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Mills, Claudia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New York : Scholastic, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 15, 16

Vrabel, Beth.
New York : Sky Pony Press, 2014
IL 3-6, RL 4.7
ISBN 1629146234

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)

Apr 14, 16

Jennings, Patrick.
New York : Egmont USA, 2014
IL 3-6, RL 3.4
ISBN 160843745

Toulouse Hulot is the new kid at Woodrow’s school, but his newness doesn’t draw attention as much as his unusual wardrobe, looks, and vocabulary. Nonetheless, he and Woodrow become fast friends in this story of humor and acceptance, and they eventually stand up to the bullies who target them. (Booktalk by the Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee)

Apr 13, 16

Rosenstock, Barb.
Knopf, 2014

When he opens his paint box, a young boy is captivated not only by the look of the paints’ colors but by their sounds, an experience he soon learns is unique. Synesthesia shapes Vasya Kandinsky’s artistic style and eventually leads him to follow his heart and share his love of abstract art with the world. (Booktalk by the Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee)

Apr 12, 16

Davis, Kathryn.
New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014
IL K-3, RL 3.7
ISBN 0547959222

A challenge is delivered to American engineers: who can create a monument for the upcoming 1893 Chicago World’s Fair that will outshine the Eiffel Tower? It takes a creative engineer with a dream to build the sensational structure that amazes and inspires people from around the world. This is the true story of how the first Ferris Wheel was created. (Booktalk by the Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee)

Apr 11, 16

Russell-Brown, Katheryn.
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 10, 16

Kuhlmann, Torben.
New York : North South, 2014
IL K-3, RL 3.6
ISBN 0735841675

How can one small mouse escape a new and terrifying invention, the mousetrap, and get from Europe to America? Why, he must learn to fly! In this beautifully illustrated book inspired by Charles Lindbergh’s solo transatlantic flight, the lone mouse left in London does just that. (Booktalk by the Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee)

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