Texas Bluebonnet Master Lists
Read at least five of the books on the Texas Bluebonnet list. Then decide. In January each year, students vote for their favorite of the 20 titles on the list.
Texas Bluebonnet Master List 2018-2019
by Torres, Jennifer Year Published: 2017
Mexican-American Stef Soto is hoping to break free from her overprotective parents and embarrassing reputation from her family's taco truck business, but she soon learns that family, friendship, and the taco truck are important and wonderful parts of her life.
by Tarpley, Natasha Year Published: 2017
Jin, Alex, and Elvin, three strangers, join forces after Elvin's grandfather is attacked, seeking to find out why. They discover an enigmatic artist whose missing masterpieces may be the key to saving their beloved neighborhood of Harlem from being bulldozed and developed into a ludicrous historic theme park called Harlem World.
by Selfors, Suzanne Year Published: 2017
The dog Wedgie and guinea pig Gizmo are moving into the same house. But while Wedgie is very excited about having a guinea pig brother, Gizmo has other, more nefarious plans.
by Oh, Ellen Year Published: 2017
Harper doesn't trust her new home from the moment she steps inside, and the rumors are that the Raine family's new house is haunted. Harper isn't sure she believes those rumors, until her younger brother, Michael, starts acting strangely. The whole atmosphere gives Harper a sense of deja vu, but she can't remember why. She knows that the memories she's blocking will help make sense of her brother's behavior and the strange and threatening sensations she feels in this house, but will she be able to put the pieces together in time?
by McDonough, Yona Zeldis Year Published: 2016
Twelve-year-old Marcel loves riding his bicycle, and dreams of competing in the Tour de France, but it is 1942 and German soldiers are everywhere, stopping him as he delivers bread from his parents' bakery around Aucoin--then one day he discovers that it is not just bread he is delivering, and suddenly he finds himself in possession of dangerous secrets about his parents and his new friend from Paris, Delphine.
by McCormick, Patricia Year Published: 2017
The inspiring true story of the brave little mare who became a marine in the Korean War.
by Martin, Jacqueline Briggs and June Jo Lee Year Published: 2017
The story of the Korean American chef in Los Angeles who inspired new methods for the food truck movement and works to create a better community through food.
by King, Amy Sarig Year Published: 2017
Obe Devlin spends a lot of his time cleaning up the creek that runs through what little is left of his family's once extensive farmland, and worrying about what the developers are doing nearby, and the pollution it is causing--but one day he finds a strange creature by his creek that eats plastic, and soon the animal he calls Marvin Gardens becomes his personal secret, which he believes needs to be protected from pretty much everybody.
by Kelly, Erin Entrada Year Published: 2017
The lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully's prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him.
by Hayes, Joe Year Published: 2016
When Grandpa's false teeth fall down a well, a recycled hambone which has flavored the bean dinners of many families in his poor farm community, is used to retrieve his dentures.
by Hautman, Pete Year Published: 2017
Hoping to win a cash prize in a pizza eating contest after racking up a tab on his mother's credit card, David must juggle his competitive eating training with the responsibility of looking after his autistic younger brother.
by Haring, Kay A. Year Published: 2017
Explores the life and art of Keith Haring from his childhood through his meteoric rise to fame. It sheds light on this important artist's great humanity, his concern for children, and his disregard for the establishment art world. Reproductions of Keith's signature artwork appear in scenes boldly rendered by Robert Neubecker.
by Grimes, Nikki Year Published: 2016
Garvey is a bookworm, an inventor of jokes, a loyal friend. He loves music and math and learning about outer space. But Dad wants Garvey to be a jock. He wants to talk sports with Garvey, to roughhouse with him, to play football together. Garvey tries to fill the father-sized hole in his heart with food. Now his classmates can't see who he really is either. All they see is an overweight, awkward kid who doesn't fit in anywhere. Garvey has an important choice to make, one that could be the key to getting people - including his father - to see and accept the real Garvey.
by Gratz, Alan Year Published: 2017 by Gilbert, Matthew J. and Honest Lee Year Published: 2017
Unlucky teacher Ms. Linda LaCrosse wins the lottery and shares her winnings with her class. The students fulfill their dreams with their newfound wealth, but they soon learn that winning the lottery is not all that lucky.
