Standard 28 Book List 6-8 Grades 2023 - 2024

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Crenshaw By Katherine Applegate Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250091666
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Published: Square Fish - September 26th, 2017

In her first novel since The One and Only Ivan, winner of the Newbery Medal, Katherine Applegate delivers an unforgettable and magical story about family, friendship, and resilience.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas By John Boyne Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385751537
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Published: Ember - October 23rd, 2007

Two young boys encounter the best and worst of humanity during the Holocaust in this powerful read that USA Today called "as memorable an introduction to the subject as The Diary of Anne Frank.”  

Breaker Boys: How a Photograph Helped End Child Labor (Captured History) By Michael Burgan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780756545109
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Published: Compass Point Books - June 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.

Walk Two Moons: A Newbery Award Winner By Sharon Creech Cover Image
ISBN: 9780064405171
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Published: HarperCollins - June 18th, 2019

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. 

Bud, Not Buddy: (Newbery Medal Winner) By Christopher Paul Curtis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780440413288
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Published: Yearling - 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.

Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir By Margarita Engle, Edel Rodriguez (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Margarita Engle, Edel Rodriguez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481435239
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 2nd, 2016

In this poetic memoir, which won the Pura Belpré Author Award, was a YALSA Nonfiction Finalist, and was named a Walter Dean Myers Award Honoree, acclaimed author Margarita Engle tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War.

Margarita is a girl from two worlds.

Starfish By Lisa Fipps Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984814524
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - May 2nd, 2023

A Printz Honor Winner!

Ellie is tired of being fat-shamed and does something about it in this highly acclaimed debut novel-in-verse.

Becoming Ben Franklin: How a Candle-Maker's Son Helped Light the Flame of Liberty By Russell Freedman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780823449453
Published: Holiday House - August 17th, 2021

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.

On the Far Side of the Mountain By Jean Craighead George Cover Image
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.

Among the Hidden (Shadow Children #1) By Margaret Peterson Haddix, Cliff Nielsen (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780689824753
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 1st, 2000

In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke, an illegal third child, has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm in this start to the Shadow Children series from Margaret Peterson Haddix.

Luke has never been to school. He's never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend's house for an overnight.

Our Only May Amelia By Jennifer L. Holm Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062881779
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Published: HarperCollins - July 2nd, 2019

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.

Shouting at the Rain By Lynda Mullaly Hunt Cover Image
ISBN: 9780147516770
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - May 5th, 2020

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Fish in a Tree comes a compelling story about perspective and learning to love the family you have.

Song for a Whale By Lynne Kelly Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524770266
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Published: Yearling - December 31st, 2019

In the spirit of modern-day classics like Fish in a Tree and Counting by 7s comes the Schneider Family Book Award-winning story of a deaf girl's connection to a whale whose song can't be heard by his species, and the journey she takes to help him.

The Unteachables By Gordon Korman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062563903
Availability: Backordered
Published: Balzer + Bray - December 30th, 2019

A hilarious new middle grade novel from beloved and bestselling author Gordon Korman about what happens when the worst class of kids in school is paired with the worst teacher—perfect for fans of Ms. Bixby’s Last Day. A good choice for summer reading or anytime!

The King's Fifth: A Newbery Honor Award Winner By Scott O'Dell Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618747832
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Published: Clarion Books - September 4th, 2006

A 1967 Newbery Honor Book 

While awaiting trial for murder and withholding from the king the obligatory fifth of the gold found in Cibola, Esteban, a seventeen-year-old cartographer, recalls his adventures with a band of conquistadors.

A Single Shard: A Newbery Award Winner By Linda Sue Park Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547534268
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Published: Clarion Books - January 10th, 2011

The Newbery Medal-winning tale of an orphan boy whose dream of becoming a master potter leads to unforeseen adventure in ancient Korea.

Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life By James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts, Laura Park (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316101691
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Published: jimmy patterson - November 6th, 2012

In his acclaimed and #1 bestselling middle-grade comic debut, Children's Choice Award Author of the Year James Patterson has never been more hilarious--or heartwarming.

Death Mountain By Sherry Shahan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781561454280
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Published: Peachtree - October 2nd, 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.

Counting by 7s By Holly Goldberg Sloan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142422861
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Published: Rocky Pond 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.

Baseball in April and Other Stories By Gary Soto Cover Image
ISBN: 9780152025670
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Published: Clarion Books - April 1st, 2000

In Gary Soto's acclaimed short story collection, the small events of daily life reveal big themes—love and friendship, youth and growing up, success and failure.

Calling on his own experiences of growing up in California's Central Valley, Soto brings to life the joy and pain of young people everywhere.

Call It Courage By Armstrong Sperry Cover Image
ISBN: 9780689713910
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Published: Aladdin - April 30th, 1990

A boy tries to overcome his fear of the sea in this treasured classic and winner of the Newbery Medal.

Maftu was afraid of the sea. It had taken his mother when he was a baby, and it seemed to him that the sea gods sought vengeance at having been cheated of Mafatu.

Chasing Lincoln's Killer: The Search For John Wilkes Booth By James L. Swanson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780439903547
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 1st, 2009

New York Times bestselling author James Swanson delivers a riveting account of the chase for Abraham Lincoln's assassin.

Based on rare archival material, obscure trial manuscripts, and interviews with relatives of the conspirators and the manhunters, Chasing Lincoln's Killer is a fast-paced thriller about the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth: a wild twelve-day chase thr

The Land By Mildred D. Taylor Cover Image
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!

Surviving the Applewhites: A Newbery Honor Award Winner By Stephanie S. Tolan Cover Image
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 Hobbit (The Lord of the Rings) By J.R.R. Tolkien Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618260300
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Published: Clarion Books - August 15th, 2002

"In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit." So begins one of the most beloved and delightful tales in the English language.

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief By Wendelin Van Draanen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679892649
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Published: Yearling - August 18th, 1998

Sammy Keyes must be a magnet for trouble...

I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade By Diane Wilson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781402240270
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Published: Sourcebooks Young Readers - March 1st, 2010

A moving and heartfelt story about the lengths one would go to help their family

When Oyuna was a baby, a horse accidentally crushed her foot, cursing her family with bad luck. Oyuna vows to restore good fortune to her family…but how?

Feathers By Jacqueline Woodson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142415504
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - January 7th, 2010

A Newbery Honor Book

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