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2017 Summer Reading List

PAUSD Middle School Summer Reading Suggestions 2017

YA = Young Adult (Mature Content)

Classics

image28Austen, Jane  Pride and Prejudice (1813) (or any of her other books)In early nineteenth-century England, a spirited young woman, Elizabeth Bennett, copes with the suit of the snobbish gentleman, Mr. Darcy, as well as the romantic entanglements of her four sisters. image21Dickens, Charles    David Copperfield (1850) (or any of his other books)A classic story of growing up.  A  story of a gentle orphan discovering life and love in an indifferent adult world.
image06Lewis, C. S. Chronicles of Narnia (1950-56)(The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe series)   Four English school children enter the magic land of Narnia through the back of a wardrobe and assist Aslan, the golden lion, in defeating the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.  image39Orwell, George Animal Farm (YA) (1945)   A satire on communism in which the animals revolt against their master, and the pigs become the leaders.
image69Sewell, Anna       Black Beauty (1877)   A horse in nineteenth century England has both good and bad masters. (Recommend original unabridged version)  image80Wells, H.G. War of the Worlds (1898)   (or any of his books)   Martians armed with death-rays invade the Earth and humans fight back to save their civilization.

Contemporary

what lightAsher, Jay What Light (YA)

Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon–it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

all rise for the honorableConnor, Leslie T. All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook (2017-18 CYRM nominee
Eleven-year-old Perry was born and raised by his mom at the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility in Tiny Surprise, Nebraska. His mom is a resident on Cell Block C, and so far Warden Daugherty has made it possible for them to be together. That is, until a new district attorney discovers the truth–and Perry is removed from the facility and forced into a foster home. When Perry moves to the ‘outside’ world, he feels trapped. Desperate to be reunited with his mom, Perry goes on a quest for answers about her past crime. As he gets closer to the truth, he will discover that love makes people resilient no matter where they come from … but can he find a way to tell everyone what home truly means?

zero dayGangsei, Jan Zero Day (YA
Eight years after being kidnapped Addie Webster, now sixteen, resurfaces under mysterious circumstances, significantly changed, and her childhood best friend, Darrow Fergusson, is asked by a national security advisor to spy on her to uncover whether she is a threat to her father’s Presidency or the nation.  

lily and dunkinGephart, Donna Lily and Dunkin

Lily Jo McGrother, born Timothy McGrother, is a girl. But being a girl is not so easy when you look like a boy. Especially when you’re in the eighth-grade. Norbert Dorfman, nicknamed Dunkin Dorfman, is bipolar and has just moved from the New Jersey town he’s called home for the past thirteen years. This would be hard enough, but the fact that he is also hiding from a painful secret makes it even worse. One summer morning, Lily Jo McGrother meets Dunkin Dorfman, and their lives forever changed.

finding audreyKinsella, Sophie Finding Audrey (YA
Fourteen-year-old Audrey is making slow but steady progress dealing with her anxiety disorder when Linus comes into the picture and her recovery gains momentum.

upside down in the middleLamana, Julie T. Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere

At the end of August 2005, ten-year-old Armani is looking forward to her birthday party in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, where she and her extended family live, but Hurricane Katrina is on the way, bringing destruction and tragedy in its wake.

in real lifeLove, Jessica In Real Life (YA
How can your life change when you break the rules every now and then? Hannah Cho is about to find out when she impulsively decides to road trip to Las Vegas, her older sister and BFF in tow, to surprise Nick Cooper and finally declare her more-than-friend feelings for him.
the best manPeck, Richard The Best Man

When Archer is in sixth grade, his beloved uncle Paul marries another man—Archer’s favorite student teacher. But that’s getting ahead of the story, and a wonderful story it is. In Archer’s sweetly naïve but observant voice, his life through elementary school is recounted: the outspoken, ever-loyal friends he makes, the teachers who blunder or inspire, and the family members who serve as his role models. From one exhilarating, unexpected episode to another, Archer’s story rolls along as he puzzles over the people in his life and the kind of person he wants to become…and manages to help his uncle become his best self as well.

