Graff, Lisa. LOST IN THE SUN
New York : Philomel Books, 2015
When Trent was in fifth grade a terrible accident occurred. Sixth grade in a new school will be a new start for him. Despite a new year, anger issues and guilty feelings are making Trent act horribly. He pushes everyone in his life away, he doesn’t want anyone to like him. How can he have a nice life when that other boy died? (Booktalk by the New Hampshire Great Stone Face Committee)
Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon
Castle Hangnail has a vacancy. It is in need of a wicked witch. Molly applies for the position. She is twelve years old and very polite. Polite!! Wicked witches need to be evil, rude and demanding. Molly does not look like witch material, but Castle Hangnail needs a new master right now. A castle with no master will be decommissioned and the castle minions will have no home. Maybe, with the minions help, Molly will fit the bill.
Hoffman, Alice. NIGHTBIRD
New York : Wendy Lamb Books, 2015
They say there’s a monster in Sidwell, Massachusetts. They say it has enormous black wings, and that it flies only at night. Twig, who lives alone with her mother in the house her family has occupied for generations, knows that the stories are true. She knows that it’s up to her to make sure no one gets close enough to their family to guess at the secrets they conceal.
But Twig is getting older, and it’s getting harder to hold herself apart from the world around her. Life is meant to be lived, isn’t it? So, when a new family moves into the old property next door, Twig secretly defies her mother to make a friend---and sets into motion a series of events that will change their futures forever…Nightbird is a story of love, of anger, of curses, and of blessings---will Twig’s actions ruin her family’s precarious existence, or will they bring about healing and forgiveness? Read Nightbird to find out.
Vrabel, Beth. PACK OF DORKS
New York : Sky Pony, 2014
Lucy and her best friend Becky have a plan. They are going to kiss their boyfriends behind the shed at recess. But at the last second, Lucy wants to change her mind. She doesn’t quite, but she doesn’t put her heart into that kiss either, and her boyfriend Tom can tell, but he gives her the dime store ring anyway. That night her mom gives birth to her new baby sister, but something isn’t quite ok with the baby, though nobody’s really telling Lucy what. She forgets that ring at the hospital, and when she comes back to school a few days later, just like that, Lucy is an outcast. Becky plays mean girl, Tom isn’t her boyfriend anymore, and Lucy has to find a new crowd to sit with at lunch, the dorks. With her super cool granny helping her navigate the messiness of 4th grade cliques and friendships and a great cast of characters, you’ll be glad you got to know this pack of dorks. (Booktalk by Great Stone Face Award Committee, 2017)
Nielsen, Jennifer. A NIGHT DIVIDED
New York : Scholastic, 2015
IL 3-6, RL 4.7
The year- 1961
The month – August
The place- Germany
Almost overnight, The Berlin Wall was erected and families were divided. Fast forward four years and meet 12 year old Gerta Lowe. Gerta’s family has been separated during this spance of time. Her father and older brother were stuck in West Berlin, while she remained in East Berlin with her mother and younger brother. One morning at the market Gerta sees her father on the other side of the wall performing a strange dance. Through dance, Gerta’s father sends a message. Though it takes time for Gerta to decode the meaning, she finally realizes he is telling her to escape. Gerta processes what this means and realizes the danger it posses for the family. Many have died trying to escape. Her desire to reunite her family is strong and her determination is unyielding. Follow Gerta as she plans her dangerous journey. How can a 12 year old escape soldiers, machine guns and tanks? How can she expect her mother and brother to join on this life threatening mission? Can Gerta succeed where many have failed? Read this heart stopping account of a child’s determination to bring her family together.
Bailey, Linda. SEVEN DEAD PIRATES
New York : Tundra Books, 2015
IL 3-6, RL 4.7
Lewis Dearborn’s life transforms after the death of his great grandfather. His parents inherit the great grandfather’s historic mansion, with one catch:....they must live in the mansion for a year before the estate may be sold. Lewis claims the tower room with an ocean view and life takes a ghostly turn. He soon finds there’s more to be discovered than windows that won’t latch, fishy odors, and strange noises that are hard to ignore. Indeed, he seems to have inherited seven pirate ghosts who perished two centuries ago, and a mission to help these feisty ghosts to cross over from the land of the living…. Lewis also discovers that the pirates become visible when they are scared or upset. How can he keep their presence secret as he walks the crew across town to where their ship sits in a museum, waiting to ferry them to the underworld? Who else will discover his secret?
