Elementary Booklist 2016

  • A Snicker of Magic

    by Lloyd, N. Year Published: 2014

    The Pickles are new to Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, a town which legend says was once magic–but Felicity is convinced the magic is still there, and with the help of her new friend Jonah the Beedle she hopes to bring the magic back.

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  • Absolutely Almost

    by Graff, L. Year Published: 2014

    Ten-year-old Albie has never been the smartest, tallest, best at gym, greatest artist, or most musical in his class, as his parents keep reminding him, but new nanny Calista helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself.

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  • Brown Girl Dreaming

    by Woodson, J. Year Published: 2014

    The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South.

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  • Half a Chance

    by Lord, C. Year Published: 2014

    Lucy, with her mother and her photographer father, has just moved to a small rural community in New Hampshire, and with her new friend Nate she plans to spend the summer taking photos for a contest, but pictures sometimes reveal more than people are willing to see.

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  • Hope is a Ferris Wheel

    by Herrera, R. Year Published: 2014

    After moving from Oregon to a trailer park in California, ten-year-old Star participates in a poetry club, where she learns some important lessons about herself and her own hopes and dreams for the future.

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  • How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes are Untied

    by Kating, J. Year Published: 2014

    When twelve-year-old Ana’s zoologist parents move the whole family into the zoo, the Sneerers–the clan of carnivorous female predators in her class–have even more ammunition to make her life miserable, although she tries to act like a chameleon and fade into the background.

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  • Loot: How to Steal a Fortune

    by Watson, J. Year Published: 2014

    On a foggy night in Amsterdam, a man falls from a rooftop to the wet pavement below. It's Alfie McQuinn, the notorious cat burglar, and he's dying. As sirens wail in the distance, Alfie manages to get out two last words to his young son, March: "Find jewels."

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  • Nickel Bay Nick

    by Pitchford, D. Year Published: 2013

    When eleven-year-old Sam gets into trouble and is forced to work for his reclusive neighbor Mr. Wells, he soon finds out that his mysterious new acquaintance hides many secrets of his own–including one that will change Sam’s life forever.

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  • Prairie Evers

    by Airgood, E. Year Published: 2012

    Ten-year-old Prairie is happy being home-schooled and raising her flock of chickens, so transferring to regular school is a big change, but fortunately she meets a wonderful friend.

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  • Prisoner B-3087

    by Gratz, A. Year Published: 2013

    Based on the life of Jack Gruener, this book relates his story of survival from the Nazi occupation of Krakow, when he was eleven, through a succession of concentration camps, to the final liberation of Dachau.

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  • The Fourteenth Goldfish

    by Holm, J.L. Year Published: 2014

    Ellie’s scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging, and consequently has turned into a teenager–which makes for complicated relationships when he moves in with Ellie and her mother, his daughter.

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  • The Girl from Felony Bay

    by Thompson, J.E. Year Published: 2013

    When Abbey’s father falls into a coma and is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, Abbey sets out to prove his innocence–and repay a century-old debt.

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  • The Mark of the Dragonfly

    by Johnson, J. Year Published: 2014

    Since her father’s death in a factory in the Dragonfly territories, thirteen-year-old Piper has eked out a living as a scrapper in Merrow Kingdom, but the arrival of a mysterious girl sends her on a dangerous journey to distant lands.

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  • The Saturday Boy

    by Fleming, D. Year Published: 2013

    Every school day seems to bring more trouble to eleven-year-old Derek, whose former best friend bullies him, while at home he deals with the long absence of his father, a Blackhawk helicopter pilot, and his mother's sudden moodiness.

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  • The Vine Basket

    by La Valley, J. Year Published: 2013

    Life has been hard for fourteen-year-old Mehrigul, a member of the Uyghur tribal group scorned by the Chinese communist regime, so when an American offers to buy all the baskets she can make in three weeks, Mehrigul strives for a better future for herself and her family despite her father’s opposition.

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  • This Journal Belongs to Ratchet

    by Cavanaugh, N. Year Published: 2013

    Eleven-year-old Ratchet determines to make a friend, save a park, and find her own definition of normal. She tells her story through the assignments in her homeschool language arts journal.

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  • Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere

    by Lamana, J.T. Year Published: 2014

    At the end of August 2005, ten-year-old Armani is looking forward to her birthday party in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, where she and her extended family live, but Hurricane Katrina is on the way, bringing destruction and tragedy in its wake.

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