About the Books
Red: The True Story of Little Red Riding Hood by: Liesl Shurtliff
About: Red or Little Red Riding Hood isn’t afraid of anything, not the Bad Wolf, not dwarfs, not even the pixies who could bite your ear off, but secretly she is afraid of magic. Soon her granny falls ill and Red is devastated. It seems like only magic can save her. Red must confront her fears and find the cure for her granny, before it’s too late.
Ghost by: Jason Reynolds
About: In, “Ghost” by Jason Reynolds Castle, tries to run away from his past. He has had a very hard past because of incidents with his dad. He soon joins the track team, and meets four other kids that all have different backgrounds. Castle soon finds that he can’t run from everything. Will he be able to move on with his life? Or will this bad memory haunt him forever? Read the book, “Ghost” by Jason Reynolds to find out.
Finding Perfect by: Elly Swartz
About: In, “Finding Perfect”, by Elly Swartz is about a girl named Molly who’s family is changing. Her mother moved to Canada for work and Molly’s father is working nonstop. Her world starts to fall apart because she feels she is responsible for her little brother Ian and everything he does. She starts thinking she is going crazy, while trying to make sure everything is perfect. Like her glass animal figures, or her colored pencils, or her numbers. She has to count by fours, and if she forgets which number she is on, she has to start over. The perfect number to end on is 600. She thinks her name is horrible. Molly. Five letters, odd number. Molly thinks that if she wins the big poetry slam, her mom will have to come home for the big feast, and help her with her craziness and Ian. Can she bring her family back together? Will Molly ever find out what is making her crazy? Will her mom be reunited with her family? Read the book, “Finding Perfect” to find out.
Book 10: Wolf Hollow by: Lauren Wolk
About: In, “Wolf Hollow” by Lauren Wolk Annabelle lives in the little, quiet town of Wolf Hollow, until Betty arrives. Betty starts bullying Annabelle, for no reason. Then, one day Betty disappears, and people start blaming a veteran from the World War II named Toby. Toby is a quiet man who is kinda well, odd. He has seen some things in the war that he would rather have not seen. Annabelle is determined to prove to the town that Toby was not the one who took Betty. So, Annabelle and Toby start coming up with a mischievous plan. Will Annabelle and Toby be able to prove to their town that Toby didn’t do anything to Betty? Will Betty ever be found? Will the real truth come out? Read the book, “Wolf Hollow” by Lauren Wolk to find out.
The Distance to Home by: Jenn Bishop
About: In, "The Distance to Home", Quinnen, is the star pitcher on her baseball team. Her sister, Haley, was her loudest supporter, and would never miss a game. This summer is different, however. After Haley’s death at the end last summer, she has ditched her team for the stands, and only watches her favorite baseball team, the Bandits, with her friend Casey. It seems like nothing can fit the Haley-sized hole in her world, but a glimmer of hope comes from her parents when they decide to host a home for one of the Bandits. Quinnen befriends some of the players and soon has the courage to try and rejoin her baseball team. Will she make the team or be a total flop? Read "The Distance to Home" to find out.
Some Kind of Courage by: Dan Geminhart
About: In, “Some Kind of Courage” a boy name Joseph Johnson who has lost just about everything in his world. Then, his horrible care-taker sells his sweet Sarah! His beloved horse is the only family member he has left. He decided that he will find his sweet Sarah, amd he knows the journey won’t be easy. There could be evil men, bears, new and scary kids, plan changes, and much more. Will Joseph ever get his beloved Sarah back? Or will she get lost in the world? Read the book, “Some Kind of Courage” by Dan Geminhart to find out.
Eleven and Holding by: Mary Penney
About: In, “Eleven and Holding” by Mary Penney Macy, who doesn’t count on turning eleven without her dad by her side. Macy’s dad has been gone for months. He quit the army, and is doing some kind of top secret, “important work.” Macy has decided to not turn eleven, until she meets Ginger, an old neighbor. When Ginger loses her dog, Macy decides to help. However she uses it as an escuse to find her dad. She researches forever until she feels like she knows exactly where he is. She plans on taking the bus, one of her worst fears, but she runs into one of the kids in the neighborhood. He asks her if she needs a ride because she was looking a little sick. She ends up getting a ride from him. It turns out he stole the motorcycle from Ginger! Will Macy be able to find her dad and turn eleven? Read the book, “Eleven and Holding” by Mary Penney to find out.
Book 11: Sting by: Jude Watson
About: In, Sting, March McQuin and his twin sister, Jules are no ordinary children, they’re cat burglars. At three am in the morning, they will be dangling upside down twenty feet above a stone floor. To them it should have been an easy task, in and out, to get a stunning set of diamonds. But another thief got there first, leaving the twins to only one measly stone. Little do they know that their heist has created a world of trouble, and the stone they grabbed, The Morning Star is from a famous trio of sapphires. And to make it all worse the stones are cursed. They have gotten the FBI, the Interpol, and a infamous adult gang on their tails. The only way to clear this up is to return the sapphire with the other two in the set. Will March and his sister get away from all this madness? Will The Morning Star join it’s other highly distinct gemstones?
Stella by Starlight by: Sharon M. Draper
About: "Stella by Starlight" is about Stella, who lives in the segregated south, in Bumblebee, North Carolina. Some buildings she can go into but some she can’t. The Ku Klux Klan has never bothered her community before, until now. Stella’s brother Jojo sees something across the lake behind their house, something terrible. Jojo sees a burning cross, bright yellow and red, and nine white robed figures with pointed hoods! The Ku Klux Klan would do anything to make life return to the way they used to be, when black people were slaves. The community braces for what is yet to come with The Klan, but Stella is determined to fight.
Ms. Bixbys Last Day by: John David Anderson
About: There are many different kinds of teachers. The not-so-good ones, the boring ones, the mean ones, the ones you never remember and the ones you’ll never forget. Ms. Bixby is a good one, one you’ll never forget, Topher, Steve, and Brand know this. When Ms. Bixby gets sick and can’t finish the school year, they are devastated, and determined to give back to their one-of-a-kind teacher. They embark on a journey not only to show their gratitude, but to share a very special day with Ms. Bixby.
Book 9: Pax by:
About: Peter and Pax have been inseparable since Peter found the Pax when he was a kit. One day, after years of friendship, the unimaginable happen. Peter’s father enlists in the military and forces Peter to put Pax back in the wild. Peter is supposed to stay at his grandfather’s house until Peter’s father comes back from war, but Peter knows he is not where he should be. He should be with Pax. So he runs away with the upcoming war approaching ever closer, but Peter is determined to get his fox back. Will the two ever be together again? Or will the upcoming war get between them?
Book 12: The Lions of Little Rock by: Kristin Levine About: In, “The Lions of Little Rock” by Kristin Levine Marlee, is super shy and almost never speaks. Marlee lives in the segregated town of Little Rock. When she goes to school, Marlee finds a friend named Liz, a new student who is really nice. Because of a project that is coming up, Marlee and Liz start helping Marlee be less scared to talk. Then, on the day of the presentation, Marlee finds out that Liz has gotten kicked out of school because of her skin color. Marlee is horrified. She thought that Liz was her best friend and she would tell her anything. They soon start meeting in Marlee’s secret hiding place every Tuesday, so that they can continue being friends. However, trouble follows them. Will Marlee and Liz be able to be friends? Or will segregation keep them apart forever? Will one boy decide to be an upstander and impact the two friend's future's? Read the book, “The Lions of Little Rock” to find out.