Elite 36 Book List 6-8 Grades 2018-19

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The Fighting Ground Cover Image
By Avi
$5.94
ISBN: 9780064401852
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Published: HarperCollins - January 27th, 2009

Scott O’Dell Award for Best Historical Fiction * ALA Notable Book * ALA Best Books for YA

Newbery Medal-winning author Avi tells the “compelling story of a young boy’s first encounter with war and how it changes him.”—Publishers Weekly


The Civil War: Spies, Secret Missions, and Hidden Facts from the Civil War (Top Secret Files) Cover Image
$7.61
ISBN: 9781618212504
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Published: Prufrock Press - December 1st, 2014

The pigpen cipher, the Devil's Coffee Mill, and germ warfare were all a part of the Civil War, but you won't learn that in your history books Discover the truth about Widow Greenhow's spy ring, how soldiers stole a locomotive, and the identity of the mysterious "Gray Ghost." Then learn how to make a cipher wheel and send secret light signals to your friends.


Doll Bones Cover Image
By Holly Black, Eliza Wheeler (Illustrator)
$7.64
ISBN: 9781416963998
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - April 14th, 2015

Discover the Newbery Honor winner Doll Bones, from Holly Black, the cocreator of the Spiderwick Chronicles. A Kirkus Reviews Best Book. A School Library Journal Best Book. A Booklist Editor's Choice Books for Youth. A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book.


A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-1832 Cover Image
$6.79
ISBN: 9780689714191
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 31st, 1990

This novel, written in diary form, tells of "a pivotal year for 19th-century New Englander Catherine Cabot Hill--one of change, loss, and leave taking . . . a low-key, intense and reflective book".--"School Library Journal", starred review. 1980 Newbery Award book.


The Incredible Journey Cover Image
By Sheila Burnford, Carl Burger (Illustrator)
$6.79
ISBN: 9780440413240
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Published: Yearling Books - January 22nd, 1997

Fans of Old Yeller, Where the Red Fern Grows, and Shiloh will love this timeless classic about two dogs and a cat that embark on a journey to return to their owner and inspired the movie Homeward Bound.


The Pinballs Cover Image
$5.59
ISBN: 9780064401982
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Published: HarperCollins - August 10th, 2004

From Newbery-winning author Betsy Byars comes a story full of "poignancy, perception, and humor" (The Chicago Tribune), about three foster kids who learn what it takes to make a family.

You can't always decide where life will take you—especially when you're a kid.


The School Story Cover Image
By Andrew Clements, Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
$6.79
ISBN: 9780689851865
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 1st, 2002

Two middle school girls scheme to publish a book in this novel from Andrew Clements, the author of Frindle.

Natalie's best friend, Zoe, is sure that the novel Natalie's written is good enough to be published. But how can a twelve-year-old girl publish a book? Natalie's mother is an editor for a big children's publisher, but Natalie doesn't want to ask for any favors.


12 Again Cover Image
$7.69
ISBN: 9780142407295
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Published: Puffin Books - March 1st, 2007

In this captivating novel, wife and mother of three Bernadette McBride makes a wish she never expects to have granted--to be young again. When she awakens--transformed into a twelveyear- old--on what should be the morning of her fortieth birthday, she is at first jubilant, and then quickly realizes how complex life has suddenly become.


Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia (Landmark Books (Random House) #10) Cover Image
$5.09
ISBN: 9780394849287
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 27th, 2004

Benjamin Franklin was one of the busiest men in the American colonies. He was a printer, a postmaster, an inventor, a writer, and a diplomat. When the Revolutionary War began, Ben supported America in the Continental Congress. Like the clever adages from his Poor Richard's Almanac, Ben Franklin still sets an example for Americans today.


The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 Cover Image
$6.79
ISBN: 9780385382946
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Published: Yearling Books - August 6th, 2013

The Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree about the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan--from Christopher Paul Curtis, author of Bud, Not Buddy, a Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott Award Winner.


The Midwife's Apprentice Cover Image
$6.79
ISBN: 9780547722177
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - June 19th, 2012

From the author of Catherine, Called Birdy comes another spellbinding novel set in medieval England. The girl known only as Brat has no family, no home, and no future until she meets Jane the Midwife and becomes her apprentice.


Mockingbird Cover Image
$6.79
ISBN: 9780142417751
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Published: Puffin Books - February 3rd, 2011

THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER and ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT NOVELS OF OUR TIME FOR YOUNG READERS


Johnny Tremain Cover Image
$6.79
ISBN: 9780547614328
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 2nd, 2011

Johnny Tremain, winner of the 1944 Newbery Medal, is one of the finest historical novels ever written for children. As compelling today as it was seventy years ago, to read this riveting novel is to live through the defining events leading up to the American Revolutionary War.


One-Eyed Cat Cover Image
By Paula Fox, Erika Meltzer (Illustrator)
$6.79
ISBN: 9780689839702
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - December 1st, 2000

A Single Shot
Ned fired the forbidden rifle just once, at a flickering shadow in the autumn moonlight. But someone -- a face, fleetingly seen staring at him from an attic window -- was watching.


Julie of the Wolves Cover Image
$5.59
ISBN: 9780064400589
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Published: HarperCollins - January 5th, 2016

Jean Craighead George’s Newbery Medal–winning classic about an Eskimo girl lost on the Alaskan tundra now features bonus content.


Protecting Marie Cover Image
$5.94
ISBN: 9780061288760
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Published: Greenwillow Books - October 2nd, 2007

Fanny has wanted a dog all her life. For a brief moment her dream came true, but then her father decided the puppy brought too much chaos to his neat, ordered home. Fanny has never been able to forgive him for it.


