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Mills, Claudia.
ZERO TOLERANCE
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2013
IL 5-8, RL 5.5
ISBN 0374333122

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)

Apr 28, 16

Messner, Kate.
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)

Apr 27, 16

MacHale, D. J.
SYLO
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)

Apr 26, 16

Lupica, Mike.
QB1
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)

Apr 25, 16

Timberlake, Amy.
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)

Apr 24, 16

Greenwald, Tommy.
JACK STRONG TAKES A STAND
New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2013
IL 3-6, RL 4.3
ISBN 1596438363

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)

Apr 23, 16

Vance, Alexander.
HEARTBREAK MESSENGER
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)

Apr 22, 16

Keenan, Sheila.
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)

Apr 19, 16

Leyson, Leon.
THE BOY ON THE WOODEN BOX
Antheneum, 2013

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)

Apr 21, 16

Hirsch, Jeff.
THE DARKEST PATH
New York : Scholastic, 2013
IL YA
ISBN 0545512239


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)

Apr 20, 16

Sloan, Holly Goldberg.
COUNTING BY 7s
Dial, 2013

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)

Apr 18, 16

Mack, W. C.
ATHLETE VS. MATHLETE
New York : Bloomsbury, 2013
IL 3-6, RL 3.9
ISBN 1599909154

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)

Apr 17, 16

Platt, Chris.
WIND DANCER
Atlanta : Peachtree, 2014
IL 3-6, RL 6.0
ISBN 1561457361

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)

Apr 16, 16

Hendrix, John.
SHOOTING AT THE STARS : THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914
New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2014
IL 3-6, RL 5.4
ISBN 141971175X

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)

Apr 11, 16

Russell-Brown, Katheryn.
LITTLE MELBA AND HER BIG TROMBONE
New York : Lee & Low, 2014
IL K-3, RL 3.7
ISBN 1600608981

Young Melba Liston, born in the 1920s, loved music: blues, jazz, and gospel. She talked and breathed the beats, lyrics, and tunes. When she was seven years old she began playing trombone, and from there she became one of the most famous trombone players of all time, known around the world. (Booktalk by the Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee)

Apr 08, 16

Frank, John.
LEND A HAND : POEMS ABOUT GIVING
New York : Lee and Low Books, 2014
IL 3-6, RL 5.0
ISBN 1600609708

Lend A Hand is a collection of poems celebrating young people who give of themselves through acts of kindness. From donating hair to provide a wig for a chemo patient to raising a puppy to assist a blind or deaf person, they are making a difference in the lives of others. (Booktalk by the Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee)

Apr 06, 16

Applegate, Katherine.
IVAN : THE REMARKABLE TRUE STORY OF THE SHOPPING MALL GORILLA
New York : Clarion, 2014
IL K-3, RL 3.9
ISBN 0544252306

Katherine Applegate tells the story of Ivan, a baby gorilla who is captured by poachers and sold to the owners of a mall in Tacoma, Washington. He is raised like a human child until he is too big and then lives in a cage in the mall for 27 years. After public opinion persuades the owner to free Ivan, he spends his final years at Zoo Atlanta, where he shares a natural habitat with other gorillas. (Booktalk by the Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee)

Apr 05, 16

Tarshis, Lauren.
I SURVIVED TRUE STORIES : FIVE EPIC DISASTERS
New York : Scholastic, 2014
IL 3-6, RL 4.3
ISBN 0545782244

The Children’s Blizzard of 1888, the Titanic’s voyage in 1912, The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919, the 2011 Japanese tsunami, and the Henryville tornado in 2012 – all were disasters on an epic scale. This work of nonfiction features not only these intense events but also the experiences of real kids who lived through them. (Booktalk by the Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee)

Apr 04, 16

Wells, Marcia.
EDDIE RED, UNDERCOVER : MYSTERY ON MUSEUM MILE
New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015
IL 3-6, RL 4.7
ISBN 0544668502

Edmund Xavier Lonnrot is an extraordinary sixth-grader with a photographic memory. When Edmund's ability to recall and sketch details is revealed after an encounter with the NYPD, he learns that his talent just might be what the detectives need to break a case. Given the codename "Eddie Red", Edmund attempts to help the NYPD catch the Picasso Gang and solve the art mysteries of the Museum Mile. (Booktalk by the Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee)

Apr 03, 16

Woods, Brenda.
THE BLOSSOMING UNIVERSE OF VIOLET DIAMOND
Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014

Violet is like most of her friends: smart and funny, but her biracial heritage sets her apart at her mostly white school. People who don’t know her ask if she’s adopted, which makes her outspoken and now curious about her family. Though her deceased father’s family has never sought her out, she sets out on a quest to meet them. Will they accept her? (Booktalk by the Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee)

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