Kinda Like Brothers (Grades 5 and up) by Coe Booth
Call Number: FIC BOO
Publication Date: 2014-08-26
Jarrett's life is disrupted when his mom takes in a 12-year-old foster child. Jarrett's summer at the Youth Center is also being ruined by the foster
"brother" who seems to excel in everything. The friction between the boys escalates and threatens both of them as they grow to understand the other's pain.
Loot (Grades 5 and up) by Jude Watson
Call Number: FIC VAN
Publication Date: 2015-05-26
Twelve-year-old March has spent his life traveling the world with his father, a renowned cat burglar, learning the family business. This all ends when his father dies during their last heist, leaving March alone and caught by the authorities. On his way to a group home in the United States, March meets his twin sister Jules, whom he never knew existed. March and Jules must work together to break their family curse before they die on their thirteenth birthday.
The Map Trap (Grade 3 and up) by Andrew Clements
Call Number: FIC CLE
Publication Date: 2014-07-22
According to map obsessed Alton Ziegler, maps can be used to chart human behavior, effects of cafeteria food, clothing choices, and cliques.But Alton finds himself in uncharted territory when one of his “secret” maps is stolen and he has to discover how to undo the potential damage to his middle school reputation.
The Red Pencil (Grade 5) by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Call Number: FIC PIN
Publication Date: 2014-09-16
Set during the tragic genocide in Darfur, Sudan, 12 year old Amira witnesses the brutal storming of her village and death of her beloved father. Amira tells her story in symbolic verse, as she journeys to hope in the Kamal refugee camp and dreams of an education beyond the expectations of a girl.
Genre: Novel in Verse
Absolutely Almost (Grades 4 and up) by Lisa Graff
Call Number: FIC GRA
Publication Date: 2014-06-12
t's hard not to be good at anything. Just ask ten-year-old Albie, who is failing math and is the target of the school bully. His parents hire a tutor/babysitter for him and insist that he" just needs to try harder in school.” Albie learns to cope with the stress of a new school while learning to stand up to the bully and make new friends.
Another Day As Emily (Grades 3 and up) by Eileen Spinelli
Call Number: FIC SHU
Publication Date: 2014-05-13
Eleven year-old Suzy has been having a run of bad luck and hurt feelings – especially with the attention her little brother is getting for making a heroic 911 call. Suzy decides that she’ll be better off becoming a reclusive poet like Emily Dickinson. How hard can it be to spend the summer in her room, writing poetry, with no friends, no visitors and none of the usual summer fun?
Genre: Novel in Verse
Death by Toilet Paper (Grades 4 and up) by Donna Gephart
Call Number: FIC GEP
Publication Date: 2014-08-05
Have you ever dreamed of entering a sweepstakes and winning the big cash prize? That’s exactly Benjamin’s plan to fulfill his promise to his Dad and to save himself and his mom from being evicted. Plans never go smoothly especially when you are being bullied at school and your grandfather with Alzheimer’s moves in.
The Vanishing Coin (Grades 3 and up) by Kate Egan
Call Number: FIC EGA
Publication Date: 2014-04-22
Fourth-grader Mike Weiss isn’t a bad kid, but he’s always in trouble. Mike and his new neighbor Nora (who is good at everything) find the White Rabbit Magic Shop, which is owned by a real magician. They begin to discover that magic might be the thing Mike is really good at.
Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold (Grades 3 and up) by Joyce Sidman
Call Number: 911 SID
Publication Date: 2014-11-04
Animals have different ways of coping with the winter. Along with great illustrations, this book of poems will teach you how different animals and plants survive in the winter.
El Deafo (Grades 4 and up) by Cece Bell
Call Number: 741.5 BEL
Publication Date: 2014-09-02
All the other students at Cece's old school were deaf and didn't care about her Phonic Ear. At her new school, the device she needs seems to be repelling the one thing she really wants: a friend. This graphic novel chronicles the author's experience with hearing loss.
Genre: Graphic Novel Memoir
The Night Gardener (Grades 4 and up) by Jonathan Auxier
Call Number: FIC AUX
Publication Date: 2014-05-20
Irish orphans, Molly and Kip, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be. Soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.