BOOKLIST

  • Please read the variety of books on my booklist.

Read Aloud Books

  • Hatchet

    by Gary Paulsen Year Published: Challenging
    A boy named Brian is on a trip to the Canadian oilfields to spend the summer with his dad. The pilot of the Cessna he is traveling in suffers a heart attack and dies. Brian must land the plane in the forest. Brian learns to exist in in this wilderness. He faces many dangers including hunger, animal attacks, and even a tornado. This book gives the reader a better understanding of what it is like to survive in an untamed land.

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  • Hoot

    by Carl Hiaasen Year Published: Challenging
    Roy Eberhardt is the new kid--again. This time around it's Trace Middle School in humid Coconut Grove, Florida. But it's still the same old routine: table by himself at lunch, no real friends, and thick-headed bullies like Dana Matherson pushing him around. But if it wasn't for Dana Matherson mashing his face against the school bus window that one day, he might never have seen the tow-headed running boy. And if he had never seen the running boy, he might never have met tall, tough, bully-beating Beatrice. And if he had never met Beatrice, he might never have discovered the burrowing owls living in the lot on the corner of East Oriole Avenue. And if he had never discovered the owls, he probably would have missed out on the adventure of a lifetime.

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  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

    by Judy Blume Year Published: Easy Reading
    Peter, because he's the oldest, must deal with Fudgie's disgusting cuteness, his constant meddling with Peter's stuff, and other grave offenses, one of which is almost too much to bear. All these incidents are presented with the unfailing ear and big-hearted humor of the masterful Judy Blume. Though some of her books for older kids have aroused controversy, the Hatcher brothers and their adventures remain above the fray, where they belong.

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  • The Sign of the Beaver

    by Elizabeth George Speare Year Published: Average
    Left alone to guard the family's wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.
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  • The Tale of Despereaux

    by Kate DiCamillo Year Published: Easy Reading
    Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other’s lives. And what happens then? As Kate DiCamillo would say: Reader, it is your destiny to find out.

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  • The Witches

    by Roals Dahl Year Published: Average
    This Roald Dahl classic tells the scary, funny and imaginative tale of a seven-year-old boy who has a run-in with some real-life witches! Witches, as our hero learns, hate children. With the help of a friend and his somewhat-magical grandmother, our hero tries to expose the witches before they dispose of him.

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Roald Dahl Author Study

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    by Roald Dahl Year Published: Challenging
    The gates of Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory are opening at last--and only five children will be allowed inside.

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  • Fantastic Mr. Fox

    by Roald Dahl Year Published: Average
    Mr. Fox is surrounded! He's going to have to come up with a truly fantastic plan to dig himself out of trouble this time.

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  • James and the Giant Peach

    by Roald Dahl Year Published: Average
    When magic touches an old peachtree, strange things start happening. A giant peach grows as large as a house, and when James crawls inside, the adventure begins.

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  • Matilda

    by Roald Dahl Year Published: Easy Reading
    Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security.

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  • The BFG

    by Roald Dahl Year Published: Challenging
    The BFG is one of Dahl's most loveable character creations. Whether galloping off with Sophie nestled into the soft skin of his ear to capture dreams as though they were exotic butterflies; speaking his delightful, jumbled, squib-fangled patois; or whizzpopping for the Queen, he leaves an indelible impression of bigheartedness.

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  • The Magic Finger

    by Roald Dahl Year Published: Easy Reading
    The Gregg family loves hunting, but their eight-year-old neighbor can't stand it. After countless pleas for them to stop are ignored, she has no other choice -- she has to put her magic finger on them. Now the Greggs are a family of birds, and like it or not, they're going to find out how it feels to be on the other end of the gun.

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  • The Twits

    by Roald Dahl Year Published: Average
    Mr. and Mrs. Twit hate almost everything, including their trained monkeys, the Muggle -Wumps. But now the Muggle-Wumps want revenge.

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Jerry Spinelli Author Study

  • Crash

    by Jerry Spinelli Year Published: Challenging
    This is the tale of cocky seventh-grade super-jock Crash Coogan, who got his nickname the day he used his first football helmet to knock his cousin Bridget flat on her backside. And he has been running over people ever since, especially Penn Webb, the dweeby, vegetarian Quaker kid who lives down the block. Through the eyes of Crash, readers get a rare glimpse into the life of a bully in this unforgettable story about stereotypes and the surprises life can bring.

