FLAT STANLEY AND THE FIREHOUSE
New York : Harper, 2011
IL K-3, RL 2.8
Flat Stanley and his brothers have won a poster contest. And their prize is to visit the firehouse and meet the fire fighters! They learn about the gear and the firetrucks. What an exciting day!
WHEN FRIENDSHIP FOLLOWED ME HOME
New York : Dial, 2016
As a foster kid, Ben Coffin has learned not to make friends. But that changed when he was adopted by a marvelous woman who showed him love and friendship. When his mother passes away, he is sent to her sister's home where it is clear he is not really welcome. He spends his days in the public library and finds a friendship with an unexpected person. Rainbow Girl is different from anyone he has ever known. Together with a scruffy little dog who follows him home, Paul may just find a way to trust again.
SALT: A STORY OF FRIENDSHIP IN A TIME OF WAR
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
Anikwa and James are both 12 years old and living in 1812. They have been friends all of their lives even though they come from different backgrounds. Anikwa and his family live with the Miami tribe and this land has been their home for centuries. James and his family live near the fort that houses the American soldiers. James' father has traded with the tribe for a very long time and considers them his friends. When tension mounts and there is talk of a war between the Americans and the Native Americans, the two boys find their worlds changing forever. The British want to stop the Americans from moving further west so the war is coming.
SOLVE A CRIME
New York : Tick Tock, 2014
IL 3-6, RL 6.2
Do you like to solve crimes? Do you think you have the makings of a great detective? Do you like math? Did you know that detectives use math a lot in their work? From analyzing the crime scene to finding the bad guy, math plays a very important role.
Carson, Mary Kay.
New York : Scholastic, 2014
IL K-3, RL 4.8
Ms Frizzle is off on another adventure on the Magic School Bus. This time they are heading under the ocean. Did you know that three fourths of the Earth is covered in water? That is a lot of water! Under the oceans, there is a great variety of animals and plants. Hop on board the bus to check it out.
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2013
IL 5-8, RL 5.5
Star student Sierra Shepard accidentally brings a paring knife to school when there is a lunch bag mix-up at home, but she knows the school policy and immediately brings it to a school official. She doesn’t expect to face expulsion, but a zero tolerance rule for weapons applies to all situations, even accidents made by model members involved in every aspect of the school community. (Booktalk by Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee, 2016)
WAKE UP MISSING
New York : Walker Books for Young Readers, 2013
After suffering various head injuries that leave them with unpleasant aftereffects, four strangers seek treatment at a distinguished, isolated, neurological clinic that promises to restore their lives to normal in record time. When they begin to experience strange side-effects and grow wary of the mysterious final treatment stages, they discover a misguided plot involving their brains and those of historically significant scientists. (Booktalk by Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee, 2016)
MacHale, D. J.
New York : Razorbill, 2013
Amidst suspicious quarantine orders for a seemingly nonexistent virus, a martial takeover by an organization called SYLO, and a new drug that gives dangerous strength to the user, everyday life is suddenly turned upside down for high school football player Tucker Pierce and his entire island community. Tucker makes the risky decision to escape to the mainland state only to find that the mysterious situation is even more extensive than he imagined. The sequels are STORM and STRIKE. (Booktalk by Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee, 2016)
New York : Philomel Books, 2013
Jake Cullen has big shoes to fill if he wants to follow the football legacy of his father and brother, both successful quarterbacks and celebrities in their hometown. Jake enjoys football like the other men in his family, and he has the talent and leadership skills to be great. At the same time though, he’s still just a high school kid. He feels that he must fight the extra pressure of living up to his family’s reputation in order to be himself and make his own name. (Booktalk by Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee, 2016)
ONE CAME HOME
New York : Knopf, 2013
Neither Georgie nor Agatha is a typical girl of 1871; Georgie is a sharpshooter with no desire to marry, and her sister dreams of higher education. Agatha runs away with a group of men who are passing through the area to hunt the record-breaking gathering of passenger pigeons in the area, and the remains of her body are soon returned to the town with little explanation. Unable to accept her sister’s death, Georgie goes on a mission to discover what really happened. (Booktalk by Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee, 2016)
JACK STRONG TAKES A STAND
New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2013
IL 3-6, RL 4.3