by Engle, Margarita Year Published: 2017
Bold, graphic portraits and beautiful poems present famous and lesser-known Latinos from varied backgrounds who have faced life's challenges in creative ways.
by Chin, Jason Year Published: 2017
An exploration of the Grand Canyon on a grand scale, as only Jason Chin can illustrate and explain.
by Bowman, Donna Janell Year Published: 2016
A picture book biography of Dr. William Key, a former slave and self-trained veterinarian who taught his horse, Jim, to read and write and who together with Jim became one of the most famous traveling performance acts around the turn of the twentieth century.
by Acampora, Paul Year Published: 2016
Leo's grandfather died a year ago, and ever since Leo has been tasked with tracking his grandmother down whenever she wanders away from their home in Allentown, Pennsylvania--but when she abruptly decides to take the trip to Utah that her husband was planning, Leo finds himself on the way to visit dinosaurs, in an old Buick with his grandmother, his seventeen-year-old cousin Abby, and Abby's old, smelly Golden retriever, Kermit, without telling his mother.
Texas Bluebonnet Master List 2017-2018
by Hood, Susan Year Published: 2016
The Recycled Orchestra, comprising of children from Cateura, Paraguay, playing instruments made from recycled trash, performs concerts all over the world to sold-out audiences. Here's the story of how it began.
by Peck, Richard Year Published: 2016
Archer has four important role models in his life: his dad, his grandfather, his uncle Paul, and his favorite teacher, Mr. McLeod. When Uncle Paul and Mr. McLeod get married, Archer's sixth-grade year becomes one he'll never forget.
by Cousteau, Philippe and Hopkinson, Deborah Year Published: 2016
A book about loggerhead sea turtles, and a girl's attempts to help save their babies from man-made light.
by Barnhill, Kelly Year Published: 2016
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.
by Jamieson, Victoria Year Published: 2016
A young graphic novel chapter book about the escape escapades of class pets at Daisy P. Flugelhorn Elementary School.
by Eulberg, Elizabeth Year Published: 2016
Nine-year-old Shelby Holmes, the best detective in her Harlem neighborhood, and her new easy-going friend from downstairs, eleven-year-old John Watson, become partners in a dog-napping case.
by Marshall, Joseph Year Published: 2015
Teased for his fair coloring, eleven-year-old Jimmy McClean travels with his maternal grandfather, Nyles High Eagle, to learn about his Lakota heritage while visiting places significant in the life of Crazy Horse, the nineteenth-century Lakota leader and warrior, in a tale that weaves the past with the present. Includes historical note and glossary.
by Lloyd, Natalie Year Published: 2016
Twelve-year old orphan Emma Casey lives by a haunted graveyard in her Tennessee town, giving tours, helping her brother and Granny Blue with the family bakery, and waiting for the Destiny Dream of her ancestors--but when it comes it shows her only a key, and she finds that she must solve a ghostly mystery that has haunted her town for generations.
by Brallier, Max Year Published: 2015
After a monster apocalypse hits town, average thirteen-year-old Jack Sullivan builds a team of friends to help slay the eerily intelligent monster known as Blarg.
by Bauer, Marion Dane Year Published: 2016
A little cat named Patches manages to push out a window screen and leave her house, chasing a falling leaf, and sets out to find a special place to call her own.
by Brown, Monica Year Published: 2016
Lola Levine is given a non-speaking part after getting stage fright during her class play audition. She saves the play from a couple of obstacles with the help of her grandmother.
by Allen, Crystal Year Published: 2016
Nine-year-old Mya is excited about participating in School Spirit Week, even making a pinky promise with her best friend Naomi to be her partner, but when she accidentally gets paired with the biggest bully in school, Mean Connie, Naomi is mad at Mya for breaking her promise, so she must learn to work with Mean Connie and try and get her friend back.
by Appelt, Kathi and McGhee, Allison Year Published: 2016
When her sister Sylvie goes missing on a snowy morning and is never seen again, Jules refuses to believe she is gone forever; meanwhile, in the shadow world, a shadow fox is born.