New York : Bloomsbury, 2015
IL 5-8, RL 4.9
Imagine coming from a family with a history of spying. Not just any spies, but members of the elite Sub Rosa Society, a government funded organization! Meet 12 year old Hale, who comes from such a family. Hale has tough shoes to fill, since his parents are known as “The Team” in this elite organization. However, even “The Team” can run into trouble. When his parents disappear during a top secret mission, Hale’s opportunity to do real spy work comes sooner than he could have imagined. Teaming up with his sister and unlikely league agents, Hale works as a junior double agent to try to unravel the mystery of his parent’s disappearance, sort out the good from the bad and pass his junior level spy test. Sharpen your best detective skills, and hang on through this wild, who done it mystery adventure. (Booktalk by the New Hampshire Great Stone Face committee)
Burnham, Molly B.
TEDDY MARS : ALMOST A WORLD RECORD BREAKER
New York : Katherine Tegen Books, 2015
IL 3-6, RL 3.5
From the time 10-year-old Teddy Mars discovered an old copy of the Guinness Book of World Records behind the couch, he was obsessed. Teddy’s five older siblings all had some badge of distinction or other, but there seemed to be nothing about Teddy to set him apart; this was going to be his claim to fame! His many attempts at record-breaking all led to failure, such as when he tried to rake the world’s largest leaf pile and got sabotaged by the wind. But his greatest nemesis of all was his little brother Jake, whose idea of idolizing him was getting into all his things and destroying them. This ultimately led to his moving out of their room into a tent in the backyard. Teddy’s next door neighbor, known to Teddy and his friends as Grumpy Pigeon Man, kept homing pigeons in a large outdoor loft…fascinating, but a little creepy. But once the old man enlisted Teddy’s help to care for the birds, it opened up a whole new world of understanding for Teddy and his friends. Very amusing, with an endearing protagonist. (Booktalk by the New Hampshire Great Stone Face committee)
SOME KIND OF COURAGE
New York : Scholastic, 2016
IL 3-6, RL 4.4
“I aint never shot a man, sir, and I hope I never do. But I’m gonna get my horse back.” It’s 1890, and young Joseph Johnson has suffered some terrible losses. First, his mother and little sister succumb to typhoid fever; then his kindly pa dies in a wagon accident. All he has left in the world is his beloved painted pony, Sarah, given to him when he was 4 years old. Joseph has been left in the dubious care of Mr. Grissom, a grizzled old drunk, who sells Joseph’s Sarah to an unscrupulous horse trader. There begins an amazing odyssey, as Joseph sets out to recover his horse, always just a day’s journey away from reaching his goal. Along the way he joins up with a Chinese boy named Ah-Kee…neither can speak the other’s language, but they endure many hardships and experience many adventures together on their quest, including scaring off a mama grizzly and delivering a baby. A wonderfully imagined picture of the Old West and one boy’s indomitable spirit… superb writing, filled with humor as well as heart…and a satisfying ending. (Booktalk by the New Hampshire Great Stone Face committee)
New York : Yen Press, 2016
Peppi Torres knows that her first day as a “new kid” in middle school is going to be difficult, but when she starts out by tripping into a not-so-popular boy, and then getting teased about being “nerder girlfriend”, it becomes downright AWKWARD.
Peppi tries to manage the crisis by:
* pushing away any of the boy’s attempts at friendship to make sure no one thinks she “likes” him, and
* joining the art club, to get to know kids who like the same things she does.
But, she’s feeling guilty about being mean to someone who was just trying to be nice to her, and her beloved art club is being threatened with closure due to a “prank” they pulled on their rivals, the science club. Will Peppi’s first year at Berrybrook Middle School end as awkwardly as it began, or will she figure out a way to smooth things out?
