents. But in the middle of the biggest night, with millions of people watching, Elvis panicked. He forgot the words to the song. He forgot the tune. He forgot how to play every single instrument he'd ever known and froze on national TV. So Elvis must run from the paparazzi camped outside his door and spend the summer working with his aunt and cousin at Piney Pete's Pancake Palace in the remote wilds of New Jersey. It's the perfect place to be anonymous, that is until Elvis meets Cecilia, a girl who can't seem to help blurting out whatever's on her mind.
by Neil Gaiman Year Published: 2013
Brother and sister have no milk for their cereal so dad goes to the store to get some. "I bought the milk," said my father. "I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: t h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road." "Hullo," I said to myself. "That's not something you see every day. And then something odd happened." Dad's adventure begins as he is abducted by aliens, is rescued by a stegosaurus with a time traveling balloon, meets pirates, piranhas, wumpires and a volcano god. Does dad return home with the milk??
by Rob harrell Year Published: 2013In a fantastical 1860s England, every quiet little township is terrorized by a ferocious monster - much to the townsfolk's delight! Each town's unique monster is a source of local pride, not to mention tourism. Each town, that is... except for one. Unfortunately, for the people of Stoker-on-Avon, their monster isn't quite as impressive. In fact, he's a little down in the dumps. Can the morose Rayburn get a monstrous makeover and become a proper horror? It's up to the eccentric Dr. Charles Wilkie and plucky street urchin Timothy to get him up to snuff, before a greater threat turns the whole town to kindling! Monsters of all ages are sure to enjoy this tale about life's challenges, the power of friendship, and creative redemption, packed with epic battles and plenty of wild beasts! by Holly Black Year Published: 2013Winner of a 2014 Newbery Honor Medal. Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever. And for almost as long, they've been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors. Ruling over all is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll cursing those who displease her. But they are in middle school now. Zach's father pushes him to give up make-believe, and Zach quits the game. Their friendship might be over, until Poppy declares she's been having dreams about the Queen-and the ghost of a girl who will not rest until the bone-china doll is buried in her empty grave. Zach and Alice and Poppy set off on one last adventure to lay the Queen's ghost to rest. But nothing goes according to plan, and as their adventure turns into an epic journey, creepy things begin to happen. Is the doll just a doll or something more sinister? And if there really is a ghost, will it let them go now that it has them in its clutches? 5 stars. by Brian Floca Year Published: 2013The Caldecott Medal Winner, Sibert Honor Book, and New York Times bestseller Locomotive is a rich and detailed sensory exploration of America's early railroads, from the creator of the " stunning " ( Booklist ) Moonshot. It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America's brand-new transcontinental railroad. These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean. Come hear the hiss of the steam, feel the heat of the engine, watch the landscape race by. Come ride the rails, come cross the young country! 5 stars. by Neil Gaiman Year Published: 2008Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy-an ancient Indigo Man beneath the hill, a gateway to a desert leading to an abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack--who has already killed Bod's family. 4 stars.Joey C. by Lisa Shroeder Year Published: 2010Twelve year old Isabel is dying to leave her town in Oregon to travel and see the world. Isabel's mom decides to open up a cupcake shop and once again Isabel is stuck in her hometown for the summer. Isabel hears about a baking contest and and the finalists will get to travel to New York City. She decides to enter the contest...but so does her best friend Sophie. I liked the main character Isabel because she is really determined. Isabel really wanted to get out of her home state Oregon and she was determined to do everything she could to make it happen. (Includes cupcake recipes) 4 stars.Felicity S. by Sharon Draper Year Published: 2010Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there's no delete button. She's the smartest kid in her whole school--but no one knows it. Most people--her teachers and doctors included--don't think she's capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows . . . but she can't, because Melody can't talk. She can't walk. She can't write. Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind--that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. I loved this book and would recommend it because it is a real page turner. 