• I Survived the Japanese Tsunami, 2011

    By Lauren Tarshis (J Tars)

    Ben and his family are visiting relatives in Japan when the massive earthquake strikes. When they are separated in the resulting tsunami, Ben must fend for himself.

     


  • I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863

    By Lauren Tarshis (J Tars)

    Thomas and his little sister have escaped the farm where they were held in slavery. At first, they feel safe when they meet up with the Union Army, but can they survive the upcoming battle at Gettysburg?

     


  • Wonderstruck: A Novel in Words and Pictures

    By Brian Selznick (J Selz)

    Wonderstruck is two mysterious and wonder-filled stories, one about a boy in Minnesota, 1977, and one about a deaf girl from Hoboken, 1927. One story is told in words and one in detailed pencil illustrations. The two stories are woven together and conclude as one.

     


  • Glory Be

    By Augusta Scattergood (J Scat)

    The year is 1964, and it’s a steaming hot summer in Hanging Moss, Mississippi. Glory hopes to have her 11th birthday party at the Community Pool, but the town has closed the pool in a fight to maintain segregation. When Yankee “freedom fighters” come to town, tempers flare.

     


  • May B. : A Novel

    By Caroline Starr Rose (J Rose)

    In 1850s Kansas, a young farm girl, May B. is hired out to a distant prairie neighbor as the wife’s helper. Her story of overcoming overwhelming odds is told in verse.

     


  • The Glorious Adventures of the Sunshine Queen

    By Geraldine McCaughrean (J McCa)

    A funny and smartly-written story following the unlikely adventures of three kids as they escape Oklahoma’s diphtheria outbreak by travelling with The Bright Lights Theater Company on a dilapidated paddle wheeler in rural America, circa 1890.

     


  • Duke

    By Kirby Larson (J Lars)

    Hobie’s dad is fighting for the United States in WWII. Does Hobie have the courage and will to donate his dog, Duke, to the Dogs for Defense program? Will it help bring his father back?

     


  • One Crazy Summer

    By Rita Garcia (J Garciat)

    Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern (11, 9 and 7) travel from their home in Brooklyn to spend the summer of 1968 in Oakland, California, an explosive summer of social unrest, prompting the rise of the Black Panthers.

     


  • Twerp

    By Mark Goldblatt (J Gold)

    A bullying incident prompted the week-long suspension of Julian Twerski (Twerp) and his friends from their sixth grade class in 1960s New York. The untold truth about the incident is revealed in the humorous journal that Julian writes.

     


  • The Badger Knight

    By Kathryn Erskine (J Ersk)

    Twelve-year-old Adrian is an undersized, albino boy who survived the great plague in Medieval England. Though his father disapproves, he goes in search of glory in battle with the Scots, only to discover that it is not glorious at all.