Elite 36 Book List 6-8 Grades 2017-18

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A Ring of Endless Light (Austin Family #4) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780312379353
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Published: Square Fish - September 2nd, 2008

Book four of the Austin Family Chronicles, an award-winning young adult series from Madeleine L'Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, about a girl who experiences the difficulties and joys of growing up.

A Newbery Honor Book


A Single Shard Cover Image
$6.39
ISBN: 9780547534268
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - January 10th, 2011

Tree-ear is fascinated by the celedon ware created in the village of Ch’ulp’o. He is determined to prove himself to the master potter, Min—even if it means making a solitary journey to present Min’s work in the hope of a royal commission . . . or arriving at the royal court with nothing but a single celadon shard.


A String in the Harp Cover Image
$7.19
ISBN: 9781416927716
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - December 1st, 2006

A family in mourning...an ancient bard...a harp key that brings them together...


Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Cover Image
By Mark Twain, R. Kent Rasmussen (Introduction by), R. Kent Rasmussen (Notes by)
$6.40
ISBN: 9780143107323
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Published: Penguin Books - October 28th, 2014

The classic boyhood adventure tale, updated with a new introduction by noted Mark Twain scholar R. Kent Rasmussen and a foreword by Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and The Republic of Imagination


Baseball in April and Other Stories Cover Image
$6.39
ISBN: 9780152025670
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 1st, 2000

The Mexican American author Gary Soto draws on his own experience of growing up in California's Central Valley in this finely crafted collection of eleven short stories that reveal big themes in the small events of daily life.


Becoming Ben Franklin: How a Candle-Maker's Son Helped Light the Flame of Liberty Cover Image
$19.96
ISBN: 9780823423743
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Published: Holiday House - March 1st, 2013

In 1723 Ben Franklin arrived in Philadelphia as a poor and friendless seventeen-year-old who had run away from his family and an apprenticeship in Boston. Sixty-two years later he stepped ashore in nearly the same spot but was greeted by cannons, bells, and a cheering crowd, now a distinguished statesman, renowned author, and world-famous scientist.


The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (Young Reader's Choice Award - Intermediate Division) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780385751537
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Published: Ember - October 23rd, 2007

"Powerful and unsettling. . . . As memorable an introduction to the subject as The Diary of Anne Frank." --USA Today


Breaker Boys: How a Photograph Helped End Child Labor (Captured History) Cover Image
$7.28
ISBN: 9780756545109
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Published: Compass Point Books - August 1st, 2011

Little boys, some as young as 6, spent their long days, not playing or studying, but sorting coal in dusty, loud, and dangerous conditions. Many of these breaker boys worked 10 hours a day, six days a week all for as little as 45 cents a day. Child labor was common in the United States in the 19th century.


Bud, Not Buddy Cover Image
$6.39
ISBN: 9780440413288
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Published: Yearling Books - January 8th, 2002

The Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award-winning classic about a boy who decides to hit the road to find his father--from Christopher Paul Curtis, author of The Watsons Go To Birmingham--1963, a Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree.


Chains (Seeds of America Trilogy) Cover Image
$7.19
ISBN: 9781416905868
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 5th, 2010

If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl?


City of Orphans Cover Image
By Avi, Greg Ruth (Illustrator)
$7.19
ISBN: 9781416971085
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 25th, 2012

Plot twists, big accusations, and plenty of shifty, crooked characters fill the pages of this harrowing adventure from Newbery Medalist Avi.


Counting by 7s Cover Image
$7.19
ISBN: 9780142422861
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Published: Puffin Books - September 16th, 2014

A New York Times Bestseller

In the tradition of Out of My Mind, Wonder, and Mockingbird, this is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of family.


Dear America: I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545266864
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - July 1st, 2011

Joyce Hansen's Coretta Scott King Honor Book I THOUGHT MY SOUL WOULD RISE AND FLY is now back in print with a gorgeous new package!


Death Mountain Cover Image
$6.36
ISBN: 9781561454280
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Published: Peachtree Publishers - October 1st, 2007

An afternoon hike in the Sierra Mountains turns into a struggle for survival when two teenage girls become hopelessly lost in an electrical storm and must rely on their own wits and strength to endure.
Almost a year ago, Erin's mother Lannie suddenly left home without any explanation. Now Lannie wants to see her, but Erin feels miserable and unsure about seeing her mother again.


The Egypt Game Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416990512
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 7th, 2009

The first time Melanie Ross meets April Hall, she's not sure they have anything in common. But she soon discovers that they both love anything to do with ancient Egypt. When they stumble upon a deserted storage yard, Melanie and April decide it's the perfect spot for the Egypt Game.


Eight Cousins (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780140374568
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Published: Puffin Books - September 1st, 1995

Rose Campbell, tired and ill, has come to live at "The Aunt Hill" after the death of her beloved father. Six aunts fussing and fretting over her are bad enough, but what is a quiet 13-year-old girl to do with seven boisterous boy cousins?


Elephant Run Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781423104018
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Published: Hyperion Books - June 1st, 2009

In 1941, bombs drop from the night skies of London, demolishing the apartment Nick Freestone lives in with his mother. Deciding the situation in England is too unstable, Nick's mother sends him to live with his father in Burma, hoping he will be safer living on the family's teak plantation. But as soon as Nick arrives, trouble erupts in the remote Burmese elephant village.


