by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead Year Published: 2018
Visiting her grandmother in Australia, ten year-old Livy is reminded of the oath she made five years before to Bob, a strange, green creature in a disheveled chicken suit who cannot recall who or what he is. This magical story follows the rekindling of a friendship between Livy and Bob as she fulfills her promise to help him get home.
by Kimberly Newton Fusco Year Published: 2017
Rosie lives with her father who runs a donut shop and shares his love of reading until one day he has a stroke and everything changes. Rosie is placed in the care of her prickly grandfather, and her estranged mother gives away her beloved dog, Gus. Rosie is determined, however, to get Gus back no matter where her journey to find him takes her.
by Katherine Coville Year Published: 2017
Ivy’s animal-healing grandmother is going to need all the help she can get to clean up her overgrown yard if their town, Broomsweep, is going to win the title of “best town” in the kingdom. Getting things in order proves to be even more challenging when an injured griffin and a dragon with a cold unexpectedly descend upon grandmother’s cottage.
by Kate Beasley Year Published: 2018
Frederick Frederickson has a food-chain theory about life: there are lions, like the school bullies and there are gazelles, like the bullied kids. There are meerkats, too, but fifth-grader Frederick sees himself as a flea on the butt of a meerkat. That status changes as he finds himself at a camp for troubled boys and has to navigate the challenges of living a lie and preparing for a Category 5 hurricane that is barreling toward their camp.
by Mac Barnett Year Published: 2018
Mac was just an ordinary kid living an ordinary life in Castro Valley, CA with his mom and their rabbits. He had responsibilities and homework when one day the Queen of England called asking for his help in finding the missing Crown Jewels! The adventure takes Mac all over Europe.
by Shari Green Year Published: 2017
Macy, a sixth grader who is deaf, is about to have her life upended: her mom is remarrying, she is about to have six-year-old twins as stepsisters, and she is moving into a new house. Frustrated Macy, who has just been given a challenging genealogy school assignment, is told that she must help her elderly neighbor Iris, who is also getting ready to move to a nursing home. Despite their language barrier (Iris doesn’t know sign language), an unusual but sweet friendship develops that may be just what Macy needs to help her face all the changes in her life.
by Tanya Lee Stone Year Published: 2018
Charles Darrow is usually given the credit for inventing the Monopoly game, but this picture book reveals that he wasn’t the first to come up with the idea. The game we know and love evolved from The Landlords Game, brainchild of Lizzie Magie in 1904. She wanted a fun way to teach people about landlords treating their tenants unfairly. Even though she had a patent, it wasn’t easy for a woman to sell her idea to a big company in order to get the game produced.
by Sharon Creech Year Published: 2018
Ten-year-old Louie, missing his brother Gus who is serving in the military, is determined to save an ailing newborn mini-donkey that he names Winslow. Nora, Louie’s newcomer neighbor, is more pessimistic about Winslow’s chances of survival due mostly to her own personal losses. A lonely, optimistic boy and a girl who’s afraid to love will form a friendship that helps them navigate the new challenges posed by a donkey living in a place he doesn’t belong.
by Mandy Davis Year Published: 2017
Lester Musselbaum loves space and science and know a lot about both. He has been homeschooled all his life, but now he is starting fifth grade at Quarry Elementary and everything is changing. School is too loud, kids pick on him, and nothing is like his research on school said it would be. Can a science fair save the day?
by Diane Magras Year Published: 2018
In 1210 Scotland, 12-year-old Drest must rescue her father, the Mad Wolf of the North, and her beloved brothers who make up his fearsome war-band after they are captured by raiding knights. Drest sets off with a wounded knight as her captive to trade for her family’s freedom in this daring medieval adventure.