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Recommended books for grades 5-8

Archive for May 2017

SAVING RED, by Sonya Sones

May 22, 2017

The story: Molly feels bad about a lot of things in her life, yet it seems like things might just be changing when she befriends homeless Red and falls in love with Cristo. But when Cristo dumps her and Red just keeps listening to the voices in her head, Molly realizes that she can’t fix […]

REFUGEE, by Alan Gratz

May 22, 2017

The story: Three kids, tied together by their refugee status across cultures and decades, never know each other and yet are tied together in unimaginable ways. Josef and his family are trying to flee to safety ahead of the Nazi blitzkrieg; Isabelle and her family are desperate to leave Cuba and make it to the […]

THE METROPOLITANS, by Carol Goodman

May 22, 2017

The story: Four very different teens are thrown together on Pearl Harbor Day, and discover that their mission is to pick up where King Arthur and his followers left off in medieval Britain in order to fight the evil that has survived since Arthur’s day–now manifesting itself as the Nazis. But in order to realize […]

THE LOST PROPERTY OFFICE, by James R. Hannibal

May 22, 2017

The story: Jack comes from a long line of Trackers–people whose ability enables them to find things in service of king and country–not exactly an ability he was expecting. But then, he never expected to lose his father, almost drown in a steampunk submarine, or see his 12th great-grandfather stop the plague in London by […]

THE MATCHSTICK CASTLE, by Kier Graff

May 22, 2017

The story: Brian is stuck at Uncle Gary’s for the summer, with his cousin Nora who hates him. It seems like it’ll be Death by Boredom when something unexpected happens: the kids get lost in the woods and discover the Matchstick Castle, peopled with a host of famous adventurers, writers, and explorers, who just so […]

HORIZON, by Scott Westerfeld

May 22, 2017

The story: Five teens crash land in what is supposed to the the Arctic–but find themselves stranded in a tropical jungle filled with predatory animals and plants that are out of this world. Literally. Now they have to use their engineering smarts, as well as their fighting skills, to figure out whether they’ve been transported […]

HUNTED, by Meagan Spooner

May 22, 2017

The story: Yeva’s father taught her to hunt, and now that he’s lost his fortune, she’s relieved to leave the castle and get back to the woods. But deep in the forest, the “fairy” tales her father told her as a child now seem to be coming true, and they’re not the nice ones where […]

AMINA’S VOICE, by Hena Khan

May 22, 2017

The story: Amina knew things were going to change once she started middle school, but she never expected to worry about losing her best friend, about her brother getting into trouble, or about someone vandalizing their mosque. How can a girl feel confident about her life when everything seems to be changing all at once? […]

THE DOOR BY THE STAIRCASE, by Katherine Marsh

May 22, 2017

The story: Mary wants nothing more than to escape from the orphanage–so who cares if the old lady that comes to adopt her looks like a witch? Trouble is…Madame Z IS a witch, the kind that eats children. Now Mary’s really going to have to use her head (and maybe her feet) to keep herself […]

UNDER LOCKER & KEY, by Allison K. Hymas

May 22, 2017

The story: Jeremy Wilderson is NOT a thief–he’s a “retrieval specialist”, and he only takes things that someone else took first. So when one of his ventures goes bad, Jeremy feels obligated to fix it, even when it attracts the attention of the school’s self-appointed policewoman and do-gooder, Becca Mills. She wants to see Jeremy […]