as brave as youReynolds, Jason As Brave as You

When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires—literally.

orbiting jupiterSchmidt, Gary Orbiting Jupiter (YA) (2017-18 CYRM nominee)
Jack, 12, tells the gripping story of Joseph, 14, who joins his family as a foster child. Damaged in prison, Joseph wants nothing more than to find his baby daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. When Joseph has begun to believe he’ll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice.
shortSloan, Holly Goldberg Short

Very short for her age, Julia grows into her sense of self while playing a munchkin in a summer regional theater production of The Wizard of Oz.

the bitter side of sweetSullivan, Tara The Bitter Side of Sweet (YA)
Kept as forced labor on a chocolate plantation in the Ivory Coast, Amadou and his younger brother Seydou had given up hope, until a young girl arrives at the camp who rekindles the urge to escape.
the inside of outThorne, Jenn Marie The Inside of Out (YA)

When her best friend comes out as a lesbian, Daisy leads the charge to end their school’s ban on same-sex dates for the homecoming dance, but a local story goes viral and now everyone–including a cute college journalist–believes Daisy is gay, too.

 the sun is also a starYoon, Nicola The Sun is Also a Star (YA)
Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Daniel has always been a good son and good student. But when he sees Natasha he forgets all that and believes there is something extraordinary in store for both of them.

Fantasy

crooked kingdomBardugo, Leigh Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) (YA)

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets—a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

the girl who drank the moonBarnhill, Kelly R. The Girl Who Drank the Moon
An epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her.

three dark crownsBlake, Kendare Three Dark Crowns (YA
On an island where a set of triplets are born in every generation, three sisters, all equal heirs to the crown and possessor of magic, must now fight for the title in a game of life or death.

the gauntletColfer, Eoin The Gauntlet
Just when Tony Stark is about to drop in on an international eco summit in Dublin as a publicity stunt, he detects an anomaly on a small island off the coast of Ireland. Tony’s A.I., Friday, warns him not to investigate. Now is not the time, when he’s wearing only the Party Pack, a stripped-down version of his Iron Man combat suit. But hot-headed Tony decides to swing by anyway, and that’s when the party really begins.

my lady janeHand, Cynthia My Lady Jane (YA)

Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a total stranger–and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems. She’s about to become Queen of England. Like that could go wrong.

 the weight of feathersMclemore, Anna-Marie The Weight of Feathers (YA
Although Lace Paloma knows all about the feud between the Palomas and the Corbeaus, she finds herself falling for Cluck Corbeau when he saves her life while both families are performing in the same town.

the glittering courtMead, Richelle The Glittering Court (YA)

For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. To high-born Adelaide, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless marriage, the Glittering Court represents something else: the chance to chart her own destiny, and adventure in an unspoiled, prosperous new land across the sea. After a chance meeting with the dazzling Cedric Thorn, Adelaide poses as a servant to join the crop of impoverished girls he promises to transform into proper ladies. But her familiarity with upper class life comes with a price: she must hide her identity from her new friends, mysterious refugee Mira and fiery former laundress Tamsin, and most importantly, from Cedric himself-even though she’s falling in love with him.

heartlessMeyer, Marissa Heartless (YA
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

the scourgeNielsen, Jennifer A. The Scourge

As a lethal plague sweeps through the land, Ani Mells is shocked when she is unexpectedly captured by the governor’s wardens and forced to submit to a test for the deadly Scourge. She is even more surprised when the test results come back positive, and she is sent to Attic Island, a former prison turned refuge — and quarantine colony — for the ill. The Scourge’s victims, Ani now among them, can only expect to live out short, painful lives there. However, Ani quickly discovers that she doesn’t know the whole truth about the Scourge or the Colony. She’s been caught in a devious plot, and, with the help of her best friend, Weevil, Ani means to uncover just what is actually going on.

paxPennypacker, Sara Pax

After being forced to give up his pet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back.

the dark prophecyRiordan, Rick The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo #2
After experiencing a series of dangerous–and frankly, humiliating–trials at Camp Half-Blood, Lester must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Somewhere in the American Midwest, he and his companions must find the most dangerous Oracle from ancient times: a haunted cave that may hold answers for Apollo in his quest to become a god again–if it doesn’t kill him or drive him insane first. Standing in Apollo’s way is the second member of the evil Triumvirate, a Roman emperor whose love of bloodshed and spectacle makes even Nero look tame. To survive the encounter, Apollo will need the help of son of Hephaestus Leo Valdez, the now-mortal sorceress Calypso, the bronze dragon Festus, and other unexpected allies–some familiar, some new–from the world of demigods.

 hammer of thorRiordan, Rick The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2
Thor’s hammer is missing
again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the Gods’ worst enemy, Loki–and the price he wants is very high.
beware the kitten holyStevenson, Noelle Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware of the Kitten Holy (YA)

At Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes, secret caves, anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five bad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not going to let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here. (Graphic Novel)

harry potter and the cursed childThorne, Jack Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
As an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and a father, Harry Potter struggles with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs while his youngest son, Albus, finds the weight of the family legacy difficult to bear.

behind the canvasVance, Alexander P. Behind the Canvas

Seventh-grader Claudia Miravista loves art, but socially she is always the odd girl out–but on a trip to the local art museum she sees a boy in a painting, who moves from painting to painting, and soon she embarks on an adventure behind the canvas, determined to free the boy Pim from the artistic prison he has endured for over three hundred years.

Historical Fiction

school for unusual girlsBaldwin, Kathleen School for Unusual Girls (YA)

England, 1814. After accidentally setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House where she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads-or their hearts.

the passion of dolssaBerry, Julie The Passion of Dolssa (YA)
Medieval France: Dolssa is an upper-crust city girl with a secret lover and an uncanny gift. Branded a heretic, she’s on the run from the friar who condemned her mother to death by fire, and wants Dolssa executed, too. Botille is a matchmaker and a tavern-keeper, struggling to keep herself and her sisters on the right side of the law in their seaside town of Bajas. Their lives collide when Botille rescues a dying Dolssa and agrees to conceal her in the tavern. Aided by her sisters and Symo, her surly but loyal neighbor, Botille nurses Dolssa back to health and hides her from her pursuers.  But all of Botille’s tricks, tales, and cleverness can’t protect them forever, and when the full wrath of the Church bears down upon Bajas, Dolssa’s passion and Botille’s good intentions could destroy the entire village.
2017 Printz Honor.
like a river gloriousCarson, Rae Like a River Glorious (The Gold Seer Trilogy #2) (YA)

After her harrowing journey west to California, Lee Westfall has finally found a new home—one rich in gold, thanks to her magical power, a power that seems to be changing every day. But this home is rich in other ways, too: with friends who are searching for a place to be themselves, just as she is, and with love. Jefferson—her longtime best friend—hasn’t stopped trying to win her heart. And Lee is more and more tempted to say yes. But her uncle Hiram hasn’t given up his quest to get Lee and her power under his control. When she’s kidnapped and taken to him, Lee sees firsthand the depths of her uncle’s villainy. Yet Lee’s magic is growing. Gold no longer simply sings to her, it listens. It obeys her call. Is it enough to destroy her uncle once and for all?

the inquisitor's tale Gidwitz, Adam The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
1242. On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children. Their adventures take them on a chase through France: they are taken captive by knights, sit alongside a king, and save the land from a farting dragon. On the run to escape prejudice and persecution and save precious and holy texts from being burned, their quest drives them forward to a final showdown at Mont Saint-Michel, where all will come to question if these children can perform the miracles of saints. Join William, an oblate on a mission from his monastery; Jacob, a Jewish boy who has fled his burning village; and Jeanne, a peasant girl who hides her prophetic visions. They are accompanied by Jeanne’s loyal greyhound, Gwenforte . . . recently brought back from the dead.