Jack Strong is expected to do everything: sports, music, foreign languages, public service, extra-curricular activities, attend school, do homework and make good grades. He barely has a moment of anything that could be considered free time. His parents just don’t understand that he has too much in his schedule so he stages a peaceful protest by refusing to leave the couch. His attempt to win some personal relaxation time surprisingly gains the attention of the local media team, and the situation grows beyond his expectations. (Booktalk by Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee, 2016)
Feiwel and Friends, 2013
Quentin wants nothing to do with dating; he’s only in middle school after all, and he’s already seen the trouble it can cause. That doesn’t mean he can’t be involved as an impartial third party in the relationships of other people though, right? When a one-time opportunity to deliver a message to end the relationship of a high school guy who doesn’t know how to break-up with his girlfriend in person turns into a profitable business, Quentin becomes the Heartbreak Messenger. He encounters tears, anger, and even some good advice in a series of hilarious break-ups for hire. (Booktalk by Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee, 2016)
DOGS OF WAR
New York : Graphix, 2013
Incorporating the history of three different wars and showing dogs in a variety of situations, this graphic novel tells the tale of soldiers and their service dogs through short stories. It highlights the heroic, life-saving acts of these soldier and dog teams as well as the importance of companionship, particularly in the midst of war. (Booktalk by Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee, 2016)
THE BOY ON THE WOODEN BOX
Holocaust survivor Leon Leyson was only ten-years-old when World War II reached his home in Poland. In this memoir he straightforwardly recounts his memories of his life before, during, and after the war. He attributes his survival to the brave efforts of Oskar Schindler, a Nazi who recognized the value of his life and the lives of other Jews working in his factory. (Booktalk by Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee, 2016)
THE DARKEST PATH
New York : Scholastic, 2013
In this futuristic dystopia, a militant cult called the Glorious Path has begun a rebellion in the southern states that is threatening to overthrow the US government completely. Using violence and brainwashing, the organization is constantly recruiting new members against their will. Callum and his brother James have survived for years in this environment, but Cal finally seizes an opportunity to escape, attempting a dangerous mission to return home with a stray dog as a companion. (Booktalk by Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee, 2016)
Sloan, Holly Goldberg.
COUNTING BY 7s
Willow Chance has always known she doesn’t quite fit in with others her age; she’s hyper-intelligent and has unconventional hobbies and interests, but she has always had an accepting and loving home to support her. When her adoptive parents are killed in an accident her perfect world is shaken. This event leads her to form a new, unique home community for herself consisting of high school student Mai Nguyen and her family, a taxi driver and a school counselor. (Booktalk by Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee, 2016)
Mack, W. C.
ATHLETE VS. MATHLETE
New York : Bloomsbury, 2013
IL 3-6, RL 3.9
Twin brothers Owen and Russell may share the same genes, but that’s where their similarities end. Owen loves sports and is a star of the school basketball team while Russell is the academically-minded captain of the math team. The two have always gotten along together without overlapping interests, but when their father and a new coach encourage Russell to join the basketball team, tension arises. The sequel is Athlete vs. Mathlete: Double Dribble. (Booktalk by Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee, 2016)
Atlanta : Peachtree, 2014
IL 3-6, RL 6.0
Ali’s passion was horses, until the accident. Her life changed in a flash, leaving her hesitant around the animals she once loved. Since then, Ali’s brother Danny has come home from Afghanistan feeling damaged, an amputee with PTSD. Can a rescued Appaloosa horse help them both start to rebuild their lives? (Booktalk by the Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee)
SHOOTING AT THE STARS : THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914
New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2014
IL 3-6, RL 5.4
Some called it “The Great War.” History calls it World War I. This book tells the true story of the events of The Christmas Truce of 1914, the day the war paused, through the eyes of a soldier writing a letter to his mom. December 25, 1914 was a small space in an ugly time when soldiers were just people serving their countries. Ordinary people exchanged smiles, pictures, uniform buttons, and handshakes, celebrating the magic that is Christmas for one day before the war began again and loyalty to duty and country resumed. (Booktalk by the Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee)
PACK OF DORKS
New York : Sky Pony Press, 2014
IL 3-6, RL 4.7
Lucy starts out as one of the coolest kids in school, and overnight, due to one unfortunate event, becomes one of the lamest. In coping with her younger sister’s special needs and being forced to find new friends, she learns that choosing between popularity and being herself, no matter how dorky, might not be such a challenge after all. (Booktalk by the Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee)