The Luck Uglies

The Luck Uglies (The Luck Uglies #1)The Luck Uglies
by Paul Durham
Grades 5-8

Rye and her best friends, Quinn and Folly, have grown up hearing the local legends about the Bog Noblins and the villainous Luck Uglies who drove them away from their village and then disappeared. These seem nothing more than fairy tales until the sightings of Bog Noblins start becoming more frequent and more reliable. Rye learns more than she ever imagined about her family and how its history is interwoven with the Village Drowning. An exciting adventure full of friendship, double-crossing, mystery, and intrigue. Recommended for grades 5 & up.

Circus Mirandus

Circus MirandusCircus Mirandus
by Cassie Beasley
Grades 4-8

Micah has grown up with his grandfather’s stories about the magical Circus Mirandus, but it is only when his grandfather lays dying that Grandfather Ephraim reveals they were not stories at all — the Circus Mirandus is real, and so are the events that took place. Now it is up to Micah to find the amazing circus and and redeem the miracle that the Lightbender owes his grandfather. With the help of his new friend Jenny, and against the wishes of his nasty Great-Aunt Gertrudis, Micah sets out to do just that. This fabulous fantasy weaves the stories of the past and the present together into a tale filled with hope. Highly recommended for grades 4-8.

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by Milly Lee
Grades 3-5

This is an excellent book for 4th graders studying Chinese immigration to America! When Sun turns 12, his father starts the preparations to bring him to America like his brothers. Sun’s father is a merchant with a store in San Francisco and travels back and forth often. Sun must memorize everything about his family and his home so that he can prove he is truly his father’s son. After the journey across the ocean in second class, Sun is held at Angel Island awaiting his interrogation. While there he befriends other boys his age and learns that they are “paper sons,” pretending to be someone else in the hopes of gaining entry to Gold Mountain. A fascinating look at the immigration process on the West Coast. Recommended for grades 3-5.

Just Add Magic

Just Add MagicJust Add Magic
by Cindy Callaghan
Grades 4-6

Kelly loves cooking, and when she discovers an old encyclopedia volume with recipes pasted in the pages, she decides to form a secret cooking club with her two best friends. But these are not ordinary recipes. With names like Keep ’Em Quiet Cobbler and Hexberry Tart, these recipes seem to place curses on the people who eat them. But it is it really magic or just coincidence that recipes work they way they want them to? And what of the warnings that the girls keep receiving about the Law of Returns? A fun book for girls who want to spice up their school days with a little magic. Recommended for grades 4-6.

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Marilyn’s Monster

Marilyn's MonsterMarilyn’s Monster
by Michelle Knudsen
Grades K-2

All the other kids in Marilyn’s class are getting their monsters. Each monster finds his or her child, until Marilyn is the only one left without one. She tries to wait patiently for it to find her, but finally takes matters into her own hands. A great story about finding your own destiny instead of waiting passively for life to happen to you. This book seems almost like the opposite of Beekle to me. It would be fun to read them together. Recommended for grades K-2.


Revealed (The Missing, #7)Revealed
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Grades 4-8

In this seventh book in Margaret Peterson Haddix’s The Missing series, Jonah finally learns who he was before he was stolen out of history. Centered around the 1932 kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh’s son, it is unlike any of the other trips back through time. Do not read this book if you have not read the other books in the series. Haddix packs this book with twist after twist, and continually shocks the reader with reveals. Believe me when I say that the end is completely unexpected. A must read for fans of the series. Recommended for grades 4-8.

Rodeo Red

Rodeo RedRodeo Red
by Maripat Perkins

This adorable picture book is just begging to be read aloud! Rodeo Red and her trusty hound dog Rusty have a great life until Side Swiping Slim (her new baby brother) shows up. She puts up with him as a baby, but once he can crawl? Watch out! She must use all of her wits to figure out how to bring peace back to her house. A great book for children dealing with younger siblings and cowgirls of all ages. Recommended for grades PreK-2.

Saving Lucas Biggs

Saving Lucas BiggsSaving Lucas Biggs
by Marisa de los Santos & David Teague
Grades 4-8

Margaret O’Malley is stunned when her father is convicted of arson and murder and sentenced to death by Judge Lucas Biggs. John O’Malley, a geologist and whistle blower, was false accused by the Victory Fuel Company which owns their town of Victory, Arizona. In alternating chapters between 2014 and 1938, we see the events that were set in motion to turn Judge Biggs into the man he has become. It is up to Margaret, with the help of her best friend’s grandfather, to use her family’s “quirk” to travel back in time and stop the chain of events that led up to this awful day. But history resists change, and the “quirk” has some serious limitations. Will Margaret and Charlie be able to fix things before it is too late? An amazing story of friendship and betrayal, and the effects one person’s choices may have on future generations. Highly recommended for grades 4-8.

The Case of the Missing Moonstone

The Case of the Missing MoonstoneThe Case of the Missing Moonstone
by Jordan Stratford
Grades 4-7

This fun mystery imagines a world where Ada Lovelace (credited with inventing the idea of the computer) and Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein and the first female science fiction writer) were friends as children. Taking place in London in 1826, Ada’s father has died and her mother has left her in their city house while she goes to the country. Raised by a governess who has just left, Ada is used to doing her own things and wants no part of her new tutor. When Mary arrives to share the tutor, the girls slowly become friends and end up starting their own detective agency to investigate only the clever criminals. These smart girls find ways around the expectations of their times to live the life they choose. Recommended for mystery lovers in grades 4-7.

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by Gordon Korman
Grades 5-8

Eli has lived his whole life in the small town of Serenity, New Mexico. Although it only has 185 people, the town seems perfect in every way. There is no crime and no lacks anything they need. Everything is wonderful, until the day Eli and his best friend Randy bike to the outskirts of town. Eli suddenly feels horrible ill and Randy is sent off to live with his grandparents. Unsettled by what has happened, Eli and two other friends beginning digging into the perfect facade of their town, and start uncovering secret after secret. None of them was prepared for the truth that they discovered. Told through multiple points of view, this expertly paced novel will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Highly recommended for grades 5-8.

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