When Zachary Beaver Came to Town Cover Image
$6.79
ISBN: 9780312632120
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Published: Square Fish - July 19th, 2011

National Book Award Winner

The red words painted on the trailer caused quite a buzz around town and before an hour was up, half of Antler was standing in line with two dollars clutched in hand to see the fattest boy in the world.


Everything on a Waffle Cover Image
$6.39
ISBN: 9780312380045
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Published: Square Fish - April 15th, 2008

Primrose Squarp simply knows her parents did not perish at sea during a terrible storm, but try convincing the other residents of Coal Harbour on that score. For all practical purposes, at least for the time being, Primrose is an orphan, and there's no great clamoring of prospective adopters.


Same Sun Here Cover Image
$6.79
ISBN: 9780763664510
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 6th, 2013

In this extraordinary novel in letters, an Indian immigrant girl in New York City and a Kentucky coal miner's son find strength and perspective by sharing their true selves across the miles.


Across Five Aprils Cover Image
$5.94
ISBN: 9780425182789
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Published: Berkley Books - January 8th, 2002

The Newbery Award winning author of Up a Road Slowly presents the unforgettable story of Jethro Creighton--a brave boy who comes of age during the turbulent years of the Civil War.


Swindle (Apple (Scholastic)) Cover Image
$5.94
ISBN: 9780439903455
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Published: Scholastic - April 1st, 2009

Ocean's 11 . . . with 11-year-olds, in a super stand-alone heist caper from Gordon Korman


The Wreckers (High Seas Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$5.59
ISBN: 9780440415459
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Published: Yearling Books - November 9th, 1999

There was once a village bred by evil. On the barren coast of Cornwall, England, lived a community who prayed for shipwrecks, a community who lured storm-tossed ships to crash upon the sharp rocks of their shore. They fed and clothed themselves with the loot salvaged from the wreckage; dead sailors' tools and trinkets became decorations for their homes.


If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island (If You.) Cover Image
By Ellen Levine, Wayne Parmenter (Illustrator)
$5.59
ISBN: 9780590438292
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - August 1st, 1994


If your name were changed at Ellis Island
--Would everyone in your family travel together?
--How long would you stay at Ellis Island?
--Would your name be changed?
This book tells you what it was like if when Ellis Island was opened in 1892 as a center for immigrants coming to live in America.


The Last Days of Jesus: His Life and Times Cover Image
By Bill O'Reilly, William Low (Illustrator)
$11.04
ISBN: 9781250073402
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Published: Square Fish - February 9th, 2016

Two thousand years ago, Jesus walked across Galilee; everywhere he traveled he gained followers. His contemporaries are familiar historical figures: Julius Caesar, Caesar Augustus, Herod the Great, Pontius Pilate. It was an era of oppression, when every man, woman, and child answered to the brutal rule of Rome.


A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story Cover Image
$6.39
ISBN: 9780547577319
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 4th, 2011

The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours' walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day.


Jacob Have I Loved Cover Image
$5.59
ISBN: 9780064403689
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Published: HarperCollins - September 2nd, 2003

The remarkable Newbery-winning classic about a painful sibling rivalry, and one sister’s struggle to make her own way.  


Hatchet Cover Image
$7.19
ISBN: 9781416936473
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - January 1st, 2007

This award-winning contemporary classic is the survival story with which all others are compared--and a page-turning, heart-stopping adventure, recipient of the Newbery Honor. Hatchet has also been nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read.


A Long Way from Chicago: A Novel in Stories (Puffin Modern Classics) Cover Image
$6.79
ISBN: 9780141303529
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Published: Puffin Books - October 9th, 2000

A Newbery Honor Book

A summer they'll never forget.


Becoming Naomi León Cover Image
$6.79
ISBN: 9780439269971
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - October 1st, 2005

Naomi Soledad Leon Outlaw has had a lot to contend with in her young life, her name for one. Then there are her clothes (sewn in polyester by Gram), her difficulty speaking up, and her status at school as "nobody special."


Bomb: The Race to Build--And Steal--The World's Most Dangerous Weapon Cover Image
$11.04
ISBN: 9781250050649
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Published: Square Fish - January 9th, 2018

The true story of the race to create the most dangerous weapon in history--perfect for middle grade readers and history enthusiasts

In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents.


Taking Sides Cover Image
$6.79
ISBN: 9780152046941
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 1st, 2003

Lincoln is in a jam when his basketball team at his new school--where the students are rich and mostly white--faces his old team from the barrio on the boards. How can he play his best against his friends? No matter who wins, it looks like it will be lose-lose for Lincoln.


Maniac Magee Cover Image
$6.40
ISBN: 9780316809061
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Published: Little, Brown Young Readers - November 1st, 1999

A Newbery Medal winning modern classic about a racially divided small town and a boy who runs.


Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind Cover Image
$8.49
ISBN: 9780307977885
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Published: Ember - September 11th, 2012

The Newbery Honor winner about a heroic Pakistani girl that The Boston Globe called "Remarkable . . . a riveting tour de force."


The Road to Memphis Cover Image
$6.79
ISBN: 9781101997550
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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


King of the Mound: My Summer with Satchel Paige Cover Image
$6.79
ISBN: 9781442433472
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - February 19th, 2013

Baseball legend Satchel Paige changes a boy's life in this coming-of-age tale from the author of Lucky.


Dicey's Song (Tillerman Cycle #2) Cover Image
$9.34
ISBN: 9781442428799
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 6th, 2012

The Newbery-winning novel in Cynthia Voigt's timeless series is repackaged with a modern look.