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  • Fourth Grade Rats

    by Jerry Spinelli Year Published: Easy Reading
    Third graders are known as "angels;" fourth graders are misbehaving, rebellious "rats." Suds doesn't want to be a rat, but his friend Joey makes it look so cool and grown-up. And when Joey starts to impress the girl Suds has a crush on, Suds goes on a rampage. But being a rat has its consequences...

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  • Loser

    by Jerry Spinelli Year Published: Average
    Donald Zinkoff is one of the greatest kids you could ever hope to meet. He laughs easily, he likes people, he loves school, he tries to rescue lost girls in blizzards, he talks to old ladies. The only problem is, he's a loser. Until fourth grade, Zinkoff's uncontrollable giggling in class, sloppy handwriting, horrible flute playing, bad grades, clumsiness, and ineptitude at sports go largely unnoticed. When he blows a race for his team, however, his transition to loserdom is complete.

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  • Maniac Magee

    by Jerry Spinelli Year Published: Average
    After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.

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  • Picklemania

    by Jerry Spinelli Year Published: Easy Reading
    Plumstead Middle School is full of secret plans. Eddie is on a mission to bulk up--he's sick of being the skinniest, scrawniest, runtiest kid in school. Sunny is plotting something that will keep the school bullies from ever bothering her again. Salem is trying to figure out who sent her that mysterious valentine message in the school newspaper. And Pickles has been building his greatest invention yet--and it's almost time to unveil it.

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  • The Library Card

    by Jerry Spinelli Year Published: Average
    These four short stories follow children with a problem. One is a shoplifter and vandal; one is not allowed to watch her beloved TV; one is homeless and living in a car; and one is in a hijacked bookmobile. A blank, blue library card mysteriously appears somewhere in each story, and it manages to make things better every time.

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  • Tooter Pepperday

    by Jerry Spinelli Year Published: Easy Reading
    Tooter is not happy about moving to her aunt's farm with her family, and she is determined to be miserable the entire time they are there. When she is asked to care for an egg from a hen that keeps smashing her nest, Tooter sees it as just another dumb farm chore. But when the hatching time arrives, Tooter is transformed by the miracle of birth.

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  • Wringer

    by Jerry Spinelli Year Published: Challenging
    Palmer LaRue lives in fear of his tenth birthday. At the town "Family Fest," a pigeon shooting contest ends the festivities, and boys ten and above must wring the necks of pigeons who are not killed. Palmer does not want to become a wringer, but he also doesn't want to alienate his friends, who consider it a rite of passage. Then one day, a pigeon lands outside Palmer's bedroom window, ...and Palmer lets it in.

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Newberry Award Winning Authors

  • Because of Winn Dixie

    by Kate DiCamillo Year Published: Easy Reading
    Because of Winn-Dixie, a big, ugly, happy dog, 10-year-old Opal learns 10 things about her long-gone mother from her preacher father. Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal makes new friends among the somewhat unusual residents of her new hometown, Naomi, Florida. Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal begins to find her place in the world and let go of some of the sadness left by her mother's abandonment seven years earlier. With her newly adopted, goofy pooch at her side, Opal explores her bittersweet world and learns to listen to other people's lives.
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  • Bridge to Terabithia

    by Katherine Patterson Year Published: Average
    Jess Aarons had to be the Fastest runner at Lark Creek Elementary School, the best, but when he was challenged by Leslie Burke, a girl, that was just the beginning of a new season in Jess's life. Leslie and her parents were new comers to the rural community where Jess Lived, and were thought to be a bit odd, for they didn't even own a TV, though their house was filled with books. Some-what to Jess's surprise, he and Leslie became friends, and the worlds of imagination and learning that she opened to him changed him for ever. It was Leslie's idea to create Terabithia, their secret Kingdom in the woods where they reigned supreme. There no enemy - not their teacher Monster Mouth Meyers, their schoolmates Gary Fulcher and Janice Avery, Jess's Four sisters, or even Jess's own fears and Leslie's imaginary foes - could defeat them. The Legacy that Leslie finally brought to Jess enabled him to cope with the unexpected tragedy that touched them all.
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  • Bud, Not Buddy

    by Christopher Paul Curtis Year Published: Average
    Ten-year-old Bud Caldwell leads the life of an orphaned young boy living in the 1930s near Chicago, Illinois. The story begins when he is still six years old, lives at home with his mother, and struggles with not knowing his father. Bud's mom and he have an enjoyable life together, spending time doing things like reading from his favorite book, 20,000 Leaks Under the Sea, also known as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. Finding his mother dead, after a few days of her being "sick" changes Bud's life forever, however, as he is sent to an orphanage, which he calls "The Home." It is here that he meets Bugs, his best friend.
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  • Holes

