The first in Jason Reynold’s Track series, this book introduces track team members Ghost, Patina, Lu, and Sunny. While they come from different circumstances, they bond on the track. In this book, Ghost discovers running helps him face life’s challenges.
Written in verse, Crossover is a book about twin brothers, basketball, and life in middle school. Josh and Jordan are best friends until something (or someone) comes between them. Fifth graders will relate to many situations in this book.
Josef seeks to leave Nazi Germany, Isabel flees Cuba in 1994, and Mahmoud’s home in Syria in 2015 has been destroyed. Despite the years between events, the stories are very similar. Refugee will help readers make sense of today’s refugee crisis.
Imagine attending an overnight party at the library and finding yourself locked in! That is exactly what happens when Kyle Keeley wins an invitation to the opening night of Mr. Lemoncello’s library. He and his friends find clues and solve puzzles to earn their way out of the building.
Twelve-year-old Amira escapes from her home in Darfur after it is attacked. She and her family end up in an overcrowded refugee camp, where Amira feels heartbroken and lost. A camp worker gives her a red pencil and a pad of paper, helping Amira to heal.
Set in Pakistan, this book follows Amal as she is forced into indentured servitude. While she dreams of becoming a teacher, Amal does not give up. Support from her family and a few unlikely people help change her situation.
Five Dragons of Destiny were raised in secret, with the purpose of ending a war. They eventually escape, only to be captured by a dragon queen. This fun fantasy, packed with battle scenes, is the first book in the Wings of Fire series.
Catherine just wants to live a “normal” life! She makes a list of rules to help her brother with autism stop doing embarrassing things in public. Things start to change one summer, and Catherine starts questioning her approach to life.
Heck is the name of the reform school in the afterlife. It’s where bad kids, like Margo, go when they die. But why is her brother Milton there too? This entertaining book is full of puns and allusions. Bonus: Richard Nixon teaches ethics class in Heck.
Jack does not like reading, especially poetry. He does not like writing either, especially poetry! Through a poetry assignment at school, Jack begins to accept his grief about his dog’s death. Readers will come to love Jacks’ dog, and maybe appreciate their teachers more.
The Monster Apocalypse started 42 days ago, and Jack has a plan to save a certain girl. He puts together a rag-tag team, and off they go to defeat zombies, Winged-Wretches, and Vine- Thingies. A combination of graphic novel and text, this book is full of laughs, monsters, and geekiness.
Feeling out of touch with her Mexican heritage, 12-year-old Paloma takes a trip to Mexico City. She makes friends with a few locals and discovers the art of Frida Kahlo. When Frida’s peacock ring goes missing, Paloma and her friends set out to find it.
When Olive moves into a rundown mansion, she finds it just a little creepy. Then she discovers that the house offers her a portal to Elsewhere, a quiet, evil world full of mystery. This is the first book in The Book of Elsewhere series.