outrun the moonLee, Stacey Outrun the Moon (YA
On the eve of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, Mercy Wong–daughter of Chinese immigrants–is struggling to hold her own among the spoiled heiresses at prestigious St. Clare’s School. When tragedy strikes, everyone must band together to survive.

a night dividedNielsen, Jennifer A Night Divided (2017-18 CYRM nominee)

When the Berlin Wall went up, Gerta, her mother, and her brother Fritz were trapped on the eastern side where they were living, while her father, and her other brother Dominic were in the West–four years later, now twelve, Gerta sees her father on a viewing platform on the western side and realizes he wants her to risk her life trying to tunnel to freedom.

loving vs virginiaPowell, Patricia H. Loving vs. Virginia
In 1955, in Caroline County, Virginia, amidst segregation and prejudice, injustice and cruelty, two teenagers fell in love. Their life together broke the law, but their determination would change it. Richard and Mildred Loving were at the heart of a Supreme Court case that legalized marriage between races, and a story of the devoted couple who faced discrimination, fought it, and won.

salt to the sea Sepetys, Ruta Salt to the Sea (2017-18 CYRM nominee) (YA
As World War II draws to a close, refugees try to escape the war’s final dangers, only to find themselves aboard a ship with a target on its hull.

the hired girlSchlitz, Laura Amy      The Hired Girl (YA) (2017-18 CYRM nominee)

Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself–because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of–a woman with a future.

wolf hollow Wolf, Lauren Wolf Hollow
Twelve-year-old Annabelle must learn to stand up for what’s right in the face of a manipulative and violent new bully who targets people Annabelle cares about, including a homeless World War I veteran.

Horror/Supernatural

took a ghost storyHahn, Mary Downing Took: A Ghost Story
A witch called Old Auntie is lurking near Dan’s family’s new home. He doesn’t believe in her at first, but is forced to accept that she is real and take action when his little sister, Erica, is ‘took’ to become Auntie’s slave for the next fifty years.
a guide to the other sideImfeld, Robert A Guide to the Other Side

Thirteen-year-old Baylor Bosco does not like ghosts, but as a medium he sees them–including his twin sister Kristina–everywhere but Kristina disappears after a strange ghost shows up and Baylor must try to find her on his own.

a taste for monstersKirby, Matthew J. A Taste for Monsters (YA)

n 1888 seventeen-year-old Evelyn Fallow, herself disfigured by the phosphorus in the match factory where she worked, has been hired as a maid to Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man–but when the Jack the Ripper murders begin she and Merrick find themselves haunted by the ghosts of the slain women, and Evelyn is caught up in the mystery of Jack’s identity.

the poe estateShulman, Polly The Poe Estate

Companion book to: The Grimm legacy. Sukie braves the twists and turns of the spooky Poe Annex at the New-York Circulating Material Repository to untangle ancient family secrets, find hidden treasure, and help the ghosts who are haunting her house.

welcome to the dark houseStolarz, Laurie Faria Welcome to the Dark House (Dark House #1) (YA)

Seven super fans have won the trip of a lifetime to meet the master of horror, legendary film director Justin Blake. But things quickly go from delightfully dark to dangerously deadly, when Ivy, Parker, Shayla, Natalie, Frankie, and Garth find themselves trapped in an abandoned amusement park. To earn a ticket out, they must face their darkest demons one ride at a time.

ghostsTelgemeier, Raina Ghosts

Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis–and Cat is even less happy about the move when she is told that her new town is inhabited by ghosts, and Maya sets her heart on meeting one. (Graphic Novel)

Humor

fuzzyAngleberger, Tom Fuzzy

When Max (Maxine Zealster) befriends her new robot classmate Fuzzy, she helps him navigate Vanguard Middle School and together they reveal the truth behind the Robot Integration Program.