by Tonatiuh, Duncan Year Published: 2016
Princess Izta had many wealthy suitors but dismissed them all. When a mere warrior, Popoca, promised to be true to her and stay always by her side, Izta fell in love. The emperor promised Popoca if he could defeat their enemy Jaguar Claw, then Popoca and Izta could wed. When Popoca was near to defeating Jaguar Claw, his opponent sent a messenger to Izta saying Popoca was dead. Izta fell into a deep sleep and, upon his return, even Popoca could not wake her. As promised, Popoca stayed by her side.
by Bauer, Joan Year Published: 2016
Moving to Hillcrest, Ohio, when his adoptive father accepts a temporary job, twelve-year-old Jeremiah, a heart transplant recipient, has sixty days to find a baseball team to coach.
by Gemeinhart, Dan Year Published: 2016
In 1890 Washington the only family Joseph Johnson has left is his half-wild Indian pony, Sarah, so when she is sold by a man who has no right to do so, he sets out to get her back--and he plans to let nothing stop him in his quest.
by Turk, Evan Year Published: 2016
In a time of drought in the Kingdom of Morocco, a storyteller and a boy weave a tale to thwart a Djinn and his sandstorm from destroying their city.
by Rhodes, Jewell Parker Year Published: 2016
While learning about September 11th, fifth grader Dèja (born after the attacks) realizes how much the events still color her world.
by Jung, Mike Year Published: 2016
Chloe Cho is a Korean American seventh-grader who would like to get in touch with many of the aspects of her heritage, but her parents are unwilling to talk about it--then when a class assignment forces Chloe to confront them directly, they finally tell her the truth about her family, which may just be too much for one girl to handle.
by Barton, Chris Year Published: 2016
A biography of Lonnie Johnson, an engineer at NASA who is best know for inventing the Super Soaker water gun.
Texas Bluebonnet Master List 2016-2017
by Barton, Chris Year Published: 2015A picture book biography of John Roy Lynch, one of the first African-Americans elected into the United States Congress by Cronin, Doreen Year Published: 2014When the squirrel Tail comes barreling into the chicken coop ranting about a round, shiny, green, big, scary thing in the yard, Dirt, Sweetie, Poppy, and Sugar investigate this strange object. by Beasley, Cassie Year Published: 2015When he realizes that his grandfather's stories of an enchanted circus are true, Micah Tuttle sets out to find the mysterious Circus Mirandus--and to use its magic to save his grandfather's life. by Applegate, Katherine Year Published: 2015A story about a homeless boy and his imaginary friend that proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary by Ryan, Pam Muñoz Year Published: 2015Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica--and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica. by Jenkins, Emily Year Published: 2015Depicts families, from England to California and from 1710 to 2010, preparing and enjoying the dessert called blackberry fool. Includes a recipe and historical notes. by Ross, Joel N. Year Published: 2015In this futuristic high-stakes adventure, humanity clings to cities on the highest mountain peaks above the deadly Fog, and airships transport the pirates of the skies. Daring 13-year-old tetherboy Chess and his salvage crew must face the dark plans of Lord Kodoc and work to save their beloved Mrs. E by Lord, Cynthia Year Published: 2015When her blind dog slips his collar, twelve-year old Lily meets Salma Santiago, a young Hispanic girl whose migrant family are in Maine for the blueberry-picking season, and, based partly on their mutual love of dogs, the two forge a friendship while painting bee boxes for Lily's grandfather--but as the Blueberry Queen pageant approaches, Lily and Selma are confronted with some of the hard truths of prejudice and migrant life. by Robertson, Robbie Year Published: 2015Hiawatha, a Mohawk, is plotting revenge for the murder of his wife and daughters by the evil Onondaga Chief, Tadodaho, when he meets the Great Peacemaker, who enlists his help in bringing the nations together to share his vision of a new way of life marked by peace, love, and unity rather than war, hate, and fear. by Camper, Cathy Year Published: 2015Lupe, Flapjack, and Elirio customize their car into a low rider for the Universal Car Competition to win the cash prize that will enable them to buy their own garage. by Rockliff, Mara Year Published: 2015Relates the story of Benjamin Franklin's involvement in the early development of the scientific method during a visit to France during the American Revolution to drum up support for the colonists. When