5 stars.Lily H by Peg Kehret Year Published: 2010Each day, Rusty feeds a dog that's left chained in the frigid weather with no shelter and no food or water. When he realizes that the dog s been injured, Rusty and his friend Andrew unchain the dog and take it. Are they stealing, or are they rescuing a dog in need? With the dog living in their secret hideout, the boys face multiple challenges, including a mysterious ghost dog that tries to lead them to a startling secret, Andrew s snoopy sister, and the escalating threats of the dog s abusive owner. Rusty is a very warm-hearted boy. The book has some very scary moments and unpredictable parts. I would recommend it to people who are up for a heartwarming yet scary story. 4.5 stars.Teagan G. by Gordon Korman Year Published: 2002Ever since Dominic was a young child he has always loved to climb. He would climb trees and houses when playing Hide-n-Seek. He gets the chance of a lifetime when he wins a competition, goes to a camp and qualifies into the final 4 who will get a chance to climb Mt. Everest. They come from all across America to be the youngest kid ever to climb Everest. But only one will reach the top first. The competition is fierce. The preparation is intense. The challenge is breathtaking. When the final four reach the higher peaks, disaster strikes -- and all that separates the living from the dead is chance, bravery, and action. this is without a doubt the best book series i have ever read. It has funny and scary parts. I learned that you should never give up and perservere like Dominic. 5 stars.Zachary T. by Kate DiCamillo Year Published: 2013Holy bagumba!!! The story begins with a vacuum cleaner. And a squirrel. Or, to be more precise, a squirrel who gets sucked into a Ulysses Super Suction wielded by Flora's neighbor, Mrs. Tickham. The rather hairless squirrel that is spit out is not the same one that went in. That squirrel had only one thought: I'm hungry. After Flora performs CPR, the rescued squirrel, newly named Ulysses, is still hungry, but now he has many thoughts in his head. Foremost is his consideration of Flora's suggestion that perhaps he is a superhero like The Amazing Incandesto, whose comic-book adventures Flora read with her father. Since Flora's father and mother have split up, Flora has become a confirmed and defiant cynic. Yet it is hard to remain a cynic while one's heart is opening to a squirrel who can type ( Squirtl. I am . . . born anew ), who can fly, and who adores Flora. by Wendy Mass Year Published: 2010The candy factory Life is Sweet is hosting a candy-making contest. Who will invent a candy more delicious than the Oozing Crunchorama or the Neon Lightning Chew? Logan, the Candymaker's son, who can detect the color of chocolate by touch alone? Miles, the boy who is allergic to merry-go-rounds and the color pink? Daisy, the cheerful girl who can lift a fifty-pound lump of taffy like it's a feather? Or Philip, the suit-and-tie wearing boy who's always scribbling in a secret notebook? This is a fun book because it describes lots of different types of candy. I liked the book because it was funny and it also made me hungry!! I learned that even if people are not like you they can still be good friends. I would recommend this book because it is interesting and it is also about friendship and kindness. 4.5 starsSammy K. by Wendy Mass Year Published: 2011Ever since Rory was little she has been waiting to turn twelve because her Mom has always said "when you turn 12 you can"... get contact lenses, go to the mall with your friends, stay home alone, wear make up, get a cell phone.And now she is finally 12 and is turning 12 everything that Rory thought it would be? Rory is a funny person with lots of friends, but she is so worried about what other people think and wants to be just like them. This book is a real page turner and is my favorite because it is funny, exciting and interesting. I learned that it is important to be yourself and take pride in who you are. I recommend this book for anyone who wants excitement! 5 stars.Emma D. by Ridley Pearson Year Published: 2012The story starts when 5 kids were picked to be Disney Host Interactives in the Magic Kingdom. Thirteen-year-old Finn Whitman and four other young teens have been transformed into holograms to be guides for visitors to Disney World, but now they must do battle with the evil witch, Maleficent, and her Overtakers to save Walt Disney World. They meet an old guy named Wayne and the D.H.I's have to find a specific artifact. But they also have to battle the evil witch Malacefint. The 5 D.H.I's are Finn, Maybeck, Charlene, Willa, and Philby. They are really exciting characters. My favorite part was when the D.H.I's had to battle Malacefint after finding the artifact. the cool part was when the machines from the rides come alive. I would recommend this to people who like adventure and holograms. 5 stars.Hal