    by Louis Sachar Year Published: Challenging
    Stanley is just a regular kid until he is found responsible for a crime he didn't commit. We learn about a curse that has been in his family for several generations. His bad luck lands Stanley in a very strange correctional camp in the Texas desert. The warden has all the inmates digging holes in a dry lake bed. The story weaves interesting tall tales from local history and Stanley's family. The relationships among the juveniles in the camp are interesting to follow. Stanley finds a good friend, treasure, and learns to like himself.
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  • My Side of the Mountain

    by Jean Craighead George Year Published: Challenging
    Every kid thinks about running away at one point or another; few get farther than the end of the block. Young Sam Gribley gets to the end of the block and keeps going--all the way to the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. There he sets up house in a huge hollowed-out tree, with a falcon and a weasel for companions and his wits as his tool for survival. In a spellbinding, touching, funny account, Sam learns to live off the land, and grows up a little in the process. Blizzards, hunters, loneliness, and fear all battle to drive Sam back to city life. But his desire for freedom, independence, and adventure is stronger.
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  • Sarah, Plain and Tall

    by Patricia MacLachlan Year Published: Easy Reading
    Sarah, Plain and Tall is a tale set in the late 19th century. It is about a widowed midwestern farmer with two children, Anna and Caleb. The farmer advertises for a wife. When Sarah arrives she is homesick for Maine, especially for the ocean which she misses greatly. The children fear that she will not stay, and when she goes off to town alone, young Caleb, whose mother died during childbirth, is stricken with the fear that she has gone for good.
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  • Shiloh

    by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Year Published: Easy Reading
    When 11-year-old Marty Preston chances upon a mistreated beagle pup in his hometown of Friendly, West Virginia, he is not prepared for the ethical questions he has to face. Should he return the dog to its owner, only to have the animal abused again? Should he tell his parents? Should he steal food to help the poor creature?
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Sharon Creech Author Study

  • Replay

    by Sharon Creech Year Published: Average
    Reading Group 2: Max Burg, Lily Hamill, Morgan Roberts, and Tari Bumbacher Twelve-year-old Leo has a talent for transforming the everyday into the extraordinary. That's why they call him fog boy. He's always dreaming, always replaying things to his brain. He fantasizes about who he is in order to discover who he will become. As an actor in the school play, he is poised and ready for the curtain to open. But in the play that is his life, Leo is eager to find out what part will be his.

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  • Ruby Holler

    by Sharon Creech Year Published: Average
    Reading Group 3: Jacob George, Trevor Spampata, Brittany Facklam, Taryn Yargeau, Kyle Turner, Heather Brent, and Alex Burg. Ruby Holler is a beautiful and mysterious place, deep in the country, a "basin in the hills. . .where cool breezes drifted through the trees, and where the creek was so clear that every stone on its bottom was visible." An older couple, Tiller and Sairy, live in the holler and are looking for new adventures, each of them hoping to set off on a trip. When they invite the "trouble twins," Dallas and Florida, to join them, all of their lives take new turns.

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  • Walk Two Moons

    by Sharon Creech Year Published: Challenging
    Reading Group 4: Jenna Barber, Ryan Janes, Colden George, and Bryan Busch. This is the story of thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, from Bybanks, Kentucky, who is traveling across the country to Idaho with her grandparents. Along the way, she tells them the story of "Phoebe Winterbottom, her disappearing mother, and the lunatic." She also tells you, the reader, another more serious story about her own mother and herself.

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Back to School Author Study

  • The Report Card

    by Andrew Clements Year Published: Easy Reading
    THE REPORT CARD by Andrew Clements illustrated by Brian Selznick Simon & Schuster ISBN: 0689845154 Ages 8-12 176 pages In a family of high achievers, Nora Rowley seems to be the odd one out. While her sister's grades and accomplishments are extraordinary, and her brother's are certainly far from lacking, she brings home a report card full of Ds. For years, Nora has convinced her parents, teachers and friends that she is nothing more than average; her brightest talent is on the soccer field. Nora, in truth, is anything but average. She takes college-level astronomy courses online and taught herself to understand Spanish by watching television. In short, she's a genius, but she hides her abilities from almost everyone because she doesn't want to be singled out. The only person who knows this is the school librarian, who discovers Nora's list of visited websites and sees Nora for what she is. Nora, in turn, confides in Mrs. Byrne. As an experiment, she is purposely scoring low to average on tests in order to show everyone that intelligence is not necessarily equal to your test scores. What she starts, instead, is a revolution.

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