asked to determine if the invisible force that Dr. Franz Anton Mesmer claimed he was using to cure patients was genuine, Franklin devised a series of tests that provided the answer in clear results. by Segel, Jason Year Published: 2015Twelve-year-old Charlie and his friends must stop nightmares from taking over their town before it's too late by Grimes, Nikki Year Published: 2015A young girl learns much about her mother as she reads a collection of poems written before she was born that capture her mother's memories of living around the world and growing up as a child of an Air Force serviceperson. Includes author's note, list of Air Force bases, and explanation of the free verse and tanka poetry forms used. by Lieb, Josh Year Published: 2015When Joey is bitten by a rat, he goes from aspiring seventh-grader to three-inch tall rodent, and unwittingly unlocks the sword Ratscalibur by Jamieson, Victoria Year Published: 2015Astrid signs up for roller derby camp, but her best friend Nicole chooses dance. While making new friends and struggling with a new sport, Astrid fears she is losing Nicole. by Gibbs, Stuart Year Published: 2014Dashiell Gibson, who lives on Moon Base Alpha, has to solve the murder of one of the moon's most prominent doctors. by Barnett, Mac Year Published: 2015When master prankster Miles Murphy moves to sleepy Yawnee Valley, he challenges the local, mystery prankster in an epic battle of tricks but soon the two join forces to pull off the biggest prank ever seen. by Jones, Kelly Year Published: 2015Through a series of letters, Sophie Brown, age twelve, tells of her family's move to her Great Uncle Jim's farm, where she begins taking care of some unusual chickens with help from neighbors and friends. by Quinn, Spencer Year Published: 2015Bowser is a mutt, just adopted by eleven-year-old Birdie Gaux and her grandmother, but when they all get home to Grammy's bait and tackle shop in the bayou they discover that their prize stuffed marlin has been stolen--so Bowser decides to investigate, and things quickly become complicated and dangerous.
Texas Bluebonnet Master List 2015-2016
Texas Bluebonnet Master List 2015-2016
by Cavanaugh, Nancy J. Year Published: 2014
Sixth grader Abigail, assigned a different homeroom than her two best friends and made only the alternate on the pom-pom squad, learns a lot about popularity and true friendship when paired with unpopular Gabby for a year-long "Friendly Letter Assignment."
by Daly, Cathleen Year Published: 2014
After her parents get divorced, Emily finds comfort in making and learning about art.
by Gandhi, Arun and Bethany Hegedus Year Published: 2014
Mahatma Gandhi's grandson tells the story of how his grandfather taught him to turn darkness into light
by Engle, Margarita Year Published: 2013
When his mother is sent to jail in Los Angeles, eleven-year-old Tony goes to live with his forest ranger great-uncle in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where Tony experiences unconditional love for the first time through his friendship with a rescue dog.
by Schanen, Adriana Brad Year Published: 2014
Two polar-opposite eight year olds who become summer best friends find their friendship threatened by the uncertainties of a new school year
by Singer, Marilyn Year Published: 2013
Presents rhymes about presidents of the United States, from George Washington to Barack Obama.
by de los Santos, Marisa and David Teague Year Published: 2014
"When thirteen-year-old Margaret's father is sentenced to death for a crime he didn't commit, she knows the only way to save him is to use the forbidden family power of time travel"--Provided by publisher.
by Tonatiuh, Duncan Year Published: 2014
Years before the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez, an eight-year-old girl of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage, played an instrumental role in Mendez v. Westminster, the landmark desegregation case of 1946 in California
by Eddleman, Peggy Year Published: 2013
Twelve-year-old Hope lives in a post World War III town called White Rock where everyone must participate in Inventions Day, though Hope's inventions always fail. Her unique skill set comes in handy when a group of bandits invades the town
by Turnage, Sheila Year Published: 2014
When Miss Lana accidentally buys a haunted inn at the Tupelo Landing town auction, Desperado Detectives--aka Mo LoBeau and her best friend Dale--opens up a paranormal division to solve the ghost's identity before the town's big 250th anniversary bash
by Brown, Don Year Published: 2013
The "Dirty Thirties" are brought to life in this graphic novel account of one of America's worst natural disasters--the Dust Bowl.