full of beansHolm, Jennifer Full of Beans

Grown-ups lie. That’s one truth Beans knows for sure. He and his gang know how to spot a whopper a mile away, because they are the savviest bunch of barefoot conchs (that means “locals”) in all of Key West. Not that Beans really minds; it’s 1934, the middle of the Great Depression. With no jobs on the island, and no money anywhere, who can really blame the grown-ups for telling a few tales? Besides, Beans isn’t anyone’s fool. In fact, he has plans. Big plans. And the consequences might surprise even Beans himself.

slackerKorman, Gordon   Slacker
Though Cam’s parents have put up with his gamer “lifestyle” for years, things change after his inattention to a simple request leads to burnt pasta, billowing smoke, and firemen axing their way through the front door. Responding to his parents’ ultimatum that he take up a new interest, 13-year-old Cam starts the Positive Action Group, a fake middle-school club for good-deed doers. There’s just one problem: when the club takes off despite his efforts to sabotage it, this champion slacker becomes the reluctant president of a wildly successful organization.

six kids and a stuffed catPaulsen, Gary   Six Kids and a Stuffed Cat

It seemed like a normal school day, until a horrible storm forced the very cautious school administration to make everyone hole up in a safe place. Six students find themselves stuck in a tiny, questionably smelly space—a school bathroom—with a stuffed cat for entertainment. Six misfits get stuck together in a middle school restroom and discover friendship.

the demon dentistWalliams, David The Demon Dentist
Roald Dahl fans rejoice! David Walliams is an appropriate heir to Dahl’s quirky, slightly demented, but always entertaining legacy. Finally, American children can see what would happen if Charlie never went to the dentist and Willy Wonka was a much darker, bone-loving witch.

Multicultural

it ain't so awful falafelDumas, Firoozeh It Ain’t so Awful, Falafel

Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name—Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. Even mood rings and puka shell necklaces can’t distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep way too close to home. 

hour of the beesEagar, Lindsay Hour of the Bees

While her friends are spending their summers having pool parties and sleepovers, twelve-year-old Carolina — Carol — is spending hers in the middle of the New Mexico desert, helping her parents move the grandfather she’s never met into a home for people with dementia. At first, Carol avoids prickly Grandpa Serge. But as the summer wears on and the heat bears down, Carol finds herself drawn to him, fascinated by the crazy stories he tells her about a healing tree, a green-glass lake, and the bees that will bring back the rain and end a hundred years of drought. As the thin line between magic and reality starts to blur, Carol must decide for herself what is possible — and what it means to be true to her roots.

garvey's choiceGrimes, Nikki Garvey’s Choice
Garvey’s father has always wanted Garvey to be athletic, but Garvey is interested in astronomy, science fiction, reading–anything but sports. Feeling like a failure, he comforts himself with food. Garvey is kind, funny, smart, a loyal friend, and he is also overweight, teased by bullies, and lonely. When his only friend encourages him to join the school chorus, Garvey’s life changes. The chorus finds a new soloist in Garvey, and through chorus, Garvey finds a way to accept himself, and a way to finally reach his distant father–by speaking the language of music instead of the language of sports. This emotionally resonant novel in verse by award-winning author Nikki Grimes celebrates choosing to be true to yourself.

the land of forgotten girlsKelly, Erin Entrada The Land of Forgotten Girls

Soledad has always been able to escape into the stories she creates. Just like her mother always could. And Soledad has needed that escape more than ever in the five years since her mother and sister died and her father moved Sol and her youngest sister from the Philippines to Louisiana. Then he left, and all Sol and Ming have now is their evil stepmother, Vea. Sol has protected Ming all this time, but then Ming begins to believe that Auntie Jove—their mythical, world-traveling aunt—is really going to come rescue them. Have Sol’s stories done more harm than good? Can she protect Ming from this impossible hope?

Mystery/Suspense/Adventure

city of saints and thievesAnderson, Natalie C. City of Saints and Thieves (YA
Sixteen-year-old Tina and two friends leave Kenya and slip into the Congo, from where she and her mother fled years before, seeking revenge for her mother’s murder but uncovering startling secrets. 
paper and fireCaine, Rachel Paper and Fire ( The Great Library)

In Ink and Bone, author Rachel Caine introduced a world where knowledge is power, and power corrupts absolutely. Now, she continues the story of those who dare to defy the Great Library–and rewrite history…  With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good.  Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.  Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.  But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, or the Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…

id tell you i love you butCarter, Ally    I’d Tell You I Love You….   (Gallagher Girls series)

Set in a spy school for girls, this entertaining novel centers on 15-year-old Cammie, the headmistress’s daughter, who must decide if she is cut out for a life of secrets. Though the plot takes a while to unfold, fun details and characters will keep readers engaged (Cammie and her friends speak 14 languages, take classes in Covert Operations, can rappel down buildings and plant tracking devices). But when Cammie, known as the Chameleon for her ability to disappear in public places, is spotted by a cute boy named Josh in the middle of the town fair, she begins a new mission: learning to be an ordinary girlfriend.

the metropolitansGoodman, Carol The Metropolitans
The day Japan bombs Pearl Harbor, four thirteen-year-olds converge at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where an eccentric curator is seeking four uncommonly brave souls to track down the hidden pages of the Kelmsbury Manuscript, an ancient book of Arthurian legends that lies scattered within the museum’s collection, and that holds the key to preventing a second attack on American soil. When Madge, Joe, Kiku, and Walt agree to help, they have no idea that the Kelmsbury is already working its magic on them. But they begin to develop extraordinary powers and experience the feelings of King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, Morgan le Fay, and Lancelot: courage, friendship, love…and betrayal.  Are they playing out a legend that’s already been lived, over and over, across the ages?  Or can the Metropolitans forge their own story?

this is our storyElston, Ashley This is Our Story (YA)

When a hunting accident claims a boy’s life, his best friends all come under suspicion.

yours trulyFrederick, Heather V. Yours Truly
Even Truly Lovejoy has to admit that teeny-tiny Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, has its charms—like the annual maple festival, where tourists flock from all over to sample the local maple syrup, maple candy, maple coffee, and even maple soap! But when someone tries to sabotage the maple trees on her friend Franklin’s family farm, Truly has to rally the Pumpkin Falls Private Eyes to investigate.  Meanwhile, she uncovers another, more personal mystery under the floorboards of her very own home—a diary written centuries ago by her namesake, the original Truly Lovejoy…and it might just prove her family’s ties to Pumpkin Falls run deeper than anyone ever could have imagined.  This is the hilarious follow up to the heartwarming middle grade mystery, Absolutely Truly.

the lie treeHardinge, Frances The Lie Tree (YA)

On an island off the south coast of Victorian England, fourteen-year-old Faith investigates the mysterious death of her father, who was involved in a scandal, and discovers a tree that feeds upon lies and gives those who eat its fruit visions of truth.

the black dragonSedgwick, Julian The Black Dragon (Mysterium #1)

Talented magician Danny, who is half-Chinese, half-British, and dwarf strongman Zamora try to find the connection between the disastrous end of the circus Mysterium, where Danny’s performer parents were killed, and the disappearance of his guardian aunt, who is investigating sinister gangs in Hong Kong.

 Nonfiction

the playbookAlexander, Kwame The playbook : 52 rules to aim, shoot, and score in this game called life

You gotta know the rules to play the game. Ball is life. Take it to the hoop. Soar. What can we imagine for our lives? What if we were the star players, moving and grooving through the game of life? What if we had our own rules of the game to help us get what we want, what we aspire to, what will enrich our lives?

pathfindersBolden, Tonya Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls

Over the centuries, untold numbers of black men and women in America have achieved great things against the odds. Pathfinders is a collective biography of sixteen diverse American men and women of African descent who made their mark on American history in the 18th to 20th centuries. People who dared to dream, take risks, and create goals not only for themselves, but for others and the betterment of their society, too. Award-winning author Tonya Bolden offers an insightful look at these figures, from Venture Smith, who bought his freedom; to Sadie Alexander, who contributed to the Civil Rights movement in the United States; to Katherine Johnson, who helped the United States land on the moon.

in the shadow of libertyDavis, Kenneth C. In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery

An examination of American slavery through the true stories of five enslaved people who were considered the property of some of our best-known presidents.

girl codeGonzales, Andrea Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting it Done (YA)

The authors, who met at a summer computer programming camp for girls, share their knowledge of gaming, programming, and the tech industry, and provide advice on getting into the field of computer programming.

the plot to kill hitlerMcCormick, Patricia The Plot to Kill Hitler: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Spy, Unlikely Hero

It was April 5, 1943, and the Gestapo would arrive any minute. Dietrich Bonhoeffer had been expecting this day for a long time. He had put his papers in order—and left a few notes specifically for Hitler’s men to see. Two SS agents climbed the stairs and told the boyish-looking Bonhoeffer to come with them. He calmly said goodbye to his parents, put his Bible under his arm, and left. Upstairs there was proof, in his own handwriting, that this quiet young minister was part of a conspiracy to kill Adolf Hitler.

this land is our landOsborne, Linda Barret This Land is Our Land: A History of American Immigration (YA)
This book explores the way government policy and popular responses to immigrant groups evolved throughout U.S. history, particularly between 1800 and 1965.
the whydahSandler, Martin W. The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found

Describes what happened when a slave ship packed with plunder was captured by pirates in 1717 then sunk by a brutal storm. Tells the story of the 1984 expedition to locate the wreck of The Whydah and what was uncovered.

undefeatedSheinkin, Steve Undefeated : Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football team
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Teamis an astonishing underdog sports story—and more. It’s an unflinching look at the U.S. government’s violent persecution of Native Americans and the school that was designed to erase Indian cultures. Expertly told by three-time National Book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin, it’s the story of a group of young men who came together at that school, the overwhelming obstacles they faced both on and off the field, and their absolute refusal to accept defeat.
some writerSweet, Melissa Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White

An illustrated biography of author E.B. White.

samurai risingTurner, Pamela S. Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune (YA)
Chronicles the life and career of samurai Minamoto Yoshitsune, discussing his exile as a child, running away as a teenager, becoming a military genius and more.
bleed blister puke and purgeYounker, J. Marin Bleed, Blister, Puke, and Purge: The Dirty Secrets Bhind Early American Medicine

Riots over the medical use of cadavers. Public access to institutions for the insane. And full-blown surgeries without the aid of anesthetics or painkillers. Welcome to the middle ages of American medicine. Bleed, Blister, Puke, and Purge exposes the extraordinary practices and major players of American medical history, from the colonial era to the late 1800s. It’s hard to believe that today’s cutting-edge medicine originated from such crude beginnings, but this book reminds us to be grateful for today’s medical care, while also raising the question: what current medical practices will be the horrors of tomorrow?

Science Fiction/Dystopian

the sixAlpert, Mark The Six (The Six #1)

Adam’s muscular dystrophy has stolen his mobility, his friends, and in less than a year it will take his life. Virtual reality games are Adam’s only escape from his wheelchair. In his alternate world, he can defeat anyone. Running, jumping, scoring touchdowns: Adam is always the hero. Then an artificial intelligence program hacks into Adam’s game. Created by Adam’s computer-genius father, Sigma has gone rogue, threatening to kill Adam―and the entire human race. Their one chance to stop Sigma is using the technology Adam’s dad developed to digitally preserve the mind of his dying son. Along with a select group of other terminally ill teens, Adam becomes one of the Six who have forfeited their failing bodies to inhabit weaponized robots. But with time running short, the Six must learn to manipulate their new mechanical forms and work together to train for epic combat…before Sigma destroys humanity.

last day on marsEmerson, Kevin Last Day on Mars

While waiting to leave Mars before it burns up just like the Earth before it, Liam and his friend Phoebe discover some facts about time and space and realize that the human race is just one of the races trying to survive in space.

