To participate in the Win With Reading Club, you must be in grades 4-8. Before registering, read or listen to one book from the list. Bring your initialed log to the library after 7/31 to register. Collect prizes as you read. Read 5 books and you can vote for the 2017 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award. Earn prizes for reading up to 20 books before 1/31/17.
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A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman (2014)
Classical dance in India should be a spiritual pursuit, a way of praying. But for Veda, a classical dance prodigy, it is a way of standing out, being praised for the beauty of her performances. After the lower part of her right leg is amputated because of an accident, she must fight to get back into dance. She rediscovers the passion she had for dance as a child, and becomes not only a different kind of dancer, but also a better person. With the help of family friends and teachers, she enters the spiritual world of dance.
The Crossover by Alexander Kwame (2014)
Josh Bell and his twin brother Jordan are lightning on the basketball court thanks to their father and their own love and dedication to the game. They’re also good at school thanks to hard work and their mother’s emphasis on education. Changes are coming though: Mom and Dad are fighting a lot over Dad’s health, Jordan is the first to have a girlfriend, and Josh is feeling angry, left out, and jealous.
Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan (2015)
Three amazing stories within a story, within a story, and all connected by a magical harmonica! Eins, Zwei, Drei, Otto, Friedrich, Mike, Ivy, and Kenny too all play the harmonica, and all are affected by the magic in its music. The stories are full of the love of family and music. The characters are tested by the evils of hatred and prejudice, but become stronger by remaining true to the message of love and passing it on.
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (2015)
If you judge a fish’s intelligence by its ability to climb a tree, you will think it is stupid, and if others treat it as though it is, the fish too will think it is stupid. Ally thinks she is stupid because here she is in sixth grade, and she still can’t read. Every time she tries (and she does try!) she gets headaches and the letters start jumping around on the page. That doesn’t happen when she draws, which she’s very good at. But when Mr. Daniels takes over her class things begin to change for Ally, because Mr. Daniels gets it!
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm (2014)
Eleven-year-old Ellie Cruz is not happy with change. She misses her best friend who has joined the volleyball team leaving her no time for Ellie. Her mom, a drama teacher, tells her when she finds her “passion” (whatever that is) she’ll be happier. Then her mom goes to help her grandpa and comes home with a grumpy teenager who looks very familiar. Ellie’s life is about to change even more.
The Great Trouble by Deborah Hopkinson (2013)
Of course Eel isn’t his real name, but all the “mudlarks” used nicknames so no problem. It wouldn’t be safe to use his real name; it would only make it easier for his stepfather to find him. Eel has to survive in dangerous nineteenth century London, and make enough money each week to keep his secret safe. But then “the blue death” strikes Eel’s part of London and the danger escalates. How will he survive this?
How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story by Tim Tingle (2013)
A young Choctaw boy tells the story of his village’s removal from their homeland in 1830. Isaac’s story begins when he is healthy and happy living with his mom and dad and brother Luke in the Choctaw lands of Mississippi. Treaty talk begins and the Choctaw know this is not good. Then soldiers arrive, and Choctaw are burned out of their homes and rounded up for the march to Oklahoma. This is known as the Choctaw Trail of Tears. Isaac dies early on the march but continues the story as a ghost still helping his family and tribe.
Masterminds by Gordon Korman (2015)
What would it be like to live in a perfect town where there is no crime or poverty, and everyone has a swimming pool and a tree house for the kids? Thirteen-year-old Eli Frieden lives in such a town; it’s called Serenity. Its home to 185 people 30 of whom are kids so, of course, everyone knows everyone else. No one lies; everybody works and has a nice house. Perfect, right? But then Eli and his friend Randy go for a bike ride outside of town and something happens; suddenly their perfect world is turned upside down.
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier (2014)
Molly and her brother Kip have accepted jobs as servants at an isolated house on an island in the English countryside. There is something very strange about the family and the house, but there is something even stranger about the tree that has somehow grown into the house. The longer they stay the more Molly realizes it isn’t a safe place for she and Kip or the family, but what to do?
Nightbird by Alice Hoffman (2015)
Twig and her older brother James live with their mother on their apple orchard farm in Sidwell, Massachusetts. Two hundred years ago a witch cursed their family, and they have had to live with the consequences ever since. But this summer feels different, perhaps this is the summer everything will change and the curse will be lifted forever.