by Healy, Christopher Year Published: 2012
Liam, Frederic, Duncan, and Gustav, all former princes who have been rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, encounter trolls, witches, and dragons during their quest to become heroes.
by Searles, Rachel Year Published: 2014
Chase Garrety has no memory when he wakes up on planet Trucon.
by Cammuso, Frank Year Published: 2013
Frequently scolded for her impulsive behavior, Salem Hyde, a young witch, ignores the lectures of her dignified animal companion and enters a spelling competition at school, only to discover that the "spelling" involves words, not magic.
by Auxier, Jonathan Year Published: 2014
Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and the secrets of the cursed house.
by Bryant, Jen Year Published: 2014
A picture book biography of Peter Mark Roget, the creator of Roget's Thesaurus, one of the most widely used reference books ever published.
by Ehlert, Lois Year Published: 2014
A memoir of the life of children's book illustrator and author Lois Ehlert, discussing her childhood and her career.
by Egan, Kate; with Magician Mike Lane Year Published: 2014
Mike reluctantly bonds with good-girl neighbor Nora while learning fun skills at The White Rabbit magic shop, the owner of which believes Mike could become a great magician.
by Hill, Laban Carrick Year Published: 2013
A biography of DJ Kool Herc, discussing his childhood in Jamaica and New York, and his career as a hip hop DJ.
by Philbrick, Rodman Year Published: 2014
A twelve-year-old boy and his dog become trapped in New Orleans during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina.
Texas Bluebonnet Master List 2014-2015
by Mack, W. C. Year Published: 2013When their two worlds collide in seventh grade, fraternal twins and opposites Owen and Russell find themselves in direct competition at school, on the court, and at home. by Sloan, Holly Goldberg Year Published: 2013Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident. by Ponti, James Year Published: 2012Seventh-grader Molly has always been an outsider, even at New York City's elite Metropolitan Institute of Science and Technology, but that changes when she is recruited to join the Omegas, a secret group that polices and protects zombies. by Lewis, J. Patrick Year Published: 2013Presents humorous poems about insects, accompanied by close-up photographs of bug faces and interactive displays. by DiCamillo, Kate Year Published: 2013It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but Flora is just the right person to step in and save him. by Campbell, K. G. Year Published: 2012When Lester's mysterious cousin Clara comes to stay with his family, she insists on knitting him ugly sweaters and Lester must figure out how to accept the unwanted gifts without hurting his cousin's feelings.
by Stead, Rebecca Year Published: 2012Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father's efforts to start a new business, his mother's extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building. by Fairlie, Emily Year Published: 2012Sixth-graders Laurie and Bud follow a series of clues to figure out the mystery of Tuckernuck Hall and find a treasure before the school board votes to tear down the building. by Schubert, Leda Year Published: 2012An illustrated biography of the famous French mime, Marcel Marceau. by Hale, Nathan Year Published: 2012Retells the history of the author's namesake, an officer and spy for the American rebels during the Revolutionary War, in graphic-novel format, and revealing facts about Nathan Hale's earlier days at Yale and his unlucky experiences as an military officer. Includes biographical information about historical characters and a mini-comic about Crispus Attucks. by Macdonald, Maryann Year Published: 2013When Odette's father becomes a Nazi prisoner-of-war and the Paris police begin arresting Jews, her mother sends Odette to hide in the Catholic French countryside where she must keep many secrets to survive. by Baker, Kim Year Published: 2012Using a bogus name, the League of Picklemakers, sixth-grader Ben and three recruits start a prank-pulling club and receive funding from their middle school's PTA. Click this link to see all available copies within the elementary schools. Remember to look for your school! by Krosoczka, Jarrett Year Published: 2013Paired together after a veteran detective retires, platypus police squad members Rick Zengo, a hotshot rookie, and Corey O'Malley, a hard-nosed old-timer, struggle with their differences while tackling their first case involving a missing schoolteacher