Farewell to Manzanar Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307976079
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Published: Ember - February 14th, 2012

Jeanne Wakatsuki was seven years old in 1942 when her family was uprooted from their home and sent to live at Manzanar internment camp--with 10,000 other Japanese Americans.


Feathers Cover Image
$7.19
ISBN: 9780142415504
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Published: Speak - January 7th, 2010

A Newbery Honor Book

A beautiful and moving novel from a three-time Newbery Honor-winning author

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature


The Journey (Guardians of Ga'hoole #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780439405584
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - September 1st, 2003

The second book in the GUARDIANS OF GA'HOOLE series continues this classic hero mythology about the battle between good and evil. This book chronicles Soren's quest for nobility.


Kennedy's Last Days: The Assassination That Defined a Generation Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780805098020
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - June 11th, 2013

On a sunny day in Dallas, Texas, at the end of a campaign trip, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy is assassinated by an angry, lonely drifter named Lee Harvey Oswald. The former Marine Corps sharpshooter escapes briefly, but is hunted down, captured, and then shot dead while in police custody.


The Lottery Rose Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425182796
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Published: Berkley Books - January 8th, 2002

The Newbery Award winning author of Across Five Aprils and Up a Road Slowly presents the story of a young boy from a troubled family who learns what it means to love...

The Lottery Rose


The Worst Years of My Life (Middle School #1) Cover Image
$6.40
ISBN: 9780316101691
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Published: Jimmy Patterson - November 6th, 2012

Discover the #1 bestselling middle-grade comic that inspired a major motion picture: Children's Choice Award winner James Patterson has never been more hilarious and heartwarming.


Olive's Ocean Cover Image
$6.39
ISBN: 9780060535452
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Published: Greenwillow Books - April 26th, 2005

Sometimes life can change in an instant


On the Far Side of the Mountain Cover Image
$6.39
ISBN: 9780141312415
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Published: Puffin Books - May 21st, 2001

Two years ago, Sam ran away from New York City to live in the Catskill Mountains. Now his younger sister Alice has joined him and is quietly living in a tree house of her own nearby. Their peaceful life is shattered when a conservation officer confiscates Sam's falcon, Frightful, and Alice suddenly vanishes. Sam leaves his home to search for Alice, hoping to find Frightful, too.


Our Only May Amelia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780064408561
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Published: HarperCollins - April 24th, 2001

The beloved Newbery Honor book by the author of The Fourteenth Goldfish, about a spirited heroine growing up with trying circumstances, a sense of adventure, and tremendous heart.

It isn′t easy being a pioneer in the state of Washington in 1899. It′s particularly hard when you are the only girl ever born in the new settlement.


Pictures of Hollis Woods Cover Image
$6.39
ISBN: 9780440415787
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Published: Yearling Books - May 11th, 2004

This Newbery Honor book about a girl who has never known family fighting for her first true home "will leave readers . . . satisfied" (Kirkus Reviews).


Rush Revere and the First Patriots: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781476755885
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Published: Threshold Editions - March 11th, 2014

America's #1 radio talk-show host and multi-million-copy #1 New York Times bestselling author presents the second book in a series for young readers with a history teacher who travels back in time to have adventures with exceptional Americans.

Rush Revere rides again Saddle up with Rush Limbaugh's really good pal for a new time-travel adventure.


Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief Cover Image
$6.39
ISBN: 9780679892649
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Published: Yearling Books - August 18th, 1998

Sammy Keyes must be a magnet for trouble...


Stand Tall Cover Image
$7.19
ISBN: 9780142404270
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Published: Speak - August 16th, 2005

Tree, a six-foot-three-inch twelve-year-old, copes with his parents' recent divorce and his failure as an athlete by helping his grandfather, a Vietnam vet and recent amputee, and Sophie, a new girl at school.


Stormbreaker (Alex Rider Adventures) Cover Image
$7.19
ISBN: 9780142406113
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Published: Puffin Books - February 16th, 2006

Meet the orphan turned teen superspy who's saving the world one mission at a time--from #1 New York Times bestselling author


Surviving the Applewhites Cover Image
$5.59
ISBN: 9780064410441
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Published: HarperCollins - April 24th, 2012

The side-splittingly funny Newbery Honor Book about a rebellious boy who is sent to a home-schooling program run by one family—the creative, kooky, loud, and loving Applewhites!

Jake Semple is notorious. Rumor has it he managed to get kicked out of every school in Rhode Island, and actually burned the last one down to the ground.


The Land Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101997567
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Published: Puffin Books - April 12th, 2016

A stunning repackage of a companion to Mildred D. Taylor's Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, with cover art by two-time Caldecott Honor Award winner Kadir Nelson


The London Eye Mystery Cover Image
$6.39
ISBN: 9780385751841
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Published: Yearling Books - May 26th, 2009

A five-star mystery now in paperback


The Young Man and the Sea Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780439856300
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Published: Scholastic - May 1st, 2005

Twelve-year-old Skiff Beaman's mom just died, and his fisherman dad is too depressed to drag himself off the couch and go to work. So these days Skiff has to take care of everything himself. But when his dad's boat sinks, Skiff discovers it will cost thousands to buy a new engine. Skiff's lobster traps won't earn him enough, but there are bigger fish in the sea -- bluefin tuna.


Walk Two Moons Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780064405171
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Published: HarperCollins - December 27th, 2011

In her own singularly beautiful style, Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech intricately weaves together two tales, one funny, one bittersweet, to create a heartwarming, compelling, and utterly moving story of love, loss, and the complexity of human emotion.