The Paper Cowboy by Kristin Levine (2014)
In the United States during the McCarthy era, communists are the bogeyman and people think they’re everywhere. Tommy doesn’t care; he’s got troubles of his own, and, after his older sister is badly burned in an accident, things get worse. He would like to be a cowboy like his heroes Gary Cooper in “High Noon” and the Lone Ranger, but he’s really more of a bully. Can he learn to be the kind of person he wants to be and stand up for himself as well? He’s willing to try, but he’ll need a lot of help.
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin (2014)
During World War II segregation was in force in the American military as well as much of the United States. The story of the Port Chicago 50 is the story of the beginning of the end of segregation first in the Navy, then in all the military, and finally in the country as a whole. We can all be proud of the bravery these 50 young men showed in standing up to the Navy against their mistreatment, and happy that their actions helped change our country for the better.
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin (2014)
Rose Howard is in the fifth grade at Hatford Elementary School in upstate New York. She is obsessed with homonyms like her name Rose (rows) and rules, for instance, when driving you must come to a complete stop at a stop sign. Her teachers, classmates, and even her father have trouble understanding her differences. Her Uncle Weldon and her dog Rain (reign) are the only ones who truly seem to understand her. Now, in the aftermath of a destructive storm, Rose must leave her routines and do something very brave.
Rhyme Schemer by K.A. Holt (2014)
Kevin Jamison is the youngest of five brothers. He is also a poet, but he doesn’t like to admit because isn’t that something girls do? He feels picked on and ignored at home, as though he doesn’t matter. Kevin takes out his frustration at school; doing things like stepping on a smaller kid’s lunch or writing mean poems and hanging them up anonymously. When he is found out first by the smaller kid and then by the school librarian, things go from bad to worse. But wait, could this be good?
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (2013)
A scary problem has come to England, and no one knows why. Ghosts are appearing all over particularly in London and only children have the ability to see and deal with these vicious and dangerous spirits. Many psychic investigative agencies have been created run by adults but staffed by kids. One small agency, however, has no adults and is giving the other agencies a run for their money. When disaster strikes, the three kids who are Lockwood & Co. must battle horror after horror, if they and their company are to survive.
The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer (2014)
Grace and her mother have spent all the twelve years of her life moving from one place to another. Grace is an expert at being the new kid, but, now that they’re living with Mrs. Greene and her daughter Lacey, Grace doesn’t want to move anymore; she wants this to be home for good. She and her mother have a fight about it, and later Grace finds her drowned in the river. Now she must start over again with a grandmother she doesn’t know, but she is receiving signs leading her to something; could they be from her mother?
Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper (2015)
Stella Mills lives with her family in Bumblebee North Carolina. It’s the depression and times are hard, but Franklin D. Roosevelt is running for president and most people think he will turn the world around. Stella’s father with two other black men wishes to vote for Roosevelt, and they have decided to risk the danger and expense of registering to do so. The Klan, which has recently become active in Bumblebee, is not about to let that go unpunished. Stella is proud of Papa, but she’s afraid too.
The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston (2014)
Imagine if you will, a modern world just like our own, but where dragons have always existed and dragon slayers are idolized. Enter Owen Thorskard a sixteen-year-old dragon slayer in training and his classmate Siobhan McQuaid who is training to be his bard. Add a large dragon infestation with daily attacks, worried townspeople, and school friends eager to be part of the solution. Now that’s a story waiting to be told!
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery (2015)
Jailed 9 times before her fifteenth birthday, Lynda Blackmon knows what it is to suffer for a just cause. She was beaten as well as jailed for her non-violent activities in the voting rights marches of the early sixties. She learned that many whites as well as blacks cared for her and the right of blacks to vote. She and her fellow marchers tasted victory when Congress passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (2015)
Ten-year-old Ada has never been allowed to leave the one room apartment in London, where she lives with her younger brother Jamie and their cruel mother. Ada’s crippled foot is a humiliation to her mother, and she doesn’t want anyone else to see it. She makes Ada’s life miserable and also neglects Jamie by allowing him to play hooky and run wild. When war comes to England and the threat of German bombs Jamie is sent to the country with other city children, and Ada runs away to be with him. The terrible war has become a blessing for them, but will the blessing outlast the war?