and a duffle bag filled with illegal fish.Click this link to see all available copies within the elementary schools Remember to look for your school! by Ransom, Candice Year Published: 2012When feisty twelve-year-old Rebel McKenzie, an aspiring paleontologist, goes to spend the summer taking care of her older sister's seven-year-old son at the mobile home park in Frog Level, Virginia, she never expects to enter a beauty pageant or meet a hand model. by Shurtliff, Liesl Year Published: 2013Relates the tale of Rumpelstiltskin's childhood and youth, explaining why his name is so important, how he is able to spin straw into gold, and why a first-born child is his reward for helping the miller's daughter-turned-queen. by Gibbs, Stuart Year Published: 2013As almost thirteen-year-old Ben, a student at the CIA's academy for future intelligence agents, prepares to go to spy summer camp, he receives a death threat from the evil organization SPYDER. by Daywalt, Drew Year Published: 2013When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them. by Taylor, S.S. Year Published: 2012Explorer Alexander West smuggled half of a map to his children and then died under mysterious circumstances. It is now up to Kit, M.K., and Zander--the Expeditioners--to figure out the map and why so many people are looking for it. by Holyoke, Polly Year Published: 2013A group of kids who have been genetically altered to survive in the ocean must embark on a dangerous underwater journey to find refuge--and maybe even a way to save the world by Cheng, Andrea Year Published: 2012Follows a young Chinese American girl, as she navigates relationships with family, friends, and her fourth-grade classroom, and finds a true best friend.
Texas Bluebonnet Master List 2013-2014
by Varon, Sara Year Published: 2011Cupcake happens to be an actual cupcake who plays drums and owns a bakery. He also is saving for his dream vacation to Turkey, to meet his idol, Turkish Delight, the chef. This fun graphic novel includes recipes to bake your own desserts. Kids will eat up this delectable treat! by Sweet, Melissa Year Published: 2011As a child, Tony Sarg loved working with things that moved, like marionettes. He used this passion to design incredible window displays and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. His invention, air‐filled rubber floats, part puppet and part balloon, are now known the world over, delighting children and adults alike. Masterful collage and found object illustrations make this a book to remember. by Fern, Tracey Year Published: 2012Even as a young boy, Barnum Brown collected rocks and fossils; as he grew so did his passion, which eventually led to the discovery of the infamous dinosaur, Tyrannosaurus Rex. With larger‐than‐life illustrations, readers will follow Barnum’s expeditions through this lively biography. by Chin, Jason Year Published: 2011Imagine opening a book and suddenly finding the room filled with water and animals from the ocean. Take a journey to the coral reefs in this informative story that mixes reality with fantasy. by Mlynowski, Sarah Year Published: 2012Once upon a time, life for a brother and sister gets turned upside down when the magic mirror in their basement transports them to a magical land filled with strangely familiar characters. A girl with fair skin and red lips, a poisoned apple and evil stepmother stand in their way to make things right. After that, will they ever get home? by Lorenzi, Natalie Year Published: 2012When Sky’s relatives from Japan suddenly move to the United States, Skye and her cousin Hiroshi question where they belong. Can they find common ground by learning each other’s languages and sharing their grandfather’s passion for kite flying battles? by Clifton, Lutricia Year Published: 2012Frankie Joe and his mom live a laid back life in Texas, but a string of bad choices lands his mom in jail, and Frankie Joe finds himself living in Illinois with the dad and stepfamily he never knew he had. Trying to make the best of a difficult situation, he uses his bicycle to deliver pizza in the hopes of earning enough money to bike back home to Texas. Through an unusual group of characters, Frankie Joe learns the meaning of responsibility, family and the joy of finding a place where you belong. by Neri, G. Year Published: 2011Twelve-year-old Cole's behavior causes his mother to drive him from Detroit to Philadelphia to live with a father he has never known, but who soon has Cole involved with a group of African-American "cowboys" who rescue horses and use them to steer youths away from drugs and gangs.
by Aguirre, Jorge Year Published: 2012Beware, the baby feet eating giant! Our spunky heroine Claudette takes her baking‐loving brother and best friend Marie on a journey to slay the giant. Will the villagers get to them in time? Find out in this action‐packed graphic novel debut! by Scattergood, Augusta Year Published: 2012What if you couldn’t go to the neighborhood pool because of the color of your skin? Augusta Scattergood’s debut novel is a Southern‐inspired story set in 1964. In this moving story we follow Glory through a memorable summer of friendships, sisterly love, racial tension, and her fight for equality. by Shannon, David Year Published: 2012“I am more than a fish. I am a storyteller and a story.” –Jangles. Tall tales of the biggest fish ever caught are centuries old. David Shannon has created a colorful tale from the fish’s point of view. Readers will be hooked by Shannon’s lively illustrations and exaggerated text. by Burg, Shana Year Published: 2012Clare’s father has dragged her to Malawi where he is working as a doctor in a hospital. She soon learns the reality of life in the rural village, and it is nothing like her teenage existence in the United States. Texan Shana Burg chronicles Clare’s mindset, as she navigates the ups and downs of being a kid in this African nation. by Kalman, Maria Year Published: 2012A young girl is curious about Abraham Lincoln and sets out to find out more about the life of the nation's sixteenth president.
by Kareeb Abdul-Jabbar Year Published: 2013 SportsTheo Rollins is starting eighth grade six inches taller, and his new height is making everyone expect more from him. Coach Mandrake wants to transform him from invisible science geek into star basketball player, even though Theo has little experience in the game. When Theo tries to hone his skills by playing pickup ball in the park, kids are eager to include him at first; then they quickly see he has no control of his gangly body. A girl named Rain even dubs him "Sasquatch". To make matters worse, all his time spent on training is starting to hurt his science club's chances of winning the "Aca-lympics," the school's trivia competition.Loosely based on challenges that NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar faced while growing up, Sasquatch in the Paint is a slam dunk for fans of basketball action and absorbing mysteries. by Grandits, John Year Published: 2011Kyle’s older brother is quite eager to share his “advice” about the rules of conduct for survival on the school bus. Problem is, the advice about seat location, bullies, girls, and driver, terrifies Kyle! The twists and turns of his school bus adventure will delight all! by Potter, Ellen Year Published: 2012Mystery, ghosts, gardens, oh my! Twelve year old Roo Fanshaw’s specialty is hiding. After being sent to live with an eccentric uncle she never knew in an uninhabited mansion on Cough Rock Island. What does she discover in the mansion and what are the strange noises she hears? This new mystery is loosely‐based on the classic book The Secret Garden. by Applegate, Katherine Year Published: 2012The Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade is home to a mangy group of performing animals which includes friends Ivan the gorilla, Stella the elephant and a stray dog, Bob. They are soon joined by Ruby, a baby elephant who is frightened and confused, after being torn away from her elephant family. Ivan is philosophical and expresses his view of life through art, which is sold by the owner of the mall. The financial situation causes both fame and the changes which accompany notoriety. by Harris, R.P. Year Published: 2012Tua, a ten‐year‐old girl who lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand. On a visit to the town’s colorful night market, she encounters a beautiful elephant. Unfortunately, two scurrilous mahouts own the mistreated animal. So begins Tua’s adventurous journey through the Thai countryside in hopes of getting the animal to the elephant refuge!
by MacLachlan, Patricia Year Published: 2011On the morning Papa left, Mama decided to take Elinor and Will to get the dog Papa had never wanted. At the animal shelter, they found four very compatible canines, and to avoid deciding on just one, Mama declared they would adopt all four, plus a cat. Surprisingly, all five animals talk, and four‐year‐old Elinor can hear them. So, starts the magic!
by Sherry, Maureen Year Published: 2010When the Smithfork family moves into a lavish Manhattan apartment building, they discover clues to a decades-old mystery hidden behind the walls of their new home. by Palacio, R.J. Year Published: 2012Born with a severe facial deformity, Auggie’s life has consisted of an endless series of surgeries, while being home schooled by his mother. For the first time in his life, he is going to attend the local school as a fifth grader. Author R.J. Palacio’s first novel is an uplifting, powerful, realistic read, and you will be cheering for Auggie all the way!