Elite 36 Book List 6-8 Grades 2018-19
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
In this captivating novel, wife and mother of three Bernadette McBride makes a wish she never expects to have grantedto be young again. When she awakenstransformed into a twelveyear- oldon what should be the morning of her fortieth birthday, she is at first jubilant, and then quickly realizes how complex life has suddenly become.
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 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.
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.$6.79ISBN: 9780142417751Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Puffin Books - February 3rd, 2011
THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER and ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT NOVELS OF OUR TIME FOR YOUNG READERS$6.79ISBN: 9780547614328Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: HMH Books for Young Readers - 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.$6.79ISBN: 9780689839702Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Aladdin - 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.$5.94ISBN: 9780064400589Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$5.94ISBN: 9780061288760Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$6.79ISBN: 9780312632120Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$6.79ISBN: 9780312380045Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$6.79ISBN: 9780763664510Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Candlewick - 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.$5.94ISBN: 9780425182789Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Berkley - 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.$5.94ISBN: 9780439903455Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Scholastic Paperbacks - April 15th, 2009Ocean's 11 . . . with 11-year-olds, in a super stand-alone heist caper from Gordon Korman!
After a mean collector named Swindle cons him out of his most valuable baseball card, Griffin Bing must put together a band of misfits to break into Swindle's compound and recapture the card.$6.79ISBN: 9780440415459Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Yearling - 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.$5.94ISBN: 9780590438292Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$11.04ISBN: 9781250073402Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$6.79ISBN: 9780547577319Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Clarion Books - 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.$5.94ISBN: 9780064403689Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: HarperCollins - September 2nd, 2003
The remarkable Newbery-winning classic about a painful sibling rivalry, and one sister’s struggle to make her own way.$7.64ISBN: 9781416936473Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - December 26th, 2006
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.$6.79ISBN: 9780141303529Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Puffin Books - September 30th, 1999
A Newbery Honor Book
A summer they'll never forget.$6.79ISBN: 9780439269971Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Scholastic Paperbacks - October 1st, 2005Becoming Naomi León joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels. Includes exclusive bonus content!
A Pura Belpré Honor Book
"Engrossing." -- The New York Times
$11.04ISBN: 9781250050649Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$6.79ISBN: 9780152046941Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 1st, 2003Lincoln 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.$6.80ISBN: 9780316809061Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 1st, 1999A Newbery Medal winning modern classic about a racially divided small town and a boy who runs.$8.49ISBN: 9780307977885Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Ember - September 11th, 2012
The Newbery Honor winner about a heroic Pakistani girl that The Boston Globe called “Remarkable . . . a riveting tour de force.”$8.49ISBN: 9781101997550Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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!$6.79ISBN: 9781442433472Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$9.34ISBN: 9781442428799Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 6th, 2012
The Newbery-winning novel in Cynthia Voigt’s timeless series is repackaged with a modern look.
When Momma abandoned Dicey Tillerman and her three siblings in a mall parking lot and was later traced to an asylum where she lay unrecognizing, unknowing, she left her four children no choice but to get on by themselves.