Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl DreamingBrown Girl Dreaming
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Grade: 6
F&P Level: U
Lexile: 990L

The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South.

Pages: 336


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El Deafo

El DeafoEl Deafo
Author: Cece Bell
Grade: 5
F&P Level: X
Lexile: 420

Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful–and very awkward–hearing aid.

Pages: 233

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Gold Medal Summer


Gold Medal SummerGold Medal Summer

Author: Donna Freitas
Grade: 4
F&P Level: N/A
Lexile: 790

After fourteen-year-old Joey experiences her first kiss and learns that her best friend wants to quit competitive gymnastics, she considers giving up her dream of winning gold medals in order to have a normal life, even as her sister and assistant coach urge her to reach a new level.

Pages: 231

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King of the Mound: My Summer with Satchel Paige


King of the MoundKing of the Mound: My Summer with Satchel Paige

Author: Wes Tooke
Grade: 4
F&P Level: N/A
Lexile: 900

Twelve-year-old Nick loves baseball so after a year in the hospital fighting polio and with a brace on one leg, Nick takes a job with the team for which his father is catcher and gets to see the great pitcher, Satchel Paige, play during the 1935 season.

Pages: 155

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The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only IvanThe One and Only Ivan
Author: Katherine Applegate
Grade: 4
F&P Level: T
Lexile: 570

When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

Pages: 305


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The Tale of Despereaux

Tale of DespereauxThe Tale of Despereaux
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Grade: 4
F&P Level: U
Lexile: 670

The adventures of Despereaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.

Pages: 267

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Duke

Duke
Author: Kirby Larson
Grade: 4
F&P Level: N/A
Lexile: 540

In 1944, Hobie Hanson’s father is flying B-24s in Europe, so Hobie decides to donate his beloved German shepherd, Duke, to Dogs for Defense in the hope that it will help end the war sooner–but when he learns that Duke is being trained for combat he is shocked, frightened, and determined to get his dog back.

Pages: 225

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Two-Minute Drill (Comeback Kids)

Two Minute DrillTwo-Minute Drill (Comeback Kids)
Author: Mike Lupica
Grade: 4
F&P Level: S
Lexile: 880

Brainy Scott, a great kicker who otherwise struggles with football, and star quarterback Chris, who has dyslexia, team up to help each other succeed in both football and school.

Pages: 180

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