Once you start reading Awkward, you won’t want to put it down until you find out! (Booktalk by New Hampshire GSF Committee)
NOOKS AND CRANNIES
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015
IL 3-6, RL 6.2
Poor poor Tabitha Crum. Not a friend in the world except a pet mouse, and her parents are just absolutely horrible to her. But she does find some refuge in reading mysteries, which is a good thing, because just when her parents suddenly announce they have to leave (and are leaving Tabitha to be a scullery maid at the school), she and five other kids receive a mysterious invitation to a very wealthy Countess’s house. Her parents leap on this opportunity and drag Tabitha along. Turns out the Countess, a very mysterious figure, is looking for someone. Let the mysteries begin! Is the Countess who she says she is? Where are all of the other kids disappearing to? What was that noise? Tabitha is on the case, and we’re rooting for her to solve this terrific mystery. (Booktalk by the New Hampshire Great Stone Face Committee)
Philbrick, W. R.
THE BIG DARK
New York : Blue Sky Press, 2016
IL 3-6 RL 5.1
A massive solar flare has knocked out the entire power grid all across America. No power, no communication, no water, cars don’t start. Panic sets in as Charlie’s small New Hampshire town starts to break down into chaos. When the power went down, people helped each other and shared. Now, civilized behavior is beginning to shatter. Who can you trust? Who can help? Charlie’s mother has diabetes, she needs medication to survive. Charlie has to decide what to do. (Booktalk by the New Hampshire Great Stone Face committee)
HOW FOOTBALL WORKS
Toronto : Maple Tree Press, 2010
IL 3-6, RL 4.7
Football is one of the most popular sports in North America. Do you like football? Do you understand how it work? There is a lot of information in this book. From legends of the games to explanations about the different positions. You can even find out about how they groom the fields.
SALT TO THE SEA
New York : Philomel Books, 2016
This is the story of four young adults whose lives intersect during a horrible time. It is 1945 and they are all involved in World War II. And they all have something to hide. Florian is a Prussian who is carrying something precious and in fear of getting caught. Joana is a 21-year-old Lithuanian who has had some medical training and is being pressed into service as a medic. Emilia is 15 and from Poland. If they get caught, Emilia will be killed. And finally there is Alfred, a German soldier who writes letters back home that exaggerate his role in the war. The fate of all four converge as they board a boat that is taking refuges to safety. This novel is based on a little-known event in history.
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New York : Scholastic, 2015
IL 5-8, RL 5.0
Just as Selznick has done in previous books, the first part of this story is told in pictures. The story begins in 1766 when a young boy is the sole survivor of a ship wreck. He and his dog and rescued and brought to London. Here the boy falls in love with the theater and begins the family legacy. Generation after generation took to the stage and became well known actors. Until the youngest Marvel refused to follow in the family's footsteps. From here, the book switches to narrative and takes up the story again in 1990. Here we meet Joseph Jervis who has just run away from boarding school and made his way to London to find his uncle. As the two stories converge, we learn much about the history of the acting family and the life of Joseph and his family.
BRYD AND IGLOO : A POLAR ADVENTURE
New York : Scholastic, 2013
IL 3-6, RL 6.2
Richard Byrd was a great explorer . He was determined to be the first person to fly over both the North Pole and the South Pole. He and fellow explorer Roald Amundsen each wanted to be the first person to reach the North Pole. Before his trip, Byrd was given a dog that had been a stray. He named the dog Igloo and took him with him on his expedition. This is the story of Byrd's trip as told through his dog's eyes.
New York : Delacorte Press, 2015
IL 5-8, RL 4.8
Marshall is not looking forward to the walk home. Chad is the biggest bully in school and he has vowed to deal with Marshall on the way home. Marshall tells Tamaya that he knows a shortcut home and they end up lost in the woods. What was he thinking? And now Chad has found them and the pounding begins. When Tamaya picks up a handful of fuzzy mud and throws it in Chad's face, no one could know what that would begin. Soon, Tamaya's hand is covered in a rash and Chad is missing. Is there something in the fuzzy mud that has caused this?