children of exileHaddix, Margaret P. Children of Exile

A twelve-year-old girl raised in a foster village is returned to her biological parents, and discovers home is not what she expected it to be.

ahsokaJohnson, E.K. Star Wars: Ahsoka
After … the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa, and the Rebel Alliance.
geminaKaufman, Amie Gemina (Illuminae Files #2) (YA)
Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.  The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.
the diabolicKincaid, S.J. The Diabolic (YA)
Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe. When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.
last descendantsKirby, Matthew J. Last Descendants (Assassin’s Creed: Last Descendants #1)(YA)
Nothing in Owen’s life has been right since his father died in prison, accused of a crime Owen is certain he didn’t commit. Monroe, the IT guy at school, might finally bring Owen the means to clear his father’s name by letting him use an Animus–a device that lets users explore genetic memories buried within their own DNA … Under the guidance of Monroe, Owen and a group of other teenagers go into a memory they all share within their DNA: the 1863 Draft Riots in New York City. Owen and his companions will find themselves tested on the violent streets of New York, and their experiences in the past will have far-reaching consequences in the present.
tomb of the khanKirby, Matthew J. Tomb of the Khan (Assassin’s Creed: Last Descendants #2)(YA)
Owen and his friends have lost. They managed to do something incredible, but were defeated nonetheless. When they located the first piece of an ancient and powerful relic long considered a legend–the Trident of Eden–it seemed little could stop them. This piece was sought by the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Templar Order, but before either organization could take this piece, it was stolen by an unknown third party. The tenuous relationship between the teens fractured–Owen and his friend Javier taking sides with the Assassins, the other with the Templars. Now there are still two pieces of the Trident of Eden to find, and both groups are determined not to repeat their mistakes…
scytheShusterman, Neal Scythe (YA)
In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (‘gleaned’) by professional reapers (‘scythes’). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe–a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn’t. 2017 Printz Honor.
teslas atticShusterman, Neal Tesla’s Attic (2017-18 CYRM nominee)

With a plot combining science and the supernatural, four kids are caught up in a dangerous plan concocted by the eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla.

Sports

bookedAlexander, Kwame Booked

In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel THE CROSSOVER,  soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read.

gutlessDeuker, Carl Gutless

With both good speed and good hands, wide receiver Brock Ripley should be a natural for the varsity team, but he shies away from physical contact. When he gets cut from varsity, he also loses his friendship with star quarterback Hunter Gates who begins lashing out at not only Brock, but also Brock’s friend, the quiet and smart Richie Fang. Brock wants to stand up for Fang, but he is younger, smaller, and doesn’t want to cause problems. But when the bullying goes too far, willBrock be able to face his fears, stop being a bystander, and prove to himself that he is brave enough?

the football girlHeldring, Thatcher The Football Girl (YA)

The summer before Caleb and Tessa enter high school, friendship has blossomed into a relationship . . . and their playful sports days are coming to an end. Caleb is getting ready to try out for the football team, and Tessa is training for cross-country.  But all their structured plans derail in the final flag game when they lose. Tessa doesn’t want to end her career as a loser. She really enjoys playing, and if she’s being honest, she likes it even more than running cross-country. So what if she decided to play football instead? This summer Caleb and Tessa figure out just what it means to be a boyfriend, girlfriend, teammate, best friend, and someone worth cheering for.

losers take allKlass, David Losers Take All (YA)

At a sports-crazy NJ high school where all kids must play on a team, a group of rebels start a soccer team designed to undermine the jock-culture of the school.

ghostReynolds, Jason Ghost

Running. That’s all that Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. But never for a track team. Nope, his game has always been ball. But when Ghost impulsively challenges an elite sprinter to a race — and wins — the Olympic medalist track coach sees he has something: crazy natural talent. Thing is, Ghost has something else: a lot of anger, and a past that he is trying to outrun. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed and meld with the team, or will his past finally catch up to him?